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1:15 PM ET, May 23, 2020


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Washington Post:
One final viral infusion: Trump's move to block travel from Europe triggered chaos and a surge of passengers from the outbreak's center  —  In the final days before the United States faced a full-blown epidemic, President Trump made a last-ditch attempt to prevent people infected with the coronavirus from reaching the country.
Washington Post:
Klobuchar, amid Biden VP search, scrambles to fix relations with black community  —  Just before February's South Carolina primary, Amy Klobuchar landed a coveted chance to address African American leaders.  When the black activist and journalist Roland Martin learned about it, he was outraged.
Discussion: Michigan Advance and New York Post
Beth Baumann / Townhall:
Charlamagne: These Are Specific Bills Biden Supported That Continue to Hurt the Black Community
Discussion: Redstate
David Ng / Breitbart:
BET Founder Robert Johnson: Joe Biden ‘Should Spend the Rest of His Campaign Apologizing to Every Black Person He Meets’
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
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.
Discussion: The Hill
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, Slate, The US Sun, The Guardian and UPI
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 …
Harry Enten / CNN:
Georgia is a swing state in 2020  —  (CNN)Democrats have Georgia on their minds.  When former Vice President Joe Biden's team presented their electoral strategy in mid-May, Georgia was one of three states, along with Arizona and Texas, that they believed they could compete in …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Firing a Salvo in Culture Wars, Trump Pushes for Churches to Reopen  —  President Trump urged governors to reopen houses of worship immediately, saying he would override them if they did not.  His authority to do so is unclear.  —  Today, I'm identifying houses of worship, churches …
Maegan Vazquez / CNN:
Trump deems houses of worship ‘essential’ amid pandemic
Discussion: The Root, Gothamist and National Review
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Behind Trump's demand to reopen churches: Slipping poll numbers and alarm inside his campaign
Bryan Bender / Politico:
The Netflix Show The Pentagon Can't Stop Talking About  —  The United States Space Force can't catch a break.  The newest branch of the American military, first championed by President Donald Trump two years ago, tried to generate some serious headlines this month with its first recruiting commercial …
NBC News:
Trump visits one of his private golf courses for first time in 75 days  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump kicked off his Memorial Day weekend by visiting his club in Virginia, marking the president's first time back at one of his private golf courses in 75 days, the longest stretch …
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Considers Forming Panel to Review Complaints of Online Bias  —  Move is likely to draw pushback from tech companies; ACLU raises free-speech concerns  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump is considering establishing a panel to review complaints of anticonservative bias on social media …
Langston Taylor / Tampa Bay Times:
Ousted manager was told to manipulate COVID-19 data before state's re-opening, she says  —  Rebekah Jones said the deputy Secretary of Health asked for misleading data on rural counties.  She appeared later Friday night to discuss on CNN.  —  Going further than previous comments that led …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
GOP governor offers emotional plea to the anti-mask crowd: Stop this senseless culture war  —  As states across the country have gradually pushed forward with reopening in recent weeks, protesters representing a small but apparently growing movement — especially within the Republican Party — have continued to push for it to go faster.
The US cleared the way for a new arms sale to the UAE, despite evidence it violated the last one  —  (CNN)The Trump administration has cleared the United Arab Emirates of wrongdoing and approved a possible sale of thousands of armored vehicles to the Gulf state, US government officials told CNN …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
What's driving Biden's strength with seniors  —  President Trump's declining support among older voters since the coronavirus took hold is well documented, but new data offers a clearer understanding of why that's happening — and how it could impact the November election.
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Caroline Kitchener / The Lily:
‘I had to choose being a mother’: With no child care or summer camps, women are being edged out of the workforce  —  When parents can't do it all, women's paid labor is often the first to go  —  If day cares closed because of the novel coronavirus, Aimee Rae Hannaford expected her family to fare better than most.
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 …
Alana Wise / NPR:
Michigan AG Says She ‘Will Not Remain Silent’ As Trump Risks Public Health  —  Toggle more options  —  Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Friday said President Trump had directly threatened the health and safety of her state's residents through his coronavirus response …
Justin Davidson / New York Magazine:
That Office AC System Is Great — at Recirculating Viruses  —  We're committed to keeping our readers informed. … Breathe in.  Breathe out.  —  Breathe in, hoping that this next lungful is clear of noxious droplets.  Breathe out so that whatever microbes you harbor dissipate in the breeze.
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 …
Noah Bookbinder / NBC News:
Trump's firing of government watchdogs chips away at America's checks and balances  —  President Donald Trump is (sometimes) more predictable than people give him credit for.  When he is feeling empowered or particularly aggrieved, he takes dangerous, often unprecedented steps to undercut oversight and undermine checks and balances.
Max Boot / Washington Post:
The three reasons conspiracy theories are more dangerous than ever  —  One of the worst moments of dread I've experienced over the past few months was in one of the most idyllic settings.  Looking at the waves crashing against the Hawaii shoreline brought home how indifferent nature is to human suffering.
David Benoit / Wall Street Journal:
Coronavirus Devastates Black New Orleans: ‘This Is Bigger Than Katrina’  —  The pandemic is disproportionately harming U.S. black communities, especially in Louisiana.  Economists warn the deaths could be just the start of further setbacks for already vulnerable residents.  —  TEXT  —  89 RESPONSES
Discussion: American Prospect
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Donald Trump Is Leading the GOP—to the Political Graveyard  —  Yeah, it's early.  But a blue wave is certainly building.  If it's a wipeout, will the Republican Party ditch Trumpism?  It should be clear, but it's not at all.
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Key Putin ally is sick with coronavirus after calling for COVID-19 patients to be killed: report  —  Chechnya's strongman leader has been reportedly hospitalized for the coronavirus after calling for the killings of anyone who tests positive for COVID-19.  —  Ramzan Kadyrov …
Discussion: The Guardian and UPI
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Christian Brose / Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Sputnik News and Devex
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Washington Free Beacon:
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 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
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Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Chris Wallace Demolishes Trump's Mail-In Voting Lies: ‘No History of Fraud’
Discussion: The Week and Fox News
Daniel Horowitz / Conservative Review:
67K criminals released so far under coronavirus jailbreak. And crime keeps rising
Wall Street Journal:
A Vote-by-Mail Nightmare  —  Trump or Biden by a whisker …
George F. Will / Washington Post:
This is the vice president who would restore adult supervision in Washington
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
New York Post:
De Blasio says shuttered businesses will be able to hang on for months
Discussion: TheBlaze
The Feds Gave a Former White House Official $3 Million to Supply Masks to Navajo Hospitals.
Discussion: The Hill