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7:45 AM ET, May 1, 2020

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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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Annie Karni / New York Times:   Pence Visits Ventilator Plant in Indiana, This Time Wearing a Mask
BuzzFeed News:
Tara Reade Knows She Has A Difficult Allegation.  And She's Had A Difficult Time Getting A Hearing.  —  She has seen Joe Biden take questions on cable news and late-night television.  She has watched him host virtual town halls with voters and online fundraisers with donors.
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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 …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Why Won't TV News Book Tara Reade?
Nicole Einbinder / Business Insider:
Biden camp refuses to open up Senate papers that could shed light on accuser's claims …
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.
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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer / SOM:
THE OFFICE OF GOVERNOR GRETCHEN WHITMER
Discussion: MLive.com, Detroit News and Fox News
Amber Ainsworth / WDIV-TV:
Gov. Whitmer extends Michigan State of Emergency through May 28 after Legislature refused extension
Discussion: TheBlaze
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Washington Post:
Chinese lab conducted extensive research on deadly bat viruses, but there is no evidence of accidental release
Discussion: The Daily Dot, IJR, Al Jazeera and Axios
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:   China wasn't wild about Mike Pompeo before the virus. It's really gunning for him now.
Washington Post:
U.S. officials crafting retaliatory actions against China over coronavirus as President Trump fumes
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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Axios:
Capitol Hill physician says he can't test every senator for coronavirus  —  The Capitol's attending physician told senior Republican staff in a conference call today that he doesn't have the equipment to do either rapid or widespread testing of the 100 senators who return to work Monday, per two sources familiar with the call.
Discussion: The Hill
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
History According to Trump: The President and the 1917 Pandemic That Wasn't  —  The U.S. leader, famously illiterate about history, eagerly promotes his place in it.  —  As the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted his Presidency, Donald Trump has often complained about the terrible hand that history has dealt him.
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Big money donors are pressuring Joe Biden against picking Elizabeth Warren for VP: ‘He would lose the election’
Discussion: Raw Story
Liz Peek / The Hill:
As Biden struggles, Hillary waits for the call
Discussion: NBC News, Forbes and Sean Hannity
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
Nearly 900 workers at Tyson meat plant in Indiana test positive for coronavirus  —  Nearly 900 workers at a Tyson Food plant in Indiana have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.  —  The coronavirus infected 890 of the 2,200 people at the plant located in Logansport, Ind., local station WISH TV reported Wednesday.
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Richard Essex / WISH-TV:
Nearly 900 at Tyson Foods plant test positive for coronavirus
Discussion: New York Post
Simon Romero / New York Times:
Valentina Blackhorse, Navajo Pageant Winner With Dreams, Dies at 28  —  She nurtured political aspirations while raising her 1-year-old daughter.  Then she tested positive for the novel coronavirus.  The next day she was dead.  —  ALBUQUERQUE — Valentina Blackhorse …
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: The Bulwark and Financial Times
NBC News:
While Trump minimizes the toll, government orders 100,000 new body bags  —  Federal coronavirus response documents obtained by NBC News suggest the president's optimism about ‘Opening Up America’ is at odds with dire warnings from inside his administration.  —  WASHINGTON — The federal …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
The Case Against Michael Flynn Now Looks a Lot Weaker  —  The FBI applied the squeeze in a way that undermines the rule of law.  —  Remember Michael Flynn?  —  The man who holds the record for shortest tenure as national security adviser is back in the news.
Discussion: CNN
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Internal GOP poll points to troubling signs for Georgia Republicans  —  An internal poll conducted for the Georgia House GOP Caucus points to troubling signs for Republican leaders: President Donald Trump is deadlocked with Joe Biden and voters aren't giving the White House …
Discussion: Deseret News and Washington Post
Maggie Fox / CNN:
Expert report predicts up to two more years of pandemic misery  —  (CNN)The new coronavirus is likely to keep spreading for at least another 18 months to two years—until 60% to 70% of the population has been infected, a team of longstanding pandemic experts predicted in a report released Thursday.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Washington Post:
Nearly seven weeks into the shutdown, here's why so many are still getting sick  —  The District, Maryland and Virginia have been shut down for weeks, their economies in tatters.  Large swaths of the population venture out only rarely, wrapped in masks and gloves.
