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Adam Bernstein / Washington Post:
Darran Simon, Washington Post journalist, dies at 43  —  Darran Simon, a journalist who developed an expertise reporting on trauma during a wide-ranging career that had recently brought him to The Washington Post, where he covered District politics and government, was found dead April 9 at his home in Washington.
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Luke Mullins / Washingtonian:
Washington Post Reporter Found Dead
NBC News:
More than 2,200 coronavirus deaths in nursing homes, but federal government isn't tracking them  —  The numbers are likely a significant undercount, given the limited access to testing and other constraints, state officials and public health experts say.  —  Nearly 2,300 long-term care facilities …
Discussion: Washington Post
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Wall Street Journal:
Coronavirus Strikes at Least 2,100 Senior Facilities Across U.S., Killing 2,300 People  —  Tally of 37 states suggests pandemic has had bigger impact than federal government has reported  —  The new coronavirus has hit more than 2,100 nursing homes and other senior facilities around the U.S. …
David Karpf / Wired:
Biden's Path to Victory Does Not Bode Well for Voters  —  Like Trump in '16, he coasted on free media coverage.  If that's the future of campaigning, America's in trouble.  —  There's an interesting parallel between Joe Biden's victory in the 2020 Democratic primary and Donald Trump's victory in the 2016 Republican primary.
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Gaby Galvin / US News:
CDC: U.S. Coronavirus Cases Doubled in 1 Week  —  A NEW REPORT CAPTURES the scope of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., showing rapid spread in some areas and a muted impact in others so far.  —  As of April 7, confirmed cases of COVID-19 - the disease caused by the coronavirus …
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Politico:
Data divide on coronavirus reveals behind-scenes spat between Cuomo, de Blasio  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio is being kept in the dark about data the state collects each day on incidents of coronavirus in New York City.  —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office has stonewalled City Hall in its efforts …
Associated Press:   Reopening New York will require massive testing
Washington Post:
A plan to defeat coronavirus finally emerges, but it's not from the White House  —  In the absence of federal direction, states and America's top experts forge the path ahead.  —  A national plan to fight the coronavirus pandemic in the United States and return Americans to jobs and classrooms …
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Selena Simmons-Duffin / NPR:
CDC Director: ‘Very Aggressive’ Contact Tracing Needed For U.S. To Return To Normal
Chuck Grassley:
FBI Ignored Early Warnings that Debunked Anti-Trump Dossier was Russian Disinformation  —  Declassified footnotes sought by Grassley, Johnson reveal faulty predicate in Russia probe  —  WASHINGTON - The “central and essential” evidence used to justify invasive surveillance of an American citizen …
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:   FBI Received Evidence Of Russian Disinformation In Steele Dossier
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Emily Crane / Daily Mail:
New federal projections show huge spike in coronavirus infections in the summer if current lockdown …
Discussion: CNN
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
News Media Outlets Have Been Ravaged by the Pandemic  —  Roughly 28,000 workers at news companies nationwide have been laid off, furloughed or had their pay reduced.  Some publications that rely on ads have shut down.  —  The news media business was shaky before the coronavirus started spreading across the country last month.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Many absentee ballots were not postmarked, putting votes at risk of not being counted … Katherine Katsekes, left, and Diane Scott help sort absentee ballots by ward to be opened on election day at Brookfield City Hall on Tuesday.  Many area communities are having a larger-than-normal number …
Discussion: electionlawblog.org
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Annalyn Kurtz / CNN:
She came to the rescue during the Great Depression.  Now her work is still aiding jobless Americans  —  (CNN Business)Sometimes great ideas are born in moments of crisis.  —  Such was the case for one Great Depression heroine, born 140 years ago today, whose life's work is still benefiting millions …
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Washington Post:
Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia faces blowback as he curtails scope of worker relief in unemployment crisis
Discussion: Mother Jones
Rich McHugh / Business Insider:
Biden accuser Tara Reade files criminal complaint over 1993 allegation  —  A woman who accused Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden of sexually assaulting her when she worked for him in 1993 has filed a formal criminal complaint with the Washington, DC, police about the alleged incident, Business Insider has learned.
Discussion: Raw Story and The US Sun
New York Times:
Deaths in New York City Are More Than Double the Usual Total  —  Over the 31 days ending April 4, more than twice the typical number of New Yorkers died.  —  That total for the city includes deaths directly linked to the novel coronavirus as well as those from other causes, like heart attacks and cancer.
Discussion: New Republic and VICE
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Endorsing Trump's Firing of Inspector General, Barr Paints Distorted Picture  —  The attorney general misstated key facts in explaining the dismissed official's handling of the whistle-blower complaint that prompted impeachment.  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General William P. Barr endorsed …
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Kevin Johnson / USA Today:   Barr: ‘Troubling’ evidence in review of Russia involvement in 2016 election that could lead to charges
Barry Neild / CNN:
Czech nudists told to wear face masks by police  —  (CNN) — Face masks aren't mandatory everywhere, but strict rules on wearing them have been enforced in the Czech Republic — even for nudists.  —  The European country has begun to relax restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus …
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Mike Bloomberg's Firm That Ran His Presidential Campaign Is Bidding to Take Over Joe Biden's  —  The Bloomberg-owned firm Hawkfish, which ran the presidential campaign of Mike Bloomberg, is in serious talks to serve the presidential campaign of Joe Biden, according to sources with knowledge of the ongoing negotiations.
