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8:25 AM ET, April 3, 2020

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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: Politico and HuffPost
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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CNN:
Top doctor says White House coronavirus task force still missing 50% of testing data  —  Birx: This begins and ends with community  —  (CNN)Dr. Deborah Birx said that the White House coronavirus task force is missing 50% of the data for coronavirus tests that have been conducted.
Discussion: The Root and IJR
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump passes the buck as deadly ventilator shortage looms
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and New York Times
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
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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
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, KXAN-TV, NPR 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
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.
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
Speaker Nancy Pelosi:
Dear Colleague to All Members Announcing House Select Committee on the Coronavirus Crisis  —  The greatness of our nation is its ability to rise to extraordinary challenges, no matter how big.  Now is such a time.  We face a deadly virus and a battered economy with millions of Americans suddenly out of work.
Discussion: The Daily Signal
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William Kristol / The Bulwark:   Trump Has Broken the Republican Party—and Conservatism—for Good
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 they believed …
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Kendall Karson / ABC News:
Fewer than half of Americans believe their daily routine will return to normal by June, as fears over coronavirus rise: POLL  —  Just over nine in 10 Americans say the outbreak disrupted their daily routines.  —  Fewer than half of Americans believe their regular daily routine will return …
Discussion: Daily Kos
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Ariel Edwards-Levy / HuffPost:   Most Americans Say They'll Keep Staying Home This Month Even If Restrictions Are Lifted
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 …
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 …
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Helen Branswell / STAT:   Americans are underestimating how long coronavirus disruptions will last, health experts say
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
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CNN:
Trump campaign sends letter to Sessions demanding he stop invoking Trump
Discussion: Spectator USA
Gov. Tony Evers / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
As coronavirus rages in Wisconsin, it is no time to have an in-person election.  Postpone it or convert to mail-in balloting.  —  How do you hold an election in the middle of a pandemic?  —  You don't.  —  And yet Wisconsin's political leaders, from both parties, say we must.
Discussion: The Hill
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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 …
Tom Winter / NBC New York:
Grim New Rules for NYC Paramedics: Don't Bring Cardiac Arrests to ER for Revival  —  What to Know  — A regional EMT group has issued new guidelines almost unthinkable even days ago — if someone's in cardiac arrest and you can't revive them in the field, don't bring them to the emergency room
 
 
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump campaign declares war on Dems over voting rules for November
Discussion: CNN and Exponents
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump gambles on immigrant workers during coronavirus
Dara Lind / ProPublica:
Leaked Border Patrol Memo Tells Agents to Send Migrants Back Immediately — Ignoring Asylum Law
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
How did covid-19 begin? Its initial origin story is shaky.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
The White House:
Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing
Discussion: NPR and Breitbart
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
No, President Trump, you can't bomb a virus. We need expertise and empathy - not a war
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
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
Ben Wieder / Miami Herald:
For most Florida hotel guests, it's past checkout time. But not for DeSantis' top donor
Peter Suderman / Reason:
The FDA Is Making It Much, Much Harder for Distilleries To Produce Hand Sanitizer