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6:45 PM ET, April 15, 2020

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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump's ugly new blame-shifting scam spotlights his own failures  —  President Trump is spinning his new decision to suspend funding to the World Health Organization as an act of decisive leadership — one that showcases his devotion to effective crisis management, to gathering good empirical information …
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Caitlin Emma / Politico:
Trump halt to WHO funding violates same law as Ukraine aid freeze, House Democrats say  —  President Donald Trump's halt to World Health Organization funding is illegal and violates the same federal spending laws as the Ukraine aid freeze that partly prompted his impeachment, House Democrats said on Wednesday.
Politico:
Trump's WHO cutoff sends officials, allies scrambling  —  President Donald Trump's 60-day freeze on U.S. funding of the World Health Organization was met with swift criticism Wednesday, with defenders of the United Nations agency denouncing the directive as a risky and baffling maneuver amid …
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Trump's Deadly Search for a Scapegoat
Discussion: Just Security, Vox and Fox News
Washington Post:
We've never backed a Democrat for president.  But Trump must be defeated.  —  The authors are on the advisory board of the Lincoln Project.  —  This November, Americans will cast their most consequential votes since Abraham Lincoln's reelection in 1864.  We confront a constellation of crises …
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Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
Joe Biden Has Yet to Face Single Question on Sexual Assault Allegations  —  Recent Stories in 2020 Election  — Joe Biden Has Yet to Face Single Question on Sexual Assault Allegations  — Warren Becomes Last of Major 2020 Dems to Endorse Biden  — Bernie Sanders Bends the Knee to the Establishment, Again
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Why Trump's slump is likely to last all year
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:   Obama gives Biden his endorsement. He should really give him his lighting, that set and his camera.
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:   Democratic victory points to trouble for Trump in crucial Wisconsin
WWJ Newsradio 950:
Furious Crowd Gathers At Michigan Capitol To Protest ‘Stay Home’ Order  —  Lineup of cars extends for miles outside of Lansing  —  (WWJ) Large and raucous crowds showed up in Michigan's capital Wednesday for what organizers are calling “Operation Gridlock.”
Discussion: Townhall, Big Think and The Hill
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Melissa Harris-Perry / ELLE:
Stacey Abrams On Voting Rights, COVID-19, And Being Vice President  —  “I would be an excellent running mate.”  —  Experienced politicians know there is a right way to answer questions about pursuing higher office.  Be demure.  Redirect.  Convey vague interest while insisting never to have given it serious consideration.
Bloomberg:
Rescue Fund to Run Dry Today, Leaving Small Firms Shut Out  — Small fims have been flooding banks with loan applications  — Congress is debating allocating an additional $250 billion  —  A $349 billion federal relief program for U.S. small businesses is expected to run out of money this afternoon …
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Elaina Plott / New York Times:
Trump Wanted a Radio Show, but He Didn't Want to Compete With Limbaugh  —  President Trump said he envisioned a show running two hours a day, according to White House officials, and would do it were it not for the risk of encroaching on Rush Limbaugh, the conservative host.
The Daily Beast:
Trumpists Urging People to Leave Their Homes to Own the Libs  —  There is a growing resistance on the right that threatens to add additional stress to a political system already nearing the breaking point.  —  A protest movement is taking hold targeting states that have extended social-distancing rules …
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Brad Reed / Raw Story:   Trump supporters are willing to die to reopen economy: 'When it's my time to go, God's going to call me home'
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
CNN accused of ‘literally publishing Chinese propaganda’  —  CNN is under fire for allegedly publishing “Chinese propaganda” in a report that cites a media outlet controlled by the Chinese government.  —  On Monday, CNN.com ran an article about China People's Liberation Army (PLA) …
Associated Press:
China didn't warn public of likely pandemic for 6 key days  —  In the six days after top Chinese officials secretly determined they likely were facing a pandemic from a new coronavirus, the city of Wuhan at the epicenter of the disease hosted a mass banquet for tens of thousands of people …
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Kentucky just made it harder to vote during a pandemic  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks to the media at the Capitol on April 9.  Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images  —  Wisconsin-style tactics come to Kentucky.  —  Kentucky's heavily Republican legislature voted Tuesday …
Discussion: Associated Press
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Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
Kentucky legislature overrides veto of GOP voter ID measure
Discussion: HuffPost
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Stef W. Kight / Axios:
California providing $500 in coronavirus relief to 150,000 unauthorized immigrants
Discussion: Fox News
New York Times:
The Heartbreaking Last Texts of a Hospital Worker on the Front Lines  —  Madhvi Aya worked long hours in the emergency room of a hospital in Brooklyn that was battered by the coronavirus.  Then she caught the virus herself.  —  Lying in a hospital bed last month, Madhvi Aya understood what was happening to her.
Washington Post:
As U.S. discouraged mask use for public, White House team raced to secure face coverings from Taiwan for senior staff  —  In mid-March, a National Security Council team rushed to fix what they saw as a threat to the U.S. government's ability to function amid the advancing pandemic …
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Kos and The Week
Peter Hamby / Vanity Fair:
Baseball?  Coachella?  Handshakes?  Tinder?  Anthony Fauci on the New Rules of Living With Coronavirus  —  Dr. Anthony Fauci wasn't at Donald Trump's side for his daily coronavirus task force briefing on Tuesday.  But Fauci's aggressive and unpredictable media tour continued on Snapchat …
Discussion: New York Post and The Daily Caller
Michael R. Gordon / Wall Street Journal:
Possible Chinese Nuclear Testing Stirs U.S. Concern  —  Beijing might secretly be conducting small nuclear tests at its Lop Nur site, report says  —  China might be secretly conducting nuclear tests with very low explosive power despite Beijing's assertions that it is strictly adhering …
Discussion: New York Post and The Week
The Economist:
Graphic detail  —  PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has often likened the American experience of the covid-19 pandemic to a war.  In many ways, the public-health battle against the coronavirus has resembled a military one.  Health-care workers, like soldiers on the front lines, are sacrificing their lives.
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
False Prophet  —  On February 28, Donald Trump stood before a crowd of supporters in South Carolina and told them to pay no attention to the growing warnings of a coronavirus outbreak in America.  The press was “in hysteria mode,” the president said.  The Democrats were playing politics.
Discussion: The Week
Rebecca Renner / National Geographic:
The pandemic is giving people vivid, unusual dreams.  Here's why.  —  The pandemic is giving people vivid, unusual dreams.  Here's why.  —  Researchers explain why withdrawal from our usual environments—due to social distancing—has left dreamers with a dearth of “inspiration.”
Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:
Kansas Dem Bollier raises more than $2 million in three months; Hamilton self-funds  —  State Sen. Barbara Bollier raised $2.35 million during the first three months of 2020 in her quest to become the first Kansas Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate since 1932.
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Business Leaders Urge Trump to Dramatically Increase Coronavirus Testing  —  During first call to discuss reopening country, executives tell president more testing is needed to convince public to return to work
 
