Carnival Executives Knew They Had a Virus Problem, but Kept the Party Going ; Michigan’s Ex-Gov. Knew About Flint’s Toxic Water — and Lied About It ; and More Picks 4/17

Carnival Executives Knew They Had a Virus Problem, but Kept the Party Going (Bethany)

The authors write, “This wasn’t Carnival’s first outbreak, nor its last. In February, another of its ocean liners, the Diamond Princess, accounted for more confirmed Covid-19 infections than any nation except for China. Since then no cruise operator has been hit harder than Carnival. At least seven more of the company’s ships at sea have become virus hot spots, resulting in more than 1,500 positive infections and at least 39 fatalities. Carnival notes that ‘other cruise companies have been impacted.’”

Nursing Home Industry, Already Granted Favors by DeSantis, Wants Another — This One Big (Dana)

The author writes, “A trade group for Florida’s nearly 700 nursing homes is asking Gov. Ron DeSantis to extend the state’s sovereign immunity provisions to the industry and other healthcare sectors during the course of the coronavirus pandemic. If the request is granted, hospitals, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and other providers would be protected against negligence suits.”

Michigan’s Ex-Gov. Rick Snyder Knew About Flint’s Toxic Water — and Lied About It (DonkeyHotey)

From Vice, “Hundreds of confidential pages of documents obtained by VICE, along with emails and interviews, reveal a coordinated, five-year cover-up overseen by Snyder and his top officials to prevent news of Flint’s deadly water from going public—while there was still time to save lives—and then limit the damage after the crisis made global headlines.”

Dems’ Health Insurer Bailout Follows Bundled Checks From the Industry’s Lobbyists (Chris)

The author writes, “While House Democrats are generally more open to expanding government health programs than the Republicans, the Democrats’ campaign arm has deep financial ties to the for-profit health insurance lobby.”

Neighborhood Watch: Cork Locals Enjoy Classic Films (Dana)

From RTÉ, “Cinemas may be closed but around 20 neighbours in Cork have found a way to go to the movies without leaving the street where they live. Residents of Frankfield Terrace have been enjoying classics from the comfort of their front gardens.