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7:00 PM ET, March 31, 2020

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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.
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Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
Viral virus briefing: Where science meets all things Trump  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — For a few moments in the Rose Garden, the coronavirus pandemic is a bucking bronco with President Donald Trump on its back.  His arm swings an invisible rope.  He seems to be hanging on for dear life.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Fauci: Mask-wearing recommendation under ‘very serious consideration’  —  Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, revealed on Tuesday that the White House coronavirus task force is seriously considering guidance that Americans wear masks to help thwart the rapid spread of COVID-19.
Washington Examiner:
Trump should cut the drama and pettiness out of his coronavirus response
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Trump tells Americans to prepare for a ‘very painful two weeks,’ …
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump insists on congratulations while America braces for the worst
Discussion: YouGov
San Francisco Chronicle:
Exclusive: Captain of aircraft carrier with growing coronavirus outbreak pleads for help from Navy  —  The captain of a nuclear aircraft carrier with more than 100 sailors infected with the coronavirus pleaded Monday with U.S. Navy officials for resources to allow isolation of his entire crew …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
CNN anchor Chris Cuomo diagnosed with coronavirus; he will continue working from home  —  New York (CNN Business)CNN anchor Chris Cuomo has been diagnosed with Covid-19, the network said in a memo to employees on Tuesday.  —  He is feeling well, and will continue to anchor his 9 p.m. program “Cuomo Prime Time” from his home.
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Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is what real coronavirus leadership looks like  —  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has long had an uneasy relationship with both the media and the overwhelmingly Democratic residents of his state.  He has let the vital New York City subway fall into ruin …
Discussion: Townhall, New York Times and The Nation
CNBC:
Cuomo says coronavirus is ‘more dangerous’ than expected as New York cases jump 14% overnight to 75,795  — The new cases make New York the coronavirus epicenter of the world, surpassing China's Hubei province, which reported 67,801 cases.  — Cuomo also said he wants to move health workers …
New York Times:
Wartime Production Law Has Been Used Routinely, but Not With Coronavirus  —  The Defense Production Act has been invoked hundreds of thousands of times in the Trump years.  But with the pandemic, the president sees it as a “break the glass” last resort.  —  WASHINGTON — Chemicals used to construct military missiles.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Problems in F.B.I. Wiretap Applications Go Beyond Trump Aide Surveillance, Review Finds  —  The bureau has routinely botched surveillance applications in its national-security investigations, an inspector general said.  —  WASHINGTON — An inspector general uncovered pervasive problems …
Discussion: Power Line
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Politico:
Justice Department audit finds widespread flaws in FBI surveillance applications
Discussion: Associated Press, ABC News and NBC News
Washington Post:   Problems with FBI surveillance extended far beyond probe of Trump campaign, Justice Dept. inspector general says
Tom Nichols / USA Today:
Why I watch Trump's daily coronavirus briefings (and no, it's not because I'm a masochist)  —  When the coronavirus crisis is over, many people will claim they didn't know what Trump was saying or doing.  I will remember, and I will speak up.  —  “How can you stand it?”
Discussion: Althouse
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Not Winning This Fight  —  This chart shows why.  —  China and South Korea have flattened their curves.  Italy, Spain, Germany and the Netherlands have begun to flatten their curves.  —  The United States still has not.  —  More than half of all confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States …
Discussion: The National Interest
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The benefit of the Democrats denouncing Sanders's selfishness  —  If you are in the search for silver linings, one benefit of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) pointlessly continuing his losing campaign is the freedom for Democrats to denounce him and his anti-party escapades.
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
From 'It's going to disappear' to ‘WE WILL WIN THIS WAR’ … The Washington Post is providing this story for free so that all readers have access to this important information about the coronavirus.  For more free stories, sign up for our daily Coronavirus Updates newsletter.
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Bloomberg:
Hospitals Tell Doctors They'll Be Fired If They Speak Out About Lack of Gear  — ‘It is outrageous,’ Washington nurses organization says  — Media guidelines are meant to protect patients' privacy  —  Hospitals are threatening to fire health-care workers who publicize …
Discussion: Econlib, Raw Story and New York Post
Anna M. Phillips / Los Angeles Times:
Trump weakens fuel economy standards, rolling back key U.S. effort against climate change  —  The Trump administration on Tuesday weakened one of the nation's most aggressive efforts to combat climate change, releasing new fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks that handed a victory to the oil and gas industry.
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US EPA:
U.S. DOT and EPA Put Safety and American Families First with Final Rule on Fuel Economy Standards
Discussion: Breitbart and HuffPost
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
McConnell and Pelosi draw coronavirus battle lines
Discussion: Raw Story
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
FDA authorizes two-minute antibody testing kit to detect coronavirus  —  The Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency approval Tuesday for a serological testing kit produced by Bodysphere Inc. that can detect a positive or negative result for COVID-19 in two minutes.
Discussion: Townhall and National Review
Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
Coronavirus kills its first democracy  —  Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter.  —  You could say that Hungary was already “immunocompromised.”  A decade under the nation's illiberal nationalist prime minister, Viktor Orban, has corroded the state's checks and balances …
Associated Press:
US alcohol consumption surges; companies revamp operations  —  The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed.  Following are developments on Tuesday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Kellyanne Conway's ugly deceptions preview the Big Lie to come  —  The Big Lie that President Trump's campaign will employ to rescue his reelection chances amid his catastrophic mishandling of the biggest U.S. public health emergency in modern times is edging into view.
