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12:30 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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Katie Glueck / New York Times:
Biden Denies Tara Reade's Assault Allegation
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 …
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 …
Ezra Klein / Vox:   Congressional Democrats are governing from the minority
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
The Senate's coronavirus testing conundrum
Discussion: The Hill, Vanity Fair and Fox News
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.
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
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 and Raw Story
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.
Daniel Leblanc / Globe and Mail:
Canada set to ban assault-style weapons, including AR-15 and the gun used in Polytechnique massacre
Discussion: VICE and ABC News
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.
Discussion: Vox
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.
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.
Rachel Lerman / Washington Post:
Trump touted Google as a solution to coronavirus testing.  A month later, Verily has barely made a dent.  —  Verily, part of the same parent company as Google, has conducted tests in just a handful of cities.  —  President Trump's announcement in March that Google was developing a tool …
Michael Stratford / Politico:
DeVos sued for seizing student loan borrowers' wages during pandemic  —  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is continuing to garnish the wages of federal student loan borrowers who fall behind on payments even though Congress suspended the practice in the economic rescue package, according to a new lawsuit.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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.
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
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
The Case Against Michael Flynn Now Looks a Lot Weaker
Discussion: Patterico's Pontifications and CNN
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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.
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ABC News:
House Democrats ready virtual organizing as coronavirus derails ground games
POLITICO Playbook PM: Jared's ‘Mission Accomplished’ moment
Discussion: NB Blog
Dan Barry / New York Times:
Willie Levi, 73, Dies; He Escaped a Life of Servitude
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
A local group is organizing to try to buy The Baltimore Sun from Tribune Publishing
Apple Podcasts:
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Trump Hails Kushner's PPE Airlift, But Details of Sales Are Secret
Dr. Howard P. Forman / USA Today:
Why would we turn to death panels amid coronavirus? They'll happen if we rush to reopen.
CDC eyes tracking coronavirus through human waste
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Matt Taibbi / Reporting:
The Inevitable Coronavirus Censorship Crisis is Here
Simon Romero / New York Times:
Valentina Blackhorse, Navajo Pageant Winner With Dreams, Dies at 28
Josh Fox / The Nation:
Meet the New Flack for Oil and Gas: Michael Moore
Discussion: Power Line and Townhall
Washington Post:
Chinese lab conducted extensive research on deadly bat viruses, but there is no evidence of accidental release
Discussion: BBC, CNN, The Daily Dot and Breitbart
Thank you for your service, Jared Kushner
Discussion: The Bulwark and Financial Times
Jeremy Wallace / Houston Chronicle:
Texas reports most deaths in a day from COVID-19 as Gov. Abbott prepares to drop stay-home order

From Techmeme:

Andrew Williams / Wired:
Apple may not be bringing Apple Intelligence to iPhone 15, which has 6GB of RAM vs. iPhone 15 Pro's 8GB, due to RAM requirements for on-device AI processing

Caroline O'Donovan / Washington Post:
Leaked documents reveal life-threatening issues at Amazon's primary-care service One Medical, raising concerns about Amazon's frugal approach to health care

The Conversation:
Despite disinformation concerns during India's elections, political parties largely used AI, including deepfakes, constructively, primarily for voter outreach

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