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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  —  Modly is officially out.  —  Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly resigned Tuesday after traveling nearly 8,000 miles to Guam to berate thousands of sailors on Monday, later saying he stood “by every word,” and then subsequently apologizing …
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.
Washington Post:
Acting Navy secretary resigns after insulting aircraft carrier's ousted captain  —  Acting Navy secretary Thomas Modly, whose fiery insults of a naval officer who raised alarm about the service's handling of a coronavirus outbreak prompted widespread condemnation, has resigned, according to three people familiar with the discussions.
Discussion: Mother Jones and New York Post
NBC News:
Acting Navy secretary resigns amid flap over coronavirus-hit ship  —  Thomas Modly was facing a backlash over his stinging remarks about Capt. Brett Crozier.  —  Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly has resigned, two defense officials said, a day after he ridiculed and then apologized …
Discussion: Vox, Daily Kos and The Federalist
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
Myah Ward / Politico:
Incoming press secretary's coronavirus dismissals mirrored Trump's
Discussion: Raw Story, Mediaite and The Wrap
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
Hannah Bleau / Breitbart:
Bernie Sanders Rages over Wisconsin Election: It ‘May Very Well Prove Deadly’
Benjamin Swasey / NPR:
Long Lines, Masks And Plexiglas Barriers Greet Wisconsin Voters At Polls
Discussion: Daily Kos and wabe.org
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
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
New York Times:
Trump's Aggressive Advocacy of Malaria Drug for Treating Coronavirus Divides Medical Community
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.
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: Fox News and Raw Story
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Schiff says acting DNI Grenell improperly overhauling intel community  —  House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff accused President Donald Trump's top intelligence official Tuesday of undermining “critical intelligence functions” by keeping Congress in the dark about organizational changes he's been implementing.
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Alayna Treene / Axios:
Schiff demands that Grenell explain Trump's purge of inspectors general
Discussion: CyberScoop
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 …
Lauren Gill / The Appeal:
'It's Absolute Hell.' Coronavirus Derails Parole Hearings Across U.S. As Health Risks To Prisoners Grow  —  In Alabama and elsewhere, canceled hearings and new procedures are complicating the parole process for people hoping to be freed.  —  For more than a year, Barbara has driven around …
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.
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.
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
Associated Press:
Sen. Schumer proposes $25,000 ‘heroes’ pay for frontline workers  —  WASHINGTON - Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer is calling for up to $25,000 “heroes” pay for frontline health care and service industry workers, as Congress pushes ahead with a new coronavirus crisis rescue package.
Discussion: Daily Kos
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 …
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.
Discussion: Fox News
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.
DNyuz:
Space Crime Allegation Leads to Charges Against Astronaut's Ex-Wife  —  23k  —  A bitter separation and parenting battle involving the astronaut Anne McClain led to an unusual accusation last year: Ms. McClain's ex-wife accused her of improperly accessing her bank account from the International Space Station.
Discussion: Task & Purpose
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: Wired and Law & Crime
 
 
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