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7:05 PM ET, April 16, 2020

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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
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:   Trump snubs Romney by inviting every other GOP senator to council on restarting economy amid coronavirus
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
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, The Hill and Vox
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Pew Research Center:   3. The 2020 election and Congress  —  Women, younger voters …
The Hill:   Here's where things stand 200 days before Election Day
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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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 and CNBC
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.
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
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
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
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 …
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
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
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.
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.
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 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
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 …
Washington Post:
Thousands of OSHA complaints filed against companies for virus workplace safety concerns, records show  —  Employees told regulators about failures to follow social distancing, lack of protective gear and other issues at scores of U.S. employers  —  People asked to work during the pandemic …
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
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
Tim Mak / NPR:
Sen. Richard Burr's Pre-Pandemic Stock Sell-Offs Highly Unusual, Analysis Shows  —  • The recent stock sales by the North Carolina Republican were a market-beating anomaly that didn't match his typically middling trading history, according to a new Dartmouth College analysis.  —  CORONAVIRUS LIVE UPDATES
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
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor / New Yorker:
The Black Plague  —  Public officials lament the way that the coronavirus is engulfing black communities.  The question is, what are they prepared to do about it?  —  The old African-American aphorism “When white America catches a cold, black America gets pneumonia” has a new, morbid twist …
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
Jason DeParle / New York Times:
A Gloomy Prediction on How Much Poverty Could Rise  —  Researchers suggest the poverty rate may reach the highest levels in half a century, hitting African-Americans and children hardest.  —  The pandemic crippling the American economy portends a sharp increase in poverty …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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: Redstate, NPR and Raw Story
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: IJR and Daily Kos
New York Times:
E.P.A. Weakens Controls on Mercury  —  The agency is changing 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 weakened regulations on the release of mercury …
Discussion: Forbes, Lawyers, Guns & Money and CNN
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 …
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
The coronavirus fight demands unity.  But Republicans just want to own the libs.  —  President Donald Trump in the Oval Office with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Vice President Mike Pence.  Erin Schaff/Pool/Getty Images  —  The GOP was built to fail on coronavirus.
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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Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Inside Trump's plan to reopen the American economy
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Charles Duncan / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
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Associated Press:
Some leaders use pandemic to sharpen tools against critics
Emily Jacobs / New York Post:
Joe Biden says he ‘probably’ can't reach Trump's base in 2020 election
Discussion: Townhall and Breitbart
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Roger Stone jurors say they fear for their safety and plead for privacy
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Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
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 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Brazil's Bolsonaro fires health minister after virus dispute
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
Bloomberg:
Kushner Cos. Faces Squeeze in Brooklyn Over WeWork, Coronavirus
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
Jamie Lovegrove / Post and Courier:
Lindsey Graham outraised by Democrat Jaime Harrison in SC's record-setting Senate race
Discussion: The Hill and POLITICUSUSA