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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: Bloomberg
Tom Vanden Brook / USA Today:
Navy fires USS Theodore Roosevelt captain days after he pleaded for help for sailors with coronavirus
Discussion: Steve Gruber
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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.
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Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Fauci: 'I don't understand' why all states are not under stay-at-home orders
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 …
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
David Marcus / The Federalist:
We Cannot Destroy The Country For The Sake Of New York City  —  New York City is being ravaged by the coranavirus, 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
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
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
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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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: The Hill and Law & Crime
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 …
Ben Jacobs / GEN:
Your Most Paranoid Pandemic Election Questions, Answered  —  If the 2020 election is canceled, a Vermont senator (no, not that one) could become president  —  he coronavirus pandemic has disrupted life across the United States, forcing more than 297 million people into obeying stay-at-home orders.
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Republicans rip ‘partisan’ Pelosi panel on coronavirus response: 'This isn't about oversight'  —  Republicans are hitting back at what they say is a “partisan” move by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to form a new House committee on the administration's response to the coronavirus crisis …
Discussion: The Hill, IJR and Redstate
Wall Street Journal:
Coronavirus Weighs on Americans: 'I Don't Think There Is an Easy Answer'  —  Residents in Iowa, Philadelphia and Georgia reflect on how pandemic is affecting their lives, jobs and political views  —  The coronavirus pandemic is hitting Americans at different times, as infections rise …
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
Nicole Acevedo / NBC News:
Democratic lawmakers want answers to Trump administration's coronavirus response in Puerto Rico
Discussion: The Hill
Alice Speri / The Intercept:
NYPD's Aggressive Policing Risks Spreading the Coronavirus
Jonah Goldberg / National Review:
Impeachment Is Not a Valid Excuse for Trump's Slow Coronavirus Response
Ed Lin / Barron's Online:
Nancy Pelosi's Husband Bought Up Slack, Microsoft, and Alphabet Securities
The Daily Beast:
The Coronavirus Just Made Joe Biden's Money Problems Even Worse
Bloomberg:
Georgia Senator Sold Travel Shares Ahead of Trump Flight Ban
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Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trump campaign declares war on Dems over voting rules for November
Discussion: CNN, KTLA and Exponents
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
Fewer than half of Americans believe their daily routine will return to normal by June …
Discussion: Politico and Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Commander of confusion: Trump sows uncertainty and seeks to cast blame in coronavirus crisis
Discussion: Politico and Raw Story