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3:55 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.
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 …
Discussion: Axios, VICE and POLITICUSUSA
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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: New York Times
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Donald Trump's secret theory about Barack Obama's endorsement  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump is, at heart, a provocateur.  One of his favorite tools to stir up trouble is by embracing of conspiracy theories — and sometimes even starting ones of his own.  —  Which is exactly what Trump …
Grace Sparks / CNN:
CNN poll: Biden leads Trump in national head-to-head matchup
Discussion: Vox
Melissa Holzberg / NBC News:
Biden holds lead in latest general election polls
Vicky Prodeline / Polls:
Biden Maintains Lead
Discussion: NBC News and QU Poll
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Biden, now presumptive nominee, holds edge over Trump in general election polls
Discussion: Washington Post, NBC News and The Hill
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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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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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
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 …
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 …
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.
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
‘One of the greatest travesties in American history’: Barr drops all pretense about ongoing probe …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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.
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.
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.”
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 …
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’
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.
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 …
Discussion: Politico, Breitbart, Wired and The Week
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:
White House Weighs New Panel to Map Post-Virus Economic Recovery
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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, Raw Story and Associated Press
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Tracy Jan / Washington Post:
Two black men say they were kicked out of Walmart for wearing protective masks.  Others worry it will happen to them.  —  As the nation is told to wear masks, black Americans must also weigh the risks of racial profiling  —  Kip Diggs glanced at his reflection in the rearview mirror …
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
Adam Geller / Associated Press:
A city under siege: 24 hours in the fight to save New York  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Brooklyn is dark except for the streetlamps when Carla Brown's alarm goes off at 5:15 a.m. — much too early for an average Monday.  But with the coronavirus laying siege to New York, today looms as anything but ordinary.
David Rasbach / Bellingham Herald:
Feds seize coronavirus test kit materials bound for Bellingham hospital and Northwest  —  A delivery of test kit materials that would have allowed Bellingham's St. Joseph hospital and other PeaceHealth medical facilities in the Northwest to run COVID-19 tests quicker were seized and diverted …
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 …
 
 
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Jeff Neumann / INSIDER:
A rural corner of Virginia is starting to turn on Trump
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Sarah Zheng / South China Morning Post:
Nature magazine apologises for reports linking Covid-19 with China
Discussion: National Review and Twitchy
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Senate Foreign Relations subcommittee calls for WHO chief to testify
Discussion: Fox News, Politico and The Hill
Dylan Scott / Vox:
It will be a long time before the economy recovers — and it won't be the same
Discussion: Mother Jones
Don Walton / Lincoln Journal Star:
Ricketts encourages vote by mail, eyes gradual easing of COVID-19 restrictions possibly in May
Ezra Klein / Vox:
It's time to move past employer-based health insurance
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
British news outlets ‘could fail due to coronavirus ad-blocking’
New York Times:
Coronavirus Invades Saudi Inner Sanctum
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