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3:15 PM ET, April 15, 2020


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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 …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump's inaction has a staggering toll  —  President Trump suspended payments to the World Health Organization — a move Bill Gates called “as dangerous as it sounds” — in a frantic attempt to deflect blame from his own delinquency in acting to protect Americans against the pandemic …
Caitlin Emma / Politico:
Trump halt to WHO funding violates same law as Ukraine aid freeze, House Democrats say  —  GAO concluded that Trump broke the law when he paused hundreds of millions of dollars in critical military aid to Ukraine last summer.  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo
Josh Kraushaar / National Journal:
Why Trump's slump is likely to last all year  —  The president is losing ground in polls, faces a worsening economy, and is watching Democrats unify behind Joe Biden ahead of schedule.  —  President Trump is in an increasingly precarious position for reelection as he struggles to maintain focus …
Max Boot / Washington Post:   Republicans who don't like Trump have no excuses: Endorse Biden
Ben Terris / Washington Post:   This is Joe Biden's biggest moment. Why does he feel so small?
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Joe Biden racks up another big endorsement: Elizabeth Warren
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:   Obama gives Biden his endorsement. He should really give him his lighting, that set and his camera.
Cortney O'Brien / Townhall:   A Fun Look Back at the Worst Things Bernie and Liz Have Said About Joe
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: The Hill
Ingrid Jacques / Detroit News:
Grassroots backlash grows against Whitmer's excessive stay-home order  —  Perhaps “the woman in Michigan” has let all the attention get to her head.  —  The fawning interviews and puff pieces from cable news networks and progressive media outlets happy to carry the Democratic Party's water …
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.
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.
Associated Press:
China didn't warn public of likely pandemic for 6 key days  —  In the six days after top Chinese officials secretly determined they likely were facing a pandemic from a new coronavirus, the city of Wuhan at the epicenter of the disease hosted a mass banquet for tens of thousands of people …
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
In unprecedented move, Treasury orders Trump's name printed on stimulus checks  —  The Treasury Department has ordered President Trump's name be printed on stimulus checks the Internal Revenue Service is rushing to send to tens of millions of Americans, a process that is expected to slow …
POLITICO Playbook: Trump's self-quarantine
Discussion: Breitbart and The Hill
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
CNN accused of ‘literally publishing Chinese propaganda’  —  CNN is under fire for allegedly publishing “Chinese propaganda” in a report that cites a media outlet controlled by the Chinese government.  —  On Monday, ran an article about China People's Liberation Army (PLA) …
The Times of Israel:
Top Israeli prof claims simple stats show virus plays itself out after 70 days  —  Isaac Ben-Israel, who is not a medical expert, says analysis worldwide shows new cases peaking after about 40 days, slams economic closures; leading doctor dismisses his claims
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Townhall
Michael C. Bender / Wall Street Journal:
Business Leaders Urge Trump to Dramatically Increase Coronavirus Testing  —  During first call to discuss reopening country, executives tell president more testing is needed to convince public to return to work
Yahoo News:
Which elder-care facilities have COVID-19?  Florida won't say, filling families with dread  —  A devoted grandson learns his grandmother died alone last weekend.  The family was never told she had fallen ill. A fragile mother is moved from her room so the senior home can expand its “quarantine wing.”
Discussion: Sun-Sentinel and NPR
Michael R. Gordon / Wall Street Journal:
Possible Chinese Nuclear Testing Stirs U.S. Concern  —  Beijing might secretly be conducting small nuclear tests at its Lop Nur site, report says  —  China might be secretly conducting nuclear tests with very low explosive power despite Beijing's assertions that it is strictly adhering …
Discussion: The Week
ABC News:
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Discussion: Fox News
The Bulwark:   Justin Amash Should Not Run for President (In 2020)
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 …
Discussion: Associated Press
Leah Simpson / Daily Mail:
Florida man, 26, ‘commits murder’ a DAY after being released from prison early to help prevent the spread of coronavirus  — Hillsborough County released 164 low-risk inmates on March 19 to help prevent the spread of coronavirus among jailers and staff  — March 20 police were called …
Wilfred McClay / The James G. Martin Center …:
A Radical Pseudo-historian Meets His Match  —  Historians tend to be skeptical about the influence of books and ideas upon important historical developments, preferring to draw upon material or broadly social and cultural causes as the best explanations of large-scale change.
Discussion: National Review
Washington Post:
As U.S. discouraged mask use for public, White House team raced to secure face coverings from Taiwan for senior staff  —  In mid-March, a National Security Council team rushed to fix what they saw as a threat to the U.S. government's ability to function amid the advancing pandemic …
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.
