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3:50 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.
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 …
Discussion: Informed Comment
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 …
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
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 …
Marianna Sotomayor / NBC News:
Biden talks to Sanders about moving forward with vetting potential VP candidates
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 …
Matthew Rozsa / Salon:
Ethics group calls for GOP Sen. Kelly Loeffler to be investigated after more stock sales revealed
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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.
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
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Zoom admits user data ‘mistakenly’ routed through China  —  Videoconferencing app under pressure over security and privacy issues  —  Zoom, the videoconferencing app that has become wildly popular during the coronavirus crisis, admitted that it had “mistakenly” routed some user data through China …
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 …
Tweed Roosevelt / New York Times:   Captain Crozier Is a Hero
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?
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 …
Kim Chandler / Associated Press:   Some states receive masks with dry rot, broken ventilators
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
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.
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.
Maureen Dowd / New York Times:
Larry David, Master of His Quarantine  —  Who better than the father of “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” to guide us through the thicket of being together, alone?  —  Our lives now depend on staying home and doing nothing.  —  We are cooped up with no end in sight, getting increasingly irascible.
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 …
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.
Richard L. Hasen / Los Angeles Times:
Op-Ed: How Republicans are using the pandemic to suppress the vote  —  Even in a pandemic, some Republicans are looking to suppress the vote for partisan political advantage.  But the biggest power plays may come in November, and they could threaten our democracy.
Philip Rotner / The Bulwark:
America Is Hostage to the Stories Trump Wants to Tell About Himself  —  The president doesn't care about reality.  He only cares about the stories he wants to tell about himself.  —  Donald Trump's character flaws have shaped—and are continuing to shape—the federal government's disastrous response to COVID-19.
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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.
Helen Branswell / STAT:
An interview with the CDC director on coronavirus, masks, and an agency gone quiet  —  Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, describes the coronavirus pandemic as the greatest public health crisis in a century.  —  And yet the storied agency that Redfield leads …
Discussion: The Conversation, WCMH-TV, HuffPost and NPR
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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Joshua Zeitz / Politico:
Why the Trump Administration Won't Be Able to Make the Stimulus Work
Discussion: Raw Story
Sweden Girds for Thousands of Deaths Amid Laxer Virus Response
Discussion: Power Line
Mnuchin's Unfilled Jobs Leave Treasury Stretched in Virus Crisis
CBS News:
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says state not ready for “high point,” as coronavirus death toll rises
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
Ford and GM are undertaking a warlike effort to produce ventilators.  It may fall short and come too late
Discussion: The Week
Thomas Wright / The Atlantic:
Stretching the International Order to Its Breaking Point
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
 Earlier Items: 
Erin Billups Nationwide / Spectrum Bay News 9:
When No More Ventilators Are Left
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Discussion: Raw Story
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
In Italy, Going Back to Work May Depend on Having the Right Antibodies
WSJ Graphics / Wall Street Journal:
The Month Coronavirus Felled American Business
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