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8:15 AM ET, May 28, 2020


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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 …
Daniel Villarreal / Newsweek:
Zuckerberg Says Twitter Is Wrong to Fact-Check Trump  —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg criticized Twitter on Wednesday after the microblogging platform fact-checked a tweet of President Donald Trump's that claimed mail-in voting increases voter fraud.  —  Twitter tagged Trump's tweets …
Discussion: Disrn
Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:
‘We Loved Each Other’: Fauci Recalls Larry Kramer, Friend and Nemesis  —  In public, the activist berated the infectious disease expert for federal inaction on AIDS.  But their affection lasted decades and changed the course of the epidemic.  —  “How did I meet Larry?
Business Insider:
The Trump campaign's new chief of staff was arrested on campaign finance charges in 2016 after cops busted her boyfriend for cocaine and found incriminating texts on his phone  — Stephanie Alexander was named chief of staff of Donald Trump's re-election campaign on Tuesday.
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Joe Biden Humiliates Trump With Powerful Message As US Passes 100K Virus Deaths  —  As Trump is threatening Twitter, Joe Biden delivered a powerful and heartfelt message as the US passed 100,000 coronavirus deaths.  —  Biden said: … Video: … Biden's message revealed just how inadequate and humiliating Trump is as a president.
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Trump's Mental State Collapses Over Twitter Fact Check
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
Trump is courting a landslide defeat
Discussion: Raw Story
Fox News:
Barr asks US Attorney John Bash to review ‘unmasking’ before and after 2016 election, DOJ tells Fox News  —  Attorney General Bill Barr has asked U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas John Bash to review the practice of “unmasking” before and after the 2016 presidential election …
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Barr appoints Texas prosecutor to review Obama officials' ‘unmasking’ requests  —  Attorney General William P. Barr has appointed a U.S. attorney in Texas to scrutinize Obama-era officials who sought to identify anonymized names in government documents that turned out to be people connected …
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.
Brian Klaas / Washington Post:
Why does Trump get away with everything?
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The real nightmare scenario for this fall's elections  —  When people raise fears about nightmare scenarios in this fall's elections, they're usually talking about something big and dramatic — President Trump trying to postpone or cancel the election; or Trump refusing to accept the election results in some way.
jsonline:   Wisconsin election officials agree to mail absentee ballot request forms to most voters
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Wisconsin election officials agree to send voters ballot applications
Discussion: The Hill
Matthew Rozsa / Salon:
Donald Trump just issued his most serious threat yet to free speech  —  Twitter is well within their right to call out Trump's fabrication.  Does he misunderstand the First Amendment?  —  view in app  —  There is no freedom more important than the right to free speech.
Discussion: Big League Politics, Vox, Adweek and Variety
Avie Schneider / NPR:
Trump Threatens To Shut Down Social Media After Twitter Adds Warning To His Tweets
Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime:
Conservative Activists Lose Lawsuit That Accused Twitter, Google and Facebook of Censorship
Discussion: The Verge
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
Christian Cooper on Amy Cooper's Fate and Central Park Birdwatching  —  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
Discussion: Instapundit
Errin Haines / Washington Post:
‘This invokes a history of terror’: Central Park incident between white woman and black man is part of a fraught legacy
Discussion: CityLab
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 …
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Trump could have voted in person in Florida this year but chose not to
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
U.S. to Expel Chinese Graduate Students With Ties to China's Military Schools  —  The move is the latest in the Trump administration's efforts to impose limits on Chinese students.  But many university officials say the government is paranoid, and that the United States will lose out.
