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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.
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Marc Caputo / Politico:
Search for Tara Reade complaint threatens to backfire on Biden  —  In his first televised interview about Tara Reade, Joe Biden said his old office personnel records aren't among the senatorial papers he sent to the University of Delaware.  The personnel records — which might shed some light …
CNN:
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
New York Times:
Joe Biden, Tara Reade and the Truth
Mike Baker / New York Times:
Tracking the Asian Giant ‘Murder’ Hornet as It Reaches the U.S.  —  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.
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 …
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Matthew Zeitlin / Business Insider:   Everyone is focusing on the wrong problem with the PPP program
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.
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
New York Times:
Pence's Virus Role Enhances His Profile While Showing Limits of His Influence  —  “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 …
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.
Discussion: Mediaite and Mother Jones
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Washington Post:
Live updates: Pelosi, McConnell jointly decline Trump administration's offer of rapid coronavirus …
Discussion: The Hill
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%.
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.
CNN:
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: Los Angeles Times and Althouse
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.
Julie Pace / Associated Press:
A referendum election in November?  Trump allies see risks  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Six months from Election Day, President Donald Trump's prospects for winning a second term have been jolted by a historic pandemic and a cratering economy, rattling some of his Republican allies and upending …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Four More “Exhausting” Years?  Trump Reporters Mull Covering a Second Term  —  “I don't know anybody who wants to do another four years of this news cycle,” a senior CNN producer says.  —  The first year of the Trump presidency was a year of calibration for the nation's top journalists …
Discussion: Twitchy
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 …
CNN:
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
Harry Enten / CNN:
Democrats are slight favorites for Senate control  —  (CNN)Whoever is the president next year may have the ability to appoint one or more justices to the US Supreme Court.  But to get those justices confirmed, the president will need the US Senate behind him.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Molly Jong-Fast / Vogue:
I Still Love New York.  Even If Trump No Longer Does.  —  On October 29 1975, Gerald Ford, then the president of the United States, gave a speech in which he said would he not support legislation that would have provided a federal bailout to New York City, which was teetering on the edge of bankruptcy.
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 …
Discussion: New York Post
The White House:
President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts  —  Today, President Donald J. Trump announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key positions in his Administration:  —  Marshall Billingslea, of Virginia …
Associated Press:
AP: Most states fall short of coronavirus testing thresholds  —  ATLANTA (AP) — As more states begin to relax their coronavirus lockdowns, most are falling short of the minimum levels of testing suggested by the federal government and recommended by a variety of public health researchers, an Associated Press analysis has found.
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 …
Philip Rotner / The Bulwark:
Decoding Bill Barr's Threats To State Coronavirus Orders  —  Once again, Trump's attorney general becomes his political guardian.  —  Attorney General William Barr has chosen to further his patron's desire to “reopen” the economy quickly by warning state and local authorities not to go too far …
 
 
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John Binder / Breitbart:
California: Sex Offender Rearrested for Sex Crimes After Release from Jail
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and ABC7
Isaac Stanley-Becker / SFGATE:
Initiative seeks to challenge Trump's online megaphone
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Mansee Khurana / NBC News:
Fearing an undercount, advocates say census outreach is getting crushed by coronavirus
Discussion: KETK | FOX51
J. David McSwane / ProPublica:
How Profit and Incompetence Delayed N95 Masks While People Died at the VA
Declan Walsh / New York Times:
Filmmaker Who Mocked Egypt's President Dies in Prison
Laura Hayes / Washington City Paper:
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Ginia Bellafante / New York Times:
Streets Should Be Car-Free During Lockdown. And After.
Deirdre Fernandes / The Boston Globe:
Jeffrey Epstein's Harvard ties were extensive, new report reveals
Discussion: Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
Your Life or Your Livelihood: Americans Wrestle With Impossible Choice
Andrew C. McCarthy / National Review:
The FBI Set Flynn Up to Preserve the Trump-Russia Probe
Discussion: Power Line
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Trump's gun-toting supporters are firing blanks
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Chris Wallace on Michael Flynn: 'Don't lie' if you're talking to the FBI
Kim Tong-hyung / Associated Press:
N Korea's Kim Jong Un appears in public amid health rumors
Abigail Shalawylo / ABC News:
COVID-19 cases on rise in state that starts 1st phase of reopening
Mike Stobbe / Associated Press:
Health official says US missed some chances to slow virus
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Post