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6:35 PM ET, April 17, 2020

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NBC News:
In Trump's ‘LIBERATE’ tweets, extremists see a call to arms  —  Trump's tweets pushed many online extremist communities to speculate whether the president was advocating for armed conflict, an event they've termed “the boogaloo.”  —  When President Donald Trump tweeted “LIBERATE MINNESOTA! …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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USA Today:
Trump calls to ‘liberate’ states where protesters have demanded easing coronavirus lockdowns
Discussion: Washington Post, Slate and Vanity Fair
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Protesters gather at Minnesota governor's mansion over lockdown, chant ‘open up’
Discussion: The Hill
ABC News:
Antibody research indicates coronavirus may be far more widespread than known  —  Of 3,300 people in California county up to 4% found to have been infected.  —  A critical question in the path towards the future is how many people actually have protective novel coronavirus antibodies and possible immunity?
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medRxiv:
COVID-19 Antibody Seroprevalence in Santa Clara County, California … Background Addressing COVID-19 is a pressing health and social concern.  To date, many epidemic projections and policies addressing COVID-19 have been designed without seroprevalence data to inform epidemic parameters.
Ross Clark / Spectator USA:
Stanford study suggests coronavirus is more widespread than realized  —  Another day, and yet more evidence has appeared that could indicate the number of people who have been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus which causes COVID-19, might be vastly higher than official figures suggest.
Discussion: Spectator
Jason Wilson / The Guardian:
The rightwing groups behind wave of protests against Covid-19 restrictions  —  Protesters in Michigan and other states claim to speak for ordinary citizens, but are also supported by street-fighting far-right groups  —  A wave of planned anti-lockdown demonstrations that have broken out around …
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Susan J. Demas / Michigan Advance:   Don't whitewash the GOP's extremism on full display during Whitmer protest
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Trump Calls For Reopening America's Gyms Day After Call With SoulCycle's Owner  —  Stephen Ross, the founder and chairman of the Related Companies, is part of the president's economic revitalization team.  He also threw Trump a massive fundraiser.  —  President Donald Trump unveiled …
Discussion: Washington Post
Jon Passantino / CNN:
Elon Musk says he sent ventilators to California hospitals, they say they got something else instead  —  (CNN Business)California Gov. Gavin Newsom responded Thursday to Tesla CEO Elon Musk's claim that the company had delivered more than 1,000 ventilators to the state's hospitals treating a surge of coronavirus patients.
Discussion: The Hill and Twitchy
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Smugglers sawed into Trump's border wall 18 times in one month in San Diego area, records show  —  Smugglers sawed into new sections of President Trump's border wall 18 times in the San Diego area during a single one-month span late last year, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection records obtained …
Geoff Earle / Daily Mail:
'Thank you Mr. President - for doing YOUR JOB!'  Andrew Cuomo launches total war on Donald Trump as president demands gratitude for helping New York, scorns his knowledge of the constitution and says: ‘Maybe he should get up and go to work’  — The New York governor gave a relentless lecture …
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Anna Gronewold / Politico:
Cuomo mocks Trump in Friday diatribe
Joseph Trevithick / The Drive:
The Air Force Abruptly Ends Its Continuous Bomber Presence On Guam After 16 Years  —  The U.S. Air Force has ended its uninterrupted rotations of bombers to Andersen Air Force Base on Guam, which have been ongoing since 2004, as it shifts to a less predictable concept of operations.
Michael Warren / CNN:
Heartland hotspots: A sudden rise in coronavirus cases is hitting rural states without stay-at-home orders  —  NY Gov extends stay-at-home order until at least May 15th  —  Washington (CNN)The test results came back on Easter Sunday.  Tammy had been feeling “kind of crappy” …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
‘I have never been so mad about a phone call in my life’  —  Senate Democrats exploded in frustration during a conference call with Vice President Mike Pence and Trump administration officials on Friday afternoon, with one normally laid-back senator asserting it was the most maddening phone …
Discussion: Bangor Daily News and Daily Kos
Christopher Rowland / Washington Post:
Here are the drugs that could treat coronavirus.  But don't expect a magic bullet.  —  Despite Trump's boosterism, there are no treatments ready to fight covid-19  —  The journey of EIDD-2801, from laboratory to the mouth of a human, unfolded with head-snapping speed.
