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11:45 PM ET, April 10, 2020

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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
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
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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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
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 …
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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
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.
Washington Post:
Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia faces blowback as he curtails scope of worker relief in unemployment crisis  —  Labor Department comes under fire over handling of worker protection, unemployment program  —  The Labor Department is facing growing criticism over its response to the coronavirus pandemic …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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Annalyn Kurtz / CNN:   She came to the rescue during the Great Depression. Now her work is still aiding jobless Americans
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.
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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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 …
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
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Who is telling Trump to reopen the economy?  —  President Trump has formed a task force to look at reopening parts of the American economy amid the coronavirus outbreak.  But he also said this week that he will “rely very heavily” on medical experts, and he declined to publicly set a new target date …
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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
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 …
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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
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
Alicia Victoria Lozano / NBC News:
L.A. County extends stay-at-home order until May 15  —  Los Angeles County is extending its stay-at-home order until May 15 at the earliest with the possibility of extending it into the summer, officials announced Friday.  The order had been set to expire on April 19.
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
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
Democrats want to drop Joe Biden for Andrew Cuomo, poll finds  —  A majority of Democrats want to nominate New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for president instead of Joe Biden, according to poll results shared exclusively with The Post.  —  The national poll found 56 percent of Democrats prefer Cuomo …
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
Associated Press:
Reopening New York will require massive testing  —  How will NY reopen?  —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that many, many New Yorkers will need to be tested for coronavirus antibodies before the state can reopen for business.  Cuomo said New York will need to partner with New Jersey and Connecticut for testing to be effective.
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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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
HuffPost:
As Virus Fears Mounted, Trump Scheduled Only 9 Intelligence Briefings In January
Discussion: NBC News
Lucia Mutikani / Reuters:
U.S. consumer prices post largest drop in five years amid coronavirus disruptions
Holly Otterbein / Politico:
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Sarah Owermohle / Politico:
America's new opioid crisis
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CNBC:
Italy PM extends virus lockdown, says euro zone rescue plan inadequate
Joe Biden:
Statement by Vice President Joe Biden on Incidents of Racism Against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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Toby Eckert / Politico:
IG report clears Mnuchin of charges he mishandled congressional demand for Trump's tax returns
Brad Polumbo / Washington Examiner:
Liberty University's Jerry Falwell Jr. launches assault on press freedom
Kathryn Watson / CBS News:
Trump to announce council for “opening our country” next week
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Townhall
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Tom Orsborn / ExpressNews.com:
In biggest turnout yet, 10,000 hit hard by economic effects of coronavirus seek San Antonio Food Bank help
Discussion: Common Dreams and New York Post
Neil Irwin / New York Times:
Everything Is Awful. So Why Is the Stock Market Booming?
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Ezra Klein / Vox:
I've read the plans to reopen the economy. They're scary.