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10:30 AM ET, May 2, 2020


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Obama team fully vetted Biden in 2008 and found no hint of former aide's allegation  —  David Axelrod, a senior CNN political commentator and host of “The Axe Files,” was senior adviser to President Barack Obama and chief strategist for the 2008 and 2012 Obama presidential campaigns.
Discussion: The Hill and Mediaite
New York Times:
Joe Biden, Tara Reade and the Truth  —  Americans deserve to know more about a sexual assault accusation against the likely Democratic Party nominee.  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
The hypocrisy from Democrats on the Biden allegation is stunning but not surprising  —  Now is the time to feel sorry for Christine Blasey Ford.  Her days as the face that launched a million sexual assault allegations are over, thanks to Tara Reade and the blinding hypocrisy of Democrats …
Karol Markowicz / New York Post:
Joe Biden discovers due process — does it apply to everyone?
Jordan Fabian / Detroit News:   Trump says Biden may face more accusers, calls Reade convincing
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
The FBI Set Flynn Up to Preserve the Trump-Russia Probe  —  Perjury trap was not score-settling.  To investigate the president, it was a practical necessity to sideline his chosen national-security adviser.  —  M  —  ichael Flynn was not the objective.  He was the obstacle.
Joe Concha / The Hill:   Chris Wallace on Michael Flynn: 'Don't lie' if you're talking to the FBI
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
15 minutes after pledging not to lie, Trump's new press secretary made an obviously false claim
Discussion: Breitbart
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:   McEnany dodges fireworks in return of White House press briefing
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.
Washington Post:
White House blocks Fauci from testifying before House panel next week  —  An Appropriations panel sought to hear from Fauci; the White House says it would be ‘counterproductive’ to take him away from his work  —  The White House is blocking Anthony S. Fauci from testifying …
NBC News:
White House blocking Fauci from testifying before Congress about coronavirus response
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and HuffPost
New York Times:
Trump Gets Coronavirus Tests While Senators Wait
Discussion: New York Post
Deirdre Fernandes / The Boston Globe:
Jeffrey Epstein's Harvard ties were extensive, new report reveals  —  Jeffrey Epstein's millions earned him special treatment at Harvard: He had a personal office among university researchers, a dedicated phone line, an unusual visiting fellowship position, and the backing of several high-level faculty …
Tina Nguyen / Politico:
Coronavirus gets a promising drug.  MAGA world isn't buying it.  —  Over three weeks ago, hydroxychloroquine was all the rage in MAGA world, despite flawed and scattered evidence about whether drug could help cure coronavirus.  Now there is another drug, remdesivir, with positive early scientific data.
Joshua Goodman / Associated Press:
Ex-Green Beret led failed attempt to oust Venezuela's Maduro  —  MIAMI (AP) — The plan was simple, but perilous.  Some 300 heavily armed volunteers would sneak into Venezuela from the northern tip of South America.  Along the way, they would raid military bases in the socialist country …
New York Times:
Fearing Political Peril, Republicans Edge Away From Trump on Pandemic Response  —  Moderate Republicans in competitive districts are navigating a careful balance in addressing the coronavirus crisis, eager to put some distance between themselves and a president whose response has been criticized.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Kim Tong-hyung / Associated Press:
N Korea's Kim Jong Un appears in public amid health rumors  —  SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un made his first public appearance in 20 days as he celebrated the completion of a fertilizer factory near Pyongyang, state media said Saturday, ending an absence …
Yonhap News Agency:   N.K. leader reemerges from 20-day absence amid rumors over his health
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Trump's gun-toting supporters are firing blanks  —  Four years ago, Donald Trump's core supporters embraced Hillary Clinton's “deplorables” label because it encapsulated their class struggle against the perceived ruling elite.  —  Now, as Trump's reelection nears, the Deplorables are back …
Scottie Andrew / CNN:
A lawyer dressed as the Grim Reaper is haunting Florida beaches to protest their reopening  —  (CNN)Most Floridians hitting the newly reopened beaches are trading stay-at-home sweatpants for shorts and swimsuits.  —  But when he heads out, Daniel Uhlfelder dons a raggedy black robe …
Discussion: TheBlaze and Gizmodo
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.
Discussion: New York Post
Jacquie McNish / Wall Street Journal:
Cruise Ships Set Sail Knowing the Deadly Risk to Passengers and Crew  —  A Wall Street Journal investigation found scores of cruise ships that began voyages in early March ferried Covid-19 to the U.S. and ports of call world-wide  —  Early in March, the world's cruise-ship operators …
Mary Papenfuss / HuffPost:
Reporter Who Tweeted About Face-Mask Fiasco Says He Was Banned From Future Pence Trips  —  Voice of America's White House bureau chief Steve Herman might be allowed on Air Force Two again if he or VOA apologizes.  —  A Voice of America journalist who contradicted second lady Karen Pence regarding …
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
Trump uses White House events to project return to normalcy while relying on testing that public lacks
Discussion: Raw Story and CNBC
Abigail Shalawylo / ABC News:
COVID-19 cases on rise in state that starts 1st phase of reopening  —  Restrictions in Texas lower as coronavirus numbers rise.  —  Texas reported its highest daily number of COVID-19 deaths, just a day before Governor Abbott's stay-at-home order expired and the state began reopening.
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Ginia Bellafante / New York Times:
Streets Should Be Car-Free During Lockdown. And After.
New York Times:
Your Life or Your Livelihood: Americans Wrestle With Impossible Choice
Tyler Cullis / Responsible Statecraft:
In tortured logic, Trump begs for a do-over on the Iran nuclear deal
New York Daily News:
Colorado paramedic who came to NYC to help with pandemic dies of coronavirus; family …
Sudden vanishing of sports due to coronavirus will cost at least $12 billion, analysis says
Discussion: New York Post and Breitbart
New York Times:
Some Trump Officials Take Harder Actions on China During Pandemic
 Earlier Items: 
Nathaniel Meyersohn / CNN:
Malls and retail stores are reopening. But shoppers may not come back
Paula Newton / CNN:
Canada bans assault-style weapons after its worst ever mass murder
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Berny Belvedere / Arc Digital:
T.W.E.E.T.: Trump's Worst Ever Embarrassing Tweet
Pete Buttigieg / Washington Post:
China wants four more years of Trump
Chelsea Prince / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
BREAKING: Georgia verifies 1K new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours
Discussion: Daily Kos and LiveScience