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8:40 AM ET, March 30, 2020

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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.”
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
CNN:
Fact check: A breakdown of false and misleading statements at Trump's Rose Garden briefing  —  Trump berates reporter for ‘threatening’ question during briefing  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump has made numerous false and misleading statements at the near-daily White House coronavirus briefings.
Discussion: The Week and The Moderate Voice
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Blames Hospitals for Coronavirus Mask Shortages  —  The Trump administration dithered as the coronavirus swept the planet, and because of its delay, has had to scramble to provide hospitals with the equipment they need to save lives and protect patients and health care workers, such as face masks and ventilators.
Discussion: HuffPost, Mediaite and Daily Kos
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:   Trump blames hospitals for mask and ventilator shortages
Bloomberg:
Trump Suggests a New York Hospital Is Losing Masks Because of Crime
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
Liberty University Brings Back Its Students, and Coronavirus Fears, Too  —  The decision by the school's president, Jerry Falwell Jr., to partly reopen his evangelical university enraged residents of Lynchburg, Va. Then students started getting sick.  —  LYNCHBURG, Va. …
Richard Read / Los Angeles Times:
Choir practice turns fatal.  Airborne coronavirus strongly suspected  —  With the coronavirus quickly spreading in Washington state in early March, leaders of the Skagit Valley Chorale debated whether to go ahead with weekly rehearsal.  —  The virus was already killing people in the Seattle area, about an hour's drive to the south.
New York Times:
Trump Said He Was the President of Manufacturing.  Then Disaster Struck.  —  For a leader who has embraced the language of a wartime president, it is as if the Pentagon asked for missiles and bombers but wouldn't say how many or where they should be delivered.
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New York Times:
Live Coronavirus News Coverage and Updates
Discussion: Slate
CNN:
Exclusive: Justice Department reviews stock trades by lawmakers after coronavirus briefings  —  (CNN)The Justice Department has started to probe a series of stock transactions made by lawmakers ahead of the sharp market downturn stemming from the spread of coronavirus, according to two people familiar with the matter.
Dan Diamond / Politico:
FDA issues emergency authorization of anti-malaria drug for coronavirus care  —  The drugs have been championed by President Donald Trump for treatment despite scant evidence.  —  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration building.  The Food and Drug Administration on Sunday issued …
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 719,000 people infected globally.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Woke stupidity is spreading as fast as the coronavirus pandemic  —  After 9/11 there was much talk of the “death of irony,” along with calls for mandatory national service and widespread support for the idea that it was time to put away childish things.  Then Rudy Giuliani went on …
Chad Livengood / Crain's Detroit Business:
State Rep. Isaac Robinson dies of suspected coronavirus infection  —  State Rep. Isaac Robinson died Sunday morning at Detroit Receiving Hospital from a suspected coronavirus infection, hours after being transported to the hospital for breathing problems, his mother confirmed Sunday night.
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
Trump: I'm Doing a Great Job Fighting the Coronavirus, and 100,000 of You Will Die  —  Seriously, literally, things that Trump touches are dying, and he's still just making shit up to get him through each day, and then making up different shit the next day.  —  BEAST INSIDE
Discussion: Raw Story
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump beats a retreat on opening the country as coronavirus data, images show dark reality  —  The Debrief: An occasional series offering a reporter's insights  —  For six days straight, President Trump talked about reopening the country quickly.  He wanted people filing into offices again …
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Trump's chaotic coronavirus presidency: Historically divisive and, for some, fatal  —  Trump is stoking division even amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Has he misjudged his country?  We'll know for sure in November, but history suggests yes.  —  It has been clear for weeks …
Discussion: Washington Post
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Amazon workers plan strike at Staten Island warehouse to demand coronavirus protections  — Amazon warehouse workers at a fulfillment center in Staten Island, known as JFK8, are planning to walk out on Monday.  — The workers are striking to demand that Amazon close the facility …
Discussion: Fortune and Jacobin
Sonaiya Kelley / Los Angeles Times:
Indie bookstore Powell's Books rehires more than 100 employees as online orders soar  —  After laying off more than 300 staff members, Portland's cherished indie bookstore Powell's Books has rehired more than 100 of its workers on the strength of online orders, the company's CEO announced on Facebook Sunday.
