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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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Michelle Stoddart / ABC News:
Trump discusses opening the country as coronavirus peak approaches  —  The president would consider a task force focused on the country's economy.  —  President Donald Trump pushed to reopen the country Saturday, despite warning Americans “it's not going to be a good-looking situation” …
Edwin Mora / Breitbart:
Former CIA Station Chief: DNI Richard Grenell Bringing ‘Much Needed Efficiency’ to ‘Bloated’ Intel Community  —  U.S. Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Richard Grenell is streamlining the “bloated bureaucracy” that is the intelligence community in a bid to make it more efficient in tackling …
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: Raw Story and The Guardian
Tal Axelrod / The Hill:
Burr says intelligence watchdog should be ‘independent’ after inspector general firing
Discussion: Mediaite, Politico and Vox
Lisa Boothe / The Hill:   How deadly is the coronavirus?
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.
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.
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.
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
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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
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:
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: The Guardian, The Hill and Raw Story
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
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Sees Coronavirus Peak in Some Cities Next Week as Global Toll Climbs  —  ‘There will be a lot of death unfortunately,’ President Trump says  —  Confirmed coronavirus cases shot past 1.1 million globally, as the U.S. braced for the most challenging days ahead for many of its hardest-hit cities.
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: NB Blog, NPR, Bloomberg and National Review
Yahoo News:
A small trial finds that hydroxychloroquine is not effective for treating coronavirus  —  Food and Drug Administration approved the use of two antimalarial drugs, hydroxychloroquine and a related medication, chloroquine, for emergency use to treat COVID-19.  The drugs were touted by
Discussion: The National Interest
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
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 and The Mahablog
Adam Schefter / ESPN:
Sources: President Donald Trump says NFL season should start on time  —  In a conference call with major league sports commissioners on Saturday, President Donald Trump said he believes the NFL season should start on time in September, sources familiar with the call told ESPN.
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
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 …
Joseph Wilkinson / New York Daily News:
South Dakota state representative dies from coronavirus, first sitting U.S. lawmaker to die from COVID-19  —  South Dakota state representative Bob Glanzer died from coronavirus Friday night.  —  Glanzer, 74, is the second member of his family to die from COVID-19, The Associated Press reported.
 
 
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Jordain Carney / The Hill:
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Sophie Lewis / CBS News:
U.S. Postal Service could shut down by June without more funding, Democratic lawmakers warn
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Politico:
Virus hot spots in South poised for disproportionate suffering
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Kaelan Deese / The Hill:
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Bloomberg:
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Philip Rotner / The Bulwark:
America Is Hostage to the Stories Trump Wants to Tell About Himself
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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
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Wall Street Journal:
New York City Sees More Burglaries of Businesses Under Coronavirus Emergency Measures
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Neil Bedi / Tampa Bay Times:
Florida saw a pandemic coming and prepared. Then state leaders started to cut.
Harmeet Kaur / CNN:
Married for 51 years, they died of Covid-19 six minutes apart
Discussion: New York Post and Florida Politics