The Kid Stays in the Picture

“Dozens of Trump administration officials have trooped to the White House podium over the last two months to brief the public on their effort to combat coronavirus, but one person who hasn’t … has emerged as perhaps the most pivotal figure in the national fight against the fast-growing pandemic.” Politico: Behind the scenes, Kushner takes charge of coronavirus response. (Editor’s note: Goodbye, everyone.) Seriously, the most knowledgeable and talented minds in America are ready to serve as point people for this disaster. They’re still waiting by the phone while Jared gets on the job training…

+ Related: Authoritarian Populists Have Six Classic Moves. Trump’s Response to COVID-19 Uses Five of Them.

+ Patriots do what federal government can’t, deliver 1.2 million N95 masks from China. (And in this case, we mean the New England Patriots.)

+ “‘China sent us some stuff, which was terrific. Russia sent us a very, very large planeload of things, medical equipment, which was very nice,’ Trump told reporters Monday.” WaPo: Trump called Russia’s coronavirus aid to U.S. ‘very nice.’ Putin may use it as a propaganda coup. (What does it say about America that it’s receiving medical supplies from a failed state? Here’s what it doesn’t say: “Great Again.”)

+ The Nation: The Military Knew Years Ago That a Coronavirus Was Coming. (Their report was so prescient, it’s scary.)

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