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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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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.
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 Hill and The Week
New York Times:
Polls Had Trump Stewing, and Lashing Out at His Own Campaign  —  The president erupted recently at his campaign manager, Brad Parscale, after seeing polling data that showed Mr. Trump trailing Joe Biden in several states.  —  Frustrated by a faltering economy that is out of his control …
Discussion: NBC News, Washington Post and The Hill
Associated Press:
Trump erupts at campaign team as his poll numbers slide
Discussion: Axios
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump to launch first 2020 ad blitz after erupting over reelection woes
Discussion: The Hill and Daily Kos
Josh Dawsey / Washington Post:
Trump presented with grim internal polling showing him losing to Biden
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:   Poll shows Trump, Biden in tight race in Texas
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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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 …
Washington Post:
Biden himself should address the Tara Reade allegations and release relevant records
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Sanders keeps quiet on Biden sexual assault allegation despite uproar from supporters, ex-aides
Discussion: Politico and The Daily Caller
CNN:
Kirsten Gillibrand on Tara Reade allegation: ‘I support Vice President Biden’
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
New York Times:
Democratic Frustration Mounts as Biden Remains Silent on Sexual Assault Allegation
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 …
CNN:
GOP senator gives activists grim 2020 assessment amid fears over holding Senate
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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.
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
US weekly jobless claims hit 3.84 million, topping 30 million over the last 6 weeks  — Weekly jobless claims hit 3.84 million last week, higher than economist expectations of 3.5 million.  — The total brings the rolling six-week figure to 30.3 million.
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Rebecca Rainey / Politico:
Coronavirus-driven unemployment claims surpass 30 million
Discussion: Breitbart
Washington Post:   3.8 million Americans sought jobless benefits last week, extending pandemic's grip on the national workforce
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story, Just The News and ABC News
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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
Gregg Re / Fox News:
FBI discussed interviewing Michael Flynn ‘to get him to lie’ and ‘get him fired,’ handwritten notes show  —  Explosive new internal FBI documents unsealed Wednesday show that top bureau officials discussed their motivations for interviewing then-national security adviser Michael Flynn …
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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.
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.
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
New York Times:
Dozens of Decomposing Bodies Found in Trucks at Brooklyn Funeral Home  —  Neighbors complained of a foul odor coming from trucks parked outside the home, which had a broken freezer, a law enforcement official said.  —  2,500 Mourners Jam a Hasidic Funeral, Creating a Flash Point for de Blasio
Discussion: Washington Post
New York Times:
Food Lines a Mile Long in America's Second-Wealthiest State  —  “We've never had to rely on anyone else,” said one food bank visitor.  But now, pushed to the edge of hunger, many unemployed New Jersey residents are asking for help for the first time.  —  EGG HARBOR, N.J. — Jean Wickham's two sons are in college.
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 …
Discussion: ABC News, Politico and The Hill
Josephine Harvey / HuffPost:
Susan Rice Slams Jared Kushner's ‘Ridiculous’ Boast About U.S. Coronavirus Response  —  The former national security adviser denounced Trump's son-in-law for calling the handling of the crisis “a great success story.”  —  Former national security adviser Susan Rice tore into Jared Kushner …
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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
Joe Lowndes / New Republic:
The Morbid Ideology Behind the Drive to Reopen America  —  Photos of the small “reopen America” protests, which have made the rounds on social media over the past week, have revealed a spectacle as cartoonish as it is macabre: a rogue's gallery of right-wing groups coming together to share …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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
Adela Suliman / NBC News:
China says it ‘expelled’ U.S. Navy vessel from South China Sea  —  “The provocative actions of the United States seriously violated relevant international law norms,” a spokesman for China's military said.  —  China's military has said it “expelled” a U.S. navy vessel from the hotly contested waters of the South China Sea this week.
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
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
Lawmakers made hundreds of stock transactions during pandemic, watchdog finds  —  Republican and Democratic lawmakers have bought and sold stocks hundreds of times throughout the coronavirus pandemic — some of them lucrative moves to invest in industries buoyed by the crisis and divest …
 
 
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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
Walter Russell Mead / Wall Street Journal:
Democrats Should Support America's Oil Industry
John Daniel Davidson / The Federalist:
No, We Don't Need To Foster A Culture Of Snitching To Stay Safe
Discussion: Denver Post
Nicholas Fondacaro / NB Blog:
Keep America Miserable: CBS Scoffs at Thought of Economy Improving
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New York Times:
Trump's Disinfectant Talk Trips Up Sites' Vows Against Misinformation
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Gavin Evans / Complex:
Georgia Drops Driving Test Requirement for License Due to Pandemic
Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
Israel nears a point of no return
Michael R. Sisak / Associated Press:
Many field hospitals went largely unused, will be shut down
Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
Over 70% of tested inmates in federal prisons have COVID-19
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Tests in recovered patients in S. Korea found false positives, not reinfections, experts say
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