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Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
‘A searing time for whistleblowers’: Ousted intel watchdog wrote letter to Schumer  —  Two weeks before he was fired, Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson told the Senate's top Democrat that the past six months had been “a searing time for whistleblowers,” …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump considers billionaire ally Steve Feinberg for senior intel role  —  President Trump is seriously considering installing billionaire investor Steve Feinberg in a senior role at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, according to four sources familiar with the planning.
Discussion: The Guardian and Raw Story
Edwin Mora / Breitbart:
Former CIA Station Chief: DNI Richard Grenell Bringing ‘Much Needed Efficiency’ to ‘Bloated’ Intel Community
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Burr says intelligence watchdog should be ‘independent’ after inspector general firing
Axios:
Trump's new purge  —  Sources close to President Trump expect …
New York Times:
Trump to Fire Intelligence Watchdog Who Had Key Role in Ukraine 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.
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Inside the ouster of Capt. Brett Crozier  —  Civilian control of the military is part of the American bedrock.  Acting Navy secretary Thomas Modly used that prerogative unwisely Thursday when he short-circuited a preliminary military investigation and fired an aircraft carrier captain …
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Juan Perez Jr / Politico:
'He shouldn't be talking that way': Trump rips ousted Navy captain  —  A Navy commander's written alarms about a coronavirus outbreak aboard his aircraft carrier “looked terrible,” President Donald Trump said Saturday, as he praised military leaders who removed the USS Theodore Roosevelt's top officer from his post.
New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: Trump Warns of ‘a Lot of Death’ While Also Revisiting Easter Sunday Services  —  President Trump warns of what could be “the toughest week,” while also saying he would like to consider relaxing social distancing rules for Easter services.
Discussion: NPR, HuffPost and ABC News
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Sheri Fink / New York Times:
Latest Updates: Coronavirus Outbreak in New York  —  More live coverage: Global Markets  —  Even before the I.C.U.'s morning report had started, Dr. Rosenberg and other staff members had to rush to an outpatient unit.  A middle-aged man had come to the hospital for dialysis but was sweating profusely.
Helen Branswell / STAT:
CDC launches studies to get more precise count of undetected Covid-19 cases  —  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has begun preliminary studies to try to determine how many Americans have already been infected with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, an agency official revealed Saturday.
Discussion: Politico and Channel 4 News
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Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Some top Sanders advisers urge him to consider withdrawing  —  A small group of Bernie Sanders's top aides and allies — including his campaign manager and his longtime strategist — have encouraged the independent senator from Vermont to consider withdrawing from the presidential race …
Discussion: Raw Story and NewsOne
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The Boston Globe:   Dear Bernie Sanders: Enough already
Politico:
Wisconsin's primary to go forward Tuesday even as coronavirus all but shutters the U.S.  —  The deadly coronavirus pandemic may have closed schools, shuttered businesses, ended sports seasons and postponed the Democratic National Convention, but it hasn't canceled Wisconsin's primary on Tuesday.
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Washington Post:
Trump, GOP challenge efforts to make voting easier amid coronavirus pandemic
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.
Discussion: Breitbart, InsideHook and Deadline
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J. Edward Moreno / The Hill:   Larry David: Bernie Sanders should drop out of 2020 race
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.
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Michelle Stoddart / ABC News:
Trump discusses opening the country as coronavirus peak approaches
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Trump Is Crashing And Burning With His Own Supporters In New Coronavirus Poll  —  The number of Trump voters who say that he was unprepared for the coronavirus has jumped 17 points to 40% of his supporters in the past week.  —  A new daily tracking poll from Navigator Research found:
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.
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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: Bloomberg, NB Blog, NPR and National Review
Nick Boykin / WUSA:
Wharf fish markets packed on a Saturday, social distancing not being practiced  —  Though social distancing is what is needed nowadays, many were still present at Wharf fish markets in the District.  And it was packed!  —  WASHINGTON — The fish markets in D.C.'s Wharf community looked packed on Saturday …
NBC News:
Seeking coronavirus relief, investment firm with ties to Kushner emails Kushner, Trump admin  —  Apollo Global Management emailed Jared Kushner and other Trump admin officials about relaxing rules on a $100 billion loan program.  —  The co-founder of a huge private equity firm sent an email …
Discussion: The Hill and MSNBC
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Joshua Zeitz / Politico:
Why the Trump Administration Won't Be Able to Make the Stimulus Work  —  When he signed the $2 trillion Covid-19 rescue package last week, President Donald Trump was visibly pleased.  He touted it as the “single biggest economic relief package” in U.S. history, which will deliver “urgently needed relief” to Americans.
Discussion: Raw Story
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, The Mahablog and Salon
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?
Washington Post:
Live updates: Confirmed coronavirus cases top 300,000 in U.S. as Fauci stresses social distancing is ‘our most important tool’  —  The Washington Post is providing this story for free so that all readers have access to this important information about the coronavirus.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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 …
Associated Press:
Where will the bodies go?  Morgues plan as virus grows  —  PHILADELPHIA (AP) — There are the new dead.  And then there are the bodies waiting in overcrowded mortuaries to be buried as cities struggle to meet demand and families wrestle with rules on social distancing that make the usual funeral rituals impossible.
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
 
 
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Sophie Lewis / CBS News:
U.S. Postal Service could shut down by June without more funding, Democratic lawmakers warn
Discussion: Business Insider
Joseph Wilkinson / New York Daily News:
South Dakota state representative dies from coronavirus, first sitting U.S. lawmaker to die from COVID-19
Katy Stech Ferek / Wall Street Journal:
GM Seeks Tariff Relief for Ventilator Parts
Politico:
Virus hot spots in South poised for disproportionate suffering
Discussion: Raw Story
Bloomberg:
Sweden Girds for Thousands of Deaths Amid Laxer Virus Response
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 Earlier Items: 
Philip Rotner / The Bulwark:
America Is Hostage to the Stories Trump Wants to Tell About Himself
Discussion: Raw Story
Joseph Nunn / The Hill:
Can the president declare martial law in response to coronavirus?
Washington Post:
How Trump's attempts to win the daily news cycle feed a chaotic coronavirus response
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
New York City Sees More Burglaries of Businesses Under Coronavirus Emergency Measures
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Isaac Arnsdorf / ProPublica:
Overwhelmed Hospitals Face a New Crisis: Staffing Firms Are Cutting Their Doctors' Hours and Pay
Neil Bedi / Tampa Bay Times:
Florida saw a pandemic coming and prepared. Then state leaders started to cut.
Cathy Young / The Bulwark:
The Media Is Not the Problem with COVID-19