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5:10 PM ET, April 29, 2020


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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
New York Times:
De Blasio Breaks Up Rabbi's Funeral and Lashes Out Over Virus Distancing
David Marcus / The Federalist:
Bill De Blasio Should Resign Over His Anti-Semitic Tweet
Discussion: Townhall, BuzzFeed News and HuffPost
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 …
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?
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 …
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” …
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 …
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 …
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Trump erupts at campaign manager as reelection stress overflows  —  (CNN)As he huddled with advisers on Friday evening, President Donald Trump was still fuming over his sliding poll numbers and the onslaught of criticism he was facing for suggesting a day earlier that ingesting disinfectant might prove effective against coronavirus.
Discussion: Slate
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Trump says White House ‘fading out’ social distancing guidelines set to expire this week
Discussion: Breitbart
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
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 Hill, The Daily Caller and The Week
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Seven States Restrict Mail-In Voting on the Basis of Age.  That's Unconstitutional.  —  The 26th Amendment takes on newfound importance in the pandemic. … The 26th Amendment is often viewed as a relic of the Vietnam War era, when 18-year-olds protested the fact that they were old enough to be drafted but not to cast a ballot.
The Times of Israel:
Redacted FBI document hints at Israeli efforts to help Trump in 2016 campaign  —  Affidavit quotes Trump confidant Roger Stone being told by a Jerusalem contact: ‘He is going to be defeated unless we intervene.  We have critical intell.  The key is in your hands!’
Roger Stone search warrants reveal new clues — and mysteries — about 2016
Discussion: Fox News
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
The Stories Dan Crenshaw Tells Himself  —  The pathos of Trump's most effective defender.  —  In a new book out this month, a Republican member of Congress offers one of the most brutal and surgical eviscerations of President Trump's leadership style that has been put to print.
Discussion: Twitchy and The Bulwark Podcast
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
Rebekah Pewitt / WTVF-TV:
Mayor Cooper's proposed budget includes 32% property tax increase  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Mayor John Cooper filed his recommended budget for the 2021 fiscal year with Metro Council.  The $2.447 billion budget includes raising the city's property tax by almost 32% to recover …
Isabel Holloway /
April National Poll: Trump Down But Not Out, as Enthusiasm and Expectation Favor the President  —  A new Emerson College Polling national poll finds President Trump's approval rating at 41% approval, with 50% disapproval.  This indicates a 5 point swing in both directions since March …
Paul D. Shinkman / US News:
Signs From North Korea Only Raise More Questions About Absent Kim Jong Un  —  NORTH KOREA THIS WEEK provided halting signs that leader Kim Jong Un remains in power and control as sensational reports circulated unabated across the world claiming he is grievously ill or perhaps even dead.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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 and Breitbart
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
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Lisa Mascaro / Associated Press:
McConnell open to state aid in next virus relief package
Discussion: The Daily Caller
U.S. Army liberates Dachau concentration camp
Michael Scherer / Washington Post:
Joe Biden hires Rufus Gifford as new deputy campaign manager
Matt Stevens / New York Times:
Does Andrew Yang Want to Be New York's Post-Coronavirus Mayor?
 Earlier Items: 
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: Reason and Wall Street Journal
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
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
Antibody tests support what's been obvious: Covid-19 is much more lethal than the flu
Discussion: The Week, Raw Story and ProPublica
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
The American People Should See Trump's Coronavirus Briefings in Their Entirety
NBC News:
Trump administration asks intelligence agencies to find out whether China, WHO hid info on coronavirus pandemic

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Lauren Feiner / The Verge:
The House passes a TikTok divestiture bill with a longer sale deadline as part of a package of Ukraine/Israel aid bills, pressuring the Senate to vote on TikTok

Gaby Del Valle / The Verge:
President Biden signs the bill reauthorizing FISA's Section 702, extending the controversial warrantless surveillance program through 2026

Financial Times:
Sources: seeking an edge over China in AI deals, the Biden administration is brokering talks between US companies and the UAE, including Microsoft's G42 deal

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