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12:20 AM ET, April 4, 2020


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Trump fires intelligence community watchdog who defied him on whistleblower complaint  —  President Donald Trump has fired the intelligence community's chief watchdog, Michael Atkinson, who was the first to sound the alarm to Congress last September about an “urgent” complaint he received …
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Trump announces intent to nominate White House lawyer Brian Miller as inspector general for $2 trillion coronavirus law  —  President Trump intends to nominate White House lawyer Brian D. Miller to serve as the inspector general overseeing the Treasury Department's implementation …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Washington Post:
Trump says he will fire intelligence watchdog at center of Ukraine allegations that led to impeachment  —  President Trump notified Congress Friday evening that he intends in 30 days to fire the inspector general of the intelligence community, who alerted lawmakers to a whistleblower complaint …
New York Times:
Trump to Fire Intelligence Watchdog Who Had Key Role in Ukraine Complaint  —  The president notified lawmakers late on Friday, saying he had lost confidence in the inspector general for the intelligence community.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump is firing the intelligence community inspector …
Discussion: Raw Story
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
Trump fires intelligence community watchdog who told Congress about whistleblower complaint that led to impeachment
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Matthew Brown / USA Today:
Fact check: Did the Obama administration deplete the federal stockpile of N95 masks?  —  The claim: The Obama administration used and did not replenish the nation's emergency stockpile of medical supplies, including N95 masks  —  As the novel coronavirus pandemic strains health care systems …
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Strategic National Stockpile description altered online after Kushner's remarks  —  The official government webpage for the Strategic National Stockpile was altered Friday to seemingly reflect a controversial description of the emergency repository that White House adviser Jared Kushner offered at a news conference Thursday evening.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The Trump administration just changed its description of the national stockpile to jibe …
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission  —  CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States.  We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals …
Washington Post:
New face mask guidance comes after battle between White House and CDC
Washington Post:
Live updates: People should wear simple cloth masks in public, CDC recommends, to reduce spread of coronavirus
Discussion: Deseret News
Jennifer Ehrlich / Business Wire:
3M Response to Defense Production Act Order  —  ST. PAUL, Minn.—(BUSINESS WIRE)—3M issued the following statement in response to the announcements issued by the White House last evening:  —  Over the last several weeks and months, 3M and its employees have gone above and beyond to manufacture …
Financial Times:
US swoop sees 3M masks allegedly diverted from Berlin
Discussion: CNBC
Reuters:   Canada blasts U.S. block on 3M exports of masks as coronavirus cases set to soar
Ted Anthony / Associated Press:
Anick Jesdanun, longtime AP technology writer, dies at 51  —  He ran marathons on every continent, including Antarctica — 83 of them in all, many followed by a visit to an obscure craft brewery.  Last year, he watched 365 movies — most of them in theaters.
Discussion: The Hill and The Daily Caller
Removing the USS Theodore Roosevelt captain was reckless and foolish  —  Sailors cheer Navy captain removed for coronavirus warning  —  CNN national security analyst John Kirby, a retired rear admiral in the US Navy, was a spokesman for both the State and Defense Departments in the Obama administration.
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Leaders back Navy firing of ship captain; sailors cheer him
Discussion: Breitbart
Chad Garland / Stars & Stripes:
‘Captain Crozier!  Captain Crozier!’:  Videos show sailors sending off ousted USS Roosevelt commander with cheers
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
CNN's Acosta Interrupts Dr Birx As She Discusses The WHO's Handling Of Coronavirus Pandemic  —  CNN reporter Jim Acosta interrupted Dr. Deborah Birx on Friday as the White House coronavirus task force coordinator was discussing the World Health Organization's handling of the pandemic.
Steve Holland / Reuters:   Anyone near Trump or Pence will be given rapid coronavirus test: White House
Stephanie Toone / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
NEW DETAILS: Georgia beaches reopening as of Friday night  —  Gov. Brian Kemp's stay-at-home order trumps previous city-level orders  —  Some of the state's most popular beaches will be allowed to reopen Friday night due to Gov. Brian Kemp's statewide order superseding that of some city-level shelter-in-place mandates.
Grace Panetta / Business Insider:
The US Postal Service is on track to run out of money by June, and it could be a disaster for states trying to expand voting by mail  — The ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in the United States has plunged the US Postal Service into dire financial straits.  — It could severely impact the 2020 elections as states pivot to vote by mail.
Discussion: Exponents
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump says he opposes mail-in voting for November
Discussion: Politico, POLITICUSUSA and Breitbart
Jake Tapper / CNN:
Biden campaign says he backs Trump's China travel ban  —  (CNN)Joe Biden's campaign said Friday the former vice president supports President Donald Trump's January 31 decision to ban foreign nationals who had been in China within the previous 14 days from entering the United States.
