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1:35 PM ET, April 10, 2020


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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.
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 …
Charles Sykes / The Bulwark:
The Faucian Bargain  —  Anthony Fauci has played his hand perfectly.  But the game isn't over.  —  As we wake up on this Good Friday morning, nearly 17,000 Americans have died from COVID-19 in the United States and we have seen nearly 500,000 confirmed cases.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Week
Zachary Petrizzo / Mediaite:
Trump Rips Wall Street Journal For Editorial Criticizing His Coronavirus Pressers: ‘WSJ Is Fake News!’
John Wagner / Washington Post:
New Trump attack ad appears to suggest Washington state's former Asian American governor is a Chinese official  —  A new attack ad by President Trump's campaign that portrays former vice president Joe Biden as too cozy with China to confront the country over the coronavirus pandemic includes …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:   Trump's new ad attacking Biden on China is a complete and utter mess
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
Democrats want to drop Joe Biden for Andrew Cuomo, poll finds
Discussion: Rasmussen Reports
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:   Biden and Trump Agreed to Keep Details of Their Call Private.  Then Biden Told Us Everything He Said.
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 …
Discussion: The Nation
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
Trump might want to get a head start on packing his bags
Discussion: New York Times
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 and Political Wire
The Daily Beast:
Trump's Disgraced Body Man Now Leads White House's New Purge  —  John McEntee is the ultimate Trump loyalist.  And now he's been tasked with making the administration as committed to the president as he is.  —  Even in the midst of a global pandemic and economic collapse …
Discussion: Raw Story
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
Barr says he supports Trump's ouster of intelligence watchdog who received whistleblower complaint …
Discussion: Vanity Fair and Politico
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Democrats seek protections for inspectors general after Trump attacks
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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.
Josh Lederman / NBC News:   Coronavirus stimulus checks: IRS releases new ‘simple tax return’ to help Americans get theirs
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?”
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
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.
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 …
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: Eschaton
Joe Pinsker / The Atlantic:
The Pandemic Will Cleave America in Two  —  Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers.  Find the collection here.  —  Viruses aren't picky.  They tear through neighborhoods and nations, infecting whomever they can …
Tom Orsborn /
In biggest turnout yet, 10,000 hit hard by economic effects of coronavirus seek San Antonio Food Bank help  —  In perhaps the most sobering reminder yet of the economic fallout caused by the coronavirus pandemic, the San Antonio Food Bank aided about 10,000 households Thursday in a record-setting giveaway at a South Side flea market.
Discussion: New York Post
New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Projects Summer Spike in Infections if Stay-At-Home Orders Are Lifted  —  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.
Discussion: The Week
Molly Beck / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Wisconsin health department tracking whether new coronavirus cases are tied to Tuesday's in-person voting  —  MADISON - The state health department is tracking new cases of the coronavirus to determine whether it was spread among voters during Tuesday's spring election.
Anna-Maja Rappard / CNN:
Ammon Bundy vows to defy stay-at-home orders for Easter gathering  —  Palm Sunday amid social distancing rules  —  (CNN)Ammon Bundy, the rancher who led an armed occupation of a federal wildlife refuge in Oregon, said he plans on holding an Easter gathering despite stay-at-home orders implemented during the coronavirus pandemic.
David Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
The Best-Case Scenario for Coronavirus Is That It's Way More Infectious Than We Think  —  We're committed to keeping our readers informed. … Over the past few days, some glimmers of relative hope have flickered down the end of what had seemed until recently a possibly endless tunnel.
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 …
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 …
Josh Boswell / Daily Mail:
Changed name, alleged fraudster dad: Meet Trump's favorite reporter  — 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.
Discussion: Raw Story
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
Peter Navarro: what Trump's Covid-19 tsar lacks in expertise, he makes up  —  Green activist turned China hawk shares president's brittle traits and wrote books quoting expert who turned out to be fictitious version of himself  —  The rise of Peter Navarro - the man put in charge …
Discussion: The Dispatch
Greenwich Time:
The acting Navy secretary stepped down and a ship's captain was fired.  This question remains about the USS Roosevelt.  —  On Tuesday, acting Navy secretary Thomas Modly resigned, attempting to end the uproar over a coronavirus outbreak on the USS Theodore Roosevelt and the dismissal last week …
David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
CA-25: Race to Replace Katie Hill Moves from Lean Democratic to Toss Up  —  California, during a pandemic, would be an unlikely place and time for a GOP upset.  After all, Republicans haven't picked up a seat in the state since 1998 and most voters aren't enamored with President Trump's handling of the crisis.
Washington Post:
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly sues GOP lawmakers for revoking her order limiting church gatherings  —  Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D) sued a Republican-controlled legislative council Thursday after it revoked her executive order that limited church gatherings, marking the latest chapter …
Discussion: The Federalist and The Week
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For McConnell, virus carries echo of his boyhood polio
Discussion: WSVN-TV
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
The Ballad of Clay Travis
Dan Wang / New York Magazine:
Life After COVID-19: Letter From Beijing
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Wisconsin Primary Shows That Democracy Is in Trouble
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Distracted … Trump says his own impeachment “distracted” …
 Earlier Items: 
Joy Pullmann / The Federalist:
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Stop the sickening ‘Cuomo Brothers Feel-Good Pandemic Variety Show’
Amy Walter / The Cook Political Report:
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Ashley Cullins / Hollywood Reporter:
MGM Ordered to Deliver Unaired ‘Apprentice’ Footage in Marketing Scam Lawsuit Against Trumps
Discussion: The US Sun and Bloomberg
Quint Forgey / Politico:
‘He needs to let his experts speak’: Haley offers Trump messaging advice amid pandemic
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
Virus Throws Millions More Out of Work, and Washington Struggles to Keep Pace
Billie Kanfer / Memos:
Memo: The Staggering Economic Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic
Donald Shaw / Sludge:
Did Joe Pizza Tell Trump About Hydroxychloroquine?
Discussion: Washington Post