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12:35 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: Raw Story and Mediaite
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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.
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 …
New York Post:   The hidden risk in Donald Trump's tweets
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: CNET, The Daily Caller, Vox and NBC News
Washington Post:
Trump doubles down on conspiracy theory about woman's death, ignoring grieving widower's plea for peace
Discussion: CNN, The Hill and NPR
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 and Raw Story
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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Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
‘I cannot breathe!’: …
New York Times:
George Floyd Death: Minneapolis Police Video Leads to Protests
Discussion: NBC News and Twitchy
Libor Jany / Star Tribune:   Minneapolis police, protesters clash almost 24 hours after George Floyd's death in custody
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: KDFX-TV
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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.
Discussion: Twitchy, Fox News and New York Post
Christian Datoc / The Daily Caller:   EXCLUSIVE: Here's The ‘Unclassified’ List Of Actions Ric Grenell Took As DNI To ‘Break’ The ‘Deep State’
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.
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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.
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  —  Where's the Republican uproar over what's gone on under his watch?  —  If you thought the volume on the Trump-Twitter-Fox noise distraction machine was turned up extra loud in the past few weeks, it was not only to deflect attention …
Discussion: Washington Post
David Ignatius / Washington Post:   Pompeo's ‘Madison Dinners’ aren't scandalous. I went to one.
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.
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Tim Burke / COURIER:
WATCH: 10 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 …
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.
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
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.
Bryan Schott / utahpolicy.com:
Poll: Donald Trump leads Biden by just 3 points in Utah  —  The last time Utah voted for a Democrat for president was Lyndon Baines Johnson in 1964.  The Beehive State's 56-year streak of voting for Republicans for president may be in real danger according to a new poll.
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WHOTV:
Iowa 4th Congressional District Republican Debate
Discussion: Iowa Starting Line
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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 …
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Grassley says White House response on IG firings insufficient  —  A senior Senate Republican criticized the White House late Tuesday for what he deemed an insufficient response to demands from senators to more fully explain President Trump's controversial recent ousters of two inspectors general.
Discussion: Associated Press
Politico:
Kevin McCarthy asks Dems to pull FISA bill  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has asked Democratic leaders to hold off on putting a bill on the floor to renew a trio of expired surveillance tools, according to lawmakers and aides, raising new doubts about whether Congress …
Discussion: Reason
Jonathan Oosting / Bridge Magazine:
Whitmer team gave ‘green light’ to contact tracing firm with Dem ties  —  LANSING — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's office gave the “green light” for a COVID-19 contact tracing “arrangement” she denied knowledge of and canceled amid outcry over a contractor with Democratic ties, according to emails obtained by Bridge Magazine.
 
 
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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:
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Attorney General Morrisey Announces Charge Against Mail Carrier in Voter Fraud Case
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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
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Chris Isidore / CNN:
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