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9:55 PM ET, April 15, 2020

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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
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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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Ben Lowsen / The Diplomat:
Did Xi Jinping Deliberately Sicken the World?  —  PRC moral turpitude forces us to consider the unthinkable.  —  We often ascribe a basic level of humanity to even the cruelest leaders, but People's Republic of China leader Xi Jinping's actions have forced us to rethink this assumption.
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 …
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:
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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NBC News:
Ahead of economic announcement, White House scrambled to assemble list of names
Discussion: Breitbart
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
Tracey Tully / New York Times:
After Anonymous Tip, 17 Bodies Found at Nursing Home Hit by Virus  —  There have been 68 recent deaths of residents and nurses from the facility in a small New Jersey town.  —  The call for body bags came late Saturday.  —  By Monday, the police in a small New Jersey town had gotten …
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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Joe Kovacs / WND:   Rush Limbaugh offers Trump: Take over my radio show
Washington Post:
Trump denied he wanted his name on stimulus checks.  Here's how it happened.  —  When President Trump publicly denied on April 3 that he wanted his signature on stimulus checks that would be sent to millions of Americans struggling amid a pandemic, officials in the Treasury Department …
Discussion: Mediaite, The Hill, NBC News and Breitbart
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Shane Croucher / Newsweek:   Putting Trump's Name on Stimulus Checks Is ‘Abuse of Government Resources,’ Says President of IRS Managers Association
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.
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 …
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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: CNN and Raw Story
Shelby Talcott / The Daily Caller:
Following Backlash, CNN Scrambles To Stealth Edit Article Repeating Chinese PLA Propaganda  —  CNN scrambled to quietly edit an article repeating Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) propaganda Wednesday morning following backlash.  —  The article, published April 13 …
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William Feuer / CNBC:
Drinking alcohol can make the coronavirus worse, the WHO says in recommending restricting access  — Drinking alcohol can increase the risk of catching Covid-19 and governments around the world should limit access during coronavirus lockdowns, the World Health Organization said late Tuesday.
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: Raw Story and ABC News
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
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Anemona Hartocollis / New York Times:
After Coronavirus, Colleges Worry: Will Students Come Back?
Discussion: Forbes and CNN
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.
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.
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Politico:
Trump's WHO cutoff sends officials, allies scrambling
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'
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Politico:
Closing time  —  CAN HE DO THAT?  — President Donald Trump said at tonight's coronavirus briefing that he would exercise his “constitutional authority to adjourn both chambers of Congress” to allow him to make recess appointments if they don't gavel out themselves.
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.
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
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.
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Apple rolls out cheaper iPhone as pandemic curbs spending  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is releasing a new iPhone that will be vastly cheaper than the models it rolled out last fall when the economy was booming and the pandemic had yet to force people to rethink their spending.
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
Andrew Court / Daily Mail:
Kanye West declares he's voting for Trump because the current administration is ‘better’ for his real estate portfolio, adding he doesn't want to be ‘told by white people which white person I can vote for’  — Kanye West has given a series of wide-ranging interviews with GQ magazine for their May 2020 cover story
Discussion: GQ, Redstate, Page Six and Breitbart
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 …
 
 
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Elizabeth Baker / Associated Press:
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Emily Wagster Pettus / Associated Press:
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Adam Behsudi / Politico:
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Amanda Woods / New York Post:
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Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
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Discussion: Axios, POLITICUSUSA and The Hill
Talia Lavin / GQ:
Calling Healthcare Workers War “Heroes” Sets Them Up to Be Sacrificed
Los Angeles Times:
Coronavirus could halt L.A. concerts, sporting events until 2021, Garcetti says
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
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Michael R. Gordon / Wall Street Journal:
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The Times of Israel:
Top Israeli prof claims simple stats show virus plays itself out after 70 days
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Townhall
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
False Prophet  —  On February 28, Donald Trump stood before a crowd …
Discussion: The Week
Yahoo News:
Which elder-care facilities have COVID-19? Florida won't say, filling families with dread
Discussion: Techdirt and Sun-Sentinel