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11:01 PM ET, May 26, 2020

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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 …
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NBC News:
Justice Department drops insider trading investigations of three senators
Discussion: Oklahoman.com
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
DOJ Drops Insider Trading Investigation Into Kelly Loeffler: Report
Discussion: Raw Story
Ursula Perano / Axios:
DOJ closes insider trading probes of 3 senators, but not Richard Burr
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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New York Times:
Twitter Refutes Inaccuracies in Trump's Tweets for First Time  —  Twitter added a link to two of President Trump's tweets in which he had made false claims about mail-in ballots, urging people to “get the facts.”  —  OAKLAND, Calif. — Twitter added information to refute the inaccuracies …
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Twitter labels Trump tweets as ‘potentially misleading’ for the first time
Discussion: Vox, NBC News, BuzzFeed News and CNET
Peter Wehner / The Atlantic:
The Malignant Cruelty of Donald Trump  —  “I'm asking you to intervene in this instance because the President of the United States has taken something that does not belong to him—the memory of my dead wife—and perverted it for perceived political gain.”  —  There may be a more damning thing that's …
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Kara Swisher / New York Times:
Twitter Must Cleanse the Trump Stain
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:   JusticeForCarolyn trends on Twitter as pressure mounts on Jack Dorsey to rein in Trump
Washington Post:
Trump doubles down on conspiracy theory about woman's death, ignoring grieving widower's plea for peace
Discussion: The Hill, New York Times and NPR
National Review:   Trump's Grotesque Tweets
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“This Is So Unfair to Me”: Trump Whines About His COVID-19 Victimhood as Campaign Flails  —  Raging at campaign manager Brad Parscale and Joe Scarborough, Trump attempts a campaign reset.  But “Trump can't pivot to a different strategy,” says an adviser.  Because he's the problem.
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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 …
Discussion: Mediaite
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump's 2016 campaign brass warns he's in trouble in 2020
Discussion: KDFX-TV
Robert A. George / New York Daily News:
Cooped up: A shameful Central Park encounter demands all New Yorkers be better people  —  In the latest episode of the everyday-fresh-hell that is New York City under quarantine, one white female, Amy Cooper, was caught on video calling the cops on one black male, Christian Cooper.
Discussion: Audubon, New York Post and Breitbart
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Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
White Woman Is Fired After Calling Police on Black Man in Central Park  —  Video of the incident touched off intense discussions about the history of black people being falsely reported to the police.  —  The encounter appears to have begun as one of those banal and brusque dust-ups between two New Yorkers.
CNN:
White woman who called police on a black man bird-watching in Central Park has been fired
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Ex-Pompeo staffers asked to sign letter against ‘smear campaign’  —  Former House staffers to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo are being asked to sign a letter offering him support after a “smear campaign” that he and his wife asked staffers to carry out trivial tasks such as bringing him lunch or getting his dry cleaning.
Discussion: Politico
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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” …
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Mike Pompeo Is the Worst Secretary of State Ever
Discussion: Washington Post
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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New York Times:
George Floyd Death: Minneapolis Police Video Leads to Protests  —  A bystander's video in Minneapolis shows a police officer with his knee on a man's neck during an arrest.  The man died a “short time” later, the police said.  —  Arrested man: [moaning] “What you trying to say?”  Police officer: “Relax.”
Discussion: NBC News and Twitchy
Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
‘I cannot breathe!’:  FBI investigates death of a black man in Minneapolis after video shows police officer kneeling on his neck  —  In a video shared on social media early Tuesday, a Minneapolis police officer pins his knee against the neck of a black man who appears to be struggling to breathe on the ground.
Christian Datoc / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Here's The ‘Unclassified’ List Of Actions Ric Grenell Took As DNI To ‘Break’ The ‘Deep State’  —  Former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell will swear in Texas Republican Rep. John Ratcliffe to serve as President Donald Trump's permanent DNI on Tuesday.
Discussion: Twitchy
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Politico:
Grenell to join Trump campaign
Discussion: New York Post
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Tim Burke / COURIER:
WATCH: 11 Local TV Stations Pushed the Same Amazon-Scripted Segment  —  The package was produced by Amazon spokesperson Todd Walker.  —  Amazon is taking proactive action ahead of Wednesday's annual shareholders meeting—at which investors plan on demanding the company address worker safety issues …
Brian Mann / NPR:
Trump Team Killed Rule Designed To Protect Health Workers From Pandemic Like COVID-19  —  When President Trump took office in 2017, his team stopped work on new federal regulations that would have forced the healthcare industry to prepare for an airborne infectious disease pandemic like COVID-19.
