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12:35 AM ET, April 9, 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 …
Bill Barrow / Associated Press:
VP talk could intensify with Harris-DNC fundraising deal
Discussion: NBC News
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” …
Discussion: Ipsos and The Signorile Report
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 …
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
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:
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 …
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
Discussion: Slate and Rolling Stone
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
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 …
Discussion: Todd Starnes and Raw Story
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 …
The Daily Beast:
NYC Is Taking Hundreds of Body Bags Out of Houses—and Soon They Will Be Counted  —  New York City officials say they will begin to report those who've died in their homes from suspected coronavirus complications without an official lab diagnosis.  —  The coronavirus death count in New York City …
New York Post:
De Blasio heckled at Bronx hospital by bystanders demanding tests, treatment
Discussion: Gothamist
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 …
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: The Hill
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Why exactly is Trump lashing out at the World Health Organization?  —  And do his criticisms have any merit?  —  President Trump is slamming the World Health Organization for its coronavirus response, threatening to cut off funding for it during a global pandemic.  —  So why is it his new target?
Peter Baker / New York Times:
In Trump's Marathon Briefings, the Answers and the Message Are Often Contradictory
Discussion: Townhall
Washington Post:
Trump preparing to unveil second coronavirus task force, officials say  —  President Trump is preparing to announce as soon as this week a second, smaller coronavirus task force aimed specifically at combating the economic ramifications of the virus and focused on reopening the nation's economy …
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: Raw Story
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 …
House Committee on Oversight and Reform:
New Document Shows Inadequate Distribution of Personal Protective Equipment and Critical Medical Supplies to States  —  Officials Confirm PPE Stockpile for States is Now Depleted, States Must Rely on Private Sector  —  Chairwoman Maloney issued the following statement:
Michael Biesecker / Associated Press:
HHS: Federal stocks of protective equipment nearly depleted
Discussion: Law & Crime and PRESS RUN
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Peter Morley / New York Daily News:
The very worst time to dismantle the disability safety net  —  It's too late to save those who've died from COVID-19.  We also can't recoup the time we could have spent preparing our now-overburdened health-care system.  But there's one thing we can do: Preserve our country's effective …
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
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 …
Kelsey D. Atherton / Slate:
The Fictional Future of Cyberpunk Is About to Come True  —  It's not just the technology, surveillance, and dystopian vibes—it's the culmination of decades of deliberate governmental erosion.  —  Where is the president in Blade Runner?  —  Beneath the 1982 neo-noir's trappings …
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 …
Saudi-led coalition announces ceasefire in five-year Yemen war  —  DUBAI/RIYADH (Reuters) - The Saudi-led coalition fighting Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthis said on Wednesday it was halting military operations nationwide in support of U.N. efforts to end a five-year war that has killed over 100,000 people and spread hunger and disease.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Week
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.
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
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Devi Shastri / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
In-person voting was likely a ‘disaster’ for Wisconsin's efforts to flatten coronavirus curve, national experts say
US intelligence agencies started tracking coronavirus outbreak in China as early as November
Discussion: National Review and ABC News
Ben Kesling / Wall Street Journal:
Veterans Affairs Hospitals Facing ‘Serious’ Shortage of Protective Gear, Internal Memos Show
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
How Woodrow Wilson Let Flu Deaths Go Viral in the Great War
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Trump's resistance to independent oversight draws bipartisan scrutiny
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
Majority of Americans Support Reparations... From China
Alan Yuhas / New York Times:
Don't Expect a Quarantine Baby Boom
 Earlier Items: 
Francisco Alvarado / The Daily Beast:
This South Florida City Is a Looming Coronavirus Hot Spot You Haven't Heard About
Discussion: Raw Story
Olivia Messer / The Daily Beast:
The Terrifying Story of an Unwitting Potential ‘Super-Spreader’ in Chicago
John Gramlich / Pew Research Center:
5 facts about Fox News
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
New York Times:
Coronavirus Was Slow to Spread to Rural America. Not Anymore.