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Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
The Contrarian Coronavirus Theory That Informed the Trump Administration  —  President Trump, who at one point called the coronavirus pandemic an “invisible enemy” and said it made him a “wartime President,” has in recent days questioned its seriousness, tweeting, “WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF.”
Financial Times:
Coronavirus tracked: the latest figures as the pandemic spreads |  Free to read  —  The countries affected, the number of deaths and the economic impact  —  The humanitarian costs of the coronavirus outbreak continue to mount, with more than 707,000 people infected globally.
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Trump extends social distancing guidelines to April 30, predicts ‘great things’ by June 1  —  Trump last week said he wanted to see the much of the country opening back up by Easter.  —  President Donald Trump on Sunday announced he's extending his administration's guidelines on social distancing amid …
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New York Times:
Live Coronavirus News Coverage and Updates  —  The global count has passed 670,000, an official warns Britain that some kind of lockdown may last for months and Biden urges mail-in elections.  —  RIGHT NOW The Holland America cruise ship on which four passengers have died will be allowed to transit the Panama Canal.
Discussion: Slate
Mike Baker / New York Times:
Coronavirus Slowdown in Seattle Suggests Restrictions Are Working  —  Officials in Washington State worry that their gains are precarious, but they see evidence that containment strategies have lowered the rate of virus transmission.  —  SEATTLE — The Seattle area, home of the first known …
Miriam Elder / BuzzFeed News:
A Nurse Shared A Harrowing Photo Of COVID-19 Victims To Show How Horrifying The Outbreak Is  —  The journalists at BuzzFeed News are proud to bring you trustworthy and relevant reporting about the coronavirus.  To help keep this news free, become a member and sign up for our newsletter, Outbreak Today.
American Enterprise Institute - AEI:
National coronavirus response: A road map to reopening  — This report provides a road map for navigating through the current COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.  It outlines specific directions for adapting our public-health approach away from sweeping mitigation strategies as we limit …
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Washington Post:
Experts converge on plans for easing coronavirus restrictions safely  —  The Trump administration's national social distancing guidelines expire early this week.  So what's the plan?  —  If there's one thing people agree on, even as they debate the government's coronavirus response, it is this: We can't do this forever.
Discussion: New York Times
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Cuomo: Trump's mandatory quarantine comments “really panicked people”  —  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a press conference Sunday that President Donald Trump's unexpected Saturday announcement of a possible “short-term” quarantine of New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut to curb …
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CBS News:
Remembering Maria Mercader, CBS News journalist for three decades  —  CBS News is mourning the loss of Maria Mercader, a network veteran who covered breaking news for nearly three decades and, most recently, helped shape strategy for the network's correspondents and reporters.
New York Times:
The U.S. Tried to Build a New Fleet of Ventilators.  The Mission Failed.  —  As the coronavirus spreads, the collapse of the project helps explain America's acute shortage.  —  Thirteen years ago, a group of U.S. public health officials came up with a plan to address what they regarded …
Discussion: Discourse.net
Julia Prodis Sulek / Mercury News:
Meet the Bay Area doctor who ordered America's first coronavirus lockdown  —  Under intense pressure, Sara Cody's cohort made the move ‘none of us really believed we would do’  —  She is the Bay Area's Anthony Fauci, Santa Clara County's most “essential” employee, the one who banished us …
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Thomas Fuller / New York Times:   How Much Should the Public Know About Who Has the Coronavirus?
Andrew J. Tobias / Plain Dealer:
Gov. Mike DeWine: FDA ‘reckless’ in limiting use of new mask-cleaning technology  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — Gov. Mike DeWine on Sunday sharply criticized the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for approving only limited use of a new mask-cleaning technology developed by an Ohio research firm …
Discussion: Battelle.org News, Politico and WCMH-TV
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WCMH-TV:
Gov. DeWine: Full FDA approval of Battelle mask sterilization process expected by end of Sunday
Discussion: Twitchy
WBNS-TV:   DeWine ‘stunned’ FDA limiting Ohio company's mask-sterilization technology
New York Times:
The Virus Has Transformed the 2020 Elections.  Here's How.  —  Party conventions are in jeopardy, campaigning is on hold and local candidates are playing the role of good Samaritan instead of traditional politician.  —  From the White House to the county courthouse, the coronavirus pandemic has drastically upended the 2020 elections.
