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1:50 AM ET, April 10, 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
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.
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
Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
What exactly is Joe Biden's position on the coronavirus pandemic?
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Steyer endorses Biden while prodding him on young voters
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
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 …
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
Memo: The Staggering Economic Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic  —  It is important for policymakers to understand the toll this is taking on the public, as well as noting the racial disparities that are being further exacerbated by this situation.  And they need to act now because …
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 …
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
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.
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Trump approval dips as Americans question his handling of coronavirus crisis  —  After rising to some of the highest levels of his presidency, Donald Trump's approval ratings have leveled off in recent surveys.  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's job approval has taken a negative turn …
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 …
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 …
Neil Vigdor / New York Times:
‘How Do I Get Help?’  Dying Coronavirus Patient Asked Alexa  —  Lou Ann Dagen, 66, was one of six residents who died from the virus at one nursing home outside Grand Rapids, Mich., a spokesman for the center said.  —  They lived about 20 minutes apart in Michigan, but when a cousin gave …
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.
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 …
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.
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: New York Post and Political Wire
Amy Maxmen / Nature:
Thousands of coronavirus tests are going unused in US labs  —  US labs that underwent huge efforts to retool for COVID-19 testing still aren't operating at full capacity.  Experts say the lack of a national strategy is largely to blame.  —  Search for this author in:
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.
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.”
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
Juliegrace Brufke / The Hill:
McCarthy slams Democrats on funding for mail-in balloting  —  House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Thursday slammed calls to include funding for mail-in voting in the next coronavirus relief bill, arguing Democrats are attempting to use the pandemic for their political benefit.
Shawn Cohen / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Harvey Weinstein beats coronavirus: Rapist, 68, is released from his 14-day quarantine but remains on suicide watch, as those close to the disgraced producer say they thought it was the ‘end of him’  — Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein has survived his bout with coronavirus …
Discussion: Page Six and The Wrap
Obama to mayors on coronavirus: The biggest mistake leaders ‘can make in these situations is to misinform’  —  Hear Michelle Obama describe her family's self-quarantine  —  (CNN)Former President Barack Obama on Thursday gave some advice to a group of mayors on how to deal with the coronavirus outbreak …
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, Redstate and Politico
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Jonathan Shorman / Wichita Eagle:
Kansas Gov. Kelly to sue lawmakers over vote striking down limits on church gatherings
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
Lenny Bernstein / Washington Post:
Did Ohio get it right? Early intervention, preparation for pandemic may pay off.
New York Times:
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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
Sarah Zheng / South China Morning Post:
Nature magazine apologises for reports linking Covid-19 with China
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Trump's utter lack of grief, empathy is the coronavirus dog that didn't bark
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The Two States Where Trump's COVID-19 Response Could Backfire in 2020
Discussion: Washington Post
Julie Mack /
Running out of body bags.  People dying in the hallway. …
Discussion: Raw Story