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12:10 PM ET, April 8, 2020


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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.
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Drops Out of 2020 Democratic Race for President  —  Mr. Sanders, a democratic socialist making his second run for the White House, withdrew after a series of losses to Joseph R. Biden Jr., who emerges as the presumptive nominee for the general election.
Discussion: VTDigger
Bernie Sanders drops out of the 2020 race, clearing Joe Biden's path to the Democratic nomination
Cortney O'Brien / Townhall:   Bernie Drops Out of the 2020 Race
Washington Post:   Bernie Sanders to end his presidential campaign
Walter Shapiro / New Republic:
Stop Panicking About Joe Biden
Discussion: Twitchy
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.
Discussion: LewRockwell
Henry Grabar / Slate:
An Interview With the College Senior Behind the Iconic Photo of Wisconsin's Pandemic Election  —  Slate is making its coronavirus coverage free for all readers.  Subscribe to support our journalism.  Start your free trial.  —  Milwaukee residents waited between 90 minutes and 2½ hours …
USA Today:
Wisconsin voting mess sends a message for November
‘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: Politico and The Root
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump's evangelical supporters want China to pay a price for coronavirus
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Raw Story and Fox News
Emma Farge / Reuters:
WHO denies being ‘China-centric’ after Trump comment
Discussion: IJR, POLITICUSUSA and The Hill
BBC:   Coronavirus: US records highest death toll in single day
William Grimes / New York Times:
John Prine, Who Chronicled the Human Condition in Song, Dies at 73  —  John Prine, Who Chronicled the Human Condition in Song, Dies  —  The songwriter with a raspy voice and an off-beat sense of humor was revered by the likes of Bob Dylan.  He was 73.  —  Albert Petrocelli, Fire Chief Who Lost a Son on 9/11, Is Dead at 73
Rolling Stone:
John Prine, One of America's Greatest Songwriters, Dead at 73  —  Grammy-winning singer who combined literary genius with a common touch succumbs to coronavirus complications  —  John Prine, who for five decades wrote rich, plain-spoken songs that chronicled the struggles and stories …
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 …
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:   U.S. Intel Officials Warned White House of ‘Cataclysmic’ Virus in November, Says Report
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and Mediaite
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.
Trump is desperately seeking to avoid blame  —  Trump removes watchdog who oversees coronavirus emergency fund  —  Jill Filipovic is a journalist based in New York and author of the book “The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness.”  Follow her on Twitter.  The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely her own.
Yahoo News:
Mattis rebukes Trump over removal of Pentagon inspector general
Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Statement on Sudden Removal of Head of CARES Act Oversight
Discussion: The Hill and NPR
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
In praise of Jonathan Karl or: The virtue of not being a self-important drama queen  —  In a sea of self-important buffoonery, ABC News's Jonathan Karl is an island.  —  On Monday, during a White House press briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic, President Trump berated Karl during a back-and-forth …
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:   Trump claims he 'didn't see' Navarro's White House memo warning him millions could die
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 …
CDC removes unusual guidance to doctors about drug favored by Trump  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has removed from its website highly unusual guidance informing doctors on how to prescribe hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine …
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.
Will Parker / Wall Street Journal:
Nearly a Third of U.S. Renters Didn't Pay April Rent  —  Some tenants will be temporarily protected from eviction by a patchwork of federal and local laws  —  Nearly a third of U.S. apartment renters didn't pay any of their April rent during the first week of the month …
Discussion: The Week
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 …
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Trump claims that his daughter created 10 percent of all the jobs in the United States  —  President Donald Trump speaks as his daughter and senior adviser Ivanka Trump looks on during a news briefing on the coronavirus outbreak on March 20.  Alex Wong/Getty Images  —  Ivanka, the jobs wizard.
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Hospitals say feds are seizing masks and other coronavirus supplies without a word  —  Although President Trump has directed states and hospitals to secure what supplies they can, the federal government is quietly seizing orders, leaving medical providers across the country in the dark …
Michelle Cottle / New York Times:
Drop the Curtain on the Trump Follies  —  Why does the nation need to be subjected to the president's daily carnival of misinformation, preening and political venom?  —  Ms. Cottle is a member of the editorial board.  —  Even as the Trump administration slowly finds its footing in the war …
Discussion: Kaiser Health News
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Tucker Carlson's and Brit Hume's faulty theories about coronavirus deaths being exaggerated  —  From the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, President Trump's allies in the media have been focused on downplaying the threat.  At first they suggested it was being weaponized against Trump.
