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3:40 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
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: NPR, Politico and The Hill
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
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
Julie Bykowicz / Wall Street Journal:
Tara Reade Isn't Ready to Respond to Biden Sexual-Harrassment Denial
Discussion: Washington Examiner and The Hill
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: NBC News and Raw Story
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.
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 …
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
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’
Discussion: Axios, Breitbart and IJR
Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
DNC Chair Tom Perez compares Biden sexual assault allegation to ‘Hillary emails’  —  The RNC and DNC chairs appear on ABC's “This Week.”  —  Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez addressed the accusation of sexual assault against the party's presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden …
ABC News:
‘This Week’ Transcript 5-3-20: Mike Pompeo, Gov. Mike DeWine, Ronna McDaniel, Tom Perez
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Joe Says It Ain't So  —  With partisan goggles, we plunge back into the muck.
Discussion: Althouse and IJR
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 …
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.
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: and The Hill
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
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
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.
David R. Lurie / The Daily Beast:
How Trump and the GOP Just Might ‘Liberate’ You to Death  —  Trump and Bill Barr and Mitch McConnell aren't just urging states to reopen.  They're finding ways to reward states that do and punish states that don't.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  In the beginning, Donald Trump said “I alone” can fix everything.
Discussion: 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.
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, and Politico
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
The Rest of the World Is Laughing at Trump  —  The president created a leadership vacuum.  China intends to fill it.  —  Staff writer at The Atlantic  —  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 …
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
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: HuffPost
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Matt Schudel / Washington Post:
Richard F. Fenno Jr., preeminent scholar of Congress, dies at 93
Associated Press:
Sidelined by pandemic, Trump campaign turns to digital shows
Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Global Backlash Builds Against China Over Coronavirus
Discussion: Econlib and Washington Post
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
Jay Greene / Washington Post:
The billionaire who cried pandemic
Discussion: Scripting News
New York Times:
Profits and Pride at Stake, the Race for a Vaccine Intensifies
 Earlier Items: 
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
Harry Siegel / New York Daily News:
Our city, unmasked: Imagining New York, for worse and better, after the coronavirus pandemic
Discussion: Vogue
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
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
She Predicted the Coronavirus. What Does She Foresee Next?