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1:25 AM ET, March 31, 2020

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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: The Week
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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WNYW-TV:
Tampa megachurch pastor arrested after leading packed services despite ‘safer-at-home’ orders  —  Sheriff Chronister's full press conference  —  TAMPA, Fla. - The pastor of a Tampa megachurch is facing charges after refusing to close its doors despite a “safer at home” …
Discussion: Redstate, WFLA-TV, FOX 13 Tampa Bay and IJR
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
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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.
NBC News:   First minor with coronavirus in New York City dies
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Law & Crime
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 …
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.
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Whole Foods Employees Are Staging a Nationwide ‘Sick-Out’  —  Whole Foods employees are planning to strike on Tuesday to protest the lack of protections offered to workers during the coronavirus pandemic—the first national collective action led by workers at the company since it was founded in 1980.
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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: Raw Story and Daily Kos
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ABC News:
New Mexico's governor warns tribal nations could be ‘wiped out’ by coronavirus
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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 …
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: 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
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Hannity must go  —  Recent personnel actions at Fox just happen to have fallen when people turn away from their phones and laptops.  On Friday, March 13, news emerged that the Fox Business show of Trish Regan had gone on hiatus — along with another show — as part of the network's resource shift toward the coronavirus.
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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
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 …
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.
Naaman Zhou / The Guardian:
Astrophysicist gets magnets stuck up nose while inventing coronavirus device  —  Australian Dr Daniel Reardon ended up in hospital after inserting magnets in his nostrils while building a necklace that warns you when you touch your face  —  An Australian astrophysicist has been admitted …
David Gilbert / VICE:
Here's How China Is Rewriting the History of the Coronavirus Pandemic to Make Itself the Hero  —  At midnight on Friday China closed its borders to the rest of the world as it bids to stop a resurgence of the coronavirus.  —  The move was the culmination of a months-long PR …
Discussion: Fortune
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Sen. Josh Hawley / Fox News:
Investigate China's coronavirus actions and make Beijing pay for lives and billions lost
Discussion: The Independent
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
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 …
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 …
Edward Ongweso Jr / VICE:
General Electric Workers Launch Protest, Demand to Make Ventilators  —  On Monday, General Electric factory workers launched two separate protests demanding that the company convert its jet engine factories to make ventilators.  Workers protested at GE's Lynn, Massachusetts aviation facility held …
New York Times:
Live Coronavirus News and Updates  —  Maryland and Virginia issued statewide stay-at-home orders, and the F.D.A. approved two malaria drugs to treat coronavirus patients.  Macy's said it would furlough most of its 125,000 workers.  —  RIGHT NOW President Trump said the United States soon …
Discussion: The Week, Daily Kos and Gizmodo
TIME:
Is the U.S. ‘Flattening the Curve?’  Check Our Coronavirus Chart for Daily Updates  —  Every day, the number of Americans confirmed as infected by the virus that causes COVID-19 is higher than the day before.  Such is the brutality of exponential growth: Not only does the raw number of COVID-19 cases grow …
Associated Press:
How dire projections, grim images dashed Trump's Easter plan  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The two doctors spread out their charts on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.  —  The projections were grim: Even if the U.S. were to continue to do what it was doing, keeping the economy closed …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Poll: Biden leads Trump by 10 points as economic pessimism grows  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Trump by 10 points nationally in a new poll, bolstered by an advantage with independents.  —  The poll also shows pessimism about the economy growing, a factor that could help Biden and hurt Trump in the poll.
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
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 …
Javier Manjarres / The Floridian:
CBS uses Italian hospital footage to describe COVID-19 condition in New York  —  When Senator Marco Rubio (R) criticized the media's reporting of the U.S. Coronavirus outbreak by calling the coverage by some reporters, who he believes could not “contain their glee & delight” …
Robby Soave / Reason:
Why Are the Mainstream Media Ignoring Tara Reade's Sexual Assault Accusation Against Joe Biden?  —  On September 14, 2018, The New York Times reported the existence of an unverified sexual misconduct allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  The story cited three people …
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 …
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
CNN Chief Jeff Zucker Defends Not Cutting Away From Trump's Coronavirus Pressers  —  Zucker said on an internal staff call that he has “probably spent more time on this topic than anything else,” but that he ultimately believes CNN should air the briefings live.
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 …
Discussion: The Guardian, Raw Story and WBMA-TV
 
 
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Andrew Kerr / The Daily Caller:
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Discussion: Instapundit
Joseph Berger / New York Times:
William Helmreich, Sociologist and a Walker in the City, Dies at 74
Cynthia Sewell / Idaho Statesman:
Idaho governor signs GOP's anti-transgender bills, setting up likely legal challenges
Discussion: courthousenews.com
Washington Post:
Larry Hogan and Gretchen Whitmer: What governors need from Washington during this health emergency
Discussion: The Hill
New York Times:
'We're Left for Dead': Fears of Virus Catastrophe at Rikers Jail
Jasper Scherer / Houston Chronicle:
Hotze, pastors ask Texas Supreme Court to rule Harris County stay-at-home order unconstitutional
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 Earlier Items: 
Kadia Goba / BuzzFeed News:
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Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
What Happens in November if One Side Doesn't Accept the Election Results?
Discussion: The Guardian
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. investigates at least one lawmaker's stock trades before coronavirus spike in U.S.
Discussion: CNN and IJR
New York Times:
Jobs Aren't Being Destroyed This Fast Elsewhere. Why Is That?
Discussion: Raw Story
TODAY.com:
Dr. Deborah Birx predicts up to 200,000 deaths ‘if we do things almost perfectly’
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
GOP Plows Forward on Plans to Kill Obamacare, Pandemic Be Damned