Discussion: Raw Story, The Federalist and Bad News
USA Today:
Golf, handshakes and a Mar-a-Lago conga line: Squandered week highlights Trump's lack of COVID-19 focus  —  By Friday, March 6, there was no escaping the fact that the spread of the novel coronavirus would soon upend American life.  —  There were confirmed cases in two dozen states …
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Gary Locke Is Mad About That Trump Ad  —  The president's latest attack ad makes a reckless claim about the former governor of Washington.  —  It was getting late in the afternoon, but Gary Locke hadn't had time for breakfast or lunch.  Too many emails, phone calls, and texts had been coming in from friends, family, former aides.
Andrew Court / Daily Mail:
Boston suburb sets up one-way sidewalks to allow residents to practice social distancing - and police will hand out $100 fines to anyone who walks in the wrong direction  — Police in the suburb of Beverly noticed locals brushing up against one another as they walked in opposite directions along busy Lothrop Street
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Jane C. Hu / Slate:
No, You Did Not Get COVID-19 in the Fall of 2019  —  On Tuesday, KSBW, a news station in Monterey, California, aired a story about California's potential “herd immunity” to the novel coronavirus.  The piece opens by discussing a new study from Stanford Medicine in which researchers …
Discussion: SFist, alicublog, Redstate and Instapundit
Brooke Seipel / The Hill:
Louisiana church expecting 2,000 at Easter service despite coronavirus: ‘Satan and a virus will not stop us’  —  While many churches across the nation plan to hold their Easter services online Sunday, a Louisiana pastor says his church near Baton Rouge is expecting a crowd of 2,000 …
Discussion: Reuters, Friendly Atheist and Queerty
Cassandra Fairbanks / The Gateway Pundit:
Democrat Kentucky Governor Announces Plan to Record License Plates of Easter Church Goers and Force Them to Self-Quarantine for 14 Days  —  The state of Kentucky is cracking down on Easter weekend worshippers by recording the license plates of people who attend services and forcing them to “self-quarantine” for two weeks afterwards.
Discussion: New York Post and Raw Story
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
White House attacks Voice of America, claiming it promoted Chinese propaganda  —  The White House launched an extraordinary attack on Voice of America on Friday, saying the federally funded but independent news service had promoted Chinese government propaganda in its reporting about the coronavirus outbreak.
CNN:
Navarro publicly said Americans had ‘nothing to worry about’ while privately warning coronavirus could cost lives and dollars  —  (CNN)White House trade adviser Peter Navarro publicly said Americans had “nothing to worry about” while he privately warned the White House that the coronavirus pandemic …
Discussion: Raw Story and Eschaton
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Trump, Acosta tangle after question about ‘happy talk’ coronavirus briefings  —  CNN's Jim Acosta tussled with President Trump after the network's reporter questioned whether the White House daily coronavirus task force briefings had become “happy talk” sessions designed to paint a “rosy picture” of what's happening amid the pandemic.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Breitbart
Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
Quarantined With a Newborn, Alone  —  Raising a baby is already isolating.  The pandemic highlighted how fragile my social networks are.  —  When I gave birth to my son at the end of January, an unexpected miracle to me at the age of 45, I never could have imagined spending my maternity leave in the middle of a global pandemic.
Sylvie Lanteaume / Agence France-Presse:
Hit by virus, Pentagon warns enemies: don't test us  —  US Joint Chiefs Chairman General Mark Milley warns adversaries to not test US military readiness in the coronavirus pandemic  —  Washington (AFP) - With an aircraft carrier forced into port and staff at bases handling nuclear missiles hit by COVID-19 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's China-bashing ad is more ridiculous than you thought  —  President Trump's new campaign ad attacking Joe Biden as soft on China and coronavirus is drawing attention for its ugly xenophobia.  As many have noted, in order to portray Biden as weak and overly deferential toward China …
Leila Macor / Agence France-Presse:
Florida's nightmare: a hurricane during the pandemic  —  In this file photo taken on September 12, 2017, Bill Quinn surveys the damage caused to his trailer home from Hurricane Irma at the Seabreeze Trailer Park in Islamorada, in the Florida Keys  —  Miami (AFP) - What could be worse …
Mark Stevenson / Associated Press:
In Mexico, beach towns block themselves off because of virus  —  MEXICO CITY (AP) — In Mexico, beach towns have begun blocking off roads — in some cases, constructing barricades of rubble across roadways — to seal themselves off from the outside world in a bid to stop the new coronavirus from entering.
CREW:
The Trump Family Is Taking 12x More Protected Trips Than The Obama Family  —  Last fiscal year, the Trump family took more trips that required Secret Service protection than the Obama family took in seven, according to a budget document released by the Treasury Department.
Juliette Michel / Agence France-Presse:
Cheap beef and wasted milk: US agriculture struggles with virus  —  New York (AFP) - Milk dumped in fields and cattle prices plunging even as steaks stay expensive: the coronavirus pandemic is hitting American farmers hard.  —  With industries from restaurants to department stores forced to close …
 
 
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