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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 …
Katelyn Caralle / Daily Mail:
'I don't need a lecture!'  Nancy Pelosi angrily cuts off reporter who compares Brett Kavanaugh sexual assault allegations to Joe Biden's after the Speaker says she is ‘satisfied’ with party candidate's silence over claim  — Nancy Pelosi lashed out when a reporter asked about Democrats' responses …
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Tara Reade allegations rattle Biden's VP search
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 Breitbart
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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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”
Discussion: Forbes
Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
Top Lindsey Graham Donor Switches Sides, Now Backs Democratic Rival
Discussion: The Hill and The Intellectualist
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 …
Discussion: Politico and Fox News
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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
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.
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 …
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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Politico:   Capitol physician says Senate lacks capacity to test all senators
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: Politico, The Hill and Raw Story
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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Jeremy B. White / Politico:
Newsom closes all Orange County beaches despite growing political backlash  —  OAKLAND — Gov. Gavin Newsom is shuttering all Orange County beaches in an aggressive move that immediately met resistance in the wealthy coastal county whose beaches made national news last weekend when visitors descended there in summer-like weather.
Discussion: The Hill
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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.”
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
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
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Cameron Joseph / VICE:
Biden Just Picked a Guy With #MeToo Issues of His Own For a Key Campaign Slot
Discussion: Jacobin, Breitbart and Slate
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.
Discussion: Foreign Policy
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, Raw Story 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
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
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Kemp to lift statewide shelter-in-place for most Georgians on Friday  —  Governor also urges Georgians to wear masks  —  Gov. Brian Kemp will lift a statewide shelter-in-place order for most of Georgia's 10.6 million residents starting Friday as he continues to roll back coronavirus restrictions …
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
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.
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 …
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
Tal Kopan / San Francisco Chronicle:
Pelosi: Families with some undocumented immigrants should get coronavirus stimulus money  —  WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Democrats want to undo a provision in coronavirus legislation that bars families with mixed immigration status from receiving stimulus payments from the Internal Revenue Service.
 
 
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Matt Margolis / pjmedia.com:
Barack Obama Goes Golfing at Country Club the Day After Michelle Urged African Americans to Stay Home
Discussion: Breitbart
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Pompeo clashes with Warren on Iran deal, asks if she's ‘good’ with China sending tanks to Tehran
Graham Allison / The Hill:
We can protect the most vulnerable and reopen the economy
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
Washington Post:
Well-connected Trump alumni benefit from coronavirus lobbying rush
Discussion: Raw Story
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
National Security Surveillance on U.S. Soil Fell Amid Scrutiny of Russia Inquiry
Discussion: Raw Story
Sam Levine / The Guardian:
Vote safely by mail in November? Not so fast, say Republicans
Discussion: Wired, ProPublica and FiveThirtyEight
NBC News:
New York City to temporarily suspend overnight subway service due to coronavirus concerns
Discussion: Politico, NPR 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
 Earlier Items: 
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
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Roger Stone launches his appeal
New York Times:
Food Lines a Mile Long in America's Second-Wealthiest State
Agence France-Presse:
Germany bans Hezbollah, raids mosques
 

 
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Matilda Battersby / The Bookseller:
Academics say publisher Taylor & Francis hadn't told them about selling access to authors' research as part of a $10M+ Microsoft AI deal, nor let them opt out

Sam Buckingham-Jones / Australian Financial Review:
Google has quietly renewed deals with Australian outlets, sources say as year-long deals, worth tens of millions of dollars under the News Media Bargaining Code

Wei Xing / International Journalists' Network:
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