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12:30 AM ET, May 23, 2020

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Gabby Orr / Politico:
Behind Trump's demand to reopen churches: Slipping poll numbers and alarm inside his campaign  —  A sudden shift in support for Donald Trump among religious conservatives is triggering alarm bells inside his reelection campaign, where top aides have long banked on expanding the president's evangelical base …
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Interim Guidance for Communities of Faith  —  CDC offers the following general considerations to help communities of faith discern how best to practice their beliefs while keeping their staff and congregations safe.  Millions of Americans embrace worship as an essential part of life.
Elana Schor / Associated Press:
Trump's urging stokes furor in debate over in-person worship
Discussion: Washington Post
CNBC:
Trump slams governors, demands they open houses of worship ‘right now’
Discussion: Raw Story
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Trump's Press Secretary Displays One of His Checks in a Little Too Much Detail  —  The $100,000 check was made out to a government agency.  This time his account and routing numbers were clearly visible.  —  WASHINGTON — It's a feel-good story that President Trump's press secretaries …
Discussion: The Hill, The Guardian and The US Sun
ProPublica:
The Feds Gave a Former White House Official $3 Million to Supply Masks to Navajo Hospitals.  Some May Not Work.  —  Zach Fuentes, former deputy chief of staff to President Trump, won the contract just days after registering his company.  He sold Chinese masks to the government …
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
Trump administration discussed conducting first U.S. nuclear test in decades  —  The Trump administration has discussed whether to conduct the first U.S. nuclear test explosion since 1992 in a move that would have far-reaching consequences for relations with other nuclear powers and reverse …
Discussion: The Hill
David Ng / Breitbart:
BET Founder Robert Johnson: Joe Biden ‘Should Spend the Rest of His Campaign Apologizing to Every Black Person He Meets’  —  BET co-founder Robert Johnson has condemned Joe Biden for claiming that black people aren't really black if they don't vote for him.  —  “VP Biden's statement today represents …
Discussion: The Federalist and Townhall
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New York Times:
Biden Apologizes for Saying Black Voters 'Ain't Black' if They're Considering Trump
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
CNN downplays Biden's 'you ain't black' comments, avoids on-air coverage throughout the day
Discussion: NB Blog
New York Times:
White House Worries About Kelly Loeffler's Senate Prospects in Georgia  —  President Trump, concerned about his own outlook in the state, plans to stay on the sideline in a race where he favored a different choice for senator.  —  President Trump's advisers are increasingly concerned …
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Rachel Maddow Wins Dismissal of OAN Defamation Lawsuit  —  A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed against Rachel Maddow, finding she did not defame One America News when she said it was “Russian propaganda.”  —  Herring Networks, the parent company of OAN …
Berkeley Lovelace Jr / CNBC:
Dr. Anthony Fauci says staying closed for too long could cause ‘irreparable damage’  — Stay-at-home orders intended to curb the spread of the coronavirus could end up causing “irreparable damage” if imposed for too long, White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci said.
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Reid Wilson / The Hill:   The Hill interview: Fauci on why a vaccine by end of year is ‘aspirational’
ABC News:
Republicans wrestle with conspiracy-theory advocate winning Senate primary  —  After denying it in a statement, the candidate is now refuting her own campaign.  —  Republicans in Oregon this week nominated a Senate candidate with a deep history of promoting and vowing support …
Discussion: Raw Story, Axios and The Hill
New York Post:
De Blasio says shuttered businesses will be able to hang on for months  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio insists city businesses forced to close because of the coronavirus outbreak are doing just fine and will be able to stay shuttered for months to come — despite a new report that found the Big Apple's private sector has shed one in four jobs.
Discussion: TheBlaze
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Yoav Gonen / The City:
Brooklyn Field Hospital Shuts After $21 Million Construction — and Zero Patients
Discussion: New York Post
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
With Trump, the Pathology Is the Point  —  It's perfectly clear by now that the United States does not have a functioning president or administration.  It also seems clear that this does not matter to a sizable chunk of the population.  They just don't care — even when it could lead them to lose their lives and their livelihoods.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
This is the vice president who would restore adult supervision in Washington  —  The smallest state has a small governor.  Rhode Island's Gina Raimondo is almost 5 feet 3 inches, about an inch shorter than James Madison.  What was said of him is true of her: There is a high ratio of mind …
NBC News:
6 months on, Trump hasn't completed his physical.  The White House won't say why.  —  WASHINGTON — It's been more than six months since President Donald Trump claimed to have started his annual physical at Walter Reed hospital but the White House is declining to explain why he has yet to complete the yearly doctor's examination.
Discussion: The Week, WAVY-TV and Daily Kos
Matt Vespa / Townhall:
BREAKING: FBI Says They're Reviewing Michael Flynn Case After Evidence of Gross Misconduct Exposed  —  After new documents showed that ex-Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn was the victim of an FBI entrapment plot, the Department of Justice has filed a motion to dismiss the case.
