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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 …
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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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
Zachary Basu / Axios:
Pompeo says there's “enormous evidence” coronavirus originated in Wuhan lab
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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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John Hanna / Associated Press:
Biden wins Kansas primary conducted with all-mail balloting
Discussion: The Hill
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
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.
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
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Joe Says It Ain't So  —  With partisan goggles, we plunge back into the muck.  —  WASHINGTON — One of my quarantine diversions was revisiting the first season of “Mad Men,” where women in the workplace were sexual playthings and where a young woman's assay at writing ad copy was so unorthodox that it was …
Discussion: Althouse, IJR and Mediaite
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Julie Bykowicz / Wall Street Journal:
Tara Reade Isn't Ready to Respond to Biden Sexual-Harrassment Denial
Discussion: Washington Examiner and 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
NBC News:
Biden accuser Tara Reade ‘not sure’ what complaint she claims was filed with Senate says
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.”
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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
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 …
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
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
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.
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: Politico and The Hill
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: abc7NY, Vox and Digby's Hullabaloo
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
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
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.
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
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 …
Discussion: Vogue
 
 
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Sarah Cammarata / Politico:
Birx decries Michigan protests: It's ‘devastatingly worrisome’
Discussion: The Hill
ABC News:
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Steven Erlanger / New York Times:
Global Backlash Builds Against China Over Coronavirus
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
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
National Review:
The Flynn Case Is a Travesty
 Earlier Items: 
Wall Street Journal:
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Robert T. Garrett / Dallas Morning News:
Texans wary of flying because of coronavirus, cautious about in-person shopping, Dallas News-UT Tyler poll shows
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
Ayesha Rascoe / NPR:
Trump Received Intelligence Briefings On Coronavirus Twice In January
Washington Post:
Excess U.S. deaths hit estimated 37,100 in pandemic's early days, far more than previously known
William Feuer / CNBC:
The US just reported its deadliest day for coronavirus patients as states reopen, according to WHO
Discussion: The Hill and Quartz