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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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Twitchy
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 …
Guy Benson / Townhall:
Analysis: Trump's Conspiratorial Cruelty and Impulsive Feuding is One of Joe Biden's Greatest 2020 Assets  —  From time to time, the president's conduct becomes so egregious and counter-productive that I feel compelled to address it directly, rather than just shaking my head and muttering to myself about his self-destructive tendencies.
New York Post:
The hidden risk in Donald Trump's tweets
Daniel Lewis / New York Times:
Larry Kramer, Playwright and Outspoken AIDS Activist, Dies at 84  —  He worked hard to shock the country into dealing with AIDS as a public-health emergency.  But his confrontational approach could sometimes overshadow his achievements.  —  Larry Kramer, the noted writer whose raucous …
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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Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Twitter Fact-checker Claimed Trump Admin Are ‘ACTUAL NAZIS’; Mocked ‘Fly Over’ States
Discussion: Fox News, Vox and The Guardian
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Twitter labels Trump's tweets with a fact-check for the first time
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
Trump press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has voted by mail 11 times in 10 years  —  The Republican spokeswoman has said it shouldn't be available to everyone.  —  For a week, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany has defended President Donald Trump's assault on vote-by-mail, insisting …
New York Post:
New book claims Bill Clinton had an affair with Ghislaine Maxwell  —  Bill Clinton had an affair with British-born socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, who is accused of helping recruit underage victims for notorious pedophile Jeffrey Epstein, according to a blockbuster new book.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Spectator USA
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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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
Mike Pompeo Is the Worst Secretary of State Ever
Discussion: Discourse.net
Olivia Beavers / The Hill:
Ex-Pompeo staffers asked to sign letter against ‘smear campaign’
Discussion: Politico and Balloon Juice
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Jennifer Carroll Foy Jumps Into Virginia Governor's Race, Hoping To Make History  —  If elected, she would be the first female governor of Virginia, and the first Black female governor of any state.  —  Jennifer Carroll Foy is jumping into the 2021 gubernatorial race in Virginia …
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Graham Moomaw / Virginia Mercury:
'The status quo isn't working': Carroll Foy launches run for Va. governor
Discussion: Blue Virginia
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 …
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.
Jessica Garate / KRQE-TV:
Did the governor break her own rules?  —  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) -Did Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham play by her own rules during the public health order?  KRQE News 13 has learned in April, when she ordered non-essential businesses to shut down and lectured all New Mexicans to stay home …
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.
Big Jim / ProPublica:
The Billionaire Governor Who's Been Sued Dozens of Times for Millions in Unpaid Bills  —  Gov. Jim Justice is West Virginia's richest man.  Over the last three decades, lawsuits over unpaid bills have cost his constellation of companies more than $128 million in judgments and settlements.
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Marco Rubio zeroes in on Russia — not Obama  —  Donald Trump's allies on Capitol Hill are pushing aggressive new investigations targeting the president's political opponents.  Marco Rubio isn't joining the fray.  —  As Rubio assumes the acting chairmanship of the Senate Intelligence Committee …
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
Richard Haass / Washington Post:
Trump's foreign policy doctrine?  The Withdrawal Doctrine.  —  Richard Haass is president of the Council on Foreign Relations and author of “The World: A Brief Introduction.”  —  President Trump has been in the Oval Office for more than three years and has yet to claim a foreign policy doctrine of his own.
Discussion: The Daily Signal and The Nation
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Among Rumored Vice Presidential Candidates, Warren Would Give Biden the Biggest Boost  —  Electorate is split on the Massachusetts senator, but she would help Biden with minorities, voters under 45  — 26% say placing Warren on the ticket would make them more likely to vote for Biden; 23% say it'd make them less likely.
Discussion: Spectator USA
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 …
Discussion: Power Line, VICE and The Daily Caller
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Hell hath no fury like a president suckered  —  Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Anger Management Class) followed the plan to the letter.  —  The House Oversight Committee held a video Q&A Tuesday with Christi Grimm, the civil servant who earned a verbal lashing from President Trump …
Discussion: Politico and New York Post
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
CNBC Segment Explodes as Andrew Ross Sorkin Accuses Joe Kernen of Being in the Tank for Trump During Crisis: ‘100,000 PEOPLE DIED!’  —  A CNBC debate over the stock market completely exploded early Wednesday, with two Squawk Box hosts throwing down in a vicious debate which saw one accusing …
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.
Discussion: The Week
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.
Andrew McCormick / Columbia Journalism Review:
One America News was desperate for Trump's approval.  Here's how it got it.  —  One America News Network is having a moment.  In April the small, right-wing national cable network made headlines when Chanel Rion, its White House correspondent, was banned from the briefing room …
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 …
New York Times:
There Are 3 Things We Have to Do to Get People Wearing Masks  —  Persuasion works better than compulsion.  —  Ms. Duckworth, Mr. Ungar and Dr. Emanuel are professors at the University of Pennsylvania  —  Hong Kong has so far reported a grand total of four coronavirus-related deaths, while New York City has reported over 20,000.
Discussion: National Review, Althouse and KDFX-TV
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 …
Discussion: Politico and The Week
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.
 
 
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Tyler Olson / Fox News:
House Oversight Republicans threaten to boycott ‘quasi-hearings,’ say committee not complying with remote business rules
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Ben Terris / Washington Post:
Is the MyPillow guy the future of the Republican Party, or is he just dreaming?
KFF:
KFF Health Tracking Poll - May 2020
Jon Street / Campus Reform:
‘Biden Center’ at UPenn named in complaint alleging undisclosed China funds
Discussion: The College Fix
Gregg Hurwitz / The Bulwark:
Is the Spell of Political Correctness Breaking?
 Earlier Items: 
Nitasha Tiku / Washington Post:
Whistleblowers say Facebook has not warned investors about illegal activity, in new SEC complaint
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
New USAID religious-freedom adviser has history of anti-Islam comments
USA Today:
Air Force admits ‘persistent and consistent racial’ bias against black airmen, records show
Gregg Jarrett / Fox News:
Trump attorney accuses Mueller of ‘monstrous lie and scheme to defraud’
Discussion: WND
Reuters:
Where U.S. coronavirus cases are on the rise
USA Today:
As pandemic bore down, Rep. Phil Roe snatched up Zoom shares, unloaded stock in cruise lines
Discussion: The Hill