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8:50 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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Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Trump's Deadly Search for a Scapegoat
Discussion: Just Security, Fox News and Breitbart
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The WHO that Trump wants to defund saves lives. Just ask his State Department.
Fox News:
Sources believe coronavirus originated in Wuhan lab as part of China's efforts to compete with US  —  EXCLUSIVE: COVID-19 originated in a Wuhan laboratory not as a bioweapon, but as part of China's effort to demonstrate that its efforts to identify and combat viruses are equal to or greater …
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Yeganeh Torbati / ProPublica:
Trump Administration Officials Warned Against Halting Funding to WHO, Leaked Memo Shows  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they're published.  —  An internal memorandum written by U.S. officials …
Ben Lowsen / The Diplomat:
Did Xi Jinping Deliberately Sicken the World?
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump threatens to adjourn both chambers of Congress  —  President Trump on Wednesday called on the Senate to either confirm his nominees to vacancies across the administration or formally adjourn, threatening to use executive power to try and force both chambers of Congress to adjourn.
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Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
Trump threatens to adjourn Congress to get his nominees but likely would be impeded by Senate rules  —  President Trump threatened to shut down both chambers of Congress to allow him to fill vacancies in his administration without Senate approval.  —  He spent several minutes …
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 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and CNN
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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NBC News:
Michigan Gov. Whitmer faces fierce backlash over strict stay-at-home order
Washington Post:
Trump's attempt to enlist businesses in reopening push gets off to rocky start  —  President Trump's attempt to enlist corporate executives in a push to reopen parts of society amid the coronavirus pandemic got off to a rocky start Wednesday, with some business leaders complaining the effort …
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CNN:
Trump told testing is key to reopening during business panel call
NBC News:   Ahead of economic announcement, White House scrambled to assemble list of names
Danelladebel / California Governor:
Governor Newsom Announces New Initiatives to Support California Workers Impacted by COVID-19  —  Governor announces new initiative to expand call center hours at the Employment Development Department to better assist Californians with unemployment insurance applications
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Lisa Fernandez / KTVU-TV:   Newsom: California unemployment center hours extended, $125M fund created for undocumented immigrants
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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Politico:
White House snubs Azar, installs Trump loyalist Michael Caputo as HHS spokesperson  —  The White House is installing Trump campaign veteran Michael Caputo in the health department's top communications position, Caputo confirmed to POLITICO.  —  The move is designed to assert more White House control …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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) …
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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'
Shahar Ziv / Forbes:
Why Are Rich Americans Getting $1.7 Million Stimulus Checks?  —  I teach students and grads how to ace their personal finances.  —  A $1.7 million stimulus check?  —  While wealthy Americans are not eligible for the comparatively measly $1,200 stimulus checks that are now being disbursed …
Discussion: ABC News and Raw Story
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.
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 …
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.
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.
ProPublica:
Attorney General Barr Refuses to Release 9/11 Documents to Families of the Victims  —  The move comes after President Donald Trump promised to help families, who accuse Saudi Arabia of complicity in the attacks.  Barr says he cannot even explain why the material must stay secret without putting national security at risk.
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 and The Root
Jacqueline Feldscher / Politico:
Pentagon barred from discussing Trump in JEDI contract probe  —  The Pentagon's inspector general “could not definitively determine” whether the White House influenced the procurement process for a major cloud computing contract because senior Defense Department officials were barred …
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 …
Zach Montague / New York Times:
Coronavirus Cases at D.C. Whole Foods Highlight Risks Facing Grocery Workers  —  A cluster of infections at the store in the heart of trendy downtown Washington is not an isolated episode, as the nation's grocery workers increasingly fall ill.  —  WASHINGTON — An outbreak of coronavirus infections …
Discussion: WUSA, The Guardian and Washingtonian
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.”
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
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, The Week and Daily Kos
 
 
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Politico:
Closing time  —  CAN HE DO THAT?  — President Donald Trump …
Discussion: CNBC
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Biden: People are dying while Trump is ‘having temper tantrums’
Discussion: Axios, POLITICUSUSA and The Hill
Washington Post:
Trump denied he wanted his name on stimulus checks. Here's how it happened.
Discussion: Mediaite, NBC News and Breitbart
Anemona Hartocollis / New York Times:
After Coronavirus, Colleges Worry: Will Students Come Back?
Discussion: Forbes and CNN
Talia Lavin / GQ:
Calling Healthcare Workers War “Heroes” Sets Them Up to Be Sacrificed
Manistee News Advocate:
Local sheriffs speak out against governor's executive orders
Discussion: Breitbart and Twitchy
 Earlier Items: 
Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:
Kansas Dem Bollier raises more than $2 million in three months; Hamilton self-funds
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
Obama gives Biden his endorsement. He should really give him his lighting, that set and his camera.
Discussion: Fox News
Michael R. Gordon / Wall Street Journal:
Possible Chinese Nuclear Testing Stirs U.S. Concern
Discussion: The Week and New York Post
The Times of Israel:
Top Israeli prof claims simple stats show virus plays itself out after 70 days
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Townhall
Yahoo News:
Which elder-care facilities have COVID-19? Florida won't say, filling families with dread
Discussion: Techdirt and Sun-Sentinel