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5:05 AM ET, April 8, 2020


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Trump removes independent watchdog for coronavirus funds, upending oversight panel  —  President Donald Trump has upended the panel of federal watchdogs overseeing implementation of the $2 trillion coronavirus law, tapping a replacement for the Pentagon official who was supposed to lead the effort.
Yahoo News:
Mattis rebukes Trump over removal of Pentagon inspector general  —  Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis issued a rare public rebuke of President Trump Tuesday over his decision to fire Glenn Fine, the Pentagon inspector general charged with overseeing implementation of the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package.
Discussion: Fox News, The Hill and Mother Jones
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Trump's dismissal of competent officials is an attack on accountability
Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Pelosi Statement on Sudden Removal of Head of CARES Act Oversight
Discussion: The Hill and NPR
Steven T. Dennis / Bloomberg:
Senators to Seek Explanation From Trump of Watchdog's Firing
Discussion: Politico
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Trump removes inspector general who was to oversee $2 trillion stimulus spending
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 …
William Grimes / New York Times:
John Prine, Who Chronicled the Human Condition in Song, Dies at 73  —  The folk singer and songwriter with a raspy voice and an offbeat humor was revered by peers including Bob Dylan.  —  John Prine, the raspy-voiced country-folk singer whose ingenious lyrics to songs by turns poignant …
Discussion: The Mahablog, The Wrap and alicublog
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Why Wisconsin Republicans Insisted on an Election in a Pandemic  —  Mask-wearing voters in endless lines.  Five polling places instead of 180.  Voting amid the coronavirus crisis is full of challenges — and connected to G.O.P. efforts to limit who gets a ballot in the state.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Election day live blog: An hour after closing time, voters still in line at Milwaukee's Riverside High
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Rulings on Wisconsin Election Raise Questions About Judicial Partisanship
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
In Tuesday's Wisconsin primary, Republicans will literally kill you to win an election
NBC News:
Coronavirus has ignited a battle over voting by mail. Here's why it's so controversial.
Discussion: Vox, HuffPost and The Week
Bill Glauber / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
An election day unlike any other: Wisconsinites vote in the middle of a coronavirus pandemic
Discussion: Slate
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
They Turned Out to Vote in Wisconsin During a Health Crisis. Here's Why.
Discussion: The Week and Washington Post
Lara Seligman / Politico:
Navy in crisis: Top leader's resignation roils service in the middle of a pandemic  —  An aircraft carrier sidelined by a coronavirus outbreak.  A promising captain fired for requesting help as infections spread among his 5,000 sailors.  And a service leaderless once more …
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 …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
‘Trump Has Never Lied’: New Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany's Long History of Bullshit and Lies  —  Along her rise to a White House gig, Trump's newest press secretary perfected the art of MAGA nonsense with a veritable greatest hits of bonkers claims.  —  After just 10 months on the job …
Discussion: The Hill, CNN, Vanity Fair and Mediaite
New York Times:
Trump Has a New Press Secretary Who Knows How to Defend Him
Washington Post:
Meadows installs new press secretary as part of White House staff shake-up
Discussion: Twitchy and The Root
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Trump Anoints a New Class of Media Stars  —  For somebody who publicly professes to despise the press—especially the broadcast journalists who ask him tough questions—President Donald Trump has a knack for elevating journeymen reporters into media stars.  —  Trump has always relished trashing …
Discussion: The Wrap, The Daily Beast and HuffPost
The Texas Tribune:
Texas City nursing home residents with coronavirus being treated with unproven hydroxychloroquine drug  —  The physician and nursing home medical director who prescribed the drug is a campaign surrogate for President Donald Trump.  —  *Editor's note: This story has been updated throughout.
Kathryn Eastburn / Galveston County Daily News:   Texas City COVID-19 patients receive hydroxychloroquine
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
Oliver Milman / The Guardian:
Trump order encourages US to mine the moon  —  Executive order says US will oppose any international effort to bar it from removing chunks of moon, Mars or elsewhere in space  —  The world may be racked by the coronavirus, but Donald Trump has less earthly concerns on his mind, too …
Discussion: TechCrunch
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 …
Frances Martel / Breitbart:
Report: Wuhan Funeral Homes Burned Coronavirus Victims Alive  —  Locals in Wuhan, where the Chinese coronavirus pandemic originated, have heard screams coming from funeral home furnaces, and some treated in hospitals say they saw workers put living coronavirus patients in body bags, Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on Monday.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and RFA
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.
Louis Casiano / Fox News:
Birx says government is classifying all deaths of patients with coronavirus as ‘COVID-19’ deaths, regardless of cause  —  The federal government is classifying the deaths of patients infected with the coronavirus as COVID-19 deaths, regardless of any underlying health issues that could have contributed to the loss of someone's life.