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New York Times:
Bill Gates, at Odds With Trump on Virus, Becomes a Right-Wing Target  —  The Microsoft co-founder turned philanthropist has been attacked with falsehoods that he created the coronavirus and wants to profit from it.  —  In a 2015 speech, Bill Gates warned that the greatest risk to humanity …
Discussion: NB Blog, New York Post and The Verge
Adam Tschorn / Los Angeles Times:
Enough with the WFH sweatpants.  Dress like the adult you're getting paid to be  —  I've waited, watched and bit my tongue during the last month of the pandemic-induced work-from-home era but I just can't take it any more.  Please, can we all put away those sweatpants, ratty, gray …
Discussion: Twitchy
Zachary Petrizzo / Mediaite:
Twitter Rebukes Trump Campaign's Claim Account Suspended For Parody Video: It Was Suspended For Spamming  —  Twitter rebuked the claim made by Donald Trump Jr., Charlie Kirk, and Brad Parscale that a Tuning Point USA staffer who went by the Twitter handle @alx - who was frequently retweeted …
Josh Campbell / CNN:
Feds charge doctor who cited Trump to push hydroxychloroquine ‘miracle cure’  —  Dr. Gupta explains concerns over medicines touted by Trump  —  (CNN)It was described as the “magic bullet” to protect against the deadly coronavirus — a “remarkable clinical phenomenon” that could cure the disease within hours.
Discussion: Vox
CBS Los Angeles:
Coronavirus: San Clemente Fills Skatepark With 37 Tons Of Sand After Skaters Ignore ‘No Trespassing’ Signs  —  SAN CLEMENTE (CBSLA) — A popular skatepark in San Clemente was filled with sand to discourage skaters from using it during the coronavirus pandemic and to promote social distancing.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and TMZ.com
David Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
We Are Probably Only One-Tenth of the Way Through This Pandemic  —  We are, finally, beginning to see some real plans from people with the power to enact them.  On Tuesday, California governor Gavin Newsom unveiled a sort of road map for a gradual “reopening” of the state …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Loeffler to Fox News: Criticizing My Coronavirus Stock Trades Is Just a ‘Socialist Attack’  —  “This is a political attack that is designed to distract from the issue at hand and to use this outbreak to play politics,” she insisted.  —  Embattled Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) …
Michael Kruse / Politico:
Donald Trump's Greatest Escape  —  His audacity masked his desperation.  —  It was the spring of 1995.  Donald Trump was this close to finished.  He had spent the previous five years constantly, and barely, avoiding financial ruin and what he worried would be a permanent stain of personal bankruptcy.
Jessica Lussenhop / BBC:
Coronavirus at Smithfield pork plant: The untold story of America's biggest outbreak  —  How did the biggest cluster in the US emerge in a corner of South Dakota?  Infections spread like wildfire through a pork factory and questions remain about what the company did to protect staff.
