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6:55 PM ET, March 20, 2020


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BuzzFeed News:
Staffers On Michael Bloomberg's Campaign Are Losing Their Jobs In The Middle Of A Pandemic  —  Staffers of former presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg are staring down the possibility of losing their jobs and health care in the middle of an unprecedented pandemic.
Alex Thompson / Politico:
Laid-off Bloomberg staffers exposed to coronavirus  —  Mike Bloomberg's shuttered presidential campaign alerted staffers on Thursday night that two floors of its New York headquarters were exposed to the novel coronavirus.  —  On Friday morning, the campaign then laid off hundreds …
Discussion: Raw Story
Bloomberg lays off hundreds as coronavirus bears down
Discussion: Gothamist
Associated Press:
Bloomberg to Give $18M to DNC; State Parties to Get Offices
Discussion: Townhall
Erik Ortiz / NBC News:
NBC News employee dies after testing positive for coronavirus  —  Larry Edgeworth “was the guy you wanted by your side no matter where you were,” NBC News Chairman Andy Lack wrote to staff members.  —  A longtime employee of NBC News died Thursday after testing positive for the coronavirus …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump's eruption at an NBC reporter says it all about his alternate reality on coronavirus  —  President Trump on Friday excoriated an NBC reporter for pressing him on whether he was being overly optimistic about the government's ability to deliver drugs to treat the coronavirus.
Chicago Tribune:
Gov. J.B. Pritzker to issue lockdown order requiring residents ‘shelter in place’ starting Saturday, sources say  —  Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker plans to issue a “shelter-in-place” order for the entire state starting Saturday, essentially commanding residents to stay in their homes as the officials …
Jennifer Smith / Daily Mail:   Illinois ‘to announce shelter-in-place order’ …
New York Post:
Coronavirus in NY: Cuomo orders lockdown, shuts down non-essential businesses
Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:
Senate GOP Response to Pandemic, Recession Is Seriously Inadequate  —  The Senate Republican proposal for a third bill to address the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis is woefully inadequate to meet the extraordinary challenges now facing the nation.  Its centerpiece …
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Neediest Left Out of Republican Coronavirus Rebate Plan
Discussion: National Review
Washington Post:
Senate dives into negotiations on trillion-dollar stimulus bill as economic calamity grows
Discussion: Common Dreams and Roll Call
New York Times:
The War on Coronavirus Comes to Trump Properties  —  Health restrictions have led to cutbacks at hotels and golf courses.  But the swimming pool remains open at a Florida resort, and a New York golf course offers “fresh air” without caddies.  —  Reeling from the global fallout of the coronavirus pandemic …
Discussion: CNBC, Raw Story, Mediaite and The Hill
Washington Post:   Trump's clubs and hotels, including Mar-a-Lago, suffer from coronavirus fallout
Anne Gearan / Washington Post:   Trump's ambassador to South Africa was at Mar-a-Lago dinner with infected Brazilian
Kansas City Star:
Kansas official: Pandemic isn't a problem here because there are few Chinese people  —  BY THE KANSAS CITY STAR EDITORIAL BOARD  —  The chairman of the Riley County Commissioners suggested this week that the global coronavirus pandemic is not a problem locally because unlike in Italy …
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
The Best-Case Outcome for the Coronavirus, and the Worst  —  Will we endure 2.2 million deaths?  Or will we manage to turn things around?  —  Here's the grimmest version of life a year from now: More than two million Americans have died from the new coronavirus, almost all mourned without funerals.
