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8:10 PM ET, May 2, 2020


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Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: Harassment, assault absent in Biden complaint  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Tara Reade, the former Senate staffer who alleges Joe Biden sexually assaulted her 27 years ago, says she filed a limited report with a congressional personnel office that did not explicitly accuse him of sexual assault or harassment.
NBC News:
Biden accuser Tara Reade ‘not sure’ what complaint she claims was filed with Senate says  —  Reade has said that the complaint, if it's found, would not include the sexual assault allegation that she came forward with in March.  —  Fmr. Biden staffer Tara Reade ‘not sure’ about language used in sexual assault Senate complaint
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.
Tyler Pager / Bloomberg:
Obama Alumni Say No Biden Allegations Found During Vetting
Discussion: New York Post
Mike Baker / New York Times:
Tracking the ‘Murder Hornet’: A Deadly Pest Has Reached North America  —  Sightings of the Asian giant hornet have prompted fears that the vicious insect could establish itself in the United States and devastate bee populations.  —  BLAINE, Wash. — In his decades of beekeeping, Ted McFall had never seen anything like it.
Minyvonne Burke / NBC News:
Oklahoma city ends face mask rule for shoppers after store employees are threatened  —  “Store employees have been threatened with physical violence and showered with verbal abuse,” the Stillwater city manager said.  “There has been one threat of violence using a firearm.”
Discussion: and The Hill
William Feuer / CNBC:
The US just reported its deadliest day for coronavirus patients as states reopen, according to WHO  — The U.S. saw 2,909 people die of Covid-19 in 24 hours, according to the data, which was collected as of 4 a.m. ET on Friday.  — That's the highest daily death toll in the U.S. yet based …
Washington Post:
34 days of pandemic: Inside Trump's desperate attempts to reopen America  —  The epidemiological models under review in the White House Situation Room in late March were bracing.  In a best-case scenario, they showed the novel coronavirus was likely to kill between 100,000 and 240,000 Americans.
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Excess U.S. deaths hit estimated 37,100 in pandemic's early days, far more than previously known  —  New analysis of six-week period shows 13,500 more deaths than are now attributed to covid-19 as updated federal data reveals added details on the broad toll
Washington Post:
Trump campaign divided over how to attack Biden amid worries over troubling poll numbers  —  For weeks the Trump reelection effort has diligently cut, catalogued and pushed out viral videos of every verbal stumble Joe Biden makes in interviews, relentlessly pushing the idea …
Discussion: Raw Story
Julie Pace / Associated Press:   A referendum election in November? Trump allies see risks
New York Times:
Some Small Businesses That Got Aid Fear the Rules Too Much to Spend It  —  Requirements for using federal coronavirus loans are complicated and confusing for owners.  “It's chaos,” one lawyer said.  —  When a $192,000 loan from the federal government's small-business aid program arrived …
Matthew Zeitlin / Business Insider:   Everyone is focusing on the wrong problem with the PPP program
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
She Predicted the Coronavirus.  What Does She Foresee Next?  —  Laurie Garrett, the prophet of this pandemic, expects years of death and “collective rage.”  —  I told Laurie Garrett that she might as well change her name to Cassandra.  Everyone is calling her that anyway.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Secret to Making a Liberal Argument Sound Dumb: Pretending Trump Doesn't Exist  —  Conservative intellectuals caught between a president who has turned the idea of having any intellectual basis at all for one's ideas into a dada joke, and an audience that demands fealty to him, have found refuge in anti-anti-Trumpism.
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
McConnell, Pelosi decline administration offer to Congress for rapid testing  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Saturday rejected an offer from the Trump administration to provide Congress with rapid results testing, citing the need to direct resources where they are most needed.
Washington Post:
Live updates: Pelosi, McConnell jointly decline Trump administration's offer of rapid coronavirus …
Discussion: The Hill
Sharri Markson / Daily Telegraph:
Coronavirus NSW: Dossier lays out case against China bat virus program  —  China deliberately suppressed or destroyed evidence of the coronavirus outbreak in an “assault on international transparency” that cost tens of thousands of lives, according to a dossier prepared by concerned Western governments on the COVID-19 contagion.
Trump's national security adviser out of sight in coronavirus response  —  Washington (CNN)As President Donald Trump deals with the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic, he is without a key asset that has served many of his predecessors well during times of crisis: a bold …
Discussion: Raw Story
Coronavirus is making some people rethink where they want to live  —  (CNN)A moving truck came to Rebecca Stevens-Walter's New York apartment this week.  —  But she wasn't there to help pack boxes or supervise the crew.  —  In mid-March, the 39-year-old pastor flew to New Mexico with her husband and two kids.
