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2:20 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 …
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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 …
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
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
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Zachary Basu / Axios:   Pompeo tells Congress Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China
Michael R. Pompeo / United States Department of State:
PRC National People's Congress Proposal on Hong Kong National Security Legislation
Discussion: The Sun and UPI
Tom Grundy / Hong Kong Free Press HKFP:
Hong Kong police fire pepper balls at protesters and arrest 360 people for unauthorised assembly
Discussion: Al Jazeera
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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Rob Lever / Agence France-Presse:   Twitter-Trump clash intensifies political misinformation battle
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.
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
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump's 2016 campaign brass warns he's in trouble in 2020
Discussion: Raw Story, The Hill and KDFX-TV
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 …
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 …
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
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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 …
Discussion: Politico
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.
FREOPP.org:
Nursing Homes & Assisted Living Facilities Account for 43% of COVID-19 Deaths  —  A startling statistic has profound implications for the way we've managed the coronavirus pandemic.  —  Based on a new analysis of state-by-state COVID-19 fatality reports, it is clear that the most underappreciated aspect …
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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: Politico and The Hill
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:
Twitter Fact-checker Claimed Trump Admin Are ‘ACTUAL NAZIS’; Mocked ‘Fly Over’ States  —  The Twitter official responsible for the platform's fact-checking policy has tweeted that members of the Trump administration are “Nazis,” among other false and inflammatory statements on the platform.
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
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Tech billionaires are plotting sweeping, secret plans to boost Joe Biden  —  Inside the experiments, data wars, and partisan news sites that Silicon Valley thinks can help Biden catch up to Trump.  —  Joe Biden has a problem.  Silicon Valley billionaires think they have a solution.
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 …
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.
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 …
 
 
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Zachary Brennan / Politico:
Fauci: Hydroxychloroquine not effective against coronavirus
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Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Fauci says he wears a mask to be a symbol of what ‘you should be doing’
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Hell hath no fury like a president suckered
Discussion: Politico and New York Post
Andrew McCormick / Columbia Journalism Review:
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Gregg Hurwitz / The Bulwark:
Is the Spell of Political Correctness Breaking?
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
Reuters:
Where U.S. coronavirus cases are on the rise
Washington Post:
D.C. will likely reopen Friday after city changes key thresholds for reopening
Maggie Fox / CNN:
Antibody tests for Covid-19 wrong up to half the time, CDC says