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Spicer began with an olive branch, calling on April Ryan first after his widely-criticized response to her questions yesterday. The takeaways:

  • On Nunes and the Russia probe: Looking into Nunes' controversial White House visit would be a "slippery slope" because it could be viewed as interfering with his investigation, said Spicer. "We're damned if we do, damned if we don't."
  • On working with Dems on health care: "There's a balancing" act to add votes without compromising main components, but not impossible.
  • Trump's renewed sense of optimism on health care: The president "was having a little bit of fun" in saying there would be an "easy deal" on health care. But there will be "consequences" for Republicans who refused to back the bill.
  • Trump the peacemaker: "There used to be a time that you could sit down and share a meal together" he says of Dems who declined a WH dinner invite.

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  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 7 p.m. ET: 3,297,501— Total deaths: 135,155 — Total recoveries: 1,006,326 — Total tested: 40,282,176Map.
  3. States: Florida smashes single-day record for new coronavirus cases with over 15,000 — NYC reports zero coronavirus deaths for first time since pandemic hit.
  4. Public health: Ex-FDA chief projects "apex" of South's coronavirus curve in 2-3 weeks — Coronavirus testing czar: Lockdowns in hotspots "should be on the table"
  5. Education: Betsy DeVos says schools that don't reopen shouldn't get federal funds — Pelosi accuses Trump of "messing with the health of our children."

Scoop: How the White House is trying to trap leakers

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President Trump's chief of staff, Mark Meadows, has told several White House staffers he's fed specific nuggets of information to suspected leakers to see if they pass them on to reporters — a trap that would confirm his suspicions. "Meadows told me he was doing that," said one former White House official. "I don't know if it ever worked."

Why it matters: This hunt for leakers has put some White House staffers on edge, with multiple officials telling Axios that Meadows has been unusually vocal about his tactics. So far, he's caught only one person, for a minor leak.

11 GOP congressional nominees support QAnon conspiracy

Lauren Boebert posing in her restaurant in Rifle, Colorado, on April 24. Photo: Emily Kask/AFP

At least 11 Republican congressional nominees have publicly supported or defended the QAnon conspiracy theory movement or some of its tenets — and more aligned with the movement may still find a way onto ballots this year.

Why it matters: Their progress shows how a fringe online forum built on unsubstantiated claims and flagged as a threat by the FBI is seeking a foothold in the U.S. political mainstream.