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3:25 PM ET, April 3, 2020

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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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Kim Chandler / Associated Press:
County Received 5,000 Rotted Masks From National Stockpile
Discussion: The Hill
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
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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CNN:
Top administration officials said last year threat of pandemic kept them up at night
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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 …
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 …
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: The Guardian
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.
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.
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
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 …
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.
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Amber Phillips / Washington Post:
Wisconsin's decision to hold its primary marks a worst-case scenario for elections amid a pandemic
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 …
David Nakamura / Washington Post:
As Trump faces heat on coronavirus response, Republicans try to elevate China's role in domestic political debate  —  For months, national Republicans hoping to wrest back control of the House this fall have targeted first-term Rep. Sean Casten (D-Ill.), hitting him on his vote to impeach President Trump …
Discussion: Forbes, Breitbart and Fox News
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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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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
Julia Davis / The Daily Beast:
There's Nothing Generous About Putin's Coronavirus Aid to US  —  Russian state media make it clear Putin's “humanitarian aid” to the U.S. is anything but.  It's meant to show Russia's superiority over an America in disastrous decline.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  The Kremlin's highly publicized …
Discussion: Associated Press
Associated Press:
‘Surreal’: NY funeral homes struggle as virus deaths surge  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Pat Marmo walked among 20 or so deceased in the basement of his Brooklyn funeral home, his protective mask pulled down so his pleas could be heard.  —  “Every person there, they're not a body,” he said.
Discussion: Fortune and New York Times
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Mobilizes the White House to Tackle Coronavirus but Adds to the ‘Fog of War’  —  Some aides and government officials say president's own actions at times have exacerbated uncertainty  —  WASHINGTON—As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the U.S., President Trump has put the government on what officials describe as a war footing.
Ben White / Politico:
Trump's biggest 2020 pitch disintegrates  —  The fundamental pillars of Donald Trump's presidency — a hot economy, strong job growth and a rocking stock market — are all being smashed to splinters by the ravaging coronavirus, which has shuttered much of the nation and now officially ended …
Discussion: Raw Story, Daily Kos and Townhall
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: New York Post and Fox News
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: The Daily Beast
Politico:
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: CNN, National Review and The Hill
 
 
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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
Sister Toldjah / Redstate:
WaPo's Glenn Kessler Caught in Embarrassing Self-Own After RTing Dr. Critical of Trump's Wuhan Virus Response
Discussion: Instapundit
Stephanie Armour / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Administration Plans to Pay Hospitals to Treat Uninsured Coronavirus Patients
Jeet Heer / The Nation:
Trump Helps Big Business Profiteer Off Our Misery
Discussion: IJR, Mediaite and The Week
Garrett M. Graff / Wired:
New Yorkers, Once Again at Ground Zero, in Their Own Words
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
What We Pretend to Know About the Coronavirus Could Kill Us
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Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
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Joseph Cox / VICE:
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U.S. Chamber of Commerce:
New U.S. Chamber - MetLife Poll: One in Four Small Businesses on Brink of Permanent Closure …
Discussion: The Independent and The Federalist
Dan McLaughlin / National Review:
The 41 Worst People You Meet on Twitter
Justin Wolfers / New York Times:
The Unemployment Rate Is Probably Around 13 Percent
Discussion: Slate and Daily Kos
Helen Branswell / STAT:
Americans are underestimating how long coronavirus disruptions will last, health experts say