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7:40 PM ET, April 16, 2020

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Pew Research Center:
Most Americans Say Trump Was Too Slow in Initial Response to Coronavirus Threat  —  Wide concern that states will lift COVID-19 restrictions too quickly  —  How we did this  —  As the death toll from the novel coronavirus pandemic continues to spiral, most Americans do not foresee a quick end to the crisis.
Discussion: Axios, New York Times, Politico, Vox and The Hill
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The Hill:   Here's where things stand 200 days before Election Day
Pew Research Center:   3. The 2020 election and Congress  —  Women, younger voters …
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
For Mark Meadows, the Transition From Trump Confidant to Chief of Staff Is a Hard One  —  Only weeks into the job, the former congressman has confronted the same problems that frustrated his three predecessors.  It hasn't helped him with his new White House colleagues that he's emotional and sometimes cries.
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Annie Karni / New York Times:
Ivanka Trump, Disregarding Federal Guidelines, Travels to N.J. for Passover
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Trump's Job Rating Slides; U.S. Satisfaction Tumbles  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — As President Donald Trump works to contain the damage from the novel coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., the rally in support he enjoyed as the nation entered a virtual lockdown has faded.
Discussion: The Hill and POLITICUSUSA
Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
Chanting ‘lock her up,’ Michigan protesters waving Trump flags mass against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's coronavirus restrictions  —  If all roads in Michigan lead to the state capitol, conservative protesters on Wednesday made sure they were closed.  —  For miles, thousands of drivers clogged …
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Anna Liz Nichols / Michigan Advance:
Whitmer stay home order protest turns into Trump celebration with Confederate flags and guns
Justin Caruso / The Daily Caller:   PHOTOS: ‘We Will Not Comply’ — Virginia Protesters Demand State Reopens
Axios:
Trump calls on governors with “beautifully low” coronavirus numbers to reopen on May 1  —  President Trump told governors on a conference call today that he wants to begin to reopen the U.S. economy on May 1.  — He called on governors with low coronavirus numbers to begin to reopen …
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Laura Johnston / Plain Dealer:
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine says Ohio will begin to reopen after coronavirus May 1  —  CLEVELAND, Ohio — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine plans to begin reopening Ohio on May 1, he said Thursday.  —  Ohioans will have to live with the threat of coronavirus until a vaccine is developed, he said.
Discussion: CNN, Townhall and Breitbart
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Jennifer Senior / New York Times:
Why Trump Doesn't Seem to Understand About Coronavirus
Discussion: Raw Story
Madison Dibble / Washington Examiner:
Ohio governor announces economic reopening starting May 1
Discussion: Power Line
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Judge denies new trial for Roger Stone  —  Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Stone's lawyers failed to demonstrate that a woman selected as a juror was biased against President Donald Trump.  —  The federal judge overseeing the trial of longtime Trump associate Roger Stone on Thursday denied …
Discussion: ABC News and POLITICUSUSA
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Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Trump friend Roger Stone denied new trial by judge
Discussion: Axios
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Roger Stone jurors say they fear for their safety and plead for privacy
Discussion: Raw Story and Contemptor
STAT:
Early peek at data on Gilead coronavirus drug suggests patients are responding to treatment  —  A Chicago hospital treating severe Covid-19 patients with Gilead Sciences' antiviral medicine remdesivir in a closely watched clinical trial is seeing rapid recoveries in fever and respiratory symptoms …
Discussion: Reason
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Morgan Phillips / Fox News:   Trump snubs Romney by inviting every other GOP senator to council on restarting economy amid coronavirus
CNN:
READ: White House Guidelines for ‘Opening Up America Again’
Daniel Bice / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
DNC Milwaukee Host Committee reduces staff by more than half through layoffs and transfers  —  In the latest sign of trouble for the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee this summer, the host committee announced Thursday that it is cutting its staff by more than half by reassigning some employees and laying off others.
Discussion: Townhall, CNN, Politico and The Hill
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Daniel Bice / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Milwaukee ‘unlikely’ to host Democratic convention, former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe says
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and courthousenews.com
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CNBC:
New York and other East Coast states extend shutdown of nonessential businesses to May 15, Gov. Cuomo says
Discussion: Commentary
Washington Post:
Glitches prevent $1,200 stimulus checks from reaching millions of Americans  —  Several million people who filed their taxes via H&R Block, TurboTax and other popular services were unable to get their payments.  Some parents reported they didn't get the $500 promised for their dependent children.
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.
