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9:36 AM ET, May 28, 2020


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Washington Post:
Trump expected to sign executive order that could threaten punishment against Facebook, Google and Twitter over allegations of political bias  —  The president is expected to sign the order on Thursday.  —  President Trump is preparing to sign an executive order Thursday that could open …
Washington Post:
Breaking precedent, White House won't release formal economic projections this summer that would forecast extent of downturn  —  The president's aides will not publish updated economic forecasts, citing volatility in U.S. economy  —  White House officials have decided not to release updated …
Discussion: Raw Story
Tory Newmyer / Washington Post:
The Finance 202: The Fed has bracing news for anyone expecting a sharp economic rebound  —  The ongoing crisis brought on by the pandemic shutdowns has caused “steep” job losses, with activity “falling sharply” across the map, the central bank's latest survey of economic conditions on the ground finds.
Daniel Villarreal / Newsweek:
Zuckerberg Says Twitter Is Wrong to Fact-Check Trump  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg criticized Twitter on Wednesday after the microblogging platform fact-checked a tweet of President Donald Trump's that claimed mail-in voting increases voter fraud.  —  Twitter tagged Trump's tweets …
Discussion: Disrn
Trump executive order takes aim at social media firms: draft
Discussion: New York Times and Variety
Avie Schneider / NPR:
Trump Threatens To Shut Down Social Media After Twitter Adds Warning To His Tweets
Bloomberg:   Trump, Furious at Twitter, Aims Order at Tech Giants
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Trump is courting a landslide defeat  —  US president's bungled coronavirus response has alienated crucial older voters  —  Donald Trump's 2016 victory caught most people by surprise, including him.  The safest position since then has been to assume he will do it again.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Joe Biden Humiliates Trump With Powerful Message As US Passes 100K Virus Deaths  —  As Trump is threatening Twitter, Joe Biden delivered a powerful and heartfelt message as the US passed 100,000 coronavirus deaths.  —  Biden said: … Video: … Biden's message revealed just how inadequate and humiliating Trump is as a president.
Discussion: ABC News, The Hill and Mediaite
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Trump's Mental State Collapses Over Twitter Fact Check
Katia Dmitrieva / Bloomberg:
Americans on Unemployment Benefits Post First Drop of Pandemic  — Continuing claims fell to 21.1 million in week ended May 16  — Initial jobless claims totaled 2.12 million last week  —  U.S. states' jobless rolls shrank for the first time during the coronavirus pandemic …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Tony Romm / Washington Post:   Americans have filed more than 40 million jobless claims in past 10 weeks, as another 2.1 million filed …
Rebecca Rainey / Politico:
2.1 million new unemployment claims filed last week, as workers still struggle to get benefits
Discussion: The Guardian and Breitbart
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Famed Democratic pollster: Warren as VP would lead to Biden victory  —  Stan Greenberg, one of the Democratic Party's longtime leading pollsters, urged Hillary Clinton in 2016 to pick Elizabeth Warren as her vice president.  He thinks Clinton would be president had she listened.
Washington Post:   Does Biden have a problem with African American voters?
Jason Johnson / TheGrio:   Karine Jean-Pierre, Biden's new senior advisor, is ready for November
Business Insider:
The Trump campaign's new chief of staff was arrested on campaign finance charges in 2016 after cops busted her boyfriend for cocaine and found incriminating texts on his phone  — Stephanie Alexander was named chief of staff of Donald Trump's re-election campaign on Tuesday.
Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:
‘We Loved Each Other’: Fauci Recalls Larry Kramer, Friend and Nemesis  —  In public, the activist berated the infectious disease expert for federal inaction on AIDS.  But their affection lasted decades and changed the course of the epidemic.  —  “How did I meet Larry?
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Barr appoints Texas prosecutor to review Obama officials' ‘unmasking’ requests  —  Attorney General William P. Barr has appointed a U.S. attorney in Texas to scrutinize Obama-era officials who sought to identify anonymized names in government documents that turned out to be people connected …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The real nightmare scenario for this fall's elections  —  When people raise fears about nightmare scenarios in this fall's elections, they're usually talking about something big and dramatic — President Trump trying to postpone or cancel the election; or Trump refusing to accept the election results in some way.
Wisconsin election officials agree to mail absentee ballot request forms to most voters
Discussion: Washington Post and The Hill
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Trump could have voted in person in Florida this year but chose not to
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Trump continues to claim broad powers he doesn't have  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Threatening to shut down Twitter for flagging false content.  Claiming he can “override” governors who dare to keep churches closed to congregants.  Asserting the “absolute authority” to force states to reopen, even when local leaders say it's too soon.
