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9:00 AM ET, March 21, 2020


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Washington Post:
U.S. intelligence reports from January and February warned about a likely pandemic  —  U.S. intelligence agencies were issuing ominous, classified warnings in January and February about the global danger posed by the coronavirus while President Trump and lawmakers played down the threat …
Washington Post:
Former intelligence chiefs: Trump's removal of experts is deeply destructive to our nation's safety  —  Joseph Maguire, John Brennan (interim), Michael Leiter, Matthew G. Olsen, Nicholas Rasmussen, Andrew Liepman (acting and deputy) and Geoffrey O'Connell (principal deputy) are former directors of the National Counterterrorism Center.
Discussion: New York Times
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 …
Los Angeles Times:
L.A. County gives up on containing coronavirus, tells doctors to skip testing of some patients  —  Los Angeles County health officials advised doctors to give up on testing patients in the hope of containing the coronavirus outbreak, instructing them to test patients only if a positive result could change how they would be treated.
Discussion: Mother Jones, Wired and KTLA
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Breaking: Trump eyes two-week quarantine, only drug and grocery stores open  —  President Trump, moving with haste to slow the spread of the coronavirus, is preparing a plan to mobilize the National Guard to help enforce a two-week quarantine of the public if his tough-love efforts so far fail.
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Coronavirus Cases Strain New York City Hospitals: 'We're Getting Pounded'  —  Swiftly rising number of patients, sooner than expected, leads to supply shortages and concern about what is to come  —  New York City hospitals are already straining under the onslaught of novel coronavirus cases …
New York Times:
How to Avoid Complete Economic Destruction  —  To limit mass unemployment, the government needs to provide companies with the money they are temporarily unable to earn.  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
Paul Campos / Lawyers, Guns & Money:   The pure evil of the Republican caucus
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Neediest Left Out of Republican Coronavirus Rebate Plan
Discussion: National Review
Washington Post:
U.S. economy deteriorating faster than anticipated as 80 million Americans are forced to stay at home  —  Already, it is clear that the initial economic decline will be sharper and more painful than during the 2008 financial crisis  —  The U.S. economy is deteriorating more quickly …
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Flare
Dipti S. Barot / HuffPost:
I'm A Doctor.  The U.S. Response To Coronavirus Has Been Nothing Short Of Criminal.  —  “With every crucial delay, with every blunder and misstep, the toll is going to be measured in lives lost.”  —  I am a doctor.  And I am immunocompromised.  I am safe at home screening patients …
Discussion: LiveScience and KTLA
Washington Post:
We face a wartime supply shortage. Where is Trump's wartime response?
Discussion: HuffPost and New York Times
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: Eater and Gothamist
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 …
New York Times:
How It All Came Apart for Bernie Sanders  —  The Sanders campaign appeared on the brink of a commanding lead in the Democratic race.  But a series of fateful decisions and internal divisions have left him all but vanquished.  —  In mid-January, a few weeks before the Iowa caucuses …
New York Post:
De Blasio's senior staff in near revolt over his coronavirus response  —  When Mayor de Blasio dragged a half dozen aides and members of his NYPD security detail to his Brooklyn YMCA Monday morning amidst the coronavirus outbreak, fellow fitness enthusiasts were coughing and sneezing …
Discussion: Breitbart and Althouse
CBS Philly:
Coronavirus Latest: Lakewood Police Arrest Homeowner For Hosting Pop-up Wedding With More Than 50 People  —  LAKEWOOD, N.J. (CBS) — Police in Ocean County have arrested a homeowner for hosting a pop-up wedding with more than 50 people in attendance during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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
Elizabeth Warren / USA Today:
Any Coronavirus bailout must put workers first: Sen. Elizabeth Warren
Alex Wickham / BuzzFeed:
10 Days That Changed Britain: “Heated” Debate Between Scientists Forced Boris Johnson To Act On Coronavirus  —  “This is going to get much, much worse, very quickly, both in terms of deaths and the economy,” a cabinet minister told BuzzFeed News.  “It will not be long before we are getting numbers like Italy.
Phil Helsel / NBC News:
Nevada's governor orders all non-essential business to close  —  Days after Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak shut down gambling in the state and asked non-essential businesses to close, he turned that into an order aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus.  —  “Previously, I asked nonessential …
Stuart Ramsay / Sky News:
Coronavirus: Italy's hardest-hit city wants you to see how COVID-19 is affecting its hospitals  —  The sheer numbers of people succumbing to the coronavirus is overwhelming every hospital in northern Italy.  —  Chief correspondent @ramsaysky  —  Created with Sketch.
