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4:40 PM ET, March 20, 2020


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The Daily Beast:
Sen. Kelly Loeffler Dumped Millions in Stock After Coronavirus Briefing  —  The Georgia Republican is the second Senator who has gotten rid of their holdings right as the stock market went bad.  —  The Senate's newest member sold off seven figures worth of stock holdings in the days and weeks …
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 …
Nikki Schwab / Daily Mail:
Dianne Feinstein who sits on the Intelligence Committee which was also briefed on coronavirus, sold up to $6m in stock
Discussion: NBC News, The Federalist and HuffPost
Tia Mitchell / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Perdue, Loeffler among senators whose stock trading during coronavirus raises questions
BuzzFeed News:
Staffers On Michael Bloomberg's Campaign Are Losing Their Jobs Despite His Promise Of A Yearlong Campaign  —  Staffers of former presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg are staring down the possibility of losing their jobs and their health care in the middle of an unprecedented global pandemic.
Dan Merica / CNN:
Bloomberg campaign transfers $18 million to DNC  —  (CNN)Michael Bloomberg's presidential campaign transferred $18 million to the Democratic National Committee on Friday, turning to the committee to fund and manage the effort to take down President Donald Trump instead of creating a Bloomberg-backed independent expenditure.
Discussion: Redstate
Washington Post:
Mike Bloomberg transfers his campaign assets to Democratic Party to fight President Trump in swing states  —  Former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg has decided to donate significant componentsof his shuttered presidential campaign to the Democratic Party, a historic bequest that includes …
Discussion: HuffPost, ABC News, The Hill and Politico
Politico:   Bloomberg lays off hundreds as coronavirus bears down
Associated Press:   Bloomberg to Give $18M to DNC; State Parties to Get Offices
NBC News:
Bloomberg gives $18 million to DNC in lieu of starting his own group to beat Trump
Discussion: Mediaite and National Review
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 …
Discussion: Breitbart, WGN-TV and The Hill
Jennifer Smith / Daily Mail:
Illinois ‘to announce shelter-in-place order’ …
Discussion: WGN-TV
New York Post:   Coronavirus in NY: Cuomo orders lockdown, shuts down non-essential businesses
CNBC:   New Yorkers ordered to mostly stay inside to fight coronavirus: 'We're all under quarantine now,' Gov. Cuomo says
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 …
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 …
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Fauci predicts Americans will likely need to stay home for at least several more weeks
Stephen Collinson / CNN:
Trump peddles unsubstantiated hope in dark times
Discussion: GeekWire and IJR
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.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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.
New York Times:   The Epic Failure of Coronavirus Testing in America
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 …
Discussion: New York Times and The Big Picture
GUIDANCE FOR DETERMINING WHETHER A BUSINESS ENTERPRISE IS SUBJECT TO A 75% WORKFORCE REDUCTION UNDER EXECUTIVE ORDER 202.6  —  Requests by businesses to be designated an essential function as described below, should only be made if they are NOT covered by the following guidance.  —  BACKGROUND
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Cuomo escalates safety mandates, orders all ‘non-essential’ New Yorkers to stay home
Discussion: Spectator USA
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 and WCMH-TV
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
Wall Street Journal:
Rethinking the Coronavirus Shutdown  —  No society can safeguard public health for long at the cost of its economic health.  —  By The Editorial Board  —  Financial markets paused their slide Thursday, but no one should think this rolling economic calamity is over.
Discussion: Instapundit and Power Line
Adam Serwer / The Atlantic:
Donald Trump's Cult of Personality Did This  —  The president of the United States is a menace to public health.  —  I don't mean that I disagree with him on policy, although I do.  I don't mean that I abhor the president's expressed bigotry toward religious and ethnic minorities, although that is also true.
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Stratford / Politico:
Trump: Federal student loan borrowers can suspend payments for 60 days  —  President Donald Trump announced on Friday that he will allow the nation's more than 42 million federal student loan borrowers to take a break from making their monthly payments, without incurring interest or penalties for at least the next two months.
ED News:
Delivering on President Trump's Promise, Secretary DeVos Suspends Federal Student Loan Payments …
Discussion: CNN, BuzzFeed News, NPR and The Week
Paul LeBlanc / CNN:
Exclusive: McConnell defends crafting $1 trillion stimulus plan without Democrats  —  Washington (CNN)Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday defended the Senate Republicans coming up with a proposed $1 trillion economic stimulus plan to battle the coronavirus without any input from Democrats …
Washington Post:
Senate dives into negotiations on trillion-dollar stimulus bill as economic calamity grows
Discussion: Common Dreams and Roll Call
Michael Donnelly:
COVID-19: NYC should brace for impact and shut down now.  —  Five days ago I wrote this medium post (COVID-19: New York Will Be The Next Italy, But Doesn't Have to Be).  In it, I forecast that NYC's hospitals would be at capacity as early as March 30.  Unfortunately, I was wrong.
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Associated Press:
Illinois and New join California in ordering virus lockdowns
White House to bring Hassett back as economic adviser amid crisis
Martin Crutsinger / Associated Press:
Income tax filing deadline moved to July 15 from April 15
Discussion: The Root
Julia Marsh / New York Post:
City Hall didn't order COVID-19 supplies for NYC until March 6
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
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Joe Sonka / Courier-Journal:
Voter photo ID bill passes Kentucky legislature, heads to Gov. Beshear's desk
Manny Fernandez / New York Times:
Coronavirus and Poverty: A Mother Skips Meals So Her Children Can Eat
Peggy Noonan / Wall Street Journal:
We Need Time to Absorb All This  —  Everyone is thinking through …