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6:25 PM ET, May 28, 2020


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The White House:
Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship  —  By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:  —  Section 1.  Policy.  Free speech is the bedrock of American democracy.
New York Times:
Trump Prepares Order to Limit Social Media Companies' Protections
Washington Post:
Trump expected to sign executive order that could threaten punishment against Facebook …
Eugene Volokh / Reason:
47 U.S.C. § 230 and the Publisher/Distributor/Platform Distinction
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Trump continues to claim broad powers he doesn't have
Discussion: The Hill and IJR
Tiana Lowe / Washington Examiner:   The wannabe tyranny of Trump's attempted social media policing
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 …
Alan Macleod / MintPress News:
As Chief Prosecutor, Klobuchar Declined to Bring Charges Against Cop that Killed George Floyd  —  The latest example of America's racist police brutality problem was caught on camera in Minneapolis Monday, as Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on 46-year-old African-American George Floyd's neck …
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 …
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 …
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: Daily Kos, Breitbart and Raw Story
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 …
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 …
Emma Tucker / The Daily Beast:   Kellyanne Conway Voted by Mail—But Insists Others Should Do It In-Person
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.
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 …
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 …
Washington Post:
Administration initially dispensed scarce covid-19 drug to some hospitals that didn't need it  —  Officials describe early missteps that delayed treatment to critically ill patients.  —  The Trump administration mishandled the initial distribution of the only approved coronavirus medication …
Discussion: Raw Story and Common Dreams
Gabrielle Fonrouge / New York Post:
Amy Cooper allegedly stalked ex-love interest, slammed him for Obama vote  —  The white dog-walker, who called 911 on a black man when he asked her to leash her cocker spaniel in Central Park, allegedly stalked a former love interest and chided him for voting for President Barack Obama, The Post has learned.
Discussion: TheGrio
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.
Discussion: Althouse
Craig Brandhorst / University of South Carolina:
1 tweet, 1 sandwich, 1 beer  —  White House reporter Josh Dawsey tells it like it is  —  Josh Dawsey is a lowlife reporter.  —  That's not us talking.  That's straight from the mouth of Donald J. Trump.  Or straight from his thumbs anyway.  Here's the original tweet …
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 …
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 …
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 …
USA Today:
Coronavirus postcard that featured Trump's name cost struggling Postal Service $28 million  —  WASHINGTON - A postcard mailed to every American household that included coronavirus social distancing guidelines and also prominently featured President Donald Trump's name cost the U.S. Postal Service $28 million, USA TODAY has learned.
Discussion: The Hill
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: Law & Crime, The Hill and STAT
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 …
Discussion: Althouse
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.
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
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.
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Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
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Discussion: Breitbart
Marty Lederman / Just Security:
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Washington Post:
U.S. brings massive N. Korean sanctions case, targeting state-owned bank and former government officials
Kevin Collier / NBC News:
The NSA has a warning: Russia's most infamous hackers are still active
Discussion: BleepingComputer
Sara Sorcher / Washington Post:
The Health 202: Americans are not expecting a quick return to normal. Or a vaccine next year.
 Earlier Items: 
The Economist:
Masks probably slow the spread of covid-19
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Discussion: Wired, New York Post and Balloon Juice
Bangor Daily News:
New poll shows Sara Gideon leading Susan Collins by 9 points
Discussion: Raw Story
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