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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.
Discussion: Axios and The American Independent
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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 …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Rulings on Wisconsin Election Raise Questions About Judicial Partisanship  —  Some legal scholars said the decisions by the state and U.S. supreme courts could undermine confidence in the rule of law.  Others said they were the product of judicial philosophy, not partisanship.
Discussion: The Atlantic
Kamil Krzaczynski / Agence France-Presse:   Defiant Wisconsin holds election during virus crisis
Astead W. Herndon / New York Times:   They Turned Out to Vote in Wisconsin During a Health Crisis. Here's Why.
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
NBC News:
Coronavirus has ignited a battle over voting by mail. Here's why it's so controversial.
Discussion: The Nation, CNN and HuffPost
Bill Glauber / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:   An election day unlike any other: Wisconsinites vote in the middle of a coronavirus pandemic
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 resigns over handling of virus-stricken aircraft carrier  —  Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned on Tuesday following an uproar over a profanity-laced address to the crew of the coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt on Sunday, Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced.
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
Discussion: Mother Jones and New York Post
NBC News:
Acting Navy secretary resigns amid flap over coronavirus-hit ship
Discussion: The Guardian, HuffPost and Daily Kos
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
Aaron Rupar / Vox:
Trump's new press secretary has a history of birtherism and wildly inaccurate coronavirus takes
Myah Ward / Politico:
Incoming press secretary's coronavirus dismissals mirrored Trump's
Discussion: Raw Story, The Wrap and Mediaite
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
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
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Schiff demands that Grenell explain Trump's purge of inspectors general  —  Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, sent a letter to the acting Director of National Intelligence Ric Grenell on Tuesday demanding he turn over documents explaining his management …
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:   Schiff says acting DNI Grenell improperly overhauling intel community
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 …
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 …
Robert Faturechi / ProPublica:
Senate Intel Chair Sold Dutch Fertilizer Stock in 2018, Right Before a Collapse  —  The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Richard Burr, sold off almost $47,000 dollars worth of shares in a small Dutch fertilizer company in 2018, just weeks before its stock began a sharp 40% collapse.
Discussion: Law & Crime
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 …
ABC News:
Disaster in motion: Where flights from coronavirus-ravaged countries landed in US  —  Thousands of flights came into US as coronavirus raged.  —  An ABC News joint investigation with its owned television stations sheds new light on the likely flow of the coronavirus from global hotspots …
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
Chris Cillizza / CNN:
Today is Bernie Sanders' last meaningful day as a presidential candidate  —  (CNN)For much of the past five years, Bernie Sanders has either been running for president or talking about running for president, an absolutely remarkable streak of longevity.  —  That streak, unfortunately …
Discussion: National Review and VTDigger
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
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: ABC News, Politico and Raw Story
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.
Niall Ferguson / Globe and Mail:
Let's Zoom Xi.  He has questions to answer  —  Niall Ferguson is the Milbank Family senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford  —  In Liu Cixin's extraordinary science-fiction novel The Three-Body Problem, China recklessly creates, then ingeniously solves, an existential threat to humanity …
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.
Mike Levine / ABC News:
Calls to US helpline jump 891%, as White House is warned of mental health crisis  —  Some federal officials worry the U.S. isn't prepared to meet nation's needs.  —  The national hotline providing emergency help to people suffering from emotional distress has received nearly nine times …
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
NBC News:
Key Trump coronavirus task force must work at home after positive COVID-19 test  —  The positive test for coronavirus, announced in an email to Federal Emergency Management Agency staff Monday night, will empty the supply chain war room.  —  A critical White House unit that is getting …
Discussion: The Hill, POLITICUSUSA and Mediaite
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
Trump vows to add more money to Payback Protection Program to aid ailing small businesses  —  President Trump promised on Tuesday to quickly get more money to small businesses struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic during a meeting with banking CEOs.  —  Trump vowed to get hundreds …
Discussion: The Hill
 
 
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Associated Press:
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Joshua Goodman / Associated Press:
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Dan McLaughlin / National Review:
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 Earlier Items: 
Thomas L. Friedman / New York Times:
What America Needs Next: A Biden National Unity Cabinet
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
The Hill:
Trump, Biden set for tight battle in Florida
Robert A. Cronkleton / Kansas City Star:
COVID-19 update: Truckers warn supply chain in jeopardy; confusion reigns on shutdown
Associated Press:
‘A lot of pain.’ NY has biggest 1-day jump in virus deaths
Discussion: Florida Politics and Fox News
Roge Karma / Vox:
Michael Lewis explains how the Trump administration puts us all at risk of catastrophe
Discussion: Political Wire
David Frum / The Atlantic:
This Is Trump's Fault
Discussion: Vox, Law & Crime and Wired
Peter Nicholas / The Atlantic:
The Real Point of Trump's Coronavirus Press Conferences