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10:35 PM ET, April 15, 2020

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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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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 …
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 …
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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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 …
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: Associated Press, Politico and Axios
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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 …
NBC News:
Michigan Gov. Whitmer faces fierce backlash over strict stay-at-home order  —  “We're responsible adults and can be trusted to go out in public,” said one critic.  —  DETROIT — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed one of the most restrictive stay-at-home orders in the country late last week …
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WWJ Newsradio 950:
Furious Crowd Gathers At Michigan Capitol To Protest ‘Stay Home’ Order
Discussion: Big Think, Townhall and The Hill
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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New York Times:   Trump's ‘Opening Our Country Council’ Runs Into Its Own Opening Problems
NBC News:
Ahead of economic announcement, White House scrambled to assemble list of names
Discussion: Breitbart
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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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.
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
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, ABC17NEWS and 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.
Joe Kovacs / WND:
Rush Limbaugh offers Trump: Take over my radio show  —  ‘With proper training and proper instruction, I could see that’  —  Talk-show legend Rush Limbaugh is making an extraordinary offer to President Donald Trump, giving the commander in chief a chance to connect with even more Americans by taking over his top-rated radio program.
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Elaina Plott / New York Times:
Trump Wanted a Radio Show, but He Didn't Want to Compete With Limbaugh
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, Washingtonian and The Guardian
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Anemona Hartocollis / New York Times:
After Coronavirus, Colleges Worry: Will Students Come Back?
Discussion: Forbes and CNN
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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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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Fred P. Hochberg / The Hill:
The next coronavirus relief bill needs to solve America's unbanked and unwired crises  —  Just two weeks after Congress passed the $2.2 trillion CARES Act to provide relief to businesses and families hammered by the coronavirus lockdown, discussions are turning to another legislative package …
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
FISA BOMBSHELL: Russian Intelligence Knew Christopher Steele Was Investigating Trump During 2016 Campaign  —  Two Russian intelligence operatives were aware as early as July 2016 that former British spy Christopher Steele was investigating Donald Trump, according to newly declassified information …
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
CNN:
France's Macron positioning himself as leader of the world  —  Covid-19 puts French military in ‘unprecedented’ peacetime role  —  David A. Andelman, Executive Director of The RedLines Project, is a contributor to CNN where his columns won the Deadline Club Award for Best Opinion Writing.
Discussion: New York Times and Axios
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.
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.
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 …
Jessica Piper / Bangor Daily News:
Sara Gideon leapfrogs Susan Collins in fundraising ahead of 2020 US Senate race  —  loading...  Welcome, You're signed in as: {{credentials.userName}}  —  Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Sara Gideon raised $7.1 million during the first quarter of 2020, surpassing Republican Sen. Susan Collins.
Los Angeles Times:
Coronavirus could halt L.A. concerts, sporting events until 2021, Garcetti says  —  Los Angeles may hold off on allowing big gatherings until 2021 because of the coronavirus threat, according to an internal Los Angeles Fire Department email reviewed by The Times.
Emily Wagster Pettus / Associated Press:
Mayor: Drive-in church, with windows up, OK during pandemic  —  JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Facing two freedom-of-religion lawsuits and pushback from the U.S. attorney general, a Mississippi mayor said Wednesday that people may attend drive-in church services during the coronavirus pandemic but they must keep their windows up.
Discussion: The Hill and courthousenews.com
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.”
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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Andrew Court / Daily Mail:
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The Times of Israel:
Top Israeli prof claims simple stats show virus plays itself out after 70 days
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McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
False Prophet  —  On February 28, Donald Trump stood before a crowd …
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Yahoo News:
Which elder-care facilities have COVID-19? Florida won't say, filling families with dread
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