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5:40 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 …
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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CNBC:
Cuomo says coronavirus is ‘more dangerous’ than expected as New York cases jump 14% overnight to 75,795  — The new cases make New York the coronavirus epicenter of the world, surpassing China's Hubei province, which reported 67,801 cases.  — Cuomo also said he wants to move health workers …
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
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
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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.
Calvin Woodward / Associated Press:
Viral virus briefing: Where science meets all things Trump
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump insists on congratulations while America braces for the worst
Discussion: YouGov
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
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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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Joe Biden's podcasts are a welcome reminder that Trump is the irrational one
Discussion: Jacobin, Breitbart and Daily Mail
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 …
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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Washington Post:   Problems with FBI surveillance extended far beyond probe of Trump campaign, Justice Dept. inspector general says
Politico:
Justice Department audit finds widespread flaws in FBI surveillance applications
Discussion: ABC News, NBC News and Associated Press
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
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
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
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: Townhall and National Review
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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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, The Hill, CNN and NBC News
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 …
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.
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.
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
Aaron Holmes / Business Insider:
‘Alcohol is soooo good’: Trolls are breaking into AA meetings being held on Zoom video calls and harassing recovering alcoholics  — Trolls broke into multiple Alcoholics Anonymous meetings being held via Zoom video conference and harassed participants with slurs and mentions of alcohol.
Discussion: WAVY-TV
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.
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: alicublog
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Rick Scott calls for congressional inquiry into WHO's coronavirus response  —  The Florida senator has raised concerns over WHO's relationship with Beijing.  —  Sen. Rick Scott.  Sen. Rick Scott on Tuesday called for a congressional investigation into the World Health Organization …
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.
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:
Governors plead for medical equipment from federal stockpile plagued by shortages and confusion  —  As states across the country have pleaded for critical medical equipment from a key national stockpile, Florida has promptly received 100 percent of its first two requests …
Discussion: The Week
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 …
Stephen Gruber-Miller / Des Moines Register:
Iowa secretary of state will mail every registered voter a ballot request form  —  The Iowa Secretary of State's office will mail every registered voter in Iowa an absentee ballot request form ahead of the state's June 2 primary, it announced Tuesday.  —  The plan to send ballot request forms …
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
Sale of Trump's D.C. hotel lease on hold as commercial real estate industry reels  —  Owners, including the president, are likely to receive tax benefits from stimulus package as sales stagnate  —  The commercial real estate industry has ground nearly to a halt because of coronavirus shutdowns …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
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.
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 …
 
 
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James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: A phone call with Trump can open doors for executives, celebrities and others with coronavirus asks
Discussion: Raw Story
Bill Hutchinson / ABC News:
'It's retaliation': Amazon warehouse worker fired following coronavirus employee walkout
Discussion: Twitchy
Politico:
White House pressures FDA on unproven Japanese drug
Discussion: Raw Story
Matt Richtel / New York Times:
Frightened Doctors Face Off With Hospitals Over Rules on Protective Gear
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
As Wuhan reopens, China revs engine to move past coronavirus. But it's stuck in second gear.
Discussion: Wired and Mother Jones
 Earlier Items: 
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Wisconsin polling places are closing because there's not enough people to work the April 7 election
Discussion: The Hill
ProPublica:
Taxpayers Paid Millions to Design a Low-Cost Ventilator for a Pandemic. …
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Grassley rips Pelosi bid to roll back deduction cap: 'Millionaires don't need a new tax break'
The Boston Globe:
A president unfit for a pandemic
Discussion: HuffPost and Raw Story