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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 …
Discussion: The Hill, CNN, NBC News, Raw Story and The US Sun
Fox News:
Sources believe coronavirus originated in Wuhan lab as part of China's efforts to compete with US  —  EXCLUSIVE: COVID-19 originated in a Wuhan laboratory not as a bioweapon, but as part of China's effort to demonstrate that its efforts to identify and combat viruses are equal to or greater …
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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: Raw Story
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Alayna Treene / Axios:   Exclusive: Biggest Trump super PAC test drives #BeijingBiden campaign
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Biden: People are dying while Trump is ‘having temper tantrums’
Discussion: Fox News and Axios
Tracey Tully / New York Times:
After Anonymous Tip, 17 Bodies Are Found at Nursing Home Hit by Virus  —  There have been 68 recent deaths of residents and nurses from the facility in a small New Jersey town.  —  The call for body bags came late Saturday.  —  By Monday, the police in a small New Jersey town had gotten …
KC Johnson / City Journal:
Joe Biden's Double Standard  —  Confronting a sexual-harassment allegation, will the former vice president demand the due-process protections that he previously denied to others?  —  Politics and law  —  After weeks in which the allegation remained largely below the surface, on Sunday …
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E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Trump's bad check
Discussion: The Guardian
Washington Post:
Trump's attempt to enlist businesses in reopening push gets off to rocky start  —  President Trump's attempt to enlist corporate executives in a push to reopen parts of society amid the coronavirus pandemic got off to a rocky start Wednesday, with some business leaders complaining the effort …
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New York Times:   Trump's ‘Opening Our Country Council’ Runs Into Its Own Opening Problems
NBC News:
Ahead of economic announcement, White House scrambled to assemble list of names
Discussion: Breitbart
William Feuer / CNBC:
Drinking alcohol can make the coronavirus worse, the WHO says in recommending restricting access  — Drinking alcohol can increase the risk of catching Covid-19 and governments around the world should limit access during coronavirus lockdowns, the World Health Organization said late Tuesday.
Discussion: PJ Media Home
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New York Times:
Some Banks Keep Customers' Stimulus Checks if Accounts Are Overdrawn  —  Financial institutions can use the government deposits to make up for recipients' negative balances.  —  For some struggling Americans, the arrival of a deposit from the Treasury Department to help with basic expenses …
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Politico:
Hot spots erupt in farm belt states where governors insist lockdowns aren't needed  —  The only hospital in Grand Island, Neb., is full.  The mayor has asked for a statewide stay-at-home order that the GOP governor insists isn't needed.  More than one-third of those tested for coronavirus …
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 …
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John F. Harris / Politico:
The shutdown backlash is coming soon—with a vengeance  —  Laughter has been banned indefinitely during the pandemic, by order of all but a few hold-out governors, on the unanimous recommendation of health experts.  —  Many people, however, found it challenging to abide by the rules early in the crisis …
ABC News:
Intelligence report warned of coronavirus crisis as early as November: Sources  —  “Analysts concluded it could be a cataclysmic event,” a source said.  —  Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect comment from the Pentagon.  —  As far back as late November …
Benjamin J. Cowling / Nature:
Temporal dynamics in viral shedding and transmissibility of COVID-19  —  Nature Medicine (2020) Cite this article  —  Abstract  —  We report temporal patterns of viral shedding in 94 patients with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 and modeled COVID-19 infectiousness profiles from a separate sample …
Discussion: Forbes and STAT
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
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.
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 …
Discussion: CNN, ABC17NEWS and Raw Story
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.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Wall Street Journal:
WSJ News Exclusive |  China's Export Restrictions Strand Medical Goods U.S. Needs to Fight Coronavirus, State Department Says  —  Orders of face masks, test kits and other urgently needed medical equipment made by 3M, Owens & Minor and PerkinElmer are sitting in warehouses across China, unable to receive necessary official clearances.
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.
Courier-Journal:
Protests erupt outside Capitol over Beshear's handling of pandemic, disrupting briefing  —  FRANKFORT, Ky. - Impatient protesters demanding Gov. Andy Beshear reopen Kentucky disrupted his televised Wednesday afternoon pandemic update, chanting, blowing horns and shouting into a megaphone outside …
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 …
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Apple rolls out cheaper iPhone as pandemic curbs spending  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is releasing a new iPhone that will be vastly cheaper than the models it rolled out last fall when the economy was booming and the pandemic had yet to force people to rethink their spending.
