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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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Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Trump snubs Romney by inviting every other GOP senator to council on restarting economy amid coronavirus
Discussion: Breitbart
Ryan Lizza / Politico:
My Wild, Totally Surreal Experience Covering a Trump Coronavirus Briefing
Discussion: Washington Post
CNN:
READ: White House guidelines for ‘Opening Up America Again’
Discussion: Vox and PJ Media Home
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:   Romney is only GOP senator not invited to join new White House task force
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, The Hill, Vox and Politico
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The Hill:   Here's where things stand 200 days before Election Day
Pew Research Center:   3. The 2020 election and Congress  —  Women, younger voters …
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.
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: Fox News, POLITICUSUSA and The Hill
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 …
Kara Scannell / CNN:
Michael Cohen will be released from prison due to pandemic  —  (CNN)The federal Bureau of Prisons has notified Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's former personal attorney, that he will be released early from prison due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to people familiar with the matter and his lawyer.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Mary Margaret Olohan / The Daily Caller:   Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: Abortion During Coronavirus ‘Is Life Sustaining’
Charles Duncan / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Who will Joe Biden pick as his running mate?  Here's what Vegas betting odds show  —  With the Democratic primary field down to one candidate, attention has turned to who former Vice President Joe Biden will pick as his running mate.  —  While pundits are discussing the options …
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John Cassidy / New Yorker:
The Case for Joe Biden to Pick Elizabeth Warren as His Running Mate
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Sen. Joe Manchin will back Biden for president
Discussion: The Hill
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, The Hill, Breitbart and Townhall
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Madison Dibble / Washington Examiner:
Ohio governor announces economic reopening starting May 1
Discussion: Power Line
Jennifer Senior / New York Times:
Why Trump Doesn't Seem to Understand About Coronavirus
Discussion: Raw Story
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: Breitbart, Politico, 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  —  The former chairman of the Democratic National Committee suggested Wednesday that party officials explore “creative” alternatives to holding a national convention in Milwaukee this August.
Discussion: Politico and Political Wire
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
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Judge denies new trial for Roger Stone  —  Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Stone's lawyers failed to demonstrate that a woman selected as a juror was biased against President Donald Trump.  —  The federal judge overseeing the trial of longtime Trump associate Roger Stone on Thursday denied …
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Dan Mangan / CNBC:
Trump friend Roger Stone denied new trial by judge
Discussion: Axios
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
Washington Post:
As testing outcry mounts, Trump cedes to states in announcing guidelines for slow reopening  —  President Trump released federal guidelines Thursday night for a slow and staggered return to normal in places with minimal cases of the novel coronavirus, moving to try to resume economic activity …
Bloomberg:
Small-Business Rescue Shows Not All States Are Created Equal  —  During the first 10 days of the federal government's small-business rescue program, the spigot was wide open in Nebraska.  Firms there got enough money to cover about three-fourths of the state's eligible payrolls.
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.
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
‘Ellen’ Crew Furious Over Poor Communication Regarding Pay, Non-Union Workers During Coronavirus Shutdown (EXCLUSIVE)  —  Endeavor Content, Keller/Noll Launch Game Show Podcast With ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Host Matt Iseman  —  Crew members from Ellen DeGeneres' long-running daytime talk show …
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
John Haltiwanger / Business Insider:
The Trump administration paid a bankrupt company with zero employees $55 million for N95 masks, which it's never manufactured  — The Trump administration has awarded a $55 million contract for N95 masks to a company with no experience producing medical supplies and whose parent company filed for bankruptcy protection last year.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Washington 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 …
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
Greg Giroux / Bloomberg Government:
Liz Cheney Donates to Massie Opponent After Forced Stimulus Vote  —  Rep. Liz Cheney, the chairwoman of the House Republican Conference, donated to the primary challenger to Rep. Thomas Massie four days after Massie forced House members from around the country to return to Capitol Hill for a vote on the bipartisan stimulus bill.
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
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 …
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
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Reporters Grounded by Pandemic Lose ‘That Window Into the Campaign’  —  The boys (and girls) aren't on the bus.  That means no face-to-face interviews with swing-state voters, no hotel-bar meetings with political operatives and reports with less texture.  —  As the dedicated Bernie Sanders reporter …
Katherine Faulders / ABC News:
Inside Trump's plan to reopen the American economy  —  The president unveiled a plan to governors, ABC News learned.  —  ABC News has obtained a copy of the Trump administration's plans to reopen the American economy that was shuttered by the coronavirus epidemic.
Associated Press:
Brazil's Bolsonaro fires health minister after virus dispute  —  FILE - In this March 18, 2019 file photo, Brazil's Health Minister Luiz Henrique Mandetta, right, gives anti-bacterial gel to President Jair Bolsonaro as they give a press conference on the new coronavirus at Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil.
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 …
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 …
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: courthousenews.com and The Hill
 
 
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Los Angeles Times:
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WJXT-TV:
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Washington Post:
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