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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
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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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
What Joe Biden did right in rebutting Tara Reade's claims
Discussion: The Federalist, The Root and The Hill
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Biden left no room for the possibility of an official complaint by Tara Reade surfacing
Discussion: The Hill, Politico and SHERO
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 and The Atlantic
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Democrats Are Reaping The ‘Whirlwind’ Kavanaugh Warned About
Discussion: Axios and Power Line
Washington Post:
White House blocks Fauci from testifying before House panel, committee spokesman says  —  An Appropriations subcommittee sought to call the health official to testify next week  —  The White House is blocking Anthony S. Fauci from testifying before a House committee investigating …
Discussion: Axios, Raw Story, Mediaite and The Hill
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 and Breitbart
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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Paula Newton / CNN:   Canada bans assault-style weapons after its worst ever mass murder
Rob Gillies / Associated Press:
Canada bans assault-style weapons after shooting rampage
Discussion: Mother Jones, Forbes and Slate
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 …
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The Daily Beast:
Trump's Lawyer Threatens Michael Cohen as He Remains in Jail
Discussion: Palmer Report and Raw Story
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
15 minutes after pledging not to lie, Trump's new press secretary made an obviously false claim  —  It dealt with a former Trump official who admitted lying  —  White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany held the first daily news briefing in more than a year Friday, her first since assuming her current role last month.
Discussion: Breitbart
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Kayleigh McEnany holds first White House press briefing in over a year
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 …
Discussion: Redstate and Townhall
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
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
Discussion: Reason
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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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 …
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Pete Buttigieg / Washington Post:
China wants four more years of Trump
Discussion: Reuters
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
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 …
Yonhap News Agency:
N.K. leader reemerges from 20-day absence amid rumors over his health  —  North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has made his firs public appearance after 20 days of absence, contradicting rumors about his health, state media showed on Saturday.  —  Kim attended a ceremony marking the completion …
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.
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.
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 …
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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Berny Belvedere / Arc Digital:
T.W.E.E.T.: Trump's Worst Ever Embarrassing Tweet
The Charlotte Observer:
Protesters rally to ‘Reopen Meck,’ while a new poll shows most voters say they can wait
Discussion: Fox News and American Prospect
Deirdre Fernandes / The Boston Globe:
Jeffrey Epstein's Harvard ties were extensive, new report reveals
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ABC News:
Russia bills US $660K for aid that included gas masks, household cleaning gloves
 Earlier Items: 
Rosa Cartagena / Washingtonian:
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Discussion: The Daily Beast
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Andrew Cuomo may be the single most popular politician in America right now
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
Poop could help stop the pandemic. Really.
Washington Post:
Nearly seven weeks into the shutdown, here's why so many are still getting sick