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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 …
Robby Soave / Reason:
Joe Biden Denies Sexual Assault Accusation, Fails To Explain Why ‘Believe Victims’ Doesn't Apply to Tara Reade  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden explicitly denied the sexual assault accusation against him during an appearance on MSNBC Friday morning.  Speaking publicly about the matter …
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
Why won't Biden open up his records to scrutiny?  —  In his appearance Friday on MSNBC's “Morning Joe,” former vice president Joe Biden was adamant that the accusation of sexual assault made against him by former Senate aide Tara Reade is not true.  —  It was a straightforward and strong denial.
Discussion: The Hill
BuzzFeed News:
Tara Reade Knows She Has A Difficult Allegation. And She's Had A Difficult Time Getting A Hearing.
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 …
Associated Press:   New White House press secretary McEnany to hold 1st briefing
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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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
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
The Senate's coronavirus testing conundrum
Discussion: Vanity Fair, Fox News and The Hill
Axios:
Capitol Hill physician says he can't test every senator for coronavirus
Discussion: The Hill, Reason and Washington Post
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: Axios, Politico, POLITICUSUSA and Raw Story
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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: New York Times, Breitbart and Mediaite
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Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
The Case Against Michael Flynn Now Looks a Lot Weaker
Discussion: Patterico's Pontifications and CNN
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.
Discussion: Vox
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.
Bloomberg:
Trump Hails Kushner's PPE Airlift, But Details of Sales Are Secret  — FEMA pays to fly in gear with little control over who gets it  — Democrats seek details on cost from companies, White House  —  A program created by Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner has airlifted millions of gloves …
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CNN:
Thank you for your service, Jared Kushner
Discussion: The Bulwark and Financial Times
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
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 …
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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David Caplan / 1010 WINS:
Has Gov. Cuomo found love during the pandemic?  He tells WINS anchor, 'I'm eligible'  —  NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo continues to take in stride being one of the state's — if not country's — most sought-after bachelors.  —  During an interview Thursday with 1010 WINS' Susan Richard …
YouTube:
Leadership During Crisis: A Conversation with Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan … Maryland Governor Larry Hogan joins Washington Post Live to discuss his state's fight against covid-19, how he is approaching Maryland's lockdown exit strategy, and his pivotal role as the chair of the National Governors Association.
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 …
Washington Post:
Public companies received $1 billion in stimulus funds meant for small businesses  —  Nearly 300 public companies have reported receiving loans.  Some have returned them.  —  Publicly traded companies have received more than $1 billion in funds meant for small businesses …
Igor Derysh / Salon:
Florida stops releasing medical examiners' coronavirus death counts after they report higher total  —  Florida also excludes travelers and seasonal residents who died in the state, though medical examiners include them  —  Florida health officials have stopped publishing real …
Discussion: Digby's Hullabaloo
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
House panel demands that Bezos testify on whether Amazon misled Congress  —  The House Judiciary Committee today demanded that Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos testify on whether the company misled Congress about the data tactics it deploys against rivals, setting up a major potential fight with the company.
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.
 
 
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ABC News:
House Democrats ready virtual organizing as coronavirus derails ground games
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: Jared's ‘Mission Accomplished’ moment
Discussion: NB Blog
Michael Stratford / Politico:
DeVos sued for seizing student loan borrowers' wages during pandemic
Discussion: The Hill
Dan Barry / New York Times:
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Elena Schneider / Politico:
Klobuchar launches campaign to aid Senate, House Dems in 2020
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Sen. Hawley rolls out bill to block universities with large endowments from receiving millions in coronavirus aid
Discussion: Breitbart
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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
Matt Taibbi / Reporting:
The Inevitable Coronavirus Censorship Crisis is Here
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Josh Fox / The Nation:
Meet the New Flack for Oil and Gas: Michael Moore
Discussion: Power Line and Townhall
Jeremy Wallace / Houston Chronicle:
Texas reports most deaths in a day from COVID-19 as Gov. Abbott prepares to drop stay-home order