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1:40 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
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CBS News:
CBS News poll: Elizabeth Warren tops Democrats' wish list for Biden's vice president
Discussion: Political Wire, The Hill and Daily Kos
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.
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David Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
What the Coronavirus Models Can't See  —  We're committed to keeping our readers informed.
Discussion: abc7NY, Vox and Digby's Hullabaloo
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Got Dow 36,000 Author to Model the Coronavirus. It Didn't Go Well.
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
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: Politico
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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.
Discussion: Fox News and The Daily Caller
Steve Geimann / Bloomberg:
Pompeo Says ‘Enormous Evidence’ Connects Virus to Wuhan Lab
Discussion: HuffPost
John Hanna / Associated Press:
Biden wins Kansas primary conducted with all-mail balloting  —  TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Joe Biden has overwhelmingly won a Democratic presidential primary in Kansas that the state party conducted exclusively by mail because of the coronavirus pandemic.  —  The former vice president had been expected …
Discussion: The Hill
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Associated Press:   Sidelined by pandemic, Trump campaign turns to digital shows
Harry Enten / CNN:   How Trump has broken the polls
Washington Post:
Trump campaign divided over how to attack Biden amid worries over troubling poll numbers
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
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
CNN:
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: stillwater.org and The Hill
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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: Washington Examiner and The Hill
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Penny Starr / Breitbart:
AP Admits Not Reporting, Deleting Tara Reade 2019 Interview Detailing Charges Against Joe Biden
Discussion: The Hill, Axios and Just The News
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Tara Reade says ‘creepy’ voice messages, online harassment targeting her, family
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Quartz
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.
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: Vanity Fair, France 24 and Raw Story
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.
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.
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, The Hill and fox8.com
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
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  —  Two Arizona county sheriffs, one on the western edge of the state and another just south of Phoenix, say they won't enforce the stay-at-home order imposed by Gov. Doug Ducey …
Discussion: Townhall
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
 
 
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ABC News:
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Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Global Backlash Builds Against China Over Coronavirus
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Reuters:
Phoning it in: Pandemic forces Supreme Court to hear cases in a new way
Jay Greene / Washington Post:
The billionaire who cried pandemic
Discussion: Scripting News
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
Harry Siegel / New York Daily News:
Our city, unmasked: Imagining New York, for worse and better, after the coronavirus pandemic
Discussion: Vogue
Jenny Gross / New York Times:
Colorado Paramedic Who Came to Help New York Dies From Covid-19
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
Ayesha Rascoe / NPR:
Trump Received Intelligence Briefings On Coronavirus Twice In January
William Feuer / CNBC:
The US just reported its deadliest day for coronavirus patients as states reopen, according to WHO
Discussion: The Hill and Quartz