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4:30 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:
Gretchen Whitmer Isn't Backing Down  —  Right-wing protesters, Republican lawmakers and President Trump are attacking the Michigan governor, a possible vice-presidential pick.  “I'm not thinking about politics,” she says.  —  She is a first-term governor and rising star in the Democratic Party …
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
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
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
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 …
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
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.
Washington Post:
U.S. sent millions of face masks to China early this year, ignoring pandemic warning signs  —  U.S. manufacturers shipped millions of dollars of face masks and other protective medical equipment to China in January and February with encouragement from the federal government …
Discussion: Raw Story
Parties race to break deadlock over funds for desperate businesses  —  Weekend talks are underway to restock the Paycheck Protection Program, but money for state and local governments remains a sticking point.  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.  Democratic leaders and the Trump administration …
Discussion: The Hill
Allen Silkin / Gingrich 360:
The Job-Killing, Ice Cream-Eating Liberal Democrats
Discussion: Washington Post
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Trump ramps up pressure on Pelosi over stalemate on small business program: ‘Come back to Washington’
Discussion: The Hill and ABC News
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 …
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.”
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.
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
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 …
Memo to America's Governors:  —  After insisting that he had absolute power to decide when to reopen the American economy, President Donald Trump has turned over to all of you what he initially called “the biggest decision I've ever had to make.”  —  Trump is often guilty of hyperbole, but he's right in this case.
Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
Pence delivering Air Force Academy commencement address  —  Vice President Mike Pence will deliver a commencement address to the U.S. Air Force Academy's 2020 graduating class on Saturday  —  COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — In a symbolic show of normalcy, Vice President Mike Pence will deliver …
Discussion: Fox News and NBC News
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.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump's Plan to Contain the Coronavirus by Unleashing Anarchy Seems Risky  —  President Trump has two basic modes of governing: abnegation and abuse.  Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Trump has alternately — and, at times, simultaneously — claimed absolute authority and zero responsibility for the crisis.
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
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.
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.
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, Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
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.
Michael Fumento / Issues & Insights:
After Repeated Failures, It's Time To Permanently Dump Epidemic Models  —  'The ... crisis we face is unparalleled in modern times," said the World Health Organization's assistant director, while its director general proclaimed it “likely the greatest peacetime challenge that the United Nations and its agencies have ever faced.
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Kyle Smith / National Review:
The Ventilator Shortage That Wasn't  —  The ventilator shortages …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Cory Stieg / CNBC:
Could you get PTSD from your pandemic experience?  The long-term mental health effects of coronavirus
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Gordon Brown's Case for Global Coöperation During the Coronavirus Pandemic
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
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
‘Nothing to worry about’ and 'it's being contained': How Trump officials downplayed the coronavirus
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James R. Hagerty / Wall Street Journal:
Paul O'Neill, Former Treasury Secretary and Alcoa CEO, Dies at 84
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Week
Washington Post:
Dr. Phil and Dr. Oz aren't coronavirus experts. So why are they talking about it on TV news?
New York Post:
Facebook's ‘fact checkers’ are the real fake news after censoring Post story
Raleigh News & Observer:
Life Disrupted: 24 hours of coronavirus in North Carolina
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