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1:05 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 …
Discussion: Politico, National Review and Raw Story
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, Balloon Juice and Observer
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
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
Daniel Villarreal / Newsweek:   Zuckerberg Says Twitter Is Wrong to Fact-Check Trump
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Trump Wants to Roll Back Social Media Legal Protections; Facebook and Twitter CEOs Weigh In
Discussion: Breitbart, New York Times and Mediaite
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 …
Tom Jackman / Washington Post:
Police chiefs react with disgust to Minneapolis death, try to reassure their own cities
Discussion: Mediaite and The Takeaway
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
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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
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 …
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
Fox News:
Senate Homeland Security Committee to vote on subpoenas in Russia probe review
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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?
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: NBC News, The Hill, IJR and Twitchy
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
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.
Tory Newmyer / Washington Post:
The Finance 202: The Fed has bracing news for anyone expecting a sharp economic rebound  —  The ongoing crisis brought on by the pandemic shutdowns has caused “steep” job losses, with activity “falling sharply” across the map, the central bank's latest survey of economic conditions on the ground finds.
David Wertime / Politico:
What's next for Hong Kong
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.
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.
Dennis Normile / Science:
Japan ends its COVID-19 state of emergency  —  Science's COVID-19 reporting is supported by the Pulitzer Center.  —  Japan yesterday declared at least a temporary victory in its battle with COVID-19, and it triumphed by following its own playbook.  It drove down the number of daily new cases …
Discussion: Conservative Review
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Kavita Kumar / Star Tribune:
Minneapolis venture capitalist loses office lease after viral video accuses him of racial profiling  —  Subject of video said he believed some of the men were not tenants.  —  TEXT SIZE  —  A Minneapolis venture capitalist's office lease has been terminated after a video went viral showing …
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
How the pandemic spread and contracted on its way to killing 100,000 Americans  —  The first coronavirus death in the United States wasn't the first coronavirus death in the United States.  —  We learned on Feb. 29 that someone had died of covid-19, the disease caused by the virus …
Discussion: Fox News, ABC News and The Hill
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 …
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.
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Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
New York to allow private businesses to deny entry to customers without masks
Discussion: Washington Post, Politico and The Hill
Jonah Engel Bromwich / New York Times:
The N+1 Candidate  —  Nikil Saval wants to bring more democratic …
GOP operatives worry Trump will lose both the presidency and Senate majority
Emily Holden / The Guardian:
New Trump public land rules will let Alaska hunters kill bear cubs in dens
Discussion: Raw Story and 444
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: America grows more divided amid coronavirus crisis, as a distracted Trump sows discord
Fact-checking Trump's recent claims that mail-in voting is rife with fraud
Discussion: Just The News, Axios and The Hill
Washington Post:
Trump campaign is creating an alternate reality online about coronavirus
Mother Jones:
Rudy Giuliani Is Looking for $10 Million to Finance a Ukraine-Biden Film
 Earlier Items: 
Glenn T. Stanton / The Federalist:
Reader Reports The Post Pub “will not be reopening”.  Update “not 100 percent for sure, but it's not looking good.”
U.S. economy shrank at 5% annual rate in the first quarter
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
“Everyone Is Shocked”: CBS News Hit Hard by Layoffs