Washington Post: Trump’s mockery of wearing masks divides Republicans

Washington Post: Trump’s mockery of wearing masks divides Republicans. “A growing chorus of Republicans are pushing back against President Trump’s suggestion that wearing cloth masks to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus is a sign of personal weakness or political correctness. They include governors seeking to prevent a rebound in coronavirus cases and federal lawmakers who face tough reelection fights this fall, as national polling shows lopsided support for wearing masks in public.”

CNN: Trump threatens to pull Republican convention out of North Carolina

CNN: Trump threatens to pull Republican convention out of North Carolina. “President Donald Trump began a solemn Memorial Day railing against North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, ahead of the 2020 Republican National Convention, threatening to pull it out of Charlotte, where the convention is expected to be held August 24 to 27. Trump contended that Cooper is ‘unable to guarantee’ that the arena can be filled to capacity.”

AP: GOP fronts ‘pro-Trump’ doctors to prescribe rapid reopening

AP: GOP fronts ‘pro-Trump’ doctors to prescribe rapid reopening. “Republican political operatives are recruiting ‘extremely pro-Trump’ doctors to go on television to prescribe reviving the U.S. economy as quickly as possible, without waiting to meet safety benchmarks proposed by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.”

CNN: Why GOP can’t reopen the economy without Democratic buy-in

CNN: Why GOP can’t reopen the economy without Democratic buy-in. “From President Donald Trump through Republican governors and state legislatures, the GOP is coalescing around a position of reopening the economy as quickly as possible despite concerns about seeding a wider spread of the coronavirus. But the party’s efforts face a paradoxical hurdle: The economy can’t regain much momentum without the participation of big Democratic-leaning metropolitan areas, where both local officials and average residents remain more skeptical about quickly unwinding social distancing measures.”

New York Times: G.O.P. Officials Quietly Consider Paring Back Convention

New York Times: G.O.P. Officials Quietly Consider Paring Back Convention. “The money to pay for the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., is mostly raised, and contracts with hotels and local vendors are signed. The delegates are set to easily anoint a party nominee who fought tooth and nail for the title four years ago. But instead of preparing to celebrate President Trump, White House and Republican officials are now quietly looking at the likelihood of a pared-down convention, with the coronavirus appearing increasingly likely to still pose a serious threat in late summer.”

MarketWatch: Michigan’s Republican-led House set to sue over governor’s shutdown orders, as armed protesters enter statehouse

MarketWatch: Michigan’s Republican-led House set to sue over governor’s shutdown orders, as armed protesters enter statehouse. “The Republican-led Michigan Legislature refused Thursday to extend the state’s coronavirus emergency declaration and voted to authorize a lawsuit challenging Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s authority and actions to combat the pandemic. The governor, unfazed, responded with orders stating under one law that an emergency still exists, while declaring a new 28-day state of emergency under another law.”

New York Times: Fearing Political Peril, Republicans Edge Away From Trump on Pandemic Response

New York Times: Fearing Political Peril, Republicans Edge Away From Trump on Pandemic Response. “Moderate Republicans in competitive districts are navigating a careful balance in addressing the coronavirus crisis, eager to put some distance between themselves and a president whose response has been criticized.”