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Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:
Restrictions Are Slowing Coronavirus Infections, New Data Suggest  —  A database of daily fever readings shows that the numbers declined as people disappeared indoors.  —  Harsh measures, including stay-at-home orders and restaurant closures, are contributing to rapid drops in the numbers of fevers …
Discussion: Gothamist, Althouse and The Week
New York Times:
Behind Trump's Reversal on Reopening the Country: 2 Sets of Numbers  —  An estimate of the number of possible deaths and polling that showed a cautious public changed, for now, the president's approach to the coronavirus pandemic.  —  WASHINGTON — The numbers the health officials showed President Trump were overwhelming.
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Los Angeles Times:
Trump's mixed messages confuse coronavirus response  —  President Trump praised the “pretty good job we've done” when he predicted in late February that the number of Americans infected by the coronavirus would dwindle to “close to zero” in a couple of days.
Associated Press:
How dire projections, grim images dashed Trump's Easter plan
Discussion: The Hill
Robinson Meyer / The Atlantic:
Exclusive: Kushner Firm Built the Coronavirus Website Trump Promised  —  Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers.  Find the collection here.  —  On March 13, President Donald Trump promised Americans they would soon be able to access …
Washington Post:
CDC considering recommending general public wear face coverings in public  —  Should we all be wearing masks?  That simple question is under review by officials in the U.S. government and has sparked a grass-roots pro-mask movement.  But there's still no consensus on whether widespread use …
New York Times:
Pelosi Floats New Stimulus Plan: Rolling Back SALT Cap  —  A proposal to retroactively lift a limit on state and local tax deductions would largely funnel money to high earners in high-tax states.  —  WASHINGTON — As lawmakers prepare for another round of fiscal stimulus to address economic fallout …
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Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Grassley rips Pelosi bid to roll back deduction cap: 'Millionaires don't need a new tax break'  —  The office of Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, blasted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after she proposed rolling back a cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions as part of the next coronavirus response bill.
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Naturally, We Now Have a Cottage Industry of Coronavirus Truther Assholes  —  The #FilmYourHospital hashtag has taken off on the right.  It's absurd.  It's also wildly offensive.  —  Right-wing figures eager to downplay the coronavirus pandemic's death toll have hit on a new idea: filming quiet hospital parking lots.
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NBC News:
Coronavirus deniers take aim at hospitals as pandemic grows  —  Two videos illustrate the stark disparity in how the coronavirus outbreak is being portrayed on different parts of the internet.  —  On Saturday, a video taken outside the Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York went viral …
Discussion: Raw Story and Right Wing Watch
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump insists on congratulations while America braces for the worst  —  (CNN)It is falling to President Donald Trump to lead America into its most tragic month in decades, as experts say the coronavirus pandemic could kill more citizens than the Vietnam and Korean wars combined.
Discussion: YouGov, Breitbart and New York Post
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Ed O'Keefe / CBS News:
Rural-state governors tell Trump they need tests and medical supplies, too  —  Several rural-state governors alerted President Trump on Monday that they are struggling to obtain urgently needed medical supplies and testing equipment, warning that despite the worsening coronavirus situation …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Raw Story and The Rooster
Wall Street Journal:
NYU Langone Tells ER Doctors to ‘Think More Critically’ About Who Gets Ventilators  —  New York health center says it will support emergency-room staff who ‘withhold futile intubations,’ threatens to discipline doctors who talk to the press  —  NYU Langone Health, one of the nation's top …
Discussion: Raw Story
Joseph Zeballos-Roig / Business Insider:
A GOP senator calls on Trump to reopen parts of the coronavirus-stricken economy because ‘death is an unavoidable part of life’  — Sen. Ron Johnson called on Trump to reopen segments of the US economy, saying “death is an unavoidable part of life” in a USA Today op-ed.
The Daily Beast:
Rodney Howard-Browne, Megachurch Pastor Who Flouted Virus Rules, Arrested  —  Rodney Howard-Browne has been an outspoken opponent of social distancing requirements, claiming his church has machines that can stop the coronavirus.  —  A controversial Florida pastor who refused …
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Zeke Faux / Bloomberg:
Suspected Mask Profiteer Arrested for Coughing on FBI Agents  — Brooklyn man allegedly sold N95 masks at inflated prices  — He was charged with assault after claiming he was infected  —  A Brooklyn man was arrested for coughing on FBI agents who came to investigate whether …
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Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
FBI arrests man for allegedly coughing on agents, hoarding and selling medical equipment
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
Politico:
Trump has been nudging MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell to run for office  —  President Donald Trump introduced those tuning into his nightly coronavirus task force briefing on Monday to a special guest: Mike Lindell, the multimillionaire inventor and CEO of the MyPillow empire.
