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1:55 PM 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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: VICE, Observer and Balloon Juice
Trump is set to announce an executive order against social media companies  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump is set to announce an executive order against social media companies on Thursday, days after Twitter called two of his tweets “potentially misleading.”
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Trump continues to claim broad powers he doesn't have
Discussion: The Hill
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:   The wannabe tyranny of Trump's attempted social media policing
Yael Halon / Fox News:
Zuckerberg knocks Twitter for fact-checking Trump, says private companies shouldn't be ‘the arbiter of truth’
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:   White House won't issue economic projections this summer
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Trump Wants to Roll Back Social Media Legal Protections; Facebook and Twitter CEOs Weigh In
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: Mediaite and The Takeaway
Dennis Romero / NBC News:
Dem lawmaker goes on epic rant after GOP colleague admits hiding positive coronavirus test
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Graham urges senior judges to step aside before November election so Republicans can fill vacancies
Discussion: The Hugh Hewitt Show
Fox News:
Senate Homeland Security Committee to vote on subpoenas in Russia probe review
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
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 …
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
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?
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 …
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
New York to allow private businesses to deny entry to customers without masks
Discussion: The Hill, Breitbart and Politico
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
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.
Discussion: The Hill, NBC News, IJR and Twitchy
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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: Common Dreams
Adam Klasfeld /
Trump Towers Istanbul Partner Lobbied President and Cabinet on Pandemic  —  In three letters copied to the U.S. president, a Turkish businessman who partnered on the Trump Towers Istanbul deal implored White House officials to sizably boost trade with Turkey in response to the novel coronavirus.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Pedro Gonzalez / The American Mind:
Don't Bother Learning to Code  —  Ruthless outsourcing will be the death of the American Dream.  —  The shotgun blast reverberated across the parking garage of Bank of America's Concord Technology Center in the Bay Area suburb of Walnut Creek, California.  In the front seat of a pickup truck sat …
Usha Lee McFarling / STAT:
When hard data are ‘heartbreaking’: Testing blitz in San Francisco shows Covid-19 struck mostly low-wage workers  —  Early in the coronavirus outbreak, as the first infected patients trickled into Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, Diane Havlir noticed a troubling trend.
Discussion: The Week
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 …
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.
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Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Tim Kaine tests positive for coronavirus antibodies
Discussion: Axios and The Daily Caller
The Economist:
Masks probably slow the spread of covid-19
Joel Rose / NPR:
Coronavirus Testing Machines Are Latest Bottleneck In Troubled Supply Chain
Jonah Engel Bromwich / New York Times:
The N+1 Candidate  —  Nikil Saval wants to bring more democratic …
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: 
Dennis Normile / Science:
Japan ends its COVID-19 state of emergency
Discussion: Conservative Review
Reader Reports The Post Pub “will not be reopening”.  Update “not 100 percent for sure, but it's not looking good.”
Tory Newmyer / Washington Post:
The Finance 202: The Fed has bracing news for anyone expecting a sharp economic rebound
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
“Everyone Is Shocked”: CBS News Hit Hard by Layoffs
Discussion: Twitchy
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
You cannot keep from getting swept up in Trump's agenda without a firm grasp on your own
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Barr appoints Texas prosecutor to review Obama officials' ‘unmasking’ requests
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos