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2:30 PM ET, April 7, 2020

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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 …
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Has a New Press Secretary: Kayleigh McEnany, a Campaign Spokeswoman  —  She replaces Stephanie Grisham, who had the job for nine months, and will return to Melania Trump's staff.  —  Stephanie Grisham, the White House press secretary, is rejoining the staff of Melania Trump …
Joe Concha / The Hill:
ABC's Karl shuns responding to Trump's personal attacks: 'It's not what matters'  —  Jonathan Karl, chief White House correspondent for ABC News, says he doesn't want to engage in a “personal back-and-forth” with President Trump, arguing “it's not what matters.”
Discussion: Raw Story
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
They Turned Out to Vote in Wisconsin During a Health Crisis.  Here's Why.  —  Voters in Milwaukee and across the state braved long lines and a risk of illness, but many said they wanted their voices to be heard.  But for some, the potential health risk was too great.
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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.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Next Coronavirus Bill Is Democrats' Last Chance to Ensure a Fair Election  —  As House Democrats set to work on the next round of economic relief legislation, they face a more urgent choice than they seem to realize.  If they send that bill to President Trump without measures guaranteeing …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:   Wisconsin shows the fragility of democracy
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
The Supreme Court's disturbing order to effectively disenfranchise thousands of Wisconsin voters
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Adviser Peter Navarro Warned of Coronavirus Pandemic in January  —  A memo from Peter Navarro is the most direct warning known to have circulated at a key moment among top administration officials.  —  A top White House adviser starkly warned Trump administration officials in late January …
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New York Times:
Trump's Aggressive Advocacy of Malaria Drug for Treating Coronavirus Divides Medical Community  —  While Dr. Anthony Fauci has urged caution in using hydroxychloroquine, some doctors are prescribing it to patients who have the virus despite the fact it has never been tested for it.
Axios:
Navarro memos warning of mass coronavirus death circulated in January  —  In late January, President Trump's economic adviser Peter Navarro warned his White House colleagues the novel coronavirus could take more than half a million American lives and cost close to $6 trillion, according to memos obtained by Axios.
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Trump Has ‘Financial Interest’ in Hydroxychloroquine Manufacturer: NYT
Discussion: Raw Story
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: Scoop: Trump's ‘shadow coronavirus czar’ will now advise Larry Hogan
Discussion: The Hill
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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 …
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Trump Ousts Pandemic Spending Watchdog Known for Independence
Discussion: Bloomberg
Tony Bertuca / InsideDefense.com:
Trump orders DOD watchdog sidelined
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: MLB, union focused on plan that could allow season to start as early as May in Arizona  —  Major League Baseball and its players are increasingly focused on a plan that could allow them to start the season as early as May and has the support of high-ranking federal public health officials …
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
Phillip M. Bailey / Courier-Journal:
McConnell campaign announces ‘record-breaking’ fundraising haul despite COVID-19 pandemic  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's money machine didn't let a global pandemic stop it from breaking campaign cash records entering the 2020 reelection season.
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Wall Street Journal:
McConnell Says Small-Business Loan Program Needs More Funding
Discussion: Axios and One America News Network
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.
Vox:
The US doesn't just need to flatten the curve.  It needs to “raise the line.”  —  How everybody can do their part to help doctors fight coronavirus, in one chart.  —  Covid-19 deaths in the US have risen dramatically, and experts warn the coming days and weeks will be extremely grim.
David Frum / The Atlantic:
This Is Trump's Fault  —  “I don't take responsibility at all,” said President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden on March 13.  Those words will probably end up as the epitaph of his presidency, the single sentence that sums it all up.  —  Trump now fancies himself a “wartime president.”
Discussion: Law & Crime and Wired
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 …
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
The Real Point of Trump's Coronavirus Press Conferences  —  When she finishes her 12-hour shift in the intensive-care unit at Riverside Community Hospital, Katherine Montanino stuffs her clothes into a dirty-linen bag and swaps out her soiled shoes for a fresh pair.  Arriving home, she takes a shower before she hugs her family.
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: Mediaite and The Hill
NBC News:
U.S. reports 1,200 coronavirus deaths in one day as China lifts lockdown  —  Nation's top infectious diseases expert said he is “cautiously optimistic” that worst projections may be avoided “if we keep our foot on the accelerator.”  —  At the start of what is expected to be the deadliest week …
Discussion: National Review and Twitchy
Emilio Casalicchio / Politico:
Who's running Britain?  —  LONDON — With Boris Johnson in intensive care with COVID-19, someone needs to look after Britain.  —  Famed for its unwritten and bendable constitution, the U.K. does not have in its chain of command any clear instructions or precedent for what happens if the prime minister becomes incapacitated.
Public Policy Polling:
JBE Outpaces Trump by 43 Points on Virus Handling  —  PPP's newest survey in Louisiana finds John Bel Edwards running 43 points ahead of Donald Trump on his handling of the coronavirus in the state.  —  68% approve of the job Edwards is doing handling the virus to 16% who disapprove for a net rating of +52.
Discussion: Political Wire
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
John Lewis, once Trump target, backs Joe Biden for president  —  ATLANTA (AP) — Civil rights icon and Georgia Rep. John Lewis is backing Joe Biden for president, giving the prospective Democratic nominee perhaps his biggest symbolic endorsement among the many veteran black lawmakers who back his candidacy.
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Democrats propose $25,000 hazard-pay plan for essential workers  —  Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and other Democrats are proposing to give doctors, nurses and other essential workers, such as grocery-store clerks, up to $25,000 in hazard pay as part of the phase-four coronavirus relief bill.
Discussion: Associated Press, Politico and IJR
Rowena Mason / The Guardian:
Jewish leaders praise Keir Starmer for pledges on Labour antisemitism  —  New Labour leader wins praise after setting out steps party would take to tackle issue  —  Keir Starmer has been praised by Jewish leaders for achieving “in four days more than his predecessor in four years” …
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.
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Rand Paul recovers from coronavirus, tests negative  —  Sen. Rand Paul announced Tuesday that he has retested negative for COVID-19 after being diagnosed with the novel coronavirus and placing himself in self-quarantine last month.  —  “I appreciate all the best wishes I have received,” Paul, R-Ky., tweeted Tuesday.
Discussion: Politico
 
 
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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
Marshall Allen / ProPublica:
A Nurse Bought Protective Supplies for Her Colleagues Using GoFundMe. The Hospital Suspended Her.
Beth LeBlanc / Detroit News:
734 Henry Ford workers test positive for COVID-19; Beaumont has 1,500 ill employees
Roge Karma / Vox:
Michael Lewis explains how the Trump administration puts us all at risk of catastrophe
Discussion: Political Wire
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump's top health officials predict diminished coronavirus death toll
Discussion: National Review and Breitbart
 Earlier Items: 
Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
New Research Links Air Pollution to Higher Coronavirus Death Rates
Gabriel Schoenfeld / The Bulwark:
The Coronavirus Truther Elite
Richard Haass / Foreign Affairs:
The Pandemic Will Accelerate History Rather Than Reshape It
New York Times:
Black Americans Face Alarming Rates of Coronavirus Infection in Some States
Discussion: Washington Post
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Trump blew it — not the WHO, Fauci or the Jews
Discussion: Twitchy and The Times of Israel
Graham Gremore / Queerty:
Fox News is officially being sued for peddling coronavirus misinformation
Matthew Herper / STAT:
The U.S. gets a D- in the coronavirus fight. That stands for ‘disorganization,’ and it's fixable
Discussion: Raw Story