David Rothkopf / USA Today:
Denial didn't get America past the Depression and it won't work for Trump on coronavirus  —  It's terribly risky in a pandemic to have a president who is anti-fact, anti-science and without empathy.  Bad leaders who ignore crises make them much worse.  —  In March, the president, said the worst would be over in 60 days.
Washington Post:
Trump wants to declare country open by May 1 — but the reality will be much slower  —  President Trump has all but decided to begin declaring the country ready to get back to business on May 1, two current and two former senior administration officials said, but a scramble is underway inside …
Washington Post:
U.S. stocks plunge amid steep fall in bank earnings, retail sales  —  American consumers prop up about 70 percent of the country's economy, but spending at restaurants, retail stores, malls and the like has essentially hollowed out  —  U.S. stocks sank Wednesday, dragged down by dismal earnings …
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Week
David Lim / Politico:
Coronavirus testing hits dramatic slowdown in U.S.  —  The number of coronavirus tests analyzed each day by commercial labs in the U.S. plummeted by more than 30 percent over the past week, even though new infections are still surging in many states and officials are desperately trying to ramp up testing so the country can reopen.
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
GOP congressman says letting more Americans die of coronavirus is lesser of two evils compared to economy tanking  —  GOP lawmaker: More Covid-19 deaths the lesser of 2 evils  —  Washington (CNN)An Indiana congressman said Tuesday that letting more Americans die from the novel coronavirus is the …
Washington Post:
Live updates: Va. governor extends shutdown order for nonessential businesses until May 8; D.C. extends public health emergency until May 15  —  The Washington Post is providing this story for free so that all readers have access to this important information about the coronavirus.
Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
New poll: Nearly half of frequent Fox viewers say COVID-19 death toll is inflated  —  Forty-five percent of people who frequently watch Fox News say that fewer Americans have been killed by the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 than the official count indicates, according to a new poll.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
MLB players, team employees participating in coronavirus study  —  Employees of Major League Baseball teams are participating in a massive study that will test up to 10,000 people for coronavirus antibodies and should offer researchers a better sense of how widespread the disease …
Discussion: The Athletic, HuffPost and The Week
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Amazon slashes commission rates for program that gives publishers a cut of sales  — Amazon on Tuesday told members of its affiliates program that it will cut commission rates beginning April 21.  — Rates are being cut for a number of affiliate product categories.
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
False Prophet  —  On February 28, Donald Trump stood before a crowd of supporters in South Carolina and told them to pay no attention to the growing warnings of a coronavirus outbreak in America.  The press was “in hysteria mode,” the president said.  The Democrats were playing politics.
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Reagan McCarthy / Townhall:
Sen. Chris Murphy Exonerates China from Blame for COVID-19
Discussion: The Federalist and Twitchy
Republicans wary of Mnuchin's coronavirus relief talks with Dems
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
There are so many coronavirus myths that even Snopes can't keep up
Larry O'Connor / Townhall:
New York Death Count Spikes After Gov't Alters Methodology
Discussion: New York Post
Charles Gasparino / New York Post:
Wall Street feasts on federal coronavirus aid while Main Street starves
Mark Shimabukuro / New York Times:
One Bright Thing  —  Need a little lift?  Amid the bleakness …
Washington Post:
Tillis declines to say whether Burr should step down as Senate Intelligence chairman …
Sheri Fink / New York Times:
Treating Coronavirus in a Central Park ‘Hot Zone’
Discussion: Gothamist and Franklin Graham
 Earlier Items: 
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Leaked CDC and FEMA plan warns of ‘significant risk of resurgence of the virus’ with phased reopening
Discussion: Raw Story
Walter E. Williams / Townhall:
Fixing College Corruption
Matthew J. Peterson / The American Mind:
A Time for Statesmanship  —  The president has got to make a decision.
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Anchor: ‘Conservatives’ Heads Would've Exploded' if Obama Claimed ‘Total’ Authority
Anna Merlan / The Guardian:
After the end of the world: the eerie silence of the Las Vegas Strip
Projecting the transmission dynamics of SARS-CoV-2 through the postpandemic period
The Daily Beast:
Barr Pressed Australia for Help on Mueller Review as DOJ Worked to Free Its Hostages

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Associated Press:
A judge dismisses Alec Baldwin's manslaughter case in the fatal shooting of Rust cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, after ruling prosecutors withheld evidence

David Shepardson / Reuters:
The Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals puts the FCC's reinstatement of net neutrality rules on hold until August 5 as it considers industry legal challenges

Tony Mecia / The Charlotte Ledger:
McClatchy's Charlotte Observer is scaling back print editions to three days a week starting September 16, down from six days, and will rely on USPS for delivery

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