Discussion: Breitbart, AIER and Althouse
New York Times:   The Epic Failure of Coronavirus Testing in America
New York Times:
Without Urgent Action, Coronavirus Could Overwhelm U.S., Estimates Say  —  Three scenarios for how the outbreak could spread.  —  Percent infected byApril 1 … The coronavirus has infected far more people in the United States than testing has shown so far, and stringent measures …
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Common Dreams
Susan Shultz / Darien Times:
CANCELED: Town of Darien has canceled drive-through coronavirus testing  —  UPDATE: Darien's drive-through testing has been canceled, according to a tweet from First Selectman Jayme Stevenson.  The testing was to start Thursday.  Some neighbors expressed complaints with the location of testing so close to their home on social media.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Three big takeaways from the stunning GOP stock-selling revelations  —  We already know President Trump spent weeks misleading the country by playing down the potential impact of the coronavirus, at a time when many officials in his government surely knew what a dire threat it posed …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A brutal new ad uses Trump's own words against him  —  It's often argued that we must avoid “politicizing” crises like the current coronavirus catastrophe.  But if anything can bury this cliche once and for all — “politicizing” a crisis really means debating our differences over what to do about one …
Adam Edelman / NBC News:
Biden trashes Trump over coronavirus response: ‘Step up and do your job, Mr. President’  —  On a conference call with reporters, Biden laid out all the things he felt Trump had done wrong — and what he'd do differently.  —  Joe Biden, the 2020 Democratic front-runner …
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Biden plans shadow coronavirus briefings
Discussion: Raw Story and Common Dreams
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
As Congress debates who gets a check, some experts say: Make it universal  —  They argue that means-testing raises bureaucratic hurdles and inefficiencies that would counteract the goal of swiftly getting cash into the economy.  —  Two checks: Senate working on sending direct money for coronavirus relief
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Senate scrambles to strike deal on $1T pandemic relief for businesses, families
Discussion: The Hill
New York Times:
Coronavirus in N.Y.: ‘Deluge’ of Cases Begins Hitting Hospitals  —  There are already critical shortages: A Bronx hospital is running out of ventilators.  In Brooklyn, doctors are reusing masks.  —  For weeks, as the coronavirus has spread across the world, New York officials have warned …
Discussion: Gothamist
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Fauci predicts Americans will likely need to stay home for at least several more weeks  —  “I cannot see that all of a sudden, next week or two weeks from now it's going to be over.  I don't think there's a chance of that,” he said.  —  WASHINGTON — Dr. Anthony Fauci …
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
Coronavirus upends nation as three in four Americans' lives changed by pandemic: POLL  —  A new ABC News/Ipsos poll shows a far different portrait of a country.  —  As a deepening public health crisis rocks the nation, a new ABC News/Ipsos poll released Friday shows a far different portrait …
Sarah Chaney / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Administration Asks States to Keep Quiet About Jobless Figures  —  Coronavirus crisis spurs a spike in unemployment claims as industries are forced to shut down  —  The Trump administration asked states to abstain from releasing unemployment-claims figures prior to the publication …
Amy Mackinnon / Foreign Policy:
Death of a Whistleblower … It's almost not possible to overstate how large and complicated the United States Department of Defense is.  It is the largest U.S. government agency, serves as the country's biggest employer, and wields an annual budget of $738 billion.
Abigail Abrams / TIME:
Total Cost of Her COVID-19 Treatment: $34,927.43  —  When Danni Askini started feeling chest pain, shortness of breath and a migraine all at once on a Saturday in late February, she called the oncologist who had been treating her lymphoma.  Her doctor thought she might be reacting poorly to a new medication …
Discussion: INSIDER and Raw Story
Ronald Brownstein / The Atlantic:
Red and Blue America Aren't Experiencing the Same Pandemic  —  Even a disease as far-reaching as the coronavirus hasn't entirely crossed the chasm between red and blue America.  —  In several key respects, the outbreak's early stages are unfolding very differently in Republican- and Democratic-leaning parts of the country.
Discussion: Instapundit
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
Majority of NYC's coronavirus cases are men between 18 and 49 years old  —  The majority of New York City residents who have tested positive for the coronavirus are men between the ages of 18 and 49, according to newly released public health data.  —  Even though experts say the elderly …
Matt Arco / New Jersey Online:
Non-essential businesses will be shut down in N.J. due to coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Murphy says  —  Gov. Phil Murphy vowed Friday to implement more restrictions on New Jersey residents within the next 24 hours, including shutting down nonessential businesses to help fight the coronavirus outbreak …
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Associated Press:
Imports of medical supplies plummet as demand in US soars
Tara Copp / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
First coronavirus cases inside the Pentagon reported - Air Force airman, contractor
Discussion: Task & Purpose
Washington Post:
Cruise ships kept sailing as coronavirus spread. Travelers and health experts question why.
Discussion: New York Post
Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch: FBI Finds New Clinton Emails, Including Discussion about Benghazi and Additional Classified Material
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
The Coronavirus and Building a Better Strategy for Fighting Pandemics
Associated Press:
Illinois and New join California in ordering virus lockdowns
Discussion: Deseret News
White House to bring Hassett back as economic adviser amid crisis
Stock losses worsen as oil drops, Dow down 700 points
Discussion: UPI, Forbes, WND and The Week
 Earlier Items: 
Steven Levy / Wired:
The Doctor Who Helped Defeat Smallpox Explains What's Coming
Discussion: The Independent and Balloon Juice
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Coronavirus Vindicates Capitalism
Joe Sonka / Courier-Journal:
Voter photo ID bill passes Kentucky legislature, heads to Gov. Beshear's desk
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Donald Trump's Cult of Personality Did This
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Donnelly:
COVID-19: NYC should brace for impact and shut down now.
Discussion: Politico
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Coronavirus and Poverty: A Mother Skips Meals So Her Children Can Eat
Discussion: Washington Post
Wall Street Journal:
Rethinking the Coronavirus Shutdown
Discussion: Instapundit and Power Line