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8:10 AM ET, April 16, 2020

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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 …
Discussion: NBC News, Raw Story and The US Sun
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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.
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 …
NBC News:
Ahead of economic announcement, White House scrambled to assemble list of names
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
Discussion: The National Interest and Fox News
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
The WHO that Trump wants to defund saves lives. Just ask his State Department.
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: Raw Story
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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.
Discussion: PJ Media Home
Tracey Tully / New York Times:
After Anonymous Tip, 17 Bodies Are 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
KC Johnson / City Journal:
Joe Biden's Double Standard  —  Confronting a sexual-harassment allegation, will the former vice president demand the due-process protections that he previously denied to others?  —  Politics and law  —  After weeks in which the allegation remained largely below the surface, on Sunday …
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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 …
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Biden: People are dying while Trump is ‘having temper tantrums’  —  Joe Biden on Wednesday accused President Donald Trump of throwing “temper tantrums” rather than showing concern for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic, escalating his criticism of Trump following a series …
Discussion: Fox News and Axios
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Alayna Treene / Axios:   Exclusive: Biggest Trump super PAC test drives #BeijingBiden campaign
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 …
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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
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.
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 …
Discussion: New York Post
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 …
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 …
Courier-Journal:
Protests erupt outside Capitol over Beshear's handling of pandemic, disrupting briefing  —  FRANKFORT, Ky. - Impatient protesters demanding Gov. Andy Beshear reopen Kentucky disrupted his televised Wednesday afternoon pandemic update, chanting, blowing horns and shouting into a megaphone outside …
Discussion: USA Today and The Hill
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: The Federalist and Raw Story
Politico:
Trump's call with Wall Street didn't go as planned  —  In these unprecedented times, America's biopharmaceutical companies are coming together to achieve one shared goal: beating COVID-19.  We are sharing learnings from clinical trials in real time with governments and other companies to advance the development of additional therapies.
John F. Harris / Politico:
The shutdown backlash is coming soon—with a vengeance  —  Laughter has been banned indefinitely during the pandemic, by order of all but a few hold-out governors, on the unanimous recommendation of health experts.  —  Many people, however, found it challenging to abide by the rules early in the crisis …
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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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.
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.
Jamie Lovegrove / Post and Courier:
Lindsey Graham outraised by Democrat Jaime Harrison in SC's record-setting Senate race  —  COLUMBIA — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham's Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison outraised the incumbent Republican for the first time in the race over the initial three months of 2020 …
Discussion: The Hill
Axios:
Warren says she would agree to be Biden's vice president  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren told MSNBC's “The Rachel Maddow Show” Wednesday she would become former Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden's running mate if he asked her.  —  The big picture: Warren endorsed Biden for president earlier Wednesday.
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 …
Politico:
Hot spots erupt in farm belt states where governors insist lockdowns aren't needed  —  The only hospital in Grand Island, Neb., is full.  The mayor has asked for a statewide stay-at-home order that the GOP governor insists isn't needed.  More than one-third of those tested for coronavirus …
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Lisa Fernandez / KTVU-TV:   Newsom: California unemployment center hours extended, $125M fund created for undocumented immigrants
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 and The Guardian
 
 
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Nina Lakhani / The Guardian:
Major blow to Keystone XL pipeline as judge revokes key permit
Discussion: HuffPost
CNN:
France's Macron positioning himself as leader of the world
Discussion: New York Times and Axios
Fred P. Hochberg / The Hill:
The next coronavirus relief bill needs to solve America's unbanked and unwired crises
Joe Kovacs / WND:
Rush Limbaugh offers Trump: Take over my radio show
ESPN:
Dr. Anthony Fauci promotes fan-free return for sports
Discussion: YouTube, The US Sun and Breitbart
Emily Wagster Pettus / Associated Press:
Mayor: Drive-in church, with windows up, OK during pandemic
Discussion: The Hill and courthousenews.com
 Earlier Items: 
Brett Barrouquere / Southern Poverty Law Center:
Police: Proud Boys Used for Surveillance as Part of Violent Plot
Discussion: The Daily Beast
ProPublica:
Attorney General Barr Refuses to Release 9/11 Documents to Families of the Victims
Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:
Kansas Dem Bollier raises more than $2 million in three months; Hamilton self-funds
The Economist:
Graphic detail  —  PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has often likened …
Discussion: Washington Post
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Kentucky just made it harder to vote during a pandemic
Discussion: The Root and Associated Press
Rebecca Renner / National Geographic:
The pandemic is giving people vivid, unusual dreams. Here's why.