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11:50 PM ET, April 30, 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
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 …
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.  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is, according to the official Chinese narrative, an “enemy of humankind” practicing “highly venomous” diplomacy.  He's a “super-spreader” of a “political virus.”
Washington Post:
Chinese lab conducted extensive research on deadly bat viruses, but there is no evidence of accidental release
Discussion: Breitbart, The Daily Beast and IJR
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 and The Hill
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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 and IJR
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  —  AFTER GOP LEGISLATURE DECLARES ‘MISSION ACCOMPLISHED’ ON COVID-19, GOVERNOR WHITMER SIGNS NEW EXECUTIVE ORDERS TO SAVE LIVES, PROTECT MICHIGANDERS  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  After GOP Legislature Declares ‘Mission Accomplished’ on COVID-19 …
Discussion: Fox News, MLive.com and Detroit News
Amber Ainsworth / WDIV-TV:
Gov. Whitmer extends Michigan State of Emergency through May 28 after Legislature refused extension
Discussion: TheBlaze
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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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 …
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: Business Insider and HuffPost
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Edward Luce / Financial Times:
The golden age of Jared Kushner
Discussion: The Bulwark, Raw Story and Vox
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Liz Peek / The Hill:
As Biden struggles, Hillary waits for the call
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Big money donors are pressuring Joe Biden against picking Elizabeth Warren for VP: ‘He would lose the election’
Discussion: Daily Kos
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: New York Post
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Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
Nearly 900 workers at Tyson meat plant in Indiana test positive for coronavirus
Discussion: Cass County Online
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: The Hill and Raw Story
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
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 …
Sareen Habeshian / KTLA:
Huntington Beach votes to challenge Newsom's order to close O.C. beaches  —  Breaking news update:  —  Hours after Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered all Orange County beaches to close, the Huntington Beach City Council voted Thursday evening to challenge the directive.
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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.
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
It's Slowly Dawning on Trump That He's Losing  —  It's far too early to know who will win the 2020 presidential election, but at the moment, President Donald Trump is losing.  —  There's ample polling to back that up.  RealClearPolitics's average has the presumptive Democratic nominee, Joe Biden, up 6.3 percent on Trump.
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BBC:
Coronavirus: Trump says China wants him to lose re-election
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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Jessica Taylor / The Cook Political Report:
South Carolina Senate Moves to Likely Republican
Rachel Bitecofer / The Guardian:
Justin Amash's Libertarian candidacy may act as a spoiler - but that could help Biden  —  Never-Trump Republicans have denounced the congressman's third-party move, but its effect in 2020 is far from certain  —  Justin Amash's announcement that he is exploring a run for president …
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: Raw Story, The Hill and Politico
Brian H. Hook / United States Department of State:
Briefing With Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Brian Hook On Depriving Iran of the Weapons of War  —  MS ORTAGUS: Thank you.  Happy Thursday afternoon, everybody.  We will have an on-the-record briefing today.  Per usual, this is embargoed until the end of the call, please.
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
Sam Mintz / Politico:
Tiny airports rake in big cash after botched stimulus formula  —  A tiny airport in Devils Lake, N.D., scored enough money under the federal stimulus law to cover its expenses for 50 years.  But one of the country's busiest airports, JFK International in New York, got barely enough aid to make it through three months of operations.
 
 
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Elie Mystal / The Nation:
The Men Pushing to Open the Economy Clearly Don't Need Child Care
Andrew Joseph / STAT:
'It doesn't stay where you started': Reopening some states heightens the risk of coronavirus surges in others
Benjamin Siu / ABC News:
Maryland hiding testing kits, purchased from South Korea, from US government: Hogan
David Smith / The Guardian:
Birx risks reputation in bid to keep on Trump's good side
T. Greer / The Scholar's Stage:
It Is Time For a Libertarian Case Against China
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Team Biden talks about getting their candidate out of the house
Shan Li / Wall Street Journal:
New York to Hire ‘Army of Tracers’ to Combat Coronavirus
New York Times:
Subway to Stop for 4 Hours Every Night So Cars Can Be Cleaned: Live Updates
Discussion: The Hill
 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: The Hill and Axios
Max Boot / Washington Post:
Hypocrisy reaches pandemic proportions in Republican ranks
Discussion: Raw Story
NBC4 Washington:
DC May Not Reopen for Another 3 Months, Officials Say
Discussion: The Hill and Mediaite
Stuart A. Thompson / New York Times:
How Long Will a Vaccine Really Take?
Discussion: Gothamist
Fred Barbash / Washington Post:
AskTheAG: Barr is taking Twitter questions on coronavirus issues, and it's getting ugly
Reuters:
Special Report: Trump told Saudis: Cut oil supply or lose U.S. military support - sources
Discussion: Foreign Policy