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
Falwell Focuses on Critics as Coronavirus Cases Near His University Grow  —  Jerry Falwell Jr. has tried to have journalists arrested as he maintains he has been unfairly maligned.  But the coronavirus keeps spreading around Liberty University.  —  WASHINGTON — Jerry Falwell Jr.'s angry counteroffensive …
Guy Chazan / Financial Times:
Germany to relax coronavirus lockdown measures  —  Many shops and schools will reopen as chancellor warns success in slowing spread is ‘fragile’  —  Germany will reopen many of its shops next Monday and some of its schools from May 4, as it joins other European countries in relaxing …
Jessica Piper / Bangor Daily News:
Sara Gideon leapfrogs Susan Collins in fundraising ahead of 2020 US Senate race  —  loading...  Welcome, You're signed in as: {{credentials.userName}}  —  Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Sara Gideon raised $7.1 million during the first quarter of 2020, surpassing Republican Sen. Susan Collins.
Idrees Ali / Reuters:
Iranian vessels come dangerously close to American military ships: U.S. military  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Eleven vessels from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) came dangerously close to U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships in the Gulf, the U.S. military said on Wednesday, calling the moves “dangerous and provocative.”
Rebecca Rainey / Politico:
Jobless claims reach 22 million over four weeks  —  Americans filed 5.2 million jobless claims last week, the Labor Department reported Thursday, pushing the four-week total to over 22 million as the coronavirus pandemic continued to send the workforce into a tailspin.
Discussion: IMF and Breitbart
Alex Ward / Vox:
The Chris Murphy Doctrine  —  How the Connecticut senator and rising Democratic star would run the world.  —  For Chris Murphy, the Democratic senator from Connecticut, everywhere he goes is a reminder that his star is on the rise.  —  On a gray, rainy February evening in Hartford …
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 …
Marthe Fourcade / Bloomberg:
Hyped Malaria Pill Doesn't Help Clear Coronavirus in Study  —  Hydroxychloroquine, the 65-year-old malaria drug that President Donald Trump has praised, appeared not to help patients get rid of the pathogen in a small study.  —  The pill didn't help patients clear the virus better …
David A. Hopkins / Honest Graft:
Solving the COVID Crisis Requires Bipartisanship, But the Modern GOP Isn't Built for It  —  American politics is famously polarized these days, but it's hard to envision any solution to the COVID pandemic and associated economic crisis that doesn't require a lot of bipartisan agreement.
Shahar Ziv / Forbes:
Why Are Rich Americans Getting $1.7 Million Stimulus Checks?  —  I teach students and grads how to ace their personal finances.  —  A $1.7 million stimulus check?  —  While wealthy Americans are not eligible for the comparatively measly $1,200 stimulus checks that are now being disbursed …
Discussion: The Federalist and The Bread Line
 
 
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USA Today:
Foreign policy experts call for end to hate crimes against Asian American community: Readers
Politico:
Pandemic scrambles House Democrats' election-year agenda
Discussion: Axios
Patrick McGeehan / New York Times:
Now Arriving at La Guardia Airport: One Passenger
Steve Israel / The Hill:
How Congress can give our health care warriors what they need now
Nina Lakhani / The Guardian:
Major blow to Keystone XL pipeline as judge revokes key permit
Discussion: HuffPost
Washington Post:
In coronavirus scramble for N95 masks, Trump administration pays premium to third-party vendors
New York Times:
Navy May Reinstate Fired Captain to Command of Roosevelt
Discussion: New York Post
CNN:
France's Macron positioning himself as leader of the world
Discussion: New York Times and Axios
 Earlier Items: 
Joe Kovacs / WND:
Rush Limbaugh offers Trump: Take over my radio show
Politico:
Trump's call with Wall Street didn't go as planned
Zach Montague / New York Times:
Coronavirus Cases at D.C. Whole Foods Highlight Risks Facing Grocery Workers
Discussion: WUSA and The Guardian
Los Angeles Times:
Coronavirus could halt L.A. concerts, sporting events until 2021, Garcetti says
ProPublica:
Attorney General Barr Refuses to Release 9/11 Documents to Families of the Victims
The Economist:
Graphic detail  —  PRESIDENT DONALD Trump has often likened …
Discussion: Washington Post
 

 
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Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
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