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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.
Discussion: Raw Story, Mediaite and Daily Kos
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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 …
Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
MORE: Real-time stats and the latest news on the coronavirus outbreak  —  The U.S. Department of Justice, in conjunction with the Securities and Exchange Commission, is looking into stock transactions by various lawmakers, CNN reported.  That could include Loeffler, although her staff said recently that she has not been contacted.
Discussion: NPR
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
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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
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 Hill and 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 …
Discussion: The Hill and Kaiser Health News
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
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
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:   How ‘Never Bernie’ Voters Threw In With Biden and Changed the Primary
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.
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 …
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Amy Gardner / Washington Post:   Wisconsin goes it alone, holding elections next week amid fears of infection and voting chaos
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
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Why are journalists skipping Trump's daily coronavirus briefing?  Not enough news to risk their health.  —  There have been a lot more empty seats at President Trump's daily press briefings — but no, news organizations aren't boycotting the events in protest or attempting to silence him …
Discussion: Raw Story and Vox
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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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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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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: WVTM, The Hill, STAT and Marginal REVOLUTION
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: Outside the Beltway and The Hill
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
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.
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 …
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
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
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Federal officials scramble to ensure tech glitches, bureaucracy don't delay $1,200 coronavirus checks
Discussion: CNN, HuffPost and Tax Foundation
Washington Post:
Faced with a crush of patients, besieged NYC hospitals struggle with life-or-death decisions
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
Chinese propaganda is now citing US journalists' and Democrats' coronavirus rhetoric
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
Joanna Kakissis / NPR:
Turkmenistan Has Banned Use Of The Word ‘Coronavirus’
 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
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
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