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1:40 PM ET, April 29, 2020


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The Daily Beast:
Why Have Women's Groups Gone Dead Silent on Biden Sex-Assault Accusation?  —  In the wake of the #MeToo movement, prominent women came forward expressing regret they didn't take allegations against then-President Bill Clinton seriously in the 1990s.  —  Women's groups and prominent feminist figures …
BuzzFeed News:
Democrats Will Have To Answer Questions About Tara Reade.  The Biden Campaign Is Advising Them To Say Her Story “Did Not Happen.”  —  While Joe Biden has remained publicly silent about a sexual assault allegation made against him, his presidential campaign has sought to coordinate …
Washington Examiner:
The media owe Brett Kavanaugh an apology
Washington Post:
Democrats react to Biden assault allegation with pleas for explanation — or with silence
New York Times:
U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Is Far Higher Than Reported, C.D.C. Data Suggests  —  Total deaths in seven states that have been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic are nearly 50 percent higher than normal for the five weeks from March 8 through April 11, according to new death statistics …
Discussion: Mother Jones, Power Line and Raw Story
New York Times:
De Blasio Breaks Up Rabbi's Funeral and Lashes Out Over Virus Distancing  —  After overseeing the dispersal of hundreds of Hasidic mourners in Brooklyn, Mayor Bill de Blasio called the gathering “absolutely unacceptable.”  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio lashed out at Hasidic residents …
Batya Ungar-Sargon / The Forward:
De Blasio is stoking anti-Semitism.  He's not alone.  —  On Tuesday night, Mayor Bill de Blasio declared war on New York's Jewish community.  The very same mayor who went to the gym the day after closing New York City's schools, restaurants, and bars and who took a stroll in Prospect Park on Saturday …
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
De Blasio warning to Jewish community sparks backlash in latest controversy over coronavirus measures
Discussion: Mediaite, Politico and The Guardian
Emma Tucker / The Daily Beast:
Jared Kushner Calls Coronavirus Response ‘a Great Success Story’ as Death Toll Nears 60,000  —  UM, WHAT?!  —  President Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who has been largely absent amid the coronavirus crisis in recent weeks, said on Wednesday that “this is a great success story” …
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Kushner predicts much of the country will be ‘back to normal’ in June
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Fox News
Jordan Libowitz / CREW:
Ethics Review Needed into Kushner Shadow Task Force
Discussion: Raw Story and Vanity Fair
Rick Hasen /
Breaking: In Major Decision Rejecting Kris Kobach's Claims of Massive Voter Fraud, Tenth Circuit Unanimously Holds Kansas's Documentary Proof of Citizenship Requirement to Register to Vote Violates Constitution and Federal Law  —  In a major ruling, a 10th Circuit panel (consisting of 2 judges …
Roger Stone search warrants reveal new clues — and mysteries — about 2016  —  Nearly three-dozen search warrants unsealed late Tuesday reveal a web of contacts between longtime Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and other key figures in the long-running probe …
Discussion: Fox News
Associated Press:
FBI documents reveal communication between Stone, Assange
Discussion: Raw Story
Mueller investigators said Roger Stone orchestrated hundreds of fake Facebook accounts in political influence scheme
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Joe Walsh / Washington Post:
You can't win, Justin Amash.  You can only help Trump get reelected.  —  We both came in with the tea party wave.  Reelecting this president isn't the way to go out.  —  President Trump is everything our Founders feared.  He routinely misleads or outright lies to the American people …
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Rep. Justin Amash to seek Libertarian Party nomination for president
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Mass layoffs begin in cities and states amid coronavirus fallout, threatening education, sanitation, health and safety  —  Millions of municipal workers could find themselves out of a job or without pay, according to local leaders, who say programs would fall into disarray unless Washington intervenes
Domenico Montanaro / NPR:
Poll: Half Of Americans Financially Affected By Coronavirus  —  Half the country has been personally economically impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, and overwhelming numbers of Americans do not think schools, restaurants or sporting events with large crowds should reopen until there is further testing …
Discussion: The Week, Fox News and POLITICUSUSA
PBS NewsHour:
Despite widespread economic hardship, most Americans not ready to reopen, poll says
Discussion: The Guardian
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
Antibody tests support what's been obvious: Covid-19 is much more lethal than the flu  —  The Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free.  For more free coverage of the coronavirus pandemic, sign up for our daily Coronavirus Updates newsletter where all stories are free to read.
Discussion: The Week, ProPublica and Raw Story
Christina Maxouris / CNN:
US could be in for ‘a bad fall and a bad winter’ if it's unprepared for a second wave of coronavirus, Fauci warns  —  (CNN)A second round of the coronavirus is “inevitable,” the nation's top infectious disease doctor says, but just how bad it is will depend on the progress the US makes in the coming months.
