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12:35 PM ET, May 24, 2020

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Harry Enten / CNN:
Biden is running ahead of Clinton's 2016 pace  —  (CNN)Poll of the week: A new national Fox News poll finds former Vice President Joe Biden with a 48% to 40% lead over President Donald Trump.  —  The average of all polls taken at least partially this week have Biden up by a 48% to 41% margin.
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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
Washington Post:
Trump opts for a 2016 disruption strategy that Democrats say is ill-suited for a pandemic
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
New York Times:
Remembering the Nearly 100,000 Lives Lost to Coronavirus in America  —  America is fast approaching a grim milestone in the coronavirus outbreak — each figure here represents one of the nearly 100,000 lives lost so far.  But a count reveals only so much.  Memories, gathered from obituaries across …
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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.
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
O'Brien: U.S. likely to impose sanctions if China moves ahead with Hong Kong law  —  White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien said on NBC's “Meet the Press” Sunday that the U.S. government will likely impose economic sanctions on Hong Kong and China if Beijing moves ahead …
Discussion: Politico
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The Guardian:
Hong Kong protests: police fire teargas as thousands rally against Beijing's national security law
Discussion: Reuters
Zen Soo / Associated Press:
Hong Kong police fire tear gas, water cannon at protesters
Discussion: Axios
CNN:   Hong Kong protest over proposed national security law met with tear gas
Politico:
Lavish Parties, Greedy Pols and Panic Rooms: How the ‘Apple of Pot’ Collapsed  —  The warm California sun shone down on Adam Bierman as he stepped up to the ceremonial ribbon strung across the entrance of his latest triumph: a new store on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice, the hottest retail strip west of the Mississippi.
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Trump Sows Doubt on Voting.  It Keeps Some People Up at Night.  —  A group of worst-case scenario planners — mostly Democrats, but also some anti-Trump Republicans — have been gaming out how to respond to various doomsday options for the 2020 presidential election.
Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
Despite Trump opposition, it's ‘difficult to tell’ if country may need to close again: Birx  —  “This only works if we all follow the guidelines and protect one another”: Birx  —  As Americans continue to emerge from quarantines and stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus pandemic …
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Eleanor Mueller / Politico:   Places of worship ‘may not be safe’ for some, Birx says
Faith Karimi / CNN:
A second hairstylist who worked while symptomatic potentially exposed 56 clients to Covid-19, officials say  —  (CNN)Two Missouri hairstylists potentially exposed 140 clients to coronavirus when they worked for up to eight days this month while symptomatic, health officials said.
Discussion: NBC News
Daily Mail:
Peng (right) married Xi (left) in 1987, when he was the divorced deputy mayor of the city of Xiamen  —  Peng, who holds the rank of major-general in the army, sang in uniform for soldiers after they crushed pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square - although state censors have sought to scrub these pictures from the internet.
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 …
Full Measure:
Full Measure: May 24, 2020 - Interview with the President  —  Sharyl: Thank you for being on our program.  —  President Trump: Well, thank you.  —  Sharyl: Do you think that coronavirus has been as transformative to our country as 9/11 was?  —  President Trump: Well, I think the concept of 9/11 was, it was a little more direct.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and NBC News
CNN:
Democrats see Warren as rising VP contender as coronavirus reshuffles 2020 race  —  (CNN)Joe Biden is thinking big.  —  Confronted with the prospect of taking office next year in the depths of a historic economic and health crisis, Biden is now talking about a bolder presidency …
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Key swing state warns of November election crisis  —  PHILADELPHIA — Pennsylvania could determine the presidency.  But it might not be clear for days who won the state on Nov. 3.  —  Election officials throughout the critical battleground, which is implementing no-excuse mail-in voting …
Discussion: The Colorado Sun
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 …
Discussion: The Guardian
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Crumbs for the Hungry but Windfalls for the Rich  —  Billions are going to zillionaires under the guise of pandemic relief.  —  While President Trump and his allies in Congress seek to tighten access to food stamps, they are showing compassion for one group: zillionaires.
New York Times:
Why Does the U.S. Military Celebrate White Supremacy?  —  It is time to rename bases for American heroes — not racist traitors.  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.  It is separate from the newsroom.
Washington Post:
On the front lines of the pandemic, grocery workers are in the dark about risks  —  By the end of April, employees at a Walmart in Quincy, Mass., were panicking: Sick colleagues kept showing up at work.  Other employees disappeared without explanation.  The store's longtime greeter …
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Top nursing home executive blames ‘flawed survey system’ for scathing GAO report on lapses in infection prevention  —  Head of the nation's largest association of long term care providers on protecting the elderly from COVID-19  —  The head of the National Center for Assisted Living blamed a …
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:
Trump's pitch to voters: Trust me, economy will soar in 2021  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has a new pitch to voters for this fall: Trust me.  —  As the economy faces a once-in-a-century recession, with more than 38 million people out of work, Trump is increasingly talking …
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Covid Dreams, Trump Nightmares  —  Of masks, unmasking and dropping our professional masks for our medical ones.  —  WASHINGTON — My corona dreams are so crazy and vibrant, with star turns by politicians, celebrities, zombies and my late mother, that sometimes as I wake …
Discussion: Althouse
James Arkin / Politico:
The political neophyte Democrats are betting on to capture the Senate  —  Senate Democrats have a lot riding on Theresa Greenfield, a political neophyte about to get her first major test in next month's Iowa primary.  —  The party is placing a surprisingly large bet on the real estate executive …
 
 
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Washington Post:
Live updates: Video shows Memorial Day crowd flouting coronavirus restrictions as states reopen
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Why Joe Biden can do no wrong
Discussion: Redstate and Disrn
Jen Christensen / CNN:
We will be seeing more of the scientists from the White House coronavirus task force soon, Fauci says
Discussion: Washington Post
Stephen Gutowski / Washington Free Beacon:
First-Time Gun Buyers Explain How Coronavirus Changed Their Politics
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Trump is stiffest challenge to Grassley's self-appointed role as defender of inspectors general
Discussion: Politico
Yonah Jeremy Bob / Jerusalem Post:
Netanyahu to be Israel's first sitting PM on trial - case opens today
Discussion: Axios and One America News Network
Lee Moran / HuffPost:
Baltimore Mayor To Donald Trump: Don't Come Here During Coronavirus Lockdown
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Adam LeBor / Financial Times:
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No, there's still no Biden-Ukraine scandal
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Against Jo Rae Perkins
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren to Hold Big-Dollar Fund-Raiser for Joe Biden
Discussion: The Week, The Hill and New York Post
Washington Post:
Federal judge hires high-powered D.C. attorney to defend his actions in Flynn case
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
A Feud in Wolf-Kink Erotica Raises a Deep Legal Question
Discussion: Althouse
Matthew Weaver / The Guardian:
New witnesses cast doubt on Dominic Cummings's lockdown claims
Discussion: Politico and Mirror.co.uk