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9:20 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: CNN, NBC News, The Hill, Raw Story and The US Sun
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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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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Alayna Treene / Axios:   Exclusive: Biggest Trump super PAC test drives #BeijingBiden campaign
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Biden: People are dying while Trump is ‘having temper tantrums’
Discussion: Fox News and Axios
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 …
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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E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Trump's bad check
Discussion: The Guardian
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
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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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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
New York Times:
Some Banks Keep Customers' Stimulus Checks if Accounts Are Overdrawn  —  Financial institutions can use the government deposits to make up for recipients' negative balances.  —  For some struggling Americans, the arrival of a deposit from the Treasury Department to help with basic expenses …
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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
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 …
ABC News:
Intelligence report warned of coronavirus crisis as early as November: Sources  —  “Analysts concluded it could be a cataclysmic event,” a source said.  —  Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect comment from the Pentagon.  —  As far back as late November …
Wall Street Journal:
WSJ News Exclusive |  China's Export Restrictions Strand Medical Goods U.S. Needs to Fight Coronavirus, State Department Says  —  Orders of face masks, test kits and other urgently needed medical equipment made by 3M, Owens & Minor and PerkinElmer are sitting in warehouses across China, unable to receive necessary official clearances.
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 …
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.
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
Bloomberg:
Carnival Executives Knew They Had a Virus Problem, But Kept the Party Going  —  More than 1,500 people on the company's cruise ships have been diagnosed with Covid-19, and dozens have died.  —  The news, when it reached the Grand Princess early on March 4, barely registered at first.
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 …
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 …
Benjamin J. Cowling / Nature:
Temporal dynamics in viral shedding and transmissibility of COVID-19  —  Nature Medicine (2020) Cite this article  —  Abstract  —  We report temporal patterns of viral shedding in 94 patients with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 and modeled COVID-19 infectiousness profiles from a separate sample …
Discussion: Forbes and STAT
Jarrett Renshaw / Reuters:
Exclusive: New York taps McKinsey to develop ‘Trump-proof’ economic reopening plan  —  (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has hired high-powered consultants to develop a science-based plan for the safe economic reopening of the region that can thwart expected pressure from President Donald Trump …
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.
Alexander W. Cappelen / New York Times:
The Coronavirus Is Changing How Americans View One Another  —  This article is part of “The America We Need,” a Times Opinion series exploring how the nation can emerge from this crisis stronger, fairer and more free.  Read the introductory editorial and the editor's letter.
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
Falwell Focuses on Critics as Coronavirus Cases Near His University Grow  —  Jerry Falwell Jr. has tried to have journalists arrested as he maintains he has been unfairly maligned.  But the coronavirus keeps spreading around Liberty University.  —  WASHINGTON — Jerry Falwell Jr.'s angry counteroffensive …
Guy Chazan / Financial Times:
Germany to relax coronavirus lockdown measures  —  Many shops and schools will reopen as chancellor warns success in slowing spread is ‘fragile’  —  Germany will reopen many of its shops next Monday and some of its schools from May 4, as it joins other European countries in relaxing …
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 …
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
Rebecca Rainey / Politico:
Jobless claims reach 22 million over four weeks  —  Americans filed 5.2 million jobless claims last week, the Labor Department reported Thursday, pushing the four-week total to over 22 million as the coronavirus pandemic continued to send the workforce into a tailspin.
Discussion: IMF and Breitbart
Nina Lakhani / The Guardian:
Major blow to Keystone XL pipeline as judge revokes key permit  —  Campaigners welcomed Wednesday's ruling as a victory for tribal rights and environmental protection  —  The controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has been dealt a major setback, after a judge revoked a key permit issued …
Discussion: HuffPost
Idrees Ali / Reuters:
Iranian vessels come dangerously close to American military ships: U.S. military  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Eleven vessels from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) came dangerously close to U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships in the Gulf, the U.S. military said on Wednesday, calling the moves “dangerous and provocative.”
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.
 
 
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Politico:
Pandemic scrambles House Democrats' election-year agenda
Discussion: Axios
Patrick McGeehan / New York Times:
Now Arriving at La Guardia Airport: One Passenger
Alex Ward / Vox:
The Chris Murphy Doctrine
Steve Israel / The Hill:
How Congress can give our health care warriors what they need now
CNN:
France's Macron positioning himself as leader of the world
Discussion: New York Times and Axios
Joe Kovacs / WND:
Rush Limbaugh offers Trump: Take over my radio show
Emily Wagster Pettus / Associated Press:
Mayor: Drive-in church, with windows up, OK during pandemic
Discussion: The Hill and courthousenews.com
 Earlier Items: 
Zach Montague / New York Times:
Coronavirus Cases at D.C. Whole Foods Highlight Risks Facing Grocery Workers
Discussion: WUSA and The Guardian
Brett Barrouquere / Southern Poverty Law Center:
Police: Proud Boys Used for Surveillance as Part of Violent Plot
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Los Angeles Times:
Coronavirus could halt L.A. concerts, sporting events until 2021, Garcetti says
ProPublica:
Attorney General Barr Refuses to Release 9/11 Documents to Families of the Victims
The Economist:
Graphic detail  —  PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has often likened …
Discussion: Washington Post
NBC News:
Michigan Gov. Whitmer faces fierce backlash over strict stay-at-home order