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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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USA Today:
Trump calls to ‘liberate’ states where protesters have demanded easing coronavirus lockdowns
Discussion: New York Times, 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
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
Anna Gronewold / Politico:
Cuomo mocks Trump in Friday diatribe  —  ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo embarked on a 20-minute stemwinder during his press briefing Friday, hitting back on a series of presidential tweets accusing him of overreacting to the coronavirus pandemic.  —  Cuomo, who has for weeks …
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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 …
Associated Press:
Analysis: With new virus plan, Trump passes buck to states
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” …
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
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 …
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.
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: Daily Kos and Bangor Daily News
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
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
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.
Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announces team to restart the economy, loosens some restrictions  —  The reopening will happen in phases, Abbott said, and will be guided by data and doctors.  —  Gov. Greg Abbott on Friday announced initial steps to reopen the Texas economy during the coronavirus pandemic …
Discussion: Townhall
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Dallas Morning News:   Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says schools to remain closed for rest of academic year but eases some coronavirus restrictions
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 …
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) …
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
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 …
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.
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
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
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 …
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
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: Breitbart
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 …
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.
Sophie Tanno / Daily Mail:
Florida beaches will start reopening THIS EVENING: Jacksonville becomes first county to start easing restrictions - despite state's RISING COVID-19 infection rate - after Trump handed control to governors with three-phase plan to reopen America  — Beaches in Jacksonville will be among …
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Bryan Fischer Radio Host / American Family Association:
Shutdowns Were Pointless All Along  —  ATTENTION: Major social media outlets are finding ways to block the conservative/evangelical viewpoint.  Click here for daily electronic delivery of The Stand's Daily Digest - the day's top blogs from AFA.  —  President Trump wisely has taken …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
Trump's Pandemic Plan: “Absolute Authority,” No Responsibility  —  The novel coronavirus brings out the same old, same old President.  —  A week ago, President Trump foreshadowed his growing anxiety over when and how to end the Great Shutdown, a decision he is well aware will have existential consequences …
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
Washington Post:
Live updates: Texas announces dates for relaxing some coronavirus-related restrictions  —  The Washington Post is providing this story for free so that all readers have access to this important information about the coronavirus.  For more free stories, sign up for our daily Coronavirus Updates newsletter.
Discussion: The Spinoff
 
 
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David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
‘Full steam ahead’: RNC chairwoman says GOP plans to stage August convention despite coronavirus
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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
Greg Olear / PREVAIL:
Vanks for Nothing  —  LET US TELL of a creature of the underworld …
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Assails Critics of His Coronavirus Response as He Focuses on Reopening U.S.
Discussion: Raw Story
Johan Norberg / Reason:
In Sweden, Will Voluntary Self-Isolation Work Better Than State-Enforced Lockdowns in the Long Run?
ABC News:
Trump campaign vows ‘never fear’ rallies will return; experts warn large events should return ‘later part of 2021’
Discussion: Mediaite and The Week
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Inside Mohammed Bin Salman's £230m house - the most expensive home in the world
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