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New York Times:
Trump Keeps Talking.  Some Republicans Don't Like What They're Hearing.  —  Aides and allies increasingly believe the president's daily briefings are hurting him more than helping, and are urging him to let his medical experts take center stage.  —  WASHINGTON — In his daily briefings on the coronavirus …
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
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.
Ryan Lizza / Politico:
Barack Obama wins the Democratic primary  —  In the end, the most influential politician of 2020 might be the one who has been the most silent.  —  With Bernie Sanders exiting the race and Joe Biden taking on the mantle of presumptive nominee, the man who hovered quietly over the race for more than a year …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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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.
Francis Wilkinson / Bloomberg:
Gavin Newsom Declares California a ‘Nation-State’
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 …
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 …
Detroit Free Press:
New Whitmer order bans ‘travel between residences,’ with a few exceptions  —  LANSING — After Friday, Michigan residents will no longer be able to jump in the car — or cross the street — to visit friends and relatives inside the state, or to go to the cottage Up North, with limited exceptions.
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 …
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 …
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Giovanni Russonello / New York Times:
Trust in Trump's Virus Response Is Falling.  What Does It Mean for November?  —  Polls suggest that faith in the president to handle the outbreak has slipped among some crucial voting blocs in the general election.  —  Americans are rapidly losing faith in President Trump's handling …
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Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Trump approval dips as Americans question his handling of coronavirus crisis
Discussion: Daily Kos, Washington Times and CNN
Tim Alberta / Politico:
‘The Woman in Michigan’ Goes National  —  The phone rings once.  —  “Hello?”  —  It's a man's voice: gruff, impatient.  —  “Hi there,” the female caller says.  “May I please speak with John?”  —  “Who's this?”  —  “Gretchen Whitmer.”  —  A three-second pause.  —  “Governor Whitmer?”
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 …
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Trump might want to get a head start on packing his bags  —  There is only one logical reason President Trump is so desperately trying to cast doubt on the outcome of an election that's still seven months away: He knows he is likely to lose.  —  To use a football analogy …
Discussion: NPR and New York Times
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Robert J. McCarthy / The Buffalo News:
Cuomo OKs expanded absentee ballot use for June 23
Discussion: Common Dreams and Reuters
CBS News:
Views of Trump's handling of coronavirus outbreak slip again - CBS News poll  —  Most Americans continue to think the battle against the coronavirus outbreak is going badly, and few would feel comfortable being out in crowded spaces now.  There's a collective uncertainty about where things are headed next …
Discussion: Political Wire
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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ABC News:
White House braces for congressional probes of coronavirus response  —  Multiple oversight entities in Congress are vying to examine the response.  —  Late last month, when asked how the administration will hold the Treasury Department accountable for the $500 billion coronavirus relief fund …
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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.
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 …
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 …
Quint Forgey / Politico:
‘He needs to let his experts speak’: Haley offers Trump messaging advice amid pandemic  —  Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley suggested Friday that President Donald Trump should “let his experts speak” at the White House's daily coronavirus briefings.
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.
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.
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden and Trump Agreed to Keep Details of Their Call Private.  Then Biden Told Us Everything He Said.  —  Though President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden said they had agreed to keep the details of their Monday phone call private, Biden appears to have reneged on the agreement.
Discussion: Breitbart and Reason
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
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 …
Gabby Orr / Politico:
To fight coronavirus, Trump and Pence lean into religion — in their own ways  —  As the nation's coronavirus death toll continues to climb, millions of religious Americans have been left to observe Holy Week in isolation: no Passover gatherings with relatives who flew in for the occasion …
Discussion: Raw Story
Detroit News:
Inside Sinai-Grace ‘war zone’: ‘We started to run out of body bags’  —  Detroit — Medical workers at Detroit Medical Center's Sinai-Grace paint a grim picture of the hospital's emergency department these past weeks as they scrambled to care for coronavirus patients: patients dying in hallways …
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
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
More than half of Americans wear masks as coronavirus' new normal takes hold: POLL  —  An overwhelming majority of Americans remain concerned about the virus.  —  More than half of Americans who went out in public in the last week say they've worn a face mask, as an overwhelming majority …
Discussion: ABC7
Ashley Cullins / Hollywood Reporter:
MGM Ordered to Deliver Unaired ‘Apprentice’ Footage in Marketing Scam Lawsuit Against Trumps  —  The decision comes in an unidentified woman's lawsuit against The Trump Corporation and multiple members of the Trump family.  —  Journalists, litigants and even actor Tom Arnold for years …
Discussion: Bloomberg and The US Sun
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
Battleground North Carolina: The Suburban Vote  —  I have been thinking a lot about North Carolina these days.  While the former “Blue Wall” states get the lion's share of coverage, North Carolina is actually the bigger bang for the buck.  It is one of just two states — the other is Arizona …
Harmeet Kaur / CNN:
A woman was arrested after licking $1,800 worth of grocery store items, police say  —  (CNN)A woman was arrested after she licked $1,800 worth of merchandise at a California grocery store near the Nevada border, authorities said.  —  An employee at a Safeway supermarket in South Lake Tahoe told officers …
 
 
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Thomas Joseph White / First Things:
Epidemic Danger and Catholic Sacraments
Discussion: National Review
Lawrence Delevingne / Reuters:
Exclusive: Wall Street firm dangled up to 175% returns to investors using U.S. aid programs
Marty Johnson / The Hill:
FDA warns Alex Jones to stop promoting false coronavirus cures
Matt Welch / Reason:
3 Ways New York Botched the Coronavirus Response in March
Discussion: New York Post
Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
RNC launches digital ads praising Trump on coronavirus
Jorge Fitz-Gibbon / New York Post:
China to reclassify dogs as pets, not livestock, in wake of coronavirus
Shawn Cohen / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Harvey Weinstein beats coronavirus: Rapist, 68, is released from his 14-day quarantine …
Discussion: Page Six and The Wrap
 Earlier Items: 
Donald Shaw / Sludge:
Did Joe Pizza Tell Trump About Hydroxychloroquine?
Discussion: Washington Post
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Knut Wittkowski: The Coronavirus Truthers' Newest “Expert”
Discussion: The College Fix
NBC News:
U.S. spy agencies collected raw intel hinting at public health crisis in Wuhan, China, in November
New York Times:
‘A Tragedy Is Unfolding’: Inside New York's Virus Epicenter
Noah Goldberg / New York Daily News:
A Brooklyn courthouse was still packed as coronavirus spread.  Judges, their staffs and lawyers are paying the price.
Washington Post:
At White House coronavirus briefings, rescue efforts are extensive but often aspirational