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6:45 PM ET, April 30, 2020

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Ben Smith / New York Times:
Why Won't TV News Book Tara Reade?  —  The stakes are high for the media in the case of a sexual assault allegation against Joe Biden.  —  There were good reasons to be skeptical of her 20-year-old allegations: She'd changed her story and said some weird stuff, and even denied the whole thing under oath.
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Nicole Einbinder / Business Insider:
Biden camp refuses to open up Senate papers that could shed light on accuser's claims — but has sent operatives to look through records  — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's campaign has insisted that journalists “rigorously vet” the allegations of former Senate aide Tara Reade …
Alyssa Milano / Deadline:
Alyssa Milano On Why She Still Supports Joe Biden & How She Would Advise Him About Tara Reade Allegations - Guest Column  —  Editors' Note: Actress and activist Alyssa Milano has been a leader of the #MeToo movement, as her 2017 tweet calling on women to share their stories of sexual harassment …
Katelyn Caralle / Daily Mail:   'I don't need a lecture!' …
Sister Toldjah / Redstate:
Tucker Carlson Highlights Sen. Gillibrand's Brett Kavanaugh Outrage vs. Her Joe Biden Defense and It Is Brutal
Discussion: Fox News, CNN and Breitbart
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Tara Reade allegations rattle Biden's VP search
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Big money donors are pressuring Joe Biden against picking Elizabeth Warren for VP: ‘He would lose the election’  — Big money donors are pressuring Joe Biden to not choose Sen. Elizabeth Warren as his running mate, even while the centrist former vice president tries to appeal to progressive voters.
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David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
It's Slowly Dawning on Trump That He's Losing
Discussion: Vanity Fair, Politico and Raw Story
Katie Pavlich / The Hill:
Joe Biden's China problem
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Politico:
Capitol physician says Senate lacks capacity to test all senators  —  The Capitol's attending physician said Thursday that coronavirus tests will be available for staffers and senators who are ill, but not enough to proactively test all 100 senators as the chamber comes back in session, according to two people familiar with the matter.
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Washington Post:   Democrats question McConnell's decision to return Senate to business
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
White House interviewed former Kavanaugh clerk for possible appeals court vacancy in 2018
Discussion: Law & Crime
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Anna Fifield / Washington Post:   China wasn't wild about Mike Pompeo before the virus. It's really gunning for him now.
New York Times:
Trump Officials Are Said to Press Spies to Link Virus and Wuhan Labs
Jessica Taylor / The Cook Political Report:
South Carolina Senate Moves to Likely Republican  —  It's hard to think of a politician who has undergone a bigger evolution over the past four years than South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham.  But could that very political makeover hurt him at the ballot box in 2020, even in a reliably red state?
Discussion: The Hill
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Sabato's Crystal Ball:
The Senate: Looking Beyond the “Core Four”
Discussion: Forbes
Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
Top Lindsey Graham Donor Switches Sides, Now Backs Democratic Rival
Discussion: The Hill and The Intellectualist
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Michael Flynn case should be dismissed to preserve justice  —  Previously undisclosed documents in the case of former national security adviser Michael Flynn offer us a chilling blueprint on how top FBI officials not only sought to entrap the former White House aide but sought …
Discussion: Washington Post and Fox News
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
FBI docs suggest agents prepared to close Flynn case — then reversed course
Discussion: The Hill
Sean Davis / The Federalist:   BREAKING: FBI Closed Flynn Case, Dubbed ‘Crossfire Razor,’ In Early 2017, Until Strzok Ordered It To Stay Open
Sareen Habeshian / KTLA:
O.C. officials criticize Newsom's order to close beaches as county sees surge in COVID-19 cases  —  Orange County officials criticized Gov. Gavin Newsom's order to close all beaches in the county Thursday, with one supervisor calling the move an “abuse of power.”
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Richard Essex / WISH-TV:
Nearly 900 at Tyson Foods plant test positive for coronavirus  —  LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WISH) — The Cass County Health Department on Wednesday afternoon said it has seen just under 1,200 positive COVID-19 cases.  Almost 900 employees at the Tyson Food plant in Cass County's Logansport have tested positive.
