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9:20 AM ET, May 25, 2020

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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.
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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
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: JONATHAN TURLEY and 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 …
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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.
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: Althouse and Raw Story
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
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.
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.
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.
Mike Pence / Fox News:
Vice President Mike Pence: This Memorial Day our freedoms are cherished even more.  Here's why  —  Today is Memorial Day in America.  There is a day in November when we honor all those who have served in the uniform of the United States, but today is the day when we honor all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.
Discussion: The Hill
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
Bari Weiss / New York Times:
Why Joe Rogan's Spotify Deal Matters  —  Talking to the podcasting king about his monster Spotify deal.  —  Ms. Weiss is an Opinion staff writer and editor, and the author of “How to Fight Anti-Semitism.”  —  When I saw the news that the king of all podcasting, Joe Rogan …
Steven Lee Myers / New York Times:
Why China's Move to Rein In Hong Kong Is Just the Start  —  Xi Jinping's China, emboldened by its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, no longer seems constrained by the threat of international rebuke.  —  China's move to strip away another layer of Hong Kong's autonomy was not a rash impulse.
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Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Sen. Blackburn: Biden comment ‘shows what the Democrats think of African-American voters’
 
 
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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
Patrick Condon / Star Tribune:
Minnesota Poll: Biden holds small lead over Trump in 2020 presidential race
Associated Press:
Alligator rumored to have been Hitler's dies in Moscow
 Earlier Items: 
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
Alan Suderman / Associated Press:
White House goal on testing nursing homes unmet
Discussion: 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