Discussion: New York Post and Daily Kos
Greg Hinz / Chicago Business:
Midwest governors form COVID coalition  —  Gov. J.B. Pritzker and his regional colleagues are working together to judge when best to start easing stay-at-home restrictions and reopen their states' economies.  —  By On Politics  —  A coalition of seven Midwestern governors today announced …
Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:
Family of New York woman blames hydroxychloroquine combo for fatal heart attack  —  The 65-year-old woman was prescribed the malaria drug and an antibiotic by her doctor to treat coronavirus symptoms.  —  A New York woman with coronavirus symptoms died last week after being prescribed …
Discussion: Townhall, Twitchy, Bloomberg and Big Think
Center for Public Integrity:
City leaders to Trump: help us fight the coronavirus by paying your bills  —  The Center for Public Integrity is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates betrayals of public trust.  Sign up to receive our stories.  —  Here's how some city leaders say President Donald Trump could immediately help …
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Patrick Marley / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
After losing election, state Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly signals he will participate in voter rolls case  —  (Photo: Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)  —  MADISON - Days after learning he was losing his seat on the state Supreme Court, Justice Daniel Kelly signaled …
Laura Wagner / VICE:
Here Are the Questions the Right's Favorite Coronavirus Truther Isn't Willing to Answer  —  Alex Berenson, the world's foremost former New York Times reporter, is also one of the world's foremost coronavirus truthers.  He has spent the last month or so tweeting nearly non-stop about what he sees …
Discussion: Vanity Fair, Fox News and Raw Story
VICE:
Michigan's Ex-Gov. Rick Snyder Knew About Flint's Toxic Water—and Lied About It  —  During the inauguration of his successor, outgoing Michigan Governor Rick Snyder needed a favor.  —  At the January 2019 event, Snyder approached Karen Weaver, who was then the mayor of Flint …
The Nation:
An Open Letter to the New New Left From the Old New Left  —  Now it is time for all those who yearn for a more equal and just social order to face facts.  —  “THESE are the times that try men's souls.  The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country....
Discussion: The Mahablog
Charles Duncan / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Who will Joe Biden pick as his running mate?  Here's what Vegas betting odds show  —  With the Democratic primary field down to one candidate, attention has turned to who former Vice President Joe Biden will pick as his running mate.  —  While pundits are discussing the options …
Discussion: Politico
Washington Post:
Covid-19 is rapidly becoming America's leading cause of death  —  How does the coronavirus compare to other major causes of death in an average week?  —  In just weeks, covid-19 deaths have snowballed from a few isolated cases to thousands across the country each day.
Danny Hakim / New York Times:
Asthma Is Absent Among Top Covid-19 Risk Factors, Early Data Shows  —  Despite warnings that asthmatics were at higher risk for severe illness from the coronavirus, asthma is showing up in only about five percent of New York State's fatal Covid cases.  —  For people with asthma …
William M. Arkin / Newsweek:
Exclusive: As Washington DC Faces Coronavirus Spike, Secret Military Task Force Prepares to Secure the Capital  —  District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser yesterday ordered a one-month extension of the state of emergency, as cases in the region grow at a rapid pace.
Washington Post:
How an outbreak on the USS Theodore Roosevelt became a defining moment for the U.S. military  —  As a coronavirus outbreak swept through a U.S. aircraft carrier crippled off the coast of Guam, the ship's commander tapped out an e-mail urging senior Navy leaders to evacuate most of the 4,800 sailors onboard.
Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:
The Country Could Use a First Lady.  But Melania Trump Has Gone AWOL.  —  Melania could be out there sewing masks, visiting caregivers, working at a food bank; whatever.  That's what first ladies do during crises.  So where is she?  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  From denial to passive lack of interest …
Carol Marbin Miller / Miami Herald:
Nursing home industry, already granted favors by DeSantis, wants another — this one big  —  The decades-long quest of Florida elder-care facilities to secure greater protections against negligence lawsuits may get a boost from the unlikeliest of events: a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic that is ravaging their residents.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Makenzie Huber / Argus Leader:
‘I lost him because of that horrible place’: Smithfield worker dies from COVID-19  —  Angelita Rodriguez feels her husband was worked to death.  —  The 64-year-old Sioux Falls man, Augustín Rodriguez, showed up for every one of his shifts at Smithfield Foods, where he worked for nearly two decades.
 
 
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Jason DeParle / New York Times:
A Gloomy Prediction on How Much Poverty Could Rise
Discussion: Mother Jones
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor / New Yorker:
The Black Plague  —  Public officials lament the way that the …
Emily Jacobs / New York Post:
Joe Biden says he ‘probably’ can't reach Trump's base in 2020 election
Discussion: Townhall and Breitbart
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Reporters Grounded by Pandemic Lose ‘That Window Into the Campaign’
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
CNN FLOODED ZONE WITH KAVANAUGH COVERAGE. HASN'T MENTIONED BIDEN'S ACCUSER ONCE.
Discussion: Twitchy
Associated Press:
Brazil's Bolsonaro fires health minister after virus dispute
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Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
The coronavirus fight demands unity. But Republicans just want to own the libs.
Michael J. Stern / USA Today:
Former prosecutor: Here's how I'd cross-examine Donald Trump about the coronavirus
Discussion: Slate
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
The US is failing the test of the century
Tim Mak / NPR:
Sen. Richard Burr's Pre-Pandemic Stock Sell-Offs Highly Unusual, Analysis Shows
Washington Post:
Live updates: Trump to issue guidelines on easing U.S. coronavirus restrictions; unemployment claims continue to soar
Discussion: IJR and Daily Kos
Financial Times:
FT Interview: Emmanuel Macron says it is time to think the unthinkable
Discussion: Politico