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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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Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Sen. Loeffler Invested in Firm That Makes Protective Medical Garments, Says Report  —  CASHING IN  —  Sen. Kelly Loeffler has disclosed even more stock sales that show millions of dollars in shares were sold on her behalf while Congress was dealing with the impact of the coronavirus.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
MORE: Real-time stats and the latest news on the coronavirus outbreak
Discussion: NPR
Wall Street Journal:   Senator Reports $1.4 Million in Stock Trades During Coronavirus Panic
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.
Discussion: CNN, IJR and POLITICUSUSA
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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
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.
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Yusra Murad / Morning Consult:   As Coronavirus Surges, ‘Medicare for All’ Support Hits 9-Month High
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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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 …
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: CNN, The Week and The Hill
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
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 …
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: National Review and Townhall
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.
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
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Trump's Daily Briefings Shine Light on His Inadequacy  —  The president is incapable of doing what other presidents have done in such moments of crisis: earning the benefit of the doubt by rising to the occasion.  —  On Sunday, President Trump, absent any hard evidence …
NBC News:
Wisconsin, facing heavy criticism, plans Tuesday primary despite coronavirus  —  There's an outcry in the key swing state that residents must choose between their health and their right to vote.  —  WASHINGTON — Wisconsin has ordered residents to stay at home, shuttered non-essential businesses …
Discussion: Associated Press
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Amy Gardner / Washington Post:   Wisconsin goes it alone, holding elections next week amid fears of infection and voting chaos
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.
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.
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
How ‘Never Bernie’ Voters Threw In With Biden and Changed the Primary  —  After Bernie Sanders won New Hampshire and Nevada, his campaign hit a roadblock: a wide range of Democrats who would do anything to stop him.  Joe Biden became their vehicle.  —  Jane King, a financial investor …
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Marisa Schultz / Fox News:
Top Democrats say party's convention may be canceled over coronavirus threat
Discussion: Redstate and Vanity Fair
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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: Gothamist and 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 …
Discussion: National Review
Emily Birnbaum / Protocol:
Democrats say Google's COVID-19 ad ban is a gift to Donald Trump  —  As coronavirus spread around the world in February, Google decided to ban most nongovernmental advertising about the outbreak in an effort to defeat misinformation, fraud and scams.  But Democrats say the Google ban does something else …
Discussion: The National Interest
Washington Post:
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's repeated comments downplaying the coronavirus  —  President Trump's repeated downplaying of the coronavirus threat has increasingly come back to haunt him as the outbreak has truly taken hold.  But in the hardest-hit area in the country, another top politician's …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Federal officials scramble to ensure tech glitches, bureaucracy don't delay $1,200 coronavirus checks  —  The IRS plans to send the checks to millions of Americans, but numerous pitfalls could bog things down.  —  U.S. officials are scrambling to stand up a new system to send …
Discussion: HuffPost, CNN and KTLA
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
CNBC:
Coronavirus live updates: Over 1,000 NYC police contract COVID-19, TSA screenings at 10-year low  —  Gottlieb: Texas, Florida must get more aggressive in fighting coronavirus … 11:27 am: Carnival cruise passengers plead for entry into Florida port  —  More than 1,4000 passengers …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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.
 
 
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Kamal S. Kalsi / USA Today:
ER doctor on coronavirus: What needs to happen now — a 5 week national quarantine
Discussion: Washington Post
James Pinkerton / The American Conservative:
Trump Versus Biden? Maybe. Trump Versus the Media? Absolutely
Discussion: Power Line
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Why are journalists skipping Trump's daily coronavirus briefing?  Not enough news to risk their health.
Discussion: Raw Story
Washington Post:
Faced with a crush of patients, besieged NYC hospitals struggle with life-or-death decisions
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
We're Following A One-Size-Fits-All Coronavirus Strategy Right Into A Great Depression
Discussion: New York Times
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Chinese propaganda is now citing US journalists' and Democrats' coronavirus rhetoric
Discussion: PJ Media Home
Jake Rudnitsky / Bloomberg:
Putin Sends Military Plane With Coronavirus Aid to Help U.S.
Discussion: Political Wire
CNN:
Fact-checking Trump's marathon coronavirus briefing
 Earlier Items: 
David Harsanyi / National Review:
Mike Lindell, Not Yamiche Alcindor, Is the Hero
Discussion: Power Line and The Daily Caller
Sophie Tanno / Daily Mail:
Suzanne Hoylaerts (pictured) from Binkom, near Lubbeek, was hospitalised on March 20 …
Caitlin Owens / Axios:
The coronavirus outbreak won't peak in every state at once
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
A Trump fireside chat — in his own (unfortunate) words
Discussion: Raw Story
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
Private Labs Are Fueling a New Coronavirus Testing Crisis
Discussion: Raw Story and cdph.ca.gov
Bethany Biron / Business Insider:
Hobby Lobby quietly reopened stores in at least 2 states, defying coronavirus-related shutdowns …
Discussion: Denver Post