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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 …
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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 sexual assault allegations 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.
Michael J. Stern / USA Today:
Why I'm skeptical about Reade's sexual assault claim against Biden: Ex-prosecutor  —  If we must blindly accept every allegation of sexual assault, the #MeToo movement is just a hit squad.  And it's too important to be no more than that.  —  During 28 years as a state and federal prosecutor …
Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
Feminist movement is fake, only cares about power. That's why Gillibrand is friends with Biden
Discussion: Redstate, CNN and TheBlaze
Christopher Bedford / The Federalist:
Joe Biden Might Not Be Guilty, But Corporate Media Is
Discussion: Redstate and The Daily Caller
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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Steve Holland / Reuters:
Exclusive: Trump says China wants him to lose his bid for re-election  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Donald Trump said on Wednesday he believes China's handling of the coronavirus is proof that Beijing “will do anything they can” to make him lose his re-election bid in November.
Discussion: CNN, VICE, Fox News, The Week and The Hill
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Trump erupts at campaign manager as reelection stress overflows  —  (CNN)As he huddled with advisers on Friday evening, President Donald Trump was still fuming over his sliding poll numbers and the onslaught of criticism he was facing for suggesting a day earlier that ingesting disinfectant might prove effective against coronavirus.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump to launch first 2020 ad blitz after erupting over reelection woes
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Anyone wanna predict the 2020 election results?
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 …
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
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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Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Spy Agencies Told White House There's No Evidence to Prove Virus Began in Wuhan Lab, Says Report
Discussion: Raw Story
Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
US intel: Coronavirus not manmade, still studying lab theory
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Redstate
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 and Vox
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BuzzFeed News:
After One Tweet To President Trump, This Man Got $69 Million From New York For Ventilators  —  We may all be at home, but that hasn't stopped our reporters from breaking exclusive stories like this one.  To help keep this news free, become a member and sign up for our newsletter, Outbreak Today.
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, Mediaite and Jacobin
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.
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.
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Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Why Congress probably isn't going to let states go bankrupt
Discussion: Vox, Slate and The Hill
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.”
Agence France-Presse:
Germany bans Hezbollah, raids mosques  —  Odd ANDERSEN with Michelle FITZPATRICK in Frankfurt  —  A police officer walks out of Al-Irschad Mosque during a raid in Berlin, as dozens of police and special forces stormed mosques and associations linked to Hezbollah in Bremen, Berlin, Dortmund and Muenster early Thursday
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DW.COM:   German government bans Hezbollah — Interior Ministry
New York Times:
Flynn Lawyers Seize on Newly Released F.B.I. Documents  —  The documents show details of a debate among F.B.I. officials before interviewing Michael T. Flynn in 2017, days after he lied to the vice president about his talks with a top Russian diplomat.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's allies cheered …
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Gregg Re / Fox News:
FBI discussed interviewing Michael Flynn ‘to get him to lie’ and ‘get him fired,’ handwritten notes show
John Podhoretz / New York Post:
Bill de Blasio's new low: blaming the Jews  —  Well, Bill de Blasio, you certainly showed us Jews, didn't you, on Tuesday night?  Yep, you called us out, all 1.2 million of us New York City Jews, and I really hope you enjoyed it.  Because I know it's not fun being mayor right now.
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Ari Feldman / The Forward:   NYPD helped plan chaotic Orthodox funeral de Blasio blamed on ‘Jewish Community’
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
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Pro-Trump Student Group Turning Point USA Applied for, Then Rejected, Coronavirus Aid  —  ‘BIG GOVERNMENT’  —  Pro-Trump student group Turning Point USA applied for federal coronavirus relief funds then presented its public rejection of the assistance as a principled stand against “big government.”
Discussion: Fox News and The Daily Caller
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.
Discussion: The Bulwark Podcast and HuffPost
Associated Press:
Biden reaches deal to let Sanders keep hundreds of delegates  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden has agreed to let former primary rival Bernie Sanders keep hundreds of delegates he would otherwise forfeit by dropping out of the presidential race in a deal designed …
Discussion: Politico, Fox News, Forbes and Althouse
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Biden announces VP search committee  —  Joe Biden is one step closer to naming a running mate, announcing four co-chairs and a committee to vet candidates for a job he has committed to filling with a woman.  —  Driving the news: The vice presidential selection committee will be headed …
 
 
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Andrew C. McCarthy / The Hill:
Something seems rotten in Flynn's case — and maybe others, too
Discussion: Power Line and The Federalist
Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Seeking virus data, people struggle with trust
Cindy Von Quednow / KTLA:
O.C. District Attorney warns residents after release of 7 ‘high-risk’ sex offenders during coronavirus pandemic
Discussion: Big League Politics
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Republican official worries voters aren't giving GOP senators sufficient credit for pandemic aid
Discussion: Raw Story
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
3 big Trump donors are among business leaders influencing coronavirus response
Discussion: HuffPost
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Lawmakers made hundreds of stock transactions during pandemic, watchdog finds
Walter Russell Mead / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Should Support America's Oil Industry
 Earlier Items: 
Adela Suliman / NBC News:
China says it ‘expelled’ U.S. Navy vessel from South China Sea
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
US weekly jobless claims hit 3.84 million, topping 30 million over the last 6 weeks
New York Times:
Food Lines a Mile Long in America's Second-Wealthiest State
Joe Lowndes / New Republic:
The Morbid Ideology Behind the Drive to Reopen America
Discussion: Raw Story
FA RSS:
In Defense of the Blob  —  America's Foreign Policy Establishment …
New York Times:
Trump's Disinfectant Talk Trips Up Sites' Vows Against Misinformation
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Dozens of Decomposing Bodies Found in Trucks at Brooklyn Funeral Home
Discussion: Washington Post and Gothamist
 

 
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