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8:55 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
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's purge is about to get much worse.  Schiff just sent up a flare.  —  After President Trump fired the inspector general of the intelligence community, he didn't bother disguising his true reason for doing so: Because that IG had conducted his lawful duties in a manner that resulted …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Schiff demands that Grenell explain Trump's purge of inspectors general
Discussion: CyberScoop
Kyle Cheney / Politico:   Schiff says acting DNI Grenell improperly overhauling intel community
Garrett M. Graff / Politico:   Trump Broke the Agencies That Were Supposed To Stop the Covid-19 Epidemic
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.
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.
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: The Daily Caller and RFA
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
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: Raw Story and electionlawblog.org
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 …
Victoria McGrane / The Boston Globe:
Ed Markey falling short of signatures ahead of May deadline  —  Harder to gather in-person support in coronavirus era  —  The e-mail subject line was notable for an incumbent United States senator: “Help get Ed on the ballot.”  —  That was the message the campaign of Edward J. Markey sent …
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 …
Ryan Parker / Hollywood Reporter:
Rosie O'Donnell Says She Visited Michael Cohen in Prison  —  “He looks good.  He looks thin.  He looks fit.  He looks rested,” she says of President Donald Trump's former personal attorney.  —  Rosie O'Donnell on Tuesday told Howard Stern she visited disgraced former attorney Michael Cohen …
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 …
Miami Herald:
Inside Florida's frenzied, failed dash to dole out $600 million in no-bid mask deals  —  When Florida belatedly realized last week that its COVID-19 problem was going to cascade into a statewide crisis, the state Division of Emergency Management embarked on a frantic, frenzied attempt to buy N95 masks …
Discussion: Florida Politics
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
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
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
'It's like nothing else': Klobuchar, husband talk about his battle with coronavirus  —  “It's one of the hardest, hardest things,” Klobuchar told NBC News in an exclusive interview about her family's ordeal.  —  Sen. Amy Klobuchar and her husband recounted the battle with coronavirus that landed …
Discussion: The Hill
 
 
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Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Hospitals say feds are seizing masks and other coronavirus supplies without a word
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Discussion: Task & Purpose
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
Niall Ferguson / Globe and Mail:
Let's Zoom Xi. He has questions to answer
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
Associated Press:
Sen. Schumer proposes $25,000 ‘heroes’ pay for frontline workers
Discussion: Daily Kos
 Earlier Items: 
Joshua Goodman / Associated Press:
Sex. Drugs. Virus. Venezuela elites still party in pandemic
Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
There has to be a more balanced course on coronavirus than the one we're on now
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Robert A. Cronkleton / Kansas City Star:
COVID-19 update: Truckers warn supply chain in jeopardy; confusion reigns on shutdown
Robert Faturechi / ProPublica:
Senate Intel Chair Sold Dutch Fertilizer Stock in 2018, Right Before a Collapse
Discussion: Law & Crime
Associated Press:
‘A lot of pain.’ NY has biggest 1-day jump in virus deaths
Discussion: Florida Politics and Fox News
Eliza Barclay / Vox:
The US doesn't just need to flatten the curve. It needs to “raise the line.”