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4:00 PM ET, May 28, 2020


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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 …
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 …
Trump executive order takes aim at social media firms: draft  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to order a review of a law that has long protected Twitter, Facebook and Alphabet's Google from being responsible for the material posted by their users …
New York Times:
Trump Prepares Order to Limit Social Media Companies' Protections  —  The move is almost certain to face a court challenge and signals the latest salvo by President Trump to crack down on online platforms.  —  The Trump administration is preparing an executive order intended to curtail …
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:   The wannabe tyranny of Trump's attempted social media policing
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Trump Wants to Roll Back Social Media Legal Protections; Facebook and Twitter CEOs Weigh In
Eugene Volokh / Reason:
47 U.S.C. § 230 and the Publisher/Distributor/Platform Distinction
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 …
NBC News:
Minneapolis police officer at center of George Floyd's death had history of complaints  —  Derek Chauvin had been with the Minneapolis police since 2001.  During his career, he was the subject of a dozen police conduct complaints; he was never disciplined.  —  The Minneapolis police officer …
Kenya Evelyn / The Guardian:
George Floyd killing: two officers involved previously reviewed for use of force  —  Internal reviews of Derek Chauvin and Tou Thao's use of force resulted in no disciplinary action, database confirms  —  Two Minneapolis police officers captured in viral video footage restraining George Floyd …
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Police chiefs react with disgust to Minneapolis death, try to reassure their own cities
Discussion: The Takeaway and Mediaite
Tony Schwartz:
The Psychopath in Chief … Among the accomplishments Trump parades most proudly is that he has won eighteen golf club championships.  Like so many of his claims, this one is pure fiction.  When the sportswriter Rick Reilly investigated for his book Commander in Cheat: How Golf Explains Trump …
Allyson Chiu / Washington Post:
‘Callous liars’: Pennsylvania Democrats say GOP put them at risk by hiding member's positive covid-19 test  —  Democratic state legislators in Pennsylvania accused their Republican counterparts Wednesday of keeping a GOP lawmaker's positive coronavirus diagnosis under wraps for days …
Dennis Romero / NBC News:
Dem lawmaker goes on epic rant after GOP colleague admits hiding positive coronavirus test
Nick Visser / HuffPost:
Pennsylvania Democrats: GOP Lawmaker's Positive COVID-19 Test Kept Secret For A Week
Discussion: The Week, NPR and American Prospect
GOP operatives worry Trump will lose both the presidency and Senate majority  —  Washington (CNN)A little more than three months ago, as Democrats cast their ballots in the Nevada caucuses, Republicans felt confident about their chances in 2020.  The coronavirus seemed a distant, far-off threat.
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Graham urges senior judges to step aside before November election so Republicans can fill vacancies  —  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) on Thursday urged federal judges who are in their mid-to-late 60s to step aside so that Republicans, increasingly nervous …
Discussion: Breitbart, Raw Story and Political Wire
Hugh Hewitt / The Hugh Hewitt Show:
Senator Lindsey Graham On George Floyd, Supreme Court snd Circuit Vacancies, Witnesses …
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 …
Teo Armus / Washington Post:
‘Sorry, no mask allowed’: Some businesses pledge to keep out customers who cover their faces  —  For 64 days, Kevin Smith had shut down the Liberty Tree Tavern to comply with government orders.  Now he was cleaning and disinfecting and removing stools to cut seating by three-quarters as he prepared to reopen the bar.
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 …
Kellyanne Conway Voted By Mail — But She Thinks You Should Have To Wait In Line  —  She argued that if you'd wait an hour to buy a cupcake, you ought to be able to wait that long to vote.  Yet in 2018, she ditched the line and voted by mail.  —  WASHINGTON — White House aide Kellyanne Conway …
Exclusive: U.S. taxpayers' virus relief went to firms that avoided U.S. tax  —  LONDON/BOSTON (Reuters) - Last month Zagg Inc, a Utah-based company that makes mobile device accessories, received more than $9.4 million in cash from a U.S. government program that has provided emergency loans …
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
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Pelosi slams McConnell on stimulus delay: “You want a pause?  Tell that to the virus”  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lambasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Thursday for delaying moving forward on the next coronavirus relief package.  —  The big picture: McConnell has said for weeks …
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Hill, Law & Crime and STAT
Kevin Collier / NBC News:
The NSA has a warning: Russia's most infamous hackers are still active  —  The same Russian intelligence unit that leaked Democrats' files in 2016 is engaged in an ongoing email hacking campaign, the National Security Agency announced Thursday.  —  Hackers in Russia's GRU …
Discussion: BleepingComputer
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.
Discussion: IJR and The Hill
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Tim Kaine tests positive for coronavirus antibodies  —  Sen. Tim Kaine announced Thursday that he and his wife have tested positive for coronavirus antibodies.  —  In a statement, the Virginia Democrat and former vice presidential hopeful explained that after testing positive for the flu, he continued to experience symptoms.
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
U.S. brings massive N. Korean sanctions case, targeting state-owned bank and former government officials  —  The U.S. government has charged 28 North Korean and 5 Chinese individuals with facilitating more than $2.5 billion in illegal payments for Pyongyang's nuclear weapons and missile program …
Dana Rubinstein / New York Times:
Lights.  Camera.  Makeup.  And a Carefully Placed 1,246-Page Book.  —  ‘The Power Broker,’ a biography by Robert Caro has become a must-have prop for numerous politicians and reporters appearing on camera from home.  —  It is 46 years old, weighs nearly four pounds in paperback …
Bangor Daily News:
New poll shows Sara Gideon leading Susan Collins by 9 points  —  Ethan: Did you take a look at the new poll on the U.S. Senate race I just sent?  It shows U.S. Sen. Susan Collins losing 51 percent to 42 percent to House Speaker Sara Gideon!  —  Phil: A-yuh.  Sobering news for Susan.
Discussion: Raw Story
Evan Walker / Surveys:
Missouri Statewide General Election Survey Results  —  We Ask America, a nationally recognized polling firm, today released the first in a series of 2020 statewide public opinion polls from across the country.  The first state tested is Missouri and produced very strong approval ratings …
Reducing transmission of SARS-CoV-2  —  1Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA.  —  2Department of Chemistry, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan 804, Republic of China.  —  3Aerosol Science Research Center …
Discussion: Balloon Juice, New York Post and Wired
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Marty Lederman / Just Security:
Understanding the Michael Flynn Case: Separating the Wheat from the Chaff, and the Proper from the Improper
Sara Sorcher / Washington Post:
The Health 202: Americans are not expecting a quick return to normal. Or a vaccine next year.
Alexandra S. Levine / Politico:
House Democrats join GOP in going after TikTok
The Economist:
Masks probably slow the spread of covid-19
Adam Klasfeld /
Trump Towers Istanbul Partner Lobbied President and Cabinet on Pandemic
Emily Holden / The Guardian:
New Trump public land rules will let Alaska hunters kill bear cubs in dens
Discussion: Common Dreams and 444
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
How the pandemic spread and contracted on its way to killing 100,000 Americans
Discussion: Fox News, ABC News and The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Pedro Gonzalez / The American Mind:
Don't Bother Learning to Code
Usha Lee McFarling / STAT:
When hard data are ‘heartbreaking’: Testing blitz in San Francisco shows Covid-19 struck mostly low-wage workers
Discussion: The Week
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
“Everyone Is Shocked”: CBS News Hit Hard by Layoffs
Discussion: Mediaite and Twitchy
Kevin R. Brock / The Hill:
New FBI document confirms the Trump campaign was investigated without justification
Discussion: emptywheel, Townhall and WND