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9:45 PM ET, May 3, 2020


 Top Items: 
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 …
Discussion: CNN and Balloon Juice
New York Times:
Why Biden's Choice of Running Mate Has Momentous Implications  —  Joe Biden has hinted that he might serve only one term if he wins.  That would set up a woman as the front-runner for 2024 and perhaps define the Democratic agenda for the next decade.  —  WASHINGTON — For decades …
CBS News:
CBS News poll: Elizabeth Warren tops Democrats' wish list for Biden's vice president  —  Economic expertise and crisis management skills are top qualities Democratic voters want to see in a vice-presidential pick for their party — even more so than executive or legislative experience …
Will Weissert / Associated Press:
DHS report: China hid virus' severity to hoard supplies  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. officials believe China covered up the extent of the coronavirus outbreak — and how contagious the disease is — to stock up on medical supplies needed to respond to it, intelligence documents show.
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:   DHS report accuses China of hiding coronavirus info so it could hoard supplies
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Kudlow defends claiming U.S. had coronavirus “contained” in February
Discussion: The Hill, NPR and Politico
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Cuomo announces 7-state consortium for buying PPE
Discussion: Politico and The Mahablog
Trump Says China Made ‘Horrible Mistake,’ Tried to Mask Outbreak
Discussion: Raw Story and HuffPost
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
The Rest of the World Is Laughing at Trump  —  It looks, at first, like one of a zillion unfunny video clips that now circulate on the internet: “Once Upon a Virus” features cheap animation, cheesy music, and sarcastic dialogue between China—represented by a Lego terra-cotta warrior with a low …
Sharyn Alfonsi / CBS News:
Doctor, nurse practitioner dipping into own pockets to provide rural health care in Texas  —  Texas' rural health care system may not have the budgets to survive the coronavirus pandemic.  60 Minutes met with a few of the people trying to make sure rural communities still receive care.
Dan Balz / Washington Post:
As Washington stumbled, governors stepped to the forefront  —  The history of the United States has generally been written with the states in a subordinate role or cast in a negative light — but no longer.  The story of America's confrontation with the coronavirus pandemic is one in which states and their governors have been dominant.
Shawn Langlois / MarketWatch:
Larry Kudlow gets testy after CNN airs video of him saying in February that the coronavirus was ‘contained’  —  Back in February, White House National Economic Council director Larry Kudlow announced that the coronavirus was “contained.”  In fact, it was “pretty close to airtight,” he claimed.
Discussion: HuffPost
New York Times:
The Covid-19 Riddle: Why Does the Virus Wallop Some Places and Spare Others?  —  Experts are trying to figure out why the coronavirus is so capricious.  The answers could determine how to best protect ourselves and how long we have to.  —  The coronavirus has killed so many people in Iran …
Lesley Stahl / CBS News:
Lesley Stahl shares her personal battle with coronavirus  —  “After two weeks at home in bed, weak, fighting pneumonia, and really scared, I went to the hospital.  I found an overworked, nearly overwhelmed staff.”  —  One of the rules of journalism is “Don't become part of the story.”
Discussion: The Hill
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Dinner organizer says Biden was not at 2008 event where he was accused of sexual harassment  —  A past organizer for Delaware's First State Gridiron Dinner now says Joe Biden did not attend the event in 2008, after a woman recently claimed the former vice president and senator sexually harassed her there, Fox News has learned.
Harry Enten / CNN:
How Trump has broken the polls  —  (CNN)Poll of the week: A new Ipsos/Reuters poll finds that former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by a 45% to 39% margin.  —  The Ipsos poll is just the latest to find Biden ahead.  He's never not been ahead in the polling average.
John Hanna / Associated Press:
Biden wins Kansas primary conducted with all-mail balloting
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 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Got Dow 36,000 Author to Model the Coronavirus.  It Didn't Go Well.  —  President Trump's habit of promising unrealistically low casualty counts is one of the more inexplicable unforced errors in the administration's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
David Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
What the Coronavirus Models Can't See  —  We're committed to keeping our readers informed.
Discussion: abc7NY, Digby's Hullabaloo and Vox
Sean Trende / Real Clear Politics:
Policy and Punditry Need to Adapt to New Virus Data  —  When we began our foray into quarantine seven weeks ago, there was a unifying and eminently sensible rationale behind it: “Bend the curve.”  The idea was this: If allowed to go unchecked, COVID-19 would overwhelm hospitals, leaving patients without beds.