Discussion: Fox News
Tom Cotton / Featured Items:   Cotton, Blackburn, Kustoff Unveil Bill to Restrict Chinese STEM Graduate Student Visas & Thousand Talents Participants
The Right-Wing Legal Network Is Now Openly Pushing Conspiracy Theories  —  The right-wing legal network spawned by the Federalist Society has finally gone full Trumpian.  It has morphed from a group of apparently principled conservatives debating high-minded theories of legal interpretation …
Nick Swartsell / Dallas Morning News:
Longtime Texas congressman Sam Johnson, POW in Vietnam, dies at age 89  —  Staunch conservative served 28 years in Congress and seven years in the Hanoi Hilton after being shot down.  —  WASHINGTON— Retired congressman Sam Johnson, a conservative stalwart whose service to country spanned seven years …
Jesse Solis / Ways and Means Republicans:   Brady Statement on the Passing of Sam Johnson
The Boogaloo Movement Is Not What You Think  —  On May 26th, crowds gathered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to protest the death of 46-year-old George Floyd at the hands of the city's police department.  Floyd was black.  Many of the protesters were people of color.
Sam Dean / Los Angeles Times:
He was part of Amazon's coronavirus hiring spree.  Two weeks later he was dead  —  When Harry Sentoso got called back to work at an Amazon delivery center in Irvine in late March, he was excited.  —  He had been working in Amazon warehouses on and off for two years, always hoping to get a full …
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 …
Alexa Ura / The Texas Tribune:
Texas Supreme Court: Lack of immunity to coronavirus alone isn't enough for mail-in ballot  —  Although the court sided with state Attorney General Ken Paxton's interpretation of what constitutes a disability, it indicated that it is up to voters to assess their health and determine if they meet …
Kevin R. Brock / The Hill:
New FBI document confirms the Trump campaign was investigated without justification  —  Late last week the FBI document that started the Trump-Russia collusion fiasco was publicly released.  It hasn't received a lot of attention but it should, because not too long from now this document likely …
Discussion: Townhall and WND
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Biden says he'll pick running mate by Aug. 1  —  Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic candidate for president, told supporters Wednesday night that his campaign has interviewed every candidate on his short list to be his running mate and hoped to name the woman by Aug. 1.
Discussion: The Hill
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
“Everyone Is Shocked”: CBS News Hit Hard by Layoffs  —  “I'm really sorry,” network president Susan Zirinsky said Wednesday on an all-staff Zoom meeting about the cuts.  “There is not a person who won't be missed.”  —  CBS News was hit hard by a round of corporate cost-cutting that saw …
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
China endorses Hong Kong security law, imperiling city's status as financial hub  —  Hong Kong's days as an international city with a high level of autonomy from mainland China now appear to be numbered, following a decision by China's rubber-stamp parliament to press ahead with a new national security law …
Discussion: The Diplomat
Peter H. Schuck / New York Times:
Trump's ‘Horrifying Lies’ About Lori Klausutis May Cross a Legal Line  —  The president's innuendo about the death of a congressional staffer in 2001 could lead to a costly court judgment against him.  —  Mr. Schuck is an emeritus professor of law at Yale and Darling Foundation visiting professor …
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 …
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Tim Mak / NPR:
Pence Chief Of Staff Owns Stocks That Could Conflict With Coronavirus Response
Shane Harris / Washington Post:
Privacy and civil liberties board will review surveillance law that has vexed Trump
Ursula Perano / Axios:
CDC issues guidelines for reopening offices: Masks, handshake bans and more
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
You cannot keep from getting swept up in Trump's agenda without a firm grasp on your own
Jason Johnson / TheGrio:
Karine Jean-Pierre, Biden's new senior advisor, is ready for November
Bad state data hides coronavirus threat as Trump pushes reopening
Discussion: Politico
Maggie Miller / The Hill:
Republicans working on legislation to strip Twitter of federal liability protections
Discussion: The Daily Caller
 Earlier Items: 
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
For a numbers-obsessed Trump, there's one he has tried to ignore: 100,000 dead
Discussion: The Hill
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
The U.S. death toll has reached 100,000.
Washington Post:
Coronavirus may never go away, even with a vaccine
Barbara McQuade / Just Security:
Eli Lake's Omissions and Misleading Facts in Defense of Michael Flynn
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
A congressman caught in the 1970s Abscam sting is now at the heart of a Philly election fraud probe, sources say
Discussion: Political Wire