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8:40 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: Common Dreams and New York Times
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
Bernie's Gone, and Trump Is Screwed. Here's How Biden Wins.
Discussion: Politico
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Donald Trump's secret theory about Barack Obama's endorsement
Discussion: Redstate and Mediaite
Grace Sparks / CNN:
CNN poll: Biden leads Trump in national head-to-head matchup
Discussion: Polls, Vox and courthousenews.com
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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Reuters:
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
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
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.
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
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US Food and Drug Administration:
Free Speech Systems LLC d.b.a. Infowars.com MARCS-CMS 605802 — April 09, 2020
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Louder With Crowder
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.”
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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 …
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: The Hill and Politico
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.
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 …
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Trump's utter lack of grief, empathy is the coronavirus dog that didn't bark  —  If you'd spent the last five years trapped in a cave somewhere, you'd probably bet that Queens-accented kid from a place called Jamaica Estates would be better at relating to the sorrows and stresses …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
Jon Hilsenrath / Wall Street Journal:
Coronavirus Crisis Legacy: Mountains of Debt  —  The government and the private sector are going deeper in the hole to survive the economic shutdown, which could be a drag on recovery if it spurs a period of thrift  —  The full impact of the coronavirus pandemic may take years to play out.
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
White House to require coronavirus tests for journalists covering daily briefing  —  The White House will conduct coronavirus tests on all journalists slated to attend Thursday's coronavirus task force briefing as a precautionary measure, the White House Correspondents' Association announced.
Discussion: Associated Press, The Hill and The Wrap
David Stanway / Reuters:
China reclassifies dogs as pets, not livestock, in post-virus regulatory push  —  SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China has drawn up new guidelines to reclassify dogs as pets rather than livestock, the agriculture ministry said, part of a response to the coronavirus outbreak that the Humane Society called a potential …
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.
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
Jonathan Shorman / Wichita Eagle:
Kansas Gov. Kelly to sue lawmakers over vote striking down limits on church gatherings  —  Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly said Thursday she will sue legislative leaders after they voted to overturn her executive order limiting in-person church gatherings ahead of Easter.
Discussion: The Hill
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, Gothamist, VICE and Raw Story
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 …
 
 
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Ken Dilanian / NBC News:
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