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 …
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.
Frances Mulraney / Daily Mail:
Illinois' billionaire governor dodges question about his wife leaving town to see out coronavirus pandemic on their $12.1million equine estate in Florida as he extends stay-at-home order to May 30  —  Billionaire Governor of Illinois J.B. Pritzker dodged a question about the whereabouts …
Discussion: Redstate, Townhall and Breitbart
Monique O. Madan / Miami Herald:
Federal judge orders ICE to release detainees from South Florida detention centers  —  Citing conditions that amount to “cruel and unusual punishment,” a Miami federal judge ordered U.S. immigration authorities Thursday night to release hundreds of detainees held at three South Florida detention centers.
Spectrum News NY1:
NYC Subways to Close From 1 AM to 5 AM Daily for Full Cleanings  —  For the first time in New York City history, the subway system will shut down overnight so crews can better clean and disinfect trains and stations in order to further prevent the spread of the new coronavirus and protect essential workers.
Josh Fox / The Nation:
Meet the New Flack for Oil and Gas: Michael Moore  —  Planet of the Humans is wildly unscientific, outdated, full of falsehoods, and benefits fossil fuel industry promoters and climate deniers.  —  For all of you who thought 2020 couldn't get any weirder, here comes Planet of the Humans …
Discussion: Power Line and Townhall
Matt Taibbi / Reporting:
The Inevitable Coronavirus Censorship Crisis is Here  —  Earlier this week, Atlantic magazine - fast becoming the favored media outlet for self-styled intellectual elites of the Aspen Institute type - ran an in-depth article of the problems free speech pose to American society in the coronavirus era.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Samantha Maldonado / Politico:
Murphy, after meeting with Trump, says New Jersey will get PPE, test kits from feds  —  Hours after meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House, Gov. Phil Murphy said Thursday that New Jersey will receive hundreds of thousands of pieces of personal protective equipment and coronavirus test kits from the federal government.
Discussion: ABC News
 
 
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Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
We're all Zelensky now  —  Do us a favor though: Before we …
Discussion: Raw Story
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
Putin, Russia's Man of Action, Is Passive, Even Bored, in the Coronavirus Era
Discussion: CNN and Forbes
Elie Mystal / The Nation:
The Men Pushing to Open the Economy Clearly Don't Need Child Care
Brian H. Hook / United States Department of State:
Briefing With Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Brian Hook …
Andrew Joseph / STAT:
'It doesn't stay where you started': Reopening some states heightens the risk of coronavirus surges in others
Sydney Morning Herald:
Australia to back Taiwan's return to the WHO
David Smith / The Guardian:
Birx risks reputation in bid to keep on Trump's good side
 Earlier Items: 
T. Greer / The Scholar's Stage:
It Is Time For a Libertarian Case Against China
Sam Mintz / Politico:
Tiny airports rake in big cash after botched stimulus formula
UN Watch:
Abuser states seek election to top UN rights body
Rachel Bitecofer / The Guardian:
Justin Amash's Libertarian candidacy may act as a spoiler - but that could help Biden
Discussion: The Week
Katie Pavlich / The Hill:
Joe Biden's China problem
KTLA:
Huntington Beach votes to challenge Newsom's order closing O.C. beaches
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Secret Service paid Trump's D.C. hotel more than $33,000 for lodging to guard treasury secretary
Discussion: The Week, The Hill, Raw Story and Politico
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Governors in all 50 states get better marks than Trump for COVID response
Discussion: Vox and Iowa Starting Line