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8:25 AM ET, May 2, 2020

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Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Minutes after pledging to not lie, the new White House press secretary lied a whole bunch  —  Kayleigh McEnany during her first White House press briefing on Friday.  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images  —  Kayleigh McEnany's first press briefing got off to a promising start.  It lasted all of 15 minutes.
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CNN:
Fact check: New White House press secretary makes false claims in first briefing  —  Washington (CNN)At the first official briefing by a White House press secretary in 417 days, Kayleigh McEnany promised journalists, “I will never lie to you.”  —  McEnany proceeded to say a bunch of things that weren't true.
Discussion: Politico, Daily Kos and Mediaite
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
15 minutes after pledging not to lie, Trump's new press secretary made an obviously false claim  —  It dealt with a former Trump official who admitted lying  —  White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany held the first daily news briefing in more than a year Friday, her first since assuming her current role last month.
Discussion: Breitbart
Joe Concha / The Hill:   Chris Wallace on Michael Flynn: 'Don't lie' if you're talking to the FBI
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:   McEnany dodges fireworks in return of White House press briefing
Associated Press:   White House blocking Fauci testimony, panel spokesman says
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Flynn bombshell puts renewed attention on Durham probe, source says Barr talking to him ‘every day’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Redstate
Washington Post:
White House blocks Fauci from testifying before House panel next week  —  An Appropriations panel sought to hear from Fauci; the White House says it would be ‘counterproductive’ to take him away from his work  —  The White House is blocking Anthony S. Fauci from testifying …
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NBC News:
White House blocking Fauci from testifying before Congress about coronavirus response  —  A White House spokesman said it would be “counter-productive” for Fauci to testify now  —  The White House has blocked Dr. Anthony Fauci from testifying about the response to the coronavirus crisis …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and HuffPost
New York Times:
Trump Gets Coronavirus Tests While Senators Wait  —  As senators prepare to return on Monday, Congress's doctor warned that he does not have the capacity to test all 100 for coronavirus.  At the White House, the president and many of his aides are tested repeatedly.
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Trump uses White House events to project return to normalcy while relying on testing that public lacks
Discussion: Raw Story and CNBC
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
No, the media isn't fair.  It gives Republicans a pass.  —  The right-wing media, willfully ignoring the press investigations into Tara Reade's accusations, insist that former vice president Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, has not been treated similarly to accused conservative men …
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New York Times:
Joe Biden, Tara Reade and the Truth  —  Americans deserve to know more about a sexual assault accusation against the likely Democratic Party nominee.  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.
Jordan Fabian / Detroit News:   Trump says Biden may face more accusers, calls Reade convincing
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
By Biden's Own Standards, He Is Guilty As Charged
Discussion: New York Times, Althouse and The Slot
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Moves to Replace Watchdog Who Identified Critical Medical Shortages  —  The president announced the nomination of an inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services, who, if confirmed, would replace an acting official whose report embarrassed Mr. Trump.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Trump administration blocks public disclosure on coronavirus supplies  —  The Trump administration is refusing to disclose how it is distributing medical supplies for the coronavirus response that were brought to the U.S. at taxpayer expense through a White House initiative known as Project Air Bridge.
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Michael Levenson / New York Times:
Harvard Kept Ties With Jeffrey Epstein After '08 Conviction, Report Shows  —  A university review found that the disgraced financier, who killed himself last year, visited Harvard more than 40 times after he was convicted of sex charges involving a minor in Florida.
Discussion: Harvard University, The Hill and CNBC
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Nirvi Shah / Politico:
Harvard review shows Jeffrey Epstein's deep ties and big donations
Discussion: fas.harvard.edu
Deirdre Fernandes / The Boston Globe:   Jeffrey Epstein's Harvard ties were extensive, new report reveals
Kim Tong-hyung / Associated Press:
N Korea's Kim Jong Un appears in public amid health rumors  —  SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made his first public appearance in 20 days as he celebrated the completion of a fertilizer factory near Pyongyang, state media said Saturday, ending an absence …
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Yonhap News Agency:   N.K. leader reemerges from 20-day absence amid rumors over his health
Mike Stobbe / Associated Press:
Health official says US missed some chances to slow virus  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government was slow to understand how much coronavirus was spreading from Europe, which helped drive the acceleration of outbreaks across the nation, a top health official said Friday.
Paula Newton / CNN:
Canada bans assault-style weapons after its worst ever mass murder  —  (CNN)Assault-style weapons are banned in Canada effective immediately, the country's prime minister said Friday.  —  The move comes less than two weeks after Canada's deadliest rampage in modern history …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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Caroline Lewis / Gothamist:
A Manhattan Nursing Home Reported 13 Coronavirus Deaths To The State.  The Real Number Was Closer To 100  —  Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the state has started tracking the number of deaths from the virus in nursing homes, but it seems some are still masking the grim reality inside.
Discussion: Associated Press, The Hill and abc7NY
Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime:
Woman Claims Biden Sexually Harassed Her When She Was 14 Years Old by Complimenting Her Breasts  —  A woman says she was sexually harassed by presumptive Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden when she was 14 years old.  —  The woman, Eva Murry, told Law&Crime that Biden complimented …
Chelsea Prince / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Georgia verifies 1K new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours  —  State health officials have confirmed an additional 1,000 cases of the new coronavirus in the past 24 hours, bringing Georgia's total infections above 27,000.  —  As of noon Thursday, the Georgia Department of Public Health was reporting just over 26,000 confirmed cases.
Discussion: Daily Kos and LiveScience
Abigail Shalawylo / ABC News:
COVID-19 cases on rise in state that starts 1st phase of reopening  —  Restrictions in Texas lower as coronavirus numbers rise.  —  Texas reported its highest daily number of COVID-19 deaths, just a day before Governor Abbott's stay-at-home order expired and the state began reopening.
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Trump's gun-toting supporters are firing blanks
New York Times:
Fearing Political Peril, Republicans Edge Away From Trump on Pandemic Response
New York Daily News:
Colorado paramedic who came to NYC to help with pandemic dies of coronavirus; family …
ESPN:
Sudden vanishing of sports due to coronavirus will cost at least $12 billion, analysis says
Discussion: New York Post and Breitbart
New York Times:
Some Trump Officials Take Harder Actions on China During Pandemic
Nathaniel Meyersohn / CNN:
Malls and retail stores are reopening. But shoppers may not come back
 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
Gilead Virus Drug Is Cleared for Emergency Use by FDA
Discussion: Vox and Forbes
Greg Allen / NPR:
Federal Judge Orders ICE To Release Detainees At 3 Florida Facilities
Berny Belvedere / Arc Digital:
T.W.E.E.T.: Trump's Worst Ever Embarrassing Tweet
Pete Buttigieg / Washington Post:
China wants four more years of Trump
Matthew Gault / VICE:
Increasingly Desperate Alex Jones Says He Will Kill and Eat His Neighbors