CNN:
Pentagon deputy inspector general resigns, becomes latest watchdog to exit administration  —  Washington (CNN)Defense Department Principal Deputy Inspector General, Glenn Fine, submitted his resignation Tuesday, more than a month after President Donald Trump effectively removed him as chairman …
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Trump calls mask wearing ‘politically correct,’ Biden calls him a ‘fool’  —  President Trump dismissed a mask-wearing reporter as being “politically correct” on Tuesday while the presumptive Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, called him a “fool” for mocking their use.
Discussion: Axios and Vox
James Vincent / The Verge:
YouTube is deleting comments with two phrases that insult China's Communist Party  —  These Chinese language phrases are removed within seconds  —  YouTube is automatically deleting comments that contain certain Chinese-language phrases related to criticism of the country's ruling Communist Party (CCP).
Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call:
Memorial Day 2020: Presidential race still leaning Biden  —  ANALYSIS — More than two months ago, even before COVID-19 became all-consuming in our lives, I wrote a column arguing that the presidential race had changed from a toss-up/tilting Democratic to leaning Democratic.
FiveThirtyEight:
Don't Expect A Quick Recovery.  Our Survey Of Economists Says It Will Likely Take Years.  —  All across the country, the gears of the economy are grinding slowly and creakily into motion.  Retail stores are newly open for in-person shopping in California.  It's possible to get a much-needed haircut in Alabama.
Maggie Fox / CNN:
Antibody tests for Covid-19 wrong 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.
Joe Heim / Washington Post:
America's response to coronavirus pandemic is ‘incomprehensibly incoherent,’ says historian who studied the 1918 flu  —  John M. Barry, 74, is a historian and author of several books, including “The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History,” about the 1918 flu pandemic.
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook Knows It Encourages Division.  Top Executives Nixed Solutions.  —  The social-media giant internally studied how it polarizes users, then largely shelved the research  —  A Facebook Inc. FB 0.15% team had a blunt message for senior executives.  The company's algorithms weren't bringing people together.
Politico:
The general election scenario that Democrats are dreading  —  In early April, Jason Furman, a top economist in the Obama administration and now a professor at Harvard, was speaking via Zoom to a large bipartisan group of top officials from both parties.  The economy had just been shut down …
Politico:
Kevin McCarthy asks Dems to pull FISA bill  —  The measure, which would renew expired surveillance tools, is facing last-minute opposition from President Trump.  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) …
Discussion: Reason
 
 
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Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
Surviving It All She's 92, made it through the Holocaust, and set off for a cruise around the world in February.
New York Times:
The Price of a Virus Lockdown: Economic ‘Free Fall’ in California
Discussion: Instapundit
Wall Street Journal:
After We Defeat the Virus  —  Another spending blowout will burden the recovery for years.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Justice Department Files Statement of Interest Regarding Section 201 of the Voting Rights Act
Eric Albeen / FOX News Radio:
EXCLUSIVE - Allen West on His Motorcycle Accident: I Shouldn't Be Alive
Discussion: Redstate
Curtis Johnson / mailchi.mp:
Attorney General Morrisey Announces Charge Against Mail Carrier in Voter Fraud Case
Luke Broadwater / Baltimore Sun:
Gonzales poll: Most Marylanders support state's coronavirus restrictions
Ebony Bowden / New York Post:
Trump's national security chief slashes staff to half of Obama levels
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Zhang / The Atlantic:
America's Never-Ending Battle Against Flesh-Eating Worms
Axios:
House Republicans to sue Nancy Pelosi in effort to block proxy voting
Chris Isidore / CNN:
Hertz paid top executives $16 million in bonuses ahead of its bankruptcy filing
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Joe Biden wins AFL-CIO endorsement as organized labor targets working-class voters
Discussion: Politico, Fox News and Axios
Ronald Brownstein / CNN:
Changing Southwest may bring Democrats a milestone win
Bryan Schott / utahpolicy.com:
Poll: Donald Trump leads Biden by just 3 points in Utah