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Fox News:
Sources believe coronavirus originated in Wuhan lab as part of China's efforts to compete with US  —  EXCLUSIVE: COVID-19 originated in a Wuhan laboratory not as a bioweapon, but as part of China's effort to demonstrate that its efforts to identify and combat viruses are equal to or greater …
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Meagan Flynn / Washington Post:
Chanting ‘lock her up,’ Michigan protesters waving Trump flags mass against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's coronavirus restrictions  —  If all roads in Michigan lead to the state capitol, conservative protesters on Wednesday made sure they were closed.  —  For miles, thousands of drivers clogged …
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Heather Long / Washington Post:
U.S. now has 22 million unemployed, wiping out a decade of job gains  —  Last week, 5.2 million people filed unemployment claims, bringing the total to 22 million in the four weeks since President Trump declared a national emergency.  —  More than 22 million Americans have filed …
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Rebecca Rainey / Politico:
Jobless claims reach 22 million over four weeks
Discussion: IMF and Breitbart
Jamie Lovegrove / Post and Courier:
Lindsey Graham outraised by Democrat Jaime Harrison in SC's record-setting Senate race  —  COLUMBIA — U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham's Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison outraised the incumbent Republican for the first time in the race over the initial three months of 2020 …
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Jessica Piper / Bangor Daily News:   Sara Gideon leapfrogs Susan Collins in fundraising ahead of 2020 US Senate race
Justin Wise / The Hill:   Democratic challenger outraises Graham in South Carolina Senate race
Tracey Tully / New York Times:
After Anonymous Tip, 17 Bodies Are Found at Nursing Home Hit by Virus  —  There have been 68 recent deaths of residents and nurses from the facility in a small New Jersey town.  —  The call for body bags came late Saturday.  —  By Monday, the police in a small New Jersey town had gotten …
ABC News:
Intelligence report warned of coronavirus crisis as early as November: Sources  —  “Analysts concluded it could be a cataclysmic event,” a source said.  —  Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect comment from the Pentagon.  —  As far back as late November …
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Deb Riechmann / Associated Press:   Medical intelligence sleuths tracked, warned of new virus
Bloomberg:
Carnival Executives Knew They Had a Virus Problem, But Kept the Party Going  —  More than 1,500 people on the company's cruise ships have been diagnosed with Covid-19, and dozens have died.  —  The news, when it reached the Grand Princess early on March 4, barely registered at first.
Washington Post:
Trump's attempt to enlist businesses in reopening push gets off to rocky start  —  President Trump's attempt to enlist corporate executives in a push to reopen parts of society amid the coronavirus pandemic got off to a rocky start Wednesday, with some business leaders complaining the effort …
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Politico:
White House taps members of Congress to advise on reopening economy
Discussion: Axios
New York Times:
Trump's ‘Opening Our Country Council’ Runs Into Its Own Opening Problems
Discussion: CNN and Daily Kos
Jarrett Renshaw / Reuters:
Exclusive: New York taps McKinsey to develop ‘Trump-proof’ economic reopening plan  —  (Reuters) - New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has hired high-powered consultants to develop a science-based plan for the safe economic reopening of the region that can thwart expected pressure from President Donald Trump …
Discussion: The Hill
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David Marcus / The Federalist:   The Lockdown Is Loosening Whether Government Likes It Or Not
Washington Post:
We've never backed a Democrat for president.  But Trump must be defeated.  —  The authors are on the advisory board of the Lincoln Project.  —  This November, Americans will cast their most consequential votes since Abraham Lincoln's reelection in 1864.  We confront a constellation of crises …
Discussion: Kaiser Health News and Raw Story
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Alayna Treene / Axios:   Exclusive: Biggest Trump super PAC test drives #BeijingBiden campaign
Politico:
Hot spots erupt in farm belt states where governors insist lockdowns aren't needed  —  The only hospital in Grand Island, Neb., is full.  The mayor has asked for a statewide stay-at-home order that the GOP governor insists isn't needed.  More than one-third of those tested for coronavirus …
James Barragán / Dallas Morning News:
Texas voters who fear catching the coronavirus can vote by mail, state judge rules  —  Earlier in the day, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said fear of catching the virus would not qualify voters to vote by mail.  Paxton's office is expected to appeal the decision.
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Elizabeth Findell / Wall Street Journal:   In Texas a Battle Brews Over Voting by Mail Amid Coronavirus
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
Falwell Focuses on Critics as Coronavirus Cases Near His University Grow  —  Jerry Falwell Jr. has tried to have journalists arrested as he maintains he has been unfairly maligned.  But the coronavirus keeps spreading around Liberty University.  —  WASHINGTON — Jerry Falwell Jr.'s angry counteroffensive …
Ruth Marcus / Washington Post:
Assessing Tara Reade's allegations  —  What to make of former Joe Biden staffer Tara Reade's allegations that the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee sexually assaulted her in 1993?  This is a difficult and important question — not least for those who were persuaded …
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KC Johnson / City Journal:
Joe Biden's Double Standard
Makenzie Huber / Argus Leader:
‘I lost him because of that horrible place’: Smithfield worker dies from COVID-19  —  Angelita Rodriguez feels her husband was worked to death.  —  The 64-year-old Sioux Falls man, Augustín Rodriguez, showed up for every one of his shifts at Smithfield Foods, where he worked for nearly two decades.
