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Kara Scannell / CNN:
Michael Cohen will be released from prison due to pandemic  —  (CNN)The federal Bureau of Prisons has notified Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, that he will be released early from prison due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to people familiar with the matter and his lawyer.
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NBC News:
Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to be released from prison early over virus concerns
Discussion: Associated Press
Ryan Lizza / Politico:
My Wild, Totally Surreal Experience Covering a Trump Coronavirus Briefing  —  “Your forehead, please,” said the woman in a mask.  —  She was a medical technician sitting in a tent outside the northwest gate of the White House in the otherwise deserted section of Pennsylvania Avenue that is usually crammed with tourists in April.
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Paul LeBlanc / CNN:   Romney is only GOP senator not invited to join new White House task force
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Trump snubs Romney by inviting every other GOP senator to council on restarting economy amid coronavirus
Discussion: Breitbart
CNN:
READ: White House guidelines for ‘Opening Up America Again’
Discussion: Vox and PJ Media Home
Charles Duncan / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Who will Joe Biden pick as his running mate?  Here's what Vegas betting odds show  —  With the Democratic primary field down to one candidate, attention has turned to who former Vice President Joe Biden will pick as his running mate.  —  While pundits are discussing the options …
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Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Biden says he's already choosing a presidential transition team
Discussion: The Hill
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
The Case for Joe Biden to Pick Elizabeth Warren as His Running Mate
Discussion: Breitbart and Washington Monthly
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
For Mark Meadows, the Transition From Trump Confidant to Chief of Staff Is a Hard One  —  Only weeks into the job, the former congressman has confronted the same problems that frustrated his three predecessors.  It hasn't helped him with his new White House colleagues that he's emotional and sometimes cries.
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John Santucci / ABC News:
Trump's new chief of staff Mark Meadows responds to frequent controversy with fits of emotion: Sources  —  Source predicts short tenure; White House says Meadows is “tremendous asset.”  —  President Donald Trump has often boasted that he not only tolerates controversy, he thrives on it.
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
STAT:
Early peek at data on Gilead coronavirus drug suggests patients are responding to treatment  —  A Chicago hospital treating severe Covid-19 patients with Gilead Sciences' antiviral medicine remdesivir in a closely watched clinical trial is seeing rapid recoveries in fever and respiratory symptoms …
John Haltiwanger / Business Insider:
The Trump administration paid a bankrupt company with zero employees $55 million for N95 masks, which it's never manufactured  — The Trump administration has awarded a $55 million contract for N95 masks to a company with no experience producing medical supplies and whose parent company filed for bankruptcy protection last year.
Bloomberg:
Small-Business Rescue Shows Not All States Are Created Equal  —  During the first 10 days of the federal government's small-business rescue program, the spigot was wide open in Nebraska.  Firms there got enough money to cover about three-fourths of the state's eligible payrolls.
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Pew Research Center:
Most Americans Say Trump Was Too Slow in Initial Response to Coronavirus Threat  —  Wide concern that states will lift COVID-19 restrictions too quickly  —  How we did this  —  As the death toll from the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to spiral, most Americans do not foresee a quick end to the crisis.
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Politico:
Bitter leadership feuds undermine pandemic relief  —  For Congress, the coronavirus pandemic changed everything — except the personality feuds that have defined the institution in the Trump era.  —  Instead of congressional leaders and President Donald Trump rallying to take on a virus that's crushing …
The Daily Beast:
Army Decides a Pandemic Is a Good Time to Give GOP Donors $569 Million to ‘Build the Wall’  —  What coronavirus crisis?  Big Republican donors get a half-billion dollar, no-bid deal that one watchdog calls “a travesty that must be investigated and audited immediately.”  —  BEAST INSIDE
Washington Post:
As testing outcry mounts, Trump cedes to states in announcing guidelines for slow reopening  —  President Trump released federal guidelines Thursday night for a slow and staggered return to normal in places with minimal cases of the novel coronavirus, moving to try to resume economic activity …
Jeremy W. Peters / Chicago Tribune:
Why Michael Savage is blasting Sean Hannity and the right-wing media on the coronavirus  —  There are a lot of people who are ruining the country right now, according to Michael Savage.  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  Liberal mayors in big cities like San Francisco.  Undocumented immigrants.
Politico:
Matt Gaetz rents office space from longtime friend and donor — at taxpayer expense  —  Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz has spent nearly $200,000 in taxpayer funds renting an office from a longtime friend, adviser, campaign donor and legal client.  —  Both men said in separate interviews Gaetz …
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
‘Ellen’ Crew Furious Over Poor Communication Regarding Pay, Non-Union Workers During Coronavirus Shutdown (EXCLUSIVE)  —  Endeavor Content, Keller/Noll Launch Game Show Podcast With ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Host Matt Iseman  —  Crew members from Ellen DeGeneres' long-running daytime talk show …
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Trump's Job Rating Slides; U.S. Satisfaction Tumbles  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — As President Donald Trump works to contain the damage from the novel coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., the rally in support he enjoyed as the nation entered a virtual lockdown has faded.
Discussion: Fox News, POLITICUSUSA and The Hill
Jason Johnson / TheGrio:
Joe Biden's VP pick better be a Black woman - and it needs to be Kamala Harris  —  OPINION: At this point, Biden's not trying to break box office records - he just doesn't want to flop.  —  Some casting decisions make sense the moment the movie is announced.
