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8:20 PM ET, May 24, 2020

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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.
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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 and Political Wire
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.
Discussion: Politico, Associated Press and Axios
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: Slate
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: Raw Story
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump seeks visual contrast with Biden as economy begins to reopen
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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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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 …
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY
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Jacob Knutson / Axios:
O'Brien: U.S. likely to impose sanctions if China moves ahead with Hong Kong law
Discussion: Breitbart, KDFX-TV and Politico
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Trump's national security adviser says China response to coronavirus was like Chernobyl
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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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CNN:
Priest: Mr. President, we don't need to open churches to practice our faith
Eleanor Mueller / Politico:   Places of worship ‘may not be safe’ for some, Birx says
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 …
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.
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.
Axios:
White House announces new coronavirus travel restrictions on Brazil  —  The White House announced Sunday that President Trump would suspend entry of non-U.S. citizens who have been in Brazil in the past 14 days in an effort to stop the imported spread of the coronavirus.
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: Twitchy
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.
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.
Grace-Marie Turner / Forbes:
600 Physicians Say Lockdowns Are A ‘Mass Casualty Incident’  —  More than 600 of the nation's physicians sent a letter to President Trump this week calling the coronavirus shutdowns a “mass casualty incident” with “exponentially growing negative health consequences” to millions of non COVID patients.
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
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.
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
 
 
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Ryan Colby / Becket:
MINNESOTA TO REOPEN ALL CHURCHES AFTER CATHOLICS AND LUTHERANS STAND UP FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOM …
Discussion: Power Line
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
Elisha Sauers / Virginian-Pilot:
Northam checks on Oceanfront during beach's opening weekend
Discussion: Breitbart, The Daily Beast and Twitchy
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Why Joe Biden can do no wrong
Discussion: Redstate and Disrn
James Arkin / Politico:
The political neophyte Democrats are betting on to capture the Senate
Daily Mail:
Peng (right) married Xi (left) in 1987, when he was the divorced deputy mayor of the city of Xiamen
Washington Post:
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 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
Democrats see Warren as rising VP contender as coronavirus reshuffles 2020 race
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
Key swing state warns of November election ‘nightmare’
Discussion: The Colorado Sun
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Covid Dreams, Trump Nightmares
Discussion: Althouse
Associated Press:
Trump's pitch to voters: Trust me, economy will soar in 2021
Faith Karimi / CNN:
A second hairstylist who worked while symptomatic potentially exposed 56 clients to Covid-19, officials say
Discussion: Daily Kos and NBC News
Politico:
Lavish Parties, Greedy Pols and Panic Rooms: How the ‘Apple of Pot’ Collapsed
Meryl Kornfield / Washington Post:
Rats are getting aggressive hunting for food amid restaurant closures, CDC warns
Discussion: Slate and New York Post