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Carl Zimmer / New York Times:
Most New York Coronavirus Cases Came From Europe, Genomes Show  —  Travelers seeded multiple cases starting as early as mid-February, genomes show.  —  New research indicates that the coronavirus began to circulate in the New York area by mid-February, weeks before the first confirmed case …
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New York Times:
Coronavirus Updates: Studies Show N.Y. Outbreak Originated in Europe  —  The C.D.C. outlined how essential employees can go back to work even if they have been exposed.  Scientists warn that the virus might not fade in warm weather.  —  Here's what you need to know:
Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Wasted Briefings  —  The sessions have become a boring show of President vs. the press.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  A friend of ours who voted for President Trump sent us a note recently saying that she had stopped watching the daily White House briefings of the coronavirus task force.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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John F. Harris / Politico:   Bernie's Legacy Hangs in the Balance
Axios:
Biden and Sanders work toward truce on big issues
Discussion: NBC News
Joe Biden / Medium:
Statement From Vice President Biden
Steven Shepard / Politico:
The briefings aren't working: Trump's approval rating takes a dip  —  In times of national crisis, the American people typically come together behind their president.  —  But not this one.  —  Donald Trump isn't benefiting from what political scientists refer to as a “rally 'round the flag” …
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Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
As pandemic deepens, Trump cycles through targets to blame  —  In this April 7, 2020, photo, President Donald Trump calls on a reporter for a question as he speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington.  First, it was the media that was at fault.
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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: Raw Story and NBC News
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Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Jerry Falwell Jr. says warrants are out for 2 journalists after critical stories on coronavirus decision  —  Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, said on Wednesday that arrest warrants had been issued for journalists from The New York Times and ProPublica …
Fox News:
Defense official says media reports about November coronavirus intel assessment are false  —  A defense official on Wednesday issued a rare denial of reports by ABC News and others that claimed a November intelligence assessment warned about a rapidly spreading coronavirus in China that posed a threat to American forces in the region.
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CNN:
US intelligence agencies started tracking coronavirus outbreak in China as early as November
Discussion: National Review and ABC News
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 …
Gerry Shih / Washington Post:
Taiwan rejects WHO chief's claim of racist campaign against him  —  Taiwan hit back Thursday after the chief of the World Health Organization accused the island's government of participating in a racist campaign to smear and intimidate him, deepening the political furor surrounding an agency …
Discussion: Fox News and The Bulwark
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Mia Jankowicz / Business Insider:
Officials in at least 6 states are accusing the federal government of quietly diverting their orders for coronavirus medical equipment  — States have been making their own orders for ventilators, masks, and other personal protective equipment since President Donald Trump told them in March …
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Kyunghee Park / Bloomberg:
Coronavirus May ‘Reactivate’ in Cured Patients, Korean CDC Says  —  The coronavirus may be “reactivating” in people who have been cured of the illness, according to Korea's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  —  About 51 patients classed as having been cured in South Korea …
Catherine Herridge / CBS News:
Former Trump campaign adviser denied campaign was involved in DNC hack in recorded conversation  —  In late October 2016, less than two weeks before the presidential election, a former adviser to then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, George Papadopoulos, denied to an FBI confidential source …
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 …
Elizabeth Warren / New York Times:
Congress Needs a Plan to Confront the Coronavirus.  I Have One.  —  Government action is essential to save lives and to rescue our economy.  Let's get back to work.  —  Ms. Warren is a Democratic senator from Massachusetts and a former presidential candidate.
Bloomberg:
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 …
Axios:
Scoop: Trump administration plan to provide millions of free face masks fizzled  —  Top Trump administration officials had been developing a plan to give cloth masks to huge numbers of Americans, but the idea lost traction amid heavy internal skepticism.  —  The big picture …
Discussion: Raw Story
Tiney Ricciardi / Denver Post:
Charlotte Figi, 13-year-old Coloradan who inspired CBD reform, dies after family suspects she contracted coronavirus  —  Girl's mother says she believes Charlotte contacted coronavirus, though she tested negative  —  Charlotte Figi, the young Colorado Springs girl whose battle …
Discussion: Paige Figi, Breitbart and Rolling Stone
New York Times:
Coronavirus Invades Saudi Inner Sanctum  —  More than six weeks after Saudi Arabia reported its first case, the coronavirus is striking at the heart of the kingdom's sprawling royal family.  —  The senior Saudi prince who is governor of Riyadh is in intensive care with the coronavirus.