Discussion: Associated Press
Jack Phillips /
White House Aims to Reopen US Economy as Soon as Possible, Kudlow and Mnuchin Say
Discussion: Power Line and Bloomberg
Luke O'Brien / HuffPost:
The Far-Right Helped Create The World's Most Powerful Facial Recognition Technology  —  Clearview AI, which has alarmed privacy experts, hired several far-right employees, a HuffPost investigation found.  —  Advanced facial recognition technology poses a mortal threat to privacy.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Raw Story
Gary Fineout / Politico:
Florida election officials sound the alarm ahead of November  —  TALLAHASSEE — Election supervisors in Florida warned Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday that he needs to change the law to give them more flexibility to avoid a presidential election meltdown in the nation's biggest swing state.
Discussion: Raw Story and
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Today is Bernie Sanders' last meaningful day as a presidential candidate  —  (CNN)For much of the past five years, Bernie Sanders has either been running for president or talking about running for president, an absolutely remarkable streak of longevity.  —  That streak, unfortunately …
Discussion: VTDigger and National Review
Garrett M. Graff / Politico:
Trump Broke the Agencies That Were Supposed To Stop the Covid-19 Epidemic  —  This week, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams promised that we're entering the darkest days of the Covid-19 epidemic: “This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment.  Only, it's not going to be localized …
Oona A. Hathaway / Slate:
After COVID-19, We Need to Redefine “National Security”  —  The post-9/11 era is over.  —  The United States national security system is the best funded, best equipped, and most powerful the world has ever seen.  In the years since the Sept. 11 attacks, if a terrorist group anywhere …
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
People made the ultimate sacrifice for you to vote.  Shouldn't you do the same?  —  Of course you have the right to vote!  —  Just because you are required to stand in a long line (for example, at one of five polling locations for more than a half-million people, where formerly there were 180) …
Discussion: Associated Press
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's purge is about to get much worse.  Schiff just sent up a flare.  —  After President Trump fired the inspector general of the intelligence community, he didn't bother disguising his true reason for doing so: Because that IG had conducted his lawful duties in a manner that resulted …
Washington Post:
Even as deaths mount, officials see signs pandemic's toll may not match worst fears  —  U.S. authorities on Tuesday reported 29,000 more people infected with the novel coronavirus and more than 1,800 more deaths — the highest daily death toll so far.  —  But amid the grim data …
Ariel Edwards-Levy / HuffPost:
By A 10-to-1 Margin, Americans Support Orders To Stay At Home  —  As public concerns about coronavirus continue to tick upward, the vast majority of the public is making an effort to stay home.  —  By a roughly 10-to-1 margin, Americans say states with stay-at-home orders are making the right call …
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Amanda Woods / New York Post:
Pastor who criticized coronavirus ‘mass hysteria’ dies from illness
Financial Times:
EU science chief resigns with blast at coronavirus response
Discussion: The National Pulse and Bloomberg
Special Report: Johnson listened to his scientists about coronavirus - but they were slow to sound the alarm
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Biden describes his phone call with Trump about coronavirus response
Discussion: Fox News
Megan Twohey / New York Times:
New Battle for Those on Coronavirus Front Lines: Child Custody
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Isolationist Allies Push Trump to Tap Obscure Colonel for Pentagon Post
Janelle Griffith / NBC News:
Louisiana woman, 86, and three of her sons die after contracting coronavirus
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
'It's like nothing else': Klobuchar, husband talk about his battle with coronavirus
Discussion: The Hill and New York Post
 Earlier Items: 
Ryan Parker / Hollywood Reporter:
Rosie O'Donnell Says She Visited Michael Cohen in Prison
Miami Herald:
Inside Florida's frenzied, failed dash to dole out $600 million in no-bid mask deals
Discussion: Florida Politics
John Anderer / Study Finds:
Study: Air Pollution May Play Role In Italy's High Coronavirus Death Rate
ABC News:
Disaster in motion: Where flights from coronavirus-ravaged countries landed in US
Robert Faturechi / ProPublica:
Senate Intel Chair Sold Dutch Fertilizer Stock in 2018, Right Before a Collapse
Discussion: Law & Crime
Marshall Allen / ProPublica:
A Nurse Bought Protective Supplies for Her Colleagues Using GoFundMe. The Hospital Suspended Her.
Lis Smith / Vanity Fair:
“Go Everywhere”: How Dr. Anthony Fauci's Media Strategy Is Revolutionizing Coronavirus Messaging