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Associated Press:
Reade: 'I didn't use sexual harassment' in Biden complaint  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Tara Reade, the former Senate staffer who alleges Joe Biden sexually assaulted her 27 years ago, says she filed a limited report with a congressional personnel office that did not explicitly accuse him of sexual assault or harassment.
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Penny Starr / Breitbart:
AP Admits Not Reporting, Deleting Tara Reade 2019 Interview Detailing Charges Against Joe Biden
Julie Bykowicz / Wall Street Journal:
Tara Reade Isn't Ready to Respond to Biden Sexual-Harrassment Denial
Discussion: The Hill
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:   Tara Reade says ‘creepy’ voice messages, online harassment targeting her, family
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.
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.”
Discussion: Althouse, New York Post and fox8.com
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William Feuer / CNBC:
The US just reported its deadliest day for coronavirus patients as states reopen, according to WHO  — The U.S. saw 2,909 people die of Covid-19 in 24 hours, according to the data, which was collected as of 4 a.m. ET on Friday.  — That's the highest daily death toll in the U.S. yet based …
Discussion: The Hill and Quartz
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 …
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.
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: Vox, Digby's Hullabaloo and Power Line
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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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
Jay Greene / Washington Post:
The billionaire who cried pandemic  —  Few listened when Bill Gates warned of a pathogen-based outbreak five years ago.  Now, he's pushing science-based solutions to return to normalcy.  —  SEATTLE — As the coronavirus pandemic rapidly spread across the United States in March …
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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 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 …
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.
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.
Morgan Gstalter / The Hill:
Auschwitz Museum condemns Nazi slogan at ‘Re-open Illinois’ protest  —  The Auschwitz Museum and Memorial condemned a protester who brought a sign featuring the Nazi slogan “Arbeit macht frei” to a rally against Illinois's stay-at-home orders.  —  The museum's official Twitter account responded …
Washington Post:
Excess U.S. deaths hit estimated 37,100 in pandemic's early days, far more than previously known  —  New analysis of six-week period shows 13,500 more deaths than are now attributed to covid-19 as updated federal data reveals added details on the broad toll
Christopher Ingraham / Washington Post:
There's a more accurate way to compare coronavirus deaths to the flu  —  If we measure flu mortality the same way we count covid-19 deaths, the picture becomes very stark  —  Months into the coronavirus pandemic, some politicians and pundits continue to promote ham-handed comparisons between covid-19 …
Discussion: Power Line
Ayesha Rascoe / NPR:
Trump Received Intelligence Briefings On Coronavirus Twice In January  —  President Trump twice received intelligence briefings on the coronavirus in January, according to a White House official.  The official tells NPR the briefings occurred on Jan. 23 and Jan. 28.
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: Daily Kos
Politico:
Fears rise that Trump will incite a global vaccine brawl  —  The president's ‘America First’ philosophy courts disaster for entire regions of the world, diplomats warn.  —  President Donald Trump visits the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on March 6 in Atlanta.  Alex Brandon/AP Photo
Wall Street Journal:
Coronavirus Kills People an Average of a Decade Before Their Time, Studies Find  —  Research, which can help governments assess economic cost of lockdowns, shows Covid-19 isn't merely hastening the end for the already ill  —  People dying of Covid-19 could have expected to live on average …
 
 
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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
National Review:
The Flynn Case Is a Travesty
Robert T. Garrett / Dallas Morning News:
Texans wary of flying because of coronavirus, cautious about in-person shopping, Dallas News-UT Tyler poll shows
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
One Death Is a Tragedy. 60,000 Deaths Are a Great Success.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Raw Story
Jenny Gross / New York Times:
Colorado Paramedic Who Came to Help New York Dies From Covid-19
Nicole Acevedo / NBC News:
Violent clash over coronavirus tests at ICE detention center in Massachusetts, 3 sent to hospital
Discussion: WPRI-TV
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Trump campaign divided over how to attack Biden amid worries over troubling poll numbers
Discussion: Raw Story
Orion Rummler / Axios:
Former President Bush urges unity to overcome the coronavirus
Discussion: Politico, New York Times and HuffPost
Bronson Stocking / Townhall:
Twitter Just Suspended Candace Owens for a Really Dumb Reason
Discussion: Mediaite
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Secret to Making a Liberal Argument Sound Dumb: Pretending Trump Doesn't Exist
Casey Cep / New Yorker:
We Can't Afford to Lose the Postal Service
Christina Carrega / ABC News:
Mississippi governor reconsiders reopening state after its largest spike of COVID-19 deaths and cases
Discussion: HuffPost and Palmer Report
New York Times:
Masked or Not, Mike Pence Keeps the Peace With a Poker Face
Associated Press:
AP: Most states fall short of coronavirus testing thresholds