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9:55 AM ET, April 16, 2020

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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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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 …
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Jessica Piper / Bangor Daily News:   Sara Gideon leapfrogs Susan Collins in fundraising ahead of 2020 US Senate race
Justin Wise / The Hill:   Democratic challenger outraises Graham in South Carolina Senate race
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: Kaiser Health News and 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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Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Assessing Tara Reade's allegations
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Weekly jobless claims hit 5.245 million, raising monthly loss to 22 million due to coronavirus  — Weekly jobless claims totaled 5.245 million, the Labor Department reported.  — That was a drop of 1.37 million from a week earlier but was above estimates for 5 million.
Discussion: NPR and Mediaite
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Rebecca Rainey / Politico:
Jobless claims reach 22 million over four weeks
Discussion: IMF and 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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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.
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 …
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
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
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump threatens to adjourn both chambers of Congress  —  President Trump on Wednesday called on the Senate to either confirm his nominees to vacancies across the administration or formally adjourn, threatening to use executive power to try and force both chambers of Congress to adjourn.
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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 …
Axios:
Warren says she would agree to be Biden's vice president  —  Sen. Elizabeth Warren told MSNBC's “The Rachel Maddow Show” Wednesday she would become former Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden's running mate if he asked her.  —  The big picture: Warren endorsed Biden for president earlier Wednesday.
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E.J. Dionne / Washington Post:
Trump's bad check
Discussion: The Guardian
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: CNBC
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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
John Solomon / Just The News:
FBI repeatedly warned Steele dossier fed by Russian misinformation, Clinton supporter  —  Newly declassified notes provide the most sweeping evidence to date that the Comey FBI ignored and kept from the courts red flags about problems with the Steele dossier.
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Dave Levinthal / Center for Public Integrity:
City leaders to Trump: help us fight the coronavirus by paying your bills  —  Fourteen city governments say the president's campaign now owes them a collective $1.82 million.  The campaign says it's not responsible.  —  Editor-at-Large … Here's how some city leaders say 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 Findell / Wall Street Journal:
In Texas a Battle Brews Over Voting by Mail Amid Coronavirus  —  Democrats are suing to expand absentee voting in the nation's second-largest state because of the pandemic  —  Republicans and Democrats in Texas are locking horns over coronavirus-related efforts to expand voting by mail …
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.”
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.
Politico:
White House taps members of Congress to advise on reopening economy  —  The group includes Republicans and Democrats.  —  Senators and House members received notifications Wednesday from the White House.  J. Scott Applewhite/AP photo  —  The Trump administration is asking a bipartisan group …
Discussion: Axios
 
 
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Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
We Are Approaching COVID-19 Gut-Check Time
USA Today:
Foreign policy experts call for end to hate crimes against Asian American community: Readers
Marthe Fourcade / Bloomberg:
Hyped Malaria Pill Doesn't Help Clear Coronavirus in Study
Politico:
Pandemic scrambles House Democrats' election-year agenda
Discussion: Axios
Patrick McGeehan / New York Times:
Now Arriving at La Guardia Airport: One Passenger
Guy Chazan / Financial Times:
Germany to relax coronavirus lockdown measures
Alex Ward / Vox:
The Chris Murphy Doctrine
Nina Lakhani / The Guardian:
Major blow to Keystone XL pipeline as judge revokes key permit
Discussion: HuffPost
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
In coronavirus scramble for N95 masks, Trump administration pays premium to third-party vendors
CNN:
France's Macron positioning himself as leader of the world
Discussion: New York Times and Axios
Politico:
Trump's call with Wall Street didn't go as planned
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Shahar Ziv / Forbes:
Why Are Rich Americans Getting $1.7 Million Stimulus Checks?
Discussion: The Federalist and The Bread Line
 

 
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