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7:35 AM ET, April 2, 2020

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Politico:
Behind the scenes, Kushner takes charge of coronavirus response  —  Dozens of Trump administration officials have trooped to the White House podium over the last two months to brief the public on their effort to combat coronavirus, but one person who hasn't — Jared Kushner …
Discussion: Associated Press
Jim Acosta / CNN:
Source close to coronavirus task force: Despite what White House is saying, tougher measures implemented earlier ‘might have made a difference’  —  (CNN)Despite White House claims that President Donald Trump and the administration did everything right in response to the coronavirus …
Libby Cathey / ABC News:
How Trump has contradicted himself, in his own words, on the coronavirus crisis
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
Anthony Fauci's security is stepped up as doctor and face of U.S. coronavirus response receives threats  —  Anthony S. Fauci, the nation's top infectious-diseases expert and the face of the U.S. response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, is facing growing threats to his personal safety …
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Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Fauci given security detail after receiving threats
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The White House gives Dems an opening
Eli Stokols / Los Angeles Times:
Fox isn't enough: Amid coronavirus crisis, Trump leans on a new media friend  —  President Trump has made contentious exchanges with reporters a feature of his daily coronavirus briefings, often using personal invective to bulldoze past questions about shortfalls with masks, ventilators and testing and his own past statements.
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
OANN threatened with removal from White House press room after correspondent Chanel Rion makes unauthorized appearances  —  This time, it was a fairly routine question that Chanel Rion, a correspondent for One America News Network, posed to President Trump during Tuesday's White House press briefing …
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
A Ventilator Stockpile, With One Hitch: Thousands Do Not Work  —  While President Trump has assured states that thousands of ventilators remain at the ready, thousands more are in storage, unmaintained, broken or otherwise unusable.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump has repeatedly assured Americans …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Wall Street Journal:
Italy's Coronavirus Death Toll Is Far Higher Than Reported  —  Many are dying uncounted as nation's stretched health-care system struggles to save the living and accurately gauge human cost  —  MILAN—In the town of Coccaglio, an hour's drive east of here, the local nursing home lost over a third of its residents in March.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Republicans: ‘Nobody Expected’ the Coronavirus Pandemic.  So Joe Biden Is Nobody?  —  President Trump, having stopped dismissing the threat of the coronavirus and calling criticism of his laggard response “their new hoax,” has begun insisting everybody was shocked.  “It's something that nobody expected,” he has said.
Discussion: National Review and Raw Story
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Joe Biden's latest message is a preview of what is to come
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Pelosi should ‘stand down’ on passing another rescue bill in House, McConnell says  —  One week after the Senate unanimously passed a $2 trillion emergency relief bill aimed at limiting the financial trauma from the coronavirus pandemic, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) …
Discussion: NPR, Fox News, The Hill and Bloomberg
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: The Week and Raw Story
Doug Maccash / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Ellis Marsalis, New Orleans jazz piano legend hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms, dies  —  Ellis Marsalis Jr., the jazz pianist, teacher and patriarch of one of New Orleans' great musical families has died.  —  The 85-year-old jazz piano legend was hospitalized with symptoms of COVID-19.
Washington Post:
The scramble for the rapid coronavirus tests everybody wants  —  As hot spots clamor for Abbott Laboratories' quick tests, Trump officials debate where to send them  —  As Abbott Laboratories began shipping its new rapid-response tests across the country Wednesday, a new flash point emerged …
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
U.S. Department of Justice:
Train Operator at Port of Los Angeles Charged with Derailing Locomotive Near U.S. Navy's Hospital Ship Mercy  —  LOS ANGELES - A train engineer at the Port of Los Angeles was arrested this morning on federal charges for allegedly running a locomotive at full speed off the end of rail tracks near the USNS Mercy.
Washington Post:
Secret Service signs contract this week to rent golf carts in town of Trump club  —  The Secret Service this week signed a $45,000 contract to rent a fleet of golf carts in Northern Virginia, saying it needed them quickly to protect a “dignitary” in the town of Sterling …
Pew Research Center:
Cable TV and COVID-19: How Americans perceive the outbreak and view media coverage differ by main news source  —  Coverage of COVID-19 has dominated the news and resulted in skyrocketing ratings for the nation's cable news networks.  And according to a survey conducted March 10-16, 2020 …
Discussion: Washington Post and Mother Jones
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Fox News has succeeded — in misinforming millions of Americans
Discussion: Raw Story
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Cuomo Is a Media Hero in the Pandemic.  De Blasio Is a Scapegoat.  —  The mayor of New York, who is often disdainful of the media, has become an irresistible punching bag.  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York called me this morning a little out of breath, feet pounding in the background, on his daily walk in Prospect Park.
