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10:15 PM ET, April 8, 2020


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Joe Biden / Medium:
Statement From Vice President Biden  —  Today, Senator Sanders announced he was suspending his campaign.  Bernie has put his heart and soul into not only running for President, but for the causes and issues he has been dedicated to his whole life.  So, I know how hard a decision this was for him to make …
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Democrats salivate over Obama coming off sidelines  —  The decision by Bernie Sanders to suspend his campaign means former President Obama is about to get back into the political spotlight.  —  Sources close to Obama and Biden say the two men have spoken “quite frequently,” as one put it …
Dan Merica / CNN:
Sanders had multiple conversations with Obama ahead of decision to end campaign
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:   Bernie Sanders Dropped Out Because His Campaign Believed Its Own BS
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
VP talk could intensify with Harris-DNC fundraising deal
Discussion: NBC News
NBC News:
Bernie Sanders drops out of presidential race
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Joe Biden will have a very hard time winning over the Berniesphere
Discussion: Washington Post and The Week
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Linda Tripp, the Clinton sex scandal whisteblower who secretly recorded private phone calls with Monica Lewinksy, dies at age 70 ‘after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer less than a week ago’  — Linda Tripp died on Wednesday morning and a close friend told that ‘she died with a smile on her face’
Associated Press:   Linda Tripp, whose tapes exposed Clinton affair, dies at 70
New York Times:
Linda Tripp, Key Figure in Clinton Impeachment, Dies
Discussion: HuffPost and The Week
Matt Schudel / Washington Post:
Linda Tripp, whose taped calls with Monica Lewinsky led to Clinton impeachment, dies at 70
Discussion: Axios and Forbes
Washington Post:
Linda Tripp, whose tapes of Monica Lewinsky led to Bill Clinton's impeachment, dies at 70
Discussion: Mediaite
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Trip to Guam at center of top Navy official's resignation cost taxpayers over $243,000  —  Acting Navy secretary Thomas Modly boarded one of his service's executive jets Monday to visit Guam — a trip that turned out to be costly for both him and U.S. taxpayers.
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
Cost of Navy secretary's trip to Guam?  $243,000, his job and isolation after coronavirus exposure  —  WASHINGTON - Acting Navy secretary Thomas Modly's trip last weekend to address sailors aboard the COVID-19-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt cost taxpayers more than $243,000 for the 35-hour round trip …
Discussion: CNN and The American Independent
J. David Goodman / New York Times:
How Delays and Unheeded Warnings Hindered New York's Virus Fight  —  The federal response was chaotic.  Even so, the state's and city's own initial efforts failed to keep pace with the outbreak, The Times found.  —  A 39-year-old woman took Flight 701 from Doha, Qatar …
New York Post:
De Blasio heckled at Bronx hospital by bystanders demanding tests, treatment
Discussion: Gothamist
Sen. Kelly Loeffler and her CEO husband will liquidate individual stock shares after coronavirus trade furor  — Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia and CEO husband Jeff Sprecher plan to liquidate their individual stock share positions and related options after weeks of criticism of the couple …
Kelly Loeffler / Wall Street Journal:
I Never Traded on Confidential Coronavirus Information
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Wisconsin is discovering problems with absentee ballots, including hundreds that were never delivered  —  Attention turned to missing absentee ballots Wednesday as state officials reported three tubs of them were discovered in a mail processing center and the Milwaukee Election Commission called …
Trump's New Chief of Staff Rattles White House in Crisis Mode  — Grisham replacement, other staff moves have raised tensions  — Meadows called Republican holdouts on ‘stay-at-home’ orders  —  President Donald Trump's new chief of staff, Mark Meadows, has escalated tensions …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Oversight sputters as Trump starts doling out billions in coronavirus aid  —  None of the oversight tools included in the sprawling rescue package are up and running, and problems are already cropping up with the law.  —  President Donald Trump speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady …
QU Poll:
Release Detail  —  April 8, 2020 - Fauci, Governors Get Highest Marks For Response To Coronavirus, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Majority Say Trump's Response Not Aggressive Enough  —  As the number of coronavirus cases spreads throughout the country, Dr. Anthony Fauci …
James Walker / Newsweek:
Dr. Fauci says he doesn't think Americans should ever shake hands again to prevent spread of coronavirus  —  Dr. Anthony Fauci, the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director, said Americans should never shake hands again, in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus and other diseases.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Cheryl K. Chumley / Washington Times:
Anthony Fauci sets stage for mandatory — lucrative! — vaccine
Associated Press:
Outcry over racial data grows as virus slams black Americans  —  As the coronavirus tightens its grip across the country, it is cutting a particularly devastating swath through an already vulnerable population — black Americans.  —  Democratic lawmakers and community leaders in cities hard-hit …
Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
New Yahoo News/YouGov coronavirus poll shows Americans turning against Trump  —  With more than 400,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and 14,000 deaths in the United States, a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll shows that Americans are souring on President Trump's leadership during the pandemic.
