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3:20 PM ET, April 18, 2020


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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 …
Mary McCord / Washington Post:
Trump's ‘LIBERATE MICHIGAN!’ tweets incite insurrection.  That's illegal.  —  Federal law bans advocating the overthrow of government.  —  President Trump incited insurrection Friday against the duly elected governors of the states of Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia.
New York Times:
Live Coronavirus News Updates
Discussion: The Hill and USA Today
Salvador Hernandez / BuzzFeed News:
This Is How A Group Linked To Betsy DeVos Is Organizing Protests To End Social Distancing, Now With Trump's Support
New York Times:
Trump Encourages Protest Against Governors Who Have Imposed Virus Restrictions
Defying social distancing rules, demonstrators gather in Huntington Beach to protest California's stay-at-home order
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
New York Times:
A Key G.O.P. Strategy: Blame China.  But Trump Goes Off Message.  —  Republicans increasingly believe that elevating China's culpability for spreading the coronavirus may be the best way to improve their difficult election chances.  The president is muddying the message.
Discussion: Raw Story
Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
Michael Cohen Is Writing a Secret Tell-All to ‘Spill the Beans’ on Trump  —  The former Trump fixer is being released early from prison and is pissed and willing to dish on the president.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  Michael Cohen has been spending his time behind bars writing an explosive tell …
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
New York Times:
How Millions of Women Became the Most Essential Workers in America  —  One in three jobs held by women has been designated as essential.  —  Every day, Constance Warren stands behind the cold cuts counter at a grocery store in New Orleans, watching the regular customers come and go.
David Willman / Washington Post:
Contamination at CDC lab delayed rollout of coronavirus tests  —  The failure by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to quickly produce a test kit for detecting the novel coronavirus was triggered by a glaring scientific breakdown at the CDC's central laboratory complex in Atlanta …
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and The Week
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
Discussion: Vox and VICE
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 …
Discussion: Mother Jones, Slate and POLITICUSUSA
Igor Bobic / HuffPost:
Biden Campaign Slams Trump On China And Coronavirus In New Battleground Ad  —  The former vice president's 2020 campaign is highlighting President Trump's repeated praise for China.  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden's presidential campaign on Saturday released a new digital ad …
Discussion: CNN
Los Angeles Times:
Trump and Biden clash over China in dueling ads
Discussion: NBC News and YouTube
Harry Enten / CNN:
Why Florida may have a big role in 2020  —  (CNN)The story of the 2016 election has often been told like this: “Donald Trump secured victory by breaking through the big blue wall in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.”  It's how you end up with all those stories about Trump voters in Midwest diners.
Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:
The Coronavirus in America: The Year Ahead  —  There will be no quick return to our previous lives, according to nearly two dozen experts.  But there is hope for managing the scourge now and in the long term.  —  The coronavirus is spreading from America's biggest cities to its suburbs …
Allen Silkin / Gingrich 360:
The Job-Killing, Ice Cream-Eating Liberal Democrats  —  We are watching the birth of the job-killing, ice cream-eating liberal Democratic Party.  —  After a week of blocking more money for American small businesses, Speaker Nancy Pelosi decided it would be effective to show up on …
Discussion: Washington Post
Paula Froelich / New York Post:
Elon Musk is tech Covidiot No. 1 during coronavirus pandemic  —  After working as a journalist for over 20 years, much of it in the celebrity world, I have found that whatever age a person becomes famous is the age when his or her maturity (usually) stops.  —  But something a little different happens …
Discussion: The Hill and CNN
Joey Garrison / USA Today:
Judge calls alleged investigator misconduct in Lori Loughlin case ‘serious and disturbing’  —  BOSTON — A federal judge Friday called allegations of law enforcement misconduct in the nation's college admissions scandal headlined by actress Lori Loughlin “serious and disturbing” …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Kurt Bardella / NBC News:
Trump's ‘liberate’ tweets were reckless and arrogant.  Now imagine if Obama had sent them.  —  Republicans in Congress spent the past decade sensationalizing and politicizing the actions of President Barack Obama.  But don't take my word for it.  —  “LIBERATE VIRGINIA, and save your great 2nd Amendment.
New York Times:
Amid Pandemic, Hong Kong Arrests Major Pro-Democracy Figures  —  Rarely have so many prominent pro-democracy figures — over a dozen — been arrested at once.  The arrests signaled a broader crackdown on the antigovernment movement that roiled the semiautonomous city last year.
