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3:25 PM ET, May 27, 2020


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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 …
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 …
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 …
New York Times:
‘Ugly Even for Him’: Trump's Media Allies Recoil at His Smear of MSNBC Host  —  The Wall Street Journal, New York Post and Washington Examiner chastised the president for his unfounded attacks on Joe Scarborough.  —  Even President Trump's most stalwart media defenders have recoiled …
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 …
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 …
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
Christian Cooper, That Central Park Incident and His Feelings About Her Fate  —  Christian Cooper is already back birding at Central Park.  “I'm not excusing the racism,” he said.  “But I don't know if her life needed to be torn apart.”  —  His binoculars around his neck, Christian Cooper …
Kyle Smith / National Review:   The Central Park Dog Case Is Covington 2.0
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Tech billionaires are plotting sweeping, secret plans to boost Joe Biden  —  Reid Hoffman, Eric Schmidt, Dustin Moskovitz, and Laurene Powell Jobs, Silicon Valley's new power set, are instrumental to fulfilling Democrats' four-year-long quest to oust Donald Trump.  Getty Images
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.
Gregg Re / Fox News:
Twitter exec in charge of effort to fact-check Trump has history of anti-Trump posts, called McConnell a ‘bag of farts’
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 …
Ben Terris / Washington Post:   Is the MyPillow guy the future of the Republican Party, or is he just dreaming?
Jessica Donati / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Officially Declares That Hong Kong Is No Longer Autonomous  —  ‘It is now clear that China is modeling Hong Kong after itself,’ said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo  —  WASHINGTON—The State Department has officially determined that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China …
Discussion: Instapundit
Andrew Van Dam / Washington Post:
The unluckiest generation in U.S. history  —  Millennials have faced the worst economic odds, and many will never recover  —  After accounting for the present crisis, the average millennial has experienced slower economic growth since entering the workforce than any other generation in U.S. history.
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Rod Rosenstein slated to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee  —  Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has been scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 3 as part of the Republican-led inquiry into the origins of the Russia investigation, the panel announced Wednesday.
Discussion: Associated Press and Politico
Jordain Carney / The Hill:
Rosenstein to testify as part of Graham's Russia investigation probe
Discussion: IJR
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.
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 …
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 …
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
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump's 2016 campaign brass warns he's in trouble in 2020
Discussion: Raw Story, The Hill and KDFX-TV
Trump embraces space launch as a MAGA moment  —  President Donald Trump wants to make America great again in space.  And a major step on that journey begins Wednesday with the launch of American astronauts aboard a rocket and space capsule built by Elon Musk's SpaceX.
Marina Koren / The Atlantic:
American Spaceflight Is Now in Elon Musk's Hands
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime:
Conservative Activists Lose Lawsuit That Accused Twitter, Google and Facebook of Censorship  —  A federal court dismissed activist Laura Loomer's lawsuit against several tech platforms on Wednesday.  The complaint alleged a far-flung conspiracy to censor conservative speech.
Frank Pallotta / CNN:
Disney World sets reopening date  —  New York (CNN Business)Disney World will reopen its gates, ending a multi-month closure of the park that left the Walt Disney Company reeling.  —  The Disney theme park, which employs some 70,000 people, plans to begin a phased reopening on July 11 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
John Hudson / Washington Post:
Trump administration to end Iran deal waivers in a blow to Obama-era pact  —  The Trump administration is ending sanctions waivers that allow Russian, Chinese and European companies to do work at sensitive Iranian nuclear sites, following an internal battle between Iran hawks and a more aggressive group …
Discussion: National Review
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
“The Partisanship Comes Through Very Slyly”: Bret Baier Has Some Skeptics  —  The anchor, key to Fox News' claims to impartiality, has friendly ties with Trump's team, although he appears to use those relationships primarily to lobby for newsmaker interviews.
The Daily Beast:
Trump Administration Preps New Weapons Sale To Saudi Arabia  —  Congress has rejected weapons sales to the Saudis.  The now-fired State Department inspector general was looking into them.  Team Trump is going for a sequel anyway.  —  When State Department inspector general Steve Linick was abruptly fired …
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 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 …
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
Stephen Rex Brown / New York Daily News:
Tulsi Gabbard drops defamation suit against Hillary Clinton  —  Former Democratic presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard dropped her defamation lawsuit against Hillary Clinton Wednesday, citing the coronavirus pandemic and importance of defeating President Trump in November.
Zachary Brennan / Politico:
Fauci: Hydroxychloroquine not effective against coronavirus  —  National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci on Wednesday became the first Trump administration official to say definitively that hydroxychloroquine is not an effective treatment for the coronavirus, based on the available data.
Discussion: UPI and Breitbart
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Libby Cathey / ABC News:
Coronavirus government response updates: Cuomo wears mask as he arrives to meet Trump
Discussion: The Hill
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Fauci says he wears a mask to be a symbol of what ‘you should be doing’
Richard Haass / Washington Post:
Trump's foreign policy doctrine? The Withdrawal Doctrine.
Discussion: The Daily Signal
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Hell hath no fury like a president suckered
Discussion: Politico and New York Post
Paul Bentz / HighGround:
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Discussion: The Hill
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Jennifer Carroll Foy Jumps Into Virginia Governor's Race, Hoping To Make History
Gregg Hurwitz / The Bulwark:
Is the Spell of Political Correctness Breaking?
 Earlier Items: 
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Among Rumored Vice Presidential Candidates, Warren Would Give Biden the Biggest Boost
Discussion: Spectator USA
Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Half of Americans would get a COVID-19 vaccine
Discussion: The Week
Where U.S. coronavirus cases are on the rise
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
Chip Brownlee / Alabama Political Reporter:
“We're surging:” Alabama reports largest COVID-19 increases to date