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1:30 AM ET, April 18, 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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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 California's stay-at-home order.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Washington Post:   Rallies against stay-at-home orders grow as Trump sides with protesters
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
Anna Gronewold / Politico:
Cuomo mocks Trump in Friday diatribe
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 …
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.
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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?
Ross Clark / Spectator USA:
Stanford study suggests coronavirus is more widespread than realized
Discussion: Spectator
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
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
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” …
Yahoo News:
Sunlight destroys virus quickly, new govt. tests find, but experts say pandemic could last through summer  —  Preliminary results from government lab experiments show that the coronavirus does not survive long in high temperatures and high humidity, and is quickly destroyed by sunlight …
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.
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
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.
governor.wa.gov:
Inslee statement on Trump encouraging illegal and dangerous acts  —  Gov. Jay Inslee released a statement today on President Trump's comments around “liberating” parts of the country.  —  “The president's statements this morning encourage illegal and dangerous acts.
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
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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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.
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.
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 …
Stephen Ohlemacher / Associated Press:
Biden looks to placate Sanders by letting him keep delegates  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Seeking to avoid the bitter feelings that marred the 2016 Democratic convention, Joe Biden's campaign is angling to allow Bernie Sanders to keep some of the delegates he would otherwise forfeit by dropping out of the presidential race.
Discussion: The Hill
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
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.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Fox News keeps inviting TV doctors on air who say crazy things  —  New York (CNN Business)Fox News has displayed a knack in recent weeks for inviting prominent television doctors on its air who make absurd comments that ignite controversy.  —  Since the arrival of the coronavirus pandemic …
Discussion: Washington Post, Daily Kos and Deadline
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
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
Gwen Aviles / NBC News:
Landlords are targeting vulnerable tenants to solicit sex in exchange for rent, advocates say  —  “Landlord coercion has always been a reality, but we've never seen anything like this,” Jabola-Carolus said.  —  Some landlords are taking advantage of the coronavirus outbreak …
Discussion: The US Sun
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 and New York Post
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
GOP's growing ‘open it up’ caucus urges fewer virus restrictions amid warnings from fellow Republicans  —  A growing number of Republican lawmakers across the country are pushing for a more rapid reboot of the American economy amid the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that the risk of spreading more sickness …
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 …
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.
 
 
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Sister Toldjah / Redstate:
WaPo Fact Checker Glenn Kessler Morphs Into WHO Apologist in Ridiculous Fact Check on Trump
Discussion: Washington Post and Twitchy
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
An Oral History of the Pandemic Warnings Trump Ignored
Christian Davenport / Washington Post:
NASA sets a date for historic SpaceX launch, the first flight of NASA crews from U.S. in nearly a decade
Discussion: Breitbart and The Week
Politico:
Matt Gaetz rents office space from longtime friend and donor — at taxpayer expense
Bryan Fischer Radio Host / American Family Association:
Shutdowns Were Pointless All Along
ABC News:
President Trump's ‘opening the country’ council features several political donors and supporters
Discussion: HuffPost and The Week
 Earlier Items: 
Gretchen Morgenson / NBC News:
Unapproved Chinese coronavirus antibody tests being used in at least 2 states
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Assails Critics of His Coronavirus Response as He Focuses on Reopening U.S.
Discussion: Raw Story
Darren Wells / mirror:
Inside Mohammed Bin Salman's £230m house - the most expensive home in the world
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
What Have Epidemiologists Learned About the Coronavirus?
Jaclyn Cosgrove / Los Angeles Times:
Less than half of L.A. County residents still have jobs amid coronavirus crisis
Discussion: KTLA and Breitbart
Josh Campbell / CNN:
Feds charge doctor who cited Trump to push hydroxychloroquine ‘miracle cure’
Discussion: New York Times and Vox
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Trump's Pandemic Plan: “Absolute Authority,” No Responsibility