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9:50 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.
David Siders / Politico:
Trump sees a ‘rigged election’ ahead.  Democrats see a constitutional crisis in the making.  —  First he lit into Michigan and Nevada, threatening to withhold federal funding because of his assertion that both states were preparing to commit voter fraud through mail-in ballot applications.
Discussion: Raw Story and Rolling Stone
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Trump's poor handling of the crisis may lose him the GOP's most reliable voters  —  One of the most durable political assets that Republicans have enjoyed throughout the 21st century is their edge among Americans 65 and older, who tend to turn out at the polls more reliably any other group.
Discussion: Raw Story
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:   Trump vastly outspending Biden in presidential campaign ad wars
Megan Sheets / Daily Mail:
Rep Ilhan Omar says she believes Tara Reade's sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden …
Discussion: Washington Times and Fox News
Trevor Hunnicutt / Reuters:
Out of the house: Biden makes first public campaign stop in weeks
Discussion: The Hill and Disrn
Washington Post:
In crucial Florida, some senior voters cast a skeptical eye toward Trump's reelection  —  Allen Lehner was a Republican until Donald Trump became his party's nominee in 2016.  The 74-year-old retiree says he couldn't bring himself to vote for someone who lied, belittled others …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Van Gordon Sauter / Wall Street Journal:
The ‘Liberal Leaning’ Media Has Passed Its Tipping Point  —  A return to balance would be commercially unviable.  The best solution may be an honest embrace of bias.  —  About 35 years ago I was sitting at lunch next to Jeane Kirkpatrick, a onetime Democrat who became a foreign-policy adviser …
Discussion: Mediaite and his vorpal sword
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Is This the Blueprint for Sanders and AOC to Take Over the Democratic Party?  —  “When [Donald] Trump assumed the presidency after a 2016 election that Democrats should have won by a landslide ...” writes John Nichols in his new book, “the crisis came into focus.  It was not the Republican Party that was ruining our politics.
Ally Mutnick / Politico:
Top Republican yanks endorsement of House candidate who made offensive social media posts  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is rescinding his endorsement of GOP congressional candidate Ted Howze after POLITICO uncovered dozens of derogatory social media posts from his accounts.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
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 …
Andrew Restuccia / Wall Street Journal:   Trump Threatens to Pull Republican Convention From North Carolina
Associated Press:
US faces Memorial Day like no other under virus restrictions  —  ATLANTA (AP) — Americans marked a Memorial Day like no other Monday as the coronavirus pandemic upended traditional commemorations and forced communities to honor the nation's military dead with smaller, more subdued ceremonies …
POLITICO Playbook: Happy Memorial Day
Discussion: The Week, Associated Press and Politico
Baltimore Sun:
President Trump speaks at Fort McHenry in Baltimore, likening military service to those on front lines of coronavirus fight  —  President Donald Trump gave a Memorial Day address at Fort McHenry in Baltimore on Monday honoring recent and past fallen military members and likening their service …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Darlene Superville / Associated Press:
Trump doubles up on Memorial Day events
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Five Simple Tricks for Stealing the Election  —  Sure, he could use ordinary cheating to eke out another narrow Electoral College win and popular vote loss.  But he has other cards up his sleeve if that doesn't work out this time.  —  BEAST INSIDE
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Times
Eric Cortellessa / Washington Monthly:
Trump Sabotaged America's Recovery Even Before COVID-19 Began  —  The president's pre-pandemic fiscal recklessness will slow the nation's rebound.  —  “Vaccine or no vaccine, we're back,” President Donald Trump said last week as governors nationwide began relaxing the restrictions prompted by Covid-19.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
The vote-by-mail cases that could decide the 2020 election  —  How vote-by-mail could change the 2020 election  —  In this weekly column “Cross Exam,” Elie Honig, a CNN legal analyst and former federal and state prosecutor, gives his take on the latest legal news.  Post your questions below.
Juan Williams / The Hill:
Justice Thomas seizes his moment in the Trump era  —  When I met Clarence Thomas in 1980, I never thought that 40 years later he'd be described as “Trump's favorite” Supreme Court justice.  —  After all, a poll earlier this year from the Washington Post and IPSOS found 83 percent of black people think President Trump is a racist.
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 …
David Marcus / The Federalist:
Restaurant Owners In New York City Fight Back  —  A lawn sign campaign in Staten Island is imploring Gov. Andrew Cuomo to get New York City back to business.  —  “We are scared, nervous, and mostly unsure of our future, while Congress makes sure people can stay home because they can easily live off …
Avital Chizhik-Goldschmidt / The Forward:
A prophet in his own city: Jacob Kornbluh, the Hasidic reporter standing up for social-distancing  —  As a public service during this pandemic, the Forward is providing free, unlimited access to all coronavirus articles.  If you'd like to support our independent Jewish journalism, click here.
Gideon Rachman / Financial Times:
Jair Bolsonaro's populism is leading Brazil to disaster  —  If life were a morality tale, the Covid-19 antics would turn Brazilians against the populist president  —  On a visit to Brazil last year, I had a chat with a prominent financier about the parallels between Donald Trump and Jair Bolsonaro.
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Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
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Alexander Osipovich / Wall Street Journal:
NYSE's Floor to Reopen With Masks, Coronavirus Waivers and Handshake Ban
Nathan Heller / New Yorker:
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Star Tribune:
Trump and the 2020 presidential race
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Trump Wants Schools ‘Opened ASAP’ After Watching Fox News Segment
Discussion: The Sun
Nick Perry / Associated Press:
New Zealand leader carries on with TV interview during quake
Discussion: Slate and The Wrap