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6:25 PM ET, April 2, 2020

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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: Mother Jones, Raw Story 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 the Middle of the White House's Chaotic Coronavirus Response  —  President Trump's son-in-law has become a central player in the White House effort to curb the pandemic.  But critics say he is part of the problem.  —  WASHINGTON — Peter T. Gaynor …
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Replaced White House Pandemic-Response Team With Jared Kushner
New York Times:   Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump Administration Expected to Recommend Wearing Cloth Masks
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 …
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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Alexi McCammond / Axios:   Biden campaign asks Trump campaign to pull video, testing Twitter
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Biden, Trump campaigns clash over unemployment claims amid coronavirus shutdown
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump campaign calls Sessions ‘delusional,’ asks him to stop promoting ties to the president
Discussion: Fox News and ABC News
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 …
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.
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
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Juliette Kayyem / The Atlantic:
Canceling Everything Was the Easy Part
Discussion: Mediaite and Washington Post
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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Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
The Malicious Irresponsibility of Rush Limbaugh  —  This vile, foolish man has blood on his hands.  —  1. The Reckoning  —  On March 31, over a 24 hour period, 1,049 Americans died from COVID-19.  —  That's the official number for now—as we're seeing in Italy, the real number may be higher …
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 …
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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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
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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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
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 …
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
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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 …
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.
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.
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.
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 …
Christopher Weaver / Wall Street Journal:
Questions About Accuracy of Coronavirus Tests Sow Worry  —  Experts believe nearly one in three infected patients are nevertheless getting negative test results  —  Last week, a 16-month-old boy in Florida tested positive for the new coronavirus, a lab report shows.  A few days later, he tested negative at a second lab.
Nadine DeNinno / New York Post:
Petition to name Dr. Anthony Fauci ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ gains momentum  —  He's a doughnut, he's a bobblehead, he could be the “Sexiest Man Alive.”  —  Dr. Anthony Fauci has become an unlikely celebrity and hero during the coronavirus pandemic, thanks to his daily non-nonsense briefings …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Miami Herald and ABC7
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 …
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Touting Virus Cure, ‘Simple Country Doctor’ Becomes a Right-Wing Star  —  How Dr. Vladimir Zelenko's claims for his coronavirus treatment spread from a New York village all the way to President Trump.  —  Last month, residents of Kiryas Joel, a New York village of 35,000 Hasidic Jews roughly …
Discussion: Breitbart
 
 
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Washington Post:
Live updates: Coronavirus cases exceed 1 million and death toll passes 50,000 worldwide; U.S. unemployment claims soar
Discussion: New York Post
Jeff Mordock / Washington Times:
San Francisco reverses ban on plastic bags, now bars reusable totes
Discussion: Twitchy
Washington Post:
First-graders and friars, scientists and sanitation workers, teen models and the mayor …
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Pelosi forming House committee to investigate the coronavirus outbreak
Discussion: Washington Post and IJR
Ernest Luning / coloradopolitics.com:
El Paso County GOP pilloried after asking in social media post if COVID-19 is a hoax
Discussion: Raw Story
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
We badly need another rescue package. Here's what should be in it.
ProPublica:
In Desperation, New York State Pays Up to 15 Times the Normal Prices for Medical Equipment
Discussion: U.S. PIRG
 Earlier Items: 
HuffPost:
Republicans Are Bragging About An Unemployment Boost They Voted Against
Pierre Thomas / ABC News:
Disaster in motion: 3.4 million travelers poured into US as coronavirus pandemic erupted
Kevin Stankiewicz / CNBC:
Ex-FDA chief warns ‘parts of our lives’ will stay shut down without a coronavirus drug by fall
Vann R. Newkirk II / The Atlantic:
The Coronavirus's Unique Threat to the South
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Democrats Postpone Convention Until August Because of Coronavirus
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
America shuts the barn door too late on the epidemic