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9:00 AM ET, April 11, 2020

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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. …
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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
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 …
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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 …
Associated Press:   Reopening New York will require massive testing
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
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
Catherine Herridge / CBS News:
Footnotes in watchdog report indicate FBI knew of risk of Russian disinformation in Steele dossier
Discussion: Power Line
KCRW:
It's Biden  —  Listen 51 min MORE  —  Bernie Sanders announced the suspension of his presidential campaign this week, making Joe Biden the official presumptive Democratic nominee.  What is the legacy of his campaign?  Does it signal a complete lack of interest in very left policies …
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David Karpf / Wired:   Biden's Path to Victory Does Not Bode Well for Voters
Emily Crane / Daily Mail:
New federal projections show huge spike in coronavirus infections in the summer if current lockdown and social distancing measures are lifted after planned 30 days  — About 95 percent of the US is currently on some form of lockdown after President Donald Trump issued guidelines that called for 30 days of measures
Discussion: CNN
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
Francis X. Donnelly / Detroit News:
‘Unimaginable’ pain: Coronavirus robs Michigan woman of whole family  —  COVID-19 AFFECTED EVERY FACET OF A GRAND BLANC WOMAN'S GRIEF AS SHE DEALS WITH THE VIRUS-RELATED DEATHS OF HER HUSBAND AND ONLY CHILD  —  Grand Blanc — Sandy Brown tried to calm her son, Freddie, alone and scared in a hospital intensive care unit.
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
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: Common Dreams and Mother Jones
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.
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 and Friendly Atheist
Edward-Isaac Dovere / The Atlantic:
Gary Locke Is Mad About That Trump Ad  —  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.  The former Washington governor's friends were indignant.
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 …
Jeremy Schwartz / The Texas Tribune:
A Laredo ER spent $500,000 on coronavirus tests.  Health officials say they're unreliable.  —  A private emergency room owner bought 20,000 rapid COVID-19 tests, but a week later they were seized by the federal government.  It's a bitter example of what can go wrong when local governments try …
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 …
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
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.
Tom Nichols / The Atlantic:
With Each Briefing, Trump Is Making Us Worse People  —  He is draining the last reserves of decency among us at a time when we need it most.  —  Author of The Death of Expertise  —  There has never been an American president as spiritually impoverished as Donald Trump.
Franco Ordoñez / NPR:
White House Seeks To Lower Farmworker Pay To Help Agriculture Industry  —  New White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows is working with Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue to see how to reduce wage rates for foreign guest workers on American farms, in order to help U.S. farmers struggling during …
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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.
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.
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.
BuzzFeed News:
Florida's Nursing Homes Ask Gov. DeSantis To Shield Them From Coronavirus Lawsuits  —  The journalists at BuzzFeed News are proud to bring you trustworthy and relevant reporting about the coronavirus.  To help keep this news free, become a member and sign up for our newsletter, Outbreak Today.
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 …
HuffPost:
As Virus Fears Mounted, Trump Scheduled Only 9 Intelligence Briefings In January  —  Even as his own experts grew increasingly alarmed, Trump did not have an intelligence briefing on his schedule until Jan. 6.  —  WASHINGTON — Even as experts in his own government were increasingly alarmed …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and NBC News
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 …
 
 
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Heather Mac Donald / City Journal:
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Sandra E. Garcia / New York Times:
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Sylvie Lanteaume / Agence France-Presse:
Hit by virus, Pentagon warns enemies: don't test us
Virginia Governor / Virginia Governor Ralph Northam:
Governor Northam Signs Historic Gun Safety Legislation into Law
Discussion: Axios and CNN
Alicia Victoria Lozano / NBC News:
L.A. County extends stay-at-home order until May 15
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
Ukrainian Giuliani ally hires ex-lawmaker to lobby Trump administration
Discussion: Raw Story
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
U.S. consumer prices post largest drop in five years amid coronavirus disruptions
 Earlier Items: 
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
‘No one went for a knockout blow’: Inside Bernie's campaign nosedive
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Trump, Acosta tangle after question about ‘happy talk’ coronavirus briefings
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Breitbart
Juliette Michel / Agence France-Presse:
Cheap beef and wasted milk: US agriculture struggles with virus
New York Times:
How a Virus Conspiracy Theory Fueled Arson and Harassment in Britain
Discussion: TechCrunch and Raw Story
Brad Polumbo / Washington Examiner:
Liberty University's Jerry Falwell Jr. launches assault on press freedom
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Many absentee ballots were not postmarked, putting votes at risk of not being counted
Discussion: electionlawblog.org
New York Times:
Deaths in New York City Are More Than Double the Usual Total
Tanzina Vega / New York Times:
Quarantined With a Newborn, Alone