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9:15 AM ET, April 18, 2020

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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 …
Washington Post:
Rallies against stay-at-home orders grow as Trump sides with protesters  —  Protesters at state capitols across the country this week expressed their deep frustration with the stay-at-home orders that are meant to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, pushing a message that is rapidly coalescing among …
Discussion: HuffPost
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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
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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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
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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Anna Gronewold / Politico:
Cuomo mocks Trump in Friday diatribe
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
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Keith Collins / New York Times:
Coronavirus Testing Needs to Triple Before the U.S. Can Reopen, Experts Say  —  Average Daily Coronavirus Tests in the U.S.  —  Level needed to safely  —  reopen  —  152 tests  —  tests per 100,000 people  —  Current level  —  45 tests  —  tests per 100,000 people  —  Level to reopen
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.
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WPRI-TV:   ‘We are terrified’: Nursing home deaths in RI worse than neighboring states
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 …
Raleigh News & Observer:
Life Disrupted: 24 hours of coronavirus in North Carolina  —  In some ways, this is like any other North Carolina springtime.  —  Pollen coats cars like frosting.  Choruses of spring peepers fill the air in wooded areas, while the hum of lawn mowers drones on all day in suburbia.
New York Times:
Hong Kong Police Arrest Leading Pro-Democracy Figures  —  More than a dozen people were arrested on charges of organizing and participating in unauthorized assemblies during last year's protests, including veteran lawyers and former lawmakers.  —  HONG KONG — More than a dozen leading pro …
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.
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.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The Trump administration is muzzling government scientists.  It's essential to let them speak candidly to the press again.  —  Kathryn Foxhall remembers a time when reporters could call up any doctor or researcher at the Centers for Disease Control and ask them questions on the record.
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
The Coronavirus Doesn't Have a Social Message  —  Most plagues have had scapegoats.  There seems to be something deep, deep, deep in human nature that responds to existential threats like this one by seeking to blame someone else, or some other group, or even an errant individual.
Discussion: Equitable Growth
Kristina Peterson / Wall Street Journal:
Top House Republican Backs Adding Hospital Funding to Small-Business Package  —  Congress has been at standoff over breadth of next stimulus bill  —  WASHINGTON—A standoff over replenishing a popular loan program for small businesses showed signs of easing Friday, as a top Republican backed pairing …
Discussion: The Hill, Axios and National Review
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
Miami Herald:
Amid rebukes over secrecy, Florida prison system begins to reveal ravages of coronavirus  —  For weeks the Florida Department of Corrections refused to address rumors that inmates with coronavirus-like symptoms — or those who had come into contact with symptomatic inmates or staff …
Sister Toldjah / Redstate:
WaPo Fact Checker Glenn Kessler Morphs Into WHO Apologist in Ridiculous Fact Check on Trump  —  If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times: Media fact checkers need full time fact checkers to fact check their fact checks.  —  Or something like that.
Discussion: Washington Post 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.
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.
Discussion: New York Daily News
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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: Lawyers, Guns & Money and 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.
 
 
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Los Angeles Times:
Trump plan for coronavirus supplies yields payoff for favored companies
Discussion: Mother Jones
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
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
His campaigning limited, Joe Biden sketches out his would-be administration
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Post
Gwen Aviles / NBC News:
Landlords are targeting vulnerable tenants to solicit sex in exchange for rent, advocates say
Discussion: The US Sun
David M. Drucker / Washington Examiner:
‘Full steam ahead’: RNC chairwoman says GOP plans to stage August convention despite coronavirus
Discussion: Washington Times
Bryan Fischer Radio Host / American Family Association:
Shutdowns Were Pointless All Along
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David Wallace-Wells / New York Magazine:
We Are Probably Only One-Tenth of the Way Through This Pandemic
Jessica Lussenhop / BBC:
Coronavirus at Smithfield pork plant: The untold story of America's biggest outbreak
Discussion: ImmigrationProf Blog
Associated Press:
No plan in sight: Test troubles cloud Trump recovery effort
Discussion: KLAS - 8 News Now
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Assails Critics of His Coronavirus Response as He Focuses on Reopening U.S.
Discussion: Raw Story
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
What Have Epidemiologists Learned About the Coronavirus?
Jon Passantino / CNN:
Elon Musk says he sent ventilators to California hospitals, they say they got something else instead
Discussion: The Hill