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11:25 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 …
Ben Lowsen / The Diplomat:
Did Xi Jinping Deliberately Sicken the World?
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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Annie Karni / New York Times:
Ivanka Trump, Disregarding Federal Guidelines, Travels to N.J. for Passover  —  Ms. Trump herself has not followed the federal guidelines advising against discretionary travel, leaving Washington for another one of her family's homes.  —  WASHINGTON — Ivanka Trump, President Trump's eldest daughter …
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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 …
New York Times:
Trump's ‘Opening Our Country Council’ Runs Into Its Own Opening Problems  —  Instead of a formal council, the president created several industry groups, and joined four calls with them.  But some participants had no notice they would be included, and others could not join in.
NBC News:
Ahead of economic announcement, White House scrambled to assemble list of names
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
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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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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
New York Times:
Navy May Reinstate Fired Captain to Command of Roosevelt  —  Adm. Michael Gilday has indicated that he may reinstate Captain Crozier, who was removed from command after pleading for more help fighting a coronavirus outbreak on his ship.  —  WASHINGTON — The Navy is looking into whether …
Washington Post:
In coronavirus scramble for N95 masks, Trump administration pays premium to third-party vendors  —  The Trump administration has awarded bulk contracts to third-party vendors in recent weeks in a scramble to obtain N95 respirator masks, and the government has paid the companies more than $5 per unit …
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 …
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.
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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Andrew Court / Daily Mail:
Kanye West declares he's voting for Trump because the current administration is 'better …
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Amanda Woods / New York Post:
Kenyan governor blasted over plans to include Hennessy in coronavirus care packages
Politico:
Trump's call with Wall Street didn't go as planned
Discussion: CNBC
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Biden: People are dying while Trump is ‘having temper tantrums’
Discussion: Axios, POLITICUSUSA and The Hill
Talia Lavin / GQ:
Calling Healthcare Workers War “Heroes” Sets Them Up to Be Sacrificed
Brett Barrouquere / Southern Poverty Law Center:
Police: Proud Boys Used for Surveillance as Part of Violent Plot
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Local sheriffs speak out against governor's executive orders
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Michael R. Gordon / Wall Street Journal:
Possible Chinese Nuclear Testing Stirs U.S. Concern
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
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