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5:30 PM ET, April 9, 2020

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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Pence's office blocks public health officials from appearing on CNN  —  New York (CNN Business)Vice President Mike Pence's office has declined to allow the nation's top health officials to appear on CNN in recent days and discuss the coronavirus pandemic killing thousands of Americans …
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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.
Washington Post:
At White House coronavirus briefings, rescue efforts are extensive but often aspirational  —  Bad news tends to build up on pandemic days right until prime time, when President Trump and the coronavirus task force gather in the White House briefing room to tamp it down.
Joe Biden:
Joe Biden Outlines New Steps to Ease Economic Burden on Working People  —  Two important steps we can take to help ease the economic burden on working people — and that I will take when I am President.  —  The news this morning of another enormous number of unemployment claims …
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Washington Post:
Biden makes his first big overture to Sanders voters  —  Now that Joe Biden is the de facto Democratic nominee, the question is: Can he mend fences with Bernie Sanders' movement, or at least with a very sizable percentage of his voters?  —  The Biden campaign is now set to roll out its first major …
Discussion: New York Times
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Donald Trump's secret theory about Barack Obama's endorsement  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump is, at heart, a provocateur.  One of his favorite tools to stir up trouble is by embracing of conspiracy theories — and sometimes even starting ones of his own.  —  Which is exactly what Trump …
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
Bernie's Gone, and Trump Is Screwed.  Here's How Biden Wins.  —  Never let up.  Never stop reminding voters that both the deaths and the economic depression we're entering are a disaster of Trump's making.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  There are few things Donald Trump wanted more in 2020 than Bernie Sanders as the Democratic nominee.
Grace Sparks / CNN:
CNN poll: Biden leads Trump in national head-to-head matchup
Discussion: Vox
Melissa Holzberg / NBC News:
Biden holds lead in latest general election polls
CNN:
People are luring Instacart shoppers with big tips — and then changing them to zero  —  New York (CNN Business)In late March, Instacart worker Annaliisa Arambula accepted a grocery order that came with a big tip: $55.  The store was just down the street, everything the customer wanted was available …
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PPE and Ventilators Becomes Patronage in Trump's Hands  —  As we work to find out the scope and goals of the White House's seizure of medical goods across the United States, a simpler pattern is coming into view: the White House seizes goods from public officials and hospitals across the country …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
White House to require coronavirus tests for journalists covering daily briefing
Discussion: The Wrap
Jason Koebler / VICE:
The Viral ‘Study’ About Runners Spreading Coronavirus Is Not Actually a Study  —  In the last 24 hours, a computer simulation by a team of Belgian engineers that tracks the “spread droplets” and “slipstream” of the exhalations, coughs, and sneezes of people who are running, walking, or cycling has gone viral.
Discussion: Jurgen Thoelen
Reuters:
Cut salaries, taxes to reopen U.S. economy says Laffer, conservative fave  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican economist Art Laffer, an architect of the Reagan era tax cuts that paved the way for historic budget deficits in the United States, has a plan to rejuvenate today's pandemic-crippled economy.
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Reuters:   U.S. economy should be able to reopen on ‘rolling basis’ - White House adviser Kudlow
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The Two States Where Trump's COVID-19 Response Could Backfire in 2020  —  A handful of swing states will almost certainly decide the winner of November's presidential election.  And in two of them, Michigan and Florida, Donald Trump's complicated relationship with their governors could expose …
Discussion: Washington Post and NBC News
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump: Absentee Voting Is Fraud Unless It's My Supporters  —  “Mail-in voting is horrible.  It's corrupt,” declared President Trump earlier this week.  When a reporter asked how he could reconcile that position with the fact that he had personally voted by mail in the last election, Trump replied, “Because I'm allowed to.”
South China Morning Post:
Japan set to pay its manufacturers to leave China  —  More than US$2 billion of the country's record economic stimulus package will be used to help companies move production away from China The move coincides with what should have been a celebration of friendlier ties between the two countries …
Discussion: National Review and Redstate
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Sarah Zheng / South China Morning Post:
Nature magazine apologises for reports linking Covid-19 with China
Discussion: National Review, Nature and Twitchy
Michael Schulman / New Yorker:
Fran Lebowitz Is Never Leaving New York  —  The writer on growing old, life in quarantine, and the sadness of seeing her city shut down.  —  Fran Lebowitz is the patron saint of staying at home and doing nothing.  She is famously averse to working, and famously resistant to technology; she has no cell phone or computer.
Julie Mack / MLive.com:
Running out of body bags.  People dying in the hallway.  Coronavirus has Michigan hospital workers at a breaking point.  —  DETROIT — Krysti Kallek has worked for the past decade in the emergency department at Detroit's Sinai Grace Hospital.  But she's never experienced anything like Michigan's coronavirus crisis.
