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11:45 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 …
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New York Times:
Trump's ‘Opening Our Country Council’ Runs Into Its Own Opening Problems
Discussion: CNN and Daily Kos
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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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 …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:   ‘Almost everybody I know is out of work’: How the coronavirus has unleashed economic havoc in Michigan
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
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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Heather Long / Washington Post:
U.S. now has 22 million unemployed, wiping out a decade of job gains  —  Last week, 5.2 million people filed unemployment claims, bringing the total to 22 million in the four weeks since President Trump declared a national emergency.  —  More than 22 million Americans have filed …
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David Gura / NBC News:   Another 5 million people filed jobless claims last week, bringing total to almost 22 million in one month
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
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David Marcus / The Federalist:   The Lockdown Is Loosening Whether Government Likes It Or Not
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 …
New York Times:
E.P.A., Tweaking Its Math, to Weaken Controls on Mercury  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is expected on Thursday to weaken regulations on the release of mercury and other toxic metals from oil and coal-fired power plants, another step toward rolling back health protections in the middle of a pandemic.
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 …
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Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:   Medical intelligence sleuths tracked, warned of new virus
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.
Anna Sanders / New York Daily News:
NYC outdoor pools closed for summer 2020 due to coronavirus pandemic, beaches could be next  —  This summer is going to be a bummer.  —  All of New York City's outdoor public pools will be closed this year because of the coronavirus — and Mayor de Blasio warned that beaches could be shuttered for the summer too.
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Assessing Tara Reade's allegations  —  What to make of former Joe Biden staffer Tara Reade's allegations that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee sexually assaulted her in 1993?  This is a difficult and important question — not least for those who were persuaded …
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KC Johnson / City Journal:
Joe Biden's Double Standard
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: Raw Story and Balloon Juice
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Fox News
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Washington Post:
We've never backed a Democrat for president. But Trump must be defeated.
Discussion: Kaiser Health News and Raw Story
Washington Post:
Trump denied he wanted his name on stimulus checks.  Here's how it happened.  —  When President Trump publicly denied on April 3 that he wanted his signature on stimulus checks that would be sent to millions of Americans struggling amid a pandemic, officials in the Treasury Department …
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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.
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 …
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, New York Post and STAT
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 …
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.
Discussion: New York Times, WREG-TV and irs.gov
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 …
Michael Levenson / New York Times:
Florida Inmate Released Amid Pandemic Killed Someone the Next Day, Officials Say  —  Joseph Edward Williams shot and killed a man in Tampa, Fla., on March 20, the authorities said, one day after he was among more than 160 inmates released from Hillsborough County jails.
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.
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.
Discussion: National Review
Associated Press:
US job losses mount as economic pain deepens worldwide  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The ranks of Americans thrown out of work by the coronavirus ballooned Thursday to at least 22 million in just four weeks, an unprecedented collapse that has fueled widening protests and propelled President Donald Trump's push …
James Barragán / Dallas Morning News:
Texas voters who fear catching the coronavirus can vote by mail, state judge rules  —  Earlier in the day, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said fear of catching the virus would not qualify voters to vote by mail.  Paxton's office is expected to appeal the decision.
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 …
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.
 
 
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Ellen Barry / New York Times:
An Army of Virus Tracers Takes Shape in Massachusetts
Discussion: Althouse and The Verge
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
An Unprecedented Divide Between Red and Blue America
Jennifer Senior / New York Times:
Why Trump Doesn't Seem to Understand About Coronavirus
Discussion: Raw Story
Winnie Hu / New York Times:
New York Streets Are Nearly Empty, but Speeding Tickets Have Doubled
David Malet / Washington Post:
Persuading Americans that they're safe from the coronavirus may be harder than you think
Discussion: Raw Story
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
We Are Approaching COVID-19 Gut-Check Time
 Earlier Items: 
David A. Hopkins / Honest Graft:
Solving the COVID Crisis Requires Bipartisanship, But the Modern GOP Isn't Built for It
Discussion: Bloomberg
Idrees Ali / Reuters:
Iranian vessels come dangerously close to American military ships: U.S. military
Patrick McGeehan / New York Times:
Now Arriving at La Guardia Airport: One Passenger
Alex Ward / Vox:
The Chris Murphy Doctrine
Washington Post:
In coronavirus scramble for N95 masks, Trump administration pays premium to third-party vendors
Discussion: Daily Kos
Politico:
Trump's call with Wall Street didn't go as planned
Discussion: Raw Story
 

 
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BBC:
A Russian court convicts Evan Gershkovich of espionage and sentences him to 16 years in prison; Wall Street Journal calls the trial a “sham”

Los Angeles Times:
LA County Sheriff's Department secretly investigated and urged the state AG to prosecute an LA Times reporter who wrote about a leaked list of problem deputies

Connor Mycroft / South China Morning Post:
Media orgs, WSJ union, and a congressional panel express support for Selina Cheng, who says WSJ fired her for assuming Hong Kong Journalists Association's chair

 
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