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7:10 PM ET, April 3, 2020


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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 with Jared Kushner's controversial claim  —  The Trump administration on Friday changed the description of the Strategic National Stockpile on a government website after journalists noted that it contradicted …
How Tea Party Budget Battles Left the National Emergency Medical Stockpile Unprepared for Coronavirus  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they're published.  —  Dire shortages of vital medical equipment …
'It's a sh— sandwich': Republicans rage as Florida becomes a nightmare for Trump  —  TALLAHASSEE — The staggering unemployment exploding on President Donald Trump's watch would worry any incumbent running for reelection, but troubles in Florida are injecting an added dose of fear into a jittery GOP.
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Florida GOP Realizes Deliberately Impoverishing the Unemployed Has Downsides
Discussion: and Raw Story
Washington Post:   Live updates: People should wear simple cloth masks in public, CDC recommends, to reduce spread of coronavirus
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 …
Discussion: Times of San Diego
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox News Stars Now Pretend They Never Said What They Said About the Coronavirus
Paul Bond / Newsweek:
Sean Hannity defends Fox News after journalism professors publish critical letter about coronavirus coverage
Discussion: The Hill
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
The 11 wildest lines from Donald Trump's utterly childish letter to Chuck Schumer  —  (CNN)On Thursday afternoon — moments before he urged people to take politics out of the coronavirus fight — President Donald Trump sent an absolutely unbelievable letter to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.
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
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
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 …
USA Today:
Trump hasn't ordered any ventilators from GM, despite saying he was using wartime powers to force production
Discussion: Raw Story and POLITICUSUSA
The Daily Beast:
Biden Tells Trump: Stop the ‘Pettiness’ and Reopen Obamacare  —  “Trump must also withdraw his support for a partisan lawsuit that would undo the Affordable Care Act and take health coverage away from almost 20 million Americans,” Biden said.  —  Former vice president and presumptive …
U.S. Representative Debbie Dingell:   Following President Trump's Comments, Dingell & Jayapal Urge Trump to Immediately Expand Medicare …
Stephanie Armour / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Administration Plans to Pay Hospitals to Treat Uninsured Coronavirus Patients
Discussion: CNN
Pete Williams / NBC News:
Supreme Court cancels oral arguments for rest of the term  —  Nine cases were to be argued during the two-week session beginning April 20, including a challenge to the current system used for electing the president.  —  Supreme court cancels oral argument for remainder of term
Robert Barnes / Washington Post:
Supreme Court cancels April arguments, unclear how it will finish term
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Trump taps former Kavanaugh clerk to fill vacancy on powerful D.C. appeals court
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).
Ivanka Trump Was Conduit for Small Banks Over SBA Program  — Trump's daughter forwarded ideas from Bank of America, others  — Paycheck Protection Program website up and running Friday  —  Bank executives concerned about the Trump administration's rollout of a $349 billion emergency …
Discussion: Raw Story, The Hill and POLITICUSUSA
ABC News:
On first day, small business loan application process plagued with problems
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.
Chad Garland / Stars & Stripes:
‘Captain Crozier!  Captain Crozier!’:  Videos show sailors sending off ousted USS Roosevelt commander with cheers  —  Stars and Stripes is making stories on the coronavirus pandemic available free of charge.  See other free reports here.  Sign up for our daily coronavirus newsletter here.
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
How did covid-19 begin?  Its initial origin story is shaky.  —  The story of how the novel coronavirus emerged in Wuhan, China, has produced a nasty propaganda battle between the United States and China.  The two sides have traded some of the sharpest charges made between two nations since …
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.
Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:
Kentucky House Race Heats Up After Massie's Lonely Stand on Coronavirus Vote  —  Top Republicans warned Rep. Thomas Massie that he was sabotaging his career.  Supercharged fundraising numbers in his GOP primary race show they may have been on to something.  —  The Kentucky Republican …
Discussion: Raw Story
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
Before Demanding Every Member Cast a COVID-19 Vote, Tom Massie Skipped a COVID-19 Vote For a Fundraiser
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
New York Times:
Location Data Says It All: Staying at Home During Coronavirus Is a Luxury  —  It has been about two weeks since the Illinois governor ordered residents to stay at home, but nothing has changed about Adarra Benjamin's responsibilities.  She gets on a bus nearly every morning in Chicago …
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
Creeping Authoritarianism Has Finally Prevailed  —  Viktor Orbán is the prime minister of Hungary.  He has been in power since 2010.  During that time, he has underinvested in hospitals.  Instead, public money has gone to pet projects, many of them related to the sports he enjoys.
Discussion: The Guardian and Financial Times
Nancy H. L. Leung / Nature:
Respiratory virus shedding in exhaled breath and efficacy of face masks  —  Nature Medicine (2020) Cite this article  —  Abstract  —  We identified seasonal human coronaviruses, influenza viruses and rhinoviruses in exhaled breath and coughs of children and adults with acute respiratory illness.
Discussion: New York Times and The Verge
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
How to Live With COVID-19  —  “There is no wealth but life,” the great critic John Ruskin once wrote.  You can hear that faith in the words of Andrew Cuomo, whose Catholic upbringing still clearly reverberates in his soul.  “If it's the public health versus the economy, the only choice is public health,” Cuomo tweeted.
Minxin Pei / Foreign Affairs:
China's Coming Upheaval  —  Competition, the Coronavirus, and the Weakness of Xi Jinping  —  Over the past few years, the United States' approach to China has taken a hard-line turn, with the balance between cooperation and competition in the U.S.-Chinese relationship tilting sharply toward the latter.
Washington Post:
Chinese families should be sweeping graves now.  But thousands still haven't buried their dead.  —  For at least two millennia, Chinese people have headed to their ancestors' graves on the 15th day after the spring equinox to remove weeds and brush away dirt, to offer food and wine and paper money …
Discussion: Forbes and Balloon Juice
Jeet Heer / The Nation:
Trump Helps Big Business Profiteer Off Our Misery  —  The White House's Darwinian federalism gives corporate greed a pass while scapegoating political opponents.  —  One of the most terrifying facts about the coronavirus pandemic is that Jared Kushner is still setting policy.
Discussion: Vanity Fair, IJR, Common Dreams and Mediaite
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump campaign declares war on Dems over voting rules for November  —  President Donald Trump's political operation is launching a multimillion-dollar legal campaign aimed at blocking Democrats from drastically changing voting rules in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
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
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Grace Panetta / Business Insider:
The US Postal Service is on track to run out of money by June, and it could be a disaster …
Discussion: Daily Kos, Exponents and Politico
Fenit Nirappil / Washington Post:
Coronavirus peak in D.C., Maryland, Virginia: FAQ on why models differ
Associated Press:
White House convenes oil CEOs as bust threatens US boom
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
Outflanked 3: the Healthcare Outflankening
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Key GOP senator warns that U.S. needs millions of coronavirus tests by August
Fox News:
White House implements rapid coronavirus test for anyone interacting with Trump, Pence
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
Gov. Evers Calls for Special Session on Spring Election:
Folks, today I'm announcing that I signed an Executive Order calling …
Molly Beck / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers calls lawmakers into session days before election to stop in-person voting
 Earlier Items: 
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Sen. Kelly Loeffler Dumped Travel Stock Immediately Before Trump Flight Ban
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
Stephanie Ruhle Confronts Rubio for Saying Journalists Are Giddy About Coronavirus …
Mark Kennedy / Associated Press:
‘Lean On Me,’ ‘Lovely Day’ singer Bill Withers dies at 81
David Marcus / The Federalist:
We Cannot Destroy The Country For The Sake Of New York City
Jim Dwyer / New York Times:
The Doctor Came to Save Lives. The Co-op Board Told Him to Get Lost.