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March 30, 2020
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“Ratings to die for.”

In This Episode

The United States becomes the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, Trump blames everyone but himself for the bungled response, and public health officials persuade him to abandon his Easter deadline. Then PBS’s Yamiche Alcindor talks to Jon L. about covering the Trump White House during this crisis.

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Show notes


  • NYT: Coronavirus in the U.S.: Latest Map and Case Count
  • Mother Jones: More Than 2,000 Americans Have Died of the Coronavirus. Trump Is Tweeting About His TV Ratings.
  • CNN: US will see 100,000 to 200,000 coronavirus deaths and millions of cases, Fauci predicts
  • NYT: The U.S. Now Leads the World in Confirmed Coronavirus Cases 
  • Axios: U.S. leads world in confirmed coronavirus cases for first time
  • The Guardian: The missing six weeks: how Trump failed the biggest test of his life
  • WaPo: Desperate for medical equipment, states encounter a beleaguered national stockpile
  • Politico: ‘GM was wasting time’: Trump invokes DPA to force GM to make ventilators 
  • Vox: The Trump administration’s botched coronavirus response, explained
  • NYT: The Lost Month: How a Failure to Test Blinded the U.S. to Covid-19
  • Politico: Biden to Trump: ‘Stop thinking out loud’
  • The Guardian: Pelosi accuses Trump of costing US lives with coronavirus denials and delays
  • The Daily Beast: NBC’s Chuck Todd Asks Biden If Trump Has ‘Blood’ on His Hands Over Coronavirus Response
  • Reuters: Democratic group defies Trump, ramps up ad blasting coronavirus response 
  • NYT: Super PACs Step In to Attack Trump’s Coronavirus Response
  • CNN: ‘That governor is me’: Gretchen Whitmer takes on Trump as coronavirus cases rise in Michigan
  • Politico: Trump approves Michigan disaster declaration after war of words with governor 
  • Reuters: Trump, Michigan governor trade jabs as state’s virus cases mount
  • WaPo: Inslee clashes with Trump over his leadership on coronavirus aid: ‘We need a Tom Brady’
  • Politico: Trump calls Inslee a ‘snake’ over criticism of coronavirus rhetoric
  • WaPo: Trump just raged at Michigan’s governor. Here’s what’s really behind it. 
  • Crain’s Detroit: Whitmer: Feds told vendors not to send medical supplies to Michigan 
  • AP: Trump boosts virus aid, warns governors to be ‘appreciative’
  • NPR: Trump: Governors Should Be ‘Appreciative’ Of Federal Coronavirus Efforts 
  • Vox: Trump commits to helping blue states fight the coronavirus — if their governors are nice to him
  • The Guardian: Disunited states of America: responses to coronavirus shaped by hyper-partisan politics
  • FiveThirtyEight: The Coronavirus Isn’t Just A Blue State Problem
  • Mediaite: Giuliani Says Governors Should Engage Trump Like ‘He’s the Boss’: ‘Sometimes It’s Better If You Don’t Win the Golf Game’
  • The Atlantic: Cuomo and de Blasio: A Tale of Two Leaders 
  • The Guardian: How US governors are fighting coronavirus – and Donald Trump
  • CNN: Gavin Newsom takes new tone with Trump as he steers California during coronavirus crisis
  • AP: Flatter or fight? Governors seeking help must navigate Trump
  • ABC News: Inside President Trump’s call with governors: a mix of praise and criticism 
  • AP: The Latest: Trump extends federal stay-at-home guidelines
  • CNN:  Trump extends federal social distancing guidelines to April 30
  • CNN: Coronavirus task force has received proposed recommendations on reducing social distancing
  • Politico: Fauci: Social distancing guidelines likely to remain
  • WaPo: As Trump invokes presidential powers to fight the coronavirus, he sows confusion along the way
  • NBC News: White House advisers push Trump to avoid more date-specific timelines 
  • Vox: Social distancing can’t last forever. Here’s what should come next.
  • CNN: Trump previews new social distancing guidelines based on geographic risks
  • NBC News: Trump tells governors he is setting new coronavirus social distancing guidelines
  • Politico: Mnuchin: Virus task force unanimously shunned Trump’s quarantine idea
  • AP: Trump: No quarantine, but travel advisory for NY, CT and NJ
  • CNN: CDC issues travel advisory for New York, New Jersey, Connecticut
  • CNBC: New York Gov. Cuomo says Trump has no authority to impose quarantine: ‘It would be illegal
  • WaPo: Experts converge on plans for easing coronavirus restrictions safely


  • NYT: The Virus Has Transformed the 2020 Elections. Here’s How.
  • WaPo: The Trailer: Answers to your questions about the primary, election timing, vote-by-mail and more
  • Politico: Inside Joe Biden’s bizarre coronavirus bunker
  • CNN: Experts are warning coronavirus puts the integrity of the 2020 election at risk. Here’s what could happen in November
  • The Atlantic – It’s Not Just the Presidential Race Adjusting to the Coronavirus
  • Mother Jones – Campaigning As We Know It Is Over
  • NYT: ‘Your Health or the Right to Vote’: A Battle in Wisconsin as Its Primary Nears
  • NY Mag – State That May Decide 2020 Elections Approaches Chaotic April Primary
  • NYT: 14 States Have Postponed Their Primaries Because of Coronavirus. Here’s a List.
  • CNN: New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo moves state’s presidential primary
  • Wisconsin State Journal: Wisconsin’s spring election still on for April 7 despite a chaotic week of political, legal wrangling
  • NBC News – Coronavirus cripples voter registration efforts. Millions could be denied.
  • The Atlantic – How Donald Trump Could Steal the Election 
  • Bloomberg – Biden Admits ‘Frustration,’ Demands Urgency from Trump on Virus
  • Vox: Biden calls for widespread application of Defense Production Act
  • New Yorker – What’s Joe Biden’s Role in the Response to the Coronavirus Crisis?
  • The Atlantic : The COVID-19 Crisis Reveals an Old Divide Between the Parties
  • Politico: Biden mounts behind-the-scenes mission to win over wary progressives
  • The Atlantic – What Do Progressives Do Now?
  • CNN: 5 takeaways from Joe Biden’s CNN town hall on the coronavirus response
  • LA Times – Joe Biden calls for a national lockdown to contain the coronavirus
  • WaPo: Post-ABC poll shows Trump and Biden in a competitive race for the White House
  • Politico: Biden leads Trump in new polls despite coronavirus approval bounce
  • CNN: Trump’s approval rating is up most among those who don’t vote
  • NYT: Can Trump Break a 50 Percent Approval Rating?
  • FiveThirtyEight – Americans Are Worried About The Coronavirus. They’re Even More Worried About The Economy.
  • Mother Jones Trump Says He’ll Ignore Key Oversight Provision in Stimulus Bill