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CNN:
Acting secretary of the Navy resigns after calling ousted aircraft carrier captain ‘stupid’  —  Washington (CNN)Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned on Tuesday, a day after leaked audio revealed he called the ousted commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt “stupid” in an address to the ship's crew …
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Lara Seligman / Politico:
Acting Navy secretary offers to resign over handling of virus-stricken aircraft carrier  —  Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly offered to resign on Tuesday following an uproar over a profanity-laced address to the crew of the coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt on Sunday …
Paul Szoldra / Task & Purpose:
Acting Navy Secretary Modly resigns  —  Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly resigned Tuesday after he traveled nearly 8,000 miles to Guam to berate thousands of sailors on Monday and later said he stood “by every word” before apologizing for the remarks within the span of about eight hours.
CNBC:
Acting Navy secretary quits after he ripped captain pleading for help over coronavirus  —  WASHINGTON — The Navy's top civilian has resigned after he criticized an aircraft carrier captain who pleaded for help with a coronavirus outbreak on his ship, The Wall Street Journal reported.
CNN:
Grisham out as West Wing press secretary without having held a briefing  —  (CNN)White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham is leaving the job without ever having briefed the press.  CNN has learned she is returning to the East Wing as first lady Melania Trump's chief of staff …
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Has a New Press Secretary: Kayleigh McEnany, a Campaign Spokeswoman  —  She replaces Stephanie Grisham, who had the job for nine months, and will return to Melania Trump's staff.  —  Stephanie Grisham, the White House press secretary, is rejoining the staff of Melania Trump …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
‘Trump Has Never Lied’: New Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany's Long History of Bullshit and Lies  —  Along her rise to a White House gig, Trump's newest press secretary perfected the art of MAGA nonsense with a veritable greatest hits of bonkers claims.  —  After just 10 months on the job …
Discussion: The Hill
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Why Wisconsin Republicans Insisted on an Election in a Pandemic  —  Mask-wearing voters in endless lines.  Five polling places instead of 180.  Voting amid the coronavirus crisis is full of challenges — and connected to G.O.P. efforts to limit who gets a ballot in the state.
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The Next Coronavirus Bill Is Democrats' Last Chance to Ensure a Fair Election  —  As House Democrats set to work on the next round of economic relief legislation, they face a more urgent choice than they seem to realize.  If they send that bill to President Trump without measures guaranteeing …
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:
They Turned Out to Vote in Wisconsin During a Health Crisis.  Here's Why.  —  Voters in Milwaukee and across the state braved long lines and a risk of illness, but many said they wanted their voices to be heard.  But for some, the potential health risk was too great.
NBC News:
Coronavirus has ignited a battle over voting by mail. Here's why it's so controversial.
Discussion: CNN, The Nation and Fox News
Politico:
Trump removes independent watchdog for coronavirus funds, upending oversight panel  —  President Donald Trump has upended the panel of federal watchdogs overseeing implementation of the $2 trillion coronavirus law, tapping a replacement for the Pentagon official who was supposed to lead the effort.
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Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post:
Trump removes inspector general who was to oversee $2 trillion stimulus spending
Tony Bertuca / InsideDefense.com:
Trump orders DOD watchdog sidelined
Discussion: Raw Story
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Trump Ousts Pandemic Spending Watchdog Known for Independence
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Adviser Peter Navarro Warned of Coronavirus Pandemic in January  —  A memo from Peter Navarro is the most direct warning known to have circulated at a key moment among top administration officials.  —  A top White House adviser starkly warned Trump administration officials in late January …
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Axios:
Navarro memos warning of mass coronavirus death circulated in January  —  In late January, President Trump's economic adviser Peter Navarro warned his White House colleagues the novel coronavirus could take more than half a million American lives and cost close to $6 trillion, according to memos obtained by Axios.
New York Times:
Trump's Aggressive Advocacy of Malaria Drug for Treating Coronavirus Divides Medical Community  —  While Dr. Anthony Fauci has urged caution in using hydroxychloroquine, some doctors are prescribing it to patients who have the virus despite the fact it has never been tested for it.
Lis Smith / Vanity Fair:
“Go Everywhere”: How Dr. Anthony Fauci's Media Strategy Is Revolutionizing Coronavirus Messaging  —  The strategic playbook for political communications is being remastered in the most unlikely of places: Donald Trump's White House.  No, not by the president during his highly rated, often bizarre media briefings.
Gwynne Hogan / Gothamist:
Staggering Surge Of NYers Dying In Their Homes Suggests City Is Undercounting Coronavirus Fatalities  —  If you die at home from the coronavirus, there's a good chance you won't be included in the official death toll, because of a discrepancy in New York City's reporting process.
