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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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Annie Karni / New York Times:   Pence Visits Ventilator Plant in Indiana, This Time Wearing a Mask
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Ben Smith / New York Times:
Why Won't TV News Book Tara Reade?  —  The stakes are high for the media in the case of a sexual assault allegation against Joe Biden.  —  There were good reasons to be skeptical of her 20-year-old allegations: She'd changed her story and said some weird stuff, and even denied the whole thing under oath.
Nicole Einbinder / Business Insider:
Biden camp refuses to open up Senate papers that could shed light on accuser's claims …
Katelyn Caralle / Daily Mail:   'I don't need a lecture!' …
Washington Post:
U.S. officials crafting retaliatory actions against China over coronavirus as President Trump fumes  —  The president has in recent days told aides and others that China has to pay for the outbreak and publicly floated demanding billions in compensation  —  Senior U.S. officials are beginning …
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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.”
Washington Post:
Chinese lab conducted extensive research on deadly bat viruses, but there is no evidence of accidental release
Discussion: IJR, The Daily Dot and The Daily Beast
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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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer / SOM:
THE OFFICE OF GOVERNOR GRETCHEN WHITMER
Discussion: MLive.com, Detroit News and Fox News
Amber Ainsworth / WDIV-TV:
Gov. Whitmer extends Michigan State of Emergency through May 28 after Legislature refused extension
Discussion: TheBlaze
Politico:
Capitol physician says Senate lacks capacity to test all senators  —  The Capitol's attending physician said Thursday that coronavirus tests will be available for staffers and senators who are ill, but not enough to proactively test all 100 senators as the chamber comes back in session, according to two people familiar with the matter.
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Axios:
Capitol Hill physician says he can't test every senator for coronavirus  —  The Capitol's attending physician told senior Republican staff in a conference call today that he doesn't have the equipment to do either rapid or widespread testing of the 100 senators who return to work Monday, per two sources familiar with the call.
Discussion: The Hill and IJR
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: Business Insider
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Edward Luce / Financial Times:
The golden age of Jared Kushner
Discussion: Raw Story and The Bulwark
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Brian Schwartz / CNBC:   Big money donors are pressuring Joe Biden against picking Elizabeth Warren for VP: ‘He would lose the election’
Liz Peek / The Hill:
As Biden struggles, Hillary waits for the call
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.
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Richard Essex / WISH-TV:
Nearly 900 at Tyson Foods plant test positive for coronavirus  —  LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WISH) — The Cass County Health Department on Wednesday afternoon said it has seen just under 1,200 positive COVID-19 cases.  Almost 900 employees at the Tyson Food plant in Cass County's Logansport have tested positive.
Discussion: New York Post
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
The Case Against Michael Flynn Now Looks a Lot Weaker  —  The FBI applied the squeeze in a way that undermines the rule of law.  —  Remember Michael Flynn?  —  The man who holds the record for shortest tenure as national security adviser is back in the news.
Discussion: CNN
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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.
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: Raw Story and The Hill
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 …
Jeremy Wallace / Houston Chronicle:
Texas reports most deaths in a day from COVID-19 as Gov. Abbott prepares to drop stay-home order  —  Texas reported 50 more COVID-19 deaths on Thursday, the most in any one day since the state reported its first deaths in mid-March.  —  The state also reported it had added more than 1,000 …
Katie Pavlich / The Hill:
Joe Biden's China problem  —  When states across the country started implementing and enforcing stay-at-home orders in March, physical events on the 2020 presidential campaign trail came to a screeching halt.  —  For the Trump campaign the transition was easy with web rallies, video updates from the campaign and more digital outreach.
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Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Team Biden talks about getting their candidate out of the house
Discussion: Politico
Caity Weaver / New York Times:
Time to Check Your Pandemic-Abandoned Car for Rats  —  There might be a nest in the engine.  —  You might want to make sure there's not a rat living (or recently dead) in your car's engine.  —  Why are you still reading?  Check your car for a rat, I said.  That's the tip.
