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4:05 PM ET, April 10, 2020

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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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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.
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.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Who is telling Trump to reopen the economy?  —  President Trump has formed a task force to look at reopening parts of the American economy amid the coronavirus outbreak.  But he also said this week that he will “rely very heavily” on medical experts, and he declined to publicly set a new target date …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Top Trump ally sounds 2020 election alarm over coronavirus response
New York Times:
Trump Keeps Talking. Some Republicans Don't Like What They're Hearing.
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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Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
Trump Wants 50 Wisconsins on Election Day
Discussion: Washington Post
Paul Krugman / New York Times:
The Wisconsin Primary Shows That Democracy Is in Trouble
Discussion: Twitchy and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:   Biden and Trump Agreed to Keep Details of Their Call Private.  Then Biden Told Us Everything He Said.
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: 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’
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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Annie Karni / New York Times:
New Trump Attack Ad Falsely Suggests Former Governor Is Chinese  —  The ad, which calls Joe Biden soft on China and includes an image of former Gov. Gary Locke of Washington, an Asian-American, comes at a time of rising xenophobia over the coronavirus.  —  WASHINGTON — A new attack ad …
Discussion: Spectator USA, Althouse and Daily Kos
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:   Trump's new ad attacking Biden on China is a complete and utter mess
John Wagner / Washington Post:
New Trump attack ad appears to suggest Washington state's former Asian American governor is a Chinese official
Discussion: HuffPost, Townhall and The Hill
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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Associated Press:
Barr says Russia probe was started ‘without basis’
Discussion: Mother Jones
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 …
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.
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Josh Lederman / NBC News:   Coronavirus stimulus checks: IRS releases new ‘simple tax return’ to help Americans get theirs
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, The Guardian and VICE
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?”
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
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
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
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Washington Post:
With the country distracted, the EPA tees off on the environment  —  THE NOVEL coronavirus has halted much of the country — but it has not stopped the Trump administration from ramming through unwarranted and unwise rollbacks of major environmental rules.  Administration officials …
 
 
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Jeff Spross / The Week:
How to make sure this recovery is quicker than the last
Discussion: Washington Post
CREW:
The Trump Family Is Taking 12x More Protected Trips Than The Obama Family
Discussion: Washington Post
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
Washington Post:
Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly sues GOP lawmakers for revoking her order limiting church gatherings
Discussion: The Federalist and The Week
Tim Miller / The Bulwark:
The Ballad of Clay Travis
 Earlier Items: 
Greenwich Time:
The acting Navy secretary stepped down and a ship's captain was fired.  This question remains about the USS Roosevelt.
Tom Orsborn / ExpressNews.com:
In biggest turnout yet, 10,000 hit hard by economic effects of coronavirus seek San Antonio Food Bank help
Discussion: New York Post
David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
CA-25: Race to Replace Katie Hill Moves from Lean Democratic to Toss Up
Julian Borger / The Guardian:
Peter Navarro: what Trump's Covid-19 tsar lacks in expertise, he makes up
Discussion: The Dispatch
Molly Beck / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Wisconsin health department tracking whether new coronavirus cases are tied to Tuesday's in-person voting
David Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
The Best-Case Scenario for Coronavirus Is That It's Way More Infectious Than We Think
Ashley Cullins / Hollywood Reporter:
MGM Ordered to Deliver Unaired ‘Apprentice’ Footage in Marketing Scam Lawsuit Against Trumps
Discussion: The US Sun and Bloomberg