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11:15 AM ET, April 11, 2020


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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.
Wall Street Journal:
De Blasio Says New York Public Schools Won't Reopen Until September  —  City at the center of one of the worst coronavirus outbreaks in the U.S. made decision out of caution for students, faculty and staff  —  New York City's public school system, the largest in the country …
Data divide on coronavirus reveals behind-scenes spat between Cuomo, de Blasio
Gaby Galvin / US News:   CDC: U.S. Coronavirus Cases Doubled in 1 Week
Miami Herald:
‘Playing games with numbers’: Florida COVID-19 test backlog worse than state says  —  Florida is significantly under-reporting the state's COVID-19 testing backlog, a blind spot in the data that could obscure the pandemic's size and hamper efforts to decide when it's safe to end restrictions …
Mary Ellen Klas / Miami Herald:
Rural North Florida nursing home is pummeled by outbreak of 51 COVID-19 cases  —  A nursing home in the rural North Florida town of Live Oak has become a virtual hot spot as at least 51 people have tested positive for COVID-19, including 30 members of the staff.
BuzzFeed News:   Florida's Nursing Homes Ask Gov. DeSantis To Shield Them From Coronavirus Lawsuits
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. …
New York Times:
The Costly Toll of Not Shutting Down Spring Break Earlier  —  People got sick — and some died — after attending crowded parties and theme parks in Florida as the coronavirus spread.  —  MIAMI — You could find Beatriz Diaz at this spring's Winter Party Festival in Miami Beach, giving out hand sanitizer.
Tom Nichols / The Atlantic:
With Each Briefing, Trump Is Making Us Worse People  —  There has never been an American president as spiritually impoverished as Donald Trump.  And his spiritual poverty, like an overdrawn checking account that keeps imposing new penalties on a customer already in difficult straits …
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
5 Increasingly Hardball Versions of the Next Stimulus  —  The news out of Washington this week made it sound like Democrats are playing hardball on economic relief, blocking a Republican bill that didn't include their top priorities.  But the Democrats aren't really playing hardball.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Catherine Herridge / CBS News:
Footnotes in watchdog report indicate FBI knew of risk of Russian disinformation in Steele dossier  —  The FBI was warned sections of the controversial Steele dossier could have been part of a “Russian disinformation campaign to denigrate U.S. foreign relations,” according to newly declassified footnotes …
Discussion: Power Line
Wall Street Journal:
Slow Start for Rapid Coronavirus Tests Frustrates States  —  Most states received materials to conduct about 100 tests, regardless of population; 'I'm banging my head against the wall'  —  A rapid test for the new coronavirus that was touted by the White House as a game-changing development …
Eliza Shapiro / New York Times:
The Coronavirus Outbreak  —  Frequently Asked Questions and Advice  —  When will this end?  —  This is a difficult question, because a lot depends on how well the virus is contained.  A better question might be: “How will we know when to reopen the country?”
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.
Houston Chronicle:
How many missed?  Texas is second-worst in the nation for COVID-19 testing  —  Six times in three weeks, Marci Rosenberg and her ailing husband and teenage children tried to get tested for the new coronavirus — only to be turned away each time, either for not meeting narrow testing criteria …
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
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
Trump leaves trail of unmet promises in coronavirus response  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — For several months, President Donald Trump and his officials have cast a fog of promises meant to reassure a country in the throes of the coronavirus pandemic.  Trump and his team haven't delivered on critical ones.
Discussion: WCMH-TV, Vox and Kaiser Health News
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
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 …
Marianne LeVine / Politico:
Clash hardens over coronavirus aid as GOP leaders reject Dem demands  —  The Republican offensive came a day after Democrats said bipartisan talks were set to begin with the Trump administration.  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Hill
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 …
John Pudner / Washington Examiner:
Why Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers flip-flopped on postponing his state's primary  —  Why did Gov. Tony Evers, a Wisconsin Democrat, change his mind by trying to postpone the Wisconsin State Supreme Court election this week when both he and Vice President Joe Biden had just recently said that the voting could proceed?
Discussion: Althouse
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.
Wall Street Journal:
'I'm Sorry I Can't Kiss You'—Coronavirus Victims Are Dying Alone  —  A brutal hallmark of the pandemic is the way it isolates victims in their final moments  —  Her father was 83 years old, sweating and gasping for breath.  Nancy Hopkins leaned down and rubbed his arm just before paramedics put him into an ambulance.
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 …
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.
Heather Mac Donald / City Journal:
Experts Topics … Call It a Ponzi Scheme  —  Even during the Covid-19 crisis, colleges abuse their economic and reputational privileges.  —  Covid-19  —  As American unemployment mounted by the millions in March and April, the dance of the college diversity deans kept up its usual brisk pace.
Joanna Slater / Washington Post:
In India, life under coronavirus brings blue skies and clean air  —  NEW DELHI — Inside the world's largest lockdown, there are no flights, no passenger trains, no taxis and few functioning industries.  But one thing is remarkably abundant: cleaner air.  —  India is engaged in a desperate bid to …
Discussion: ABC News
New York Times:
Torn Over Reopening Economy, Trump Says He Faces 'Biggest Decision I've Ever Had to Make'  —  The president suggested he wanted to move soon, but he also promised to listen to public health officials cautioning against relaxing restrictions prematurely.  —  WASHINGTON — As he grapples simultaneously …
Discussion: Politico, EA WorldView and Althouse
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.
Paul Egan / Detroit Free Press:
Whitmer's new stay home order blasted by critics for lack of consistency  —  LANSING — State residents can't travel to their Up North cottages, but Illinois residents who own one in Michigan apparently can.  —  In-store purchases of Michigan Lottery tickets are still permitted …
Anthony Leonardi / Washington Examiner:
Texas governor prepares executive order setting guidelines to reopen businesses  —  GOP Texas Gov. Greg Abbott plans to unveil an executive order with guidelines on how businesses can reopen.  —  Abbott held a press conference Friday to announce a forthcoming executive order that sets guidelines …
Discussion: Redstate and Fox 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.
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 …
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.
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Associated Press:
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USA Today:
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Franco Ordoñez / NPR:
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Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
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Andrew Court / Daily Mail:
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Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Joe Concha / The Hill:
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Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Breitbart
New York Times:
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Endorsing Trump's Firing of Inspector General, Barr Paints Distorted Picture