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8:45 PM ET, April 28, 2020


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House drops plan to return after lawmaker backlash  —  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer on Tuesday announced that lawmakers won't return to Washington next week, abruptly reversing course after widespread backlash from members in both parties who warned the move would be unsafe.
Ben White / Politico:
Trump faces the risk of a coronavirus cliff
Fox News:   McConnell balks at infrastructure spending in next coronavirus aid bill
Bloomberg:   Trump Ties Virus Aid for States to Action on ‘Sanctuary’ Cities
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
What Biden Has To Say  —  Joe Biden, Tara Reade, and double-standards.  —  I have no idea if Tara Reade's allegations against Joe Biden are true.  And, like Cathy Young, I think there are reasons to be skeptical.  (You can read her deep dive into the facts here.)
Danika Fears / The Daily Beast:
Pence Flouts Mask Policy While Visiting Staff, Patient at Mayo Clinic  —  WHY???  —  Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday refused to wear a mask during his visit to Minnesota's Mayo Clinic, which requires all staff, patients, and visitors to wear a face covering while at the medical center.
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Pence flouts hospital policy, goes maskless in Mayo Clinic visit
Discussion: Fox News, NBC News, The Hill and Vanity Fair
Vice President Mike Pence tours Mayo Clinic without coronavirus mask even though he was told to wear one
Discussion: Vox, Slate and The Guardian
Trump Orders Meat Plants to Stay Open in Move Slammed by Union  — President will invoke Defense Production Act after closures  — At least 6,500 workers sickened or in isolation, union says  —  President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that compels slaughterhouses to remain open …
Daniel Desrochers / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Beshear called it a prank, but Tupac Shakur really does need his unemployment check  —  Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear went full Dad-mode during his Monday night news conference, calling out the “bad apples” who filed for unemployment under fake names during the coronavirus pandemic.
Lucas Aulbach / Courier-Journal:   Gov. Andy Beshear apologizes to Tupac Shakur over Kentucky coronavirus unemployment claim
Wall Street Journal:
‘A Bargain With the Devil’—Bill Comes Due for Overextended Airbnb Hosts  —  Entrepreneurs built mini-empires of short-term rental properties, borrowing against revenue that's now vanishing under coronavirus lockdowns  —  For years, Cheryl Dopp considered the ding on her phone …
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Inside Donald Trump and Jared Kushner's Two Months of Magical Thinking  —  On the afternoon of Thursday, March 19, Donald Trump sat in the Oval Office obsessing over the beaches in Florida.  CNN footage of shirtless spring breakers packed onto the sand while the coronavirus pandemic raged …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Mahablog
David K. Li / NBC News:
Alaska school removes ‘The Great Gatsby,’ other famous books from curriculum for ‘controversial’ content  —  Bookstores are now fielding requests for works removed from Mat-Su Borough School District classrooms.  —  An Alaska school board removed five famous — but allegedly “controversial” …
Johnny Edwards / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia men drink disinfectants in attempts to stop coronavirus  —  Two people in Georgia drank liquid cleaning products over the weekend in misguided attempts to ward off COVID-19, according to the Georgia Poison Center.  Both men had histories of psychiatric problems and are expected to recover.
Discussion: The Hill, Twitchy, PJ Media Home and Reason
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:   Poll: Georgians back shelter-in-place, oppose rollback of restrictions
Washington Post:
The U.S. plans to give $500 billion to large companies.  It won't require them to preserve jobs or limit executive pay.  —  The Fed's coronavirus aid program lacks restrictions Congress placed on companies seeking financial help under other programs.  —  A Federal Reserve program expected …
Discussion: Raw Story and VICE
Trip Gabriel / New York Times:
Ohio's G.O.P. Governor Splits From Trump, and Rises in Popularity  —  Mike DeWine, a low-key career politician, has followed health experts' guidance as Ohio confronts the coronavirus.  His constituents are overwhelmingly appreciative.  —  For 40 years, Mike DeWine rose steadily if blandly …
Alanna Durkin Richer / Associated Press:
Nearly 70 dead in ‘horrific’ outbreak at veterans home  —  Nearly 70 residents sickened with the coronavirus have died at a Massachusetts home for aging veterans, as state and federal officials try to figure out what went wrong in the deadliest known outbreak at a long-term care facility in the U.S.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Trump has played the media like a puppet.  We're getting better — but history will not judge us kindly.  —  Traditional journalism is under siege, NBC News chief Andy Lack wrote this week: President Trump continues to “put the bully in bully pulpit,” and the coronavirus crisis has taken a toll.
Discussion: National Review and NBC News
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Senators demand answers from Pompeo on Wuhan lab cables  —  The State Department was warned two years ago of safety concerns at a Wuhan lab doing dangerous research on bat coronaviruses.  Now, two Democratic senators want to know if those warnings were ignored — and why, despite these warnings …
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Andrew Yang sues over New York's shutdown of presidential primary  —  Andrew Yang, the former presidential candidate, is suing the New York State Board of Elections in federal court after the state election commission effectively canceled the Democratic presidential primary there.
Discussion: Axios, The Hill and Redstate
Yascha Mounk / The Atlantic:
No Testing, No Treatment, No Herd Immunity, No Easy Way Out  —  We need to start preparing for a darker reality.  —  Contributing writer at The Atlantic  —  The past few months have been bleak.  Every day has brought word of new casualties from the coronavirus.  The world economy entered free fall.
