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10:42 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, Slate, The US Sun, The Guardian and UPI
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 …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Firing a Salvo in Culture Wars, Trump Pushes for Churches to Reopen
Discussion: CNN and Gothamist
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 …
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
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 …
Associated Press:
Biden says he was too ‘cavalier’ about black voters' choices
Discussion: Breitbart
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
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 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
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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Discussion: Devex
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
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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
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.
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
 Earlier Items: 
Lorie Konish / CNBC:
Americans take a dim view of raiding their Social Security to cover pandemic expenses, poll finds
Matt Vespa / Townhall:
BREAKING: FBI Says They're Reviewing Michael Flynn Case After Evidence of Gross Misconduct Exposed
Associated Press:
Republicans back away from House candidate over online posts
NBC News:
6 months on, Trump hasn't completed his physical. The White House won't say why.
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
With Trump, the Pathology Is the Point
ABC News:
Republicans wrestle with conspiracy-theory advocate winning Senate primary
Discussion: Raw Story, The Hill and Axios
Berkeley Lovelace Jr / CNBC:
Dr. Anthony Fauci says staying closed for too long could cause ‘irreparable damage’