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11:20 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
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 …
Discussion: Sputnik News, WAVY-TV and NPR
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Teri Weaver / Syracuse Post-Standard:
Cuomo's coronavirus fight: 87% of New Yorkers approve, poll shows  —  Syracuse, N.Y. — Nearly 9 in 10 New Yorkers approve of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's efforts to fight the coronavirus, a Siena College poll out this morning shows.  —  The governor's strategy to stop COVID-19's spread has closed thousands …
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:   Trump says of N.Y. Gov. Cuomo: 'I wouldn't mind running against Andrew'
ABC News:
The Note: Biden battles perceptions as campaign's pause stirs concerns
Discussion: Breitbart and New York Times
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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Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Media Reaction To Yamiche Alcindor Dustup With Trump Shows Why Their Approval Ratings Are Low
Discussion: YouTube
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump blames hospitals for mask and ventilator shortages
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, IJR and New York Post
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.
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 …
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KRON4:
FDA issues emergency authorization of 2 anti-malaria drugs for coronavirus treatment
Discussion: Redstate and US Food and Drug …
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
The Social-Distancing Culture War Has Begun  —  Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers.  Find the collection here.  —  For Geoff Frost, the first sign of the coronavirus culture war came last weekend on the golf course.
Discussion: Raw Story and CNN
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
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. …
TODAY.com:
Dr. Deborah Birx predicts up to 200,000 deaths ‘if we do things almost perfectly’  —  Joining TODAY from Washington, the response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Dr. Deborah Birx, says, “We're very worried about every city in the United States” and that …
CNN:
Trump administration sent protective medical gear to China while he minimized the virus threat to US  —  Dean Obeidallah, a former attorney, is the host of SiriusXM radio's daily program “The Dean Obeidallah Show” and a columnist for The Daily Beast.  Follow him @DeanObeidallah.
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Ana Swanson / New York Times:
White House Airlifts Medical Supplies From China in Coronavirus Fight
Discussion: HuffPost
Zoltan Simon / Bloomberg:
Orban Takes Sole Command of Hungary With Pandemic Emergency Law  — Parliament gives premier emergency powers indefinitely  — Cabinet rejects accusations of power grab as scaremongering  —  Hungary's parliament handed Prime Minister Viktor Orban the right to rule by decree indefinitely …
Discussion: The Week
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The Guardian:   Hungary passes law that will let Orbán rule by decree
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 …
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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.
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.
Discussion: National Review
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 …
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
GOP Plows Forward on Plans to Kill Obamacare, Pandemic Be Damned  —  Despite the virus hitting their states, attorneys general say they aren't bending on the idea that the Affordable Care Act must go.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  The worsening coronavirus outbreak may be stretching the limits …
Robert Tracinski / The Bulwark:
The Federalist's Dangerous Coronavirus Trutherism  —  WTF happened?  The publication's reactionary turn and the hollowing out of conservatism.  —  Coronavirus Truthers are now a thing, and I regret to inform you that a publication I used to work for has taken the lead in spinning crazy …
Discussion: PJ Media Home
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Super PAC stakes out Democrats' Senate strategy with $70 million ad plan  —  The largest Democratic super PAC focused on the U.S. Senate is reserving nearly $70 million in fall advertising time, offering an early clue as to how the party's top strategists view the emerging Senate battlefield.
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Workers Facing the Coronavirus: 'We're Up Here Risking Our Life for Chicken'  —  Workers around the country are walking off the job to protest a lack of protective equipment, safety measures, even soap.  —  Mr. Greenhouse writes about labor.  —  Millions of white-collar workers are telecommuting …
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
Wall Street Journal:
Democratic Groups Adjust to Coronavirus, Spend Big to Beat Trump  —  ‘People are sitting at home, and getting information in front of them is critical,’ a super PAC official said  —  Well-funded Democratic nonprofits and super PACs are adjusting their messaging and tactics in response …
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.
Alaa Elassar / CNN:
Armed vigilantes blocked a neighbor's driveway with a tree to force him into quarantine  —  (CNN)A Maine man said armed neighbors descended on his home and chopped down a tree to block his road and prevent him from leaving because they believed he may have coronavirus.
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.
 
 
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Ali Vitali / NBC News:
Campaigning during coronavirus: DNC takes organizing on line
Stephanie Kirchgaessner / The Guardian:
Revealed: Saudis suspected of phone spying campaign in US
Jimmy Vielkind / Wall Street Journal:
Coronavirus Response Sends Cuomo's Popularity Surging
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
Richard Bernstein / RealClearInvestigations:
Unpacking China's Viral Propaganda War
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders says he's staying in the presidential race.  Many Democrats fear a reprise of their 2016 defeat.
Discussion: NBC News
Michael Schwirtz / New York Times:
Nurses Die, Doctors Fall Sick and Panic Rises on Virus Front Lines
Li Zhou / Vox:
“This one is scarier”: Obama-era officials say current economic crisis is fundamentally different from 2008
 Earlier Items: 
Politico:
From distraction to disaster: How coronavirus crept up on Washington
Discussion: Raw Story
Tim Alberta / Politico:
Fear in Bulk  —  Dear Washington,  —  There's an old trick …
Sonaiya Kelley / Los Angeles Times:
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New York Times:
Trump Said He Was the President of Manufacturing. Then Disaster Struck.
CBS News:
Remembering Maria Mercader, CBS News journalist for three decades
Financial Times:
Coronavirus tracked: the latest figures as the pandemic spreads | Free to read
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