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Wall Street Journal:
America's Make-or-Break Week  —  The bills are now coming due for big companies and millions of laid-off workers.  Decisions made in the next few days will shape how coronavirus impacts the economy  —  Congress has passed a $2 trillion rescue plan but before those funds start to flow …
Discussion: Raw Story
Susan Edelman / New York Post:
Bronx school told teachers to hide coronavirus case: ‘Staff can be fired’  —  After learning that a teacher in their Bronx school building was sick with the coronavirus, faculty members were told they could be terminated for warning students to stay away, The Post has learned.
Mitch Albom / Detroit Free Press:
Hey, President Trump: Her name is Gretchen Whitmer  —  First of all, she has a name.  Gretchen Whitmer.  She is not “the woman” or “all she does is sit there” or “you know who I'm talking about” — all phrases President Donald Trump has used besides saying the actual name of the person Michigan voters elected to govern us.
Gina Cook / NBC4 Washington:
Maryland Man Arrested for Having 60 People Over for Bonfire, Violating Social Distancing Orders  —  A Charles County, Maryland, man who threw a party at his house has unintentionally social-distanced himself from everyone after authorities say he was arrested for refusing to comply with the governor's order against large gatherings.
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Joe Biden's message on coronavirus: It's time to tell the unvarnished truth  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden delivers an address on the coronavirus in March 2020.  Michael Brochstein/Echoes Wire/Barcroft Media/Getty Images  —  “We should be telling the American people the truth.  They're strong.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump promotes conspiracy theories about mask and ventilator shortages  —  President Trump has been focused on shifting blame for whatever becomes of the coronavirus outbreak.  And on Sunday, he set about blaming hospitals and states for the well-established shortages of equipment to deal with the situation.
Discussion: CNN and Political Wire
DW.COM:
German state finance minister Thomas Schäfer found dead  —  Police suspect Thomas Schäfer died by suicide after his body was found on train tracks near Wiesbaden.  He was the finance minister for the state of Hesse, where Germany's financial center Frankfurt lies.
Travis Fedschun / Fox News:
Maryland nursing home hit with ‘tragic’ coronavirus outbreak, as 66 test positive, 11 hospitalized, governor says  —  Dozens of people have tested positive for coronavirus at a nursing home in the suburbs west of Baltimore, Maryland's governor announced late Saturday as the state's death toll from the virus has doubled.
New York Times:
Rich Europeans Flee Virus for 2nd Homes, Spreading Fear and Fury  —  In France and the rest of Europe, the affluent decamp cities to spend their confinement in vacation homes, widening class divides.  —  ÎLE DE NOIRMOUTIER, France — On their peaceful island off France's Atlantic Coast …
Discussion: Power Line
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Governors should focus on tackling coronavirus rather than shift blame  —  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called on the federal government to take control of the medical supply market.  Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker demanded that President Trump take charge and said “precious months” were wasted waiting for federal action.
 
 
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Fernanda Echavarri / Mother Jones:
The US Sent Tons of Medical Supplies to China Even as Senators Warned of Virus Threat Here
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, Raw Story and Yahoo News
Kurtis Lee / Los Angeles Times:
No running water.  No electricity.  On Navajo Nation, coronavirus creates worry and confusion as cases surge
Discussion: emptywheel
Charles Ornstein / ProPublica:
What We Know — and Don't Know — About Possible Coronavirus Treatments Promoted by Trump
Discussion: HuffPost and CNN
Sky Palma / DeadState:
Mike Huckabee: ‘Smart mayors’ should tell citizens to load up on guns and ammo right now
Politico:
Rhode Island ends specific restrictions on New Yorkers — by making them national
Discussion: WJXT-TV and Politico
David Rothkopf / USA Today:
Hold on to hope in the coronavirus pandemic. The past shows optimism can be realistic.
Erin Cunningham / Washington Post:
As coronavirus cases explode in Iran, U.S. sanctions hinder its access to drugs and medical equipment
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Matthias Gafni / San Francisco Chronicle:
Coronavirus: The state had 21 million N95 masks stockpiled. All are expired.
Axios:
Inside the start of the great virus airlift
Discussion: NPR and The Week
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Coronavirus Disinformation Campaign Isn't Working: Poll
Discussion: Ipsos
David Cohen / Politico:
Pelosi: ‘As the president fiddles, people are dying’
Discussion: NBC News
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Trump camp targets Obama's Ebola czar
Discussion: Raw Story and Breitbart
Politico:
Inside the White House during ‘15 Days to Slow the Spread’
Discussion: Raw Story
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
‘Anything good I could say about this would be a lie.’