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5:15 PM ET, April 10, 2020

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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.
Discussion: NPR, New York Times, Sun-Sentinel and Wired
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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
Sam Levine / The Guardian:   Wisconsin: the state where American democracy went to die
Molly Beck / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Wisconsin health department tracking whether new coronavirus cases are tied to Tuesday's in-person voting
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 …
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Who is telling Trump to reopen the economy?
Discussion: Raw Story and Mediaite
Washington Post:
Trump administration pushing to reopen much of the U.S. next month
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 …
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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.
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.
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.
Discussion: NPR, Los Angeles Times and The Week
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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 and Daily Kos
Kevin Johnson / USA Today:
Barr: ‘Troubling’ evidence in review of Russia involvement in 2016 election that could lead to charges  —  Attorney General William Barr signaled that federal officials involved in launching the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 election and its links to the Trump campaign could face criminal prosecution.
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Charlie Savage / New York Times:   Endorsing Trump's Firing of Inspector General, Barr Paints Distorted Picture
Associated Press:
Barr says Russia probe was started ‘without basis’
Discussion: Mother Jones
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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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's new ad attacking Biden on China is a complete and utter mess  —  The big headline from a new Trump campaign ad is that it features an image suggesting that Gary Locke, former Washington governor and U.S. ambassador to China, is a member of the Chinese Communist Party.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
New Trump attack ad appears to suggest Washington state's former Asian American governor is a Chinese official
Discussion: YouTube, The Hill, HuffPost and Townhall
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Josh Lederman / NBC News:   Coronavirus stimulus checks: IRS releases new ‘simple tax return’ to help Americans get theirs
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 …
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.
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?”
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: The Federalist and Bad News
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 Mediaite
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 …
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: Daily Kos, Mediaite 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
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
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
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
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.
Major Crunch / Duffel Blog:
Pentagon worries Capt. Crozier's concern for his sailors may be contagious  —  PENTAGON - Pentagon officials have expressed concern in recent days that the former commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt may have infected other commanders with a desire to place the well-being of their troops …
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.
 
 
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Rep. McCaul calls China, WHO ‘co-conspirators’ in coronavirus ‘cover-up’
Discussion: Breitbart
Ben Lefebvre / Politico:
Trump pledges to help Mexico meet output cuts sought by OPEC
Nick Niedzwiadek / Politico:
Cuomo calls on Trump to invoke DPA for antibody tests
Discussion: Breitbart
Ken Klippenstein / The Nation:
Exclusive: Inside Trump's Failed Plan to Surveil the Canadian Border
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
House Republicans call for hearing on coronavirus modeling amid ‘conflicting data’
Discussion: American Greatness
Washington Post:
With the country distracted, the EPA tees off on the environment
CREW:
The Trump Family Is Taking 12x More Protected Trips Than The Obama Family
Discussion: Washington Post and Law & Crime
 Earlier Items: 
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
Joe Pinsker / The Atlantic:
The Pandemic Will Cleave America in Two
David Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
The Best-Case Scenario for Coronavirus Is That It's Way More Infectious Than We Think
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
How Did the U.S. End Up with Nurses Wearing Garbage Bags?