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Politico:
'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.
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Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Florida GOP Realizes Deliberately Impoverishing the Unemployed Has Downsides
Discussion: Discourse.net and Raw Story
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 …
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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.
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Jared Kushner Is Going to Get Us All Killed
Jeet Heer / The Nation:
Trump Helps Big Business Profiteer Off Our Misery
Discussion: IJR, Mediaite and The Week
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 …
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 …
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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
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.
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.
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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 …
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
ProPublica:
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.
Discussion: Morning Consult and The Guardian
Molly Beck / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers calls lawmakers into session days before election to stop in-person voting  —  Governor Tony Evers supports having the spring primary election.  The state Democratic Party advocated for a delay.  —  CONNECT  —  MADISON - Gov. Tony Evers is calling lawmakers …
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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.
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 …
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Paul Bond / Newsweek:
Sean Hannity defends Fox News after journalism professors publish critical letter about coronavirus coverage
Discussion: The Hill
David Marcus / The Federalist:
We Cannot Destroy The Country For The Sake Of New York City  —  New York City is being ravaged by the Wuhan coronavirus, but the rest of the country is being destroyed by a generation of economic collapse.  —  I imagine there are some people who love New York City more than I do, but I do love it.
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Dana Rubinstein / Politico:   New York's coronavirus death toll surpasses that of 9/11
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 …
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 Daily Caller
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: The Verge
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: NBC News, The Daily Beast and Raw Story
ProPublica:
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 …
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
Stephanie Ruhle Confronts Rubio for Saying Journalists Are Giddy About Coronavirus: ‘I Need to Understand Why on Earth You Did This’  —  MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle confronted Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) over a comment he made earlier in the week in which he claimed that some media figures …
Jim Dwyer / New York Times:
The Doctor Came to Save Lives.  The Co-op Board Told Him to Get Lost.  —  When an emergency room doctor traveled from New Hampshire to battle the coronavirus in New York, he moved into his brother's building ... but not for long.  —  At the end of seven hours in mask …
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
Mark Kennedy / Associated Press:
‘Lean On Me,’ ‘Lovely Day’ singer Bill Withers dies at 81  —  Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including “ Lean On Me, ” “Lovely Day” and “Ain't No Sunshine,” has died from heart complications, his family said in a statement to The Associated Press.
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
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
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.
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.
Scott Lemieux / Lawyers, Guns & Money:
Outflanked 3: the Healthcare Outflankening  —  How many times can you fall for this?  —  If you'll forgive me for belaboring the obvious:  — Compensating hospitals who treat the uninsured for specific emergencies is both not “single payer” and a longstanding part of the American healthcare system.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Key GOP senator warns that U.S. needs millions of coronavirus tests by August  —  “The big test for the administration right now is: Can you scale up the production of hundreds of millions of tests,” he says.  —  Sen. Lamar Alexander.  Mario Tama/Getty Images
Shannon Bond / NPR:
A Must For Millions, Zoom Has A Dark Side — And An FBI Warning  —  Audio will be available later today.  —  Dennis Johnson fell victim last week to a new form of harassment known as “Zoombombing,” in which intruders hijack video calls and post hate speech and offensive images such as pornography.
Los Angeles Times:
Trump administration ended pandemic early-warning program to detect coronaviruses  —  Two months before the novel coronavirus probably began spreading in Wuhan, China, the Trump administration ended a $200-million pandemic early-warning program aimed at training scientists in China …
Fox News:
White House implements rapid coronavirus test for anyone interacting with Trump, Pence  —  Trump administration updates guidelines for elderly Americans; FDA authorizes first antibody test for COVID-19  —  The White House said Friday those who come into close proximity to President Trump …
Discussion: The Hill and Politico
Jon Swaine / Washington Post:
Federal government spent millions to ramp up mask readiness, but that isn't helping now  —  In September 2018, the Trump administration received detailed plans for a new machine designed to churn out millions of protective respirator masks at high speed during a pandemic.
Gov. Evers Calls for Special Session on Spring Election:
Folks, today I'm announcing that I signed an Executive Order calling the Legislature to meet in Special Session tomorrow, Saturday, April 4th at 4:00 p.m. to take up changes to the upcoming spring election.  —  I'm asking the Legislature to take up legislation allowing an all-mail election …
Discussion: The Federalist and The Hill
 
 
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Joanne Rosa / ABC News:
California governor says state will ‘rely disproportionately on ourselves’ over federal government amid outbreak
Discussion: IJR, Apple Podcasts and The Hill
Lachlan Markay / The Daily Beast:
Sen. Kelly Loeffler Dumped Travel Stock Immediately Before Trump Flight Ban
Bonchie / Redstate:
Michigan's Governor Beclowns Herself by Trying to Troll Trump With a T-Shirt
Discussion: Instapundit and The Daily Caller
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
There's Nothing Generous About Putin's Coronavirus Aid to US
Discussion: Associated Press
 Earlier Items: 
Kim Chandler / Associated Press:
County Received 5,000 Rotted Masks From National Stockpile
Discussion: The Hill
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
New Yorkers, Once Again at Ground Zero, in Their Own Words
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Pete Buttigieg's Next Move: A PAC Called Win the Era
Discussion: CNN and IJR
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
240,000 coronavirus deaths: ‘In what circle of hell is that a good outcome?,’ asks Susan Rice
Helen Branswell / STAT:
Americans are underestimating how long coronavirus disruptions will last, health experts say
Politico:
Senators clashed over Hunter Biden probe in classified briefing
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA