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7:30 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 …
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Politico:
Trump's WHO cutoff sends officials, allies scrambling  —  President Donald Trump's 60-day freeze on U.S. funding of the World Health Organization was met with swift criticism Wednesday, with defenders of the United Nations agency denouncing the directive as a risky and baffling maneuver amid …
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 …
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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, Big Think and The Hill
NBC News:
Michigan Gov. Whitmer faces fierce backlash over strict stay-at-home order
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'
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: CNN
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Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
Trump's Deadly Search for a Scapegoat
Discussion: Just Security, Fox News and Yahoo News
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.
Discussion: Axios and One America News Network
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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 …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:   Conservatives ask Congress to protect industries from coronavirus lawsuits
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 …
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CNN:
Trump told testing is key to reopening during business panel call
Discussion: Politico
NBC News:   Ahead of economic announcement, White House scrambled to assemble list of names
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.
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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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.
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Ursula Perano / Axios:
LA mayor: Coronavirus could halt city's sports and concerts until 2021
Discussion: The Hill and Los Angeles Times
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.
Danelladebel / California Governor:
Governor Newsom Announces New Initiatives to Support California Workers Impacted by COVID-19  —  Governor announces new initiative to expand call center hours at the Employment Development Department to better assist Californians with unemployment insurance applications
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CNBC:
California announces $125 million fund for undocumented immigrants impacted by coronavirus
Discussion: Breitbart and ImmigrationProf Blog
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
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Elise Viebeck / Washington Post:
Kentucky legislature overrides veto of GOP voter ID measure
Discussion: HuffPost
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, CNN.com ran an article about China People's Liberation Army (PLA) …
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 …
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.
Brent Scher / Washington Free Beacon:
Joe Biden Has Yet to Face Single Question on Sexual Assault Allegations  —  Recent Stories in 2020 Election  — Joe Biden Has Yet to Face Single Question on Sexual Assault Allegations  — Warren Becomes Last of Major 2020 Dems to Endorse Biden  — Bernie Sanders Bends the Knee to the Establishment, Again
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.
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.
Discussion: The Week
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.”
 
 
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Manistee News Advocate:
Local sheriffs speak out against governor's executive orders
Discussion: Breitbart and Twitchy
Shahar Ziv / Forbes:
Why Are Rich Americans Getting $1.7 Million Stimulus Checks?
Discussion: ABC News, Raw Story and Washington Post
Ariana Eunjung Cha / Washington Post:
More than 9,000 U.S. health-care workers have been infected with the coronavirus
Bryan Lowry / Kansas City Star:
Kansas Dem Bollier raises more than $2 million in three months; Hamilton self-funds
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Washington Post:
Chaotic search for coronavirus treatments reveals another shortcoming in pandemic preparation
Discussion: TheJournal.ie
 Earlier Items: 
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
Obama gives Biden his endorsement. He should really give him his lighting, that set and his camera.
Discussion: Fox News
Michael R. Gordon / Wall Street Journal:
Possible Chinese Nuclear Testing Stirs U.S. Concern
Discussion: New York Post and The Week
Washington Post:
As U.S. discouraged mask use for public, White House team raced to secure face coverings from Taiwan for senior staff
Discussion: The Hill, Daily Kos and The Week
Jacqueline Feldscher / Politico:
Pentagon barred from discussing Trump in JEDI contract probe
Washington Post:
U.S. stocks plunge amid steep fall in bank earnings, retail sales
Discussion: The Week and Mother Jones
The Times of Israel:
Top Israeli prof claims simple stats show virus plays itself out after 70 days
Discussion: Townhall and The Gateway Pundit
Leah Simpson / Daily Mail:
Florida man, 26, ‘commits murder’ a DAY after being released from prison early to help prevent the spread of coronavirus
Yahoo News:
Which elder-care facilities have COVID-19? Florida won't say, filling families with dread
Discussion: Sun-Sentinel and NPR
 

 
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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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