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Michael Schwirtz / New York Times:
The 1,000-Bed Comfort Was Supposed to Aid New York.  It Has 3 Patients.  —  “It's a joke,” said a top hospital executive, whose facilities are packed with coronavirus patients.  —  Such were the expectations for the Navy hospital ship U.S.N.S. Comfort that when it chugged into New York Harbor this week …
Courtney Kube / NBC News:
Navy expected to relieve captain who raised alarm about COVID-19 outbreak on aircraft carrier  —  The United States Navy is expected to relieve the captain who sounded the alarm about an outbreak of COVID-19 aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.  —  The Navy is expected to announce it has relieved …
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Washington Post:
Navy removes aircraft carrier captain who raised alarm about coronavirus response  —  The Navy on Thursday removed the captain of an aircraft carrier crippled by the coronavirus, two days after a blunt letter the officer wrote warning the service of the need to get more sailors off the vessel created a furor.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Politico:
‘Lack of leadership’: Esper's pandemic response draws fire as crisis deepens  —  Defense Secretary Mark Esper is under fire for the Pentagon's response to the coronavirus pandemic as lawmakers, national security experts and people throughout the Defense Department's ranks fault him for a slow and uneven approach to the outbreak.
New York Times:
Trump's Company Seeks Financial Help as Coronavirus Takes Toll  —  As companies nationwide look for relief, the Trump Organization has talked with Deutsche Bank and a Florida county about delaying payments on some loans and other obligations.  —  All over the country, businesses large …
Discussion: Raw Story, Mother Jones and Law & Crime
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Ben Wieder / Miami Herald:
For most Florida hotel guests, it's past checkout time.  But not for DeSantis' top donor  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has pointed the finger at New Yorkers for the spread of the coronavirus in the state, and required that visitors to Florida coming from New York and surrounding states …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Peter Elkind / ProPublica:   Trump Congratulates Businesses for Helping Fight Coronavirus. But His Own Company Has Been Absent.
New York Times:
Kushner Puts Himself in Middle of White House's Chaotic Coronavirus Response  —  President Trump's son-in-law has become a central player in the administration's effort to curb the pandemic.  But critics say he is part of the problem.  —  WASHINGTON — Peter T. Gaynor …
Discussion: HuffPost
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Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Jared Kushner Is Going to Get Us All Killed  —  Trump's son-in-law has no business running the coronavirus response.  —  Reporting on the White House's herky-jerky coronavirus response, Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman has a quotation from Jared Kushner that should make all Americans, and particularly all New Yorkers, dizzy with terror.
Will Oremus / Marker:
What Everyone's Getting Wrong About the Toilet Paper Shortage  —  It isn't really about hoarding.  And there isn't an easy fix.  —  round the world, in countries afflicted with the coronavirus, stores are sold out of toilet paper.  There have been shortages in Hong Kong, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Washington Post:
Experts and Trump's advisers doubt White House's 240,000 coronavirus deaths estimate  —  Inside the White House's effort to create an projected death toll.  —  Leading disease forecasters, whose research the White House used to conclude 100,000 to 240,000 people will die nationwide from the coronavirus …
Discussion: The Hill
Lev Facher / STAT:
White House expected to recommend Americans wear cloth masks to prevent coronavirus spread  —  WASHINGTON — The White House is expected to announce a new policy, based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that would urge Americans to wear cloth masks in an effort …
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Politico:   Inside the National Security Council, a rising sense of dread
Associated Press:
Trump admin moves toward promoting broader use of face masks
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Paul Blest / VICE:
Leaked Amazon Memo Details Plan to Smear Fired Warehouse Organizer: 'He's Not Smart or Articulate'  —  Leaked notes from an internal meeting of Amazon leadership obtained by VICE News reveal company executives discussed a plan to smear fired warehouse employee Christian Smalls, calling him …
CNN:
Some Americans could wait 20 weeks to receive stimulus checks, IRS tells House Democrats  —  Washington (CNN)Americans likely won't begin to see direct payments from the coronavirus stimulus bill until at least April 13 and it could take 20 weeks for all the checks to be mailed …
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Lisa Rein / Washington Post:   IRS to begin issuing $1,200 coronavirus payments April 9, but some Americans won't receive …
Matthew Daly / Associated Press:   Memo: Some in US may not get stimulus checks until August
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
Ron DeSantis quietly signed second executive order targeting local coronavirus restrictions  —  The order says the statewide stay-at-home order ‘shall supersede any conflicting official action or order issued by local officials.’  —  Hours after Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a statewide stay …
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Sebastian Murdock / HuffPost:
Florida Governor Exempts Religious Services From Stay-At-Home Order
New York Times:
President's Campaign Calls Sessions ‘Delusional’ for Tying Himself to Trump  —  In an unusual letter, President Trump's campaign said that Jeff Sessions, who is running to reclaim his Senate seat in Alabama, was misleading the public.  —  President Trump's campaign is demanding that Jeff Sessions …
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Wisconsin Democrats apoplectic over governor's handling of Tuesday primary  —  Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers' refusal to push for a delay of his state's Tuesday primary has infuriated fellow Democrats in the state, who are now openly accusing him of failing to prevent an impending train wreck.
