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12:05 PM ET, May 25, 2020

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Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
Can we stop pretending Trump is fit to be president?  —  At various times over the past three and a half years, many of us have asked what would happen if President Trump truly went over the edge or if his behavior became so frightening that his unfitness for the most powerful position on Earth could no longer be denied.
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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 …
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.
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Trump Promotes Posts From Racist and Sexist Twitter Feed
Discussion: VICE, The Hill and Slate
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: Scripting News, Raw Story and Althouse
Politico:
Trump threatens to pull Republican convention out of North Carolina  —  President Donald Trump on Monday morning threatened to move August's Republican National Convention out of North Carolina unless there are guarantees the state will let everyone attend.  —  “I love the Great State …
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Fox News:
Trump threatens to find new GOP convention site if North Carolina governor won't allow full attendance
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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 …
Discussion: Althouse
Courier-Journal:
Beshear hanged in effigy as Second Amendment supporters rally at Capitol before Memorial Day  —  What started out as a freedom-loving celebration of the Second Amendment ahead of Memorial Day turned into Gov. Andy Beshear being hanged in effigy and protesters chanting outside the governor's mansion.
Discussion: Politico, The Daily Caller and TheBlaze
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Wenxin Fan / Wall Street Journal:
Wuhan Tests Nine Million People for Coronavirus in 10 Days  —  City used ‘sample pooling’ for mass-testing regimen after a handful of fresh cases sparked concern  —  HONG KONG—The central Chinese city of Wuhan said early Monday that it had collected coronavirus swab tests from more than nine million …
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Trump Wants Schools ‘Opened ASAP’ After Watching Fox News Segment  —  ‘VERY GOOD INFORMATION’  —  “Schools in our country should be opened ASAP.  Much very good information now available,” Donald Trump tweeted on the eve of Memorial Day as the U.S. coronavirus death toll approached 100,000.
Discussion: The Sun
Star Tribune:
Trump and the 2020 presidential race  —  The Star Tribune, MPR News and KARE 11 interviewed 800 Minnesota registered voters between May 18 and May 20.  Findings from questions about President Donald Trump's job performance and the 2020 presidential race are below.  Totals may not add up to 100% due to rounding.
Discussion: The Hill
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Patrick Condon / Star Tribune:   Minnesota Poll: Biden holds small lead over Trump in 2020 presidential race
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 …
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.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Michael R. Bloomberg / Bloomberg:   Trump's Firing of Watchdogs Must Be Checked
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 …
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.
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 …
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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Justine Coleman / The Hill:
GOP lawmaker calls on Trump to stop promoting Scarborough conspiracy theory: ‘It will destroy us’
Discussion: JONATHAN TURLEY and Mediaite
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: Althouse and Associated Press
 
 
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Declan Walsh / New York Times:
By Air and Sea, Mercenaries Landed in Libya. Then the Plan Went South.
Washington Post:
This is the final nail in the coffin for Hong Kong's autonomy
Discussion: Just The News and Associated Press
Mike Pence / Fox News:
Vice President Mike Pence: This Memorial Day our freedoms are cherished even more. Here's why
Discussion: The Hill
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
Josh Glancy / The Sunday Times:
Ilhan Omar interview: “I am America's hope and President Trump's nightmare”
 Earlier Items: 
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
They Survived the Worst Battles of World War II. And Died of the Virus.
William Boston / Wall Street Journal:
More Than 100 in Germany Found to Be Infected With Coronavirus After Church's Services
Discussion: Vox
Associated Press:
Alligator rumored to have been Hitler's dies in Moscow