Discussion: MSNBC and NBC News
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Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Biden shoots down Cuomo as VP pick, says it's ‘important’ that a woman be his running mate
Discussion: The Hill
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
What AOC Gets that Bernie Didn't  —  The 27-year-old progressive activist Sean McElwee made the POLITICO 50 list of influential thinkers in 2017 for “Abolish ICE,” a pithy slogan that more liberal Democrats adapted into a quixotic campaign to dismantle the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
Grant Marek / SFGATE:
Berkeley institution Top Dog is on the ropes.  But they still won't take federal aid.  —  You never forget your first trip to Top Dog.  —  The tiny, Berkeley-born grab-and-go grill is a rite of passage for Cal students, slinging superlative sausages late night 'til 3 a.m. — along with a side of libertarian literature.
Leon Sverdlov / Jerusalem Post:
Yair Netanyahu tweets leftists will die of coronavirus following protest  —  “I hope the elderly people who die following this protest will be from your bloc,” the younger Netanyahu junior wrote on Twitter.  —  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's son Yair Netanyahu caused controversy Thursday night …
Daniel Bice / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
DNC Milwaukee Host Committee reduces staff by more than half through layoffs and transfers  —  In the latest sign of trouble for the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee this summer, the host committee announced Thursday that it is cutting its staff by more than half by reassigning some employees and laying off others.
Discussion: Townhall, CNN, Breitbart, The Hill and Politico
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Daniel Bice / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Milwaukee ‘unlikely’ to host Democratic convention, former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe says
Discussion: Politico
NBC News:
Massachusetts man charged with trying to blow up Jewish nursing home  —  Blood found on the failed explosive matched the DNA of suspect John Michael Rathbun, 36, the FBI said.  —  Federal agents arrested a western Massachusetts man and accused of him trying to blow up a Jewish assisted living facility …
Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:
Family of New York woman blames hydroxychloroquine combo for fatal heart attack  —  The 65-year-old woman was prescribed the malaria drug and an antibiotic by her doctor to treat coronavirus symptoms.  —  A New York woman with coronavirus symptoms died last week after being prescribed …
Discussion: Twitchy, Townhall and Bloomberg
Wall Street Journal:
New York Extends Coronavirus Lockdown as Some Asian Countries See Rise in Cases  —  U.S. jobless claims soar as the U.K. also extends its stay-at-home policy  —  New York state and the U.K. moved to extend coronavirus lockdowns as U.S. jobless claims jumped and countries around the world wrestled …
Discussion: The Week
The Times of Israel:
US alerted Israel, NATO to disease outbreak in China in November — report  —  Israeli officials said to have debated threat five months ago, before public was aware of coronavirus, but ‘nothing was done’ by Health Ministry  —  US intelligence agencies alerted Israel to the coronavirus outbreak …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jason DeParle / New York Times:
A Gloomy Prediction on How Much Poverty Could Rise  —  Researchers suggest the poverty rate may reach the highest levels in half a century, hitting African-Americans and children hardest.  —  The pandemic crippling the American economy portends a sharp increase in poverty …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Chalkbeat
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
Country grows more pessimistic about a return to normalcy post-coronavirus: POLL  —  Ideological allegiance extends to nearly every aspect of the crisis.  —  The country is growing more pessimistic about a timeframe for a return to normalcy, with ideological allegiance extending …
Ian Shapira / Washington Post:
He risked his life photographing the 1961 Freedom Riders.  Theodore Gaffney just died from the coronavirus at 92.  —  In the spring of 1961, Jet magazine asked Theodore Gaffney, a Washington freelance photographer, to travel with the Freedom Riders, a group of activists from across the country …
The Nation:
An Open Letter to the New New Left From the Old New Left  —  Now it is time for all those who yearn for a more equal and just social order to face facts.  —  “THESE are the times that try men's souls.  The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country....
Discussion: The Mahablog
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
The WHO doesn't only have a China problem — it has a dictator problem  —  This week, President Trump announced that he is suspending U.S. funding for the World Health Organization.  He accused the organization of taking “China's assurances at face value” and pushing “China's misinformation” about the coronavirus outbreak there.
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
The US is failing the test of the century  —  A new wave and second lockdown would be a bigger hit to wealth than a cautious return to work, but Donald Trump is refusing to listen  —  Like an asteroid, coronavirus is the textbook example of an exogenous shock.  The threat came from beyond.
 
 
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Corky Siemaszko / Yahoo News:
Coronavirus kills 90-year-old Holocaust survivor
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Here's a state that's quietly reversing the tea party's damage
David Freedlander / Vanity Fair:
Does the King of the COVID-19 Contrarians Have a Case?
Discussion: VICE and Raw Story
getrevue.co:
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Greg Giroux / Bloomberg Government:
Liz Cheney Donates to Massie Opponent After Forced Stimulus Vote
Washington Post:
Thousands of OSHA complaints filed against companies for virus workplace safety concerns, records show
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Laura Johnston / Plain Dealer:
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Associated Press:
Brazil's Bolsonaro fires health minister after virus dispute
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Tim Mak / NPR:
Sen. Richard Burr's Pre-Pandemic Stock Sell-Offs Highly Unusual, Analysis Shows
Financial Times:
FT Interview: Emmanuel Macron says it is time to think the unthinkable
Discussion: Breitbart and Politico
Greg Hinz / Chicago Business:
Midwest governors form COVID coalition
Discussion: Washington Post