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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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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.
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 …
Tyler Pager / Bloomberg:   Obama Alumni Say No Biden Allegations Found During Vetting
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Democrats accused of double standard on Biden, Kavanaugh
Discussion: The Week, Fox News and Breitbart
New York Times:
Joe Biden, Tara Reade and the Truth
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.
Washington Post:
Live updates: Pelosi, McConnell jointly decline Trump administration's offer of rapid coronavirus testing for Capitol Hill  —  The Washington Post is providing this important information about the coronavirus for free.  For more free coverage of the coronavirus pandemic …
Discussion: The Hill
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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: The Hill, Mediaite and Mother Jones
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.
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 …
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
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
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
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%.
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 …
Discussion: Quartz, STAT and BuzzFeed News
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
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.
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:
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
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 …
Bisnow:
Georgia's Reopening Has Been ‘A Disaster’ For Some Retailers Desperate For Revenue  —  The first of 40 U.S. Bad Axe Throwing venues to reopen since widespread shelter-in-place orders were issued across the country was in Atlanta on Friday.  —  Bad Axe CEO Mario Zelaya expected business to be bad …
Matthew Ormseth / Los Angeles Times:
Northern California official ousted after saying elderly, ill, homeless should be left to die in pandemic  —  A planning commissioner of a Northern California city was removed from his post Friday night after saying that just as a forest fire clears dead brush, “the sick, the old, the injured” …
Dawn Ennis / Forbes:
As President, Justin Amash Says ‘I Would Protect Transgender Americans’  —  Rep. Justin Amash, the Independent congressman from Michigan who is considering running for president, vowed to support the rights of the LGBTQ community, in particular transgender Americans.
Discussion: Big League Politics
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.
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.
 
 
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Anthony Pesce / L.A. Times Guild:
L.A. Times Guild strikes deal to avoid newsroom layoffs
Associated Press:
AP: Most states fall short of coronavirus testing thresholds
The White House:
President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate and Appoint Individuals to Key Administration Posts
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
Harry Enten / CNN:
Democrats are slight favorites for Senate control
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Philip Rotner / The Bulwark:
Decoding Bill Barr's Threats To State Coronavirus Orders
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Streets Should Be Car-Free During Lockdown. And After.
Jacquie McNish / Wall Street Journal:
Cruise Ships Set Sail Knowing the Deadly Risk to Passengers and Crew
Deirdre Fernandes / The Boston Globe:
Jeffrey Epstein's Harvard ties were extensive, new report reveals
Discussion: Breitbart
Joshua Goodman / Associated Press:
Ex-Green Beret led failed attempt to oust Venezuela's Maduro
Discussion: New York Post
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
New York Times:
Fearing Political Peril, Republicans Edge Away From Trump on Pandemic Response
Discussion: Raw Story