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2:55 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
Washington Post:
Stephanie Grisham out as White House press secretary after eight months during which she held no regular news briefings
Discussion: The Root
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.
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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.
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
Sam Levine / The Guardian:
Wisconsin voters go to the polls in controversial election
Discussion: Breitbart, Mother Jones and Slate
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
The Supreme Court's disturbing order to effectively disenfranchise thousands of Wisconsin voters
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Trump removes inspector general who was to oversee $2 trillion stimulus spending
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
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
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
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.
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.
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Agence France-Presse:   Britain's Johnson ‘stable’ in intensive care
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 …
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
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.
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, Townhall and Twitchy
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.
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
Andrew Tyndall / tyndall report posts:
COMMENTS: ABC Bets That Corona Crisis Is Muir's Moment  —  ABC World News Tonight, which was already the nation's most-watched newscast even before the coronavirus struck, has taken the opportunity provided by this major news story to revamp its format.  Anchor David Muir is more centrally in the spotlight than ever.
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
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
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
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Appeals court rejects block on Trump administration execution plans  —  An appeals court panel has voted, 2-1, to overturn an injunction against the Trump administration's plan to restart federal executions for the first time since 2003.  —  However, the three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court …
Discussion: Associated Press
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 …
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” …
Beth LeBlanc / Detroit News:
734 Henry Ford workers test positive for COVID-19; Beaumont has 1,500 ill employees  —  Two of Metro Detroit's largest hospital systems are reporting significant numbers of employees suffering from symptoms of COVID-19 infections.  —  Beaumont Health, the state's largest health care system …
 
 
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Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
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The Hill:
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Senate Intel Chair Sold Dutch Fertilizer Stock in 2018, Right Before a Collapse
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Phillip M. Bailey / Courier-Journal:
McConnell campaign announces ‘record-breaking’ fundraising haul despite COVID-19 pandemic
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Rand Paul recovers from coronavirus, tests negative
Discussion: Politico
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Senate Democrats propose $25,000 hazard-pay plan for essential workers
Discussion: Associated Press, Politico and IJR
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
‘A lot of pain.’ NY has biggest 1-day jump in virus deaths
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
Richard Haass / Foreign Affairs:
The Pandemic Will Accelerate History Rather Than Reshape It
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