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8:30 AM ET, April 2, 2020

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Politico:
Behind the scenes, Kushner takes charge of coronavirus response  —  Dozens of Trump administration officials have trooped to the White House podium over the last two months to brief the public on their effort to combat coronavirus, but one person who hasn't — Jared Kushner …
Discussion: Associated Press
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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.
Jim Acosta / CNN:
Source close to coronavirus task force: Despite what White House is saying, tougher measures implemented earlier ‘might have made a difference’  —  (CNN)Despite White House claims that President Donald Trump and the administration did everything right in response to the coronavirus …
Libby Cathey / ABC News:
How Trump has contradicted himself, in his own words, on the coronavirus crisis
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
Anthony Fauci's security is stepped up as doctor and face of U.S. coronavirus response receives threats  —  Anthony S. Fauci, the nation's top infectious-diseases expert and the face of the U.S. response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, is facing growing threats to his personal safety …
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New York Times:
After Threats, Anthony Fauci to Receive Enhanced Personal Security
Discussion: HuffPost and The Week
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Fauci given security detail after receiving threats
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Raw Story
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The White House gives Dems an opening
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
OANN threatened with removal from White House press room after correspondent Chanel Rion makes unauthorized appearances  —  This time, it was a fairly routine question that Chanel Rion, a correspondent for One America News Network, posed to President Trump during Tuesday's White House press briefing …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Wall Street Journal:
Italy's Coronavirus Death Toll Is Far Higher Than Reported  —  Many are dying uncounted as nation's stretched health-care system struggles to save the living and accurately gauge human cost  —  MILAN—In the town of Coccaglio, an hour's drive east of here, the local nursing home lost over a third of its residents in March.
Discussion: National Review
New York Times:
A Ventilator Stockpile, With One Hitch: Thousands Do Not Work  —  While President Trump has assured states that thousands of ventilators remain at the ready, thousands more are in storage, unmaintained, broken or otherwise unusable.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump has repeatedly assured Americans …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Republicans: ‘Nobody Expected’ the Coronavirus Pandemic.  So Joe Biden Is Nobody?  —  President Trump, having stopped dismissing the threat of the coronavirus and calling criticism of his laggard response “their new hoax,” has begun insisting everybody was shocked.  “It's something that nobody expected,” he has said.
Discussion: National Review and Raw Story
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Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Pelosi should ‘stand down’ on passing another rescue bill in House, McConnell says  —  One week after the Senate unanimously passed a $2 trillion emergency relief bill aimed at limiting the financial trauma from the coronavirus pandemic, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) …
Discussion: NPR, Fox News, The Hill and Bloomberg
Washington Post:
The scramble for the rapid coronavirus tests everybody wants  —  As hot spots clamor for Abbott Laboratories' quick tests, Trump officials debate where to send them  —  As Abbott Laboratories began shipping its new rapid-response tests across the country Wednesday, a new flash point emerged …
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
Trump Literally Laughed at How He Can Game the Press With His ‘New Tone’  —  The president is acutely aware that if he acts in somber fashion, the media will quickly notice and praise him for it.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  As evening fell on Tuesday, Donald Trump did what he's done virtually every …
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
Doug Maccash / New Orleans Times-Picayune:
Ellis Marsalis, New Orleans jazz piano legend hospitalized with coronavirus symptoms, dies  —  Ellis Marsalis Jr., the jazz pianist, teacher and patriarch of one of New Orleans' great musical families has died.  —  The 85-year-old jazz piano legend was hospitalized with symptoms of COVID-19.
U.S. Department of Justice:
Train Operator at Port of Los Angeles Charged with Derailing Locomotive Near U.S. Navy's Hospital Ship Mercy  —  LOS ANGELES - A train engineer at the Port of Los Angeles was arrested this morning on federal charges for allegedly running a locomotive at full speed off the end of rail tracks near the USNS Mercy.
Washington Post:
Secret Service signs contract this week to rent golf carts in town of Trump club  —  The Secret Service this week signed a $45,000 contract to rent a fleet of golf carts in Northern Virginia, saying it needed them quickly to protect a “dignitary” in the town of Sterling …
Pew Research Center:
Cable TV and COVID-19: How Americans perceive the outbreak and view media coverage differ by main news source  —  Coverage of COVID-19 has dominated the news and resulted in skyrocketing ratings for the nation's cable news networks.  And according to a survey conducted March 10-16, 2020 …
Discussion: Washington Post and Mother Jones
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Fox News has succeeded — in misinforming millions of Americans
Discussion: Raw Story
Andrew Beaton / Wall Street Journal:
A Million N95 Masks Are Coming From China—on Board the New England Patriots' Plane  —  The Massachusetts governor struck a deal for supplies but needed a way to transport them.  The result was a tense saga and a shipment on the NFL team's 767.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Cuomo Is a Media Hero in the Pandemic.  De Blasio Is a Scapegoat.  —  The mayor of New York, who is often disdainful of the media, has become an irresistible punching bag.  —  Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York called me this morning a little out of breath, feet pounding in the background, on his daily walk in Prospect Park.
