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2:30 PM ET, April 1, 2020

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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
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 …
Discussion: Axios, Townhall and POLITICUSUSA
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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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Charles Franklin / Marquette University Law School:
New Marquette Law School Poll finds strong support for coronavirus closings, even as it shows substantial economic impact  —  MILWAUKEE - A new Marquette Law School poll of Wisconsin registered voters finds strong support for government actions to control the coronavirus pandemic …
Discussion: Politico
Molly Beck / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Gov. Tony Evers to use National Guard members to work the polls amid massive shortage of workers
Discussion: The Hill
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“The Campaign Panicked”: Inside Trump's Decision to Back Off of His Easter Coronavirus Miracle  —  An impulsive promise ("His view was: I need to show people there's a light at the end of the tunnel") led to Fauci pushback.  Poll numbers—and a friend in a coma—pushed Trump to reverse course.
Discussion: The Atlantic
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Hannah Bleau / Breitbart:
California County Health Officials Urge Widespread Use of Masks in Public
Discussion: MarketWatch, ABC7 and Los Angeles Times
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: Press Watch and Raw Story
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: KTLA, CNN and ABC7
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.
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 and National Review
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: VICE, NPR and The Week
Joshua Robinson / Wall Street Journal:
The Soccer Match that Kicked Off Italy's Coronavirus Disaster  —  Decision to hold Atalanta-Valencia Champions League match in February accelerated spread of pandemic  —  On the afternoon of Feb. 19, Andrea Pontiggia was heading from Bergamo, Italy, to the biggest soccer match of his life—along with 40,000 of his closest friends.
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
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
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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Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:   Biden, pushing for vote by mail, calls Trump's opposition to Dem proposals ‘ridiculous’
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.
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 …
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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Daniel Chaitin / Washington Examiner:
‘Biased and out of control’: Devin Nunes rips New York Times reporting on FISA memo
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, Breitbart and IJR
Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
Trump's pandemic propaganda comes straight from Putin playbook  —  Be kind.  —  Share PRESS RUN  —  Trump's commitment to creating confusion with lies and contradictions continues unabated during the national health crisis.  Recently he has:  — Claimed one hundred thousand …
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.
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Biden offers to call Trump at White House to discuss coronavirus response strategy  —  EXCLUSIVE: Former Vice President Joe Biden is offering to call President Trump to discuss a strategy to combat the coronavirus pandemic rocking the nation, Fox News has learned.
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: Raw Story, emptywheel and Daily Kos
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 …
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.
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / Axios:
D.C.'s bipartisan China consensus may be unraveling  —  For more than two years, Republicans and Democrats have more or less agreed the U.S. needs a China policy that acknowledges Beijing's hard authoritarian turn and the serious challenge China's growing power presents to U.S. interests.
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Trump says Iran planning ‘sneak attack’ on US troops, assets in Iraq  —  Secretary Mike Pompeo says Iran refused US help during coronavirus pandemic, urges transparency from China  —  President Trump said Wednesday that Iran is planning a “sneak attack” on U.S. troops or “assets” in Iraq …
 
 
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New York Times:
Democrats Fear for Their Convention. For Republicans, ‘The Show Must Go On.’
Discussion: Power Line
Nolan Finley / Detroit News:
I believe Tara Reade
Erin Durkin / Politico:
New York City playgrounds to shut down under Cuomo order
Discussion: The Hill
Charlie LeDuff / Los Angeles Times:
'It's like we're expendable': Detroit's first responders fall to COVID-19 pandemic
Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic:
The Interminable Body Count
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
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
 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
Motoko Rich / New York Times:
Why Asia's New Wave of Virus Cases Should Worry the World
Discussion: National Review
David Harsanyi / National Review:
Mike Lindell, Not Yamiche Alcindor, Is the Hero
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Power Line