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Bob Nightengale / USA Today:
MLB discussing plan to start season in late June, playing in home stadiums with realigned league  —  Maybe it's a dream scenario.  —  Maybe it's premature to get excited.  —  Then again, maybe it just might work.  —  Major League Baseball officials have become cautiously optimistic …
Discussion: The Week
Michael Laris / Washington Post:
Scientists know ways to help stop viruses from spreading on airplanes.  They're too late for this pandemic.  —  On March 14, 1977, a woman with the flu climbed aboard a 737 and headed for Kodiak, Alaska, with 53 other passengers and crew.  After an engine failed, most of them sat on the runway …
New York Times:
Trump's Response to Virus Reflects a Long Disregard for Science  —  The president's Covid-19 response has extended the administration's longstanding practice of undermining scientific expertise for political purposes.  —  WASHINGTON — At a March visit with doctors and researchers at the Centers …
Associated Press:
The Latest: 52 positive cases tied to Wisconsin election  —  MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in Wisconsin (all times local):  —  More than 50 people who voted in person or worked the polls during Wisconsin's election earlier this month have tested positive for COVID-19 so far.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Tucker Carlson Beats Sean Hannity as Trump Briefings Give Fox News a Boost  —  The network's ratings surged in April, but “Hannity” missed its top spot for the first time since 2017.  —  Sean Hannity has been the king of Fox News for two and a half years, the highest-rated host on the highest-rated cable news channel.
Discussion: Raw Story
Thomas Burr / Salt Lake Tribune:
Utah Attorney General suspends state contract with Banjo in light of founder's KKK past  —  • The Utah Attorney General's Office will suspend use of a massive surveillance system after a news report showed that the founder of the company behind the effort was once an active participant …
Chloe Taylor / CNBC:
Belgians urged to eat fries twice a week as coronavirus creates massive potato surplus  — Belgians are being called upon to eat fries at least twice a week as more than 750,000 tons of potatoes are at risk of being thrown away.  — Romain Cools, secretary general of Belgian potato …
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
DOJ unseals Roger Stone warrants in response to lawsuit from CNN and other outlets  —  Roger Stone sentenced to more than 3 years in prison  —  (CNN)The Justice Department on Tuesday made public dozens of search warrants from its investigation into Roger Stone, after CNN and other news organizations sued for access to the files.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jim VandeHei / Axios:
Axios returns PPP loan  —  Axios, which qualified for a federal Paycheck Protection Program loan to avoid layoffs, will return the money, after nearing a deal for an alternative source of capital.  —  Why it matters: In the four weeks since Axios applied for the loan, based …
Oppo dumps and behind-the-scenes lobbying: Biden's VP search heats up  —  Joe Biden's advisers and allies have become torn over whether it is more important to choose an African American or a progressive running mate.  —  While the two aren't necessarily mutually exclusive …
Patriots' Rookie Justin Rohrwasser To Remove ‘3 Percenter’ Tat, 'It's Shameful'  —  “I want to get it removed from my body.  It's shameful that I had it on there ignorantly.”  —  That's Patriots rookie Justin Rohrwasser fighting back tears and apologizing for the “3 Percenter” …
Discussion: Big League Politics
POLITICO's reporting on President Trump and the Bank of China  —  POLITICO published an article Friday morning on President Donald Trump's business dealings with China.  ("Trump owes tens of millions to the Bank of China - and the loan is due soon.")  Since then, new reporting and information …
The Daily Beast:
New Model Shows How Deadly Lifting Georgia's Lockdown May Be  —  COST OF LIVING  —  Georgia, Florida, and Mississippi are veering toward a terrifyingly premature end to their COVID-19 lockdowns, according to a new pandemic analysis.  —  Gov. Brian Kemp's aggressive scheme to lift Georgia …
Discussion: Raw Story and IJR
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Jerusalem Post:
US considering coronavirus testing on some international flights
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Americans losing faith in what Trump says about the coronavirus: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Associated Press:
Easing lockdowns makes day-to-day choices more complicated
Discussion: The Week and NPR
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Pelosi to Trump: Ice cream in freezer is 'better than having Lysol in somebody's lungs'
Discussion: Breitbart and Real Clear Politics
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Trump's allies sound alarm over his attacks on independent watchdogs
Discussion: Raw Story
Robert Draper / New York Times:
Can the Trump Campaign Rewrite the Story of the Trump Presidency?
 Earlier Items: 
Barbara Starr / CNN:
Troops who suffered traumatic brain injuries dismissed by Trump expected to receive Purple Hearts
Discussion: Axios and Task & Purpose
Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:
Kansas Democrats triple turnout after switch to mail-only presidential primary
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
CDC recommends social distancing for pets after some test positive for coronavirus
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Former Aides to Bernie Sanders Form a Super PAC to Support Joe Biden
Discussion: IJR
Anna Royal / McSweeney's:
Emails from My Children's School Before 8:00 AM During the COVID-19 Crisis
Financial Times:
Virtual rate cut forces Nintendo gamers into riskier assets | Free to read
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Fox-Loving Parents Are Driving Coronavirus-Paranoid Kids Insane
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story

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Sources: the US SEC sent a subpoena to OpenAI in December 2023, seeking internal records, after the board's decision in November 2023 to fire Sam Altman as CEO

Alex Koller / CNBC:
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