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5:30 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 …
NBC News:
Bernie Sanders drops out of presidential race  —  Bernie Sanders is ending his presidential campaign, he announced on Wednesday.  —  The Vermont independent senator's 2020 bid started off strong.  He narrowly missed first place in Iowa before picking up wins in New Hampshire and Nevada.
Dan Merica / CNN:
Sanders had multiple conversations with Obama ahead of decision to end campaign  —  Sanders: Path towards victory is virtually impossible  —  (CNN)Former President Barack Obama played an active, albeit private, role in the Democratic presidential primary that effectively ended on Wednesday …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:   Bernie Sanders Dropped Out Because His Campaign Believed Its Own BS
Thomas B. Edsall / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Only Had Eyes for One Wing of the Democratic Party
Discussion: National Review
Ruby Cramer / BuzzFeed News:   Former Clinton Staffers Invited To “Bye, Bye Bernard” Zoom Call (It's Now Canceled)
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:   VP talk could intensify with Harris-DNC fundraising deal
Elizabeth Bruenig / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Never Lied
Discussion: Common Dreams and VICE
Alan Fram / Associated Press:
Dems debate how to hit Trump on virus, economy amid crisis
Discussion: ABC News, NBC News and Fox News
New York Times:
Biden vs. Trump: The General Election Is Here, and Transformed
Discussion: Detroit Metro Times
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’
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The US Sun
New York Post:
Linda Tripp, whistleblower in Clinton-Lewinsky sex scandal, dead at 70  —  Linda Tripp, whose secret conversations with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton in 1998, died on Wednesday, according to a report.  She was 70.
Discussion: The Wrap and Fox News
Washington Post:
Linda Tripp, whose tapes of Monica Lewinsky led to Bill Clinton's impeachment, dies at 70
Discussion: Mediaite
Clinton-Lewinsky Whistleblower Linda Tripp on Her Death Bed
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
Gwynne Hogan / Gothamist:
Death Count Expected To Soar As NYC Says It Will Begin Reporting Probable COVID Deaths In Addition To Confirmed Ones  —  New York City officials will begin to count suspected COVID-19 deaths of people who die at home following a WNYC/Gothamist report revealing a staggering number of such deaths …
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  —  But to end the distraction, my family will divest from individual stocks.  —  While the American people are enduring the impact of Covid-19, I have become a top target of baseless attacks from political adversaries and the media.
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
Sen. Loeffler, under scrutiny for trades amid coronavirus crisis, says she will liquidate her personal stock holdings
Discussion: The Week, Roll Call and The Guardian
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Hill
Vicky Prodeline / Polls:
Fed Govt Not Helping States Enough; Trump Rating, Public Confidence Down  —  Fauci most trusted official on COVID-19 crisis  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Public confidence in the federal response to the coronavirus outbreak has dipped and most Americans say that Washington is not doing enough to help the states hit hard by this pandemic.
CNN Poll: Majority of Americans now say the federal government has done a poor job of preventing coronavirus spread  —  11 times Donald Trump downplayed the coronavirus  —  (CNN)A majority of Americans — 55% — now say the federal government has done a poor job preventing the spread …
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
The coronavirus crisis is turning Americans in both parties against China
CNN Poll: Views of economy plummet as financial hardship from coronavirus hits half of Americans
Discussion: Twitchy
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 …
‘Now is not the time’: WHO responds to Trump's threat to cut funding  — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he would put U.S. contributions on hold to the Geneva-based organization, saying the body had given bad advice during the outbreak.  — The U.S. is the biggest donor to the WHO …
Discussion: The Root and Politico
Adam Cancryn / Politico:
Kushner's team seeks national coronavirus surveillance system  —  Critics worry about a Patriot Act for health care, raising concerns about patient privacy and civil liberties.  —  Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner during a daily White House coronavirus briefing.  Win McNamee/Getty Images
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
Lawmakers demand answers on Kushner supply chain influence
Discussion: The Hill, Axios and POLITICUSUSA
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Hannity's latest propaganda actually exposes Trump's epic failures  —  Sean Hannity's latest effort to portray President Trump as a heroic and decisive leader throughout the coronavirus crisis belongs in a time capsule.  It will aid future study of one of the most monumental …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
Big banks took “free money' in 2008.  They're turning their back now on small businesses, SBA official says  —  “What they are saying is 'I don't give ... a hoot about the small businesses,' ” one SBA district director said in a candid call with business owners.
