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6:45 PM ET, April 10, 2020

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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.
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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 …
The Charlotte Observer:
NC's top Republican doesn't trust the governor to run a fair 2020 mail-in election.  Really.  —  A battle is emerging in Washington and across the country about a large-scale expansion of mail-in voting in November's elections.  In North Carolina, the conversation just got especially ugly.
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Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:   Many absentee ballots were not postmarked, putting votes at risk of not being counted
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Trump Wants 50 Wisconsins on Election Day
Discussion: Washington Post and Reason
Molly Beck / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Wisconsin health department tracking whether new coronavirus cases are tied to Tuesday's in-person voting
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  —  No cause of death has been announced.  —  Washington Post reporter Darran Simon was found dead in his apartment on Thursday, according to a newsroom memo from Tracy Grant, the Post's managing editor for staff development and standards.
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
New York Times:
Coronavirus Cases in the US: Live Updates  —  Global supply chains have been disrupted, leading to shortages of key goods.  Every country needs the same lifesaving tools, but nationalist-minded leaders are jeopardizing access for all.  Michigan will ban travel between homes.
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Noah Higgins-Dunn / CNBC:
Trump says he's not going to reopen economy ‘until we know this country is going to be healthy’
Discussion: Axios, Vanity Fair and The Daily Beast
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Top Trump ally sounds 2020 election alarm over coronavirus response  —  There is growing concern among top conservative leaders that the Trump administration isn't addressing the long-term economic impact of the coronavirus, several sources tell Axios.  One top adviser said if the recovery …
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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 and BuzzFeed News
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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New York Times:
How Many People Have Actually Died From Coronavirus in New York?
Discussion: Associated Press and The Guardian
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
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 …
Discussion: Just The News
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Gregg Re / Fox News:   FBI had information Steele dossier was part of ‘Russian disinformation campaign,’ declassified footnotes show
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's new ad attacking Biden on China is a complete and utter mess
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.
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
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.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Wants to Reopen the Economy Because He's Panicking About Reelection Polls  —  Progressive voters have spent weeks hand-wringing about the small polling bump President Trump received for appearing to take the coronavirus seriously, even berating cable-news networks for airing his briefings …
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?”
irs.gov:
Non-Filers: Enter Payment Info Here  —  Who is eligible for the Economic Impact Payment?  —  U.S. citizens or resident aliens who:  — Have a valid Social Security number,  — Could not be claimed as a dependent of another taxpayer, and  — Had adjusted gross income under certain limits.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
I've read the plans to reopen the economy.  They're scary.  —  Medical personnel from Riverside University Health Systems administer a coronavirus test during drive-through testing.  Bob Riha Jr./Getty Images  —  There is no plan to return to normal.  —  Over the past few days …
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
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
Kathryn Watson / CBS News:
Trump to announce council for “opening our country” next week  —  Highlights from Friday's briefing:  — Trump says he's creating a council of business people and doctors to reopen the economy  — Trump says determining when to reopen the country is the biggest decision he's ever made
Discussion: Townhall and POLITICUSUSA
Brad Polumbo / Washington Examiner:
Liberty University's Jerry Falwell Jr. launches assault on press freedom  —  Apparently, “Liberty” is just a name for the small, conservative college run by Jerry Falwell Jr. in Lynchburg, Virginia — not any kind of statement of its values.  At least, that's what the school's latest stunt suggests.
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
What if facts matter?  —  President Trump was irate on Thursday — not because unemployment claims topped 17 million, or because more than 16,000 Americans have died from the coronavirus, or because we lack a national testing program, or because African Americans and Hispanics are dying in disproportionate numbers.
Discussion: Axios, National Review and Daily Kos
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: Mediaite, Daily Kos and Political Wire
Neil Irwin / New York Times:
Everything Is Awful.  So Why Is the Stock Market Booming?  —  Investors are betting that powerful interventions from Washington will protect the long-term profitability of major companies.  —  What on earth is the stock market doing?  —  Death and despair are all around.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
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.
Discussion: Washington Post and Law & Crime
Washington Post:
No, Mr. Trump, VOA is not Chinese propaganda.  Now don't turn it into U.S. propaganda.  —  THE WHITE HOUSE has just confirmed, no doubt unintentionally, that the U.S. government's premier international broadcaster, Voice of America, is independent from the Trump administration.
Sam Levine / The Guardian:
Wisconsin: the state where American democracy went to die  —  The state's holding of a primary during a pandemic is just the latest example of Republicans' naked bid to keep power at all costs  —  Less than 72 hours before polls opened in Wisconsin on 7 April, the state legislature convened …
 
 
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PrairieFan / Bleeding Heartland:
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Wall Street Journal:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Toby Eckert / Politico:
IG report clears Mnuchin of charges he mishandled congressional demand for Trump's tax returns
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
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Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Cuomo calls on Trump to invoke DPA for antibody tests
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Ken Klippenstein / The Nation:
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 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
With the country distracted, the EPA tees off on the environment
Kira Davis / Redstate:
Virus-Panicked Liberal Gun Buyers Are Getting Angry When They Discover Their Own Gun Control Laws
The Guardian:
A tale of two New Yorks: pandemic lays bare a city's shocking inequities
Discussion: CSNY
Major Crunch / Duffel Blog:
Pentagon worries Capt. Crozier's concern for his sailors may be contagious
Joe Pinsker / The Atlantic:
The Pandemic Will Cleave America in Two
Detroit Free Press:
New Whitmer order bans ‘travel between residences,’ with a few exceptions