Frances Mulraney / Daily Mail:
Illinois' billionaire governor dodges question about his wife leaving town to see out coronavirus pandemic on their $12.1million equine estate in Florida as he extends stay-at-home order to May 30  —  Billionaire Governor of Illinois J.B. Pritzker dodged a question about the whereabouts …
Discussion: Townhall, Redstate and Breitbart
Josh Fox / The Nation:
Meet the New Flack for Oil and Gas: Michael Moore  —  Planet of the Humans is wildly unscientific, outdated, full of falsehoods, and benefits fossil fuel industry promoters and climate deniers.  —  For all of you who thought 2020 couldn't get any weirder, here comes Planet of the Humans …
Discussion: Power Line and Townhall
Monique O. Madan / Miami Herald:
Federal judge orders ICE to release detainees from South Florida detention centers  —  Citing conditions that amount to “cruel and unusual punishment,” a Miami federal judge ordered U.S. immigration authorities Thursday night to release hundreds of detainees held at three South Florida detention centers.
Spectrum News NY1:
NYC Subways to Close From 1 AM to 5 AM Daily for Full Cleanings  —  For the first time in New York City history, the subway system will shut down overnight so crews can better clean and disinfect trains and stations in order to further prevent the spread of the new coronavirus and protect essential workers.
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
Governors in all 50 states get better marks than Trump for COVID response  —  A sweeping survey of more than 22,000 Americans has found that voters in all 50 states say their governor is doing a better job than President Trump in handling the coronavirus outbreak.
Discussion: Vox and Iowa Starting Line
Sam Mintz / Politico:
Tiny airports rake in big cash after botched stimulus formula  —  A tiny airport in Devils Lake, N.D., scored enough money under the federal stimulus law to cover its expenses for 50 years.  But one of the country's busiest airports, JFK International in New York, got barely enough aid to make it through three months of operations.
Rachel Bitecofer / The Guardian:
Justin Amash's Libertarian candidacy may act as a spoiler - but that could help Biden  —  Never-Trump Republicans have denounced the congressman's third-party move, but its effect in 2020 is far from certain  —  Justin Amash's announcement that he is exploring a run for president …
 
 
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Samantha Maldonado / Politico:
Murphy, after meeting with Trump, says New Jersey will get PPE, test kits from feds
Discussion: ABC News
Elie Mystal / The Nation:
The Men Pushing to Open the Economy Clearly Don't Need Child Care
Brian H. Hook / United States Department of State:
Briefing With Special Representative for Iran and Senior Advisor to the Secretary Brian Hook …
Andrew Joseph / STAT:
'It doesn't stay where you started': Reopening some states heightens the risk of coronavirus surges in others
Sydney Morning Herald:
Australia to back Taiwan's return to the WHO
Benjamin Siu / ABC News:
Maryland hiding testing kits, purchased from South Korea, from US government: Hogan
David Smith / The Guardian:
Birx risks reputation in bid to keep on Trump's good side
T. Greer / The Scholar's Stage:
It Is Time For a Libertarian Case Against China
 Earlier Items: 
UN Watch:
Abuser states seek election to top UN rights body
KTLA:
Huntington Beach votes to challenge Newsom's order closing O.C. beaches
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
It's Slowly Dawning on Trump That He's Losing
Discussion: Vanity Fair, Poynter and Raw Story
David A. Fahrenthold / Washington Post:
Secret Service paid Trump's D.C. hotel more than $33,000 for lodging to guard treasury secretary
Discussion: The Week, Raw Story, The Hill and Politico
Greg Bluestein / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Kemp to lift statewide shelter-in-place for most Georgians on Friday
Discussion: The Hill and Axios
NBC4 Washington:
DC May Not Reopen for Another 3 Months, Officials Say
Discussion: The Hill and Mediaite
Stuart A. Thompson / New York Times:
How Long Will a Vaccine Really Take?
Discussion: Gothamist