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9:20 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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Mediaite and Raw Story
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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 …
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 …
New York Post:   The hidden risk in Donald Trump's tweets
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 …
Sewell Chan / Los Angeles Times:
Twitter's refusal to delete Trump's tweets about Lori Klausutis is disgraceful
Discussion: CNN, Real Clear Politics and NBC News
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
Twitter Places Fact-Checking Warning On Trump Tweet For 1st 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: 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
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:   Richard Grenell accuses Politico of ‘fake news’ over report that he's joining Trump campaign
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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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:   Mike Pompeo Is the Worst Secretary of State Ever
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Pompeo's ‘Madison Dinners’ aren't scandalous. I went to one.
Discussion: Politico
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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.
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
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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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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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.
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.
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 …
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 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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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
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 …
USA Today:
As pandemic bore down, Rep. Phil Roe snatched up Zoom shares, unloaded stock in cruise lines  —  NASHVILLE — With a global pandemic threatening to hit the United States earlier this year, U.S. Rep. Phil Roe made hundreds of financial transactions, buying stocks in companies now working …
Discussion: The Hill
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
New USAID religious-freedom adviser has history of anti-Islam comments  —  On Tuesday, the U.S. Agency for International Development got a new “religious freedom adviser” who has a long history of making and promoting anti-Islam comments on social media.  —  This is just the latest reason officials …
 
 
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Graham Moomaw / Virginia Mercury:
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Akela Lacy / The Intercept:
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New York Times:
Outcry Over Dominic Cummings Turns Public Against Boris Johnson for 1st Time
Discussion: Politico and Telegraph
ABC News:
President Trump looks to celebrate space launch victory amid national coronavirus struggle
Discussion: Axios
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Ohio Republican governor says wearing a mask is ‘about loving your fellow human being’
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Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
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Bob Brigham / Raw Story:
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U.S. Department of Justice:
Justice Department Files Statement of Interest Regarding Section 201 of the Voting Rights Act
FiveThirtyEight:
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Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Trump calls mask wearing ‘politically correct,’ Biden calls him a ‘fool’
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Axios and Vox
Sarah Zhang / The Atlantic:
America's Never-Ending Battle Against Flesh-Eating Worms
Brian Mann / NPR:
Trump Team Killed Rule Designed To Protect Health Workers From Pandemic Like COVID-19