Anna Fifield / Washington Post:
New Zealand isn't just flattening the curve.  It's squashing it.  —  HAVELOCK NORTH, New Zealand — It's been less than two weeks since New Zealand imposed a coronavirus lockdown so strict that swimming at the beach and hunting in bushland were banned.  They're not essential activities …
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox News
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Schiff says acting DNI Grenell improperly overhauling intel community  —  Schiff said every Senate-appointed official in the DNI's hierarchy had been removed.  —  House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff.  J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo  —  House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff accused …
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Schiff demands that Grenell explain Trump's purge of inspectors general
Discussion: CyberScoop
Emilio Casalicchio / Politico:
Who's running Britain?  —  LONDON — With Boris Johnson in intensive care with COVID-19, someone needs to look after Britain.  —  Famed for its unwritten and bendable constitution, the U.K. does not have in its chain of command any clear instructions or precedent for what happens if the prime minister becomes incapacitated.
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Agence France-Presse:   Britain's Johnson ‘stable’ in intensive care
Mike Baker / New York Times:
A ‘Liberty’ Rebellion in Idaho Threatens to Undermine Coronavirus Orders  —  Even some public officials have challenged social-distancing requirements, calling them assaults on the Constitution.  One group wants to gather up to 1,000 people for Easter.  —  SANDPOINT, Idaho …
Marshall Allen / ProPublica:
A Nurse Bought Protective Supplies for Her Colleagues Using GoFundMe.  The Hospital Suspended Her.  —  She raised more than $12,000 to buy and distribute protective gear for her colleagues, who say they felt inadequately protected against COVID-19.  How a confrontation in one of the nation's …
Associated Press:
‘A lot of pain.’ NY has biggest 1-day jump in virus deaths  —  NEW YORK (AP) — New York state recorded 731 new coronavirus deaths Tuesday, marking the biggest one-day jump in the outbreak, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.  —  The state's death toll since the beginning of the outbreak is now 5,489 deaths.
Joe Concha / The Hill:
ABC's Karl shuns responding to Trump's personal attacks: 'It's not what matters'  —  Jonathan Karl, chief White House correspondent for ABC News, says he doesn't want to engage in a “personal back-and-forth” with President Trump, arguing “it's not what matters.”
Discussion: Politico, ABC News and Raw Story
Arman Azad / CNN:
Adjusted coronavirus model predicts fewer people in US will need hospitals, but 82,000 will still die by August  —  (CNN)An influential model tracking the coronavirus pandemic in the United States now predicts that fewer people will die and fewer hospital beds will be needed compared to its estimates from last week.
Miami Herald:
‘Flu-like’ data might help track coronavirus spread.  Why did Florida stop publishing it?  —  Flu season normally winds down in Florida as March turns to April.  This year was no exception — but with an alarming anomaly.  While positive flu tests declined as expected …
Discussion: Florida Politics and WFLA-TV
Eliza Barclay / Vox:
The US doesn't just need to flatten the curve.  It needs to “raise the line.”  —  How everybody can do their part to help doctors fight coronavirus, in one chart.  —  Covid-19 deaths in the US have risen dramatically, and experts warn the coming days and weeks will be extremely grim.
Beth LeBlanc / Detroit News:
734 Henry Ford workers test positive for COVID-19; Beaumont has 1,500 ill employees  —  Two of Metro Detroit's largest hospital systems are reporting significant numbers of employees suffering from symptoms of COVID-19 infections.  —  Beaumont Health, the state's largest health care system …
Discussion: Washington Post
Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
There has to be a more balanced course on coronavirus than the one we're on now  —  So if you've been sick, you know that intensive care is not something that doctors recommend lightly.  Boris Johnson is clearly in danger, and that's a bad sign.  —  Johnson is in his mid-50s and hale enough to lead a country.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
NBC News:
U.S. reports 1,200 coronavirus deaths in one day as China lifts lockdown  —  Nation's top infectious diseases expert said he is “cautiously optimistic” that worst projections may be avoided “if we keep our foot on the accelerator.”  —  At the start of what is expected to be the deadliest week …
David Frum / The Atlantic:
This Is Trump's Fault  —  “I don't take responsibility at all,” said President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden on March 13.  Those words will probably end up as the epitaph of his presidency, the single sentence that sums it all up.  —  Trump now fancies himself a “wartime president.”
Discussion: Law & Crime and Wired
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
The Real Point of Trump's Coronavirus Press Conferences  —  When she finishes her 12-hour shift in the intensive-care unit at Riverside Community Hospital, Katherine Montanino stuffs her clothes into a dirty-linen bag and swaps out her soiled shoes for a fresh pair.  Arriving home, she takes a shower before she hugs her family.
Andrew Tyndall / tyndall report posts:
COMMENTS: ABC Bets That Corona Crisis Is Muir's Moment  —  ABC World News Tonight, which was already the nation's most-watched newscast even before the coronavirus struck, has taken the opportunity provided by this major news story to revamp its format.  Anchor David Muir is more centrally in the spotlight than ever.
Robert A. Cronkleton / Kansas City Star:
COVID-19 update: Truckers warn supply chain in jeopardy; confusion reigns on shutdown  —  As the number of COVID-19 deaths in Johnson County increased to a total of nine Monday, truckers are sounding the alarm that the the nation's supply chain could be in jeopardy if the government doesn't help protect them.
 
 
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Joshua Goodman / Associated Press:
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Dan McLaughlin / National Review:
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
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NBC News:
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Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
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Richard Haass / Foreign Affairs:
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