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NBC News:
White House blocking Fauci from testifying before Congress about coronavirus response  —  A White House spokesman said it would be “counter-productive” for Fauci to testify now  —  The White House has blocked Dr. Anthony Fauci from testifying about the response to the coronavirus crisis …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
New York Times:
Trump Gets Coronavirus Tests While Senators Wait  —  As senators prepare to return on Monday, Congress's doctor warned that he does not have the capacity to test all 100 for coronavirus.  At the White House, the president and many of his aides are tested repeatedly.
Discussion: Raw Story
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Trump uses White House events to project return to normalcy while relying on testing that public lacks  —  At the White House this week, President Trump sat less than six feet from New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) in the Oval Office.  He invited small business owners to crowd behind the Resolute Desk for a photo shoot.
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:   White House blocking Fauci testimony, panel spokesman says
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:   McEnany dodges fireworks in return of White House press briefing
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: New York Times and Althouse
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
No, the media isn't fair.  It gives Republicans a pass.  —  The right-wing media, willfully ignoring the press investigations into Tara Reade's accusations, insist that former vice president Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, has not been treated similarly to accused conservative men …
Jordan Fabian / Detroit News:   Trump says Biden may face more accusers, calls Reade convincing
Joe Biden:
Statement by Vice President Joe Biden
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Biden left no room for the possibility of an official complaint by Tara Reade surfacing
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Minutes after pledging to not lie, the new White House press secretary lied a whole bunch  —  Kayleigh McEnany during her first White House press briefing on Friday.  Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images  —  Kayleigh McEnany's first press briefing got off to a promising start.  It lasted all of 15 minutes.
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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
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Trump administration blocks public disclosure on coronavirus supplies  —  The Trump administration is refusing to disclose how it is distributing medical supplies for the coronavirus response that were brought to the U.S. at taxpayer expense through a White House initiative known as Project Air Bridge.
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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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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Flynn bombshell puts renewed attention on Durham probe, source says Barr talking to him ‘every day’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Redstate
Norman L. Eisen / New York Times:
Why Trump Is Obsessed With the Flynn Case
Discussion: Reason
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: Daily Kos, LiveScience and Breitbart
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Moves to Replace Watchdog Who Identified Critical Medical Shortages  —  The president announced the nomination of an inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services, who, if confirmed, would replace an acting official whose report embarrassed Mr. Trump.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Paula Newton / CNN:
Canada bans assault-style weapons after its worst ever mass murder  —  (CNN)Assault-style weapons are banned in Canada effective immediately, the country's prime minister said Friday.  —  The move comes less than two weeks after Canada's deadliest rampage in modern history …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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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 …
Deirdre Fernandes / The Boston Globe:
Jeffrey Epstein's Harvard ties were extensive, new report reveals  —  Disgraced sex offender Jeffrey Epstein had his own office in a Harvard University department and visited there more than 40 times after he was released from jail in 2010 up until 2018, according to a review of the university's ties …
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Mike Stobbe / Associated Press:
Health official says US missed some chances to slow virus  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. government was slow to understand how much coronavirus was spreading from Europe, which helped drive the acceleration of outbreaks across the nation, a top health official said Friday.
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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Pete Buttigieg / Washington Post:
China wants four more years of Trump  —  The president claims he's been tough.  But our geopolitical rival has grown stronger on his watch.  —  President Trump is resorting to a desperate reelection strategy: To deflect blame for his own failure to address the coronavirus crisis …
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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: Raw Story, The Hill and The Wrap
Caroline Lewis / Gothamist:
A Manhattan Nursing Home Reported 13 Coronavirus Deaths To The State.  The Real Number Was Closer To 100  —  Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the state has started tracking the number of deaths from the virus in nursing homes, but it seems some are still masking the grim reality inside.
Discussion: Associated Press, The Hill and abc7NY
Berny Belvedere / Arc Digital:
T.W.E.E.T.: Trump's Worst Ever Embarrassing Tweet  —  The time has come to choose Trump's worst ever tweet.  —  I know, I know, there are more Bad Trump Tweets than there are grains of sand on the shores, or stars in the sky, but life under quarantine has enabled me to pursue a research opportunity …
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 …
Nathaniel Meyersohn / CNN:
Malls and retail stores are reopening.  But shoppers may not come back  —  New York (CNN Business)Some malls and retailers are reopening their doors in states easing coronavirus stay-at-home measures.  —  Now comes the hard part: persuading wary Americans that it's safe to shop, especially under unusual restrictions.
 
 
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New York Daily News:
Colorado paramedic who came to NYC to help with pandemic dies of coronavirus; family …
Abigail Shalawylo / ABC News:
COVID-19 cases on rise in state that starts 1st phase of reopening
ESPN:
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Bloomberg:
Gilead Virus Drug Is Cleared for Emergency Use by FDA
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Greg Allen / NPR:
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Discussion: The Daily Beast
Ezra Klein / Vox:
Congressional Democrats are governing from the minority
Discussion: Washington Monthly
Washington Post:
Justice Dept. scrutinizes White House-connected doctor linked to disputed coronavirus treatment