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Why you shouldn't hold your breath for the next coronavirus stimulus bill  —  Don't expect fast action on the next coronavirus stimulus package, known on Capitol Hill as “phase 4.”  Senior sources in the Republican Senate conference tell me that most GOP senators want to wait a bit before passing another big aid bill.
Discussion: Fox News
Elizabeth Bruenig / New York Times:
Democrats, It's Time to Consider a Plan B  —  Tara Reade's allegations against Joe Biden demand action.  —  Ms. Bruenig is an Opinion writer.  —  If you're lucky when you report your sexual assault, you'll become known as a person who was sexually assaulted.
Meryl Kornfield / Washington Post:
Florida county's medical examiner begged officials to close beaches, internal emails reveal  —  Beaches in Florida's St. Johns County remained open to record crowds through most of March, despite mounting concerns raised by the county's medical examiner and residents.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump wants to replace FBI director Wray but may restrain himself during election year  —  President Trump is not happy with FBI director Christopher Wray and would love to replace him, according to three sources who've discussed the matter with the president.
New York Times:
Before Covid-19, Trump Aide Sought to Use Disease to Close Borders  —  The president's chief adviser on immigration, Stephen Miller, had long tried to halt migration based on public health, without success.  Then came the coronavirus.  —  From the early days of the Trump administration …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
Here's How We Can Deal With COVID-19 In Nursing Homes Right Away  —  At least 16,000 dead, shortages of gear and workers — and it doesn't have to be this way.  —  The first COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S. was at a Seattle-area nursing home, where 37 residents and staff died.
Discussion: USA Today
Fox News:
DOJ sides with church suing Virginia Gov. Northam after pastor who held 16-person service faced fine, jail  —  The Justice Department is siding with a Virginia church suing Gov. Ralph Northam after police threatened a pastor with jail time or a $2,500 fine for violating the state's coronavirus …
Discussion: Townhall and The Gateway Pundit
City's proclamation requiring face masks in stores and restaurants is amended after threats of violence  —  (CNN)An emergency proclamation issued Thursday in Stillwater, Oklahoma, requiring the use of face masks in stores and restaurants was amended Friday after threats of violence.
Discussion: New York Post, New York Times and Slate
Associated Press:
Faced with 20,000 dead, care homes seek shield from lawsuits  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Faced with 20,000 coronavirus deaths and counting, the nation's nursing homes are pushing back against a potential flood of lawsuits with a sweeping lobbying effort to get states to grant them emergency protection from claims of inadequate care.
Discussion: VICE
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court justices to hear oral arguments in history-making phone call  —  On the docket are cases involving Trump's taxes and the so-called “faithless elector.”  —  Supreme Court to hear some cases by phone for first time in history  —  WASHINGTON — After a two-month hiatus caused …
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Brianna Sacks / BuzzFeed News:
No, The CDC Did Not Revise Down The Number Of COVID-19 Deaths
Discussion: Raw Story
Joe Biden:
Statement by Vice President Joe Biden on World Press Freedom Day
Discussion: HuffPost
The Economist:
Smokers seem less likely than non-smokers to fall ill with covid-19
Discussion: New York Times and Instapundit
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
Therapists and Patients Find Common Ground: Virus-Fueled Anxiety
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Ohio governor says face mask requirement in stores was “a bridge too far”
Discussion: Breitbart and Politico
Financial Times:
Cost of vaccinating billions against Covid-19 put at more than $20bn
Alex Thompson / Politico:
The Biden campaign faces a mind-boggling challenge: How to make Joe go viral
David R. Lurie / The Daily Beast:
Republicans' Push for ‘Liberation’ Could Be a Death Sentence
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Sarah Cammarata / Politico:
Birx decries Michigan protests: It's ‘devastatingly worrisome’
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
John Harwood / CNN:
The big problem coronavirus poses for White House economists
Fears rise that Trump will incite a global vaccine brawl
Discussion: Vanity Fair and France 24
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
The Coronavirus Becomes a Battle Cry for U.S. Extremists
Discussion: Raw Story
Jay Greene / Washington Post:
The billionaire who cried pandemic
Discussion: Scripting News
Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs / New York Times:
Anti-Vaccination Activists Are Growing Force at Virus Protests
Discussion: Quartz