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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 …
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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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
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Sen. Loeffler Invested in Firm That Makes Protective Medical Garments, Says Report
Wall Street Journal:   Senator Reports $1.4 Million in Stock Trades During Coronavirus Panic
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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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Why are journalists skipping Trump's daily coronavirus briefing?  Not enough news to risk their health.
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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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
Molly Beck / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Gov. Tony Evers to use National Guard members to work the polls amid massive shortage of workers  —  MADISON - Gov. Tony Evers has agreed to use members of the Wisconsin Army National Guard to work at the polls during the April 7 election amid a massive shortage of poll workers that is leaving …
Discussion: The Hill
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NBC News:
Wisconsin, facing heavy criticism, plans Tuesday primary despite coronavirus
Discussion: Associated Press
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Biden, pushing for vote by mail, calls Trump's opposition to Dem proposals ‘ridiculous’
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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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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Osita Nwanevu / New Republic:
Go for the Jugular, Joe Biden
Discussion: Washington Post
Chris Kahn / Reuters:
With 2020 race all but halted over coronavirus, Biden quietly widens lead over Trump: Reuters/Ipsos poll
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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Hannah Bleau / Breitbart:
California County Health Officials Urge Widespread Use of Masks in Public  —  Health officials in Riverside County, California, are recommending the widespread use of masks in public to help flatten the curve of the novel coronavirus, according to a press release sent on Tuesday.
Discussion: MarketWatch, ABC7 and Los Angeles Times
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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.
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.
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.
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, National Review and Townhall
Heather Long / Washington Post:
The list of who won't get a $1,200 stimulus check is growing — and includes some surprising groups  —  Americans on Social Security now have to file a ‘simple’ tax return to receive a stimulus check.  Most high school seniors and college students won't get any money at all.
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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, KTLA and ABC7
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.
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: NPR, VICE and The Week
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.
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 …
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: emptywheel and Daily Kos
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.
Discussion: The Hill, Vox and Breitbart
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
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: Progress Pond, KTLA and Gothamist
 
 
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Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
Trump's pandemic propaganda comes straight from Putin playbook
Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic:
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New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: Amid Growing Financial Fears, Washington Weighs a Jobs Program
Discussion: The Week and IJR, more at Mediagazer »
Sara Nathan / Page Six:
Hunter Biden's wife, Melissa Cohen, gives birth to baby boy
Discussion: The Daily Caller
David Corn / Mother Jones:
How Donald Trump Plans on Spinning 200,000 Coronavirus Deaths as a Win
ABC News:
Coronavirus live updates: Cuomo pushes for at-home tests
Harlan M. Krumholz / New York Times:
If You Have Coronavirus Symptoms, Assume You Have the Illness, Even if You Test Negative
Discussion: Kaiser Health News
CNBC:
Coronavirus live updates: Over 1,000 NYC police contract COVID-19, TSA screenings at 10-year low
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
 Earlier Items: 
Emily Birnbaum / Protocol:
Democrats say Google's COVID-19 ad ban is a gift to Donald Trump
Discussion: The National Interest
Kamal S. Kalsi / USA Today:
ER doctor on coronavirus: What needs to happen now — a 5 week national quarantine
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's repeated comments downplaying the coronavirus
Ben Domenech / The Federalist:
We're Following A One-Size-Fits-All Coronavirus Strategy Right Into A Great Depression
Discussion: New York Times
David Harsanyi / National Review:
Mike Lindell, Not Yamiche Alcindor, Is the Hero
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Power Line
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
A Trump fireside chat — in his own (unfortunate) words
Discussion: Raw Story