Discussion: Raw Story
Noah Goldberg / New York Daily News:
A Brooklyn courthouse was still packed as coronavirus spread.  Judges, their staffs and lawyers are paying the price.  —  Dozens of lawyers, court officers and clerks crowded onto the wooden benches in Judge Johnny Lee Baynes' courtroom on March 12 as they waited for the judge to hear cases …
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Barr calls lockdown measures ‘draconian,’ and suggests they should be revisited next month  —  Attorney General William P. Barr said Wednesday that some of the government-imposed lockdown measures meant to control the spread of covid-19 were “draconian” and suggested that they should be eased next month.
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
‘One of the greatest travesties in American history’: Barr drops all pretense about ongoing probe …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Francis Wilkinson / Bloomberg:
Gavin Newsom Declares California a ‘Nation-State’  —  The state is at odds with the federal government over coronavirus plans and much else.  —  California this week declared its independence from the federal government's feeble efforts to fight Covid-19 — and perhaps from a bit more.
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Meet the former NYT reporter who is challenging the coronavirus narrative  —  As daily life across America is upended by the coronavirus crisis — with mass business closures plunging the economy into freefall — one former New York Times reporter is sounding the alarm about what he believes …
Brittny Mejia / Los Angeles Times:
She lost her job because of coronavirus.  Now she and her son sell masks on a street corner  —  Brenda Mendez stood at the busy street corner holding a small treasure in her teal-gloved hands, an offering to the oncoming traffic.  —  She was selling masks, each one wrapped in clear, crinkly plastic.
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 …
Jeff Neumann / INSIDER:
A rural corner of Virginia is starting to turn on Trump  — So far, Virginia's Northern Neck peninsula has largely been spared from COVID-19, but its rural and working-class residents fear the worst is ahead.  — This is a region where support for President Trump has been strong.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
New York Times:
Poultry Worker's Death Highlights Spread of Coronavirus in Meat Plants  —  Some employees are coming in sick, and one woman died after being ordered back to work.  “Our work conditions are out of control,” a longtime Tyson employee said.  —  Annie Grant, 55, had been feverish for two nights.
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Feds Warn Alex Jones to Stop Hawking Coronavirus Scams  —  The FDA sent a letter to the infamous conspiracy theorist on Thursday saying he needed to stop pushing colloidal silver as a therapy for COVID-19  —  The Food and Drug Administration is demanding that conspiracy theorist Alex Jones …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
As Trump's failures mount, one governor sounds an ominous warning  —  With coronavirus deaths in the U.S. rapidly approaching 15,000, we are now learning that the federal government's national stockpile of medical supplies is almost depleted.  Meanwhile, the failure to ramp up testing …
Discussion: The Mahablog, VICE and Raw Story
New York Times:
Zoom Rushes to Improve Privacy for Consumers Flooding Its Service  —  The features that allowed companies to hop on videoconferences also made it easy for trolls to hijack meetings and harass students.  —  Over the last month, the Zoom videoconferencing service has emerged as the communication lifeline of the coronavirus pandemic.
Associated Press:
McConnell, Democrats jostle over urgent business virus aid  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — An urgent $250 billion request by President Donald Trump to supplement a business “paycheck protection” program for firms crippled by the coronavirus outbreak faces a roadblock Thursday in the Senate.
CNN:
Publisher of hydroxychloroquine study touted by Trump says the research didn't meet its standards  —  Trump's speculation caused some to hoard this drug  —  (CNN)President Trump has been a cheerleader for the drug hydroxychloroquine, pointing in a tweet and in person to a French study …
Discussion: New York Times and POLITICUSUSA
New York Times:
‘A Tragedy Is Unfolding’: Inside New York's Virus Epicenter  —  In a city ravaged by an epidemic, few places have been as hard hit as central Queens.  —  Anil Subba, a Nepali Uber driver from Jackson Heights, Queens, died just hours after doctors at Elmhurst Hospital thought he might be strong enough to be removed from a ventilator.
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Melania Trump sports face covering in public service announcement  —  While her husband has said he has no plans to wear a mask himself, the first lady's account tweeted a photo of her modeling CDC guidance.  —  Melania Trump wore a face mask in a new photo tweeted from the first lady's account Thursday …
Discussion: Politico, ABC News, Wired and Breitbart
Adam Geller / Associated Press:
A city under siege: 24 hours in the fight to save New York  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn is dark except for the streetlamps when Carla Brown's alarm goes off at 5:15 a.m. — much too early for an average Monday.  But with the coronavirus laying siege to New York, today looms as anything but ordinary.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Executive Branch Agencies Recommend the FCC Revoke and Terminate China Telecom's Authorizations to Provide International Telecommunications Services in the United States  —  Today, interested Executive Branch agencies[1] unanimously recommended that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) …
Discussion: CyberScoop and The Daily Caller
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.
Andy Borowitz / New Yorker:
Fauci Urges Trump to Attack the Coronavirus as if It Were an Inspector General  —  WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—In what he described as a “potentially major breakthrough,” Dr. Anthony Fauci has convinced Donald Trump to attack covid-19 as if it were an inspector general.
 
 
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