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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: HuffPost, Gothamist, The Week and Althouse
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 …
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Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Everyone and everything Trump has blamed for his coronavirus response  —  “I don't take responsibility at all.”  —  That's what President Trump said this month when asked whether he takes responsibility for the slow rollout of testing that public health officials say handicapped …
Washington Post:
Live updates: More people have died in the U.S. from the coronavirus than in the 9/11 attacks
Discussion: Scroll.in
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.
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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.
Associated Press:
How dire projections, grim images dashed Trump's Easter plan
Discussion: The Hill
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 …
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Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Grassley rips Pelosi bid to roll back deduction cap: 'Millionaires don't need a new tax break'  —  The office of Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, blasted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi after she proposed rolling back a cap on state and local tax (SALT) deductions as part of the next coronavirus response bill.
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 …
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 …
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump insists on congratulations while America braces for the worst  —  (CNN)It is falling to President Donald Trump to lead America into its most tragic month in decades, as experts say the coronavirus pandemic could kill more citizens than the Vietnam and Korean wars combined.
Discussion: YouGov and Breitbart
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Rachel Tashjian / GQ:
Brooks Brothers Says It Will Manufacture 150,000 Masks Per Day  —  America's oldest retailer is one of the few brands that make clothing in the United States.  —  As health-care workers continue to face a dire shortage of personal protective equipment and fashion designers and manufacturers struggle …
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.
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NBC News:
Coronavirus deniers take aim at hospitals as pandemic grows
Discussion: Raw Story and Right Wing Watch
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.
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Rich Lowry / National Review:   A Crisis Is a Terrible Thing to Manufacture
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:   My Pillow CEO Says God Put Trump In The White House At Coronavirus Briefing
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.
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Ron Johnson / USA Today:   Sen. Johnson: As we learn more about the coronavirus, try to put things into perspective
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
Politico:
‘A Darwinian approach to federalism’: States confront new reality under Trump  —  The Trump White House is doubling down on a strategy to govern the coronavirus pandemic: pushing authority and responsibility for the response onto the states.  —  As the virus spreads across the U.S …
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
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Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:   Trump to Governors: I'd Like You to Do Us a Favor, Though
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.
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 …
The Boston Globe:
A president unfit for a pandemic  —  “Things fall apart; the center cannot hold,” wrote W.B. Yeats in 1919.  A century later, it's clear: The epicenter cannot hold.  Catastrophic decisions in the White House have doomed the world's richest country to a season of untold suffering.The United States …
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
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 …
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 …
Rose Garden / The White House:
Remarks by President Trump and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in a Press Briefing  —  THE PRESIDENT: Okay, thank you very much.  Thank you.  Very comfortable here.  A lot of room.  And we appreciate you being here.  —  Yesterday I announced that we would be extending our social distance guidelines through the end of April.
Discussion: Breitbart and Althouse
Louis Jacobson / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Virtual Conventions: Health Crisis Forces Both Parties, Particularly The Democrats, to Envision the Possibility  —  Dear Readers: This is the first of two issues of the Crystal Ball this week.  Below, Senior Columnist Louis Jacobson investigates how both parties might navigate having to hold …
Haley Hinds / WNYW-TV:
Tampa megachurch pastor arrested after leading packed services despite ‘safer-at-home’ orders  —  TAMPA, Fla. - The pastor of a Tampa megachurch is facing charges after refusing to close its doors despite a “safer at home” order in effect in Hillsborough County, meant to stop the spread of COVID-19.
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The Daily Beast:
Rodney Howard-Browne, Megachurch Pastor Who Flouted Virus Rules, Arrested
Marty Johnson / The Hill:
Al Gore blasts Trump: 'You can't gaslight a virus'  —  Former Vice President Al Gore criticized President Trump's handling of the coronavirus pandemic on Monday night, saying that he mislead the public with his early comments on the virus.  —  “I'm afraid many [Americans] …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Breitbart
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
Joseph Berger / New York Times:
William Helmreich, Sociologist and a Walker in the City, Dies at 74  —  A scholar of Judaism as well, he walked every block in New York — totaling 6,163 miles — and wrote a book about his odyssey.  He died of the coronavirus. … When William B. Helmreich was 9 years old, his father …
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: Raw Story, West Side Rag and Fox News
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 …
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 …
Stephen P. Halbrook / National Review:
Will the Second Amendment Survive Coronavirus?  —  History shows that tyrannical government diktats can long outlast the crisis that inspired them.  —  With panicked consumers emptying store shelves around the country, and shoppers in at least one city fighting over toilet paper …
Discussion: NRA-ILA
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.
 
 
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Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
COVID-19 Has Killed More Americans Than 9/11
ProPublica:
Taxpayers Paid Millions to Design a Low-Cost Ventilator for a Pandemic. …
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New York Post:
City district attorneys rip de Blasio over planned release of high-risk inmates
The Boston Globe:
Democratic lawmakers, including Warren and Pressley, call for racial data in coronavirus testing
Discussion: Althouse
Cynthia Sewell / Idaho Statesman:
Idaho governor signs GOP's anti-transgender bills, setting up likely legal challenges
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Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
The National Security Council sounded early alarms about the coronavirus
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
New York Times:
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Naaman Zhou / The Guardian:
Astrophysicist gets magnets stuck up nose while inventing coronavirus device
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