Discussion: Cass County Online and The Hill
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Secret Service paid Trump's D.C. hotel more than $33,000 for lodging to guard treasury secretary  —  The Secret Service rented a room at President Trump's Washington hotel for 137 consecutive nights in 2017 — paying Trump's company more than $33,000 — so it could guard Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin …
Discussion: Politico, The Hill and Raw Story
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:
Pence's wife says he was unaware of mask policy during visit  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Karen Pence, the wife of Vice President Mike Pence, is defending his decision to not wear a mask during a recent visit to the Mayo Clinic, saying he was unaware of the hospital's coronavirus policy until after he left.
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Cameron Joseph / VICE:
Biden Just Picked a Guy With #MeToo Issues of His Own For a Key Campaign Slot
Discussion: Jacobin, Breitbart and Slate
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Governors in all 50 states get better marks than Trump for COVID response  —  A sweeping survey of more than 22,000 Americans has found that voters in all 50 states say their governor is doing a better job than President Trump in handling the coronavirus outbreak.
Discussion: Vox and Iowa Starting Line
NBC4 Washington:
DC May Not Reopen for Another 3 Months, Officials Say  —  D.C. leaders laid out a new timetable Wednesday evening for when the city could begin to reopen.  —  During an hourlong virtual town hall, Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, director of the D.C. Department of Health, walked through a slide show …
Discussion: The Hill and Mediaite
Fred Barbash / Washington Post:
AskTheAG: Barr is taking Twitter questions on coronavirus issues, and it's getting ugly  —  The Justice Department offered the public a rare opportunity on Wednesday morning to submit questions to Attorney General William P. Barr for a “nationwide #AskTheAG Q&A session on May 1.”
Stuart A. Thompson / New York Times:
How Long Will a Vaccine Really Take?  —  A vaccine would be the ultimate weapon against the coronavirus and the best route back to normal life.  Officials like Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the top infectious disease expert on the Trump administration's coronavirus task force, estimate a vaccine could arrive in at least 12 to 18 months.
Discussion: Gothamist
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
The golden age of Jared Kushner  —  President's son-in-law embodies everything that is wrong with America's coronavirus response  —  George W Bush declared mission accomplished in Iraq just before the war fell off a cliff.  Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law, has just gambled the same on coronavirus.
Discussion: The Bulwark, Raw Story and Vox
Caity Weaver / New York Times:
Time to Check Your Pandemic-Abandoned Car for Rats  —  There might be a nest in the engine.  —  You might want to make sure there's not a rat living (or recently dead) in your car's engine.  —  Why are you still reading?  Check your car for a rat, I said.  That's the tip.
Reuters:
Special Report: Trump told Saudis: Cut oil supply or lose U.S. military support - sources  —  WASHINGTON/LONDON/DUBAI (Reuters) - As the United States pressed Saudi Arabia to end its oil price war with Russia, President Donald Trump gave Saudi leaders an ultimatum.
Discussion: Foreign Policy
 
 
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Shan Li / Wall Street Journal:
New York to Hire ‘Army of Tracers’ to Combat Coronavirus
Jeremy Wallace / Houston Chronicle:
Texas reports most deaths in a day from COVID-19 as Gov. Abbott prepares to drop stay-home order
Chris Smith / Vanity Fair:
Andrew Cuomo's Governor Training: How Mario Cuomo and Bill Clinton Prepared Him for Coronavirus
Discussion: New Republic and The Week
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:
Coronavirus was ‘not manmade or genetically modified’: U.S. spy agency
Matt Margolis / pjmedia.com:
Barack Obama Goes Golfing at Country Club the Day After Michelle Urged African Americans to Stay Home
Discussion: Breitbart
Graham Allison / The Hill:
We can protect the most vulnerable and reopen the economy
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
National Security Surveillance on U.S. Soil Fell Amid Scrutiny of Russia Inquiry
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Sam Levine / The Guardian:
Vote safely by mail in November? Not so fast, say Republicans
Discussion: Wired, ProPublica and FiveThirtyEight
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Kemp to lift statewide shelter-in-place for most Georgians on Friday
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Hypocrisy reaches pandemic proportions in Republican ranks
Discussion: Raw Story
Sadie Gurman / Wall Street Journal:
More Than 70% of Inmates Tested in Federal Prisons Have Coronavirus
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Times:
Food Lines a Mile Long in America's Second-Wealthiest State
John F. Harris / Politico:
Admit It: You Are Willing to Let People Die to End the Shutdown
Discussion: National Review
Agence France-Presse:
Germany bans Hezbollah, raids mosques
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