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8:15 PM ET, March 31, 2020

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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.
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Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
Viral virus briefing: Where science meets all things Trump  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — For a few moments in the Rose Garden, the coronavirus pandemic is a bucking bronco with President Donald Trump on its back.  His arm swings an invisible rope.  He seems to be hanging on for dear life.
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
White House projects 100K to 240K coronavirus deaths as Trump tells US to prepare for ‘very painful two weeks’  —  The White House coronavirus task force unveiled on Tuesday the extended guidelines to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States …
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Fauci: Mask-wearing recommendation under ‘very serious consideration’  —  Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, revealed on Tuesday that the White House coronavirus task force is seriously considering guidance that Americans wear masks to help thwart the rapid spread of COVID-19.
Associated Press:   White House projects 100K to 240K US deaths from virus
Washington Examiner:
Trump should cut the drama and pettiness out of his coronavirus response
Discussion: Washington Post and Mediaite
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump insists on congratulations while America braces for the worst
Discussion: YouGov
Washington Post:
From 'It's going to disappear' to ‘WE WILL WIN THIS WAR’ … 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.
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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 …
Discussion: The National Interest
The Boston Globe:
A president unfit for a pandemic
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story
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 …
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: Townhall and The Nation
CNBC:
Cuomo says coronavirus is ‘more dangerous’ than expected as New York cases jump 14% overnight to 75,795
Discussion: The Drive
New York Times:
Wartime Production Law Has Been Used Routinely, but Not With Coronavirus  —  The Defense Production Act has been invoked hundreds of thousands of times in the Trump years.  But with the pandemic, the president sees it as a “break the glass” last resort.  —  WASHINGTON — Chemicals used to construct military missiles.
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
Bethany Biron / Business Insider:
Hobby Lobby quietly reopened stores in at least 2 states, defying coronavirus-related shutdowns and prompting police intervention  — Hobby Lobby is defying state-mandated lockdowns by quietly reopening stores, including nearly all of its stores in Wisconsin and Ohio.
Discussion: Denver Post
The Intercept:
Zoom Meetings Aren't End-to-End Encrypted, Despite Misleading Marketing  —  Zoom, the video conferencing service whose use has spiked amid the Covid-19 pandemic, claims to implement end-to-end encryption, widely understood as the most private form of internet communication, protecting conversations from all outside parties.
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Aaron Holmes / Business Insider:
‘Alcohol is soooo good’: Trolls are breaking into AA meetings being held on Zoom video calls …
Discussion: WAVY-TV
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: Econlib, Raw Story and New York Post
Susannah Luthi / Politico:
Trump rejects Obamacare special enrollment period amid pandemic  —  The Trump administration has decided against reopening Obamacare enrollment to uninsured Americans during the coronavirus pandemic, defying calls from health insurers and Democrats to create a special sign-up window amid the health crisis.
Discussion: Raw Story
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
McConnell: Impeachment distracted government from coronavirus threat  —  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday blamed the Democrats' push to impeach President Trump in January for distracting the Trump administration from the threat posed by the coronavirus.
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
McConnell and Pelosi draw coronavirus battle lines
Discussion: Raw Story
Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
Coronavirus kills its first democracy  —  Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter.  —  You could say that Hungary was already “immunocompromised.”  A decade under the nation's illiberal nationalist prime minister, Viktor Orban, has corroded the state's checks and balances …
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?”
Discussion: Althouse
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
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Kellyanne Conway's ugly deceptions preview the Big Lie to come  —  The Big Lie that President Trump's campaign will employ to rescue his reelection chances amid his catastrophic mishandling of the biggest U.S. public health emergency in modern times is edging into view.
Jim Tankersley / New York Times:
White House Economists Warned in 2019 a Pandemic Could Devastate America  —  A study published last fall went unheeded.  Its lead author now says economic shutdowns to fight the coronavirus could last up to eight months.  —  WASHINGTON — White House economists published a study last September …
Associated Press:
US alcohol consumption surges; companies revamp operations  —  The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed.  Following are developments on Tuesday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus.
Discussion: New York Post and The Daily Caller
Marisa Fernandez / Axios:
FDA authorizes two-minute antibody testing kit to detect coronavirus  —  The Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency approval Tuesday for a serological testing kit produced by Bodysphere Inc. that can detect a positive or negative result for COVID-19 in two minutes.
Discussion: National Review and Townhall
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: Vox, LiveScience, KTLA, The Hill, CNN and NBC News
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: Mother Jones, WSVN-TV and KRON4
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Republicans Say Impeachment Distracted Trump From Preparing for Coronavirus  —  President Trump has deflected the blame for his inept response to the coronavirus onto an astonishing number of people and entities: China, the Obama administration, governors, General Motors, hospital thieves, among others.
Andy Shain / Post and Courier:
McMaster orders closing of nonessential SC businesses to curb coronavirus outbreak  —  COVID-19: What you need to know now  —  COLUMBIA — In his latest move to lower the number of coronavirus cases in South Carolina, Gov. Henry McMaster announced Tuesday the closing of nonessential businesses.
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.
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
Political journalists are still headlining Trump's nonsense and trying to explain his decision-making.  Stop!  —  Donald Trump couldn't have made it clearer on Monday that he has no idea what is going on, nor any idea how to get out of this mess.  —  “I haven't heard about testing in weeks …
Discussion: Mediaite, Fox News and Political Wire
Adrian Vermeule / The Atlantic:
Beyond Originalism  —  In recent years, allegiance to the constitutional theory known as originalism has become all but mandatory for American legal conservatives.  Every justice and almost every judge nominated by recent Republican administrations has pledged adherence to the faith.
Discussion: New York Post and alicublog
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
Private Labs Are Fueling a New Coronavirus Testing Crisis  —  Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers.  Find the collection here.  —  On the surface, the American COVID-19 testing regime has finally hit its stride.
Discussion: cdph.ca.gov
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.
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.
CNN:
Pentagon says it still hasn't sent ventilators because HHS hasn't told them where they'd go  —  Washington (CNN)Despite having committed to transferring 2,000 ventilators in military stocks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services to fight …
 
 
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Associated Press:
Louisiana pastor says he'll keep violating coronavirus ban
Discussion: HuffPost
Paige St. John / Los Angeles Times:
California to release 3,500 inmates early as coronavirus spreads inside prisons
Lauren Hirsch / CNBC:
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross works from home in Palm Beach as administration battles coronavirus
Matthew Haag / New York Times:
40% of N.Y. Tenants May Not Pay Rent This Month. What Happens Then?
Washington Post:
Governors plead for medical equipment from federal stockpile plagued by shortages and confusion
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
Stephen Gruber-Miller / Des Moines Register:
Iowa secretary of state will mail every registered voter a ballot request form
Discussion: The Hill
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: A phone call with Trump can open doors for executives, celebrities and others with coronavirus asks
Discussion: Daily Kos and Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Sale of Trump's D.C. hotel lease on hold as commercial real estate industry reels
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Problems in F.B.I. Wiretap Applications Go Beyond Trump Aide Surveillance, Review Finds
Discussion: Power Line
Greg Olear / PREVAIL:
Tinker, Tailor, Mobster, Trump
Ross Douthat / New York Times:
The Coronavirus and the Conservative Mind
Discussion: National Review
Rachel Tashjian / GQ:
Brooks Brothers Says It Will Manufacture 150,000 Masks Per Day