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10:40 AM ET, April 4, 2020


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Trump fires intelligence community watchdog who defied him on whistleblower complaint  —  President Donald Trump has fired the intelligence community's chief watchdog, Michael Atkinson, who was the first to sound the alarm to Congress last September about an “urgent” complaint he received …
New York Times:
Trump to Fire Intelligence Watchdog Who Had Key Role in Ukraine Complaint  —  The president notified lawmakers late on Friday, saying he had lost confidence in the inspector general for the intelligence community.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump is firing the intelligence community inspector …
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Trump announces intent to nominate White House lawyer Brian Miller as inspector general for $2 trillion coronavirus law  —  President Trump intends to nominate White House lawyer Brian D. Miller to serve as the inspector general overseeing the Treasury Department's implementation …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Washington Post:
Trump says he will fire intelligence watchdog at center of Ukraine allegations that led to impeachment  —  President Trump notified Congress Friday evening that he intends in 30 days to fire the inspector general of the intelligence community, who alerted lawmakers to a whistleblower complaint …
Washington Post:
The U.S. was beset by denial and dysfunction as the coronavirus raged  —  By the time Donald Trump proclaimed himself a wartime president — and the coronavirus the enemy — the United States was already on course to see more of its people die than in the wars of Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq combined.
Discussion: Law & Crime
Washington Post:
Inside the coronavirus testing failure: Alarm and dismay among the scientists who sought to help  —  On a Jan. 15 conference call, a leading scientist at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention assured local and state public health officials from across the nation that there would soon …
Claire Barrett / Navy Times:
keyboard_arrow_down  —  Navy officials are finding themselves in controversial waters in the wake of Thursday's announcement that the service was relieving Capt. Brett Crozier of his command of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, a decision made following the leak of a four-page letter …
Removing the USS Theodore Roosevelt captain was reckless and foolish  —  Sailors cheer Navy captain removed for coronavirus warning  —  CNN national security analyst John Kirby, a retired rear admiral in the US Navy, was a spokesman for both the State and Defense Departments in the Obama administration.
Lolita C. Baldor / Associated Press:
Leaders back Navy firing of ship captain; sailors cheer him
Discussion: Breitbart
Marianna Sotomayor / NBC News:
Biden talks to Sanders about moving forward with vetting potential VP candidates  —  The Democratic front-runner also said during a virtual fundraiser that he could easily pick out his cabinet in 15 minutes if he was pressured to.  —  WASHINGTON - In a virtual fundraiser with donors Friday night …
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Biden tells Sanders he's moving forward with VP search
Discussion: The Hill
Graham Piro / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Has Earned 11 Pinocchios From Fact-Checkers During Coronavirus Crisis
Discussion: The Hill, The Federalist and Townhall
Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
Biden to name VP vetting team, thinking about Cabinet makeup
Discussion: Politico and IJR
Matthew Brown / USA Today:
Fact check: Did the Obama administration deplete the federal stockpile of N95 masks?  —  The claim: The Obama administration used and did not replenish the nation's emergency stockpile of medical supplies, including N95 masks  —  As the novel coronavirus pandemic strains health care systems …
Harmeet Kaur / CNN:
Married for 51 years, they died of Covid-19 six minutes apart  —  Adrian and Stuart Baker were married for more than 51 years, and their family called them inseparable.  On March 29, they both died of complications due to Covid-19 — just six minutes apart.
Discussion: New York Post and Florida Politics
Yahoo News:
Coronavirus may cause some food shortages, warns government task force  —  WASHINGTON — The nation could begin to see food shortages for some products if the people working on the supply chain lack personal protective equipment, warns an internal Trump administration document obtained by Yahoo News.
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
CNN's Acosta Interrupts Dr Birx As She Discusses The WHO's Handling Of Coronavirus Pandemic  —  CNN reporter Jim Acosta interrupted Dr. Deborah Birx on Friday as the White House coronavirus task force coordinator was discussing the World Health Organization's handling of the pandemic.
Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
“Tone” deaf — how Trump coverage keeps marring pandemic reporting
Discussion: The Guardian
Cathy Young / The Bulwark:
The Media Is Not the Problem with COVID-19  —  Thousands of Americans are dying.  And some conservatives are blaming a favorite scapegoat.  —  As America's death toll from the coronavirus pandemic skyrockets while Donald Trump continues his displays of aggrieved narcissism …
WSJ Graphics / Wall Street Journal:
The Month Coronavirus Felled American Business  —  March began amid an 11-year expansion and ended with blue-chip companies begging for bailouts.  Swift and sharp, the pandemic cut through the country's commerce like nothing before it.
