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12:10 PM ET, April 4, 2020


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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite, The Guardian and Raw Story
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
Discussion: VICE
The White House:
President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Individuals to Key Administration Posts
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 …
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 …
Lisa Boothe / The Hill:
How deadly is the coronavirus?  —  How deadly is the coronavirus?  It is a simple but vital question that we don't know the answer to right now.  With American lives and livelihoods on the line, we need a science-based baseline from which to make public policy decisions.
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 …
Discussion: The Week
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Biden tells Sanders he's moving forward with VP search
Discussion: The Hill
Alexandra Jaffe / Associated Press:
Biden to name VP vetting team, thinking about Cabinet makeup
Discussion: Politico and IJR
Katrin Bennhold / New York Times:
A German Exception?  Why the Country's Coronavirus Death Rate Is Low  —  The pandemic has hit Germany hard, with more than 92,000 people infected.  But the percentage of fatal cases has been remarkably low compared to those in many neighboring countries.  —  They call them corona taxis …
Discussion: National Review
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
Neil Bedi / Tampa Bay Times:
Florida saw a pandemic coming and prepared.  Then state leaders started to cut.  —  As health officials warned Floridians were at “grave risk,” the state dismantled the defenses it built against a coronavirus-like crisis.  —  Fifteen years ago, Florida braced for a pandemic.
Why these 8 Republican governors are holding out on statewide stay-at-home orders  —  (CNN)Just eight US governors have decided against issuing statewide directives urging their residents to stay at home as the outbreak of the coronavirus escalates and spreads across the country, the last holdouts in the nation.
New York Times:
Holdout States Resist Calls for Stay-at-Home Orders: ‘What Are You Waiting For?’
Discussion: NPR
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.
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.
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.
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.
Isaac Arnsdorf / ProPublica:
Overwhelmed Hospitals Face a New Crisis: Staffing Firms Are Cutting Their Doctors' Hours and Pay  —  Multiple private-equity-backed staffing companies have cut hours for thousands of emergency room doctors, physician assistants and nurse practitioners.  That means there are fewer medical workers …
How Trump surprised his own team by ruling out Obamacare  —  As coronavirus ran rampant and record jobless numbers piled up, the nation's health insurers last week readied for a major announcement: The Trump administration was reopening Obamacare to millions of newly uninsured Americans.
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
New York City Sees More Burglaries of Businesses Under Coronavirus Emergency Measures  —  Some shops are opting to board up storefronts as a deterrent  —  Burglaries of businesses have risen in New York City under emergency measures to fight the new coronavirus, according …
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 …
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 …
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: Raw Story and Military Times
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.
Search suspended for two members of Kennedy family lost in Chesapeake Bay  —  Washington (CNN)The search for two members of the Kennedy family — Maeve Kennedy McKean and her son, Gideon — was suspended 26 hours after they were reported missing in the Chesapeake Bay near Annapolis, Maryland, the Coast Guard said Friday night.
Washington Post:
Search for Kennedy family members missing in Chesapeake Bay has ‘turned from rescue to recovery’
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New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Pushes Face Masks as Its Death Toll Rises Above 7,000
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
It's time for the networks to stop live broadcast of Trump's briefings
Thomas Wright / The Atlantic:
Stretching the International Order to Its Breaking Point
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
In Italy, Going Back to Work May Depend on Having the Right Antibodies
Mark Brown / Chicago Sun Times:
Illinois adjusts on the fly to meet medical supply needs in a coronavirus ‘Wild West’
Graham Piro / Washington Free Beacon:
Biden Has Earned 11 Pinocchios From Fact-Checkers During Coronavirus Crisis
Discussion: The Hill, The Federalist and Townhall
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Can Keir Starmer Persuade Britain to Dump Its Wartime Prime Minister Like Churchill?
Isobel Asher Hamilton / Business Insider:
Bill Gates is funding new factories for 7 potential coronavirus vaccines, even though it will waste billions of dollars
Discussion: Marginal REVOLUTION
 Earlier Items: 
The Marshall Project:
Coronavirus Ended His Shot at a Second Chance
Discussion: The Lens
Alan Feuer / New York Times:
Coronavirus in N.Y.: Toll Soars to Nearly 3,000 as State Pleads for Aid
Discussion: American Greatness and The Hill
Gabrielle Giffords / USA Today:
What I learned fighting for my life. And why it can help America now.
Shoshana Wodinsky / Gizmodo:
Zoom Bombings Started Off as Pranks. Now Someone Could End Up Dead
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump says he opposes mail-in voting for November
Ted Anthony / Associated Press:
Anick Jesdanun, longtime AP technology writer, dies at 51
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Hill