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8:00 AM ET, May 22, 2020

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Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Trump says he won't close the country if second wave of coronavirus hits  — President Donald Trump said “we are not closing our country” if the U.S. is hit by a second wave of coronavirus infections.  — “People say that's a very distinct possibility, it's standard,” …
Discussion: The Week
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Tim Alberta / Politico:
Life at the Trump Tailgate: Spiked Slurpees, Culture Wars and the Coronavirus Hoax  —  YPSILANTI, Mich.—At the intersection of Rawsonville and Textile Roads, on a slender stretch of turf that runs the length of a half-deserted strip mall, Kathryn Prater and Kelra Rise are dancing.
Discussion: NBC News, Fox News and Breitbart
TMZ.com:
Donald Trump Wears Mask at Ford Plant  —  Donald Trump's ploy to stay unmasked for the public just got unmasked, because he put one on at the Ford motor plant.  —  Trump flew to Michigan, where the plant has been partially converted to manufacture ventilators.
Eric Bradner / CNN:
Trump battles with Michigan's female Democratic leaders in key 2020 swing state
Discussion: Fox News and VICE
Joanna Walters / The Guardian:
Donald Trump goes without mask at Michigan Ford plant despite company request
Discussion: Redstate
New York Times:
As Tara Reade's Expert Witness Credentials Are Questioned, So Are Verdicts  —  Defense lawyers in California are reviewing criminal cases in which Tara Reade, the former Senate aide who has accused Joseph R. Biden Jr. of sexual assault, served as an expert witness on domestic violence …
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
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Mary Duan / www.montereycountyweekly.com:
Convictions could be challenged as defense attorneys question Tara Reade's credentials.  —  In December 2018, Tara Reade, the woman making headlines for accusing Joe Biden of sexual assault while she was on his senate staff in the 1990s, was called as an expert witness in a Monterey County Superior Court case …
Discussion: Politico
Monterey County Weekly:
A longtime expert witness in Monterey County domestic violence trials, Tara Reade is now best known for accusing Joe Biden of sexually assaulting her.  —  RIGHT AROUND THE TIME PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AND VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN WERE INAUGURATED IN 2009, a woman in Monterey County decided …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Biden more trusted on coronavirus, Trump on economy  —  Most voters are concerned about the pandemic and the economy, so when they favor Joe Biden on coronavirus and Donald Trump has a narrow edge on pocketbook issues — it makes for a tight race for the White House.
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ABC News:
Black Americans and Latinos nearly 3 times as likely to know someone who died of COVID-19: POLL
Discussion: Mediaite
Marc Caputo / Politico:
A Trump election conspiracy collapses  —  MIAMI — A Trump election conspiracy theory has fallen apart after Florida's law enforcement agency said it had found no widespread voter fraud in the 2018 races for Senate and governor.  —  President Donald Trump had complained repeatedly about election …
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Dan Desai Martin / The American Independent:
White House just lied about why Trump didn't vote in person  —  The White House claimed Donald Trump was ‘unable to cast his vote’ in Florida because he was stuck in Washington — but evidence shows otherwise.  —  Both Donald Trump and White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany …
Discussion: Raw Story, Sun-Sentinel, Reason and Gizmodo
Michael Ruiz / Fox News:
RNC intervening in Dem lawsuit in Florida to protect election integrity
Discussion: Politico
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Appeal Court orders Flynn judge to explain himself  —  The federal judge overseeing the tumultuous case of former national security adviser Michael Flynn has until May 31 to explain his rationale for declining to immediately dismiss the case against Flynn after the Justice Department moved to drop the matter.
Discussion: Fox News, TheBlaze and Twitchy
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Washington Post:   Appeals court orders Flynn judge to defend actions, as legal scholars weigh in
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
D.C. Circuit Orders Judge Sullivan to Respond to Flynn Mandamus Petition
Discussion: Law & Crime and Power Line
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Kylie Atwood / CNN:
Pompeo ordered officials to find a way to justify Saudi arms sale being probed by fired watchdog
Discussion: The Hill and Mother Jones
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace:
The United States and the New World Disorder: Retreat From Primacy  —  In the 1951 science fiction classic The Day the Earth Stood Still, an alien in human form visits the planet accompanied by a giant metallic robot and delivers an ultimatum: change your warlike ways or face obliteration.
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Michael R. Gordon / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Plans New Arms Talks Aimed at Limiting Russian, Chinese and U.S. Nuclear Warheads
Christian Boone / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Man who filmed Ahmaud Arbery video charged with murder  —  William “Roddie” Bryan, who shot the video capturing the final seconds of Ahmaud Arbery's life, has been arrested and charged with his murder, the GBI announced Thursday.  —  Bryan, 50, has maintained his innocence.
Discussion: Mediaite
CNN:
China to propose hugely controversial national security law in Hong Kong  —  Hong Kong (CNN)China will move to pass a hugely controversial national security law for Hong Kong, in what could be the biggest blow to the city's autonomy and civil liberties since its handover to Chinese rule in 1997.
