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4:25 PM ET, May 1, 2020

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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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Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
By Biden's Own Standards, He Is Guilty As Charged  —  Like most people, I cannot know for sure what actually happened between Joe Biden and Tara Reade many, many moons ago, or, for that matter, what may have once transpired between Brett Kavanaugh and Christine Blasey Ford.
Discussion: Althouse
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Biden left no room for the possibility of an official complaint by Tara Reade surfacing
Discussion: SHERO, Breitbart and Balloon Juice
Washington Post:
Joe Biden denies he sexually assaulted a former Senate aide, calls on National Archives …
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Why won't Biden open up his records to scrutiny?
Discussion: ABC News
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
What Joe Biden did right in rebutting Tara Reade's claims
Discussion: Power Line, The Atlantic and Axios
Conrad Black / American Greatness:   Joe Biden Is Cooked
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:   Democrats Are Reaping The ‘Whirlwind’ Kavanaugh Warned About
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 …
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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: LiveScience, Daily Kos, Breitbart and Axios
CNN:
Top HHS spokesman repeatedly directed sexually crude and sexist tweets at women  —  WARNING: This story contains graphic language.  —  (CNN)The top spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services repeatedly directed crude and sexist comments toward women in now-deleted tweets, a CNN KFile review finds.
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and The Wrap
Victor Ordonez / ABC News:
Michael Cohen's early prison release over coronavirus concerns was rescinded: Sources  —  He had been notified in mid-April that he would be released to home confinement.  —  President Donald Trump's former attorney and fixer Michael Cohen will not be leaving prison to serve out the rest …
Discussion: The Week and New York Post
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The Daily Beast:
Trump's Lawyer Threatens Michael Cohen as He Remains in Jail
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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 …
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Pence staff threatens action against reporter who tweeted about visit to clinic without surgical mask
Lawfare:
Flynn Redux: What Those FBI Documents Really Show  —  Over the last few days, the president's supporters have taken a brief break from COVID-19, the economic collapse, and the 2020 presidential campaign to fixate anew on the case of General Michael Flynn.  —  You remember Mike Flynn …
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Norman L. Eisen / New York Times:   Why Trump Is Obsessed With the Flynn Case
Leyland Cecco / The Guardian:
Trudeau announces Canada is banning assault-style weapons  —  Move comes after murder of 22 people in worst mass shooting in Canada's history  —  Canada has banned assault-style weapons following the murder of 22 people in the worst mass shooting in the country's history, Justin Trudeau announced on Friday.
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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: Washington Monthly
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Philip Klinkner / Vox:   The pandemic is hitting counties that voted for Hillary Clinton harder — for now
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Makes Push for Seniors as Coronavirus Crisis Erodes Support  —  President trails Joe Biden in polls among older voters, who are paying close attention to his handling of the pandemic—and watching his press briefings  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump has opened a new charm offensive aimed …
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 …
Senator Mitt Romney:
Romney “Patriot Pay” Plan Would Support America's Frontline Workers  —  WASHINGTON—In order to help compensate essential workers who are necessarily subject to greater risk of COVID-19, U.S. Senator Mitt Romney (R-UT) today proposed that they receive Patriot Pay, a temporary bonus of up to $12 per hour in May, June, and July.
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Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Romney calls for hazard pay for workers on the front line of the pandemic
Discussion: Axios and The Hill
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Kayleigh McEnany holds first White House press briefing in over a year  —  President Trump's new press secretary Kayleigh McEnany held her first White House briefing on Friday, the first official press briefing since March 11, 2019.  —  Driving the news: McEnany announced that she plans …
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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.
Matthew Gault / VICE:
Increasingly Desperate Alex Jones Says He Will Kill and Eat His Neighbors  —  Alex Jones seemingly hasn't been doing so well lately.  Things are so tough that he has pivoted to talking about his imminent cannibalism, and how he will kill and eat his neighbors.
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: POLITICUSUSA and 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.
Ian Kullgren / Politico:
IRS mistakenly sends stimulus checks to foreign workers  —  Thousands of foreign workers, many living overseas, are receiving stimulus checks designated for U.S. residents due to an unforeseen glitch that funneled taxpayer dollars to other countries, according to tax consultants and the recipients themselves.
Rosa Cartagena / Washingtonian:
Twitter Account “Room Rater” Judges TV Journalists' Home Decor.  We Asked a Few About Their Scores.  —  Started by a DC-area provocateur, @RateMySkypeRoom has earned tons of attention—and some hurt feelings.  —  The coronavirus shutdown has forced news commentators to broadcast from their homes …
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Trump says he has seen evidence linking coronavirus to Wuhan lab  —  President Trump said Thursday that he has seen evidence linking the novel coronavirus to a lab in Wuhan, China, without providing further details.  —  “Yes, I have,” Trump told reporters at the White House when asked directly whether …
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Tesla shares tank after Elon Musk tweets the stock price is ‘too high’  — Shares of Tesla dropped Friday after CEO Elon Musk tweeted that the company's shares are priced “too high.”  — Musk has faced problems from the SEC for tweeting about the company's stock in the past and agreed to submit public statements for vetting.
Hollie McKay / Fox News:
Coronavirus: California governor orders release of 7 high-level sex offenders as he criminalizes beach attendance  —  Just days before California's Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered the closure of parks and beaches in Orange County, making it a criminal offense to step foot in the sand …
Discussion: CBS Los Angeles and TheBlaze
 
 
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Margot Roosevelt / Los Angeles Times:
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Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Andrew Cuomo may be the single most popular politician in America right now
Discussion: Raw Story
Rachel Lerman / Washington Post:
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Peter Baker / New York Times:
Amid a Rising Death Toll, Trump Leaves the Grieving to Others
Discussion: Washington Post
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