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5:30 PM ET, May 3, 2020


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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: Balloon Juice
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 …
Kelly Mena / CNN:
Biden says vice presidential committee ‘looking at more than a dozen women’
Discussion: The Hill
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Kudlow defends claiming U.S. had coronavirus “contained” in February  —  White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow defended his claim on Feb. 25 that the U.S. had “contained” the coronavirus “pretty close to airtight,” arguing on CNN's “State of the Union” Sunday that his comments were “based on the actual facts” at the time.
Discussion: The Hill, NPR and Politico
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Pompeo says there's “enormous evidence” coronavirus originated in Wuhan lab  —  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on ABC's “This Week” Sunday that there's “enormous evidence” to support the theory that the coronavirus originated in the Wuhan Institute of Virology, not a nearby wildlife market.
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Cuomo announces 7-state consortium for buying PPE
Discussion: Politico and The Mahablog
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
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.
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Tara Reade says ‘creepy’ voice messages, online harassment targeting her, family
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
Discussion: CNN, Mother Jones, Daily Kos and NBC News
Steve Geimann / Bloomberg:
Pompeo Says ‘Enormous Evidence’ Connects Virus to Wuhan Lab  — Top diplomat stops short of calling Covid-19 virus man-made  — Comments as Trump, aides sharpen criticism of Beijing  —  U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said “enormous evidence” shows the novel coronavirus outbreak began …
Discussion: Raw Story and HuffPost
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 5-3-20: Mike Pompeo, Gov. Mike DeWine, Ronna McDaniel, Tom Perez
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 …
Sarah Cammarata / Politico:
Birx decries Michigan protests: It's ‘devastatingly worrisome’  —  “They will feel guilty for the rest of our lives.”  —  White House coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx.  Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, said on Sunday she found it …
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Birx says protesters not practicing social distancing are ‘devastatingly worrisome’
Alex Thompson / Politico:
The Biden campaign faces a mind-boggling challenge: How to make Joe go viral  —  How does a campaign take a 77-year-old man — who admits he needs his granddaughter's help with his cellphone and pitches himself as sober and reasonable — and make him go viral?
Associated Press:   Sidelined by pandemic, Trump campaign turns to digital shows
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, Slate and
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.
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: The Hill, Politico and
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Ohio governor says face mask requirement in stores was “a bridge too far”
Discussion: Breitbart and Politico
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 …
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
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
Sarah Maslin Nir / New York Times:
Therapists and Patients Find Common Ground: Virus-Fueled Anxiety  —  Therapists in New York must deal with a parade of coronavirus-fueled anxieties, from their patients and from themselves.  —  On a good day, New York City is awash in its neuroses, a tightly wound place where a wide assortment …
Financial Times:
Cost of vaccinating billions against Covid-19 put at more than $20bn  —  Sum far exceeds $8bn fundraising target at upcoming EU-led donors' conference  —  The cost to immunise people around the world against coronavirus is likely to exceed $20bn, far surpassing the initial fundraising target …
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 …
Reuters:   Phoning it in: Pandemic forces Supreme Court to hear cases in a new way
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Matt Schudel / Washington Post:
Richard F. Fenno Jr., preeminent scholar of Congress, dies at 93
David R. Lurie / The Daily Beast:
How Trump and the GOP Just Might ‘Liberate’ You to Death
Discussion: Raw Story
John Hanna / Associated Press:
Biden wins Kansas primary conducted with all-mail balloting
Discussion: The Hill
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Global Backlash Builds Against China Over Coronavirus
Discussion: Econlib and Washington Post
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
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
 Earlier Items: 
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
National Review:
The Flynn Case Is a Travesty
Wall Street Journal:
Coronavirus Kills People an Average of a Decade Before Their Time, Studies Find
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
There's a more accurate way to compare coronavirus deaths to the flu
Discussion: Power Line
Washington Post:
Maryland cancels $12.5 million PPE contract with firm started by GOP operatives
Discussion: The Hill and Wall Street Journal