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4:25 PM ET, April 17, 2020

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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 …
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Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump appears to back those protesting social distancing measures
Susan J. Demas / Michigan Advance:
Don't whitewash the GOP's extremism on full display during Whitmer protest  —  We were promised it wasn't a Republican protest.  We were promised people were just upset they couldn't golf or buy seeds (in stores) during a pandemic that's already killed 2,000 of their neighbors.
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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 …
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
ABC News:
Governors say Trump's reopening plan missing a key component: nationwide testing
Discussion: IJR, Breitbart and The Guardian
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: Twitchy and Redstate
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and POLITICUSUSA
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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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.
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Patrick Svitek / The Texas Tribune:
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announces team to restart the economy, loosens some restrictions
Discussion: Townhall
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.
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” …
Discussion: Blue Virginia and Politico
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 …
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Marty Johnson / The Hill:
Beaches, parks to reopen in Jacksonville, Fla., on Friday
Discussion: COJ.net and New York Post
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
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: New York Post and The Verge
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 …
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) …
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 …
Discussion: Associated Press and Raw Story
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:
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?
Melanie Zanona / Politico:
GOP lawmakers eye return to Capitol in protest of pandemic shutdown  —  Nearly two dozen House Republicans are contemplating returning to Washington next week regardless of whether they're called back for a vote — a direct protest of Democratic leadership's plans to keep lawmakers away from the Capitol amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
For Mark Meadows, Transition From Trump Confidant to Chief of Staff Is a Hard One  —  Weeks into the job, Mr. Meadows 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.
Washington Post:
As officials plan to reopen the economy, a key unknown remains: How deadly is the coronavirus?  —  With government officials debating how and when to reopen the economy, a fundamental question about the coronavirus pandemic remains unanswered: Just how deadly is this disease?
Discussion: Michigan Advance
Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
ABC, CNN, New York Times all admit Trump briefings aren't news — so now what?  —  Stay healthy.  —  Be kind.  —  Share PRESS RUN  —  If Trump's daily pandemic press briefings aren't newsworthy events, why does the news media continue to shower them with ceaseless attention?
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Culture Warriors Are a Literal Death Cult Now  —  In Trumpworld, reopening is just a matter of will.  And strength.  And devotion to the leader.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  You know where this is headed, right?  We all know.  Donald Trump and the Republicans are going to turn …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Jason Johnson / TheGrio:
Joe Biden's VP pick better be a Black woman - and it needs to be Kamala Harris  —  OPINION: At this point, Biden's not trying to break box office records - he just doesn't want to flop.  —  Some casting decisions make sense the moment the movie is announced.
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 …
Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Freedom Caucus calls on Trump to reopen economy: ‘We are a free people’  —  A group of conservative House members Friday urged President Trump to reopen the economy, arguing the social distancing restrictions have wreaked too much havoc on the economy.  —  The House Freedom Caucus sent Trump …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Daily Caller
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
After Fauci urged caution in reopening the economy, Fox News turned to Dr. Phil for a second opinion  —  After Anthony S. Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, explained the White House's new guidelines for states to slowly reopen their economies in a three-phase process …
KPNX:
Former Arizona governor Jane Dee Hull, a trailblazing politician, dies at age 84  —  Hull was the first woman elected as Arizona governor and Speaker of the House.  Her husband, Dr. Terry Hull, has also died.  —  Author: Brahm Resnik  —  PHOENIX —  Former Arizona Gov. Jane Dee Hull …
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Assails Critics of His Coronavirus Response as He Focuses on Reopening U.S.  —  President has sought to deflect political blame in shift toward addressing economic fallout from pandemic  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump warned the nation two weeks ago to expect the most difficult period …
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: NBC News, Mediaite and Raw Story
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 call he's ever …
 
 
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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
Scott Shackford / Reason:
A Teenager Posted About Her COVID-19 Infection on Instagram. …
New York Times:
To Save Afghan Peace Deal, U.S. May Scale Back C.I.A. Presence
Nick Visser / HuffPost:
Most Americans Worried Country Closed By Coronavirus Will Reopen Too Quickly, Poll Finds
Discussion: Raw Story, Vanity Fair and CNN
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Feinstein, Warner call for DOJ inspector general review of Barr comments related to Trump firing of ICIG
Discussion: The Hill
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Moving the Shutdown Goal Posts
Discussion: The Rush Limbaugh Show and Twitchy
 Earlier Items: 
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump doesn't do much other than create chaos
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
We Won't Know the Exact Moment When Democracy Dies
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Here's a state that's quietly reversing the tea party's damage
Kara Scannell / CNN:
Michael Cohen will be released from prison due to pandemic