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9:50 AM ET, May 22, 2020

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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 …
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: Raw Story, NBC News, Fox News and Breitbart
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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: IJR, Raw Story and The Week
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 …
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Monterey County Weekly:   A longtime expert witness in Monterey County domestic violence trials, Tara Reade is now best known …
Natasha Korecki / Politico:   Defense lawyers look to reopen cases where Tara Reade testified as an expert
Mary Duan / www.montereycountyweekly.com:
Convictions could be challenged as defense attorneys question Tara Reade's credentials.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and BuzzFeed News
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Biden: 'If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Trump, then you ain't black'  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden on Thursday emphatically defended his ties to the African-American community — telling a popular black radio personality that he “ain't black” …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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New York Times:
Two Very Different Democrats: What a Biden-Warren Ticket Might Be Like
Discussion: The Hill, Fox News and Common Dreams
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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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
Discussion: Raw Story, Sun-Sentinel and Reason
Michael Ruiz / Fox News:
RNC intervening in Dem lawsuit in Florida to protect election integrity
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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Associated Press:
Mississippi gov condemns church fire amid virus pandemic
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
The coronavirus invades Trump country … Go deeper  —  Axios  —  World coronavirus updates  —  U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that OptiGene began trials for a 20-minute coronavirus test on Thursday, as the country wants to find out whether the test is effective on a large scale.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
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KFF:   KFF Health Tracking Poll - May 2020
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.
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Washington Post:   Appeals court orders Flynn judge to defend actions, as legal scholars weigh in
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
A new ad makes the case against Lindsey Graham with Graham doing all the talking  —  When I interviewed Jaime Harrison, the former chair of the South Carolina Democratic Party now running against Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.), he told me about a campaign event he did in a county …
BBC:
NPC: China moves to impose controversial Hong Kong security law  —  China's ruling Communist Party has set in motion a controversial national security law for Hong Kong, a move seen as a major blow to the city's freedoms.  —  The law to ban “treason, secession, sedition and subversion” could bypass Hong Kong's lawmakers.
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Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
A Surprising Sign of a Democratic Revival in Ohio  —  Suddenly, Republicans are crossing over in unexpected numbers to vote in the Democratic primary in what appears to be the latest sign that suburban women have had enough of Trump.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  Wednesday on Morning Joe …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Hill
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.
Arman Azad / CNN:
CDC estimates that 35% of coronavirus patients don't have symptoms  —  How vaccines stop the spread of viruses  —  (CNN)In new guidance for mathematical modelers and public health officials, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is estimating that about a third of coronavirus infections are asymptomatic.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Election official: Number of Pa. mail-in ballot applications ‘off the charts’  —  Pennsylvania's top elections official, Kathy Boockvar, said that voters have submitted about 1.6 million applications for mail-in and absentee ballots for the June 2 primary election.
Los Angeles Times:
Little sense of shared grief as virus deaths near 100,000  —  For months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the nation ached together in televised memorials, joining in a collective catharsis of uniformed salutes, bagpiped dirges and President George W. Bush declaring a national day of mourning and remembrance.
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
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
Federico Finchelstein / Literary Hub:
On the Revisionist Histories at the Heart of Fascism and Populism  —  From Perón to Trump, the Political Art of Spinning Lies Into Myth  —  Fascism and populism both appeal to the political trinity, leader, nation, and people, as their main source of legitimation.
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
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
New York Times:
Pompeo Quietly Visits Conservative Donors and Political Figures on State Dept. Trips  —  The meetings, often kept off his public schedule, have taken place as Mike Pompeo nurtures plans for a presidential bid in 2024 and as he considered a run for the Senate from Kansas.
 
 
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Christine Weerts / The Federalist:
‘Socially Distanced’ Funerals Inflict Even More Suffering On The Bereaved
Wall Street Journal:
How to Keep Workers Off the Job
Washington Examiner:
It's time for media to say 'We're sorry' to Ron DeSantis
Discussion: Just The News, Slate and Mediaite
Marla Carter / ABC13:
Ex-Texas lieutenant governor ‘not interested’ in filing charges against girlfriend accused of beating him
Discussion: The Hill
Tampa Bay Times:
How coronavirus candor gets you fired, then smeared by Gov. Ron DeSantis
Discussion: National Review
Andrew Mark Miller / Washington Examiner:
California doctors say they've seen more deaths from suicide than coronavirus since lockdowns
Discussion: National Review, ABC7 and WND
 Earlier Items: 
CBS San Francisco:
Attorney: 1,200 California Pastors Agree To Reopen May 31 In Defiance Of Stay-At-Home Order
Discussion: Associated Press
WSB-TV:
Gov. Kemp: Less than 1,000 people hospitalized with COVID-19 throughout state
Discussion: Just The News
detroitnews:
Judge affirms Whitmer's authority to extend COVID-19 emergency; Legislature to appeal
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace:
The United States and the New World Disorder: Retreat From Primacy
Joe Nocera / Bloomberg:
Lockdowns Haven't Proved They're Worth the Havoc
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Atlantic lays off almost 20% of staff
Windsor Mann / The Week:
Trump's lethal aversion to reading
Discussion: Contemptor