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11:45 AM ET, April 9, 2020

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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 …
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New York Times:
Coronavirus Updates: Studies Show N.Y. Outbreak Originated in Europe  —  The C.D.C. outlined how essential employees can go back to work even if they have been exposed.  Scientists warn that the virus might not fade in warm weather.  —  Here's what you need to know:
Melissa Holzberg / NBC News:
Biden holds lead in latest general election polls  —  Apparent Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is hanging onto his lead in two general election polls against President Trump this week.  In the latest Quinnipiac University poll, released Wednesday, and Monmouth University poll released Thursday …
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Vicky Prodeline / Polls:
Biden Maintains Lead  —  Most voters agree it is time for Sanders to bow out  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Joe Biden holds a 4 point lead over Donald Trump in the race for president, which is similar to his 3 point lead in last month's national Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll.
Discussion: Political Wire and QU Poll
CNN:
Biden campaign braces for general election: ‘This is the beginning of a very difficult race’
John F. Harris / Politico:
Bernie's Legacy Hangs in the Balance
Discussion: The Week, Breitbart and NBC News
Axios:
Biden and Sanders work toward truce on big issues
Discussion: The Hill, American Greatness and IJR
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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Manu Raju / CNN:
Colorado Democrat believes Trump awarded ventilators as political favor to vulnerable GOP senator
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
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.
Discussion: Mediaite and Raw Story
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Washington Post:
Trump preparing to unveil second coronavirus task force, officials say
Tucker Higgins / CNBC:   Treasury Secretary Mnuchin says US could be open for business in May
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Senate fails to approve new coronavirus relief after partisan stalemate  —  UPDATE:  —  The Senate adjourned with no deal to deliver coronavirus aid as Democrats and Republicans rejected each other's bids for new spending.  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tried to approve $250 billion …
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Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Senate adjourns until Monday after Democrats block McConnell's bid to add $250 billion in small business aid
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:   Dems block McConnell bid to swiftly approve $250B more for small business fund
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
‘One of the greatest travesties in American history’: Barr drops all pretense about ongoing probe of Russia investigation  —  Attorney General William P. Barr hasn't been terribly subtle about where he stands on the appropriateness of the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Jerry Falwell Jr. says warrants are out for 2 journalists after critical stories on coronavirus decision  —  Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, said on Wednesday that arrest warrants had been issued for journalists from The New York Times and ProPublica …
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.
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 …
Discussion: PJ Media Home
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
British news outlets ‘could fail due to coronavirus ad-blocking’  —  Firms urged to abandon blocklisting as online stories generate record traffic but little revenue  —  Ministers are demanding advertisers start placing their promotions next to online news stories about the coronavirus …
Steven Shepard / Politico:
The briefings aren't working: Trump's approval rating takes a dip  —  In times of national crisis, the American people typically come together behind their president.  —  But not this one.  —  Donald Trump isn't benefiting from what political scientists refer to as a “rally 'round the flag” …
Reed Richardson / Mediaite:
Bill O'Reilly's Macabre Take: Many Who Died From Coronavirus ‘Were on Their Last Legs Anyway’  —  Former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly offered a decidedly macabre take on the mounting global death toll from coronavirus, telling his former primetime colleague Sean Hannity that many of the fatalities …
Discussion: The Wrap
Jeff Brady / NPR:
Federal Support Ends For Coronavirus Testing Sites As Pandemic Peak Nears  —  Some local officials are disappointed the federal government will end funding for coronavirus testing sites this Friday.  In a few places those sites will close as a result.  This as criticism continues that not enough testing is available.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Balloon Juice
Catherine Herridge / CBS News:
Former Trump campaign adviser denied campaign was involved in DNC hack in recorded conversation  —  In late October 2016, less than two weeks before the presidential election, a former adviser to then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, George Papadopoulos, denied to an FBI confidential source …
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Bloomberg:
Fauci Slashes U.S. Death Projection, Raising Hope for Reopening  — Top infectious disease official credits social distancing  — Fatalities of as many as 200,000 Americans had been estimated  —  One of President Donald Trump's top medical advisers slashed projections for U.S …
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Bloomberg:
Trump's New Chief of Staff Rattles White House in Crisis Mode
Discussion: Raw Story
David Koenig / Las Vegas Sun:
Pandemic has set the number of air travelers back decades  —  The number of Americans getting on airplanes has sunk to a level not seen in more than 60 years as people shelter in their homes to avoid catching or spreading the new coronavirus.  —  The Transportation Security Administration screened fewer …
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:
As pandemic deepens, Trump cycles through targets to blame  —  In this April 7, 2020, photo, President Donald Trump calls on a reporter for a question as he speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House in Washington.  First, it was the media that was at fault.
