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7:30 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
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 …
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
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.
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 and New York Post
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 …
Daily Mail:
NAACP denies Joe Biden's claim that it endorsed him ‘every time’ he has run after former VP apologized for telling radio host Charlamagne tha God 'you ain't black' in car crash interview  — The NAACP denied former Vice President Joe Biden's claim that it endorsed him every time he's ran for office
Discussion: Twitchy
Michael Harriot / The Root:   Joe Biden Just Proved Why He Must Have a Black Woman as VP
Washington Post:
Klobuchar, amid Biden VP search, scrambles to fix relations with black community
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
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 …
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.
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
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.
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New York Times:
Trump Takes Aim at a Watergate Reform: The Independent Inspector General
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Daniel Strauss / The Guardian:
Barack Obama poised to add his star appeal to Joe Biden's campaign
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Firing a Salvo in Culture Wars, Trump Pushes for Churches to Reopen