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10:30 AM ET, May 27, 2020

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Wall Street Journal:
A Presidential Smear  —  Trump imitates the Steele dossier in attacks on Joe Scarborough.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  Donald Trump sometimes traffics in conspiracy theories—recall his innuendo in 2016 about Ted Cruz's father and the JFK assassination—but his latest accusation …
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Washington Examiner:
Trump's slanderous attack on Joe Scarborough is incompatible with leadership  —  Nearly two decades ago, when Joe Scarborough was a conservative Republican member of Congress from Florida, his office suffered a tragedy.  One of his staff, a 28-year-old woman, named Lori Klausutis …
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Is Smearing Joe Scarborough Because Republicans Reward His Bullying  —  The United States is in the midst of its worst economic catastrophe in 90 years, and its deepest public-health crisis in more than 100, and the president is laser-focused on the co-host of a morning cable-news talk …
Sewell Chan / Los Angeles Times:
Twitter's refusal to delete Trump's tweets about Lori Klausutis is disgraceful
Discussion: Vox, CNN and Real Clear Politics
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
Twitter Places Fact-Checking Warning On Trump Tweet For 1st Time
Discussion: Slate, The Hill and VICE
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
“Close them down”: Trump threatens action against social media platforms  —  President Trump threatened to shut down or regulate social media platforms due to anti-conservative bias in a pair of Wednesday tweets — the day after Twitter's first fact-check against the president's claims on its platform.
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Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Twitter labels Trump's tweets with a fact-check for the first time  —  The action comes after years of criticism that social media companies have allowed the president to push misinformation unchecked  —  Twitter on Tuesday slapped a fact-check label on President Trump's tweets for the first time …
New York Post:   The hidden risk in Donald Trump's tweets
Peter Wehner / The Atlantic:
The Malignant Cruelty of Donald Trump
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:   Don't Blame Twitter  —  You can't mistake the pus for the infection.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump's 2016 campaign brass warns he's in trouble in 2020  —  David Bossie and Corey Lewandowski, two key allies and former political advisers to Donald Trump, went to the White House last week to issue him a warning: The president was slipping badly in swing states, and he needed to do something to fix it.
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and KDFX-TV
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Nancy Cook / Politico:
‘Why are you not burying him?’:  Trump allies fret over rising Biden threat  —  Some of President Donald Trump's political allies and donors are starting to get antsy.  —  With only five months until the November general election, several Trump advisers, campaign veterans and prominent Republicans …
Politico:
Grenell to join Trump campaign  —  U.S. Ambassador to Germany Ric Grenell is set to join President Donald Trump's 2020 campaign amid a broader shakeup that saw the promotion of two other campaign officials on Tuesday, according to two people familiar with the matter.
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Pompeo's ‘Madison Dinners’ aren't scandalous.  I went to one.  —  When assessing the Trump administration, let's make sure that our outrage meters are well-calibrated, so that we don't waste time on trivial topics.  A case in point is the recent uproar over the “Madison Dinners” …
Discussion: Politico
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Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Ex-Pompeo staffers asked to sign letter against ‘smear campaign’
Discussion: Politico
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:   Mike Pompeo Is the Worst Secretary of State Ever
Chip Brownlee / Alabama Political Reporter:
“We're surging:” Alabama reports largest COVID-19 increases to date  —  Alabama saw its largest single-day increase in new COVID-19 cases Monday, according to the state, as daily case counts continue an upward trend and hospitals across the state report increasing hospitalizations.
Helen Branswell / STAT:
New research rewrites history of when Covid-19 took off in the U.S. — and points to missed chances to stop it  —  New research has poured cold water on the theory that the Covid-19 outbreak in Washington state — the country's first — was triggered by the very first confirmed case of the infection in the country.
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Jeremy Herb / CNN:
Trump tweet throws House vote on government surveillance powers into doubt  —  Hurd slams FISA court abuses: ‘Absolutely outrageous’  —  (CNN)A House vote to reauthorize national security surveillance authorities that have been expired since March was thrown into doubt on Wednesday following …
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Politico:   Kevin McCarthy asks Dems to pull FISA bill
Hayley Miller / HuffPost:
4 Minneapolis Police Officers Fired Over George Floyd Death  —  The move comes after a video showed an officer kneeling on the neck of Floyd, an unarmed Black man, on Monday.  —  Four Minneapolis police officers were fired Tuesday following the death of George Floyd, a Black man who died …
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Associated Press:
Spike in South Korea virus cases shows perils of reopening  —  SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — As Mediterranean beaches and Las Vegas casinos laid out plans to welcome tourists again, South Korea announced a spike in new infections Wednesday and considered reimposing social distancing restrictions …
Maggie Fox / CNN:
Antibody tests for Covid-19 wrong up to half the time, CDC says  —  (CNN)Antibody tests used to determine if people have been infected in the past with Covid-19 might be wrong up to half the time, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in new guidance posted on its website.
