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3:45 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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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 …
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 …
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 The Daily Caller
Christopher Bedford / The Federalist:
Joe Biden Might Not Be Guilty, But Corporate Media Is
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Redstate
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”  —  KEY POINTS FROM THIS ARTICLE  — The focus on the evenly-matched battle for the Senate has in some ways narrowed to four GOP-held seats: Arizona, Colorado, Maine, and North Carolina.  — Practically speaking, Democrats probably have to win all four …
Discussion: Forbes
Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
Top Lindsey Graham Donor Switches Sides, Now Backs Democratic Rival  —  Richard Wilkerson had served on Graham's short-lived presidential campaign.  Now he's backing the senator's rival, Jaime Harrison.  —  A top donor to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is switching sides.
Discussion: The Hill and The Intellectualist
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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Sean Davis / The Federalist:
BREAKING: FBI Closed Flynn Case, Dubbed ‘Crossfire Razor,’ In Early 2017, Until Strzok Ordered It To Stay Open  —  After it found zero evidence that Michael Flynn broke any laws or was acting as a traitor to America, the FBI closed its case against Flynn, until fired former FBI agent Peter Strzok ordered the case to stay open.
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Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Michael Flynn case should be dismissed to preserve justice
Discussion: Fox News
Andrew C. McCarthy / The Hill:
Something seems rotten in Flynn's case — and maybe others, too
Discussion: Power Line and The Federalist
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Exclusive: Trump says he does not believe polls that show Biden ahead in presidential race  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump told Reuters on Wednesday he does not believe opinion polls that show his likely Democratic presidential opponent, Joe Biden, leading in the 2020 race for the White House.
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Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Trump reelection team, defending president's coronavirus efforts, going up with first major TV ad blitz
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
New York Times:
Trump Officials Are Said to Press Spies to Link Virus and Wuhan Labs  —  Some analysts are worried that the pressure from senior officials could distort assessments about the coronavirus and be used as a weapon in an escalating battle with China.  —  WASHINGTON — Senior Trump administration officials …
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Gal Beckerman / New York Times:
What Do Famous People's Bookshelves Reveal?  —  In quarantine, people are inadvertently exposing their reading habits — embarrassing, surprising and impressive.  —  Bibliophiles do not approach bookshelves lightly.  A stranger's collection is to us a window to their soul.
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.”
Mark Weinberg / The Bulwark:
Mike Pence, the Mayo Clinic, and the Mask  —  This is America.  The rules are supposed to apply to everyone.  —  News reports of Vice President Mike Pence's refusal to wear a mask during his visit to the Mayo Clinic this week reminded me of something that occurred when I worked in the Reagan administration.
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Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Biden nominates Chris Dodd of ‘waitress sandwich’ fame to help shop for female vice presidential candidates  —  The Biden campaign, which is under mounting pressure after a woman claimed Joe Biden sexually assaulted her in the early 1990s, announced Thursday that former Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd …
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Cameron Joseph / VICE:
Biden Just Picked a Guy With #MeToo Issues of His Own For a Key Campaign Slot
Discussion: The Federalist and Mediaite
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: Raw Story, The Bulwark and Vox
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Hypocrisy reaches pandemic proportions in Republican ranks  —  At his news conference on Monday, President Trump boasted: “I built the greatest economy — with the help of 325 million people, I built the greatest economy in the history of the world. . . . I built it.”
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
Mitch McConnell's coronavirus gamble  —  Coronavirus cases are still rising in the District of Columbia, where more than 200 people have died of the disease.  The House decided it was too dangerous to return to the Capitol.  —  But Mitch McConnell's Senate is coming back anyway.
Discussion: Associated Press
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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
John F. Harris / Politico:
Admit It: You Are Willing to Let People Die to End the Shutdown  —  CNN's Jake Tapper was brutally direct in his question to Colorado Gov. Jared Polis, who recently lifted his state's stay-at-home order, in favor of a gradual reopening of business.  Are you worried, Tapper asked …
Discussion: National Review
Ari Feldman / The Forward:
NYPD helped plan chaotic Orthodox funeral de Blasio blamed on ‘Jewish Community’  —  New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio blamed “the Jewish community” for a Brooklyn funeral procession that broke social distancing rules, yet New York City police officers helped arrange the event, the Forward has learned.
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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
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.
 
 
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Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Kemp to lift statewide shelter-in-place for most Georgians on Friday
Discussion: Axios
NBC News:
New York City to temporarily suspend overnight subway service due to coronavirus concerns
Discussion: Politico and IJR
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Republican-led states signal they could strip workers' unemployment benefits if they don't return …
Discussion: The Intellectualist and NPR
Pamela McClintock / Hollywood Reporter:
Many Americans Would Return to Theaters if New Protocols Were in Place
Discussion: The Daily Caller
NBC News:
Despite GOP promise of “full scale” convention, alterations are being considered
Sadie Gurman / Wall Street Journal:
More Than 70% of Inmates Tested in Federal Prisons Have Coronavirus
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Derrick Bryson Taylor / New York Times:
Alaska School District Votes Out ‘Catch-22,’ ‘Gatsby’ and Other Classics
Michael Ruane / Washington Post:
Hitler shot himself 75 years ago, ending an era of war, genocide and destruction
 Earlier Items: 
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Roger Stone launches his appeal
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Pro-Trump Student Group Turning Point USA Applied for, Then Rejected, Coronavirus Aid
Discussion: Fox News
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
US weekly jobless claims hit 3.84 million, topping 30 million over the last 6 weeks
Discussion: CNN
New York Times:
Food Lines a Mile Long in America's Second-Wealthiest State
Agence France-Presse:
Germany bans Hezbollah, raids mosques
New York Times:
Dozens of Decomposing Bodies Found in Trucks at Brooklyn Funeral Home
Discussion: Washington Post and Gothamist
BuzzFeed News:
After One Tweet To President Trump, This Man Got $69 Million From New York For Ventilators
 

 
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Vivian Lee / Northwest Asian Weekly:
The publisher of Seattle's Northwest Asian Weekly sells the outlet to four local partners, seven months after donating the Seattle Chinese Post to a nonprofit

Jacky Wong / Wall Street Journal:
A look at Sony's entertainment unit, which accounted for ~60% of Sony revenue in FY 2023, up from 30% a decade ago, ahead of a potential Paramount deal

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Carpenter Media acquires 10 newspapers in Alabama and Georgia and a Georgia printing facility from Community Newspaper Holdings

 
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