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Joe Biden:
Statement by Vice President Joe Biden  —  April was Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  Every year, at this time, we talk about awareness, prevention, and the importance of women feeling they can step forward, say something, and be heard.  That belief — that women should be heard …
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Washington Post:
Joe Biden denies he sexually assaulted a former Senate aide, calls on National Archives to release complaint if it exists  —  Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Friday denied that he sexually assaulted a former Senate aide, addressing the allegation publicly …
BuzzFeed News:
Tara Reade Knows She Has A Difficult Allegation.  And She's Had A Difficult Time Getting A Hearing.  —  She has seen Joe Biden take questions on cable news and late-night television.  She has watched him host virtual town halls with voters and online fundraisers with donors.
CNN:
Biden denies sexual assault allegation: ‘This never happened’  —  (CNN)Joe Biden released a statement Friday denying a former aide's claims he sexually assaulted her 27 years ago, saying of Tara Reade's allegation: “This never happened.”  —  Friday's statement is the first detailed response from Biden to Reade's allegation.
Conrad Black / American Greatness:   Joe Biden Is Cooked
NBC News:
Biden denies sexual assault allegation, calls for release of any records
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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Politico:
Wearing a mask is for smug liberals.  Refusing to is for reckless Republicans.  —  In the '60s, protesters burned bras.  In 2020 they might soon be burning masks.  —  Views on how to respond to the coronavirus pandemic have become increasingly polarized, yet another political issue …
Discussion: CNN and Mediaite
Associated Press:
New White House press secretary McEnany to hold 1st briefing  —  WASHiNGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's new spokeswoman, Kayleigh McEnany, is to face reporters for the first time in the White House Briefing Room on Friday, something her predecessor never did during a nine-month stint as press secretary.
Annie Karni / New York Times:   Pence Visits Ventilator Plant in Indiana, This Time Wearing a Mask
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Congressional Democrats are governing from the minority  —  “They don't want the federal government to work and we do”: the Democrats' stimulus dilemma.  —  Are Democrats getting rolled on coronavirus stimulus?  —  The most recent bill — stimulus 3.5, I guess we're calling it …
Discussion: The Week
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Axios:
Capitol Hill physician says he can't test every senator for coronavirus
Discussion: Reason and The Hill
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
The Senate's coronavirus testing conundrum
Discussion: Vanity Fair, Roll Call and Fox News
Kendall Karson / ABC News:   Americans uneasy about returning to normal as restrictions loosen: POLL
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
Discussion: MLive.com, Detroit News and Fox News
Amber Ainsworth / WDIV-TV:
Gov. Whitmer extends Michigan State of Emergency through May 28 after Legislature refused extension
Discussion: TheBlaze
Maggie Fox / CNN:
Expert report predicts up to two more years of pandemic misery  —  (CNN)The new coronavirus is likely to keep spreading for at least another 18 months to two years—until 60% to 70% of the population has been infected, a team of longstanding pandemic experts predicted in a report released Thursday.
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
History According to Trump: The President and the 1917 Pandemic That Wasn't  —  The U.S. leader, famously illiterate about history, eagerly promotes his place in it.  —  As the coronavirus pandemic has disrupted his Presidency, Donald Trump has often complained about the terrible hand that history has dealt him.
Washington Post:
Chinese lab conducted extensive research on deadly bat viruses, but there is no evidence of accidental release  —  For nearly a decade, a team of scientists from Wuhan, China, crisscrossed southern Asia in a high-stakes search for bats and the strange diseases they harbor.
Discussion: The Daily Dot, Gizmodo and IJR
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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.
Washington Post:
Justice Dept. scrutinizes White House-connected doctor linked to disputed coronavirus treatment  —  Federal prosecutors are examining the communications of a New York family doctor who appears frequently on Fox News and has been in touch with the White House to tout an anti-malarial as a treatment …
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
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: The Bulwark and Financial Times
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Bloomberg:   Trump Hails Kushner's PPE Airlift, But Details of Sales Are Secret
PRRI:
President Trump's Favorability Ratings Recede from March's Peak  —  New data from PRRI shows that President Donald Trump's favorability rating has dropped seven points over the last four weeks.  Today, just over four in ten (43%) Americans hold mostly or very favorable views of Trump …
Discussion: Raw Story
Randall D. Eliason / Washington Post:
No, Michael Flynn wasn't ‘set up’  —  Attorneys for former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn claim that “stunning” new documents reveal the FBI “framed” and “set up” their client.  Flynn pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to FBI agents about his contacts with the Russian ambassador …
Discussion: The Hill, emptywheel and New York Times
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Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
The Case Against Michael Flynn Now Looks a Lot Weaker
Discussion: CNN
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: POLITICUSUSA, Raw Story and The Hill
Simon Romero / New York Times:
Valentina Blackhorse, Navajo Pageant Winner With Dreams, Dies at 28  —  She nurtured political aspirations while raising her 1-year-old daughter.  Then she tested positive for the novel coronavirus.  The next day she was dead.  —  ALBUQUERQUE — Valentina Blackhorse …
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Internal GOP poll points to troubling signs for Georgia Republicans  —  An internal poll conducted for the Georgia House GOP Caucus points to troubling signs for Republican leaders: President Donald Trump is deadlocked with Joe Biden and voters aren't giving the White House …
Washington Post:
Nearly seven weeks into the shutdown, here's why so many are still getting sick  —  The District, Maryland and Virginia have been shut down for weeks, their economies in tatters.  Large swaths of the population venture out only rarely, wrapped in masks and gloves.
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
Nearly 900 workers at Tyson meat plant in Indiana test positive for coronavirus  —  Nearly 900 workers at a Tyson Food plant in Indiana have reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.  —  The coronavirus infected 890 of the 2,200 people at the plant located in Logansport, Ind., local station WISH TV reported Wednesday.
Dr. Howard P. Forman / USA Today:
Why would we turn to death panels amid coronavirus?  They'll happen if we rush to reopen.  —  Palin's death panels were fake.  Today's would be real.  But there is a practical path to protecting people as we restart our economy.  Let's choose it.  —  In 2009, during the surge …
 
 
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Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
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 Earlier Items: 
Spectrum News NY1:
NYC Subways to Close From 1 AM to 5 AM Daily for Full Cleanings
Samantha Maldonado / Politico:
Murphy, after meeting with Trump, says New Jersey will get PPE, test kits from feds
Discussion: ABC News
Monique O. Madan / Miami Herald:
Federal judge orders ICE to release detainees from South Florida detention centers
Josh Fox / The Nation:
Meet the New Flack for Oil and Gas: Michael Moore
Discussion: Power Line and Townhall
Sam Mintz / Politico:
Tiny airports rake in big cash after botched stimulus formula
Rachel Bitecofer / The Guardian:
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Caity Weaver / New York Times:
Time to Check Your Pandemic-Abandoned Car for Rats
Jeremy Wallace / Houston Chronicle:
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