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11:30 AM ET, April 2, 2020

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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
Discussion: The Week, Redstate, Power Line and Gothamist
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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 …
Anneken Tappe / CNN:
6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week — a record high as coronavirus takes its toll  —  New York (CNN Business)The last three weeks have marked one of the most devastating periods in history for the American job market, as first-time claims for unemployment benefits …
Katia Dmitrieva / Bloomberg:
U.S. Jobless Claims Surge With Tally at 10 Million in Two Weeks
Discussion: The Capitolist and Mediaite
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: Althouse and Florida Politics
MSNBC:
Governor admits he didn't know asymptomatic people could pass virus  —  Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday announced a stay-at home order across Georgia to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus.  During the announcement, Kemp also stated he just learned asymptomatic people could transmit the virus.
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, who resisted strict coronavirus measures, says he just learned it transmits asymptomatically
Discussion: Mediaite
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
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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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.
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 and POLITICUSUSA
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
No institution has failed the public worse than the news media during the COVID-19 pandemic  —  No institution has failed the public worse during the COVID-19 pandemic than the news media.  —  It seems impossible that this should be the case, especially considering the federal government's sluggish …
Discussion: Mediaite, The Week and Bloomberg
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Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
The U.S.-China propaganda war is on hold, but not for long
Discussion: Bitter Winter and National Review
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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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
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
New York Times:
These Coronavirus Exposures Might Be the Most Dangerous  —  As with any other poison, viruses are usually deadlier in larger amounts.  —  Dr. Rabinowitz is a professor of chemistry and genomics.  Dr. Bartman is a genomic researcher.  —  Li Wenliang, the doctor in China who raised early awareness …
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Schumer calls on Trump to appoint ‘military man’ to oversee coronavirus supply distribution  —  Trump appeared to respond to Schumer moments after his TV appearance, saying that his administration already has a military man in charge of distributing goods.  —  Sen. Schumer calls for ‘military czar’ to handle supplies
Discussion: Talking Points Memo, Politico and MSNBC
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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
Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
Banks warn of chaotic launch of small business lending program  —  Banks are warning that a $350 billion lending program for struggling small businesses won't be ready when it launches Friday because the Trump administration has failed to provide them with the necessary guidelines and set requirements for the loans that are unworkable.
Discussion: American Prospect and Raw Story
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: CNN, Raw Story and Washington Post
Caroline Chen / ProPublica:
What We Need to Understand About Asymptomatic Carriers if We're Going to Beat Coronavirus  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they're published.  —  In the early days of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. …
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Rating Changes: Electoral College and Senate  —  Dear Readers: Please join Crystal Ball Editor in Chief Larry J. Sabato, Managing Editor Kyle Kondik, and Associate Editor J. Miles Coleman for a livestreamed assessment of the 2020 landscape from noon to 1 p.m. eastern today.
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
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 …
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.
Elizabeth Vaughn / Redstate:
Infectious Disease Specialist Tells Fox News: ‘This is the Beginning of the End of the Pandemic’  —  In this photo provided by the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, taken March 11, 2015 in the intensive care unit at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, physical therapist Katie Kellner helps …
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 …
Miriam Jordan / New York Times:
Farmworkers, Mostly Undocumented, Become ‘Essential’ During Pandemic  —  Immigrant field workers have been told to keep working despite stay-at-home directives, and given letters attesting to their “critical” role in feeding the country.  —  LOS ANGELES — Like legions of immigrant farmworkers …
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
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
 
 
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Chelsea Janes / Washington Post:
Organizing for Sanders in New York when the city's on lockdown and you can't leave your apartment
Steve Kornacki / NBC News:
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Charlie Campbell / TIME:
China Says It's Beating Coronavirus. But Can We Believe Its Numbers?
Wall Street Journal:
Coronavirus Costing Trump Properties Over $1 Million Daily in Lost Revenue
Discussion: Raw Story
John Daniel Davidson / The Federalist:
Coronavirus Is About To Explode In Mexico. It's Time To Secure The Border
David J. Mitchell / The Advocate:
Roy Moore, ex-Alabama chief justice, to aid Central church defying coronavirus order
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 Earlier Items: 
Katy Grimes / California Globe:
Gov. Newsom Coronavirus Update: ‘We are at a Completely Different Place Than the State of New York’
Discussion: Townhall and Breitbart
Alexander Nazaryan / Yahoo News:
Two years before coronavirus, CDC warned of a coming pandemic
Discussion: Daily Kos
United States Department of State:
U.S. Purchase of Needed Supplies from Russia
Government.nl:
Statement by Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg …
Discussion: The Atlantic, Bloomberg and Politico
Axios:
Scoop: Netanyahu shared fake video as proof of Iranian virus cover-up
Discussion: The Week