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3:40 PM ET, April 29, 2020


 Top Items: 
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.
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 …
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:   Joe Biden hires Rufus Gifford as new deputy campaign manager
BuzzFeed News:
Democrats Will Have To Answer Questions About Tara Reade. …
Jack Crowe / National Review:
‘I Was Just Hoping to Get a Fair and Equal Treatment’: Tara Reade Calls Out Democrats' ‘Me Too’ Double Standard
Discussion: HuffPost and Progress Pond
Liel Leibovitz / Tablet Magazine:
The Blood on de Blasio's Hands  —  He bungled his COVID-19 response, plunging the city into a charnel.  Now he is blaming the Jews.
Discussion: Instapundit
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:
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 …
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
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 …
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: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
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
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 …
Discussion: The Week
Rachel Weiner / Washington Post:
More than 80 percent of hospitalized covid patients in Georgia were African American, study finds  —  As Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) moves to reopen more businesses, a new study underscores the disproportionate toll the virus has taken on the state's African American population.
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 …
New York Times:
Trump Appointees Manipulated Agency's Payday Lending Research, Ex-Staffer Claims  —  A former economist at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau accused Trump appointees of steering the bureau's reversal on payday lending rules to gut a key provision.  —  Last summer, on his final …
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 …
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.
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump says White House ‘fading out’ social distancing guidelines set to expire this week  —  President Trump on Wednesday said the administration will be “fading out” the federal social distancing guidelines to curb the spread of coronavirus that are slated to expire Thursday.
New York Times:
Trump Administration Signals Support for Allies' Fight Against Virus Orders  —  Conservative groups making a legal assault against state and local coronavirus restrictions are backed by the Justice Department's willingness to “take action.”  —  WASHINGTON — A network of conservative leaders …
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
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
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
EXCLUSIVE: Steele Gave New Details About Clinton Ally's Interest In The Dossier  — Christopher Steele testified in March that a former State Department official and longtime Clinton ally contacted him in summer 2016 regarding the Trump dossier.  — Strobe Talbott told him he had learned …
Senate panel prepping to hold confirmation hearing for Trump's spy chief pick next week  —  Washington (CNN)The Senate Intelligence Committee is taking steps to hold a confirmation hearing next week for President Donald Trump's nominee for Director of National Intelligence, Rep. John Ratcliffe …
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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: American Greatness and Fortune
Pelosi taps 7 lawmakers to select coronavirus committee  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday appointed seven Democratic members to a newly created House panel meant to police the Trump administration's coronavirus response efforts.  —  The appointments are expected to ignite a wave …
Discussion: The Hill
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Mike Memoli / NBC News:
A black woman is ‘not a must’ for Biden's running mate, Clyburn says
Discussion: The Hill and Political Wire
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Why the US shouldn't let states go bankrupt
Discussion: Bloomberg and Los Angeles Times
Ben Parker / The New Humanitarian:
US adds restriction on foreign aid funding for COVID-19 supplies
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Matt Stevens / New York Times:
Does Andrew Yang Want to Be New York's Post-Coronavirus Mayor?
Des Moines Register:
Coronavirus in Iowa: State tells workers to return to jobs or lose their benefits
Discussion: Vox and Talking Points Memo
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’
Ed Yong / The Atlantic:
Why the Coronavirus Is So Confusing
Joseph Curl / Washington Times:
COVID-19 turning out to be huge hoax perpetrated by media
Discussion: Associated Press
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
DeSantis and Trump tout Florida a coronavirus success as state announces 83 new deaths
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
The American People Should See Trump's Coronavirus Briefings in Their Entirety
Roger Stone search warrants reveal new clues — and mysteries — about 2016
Discussion: Fox News