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2:25 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
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. …
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 Moderate Voice
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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
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 …
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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
New York Times:   Trump Said He Was the President of Manufacturing. Then Disaster Struck.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: WXYZ-TV, Michigan Advance and The Hill
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 …
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.
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: Jacobin
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 …
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.”
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: Bloomberg
Kimberly Kindy / Washington Post:
An explosion of coronavirus cases cripples a federal prison in Louisiana  —  A federal prison in Louisiana has, within days, exploded with coronavirus cases, leading to the death of one inmate on Saturday, the admission of a guard into a hospital intensive care unit, and positive test results for another 30 inmates and staff.
Discussion: Reason
Ben Conarck / Miami Herald:
Miami VA hospital employees are being told to wear, reuse one surgical mask per week  —  Healthcare workers at the Miami VA hospital are being told to reuse one surgical mask for a week at a time starting Monday, guidance issued after a federal report on VA hospital preparedness for the novel …
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
The Atlantic:
Here's How to Fight Coronavirus Misinformation  —  Send this to the person in your life who needs to read it.  —  Senior Fellow at the Digital Forensic Research Lab at the Atlantic Council  —  Director of the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab  —  Have you heard about taking a hot bath to kill the virus?
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 …
MarketWatch:
Trump wants his signature to appear on coronavirus stimulus checks  —  A civil servant would typically sign such federal disbursements, says former longtime Treasury Department official  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump signed a roughly $2 trillion stimulus package into law …
New York Times:
Facebook, Google and Twitter Struggle to Handle November's Election  —  After spending billions to avoid a repeat of 2016, the tech giants are careening from crisis to crisis as their foes change tactics.  —  SAN FRANCISCO — The day after the New Hampshire primary last month …
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.
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.
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.
 
 
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Travis Fedschun / Fox News:
Maryland nursing home hit with ‘tragic’ coronavirus outbreak, as 66 test positive, 11 hospitalized, governor says
New York Times:
Rich Europeans Flee Virus for 2nd Homes, Spreading Fear and Fury
Discussion: Power Line
Jonathan Turley / The Hill:
Governors should focus on tackling coronavirus rather than shift blame
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
 Earlier Items: 
Gina Cook / NBC4 Washington:
Maryland Man Arrested for Having 60 People Over for Bonfire, Violating Social Distancing Orders
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
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Cuomo: Trump's mandatory quarantine comments “really panicked people”
David Rothkopf / USA Today:
Hold on to hope in the coronavirus pandemic. The past shows optimism can be realistic.
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Coronavirus Disinformation Campaign Isn't Working: Poll
Discussion: Ipsos
DW.COM:
German state finance minister Thomas Schäfer found dead