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Sharon Begley / STAT:
Influential Covid-19 model uses flawed methods and shouldn't guide U.S. policies, critics say  —  A widely followed model for projecting Covid-19 deaths in the U.S. is producing results that have been bouncing up and down like an unpredictable fever, and now epidemiologists are criticizing …
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
What Have Epidemiologists Learned About the Coronavirus?  —  Justin Lessler, a professor of epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, models disease transmission, and has been studying the novel coronavirus.  A month ago, as the first confirmed covid-19 deaths …
Gretchen Morgenson / NBC News:
Unapproved Chinese coronavirus antibody tests being used in at least 2 states  —  Some Chinese-made COVID-19 antibody tests being used in the U.S. were not approved by China's FDA.  China has now barred their export.  —  Officials across the country are racing to provide coronavirus tests …
Scott Shackford / Reason:
A Teenager Posted About Her COVID-19 Infection on Instagram.  A Deputy Threatened To Arrest Her If She Didn't Delete It.  —  A family in Oxford, Wisconsin, is suing the local sheriff's department after a patrol sergeant threatened to arrest a teenage girl for disorderly conduct for posting …
Jaclyn Cosgrove / Los Angeles Times:
Less than half of L.A. County residents still have jobs amid coronavirus crisis  —  Because of the colossal impact that the coronavirus outbreak has had on the U.S. economy, less than half of Los Angeles County residents — 45% compared with 61% in mid-March — still hold a job …
Politico:
Matt Gaetz rents office space from longtime friend and donor — at taxpayer expense  —  Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz has spent nearly $200,000 in taxpayer funds renting an office from a longtime friend, adviser, campaign donor and legal client.  —  Both men said in separate interviews Gaetz …
Darren Wells / mirror:
Inside Mohammed Bin Salman's £230m house - the most expensive home in the world  —  The French Chateau boasts a nightclub, aquarium, two ballrooms, a wine cellar and a cinema room, and is owned by Bin Salman, who has an estimated personal worth of £7bn and is behind the Newcastle United takeover bid
ABC News:
President Trump's ‘opening the country’ council features several political donors and supporters  —  At least 25 individuals have made substantial donations in support of Trump.  —  The White House announced the appointment of 220 individuals this week assembled by President Donald Trump …
Discussion: The Week
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
‘Full steam ahead’: RNC chairwoman says GOP plans to stage August convention despite coronavirus  —  The Republican National Committee has no plans to scale down the August convention to renominate President Trump, according to Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.  —  The pandemic has forced the delay …
Greg Olear / PREVAIL:
Vanks for Nothing  —  LET US TELL of a creature of the underworld—third-generation scion of a mob-owned family.  Let us speak of the plethora of shady real estate deals, slam-dunk indictments that went away, a rogue's gallery of La Casa Nostra and Bratva business partners in crooked schemes from Baku to Panama City to Vancouver.
Noah Manskar / New York Post:
Big restaurant chains take $30M in coronavirus loans meant for small businesses  —  Large restaurant chains have gobbled up $30 million in federal loans meant to shore up small businesses during the coronavirus crisis.  —  The companies behind Potbelly Sandwich Shop and Ruth's Chris Steak …
Discussion: The Week and Gothamist
Steve Benen / MSNBC:
New WH press secretary points to non-existent ‘testing system’  —  The new White House press secretary believes Trump's helped create “the most expansive and accurate testing system in the world.”  I wish that were true.  —  As premature conversations about re-opening the country continue …
Discussion: Washington Post, NBC News and Mediaite
Dallas Morning News:
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says schools to remain closed for rest of academic year but eases some coronavirus restrictions  —  While urging Texans to keep taking precautions, Abbott says some medical procedures and state park visits can resume next week - with stores able to begin ‘to go’ service April 24.
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
We Won't Know the Exact Moment When Democracy Dies  —  In the early days of the Trump Presidency, there was a lot of speculation about when, if, and how we would pass the point of no return, when we would know that American democracy had been destroyed.  That conversation faded after a while, drowned out by the din of Trumpian news.
 
 
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Tampa Bay Times:
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Wall Street Journal:
Trump Assails Critics of His Coronavirus Response as He Focuses on Reopening U.S.
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ABC News:
Trump campaign vows ‘never fear’ rallies will return; experts warn large events should return ‘later part of 2021’
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Washington Post:
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Sophie Tanno / Daily Mail:
Florida beaches will start reopening THIS EVENING: Jacksonville becomes first county …
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