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Washington Post:
Antimalarial drug touted by President Trump is linked to increased risk of death in coronavirus patients, study says  —  An analysis of 96,000 patients shows those treated with hydroxychloroquine were also more likely to suffer irregular heart rhythms  —  A study of 96,000 hospitalized …
CNN:
Lawyer says he's no longer representing Biden accuser Tara Reade  —  (CNN)A lawyer who represented Tara Reade, the woman who has accused Joe Biden of sexually assaulting her in 1993, announced Friday that Reade is no longer his firm's client.  —  Doug Wigdor said the decision …
Discussion: The Week, Slate and ABC News
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Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Tara Reade's lawyer drops her as a client
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Chris Wallace Demolishes Trump's Mail-In Voting Lies: ‘No History of Fraud’  —  The president has repeatedly claimed that there is rampant fraud in mail-in voting, something Wallace showed is simply not true.  —  Fox News anchor Chris Wallace debunked President Donald Trump's false claims …
Discussion: The Week and Fox News
Wall Street Journal:
A Vote-by-Mail Nightmare  —  Trump or Biden by a whisker, with a million ballots thrown out.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  Roughly 100 million Americans voted in the flesh during the 2016 elections, mingling at 117,000 polling places with 918,000 staff, many of whom were seniors.
Los Angeles Times:
Trump administration warns Garcetti against ‘heavy-handed’ stay-at-home orders  —  The Trump administration sent a warning letter Friday to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti saying the Department of Justice is concerned the city may pursue “an arbitrary and heavy-handed approach” to stay-at-home orders.
Associated Press:
Republicans back away from House candidate over online posts  —  FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Howze for Congress campaign shows Republican 10th Congressional District candidate Ted Howze in Modesto, Calif. National and state Republicans have withdrawn their support …
Detroit Free Press:
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extends Michigan stay home order to June 12  —  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday extended her stay-at-home order past its scheduled May 28 expiration to June 12, adding that public venues such as theaters, gyms and casinos would remain closed.
Discussion: Townhall, The Daily Caller and The Hill
U.S. Department of Justice:
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FILES STATEMENT OF INTEREST CHALLENGING THE LEGALITY OF ILLINOIS GOVERNOR'S SWEEPING COVID-19 ORDERS  —  The Department of Justice today filed a statement of interest in an Illinois federal court in support of a lawsuit filed by Illinois state representative Darren Bailey …
Discussion: NPR, Axios, Law & Crime and The Daily Signal
Wall Street Journal:
America Is Reopening for Summer, and Tensions Are High  —  There's a growing divide between those celebrating the end of restrictions and those fearful of Covid-19's re-emergence  —  Tricia McIntyre, a 48-year-old emergency-room nurse from southern Wisconsin, donned a mask last Sunday …
Bruce Golding / New York Post:
No coronavirus catastrophes following reopenings of Georgia, Florida and Texas  —  Three large southern states that moved aggressively to reopen amid the coronavirus crisis have seen new cases and deaths largely hold steady since then — despite several controversies over some of their data.
Discussion: Breitbart and The Gateway Pundit
CBS Baltimore:
Baltimore Mayor Jack Young On President Trump's Memorial Day Fort McHenry Visit: 'I Think He's Violating The Law'  —  BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Mayor Jack Young again is calling on President Trump to skip the Memorial Day ceremony at Fort McHenry on Memorial Day, saying he thinks the president …
Discussion: Breitbart
Kirby Wilson / Tampa Bay Times:
Ron DeSantis: Florida ‘lifting all restrictions on youth activities’  —  This includes summer camps.  —  School may be out, but summer camp is back in.  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Friday that he was ending all restrictions on youth activities across the state, including camps and youth sports.
Daniel Horowitz / Conservative Review:
67K criminals released so far under coronavirus jailbreak.  And crime keeps rising  —  Is this the country for which our soldiers sacrificed their lives?  —  By now, most Americans are familiar with the shocking stories of everyday Americans getting arrested for simply opening businesses that don't even attract large crowds.
Lorie Konish / CNBC:
Americans take a dim view of raiding their Social Security to cover pandemic expenses, poll finds  — Americans want more financial help from the government.  — Proposals have included giving individuals as much as $2,000 per month or letting them borrow as much as $11,000 from their future Social Security benefits.
 
 
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John Kruzel / The Hill:
States, companies set up their own COVID-19 legal shields
Discussion: Raw Story
democratandchronicle:
New York allows gatherings of up to 10 people, reversing prior ban amid coronavirus
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
White House coronavirus task force leader says D.C. region has highest rate of positive test results in U.S.
Associated Press:
Memorial Day tempts Americans outdoors, raising virus fears
Discussion: WRIC-TV
Camilla Tominey / Telegraph:
Boris Johnson to reduce Huawei's role in Britain's 5G network in the wake of coronavirus outbreak
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Trump to travel to Florida to attend SpaceX launch
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
John McCormack / National Review:
Twenty-Eight Children Hospitalized in D.C. with Inflammatory Syndrome Linked to COVID-19
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Audio: No Evil Foods, a Faux Leftist Vegan-Meat Company, Busts Union Drive
Discussion: Payday Report
 Earlier Items: 
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's latest campaign stunt is a bust. Stop granting him magical powers.
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story, Mediaite and NBC News
Justice News:
Former Chairman And CEO Of Movie Production Company Arrested On Fraud Charges
Discussion: The Daily Beast, Fox News and Deadline
Redfield & Wilton Strategies:
The Story in Six Swing States
Aaron Holmes / Business Insider:
Roughly half of the Twitter accounts pushing to ‘reopen America’ are bots, researchers found
The Moscow Times:
1 in 3 Russian Medics Told to Doctor Coronavirus Data - Poll
Associated Press:
Over 4,300 virus patients sent to NY nursing homes, AP counts
Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
New Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows coronavirus conspiracy theories spreading on the right may hamper vaccine efforts
Discussion: Rolling Stone and Daily Kos