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7:20 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 …
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 …
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
Ted Nesi / WPRI-TV:
RI is only state doing enough tests to safely reopen, Harvard experts suggest  —  PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Rhode Island is the only state conducting enough coronavirus tests right now to safely reopen the economy, according to new guidance from researchers at Harvard University.
Discussion: Vox
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
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
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: New York Post and Raw Story
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 …
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 …
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
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: The Hill, Fox News and Florida Politics
Allen Silkin / Gingrich 360:
The Job-Killing, Ice Cream-Eating Liberal Democrats
Discussion: Washington Post
Marc Andreessen / Andreessen Horowitz:
IT'S TIME TO BUILD  —  Every Western institution was unprepared for the coronavirus pandemic, despite many prior warnings.  This monumental failure of institutional effectiveness will reverberate for the rest of the decade, but it's not too early to ask why, and what we need to do about it.
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 …
Trump allies press administration to unleash lawsuits against lockdowns  —  As President Donald Trump uses the bully pulpit to press state and local governments to ease their virus-related lockdowns, conservative activists and religious leaders are urging his administration to go further …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jennifer Rutledge / Conservative Action Project:
Letter to Attorney General Barr
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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.
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: 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 …
Riley Beggin / Vox:
Nearly two-thirds of Americans think Trump acted too slowly to fight coronavirus  —  A Pew survey found 65 percent of Americans think Trump responded to Covid-19 too slowly.  —  Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe President Donald Trump acted too slowly in responding to the coronavirus …
Discussion: Breitbart, The Guardian and CNN
Spencer Soper / Yahoo Finance:
Amazon Is Poised to Emerge From the Pandemic Stronger Than Ever  —  Earlier this week, a French court, responding to union complaints that Inc. wasn't doing enough to protect warehouse workers during the pandemic, ordered the company to stop selling nonessential items there.
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
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Alexandra Petri / Washington Post:
Give me liberty and give me death!
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Anthony L. Fisher / Business Insider:
Hamas' decision to lock up a Gaza peace activist during a pandemic is proof that it wants endless war with Israel
Michael Fumento / Issues & Insights:
After Repeated Failures, It's Time To Permanently Dump Epidemic Models
Discussion: Instapundit
Los Angeles Times:
The scarlet C: Coronavirus survivors face the stigma and discrimination
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
 Earlier Items: 
David Dayen / American Prospect:
Unsanitized: Donna Shalala Selection Makes a Mockery of Bailout Oversight Panel
Discussion: VICE
Osita Nwanevu / New Republic:
Donald Trump's Coronavirus Death Cult Takes to the Streets
Discussion: LifeSiteNews
‘Nothing to worry about’ and 'it's being contained': How Trump officials downplayed the coronavirus
Putin leverages coronavirus chaos to make a direct play to Trump
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, Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
New York Times:
Amid Pandemic, Hong Kong Arrests Major Pro-Democracy Figures

From Mediagazer:

Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Federal prosecutors charge Marco Gaudino with one count of conspiracy for allegedly giving Tim Burke credentials to access systems used by Fox News and others

Jack Brewster / Wall Street Journal:
A case study of the creation of an AI-powered local “news” website, directed to produce partisan stories on a US Senate race; a Fiverr developer made it for $80

Dylan Byers / @dylanbyers:
Sources: former Disney TV chief Ben Sherwood and former Hearst Magazines exec Joanna Coles will buy a 49% stake in The Daily Beast; Barry Diller will retain 51%

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