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6:50 AM ET, April 9, 2020


 Top Items: 
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 …
Discussion: Fox News, Raw Story and New York Post
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:
New York Times:
Chicago's Jail Is Top U.S. Hot Spot as Virus Spreads Behind Bars
Discussion: Townhall
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Democrats salivate over Obama coming off sidelines  —  The decision by Bernie Sanders to suspend his campaign means former President Obama is about to get back into the political spotlight.  —  Sources close to Obama and Biden say the two men have spoken “quite frequently,” as one put it …
Joe Biden / Medium:
Statement From Vice President Biden
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” …
Alexander Sammon / American Prospect:
On the Perils of Ignoring Tara Reade's Sexual Assault Claim
Discussion: Arc Digital
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 …
Discussion: Todd Starnes and Raw Story
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
William Feuer / CNBC:
WHO chief addresses death threats, racist insults: 'I don't give a damn'  — The leader of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said Wednesday he's received death threats and racist insults while running the global efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Gerry Shih / Washington Post:
Taiwan rejects WHO chief's claim of racist campaign against him  —  Taiwan hit back Thursday after the chief of the World Health Organization accused the island's government of participating in a racist campaign to smear and intimidate him, deepening the political furor surrounding an agency …
Discussion: The Bulwark, Fox News and Mother Jones
Mia Jankowicz / Business Insider:
Officials in at least 6 states are accusing the federal government of quietly diverting their orders for coronavirus medical equipment  — States have been making their own orders for ventilators, masks, and other personal protective equipment since President Donald Trump told them in March …
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 …
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Wisconsin is discovering problems with absentee ballots, including hundreds that were never delivered  —  Attention turned to missing absentee ballots Wednesday as state officials reported three tubs of them were discovered in a mail processing center and the Milwaukee Election Commission called …
Discussion: Slate
Fox News:
Defense official says media reports about November coronavirus intel assessment are false  —  A defense official on Wednesday issued a rare denial of reports by ABC News and others that claimed a November intelligence assessment warned about a rapidly spreading coronavirus in China that posed a threat to American forces in the region.
US intelligence agencies started tracking coronavirus outbreak in China as early as November
Discussion: National Review and ABC7
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 …
Trump's New Chief of Staff Rattles White House in Crisis Mode  — Grisham replacement, other staff moves have raised tensions  — Meadows called Republican holdouts on ‘stay-at-home’ orders  —  President Donald Trump's new chief of staff, Mark Meadows, has escalated tensions …
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: New York Times and The Hill
Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Linda Tripp, the Clinton sex scandal whisteblower who secretly recorded private phone calls with Monica Lewinksy, dies at age 70 ‘after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer less than a week ago’  — Linda Tripp died on Wednesday morning and a close friend told that ‘she died with a smile on her face’
Associated Press:   Linda Tripp, whose tapes exposed Clinton affair, dies at 70
Danielle Wiener-Bronner / CNN:
Meat plants are shutting down as workers get sick  —  New York (CNN Business)Across the country, major meat processors are starting to shut down plants as employees are getting infected by coronavirus.  —  Tyson (TSN), one of the world's largest meat processors, suspended operations …
Sen. Kelly Loeffler and her CEO husband will sell all individual stock shares after coronavirus trade furor  — Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia and CEO husband Jeff Sprecher plan to liquidate their individual stock share positions and related options after weeks of criticism of the couple …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Raw Story
Kelly Loeffler / Wall Street Journal:
I Never Traded on Confidential Coronavirus Information
Devi Shastri / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
In-person voting was likely a ‘disaster’ for Wisconsin's efforts to flatten coronavirus curve, national experts say  —  As voters lined up across Wisconsin on Tuesday, waiting hours in some places, researchers who have been monitoring the spread of the coronavirus nationwide watched in stunned horror and confusion.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
In Trump's Marathon Briefings, the Answers and the Message Are Often Contradictory  —  The president does not need adversaries to dispute his statements.  He does that all by himself.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump left little room for doubt.  “We're going to put a hold on money spent to the W.H.O. …
Discussion: Townhall
Washington Post:
Trump preparing to unveil second coronavirus task force, officials say  —  President Trump is preparing to announce as soon as this week a second, smaller coronavirus task force aimed specifically at combating the economic ramifications of the virus and focused on reopening the nation's economy …
Manu Raju / CNN:
Colorado Democrat believes Trump awarded ventilators as political favor to vulnerable GOP senator  —  Trump on coronavirus: promises vs. reality  —  (CNN)Rep. Diana DeGette, a veteran Democrat, said that President Donald Trump's announcement that he would send 100 ventilators to Colorado smacks …
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
Outcry over racial data grows as virus slams black Americans  —  As the coronavirus tightens its grip across the country, it is cutting a particularly devastating swath through an already vulnerable population — black Americans.  —  Democratic lawmakers and community leaders in cities hard-hit …
Peter Morley / New York Daily News:
The very worst time to dismantle the disability safety net  —  It's too late to save those who've died from COVID-19.  We also can't recoup the time we could have spent preparing our now-overburdened health-care system.  But there's one thing we can do: Preserve our country's effective …
Cristina Marcos / The Hill:
Rep. Massie threatens to block next relief bill, calls for remote voting  —  © Melina Mara/Washington Post/Pool  —  Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), the libertarian lawmaker who single-handedly forced hundreds of his colleagues to travel to the Capitol last month to pass …
Fox News:
Lawmakers scramble to reach a deal to pump up small business coronavirus fund
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Oversight sputters as Trump starts doling out billions in coronavirus aid  —  Congress assured America that its frenzied rush to deliver $2 trillion in coronavirus relief wouldn't lead to waste, fraud or abuse because they packed the sprawling law with powerful safeguards.
QU Poll:
Release Detail  —  April 8, 2020 - Fauci, Governors Get Highest Marks For Response To Coronavirus, Quinnipiac University National Poll Finds; Majority Say Trump's Response Not Aggressive Enough  —  As the number of coronavirus cases spreads throughout the country, Dr. Anthony Fauci …
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Ben Kesling / Wall Street Journal:
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Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
How Woodrow Wilson Let Flu Deaths Go Viral in the Great War
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Washington Post:
As the coronavirus spreads, so does online racism targeting Asians, new research shows
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Trump's resistance to independent oversight draws bipartisan scrutiny
Kelsey D. Atherton / Slate:
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James Walker / Newsweek:
Dr. Fauci says he doesn't think Americans should ever shake hands again to prevent spread of coronavirus
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jeff Brady / NPR:
Federal Support Ends For Coronavirus Testing Sites As Pandemic Peak Nears
Discussion: Balloon Juice
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Stiles / Washington Free Beacon:
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Andrew Romano / Yahoo News:
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Francisco Alvarado / The Daily Beast:
This South Florida City Is a Looming Coronavirus Hot Spot You Haven't Heard About
Discussion: Raw Story
Olivia Messer / The Daily Beast:
The Terrifying Story of an Unwitting Potential ‘Super-Spreader’ in Chicago
Washington Post:
The coronavirus crisis is devastating the news industry. Many newspapers won't survive it.
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
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