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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.
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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 …
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 …
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Politico:
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 …
Axios:
Trump's new purge  —  Sources close to President Trump expect him to fire more inspectors general across his government, after his Friday night removal of Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community I.G. who alerted Congress to the complaint that triggered impeachment.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Trump announces intent to nominate White House lawyer Brian Miller as inspector general for $2 trillion coronavirus law
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
The White House:
President Donald J. Trump Announces Intent to Nominate Individuals to Key Administration Posts
Washington Post:
Trump says he will fire intelligence watchdog at center of Ukraine allegations that led to impeachment
Discussion: VICE
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
The Boston Globe:
Dear Bernie Sanders: Enough already  —  I can't decide what makes me more sick and tired: Bernie Sanders or being sick and tired of Bernie Sanders.Four years ago, Sanders' refusal to accept the reality that he was not going to be the Democratic nominee for president dragged the 2016 primary race …
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Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Biden says he's starting VP search this month
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
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
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.
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 …
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Kim Chandler / Associated Press:   Some states receive masks with dry rot, broken ventilators
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 …
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CNN:
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
Joseph Nunn / The Hill:
Can the president declare martial law in response to coronavirus?  —  Recently, a rumor that President Trump would impose martial law in response to the COVID-19 pandemic went viral.  The story gained enough traction that the National Security Council stepped in to reassure the public it was fake.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
It's time for the networks to stop live broadcast of Trump's briefings  —  The president's daily Coronavirus Task Force presentations have morphed into a beast that bears no resemblance to the informative crisis briefings they were originally intended to be.
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 …
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.
Washington Post:
How Trump's attempts to win the daily news cycle feed a chaotic coronavirus response  —  President Trump began the seven-day stretch threatening — and then reneging on — a quarantine of the New York region.  He ended it by announcing recommendations for everyone to wear face masks …
Ari Fleischer / USA Today:
As Trump reaches for hope and journalists shoot him down, reporters end up looking bad  —  Journalists have a vital role to play in keeping our country free, but if this becomes a fight with Trump, they can't win.  —  If President Trump is a wartime president, does that make Washington reporters wartime correspondents?
Politico:
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
Lee Fang / The Intercept:
Coronavirus Hasn't Stopped Jared Kushner's Real Estate Empire from Hounding Tenants with Debt Collection, Eviction Lawsuits  —  Jared Kushner's family real estate company, which owns and manages thousands of apartment units, continued its aggressive eviction practices and debt collection lawsuits as Americans wait for government relief.
Tia Mitchell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Questions remain about who is handling Kelly Loeffler's stock transactions  —  U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler has provided no proof that financial advisers making stock transactions on her behalf have total control over decision-making.  —  The Georgia senator has been accused …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Thomas Wright / The Atlantic:
Stretching the International Order to Its Breaking Point  —  At this stage in the COVID-19 pandemic, uncertainty prevails.  The greatest error that geopolitical analysts can make may be believing that the crisis will be over in three to four months, as the world's leaders have been implying.
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.
CBS News:
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says state not ready for “high point,” as coronavirus death toll rises  —  New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Saturday that more than 3,500 people in the state have died due to the coronavirus.  More than 113,000 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in the state …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Daily Caller
 
 
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Philip Rotner / The Bulwark:
America Is Hostage to the Stories Trump Wants to Tell About Himself
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Washington Post:
Ford and GM are undertaking a warlike effort to produce ventilators.  It may fall short and come too late
Discussion: The Week
Vera Bergengruen / TIME:
“We're Definitely Spreading It”: Flight Attendants Fear They Are Losing The Fight Against The Coronavirus
New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: U.S. Pushes Face Masks as Its Death Toll Rises Above 7,000
Isaac Arnsdorf / ProPublica:
Overwhelmed Hospitals Face a New Crisis: Staffing Firms Are Cutting Their Doctors' Hours and Pay
Wall Street Journal:
How Coronavirus Is Breaking Down Along Familiar Political Lines
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When No More Ventilators Are Left
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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’
Discussion: Vox
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The Month Coronavirus Felled American Business
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
The Marshall Project:
Coronavirus Ended His Shot at a Second Chance
Discussion: The Lens