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8:20 PM ET, May 22, 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.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Trump calls for churches to reopen “right now”  —  President Trump announced Friday that he was declaring churches and places of worship as “essential places that provide essential services,” and said that he would override governors to allow them to open “right now.”
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 …
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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.
The Lancet:
Hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine with or without a macrolide for treatment of COVID-19 …
New York Times:
Biden Apologizes for Saying Black Voters 'Ain't Black' if They're Considering Trump  —  The former vice president ignited controversy in a testy exchange in a radio interview with Charlamagne Tha God on “The Breakfast Club.”  —  Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. …
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Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Come on.  Biden's 'you ain't black' comment was clearly a joke.  —  One of the reasons my relationship with Twitter is hate-love is because far too many people pop off about things without having read or listened to what they are commenting on in its entirety.
David Ng / Breitbart:
BET Founder Robert Johnson: Joe Biden ‘Should Spend the Rest of His Campaign Apologizing to Every Black Person He Meets’
Discussion: The Federalist and Townhall
Politico:
Biden apologizes for controversial 'you ain't black' comment
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
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: Axios, The Hill and Raw Story
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’
Associated Press:
Over 4,300 virus patients sent to NY nursing homes, AP counts  —  More than 4,300 recovering coronavirus patients were sent to New York's already vulnerable nursing homes under a controversial state directive that was ultimately scrapped amid criticisms it was accelerating the nation's deadliest outbreaks …
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Carl Campanile / New York Post:
Trump aide Michael Caputo says nursing home deaths are on Gov. Cuomo
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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: The Daily Signal
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Fox News:   DOJ intervenes in case challenging Illinois coronavirus restrictions, says governor went too far
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's latest campaign stunt is a bust.  Stop granting him magical powers.  —  Whenever President Trump rolls out a new public stunt — from buffoonishly doctoring official charts with his Sharpie to dangerously using troops as campaign props — pundits rush to suggest that this time …
Discussion: Raw Story, IJR, NBC News, Fox News and Breitbart
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Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump and his plan to win a second term unmasked in Michigan visit
Discussion: Washington Post
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Matt Vespa / Townhall:
BREAKING: FBI Says They're Reviewing Michael Flynn Case After Evidence of Gross Misconduct Exposed
Discussion: Power Line, The Daily Caller and WND
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 …
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Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Tara Reade's lawyer drops her as a client
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 …
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.
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 and The Hill
Camilla Tominey / Telegraph:
Boris Johnson to reduce Huawei's role in Britain's 5G network in the wake of coronavirus outbreak  —  The Prime Minister has instructed officials to draw up plans that would see China's involvement in the UK's 5G network reduced to zero  —  The Prime Minister plans to reduce Huawei's involvement …
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Trump to travel to Florida to attend SpaceX launch  —  President Trump will travel to Florida for the historic SpaceX launch next week, the White House said Friday.  —  SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket and Crew Dragon spacecraft are being prepared for a historic Demo-2 mission on Wednesday …
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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
Aaron Holmes / Business Insider:
Roughly half of the Twitter accounts pushing to ‘reopen America’ are bots, researchers found  — There's been a surge in bot activity around online discussions of reopening America after COVID-19 shutdowns in the past month, according to a new report.  — Carnegie Mellon researchers analyzed …
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.
Washington Post:
Virus ‘does not spread easily’ from contaminated surfaces or animals, revised CDC website states  —  The coronavirus primarily spreads from person to person and not easily from a contaminated surface.  That is the takeaway from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which this month updated its “How COVID-19 Spreads” website.
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Why Our Economy May Be Headed for a Decade of Depression  —  In September 2006, Nouriel Roubini told the International Monetary Fund what it didn't want to hear.  Standing before an audience of economists at the organization's headquarters, the New York University professor warned …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
 
 
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Kirby Wilson / Tampa Bay Times:
Ron DeSantis: Florida ‘lifting all restrictions on youth activities’
John McCormack / National Review:
Twenty-Eight Children Hospitalized in D.C. with Inflammatory Syndrome Linked to COVID-19
Yoav Gonen / The City:
Brooklyn Field Hospital Shuts After $21 Million Construction — and Zero Patients
Discussion: New York Post
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Audio: No Evil Foods, a Faux Leftist Vegan-Meat Company, Busts Union Drive
Discussion: Payday Report
Justice News:
Former Chairman And CEO Of Movie Production Company Arrested On Fraud Charges
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Bill Chappell / NPR:
President Trump Orders Flags To Fly At Half-Staff As U.S. Mourns Nearly 100,000 Dead
Discussion: Townhall, Los Angeles Times and WHTM-TV
CNBC:
‘I think Amazon should start paying their taxes,’ Joe Biden says
Chris Mooney / Washington Post:
Loss of Louisiana marshes that protect New Orleans is ‘probably inevitable,’ study finds
 Earlier Items: 
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The Moscow Times:
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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
Toby Cecchini / New York Times:
Will Bars Exist in NYC After the Coronavirus?
Discussion: Reason and Gothamist
KFF:
KFF Health Tracking Poll - May 2020
Discussion: Axios, Washington Post and DCCC
Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs / New York Times:
Church That Defied Coronavirus Restrictions Is Burned to Ground
Discussion: KFOR-TV