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7:35 AM ET, April 10, 2020

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Washington Post:
Trump administration pushing to reopen much of the U.S. next month  —  The Trump administration is pushing to reopen much of the country next month, raising concerns among health experts and economists of a possible covid-19 resurgence if Americans return to their normal lives before the virus is truly stamped out.
Joe Biden / Medium:
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 …
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Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
What exactly is Joe Biden's position on the coronavirus pandemic?
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Politico:
Pelosi warns Trump not to reopen country too soon  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi signaled Thursday that the House is unlikely to return to session later this month, her clearest indication yet that Congress — like the rest of the country — could remain shuttered for weeks or even longer as the coronavirus crisis continues.
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ABC News:   White House braces for congressional probes of coronavirus response
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
White House to require coronavirus tests for journalists covering daily briefing
Discussion: Associated Press, The Hill and The Wrap
Josh Boswell / Daily Mail:
Changed name, alleged fraudster dad: Meet Trump's favorite reporter  —  DailyMail.com reveals questions over how OAN's Chaneil Rion obtained a White House ‘hard pass.’ She refuses to socially distance and has been dubbed Trump's favorite reporter.
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Travis Gettys / Raw Story:
Bizarre background of Trump's new favorite White House reporter exposed in wild tabloid investigation  —  President Donald Trump's favorite White House reporter has murky background, a name change, a notorious fiancé, an accused fraudster dad and a TV psychic grandmother.
Discussion: Bloomberg
David Lat / Washington Post:
I spent six days on a ventilator with covid-19.  It saved me, but my life is not the same.  —  David Lat is the founding editor of Above the Law, a website covering the legal profession, and a managing director at Lateral Link, a legal recruiting firm.  —  The ventilator has become an object …
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Iowa Was Meaningless  —  We spent a lot of time covering the candidates' ups and downs in Iowa.  Almost none of it mattered. … All that time in Iowa turned out to be a waste.  —  For 14 months, all of us in the political-media-industrial complex focused our resources and attention on the first-in-the-nation caucus state.
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Ryan Lizza / Politico:
Barack Obama wins the Democratic primary
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Carla Marinucci / Politico:
Steyer endorses Biden while prodding him on young voters
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Beast
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
How Did the U.S. End Up with Nurses Wearing Garbage Bags?  —  A Silicon Valley C.E.O., Jared Kushner, and the race to get P.P.E. for America's hospitals.  —  On Saturday, March 21st, while Donald Trump was tweeting about the “Chinese virus” and circulating praise for the “great job we've done …
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 …
Reuters:
Exclusive: Michael Cohen, Trump's former lawyer, in solitary confinement  —  (Reuters) - Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, has been placed in solitary confinement at a federal prison in New York state where he is serving time for violating campaign finance laws …
Discussion: Fox News
Memos:
Memo: The Staggering Economic Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic  —  It is important for policymakers to understand the toll this is taking on the public, as well as noting the racial disparities that are being further exacerbated by this situation.  And they need to act now because …
New York Times:
Does Vote-by-Mail Favor Democrats?  No. It's a False Argument by Trump.  —  Even some Republican officials, disagreeing with president, say that vote-by-mail has not hurt the G.O.P. in elections.  —  President Trump said that if the United States switched to all-mail voting …
Discussion: CNN, CBS News and Washington Post
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Jason Koebler / VICE:
The Viral ‘Study’ About Runners Spreading Coronavirus Is Not Actually a Study  —  In the last 24 hours, a computer simulation by a team of Belgian engineers that tracks the “spread droplets” and “slipstream” of the exhalations, coughs, and sneezes of people who are running, walking, or cycling has gone viral.
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Virus Throws Millions More Out of Work, and Washington Struggles to Keep Pace  —  Federal efforts to keep businesses operating and workers employed have so far failed to stop the bleeding as the coronavirus tears through the economy in devastating ways.  —  WASHINGTON — When the federal …
Associated Press:
Barr says Russia probe was started ‘without basis’  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General William Barr believes the Russia investigation that shadowed President Donald Trump for the first two years of his administration was started without any basis and amounted to an effort to …
Stacy Cowley / New York Times:
Small Businesses Wait for Cash as Disaster Loan Program Unravels  —  Owners were supposed to be able to get up to $2 million.  Now they're being told the cap is $15,000 — if they can get any answers at all.  —  Flooded by requests for help like never before, a federal disaster loan program …
Discussion: The Colorado Sun and Reason
Washington Post:
Live updates: Trump contradicts experts, says widespread coronavirus testing not needed to reopen the country  —  The Washington Post is providing this story for free so that all readers have access to this important information about the coronavirus.  For more free stories, sign up for our daily Coronavirus Updates newsletter.