Cory Stieg / CNBC:
Could you get PTSD from your pandemic experience?  The long-term mental health effects of coronavirus  —  Experiencing intense flashbacks, nightmares, irritability, anger and fear?  In the face of a traumatic event like the Covid-19 pandemic, it's common to feel this way.
James R. Hagerty / Wall Street Journal:
Paul O'Neill, Former Treasury Secretary and Alcoa CEO, Dies at 84  —  Maverick clashed with colleagues in George W. Bush administration over tax cuts and environment  —  Paul O'Neill, a former U.S. Treasury Secretary and Alcoa chief executive whose independence and blunt speaking style led …
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Week
Associated Press:
Governors feel heat to reopen from protesters, president  —  Stores in Texas can begin selling merchandise with curbside service, and hospitals can resume nonessential surgeries.  In Florida, people are returning to beaches and parks.  And protesters are clamoring for more.
Max Greenwood / The Hill:
Senate battle hinges on four races  —  Democrats are racing to broaden their path to the Senate majority in November, while Republicans are spending heavily in an effort to hold their control over the chamber.  —  With 200 days to go until Election Day, the Democrats' path …
Washington Post:
The White House praised hotels for housing doctors.  Cities say Trump's hotels aren't participating.  —  Thousands of U.S. hotels have volunteered to help local authorities house doctors, nurses and other medical personnel at reduced rates — or even free — during the covid-19 pandemic.
Discussion: CNN and Talking Points Memo
Washington Post:
Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz aren't coronavirus experts.  So why are they talking about it on TV news?  —  Dr. Phil had much to say about the coronavirus lockdown the other night on Fox News.  —  “Look, the fact of the matter is we have people dying — 45,000 people a year die from automobile accidents …
Putin leverages coronavirus chaos to make a direct play to Trump  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin appear to have had more sustained contact with each other in the past two weeks than at any time since 2016, as the Kremlin tries to use …
Melissa Healy / Los Angeles Times:
Do testicles make men more vulnerable to the coronavirus?  —  Men contending with coronavirus infection may have a pair of vulnerabilities that could increase their risk of longer, more severe illness: their testicles.  —  A pilot study that tracked the clearance of the virus from patients in Mumbai …
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Gordon Brown's Case for Global Coöperation During the Coronavirus Pandemic  —  Gordon Brown, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, had been in office for less than a year at the start of the Great Recession, in December of 2007.  Brown, who had spent the previous decade …
Janelle Griffith / NBC News:
Lone passenger on U.S. flight gets VIP treatment: ‘Welcome aboard, Bob’  —  “Hi Bob,” the pilot said with a wave to the jet's sole passenger, who filmed the experience.  “I'm just making a video,” Bob Pitts said.  “Talking to myself.  There's nobody to talk to.”
Los Angeles Times:
The scarlet C: Coronavirus survivors face the stigma and discrimination  —  Customers boycott a pharmacy.  People scream at a family on the street.  A man has trouble summoning an ambulance to his home.  —  There's a common thread linking all these stories: fear of COVID-19.
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Associated Press:
Experts worry politics will guide voters' virus precautions
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Unsanitized: Donna Shalala Selection Makes a Mockery of Bailout Oversight Panel
Discussion: VICE
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Trump tells a damnable and murderous lie
Discussion: Redstate and Breitbart
Osita Nwanevu / New Republic:
Donald Trump's Coronavirus Death Cult Takes to the Streets
Discussion: LifeSiteNews
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Republican lawmakers are planning to ask the Supreme Court to block Evers' stay-at-home order extension
Discussion: Politico
‘Nothing to worry about’ and 'it's being contained': How Trump officials downplayed the coronavirus
Li Zhou / Vox:
Exclusive: A new Senate plan would guarantee paychecks for workers who are furloughed or laid off
Discussion: ABC17NEWS
 Earlier Items: 
Anthony Zurcher / BBC:
Coronavirus: Could Donald Trump delay the presidential election?
Joanne Kenen / Politico:
Trump's plans to reopen the country face major obstacles
Discussion: Raw Story and The Guardian
Miami Herald:
Amid rebukes over secrecy, Florida prison system begins to reveal ravages of coronavirus
Raleigh News & Observer:
Life Disrupted: 24 hours of coronavirus in North Carolina
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The Trump administration is muzzling government scientists. …
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
The Coronavirus Doesn't Have a Social Message
Discussion: Althouse
Jason Gay / Wall Street Journal:
Stay Home! Back to Work! A Dog and Cat Debate Reopening America