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Ryan Lizza / Politico:
My Wild, Totally Surreal Experience Covering a Trump Coronavirus Briefing  —  Watching President Donald Trump and his task force in person was enormously revealing.  —  President Donald Trump speaks about his administration's coronavirus response in the White House press briefing room.
Discussion: Washington Post
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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 …
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Trump snubs Romney by inviting every other GOP senator to council on restarting economy amid coronavirus
Discussion: Breitbart
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:   Romney is only GOP senator not invited to join new White House task force
CNN:
READ: White House guidelines for ‘Opening Up America Again’
Discussion: Vox and PJ Media Home
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.
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NBC News:
Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to be released from prison early over virus concerns
Discussion: Associated Press
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.
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John Santucci / ABC News:
Trump's new chief of staff Mark Meadows responds to frequent controversy with fits of emotion: Sources  —  Source predicts short tenure; White House says Meadows is “tremendous asset.”  —  President Donald Trump has often boasted that he not only tolerates controversy, he thrives on it.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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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 …
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 …
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
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
Biden shoots down Cuomo as VP pick, says it's ‘important’ that a woman be his running mate
Discussion: The Hill
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Sen. Joe Manchin will back Biden for president
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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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
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.
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 …
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, Townhall, CNN, Politico and The Hill
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Daniel Bice / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Milwaukee ‘unlikely’ to host Democratic convention, former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe says
Discussion: Politico
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: Twitchy, Townhall, Bloomberg and Big Think
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 …
Jeremy W. Peters / Chicago Tribune:
Why Michael Savage is blasting Sean Hannity and the right-wing media on the coronavirus  —  There are a lot of people who are ruining the country right now, according to Michael Savage.  Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.  Liberal mayors in big cities like San Francisco.  Undocumented immigrants.
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
Grant Marek / SFGATE:
Berkeley institution Top Dog is on the ropes.  But they still won't take federal aid.  —  You never forget your first trip to Top Dog.  —  The tiny, Berkeley-born grab-and-go grill is a rite of passage for Cal students, slinging superlative sausages late night 'til 3 a.m. — along with a side of libertarian literature.
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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Katelyn Polantz / CNN:
Roger Stone jurors say they fear for their safety and plead for privacy
Discussion: Raw Story and Contemptor
Michael Grunwald / Politico:
What AOC Gets that Bernie Didn't  —  The 27-year-old progressive activist Sean McElwee made the POLITICO 50 list of influential thinkers in 2017 for “Abolish ICE,” a pithy slogan that more liberal Democrats adapted into a quixotic campaign to dismantle the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
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
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
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China's Economy Shrinks, Ending a Nearly Half Century of Growth  —  The contraction comes at a time when the rest of the world needs an economic boost, underscoring how momentous the task of reviving the global economy will be.  —  BEIJING — The coronavirus outbreak has brought China's extraordinary …
The Daily Beast:
Army Decides a Pandemic Is a Good Time to Give GOP Donors $569 Million to ‘Build the Wall’  —  What coronavirus crisis?  Big Republican donors get a half-billion dollar, no-bid deal that one watchdog calls “a travesty that must be investigated and audited immediately.”  —  BEAST INSIDE
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 …
NBC News:
Massachusetts man charged with trying to blow up Jewish nursing home  —  Blood found on the failed explosive matched the DNA of suspect John Michael Rathbun, 36, the FBI said.  —  Federal agents arrested a western Massachusetts man and accused of him trying to blow up a Jewish assisted living facility …
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.
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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.
Catherine Herridge / CBS News:
Report footnotes show FBI knew Russians had early knowledge of Steele material  —  Newly declassified footnotes from a government report, first obtained by CBS News, show that despite multiple warnings about Russian targeting and the potential for disinformation, the FBI relied …
William M. Arkin / Newsweek:
Exclusive: As Washington DC Faces Coronavirus Spike, Secret Military Task Force Prepares to Secure the Capital  —  District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser yesterday ordered a one-month extension of the state of emergency, as cases in the region grow at a rapid pace.
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.
 
 
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