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3:00 PM ET, March 31, 2020

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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 …
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?”
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Washington Examiner:
Trump should cut the drama and pettiness out of his coronavirus response  —  Anthony Fauci has been clear that President Trump “has listened to what I have said and to what the other people on the task force have said.  When I have made recommendations, he has taken them.  He's never countered or overridden me.”
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
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.
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Fauci: Mask-wearing recommendation under ‘very serious consideration’
Discussion: IJR, Althouse and Outside the Beltway
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: 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
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
BREAKING: CNN's Chris Cuomo Diagnosed With Coronavirus
Discussion: Associated Press and KTLA
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 …
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Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump insists on congratulations while America braces for the worst
Discussion: YouGov
The Boston Globe:
A president unfit for a pandemic
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
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
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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: ABC News, NBC News and Associated Press
Washington Post:   Problems with FBI surveillance extended far beyond probe of Trump campaign, Justice Dept. inspector general says
Burgess Everett / Politico:
McConnell and Pelosi draw coronavirus battle lines  —  Mitch McConnell and Nancy Pelosi are on another coronavirus collision course.  —  As Speaker Pelosi prepares the House to pass sweeping “Phase 4” economic legislation this spring, Senate Majority Leader McConnell is throwing cold water …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell: Impeachment distracted government from coronavirus threat
Discussion: Associated Press
Henry Rodgers / The Daily Caller:   McConnell Says Impeachment ‘Diverted’ Government From Focusing On Coronavirus
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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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.
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New York Times:
Pelosi Floats New Stimulus Plan: Rolling Back SALT Cap
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 …
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: 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
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: The Hill, KTLA and CNN
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 …
Washington Post:
Sale of Trump's D.C. hotel on hold as commercial real estate industry reels  —  Commercial real estate owners including the president likely to see tax benefits from stimulus package but sales stagnate  —  The commercial real estate industry has ground nearly to a halt due to coronavirus shutdowns …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
ProPublica:
Taxpayers Paid Millions to Design a Low-Cost Ventilator for a Pandemic.  Instead, the Company Is Selling Versions of It Overseas.  —  As coronavirus sweeps the globe, there is not a single Trilogy Evo Universal ventilator — developed with government funds — in the U.S. stockpile.
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: WSVN-TV and KRON4
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 …
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.
Greg Olear / PREVAIL:
Tinker, Tailor, Mobster, Trump  —  IN THE EARLY 1980s it was decided—by whom, and for what ultimate purpose, we can't say for sure—that Donald John Trump would build a casino complex in Atlantic City, New Jersey—probably the most mobbed-up municipality in the state.
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.
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Frightened Doctors Face Off With Hospitals Over Rules on Protective Gear  —  Many hospitals bar doctors and other staff members from wearing protective masks in public areas.  Some have been disciplined for pushing back.  —  Just after 6:30 on a recent morning, Dr. Henry Nikicicz …
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Coronavirus and the Conservative Mind  —  The pandemic has put psychological theories of politics to a very interesting test.  —  Over the past two decades, as conservatives and liberals have drifted ever farther from each other, an influential body of literature has attempted to psychologize …
 
 
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Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
As Wuhan reopens, China revs engine to move past coronavirus. But it's stuck in second gear.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Wired
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Wisconsin polling places are closing because there's not enough people to work the April 7 election
Discussion: The Hill
Adrian Vermeule / The Atlantic:
Beyond Originalism  —  In recent years, allegiance …
David Larter / Navy Times:
An outbreak on a Navy warship — and an ominous sign of a readiness crisis
Discussion: Michigan Advance and Raw Story
Tiney Ricciardi / Denver Post:
Hobby Lobby remains open in defiance of Colorado's stay-at-home order, highlighting uncertainty around mandate
 Earlier Items: 
Simon Romero / New York Times:
Border Wall Work in Arizona Speeds Up, Igniting Contagion Fears
Discussion: Portland Mercury
Ron Johnson / USA Today:
Sen. Johnson: As we learn more about the coronavirus, try to put things into perspective
Rich Lowry / National Review:
A Crisis Is a Terrible Thing to Manufacture
Ellen Barry / New York Times:
Days After a Funeral in a Georgia Town, Coronavirus ‘Hit Like a Bomb’
Michael Gerson / Washington Post:
Jerry Falwell Jr.'s coronavirus response shows his staggering level of ignorance