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8:40 PM ET, April 7, 2020

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Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Why Wisconsin Republicans Insisted on an Election in a Pandemic  —  Mask-wearing voters in endless lines.  Five polling places instead of 180.  Voting amid the coronavirus crisis is full of challenges — and connected to G.O.P. efforts to limit who gets a ballot in the state.
Discussion: The American Independent and Axios
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Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Rulings on Wisconsin Election Raise Questions About Judicial Partisanship  —  Some legal scholars said the decisions by the state and U.S. supreme courts could undermine confidence in the rule of law.  Others said they were the product of judicial philosophy, not partisanship.
Discussion: The Atlantic
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
They Turned Out to Vote in Wisconsin During a Health Crisis. Here's Why.
Discussion: Washington Post
NBC News:
Coronavirus has ignited a battle over voting by mail. Here's why it's so controversial.
Discussion: The Nation, HuffPost and CNN
Hannah Bleau / Breitbart:
Bernie Sanders Rages over Wisconsin Election: It ‘May Very Well Prove Deadly’
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
In Tuesday's Wisconsin primary, Republicans will literally kill you to win an election
Kamil Krzaczynski / Agence France-Presse:   Defiant Wisconsin holds election during virus crisis
Benjamin Swasey / NPR:
Long Lines, Masks And Plexiglas Barriers Greet Wisconsin Voters At Polls
Discussion: Daily Kos and wabe.org
New York Times:
Trump Has a New Press Secretary Who Knows How to Defend Him  —  Kayleigh McEnany, his campaign spokeswoman, replaces Stephanie Grisham, who had the job for nine months, and will return to Melania Trump's staff.  —  WASHINGTON — In President Trump's early days in the White House …
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CNN:
Grisham out as West Wing press secretary without having held a briefing  —  (CNN)White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham is leaving the job without ever having briefed the press.  CNN has learned she is returning to the East Wing as first lady Melania Trump's chief of staff …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
‘Trump Has Never Lied’: New Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany's Long History of Bullshit and Lies  —  Along her rise to a White House gig, Trump's newest press secretary perfected the art of MAGA nonsense with a veritable greatest hits of bonkers claims.  —  After just 10 months on the job …
Discussion: The Hill
CNN:
New White House press secretary downplayed pandemic threat and said Democrats were rooting for coronavirus
Discussion: Raw Story
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Lara Seligman / Politico:
Acting Navy secretary resigns over handling of virus-stricken aircraft carrier  —  Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned on Tuesday following an uproar over a profanity-laced address to the crew of the coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt on Sunday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced.
Paul Szoldra / Task & Purpose:
Acting Navy Secretary Modly resigns  —  Modly is officially out.  —  Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly resigned Tuesday after traveling nearly 8,000 miles to Guam to berate thousands of sailors on Monday, later saying he stood “by every word,” and then subsequently apologizing …
Washington Post:
Acting Navy secretary resigns after insulting aircraft carrier's ousted captain
Discussion: Mother Jones and New York Post
CNBC:
Acting Navy secretary quits after he ripped captain pleading for help over coronavirus
Politico:
Trump removes independent watchdog for coronavirus funds, upending oversight panel  —  President Donald Trump has upended the panel of federal watchdogs overseeing implementation of the $2 trillion coronavirus law, tapping a replacement for the Pentagon official who was supposed to lead the effort.
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Trump removes inspector general who was to oversee $2 trillion stimulus spending  —  President Trump has removed the chairman of the federal panel Congress created to oversee his administration's management of the $2 trillion stimulus package.  —  Glenn Fine, who had been the acting …
Paul D. Shinkman / US News:
Democratic Lawmakers Blast Trump's Removal of Coronavirus Watchdog
Discussion: The Hill, Mother Jones and GovExec.com
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Schiff demands that Grenell explain Trump's purge of inspectors general  —  Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, sent a letter to the acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell on Tuesday demanding he turn over documents explaining his management …
Discussion: CyberScoop
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's purge is about to get much worse. Schiff just sent up a flare.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Garrett M. Graff / Politico:   Trump Broke the Agencies That Were Supposed To Stop the Covid-19 Epidemic
Kyle Cheney / Politico:   Schiff says acting DNI Grenell improperly overhauling intel community
Gwynne Hogan / Gothamist:
Staggering Surge Of NYers Dying In Their Homes Suggests City Is Undercounting Coronavirus Fatalities  —  If you die at home from the coronavirus, there's a good chance you won't be included in the official death toll, because of a discrepancy in New York City's reporting process.
Lis Smith / Vanity Fair:
“Go Everywhere”: How Dr. Anthony Fauci's Media Strategy Is Revolutionizing Coronavirus Messaging  —  The strategic playbook for political communications is being remastered in the most unlikely of places: Donald Trump's White House.  No, not by the president during his highly rated, often bizarre media briefings.
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
New Zealand isn't just flattening the curve.  It's squashing it.  —  HAVELOCK NORTH, New Zealand — It's been less than two weeks since New Zealand imposed a coronavirus lockdown so strict that swimming at the beach and hunting in bushland were banned.  They're not essential activities …
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox News
Luke O'Brien / HuffPost:
The Far-Right Helped Create The World's Most Powerful Facial Recognition Technology  —  Clearview AI, which has alarmed privacy experts, hired several far-right employees, a HuffPost investigation found.  —  Advanced facial recognition technology poses a mortal threat to privacy.
