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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.
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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, Politico and EA WorldView
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Kushner company stands to benefit from freeze on federal mortgage payments
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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
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Axios:
Mark Meadows considers new White House press secretary  —  White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has privately discussed bringing on Pentagon spokeswoman Alyssa Farah or Trump campaign spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany as a new White House press secretary, two sources familiar with the talks tell Axios.
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Top doctor says White House coronavirus task force still missing 50% of testing data
Discussion: The Root and IJR
Chad Garland / Stars & Stripes:
‘Captain Crozier!  Captain Crozier!’:  Videos show sailors sending off ousted USS Roosevelt commander with cheers  —  Stars and Stripes is making stories on the coronavirus pandemic available free of charge.  See other free reports here.  Sign up for our daily coronavirus newsletter here.
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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 …
Washington Post:
Navy removes aircraft carrier captain who raised alarm about coronavirus response
Discussion: Bloomberg
Politico:
‘Lack of leadership’: Esper's pandemic response draws fire as crisis deepens
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Reuters:
U.S. Navy relieves aircraft carrier commander who wrote letter urging coronavirus action
Discussion: National Review and The Week
New York Times:
Location Data Says It All: Staying at Home During Coronavirus Is a Luxury  —  It has been about two weeks since the Illinois governor ordered residents to stay at home, but nothing has changed about Adarra Benjamin's responsibilities.  She gets on a bus nearly every morning in Chicago …
Politico:
'It's a sh— sandwich': Republicans rage as Florida becomes a nightmare for Trump  —  TALLAHASSEE — The staggering unemployment exploding on President Donald Trump's watch would worry any incumbent running for reelection, but troubles in Florida are injecting an added dose of fear into a jittery GOP.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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NBC News:
Banks warn of ‘utter chaos’ in new small business lending program
Discussion: Vox, NPR, KXAN-TV and Bloomberg
Jessica Piper / Bangor Daily News:   Susan Collins on coronavirus, Trump and what Congress might do next
Los Angeles Times:
Trump administration ended pandemic early-warning program to detect coronaviruses  —  Two months before the novel coronavirus probably began spreading in Wuhan, China, the Trump administration ended a $200-million pandemic early-warning program aimed at training scientists in China …
Discussion: The Week
Justin Wolfers / New York Times:
The Unemployment Rate Is Probably Around 13 Percent  —  It's almost certainly at its highest level since the Great Depression.  Here's how we estimated it.  —  The jobless rate today is almost certainly higher than at any point since the Great Depression.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Orion Rummler / Axios:
CNN: Fauci advises all states issue stay-at-home orders  —  Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci recommended on Thursday that all states across the U.S. implement stay-at-home orders, at a CNN town hall.  —  Why it matters: The recommendation stands …
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J. Edward Moreno / The Hill:
Fauci says that all states should have stay-at-home orders
Discussion: Politico and Breitbart
Politico:
Hunter Biden probe moving forward after senators clashed in classified briefing  —  A key Senate committee is vowing to press forward with its investigation targeting former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter, despite logistical challenges posed by the global coronavirus pandemic.
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
How did covid-19 begin?  Its initial origin story is shaky.  —  The story of how the novel coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China, has produced a nasty propaganda battle between the United States and China.  The two sides have traded some of the sharpest charges made between two nations since …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
The Coronavirus Is the World's Only Superpower  —  Trump's America?  Not so much.  —  On Tuesday, the U.N. Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, said the coronavirus pandemic is the greatest challenge that the world has faced since the Second World War.  More than a hundred and fifty countries …
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.
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump campaign declares war on Dems over voting rules for November  —  President Donald Trump's political operation is launching a multimillion-dollar legal campaign aimed at blocking Democrats from drastically changing voting rules in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
Discussion: CNN, KTLA and Exponents
Politico:
Inside the National Security Council, a rising sense of dread  —  On the second day in January, as a mysterious pathogen was infecting its way across China, Dr. Robert Redfield contacted the National Security Council.  —  The U.S. government had unconfirmed information about what officials believed …
Shannon Bond / NPR:
A Must For Millions, Zoom Has A Dark Side — And An FBI Warning  —  Audio will be available later today.  —  Dennis Johnson fell victim last week to a new form of harassment known as “Zoombombing,” in which intruders hijack video calls and post hate speech and offensive images such as pornography.