Neil Vigdor / New York Times:
‘How Do I Get Help?’  Dying Coronavirus Patient Asked Alexa  —  Lou Ann Dagen, 66, was one of six residents who died from the virus at one nursing home outside Grand Rapids, Mich., a spokesman for the center said.  —  They lived about 20 minutes apart in Michigan, but when a cousin gave …
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
RNC launches digital ads praising Trump on coronavirus  —  The Republican National Committee is launching a seven-figure advertising campaign lavishing praise on President Donald Trump for his handling of the coronavirus outbreak, as the president confronts a sustained assault from liberal groups over his response to the crisis.
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Trump approval dips as Americans question his handling of coronavirus crisis  —  After rising to some of the highest levels of his presidency, Donald Trump's approval ratings have leveled off in recent surveys.  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's job approval has taken a negative turn …
New York Times:
‘A Tragedy Is Unfolding’: Inside New York's Virus Epicenter  —  In a city ravaged by an epidemic, few places have been as hard hit as central Queens.  —  Anil Subba, a Nepali Uber driver from Jackson Heights, Queens, died just hours after doctors at Elmhurst Hospital thought he might be strong enough to be removed from a ventilator.
Noah Goldberg / New York Daily News:
A Brooklyn courthouse was still packed as coronavirus spread.  Judges, their staffs and lawyers are paying the price.  —  Dozens of lawyers, court officers and clerks crowded onto the wooden benches in Judge Johnny Lee Baynes' courtroom on March 12 as they waited for the judge to hear cases …
Washington Post:
At White House coronavirus briefings, rescue efforts are extensive but often aspirational  —  Bad news tends to build up on pandemic days right until prime time, when President Trump and the coronavirus task force gather in the White House briefing room to tamp it down.
NBC News:
U.S. spy agencies collected raw intel hinting at public health crisis in Wuhan, China, in November  —  Current and former officials say there was no formal assessment in November, but there was raw intel that fueled formal assessments written in December.  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. spy agencies …
CNN:
Florida governor falsely claims the coronavirus hasn't killed anyone under 25  —  (CNN)Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis falsely claimed Thursday that the novel coronavirus hasn't killed anyone under 25 nationwide while discussing a timeline for reopening schools in the state.
Discussion: New York Post
Jorge Fitz-Gibbon / New York Post:
China to reclassify dogs as pets, not livestock, in wake of coronavirus  —  China has drawn up new guidelines to reclassify dogs as pets, rather than livestock, in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak — a move that the Humane Society called a “game-changer” in animal welfare.
CNN:
Federal support to end for coronavirus testing sites  —  Fact check: Trump misleads on coronavirus testing  —  (CNN)The Trump administration is pulling back federal support of testing sites by the end of the week, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, amid ongoing concerns over testing shortages nationwide.
Zahra Hirji / BuzzFeed News:
At Least 5,400 Health Care Workers Have Been Infected By The Coronavirus.  Here's How Each State Reports That Information.  —  At least 5,400 nurses, doctors, and other health care workers responding to the coronavirus outbreak in the United States have been infected by the disease …
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Sam Dorman / Fox News:
James Carville says Republicans ‘will kill people to stay in power, literally’  —  Longtime Democratic strategist James Carville claimed Wednesday that Republicans were so intent on maintaining power that they would literally “kill people” in order to do so.
Discussion: Associated Press and WTOP
 
 
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Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
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Shawn Cohen / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Harvey Weinstein beats coronavirus: Rapist, 68, is released from his 14-day quarantine …
Discussion: Page Six and The Wrap
Amy Maxmen / Nature:
Thousands of coronavirus tests are going unused in US labs
Donald Shaw / Sludge:
Did Joe Pizza Tell Trump About Hydroxychloroquine?
Discussion: Washington Post
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Trump job approval hits new high as voters rally during crisis
Discussion: The Hill, Redstate and Politico
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Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Knut Wittkowski: The Coronavirus Truthers' Newest “Expert”
Discussion: The College Fix
Jonathan Shorman / Wichita Eagle:
Kansas Gov. Kelly to sue lawmakers over vote striking down limits on church gatherings
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
New York Times:
Poultry Worker's Death Highlights Spread of Coronavirus in Meat Plants
Francis Wilkinson / Bloomberg:
Gavin Newsom Declares California a ‘Nation-State’
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Trump's utter lack of grief, empathy is the coronavirus dog that didn't bark
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Michael Schulman / New Yorker:
Fran Lebowitz Is Never Leaving New York