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9:10 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
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Joe Says It Ain't So  —  With partisan goggles, we plunge back into the muck.  —  WASHINGTON — One of my quarantine diversions was revisiting the first season of “Mad Men,” where women in the workplace were sexual playthings and where a young woman's assay at writing ad copy was so unorthodox that it was …
Discussion: New York Post, Mediaite and IJR
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:
‘Murder Hornets’ in the U.S.: The Rush to Stop the Asian Giant Hornet  —  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:
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
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
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
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:
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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 …
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.
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Trump says he's glad to see Kim Jong-un “well” after dictator reappears in North Korean media  —  President Trump said on Saturday that he is glad to see Kim Jong-un “well” and in public, following North Korea's claim on Friday that the dictator made a public appearance at a fertilizer factory.
Wall Street Journal:   Kim Jong Un, Smoking and Strolling, Reappears After Three-Week Absence
Tom LoBianco / Business Insider:
Monty Bennett, Trump donor and largest recipient of PPP funds, will return money  — The largest recipient of COVID-19 bailout loans, Trump campaign donor Monty Bennett, announced Saturday he would return all money received through the Paycheck Protection Program.
Ayesha Rascoe / NPR:
Trump Received Intelligence Briefings On Coronavirus Twice In January  —  President Trump twice received intelligence briefings on the coronavirus in January, according to a White House official.  The official tells NPR the briefings occurred on Jan. 23 and Jan. 28.
Nicole Acevedo / NBC News:
Violent clash over coronavirus tests at ICE detention center in Massachusetts, 3 sent to hospital  —  The incident ended with three detainees sent to a hospital and $25,000 in damage to the detention center, officials said.  Congressman Joe Kennedy is calling for an investigation.
Discussion: WPRI-TV and CBS Boston
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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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James Barragán / Dallas Morning News:
Texas attorney general says election officials offering mail ballots because of COVID-19 could face criminal punishment
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Former President Bush urges unity to overcome the coronavirus
Discussion: Bloomberg and Politico
Bronson Stocking / Townhall:
Twitter Just Suspended Candace Owens for a Really Dumb Reason
Discussion: Mediaite and The Daily Dot
Dawn Ennis / Forbes:
As President, Justin Amash Says ‘I Would Protect Transgender Americans’
Discussion: Big League Politics
Casey Cep / New Yorker:
We Can't Afford to Lose the Postal Service
Matthew Ormseth / Los Angeles Times:
Northern California official ousted after saying elderly, ill, homeless should be left to die in pandemic
Associated Press:
AP: Most states fall short of coronavirus testing thresholds
Molly Jong-Fast / Vogue:
I Still Love New York. Even If Trump No Longer Does.
 Earlier Items: 
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 and Balloon Juice
John Koetsier / Forbes:
Apple Data Shows Shelter-In-Place Is Ending, Whether Governments Want It To Or Not
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Four More “Exhausting” Years? Trump Reporters Mull Covering a Second Term
Discussion: Twitchy
Arijeta Lajka / Associated Press:
Protester not waving sign with Nazi slogan
Discussion: Mediaite
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: Fox News and New York Post