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9:10 AM ET, April 4, 2020


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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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
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.
Claire Barrett / Navy Times:
keyboard_arrow_down  —  Navy officials are finding themselves in controversial waters in the wake of Thursday's announcement that the service was relieving Capt. Brett Crozier of his command of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, a decision made following the leak of a four-page letter …
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Leaders back Navy firing of ship captain; sailors cheer him
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
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
Discussion: HuffPost, The Hill and The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
Live updates: People should wear simple cloth masks in public, CDC recommends, to reduce spread of coronavirus
Discussion: Deseret News
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.
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
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump says he opposes mail-in voting for November  —  President Trump on Friday said he's confident the general election in November won't be delayed by the coronavirus, but he rejected the idea of having every state prepare to conduct mail-in voting.  —  The president, speaking …
Grace Panetta / Business Insider:   The US Postal Service is on track to run out of money by June, and it could be a disaster …
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 …
WSJ Graphics / Wall Street Journal:
The Month Coronavirus Felled American Business  —  March began amid an 11-year expansion and ended with blue-chip companies begging for bailouts.  Swift and sharp, the pandemic cut through the country's commerce like nothing before it.
Harmeet Kaur / CNN:
Married for 51 years, they died of Covid-19 six minutes apart  —  Adrian and Stuart Baker were married for more than 51 years, and their family called them inseparable.  On March 29, they both died of complications due to Covid-19 — just six minutes apart.
Discussion: New York Post and Florida Politics
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 …
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Coronavirus in N.Y.: Toll Soars to Nearly 3,000 as State Pleads for Aid  —  “It is hard to put fully into words what we are all grappling with as we navigate our way through this pandemic,” a hospital official said.  —  New York, the increasingly battered epicenter of the nation's coronavirus outbreak …
Discussion: American Greatness and The Hill
New York Times:
Holdout States Resist Calls for Stay-at-Home Orders: ‘What Are You Waiting For?’  —  A small number of states in the Midwest and the South are under growing pressure to order all residents to stay at home to fight the coronavirus.  —  A surge in coronavirus deaths in the United States …
Discussion: Iowa Starting Line and NPR
The Marshall Project:
Coronavirus Ended His Shot at a Second Chance  —  When Patrick Jones called his family members from a federal prison in Louisiana, he'd talk about how hard he was trying to get out.  He wanted to return to Texas and open a restaurant, serving everything from tacos to brisket to soul food.
Discussion: The Lens
Kaiser Health News:
Trump Administration Uses Wartime Powers To Be First In Line On Medical Supplies  —  The Trump administration quietly invoked the Defense Production Act to force medical suppliers in Texas and Colorado to sell to it first — ahead of states, hospitals or foreign countries.
Isobel Asher Hamilton / Business Insider:
Bill Gates is funding new factories for 7 potential coronavirus vaccines, even though it will waste billions of dollars  — The Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates told “The Daily Show” on Thursday that his foundation was funding the construction of factories for seven coronavirus vaccine candidates.
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
Cathy Young / The Bulwark:
The Media Is Not the Problem with COVID-19  —  Thousands of Americans are dying.  And some conservatives are blaming a favorite scapegoat.  —  As America's death toll from the coronavirus pandemic skyrockets while Donald Trump continues his displays of aggrieved narcissism …
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).
Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
Biden to name VP vetting team, thinking about Cabinet makeup  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Joe Biden said Friday that he will announce a committee to oversee his vice presidential selection process and is already thinking about whom he'd choose to join his Cabinet.
Discussion: Politico and IJR
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Can Keir Starmer Persuade Britain to Dump Its Wartime Prime Minister Like Churchill?  —  In 1945, Brits unceremoniously tossed Winston Churchill aside.  Now Labour's new leader, Keir Starmer, has to convince virus-hit Britain he can repeat history.  —  It's one of history's greatest illustrations of ingratitude.
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.
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: WFLA-TV and Slate
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 …
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Graham Piro / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Has Earned 11 Pinocchios From Fact-Checkers During Coronavirus Crisis
Discussion: The Hill, The Federalist and Townhall
David H. Gans / Slate:
The Roberts Court Has Made the Looming Coronavirus Election Crisis So Much Worse
Discussion: Rolling Stone
The White House:
Remarks by President Trump in Meeting with Energy Sector CEOs
Discussion: Washington Post
Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
“Tone” deaf — how Trump coverage keeps marring pandemic reporting
Discussion: The Guardian
Gabrielle Giffords / USA Today:
What I learned fighting for my life. And why it can help America now.
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Barr to speed releases at federal prisons hard hit by virus
Discussion: New York Times
Washington Post:
Trump Organization has laid off about 1,500 employees as pandemic hits business
Discussion: Raw Story and The Hill
Clio Chang / VICE:
The Case for a Wealth Tax
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
How to Live With COVID-19
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
Minxin Pei / Foreign Affairs:
China's Coming Upheaval
Washington Post:
Search for Kennedy family members missing in Chesapeake Bay has ‘turned from rescue to recovery’
Matthew Haag / New York Times:
This Brooklyn Landlord Just Canceled Rent for Hundreds of Tenants
Discussion: Gothamist