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4:45 PM ET, April 15, 2020


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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 …
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
Joe Biden Has Yet to Face Single Question on Sexual Assault Allegations  —  3 weeks, 10 interviews, and 81 questions with no mention of sexual assault claim … None of Biden's 10 interlocutors have asked him to comment on the allegation.  On Sunday March 29, for example …
Washington Post:   We've never backed a Democrat for president. But Trump must be defeated.
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:   Obama gives Biden his endorsement. He should really give him his lighting, that set and his camera.
Max Boot / Washington Post:   Republicans who don't like Trump have no excuses: Endorse Biden
Emily Stewart / Vox:
Joe Biden racks up another big endorsement: Elizabeth Warren
Discussion: NBC News, HuffPost, CNN, The Hill and Breitbart
Ben Terris / Washington Post:   This is Joe Biden's biggest moment. Why does he feel so small?
Associated Press:
‘Hold your nose and vote:’ Progressives weigh backing Biden
Cortney O'Brien / Townhall:   A Fun Look Back at the Worst Things Bernie and Liz Have Said About Joe
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 …
Caitlin Emma / Politico:
Trump halt to WHO funding violates same law as Ukraine aid freeze, House Democrats say  —  President Donald Trump's halt to World Health Organization funding is illegal and violates the same federal spending laws as the Ukraine aid freeze that partly prompted his impeachment, House Democrats said on Wednesday.
Timothy Bella / Washington Post:
Bill Gates, in rebuke of Trump, calls WHO funding cut during pandemic ‘as dangerous as it sounds’  —  Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates criticized President Trump's decision to suspend funding to the World Health Organization as “dangerous,” saying the payments should continue particularly during the global coronavirus pandemic.
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: Townhall and The Hill
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
A caravan of angry Michiganders exposes the complicated politics of the coronavirus shutdown
Discussion: CNN, WJBK-TV and Breitbart
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.
The Daily Beast:
Trumpists Urging People to Leave Their Homes to Own the Libs  —  There is a growing resistance on the right that threatens to add additional stress to a political system already nearing the breaking point.  —  A protest movement is taking hold targeting states that have extended social-distancing rules …
Discussion: Townhall and The Gateway Pundit
Brad Reed / Raw Story:   Trump supporters are willing to die to reopen economy: 'When it's my time to go, God's going to call me home'
Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
Big restaurant chains get small business aid, sparking backlash  —  Major U.S. restaurant chains are starting to secure government-backed loans that Congress created to protect small businesses during the pandemic, fueling concerns that big corporations will siphon away rapidly dwindling funds.
Discussion: Equitable Growth and The Hill
Bloomberg:   Rescue Fund to Run Dry Today, Leaving Small Firms Shut Out
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 …
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) …
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Kentucky just made it harder to vote during a pandemic  —  Wisconsin-style tactics come to Kentucky.  —  Kentucky's heavily Republican legislature voted Tuesday to require voters to show a government-issued photo ID, overriding Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear's veto in the process.
Discussion: Associated Press
Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:   Kentucky legislature overrides veto of GOP voter ID measure
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 …
Trump told testing is key to reopening during business panel call  —  The call, one of a series with various sectors on Wednesday, was the first task force teleconference aimed at devising a strategy for reopening the country.  The call lasted for about an hour and had dozens of participants …
Discussion: Politico
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: Townhall and The Gateway Pundit
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.”
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
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Week
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 …
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 …
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.
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: New York Post and The Week
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Conservatives ask Congress to protect industries from coronavirus lawsuits  —  More than 20 conservative groups have signed a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) asking Congress to take measures to protect companies from frivolous coronavirus lawsuits.
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Carolyn Y. Johnson / Washington Post:
Chaotic search for coronavirus treatments reveals another shortcoming in pandemic preparation
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
There are so many coronavirus myths that even Snopes can't keep up
Washington Post:
U.S. stocks plunge amid steep fall in bank earnings, retail sales
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Week
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Amazon slashes commission rates for program that gives publishers a cut of sales
Leah Simpson / Daily Mail:
Florida man, 26, ‘commits murder’ a DAY after being released from prison early to help prevent the spread of coronavirus
Charles Gasparino / New York Post:
Wall Street feasts on federal coronavirus aid while Main Street starves
Will Welch / GQ:
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Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
New poll: Nearly half of frequent Fox viewers say COVID-19 death toll is inflated
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
GOP congressman says letting more Americans die of coronavirus is lesser of two evils compared to economy tanking
Mark Shimabukuro / New York Times:
One Bright Thing  —  Need a little lift?  Amid the bleakness …
New York Times:
The Heartbreaking Last Texts of a Hospital Worker on the Front Lines
Wilfred McClay / The James G. Martin Center …:
A Radical Pseudo-historian Meets His Match
Discussion: National Review
David Rothkopf / USA Today:
Denial didn't get America past the Depression and it won't work for Trump on coronavirus
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
MLB players, team employees participating in coronavirus study
Discussion: The Athletic, HuffPost and The Week

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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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