New York Times:
Coronavirus Invades Saudi Inner Sanctum  —  More than six weeks after Saudi Arabia reported its first case, the coronavirus is striking at the heart of the kingdom's sprawling royal family.  —  The senior Saudi prince who is governor of Riyadh is in intensive care with the coronavirus.
Discussion: VICE
Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Trip to Guam at center of top Navy official's resignation cost taxpayers over $243,000  —  Acting Navy secretary Thomas Modly boarded one of his service's executive jets Monday to visit Guam — a trip that turned out to be costly for both him and U.S. taxpayers.
Discussion: Raw Story and NBC News
Politico:
Recovery law allows Fed to rope off public as it spends billions  —  Tucked into the recent recovery bill was a provision granting the Federal Reserve the right to set up a $450 billion bailout plan without following key provisions of the federal open meetings law, including announcing …
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 …
Wichita Eagle:
War over Easter: Kansas lawmakers revoke Gov. Kelly's order limiting church gatherings  —  Easter looming, Kansas Republican leaders on Wednesday revoked Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's order limiting religious gatherings to 10 people as the state's coronavirus death toll jumped 40 percent.
Discussion: The Hill
David Waldstein / New York Times:
C.D.C. Releases Early Demographic Snapshot of Worst Coronavirus Cases  —  The agency's study of hospitalizations for Covid-19 in March shows heightened numbers for those with underlying conditions, men and African-Americans.  —  On March 1, there were 88 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the United States.
Elizabeth Warren / New York Times:
Congress Needs a Plan to Confront the Coronavirus.  I Have One.  —  Government action is essential to save lives and to rescue our economy.  Let's get back to work.  —  Ms. Warren is a Democratic senator from Massachusetts and a former presidential candidate.
Ben Nadler / Associated Press:
Georgia postpones primaries again because of coronavirus  —  FILE - In this April 6, 2020 file photo Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger speaks during a news conference at Liberty Plaza in downtown Atlanta.  By requiring Georgia voters to provide their own stamps for mail-in ballots …
Discussion: The Hill
 
 
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Ezra Klein / Vox:
It's time to move past employer-based health insurance
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Hearst promises journalists at its newspapers no furloughs, no pay cuts
Dan Barry / New York Times:
Optimism Is Less Distant as Global Coronavirus Battle Rages On
Discussion: Fox News
Hyonhee Shin / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. ambassador to South Korea is discussing plans to resign - sources
Discussion: The Hill
Jason Hanna / CNN:
A grocery clerk with cerebral palsy died of coronavirus. She had kept working to help seniors
Discussion: New York Post
 Earlier Items: 
Axios:
Scoop: Trump administration plan to provide millions of free face masks fizzled
Discussion: Raw Story
Alexander Sammon / American Prospect:
On the Perils of Ignoring Tara Reade's Sexual Assault Claim
Discussion: Arc Digital
Devi Shastri / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
In-person voting was likely a ‘disaster’ for Wisconsin's efforts to flatten coronavirus curve, national experts say
Ben Kesling / Wall Street Journal:
Veterans Affairs Hospitals Facing ‘Serious’ Shortage of Protective Gear, Internal Memos Show
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Wisconsin is discovering problems with absentee ballots, including hundreds that were never delivered
Discussion: Slate
Danielle Wiener-Bronner / CNN:
Meat plants are shutting down as workers get sick
Associated Press:
Outcry over racial data grows as virus slams black Americans
Discussion: The Root