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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 …
Conrad Black / American Greatness:
Joe Biden Is Cooked … Despite polls showing that he leads President Trump in key states and in the country overall, there remains something seriously missing and not credible in the putative presidential nomination of Joe Biden.  —  The polls are never accurate with Trump …
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.
NBC News:
Biden denies sexual assault allegation, calls for release of any records
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Congressional Democrats are governing from the minority  —  Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi wears a cloth mask to cover her mouth and nose to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus during her weekly news conference at the US Capitol on April 30.  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Discussion: The Week
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Melanie Zanona / Politico:
The Senate's coronavirus testing conundrum
Discussion: Vanity Fair, The Hill and Fox News
Axios:
Capitol Hill physician says he can't test every senator for coronavirus
Discussion: Reason, The Hill and Washington Post
Kendall Karson / ABC News:   Americans uneasy about returning to normal as restrictions loosen: POLL
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.
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
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.
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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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
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 …
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
China wasn't wild about Mike Pompeo before the virus.  It's really gunning for him now.  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is, according to the official Chinese narrative, an “enemy of humankind” practicing “highly venomous” diplomacy.  He's a “super-spreader” of a “political virus.”
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Washington Post:
Chinese lab conducted extensive research on deadly bat viruses, but there is no evidence of accidental release
Discussion: The Daily Dot, Gizmodo and IJR
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
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.
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: The Hill, POLITICUSUSA and 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, Breitbart and New York Times
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Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
The Case Against Michael Flynn Now Looks a Lot Weaker
Discussion: CNN
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Amid a Rising Death Toll, Trump Leaves the Grieving to Others  —  President Trump has led no national mourning for the more than 63,000 Americans who have died from the coronavirus, emphasizing confidence about the future rather than dwelling on the present.
Alex Horton / Washington Post:
What VA isn't saying about hydroxychloroquine — and everything else related to coronavirus  —  The Department of Veterans Affairs has sidestepped questions about its response to the coronavirus, veteran service organizations and congressional committees have said, even as the number of deaths …
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 …
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.
Matt Taibbi / Reporting:
The Inevitable Coronavirus Censorship Crisis is Here  —  Earlier this week, Atlantic magazine - fast becoming the favored media outlet for self-styled intellectual elites of the Aspen Institute type - ran an in-depth article of the problems free speech pose to American society in the coronavirus era.
 
 
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Ivanka Trump donates 400 meals to Queens hospital workers
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Sen. Hawley rolls out bill to block universities with large endowments from receiving millions in coronavirus aid
Discussion: Breitbart
Axios:
West Bank annexations must come in context of Palestinian state, White House tells Israel
Dr. Howard P. Forman / USA Today:
Why would we turn to death panels amid coronavirus? They'll happen if we rush to reopen.
Politico:
CDC eyes tracking coronavirus through human waste
Catherine Rampell / Washington Post:
We're all Zelensky now  —  Do us a favor though: Before we …
Discussion: Raw Story
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
Putin, Russia's Man of Action, Is Passive, Even Bored, in the Coronavirus Era
Discussion: CNN and Forbes
 Earlier Items: 
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:
Justin Amash's Libertarian candidacy may act as a spoiler - but that could help Biden
Caity Weaver / New York Times:
Time to Check Your Pandemic-Abandoned Car for Rats
Jeremy Wallace / Houston Chronicle:
Texas reports most deaths in a day from COVID-19 as Gov. Abbott prepares to drop stay-home order