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9:45 AM ET, April 2, 2020

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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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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: The White House gives Dems an opening  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  THE 2020 ELECTION IS 220 DAYS AWAY, and it is shaping up to be the strangest campaign for the White House of our lifetime.  It's possible that neither candidate will be able to hold a public event until the summer …
Discussion: KRON4 and Wall Street Journal
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
Heather Long / Washington Post:
Over 10 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits in March as economy collapsed  —  A record 6.6 million people filed a new jobless claim the week ending March 28.  —  More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — a new record …
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Jeff Cox / CNBC:
US weekly jobless claims double to 6.6 million  — Initial jobless claims surged to more 6.6 million last week, the Labor Department said Thursday.  — That brings the two-week total to about 10 million due to the coronavirus-induced economic shutdown.  —  US weekly jobless claims surge to 6.6 million for week ending March 28
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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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 …
Discussion: Florida Politics
Elizabeth Cohen / CNN:
Experts tell White House coronavirus can spread through talking or even just breathing  —  (CNN)A prestigious scientific panel told the White House Wednesday night that research shows coronavirus can be spread not just by sneezes or coughs, but also just by talking, or possibly even just breathing.
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Michael James / USA Today:
More than 1,000 in US die in a single day from coronavirus, doubling the worst daily death toll of the flu
Discussion: The Week
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.
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Ivan Pereira / ABC News:   Engineer tried to crash train into USNS Mercy in Los Angeles: Feds
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: NB Blog and Raw Story
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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
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.
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Joe Biden's latest message is a preview of what is to come
Jimmy Fallon / YouTube:
Joe Biden Talks Quarantine Campaigning, COVID-19 Response (Extended Interview)
Discussion: Political Wire
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
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia's May primary is still on for now amid pressure for a delay  —  Gov. Brian Kemp said Wednesday that he lacks the power to delay Georgia's May 19 primary even as he announced he would issue a statewide shelter-in-place order amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Discussion: Raw Story
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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
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
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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 …
Alison Durkee / Vanity Fair:
Americans Can't Sign Up for Health Insurance During a Global Pandemic, Trump Decides  —  The coronavirus outbreak and ensuing economic fallout is resulting in widespread financial hardship, as entire industries come to a standstill, workers get laid off, and the stock market tanks.
Discussion: Steve Gruber, Vox and Breitbart
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
Government.nl:
Statement by Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden  —  In this unprecedented situation, it is legitimate that Member States adopt extraordinary measures to protect their citizens and overcome the crisis.
Discussion: Bloomberg and Politico
Katy Grimes / California Globe:
Gov. Newsom Coronavirus Update: ‘We are at a Completely Different Place Than the State of New York’  —  Thursday will be two weeks since California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued his March 19th mandatory shelter-at-home order to the state's 40 million residents.  Since then, he predicted his order could extend into June.
Discussion: Townhall and Breitbart
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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” …
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
Associated Press:
Virus masks, apps: The race is on to avoid hidden carriers  —  PARIS (AP) — The worldwide race to protect people against unwitting coronavirus carriers intensified Thursday, pitting governments against each other as they buy protective gear and prompting new questions about who should wear masks …
 
 
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Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Rating Changes: Electoral College and Senate
Los Angeles Times:
As Trump lets private sector supply the coronavirus fight, the well-connected often get first dibs
CBS News:
Half of Americans say coronavirus outbreak will get worse over the next month
Joseph P. Fried / New York Times:
Kevin Thomas Duffy, U.S. Judge in Terrorism Cases, Dies at 87
Discussion: New York Post
Washington Post:
More than 4,000 coronavirus cases in Washington region, with peak still weeks away
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
 Earlier Items: 
Bloomberg:
Many New York Coronavirus Patients Are Young, Surprising Doctors
Discussion: Balloon Juice
The City:
‘ESSENTIAL’ LAUNDROMATS UNDER STRAIN AS CITY'S WASH CULTURE SHIFTS
Jimmy Vielkind / Wall Street Journal:
New York State Lawmakers Reach Tentative Budget Agreement
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News Channel's Top Advertisers Silent Over Its Coronavirus Coverage
Discussion: HuffPost, The Daily Beast and Mediaite
Rich Lowry / Politico:
We Are All Restrictionists Now  —  When President Donald Trump …
Pew Research Center:
Cable TV and COVID-19: How Americans perceive the outbreak and view media coverage differ by main news source
Ken Klippenstein / The Nation:
Exclusive: The Military Knew Years Ago That a Coronavirus Was Coming