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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.
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.
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Washington Post:
Navy removes aircraft carrier captain who raised alarm about coronavirus response
Discussion: NBC News, Raw Story, Bloomberg and The Week
Michelle Goldberg / New York Times:
Jared Kushner Is Going to Get Us All Killed  —  Trump's son-in-law has no business running the coronavirus response.  —  Reporting on the White House's herky-jerky coronavirus response, Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman has a quotation from Jared Kushner that should make all Americans, and particularly all New Yorkers, dizzy with terror.
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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Kim Chandler / Associated Press:
County Received 5,000 Rotted Masks From National Stockpile
Discussion: The Hill
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Strategic National Stockpile description altered online after Kushner's remarks
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Twitchy
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 …
Discussion: Mother Jones, NPR and The Lid
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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: POLITICUSUSA
Michael Schwirtz / New York Times:
The 1,000-Bed Comfort Was Supposed to Aid New York.  It Has 3 Patients.  —  “It's a joke,” said a top hospital executive, whose facilities are packed with coronavirus patients.  —  Such were the expectations for the Navy hospital ship U.S.N.S. Comfort that when it chugged into New York Harbor this week …
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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Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump passes the buck as deadly ventilator shortage looms
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Politico:
Senators clashed over Hunter Biden probe in classified briefing  —  A key Senate committee is vowing to press forward with its investigation targeting former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter, despite logistical challenges posed by the global coronavirus pandemic.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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.
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 …
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
Washington Post:
Experts and Trump's advisers doubt White House's 240,000 coronavirus deaths estimate  —  Inside the White House's effort to create an projected death toll.  —  Leading disease forecasters, whose research the White House used to conclude 100,000 to 240,000 people will die nationwide from the coronavirus …
Justin Wolfers / New York Times:
The Unemployment Rate Is Probably Around 13 Percent  —  It's almost certainly at its highest level since the Great Depression.  Here's how we estimated it.  —  The jobless rate today is almost certainly higher than at any point since the Great Depression.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Helen Branswell / STAT:
Americans are underestimating how long coronavirus disruptions will last, health experts say  —  Public health experts are increasingly worried that Americans are underestimating how long the coronavirus pandemic will disrupt everyday life in the country, warning that the Trump administration's timelines …
U.S. Chamber of Commerce:
New U.S. Chamber - MetLife Poll: One in Four Small Businesses on Brink of Permanent Closure, Half Eyeing Temporary Shutdown  —  Poll reveals provisions in the CARES Act are among those most likely to offer relief to small businesses  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Juana Summers / NPR:
‘Mike Borrowed My Credibility And Abused It’: Fired Bloomberg Campaign Workers Speak  —  When Amol Jethwani interviewed for a job on Mike Bloomberg's presidential campaign in December, the benefits were unlike anything he had heard of for political campaign field workers.
Discussion: Fox News and New York Post
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
New Yorkers, Once Again at Ground Zero, in Their Own Words  —  This week in our living oral history, the city's residents—from the great to the humble—try to come to grips with a metropolis under assault by a virus.  —  Nearly 19 years after the 9/11 attacks tore a hole through the New York City …
Axios:
Mark Meadows considers new White House press secretary  —  White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has privately discussed bringing on Pentagon spokeswoman Alyssa Farah or Trump campaign spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany as a new White House press secretary, two sources familiar with the talks tell Axios.
Alice Speri / The Intercept:
NYPD's Aggressive Policing Risks Spreading the Coronavirus  —  New York City police officers arrested three people in Brooklyn over the weekend after they allegedly “failed to maintain social distancing,” court documents reviewed by The Intercept show.  The three individuals appear to be among …
Shane Goldmacher / New York Times:
Pete Buttigieg's Next Move: A PAC Called Win the Era  —  Donors have been told that the group will support candidates, specifically in down-ballot races, it hopes will become future leaders.  —  Pete Buttigieg, who rose from obscurity to narrowly win the Iowa caucuses before dropping …
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
What We Pretend to Know About the Coronavirus Could Kill Us  —  Today's propaganda is tomorrow's truth, and vice versa.  —  Mr. Warzel is an Opinion writer at large.  —  Other than a vaccine or an extra 500,000 ventilators, tests and hospital beds, reliable information is the best weapon we have against Covid-19.
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Facebook Wanted NSO Spyware to Monitor Users, NSO CEO Claims  —  Facebook representatives approached controversial surveillance vendor NSO Group to try and buy a tool that could help Facebook better monitor a subset of its users, according to an extraordinary court filing from NSO in an ongoing lawsuit.
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 …
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Pols Face a Coronavirus Test  —  Who's leading and who's seeking political advantage?  Here are the answers.
Discussion: Twitchy and Power Line
Seung Min Kim / Washington Post:
Trump taps former Kavanaugh clerk to fill vacancy on powerful D.C. appeals court  —  President Trump is tapping a young district judge and former clerk to now-Supreme Court Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh to fill a vacancy on the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
Discussion: Law & Crime and The Hill
Bloomberg:
Georgia Senator Sold Travel Shares Ahead of Trump Flight Ban  — Loeffler advisers took some defensive steps as market swooned  — Another series of options bet on a stock rebound by year end  —  Senator Kelly Loeffler sold a total of $46,027 worth of stock in an online travel company …
USA Today:
Here's how to safely reopen America when coronavirus pandemic wanes  —  It's important that we assess the threat of the virus region by region and consider reopening in phases or by industry  —  The Problem Solvers Caucus — 50 members of Congress, half Democrats and half Republicans …
 
 
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Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
240,000 coronavirus deaths: ‘In what circle of hell is that a good outcome?,’ asks Susan Rice
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
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Nicole Acevedo / NBC News:
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