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4:55 PM ET, April 27, 2020


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Rich McHugh / Business Insider:
A former neighbor of Joe Biden's accuser Tara Reade has come forward to corroborate her sexual assault account, saying Reade discussed the allegations in detail in the mid-1990s  — Tara Reade, a former staffer in Joe Biden's Senate office, has accused the Democratic presidential nominee …
Guy Benson / Townhall:
Shhh: Democrats Asked Zero Questions About Biden Allegations on Sunday Shows, Despite New Evidence
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
Jeff Reeves /
ReOpen NC leader says she tested positive for COVID-19  —  RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - A leader of the ReOpen NC group revealed in a Facebook post that she tested positive for COVID-19.  —  Audrey Whitlock posted to the ReOpen NC Facebook page early Sunday saying her two-week quarantine was ending.
Discussion: Raw Story
Steve Wiseman / Raleigh News & Observer:
One of the leaders of ReOpen NC group says she tested positive for COVID-19  —  One of the leaders of a group opposing Gov. Roy Cooper's stay-at-home measures aimed at slowing the coronavirus spread has identified herself as having tested positive for the virus.
Discussion: ABC11
New York Times:
Top E.R. Doctor Who Treated Virus Patients Dies by Suicide  —  “She tried to do her job, and it killed her,” said the father of Dr. Lorna M. Breen, who worked at a Manhattan hospital hit hard by the coronavirus outbreak.  —  A top emergency room doctor at a major Manhattan hospital died by suicide on Sunday, according to her father.
Stefan Becket / CBS News:
Pentagon formally releases 3 Navy videos showing “unidentified aerial phenomena”  —  Washington — The Pentagon on Monday formally released three unclassified videos taken by Navy pilots that have circulated for years showing interactions with “unidentified aerial phenomena.”
Michael Conte / CNN:   Pentagon officially releases UFO videos
David D. Kirkpatrick / New York Times:
In Race for a Coronavirus Vaccine, an Oxford Group Leaps Ahead  —  As scientists at the Jenner Institute prepare for mass clinical trials, new tests show their vaccine to be effective in monkeys.  —  In the worldwide race for a vaccine to stop the coronavirus, the laboratory sprinting fastest is at Oxford University.
Discussion: Fox News
Susan Page / USA Today:
USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll: Six months out, Biden jumps to lead over Trump amid coronavirus concerns  —  Six months before Election Day, the coronavirus pandemic has done what impeachment did not: Cost President Donald Trump his advantage over Joe Biden in the 2020 campaign.
New York Times:
New York Board of Elections Cancels Democratic Presidential Primary  —  The State Board of Elections scrapped the state's June 23 Democratic nominating contest, citing the risk of spreading coronavirus, in a move opposed by supporters of Bernie Sanders.  —  New York officials canceled …
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Michelle Obama Netflix documentary to debut May 6
Daniel Marans / HuffPost:
Bernie Sanders Challenges His Possible Removal From New York Primary Ballot
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Hill
White House Urges Reopening Despite Outbreaks at Warehouses  — Hassett cites data on virus spread White House won't release  — Infections reported at meatpacking facilities over past weeks  —  The White House is urging businesses to open their doors again in hopes of triggering …
Susannah Luthi / Politico:
Supreme Court rules government must pay billions to Obamacare insurers  —  The Supreme Court on Monday ruled the federal government owes health insurers massive payments from an Obamacare program shielding them from financial risks after the companies accused Washington of reneging on its funding promises.
Mark Sherman / Associated Press:
Court tosses NY case that could have expanded gun rights
Discussion: Washington Post, Breitbart and NBC News
Jill J. Karofsky / New York Times:
I'm the Judge Who Won in Wisconsin. This Principle Is More Important Than Winning.
Discussion: CNN
Ryan Parker / Hollywood Reporter:
Howard Stern Questions Who Would Vote for Trump After Disinfectant Remarks  —  The SiriusXM host says he will support Joe Biden for president.  —  Howard Stern on Monday said he will support Joe Biden for the 2020 presidential election.  —  The SiriusXM host made the comment while taking …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill
David Frum / The Atlantic:
The Very Real Threat of Trump's Deepfake
Discussion: VICE and Lawfare
Associated Press:
Trump's focus on his base complicates path to reelection  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — During times of war and strife, national leaders often aim to unite a broken country and, in the process, broaden their appeal beyond their most loyal supporters.  Not President Donald Trump.
Trump looks to Hope Hicks as coronavirus crisis spills over  —  Returning to the West Wing just a month after impeachment, one of President Donald Trump's closest advisers found a presidency in crisis: a deadly disease outbreak, a tumbling stock market and a White House struggling to form …
Washington Post:
U.S. deaths soared in early weeks of pandemic, far exceeding number attributed to covid-19  —  An analysis of federal data for the first time estimates excess deaths — the number beyond what would normally be expected — during that period.
Robert McCartney / Washington Post:
McConnell's rejection of federal aid for states risks causing a depression, analysts say  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) would rather see states declare bankruptcy than give them federal aid to deal with the economic collapse triggered by the coronavirus pandemic.
