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5:40 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 …
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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 …
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.”
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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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 Friday that he “ain't black” if he was still weighing whether to support President Donald Trump in November's general election …
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Come on. Biden's 'you ain't black' comment was clearly a joke.
Discussion: Breitbart, The Daily Beast 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'
Discussion: Vox
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.
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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 Guardian and Axios
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Tara Reade's lawyer drops her as a client
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 …
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’  —  The nation's top infectious disease expert said Friday that an aggressive investment into the development and production of a vaccine against the coronavirus might make it possible to distribute millions of doses as the year comes to a close.
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 …
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Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump and his plan to win a second term unmasked in Michigan visit
Discussion: Washington Post and CNBC
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, The Week and The Hill
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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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Rolling Stone
Bill Chappell / NPR:
President Trump Orders Flags To Fly At Half-Staff As U.S. Mourns Nearly 100,000 Dead  —  U.S. government buildings, military posts and embassies will fly the flag at half-staff through Memorial Day weekend in memory of the nearly 100,000 people who have died of COVID-19, President Trump announced Thursday night.
Discussion: Townhall, Los Angeles Times and WHTM-TV
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ABC News:
Coronavirus government response updates: Trump orders flags lowered to honor COVID-19 dead
Discussion: Associated Press
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
Michael Flynn / Fox News:
FBI Director Wray opens internal investigation into how bureau handled Michael Flynn case  —  The FBI announced Friday that Director Chris Wray has ordered an internal review of the handling of the bureau's investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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.
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.
 
 
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Yelena Dzhanova / CNBC:
Postal Service's financial stress might hurt its ability to handle large volume of mail-in ballots
Discussion: NBC News and The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
Susan Rice's Mysterious Email
Discussion: Townhall
The Appeal:
The Suffolk County DA's Attack On Public Defenders Was Misguided
Justice News:
Former Chairman And CEO Of Movie Production Company Arrested On Fraud Charges
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Chris Mooney / Washington Post:
Loss of Louisiana marshes that protect New Orleans is ‘probably inevitable,’ study finds
Anna Massoglia / OpenSecrets.org:
‘Dark money’ networks hide political agendas behind fake news sites
The Moscow Times:
1 in 3 Russian Medics Told to Doctor Coronavirus Data - Poll
 Earlier Items: 
Toby Cecchini / New York Times:
Will Bars Exist in NYC After the Coronavirus?
Discussion: Reason and Gothamist
The Daily Beast:
Trump's Ex Marla Maples Has Been Hitting Up Trump's COVID Hotline
Discussion: Raw Story
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
When the Kids are the Henchmen  —  On the weirdness of Trump using …
Discussion: Raw Story
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Trump wears mask with presidential seal during part of Ford plant tour
Arman Azad / CNN:
CDC estimates that 35% of coronavirus patients don't have symptoms
Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs / New York Times:
Church That Defied Coronavirus Restrictions Is Burned to Ground
Discussion: KFOR-TV