Stephanie Toone / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
NEW DETAILS: Georgia beaches reopening as of Friday night  —  Gov. Brian Kemp's stay-at-home order trumps previous city-level orders  —  Some of the state's most popular beaches will be allowed to reopen Friday night due to Gov. Brian Kemp's statewide order superseding that of some city-level shelter-in-place mandates.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
Recommendation Regarding the Use of Cloth Face Coverings, Especially in Areas of Significant Community-Based Transmission  —  CDC continues to study the spread and effects of the novel coronavirus across the United States.  We now know from recent studies that a significant portion of individuals …
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 and The Hill
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump says he opposes mail-in voting for November  —  President Trump on Friday said he's confident the general election in November won't be delayed by the coronavirus, but he rejected the idea of having every state prepare to conduct mail-in voting.  —  The president, speaking …
Grace Panetta / Business Insider:   The US Postal Service is on track to run out of money by June, and it could be a disaster …
Spencer Ackerman / The Daily Beast:
Trump Sent Them to the Coronavirus Front Line but Denied Them Health Care  —  Almost 20,000 Guardsmen are on orders that keep them ineligible for the Pentagon's TRICARE system—right as mass unemployment wipes away health care for millions.  —  Thousands of National Guardsmen around the country …
Discussion: Military Times
New York Times:
430,000 People Have Traveled From China to U.S. Since Coronavirus Surfaced  —  There were 1,300 direct flights to 17 cities before President Trump's travel restrictions.  Since then, nearly 40,000 Americans and other authorized travelers have made the trip, some this past week and many with spotty screening.
Erin Billups Nationwide / Spectrum Bay News 9:
When No More Ventilators Are Left  —  As political and health leaders look into the face of rapidly approaching peaks in COVID-19 cases, the need for ventilators has hit crisis levels.  In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order Friday giving the state power to take ventilators …
Wall Street Journal:
How Coronavirus Is Breaking Down Along Familiar Political Lines  —  Red and blue America are experiencing the crisis in different ways, and that is affecting how their leaders are tackling it  —  The moves by state governments to slow the coronavirus outbreak follow the contours of a familiar map …
Kaiser Health News:
Trump Administration Uses Wartime Powers To Be First In Line On Medical Supplies  —  The Trump administration quietly invoked the Defense Production Act to force medical suppliers in Texas and Colorado to sell to it first — ahead of states, hospitals or foreign countries.
Isobel Asher Hamilton / Business Insider:
Bill Gates is funding new factories for 7 potential coronavirus vaccines, even though it will waste billions of dollars  — The Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates told “The Daily Show” on Thursday that his foundation was funding the construction of factories for seven coronavirus vaccine candidates.
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
Financial Times:
US swoop sees 3M masks allegedly diverted from Berlin  —  German official denounces ‘modern piracy’ but company says it has ‘no evidence’ of seizure  —  Protective medical equipment made by US manufacturer 3M and bound for Germany was allegedly intercepted in Thailand and diverted to the US …
Discussion: CNBC
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
In Italy, Going Back to Work May Depend on Having the Right Antibodies  —  Weighing an idea that might once have been relegated to science fiction, Italy once again finds itself in the unfortunate vanguard of Western democracies grappling with the coronavirus.
Shoshana Wodinsky / Gizmodo:
Zoom Bombings Started Off as Pranks.  Now Someone Could End Up Dead  —  For those unaware, Zoom officially has a porn problem.  The multibillion-dollar video messaging mainstay among employees at Johnson & Johnson and the Department of Homeland Security—not to mention a household name among …
Mark Brown / Chicago Sun Times:
Illinois adjusts on the fly to meet medical supply needs in a coronavirus ‘Wild West’  —  To meet the deadline of a supplier and get 1.5 million potentially life-saving N95 masks, Illinois' assistant comptroller raced north on I-55 with a $3.4 million check.
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Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
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 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Trump Organization has laid off about 1,500 employees as pandemic hits business
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
Bethany Biron / Business Insider:
Hobby Lobby is closing all stores and furloughing ‘nearly all’ …
Discussion: WFLA-TV and Slate
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Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
GOP governor refusing to implement stay-at-home order says Dr. Fauci 'doesn't have all the information'
Jon Swaine / Washington Post:
Federal government spent millions to ramp up mask readiness, but that isn't helping now
Washington Post:
Chinese families should be sweeping graves now. But thousands still haven't buried their dead.
Discussion: Forbes and Balloon Juice