 
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ProPublica:
Attorney General Barr Refuses to Release 9/11 Documents to Families of the Victims
Associated Press:
US accuses Iran of ‘dangerous’ harassment of US warships
Discussion: Politico
CNN:
Trump told testing is key to reopening during business panel call
Discussion: Politico
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Washington Post:
Chaotic search for coronavirus treatments reveals another shortcoming in pandemic preparation
Discussion: TheJournal.ie
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Conservatives ask Congress to protect industries from coronavirus lawsuits
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
There are so many coronavirus myths that even Snopes can't keep up
 Earlier Items: 
Jacqueline Feldscher / Politico:
Pentagon barred from discussing Trump in JEDI contract probe
Washington Post:
U.S. stocks plunge amid steep fall in bank earnings, retail sales
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Week
The Times of Israel:
Top Israeli prof claims simple stats show virus plays itself out after 70 days
Discussion: Townhall and The Gateway Pundit
Leah Simpson / Daily Mail:
Florida man, 26, ‘commits murder’ a DAY after being released from prison early to help prevent the spread of coronavirus
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
New poll: Nearly half of frequent Fox viewers say COVID-19 death toll is inflated
Yahoo News:
Which elder-care facilities have COVID-19? Florida won't say, filling families with dread
Discussion: Sun-Sentinel and NPR
 

 
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Associated Press:
A judge dismisses Alec Baldwin's manslaughter case in the fatal shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, after ruling prosecutors withheld evidence

David Shepardson / Reuters:
The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals puts the FCC's reinstatement of net neutrality rules on hold until August 5 as it considers industry legal challenges

Tony Mecia / The Charlotte Ledger:
McClatchy's Charlotte Observer is scaling back print editions to three days a week starting September 16, down from six days, and will rely on USPS for delivery

 
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