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11:40 PM ET, April 9, 2020


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New York Times:
Trump Keeps Talking.  Some Republicans Don't Like What They're Hearing.  —  Aides and allies increasingly believe the president's daily briefings are hurting him more than helping, and are urging him to let his medical experts take center stage.  —  WASHINGTON — In his daily briefings on the coronavirus …
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 …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Wasted Briefings
Washington Post:
Trump administration pushing to reopen much of the U.S. next month  —  The Trump administration is pushing to reopen much of the country next month, raising concerns among health experts and economists of a possible covid-19 resurgence if Americans return to their normal lives before the virus is truly stamped out.
Pelosi warns Trump not to reopen country too soon  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi signaled Thursday that the House is unlikely to return to session later this month, her clearest indication yet that Congress — like the rest of the country — could remain shuttered for weeks or even longer as the coronavirus crisis continues.
Reuters:   U.S. economy should be able to reopen on ‘rolling basis’ - White House adviser Kudlow
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 …
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: Common Dreams and New York Times
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Steyer endorses Biden while prodding him on young voters
Discussion: The Hill
ABC News:
Progressives resist quickly unifying with Biden
Discussion: Breitbart
Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
Biden aims to connect with voters one Zoom call at a time
Discussion: Axios, Breitbart and The Hill
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
Bernie's Gone, and Trump Is Screwed. Here's How Biden Wins.
David Lat / Washington Post:
I spent six days on a ventilator with covid-19.  It saved me, but my life is not the same.  —  David Lat is the founding editor of Above the Law, a website covering the legal profession, and a managing director at Lateral Link, a legal recruiting firm.  —  The ventilator has become an object …
Josh Boswell / Daily Mail:
Changed name, alleged fraudster dad: Meet Trump's favorite reporter  — reveals questions over how OAN's Chaneil Rion obtained a White House ‘hard pass.’ She refuses to socially distance and has been dubbed Trump's favorite reporter.
Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Bizarre background of Trump's new favorite White House reporter exposed in wild tabloid investigation  —  President Donald Trump's favorite White House reporter has murky background, a name change, a notorious fiancé, an accused fraudster dad and a TV psychic grandmother.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
White House to require coronavirus tests for journalists covering daily briefing
Discussion: Associated Press, The Hill and The Wrap
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 …
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
Exclusive: Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer, in solitary confinement  —  (Reuters) - Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, has been placed in solitary confinement at a federal prison in New York state where he is serving time for violating campaign finance laws …
Discussion: Fox News
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Iowa Was Meaningless  —  We spent a lot of time covering the candidates' ups and downs in Iowa.  Almost none of it mattered. … All that time in Iowa turned out to be a waste.  —  For 14 months, all of us in the political-media-industrial complex focused our resources and attention on the first-in-the-nation caucus state.
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Donald Trump's secret theory about Barack Obama's endorsement
Discussion: Redstate and Mediaite
Denver Post:
Trump is playing a disgusting political game with our lives  —  President Donald Trump is treating life-saving medical equipment as emoluments he can dole out as favors to loyalists.  It's the worst imaginable form of corruption — playing political games with lives.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
PPE and Ventilators Becomes Patronage in Trump's Hands
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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.
Associated Press:
Barr says Russia probe was started ‘without basis’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr believes the Russia investigation that shadowed President Donald Trump for the first two years of his administration was started without any basis and amounted to an effort to …
Washington Post:
Live updates: Trump contradicts experts, says widespread coronavirus testing not needed to reopen the country  —  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.
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
How Did the U.S. End Up with Nurses Wearing Garbage Bags?  —  A Silicon Valley C.E.O., Jared Kushner, and the race to get P.P.E. for America's hospitals.  —  On Saturday, March 21st, while Donald Trump was tweeting about the “Chinese virus” and circulating praise for the “great job we've done …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
US Food and Drug Administration:
Free Speech Systems LLC d.b.a. MARCS-CMS 605802 — April 09, 2020
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Sarah Zheng / South China Morning Post:
Nature magazine apologises for reports linking Covid-19 with China  —  Scientific journal admits it ‘was an error on our part’ to erroneously link the pathogen with Wuhan and China 'It would be tragic if stigma, fuelled by the coronavirus, led Asia's young people to retreat from international campuses …
South China Morning Post:
Japan set to pay its manufacturers to leave China
Discussion: National Review and Redstate
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.
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.”
Stacy Cowley / New York Times:
Small Businesses Wait for Cash as Disaster Loan Program Unravels  —  Owners were supposed to be able to get up to $2 million.  Now they're being told the cap is $15,000 — if they can get any answers at all.  —  Flooded by requests for help like never before, a federal disaster loan program …
Discussion: Reason, City Limits and Washington Post
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 …
Florida governor falsely claims the coronavirus hasn't killed anyone under 25  —  (CNN)Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis falsely claimed Thursday that the novel coronavirus hasn't killed anyone under 25 nationwide while discussing a timeline for reopening schools in the state.
Discussion: Political Wire
NBC News:
U.S. spy agencies collected raw intel hinting at public health crisis in Wuhan, China, in November  —  Current and former officials say there was no formal assessment in November, but there was raw intel that fueled formal assessments written in December.  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. spy agencies …
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 …
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
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Trump job approval hits new high as voters rally during crisis  —  Approval of President Trump's job performance inches up to a record high in the latest Fox News Poll, as voters rally to both the White House and Congress in the fight against coronavirus.
Discussion: Redstate, The Hill and Politico
Zahra Hirji / BuzzFeed News:
At Least 5,400 Health Care Workers Have Been Infected By The Coronavirus.  Here's How Each State Reports That Information.  —  At least 5,400 nurses, doctors, and other health care workers responding to the coronavirus outbreak in the United States have been infected by the disease …
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Lenny Bernstein / Washington Post:
Did Ohio get it right?  Early intervention, preparation for pandemic may pay off.  —  On Feb. 26, two days before President Trump called the coronavirus outbreak the Democratic Party's “new hoax,” the Cleveland Clinic alerted the public that it was prepared to quickly open 1,000 additional hospital beds should the need arise.
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Amy Maxmen / Nature:
Thousands of coronavirus tests are going unused in US labs
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
McCarthy slams Democrats on funding for mail-in balloting
James Bandler / ProPublica:
Inside the Union Where Coronavirus Put 98% of Members Out of Work
Donald Shaw / Sludge:
Did Joe Pizza Tell Trump About Hydroxychloroquine?
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Knut Wittkowski: The Coronavirus Truthers' Newest “Expert”
Discussion: The College Fix
United States House Committee on Oversight …:
Oversight Republicans question WHO on role China's coronavirus propaganda campaign
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jonathan Shorman / Wichita Eagle:
Kansas Gov. Kelly to sue lawmakers over vote striking down limits on church gatherings
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
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Coronavirus Crisis Legacy: Mountains of Debt
Adam Geller / Associated Press:
A city under siege: 24 hours in the fight to save New York
Brittny Mejia / Los Angeles Times:
She lost her job because of coronavirus. Now she and her son sell masks on a street corner
Jeff Neumann / INSIDER:
A rural corner of Virginia is starting to turn on Trump
Discussion: Raw Story
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Trump's utter lack of grief, empathy is the coronavirus dog that didn't bark
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Julie Mack /
Running out of body bags.  People dying in the hallway. …
Discussion: Raw Story