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9:40 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
Joseph Gerth / Courier-Journal:
Gerth: Mitch McConnell admits that Trump mishandled coronavirus response  —  U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made a stunning admission Tuesday when he went on the “Hugh Hewitt Show” and acknowledged that President Donald Trump has botched the federal government's response to the coronavirus.
Discussion: Raw Story
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David Ignatius / Washington Post:
The U.S. needs to know what went wrong
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Discussion: The Hill
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
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Osita Nwanevu / New Republic:
Go for the Jugular, Joe Biden
Discussion: Washington Post
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, NPR and Daily Kos
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
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: 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.
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 …
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Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
A Trump fireside chat — in his own (unfortunate) words  —  President Franklin D. Roosevelt's fireside chats reassured and inspired the nation through Depression and war.  During impeachment last fall, President Trump fancied himself likewise addressing Americans “perhaps as a fireside chat on live television.”
Discussion: Raw Story
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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.
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Tami Luhby / CNN:
Trump administration won't reopen Obamacare enrollment for uninsured as coronavirus spreads
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump Confronts a New Reality Before an Expected Wave of Disease and Death  —  Under the best-case scenario presented on Tuesday, more Americans will die from the coronavirus in the weeks and months to come than died in the Korean and Vietnam Wars combined.  —  WASHINGTON — Five weeks ago …
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 and Outside the Beltway
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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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 …
Zachary Petrizzo / Mediaite:
Devin Nunes Says Closed Schools Are ‘Overkill’ During Coronavirus Pandemic  —  Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) stated that it is “overkill” for schools in his home state of Califonia to be closed in light of the coronavirus pandemic on Laura Ingraham's Fox News program late Tuesday night - further downplaying the severity of COVID-19.
Discussion: The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
What the Nurses See: Bronx Hospital Reels as Coronavirus Swamps New York  —  The pandemic has hit the borough hard, and Christina Norstein has witnessed things she never has before  —  Christina Norstein was hoarse, her nose swollen by mask marks.  She wasn't sleeping much, and woke up crying one morning after a day at work.
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
We're Following A One-Size-Fits-All Coronavirus Strategy Right Into A Great Depression  —  While this shutdown has already done enormous damage, it is the uncertainty about when and how it will reopen that could prove far more destructive in the long run.  —  Our leadership class responded …
Discussion: New York Times
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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, The Week and Raw Story
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.
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Chinese propaganda is now citing US journalists' and Democrats' coronavirus rhetoric  —  If the Chinese Communist Party cites you favorably in one of its propaganda videos, it might be time to take a step back.  —  Democrats and members of the U.S. news media should be reconsidering …
Jake Rudnitsky / Bloomberg:
Putin Sends Military Plane With Coronavirus Aid to Help U.S.  — Putin offered the assistance in Monday call with Trump  — Kremlin says some on the American side weren't helpful  —  A Russian military plane loaded with medical equipment took off from outside of Moscow Wednesday …
Discussion: Political Wire
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
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” …
 
 
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Amy Gardner / Washington Post:
Wisconsin goes it alone, holding elections next week amid fears of infection and voting chaos
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
How ‘Never Bernie’ Voters Threw In With Biden and Changed the Primary
Eli Lake / Bloomberg:
The FBI Can't Be Trusted With the Surveillance of Americans
Discussion: Fox News
CNN:
Fact-checking Trump's marathon coronavirus briefing
Reuters:
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John Hinderaker / Power Line:
Are COVID-19 Models a Sound Basis For Public Policy? [with comment by Paul]
Discussion: Instapundit
 Earlier Items: 
David Harsanyi / National Review:
Mike Lindell, Not Yamiche Alcindor, Is the Hero
Discussion: Power Line and The Daily Caller
Wall Street Journal:
China's Coronavirus Count Excluded Infected People With No Symptoms
Discussion: The Dispatch and Fox News
Real Clear Politics:
Time for a Second Opinion  —  We are trying to stave off and arrest a pandemic.
Discussion: Instapundit
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Elizabeth Warren to Trump and Mnuchin: We're watching you
Bethany Biron / Business Insider:
Hobby Lobby quietly reopened stores in at least 2 states, defying coronavirus-related shutdowns …
Discussion: Denver Post
Aaron Holmes / Business Insider:
‘Alcohol is soooo good’: Trolls are breaking into AA meetings being held on Zoom video calls …
Discussion: Deseret News and WAVY-TV