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Washington Post:
Glitches prevent $1,200 stimulus checks from reaching millions of Americans  —  Several million people who filed their taxes via H&R Block, TurboTax and other popular services were unable to get their payments.  Some parents reported they didn't get the $500 promised for their dependent children.
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Ivanka Trump, Disregarding Federal Guidelines, Travels to N.J. for Passover  —  Ms. Trump herself has not followed the federal guidelines advising against discretionary travel, leaving Washington for another one of her family's homes.  —  WASHINGTON — Ivanka Trump, President Trump's eldest daughter …
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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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Tony Romm / Washington Post:   ‘Almost everybody I know is out of work’: How the coronavirus has unleashed economic havoc in Michigan
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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CNBC:
New York and other East Coast states extend shutdown of nonessential businesses to May 15, Gov. Cuomo says  —  New York and other East Coast states are extending their shutdown of nonessential businesses to May 15 as officials grapple with how to reopen parts of the economy without leading …
David Marcus / The Federalist:   The Lockdown Is Loosening Whether Government Likes It Or Not
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.
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Exclusive: Biggest Trump super PAC test drives #BeijingBiden campaign  —  A leading pro-Trump super PAC is testing a new ad campaign to paint Joe Biden as soft on China and redirect criticism of President Trump's coronavirus response.  —  Driving the news: Beginning Friday …
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Elie Mystal / The Nation:   Joe Biden Needs to Start Acting Like a Presidential Candidate
MSNBC:
Joe Biden: People are frightened and looking for leadership
Discussion: Fox News, NBC News and POLITICUSUSA
Patrick Marley / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
After losing election, state Supreme Court Justice Daniel Kelly signals he will participate in voter rolls case  —  (Photo: Steve Apps/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)  —  MADISON - Days after learning he was losing his seat on the state Supreme Court, Justice Daniel Kelly signaled …
Discussion: Raw Story and Los Angeles Times
Molly Jong-Fast / The Daily Beast:
The Country Could Use a First Lady.  But Melania Trump Has Gone AWOL.  —  Melania could be out there sewing masks, visiting caregivers, working at a food bank; whatever.  That's what first ladies do during crises.  So where is she?  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  From denial to passive lack of interest …
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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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
It Is Important to Know This Virus's Origins
Axios:
Small business loan fund from coronavirus stimulus runs out  —  The $349 billion cap for small business loans for the coronavirus stimulus was reached Thursday, taking less than two weeks to run out.  —  Why it matters: While it's a sign that more than 1.6 million small businesses …
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Bloomberg:
Small Business Fears Come True as Virus Rescue Funds Run Out
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Seeking Alpha
Joyce M. Rosenberg / Associated Press:   Govt lending program on hold after reaching lending limit
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 …
Discussion: The Hill and POLITICUSUSA
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
Washington Post:
Covid-19 is rapidly becoming America's leading cause of death  —  How does the coronavirus compare to other major causes of death in an average week?  —  In just weeks, covid-19 deaths have snowballed from a few isolated cases to thousands across the country each day.
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: NBC News, Raw Story and Balloon Juice
Tracey Tully / New York Times:
After Anonymous Tip, 17 Bodies 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 …
Center for Public Integrity:
City leaders to Trump: help us fight the coronavirus by paying your bills  —  The Center for Public Integrity is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates betrayals of public trust.  Sign up to receive our stories.  —  Here's how some city leaders say President Donald Trump could immediately help …
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Trump's Job Rating Slides; U.S. Satisfaction Tumbles  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — As President Donald Trump works to contain the damage from the novel coronavirus outbreak in the U.S., the rally in support he enjoyed as the nation entered a virtual lockdown has faded.
VICE:
Michigan's Ex-Gov. Rick Snyder Knew About Flint's Toxic Water—and Lied About It  —  During the inauguration of his successor, outgoing Michigan Governor Rick Snyder needed a favor.  —  At the January 2019 event, Snyder approached Karen Weaver, who was then the mayor of Flint …
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.
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Washington Post:
How an outbreak on the USS Theodore Roosevelt became a defining moment for the U.S. military  —  As a coronavirus outbreak swept through a U.S. aircraft carrier crippled off the coast of Guam, the ship's commander tapped out an e-mail urging senior Navy leaders to evacuate most of the 4,800 sailors onboard.
Discussion: New York Times and Task & Purpose
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite
Jennifer Senior / New York Times:
Why Trump Doesn't Seem to Understand About Coronavirus  —  Why did it take so long to do the right thing?  —  From the beginning, Donald J. Trump has taken a rather peculiar view of the new coronavirus: If he can't see the damage it's doing, it's not doing any damage.
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
The E.P.A. Is Weakening Controls on Mercury.  Other Rules Will Fall, Too.  —  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.
Discussion: CNN
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 …
Carol Marbin Miller / Miami Herald:
Nursing home industry, already granted favors by DeSantis, wants another — this one big  —  The decades-long quest of Florida elder-care facilities to secure greater protections against negligence lawsuits may get a boost from the unlikeliest of events: a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic that is ravaging their residents.
Discussion: Slate
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
Why Don't COVID-19 Truthers Blame Trump for Anything?  —  If shutting down the country is the worst thing ever then why isn't Trump getting shredded by the people who think it's a gross overreaction?  —  1. A Serious Question  —  I've been consistently boggled by the loose affiliation …
Discussion: Raw Story
Anna Sanders / New York Daily News:
NYC outdoor pools closed for summer 2020 due to coronavirus pandemic, beaches could be next  —  This summer is going to be a bummer.  —  All of New York City's outdoor public pools will be closed this year because of the coronavirus — and Mayor de Blasio warned that beaches could be shuttered for the summer too.
Nina Lakhani / The Guardian:
Major blow to Keystone XL pipeline as judge revokes key permit  —  Campaigners welcomed Wednesday's ruling as a victory for tribal rights and environmental protection  —  The controversial Keystone XL tar sands pipeline has been dealt a major setback, after a judge revoked a key permit issued …
Discussion: Sierra Club, Raw Story and HuffPost
Wall Street Journal:
WSJ News Exclusive |  China's Export Restrictions Strand Medical Goods U.S. Needs to Fight Coronavirus, State Department Says  —  Orders of face masks, test kits and other urgently needed medical equipment made by 3M, Owens & Minor and PerkinElmer are sitting in warehouses across China, unable to receive necessary official clearances.
Discussion: National Review and PJ Media Home
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Trumpists Believe Bill Gates Is Using Coronavirus to Implant Brain Chips  —  It's crazy stuff.  And potentially disastrous too, as a chunk of these people may be so freaked out that they forgo getting a vaccine.  —  Billionaire Bill Gates and his wife Melinda have committed $100 million …
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, New York Post and STAT
 
 
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As Coronavirus Fades in China, Nationalism and Xenophobia Flare
Bloomberg:
Kushner Cos. Faces Squeeze in Brooklyn Over WeWork, Coronavirus
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Matt Shapiro / The American Spectator:
Media on Coronavirus: Stenographers for the Elite
Reuters:
Netanyahu rival fails to form government, 4th Israeli election in one year likely
Libby Cathey / ABC News:
Coronavirus government response updates: Trump to speak with governors, says he'll announce new reopening guidelines
USA Today:
Trump wants to reopen America in a few weeks. …
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Discussion: Althouse
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James Barragán / Dallas Morning News:
Texas voters who fear catching the coronavirus can vote by mail, state judge rules
Heather Long / Washington Post:
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Alex Ward / Vox:
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Discussion: Foreign Policy