New York Times:
Coronavirus Was Slow to Spread to Rural America.  Not Anymore.  —  Feb. 20This map shows every rural county in America, areas where the coronavirus outbreak initially was slow to spread.  Humboldt County in Northern California was the first rural county to report a case, on Feb. 20, a month after the virus first reached the U.S.
Danielle Wiener-Bronner / CNN:
Meat plants are shutting down as workers get sick  —  New York (CNN Business)Across the country, major meat processors are starting to shut down plants as employees are getting infected by coronavirus.  —  Tyson (TSN), one of the world's largest meat processors, suspended operations …
Jeff Brady / NPR:
Federal Support Ends For Coronavirus Testing Sites As Pandemic Peak Nears  —  Some local officials are disappointed the federal government will end funding for coronavirus testing sites this Friday.  In a few places those sites will close as a result.  This as criticism continues that not enough testing is available.
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
Bill O'Reilly's Macabre Take: Many Who Died From Coronavirus ‘Were on Their Last Legs Anyway’  —  Former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly offered a decidedly macabre take on the mounting global death toll from coronavirus, telling his former primetime colleague Sean Hannity that many of the fatalities …
Washington Post:
The coronavirus crisis is devastating the news industry.  Many newspapers won't survive it.  —  Two months ago, Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter Brie Zeltner became consumed by one topic: the coronavirus crisis that would soon sweep into her state.  —  The veteran health-care journalist chronicled …
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
Sitting on a throne of skulls, Mitch McConnell confirms his 8,999th judge  —  Will Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) keep confirming judges in this time of pandemic?  —  “We will go back to judges,” he said in an interview.  “My motto for the rest of the year is leave no vacancy behind.”
Discussion: Instapundit
Francisco Alvarado / The Daily Beast:
This South Florida City Is a Looming Coronavirus Hot Spot You Haven't Heard About  —  In one of the most Hispanic cities in America, “the potential for terrible things to happen is unimaginable,” one expert said.  —  Since early March, Paula Gomez has taken several precautions to ward off the coronavirus.
Discussion: Raw Story
ABC News:
Intelligence report warned of coronavirus crisis as early as November: Sources  —  “Analysts concluded it could be a cataclysmic event,” a source says.  —  As far back as late November, U.S. intelligence officials were warning that a contagion was sweeping through China's Wuhan region …
John Gramlich / Pew Research Center:
5 facts about Fox News  —  Fox News, the influential cable network launched by Rupert Murdoch in 1996, holds a unique place in the American media landscape, particularly for those on the ideological right.  While Democrats in the United States turn to and place their trust in a variety …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Marlow Stern / The Daily Beast:
Dennis Quaid Believes Trump Is ‘Doing a Good Job’ Handling Coronavirus  —  IN CONVERSATION  —  In a wide-ranging talk, the renowned actor opens up to Marlow Stern about the pandemic, his new podcast “The Dennissance,” and the cocaine frenzy that was 1980s Hollywood.
New York Times:
Chicago's Jail Is Top U.S. Hot Spot as Virus Spreads Behind Bars  —  At least 1,324 confirmed coronavirus cases are tied to prisons and jails across the United States, according to data tracked by The Times, including at least 32 deaths.  —  It started small.
Michael Biesecker / Associated Press:
HHS: Federal stocks of protective equipment nearly depleted  —  In this Tuesday, April 7, 2020 photo provided by the U.S. Air National Guard, airmen from the 146th Airlift Wing of the California Air National Guard in Oxnard, Calif., deliver 200 ventilators to the New York Air National Guard's …
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Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Trump's resistance to independent oversight draws bipartisan scrutiny
Discussion: Law & Crime
Kelsey D. Atherton / Slate:
The Fictional Future of Cyberpunk Is About to Come True
Rachel Rice / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Echols: All St. Louis COVID-19 deaths have been African Americans
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
Majority of Americans Support Reparations... From China
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
Coronavirus spares no one, as lawmakers who endured harrowing ordeals can attest
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
DHS warns pandemic ‘stressors’ could trigger attacks on houses of worship
 Earlier Items: 
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
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Olivia Messer / The Daily Beast:
The Terrifying Story of an Unwitting Potential ‘Super-Spreader’ in Chicago
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Lawmakers demand answers on Kushner supply chain influence
Discussion: The Hill
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
How Hollywood Works Now: MSNBC's Chris Hayes Was “Made For This Moment”
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Hannity's latest propaganda actually exposes Trump's epic failures
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Prize-Winning Reporter Writes Book on Melania Trump
Discussion: The Hill