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2:45 PM ET, April 29, 2020


 Top Items: 
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 …
Kevin Drum / Mother Jones:
So, Tara Reade . . .  For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.  —  Did Joe Biden sexually assault Tara Reade in 1993, as she claims?  I don't know.  As is so often the case, there were no witnesses and no physical evidence, so it's literally her word against his.
BuzzFeed News:
Democrats Will Have To Answer Questions About Tara Reade. …
Washington Examiner:
The media owe Brett Kavanaugh an apology
Damon Linker / The Week:
How Tara Reade's allegations could bring down Joe Biden
Discussion: Power Line,, Fox News and IJR
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 …
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.
David Marcus / The Federalist:
Bill De Blasio Should Resign Over His Anti-Semitic Tweet
Berkeley Lovelace Jr / CNBC:
Gilead says early results of coronavirus drug trial show improvement with shorter remdesivir treatment  — Gilead said preliminary results of a coronavirus drug trial showed at least 50% of patients treated with a five-day dosage of remdesivir improved.  —  Dr. Fauci's positive comments …
Discussion: Reuters, Breitbart, The Week and Observer
New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: F.D.A. Plans to Announce Emergency Use of New Drug After a Trial Showed Shortened Recovery
Discussion: Forbes
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
Economists agree: No quick rebound from recession is likely  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Devastated by the coronavirus, the U.S. economy is sinking.  And the plunge is accelerating.  —  Now, as some businesses in a few states start to trickle back to work, hopes are beginning to arise that the economy …
Discussion: CNBC, Politico and The Week
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
The economy shrunk at the fastest pace since the Great Recession
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” …
Discussion: IJR and One America News Network
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Kushner predicts much of the country will be ‘back to normal’ in June
Discussion: Fox News and POLITICUSUSA
Trump's ‘Operation Warp Speed’ Aims to Rush Coronavirus Vaccine  — Secret project has goal of 100 million doses by year's end  — Fauci has said vaccine will take 12 to 18 months to develop  —  The Trump administration is quietly organizing a Manhattan Project-style effort …
Kathleen McGrory / Tampa Bay Times:
Florida medical examiners were releasing coronavirus death data.  The state made them stop.  —  When the medical examiners' list was available, it showed more deaths than the state's count.  —  State officials have stopped releasing the list of coronavirus deaths being compiled …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Intellectualist
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 …
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
White House, Pelosi respond to bleak GDP report amid efforts to lift coronavirus shutdowns  —  Kudlow: The spirit to go back to work is there  —  The White House and Congress reacted to a historic contraction in the U.S. economy Wednesday following the release of GDP numbers showing …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:   Trump says White House ‘fading out’ social distancing guidelines set to expire this week
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
Discussion: Raw Story, Morning Consult and Politico
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.
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 …
Matt Stevens / New York Times:
Does Andrew Yang Want to Be New York's Post-Coronavirus Mayor?  —  The ex-presidential candidate has boosted his profile, giving money to Bronx residents and starting a podcast and an antidiscrimination campaign.  —  On the night Andrew Yang dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary …
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: Fox News, The Week and POLITICUSUSA
PBS NewsHour:
Despite widespread economic hardship, most Americans not ready to reopen, poll says
Discussion: The Guardian
Meat plant workers to Trump: Employees aren't going to show up  —  New York (CNN Business)Meat-processing plant workers are concerned about President Donald Trump's executive order that compels plants to remain open during the coronavirus pandemic.  Meat plant employees are among America's …
Discussion: Raw Story and Forbes
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
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
GOP faces pressure to get tougher with Trump  —  Republicans in the Senate are under growing pressure to take the administration to task for its response to the coronavirus.  —  GOP senators, with a few exceptions, have been reluctant to criticize the administration, but they are starting …
Amanda Mull / The Atlantic:
Georgia's Experiment in Human Sacrifice  —  Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers.  Find the collection here.  —  At first, Derek Canavaggio thought he would be able to ride out the coronavirus pandemic at home until things were safe.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Daily Beast
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
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
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 …
Kelly McBride / NPR:
Interview With A Coffee Shop Owner Upset Liberals: Here's What Really Happened  —  Last week, I was listening to Morning Edition when I heard Scott Horsley's story exploring the benefits and drawbacks of the federally enhanced unemployment benefits.  Even before the Internet exploded, I had some questions.
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 …
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Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Joe Biden hires Rufus Gifford as new deputy campaign manager
William Mauldin / Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Puts Amazon Foreign Websites on List of Platforms Blamed for Facilitating Piracy
Joe Schoffstall / Washington Free Beacon:
Southern Poverty Law Center Now Has $162 Million Stashed in Offshore Accounts
Ed Kilgore / New York Magazine:
There's Nothing Wrong With Stacey Abrams's Campaign to Be Vice-President
Discussion: FiveThirtyEight, Redstate and Politico
Des Moines Register:
Coronavirus in Iowa: State tells workers to return to jobs or lose their benefits
Discussion: Vox and Talking Points Memo
Roll Call:
Mfume headed back to House as Cummings' successor
Matt Bruenig / People's Policy Project:
Threatening Retaliation for Protected Activity Is No Joke
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and Reason
Erika Edwards / NBC News:
Guidelines call for 14-day drop in cases to reopen. No state has met them.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
 Earlier Items: 
ABC News:
How accurate is the US coronavirus death count? Some experts say it's off by ‘tens of thousands’
Exclusive: Amazon turns to Chinese firm on U.S. blacklist to meet thermal camera needs
Ed Yong / The Atlantic:
Why the Coronavirus Is So Confusing
John Solomon / Just The News:
Steele reveals he believes Hillary Clinton, Susan Rice knew about his anti-Trump research
Discussion: Redstate and Instapundit
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
DeSantis and Trump tout Florida a coronavirus success as state announces 83 new deaths
Roger Stone search warrants reveal new clues — and mysteries — about 2016
Discussion: Fox News

From Mediagazer:

Aaron Fritschner / @fritschner:
[Thread] Uri Berliner's essay on NPR bias has significant problems, including verifiable falsehoods, flawed arguments, and questionable voter registration data

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
Sources: former Disney TV chief Ben Sherwood and former Hearst Magazines exec Joanna Coles will buy a 49% stake in The Daily Beast; Barry Diller will retain 51%

Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

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