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Benjamin J. Cowling / Nature:
Temporal dynamics in viral shedding and transmissibility of COVID-19  —  Nature Medicine (2020) Cite this article  —  Abstract  —  We report temporal patterns of viral shedding in 94 patients with laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 and modeled COVID-19 infectiousness profiles from a separate sample …
Discussion: Forbes and STAT
John F. Harris / Politico:
The shutdown backlash is coming soon—with a vengeance  —  Laughter has been banned indefinitely during the pandemic, by order of all but a few hold-out governors, on the unanimous recommendation of health experts.  —  Many people, however, found it challenging to abide by the rules early in the crisis …
New York Times:
Some Banks Keep Customers' Stimulus Checks if Accounts Are Overdrawn  —  Financial institutions can use the government deposits to make up for recipients' negative balances.  —  For some struggling Americans, the arrival of a deposit from the Treasury Department to help with basic expenses …
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Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Trump threatens to adjourn both chambers of Congress  —  President Trump on Wednesday called on the Senate to either confirm his nominees to vacancies across the administration or formally adjourn, threatening to use executive power to try and force both chambers of Congress to adjourn.
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New York Times:
E.P.A., Tweaking Its Math, Weakens Controls on Mercury  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is expected on Thursday to weaken regulations on the release of mercury and other toxic metals from oil and coal-fired power plants, another step toward rolling back health protections in the middle of a pandemic.
William Feuer / CNBC:
Drinking alcohol can make the coronavirus worse, the WHO says in recommending restricting access  — Drinking alcohol can increase the risk of catching Covid-19 and governments around the world should limit access during coronavirus lockdowns, the World Health Organization said late Tuesday.
Dave Levinthal / Center for Public Integrity:
City leaders to Trump: help us fight the coronavirus by paying your bills  —  Fourteen city governments say the president's campaign now owes them a collective $1.82 million.  The campaign says it's not responsible.  —  Editor-at-Large … Here's how some city leaders say President Donald Trump …
Alexander W. Cappelen / New York Times:
The Coronavirus Is Changing How Americans View One Another  —  This article is part of “The America We Need,” a Times Opinion series exploring how the nation can emerge from this crisis stronger, fairer and more free.  Read the introductory editorial and the editor's letter.
Marthe Fourcade / Bloomberg:
Hyped Malaria Pill Doesn't Help Clear Coronavirus in Study  —  Hydroxychloroquine, the 65-year-old malaria drug that President Donald Trump has praised, appeared not to help patients get rid of the pathogen in a small study.  —  The pill didn't help patients clear the virus better …
Anick Jesdanun / Associated Press:
Apple rolls out cheaper iPhone as pandemic curbs spending  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is releasing a new iPhone that will be vastly cheaper than the models it rolled out last fall when the economy was booming and the pandemic had yet to force people to rethink their spending.
Idrees Ali / Reuters:
Iranian vessels come dangerously close to American military ships: U.S. military  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Eleven vessels from Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy (IRGCN) came dangerously close to U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships in the Gulf, the U.S. military said on Wednesday, calling the moves “dangerous and provocative.”
Politico:
White House snubs Azar, installs Trump loyalist Michael Caputo as HHS spokesperson  —  The White House is installing Trump campaign veteran Michael Caputo in the health department's top communications position, Caputo confirmed to POLITICO.  —  The move is designed to assert more White House control …
Discussion: CNN, ABC17NEWS and Raw Story
David A. Hopkins / Honest Graft:
Solving the COVID Crisis Requires Bipartisanship, But the Modern GOP Isn't Built for It  —  American politics is famously polarized these days, but it's hard to envision any solution to the COVID pandemic and associated economic crisis that doesn't require a lot of bipartisan agreement.
 
 
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USA Today:
Coronavirus live updates: Unemployment claims boom; Trump to unveil guidelines for reopening economy; US deaths near 31K
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
The Coronavirus Is Splitting America in Two
Jennifer Senior / New York Times:
Why Trump Doesn't Seem to Understand About Coronavirus
Discussion: Raw Story
Carol Marbin Miller / Miami Herald:
Nursing home industry, already granted favors by DeSantis, wants another — this one big
Winnie Hu / New York Times:
New York Streets Are Nearly Empty, but Speeding Tickets Have Doubled
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Robert Mercer starts big money effort for Trump and RNC after cutting back support
David Malet / Washington Post:
Persuading Americans that they're safe from the coronavirus may be harder than you think
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Victor Davis Hanson / National Review:
We Are Approaching COVID-19 Gut-Check Time
Wall Street Journal:
WSJ News Exclusive |  China's Export Restrictions Strand Medical Goods U.S. Needs to Fight …
Patrick McGeehan / New York Times:
Now Arriving at La Guardia Airport: One Passenger
Alex Ward / Vox:
The Chris Murphy Doctrine
Washington Post:
In coronavirus scramble for N95 masks, Trump administration pays premium to third-party vendors
Politico:
Trump's call with Wall Street didn't go as planned
Discussion: Raw Story
Shahar Ziv / Forbes:
Why Are Rich Americans Getting $1.7 Million Stimulus Checks?
Discussion: The Federalist and The Bread Line
 

 
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