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12:40 AM ET, May 24, 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 …
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
Dave Goldiner / New York Daily News:
Trump tees up on golf outing as coronavirus death toll creeps towards 100,000  —  With nearly 100,000 Americans dead of coronavirus and 1.6 million more sickened, President Trump is playing through.  —  The duffer-in-chief kicked off the Memorial Day weekend Saturday with a trip to the Trump National Golf Club in northern Virginia.
Discussion: Axios, The Daily Beast and Sputnik News
Daniel Friedman / Mother Jones:
The United States' Coronavirus Death Toll Is About to Hit 100,000. Donald Trump Went Golfing Today.
Discussion: Washington Post
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.”
Daily Mail:
NAACP denies Joe Biden's claim that it endorsed him ‘every time’ …
Discussion: Twitchy
Washington Post:
Klobuchar, amid Biden VP search, scrambles to fix relations with black community
Beth Baumann / Townhall:
Charlamagne: These Are Specific Bills Biden Supported That Continue to Hurt the Black Community
Discussion: Redstate
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 …
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren to Hold Big-Dollar Fund-Raiser for Joe Biden  —  Ms. Warren, in the mix for the Democratic vice-presidential nomination, had made opposition to fund-raising events with big donors a central part of her own presidential bid.  —  WASHINGTON — Senator Elizabeth Warren …
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
Damien Cave / New York Times:
Jacinda Ardern Sold a Drastic Lockdown With Straight Talk and Mom Jokes  —  Leading New Zealand from isolation, Ms. Ardern coaxed her “team of five million” into accepting extreme restrictions.  But the lessons of her success go beyond personality or charm.
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 …
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
Adam LeBor / Financial Times:
Live Q&A: Which thrillers should I read this summer?  —  Join novelist Adam LeBor for a live discussion on Saturday May 23 at noon UK time  —  Live Q&A  —  Ready to take a red-hot literary journey into danger?  What are the best summer thrillers?  Join novelist Adam LeBor for a live discussion on Saturday May 23 at 12-1 UK time.
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
Washington Post:
No, there's still no Biden-Ukraine scandal  —  AMERICANS NEED not wonder what would happen if Russia tried to spread disinformation and sow division in the United States leading up to the November presidential election.  It appears to be doing so.  Out of Ukraine this week came audio recordings …
Discussion: Sputnik News
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.
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
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
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
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.
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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
Discussion: NBC News
Just The News:
FBI opened Russia probe on third-hand ‘suggestion’ of collusion, declassified memo shows
Discussion: Power Line, Redstate and Judicial Watch
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
David Benoit / Wall Street Journal:
Coronavirus Devastates Black New Orleans: ‘This Is Bigger Than Katrina’
Discussion: American Prospect
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: 
Langston Taylor / Tampa Bay Times:
Ousted manager was told to manipulate COVID-19 data before state's re-opening, she says
Discussion: Axios
Justin Davidson / New York Magazine:
That Office AC System Is Great — at Recirculating Viruses
Bryan Bender / Politico:
The Netflix Show The Pentagon Can't Stop Talking About
Wall Street Journal:
Rental-Car Company Hertz Files for Bankruptcy