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6:40 PM ET, April 18, 2020


 Top Items: 
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.
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 …
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 and New York Post
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
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 …
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
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
Parties race to break deadlock over funds for desperate businesses  —  Democratic leaders and the Trump administration are racing to cut a deal on the next tranche of coronavirus aid this weekend after a key small business relief fund expired.  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer …
Discussion: Florida Politics and 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
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: Florida Politics and CNN
Los Angeles Times:
Trump and Biden clash over China in dueling ads
Discussion: NBC News and YouTube
Andy Shain / Post and Courier:
SC to reopen public beach accesses, retail stores that closed under coronavirus crackdown  —  COVID-19: What you need to know now  —  South Carolina will reopen public beach accesses and retail stores next week that were closed under orders to slow the spread of coronavirus, The Post and Courier has learned.
Discussion: The Hill
Ginia Bellafante / New York Times:
A Beloved Bar Owner Was Skeptical About the Virus.  Then He Took a Cruise.  —  Joe Joyce oversaw JJ Bubbles, a welcoming tavern in a conservative corner of Brooklyn, for 43 years until he died of Covid-19.  —  Decades before he would embark on a cruise to the Mediterranean …
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.
Jon Levine / New York Post:
‘Republican AOC’ Laura Loomer gains steam in congressional run  —  A Florida hurricane may be about to hit Washington, DC.  —  Laura Loomer, a 26-year-old conservative provocateur running for Congress in the Sunshine State, is gaining strength with activists and donors buzzing about the possibility …
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.
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 …
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.
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.”
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 …
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: CNN
Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
Give me liberty and give me death!  —  Yes, I would like things to be worse, please.  I do not think things are bad enough, and I would like them to be worse.  I look at the number of people who have died in this great state, and I think, frankly, it is a little low.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
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
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Instapundit
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Hamas' decision to lock up a Gaza peace activist during a pandemic is proof that it wants endless war with Israel
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
Associated Press:
Governors feel heat to reopen from protesters, president
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
 Earlier Items: 
Osita Nwanevu / New Republic:
Donald Trump's Coronavirus Death Cult Takes to the Streets
Discussion: LifeSiteNews
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Joey Garrison / USA Today:
Judge calls alleged investigator misconduct in Lori Loughlin case ‘serious and disturbing’
Discussion: Vanity Fair
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:
The White House praised hotels for housing doctors.  Cities say Trump's hotels aren't participating.
Discussion: CNN, Raw Story and Talking Points Memo
New York Times:
Amid Pandemic, Hong Kong Arrests Major Pro-Democracy Figures
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
The Coronavirus Doesn't Have a Social Message
Discussion: Althouse