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1:45 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
Avie Schneider / NPR:
Trump Threatens To Shut Down Social Media After Twitter Adds Warning To His Tweets
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Talking Points Memo
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Trump's Mental State Collapses Over Twitter Fact Check  —  Trump is referring to himself in the third person: … Trump is spreading more Joe Scarborough murder conspiracies: … Trump threatened Twitter: … All of these events happened within one hour.
Ashley Parker / Washington Post:
For a numbers-obsessed Trump, there's one he has tried to ignore: 100,000 dead
Discussion: The Hill and POLITICUSUSA
Brian Klaas / Washington Post:
Why does Trump get away with everything?
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?
Discussion: Variety
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 …
Andrew Restuccia / Wall Street Journal:
Fauci Warns About Hydroxychloroquine and In-Person Party Conventions
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.
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
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 …
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
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
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 Texas Tribune:
Former U.S. Rep. Sam Johnson, a Vietnam War veteran, has died
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
The Guardian:
Revealed: conservative group fighting to restrict voting tied to powerful dark money network
Discussion: Politico and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
You cannot keep from getting swept up in Trump's agenda without a firm grasp on your own  —  The 2020 campaign is here.  Those who are covering it had better figure out what they are for, or they will end up as his enablers— as they were in 2016.  —  Not sure how long I'm going to be doing this.
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
Barbara McQuade / Just Security:
Eli Lake's Omissions and Misleading Facts in Defense of Michael Flynn  —  Eli Lake's essay in Commentary about the “railroading” of Michael Flynn has been lauded lauded by one commentator as “the best summary of the pro-Flynn argument you'll ever read,” and deemed “a comprehensive breakdown on Flynn's side of the case.”
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.
Discussion: The Verge
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 …
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
The U.S. death toll has reached 100,000.  —  Each of those deaths is represented as a ray of light.  —  The pandemic has exposed the nation's vulnerabilities and dangerous divide.  —  Senior editor reporting on a wide range of topics  —  One hundred thousand Americans dead in less than four months.
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
'There's no stigma attached to wearing a mask': McConnell makes plea in favor of face masks  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday made an extensive pitch for Americans to don face masks as a means to begin returning the country to normalcy while the coronavirus remains a threat.
Discussion: Axios, and Politico
USA Today:
103-year-old Massachusetts woman beats coronavirus, celebrates with Bud Light  —  EASTON, Mass. - Shelley Gunn describes her Polish grandmother, Jennie Stejna, as having a feisty spirit.  Stejna certainly displayed that spirit as the 103-year-old woman recently survived a bout with the coronavirus.
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Ursula Perano / Axios:
CDC issues guidelines for reopening offices: Masks, handshake bans and more
Jason Johnson / TheGrio:
Karine Jean-Pierre, Biden's new senior advisor, is ready for November
Tom Cotton / Featured Items:
Cotton, Blackburn, Kustoff Unveil Bill to Restrict Chinese STEM Graduate Student Visas & Thousand Talents Participants
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
Washington Post:
Live updates: As U.S. deaths reach 100,000, experts say coronavirus might never go away
Discussion: The Hill
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
Judge Throws Out Lawsuit Against Fox News Over Coronavirus Coverage
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Trump brags about getting Republicans elected. Research suggests his endorsements cost 15 seats.
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Coronavirus may never go away, even with a vaccine
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
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Fed finds new challenge for the economy: Workers who don't want to come back to their jobs
James Poniewozik / New York Times:
Trump Said, ‘I Have the Best Words.’ Now They're Hers.
Discussion: Progress Pond
Andrew Van Dam / Washington Post:
The unluckiest generation in U.S. history
John Hudson / Washington Post:
Trump administration to end Iran deal waivers in a blow to Obama-era pact