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7:05 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.
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Federal judge hires high-powered D.C. attorney to defend his actions in Flynn case  —  The federal judge who refused a Justice Department request to immediately drop the prosecution of former Trump adviser Michael Flynn has hired a high-profile trial lawyer to argue his reasons …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit, Twitchy and CNN
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 …
Trump golfs at his Virginia club amid the coronavirus pandemic  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump on Saturday was seen golfing at his Virginia club, marking his first visit to one of his golf properties since March amid the coronavirus pandemic.  —  The presidential motorcade arrived …
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
NAACP pushes back on Biden's claim it endorsed him after 'you ain't black' furor  —  The NAACP on Friday pushed back on a claim by presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden that the civil rights organization had endorsed him “every time I've run” — stating that the group never endorses any political candidate.
Beth Baumann / Townhall:
Charlamagne: These Are Specific Bills Biden Supported That Continue to Hurt the Black Community
Discussion: Redstate
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: TheBlaze and The Hill
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
A Feud in Wolf-Kink Erotica Raises a Deep Legal Question  —  What do copyright and authorship mean in the crowdsourced realm known as the Omegaverse?  —  Addison Cain was living in Kyoto, volunteering at a shrine and studying indigenous Japanese religion.  She was supposed to be working …
Michael Harriot / The Root:
Joe Biden Just Proved Why He Must Have a Black Woman as VP  —  Joe Biden is a white man in America.  —  White people are proud of the genocide of the indigenous people they called “savages” because the Native American holocaust was their “manifest destiny.”
Washington Post:
Klobuchar, amid Biden VP search, scrambles to fix relations with black community
Matthew Weaver / The Guardian:
New witnesses cast doubt on Dominic Cummings's lockdown claims  —  Exclusive: eyewitness says top No 10 aide left isolation to go 30 miles to popular tourist town  —  Devastating new claims have emerged that Dominic Cummings further breached the lockdown rules, as Downing Street came under sustained pressure …
Discussion:, Politico and Gothamist
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.
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.
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:
The United States' Coronavirus Death Toll Is About to Hit 100,000.  Donald Trump Went Golfing Today.  —  For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.  —  President Donald Trump, who in 2014 attacked Barack Obama for golfing during …
Discussion: Washington Post
Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
Pastor Who Claimed To Cure Coronavirus With Faith Dies Of Coronavirus  —  Frankline Ndifor had claimed to cure the COVID-19 infection in Cameroon via the laying of hands.  —  A pastor and former presidential candidate in Cameroon who claimed he had cured coronavirus via laying hands has reportedly died of the infection.
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 …
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 …
Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
Study: White Supremacist Groups Are ‘Thriving’ On Facebook, Despite Extremist Ban  —  With many Americans vulnerable to fascist ideologies during the pandemic, the study warns, Facebook could be fertile ground for recruitment.  —  A new study reported that white supremacist groups are …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Axios
Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
The pandemic has already altered how tens of millions of Americans can cast their ballots this year  —  The coronavirus pandemic is rapidly transforming this year's elections, changing the way tens of millions of people cast ballots and putting thousands of election officials at the center …
Discussion: NBC News
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 …
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
Brittny Mejia / Los Angeles Times:
Mosques adapt to coronavirus shutdown by sharing the call to prayer.  In Culver City, neighbors said it was too loud  —  The call to prayer rang out at 7:49 on a Saturday evening as the sky glowed pink from the setting sun.  —  Women in hijabs and masks gazed up at the mosque as the Arabic hymn floated down:
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
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
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Just The News:
FBI opened Russia probe on third-hand ‘suggestion’ of collusion, declassified memo shows
Discussion: Redstate
New York Post:
$21M Brooklyn field hospital never saw a patient amid coronavirus pandemic
Discussion: TheBlaze and The City
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Bullock outraises Daines in Montana Senate race
The US cleared the way for a new arms sale to the UAE, despite evidence it violated the last one
Noah Bookbinder / NBC News:
Trump's firing of government watchdogs chips away at America's checks and balances
Christian Brose / Wall Street Journal:
The End of America's Era of Military Primacy
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
 Earlier Items: 
Trump administration might consolidate pandemic response at State Department
Discussion: Devex and Sputnik News
Justin Davidson / New York Magazine:
That Office AC System Is Great — at Recirculating Viruses
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
Wall Street Journal:
Rental-Car Company Hertz Files for Bankruptcy
Washington Free Beacon:
Who's Afraid of Ilhan Omar?
Valeria Pacheco / Yahoo News:
Bolsonaro rocked by release of expletive-laced video
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Rachel Maddow Wins Dismissal of OAN Defamation Lawsuit