Helen Branswell / STAT:
Americans are underestimating how long coronavirus disruptions will last, health experts say  —  Public health experts are increasingly worried that Americans are underestimating how long the coronavirus pandemic will disrupt everyday life in the country, warning that the Trump administration's timelines …
USA Today:
U.S. exported millions in masks and ventilators ahead of the coronavirus crisis  —  Dian Zhang, Erin Mansfield, Dinah Voyles PulverUSA TODAY  —  U.S. exports of surgical masks, ventilators and other personal protective gear to China skyrocketed in January and February …
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump passes the buck as deadly ventilator shortage looms  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump is pinning the blame on states for a shortage of ventilators that governors warn could effectively condemn coronavirus patients to death when the pandemic peaks.  —  Trump on Thursday made the belated decision …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and New York Times
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 …
The Citizen Lab:
Move Fast & Roll Your Own Crypto  —  A Quick Look at the Confidentiality of Zoom Meetings  —  This report examines the encryption that protects meetings in the popular Zoom teleconference app.  We find that Zoom has “rolled their own” encryption scheme, which has significant weaknesses.
NBC News:
Trump administration's lack of a unified coronavirus strategy will cost lives, say a dozen experts  —  Each day that passes without a national strategy, the experts say, will raise the ultimate U.S. death toll from the coronavirus.  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration's decision …
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
Dara Lind / ProPublica:
Leaked Border Patrol Memo Tells Agents to Send Migrants Back Immediately — Ignoring Asylum Law  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they're published.  —  For the first time since the enactment …
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 …
USA Today:
Trump hasn't ordered any ventilators from GM, despite saying he was using wartime powers to force production  —  John Fritze Jayne O'DonnellUSA TODAY … WASHINGTON - Nearly a week after invoking his powers under a Korean War-era law to compel General Motors to manufacture ventilators for coronavirus …
Byron York / Washington Examiner:
With virus crisis raging, Pelosi and Schiff ramp up new Trump investigations  —  The team is back in action.  On Thursday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the creation of the House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis.  The new panel will have the authority to investigate any aspect …
 
 
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David Harsanyi / National Review:
The FISA Scandal Is about Corruption, Not ‘Sloppiness’
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump gambles on immigrant workers during coronavirus
Gov. Tony Evers / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
As coronavirus rages in Wisconsin, it is no time to have an in-person election. …
Discussion: The Hill
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
Fewer than half of Americans believe their daily routine will return to normal by June …
Discussion: Daily Kos
The White House:
Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing
Discussion: NPR and Breitbart
Christina Capatides / CBS News:
“Shoot them dead”: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte orders police and military to kill citizens …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Bloomberg
 Earlier Items: 
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Trump falsely claims plane and train passengers are being tested for the coronavirus
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Tom Winter / NBC New York:
Grim New Rules for NYC Paramedics: Don't Bring Cardiac Arrests to ER for Revival
City Journal:
Philadelphia's Only Surging Industry
Vulture:
In 30 Rock's Coronavirus Episode, Liz Lemon Wouldn't Flee to GE's Secret Island
New York Times:
Trump Administration Scales Back Paid Leave in Coronavirus Relief Law
Discussion: The Hill and HuffPost
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
IRS to begin issuing $1,200 coronavirus payments April 9, but some Americans won't receive …
Discussion: Vox, The Guardian and Raw Story
Ben Wieder / Miami Herald:
For most Florida hotel guests, it's past checkout time. But not for DeSantis' top donor
New York Times:
President's Campaign Calls Sessions ‘Delusional’ for Tying Himself to Trump