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7:35 AM ET, April 1, 2020

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Bill Gates / Washington Post:
Here's how to make up for lost time on covid-19  —  Bill Gates is co-founder of Microsoft and a co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.  —  There's no question the United States missed the opportunity to get ahead of the novel coronavirus.  But the window for making important decisions hasn't closed.
Discussion: The Week
Politico:
Pence task force freezes coronavirus aid amid backlash  —  Last week, a Trump administration official working to secure much-needed protective gear for doctors and nurses in the United States had a startling encounter with counterparts in Thailand.  —  The official asked the Thais for help …
Associated Press:
White House projects 100K to 240K US deaths from virus  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned Americans to brace for a “rough two-week period” ahead as the White House released new projections that there could be 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the U.S. from the coronavirus pandemic …
Discussion: Breitbart and The White House
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Washington Post:
Trump projects up to 240,000 coronavirus deaths in U.S., even with mitigation efforts
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
White House projects 100K to 240K coronavirus deaths as Trump tells US to prepare for ‘very painful two weeks’
Tia Mitchell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Loeffler reports more stock sales amid insider trading allegations  —  U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler's most recent financial disclosures show that millions of dollars in stocks were sold on her behalf at the same time Congress was dealing with the impact of the coronavirus.
Discussion: Raw Story and NPR
Wall Street Journal:
Senator Reports $1.4 Million in Stock Trades During Coronavirus Panic  —  Georgia Republican Kelly Loeffler and her husband, New York Stock Exchange Chairman Jeffrey Sprecher, suffered losses but limited damage  —  Sen. Kelly Loeffler and her husband purchased and sold about $1.4 million …
Tami Luhby / CNN:
Trump administration won't reopen Obamacare enrollment for uninsured as coronavirus spreads  —  Trump gives harsh warning about next two weeks  —  (CNN)The Trump administration has decided not to reopen enrollment in the Affordable Care Act's federal exchanges amid the rising coronavirus pandemic …
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George Conway / Washington Post:
Impeachment didn't distract from coronavirus preparations.  Trump did.  —  George T. Conway III is a lawyer and an adviser to the Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump super PAC.  He is a co-founder of Checks & Balances, a network of lawyers advocating for the rule of law.
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Joseph Gerth / Courier-Journal:
Gerth: Mitch McConnell admits that Trump mishandled coronavirus response
Discussion: Raw Story
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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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
A Trump fireside chat — in his own (unfortunate) words
Discussion: Raw Story
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: Law & Crime, Raw Story and The Week
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 …
Discussion: The Hill
Apoorva Mandavilli / New York Times:
Infected but Feeling Fine: The Unwitting Coronavirus Spreaders  —  The C.D.C. director says new data about people who are infected but symptom-free could lead the agency to recommend broadened use of masks.  —  As many as 25 percent of people infected with the new coronavirus may not show symptoms …
Discussion: The Hill
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
The coronavirus outbreak won't peak in every state at once  —  Although the coronavirus is expected to peak in the U.S. in two weeks, many states will see their individual peaks well after that, according to a model by the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation.
Isaac Arnsdorf / ProPublica:
A Major Medical Staffing Company Just Slashed Benefits for Doctors and Nurses Fighting Coronavirus  —  Alteon Health, a staffing company backed by private-equity firm Frazier Healthcare Partners, will cut salaries, time off and retirement benefits for providers, citing lost revenue.
Discussion: STAT and Marginal REVOLUTION
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Biden: Difficult to imagine having Democratic convention as scheduled  —  Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Tuesday he wouldn't be surprised if the Democratic National Convention is rescheduled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.  —  When asked by MSNBC's Brian Williams …
Discussion: HuffPost and Washington Post
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Sean Collins / Vox:
Coronavirus primary delays mean some states could lose delegates at the Democratic National Convention
Discussion: Jacobin
Sophie Tanno / Daily Mail:
Suzanne Hoylaerts (pictured) from Binkom, near Lubbeek, was hospitalised on March 20 when her condition rapidly deteriorated after contracting COVID-19  —  Hoylaerts sought medical attention after suffering from a lack of appetite and shortness of breath.  She was admitted to hospital …
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
With 2020 race all but halted over coronavirus, Biden quietly widens lead over Trump: Reuters/Ipsos poll  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden has quietly expanded his lead over President Donald Trump among registered voters, even as the rapidly spreading …
Discussion: The Hill
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Why Asia's New Wave of Virus Cases Should Worry the World  —  After a surge in cases tied to international travelers, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and other places that seemed to have the epidemic under control have imposed stricter measures.  —  In China, international flights have been cut …
John F. Harris / Politico:
Trump's Breakdown  —  Before Herbert Hoover earned a reputation as a tragic failure, he had a reputation for heroic success—a can-do businessman who arrived in the presidency with no previous elective experience.  He was one of the most celebrated men of his times.  Then times changed.
