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12:25 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 …
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.”
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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.
Discussion: Raw Story
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  —  (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
The Boston Globe:
A president unfit for a pandemic
Discussion: HuffPost 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 …
Henry Rodgers / The Daily Caller:
McConnell Says Impeachment ‘Diverted’ Government From Focusing On Coronavirus  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday said that Democrats' efforts to impeach President Donald Trump distracted the government from focusing on coronavirus, as it came up during the trial.
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:   McConnell: Impeachment distracted government from coronavirus threat
Rich Lowry / National Review:   A Crisis Is a Terrible Thing to Manufacture
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
Discussion: New York Times and The Nation
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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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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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 …
Associated Press:
Trump rollback of mileage standards guts climate change push  —  “Given the catastrophe they're in with the coronavirus, they're pursuing a policy that's going to hurt public health and kill people,” one expert said.  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration rolled back ambitious Obama-era …
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Joe Biden's podcasts are a welcome reminder that Trump is the irrational one  —  On Monday, former vice president Joe Biden kicked off the first in what he promises will be a series of podcasts.  Aptly entitled “Here's the Deal,” it is one way to overcome the void in campaign activity necessitated …
Discussion: VodkaPundit, Daily Mail and CNBC
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Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Everyone and everything Trump has blamed for his coronavirus response
Discussion: CNN, The Atlantic, Raw Story and HBR.org
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.
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
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: New York Post
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 and CNN
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
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: FIRE and Raw Story
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.
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 …
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 …
Politico:
Justice Department audit finds widespread flaws in FBI surveillance applications  —  The finding by Inspector General Michael Horowitz came after an earlier inquiry found numerous errors in court submissions seeking surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser.  —  Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz.
Discussion: Associated Press
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
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.
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
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
David Larter / Navy Times:
An outbreak on a Navy warship — and an ominous sign of a readiness crisis  —  It started on Monday, March 16, with one chief on board the littoral combat ship Coronado feeling sick and being sent home for a few days.  —  Ten days later, nine Coronado sailors had tested positive for COVID-19 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
IRS releases more info on how to get coronavirus stimulus checks ASAP  —  WASHINGTON — New information from the IRS on Monday shines more light on what people can do to get the checks from the government as quickly as possible while many families worry about paying the bills and buying food during …
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
 
 
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Adrian Vermeule / The Atlantic:
Beyond Originalism  —  The dominant conservative philosophy …
Tiney Ricciardi / Denver Post:
Hobby Lobby remains open in defiance of Colorado's stay-at-home order, highlighting uncertainty around mandate
Errin Haines / Washington Post:
Lilly Ledbetter, advocate for equal pay for women, endorses Joe Biden
Discussion: The Hill
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: What they told us about the coronavirus
Discussion: Raw Story and Los Angeles Times
CNN:
Idaho governor signs two bills that limit the rights of transgender people
Hal Bernton / The Seattle Times:
Hospitalizations for novel coronavirus-like illness declined last week in Washington, offering a glimmer of hope
Discussion: The Hill and Washington Post
 Earlier Items: 
Marty Johnson / The Hill:
Al Gore blasts Trump: 'You can't gaslight a virus'
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Breitbart
Louis Jacobson / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Virtual Conventions: Health Crisis Forces Both Parties, Particularly The Democrats, to Envision the Possibility
Stephen P. Halbrook / National Review:
Will the Second Amendment Survive Coronavirus?
Discussion: NRA-ILA
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Yamiche Alcindor wants an answer, thank you very much
Joseph Zeballos-Roig / Business Insider:
A GOP senator calls on Trump to reopen parts of the coronavirus-stricken economy because 'death …
Discussion: USA Today
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
The Medical News Site That Saw the Coronavirus Coming Months Ago