Discussion: Raw Story
Marshall Allen / ProPublica:
A Nurse Bought Protective Supplies for Her Colleagues Using GoFundMe.  The Hospital Suspended Her.  —  She raised more than $12,000 to buy and distribute protective gear for her colleagues, who say they felt inadequately protected against COVID-19.  How a confrontation in one of the nation's …
Mike Baker / New York Times:
A ‘Liberty’ Rebellion in Idaho Threatens to Undermine Coronavirus Orders  —  Even some public officials have challenged social-distancing requirements, calling them assaults on the Constitution.  One group wants to gather up to 1,000 people for Easter.  —  SANDPOINT, Idaho …
Gary Fineout / Politico:
Florida election officials sound the alarm ahead of November  —  TALLAHASSEE — Election supervisors in Florida warned Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday that he needs to change the law to give them more flexibility to avoid a presidential election meltdown in the nation's biggest swing state.
Discussion: electionlawblog.org
Frances Martel / Breitbart:
Report: Wuhan Funeral Homes Burned Coronavirus Victims Alive  —  Locals in Wuhan, where the Chinese coronavirus pandemic originated, have heard screams coming from funeral home furnaces, and some treated in hospitals say they saw workers put living coronavirus patients in body bags, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on Monday.
Discussion: RFA and The Daily Caller
Associated Press:
‘A lot of pain.’ NY has biggest 1-day jump in virus deaths  —  NEW YORK (AP) — New York state recorded 731 new coronavirus deaths Tuesday, marking the biggest one-day jump in the outbreak, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  —  The state's death toll since the beginning of the outbreak is now 5,489 deaths.
Discussion: Florida Politics and Fox News
Robert Faturechi / ProPublica:
Senate Intel Chair Sold Dutch Fertilizer Stock in 2018, Right Before a Collapse  —  The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr, sold off almost $47,000 dollars worth of shares in a small Dutch fertilizer company in 2018, just weeks before its stock began a sharp 40% collapse.
Discussion: Law & Crime
Miami Herald:
‘Flu-like’ data might help track coronavirus spread.  Why did Florida stop publishing it?  —  Flu season normally winds down in Florida as March turns to April.  This year was no exception — but with an alarming anomaly.  While positive flu tests declined as expected …
Discussion: Florida Politics and WFLA-TV
ABC News:
Disaster in motion: Where flights from coronavirus-ravaged countries landed in US  —  Thousands of flights came into US as coronavirus raged.  —  An ABC News joint investigation with its owned television stations sheds new light on the likely flow of the coronavirus from global hotspots …
NBC News:
Key Trump coronavirus task force must work at home after positive COVID-19 test  —  The positive test for coronavirus, announced in an email to Federal Emergency Management Agency staff Monday night, will empty the supply chain war room.  —  A critical White House unit that is getting …
Discussion: Axios, The Hill, POLITICUSUSA and Mediaite
Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
There has to be a more balanced course on coronavirus than the one we're on now  —  So if you've been sick, you know that intensive care is not something that doctors recommend lightly.  Boris Johnson is clearly in danger, and that's a bad sign.  —  Johnson is in his mid-50s and hale enough to lead a country.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Niall Ferguson / Globe and Mail:
Let's Zoom Xi.  He has questions to answer  —  Niall Ferguson is the Milbank Family senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford  —  In Liu Cixin's extraordinary science-fiction novel The Three-Body Problem, China recklessly creates, then ingeniously solves, an existential threat to humanity …
 
 
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Victoria McGrane / The Boston Globe:
Ed Markey falling short of signatures ahead of May deadline
Miami Herald:
Inside Florida's frenzied, failed dash to dole out $600 million in no-bid mask deals
Discussion: Florida Politics
Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
Bankers plead with Trump: Fix small business rescue plan
John Anderer / Study Finds:
Study: Air Pollution May Play Role In Italy's High Coronavirus Death Rate
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Calls to US helpline jump 891%, as White House is warned of mental health crisis
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Today is Bernie Sanders' last meaningful day as a presidential candidate
Discussion: National Review and VTDigger
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Republican resolution calls for defunding WHO until Dr. Tedros resigns
Discussion: Associated Press and Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Sen. Schumer proposes $25,000 ‘heroes’ pay for frontline workers
Discussion: Daily Kos
Joshua Goodman / Associated Press:
Sex. Drugs. Virus. Venezuela elites still party in pandemic
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
What America Needs Next: A Biden National Unity Cabinet
Robert A. Cronkleton / Kansas City Star:
COVID-19 update: Truckers warn supply chain in jeopardy; confusion reigns on shutdown
Beth LeBlanc / Detroit News:
734 Henry Ford workers test positive for COVID-19; Beaumont has 1,500 ill employees
Discussion: Washington Post
Eliza Barclay / Vox:
The US doesn't just need to flatten the curve. It needs to “raise the line.”