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9:45 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! …
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Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Protesters gather at Minnesota governor's mansion over lockdown, chant ‘open up’
Discussion: The Hill
USA Today:
Trump calls to ‘liberate’ states where protesters have demanded easing coronavirus lockdowns
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 and The Guardian
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Shannon Pettypiece / NBC News:
Advisers warn Trump his push to reopen economy carries political risks  —  Allies and aides inside and outside the White House have told the president there is more potential risk at going too fast than too slow.  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is walking a fine political line …
Anna Gronewold / Politico:
Cuomo mocks Trump in Friday diatribe
Geoff Earle / Daily Mail:   ‘Thank you Mr. President - for doing YOUR JOB!’ …
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
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
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CNN:
Democrats confront Pence: ‘I have never been so mad about a phone call in my life’  —  Washington (CNN)Senate Democrats grilled Vice President Mike Pence over coronavirus testing and President Donald Trump's tweets during a tense phone call Friday afternoon on the pandemic response.
Discussion: The Mahablog
New York Times:
'They're Death Pits': Virus Claims at Least 7,000 Lives in U.S. Nursing Homes  —  More than six weeks after the first coronavirus deaths in a nursing home, outbreaks unfold across the country.  About a fifth of U.S. virus deaths are linked to nursing facilities.
Discussion: The Hill, The Root and The Week
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WPRI-TV:   ‘We are terrified’: Nursing home deaths in RI worse than neighboring states
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
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” …
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 …
Discussion: KTLA and Breitbart
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Los Angeles Times:
Coronavirus strikes California hospital workers hard, including 175 cases at UCLA
Discussion: KTLA and The Week
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.
Amir Vera / CNN:
Jacksonville beaches reopen in Florida as states begin easing stay-at-home restrictions  —  (CNN)Beaches and parks in Jacksonville, Florida, reopened Friday afternoon as more states consider easing restrictions put in place to battle the coronavirus pandemic.
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Sophie Tanno / Daily Mail:
Florida beaches will start reopening THIS EVENING: Jacksonville becomes first county …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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
Jason Gay / Wall Street Journal:
Stay Home!  Back to Work!  A Dog and Cat Debate Reopening America  —  You think this decision is strictly yours.  It's not.
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 …
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 …
Orion Rummler / Axios:
USDA announces $19 billion food assistance program  —  The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to spend $16 billion on direct payments to farmers, ranchers and producers “who experience unprecedented losses” during the coronavirus pandemic, Secretary Sonny Perdue said at Friday's White House press briefing.
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 …
Cezary Podkul / Wall Street Journal:
Coronavirus Makes Polish Liquor Fly Off the Shelves as Hand Sanitizer  —  Spirytus Rektyfikowany is 96% alcohol.  That makes it tough to swallow, but people figure it'll kill about anything  —  A lot of store shelves have been picked clean of hand sanitizer, bread, paper towels and toilet paper.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Washington Times
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 …
KTLA:
Defying social distancing rules, demonstrators gather in Huntington Beach to protest California's stay-at-home order  —  More than 100 demonstrators gathered in Huntington Beach Friday, defying social distancing guidelines, to protest the California's stay-at-home orders.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
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 …
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
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
HuffPost:
Trump Campaign Secretly Paying $180,000 A Year To His Sons' Significant Others  —  Lara Trump and Kimberly Guilfoyle are each receiving $15,000 per month through the campaign manager's private company, GOP sources said, to dodge FEC rules.  —  WASHINGTON ― President Donald Trump's campaign …
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
His campaigning limited, Joe Biden sketches out his would-be administration  —  Joe Biden has committed to choosing a woman as his running mate.  He's vowed to nominate an African American woman to the Supreme Court.  And now, he's toying with the idea of creating new Cabinet posts and possibly …
Discussion: Breitbart, New York Post and Politico
Henry Grabar / Slate:
Nothing About New York's Outbreak Was Inevitable  —  Politicians and pundits are acting like the city was destined for a tragedy.  They're wrong.  —  Seven weeks after its first recorded coronavirus case, New York has become the global center of the pandemic.
New York Times:
Republicans Fret as Mnuchin Bargains With Democrats to Break Funding Impasse  —  Unhappy with the Treasury secretary's willingness to offer concessions to Democrats in previous stimulus negotiations, Republicans are warily watching the talks over replenishing a small-business loan program.
Discussion: Politico
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
 
 
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Bryan Fischer Radio Host / American Family Association:
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Noah Manskar / New York Post:
Big restaurant chains take $30M in coronavirus loans meant for small businesses
Discussion: Gothamist and The Week
Fox News:
White House says payroll tax cut for employees could come in ‘Phase 4’ coronavirus relief package
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