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5:55 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  —  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 …
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: POLITICUSUSA and The Hill
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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Justin Caruso / The Daily Caller:   PHOTOS: ‘We Will Not Comply’ — Virginia Protesters Demand State Reopens
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, The Hill, Politico and Vox
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Pew Research Center:   3. The 2020 election and Congress  —  Women, younger voters …
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
The coronavirus fight demands unity. But Republicans just want to own the libs.
Discussion: The Hill, Bloomberg and Honest Graft
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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Washington Post:
Live updates: Trump to issue guidelines on easing U.S. coronavirus restrictions; unemployment claims continue to soar
Discussion: Daily Kos
Associated Press:   7 Midwest states say they'll partner on reopening their economies
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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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.
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
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
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
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 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
CBO Publications:
H.R. 748, CARES Act, Public Law 116-136  —  As enacted on March 27, 2020, as Public Law 116-136  —  The Congressional Budget Office and the staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) have completed a preliminary estimate of the budgetary effects of H.R. 748, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief …
Discussion: Bloomberg
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Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
Budget office puts virus relief bill cost at $1.8 trillion
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 …
Emily Jacobs / New York Post:
Joe Biden says he ‘probably’ can't reach Trump's base in 2020 election  —  Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said that he likely will not be able to reach President Trump's base, saying that some of the most committed of his supporters “support the notion” of creating division.
Discussion: Townhall and Breitbart
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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
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 …
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.
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.
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: CNBC
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: Talking Points Memo 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
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 …
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.
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
Catherine Herridge / CBS News:
Report footnotes show FBI knew Russians had early knowledge of Steele material  —  Newly declassified footnotes from a government report, first obtained by CBS News, show that despite multiple warnings about Russian targeting and the potential for disinformation, the FBI relied …
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
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: NPR, Raw Story and Associated Press
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
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
CNN FLOODED ZONE WITH KAVANAUGH COVERAGE.  HASN'T MENTIONED BIDEN'S ACCUSER ONCE.  —  CNN published more than 700 articles on Christine Blasey Ford, who without evidence accused Brett Kavanaugh of sexual assault.  —  When Christine Blasey Ford accused federal judge Brett Kavanaugh …
Discussion: Twitchy
 
 
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Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor / New Yorker:
The Black Plague  —  Public officials lament the way that the …
Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Roger Stone jurors say they fear for their safety and plead for privacy
Discussion: Raw Story
Axios:
Trump renews aid to Palestinians to counter coronavirus
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Reporters Grounded by Pandemic Lose ‘That Window Into the Campaign’
Associated Press:
Brazil's Bolsonaro fires health minister after virus dispute
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Michael J. Stern / USA Today:
Former prosecutor: Here's how I'd cross-examine Donald Trump about the coronavirus
Discussion: Slate
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
Falwell Focuses on Critics as Coronavirus Cases Near His University Grow
Discussion: Mediaite
Alexander W. Cappelen / New York Times:
What Do You Owe Your Neighbor? The Pandemic Might Change Your Answer
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
Jamie Lovegrove / Post and Courier:
Lindsey Graham outraised by Democrat Jaime Harrison in SC's record-setting Senate race
Discussion: The Hill and POLITICUSUSA