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Mark Magnier / South China Morning Post:   US investors weigh business fallout from Beijing's power play in Hong Kong
Tom Lyden / FOX 9 Minneapolis-St. Paul:
Law professor falsely accused of rape, wins defamation case  —  (FOX 9) - A University of Minnesota Law School professor, Francesco Parisi, has won a nearly $1.2 million defamation case against a woman who had falsely accused him of rape.  —  In his blistering ruling on Tuesday …
Discussion: Law & Crime and The College Fix
CBS News:
Biden asks Amy Klobuchar to undergo vetting to be running mate  —  Senator Amy Klobuchar, Democrat of Minnesota, has been asked by Joe Biden to undergo a formal vetting to be considered as his vice presidential running mate, one of several potential contenders now being scrutinized …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Trump Is a Superspreader—of Distraction  —  A couple of months ago, in the early days of the Great Shutdown, Republicans complained that Democrats' impeachment of Donald Trump had distracted the President from taking more aggressive action to counter the spread of the coronavirus.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Washington Examiner:
It's time for media to say 'We're sorry' to Ron DeSantis  —  When the coronavirus first appeared in Florida, the media's predictions were dire.  Many expected the state to experience a crisis similar to New York's since thousands of New Yorkers fled their home state for Florida in the early days of the pandemic.
Discussion: Slate, Just The News and Mediaite
Andrew Mark Miller / Washington Examiner:
California doctors say they've seen more deaths from suicide than coronavirus since lockdowns  —  “The numbers are unprecedented,” Dr. Mike deBoisblanc of John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, California, told ABC 7 News about the increase of suicide deaths adding that he's seen a …
Politico:
Plagued by stock trades, Loeffler vows she won't drop out  —  Kelly Loeffler is behind in the polls and best known for her fortuitously timed stock trades.  —  But the Georgia Republican insisted during a 25-minute interview that she's not going anywhere.  —  “Not only am I not dropping out …
detroitnews:
Judge affirms Whitmer's authority to extend COVID-19 emergency; Legislature to appeal  —  Lansing — A Court of Claims judge ruled Thursday that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had the legal authority to extend Michigan's state of emergency under the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act …
Discussion: The Hill
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Morgan Phillips / Fox News:   Court sides with Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer after GOP lawmakers challenge her coronavirus restrictions
Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs / New York Times:
Church That Defied Coronavirus Restrictions Is Burned to Ground  —  A message at the scene that said, in part, “Bet you stay home now,” has led the police in Mississippi to suspect arson.  —  The burning of a church in northern Mississippi this week is being investigated as arson …
Robert Frank / CNBC:
American billionaires got $434 billion richer during the pandemic  — U.S. billionaires saw their fortunes soar by $434 billion during the nation's lockdown between mid-March and mid-May, according to a new report.  — Amazon's Jeff Bezos and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg had the biggest gains.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Twitchy
WSB-TV:
Gov. Kemp: Less than 1,000 people hospitalized with COVID-19 throughout state  —  ATLANTA — Gov. Brian Kemp and the state's health director spoke Thursday about inaccurate coronavirus testing data .  —  Kemp held a news conference Thursday where he asked Georgians for patience …
Caitlin O'Kane / CBS News:
Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, White House staffer who served 11 presidents, dies of coronavirus at 91, family says  —  Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, one of the longest-serving White House employees, died last week from coronavirus, his granddaughter told Washington, D.C. station WTTG in an interview Tuesday.
Windsor Mann / The Week:
Trump's lethal aversion to reading  —  If you're reading this sentence, you've read more than the president has today.  —  Last month, The Washington Post reported that President Trump ignored “more than a dozen” intelligence briefings in January and February warning him of the coronavirus.
Discussion: Contemptor
Robby Soave / Reason:
Chris Cuomo's COVID-19 Interviews With Andrew Cuomo Are Disgraceful  —  On Wednesday, CNN primetime anchor Chris Cuomo interviewed New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), for the 10th time since the coronavirus pandemic began.  The TV host's hardest-hitting question for his older brother was whether …
Discussion: Deadline, The Daily Caller and Hotair
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Atlantic lays off almost 20% of staff  —  The Atlantic is laying off nearly 20% of staff, according to an internal note from David Bradley, the publication's chairman, that was obtained by Axios.  —  Why it matters: It's the latest media company that's been been forced to take drastic measures …
Discussion: CNN and The Daily Caller
 
 
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Marla Carter / ABC13:
Ex-Texas lieutenant governor ‘not interested’ in filing charges against girlfriend accused of beating him
Discussion: The Hill
MSNBC:
Biden leads Trump nationally with African-American voters
Tampa Bay Times:
How coronavirus candor gets you fired, then smeared by Gov. Ron DeSantis
Discussion: National Review
Alexander Nieves / Politico:
University of California eliminates SAT/ACT requirement
CBS San Francisco:
Attorney: 1,200 California Pastors Agree To Reopen May 31 In Defiance Of Stay-At-Home Order
Discussion: Associated Press
Ben Hubbard / New York Times:
As Saudi Official Hid Abroad, His Family Became a Target at Home
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Daily Mail:
Venezuela tells America its navy will escort Iranian oil tankers arriving with much-needed fuel …
Bonnie Kristian / The Week:
Is QAnon the newest American religion?
Kate Cox / Ars Technica:
Just turning your phone on qualifies as searching it, court rules
Joe Nocera / Bloomberg:
Lockdowns Haven't Proved They're Worth the Havoc
J. Edward Moreno / The Hill:
Intelligence agencies have hired outside consultants to improve communication with Trump: report
Patricia Cohen / New York Times:
Many Jobs May Vanish Forever as Layoffs Mount
Discussion: Fox News