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8:40 AM ET, May 24, 2020


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Washington Post:
Trump opts for a 2016 disruption strategy that Democrats say is ill-suited for a pandemic  —  Flush with record amounts of cash and a massive organization, President Trump and his allies had planned to spend the spring unleashing a torrent of withering attacks against Joe Biden in an attempt …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Biden tops Trump in Michigan, where Gov. Whitmer is more popular than president  —  Judge Jeanine: Michigan Gov. Whitmer was taking advantage of the COVID-19 crisis until she got caught  —  Majorities of Michigan voters are concerned about coronavirus, think President Trump …
Discussion: NBC News and Black Enterprise
Harry Enten / CNN:   Georgia is a swing state in 2020
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Slate
Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:
The United States' Coronavirus Death Toll Is About to Hit 100,000. Donald Trump Went Golfing Today.
Discussion: Washington Post
Meryl Kornfield / Washington Post:
Rats are getting aggressive hunting for food amid restaurant closures, CDC warns  —  Humans aren't the only ones hankering for the days they could dine out at their cities' restaurants: Some rats that miss feasting on the scraps are becoming increasingly brazen to find new food sources …
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 …
John Grippe / New York Times:
The Project Behind a Front Page Full of Names  —  A presentation of obituaries and death notices from newspapers around the country tries to frame incalculable loss.  —  Times Insider explains who we are and what we do, and delivers behind-the-scenes insights into how our journalism comes together.
Paula Froelich / New York Post:
Bolivian orchestra stranded at ‘haunted’ German castle surrounded by wolves  —  A Bolivian pan flute orchestra has been stuck in quarantine on the grounds of a grand 15th century palace outside of Berlin for two months.  Over 20 members of the Orquesta Experimental de Instrumentos Nativos …
Catherine Marfin / Dallas Morning News:
Allen West — former Florida congressman, candidate for Texas GOP chairman — injured in motorcycle crash near Waco  —  The incident occurred as he was returning from speaking at a rally in Austin, former state Sen. Don Huffines says. … Allen West, the former Florida congressman …
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren to Hold Big-Dollar Fund-Raiser for Joe Biden  —  Ms. Warren, in the mix for the vice-presidential nomination, had made opposition to events with big donors a central part of her own presidential bid.  —  The Trump effect could lift Democratic Senate candidates.  —  MONEY
Discussion: The Hill and New York Post
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Grassley's challenge to self-appointed role as defender of inspectors general: Trump  —  The 665-word letter had gone, as expected, unanswered.  So Sen. Charles E. Grassley fired off an email to the White House Counsel's Office, pressing for an explanation as to why President Trump abruptly dismissed …
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:   Trump Takes Aim at a Watergate Reform: The Independent Inspector General
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
Yonah Jeremy Bob / Jerusalem Post:
Netanyahu to be Israel's first sitting PM on trial - case opens today  —  Key to Sunday's hearing is how quickly or slowly the judges decide to move the trial forward.  —  After years of probes, immunity battles, High Court decisions and a corona delay, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu …
Discussion: Axios and One America News Network
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
Baltimore Mayor To Donald Trump: Don't Come Here During Coronavirus Lockdown  —  “Please stay home!” tweeted Jack Young, who urged the president to cancel his Memorial Day visit to the city.  —  Baltimore Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young has urged President Donald Trump to cancel his scheduled Memorial …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
National Review:
Against Jo Rae Perkins  —  On Tuesday, Jo Rae Perkins won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Oregon.  The Oregon GOP says it will back her candidacy notwithstanding her associations with the “QAnon” movement.  That's a mistake.  Perkins is an unreconstructed exponent of a batty …
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Stephen Gutowski / Washington Free Beacon:
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Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Crumbs for the Hungry but Windfalls for the Rich
Adam LeBor / Financial Times:
Live Q&A: Which thrillers should I read this summer?
Washington Post:
No, there's still no Biden-Ukraine scandal
Damien Cave / New York Times:
Jacinda Ardern Sold a Drastic Lockdown With Straight Talk and Mom Jokes
Daily Mail:
NAACP denies Joe Biden's claim that it endorsed him ‘every time’ …
Discussion: Twitchy
Michael Harriot / The Root:
Joe Biden Just Proved Why He Must Have a Black Woman as VP
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Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
The pandemic has already altered how tens of millions of Americans can cast their ballots this year
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
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Just The News:
FBI opened Russia probe on third-hand ‘suggestion’ of collusion, declassified memo shows
Discussion: Power Line, Redstate and Judicial Watch
Matthew Weaver / The Guardian:
New witnesses cast doubt on Dominic Cummings's lockdown claims
Discussion: and Politico
Christopher Mathias / HuffPost:
Study: White Supremacist Groups Are ‘Thriving’ On Facebook, Despite Extremist Ban
Discussion: Raw Story
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Donald Trump Is Leading the GOP—to the Political Graveyard