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2:35 PM 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 …
The Lancet:
Hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine with or without a macrolide for treatment of COVID-19: a multinational registry analysis  —  Mandeep R Mehra  —  Correspondence to: Prof Mandeep R Mehra, Brigham and Women's Hospital Heart and Vascular Center and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA 02115, USA
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Trump lashes out at scientists whose findings contradict him  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — “A Trump enemy statement,” he said of one study.  —  “A political hit job,” he said of another.  —  As President Donald Trump pushes to reopen the country despite warnings from doctors about the consequences …
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 told a popular black radio personality Thursday that he “ain't black” if he was still weighing whether to support President Donald Trump in November's general election …
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
Biden Says 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., the apparent Democratic presidential nominee …
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Come on. Biden's 'you ain't black' comment was clearly a joke.
Discussion: Breitbart, BuzzFeed News and Mediaite
Joshua Jamerson / Wall Street Journal:   Joe Biden to Black Radio Host: If You're Deciding Between 'Me or Trump, Then You Ain't Black'
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
Biden: If you can't choose me over Trump, 'you ain't black'
Discussion: Daily Kos
New York Times:
Tara Reade Is Dropped as Client by a Leading #MeToo Lawyer  —  The lawyer for Tara Reade, the former Senate aide who has accused Joseph R. Biden Jr. of sexual assault, said Friday that he was no longer representing her, just two weeks after taking her on as a client.
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Tara Reade's lawyer drops her as a client  —  Tara Reade's attorney announced Friday that he will no longer represent her as a client.  —  In a statement, Douglas Wigdor, who has represented victims of sexual assault in the past, said the decision did not have to do with the question …
Discussion: Raw Story
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: The Week, Raw Story and The Hill
KFF Health Tracking Poll - May 2020
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
New Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows coronavirus conspiracy theories spreading on the right may hamper vaccine efforts  —  According to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll, 44 percent of Republicans believe that Bill Gates is plotting to use a mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign as a pretext to implant microchips …
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 …
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 …
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.”
Redfield & Wilton Strategies:
The Story in Six Swing States  —  This page provides only the summary analysis of our latest research across six US Swing States.  —  To see the full headline results, please click here.  —  As part of its research into the 2020 Presidential Election, Redfield & Wilton Strategies conducted polls …
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
A Surprising Sign of a Democratic Revival in Ohio
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
The Daily Beast:
Eric Swalwell: Trump's Top Spies Aren't Telling ‘the Truth About Russia’  —  In Ep. 10 of The New Abnormal, Rep. Eric Swalwell tells Rick Wilson and Molly Jong-Fast about the pandemic, the Mueller probe, Trump's impeachment, and more.  —  Rep. Eric Swalwell doesn't want to talk (too much) …
Discussion: Twitchy and The Gateway Pundit
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.
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 …
Discussion: MIT Technology Review
NBC News:
Hong Kong lawmaker mourns ‘end of homeland’ as China mulls anti-protest law  —  Pro-democracy legislators in Hong Kong on Friday hit back after Beijing introduced a new national security law that could limit protests and dramatically reduce the territory's autonomy.
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
The Moscow Times:
1 in 3 Russian Medics Told to Doctor Coronavirus Data - Poll  —  One in three Russian doctors who treat coronavirus patients have been told to change how they report cases, according to a survey cited by the Meduza news website Thursday amid questions over Russia's low Covid-19 death toll.
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Twitchy
U.S. Department of Justice:
Former Philadelphia Judge of Elections Convicted of Conspiring to Violate Civil Rights and Bribery  —  A former Judge of Elections has been convicted for his role in accepting bribes to cast fraudulent ballots and certifying false voting results during the 2014, 2015, and 2016 primary elections in Philadelphia.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
A Trump election conspiracy collapses
Discussion: Raw Story, Press Watch and Daily Kos
Toby Cecchini / New York Times:
Will Bars Exist in NYC After the Coronavirus?  —  Even when businesses like mine can open up for real, it will be very hard to keep them going in a socially distanced world.  —  Mr. Cecchini is a co-owner of two bars in Brooklyn and the author of “Cosmopolitan: a Bartender's Life.”
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 …
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
When the Kids are the Henchmen  —  On the weirdness of Trump using his kids to do his political dirty work.  —  Political hatchet men are a staple of American campaigns.  Richard Nixon had Chuck Colson.  George H.W. Bush had Lee Atwater and Roger Ailes.  —  Donald Trump has, well, his adult children.
Discussion: Raw Story
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump and his plan to win a second term unmasked in Michigan visit  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's debasing of fact, divide-and-rule tactics and endless quest for new political enemies may be disastrous in a pandemic.  But such behavior, combined with the promise of an American comeback …
Discussion: Washington Post and CNBC
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Alex M. Azar II / Washington Post:
We have to reopen — for our health  —  Alex M. Azar II …
Wall Street Journal:
Joe Biden Finds Bernie Sanders's Donors Elusive
The Daily Beast:
Trump's Ex Marla Maples Has Been Hitting Up Trump's COVID Hotline
Discussion: Raw Story
Joshua Tait / The Bulwark:
Never Trumpers and the Future of American Conservatism
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Ruane / Washington Post:
Longtime White House butler and friend of presidents dies of covid-19
Discussion: CBS News, WINK NEWS and New York Post
 Earlier Items: 
Federico Finchelstein / Literary Hub:
On the Revisionist Histories at the Heart of Fascism and Populism
Arman Azad / CNN:
CDC estimates that 35% of coronavirus patients don't have symptoms
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Trump Is a Superspreader—of Distraction