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
The American People Should See Trump's Coronavirus Briefings in Their Entirety  —  We're committed to keeping our readers informed. … To get to the White House Rose Garden during the pandemic, you first walk through a tent outside of the grounds, where your temperature is checked …
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The economy shrunk at the fastest pace since the Great Recession  —  Everyone expects much worse numbers next quarter.  —  The US economy shrank 1.2 percent in the first quarter of 2020 — or a 4.8 percent annual rate of decline — according to data released Wednesday morning by the Commerce Department's Bureau of Economic Analysis.
Associated Press:
U.S. economy shrank at 4.8% rate last quarter as virus struck
Discussion: Breitbart
Michael Collins / USA Today:
‘My Fellow American’: Donald Trump letter to stimulus check recipients raises objections  —  WASHINGTON - Americans who received a stimulus check from the federal government also are getting something else in the mail: a letter from President Donald Trump.  —  A one-page letter …
Discussion: Fortune and American Greatness
Ben Domenech / Wall Street Journal:
How My Joke on Twitter Became a Federal Case  —  The NLRB is investigating me for a humorous tweet about Vox's labor dispute.  —  I'm under federal investigation for making a joke on Twitter.  —  In June 2019, employees at the left-liberal Vox Media Inc. walked off the job demanding a new collective bargaining agreement.
Discussion: Reason
Matt Bruenig / People's Policy Project:   Threatening Retaliation for Protected Activity Is No Joke
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
COVID-19 turning out to be huge hoax perpetrated by media  —  Media hyped the virus and alarmed Americans to the point of shutting down the economy  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  —  When the postmortem is done on the media's coverage of COVID-19 (and it will be), it will be clear that the virus …
Discussion: Associated Press
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Police Investigating Death of Arizona Man From Chloroquine Phosphate  —  The Mesa City Police Department's homicide division is investigating the death of Gary Lenius, the Arizona man whose wife served him soda mixed with fish tank cleaner in what she claimed was a bid to fend off the coronavirus.
Des Moines Register:
Coronavirus in Iowa: State tells workers to return to jobs or lose their benefits  —  Gov. Reynolds announced limited-capacity reopenings starting May 1 for restaurants, fitness centers, retailers, and spiritual and religious gatherings for 77 counties in the state.  Other businesses will currently remain closed until May 15.
Discussion: Vox and Talking Points Memo
W.J. Hennigan / TIME:
Trump Says U.S. Will Run 5 Million Daily Virus Tests ‘Very Soon.’ His Testing Chief Says That's Impossible  —  President Donald Trump declared Tuesday that the U.S. will be able to carry out five million coronavirus tests per day, but the top official overseeing testing strategy told TIME earlier …
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
DeSantis and Trump tout Florida a coronavirus success as state announces 83 new deaths  —  The Republican governor from the Oval Office took aim at governors issuing strict orders.  'Florida's done better,' he said.  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared Florida a coronavirus success story …
Erika Edwards / NBC News:
Guidelines call for 14-day drop in cases to reopen.  No state has met them.  —  Diagnostic tests and contact tracing remain key to controlling the pandemic, experts say.  —  As a handful of states begin to ease stay-at-home restrictions, no state that has opted to reopen has come close …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
ABC News:
How accurate is the US coronavirus death count?  Some experts say it's off by ‘tens of thousands’  —  To get an accurate picture of the pandemic, US needs to test more of the dead.  —  The novel coronavirus has already claimed the lives of more than 58,000 Americans.
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
There's Nothing Wrong With Stacey Abrams's Campaign to Be Vice-President  —  Thanks to the postponement and cancellation of spring Democratic primaries — which has left Joe Biden the uncrowned but generally acknowledged nomination winner — the veepstakes are getting more early attention than usual.
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight, Redstate and Politico
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Scott Bauer / Associated Press:
52 who worked or voted in Wisconsin election have COVID-19
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Meat plant workers to Trump: Employees aren't going to show up
Discussion: Raw Story and Forbes
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP faces pressure to get tougher with Trump
Roll Call:
Mfume headed back to House as Cummings' successor
Kathleen McGrory / Tampa Bay Times:
Florida medical examiners were releasing coronavirus death data. The state made them stop.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Intellectualist
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 Earlier Items: 
Ed Yong / The Atlantic:
Why the Coronavirus Is So Confusing
Jesse McKinley / New York Times:
'Governors Don't Do Global Pandemics': Cuomo Faults Others Over Virus
Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Senate Democrats Urge Lindsey Graham To Focus Hearings On COVID-19, Not More Judges