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
Joanna Kakissis / NPR:
Turkmenistan Has Banned Use Of The Word ‘Coronavirus’  —  The Central Asian country of Turkmenistan claims it has no coronavirus cases.  But if you happen to utter the word “coronavirus” while waiting, say, for the bus in the white-marbled capital Ashgabat, there's a good chance you'll be arrested.
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
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: Deseret News and WAVY-TV
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Real Clear Politics:
Time for a Second Opinion  —  We are trying to stave off and arrest a pandemic.  Given what is being recommended, we think we need some second or third opinions.  This pandemic, now that it has reached America, has taken 3,173 lives here.  This, from a tested population of 164,359 cases.
Discussion: Instapundit
Lee DeVito / Detroit Metro Times:
Gov. Whitmer reverses course on coronavirus drugs, is now asking feds for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine  —  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer drew fire from some on the right after the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) sent a letter last week threatening “administrative action” …
David Harsanyi / National Review:
Mike Lindell, Not Yamiche Alcindor, Is the Hero  —  Why is a grandstanding journalist seen as more virtuous than a self-sacrificing business owner?  —  MyPillow CEO Michael Lindell, a self-made former crack addict, is going to transform 75 percent of his manufacturing capacity …
Discussion: Power Line
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Poll: Trump's coronavirus bounce fizzles  —  Fewer voters are pleased with the way the Trump administration has handled the Covid-19 outbreak.  —  President Donald Trump.  More voters say the Trump administration isn't doing enough to combat the coronavirus outbreak, according to a new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Morning Consult
CNN:
Fact-checking Trump's marathon coronavirus briefing  —  Watch Trump's evolution on coronavirus response  —  Washington (CNN)Trump's marathon coronavirus press conference on Tuesday included the usual barrage of specific false claims.  Here's a preliminary fact check of a couple …
Reuters:
Special Report: The Mask Middlemen - How pop-up brokers seek big paydays in a frenzied market  —  (Reuters) - Brian Kolfage, a Florida military veteran, recently convinced Americans to donate millions of dollars for a privately built wall on the U.S. southern border.
Miami Herald:
Epidemiologist behind COVID-19 model cited by White House advises Florida to shut down  —  One of the epidemiologists behind a coronavirus model cited by the White House over the weekend as a reason for extending national social distancing recommendations through the end of April …
Discussion: KTLA, NPR and Florida Politics
Wall Street Journal:
China's Coronavirus Count Excluded Infected People With No Symptoms  —  ‘This could be a hell of a bad two weeks,’ Trump warns, urging Americans to continue social-distancing measures  —  The White House projected the U.S. could face 100,000 to 240,000 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic …
Discussion: The Dispatch and Fox News
 
 
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Are COVID-19 Models a Sound Basis For Public Policy? [with comment by Paul]
Discussion: Instapundit
CNN:
Major retailers have opened only 5 drive-thru testing locations, none available to the general public
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Milwaukee normally has 180 voting sites; because of coronavirus, fewer than 12 polling places will be open April 7
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Elizabeth Warren to Trump and Mnuchin: We're watching you
 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Haag / New York Times:
40% of N.Y. Tenants May Not Pay Rent This Month. What Happens Then?
Discussion: Curbed NY
Washington Post:
Governors plead for medical equipment from federal stockpile plagued by shortages and confusion
Discussion: The Week, Vanity Fair and Raw Story
CNN:
Pentagon says it still hasn't sent ventilators because HHS hasn't told them where they'd go
Tom Nichols / USA Today:
Why I watch Trump's daily coronavirus briefings (and no, it's not because I'm a masochist)
Discussion: Althouse
Anna M. Phillips / Los Angeles Times:
Trump weakens fuel economy standards, rolling back key U.S. effort against climate change