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2:15 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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Guardian and Raw Story
Jeremy Herb / CNN:
Trump fires intelligence community watchdog who told Congress about whistleblower complaint that led to impeachment
Discussion: HuffPost and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
The Trump administration just changed its description of the national stockpile to jibe …
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.
Financial Times:
US swoop sees 3M masks allegedly diverted from Berlin
Discussion: CNBC
Reuters:   Canada blasts U.S. block on 3M exports of masks as coronavirus cases set to soar
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 …
Washington Post:
New face mask guidance comes after battle between White House and CDC
Washington Post:
Live updates: People should wear simple cloth masks in public, CDC recommends, to reduce spread of coronavirus
Discussion: Deseret News
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 Hill and The Daily Caller
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
Chad Garland / Stars & Stripes:
‘Captain Crozier!  Captain Crozier!’:  Videos show sailors sending off ousted USS Roosevelt commander with cheers
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.
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 …
Discussion: Exponents
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 …
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.
Discussion: Bloomberg, NPR and VICE
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Gothamist
The Daily Beast:
Fox News Moguls Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch Stockpile Attorneys Against Coronavirus Lawsuits  —  After one non-profit org sued the network for pushing coronavirus misinformation, the network is readying to go to war against more such lawsuits.  —  Amid the mushrooming coronavirus crisis …
Jake Tapper / CNN:
Biden campaign says he backs Trump's China travel ban  —  (CNN)Joe Biden's campaign said Friday the former vice president supports President Donald Trump's January 31 decision to ban foreign nationals who had been in China within the previous 14 days from entering the United States.
Washington Post:
Search for Kennedy family members missing in Chesapeake Bay has ‘turned from rescue to recovery’  —  Authorities continued searching Friday for two members of the Kennedy family who disappeared in the Chesapeake Bay after they had set out in a canoe to retrieve a ball in the water …
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
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.
New York Times:
Holdout States Resist Calls for Stay-at-Home Orders: ‘What Are You Waiting For?’  —  A small number of states in the Midwest and the South are under growing pressure to order all residents to stay at home to fight the coronavirus.  —  A surge in coronavirus deaths in the United States …
Discussion: Iowa Starting Line, NPR and IJR
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: The Hill, CNN, Breitbart and National Review
Andrew Taylor / Associated Press:
In pivot, Pelosi sees next relief bill with bipartisan goals
Discussion: The Hill
Bethany Biron / Business Insider:
Hobby Lobby is closing all stores and furloughing ‘nearly all’ employees after it defied stay-at-home orders by quietly reopening locations around the nation  — Hobby Lobby is closing all of its stores nationwide and furloughing most of its employees, according to a statement shared on the company's website Friday afternoon.
Discussion: Slate and WFLA-TV
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
GOP governor refusing to implement stay-at-home order says Dr. Fauci 'doesn't have all the information'  —  While numerous governors have enacted stay-at-home orders shutting down nonessential businesses and ordering residents to shelter in their homes for all but necessary outings, one holdout is Gov. Kim Reynolds (R-IA).
Eric Boehlert / PRESS RUN:
“Tone” deaf — how Trump coverage keeps marring pandemic reporting  —  Stay healthy.  —  Be kind.  —  Share PRESS RUN  —  If President Barack Obama had overseen the deaths of 100,000 Americans during the Ebola outbreak in 2014, do you think many Beltway journalists would have given him high marks for his “tone”?
Gabrielle Giffords / USA Today:
What I learned fighting for my life.  And why it can help America now.  —  I know the power of Americans standing together — not just to endure this, but to emerge from it stronger  —  With growing and necessary isolation, economic uncertainty and looming deaths that make us feel dread …
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Alan Feuer / New York Times:
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 Earlier Items: 
Jon Swaine / Washington Post:
Federal government spent millions to ramp up mask readiness, but that isn't helping now
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Chinese families should be sweeping graves now. But thousands still haven't buried their dead.
Discussion: Forbes and Balloon Juice
Anne Applebaum / The Atlantic:
Creeping Authoritarianism Has Finally Prevailed
Discussion: The Guardian and Financial Times
Minxin Pei / Foreign Affairs:
China's Coming Upheaval
Ben White / Politico:
Trump's biggest 2020 pitch disintegrates
Discussion: New York Times, Raw Story and Townhall
Nancy H. L. Leung / Nature:
Respiratory virus shedding in exhaled breath and efficacy of face masks
Discussion: Gizmodo, New York Times and The Verge