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8:50 AM ET, May 23, 2020


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Annie Karni / New York Times:
Trump's Press Secretary Displays One of His Checks in a Little Too Much Detail  —  The $100,000 check was made out to a government agency.  This time his account and routing numbers were clearly visible.  —  WASHINGTON — It's a feel-good story that President Trump's press secretaries …
Discussion: The Hill, The US Sun and The Guardian
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 …
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.
Sky Palma / Raw Story:   Trump's demand to reopen churches was sparked by slipping poll numbers from evangelicals: report
Washington Post:
Trump administration discussed conducting first U.S. nuclear test in decades  —  The Trump administration has discussed whether to conduct the first U.S. nuclear test explosion since 1992 in a move that would have far-reaching consequences for relations with other nuclear powers and reverse …
David Ng / Breitbart:
BET Founder Robert Johnson: Joe Biden ‘Should Spend the Rest of His Campaign Apologizing to Every Black Person He Meets’  —  BET co-founder Robert Johnson has condemned Joe Biden for claiming that black people aren't really black if they don't vote for him.  —  “VP Biden's statement today represents …
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
CNN downplays Biden's 'you ain't black' comments, avoids on-air coverage throughout the day
Discussion: NB Blog and Viking Pundit
USA Today:
‘I should not have been so cavalier’: Joe Biden apologizes for suggesting black Trump voters 'ain't black'
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Hill
Associated Press:   Biden says he was too ‘cavalier’ about black voters' choices
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
New York Times:
White House Worries About Kelly Loeffler's Senate Prospects in Georgia  —  President Trump, concerned about his own outlook in the state, plans to stay on the sideline in a race where he favored a different choice for senator.  —  President Trump's advisers are increasingly concerned …
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Rachel Maddow Wins Dismissal of OAN Defamation Lawsuit  —  A federal judge on Friday dismissed a lawsuit filed against Rachel Maddow, finding she did not defame One America News when she said it was “Russian propaganda.”  —  Herring Networks, the parent company of OAN …
Wall Street Journal:
Rental-Car Company Hertz Files for Bankruptcy  —  Coronavirus contributed to woes; company enters chapter 11 with no deal in place from creditors  —  Hertz Global Holdings Inc., one of the nation's largest car-rental companies, filed for bankruptcy protection Friday, saddled with about $19 billion …
Discussion: WINK NEWS
Dennis Romero / NBC News:
Jeff Sessions stands up to former boss Trump on Twitter  —  Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions stood up to his old boss Friday after President Donald Trump encouraged Alabama voters to reject Sessions in his bid to return to the U.S. Senate.  —  Trump on Friday afternoon once again tweeted …
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.
Trump slams governors, demands they open houses of worship ‘right now’
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Post:
De Blasio says shuttered businesses will be able to hang on for months  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio insists city businesses forced to close because of the coronavirus outbreak are doing just fine and will be able to stay shuttered for months to come — despite a new report that found the Big Apple's private sector has shed one in four jobs.
Discussion: TheBlaze
Yoav Gonen / The City:
Brooklyn Field Hospital Shuts After $21 Million Construction — and Zero Patients
Discussion: New York Post
Los Angeles Times:
Trump administration warns Garcetti against ‘heavy-handed’ stay-at-home orders  —  The Trump administration sent a warning letter Friday to Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti saying the Department of Justice is concerned the city may pursue “an arbitrary and heavy-handed approach” to stay-at-home orders.
Washington Post:
Study estimates 24 states still have uncontrolled coronavirus spread  —  The coronavirus may still be spreading at epidemic rates in 24 states, particularly in the South and Midwest, according to new research that highlights the risk of a second wave of infections in places that reopen too quickly or without sufficient precautions.
Wall Street Journal:
A Vote-by-Mail Nightmare  —  Trump or Biden by a whisker, with a million ballots thrown out.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  Roughly 100 million Americans voted in the flesh during the 2016 elections, mingling at 117,000 polling places with 918,000 staff, many of whom were seniors.
George F. Will / Washington Post:
This is the vice president who would restore adult supervision in Washington  —  The smallest state has a small governor.  Rhode Island's Gina Raimondo is almost 5 feet 3 inches, about an inch shorter than James Madison.  What was said of him is true of her: There is a high ratio of mind …
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: Politico, Althouse, Law & Crime and NPR
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Chris Wallace Demolishes Trump's Mail-In Voting Lies: ‘No History of Fraud’  —  The president has repeatedly claimed that there is rampant fraud in mail-in voting, something Wallace showed is simply not true.  —  Fox News anchor Chris Wallace debunked President Donald Trump's false claims …
Discussion: The Week and Fox News
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.
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: Raw Story, The Hill and Axios
Washington Free Beacon:
Who's Afraid of Ilhan Omar?  —  Congresswoman's refusal to answer questions about a big book advance that may violate House rules is just the latest media stonewall  —  Rep Ilhan Omar's (D., Minn.) new memoir, This Is What America Looks Like: My Journey From Refugee to Congresswoman is out next week.
Valeria Pacheco / Yahoo News:
Bolsonaro rocked by release of expletive-laced video  —  Brasília (AFP) - Brazilians got a shocking look Friday at an expletive-laced meeting between President Jair Bolsonaro and his cabinet when a Supreme Court judge released a video at the center of an investigation targeting the far-right leader.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
America Is Reopening for Summer, and Tensions Are High  —  There's a growing divide between those celebrating the end of restrictions and those fearful of Covid-19's re-emergence  —  Tricia McIntyre, a 48-year-old emergency-room nurse from southern Wisconsin, donned a mask last Sunday …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
Byron York's Daily Memo: Use investigations to target political foes?  —  Welcome to Byron York's Daily Memo newsletter.  —  Was this email forwarded to you?  Sign up here to receive the newsletter.  —  USE INVESTIGATIONS TO TARGET POLITICAL FOES?  Some Senate Democrats are complaining …
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Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Key Putin ally is sick with coronavirus after calling for COVID-19 patients to be killed: report
Discussion: The Guardian and UPI
Daniel Horowitz / Conservative Review:
67K criminals released so far under coronavirus jailbreak. And crime keeps rising
New York allows gatherings of up to 10 people, reversing prior ban amid coronavirus
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
White House coronavirus task force leader says D.C. region has highest rate of positive test results in U.S.
Associated Press:
Memorial Day tempts Americans outdoors, raising virus fears
Discussion: WRIC-TV
Camilla Tominey / Telegraph:
Boris Johnson to reduce Huawei's role in Britain's 5G network in the wake of coronavirus outbreak
CBS Baltimore:
Baltimore Mayor Jack Young On President Trump's Memorial Day Fort McHenry Visit: 'I Think He's Violating The Law'
Discussion: Breitbart
Lorie Konish / CNBC:
Americans take a dim view of raiding their Social Security to cover pandemic expenses, poll finds
 Earlier Items: 
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Trump to travel to Florida to attend SpaceX launch
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Detroit Free Press:
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extends Michigan stay home order to June 12
Discussion: The Daily Caller, The Hill and Townhall
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
Matt Vespa / Townhall:
BREAKING: FBI Says They're Reviewing Michael Flynn Case After Evidence of Gross Misconduct Exposed
Bruce Golding / New York Post:
No coronavirus catastrophes following reopenings of Georgia, Florida and Texas
Discussion: Breitbart and The Gateway Pundit
Associated Press:
Republicans back away from House candidate over online posts