Discussion: NPR and Breitbart
Chloe Schama / Vogue:
“They Ignored the Warning Signs”: A New York City ER Doctor Explains What She's Up Against  —  Dara Kass is a doctor but she is also a public speaker, a political activist, and a Park Slope mother of three.  Over the course of the past few weeks, however, she has reoriented her life …
Discussion: New York Times
Lawrence Dunhill / Health Service Journal:
Hospital's critical care unit overwhelmed by coronavirus patients  —  A major London hospital declared a “critical incident” due to a surge in patients with coronavirus, with one senior director in the capital calling the development “petrifying”.  —  In a message to staff on Thursday night …
Discussion: Breitbart and The Guardian
Jonathan Capehart / Washington Post:
Trump is ‘nasty’ in a crisis and ‘terrible’ in his response to it  —  In times of crisis, the American people look to their president for reassurance and calm.  But when that person is President Trump, forget it.  We have long known that he is a moral void incapable of self-reflection or empathy.
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Biden plans shadow coronavirus briefings  —  Joe Biden is planning a regular shadow briefing on coronavirus to start as early as Monday to show how he would handle the crisis and address what he calls the lies and failures of President Trump.  —  Biden gave a preview of what's to come …
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 …
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
World leaders are fighting the virus.  And each other.  —  The United Nations Security Council, a premier global forum, hasn't yet held a session on the coronavirus pandemic sweeping the globe.  —  The European Union is trying to limit exports of key medical supplies to nations beyond its borders …
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders is considering several options as he ponders his campaign's future  —  Sen. Bernie Sanders has convened a series of weighty discussions about the future of his presidential campaign with his closest confidants, according to two people with direct knowledge of the conversations …
House members, Senate aides traded stocks in early days of coronavirus  —  While Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) and Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) sought on Friday to explain sales of stock made at a time when they were reassuring the public about the coronavirus threat, they weren't the only elected officials …
Kaamil Ahmed / The Guardian:
Locust crisis poses a danger to millions, forecasters warn  —  Experts fear swarms like those seen in Africa will become more common as tropical storms create favourable breeding conditions  —  The locust crisis that has now reached 10 countries could carry on to endanger millions more people, forecasters have said.
Discussion: Redstate
David Caplan / 1010 WINS:
Andrew Cuomo, Mike Pence aides test positive for coronavirus  —  NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — Aides to Vice President Mike Pence and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have tested positive for coronavirus, spokespeople for both lawmakers announced Friday night.  —  First, was the announcement about Pence's aide:
New York Times:
Trump Resists Pressure to Use Wartime Law to Mobilize Industry in Virus Response  —  The president insisted he has used the Defense Production Act, but said at a briefing that “we are literally being besieged” by companies “that want to do the work and help our country.”
Discussion: Raw Story
Abha Bhattarai / Washington Post:
'If coronavirus doesn't get us, starvation will': A growing number of Americans say they can't afford to stock up on groceries  —  She was running out of food, but Patricia Brown had to wait.  —  She waited until the third Wednesday of the month, the day her Social Security check landed in the bank …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
1 in 8 Trump voters lives in a county with no ICU beds  —  A central question as the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus continues to climb is whether hospitals will be able to handle the sudden surge in patients.  Estimates suggest that at least a tenth of those who are infected …
LEAKED: Neo-Nazi Terrorist ‘Feuerkrieg Division’ Organizing Chats  —  In early 2020, the more violent and radical end of the neo-nazi movement has come under increasing scrutiny and legal prosecution.  Members of Atomwaffen and The Base, both neo-nazi groups that openly embrace terrorist tactics …
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Anthony Faiola / Stamford Advocate:
Much of life comes to a standstill as countries shut themselves off from the rest of the world
Matthew Perrone / Associated Press:
US virus testing faces new headwind: Lab supply shortages
Discussion: Deseret News
Mike Levine / ABC News:
NIH director: Up to 70K coronavirus cases could be confirmed in US by end of next week
Yeganeh Torbati / ProPublica:
The White House Asked Manufacturers for Help, Then Gave Them No Clear Instructions
Discussion: Breitbart, National Review and Politico
Caitlin O'Kane / CBS News:
90-year-old woman who contracted coronavirus at Seattle senior care facility is now recovering
Ben Ashford / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Baggies of crystal meth, empty Corona bottles and soiled bedding: These are the …
Discussion: Florida Politics
Associated Press:
Imports of medical supplies plummet as demand in US soars
 Earlier Items: 
Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch: FBI Finds New Clinton Emails, Including Discussion about Benghazi and Additional Classified Material
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Amy Mackinnon / Foreign Policy:
Death of a Whistleblower … It's almost not possible to overstate …
Nicholas Kristof / New York Times:
The Best-Case Outcome for the Coronavirus, and the Worst
Discussion: Breitbart and AIER
White House to bring Hassett back as economic adviser amid crisis
Discussion: Raw Story
Chicago Tribune:
Gov. J.B. Pritzker to issue lockdown order requiring residents ‘shelter in place’ starting Saturday, sources say