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6:40 PM ET, April 1, 2020

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Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“The Campaign Panicked”: Inside Trump's Decision to Back Off of His Easter Coronavirus Miracle  —  An impulsive promise ("His view was: I need to show people there's a light at the end of the tunnel") led to Fauci pushback.  Poll numbers—and a friend in a coma—pushed Trump to reverse course.
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Fred Barbash / Washington Post:
Florida covid-19 cases surge to nearly 7,000 as Ron DeSantis resists statewide restrictions  —  “Longtime University of Miami healthcare employee dies from coronavirus.”  —  “Second man dies from coronavirus after attending Winter Party in Miami Beach.”  —  “Coronavirus cases …
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Which states are resisting tougher coronavirus measures?  —  This post has been updated.  —  The White House coronavirus task force came prepared at Tuesday's briefing with charts.  One of them, strikingly, projected a “goal” of between 100,000 and 240,000 deaths.  Another showed the curve of infections in various states.
Mary Ellen Klas / Tampa Bay Times:
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis issues statewide stay-at-home order  —  DeSantis had come under criticism for not doing so, but on Wednesday he said the time is right.  —  TALLAHASSEE — Facing mounting pressure, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Wednesday that he's issuing a statewide stay-at-home order …
Discussion: The Hill
The Daily Beast:
Trump Literally Laughed at How He Can Game the Press With His ‘New Tone’  —  The president is acutely aware that if he acts in somber fashion, the media will quickly notice and praise him for it.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  As evening fell on Tuesday, Donald Trump did what he's done virtually every …
Discussion: Raw Story
Bloomberg:
China Concealed Extent of Virus Outbreak, U.S. Intelligence Says  — Report submitted to White House on China's under-count  — U.S. has publicly reported more than twice as many cases  —  China has concealed the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in its country …
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Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
Protective gear in national stockpile is nearly depleted, DHS officials say  —  The government's emergency stockpile of respirator masks, gloves and other medical supplies is running low and is nearly exhausted due to the coronavirus outbreak, leaving the Trump administration and the states …
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.
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CBS News:
Party leaders agree with Joe Biden - the Democratic National Convention cannot proceed as originally planned  —  Democratic Party leaders across the country are calling on party bosses to curtail, postpone or dramatically rethink the party's national convention scheduled for July in Milwaukee …
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Politico:
Biden reignites talk of delaying Dem convention
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
Axios:
Scoop: Netanyahu shared fake video as proof of Iranian virus cover-up  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shared with his cabinet a video he claimed was evidence of Iran concealing coronavirus deaths by dropping bodies in garbage dumps, two cabinet ministers tell me.
Discussion: The Week
Reuters:
CORRECTED-U.S. lawmaker seeks inquiry into disappearance of Chinese journalists  —  A U.S. congressman is calling on the State Department to urge China to investigate the disappearance of three Chinese citizen journalists who sought to expose the impact of the coronavirus on the Chinese city of Wuhan.
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Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / Axios:   D.C.'s bipartisan China consensus may be unraveling
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
Fresh From White House, MyPillow Guy Retweets Post Connecting Company to QAnon  —  QAnon social media personalities who claim to have insights into covert government operations because they've read riddles on anonymous imageboards​ have put forward new proof that their bizarre conspiracy theories are true.
Discussion: KAAL-TV, Vanity Fair, Raw Story and Twitchy
Ken Klippenstein / The Nation:
Exclusive: The Military Knew Years Ago That a Coronavirus Was Coming  —  The Pentagon warned the White House about a shortage of ventilators, face masks and hospital beds in 2017—but the Trump administration did nothing.  —  Despite President Trump's repeated assertions that the COVID-19 epidemic was …
Discussion: New Republic
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.
Discussion: Press Watch and Raw Story
Kara Swisher / New York Times:
Fox's Fake News Contagion  —  The network spent too long spraying its viewers with false information about the coronavirus pandemic.  —  Ms. Swisher covers technology and is a contributing opinion writer.  —  You can relax, Sean Hannity, I'm not going to sue you.
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.
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Pence: I don't believe Trump ‘has ever belittled the threat of the coronavirus’  —  Vice President Pence on Wednesday rejected the idea that President Trump “belittled the threat of the coronavirus,” despite the president saying in January and February that the disease was “under control” and likening it to the common flu.
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Ben Gittleson / ABC News:
Vice President Mike Pence asks Americans not to attend church services of more than 10 people
Discussion: The Hill and Mediaite
Charles Franklin / Marquette University Law School:
New Marquette Law School Poll finds strong support for coronavirus closings, even as it shows substantial economic impact  —  MILWAUKEE - A new Marquette Law School poll of Wisconsin registered voters finds strong support for government actions to control the coronavirus pandemic …
Discussion: Politico
Bloomberg:
Pentagon Seeking 100,000 Body Bags for Civilians in Crisis  — FEMA request sent to Pentagon as civilian casualties mount  — White House has warned as many as 200,000 Americans could die  —  The Pentagon is seeking to provide as many as 100,000 military-style body bags …
Joshua Robinson / Wall Street Journal:
The Soccer Match that Kicked Off Italy's Coronavirus Disaster  —  Decision to hold Atalanta-Valencia Champions League match in February accelerated spread of pandemic  —  On the afternoon of Feb. 19, Andrea Pontiggia was heading from Bergamo, Italy, to the biggest soccer match of his life—along with 40,000 of his closest friends.