Sharon Begley / STAT:
With ventilators running out, doctors say the machines are overused for Covid-19  —  Even as hospitals and governors raise the alarm about a shortage of ventilators, some critical care physicians are questioning the widespread use of the breathing machines for Covid-19 patients …
Cheryl K. Chumley / Washington Times:
Anthony Fauci sets stage for mandatory — lucrative! — vaccine  —  ANALYSIS/OPINION:  —  Anthony Fauci, America's most-listened-to medical professional on the coronavirus, and apparently on all the political, economic, cultural and social precautions every man, woman and child in the nation …
Discussion: Big League Politics
Olivia Messer / The Daily Beast:
The Terrifying Story of an Unwitting Potential ‘Super-Spreader’ in Chicago  —  Before social distancing set in, a funeral, birthday party, and some hugs helped kick off a disastrous cluster, according to a new federal report.  —  The night before a funeral in February …
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
How Hollywood Works Now: MSNBC's Chris Hayes Was “Made For This Moment”  —  A darling of the progressive left has refashioned his nightly political show into an hourlong coronavirus education hour, even as he works from a remote home studio.  —  Shortly after 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 12 …
Nathaniel Weixel / The Hill:
Federal stockpile of emergency medical equipment depleted, House panel says  —  The federal government's emergency stockpile of personal protective equipment (PPE) is depleted, and states will not be receiving any more shipments, administration staff told a House panel.
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Aides hope to give Trump his economic ‘big bang’ starting in May  —  11 times Donald Trump downplayed the coronavirus  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump's aides have begun intensive discussions on a plan to reopen the US economy as soon as the start of May, according to people familiar with the deliberations …
Discussion: Raw Story
Christina Goldbaum / New York Times:
41 Transit Workers Dead: Crisis Takes Staggering Toll on Subways  —  The M.T.A. has been criticized for its response to the outbreak.  Now a staffing shortage has made it difficult to keep even a diminished system running.  —  At least 41 transit workers have died, and more than 6,000 more have fallen sick or self-quarantined.
New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: New York Reports a Record Number of Deaths, and the W.H.O. Warns Against Politicizing the Pandemic  —  New York State now has more confirmed cases than Italy.  Congress mulls billions in additional funding.  A jail in Chicago is the largest-known source of U.S. infections.
Discussion: TalkLeft
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
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The media's struggle to digest Trump's coronavirus briefings
Discussion: Redstate and NPR
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
DHS warns pandemic ‘stressors’ could trigger attacks on houses of worship
Alan Yuhas / New York Times:
Don't Expect a Quarantine Baby Boom
Helen Davidson / The Guardian:
Critic who called Xi a ‘clown’ over Covid-19 crisis investigated for ‘serious violations’
Discussion: New York Times
Matt Arco / New Jersey Online:
N.J. supermarkets, stores must limit customers to 50% of capacity, all inside must wear masks under …
Discussion: The Hill
Anna Merlan / VICE:
Coronavirus Is the Crisis of Conspiracy Theorists' Wildest Dreams
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Durbin warns of ‘dangerous and risky’ Senate return on April 20
Discussion: The Hill and Mediaite
A massive wave of evictions is coming. Temporary bans won't help.
 Earlier Items: 
Joseph Spector /
Richard Brodsky, longtime state assemblyman from Westchester, has died
Associated Press:
Prize-Winning Reporter Writes Book on Melania Trump
Discussion: The Hill
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Fox News is suggesting coronavirus deaths are significantly inflated.  Data and logic suggest otherwise.
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Breitbart
Will Parker / Wall Street Journal:
Nearly a Third of U.S. Renters Didn't Pay April Rent
Discussion: Vox, The Week and The Daily Caller