Discussion: CNN, New York Post and Townhall
Washington Post:
More than 4,000 coronavirus cases in Washington region, with peak still weeks away  —  The number of novel coronavirus cases in the Washington region climbed past 4,000 Wednesday, as officials in Virginia projected that the peak of the covid-19 crisis is still at least several weeks away.
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Politico:   D.C. leaders fear an outbreak that cripples the country
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
Rich Lowry / Politico:
We Are All Restrictionists Now  —  When President Donald Trump announced a restriction on travel from Europe in a mid-March Oval Office address, European Union officials erupted in outrage.  —  The president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, issued a joint statement …
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Politico:
Trump considering some domestic air travel restrictions
Discussion: Associated Press
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 and Law & Crime
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: Breitbart, The Daily Caller and medRxiv
Joseph P. Fried / New York Times:
Kevin Thomas Duffy, U.S. Judge in Terrorism Cases, Dies at 87  —  An independent-minded jurist, he oversaw the World Trade Center bombing trial and another involving a plot to down jetliners.  He died of the coronavirus. … Kevin Thomas Duffy, a federal judge who presided over decades …
Discussion: New York Post
San Francisco Chronicle:
Coronavirus live updates: 127 health care workers in California infected  —  To keep our community informed of the most urgent coronavirus news, The San Francisco Chronicle's critical updates are free to read.  Ongoing coverage is available to subscribers.  Subscribe now for full access and to support our work.
Discussion: HuffPost
New York Times:
Pro-Trump Super PAC to Spend $10 Million on Attack Ads Against Biden  —  The ads bought by the group, America First, will air in three Rust Belt states that were pivotal to President Trump's victory in 2016.  —  The super PAC supporting President Trump's re-election is planning …
Discussion: CNN and Washington Free Beacon
The City:
‘ESSENTIAL’ LAUNDROMATS UNDER STRAIN AS CITY'S WASH CULTURE SHIFTS  —  Need to know more about coronavirus in New York?  Sign up for our daily morning newsletter.  —  Laundromats in New York have been deemed essential businesses by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, allowing them to stay open during the coronavirus pandemic.
New York Times:
Florida Governor, at Long Last, Orders Residents to Stay Home to Avoid Coronavirus  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis said the decision corresponded with the “national pause” effectively recommended by the White House.  —  MIAMI — Florida's coronavirus cases kept ballooning, especially in the dense neighborhoods of Miami and Fort Lauderdale.
Discussion: Tampa Bay Times
CBS News:
Louisiana church packed for services again despite charges against pastor amid pandemic  —  Central, Louisiana — Buses and cars filled a Louisiana church parking lot for another service Tuesday evening as worshippers flocked to hear a Louisiana pastor who is facing misdemeanor charges …
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 …
Discussion: Breitbart
Bloomberg:
Many New York Coronavirus Patients Are Young, Surprising Doctors  —  Older patients remain most at risk, but hospitals are being hit with more and more younger cases  —  Younger adults in New York City are being hospitalized with Covid-19 infections at surprisingly high rates …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
 
 
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Government.nl:
Statement by Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg …
Discussion: Politico and Bloomberg
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Trump now says he knew the virus ‘could be horrible’ when he was saying things like 'it's going to disappear'
Discussion: Raw Story and Press Watch
Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
I'm Trapped In A Russian Airport And The US Embassy Told Me My Best Chance To Get Home Is To Flee To Finland
Discussion: Foreign Policy
New York Times:
Bolsonaro, Isolated and Defiant, Dismisses Coronavirus Threat to Brazil
Chun Han Wong / Wall Street Journal:
A Wuhan Writer Takes On China's Communist Machine and Becomes an Online Star
Jimmy Vielkind / Wall Street Journal:
New York State Lawmakers Reach Tentative Budget Agreement
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Bloomberg:
Pentagon Seeking 100,000 Body Bags for Civilians in Crisis
Discussion: The Hill and Fox News
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
Fresh From White House, MyPillow Guy Retweets Post Connecting Company to QAnon
Discussion: Raw Story, Twitchy and KAAL-TV
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
How COVID-19 Will Hit India
Michael Sullivan / NPR:
Don't Nag Your Husband During Lockdown, Malaysia's Government Advises Women
Bloomberg:
China Concealed Extent of Virus Outbreak, U.S. Intelligence Says