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2:50 PM ET, May 24, 2020

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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.
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Sen. Blackburn: Biden comment ‘shows what the Democrats think of African-American voters’  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden may have walked back his controversial comment about black voters made during a Friday radio interview, but Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., insists it reveals a truth …
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Jacob Knutson / Axios:
O'Brien: U.S. likely to impose sanctions if China moves ahead with Hong Kong law
Discussion: Politico
CNN:   Hong Kong protest over proposed national security law met with tear gas
Zen Soo / Associated Press:
Hong Kong police fire tear gas, water cannon at protesters
Discussion: Axios
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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Jordan Green / Raw Story:
Exclusive: Husband of Reopen NC leader ‘willing to kill people’ in resistance to emergency orders  —  The husband of the woman who leads the Reopen NC movement says people should be willing to kill, if necessary, to resist the “New World Order” and emergency orders imposed by state government to contain the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
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.
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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
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 …
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Key swing state warns of November election ‘nightmare’  —  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
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Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Rick Scott says he's fine with absentee voting as long as laws prevent fraud
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Alan Suderman / Associated Press:
White House goal on testing nursing homes unmet  —  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Nearly two weeks ago the White House urged governors to ensure that every nursing home resident and staff member be tested for the coronavirus within 14 days.  —  It's not going to happen.
Discussion: The Hill
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Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Top nursing home executive blames ‘flawed survey system’ for scathing GAO report on lapses in infection prevention
Discussion: Politico
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Why Joe Biden can do no wrong  —  One columnist declared that former Vice President Joe Biden could boil babies and she would still vote for him.  Feminist leaders have said they believe Biden raped a Senate staffer but they still endorse him.  Good government advocates have opposed …
Discussion: Redstate and Disrn
 
 
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Kyle Morris / Breitbart:
Michael Moore Torches Biden: He Lacks ‘Necessary Enthusiasm’ to Beat Trump
Discussion: Deadline and New York Post
Jason Slotkin / NPR:
North Carolina Reports Highest 1-Day Spike Of COVID-19 Cases
Discussion: The Guardian, NCDHHS and The Hill
Eleanor Mueller / Politico:
U.S. is ahead of China in vaccine race, former FDA chief says
Discussion: The Hill
Elisha Sauers / Virginian-Pilot:
Northam checks on Oceanfront during beach's opening weekend
Discussion: Twitchy
Washington Post:
Live updates: Video shows Memorial Day crowd flouting coronavirus restrictions as states reopen
James Arkin / Politico:
The political neophyte Democrats are betting on to capture the Senate
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Covid Dreams, Trump Nightmares
Discussion: Althouse
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Associated Press:
Trump's pitch to voters: Trust me, economy will soar in 2021
Jen Christensen / CNN:
We will be seeing more of the scientists from the White House coronavirus task force soon, Fauci says
Discussion: Washington Post
Paula Froelich / New York Post:
Bolivian orchestra stranded at ‘haunted’ German castle surrounded by wolves
Discussion: Althouse
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
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
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Elizabeth Warren to Hold Big-Dollar Fund-Raiser for Joe Biden
Washington Post:
Federal judge hires high-powered D.C. attorney to defend his actions in Flynn case