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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.
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Julie Bykowicz / Wall Street Journal:
Tara Reade Isn't Ready to Respond to Biden Sexual-Harrassment Denial
Discussion: The Hill
Penny Starr / Breitbart:
AP Admits Not Reporting, Deleting Tara Reade 2019 Interview Detailing Charges Against Joe Biden
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:   Tara Reade says ‘creepy’ voice messages, online harassment targeting her, family
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.
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
The Coronavirus Becomes a Battle Cry for U.S. Extremists  —  White supremacists seek to stoke the fear and disruption caused by the pandemic to push their agenda and to recruit.  —  America's extremists are attempting to turn the coronavirus pandemic into a potent recruiting tool …
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: New York Post, Slate, Althouse and fox8.com
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Associated Press:
Sidelined by pandemic, Trump campaign turns to digital shows  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The streaming video began and, within minutes, the president's eldest son was musing that Osama bin Laden had endorsed Joe Biden.  —  Subtle, it was not.  Welcome to the Trump campaign, digital edition.
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Washington Post:
Trump campaign divided over how to attack Biden amid worries over troubling poll numbers
Discussion: Raw Story
Jay Greene / Washington Post:
The billionaire who cried pandemic  —  Few listened when Bill Gates warned of a pathogen-based outbreak five years ago.  Now, he's pushing science-based solutions to return to normalcy.  —  SEATTLE — As the coronavirus pandemic rapidly spread across the United States in March …
Discussion: Scripting News
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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: The Hill and Quartz
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.
Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs / New York Times:
Anti-Vaccination Activists Are Growing Force at Virus Protests  —  Public health experts fear that their messaging could further harm the country's response to the pandemic.  —  The protest on Friday in Sacramento urging California's governor to reopen the state resembled the rallies …
John Harwood / CNN:
The big problem coronavirus poses for White House economists  —  Another 3.8 million Americans file for unemployment benefits  —  (CNN)The numbers evoke the worst economic nightmares in American history.  But White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett freely admits he can't map the path out.
David Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
What the Coronavirus Models Can't See  —  We're committed to keeping our readers informed. … On April 20, less than two weeks ago, Donald Trump predicted the ultimate coronavirus death toll would be between 50,000 and 60,000 Americans.  The prediction was strategic …
Discussion: Vox and Digby's Hullabaloo
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Endangered Republicans keeping distance from Trump  —  As the president's numbers slip, Republicans are recalibrating their strategy for winning in tough times.  —  At the end of a recent column, I argued that the odds of a Democratic blowout in this November's election were now as likely as a Trump victory.
Discussion: Washington Post and Daily Kos
Politico:
Fears rise that Trump will incite a global vaccine brawl  —  When global leaders gathered virtually last month at the behest of the World Health Organization to commit to distributing a future coronavirus vaccine in an internationally equitable way, the United States didn't join in.
Discussion: France 24 and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Maryland cancels $12.5 million PPE contract with firm started by GOP operatives  —  The state of Maryland on Saturday terminated a $12.5 million contract for personal protective equipment with a firm started this spring by two well-connected Republican operatives.
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Wall Street Journal:
Maryland Cancels Big Coronavirus-Mask Order
Discussion: Axios
Miami Herald:
Biden, Warren: There's no oversight of coronavirus relief — because that's what Trump wants  —  Sixty-four thousand dead.  Thirty million people out of work.  Small businesses collapsing.  Communities of color hit exceptionally hard.  —  Even the most ideological conservatives …
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.
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Jeanna Smialek / New York Times:
Hotel Group Will Return Tens of Millions in Small Business Loans
Discussion: The Hill
Evan Osnos / New Yorker:
How Greenwich Republicans Learned to Love Trump  —  To understand the President's path to the 2020 election, look at what he has provided the country's executive class.  —  Prescott Bush, the father and grandfather of future Presidents, was the eight-time club champion on the golf course …
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.
Jack Arnholz / ABC News:
Ohio governor says his face mask order went ‘too far’  —  On May 11, consumer and retail stores in Ohio will be allowed to reopen.  —  Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Sunday that a statewide order mandating face masks be worn in stores went “too far.”  —  “It became clear to me that that was just a bridge too far.
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
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 …
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.
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
 
 
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Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Global Backlash Builds Against China Over Coronavirus
USA Today:
‘Our patients are dropping like flies’: 16,000 dead from COVID-19 in U.S. nursing homes
Discussion: HuffPost
Reuters:
Phoning it in: Pandemic forces Supreme Court to hear cases in a new way
Arizona Republic:
These Arizona sheriffs say they won't enforce governor's stay-at-home order.  But they don't expect a free-for-all
Discussion: Townhall
National Review:
The Flynn Case Is a Travesty
Wall Street Journal:
Coronavirus Kills People an Average of a Decade Before Their Time, Studies Find
Robert T. Garrett / Dallas Morning News:
Texans wary of flying because of coronavirus, cautious about in-person shopping, Dallas News-UT Tyler poll shows
 Earlier Items: 
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
One Death Is a Tragedy. 60,000 Deaths Are a Great Success.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Raw Story
Jenny Gross / New York Times:
Colorado Paramedic Who Came to Help New York Dies From Covid-19
Nicole Acevedo / NBC News:
Violent clash over coronavirus tests at ICE detention center in Massachusetts, 3 sent to hospital
Discussion: WPRI-TV
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Secret to Making a Liberal Argument Sound Dumb: Pretending Trump Doesn't Exist
Washington Post:
Excess U.S. deaths hit estimated 37,100 in pandemic's early days, far more than previously known
Casey Cep / New Yorker:
We Can't Afford to Lose the Postal Service
New York Times:
Masked or Not, Mike Pence Keeps the Peace With a Poker Face