Discussion: Althouse and Los Angeles Times
Wall Street Journal:
Maryland Cancels Big Coronavirus-Mask Order  —  The state says it has notified the attorney general about a high-profile broker  —  The state of Maryland has canceled a large order of coronavirus supplies from a politically connected company and asked state law-enforcement officials to investigate the matter, Maryland officials said.
Discussion: Axios
New York Times:
Masked or Not, Mike Pence Keeps the Peace With a Poker Face  —  “Task forces and vice presidents don't get to decide things,” said Tim Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor.  —  WASHINGTON — The paradox of Vice President Mike Pence getting in trouble for failing to wear a mask is that perhaps …
Christina Carrega / ABC News:
Mississippi governor reconsiders reopening state after its largest spike of COVID-19 deaths and cases  —  Health officials said 397 positive coronavirus cases were reported on Friday.  —  The governor of Mississippi took a step back with continuing to slowly reopen the state after health officials …
Discussion: Political Wire
Arijeta Lajka / Associated Press:
Protester not waving sign with Nazi slogan  —  CLAIM: Pittsburg protester waves sign citing Nazi slogan that translates to “Work Sets You Free.”  —  AP'S ASSESSMENT: False.  The image has been manipulated.  The original photo posted by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on April 20 shows …
Discussion: Mediaite
Ryan Lattanzio / IndieWire:
Theaters Prepare to Reopen with TSA-Style Check-in, Temperature Screenings, and Plexiglass  —  Texas governor Greg Abbott has partially lifted the veil on lockdown in his state, allowing select nonessential businesses to reopen in order to get the economy moving again.
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 the drug could help cure coronavirus.  Now there is another drug, remdesivir, with positive early scientific data.
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
The New Great Depression Is Coming.  Will There Be a New New Deal?  —  After the coronavirus, political transformation may be inevitable.  —  Until very recently, Andrew Yang thought that the need for a universal basic income would be a big issue in the 2024 election, as …
John Koetsier / Forbes:
Apple Data Shows Shelter-In-Place Is Ending, Whether Governments Want It To Or Not  —  Bye-bye shelter-in-place.  Hello re-opening.  —  Apple's Mobility Trends report shows that traffic in the US and other countries like Germany has pretty much doubled in the past three weeks.  It had been down up to 72%.
Bronson Stocking / Townhall:
Twitter Just Suspended Candace Owens for a Really Dumb Reason  —  Conservative commentator Candace Owens was suspended from Twitter after posting a tweet criticizing Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer (D) and encouraging Michiganders to flout the governor's stay-at-home order, one of the strictest in the nation.
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Dot
Casey Cep / New Yorker:
We Can't Afford to Lose the Postal Service  —  Republican leaders have long tried to kill the U.S.P.S. Now the coronavirus is helping.  —  I am probably one of the least consequential things my mother has ever delivered.  She has two other daughters, for starters—one's a public servant and the other is a special-education teacher.
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 More Items: 
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Former President Bush urges unity to overcome the coronavirus
Discussion: Bloomberg and Politico
Christian Toto / Just The News:
Legacy news, social media giants converge in new era of censorship
Discussion: The Hill
Dawn Ennis / Forbes:
As President, Justin Amash Says ‘I Would Protect Transgender Americans’
Discussion: Big League Politics
Anthony Pesce / L.A. Times Guild:
L.A. Times Guild strikes deal to avoid newsroom layoffs
Matthew Ormseth / Los Angeles Times:
Northern California official ousted after saying elderly, ill, homeless should be left to die in pandemic
Georgia's Reopening Has Been ‘A Disaster’ For Some Retailers Desperate For Revenue
Associated Press:
AP: Most states fall short of coronavirus testing thresholds
 Earlier Items: 
Molly Jong-Fast / Vogue:
I Still Love New York. Even If Trump No Longer Does.
Isaac Stanley-Becker / SFGATE:
Initiative seeks to challenge Trump's online megaphone
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Declan Walsh / New York Times:
Filmmaker Who Mocked Egypt's President Dies in Prison
Harry Enten / CNN:
Democrats are slight favorites for Senate control
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Raw Story
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Four More “Exhausting” Years? Trump Reporters Mull Covering a Second Term
Discussion: Twitchy
Philip Rotner / The Bulwark:
Decoding Bill Barr's Threats To State Coronavirus Orders
Jacquie McNish / Wall Street Journal:
Cruise Ships Set Sail Knowing the Deadly Risk to Passengers and Crew
Joshua Goodman / Associated Press:
Ex-Green Beret led failed attempt to oust Venezuela's Maduro
Discussion: New York Post