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4:40 PM ET, April 16, 2020

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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
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 …
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Mark Meadows Was Once a Trump Phone Pal.  Now That He's Working for Him, It's Different.  —  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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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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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: New York Times, The Hill and Axios
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Pew Research Center:   3. The 2020 election and Congress  —  Women, younger voters …
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 …
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Associated Press:   7 Midwest states say they'll partner on reopening their economies
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: courthousenews.com and The Hill
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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
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: Daily Kos and New York Post
New York Times:
Live Coronavirus News and Updates  —  22 million Americans have filed for unemployment in the past four weeks.  New York extended its shutdown to May 15.  Protesters, some encouraged by antigovernment activists, have begun demonstrating against stay-at-home orders.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Pelosi, McCarthy still at odds over depleted small business relief program
Discussion: Associated Press, Politico and The Hill
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Exclusive: Biggest Trump super PAC test drives #BeijingBiden campaign  —  A leading pro-Trump super PAC is testing a new ad campaign to paint Joe Biden as soft on China and redirect criticism of President Trump's coronavirus response.  —  Driving the news: Beginning Friday …
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Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Biden on if he can reach Trump's base: ‘Probably not’
Discussion: The Daily Caller and IJR
Elie Mystal / The Nation:   Joe Biden Needs to Start Acting Like a Presidential Candidate
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.
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 …
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: CNN 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
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Jennifer Senior / New York Times:
Why Trump Doesn't Seem to Understand About Coronavirus  —  Why did it take so long to do the right thing?  —  From the beginning, Donald J. Trump has taken a rather peculiar view of the new coronavirus: If he can't see the damage it's doing, it's not doing any damage.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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Ellen Barry / New York Times:
An Army of Virus Tracers Takes Shape in Massachusetts
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
Tim Mak / NPR:
Senator Burr's Pre-Pandemic Stock Sell-Offs Highly Unusual, Analysis Shows  —  Sen. Richard Burr's sale of up to $1.7 million in stock shortly before the recent market crash was one of the lawmaker's only market-beating trades since record-keeping began eight years ago, according to a new study.
Discussion: Techdirt
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 and POLITICUSUSA
Financial Times:
FT Interview: Emmanuel Macron says it is time to think the unthinkable  —  FT Interview: France's president believes the coronavirus pandemic will transform capitalism — but leaders need to act with humility  —  “We are all embarking on the unthinkable,” says Emmanuel Macron …
Discussion: Politico
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.
Discussion: Task & Purpose and New York Times
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.
New York Times:
The E.P.A. Is Weakening Controls on Mercury  —  The agency will change the way it calculates the benefits of mercury controls, a move that would effectively loosen the rules on other toxic pollutants.  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Thursday will weaken regulations on the release …
Discussion: CNN and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Washington Post:
Live updates: Trump to issue guidelines on easing U.S. coronavirus restrictions; unemployment claims continue to soar  —  The Washington Post is providing this story for free so that all readers have access to this important information about the coronavirus.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Associated Press:
Brazil's Bolsonaro fires health minister after virus dispute  —  FILE - In this March 18, 2019 file photo, Brazil's Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta, right, gives anti-bacterial gel to President Jair Bolsonaro as they give a press conference on the new coronavirus at Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil.
Amanda Terkel / HuffPost:
Democrat Raphael Warnock Leads Crowded Georgia Senate Race With Big Fundraising Haul  —  “I think it's because people respect our message,” Warnock, the senior pastor at the famed Ebenezer Baptist Church, said in an interview.  —  Out of the 21 candidates running for U.S. Senate …
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.
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: Bloomberg and Big Think
Michael J. Stern / USA Today:
Former prosecutor: Here's how I'd cross-examine Donald Trump about the coronavirus  —  Trump ignores, exaggerates, lies and answers questions he hasn't been asked.  Pressure is the only way to capture a shape shifter in his true form.  —  I'm convinced that in a former life, President Donald Trump was a brilliant defense attorney.
Discussion: Slate
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
The US is failing the test of the century  —  A new wave and second lockdown would be a bigger hit to wealth than a cautious return to work, but Donald Trump is refusing to listen  —  Like an asteroid, coronavirus is the textbook example of an exogenous shock.  The threat came from beyond.
 
 
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Axios:
Trump calls on governors with “beautifully low” coronavirus numbers to reopen on May 1
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Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
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 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Why Don't COVID-19 Truthers Blame Trump for Anything?
Discussion: Raw Story
Anna Sanders / New York Daily News:
NYC outdoor pools closed for summer 2020 due to coronavirus pandemic, beaches could be next
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
Falwell Focuses on Critics as Coronavirus Cases Near His University Grow
Discussion: Mediaite
Politico:
Hot spots erupt in farm belt states where governors insist lockdowns aren't needed
Discussion: The Daily Caller
John F. Harris / Politico:
The Shutdown Backlash Is Coming Soon—With a Vengeance