Dr. Robert M. Wachter / USA Today:
San Francisco is beating the coronavirus odds — so far.  What can other places learn?  —  Our leaders acted early.  But if we get complacent, resume normal life too soon and don't aggressively test and quarantine, we risk future tragedies.  —  Like a wildfire spraying hot embers …
Discussion: New York Times
Katie Shepherd / Washington Post:
28 University of Texas spring breakers who flouted public health advice test positive for coronavirus  —  As stores and offices closed throughout March, many people watched with anger as thousands of college students poured into tropical locales, crowding beaches and bars to party during their regularly scheduled spring breaks.
Discussion: Deseret News, VICE, NPR and The Week
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
How COVID-19 Will Hit India  —  Last week, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered a three-week lockdown of the country, telling citizens that they were not to leave their homes, because of the coronavirus pandemic.  The scope of this order is hard to comprehend: India is a country …
Denise Grady / New York Times:
Malaria Drug Helps Virus Patients Improve, in Small Study  —  A group of moderately ill people were given hydroxychloroquine, which appeared to ease their symptoms quickly, but more research is needed.  —  The malaria drug hydroxychloroquine helped to speed the recovery of a small number …
Discussion: medRxiv and The Daily Caller
Seth Barron / City Journal:
Preparing for the Wrong Emergency  —  Focused on climate change, Mayor Bill de Blasio failed to equip New York for the coronavirus crisis.  —  Covid-19  —  New York  —  New York City is facing a major public-health crisis.  The spread of Covid-19 threatens to overwhelm the city's hospitals …
Discussion: New York Post
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Nearly 3,000 sailors to leave carrier amid virus outbreak  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 3,000 sailors aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier where the coronavirus has spread will be taken off the ship by Friday, Navy officials said Wednesday as they struggle to quarantine crew members in the face of an outbreak.
Mike Stunson / Sacramento Bee:
Coronavirus is now the third leading cause of death in the US, doctor says  —  It only took a month for coronavirus to become the third leading cause of death in the United States, according to a San Diego doctor and data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Harlan M. Krumholz / New York Times:
If You Have Coronavirus Symptoms, Assume You Have the Illness, Even if You Test Negative  —  Just because a coronavirus test says you don't have the virus doesn't mean you aren't infected — or infectious.  —  You had some exposures that may put you at risk for coronavirus.
Discussion: ABC News and Kaiser Health News
David Mikkelson / Snopes.com:
Did the Trump Administration Send 18 Tons of PPE to China in Early 2020?  —  Claim  —  The U.S. facilitated the sending of nearly 17.8 tons of donated medical supplies to China to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus in early 2020.  —  Rating  —  Origin
Discussion: Michelle Malkin and The Mahablog
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
That viral story on FDA approving two-minute coronavirus test looks like a cruel April Fools' hoax  —  A story that went viral about the Food and Drug Administration approving a two-minute test for coronavirus antibodies looks like a cruel hoax timed to coincide with April Fools' Day.
Discussion: Reason and National Review
Associated Press:
AP-NORC poll: Less than half back Trump's pandemic response  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans give high marks to state and local governments for their handling of the fast-moving coronavirus pandemic that has swiftly remade everyday life.  But less than half approve of the job done thus far …
Discussion: Florida Politics
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The U.S. needs to know what went wrong  —  When America has recovered from the coronavirus crisis and people are back to work, Rep. Adam B. Schiff thinks Congress should consider a 9/11-style independent commission to examine why the nation was so unprepared for the pandemic.
Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
Trump's pandemic propaganda comes straight from Putin playbook  —  Be kind.  —  Share PRESS RUN  —  Trump's commitment to creating confusion with lies and contradictions continues unabated during the national health crisis.  Recently he has:  — Claimed one hundred thousand …
David Rutz / Washington Free Beacon:
White House Reporter Rips Acosta for Acting Like ‘Opposition Party’  —  The president of the White House Correspondents' Association criticizes CNN's Jim Acosta in a new book, writing that the combative reporter's “soapbox” approach to journalism has bolstered President Donald Trump.
 
 
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Pew Research Center:
Cable TV and COVID-19: How Americans perceive the outbreak and view media coverage differ by main news source
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Cuomo shuts down NYC playgrounds as coronavirus deaths soar
Joe Nocera / Bloomberg:
Twitter Is Making the Coronavirus World a Better Place
Wall Street Journal:
Trump to Meet With Oil CEOs About Helping Industry
Discussion: New York Times and The Hill
The Clarion Ledger:
Mississippi coronavirus: Gov. Tate Reeves orders a statewide shelter-in-place
Discussion: The Hill and Mississippi Today
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Federal appeals court won't lift block on Florida law making it harder for ex-felons to vote
Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Michael Sullivan / NPR:
Don't Nag Your Husband During Lockdown, Malaysia's Government Advises Women
Discussion: Political Wire
Patrick Marley / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Judge signals he will expand voting but not delay Wisconsin's election amid coronavirus outbreak
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Hill
Nolan Finley / Detroit News:
I believe Tara Reade
Emily Birnbaum / Protocol:
Democrats say Google's COVID-19 ad ban is a gift to Donald Trump
Discussion: Daily Kos