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1:40 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 …
Michael J. Stern / USA Today:
Why I'm skeptical about Reade's sexual assault claim against Biden: Ex-prosecutor
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
Sister Toldjah / Redstate:
Tucker Carlson Highlights Sen. Gillibrand's Brett Kavanaugh Outrage vs. Her Joe Biden Defense and It Is Brutal
Discussion: CNN and Twitchy
Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
Feminist movement is fake, only cares about power. That's why Gillibrand is friends with Biden
Discussion: IJR, TheBlaze and Redstate
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.
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Biden announces VP search committee
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?
Jeremy Diamond / CNN:
Trump erupts at campaign manager as reelection stress overflows
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
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
Fox News:
Intel boss confirms investigation into whether coronavirus outbreak the ‘result of an accident’ at Wuhan lab
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
US intel: Coronavirus not manmade, still studying lab theory
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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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Now-imperiled case against Flynn cost him millions of dollars, his house, his job
Discussion: Reason, Townhall and The Hill
Andrew C. McCarthy / The Hill:
Something seems rotten in Flynn's case — and maybe others, too
Discussion: Power Line and The Federalist
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
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.
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.
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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Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Why Congress probably isn't going to let states go bankrupt
Discussion: Vox, Slate and The Hill
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
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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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.”
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
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
Sadie Gurman / Wall Street Journal:
More Than 70% of Inmates Tested in Federal Prisons Have Coronavirus  —  Prisons officials expect the number of positive results to climb as testing is expanded  —  More than two thirds of the small number of federal prisoners who have been tested for the new coronavirus had positive results …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
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
NBC News:
Despite GOP promise of “full scale” convention, alterations are being considered  —  Planners say there's at least one certainty about this summer's convention: The president will deliver an acceptance speech.  —  WASHINGTON — For President Donald Trump, the show must go on — even during a global pandemic.
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
 
 
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Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
Tribes Were Supposed To Get $8 Billion In COVID-19 Aid. They've Gotten $0.
Discussion: The Atlantic
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Roger Stone launches his appeal
Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Seeking virus data, people struggle with trust
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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
Discussion: CNN
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
Agence France-Presse:
Germany bans Hezbollah, raids mosques
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Dozens of Decomposing Bodies Found in Trucks at Brooklyn Funeral Home
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David Shepardson / Reuters:
The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals puts the FCC's reinstatement of net neutrality rules on hold until August 5 as it considers industry legal challenges

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