Discussion: The Federalist, Fox News and Breitbart
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Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:   My Pillow CEO Says God Put Trump In The White House At Coronavirus Briefing
Rachel Tashjian / GQ:
Brooks Brothers Says It Will Manufacture 150,000 Masks Per Day  —  America's oldest retailer is one of the few brands that make clothing in the United States.  —  As health-care workers continue to face a dire shortage of personal protective equipment and fashion designers and manufacturers struggle …
Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
Chinese researchers isolated deadly bat coronaviruses near Wuhan animal market  —  Chinese government researchers isolated more than 2,000 animal viruses, including deadly bat coronaviruses, and carried out scientific work on them just three miles from a wild animal market identified as the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Washington Post:
Workers protest at Instacart, Amazon and Whole Foods for health protections and hazard pay  —  Grocery store, delivery and warehouse workers have unprecedented leverage to demand better working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic because their labor has become essential for millions of Americans
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Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Whole Foods Employees Are Staging a Nationwide ‘Sick-Out’
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Yamiche Alcindor wants an answer, thank you very much  —  President Trump got one thing right in his Sunday coronavirus briefing.  “You had a long time, a long question,” he told PBS NewsHour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor as he brushed aside her attempt to ask a second question.Of course …
Discussion: The White House
Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime:
Federal Judge Who Slammed AG Barr Obtains Unredacted Version of Mueller Report  —  A federal judge obtained the full and unredacted report on election interference and obstruction of justice prepared by former special counsel Robert Mueller on Monday.  —  A two-page filing submitted …
The Boston Globe:
Democratic lawmakers, including Warren and Pressley, call for racial data in coronavirus testing  —  Democratic lawmakers are calling out an apparent lack of racial data that they say is needed to monitor and address disparities in the national response to the coronavirus outbreak …
Discussion: Althouse
Jake Offenhartz / Gothamist:
Group Behind Central Park Coronavirus Tent Hospital Asks Volunteers To Support Anti-Gay Agenda  —  On Tuesday morning, a makeshift tent hospital in Central Park will begin treating overflow patients from Mount Sinai, as the spread of COVID-19 begins to overwhelm local hospitals.
Discussion: West Side Rag and Fox News
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Woman Who Ingested Fish Tank Cleaner Is Prolific Donor to Democratic Causes  —  The Arizona woman who said that she and her 68-year-old husband ingested a substance used to clean fish tanks after hearing President Donald Trump tout chloroquine as a cure for the coronavirus has given thousands …
Joseph Berger / New York Times:
William Helmreich, Sociologist and a Walker in the City, Dies at 74  —  A scholar of Judaism as well, he walked every block in New York — totaling 6,163 miles — and wrote a book about his odyssey.  He died of the coronavirus. … When William B. Helmreich was 9 years old, his father …
The Boston Globe:
A president unfit for a pandemic  —  “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold,” wrote W.B. Yeats in 1919.  A century later, it's clear: The epicenter cannot hold.  Catastrophic decisions in the White House have doomed the world's richest country to a season of untold suffering.The United States …
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Everyone and everything Trump has blamed for his coronavirus response  —  “I don't take responsibility at all.”  —  That's what President Trump said this month when asked whether he takes responsibility for the slow rollout of testing that public health officials say handicapped …
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor / New Yorker:
Reality Has Endorsed Bernie Sanders  —  The debate over the role of government in addressing income inequality, housing insecurity, debt accumulation, and health care continues, now against the grim backdrop of the raging coronavirus.  It is difficult to articulate the speed with which the U.S. and …
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Jerry Falwell Jr.'s coronavirus response shows his staggering level of ignorance  —  After learning of Jerry Falwell Jr.'s decision to partially reopen Liberty University, my thoughts turned to the biblical account of Balaam's ass.  —  According to the Hebrew scriptures …
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
The Medical News Site That Saw the Coronavirus Coming Months Ago  —  Stat, started in 2015 by the Red Sox owner John Henry, is drawing four to five times its normal audience.  “We were built for this,” one of its editors said.  —  On New Year's Eve, Helen Branswell, a reporter at the science …
New York Times:
Healthcare stocks help lead Wall Street higher.  —  Stocks on Wall Street rose on Monday as investors bid up shares of health care companies as they reported progress on products that could help with the outbreak.  —  The S&P 500 climbed more than 3 percent, adding to a strong showing last week.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Selam Gebrekidan / New York Times:
For Autocrats, and Others, Coronavirus Is a Chance to Grab Even More Power  —  Leaders around the world have passed emergency decrees and legislation expanding their reach during the pandemic.  Will they ever relinquish them?  —  LONDON — In Hungary, the prime minister can now rule by decree.
New York Post:
City district attorneys rip de Blasio over planned release of high-risk inmates  —  The city's five district attorneys and the Big Apple's special narcotics prosecutor sent a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio and his correction commissioner Monday slamming them for the planned release of violent inmates amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
Days After a Funeral in a Georgia Town, Coronavirus ‘Hit Like a Bomb’  —  A mourner came to Albany, Ga., to attend the funeral of a retired janitor.  After a pause while the infections incubated, the virus swept through the community.  —  It was an old-fashioned Southern funeral.
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Time is running out for states to prepare for mail voting  —  Time is running out to allow millions of Americans to vote this fall without fear of contracting the novel coronavirus.  —  Mail voting — the voting method that best preserves social distancing — is infrequently used in many states …
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
The National Security Council sounded early alarms about the coronavirus  —  The covid-19 pandemic is first and foremost a public health crisis — but it is also a massive national security challenge.  That aspect of the crisis is being managed by a leaner, quieter National Security Council staff …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
 
 
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Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Google and Twitter ban ads that mention ‘coronavirus’ and ‘COVID-19,’ even helpful ones
Andrew Kerr / The Daily Caller:
'They Didn't Care': As Coronavirus Crippled Small Businesses, Some Lenders Pounced
Discussion: Instapundit
Cynthia Sewell / Idaho Statesman:
Idaho governor signs GOP's anti-transgender bills, setting up likely legal challenges
Discussion: courthousenews.com
Dusan Stojanovic / Associated Press:
Countries crack down on basic rights amid virus pandemic
Discussion: Associated Press
 Earlier Items: 
David Gilbert / VICE:
Here's How China Is Rewriting the History of the Coronavirus Pandemic to Make Itself the Hero
New York Times:
'We're Left for Dead': Fears of Virus Catastrophe at Rikers Jail
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Coronavirus job losses could total 47 million, unemployment rate may hit 32%, Fed estimates