Sam Whitehead / NPR:
CDC Director On Models For The Months To Come: ‘This Virus Is Going To Be With Us’  —  Toggle more options  —  When infectious pathogens have threatened the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been front and center.  During the H1N1 flu of 2009 …
Discussion: KTLA, The Hill, CNN and NBC News
Aaron Holmes / Business Insider:
‘Alcohol is soooo good’: Trolls are breaking into AA meetings being held on Zoom video calls and harassing recovering alcoholics  — Trolls broke into multiple Alcoholics Anonymous meetings being held via Zoom video conference and harassed participants with slurs and mentions of alcohol.
Discussion: WAVY-TV
Bethany Biron / Business Insider:
Hobby Lobby quietly reopened stores in at least 2 states, defying coronavirus-related shutdowns and prompting police intervention  — Hobby Lobby is defying state-mandated lockdowns by quietly reopening stores, including nearly all of its stores in Wisconsin and Ohio.
Discussion: Denver Post
Rong-Gong Lin II / Los Angeles Times:
Social distancing may have helped California slow the virus and avoid New York's fate  —  For California and Washington, the coronavirus triggers came early.  They pushed the two Western states to social distancing measures earlier than the rest of the country.
Discussion: Mother Jones, WSVN-TV and KRON4
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
White House Economists Warned in 2019 a Pandemic Could Devastate America  —  A study published last fall went unheeded.  Its lead author now says economic shutdowns to fight the coronavirus could last up to eight months.  —  WASHINGTON — White House economists published a study last September …
Andy Shain / Post and Courier:
McMaster orders closing of nonessential SC businesses to curb coronavirus outbreak  —  COVID-19: What you need to know now  —  COLUMBIA — In his latest move to lower the number of coronavirus cases in South Carolina, Gov. Henry McMaster announced Tuesday the closing of nonessential businesses.
Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Rikers Island Prisoners Being Offered PPE and $6 an Hour to Dig Mass Graves  —  New York City is offering prisoners at Rikers Island jail $6 per hour — a fortune by prison labor standards — and personal protective equipment if they agree to help dig mass graves on Hart Island, according to sources with knowledge of the offer.
Lauren Hirsch / CNBC:
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross works from home in Palm Beach as administration battles coronavirus  — Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross is at his estate in Palm Beach, Florida, where he is teleworking.  — A key figure in President Trump's economic team, Ross has been conspicuously absent …
Bill McMorris / Washington Free Beacon:
Kennedy Center Axes National Symphony Orchestra Staff After Receiving $25 Million in Stimulus Funds  —  The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday laid off approximately 20 administrative staffers who support the National Symphony Orchestra.
Adrian Vermeule / The Atlantic:
Beyond Originalism  —  In recent years, allegiance to the constitutional theory known as originalism has become all but mandatory for American legal conservatives.  Every justice and almost every judge nominated by recent Republican administrations has pledged adherence to the faith.
Discussion: New York Post and alicublog
CNN:
Pentagon says it still hasn't sent ventilators because HHS hasn't told them where they'd go  —  Washington (CNN)Despite having committed to transferring 2,000 ventilators in military stocks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services to fight …
Matthew Haag / New York Times:
40% of N.Y. Tenants May Not Pay Rent This Month.  What Happens Then?  —  Many unemployed tenants won't be able to pay April rent.  There will be a domino effect on landlords, real estate industry officials said.  —  The true economic toll of all but shutting down New York City to stem …
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.
Washington Post:
As national parks remain open during a pandemic, seven workers are infected  —  At least seven National Park Service employees have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, yet the Trump administration continues to operate the park system that attracts thousands of Americans each day.
 
 
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Paige St. John / Los Angeles Times:
California to release 3,500 inmates early as coronavirus spreads inside prisons
Susannah Luthi / Politico:
Trump rejects Obamacare special enrollment period amid pandemic
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Governors plead for medical equipment from federal stockpile plagued by shortages and confusion
Discussion: The Week
Stephen Gruber-Miller / Des Moines Register:
Iowa secretary of state will mail every registered voter a ballot request form
Discussion: The Hill
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: A phone call with Trump can open doors for executives, celebrities and others with coronavirus asks
Discussion: Daily Kos and Raw Story
Politico:
White House pressures FDA on unproven Japanese drug
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Sale of Trump's D.C. hotel lease on hold as commercial real estate industry reels
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Frightened Doctors Face Off With Hospitals Over Rules on Protective Gear
Paul John Scott / grandforksherald.com:
Rural county on Minnesota's southern border a coronavirus ‘hot spot’
Greg Olear / PREVAIL:
Tinker, Tailor, Mobster, Trump
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Coronavirus and the Conservative Mind
Discussion: National Review
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Grassley rips Pelosi bid to roll back deduction cap: 'Millionaires don't need a new tax break'
Rachel Tashjian / GQ:
Brooks Brothers Says It Will Manufacture 150,000 Masks Per Day
The Boston Globe:
A president unfit for a pandemic
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story