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11:15 PM ET, March 31, 2020

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Associated Press:
White House projects 100K to 240K US deaths from virus  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned Americans to brace for a “rough two-week period” ahead as the White House released new projections that there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic …
Discussion: Breitbart and KRON4
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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.
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.
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
White House projects 100K to 240K coronavirus deaths as Trump tells US to prepare for ‘very painful two weeks’
Washington Post:
Trump projects up to 240,000 coronavirus deaths in U.S., even with mitigation efforts
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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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
A Trump fireside chat — in his own (unfortunate) words
Discussion: Raw Story
David Leonhardt / New York Times:   Not Winning This Fight
Politico:
Pence task force freezes coronavirus aid amid backlash  —  Last week, a Trump administration official working to secure much-needed protective gear for doctors and nurses in the United States had a startling encounter with counterparts in Thailand.  —  The official asked the Thais for help …
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: Law & Crime, The Week and Raw Story
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 …
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
Bill Gates / Washington Post:
Here's how to make up for lost time on covid-19  —  Bill Gates is co-founder of Microsoft and a co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  —  There's no question the United States missed the opportunity to get ahead of the novel coronavirus.  But the window for making important decisions hasn't closed.
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: Deseret News and WAVY-TV
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Isaac Arnsdorf / ProPublica:
A Major Medical Staffing Company Just Slashed Benefits for Doctors and Nurses Fighting Coronavirus  —  Alteon Health, a staffing company backed by private-equity firm Frazier Healthcare Partners, will cut salaries, time off and retirement benefits for providers, citing lost revenue.
Discussion: Kaiser Health News
George Conway / Washington Post:
Impeachment didn't distract from coronavirus preparations.  Trump did.  —  George T. Conway III is a lawyer and an adviser to the Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump super PAC.  He is a co-founder of Checks & Balances, a network of lawyers advocating for the rule of law.
Sophie Tanno / Daily Mail:
Suzanne Hoylaerts (pictured) from Binkom, near Lubbeek, was hospitalised on March 20 when her condition rapidly deteriorated after contracting COVID-19  —  Hoylaerts sought medical attention after suffering from a lack of appetite and shortness of breath.  She was admitted to hospital …
Susannah Luthi / Politico:
Trump rejects Obamacare special enrollment period amid pandemic  —  The Trump administration has decided against reopening Obamacare enrollment to uninsured Americans during the coronavirus pandemic, defying calls from health insurers and Democrats to create a special sign-up window amid the health crisis.
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
Private Labs Are Fueling a New Coronavirus Testing Crisis  —  Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers.  Find the collection here.  —  On the surface, the American COVID-19 testing regime has finally hit its stride.
Discussion: cdph.ca.gov
Miami Herald:
Epidemiologist behind COVID-19 model cited by White House advises Florida to shut down  —  One of the epidemiologists behind a coronavirus model cited by the White House over the weekend as a reason for extending national social distancing recommendations through the end of April …
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 …
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 …
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: New York Post and The Daily Caller
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.
Wall Street Journal:
China's Coronavirus Count Excluded Infected People With No Symptoms  —  ‘This could be a hell of a bad two weeks,’ Trump warns, urging Americans to continue social-distancing measures  —  The White House projected the U.S. could face 100,000 to 240,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic …
Discussion: Fox News
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Republicans Say Impeachment Distracted Trump From Preparing for Coronavirus  —  President Trump has deflected the blame for his inept response to the coronavirus onto an astonishing number of people and entities: China, the Obama administration, governors, General Motors, hospital thieves, among others.
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.
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
Political journalists are still headlining Trump's nonsense and trying to explain his decision-making.  Stop!  —  Donald Trump couldn't have made it clearer on Monday that he has no idea what is going on, nor any idea how to get out of this mess.  —  “I haven't heard about testing in weeks …
Discussion: Mediaite, Daily Kos and Fox News
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
Real Clear Politics:
Time for a Second Opinion  —  We are trying to stave off and arrest a pandemic.  Given what is being recommended, we think we need some second or third opinions.  This pandemic, now that it has reached America, has taken 3,173 lives here.  This, from a tested population of 164,359 cases.
Discussion: Instapundit
Associated Press:
Louisiana pastor says he'll keep violating coronavirus ban  —  BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana pastor charged with six misdemeanors for holding church services in violation of a ban put in place to control the coronavirus said Tuesday that he would continue to ignore the ban because God told him to.
Discussion: Law & Crime and HuffPost
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 …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Elizabeth Warren to Trump and Mnuchin: We're watching you  —  In one of the least surprising moves ever, President Trump declared barely moments after Congress sent him its $2 trillion economic rescue package that he would not abide by a key restriction on all the money it contains for bailing out businesses.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Milwaukee normally has 180 voting sites; because of coronavirus, fewer than 12 polling places will be open April 7 … (Photo: Rick Wood / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)  —  Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett said Tuesday he is not comfortable telling residents to go to the polls on April 7 during …
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.
Paul John Scott / grandforksherald.com:
Rural county on Minnesota's southern border a coronavirus ‘hot spot’  —  “If I knew why, believe me, I would be beating the drum a lot louder,” says Martin County sheriff  —  FAIRMONT, Minn. — Martin County on the state's southern border has more than its share of coronavirus cases.
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: Slate, Mother Jones and WSVN-TV
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Trump-Connected Lobby Shop Gets Laundry Machine Company Deemed ‘Essential’  —  The rush to designate industries as “critical” to our nation's pandemic response has opened up serious opportunities for K Street.  —  In mid-March, a commercial laundry machine supplier hired a Trump-connected lobbying firm …
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Major retailers have opened only 5 drive-thru testing locations, none available to the general public  —  (CNN)As he was facing intense criticism for a lack of adequate testing, President Donald Trump announced in the Rose Garden in mid-March that the federal government would partner …
 
 
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Chris Kahn / Reuters:
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The Guardian:
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CNN:
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Adrian Vermeule / The Atlantic:
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