Aruna Viswanatha / Wall Street Journal:
Justice Department Closing Insider-Trading Investigations Into Three U.S. Senators  —  Probe into trading earlier this year by Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina continues  —  The Justice Department is closing investigations into three U.S. senators for stocks trades made shortly …
Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Half of Americans would get a COVID-19 vaccine  —  Only about half of Americans say they would get a COVID-19 vaccine if the scientists working furiously to create one succeed, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
The Guardian:
Revealed: conservative group fighting to restrict voting tied to powerful dark money network  —  Honest Elections Project, part of network that pushed supreme court pick Brett Kavanaugh, is now focusing on voting restrictions  —  A powerful new conservative organization fighting to restrict voting …
USA Today:
Air Force admits ‘persistent and consistent racial’ bias against black airmen, records show  —  WASHINGTON - Air Force officials have privately acknowledged racial bias against young black airmen in judicial proceedings while also fighting the release of documents detailing the problem and their response …
Jon Street / Campus Reform:
‘Biden Center’ at UPenn named in complaint alleging undisclosed China funds  — A nonprofit watchdog has filed a complaint alleging that the University of Pennsylvania failed to accurately report foreign gifts.  — The complaint includes allegations against the university's Biden Center …
Discussion: The College Fix
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
California DA launches investigation into Tara Reade testimony  —  The Monterey County District Attorney's office has launched an investigation into whether Tara Reade lied on the witness stand while acting as an expert witness.  —  Reade, under the name Alexandra McCabe …
Washington Post:
D.C. will likely reopen Friday after city changes key thresholds for reopening  —  D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) is expected Wednesday to announce the gradual reopening of the capital, saying the city has been meeting key thresholds to contain new coronavirus infections.
Nitasha Tiku / Washington Post:
Whistleblowers say Facebook has not warned investors about illegal activity, in new SEC complaint  —  The complaint, which was obtained by The Washington Post, includes dozens of pages of screenshots of opioids and other drugs for sale on Facebook and its photo-sharing site Instagram
Graham Moomaw / Virginia Mercury:
'The status quo isn't working': Carroll Foy launches run for Va. governor  —  No black woman has ever been elected governor of any state.  —  Jennifer Carroll Foy, a 38-year-old attorney and member of the Virginia General Assembly, thinks she could be the first.
Discussion: Blue Virginia
Gregg Jarrett / Fox News:
Trump attorney accuses Mueller of ‘monstrous lie and scheme to defraud’  —  John Dowd, one of the lead lawyers who represented President Trump during Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian collusion, said Tuesday that the special counsel engineered a perjury trap for Trump in the exact same …
Reuters:
Where U.S. coronavirus cases are on the rise  —  (Reuters) - Twenty U.S. states reported an increase in new cases of COVID-19 for the week ended May 24, up from 13 states in the prior week, as the death toll from the novel coronavirus approaches 100,000, according to a Reuters analysis.
 
 
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Gregg Hurwitz / The Bulwark:
Is the Spell of Political Correctness Breaking?
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Among Rumored Vice Presidential Candidates, Warren Would Give Biden the Biggest Boost
Discussion: Spectator USA and IJR
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
New USAID religious-freedom adviser has history of anti-Islam comments
Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
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Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
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 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
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Discussion: Politico and Telegraph
USA Today:
As pandemic bore down, Rep. Phil Roe snatched up Zoom shares, unloaded stock in cruise lines
Discussion: The Hill
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
JusticeForCarolyn trends on Twitter as pressure mounts on Jack Dorsey to rein in Trump
U.S. Department of Justice:
Justice Department Files Statement of Interest Regarding Section 201 of the Voting Rights Act
FiveThirtyEight:
Don't Expect A Quick Recovery. Our Survey Of Economists Says It Will Likely Take Years.
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Trump calls mask wearing ‘politically correct,’ Biden calls him a ‘fool’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Axios and Vox