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.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Jason Hanna / CNN:
A grocery clerk with cerebral palsy died of coronavirus.  She had kept working to help seniors  —  (CNN)As the coronavirus pandemic intensified, Leilani Jordan insisted on going to her job as a clerk at a Maryland grocery so she could help seniors, her mother said.
Discussion: New York Post
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
US weekly jobless claims total 6.6 million, vs 5 million expected  —  Jobless rolls continued to swell due to the coronavirus shutdown, with 6.6 million Americans filing first-time unemployment claims in the week ended April 4, the Labor Department reported Thursday.
Wichita Eagle:
War over Easter: Kansas lawmakers revoke Gov. Kelly's order limiting church gatherings  —  Easter looming, Kansas Republican leaders on Wednesday revoked Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's order limiting religious gatherings to 10 people as the state's coronavirus death toll jumped 40 percent.
Discussion: New York Times and The Hill
Charles Ornstein / ProPublica:
We Still Don't Know How Many People Are in the Hospital With COVID-19  —  Many states report coronavirus cases and COVID-19 hospitalizations differently, and the federal government is way behind on data tracking.  Without consistent information, the U.S. won't be able to properly respond as new coronavirus hot spots emerge.
Discussion: WCCO | CBS Minnesota
Manu Raju / CNN:
Colorado Democrat believes Trump awarded ventilators as political favor to vulnerable GOP senator  —  Trump on coronavirus: promises vs. reality  —  (CNN)Rep. Diana DeGette, a veteran Democrat, said that President Donald Trump's announcement that he would send 100 ventilators to Colorado smacks …
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Politico:
Recovery law allows Fed to rope off public as it spends billions  —  Tucked into the recent recovery bill was a provision granting the Federal Reserve the right to set up a $450 billion bailout plan without following key provisions of the federal open meetings law, including announcing …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Discussion: Slate
Devi Shastri / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
In-person voting was likely a ‘disaster’ for Wisconsin's efforts to flatten coronavirus curve, national experts say  —  As voters lined up across Wisconsin on Tuesday, waiting hours in some places, researchers who have been monitoring the spread of the coronavirus nationwide watched in stunned horror and confusion.
 
 
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Hyonhee Shin / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. ambassador to South Korea is discussing plans to resign - sources
Discussion: The Hill
Nicholas Kulish / New York Times:
Food Banks Are Overrun, as Surging Hunger Meets Dwindling Supplies
Discussion: abc7NY and Axios
Peter Morley / New York Daily News:
The very worst time to dismantle the disability safety net
Washington Post:
Trump preparing to unveil second coronavirus task force, officials say
Ben Kesling / Wall Street Journal:
Veterans Affairs Hospitals Facing ‘Serious’ Shortage of Protective Gear, Internal Memos Show
Peter Baker / New York Times:
In Trump's Marathon Briefings, the Answers and the Message Are Often Contradictory
Discussion: Townhall
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
How Woodrow Wilson Let Flu Deaths Go Viral in the Great War
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
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 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Outcry over racial data grows as virus slams black Americans
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Oversight sputters as Trump starts doling out billions in coronavirus aid
Discussion: Common Dreams
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
Majority of Americans Support Reparations... From China
Francisco Alvarado / The Daily Beast:
This South Florida City Is a Looming Coronavirus Hot Spot You Haven't Heard About
Discussion: Raw Story
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Linda Tripp, the Clinton sex scandal whisteblower who secretly recorded private phone calls …
CNBC:
Sen. Kelly Loeffler and her CEO husband will sell all individual stock shares after coronavirus trade furor