Discussion: CNN, New York Post and Townhall
CBS News:
Half of Americans say coronavirus outbreak will get worse over the next month  —  Americans are bracing for a difficult April.  —  Fifty-one percent say the coronavirus outbreak will get worse in the next month, and another 21% expect it to continue as it is now; only 28% say things will get better in the coming weeks.
Discussion: WCCO | CBS Minnesota
United States Department of State:
U.S. Purchase of Needed Supplies from Russia  —  The United States is committed to the global fight against COVID-19.  We are a generous and reliable contributor to crisis response and humanitarian action across the world, but we cannot do it alone.  The countries of the G20 agreed last week …
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Two years before coronavirus, CDC warned of a coming pandemic  —  WASHINGTON — Two years ago, some of the nation's top public health officials gathered in an auditorium at Emory University in Atlanta to commemorate  —  the 1918 influenza pandemic — also known as “the Spanish flu” …
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
America shuts the barn door too late on the epidemic  —  The division in tackling coronavirus in the US is not based on politics but on competence  —  Everyone knows the drill about the barn door closing after the horse has bolted.  From Italy to Britain and the US, governments …
Axios:
Scoop: Netanyahu shared fake video as proof of Iranian virus cover-up  —  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shared with his cabinet a video he claimed was evidence of Iran concealing coronavirus deaths by dropping bodies in garbage dumps, two cabinet ministers tell me.
Discussion: The Week
Roni Caryn Rabin / New York Times:
Some Coronavirus Patients Show Signs of Brain Ailments  —  Neurologists around the world say that a small subset of patients with Covid-19 are developing serious impairments of the brain.  —  Although fever, cough and difficulty breathing are the typical hallmarks of infection with the new coronavirus …
Discussion: Fox News
New York Times:
Where America Didn't Stay Home Even as the Virus Spread  —  Where people were still traveling last week  —  Stay-at-home orders have nearly halted travel for most Americans, but people in Florida, the Southeast and other places that waited to enact such orders have continued to travel widely …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Alarm, Denial, Blame: The Pro-Trump Media's Coronavirus Distortion  —  Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and other right-wing commentators turned a pandemic into a battle of us vs. them — the kind of battle President Trump has waged for much of his life.  —  On Feb. 27, two days after the first reported case …
Ken Klippenstein / The Nation:
Exclusive: The Military Knew Years Ago That a Coronavirus Was Coming  —  The Pentagon warned the White House about a shortage of ventilators, face masks and hospital beds in 2017—but the Trump administration did nothing.  —  Despite President Trump's repeated assertions that the COVID-19 epidemic was …
Joseph P. Fried / New York Times:
Kevin Thomas Duffy, U.S. Judge in Terrorism Cases, Dies at 87  —  An independent-minded jurist, he oversaw the World Trade Center bombing trial and another involving a plot to down jetliners.  He died of the coronavirus. … Kevin Thomas Duffy, a federal judge who presided over decades …
Discussion: New York Post
Washington Post:
More than 4,000 coronavirus cases in Washington region, with peak still weeks away  —  The number of novel coronavirus cases in the Washington region climbed past 4,000 Wednesday, as officials in Virginia projected that the peak of the covid-19 crisis is still at least several weeks away.
Bloomberg:
Many New York Coronavirus Patients Are Young, Surprising Doctors  —  Older patients remain most at risk, but hospitals are being hit with more and more younger cases  —  Younger adults in New York City are being hospitalized with Covid-19 infections at surprisingly high rates …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
San Francisco Chronicle:
Coronavirus live updates: 127 health care workers in California infected  —  To keep our community informed of the most urgent coronavirus news, The San Francisco Chronicle's critical updates are free to read.  Ongoing coverage is available to subscribers.  Subscribe now for full access and to support our work.
Discussion: HuffPost
Denise Grady / New York Times:
Malaria Drug Helps Virus Patients Improve, in Small Study  —  A group of moderately ill people were given hydroxychloroquine, which appeared to ease their symptoms quickly, but more research is needed.  —  The malaria drug hydroxychloroquine helped to speed the recovery of a small number …
 
 
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Government.nl:
Statement by Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg …
Discussion: Politico and Bloomberg
Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Trump now says he knew the virus ‘could be horrible’ when he was saying things like 'it's going to disappear'
Discussion: Raw Story and Press Watch
New York Times:
Pro-Trump Super PAC to Spend $10 Million on Attack Ads Against Biden
Discussion: CNN and Washington Free Beacon
Christopher Miller / BuzzFeed News:
I'm Trapped In A Russian Airport And The US Embassy Told Me My Best Chance To Get Home Is To Flee To Finland
Discussion: Foreign Policy
New York Times:
Bolsonaro, Isolated and Defiant, Dismisses Coronavirus Threat to Brazil
New York Times:
Florida Governor, at Long Last, Orders Residents to Stay Home to Avoid Coronavirus
Discussion: Tampa Bay Times
 Earlier Items: 
The City:
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Jimmy Vielkind / Wall Street Journal:
New York State Lawmakers Reach Tentative Budget Agreement
Rich Lowry / Politico:
We Are All Restrictionists Now  —  When President Donald Trump …
Michael Sullivan / NPR:
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