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1:55 PM ET, March 31, 2020


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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.
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
BREAKING: CNN's Chris Cuomo Diagnosed With Coronavirus
Discussion: Associated Press and KTLA
Ryan Cooper / The Week:
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is what real coronavirus leadership looks like
Discussion: New York Times and The Nation
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 …
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
The Boston Globe:
A president unfit for a pandemic
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
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: 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.
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
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
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 …
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: Breitbart, Daily Mail and VodkaPundit
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
The benefit of the Democrats denouncing Sanders's selfishness
Discussion: The Hill
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Everyone and everything Trump has blamed for his coronavirus response
Discussion: CNN, The Atlantic, Raw Story and
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
Justice Department audit finds widespread flaws in FBI surveillance applications
Discussion: Associated Press and NBC News
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.
New York Times:
Pelosi Floats New Stimulus Plan: Rolling Back SALT Cap
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 …
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
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
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
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 /
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.
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?”
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
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Wisconsin polling places are closing because there's not enough people to work the April 7 election … Waukesha settles on one polling place for in-person voting for election day due to the coronavirus.  Waukesha city officials announced Monday all voters will be directed to the Schuetze Recreation Center …
Discussion: The Hill
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
As Wuhan reopens, China revs engine to move past coronavirus.  But it's stuck in second gear.  —  After 10 weeks confined to their apartments, unable to exercise, shop for groceries or walk their dogs, Wuhan residents are emerging into the daylight.  —  The subway and intercity trains are running again.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Wired
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 …
Ron Johnson / USA Today:
Sen. Johnson: As we learn more about the coronavirus, try to put things into perspective  —  Imagine the potential psychological and human toll if this shutdown continues indefinitely: Another view  —  I'm not aware of any public official, including President Donald Trump, who is calling for a complete opening of the U.S. economy.
Discussion: Business Insider
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.
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, Daily Kos and 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 …
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.
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Annie Karni / New York Times:
Trump's Virus Defense Is Often an Attack, and the Target Is Often a Woman
Discussion: Raw Story and Michigan Advance
The Boston Globe:
CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES  —  Latest updates Latest Mass. numbers …
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: 
Marty Johnson / The Hill:
Al Gore blasts Trump: 'You can't gaslight a virus'
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Breitbart
Stephen P. Halbrook / National Review:
Will the Second Amendment Survive Coronavirus?
Discussion: NRA-ILA
‘A Darwinian approach to federalism’: States confront new reality under Trump
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story