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New York Times:
2020 Election Live Updates: What Trump's Positive Test Means for the Race  —  The president's announcement early Friday that he tested positive upended the race in an instant, with less than five weeks to go before the election.  It also rattled the world and sent markets tumbling.
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CNN:
President Donald Trump tweets he and first lady Melania Trump test positive for Covid-19  —  Hope Hicks, one of Trump's closest advisers, tests positive for coronavirus, president to quarantine
New York Times:
Trump Tests Positive for the Coronavirus  —  The president's result came after he spent months playing down the severity of the outbreak that has killed more than 207,000 in the United States and hours after insisting that “the end of the pandemic is in sight.”
New York Times:
On Monday, Trump Updated the Nation on Virus Strategy.  By Friday, He Tested Positive.  —  President Trump interacted with scores of staff members, donors and supporters this week.  Early Friday morning, it was still unclear how many other aides who had come into close contact with him had tested positive.
Washington Post:
Trump says he and first lady have tested positive for coronavirus  —  President Trump and his wife Melania have contracted the coronavirus, he announced early Friday, after months in which he has played down a pandemic that has killed more than 205,000 Americans and sickened millions more.
New York Times:
Trump's Positive Coronavirus Test Upends Campaign in Final Stretch  —  With his health and the country's stability at risk, strategists and even senior aides to the president said he would face a harsh judgment from voters.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump's announcement early Friday …
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
Rick Hasen / electionlawblog.org:
With News That the President Has Tested Positive for Coronavirus (and He Was in Contact with Joe Biden at the Debate Earlier in the Week), What Happens If a Presidential Candidate Dies or is Incapacitated Before Election Day?  A Mess  —  The President and First Lady reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus.
Barbie Latza Nadeau / The Daily Beast:
Conspiracy-Theory Twitter Is Going Nuts Over Trump's COVID Diagnosis  —  Within moments of the Trumps confirming they had both tested positive for COVID-19, conspiracy theorists were going wild.  —  Correspondent-At-Large  —  It took about two full minutes from President Trump's tweet confirming …
Discussion: Politico, Vox and Washington Post
Associated Press:
White House Official: Trump Experiencing ‘Mild’ Symptoms of Coronavirus After Positive Test  —  Washington (AP) — White House official: Trump experiencing ‘mild’ symptoms of coronavirus after positive test.
Discussion: Political Wire
Bloomberg:
Trump Tests Positive for Covid, Roiling Campaign and White House  — First Lady has also tested positive, Trump says on Twitter  — Hope Hicks had traveled with him to debate, Minnesota rally  —  U.S. President Donald Trump said early Friday that he has tested positive for coronavirus along …
Associated Press:
Statement from Trump's doctor on president's virus diagnosis  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Text of a statement from Sean Conley, physician to the president:  —  I release the following information with the permission of President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
GOP donors panic after coming close to Trump at fundraiser hours before his positive Covid-19 test  — GOP donors, according to a person briefed on the matter, have been reaching out to Trump campaign and GOP officials for any guidance as to what to do next following a fundraiser with the president.
Discussion: NBC New York
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
White House coronavirus adviser Scott Atlas reacts to Trump's coronavirus diagnosis, says ‘zero reason to panic’  —  Trump and the first lady announced early Friday that they both tested positive for COVID-19  —  Trump, first lady test positive for coronavirus
Politico:
Trump coronavirus diagnosis leaves lawmakers exposed  —  President Donald Trump's coronavirus diagnosis exposes the Capitol's laissez-faire approach to testing for the deadly disease, particularly for congressional leaders and Republicans who interact regularly with the president or his top aides.
Molly Nagle / ABC News:
Concern over Biden's possible exposure to COVID-19 after Trump tests positive  —  Biden, in a tweet, wished the president and first lady well.  —  How Trump's health may impact campaign  —  With just 32 days before the election, the president's positive coronavirus case could throw …
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Trump's positive Covid-19 test throws country into fresh upheaval  —  (CNN)A country already unnerved by a devastating health catastrophe and a turbulent political season faced fresh upheaval Friday as Americans awoke to news President Donald Trump had contracted coronavirus.
New York Times:
Trump's Secret Service Has Struggled With Outbreak at Training Center
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Bonchie / Redstate:
CNN Immediately Dives Into the Gutter Over Trump's COVID Diagnosis
Discussion: ABC News and The Sun
Associated Press:
Timeline of Trump's activities in week coronavirus hit home
Discussion: The Atlantic and Al Jazeera
Associated Press:
Trump says he and first lady tested positive for coronavirus
Wall Street Journal:
President Trump Tests Positive for Coronavirus
Discussion: CNN, Vox, ABC News and Politico
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel received positive coronavirus test Wednesday, spokesman says
Discussion: Townhall, Axios and Politico
Matt Lewis / The Daily Beast:
Chaos President Gets Hit by the Ultimate October Surprise
Discussion: Associated Press
David Remnick / New Yorker:
The President Tests Positive for the Coronavirus, and a Nation Anticipates Chaos
Discussion: Vox
Matt Flegenheimer / New York Times:   A President's Positive Test and the Year That Won't Let Up
Tom Embury-Dennis / The Independent:
Putin praises Trump's ‘inherent vitality’ as he wishes US president swift recovery from coronavirus
Discussion: Political Wire
ABC News:
Hope Hicks, one of Trump's closest advisers, tests positive for coronavirus, president to quarantine
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
The Secret History of Kimberly Guilfoyle's Departure from Fox  —  As President Donald Trump heads into the 2020 elections, he faces a daunting gender gap: according to a recent Washington Post/ABC News poll, he trails Joe Biden by thirty percentage points among female voters.
Caroline Kelly / CNN:
Secretly recorded tapes show Melania Trump's frustration at criticism for family separation policy and her bashing of Christmas decorations  —  (CNN)First Lady Melania Trump was secretly recorded in the summer of 2018 expressing her frustration at being criticized for her husband's policy …
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John Daniel Davidson / The Federalist:
When The Media Ask Trump To Denounce White Supremacy, They're Accusing Him Of It  —  No matter how many times Trump condemns white supremacy it will never be enough for the media because their motive is to smear Trump as racist.  —  When the mainstream media ask President Trump …
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Ewan Palmer / Newsweek:
Proud Boys Members Appear in Official Trump Campaign Video
Discussion: NBC News and HillReporter.com
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Trump condemns ‘all White supremacists’ after refusing to do so at presidential debate
Politico:
Trump blames low-income people, minorities for ‘ruining’ suburbia
Discussion: NPR and Vanity Fair
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Hiring slowdown: Jobs gain falls far short of expectation  — Nonfarm payrolls rose by 661,000 in September, lower than the 800,000 Dow Jones estimate.  — The unemployment rate was 7.9%, better than the 8.2% estimate.  — This is the final jobs report before the November election.
Anna Gronewold / Politico:
Fed Up in Flyover Country  —  ROCA, Neb.—Elaine Dlouhy calls herself a “crazy crafting woman,” adopted a dog named Spinks during the pandemic and has been married to the same man for 30 years.  They put off an August anniversary trip to Belize or Costa Rica when the pandemic hit.
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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