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4:40 AM ET, May 3, 2020


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Associated Press:
Reade: 'I didn't use sexual harassment' 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.
Julie Bykowicz / Wall Street Journal:
Tara Reade Isn't Ready to Respond to Biden Sexual-Harrassment Denial  —  Reade also says safety concerns prompted her to cancel TV interview  —  WASHINGTON—The woman accusing former Vice President Joe Biden of sexual harassment and sexual assault said she isn't ready to respond to his recent interview denying her claims.
Discussion: The Hill
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
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.
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 …
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.
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
Washington Post:   Maryland cancels $12.5 million PPE contract with firm started by GOP operatives
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.”
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
There's a more accurate way to compare coronavirus deaths to the flu  —  If we measure flu mortality the same way we count covid-19 deaths, the picture becomes very stark  —  Months into the coronavirus pandemic, some politicians and pundits continue to promote ham-handed comparisons between covid-19 …
Discussion: Power Line
Harry Siegel / New York Daily News:
Our city, unmasked: Imagining New York, for worse and better, after the coronavirus pandemic  —  The city that never sleeps is taking a nap now, and it's going to be a very different place when it finally wakes up.  —  Not long after the World Trade Center was destroyed on Sept. 11, 2001 …
Molly Jong-Fast / Vogue:   I Still Love New York. Even If Trump No Longer Does.
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.
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.
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
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 …
Robert T. Garrett / Dallas Morning News:
Texans wary of flying because of coronavirus, cautious about in-person shopping, Dallas News-UT Tyler poll shows  —  A narrow majority feels comfortable visiting a close friend or relative at their home, but nearly 4 of every 5 Texans are uneasy about attending a crowded event.
Dan Christensen / Florida Bulldog:
Sheriff Gregory Tony's secret: As a teenager, he shot and killed a man  —  Broward Sheriff Gregory Tony shot and killed a man when he was a teenager living in a poor urban neighborhood in Philadelphia, according to records and interviews with family members of the dead man.
Jenny Gross / New York Times:
Colorado Paramedic Who Came to Help New York Dies From Covid-19  —  For three weeks, Paul Cary transported coronavirus patients to hospitals by ambulance.  He had already signed up for a second 30-day deployment in New York when he started feeling sick.  —  On the same day that New York …
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.
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
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David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
One Death Is a Tragedy. 60,000 Deaths Are a Great Success.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Raw Story
Nicole Acevedo / NBC News:
Violent clash over coronavirus tests at ICE detention center in Massachusetts, 3 sent to hospital
Discussion: WPRI-TV
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Former President Bush urges unity to overcome the coronavirus
Discussion: Politico and HuffPost
Bronson Stocking / Townhall:
Twitter Just Suspended Candace Owens for a Really Dumb Reason
Discussion: Mediaite
Ryan Lattanzio / IndieWire:
Theaters Prepare to Reopen with TSA-Style Check-in, Temperature Screenings, and Plexiglass
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
Christina Carrega / ABC News:
Mississippi governor reconsiders reopening state after its largest spike of COVID-19 deaths and cases
Discussion: HuffPost and Palmer Report
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Ormseth / Los Angeles Times:
Northern California official ousted after saying elderly, ill, homeless should be left to die in pandemic
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
The New Great Depression Is Coming. Will There Be a New New Deal?
Trump's national security adviser out of sight in coronavirus response
Discussion: Raw Story
Declan Walsh / New York Times:
Filmmaker Who Mocked Egypt's President Dies in Prison
John Koetsier / Forbes:
Apple Data Shows Shelter-In-Place Is Ending, Whether Governments Want It To Or Not