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3:35 PM ET, April 17, 2020

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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 …
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
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump appears to back those protesting social distancing measures  —  President Trump on Friday appeared to back protesters in three states with Democratic governors who are gathering in opposition to extended stay-at-home orders and other restrictions meant to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
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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
Washington Post:
U.S. stocks soar after coronavirus drug trial shows early promise against severe symptoms  —  Investors seized on reports that the antiviral medicine remdesivir was proving effective in a small clinical trial with covid-19 patients  —  Stocks flashed green around the world as investors clung …
Discussion: ABC17NEWS and Financial Times
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Christopher Rowland / Washington Post:
Here are the drugs that could treat coronavirus. But don't expect a magic bullet.
STAT:
Early peek at data on Gilead coronavirus drug suggests patients are responding to treatment
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 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.
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 …
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
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.
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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: The Verge and New York Post
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” …
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) …
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.
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: Raw Story
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
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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
CNN:
Time to fire Jared and Ivanka  —  / AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)  —  Peter Bergen is CNN's national security analyst, a vice president at New America and a professor of practice at Arizona State University.
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 …
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
We Won't Know the Exact Moment When Democracy Dies  —  In the early days of the Trump Presidency, there was a lot of speculation about when, if, and how we would pass the point of no return, when we would know that American democracy had been destroyed.  That conversation faded after a while, drowned out by the din of Trumpian news.
David Smiley / Miami Herald:
Florida blocks COVID-19 information from public as Gov. Ron DeSantis touts transparency  —  When the Miami Herald sought information from the Miami-Dade Medical Examiner's Office last month about COVID-19 deaths in the epicenter of Florida's coronavirus outbreak, attorneys …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
Wall Street Journal:
New York Extends Coronavirus Lockdown as Some Asian Countries See Rise in Cases  —  U.S. jobless claims soar as the U.K. also extends its stay-at-home policy  —  New York state and the U.K. moved to extend coronavirus lockdowns as U.S. jobless claims jumped and countries around the world wrestled …
Associated Press:
Coronavirus could complicate Trump's path to reelection  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus is poised to reshape the political map, pummeling battleground states and alarming Republicans who see early signs of an election that could be a referendum on President Donald Trump's management of the crisis.
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Feinstein, Warner call for DOJ inspector general review of Barr comments related to Trump firing of ICIG  —  Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Mark Warner on Friday called on the Justice Department inspector general and Office of Professional Responsibility to review Attorney General Bill Barr's comments …
Discussion: The Hill
New York Times:
To Save Afghan Peace Deal, U.S. May Scale Back C.I.A. Presence  —  Including the C.I.A.'s presence in negotiations with the Taliban is Washington's latest effort to use what bargaining chips it has left to advance the peace plan.  —  WASHINGTON — The United States is considering pulling …
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
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?
 
 
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Nick Visser / HuffPost:
Most Americans Worried Country Closed By Coronavirus Will Reopen Too Quickly, Poll Finds
Discussion: Raw Story, Vanity Fair and CNN
Maureen Groppe / USA Today:
Interview: Karen Pence talks about helping her own family and others deal with the mental stress of COVID-19
Discussion: The Hill
USA Today:
Tom Daschle and Stacey Abrams: Rural America needs coronavirus help
Discussion: Washington Post
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Moving the Shutdown Goal Posts
Discussion: The Rush Limbaugh Show and Twitchy
Michelle Ye Hee Lee / Washington Post:
Democratic super PAC launches $15 million ad blitz slamming Trump on China and coronavirus
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Trump doesn't do much other than create chaos
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
Katherine Rosman / New York Times:
Ivanka Trump and George Stephanopoulos Reach the ‘Corona-Shaming’ Phase of the Pandemic
Discussion: Althouse
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Here's a state that's quietly reversing the tea party's damage
The Daily Beast:
Army Decides a Pandemic Is a Good Time to Give GOP Donors $569 Million to ‘Build the Wall’
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Keith Bradsher / New York Times:
China's Economy Shrinks, Ending a Nearly Half-Century of Growth
Ryan Lizza / Politico:
My Wild, Totally Surreal Experience Covering a Trump Coronavirus Briefing