Discussion: Breitbart
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
Washington Post:
The coronavirus is infecting and killing black Americans at an alarmingly high rate  —  The Washington Post is providing this story for free so that all readers have access to this important information about the coronavirus.  For more free stories, sign up for our daily Coronavirus Updates newsletter.
Max Fisher / New York Times:
Why Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories Flourish.  And Why It Matters.  —  Unseen villains.  Top-secret cures.  In their quest for reassurance during the pandemic, many people are worsening more than just their own anxiety.  —  The coronavirus has given rise to a flood of conspiracy theories …
Philip Rotner / The Bulwark:
Stupid Kills: The 5 Worst GOP Governors' Responses to COVID-19  —  As late as March 30, 15 states had issued neither stay-at-home orders nor ordered the closure of non-essential businesses.  All 15 have Republican governors.  Since then, most have finally taken too-little-too-late statewide measures.
Victoria McGrane / The Boston Globe:
Ed Markey falling short of signatures ahead of May deadline  —  Harder to gather in-person support in coronavirus era  —  The e-mail subject line was notable for an incumbent United States senator: “Help get Ed on the ballot.”  —  That was the message the campaign of Edward J. Markey sent …
Daniel McGraw / The Bulwark:
COVID-19 and the Electoral Map  —  A close look at how three competitive states—Nevada, Michigan, and Georgia—are being hit by the pandemic and the economic slowdown.  —  LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MARCH 19: MOST OF THE EXTERIOR BUILDING LIGHTS AT PARIS LAS VEGAS, INCLUDING ON ITS 50-STORY REPLICA EIFFEL TOWER …
NBC News:
The White House chooses its own reality with freewheeling Trump briefings  —  First Read is your briefing from “Meet the Press” and the NBC Political Unit on the day's most important political stories and why they matter.  —  WASHINGTON — There's alternative facts, and then there's President …
Discussion: Breitbart
Associated Press:
Prize-Winning Reporter Writes Book on Melania Trump  —  NEW YORK (AP) — A Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The Washington Post has written an unauthorized biography of first lady Melania Trump.  Mary Jordan's “The Art of Her Deal,” which draws upon more than 100 interviews, comes out June 16.
Discussion: Political Wire and The Hill
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Dan Barry / New York Times:
Albert Petrocelli, Fire Chief Who Lost a Son on 9/11, Dies at 73
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Dr. Birx sees encouraging signs, but warns people of second wave if they start going out
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
The Daily Beast:
Trump Fires Inspectors General as He Grows Insular and Paranoid in His Coronavirus Response
Discussion: Raw Story
Miles Parks / NPR:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren Calls For National Voting Overhaul
Discussion: HuffPost, Breitbart and Raw Story
Allan Smith / NBC News:
‘That woman from Michigan’: Gov. Whitmer stands out in the pandemic. Just ask Trump.
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
Most Americans, unlike Trump, want mail-in ballots for November if coronavirus threatens: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Discussion: The Hill
Andy Balaskovitz / MiBiz:
‘V-shaped’ economic recovery unlikely as recession could span years, economist says
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
John Cassidy / New Yorker:
Trump's “Light at the End of the Tunnel” Is a Delusion
Discussion: Althouse
Sam Allard / Scene and Heard:
Plain Dealer Put Out to Pasture. In Final Death Blow, Remaining Reporters Given Impossible Choice
Oliver Milman / The Guardian:
Trump order encourages US to mine the moon
Discussion: Gizmodo
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Trump Anoints a New Class of Media Stars
Discussion: HuffPost, The Wrap and The Daily Beast
The Texas Tribune:
Texas City nursing home residents with coronavirus being treated with unproven hydroxychloroquine drug
Frances Martel / Breitbart:
Report: Wuhan Funeral Homes Burned Coronavirus Victims Alive
Discussion: The Daily Caller