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9:30 PM ET, March 20, 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 …
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 …
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
Discussion: Raw Story
Bloomberg lays off hundreds as coronavirus bears down
Discussion: NBC News and Gothamist
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 …
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 …
Julia Marsh / New York Post:   Majority of NYC's coronavirus cases are men between 18 and 49 years old
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
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 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Ramesh Ponnuru / Bloomberg:
Neediest Left Out of Republican Coronavirus Rebate Plan
Discussion: National Review
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 Just The News
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
Adam Edelman / NBC News:   Biden trashes Trump over coronavirus response: ‘Step up and do your job, Mr. President’
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
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Daily Kos
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 and Eater
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, Mediaite, Raw Story and The Hill
Washington Post:   Trump's clubs and hotels, including Mar-a-Lago, suffer from coronavirus fallout
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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
Ben Ashford / Daily Mail:
EXCLUSIVE: Baggies of crystal meth, empty Corona bottles and soiled bedding: These are the sordid images of the raucous hotel party that sent Florida Dem Andrew Gillum to rehab and left male escort hospitalized  — Gillum was found in a hotel room at Mondrian South Beach last Friday morning …
Discussion: Florida Politics
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
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
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.
GOP Sen. Hoeven bought up to $250,000 in health sciences fund days after coronavirus briefing  — Sen. John Hoeven purchased up to $250,000 of stock in a fund invested in health sciences companies in late January, just five days after attending a briefing on the federal government's response …
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 …
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
White House to bring Hassett back as economic adviser amid crisis  —  He will be working as a temporary unpaid adviser.  —  Kevin Hassett.  Alex Wong/Getty Images  —  The Trump administration is bringing back former chief economist Kevin Hassett, whose grim public comments …
Discussion: Raw Story
Matthew Perrone / Associated Press:
US virus testing faces new headwind: Lab supply shortages  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — First, some of the coronavirus tests didn't work.  Then there weren't enough to go around.  Now, just as the federal government tries to ramp up nationwide screening, laboratory workers are warning of a new roadblock: dire shortages of testing supplies.
Associated Press:
Imports of medical supplies plummet as demand in US soars  —  The critical shortage of medical supplies across the U.S., including testing swabs, protective masks, surgical gowns and hand sanitizer, can be tied to a sudden drop in imports, mostly from China, The Associated Press has found.
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
NIH director: Up to 70K coronavirus cases could be confirmed in US by end of next week  —  The head of the National Institutes of Health spoke to employees on Friday.  —  As many as 70,000 Americans could be confirmed as infected with coronavirus by the end of next week, marking a …
Caitlin O'Kane / CBS News:
90-year-old woman who contracted coronavirus at Seattle senior care facility is now recovering  —  A 90-year-old woman who contracted coronavirus at Life Care Center senior care facility in Seattle has recovered, her family says.  Life Care Center experienced a massive spread of the virus in mid-February.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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 …
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
1 in 8 Trump voters lives in a county with no ICU beds
Discussion: Kaiser Health News and Twitchy
Yeganeh Torbati / ProPublica:
The White House Asked Manufacturers for Help, Then Gave Them No Clear Instructions
Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch: FBI Finds New Clinton Emails, Including Discussion about Benghazi and Additional Classified Material
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Matt Arco / New Jersey Online:
Non-essential businesses will be shut down in N.J. due to coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Murphy says
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Joe Sonka / Courier-Journal:
Voter photo ID bill passes Kentucky legislature, heads to Gov. Beshear's desk
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Fauci predicts Americans will likely need to stay home for at least several more weeks
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Donald Trump's Cult of Personality Did This
Discussion: Raw Story
Sarah Chaney / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Administration Asks States to Keep Quiet About Jobless Figures
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
Coronavirus upends nation as three in four Americans' lives changed by pandemic: POLL
Wall Street Journal:
Rethinking the Coronavirus Shutdown
Discussion: Instapundit and Power Line