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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.
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.”
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Grace Sparks / CNN:
CNN poll: Biden leads Trump in national head-to-head matchup  —  Biden describes phone call with Trump amid pandemic  —  (CNN)Former Vice President Joe Biden holds a wide lead over President Donald Trump in the national race for the White House, according to a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS.
Discussion: Vox
Melissa Holzberg / NBC News:
Biden holds lead in latest general election polls
NBC News:
Democrats didn't buy Sanders' revolution, but they might post-coronavirus
Discussion: Breitbart, The Week, CNN and The Hill
Vicky Prodeline / Polls:
Biden Maintains Lead
Discussion: NBC News, Political Wire and QU Poll
Chris Cillizza / CNN:   Donald Trump's secret theory about Barack Obama's endorsement
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Biden, now presumptive nominee, holds edge over Trump in general election polls
Discussion: The Hill, New York Post and Bloomberg
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: Outside the Beltway, Raw Story and CNN
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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
Discussion: Twitchy
Associated Press:
McConnell, Democrats jostle over urgent business virus aid  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — An urgent $250 billion request by President Donald Trump to supplement a business “paycheck protection” program for firms crippled by the coronavirus outbreak faces a roadblock Thursday in the Senate.
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Jeff Cox / CNBC:
US weekly jobless claims total 6.6 million, vs 5 million expected  —  Jobless rolls continued to swell due to the coronavirus shutdown, with 6.6 million Americans filing first-time unemployment claims in the week ended April 4, the Labor Department reported Thursday.
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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: Law & Crime, Daily Kos and Mediaite
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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.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
Discussion: NBC News
Ed Mazza / HuffPost:
Bill O'Reilly: Dead Coronavirus Victims ‘Were On Their Last Legs Anyway’  —  The former Fox News host resurfaces with the worst possible take on the COVID-19 pandemic.  —  Disgraced former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly resurfaced on Wednesday to share his thoughts on the wave of deaths due to the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
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Reed Richardson / Mediaite:   Bill O'Reilly's Macabre Take: Many Who Died From Coronavirus ‘Were on Their Last Legs Anyway’
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 …
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
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: VICE, Associated Press and Raw Story
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.
Adam Rawnsley / The Daily Beast:
Russian Trolls Hype Coronavirus and Giuliani Conspiracies  —  CAUGHT  —  A Daily Beast investigation reveals dozens of Russian accounts pushing disinformation on everything from Joe Biden to the origin of the novel coronavirus.  —  Suspected Russian government trolls are trying to pin …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Tara Lachapelle / Yahoo Finance:
You've Heard of 5G.  Now Meet Wi-Fi 6.  —  (Bloomberg Opinion) — Got Wi-Fi problems?  Future routers will at least be ready for the next pandemic.  —  With much of the U.S. on home lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus, we're all more aware than ever just how important Wi-Fi is …
Ezra Klein / Vox:
It's time to move past employer-based health insurance  —  Joe Biden holds a virtual campaign event on March 13, in Chicago, Illinois.  The scheduled in-person campaign event was canceled due to Covid-19.  Scott Olson/Getty Images  —  The coronavirus shows tying health insurance to jobs is a disaster.
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” …
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.
 
 
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Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee calls for WHO chief to testify
Discussion: The Hill
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Melania Trump sports face covering in public service announcement
Discussion: Breitbart, Wired and IJR
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The Two States Where Trump's COVID-19 Response Could Backfire in 2020
Discussion: Washington Post and NBC News
www.stlamerican.com:
All 12 COVID-19 deaths in the City of St. Louis were black
Discussion: The Root
Dylan Scott / Vox:
It will be a long time before the economy recovers — and it won't be the same
Discussion: Mother Jones
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
Don't Trust the Chinese Government's COVID-19 Timeline
Don Walton / Lincoln Journal Star:
Ricketts encourages vote by mail, eyes gradual easing of COVID-19 restrictions possibly in May
 Earlier Items: 
Robert Burns / Associated Press:
General says coronavirus likely to affect more Navy ships
Bloomberg:
Fauci Slashes U.S. Death Projection, Raising Hope for Reopening
David Koenig / Las Vegas Sun:
Pandemic has set the number of air travelers back decades
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
US rocked by 6.6 million more initial unemployment claims last week
Axios:
Scoop: Trump administration plan to provide millions of free face masks fizzled
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Elizabeth Warren / New York Times:
Congress Needs a Plan to Confront the Coronavirus. I Have One.
Wichita Eagle:
War over Easter: Kansas lawmakers revoke Gov. Kelly's order limiting church gatherings
Discussion: The Hill