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11:40 AM 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 …
Discussion: Defense One and Raw Story
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 …
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: The Hill
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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.
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Everyone and everything Trump has blamed for his coronavirus response
Discussion: CNN, The Atlantic, Raw Story and HBR.org
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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David Leonhardt / New York Times:
Not Winning This Fight
The Boston Globe:
A president unfit for a pandemic
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
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.
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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Washington Post:
Live updates: More people have died in the U.S. from the coronavirus than in the 9/11 attacks  —  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.
Discussion: Daily Kos, Scroll.in and Mother Jones
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 …
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
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
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.
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: Associated Press, KTLA and CNN
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Hill, Bloomberg and Fox News
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, emptywheel and Althouse
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
Katie Honan / Wall Street Journal:
Queens Stadium to Be Converted Into Temporary Hospital in Coronavirus Fight  —  Training facility at Billie Jean King Tennis Center will have 350 beds as Covid-19 cases surge in New York  —  New York City's emergency management office plans to build a 350-bed facility at the Billie Jean …
Discussion: The Hill, Gothamist, NPR and New York Post
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: The Federalist and Breitbart
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Rich Lowry / National Review:
A Crisis Is a Terrible Thing to Manufacture  —  Trump critics and the media whipped up entertaining controversies when they had the luxury to do so.  Now a real crisis is here.  —  On January 21, the United States confirmed its first case of the coronavirus.
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
NBC10 Philadelphia:
NJ Couple Faces Child Endangerment Charges for Coronavirus-Defying Party  —  The Lakewood couple had 40 to 50 people in their yard and now face charges for each of their kids  —  What to Know  — Police charged a Lakewood couple with five counts of child endangerment …
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
CNN:
Idaho governor signs two bills that limit the rights of transgender people  —  (CNN)Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed two bills into law Monday that limit the rights of transgender people.  —  One measure bans transgender girls from playing on girls' and women's sports teams …
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
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 …
Discussion: Gothamist
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 …
Hal Bernton / The Seattle Times:
Hospitalizations for novel coronavirus-like illness declined last week in Washington, offering a glimmer of hope  —  Hospitalizations for patients with symptoms of COVID-19-like illnesses in Washington declined last week by more than 20%, a hopeful sign for the region and a nation gripped by the coronavirus pandemic.
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
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.
Simon Romero / New York Times:
Border Wall Work in Arizona Speeds Up, Igniting Contagion Fears  —  Border town residents in Arizona say the huge influx of workers exposes them to the coronavirus.  Gov. Doug Ducey imposed a statewide stay-at-home order, but it was not expected to slow the federal project.
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.
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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Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
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Travis Mitchell / Pew Research Center:
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Marty Johnson / The Hill:
Al Gore blasts Trump: 'You can't gaslight a virus'
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Breitbart
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
COVID-19 Has Killed More Americans Than 9/11
Stephen P. Halbrook / National Review:
Will the Second Amendment Survive Coronavirus?
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The Boston Globe:
Democratic lawmakers, including Warren and Pressley, call for racial data in coronavirus testing
Discussion: Althouse
Bill Gertz / Washington Times:
Chinese researchers isolated deadly bat coronaviruses near Wuhan animal market
Joseph Berger / New York Times:
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Yamiche Alcindor wants an answer, thank you very much
Associated Press:
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