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
The 11 wildest lines from Donald Trump's utterly childish letter to Chuck Schumer
The Daily Beast:
Fox News Moguls Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch Stockpile Attorneys Against Coronavirus Lawsuits  —  After one non-profit org sued the network for pushing coronavirus misinformation, the network is readying to go to war against more such lawsuits.  —  Amid the mushrooming coronavirus crisis …
Shoshana Wodinsky / Gizmodo:
Zoom Bombings Started Off as Pranks.  Now Someone Could End Up Dead  —  For those unaware, Zoom officially has a porn problem.  The multibillion-dollar video messaging mainstay among employees at Johnson & Johnson and the Department of Homeland Security—not to mention a household name among …
Matthew Haag / New York Times:
This Brooklyn Landlord Just Canceled Rent for Hundreds of Tenants  —  Mario Salerno, who has 18 apartment buildings, said he did not want renters to stress about their payment during the coronavirus pandemic.  —  A few days after losing his job in March, Paul Gentile was throwing away trash outside …
Discussion: Gothamist
Washington Post:
Member of Kennedy family and her son identified as missing boaters in Chesapeake Bay  —  Two boaters who went missing in the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis on Thursday evening have been identified as Maeve Kennedy Townsend McKean, 40, and her 8-year-old son Gideon Joseph Kennedy McKean.
Early Data Shows African Americans Have Contracted and Died of Coronavirus at an Alarming Rate  —  No, the coronavirus is not an “equalizer.”  Black people are being infected and dying at higher rates.  Here's what Milwaukee is doing about it — and why governments need to start releasing data on the race of COVID-19 patients.
Consensus starts to grow on ‘Phase 4’ coronavirus relief  —  Congress is finally beginning to sketch the outlines of its next big coronavirus response.  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi shifted her tone on Friday, calling for a much more focused “Phase 4” relief package to address immediate needs related …
Discussion: The Hill, CNN, Breitbart and National Review
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
In pivot, Pelosi sees next relief bill with bipartisan goals
Discussion: The Hill
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Stars Now Pretend They Never Said What They Said About the Coronavirus  —  Democrats and the media are the real downplayers of the coronavirus, claim two of Fox's biggest stars who spent weeks peddling dismissive talking points about the pandemic.  —  After spending weeks downplaying …
Paul Bond / Newsweek:
Sean Hannity defends Fox News after journalism professors publish critical letter about coronavirus coverage
Discussion: The Hill
Bethany Biron / Business Insider:
Hobby Lobby is closing all stores and furloughing ‘nearly all’ employees after it defied stay-at-home orders by quietly reopening locations around the nation  — Hobby Lobby is closing all of its stores nationwide and furloughing most of its employees, according to a statement shared on the company's website Friday afternoon.
Discussion: Slate and WFLA-TV
Washington Post:
Trump Organization has laid off about 1,500 employees as pandemic hits business  —  The Trump Organization has laid off or furloughed about 1,500 employees at hotels in the United States and Canada as the coronavirus pandemic inflicts further pain on the president's private business.
Discussion: The Hill, Raw Story and New York Times
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
GOP governor refusing to implement stay-at-home order says Dr. Fauci 'doesn't have all the information'  —  While numerous governors have enacted stay-at-home orders shutting down nonessential businesses and ordering residents to shelter in their homes for all but necessary outings, one holdout is Gov. Kim Reynolds (R-IA).
Gabrielle Giffords / USA Today:
What I learned fighting for my life.  And why it can help America now.  —  I know the power of Americans standing together — not just to endure this, but to emerge from it stronger  —  With growing and necessary isolation, economic uncertainty and looming deaths that make us feel dread …
Washington Post:
Inside the coronavirus testing failure: Alarm and dismay among the scientists who sought to help  —  On a Jan. 15 conference call, a leading scientist at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assured local and state public health officials from across the nation that there would soon …
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Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
Biden to name VP vetting team, thinking about Cabinet makeup
Discussion: Politico
New York Times:
Holdout States Resist Calls for Stay-at-Home Orders: ‘What Are You Waiting For?’
Discussion: NPR, Iowa Starting Line and IJR
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Coronavirus in N.Y.: Toll Soars to Nearly 3,000 as State Pleads for Aid
Discussion: American Greatness and The Hill
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Barr to speed releases at federal prisons hard hit by virus
Discussion: New York Times
Clio Chang / VICE:
The Case for a Wealth Tax
Fenit Nirappil / Washington Post:
Coronavirus peak in D.C., Maryland, Virginia: FAQ on why models differ
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
How to Live With COVID-19
 Earlier Items: 
Jon Swaine / Washington Post:
Federal government spent millions to ramp up mask readiness, but that isn't helping now
Washington Post:
Chinese families should be sweeping graves now. But thousands still haven't buried their dead.
Discussion: Forbes and Balloon Juice
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
Creeping Authoritarianism Has Finally Prevailed
Discussion: The Guardian and Financial Times
Minxin Pei / Foreign Affairs:
China's Coming Upheaval
Ben White / Politico:
Trump's biggest 2020 pitch disintegrates
Discussion: Raw Story, New York Times and Townhall
Nancy H. L. Leung / Nature:
Respiratory virus shedding in exhaled breath and efficacy of face masks
Discussion: New York Times, Gizmodo and The Verge
Mark Kennedy / Associated Press:
‘Lean On Me,’ ‘Lovely Day’ singer Bill Withers dies at 81