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9:45 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.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Tweets and Golfs, but Makes No Mention of Virus's Toll  —  Coronavirus deaths in the United States approached a staggering 100,000, a number the president once predicted would never be reached.  —  WASHINGTON — As President Trump's motorcade pulled into his golf club in Virginia …
Discussion: Vox and Variety
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
Nick Perry / Associated Press:
New Zealand leader carries on with TV interview during quake  —  New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern barely skipped a beat when an earthquake struck during a live television interview  —  WELLINGTON, New Zealand — New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern barely skipped a beat …
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
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.
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.
New York Times:
Wealthiest Hospitals Got Billions in Bailout for Struggling Health Providers  —  Twenty large chains received more than $5 billion in federal grants even while sitting on more than $100 billion in cash.  —  A multibillion-dollar institution in the Seattle area invests in hedge funds …
Washington Post:
This is the final nail in the coffin for Hong Kong's autonomy  —  Joshua Wong is the secretary general of Demosisto.  Glacier Kwong is a digital rights and political activist in Hong Kong.  —  Beijing has just hammered the final nail in the coffin for Hong Kong's autonomy.
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Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Trump Wants Schools ‘Opened ASAP’ After Watching Fox News Segment
Discussion: The Sun
Mike Pence / Fox News:
Vice President Mike Pence: This Memorial Day our freedoms are cherished even more. Here's why
Discussion: The Hill
Bari Weiss / New York Times:
Why Joe Rogan's Spotify Deal Matters
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
Josh Glancy / The Sunday Times:
Ilhan Omar interview: “I am America's hope and President Trump's nightmare”
Discussion: Breitbart and Twitchy
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Alligator rumored to have been Hitler's dies in Moscow
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