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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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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, Fox News and Breitbart
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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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
NBC News:
Michigan Gov. Whitmer faces fierce backlash over strict stay-at-home order
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'
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
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.
Discussion: Axios and One America News Network
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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 …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:   Conservatives ask Congress to protect industries from coronavirus lawsuits
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.
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CNBC:
California announces $125 million fund for undocumented immigrants impacted by coronavirus
Discussion: Breitbart and ImmigrationProf Blog
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.
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 …
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
CNN:
Trump told testing is key to reopening during business panel call  —  The call, one of a series with various sectors on Wednesday, was the first task force teleconference aimed at devising a strategy for reopening the country.  The call lasted for about an hour and had dozens of participants …
Discussion: Politico
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NBC News:   Ahead of economic announcement, White House scrambled to assemble list of names
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 …
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) …
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 …
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.
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.
Ken Thomas / Wall Street Journal:
Biden Campaign Indicates Priorities USA Is Preferred Super PAC  —  Nod from the presumptive Democratic nominee sends a message to top donors on where to focus contributions  —  WASHINGTON—Joe Biden's presidential campaign signaled Wednesday that it favors a Democratic super PAC established during …
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
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 …
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, Raw Story and Washington Post
 
 
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Manistee News Advocate:
Local sheriffs speak out against governor's executive orders
Discussion: Breitbart and Twitchy
Ariana Eunjung Cha / Washington Post:
More than 9,000 U.S. health-care workers have been infected with the coronavirus
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
Democratic victory points to trouble for Trump in crucial Wisconsin
Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:
Kansas Dem Bollier raises more than $2 million in three months; Hamilton self-funds
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Washington Post:
Chaotic search for coronavirus treatments reveals another shortcoming in pandemic preparation
Discussion: TheJournal.ie
Rebecca Renner / National Geographic:
The pandemic is giving people vivid, unusual dreams. Here's why.
 Earlier Items: 
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: New York Post and 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
Discussion: The Hill, The Week and Daily Kos
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
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
False Prophet  —  On February 28, Donald Trump stood before a crowd …
Discussion: The Week
 

 
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Chance Miller / 9to5Mac:
Apple says its OpenELM model doesn't power any AI features, including Apple Intelligence, after a report said Apple used YouTube subtitles to train the model

Ina Fried / Axios:
Meta says it will withhold future multimodal AI models in the EU because of what it says is a lack of clarity from regulators; text-only models will be offered

Carl Franzen / VentureBeat:
OpenAI researchers reveal an algorithm by which LLMs can learn to better explain themselves to their users and improve the legibility of their outputs

 
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