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8:00 AM ET, May 25, 2020

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Annie Karni / New York Times:
Trump Promotes Posts From Racist and Sexist Twitter Feed  —  On a somber Memorial Day weekend, the president did not mention the mounting coronavirus toll and instead retweeted personal attacks on his political rivals.  —  WASHINGTON — On a weekend when the nation was bracing …
Discussion: The Hill and Slate
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Anne Gearan / Washington Post:
On weekend dedicated to war dead, Trump tweets insults, promotes baseless claims and plays golf  —  As the death toll in the novel coronavirus pandemic neared 100,000 Americans this Memorial Day weekend, President Trump derided and insulted perceived enemies and promoted a baseless conspiracy theory, in between rounds of golf.
Justine Coleman / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker calls on Trump to stop promoting Scarborough conspiracy theory: ‘It will destroy us’  —  Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) called on President Trump to stop promoting “the completely unfounded conspiracy” theory regarding the death of an intern for MSNBC “Morning Joe” anchor and former Florida lawmaker Joe Scarborough.
Discussion: Mediaite
Craig Pittman / Washington Post:
Florida family grieves as Trump spreads debunked conspiracy theory to attack MSNBC host  —  A little after 8 a.m. on July 20, 2001, a couple arriving for an appointment opened an unlocked front door at an office in the Florida panhandle town of Fort Walton Beach and discovered a woman lying on the floor, dead.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Scoop: Inside the secret talks to overhaul the GOP platform  —  For the past six months, top Trump campaign officials, reporting to Jared Kushner, have been working on a radical overhaul of the Republican Party platform.  —  Driving the news: The Trump campaign's Bill Stepien has been leading the process …
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump seeks visual contrast with Biden as economy begins to reopen
Discussion: Associated Press and Althouse
Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Federal judge guts Florida law requiring felons to pay fines before they can vote  —  A federal judge has gutted a Florida state law requiring felons to pay all court fines and fees before they can register to vote, clearing the way for thousands of Floridians to register in time for the November presidential election.
William Boston / Wall Street Journal:
More Than 100 in Germany Found to Be Infected With Coronavirus After Church's Services  —  Social distancing was observed and building disinfected for affected Sunday May 10 ceremonies, says senior member  —  BERLIN—At least 107 people have been found to be infected with the new coronavirus …
Discussion: Vox
Tom Nichols / The Atlantic:
Donald Trump, the Most Unmanly President  —  So many mysteries surround Donald Trump: the contents of his tax returns, the apparent miracle of his graduation from college.  Some of them are merely curiosities; others are of national importance, such as whether he understood the nuclear-weapons briefing given to every president.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jack Blanchard / Politico:
Furious backlash after Boris Johnson defends aide's lockdown journey  —  U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson will chair a tense bank holiday Cabinet meeting this morning with the Tory Party in a state of near-mutiny over his decision to stand by lockdown-flouting aide Dominic Cummings.
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
They Survived the Worst Battles of World War II.  And Died of the Virus.  —  Inside the Holyoke Soldiers' Home was a man who had served as a jailer to Hitler's top aide.  A man who had rescued Japanese kamikaze pilots from the sea.  A man who carried memories of a concentration camp.
Washington Post:
As Trump removes federal watchdogs, some loyalists replacing them have ‘preposterous’ conflicts  —  The political appointee President Trump installed last week to investigate waste, fraud and abuse at the Transportation Department is the same official in charge of one of the agency's key divisions.
Josh Glancy / The Sunday Times:
Ilhan Omar interview: “I am America's hope and President Trump's nightmare” … Aside from Donald Trump himself, there probably isn't a more controversial — or divisive — figure in America today than Ilhan Omar.  The diminutive Democrat from Minnesota is the joint-first Muslim woman to serve …
Discussion: Breitbart and Twitchy
Associated Press:
Alligator rumored to have been Hitler's dies in Moscow  —  MOSCOW (AP) — An alligator that many people believe once belonged to Adolf Hitler has died in the Moscow Zoo.  —  The zoo said the alligator, named Saturn, was about 84 years old when he died on Friday.
Rosemary Rossi / The Wrap:
Ann Coulter Turns on ‘Disloyal Actual Retard’ Trump in Twitter Rant  —  Ann Coulter went on an early Sunday morning Twitter tear, calling President Donald Trump “the most disloyal actual retard that has ever set foot in the Oval Office.”  —  The far-right media pundit and former Trump defender …
Patrick Condon / Star Tribune:
Minnesota Poll: Biden holds small lead over Trump in 2020 presidential race  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden holds a small lead over President Donald Trump among registered voters in Minnesota, according to the first presidential poll in the state since the Democrat clinched his party's nomination.
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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Guy Chazan / Financial Times:
Trump ‘has a point’ about WHO flaws, says Germany's health minister
Discussion: Politico
WKMG:
Video: Massive crowds gather in Daytona Beach, residents fear for their safety
Discussion: NPR
Ryan Colby / Becket:
MINNESOTA TO REOPEN ALL CHURCHES AFTER CATHOLICS AND LUTHERANS STAND UP FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM …
Discussion: Power Line
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Trump's national security adviser says China response to coronavirus was like Chernobyl
Kyle Morris / Breitbart:
Michael Moore Torches Biden: He Lacks ‘Necessary Enthusiasm’ to Beat Trump
Discussion: Deadline and New York Post
Alan Suderman / Associated Press:
White House goal on testing nursing homes unmet
Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Jason Slotkin / NPR:
North Carolina Reports Highest 1-Day Spike Of COVID-19 Cases
Discussion: The Guardian and The Hill
Jordan Green / Raw Story:
Exclusive: Husband of Reopen NC leader ‘willing to kill people’ in resistance to emergency orders
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Why Joe Biden can do no wrong
Discussion: Redstate
James Arkin / Politico:
The political neophyte Democrats are betting on to capture the Senate
Daily Mail:
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Harry Enten / CNN:
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