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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.
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New York Times:
Kushner Puts Himself in Middle of White House's Chaotic Coronavirus Response  —  President Trump's son-in-law has become a central player in the administration's effort to curb the pandemic.  But critics say he is part of the problem.  —  WASHINGTON — Peter T. Gaynor …
Discussion: Politico and HuffPost
Maggie Severns / Politico:
Kushner company stands to benefit from freeze on federal mortgage payments
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill
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CNN:
Top doctor says White House coronavirus task force still missing 50% of testing data  —  Birx: This begins and ends with community  —  (CNN)Dr. Deborah Birx said that the White House coronavirus task force is missing 50% of the data for coronavirus tests that have been conducted.
Discussion: The Root and IJR
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Reporter from pro-Trump channel attends White House coronavirus briefing, defying press corps
Courtney Kube / NBC News:
Navy expected to relieve captain who raised alarm about COVID-19 outbreak on aircraft carrier  —  The United States Navy is expected to relieve the captain who sounded the alarm about an outbreak of COVID-19 aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt.  —  The Navy is expected to announce it has relieved …
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Washington Post:
Navy removes aircraft carrier captain who raised alarm about coronavirus response  —  The Navy on Thursday removed the captain of an aircraft carrier crippled by the coronavirus, two days after a blunt letter the officer wrote warning the service of the need to get more sailors off the vessel created a furor.
Discussion: Bloomberg
Politico:
‘Lack of leadership’: Esper's pandemic response draws fire as crisis deepens
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Washington Post:
Commander of confusion: Trump sows uncertainty and seeks to cast blame in coronavirus crisis  —  In the three weeks since declaring the novel coronavirus outbreak a national emergency, President Trump has delivered a dizzying array of rhetorical contortions, sowed confusion and repeatedly sought to cast blame on others.
Discussion: Raw Story
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NBC News:
Banks warn of ‘utter chaos’ in new small business lending program  —  The program is supposed to begin at midnight, but banks say there is so little guidance from the Trump administration that they may not be able to lend.  —  Millions of small businesses are anxiously awaiting their slices …
Jessica Piper / Bangor Daily News:   Susan Collins on coronavirus, Trump and what Congress might do next
Will Oremus / Marker:
What Everyone's Getting Wrong About the Toilet Paper Shortage  —  It isn't really about hoarding.  And there isn't an easy fix.  —  round the world, in countries afflicted with the coronavirus, stores are sold out of toilet paper.  There have been shortages in Hong Kong, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
Orion Rummler / Axios:
CNN: Fauci advises all states issue stay-at-home orders  —  Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci recommended on Thursday that all states across the U.S. implement stay-at-home orders, at a CNN town hall.  —  Why it matters: The recommendation stands …
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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 …
Discussion: The Week
Politico:
Inside the National Security Council, a rising sense of dread  —  On the second day in January, as a mysterious pathogen was infecting its way across China, Dr. Robert Redfield contacted the National Security Council.  —  The U.S. government had unconfirmed information about what they believed …
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Paul Blest / VICE:
Leaked Amazon Memo Details Plan to Smear Fired Warehouse Organizer: 'He's Not Smart or Articulate'  —  Leaked notes from an internal meeting of Amazon leadership obtained by VICE News reveal company executives discussed a plan to smear fired warehouse employee Christian Smalls, calling him …
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.
