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10:00 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
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 Moderate Voice and The Week
Nick Visser / HuffPost:
Biden Goes After ‘Reckless’ Trump Claim That Hospitals Are Using Too Many Face Masks  —  “This is ridiculous and completely false,” the former veep said of the president's claims that medical workers were misusing protective supplies.  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden castigated President Donald Trump …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump blames hospitals for mask and ventilator shortages
Discussion: IJR
Trump Suggests a New York Hospital Is Losing Masks Because of Crime
Discussion: Chicago Boyz
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.
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. …
Trump's path to extending coronavirus guidelines was led by health experts and the scenes at one New York hospital  —  Trump extends social distancing guidelines until April 30  —  (CNN)There were the dire predictions from his health team.  There were the late-night pleas from his staunchest allies.
Discussion: Kaiser Health News, Gizmodo and VICE
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: Daily Kos and The Hill
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
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 …
HHS News Releases:
HHS accepts donations of medicine to Strategic National Stockpile as possible treatments for COVID-19 patients
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
Why That ‘Woman In Michigan’ Keeps Drawing Donald Trump's Wrath  —  One governor is listening to public health experts on coronavirus; another isn't.  Guess which one Trump is trashing?  —  ANN ARBOR, Michigan ― Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-Mich.) is following the advice of public health experts.
Discussion: and Detroit Free Press
Siena College Research Institute:
87% of NYers Approve of Cuomo's Handling of the Coronavirus  — 87% of NYers Approve of Cuomo's Handling of the Coronavirus Pandemic, While 41% Approve of Trump's Handling  — Nearly Three-quarters of NYers are VERY Concerned about the Pandemic (92% are Concerned) …
Discussion: Bloomberg, The Hill and The Week
Nick Reisman New York / Spectrum News Central NY:   Siena Poll: New York Voters Give Cuomo Top Marks For Pandemic Handling
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 …
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.
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 …
Li Zhou / Vox:
“This one is scarier”: Obama-era officials say current economic crisis is fundamentally different from 2008  —  Former Rep. Barney Frank (D) in 2010, the same year he co-authored the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act with Sen. Chris Dodd, in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis.
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.
Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders says he's staying in the presidential race.  Many Democrats fear a reprise of their 2016 defeat.
Discussion: NBC News
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
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 …
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
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: HuffPost and Mother Jones
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 started to worry.  —  The Arkansas Republican had spent Martin Luther King Day weekend poring over news reports …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Robert Tracinski / The Bulwark:
The Federalist's Dangerous Coronavirus Trutherism
Discussion: PJ Media Home
Michael Schwirtz / New York Times:
Nurses Die, Doctors Fall Sick and Panic Rises on Virus Front Lines
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
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Amazon workers plan strike at Staten Island warehouse to demand coronavirus protections
Discussion: Fortune and Jacobin
New York Times:
Facebook, Google and Twitter Struggle to Handle November's Election
 Earlier Items: 
Sonaiya Kelley / Los Angeles Times:
Indie bookstore Powell's Books rehires more than 100 employees as online orders soar
New York Times:
Trump Said He Was the President of Manufacturing. Then Disaster Struck.
Trump wants his signature to appear on coronavirus stimulus checks
New York Times:
Live Coronavirus News Coverage and Updates
Discussion: Slate
New York Times:
Rich Europeans Flee Virus for 2nd Homes, Spreading Fear and Fury
Discussion: Bloomberg and Power Line
Wall Street Journal:
America's Make-or-Break Week
Discussion: Raw Story
Miriam Elder / BuzzFeed News:
A Nurse Shared A Harrowing Photo Of COVID-19 Victims To Show How Horrifying The Outbreak Is