New York Times:
U.S. to Expel Chinese Graduate Students With Ties to China's Military Schools  —  The move is the latest in the Trump administration's efforts to impose limits on Chinese students.  But many university officials say the government is paranoid, and that the United States will lose out.
Discussion: Fox News and The Daily Caller
Tom Cotton / Featured Items:   Cotton, Blackburn, Kustoff Unveil Bill to Restrict Chinese STEM Graduate Student Visas & Thousand Talents Participants
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
“Everyone Is Shocked”: CBS News Hit Hard by Layoffs  —  “I'm really sorry,” network president Susan Zirinsky said Wednesday on an all-staff Zoom meeting about the cuts.  “There is not a person who won't be missed.”  —  CBS News was hit hard by a round of corporate cost-cutting that saw …
Phil Helsel / NBC News:
George Floyd protest turns violent, deadly; Minneapolis mayor requests National Guard  —  “We can have peaceful demonstrations,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said.  “But I also have to ensure the safety of everyone in the city.”  —  The mayor of Minneapolis has requested help …
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Get Republicans to Vote Against Trump?  This Group Will Spend $10 Million to Try  —  A new organization, Republican Voters Against Trump, is testing the premise of whether there are really any persuadable voters left.  —  WASHINGTON — Four years ago, 50 of the country's …
Peter H. Schuck / New York Times:
Trump's ‘Horrifying Lies’ About Lori Klausutis May Cross a Legal Line  —  The president's innuendo about the death of a congressional staffer in 2001 could lead to a costly court judgment against him.  —  Mr. Schuck is an emeritus professor of law at Yale and Darling Foundation visiting professor …
The Right-Wing Legal Network Is Now Openly Pushing Conspiracy Theories  —  The right-wing legal network spawned by the Federalist Society has finally gone full Trumpian.  It has morphed from a group of apparently principled conservatives debating high-minded theories of legal interpretation …
Kevin R. Brock / The Hill:
New FBI document confirms the Trump campaign was investigated without justification  —  Late last week the FBI document that started the Trump-Russia collusion fiasco was publicly released.  It hasn't received a lot of attention but it should, because not too long from now this document likely …
Discussion: Townhall and WND
U.S. economy shrank at 5% annual rate in the first quarter  — The U.S. economy shrank at an even faster pace than initially estimated in the first three months of this year with economists continuing to expect a far worse outcome in the current April-June quarter.
Tim Mak / NPR:
Pence Chief Of Staff Owns Stocks That Could Conflict With Coronavirus Response  —  Audio will be available later today.  —  Marc Short, the chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, owns between $506,043 and $1.64 million worth of individual stocks in companies doing work related …
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
You cannot keep from getting swept up in Trump's agenda without a firm grasp on your own  —  The 2020 campaign is here.  Those who are covering it had better figure out what they are for, or they will end up as his enablers— as they were in 2016.  —  Not sure how long I'm going to be doing this.
The Boogaloo Movement Is Not What You Think  —  On May 26th, crowds gathered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to protest the death of 46-year-old George Floyd at the hands of the city's police department.  Floyd was black.  Many of the protesters were people of color.
Kavita Kumar / Star Tribune:
Minneapolis venture capitalist loses office lease after viral video accuses him of racial profiling  —  Subject of video said he believed some of the men were not tenants.  —  TEXT SIZE  —  A Minneapolis venture capitalist's office lease has been terminated after a video went viral showing …
Discussion: Bring Me The News and The Hill
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Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
China endorses Hong Kong security law, imperiling city's status as financial hub
Discussion: The Diplomat
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Privacy and civil liberties board will review surveillance law that has vexed Trump
Ursula Perano / Axios:
CDC issues guidelines for reopening offices: Masks, handshake bans and more
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Biden says he'll pick running mate by Aug. 1
Discussion: The Hill
Bad state data hides coronavirus threat as Trump pushes reopening
Discussion: Politico
Maggie Miller / The Hill:
Republicans working on legislation to strip Twitter of federal liability protections
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Sam Dean / Los Angeles Times:
He was part of Amazon's coronavirus hiring spree. Two weeks later he was dead
 Earlier Items: 
Nick Swartsell / Dallas Morning News:
Longtime Texas congressman Sam Johnson, POW in Vietnam, dies at age 89
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
For a numbers-obsessed Trump, there's one he has tried to ignore: 100,000 dead
Discussion: NBC News, Daily Kos and The Hill
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
The U.S. death toll has reached 100,000.
Washington Post:
Coronavirus may never go away, even with a vaccine
Barbara McQuade / Just Security:
Eli Lake's Omissions and Misleading Facts in Defense of Michael Flynn