New York Times:
Trump's Company Seeks Financial Help as Coronavirus Takes Toll  —  As companies nationwide look for relief, the Trump Organization has talked with Deutsche Bank and a Florida county about delaying payments on some loans and other obligations.  —  All over the country, businesses large …
Discussion: Raw Story, Mother Jones and Law & Crime
New York Times:
President's Campaign Calls Sessions ‘Delusional’ for Tying Himself to Trump  —  In an unusual letter, President Trump's campaign said that Jeff Sessions, who is running to reclaim his Senate seat in Alabama, was misleading the public.  —  President Trump's campaign is demanding that Jeff Sessions …
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CNN:
Trump campaign sends letter to Sessions demanding he stop invoking Trump
Discussion: Spectator USA
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
Ron DeSantis quietly signed second executive order targeting local coronavirus restrictions  —  The order says the statewide stay-at-home order ‘shall supersede any conflicting official action or order issued by local officials.’  —  Hours after Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a statewide stay …
William Kristol / The Bulwark:
Trump Has Broken the Republican Party—and Conservatism—for Good  —  There is no going back.  —  A brief history refresher course: How did Harry Truman become president of the United States?  —  Well, he succeeded to the office when President Roosevelt died in April 1945, a month after having been sworn in for his fourth term.
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Tom Winter / NBC New York:
Grim New Rules for NYC Paramedics: Don't Bring Cardiac Arrests to ER for Revival  —  What to Know  — A regional EMT group has issued new guidelines almost unthinkable even days ago — if someone's in cardiac arrest and you can't revive them in the field, don't bring them to the emergency room
Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Wisconsin Democrats apoplectic over governor's handling of Tuesday primary  —  Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers' refusal to push for a delay of his state's Tuesday primary has infuriated fellow Democrats in the state, who are now openly accusing him of failing to prevent an impending train wreck.
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Patrick Marley / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Federal judge extends absentee balloting but does not put off in-person voting in Wisconsin
Discussion: Vox and Vanity Fair
Christina Capatides / CBS News:
“Shoot them dead”: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte orders police and military to kill citizens who defy coronavirus lockdown  —  In the Philippines, the 57 million residents of the country's main island, Luzon, are under strict lockdown orders to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Bloomberg
City Journal:
Philadelphia's Only Surging Industry  —  Even under Covid-19 lockdown, crime flourishes in the City of Brotherly Love.  —  A. Benjamin Mannes  —  Covid-19  —  Public safety  —  Cities  —  Last week, Philadelphia's police department reported that criminal activity in the first three months …
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: The Daily Caller
Daniel Dale / CNN:
Fact check: Trump falsely claims plane and train passengers are being tested for the coronavirus  —  Why Trump took another coronavirus test  —  Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump falsely claimed Wednesday that airplane and train passengers are being given “very strong tests” …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Vulture:
In 30 Rock's Coronavirus Episode, Liz Lemon Wouldn't Flee to GE's Secret Island  —  How would TV's most beloved characters navigate social distancing?  We asked dozens of showrunners and writers to answer that question.  Below, 30 Rock creator and star Tina Fey and writer Sam Means imagine …
 
 
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The White House:
Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the Coronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing
Discussion: NPR and Breitbart
Will Bunch / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
No, President Trump, you can't bomb a virus. We need expertise and empathy - not a war
Discussion: CNBC
Daily Kos:
It was Jared Kushner who told Trump that New York didn't need all those ventilators
New York Times:
Trump Administration Scales Back Paid Leave in Coronavirus Relief Law
Discussion: The Hill and HuffPost
Erica L. Green / New York Times:
DeVos Weighs Waiving Special Education. Parents Are Worried.
Discussion: The Hill
Ariel Edwards-Levy / HuffPost:
Most Americans Say They'll Keep Staying Home This Month Even If Restrictions Are Lifted
Lisa Rein / Washington Post:
IRS to begin issuing $1,200 coronavirus payments April 9, but some Americans won't receive …
 Earlier Items: 
Ben Wieder / Miami Herald:
For most Florida hotel guests, it's past checkout time. But not for DeSantis' top donor
Peter Suderman / Reason:
The FDA Is Making It Much, Much Harder for Distilleries To Produce Hand Sanitizer
New York Times:
Touting Virus Cure, ‘Simple Country Doctor’ Becomes a Right-Wing Star
Christopher Weaver / Wall Street Journal:
Questions About Accuracy of Coronavirus Tests Sow Worry
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
What's the Deal With Andrew Cuomo's Nipples? An Investigation
Discussion: Althouse