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
Pompeo's pandemic performance ensures his place among the worst secretaries of state ever  —  Let's recall how the U.S. secretary of state has historically behaved at a time of grave international crisis: circling the globe (at least telephonically); formulating a coherent multilateral response …
Discussion: American Thinker and Bloomberg
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Trump touts press briefing “ratings” as U.S. coronavirus case surge  —  President Trump sent about a half-dozen tweets on Sunday touting the high television ratings that his coronavirus press briefings have received, selectively citing a New York Times article that compared them to “The Bachelor” and “Monday Night Football.”
Nick Reisman New York / Spectrum News Central NY:
Siena Poll: New York Voters Give Cuomo Top Marks For Pandemic Handling  —  Governor Andrew Cuomo's handling of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the last month has given him his highest favorable rating with voting in eight years, a Siena College poll released Monday morning found.
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.
Ana Swanson / New York Times:
White House Airlifts Medical Supplies From China in Coronavirus Fight  —  Officials have teamed up with medical supply companies to speed the arrival of masks, gloves, gowns and other goods.  —  WASHINGTON — A commercial aircraft carrying 80 tons of gloves, masks, gowns and other medical supplies …
Tim Alberta / Politico:
Fear in Bulk  —  Dear Washington,  —  There's an old trick in horror movies, a clichéd sequence that makes you squirm no matter how many times you've watched it unfold.  It's the one where everyone goes into hiding—underneath beds, inside garages—because a monster is stalking them.
Politico:
From distraction to disaster: How coronavirus crept up on Washington  —  It was just hours before the start of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial when Sen. Tom Cotton began to panic.  —  The Arkansas Republican had spent Martin Luther King Day weekend poring over news reports …
Discussion: Raw Story
Douglas Schoen / The Hill:
Coronavirus makes the campaign season treacherous for Joe Biden  —  As the novel coronavirus continues to disrupt society, displace workers, and destroy the economy, Joe Biden has been struggling to adapt to the impact of the pandemic on the Democratic Party contest.
Politico:
AOC breaks with Bernie on how to lead the left  —  Soon after her upset primary victory against a Democratic Party boss in 2018, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez traveled to St. Louis to prove her victory wasn't a one-off by campaigning for Cori Bush, who was similarly taking on a longtime Democratic congressman.
 
 
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Roger Kimball / American Greatness:
It's Not a Choice Between Lives or the Economy
Ben Conarck / Miami Herald:
Miami VA hospital employees are being told to wear, reuse one surgical mask per week
Kimberly Kindy / Washington Post:
An explosion of coronavirus cases cripples a federal prison in Louisiana
Discussion: Reason
Andy Carvin / The Atlantic:
Here's How to Fight Coronavirus Misinformation
New York Times:
Facebook, Google and Twitter Struggle to Handle November's Election
MarketWatch:
Trump wants his signature to appear on coronavirus stimulus checks
New York Times:
Rich Europeans Flee Virus for 2nd Homes, Spreading Fear and Fury
Discussion: Bloomberg and Power Line
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Governors should focus on tackling coronavirus rather than shift blame
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Susan Edelman / New York Post:
Bronx school told teachers to hide coronavirus case: ‘Staff can be fired’
Kurtis Lee / Los Angeles Times:
No running water.  No electricity.  On Navajo Nation, coronavirus creates worry and confusion as cases surge
Discussion: emptywheel
Wall Street Journal:
America's Make-or-Break Week
Discussion: Raw Story
Gina Cook / NBC4 Washington:
Maryland Man Arrested for Having 60 People Over for Bonfire, Violating Social Distancing Orders
Julia Prodis Sulek / Mercury News:
Meet the doctor who ordered the Bay Area's coronavirus lockdown, the first in the U.S.
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Joe Biden's message on coronavirus: It's time to tell the unvarnished truth
Discussion: Washington Post
New York Times:
The Virus Has Transformed the 2020 Elections. Here's How.