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Schumer to introduce legislation preventing Trump from signing stimulus checks
Dylan Matthews / Vox:
Mitch McConnell's rediscovery of the deficit is a recipe for a depression
Discussion: Politico
Kevin Arnovitz / ESPN:
Lakers got money from loan program, returned it  —  LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Lakers have returned approximately $4.6 million that they received from a federal government program intended to help small businesses weather the economic burden caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the team said in a statement to ESPN on Monday.
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Multi-millionaire Trump donor is top recipient of funds intended for struggling small businesses
Discussion: Boondoggle
New York Times:
260,000 Words, Full of Self-Praise, From Trump on the Virus  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much, everyone.  My administration will do everything possible to help those communities get back on their feet.  We're speaking with the governors and representatives.
Emma Tucker / The Daily Beast:
Kelli Ward Urged Anti-Lockdown Protesters to Dress as Health-Care Workers  —  PART OF THE PROBLEM  —  Dr. Kelli Ward, the far-right chairwoman of the Arizona Republican Party, further emboldened conservative protesters who are demanding that governors reopen states by telling them to dress as health-care workers to trick the media.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
The Guardian:
‘Heads we win, tails you lose’: how America's rich have turned pandemic into profit  —  As 26 million Americans lose their jobs, the billionaire class has added $308bn to its wealth  —  Never let a good crisis go to waste: as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the world, America's 1% have taken profitable advantage of the old saying.
Andy Lack / NBC News:
Journalism is under attack from coronavirus and the White House.  But we're winning.  —  At this dark hour, Americans are scared.  They're hungry for accurate information and the unvarnished truth.  Now, and in all the days to come, journalists will be there.
Exclusive: She's been falsely accused of starting the coronavirus.  Her life has been turned upside down  —  Maatje Benassi, a US Army reservist and mother of two, has become the target of conspiracy theorists who falsely place her at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, saying she brought the disease to China.
New York Times:
Live Coronavirus in the US Updates  —  About three million cases have been detected around the world, and the global death toll passed 200,000.  The C.D.C. added six new Covid-19 symptoms.  Some states gradually allowed some businesses to open, as oil prices plummeted.
Discussion: KTLA
Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Rising support for mail voting amid pandemic  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans' support for mail-in voting has jumped amid concerns about the safety of polling places during the coronavirus pandemic, but a wide partisan divide suggests President Donald Trump's public campaign …
Ronna McDaniel / The Daily Caller:
RNC CHAIR MCDANIEL: Scam PAC's Slanderous Ad Is No Match For President Trump's Tough Stance On China  —  Since securing the nod to the Democratic nomination, Joe Biden has been busy trying to rewrite history and his record of being soft on China.  —  Despite making a career out of kowtowing …
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Walter Shapiro / New Republic:
Who Will Be Joe Biden's Pick for Vice President?
Discussion: NBC News, Grist and Politico
Nolan D. McCaskill / Politico:
Wisconsin health department: 36 people positive for coronavirus after primary vote
Richard R. John / Washington Post:
The Founders never intended the U.S. Postal Service to be managed like a business
The world wants answers on Gilead's Covid-19 drug.  Experts worry next studies may increase uncertainty
Denis Slattery / New York Daily News:
Bronx assembly candidate Chantel Jackson stands by anti-vaccine comments
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Chief of Staff Says His Main Concern Is Trump Eating Enough
 Earlier Items: 
Caroline Spivack / Curbed NY:
L train tunnel repairs completed ahead of schedule
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Pelosi: Guaranteed income during coronavirus crisis is “worthy of attention”
Rob Copeland / Wall Street Journal:
The Secret Group of Scientists and Billionaires Pushing Trump on a Covid-19 Plan
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
Is Donald Trump Manly?
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Bill Gates's vision for life beyond the coronavirus
Discussion: Financial Times
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump apologists' defense has been obliterated by ‘But Lysol’
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
Where Has Jared Kushner Gone in the Fight Against Coronavirus?
Discussion: Raw Story
Ryan Lizza / Politico:
Big-government conservatives mount takeover of GOP
Discussion: Washington Post

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Sara Fischer / Axios:
BuzzFeed sells Complex, acquired for $300M in 2021, to livestream shopping platform Ntwrk for $108.6M; BuzzFeed plans to lay off 16% of its workforce

Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Sources: Amazon plans to shut its FAST service Freevee in the coming weeks, as part of a broader effort to focus its ad and product efforts on Prime Video

Amelia Pollard / Bloomberg:
Filing: a US court gives Audacy, the second-largest radio broadcaster in the US, approval to exit bankruptcy, slashing ~$1.7B of its debt in a restructuring

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