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Patrick Marley / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Federal judge extends absentee balloting but does not put off in-person voting in Wisconsin
Discussion: Vox, Vanity Fair and The Hill
Washington Post:
Commander of confusion: Trump sows uncertainty and seeks to cast blame in coronavirus crisis  —  In the three weeks since declaring the novel coronavirus outbreak a national emergency, President Trump has delivered a dizzying array of rhetorical contortions, sowed confusion and repeatedly sought to cast blame on others.
Discussion: Raw Story
William Kristol / The Bulwark:
Trump Has Broken the Republican Party—and Conservatism—for Good  —  There is no going back.  —  A brief history refresher course: How did Harry Truman become president of the United States?  —  Well, he succeeded to the office when President Roosevelt died in April 1945, a month after having been sworn in for his fourth term.
Discussion: The Bulwark Podcast
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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 …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice and Raw Story
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NBC News:
Banks warn of ‘utter chaos’ in new small business lending program  —  The program is supposed to begin at midnight, but banks say there is so little guidance from the Trump administration that they may not be able to lend.  —  Millions of small businesses are anxiously awaiting their slices …
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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 …
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Reporter from pro-Trump channel attends White House coronavirus briefing, defying press corps  —  One day after her employer was kicked out of the rotation to cover daily press briefings by President Donald Trump's coronavirus task force, OAN correspondent Chanel Rion was back in the briefing room …
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
What's the Deal With Andrew Cuomo's Nipples?  An Investigation  —  By now you have probably seen them.  Framed by arms, half-bare, resting on the table.  A few inches below THE GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK: PERFORMANCE — INTEGRITY — PRIDE — I WORK FOR THE PEOPLE.
Discussion: Althouse
Peter Suderman / Reason:
The FDA Is Making It Much, Much Harder for Distilleries To Produce Hand Sanitizer  —  In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, hand sanitizer has become an incredibly scarce resource.  It's practically impossible to find any at a grocery or drug store, or to order it online.
Phill Swagel / CBO Publications:
Updating CBO's Economic Forecast to Account for the Pandemic  —  CBO expects that the economy will contract sharply during the second quarter of 2020 as a result of the continued disruption of commerce stemming from the spread of the novel coronavirus.  The following are CBO's very preliminary estimates …
ProPublica:
In Desperation, New York State Pays Up to 15 Times the Normal Prices for Medical Equipment  —  State data shows that New York is paying enormous markups for vital supplies, including almost $250,000 for an X-ray machine.  Laws against price gouging usually don't apply.
Discussion: U.S. PIRG and The Hill
Scott Nover / Adweek:
Dozens Fired at CQ Roll Call, a Publication Known for Reporting Inside Washington  —  It's the latest in a series of layoffs afflicting the media industry this month  —  Key insights:  —  FiscalNote, a Washington, D.C.-based tech firm, laid off more than a dozen staffers today at CQ Roll Call …
The Daily Beast:
Army Warned in Early February That Coronavirus Could Kill 150,000 Americans  —  While the president was still downplaying the COVID-19 epidemic, an Army briefing shared with The Daily Beast shows the service warning of the scale of death Trump now concedes.  —  This week, as coronavirus deaths …
Erica L. Green / New York Times:
DeVos Weighs Waiving Special Education.  Parents Are Worried.  —  The $2 trillion coronavirus law grants the education secretary the power to waive special education rules as school districts struggle to teach all their students online.  —  WASHINGTON — Tucked away in the $2 trillion …
Discussion: The Hill
 
 
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Ariel Edwards-Levy / HuffPost:
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Julio Rosas / Townhall:
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Touting Virus Cure, ‘Simple Country Doctor’ Becomes a Right-Wing Star
Discussion: Breitbart
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
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Andrew Beaton / Wall Street Journal:
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