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2:15 PM ET, April 2, 2020

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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 …
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
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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 …
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: New York Post and National Review
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Democrats Postpone Convention Until August Because of Coronavirus  —  The move is the biggest disruption to the political calendar so far, and comes after Joe Biden, the likely presidential nominee, called for a delay.  —  WASHINGTON — The Democratic National Committee on Thursday postponed …
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CNN:
Democratic National Convention pushed back to August
Discussion: The Week
The Hill:
Democrats to delay convention until August
Discussion: ABC News and Daily Kos
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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Katia Dmitrieva / Bloomberg:
U.S. Jobless Claims Soar to Once-Unthinkable Record 6.65 Million
Heather Long / Washington Post:
Over 10 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits in March as economy collapsed
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
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.
Discussion: The Week
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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
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp admits he just learned asymptomatic people can spread coronavirus
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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
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
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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Washington Post:
Anthony Fauci's security is stepped up as doctor and face of U.S. coronavirus response receives threats
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.
US Food and Drug Administration:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Provides Updated Guidance to Address the Urgent Need for Blood During the Pandemic  —  For Immediate Release:  —  Statement From: … As part of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's ongoing commitment to fight the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) …
Discussion: Mother Jones and ABC7
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Bloomberg Law:   U.S. Eases Restrictions on Gay Men Donating Blood Amid Covid-19
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 …
Sebastian Murdock / HuffPost:
Florida Governor Exempts Religious Services From Stay-At-Home Order  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to downplay the threat of the coronavirus by treating in-person church services as “essential.”  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) undercut his own stay-at-home order by exempting religious services …
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Edward Luce / Financial Times:   America shuts the barn door too late on the epidemic
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.
Vann R. Newkirk II / The Atlantic:
The Coronavirus's Unique Threat to the South  —  Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers.  Find the collection here.  —  In a matter of weeks, the coronavirus has gone from a novel, distant threat to an enemy besieging cities and towns across the world.
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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 …
Pierre Thomas / ABC News:
Disaster in motion: 3.4 million travelers poured into US as coronavirus pandemic erupted  —  “The numbers are clearly alarming.”  —  An ABC News investigation offers sobering insight into how COVID-19 has spread and penetrated so broadly, so deeply and so quickly in the United States.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: YouTube
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 …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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.
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Feds distribute thousands of masks, other supplies seized from hoarders during coronavirus pandemic  —  The Justice Department and Department of Health and Human Services are distributing nearly 200,000 N95 respirator masks and other medical supplies to New York and New Jersey after confiscating …
Discussion: NBC News, ABC News and Politico
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: alicublog, Mediaite and The Week
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. …
 
 
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Burgess Everett / Politico:
Martha McSally calls on WHO director to resign
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Tom Rogan / Washington Examiner:
Why is Susan Rice using coronavirus as an excuse to shill for China?
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
We must hold politicians responsible for deaths they could have prevented
Kevin Stankiewicz / CNBC:
Ex-FDA chief warns ‘parts of our lives’ will stay shut down without a coronavirus drug by fall
Discussion: Political Wire
Josephine Harvey / HuffPost:
Newborn With Coronavirus Dies In Connecticut
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Miriam Jordan / New York Times:
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Michael James / USA Today:
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Katy Grimes / California Globe:
Gov. Newsom Coronavirus Update: ‘We are at a Completely Different Place Than the State of New York’
Discussion: Redstate, Breitbart and Townhall
Roni Caryn Rabin / New York Times:
Some Coronavirus Patients Show Signs of Brain Ailments
Discussion: Fox News