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8:15 AM ET, April 9, 2020

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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:
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
Discussion: NBC News
Joe Biden / Medium:
Statement From Vice President Biden
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
Alexander Sammon / American Prospect:
On the Perils of Ignoring Tara Reade's Sexual Assault Claim  —  Democrats cannot simply hope that charges levied at Joe Biden will be ignored by Donald Trump.  —  Activists demonstrate in front of the U.S. Capitol to protest the confirmation vote of then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, October 6, 2018.
Discussion: Arc Digital
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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.
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” …
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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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: The Bulwark and Fox News
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William Feuer / CNBC:   WHO chief addresses death threats, racist insults: 'I don't give a damn'
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 …
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 …
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
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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 …
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 DailyMail.com that ‘she died with a smile on her face’
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Associated Press:
Linda Tripp, whose tapes exposed Clinton affair, dies at 70
Discussion: Althouse
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
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.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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
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 …
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
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.
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 …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
In Trump's Marathon Briefings, the Answers and the Message Are Often Contradictory  —  The president does not need adversaries to dispute his statements.  He does that all by himself.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump left little room for doubt.  “We're going to put a hold on money spent to the W.H.O. …
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 …
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.
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 …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Oversight sputters as Trump starts doling out billions in coronavirus aid  —  Congress assured America that its frenzied rush to deliver $2 trillion in coronavirus relief wouldn't lead to waste, fraud or abuse because they packed the sprawling law with powerful safeguards.
Discussion: Common Dreams
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 …
 
 
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Nicholas Kulish / New York Times:
Food Banks Are Overrun, as Surging Hunger Meets Dwindling Supplies
Discussion: abc7NY and Axios
Axios:
Scoop: Trump administration plan to provide millions of free face masks fizzled
Discussion: Raw Story
Benjamin Mueller / New York Times:
Eight U.K. Doctors Died From Coronavirus. All Were Immigrants.
Discussion: The US Sun
Ben Kesling / Wall Street Journal:
Veterans Affairs Hospitals Facing ‘Serious’ Shortage of Protective Gear, Internal Memos Show
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Trump's resistance to independent oversight draws bipartisan scrutiny
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Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
Majority of Americans Support Reparations... From China
Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
New Yahoo News/YouGov coronavirus poll shows Americans turning against Trump
Francisco Alvarado / The Daily Beast:
This South Florida City Is a Looming Coronavirus Hot Spot You Haven't Heard About
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
The coronavirus crisis is devastating the news industry. Many newspapers won't survive it.
CNBC:
Sen. Kelly Loeffler and her CEO husband will sell all individual stock shares after coronavirus trade furor