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8:50 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 …
Myah Ward / Politico:
Joe Biden set to break his silence on Tara Reade allegations  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden is expected to address a recent allegation of sexual assault for the first time on Friday when he appears on MSNBC's “Morning Joe.”  —  Against the backdrop of the #MeToo allegations …
Alyssa Milano / Deadline:
Alyssa Milano On Why She Still Supports Joe Biden & How She Would Advise Him About Tara Reade Allegations - Guest Column
Katelyn Caralle / Daily Mail:   'I don't need a lecture!' …
Washington Post:
U.S. officials crafting retaliatory actions against China over coronavirus as President Trump fumes  —  The president has in recent days told aides and others that China has to pay for the outbreak and publicly floated demanding billions in compensation  —  Senior U.S. officials are beginning …
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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
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.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Axios:
Capitol Hill physician says he can't test every senator for coronavirus
Discussion: IJR and HuffPost
Washington Post:   Democrats question McConnell's decision to return Senate to business
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David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
It's Slowly Dawning on Trump That He's Losing
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Raw Story
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Team Biden talks about getting their candidate out of the house
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 …
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
FBI docs suggest agents prepared to close Flynn case — then reversed course
Discussion: The Hill
CNN:
Thank you for your service, Jared Kushner  —  Peter Bergen is CNN's national security analyst, a vice president at New America and a professor of practice at Arizona State University.  He is the editor of the Coronavirus Daily Brief and author of the new book “Trump and His Generals: The Cost of Chaos.”
Discussion: HuffPost and Business Insider
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Edward Luce / Financial Times:
The golden age of Jared Kushner
Discussion: Raw Story, The Bulwark and Vox
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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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?
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Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
Top Lindsey Graham Donor Switches Sides, Now Backs Democratic Rival
Discussion: The Hill and The Intellectualist
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Pence staff threatens action against reporter who tweeted about visit to clinic without surgical mask  —  Vice President Pence's office has threatened to retaliate against a reporter who revealed that Pence's office had told journalists they would need masks for Pence's visit to the Mayo Clinic …
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Mark Weinberg / The Bulwark:
Mike Pence, the Mayo Clinic, and the Mask
Discussion: The Bulwark Podcast and Raw Story
Jeremy Wallace / Houston Chronicle:
Texas reports most deaths in a day from COVID-19 as Gov. Abbott prepares to drop stay-home order  —  Texas reported 50 more COVID-19 deaths on Thursday, the most in any one day since the state reported its first deaths in mid-March.  —  The state also reported it had added more than 1,000 …
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
Hundreds of protesters, some carrying guns in the state Capitol, demonstrate against Michigan's emergency measures  —  Protesters held signs, waved American flags and even carried firearms as lawmakers debated extending Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's state of emergency.
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
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Kemp to lift statewide shelter-in-place for most Georgians on Friday  —  Governor also urges Georgians to wear masks  —  Gov. Brian Kemp will lift a statewide shelter-in-place order for most of Georgia's 10.6 million residents starting Friday as he continues to roll back coronavirus restrictions …
Discussion: The Hill and Axios
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
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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UN Watch:
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Rachel Bitecofer / The Guardian:
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Shan Li / Wall Street Journal:
New York to Hire ‘Army of Tracers’ to Combat Coronavirus
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
 Earlier Items: 
Graham Allison / The Hill:
We can protect the most vulnerable and reopen the economy
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: HuffPost and 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
Gal Beckerman / New York Times:
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