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10:35 PM ET, March 21, 2020


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Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
DOJ seeks new emergency powers amid coronavirus pandemic  —  The Justice Department has quietly asked Congress for the ability to ask chief judges to detain people indefinitely without trial during emergencies — part of a push for new powers that comes as the coronavirus spreads through the United States.
Peter Wade / Rolling Stone:
DOJ Wants to Suspend Certain Constitutional Rights During Coronavirus Emergency  —  The Department of Justice has secretly asked Congress for the ability to detain arrested people “indefinitely” in addition to other powers that one expert called “terrifying”
Jessica Williams /
This 39-year-old New Orleans woman tested for coronavirus.  She died before getting her results.  —  She tested for coronavirus, and her results were delayed.  Five days later, she was dead in her kitchen.  —  On March 10, Natasha Ott, 39, felt the beginnings of a cold coming on.
Discussion: Raw Story
Erin Banco / The Daily Beast:
White House Pushes U.S. Officials to Criticize China For Coronavirus ‘Cover-Up’  —  A State Department cable obtained by The Daily Beast says the U.S. and the American people are the “greatest humanitarians the world has ever known.”  —  As the number of coronavirus cases continues to grow …
Discussion: Balloon Juice and Breitbart
Foreign Affairs:
The Coronavirus Could Reshape Global Order
Discussion: Foreign Policy
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The media must stop live-broadcasting Trump's dangerous, destructive coronavirus briefings  —  More and more each day, President Trump is using his daily briefings as a substitute for the campaign rallies that have been forced into extinction by the spread of the coronavirus.
Lizzie Presser / ProPublica:
A Medical Worker Describes Terrifying Lung Failure From COVID-19 — Even in His Young Patients  —  “It first struck me how different it was when I saw my first coronavirus patient go bad.  I was like, Holy shit, this is not the flu.  Watching this relatively young guy, gasping for air, pink frothy secretions coming out of his tube.”
Dan Diamond / Politico:
Short-term thinking plagues Trump's coronavirus response  —  After months of minimizing the threat to the United States, President Donald Trump jumped feet-first into the coronavirus fight this week with vows of quick fixes to the testing problem, claims about potential cures …
Sarah Newey / Telegraph:
Why have so many coronavirus patients died in Italy?  —  The country's high death toll is due to an ageing population, overstretched health system and the way fatalities are reported  —  The coronavirus pandemic is exacting a heavy toll on Italy, with hospitals overwhelmed and a nationwide lockdown imposed.
Discussion: Townhall and Spectator USA
FDA authorizes new test that could detect coronavirus in about 45 minutes
Discussion: LiveScience and STAT
New York Times:
Italy, Pandemic's New Epicenter, Has Lessons for the World  —  The country's experience shows that steps to isolate the coronavirus and limit people's movement need to be put in place early, with absolute clarity, then strictly enforced.  —  ROME — As Italy's coronavirus infections ticked above 400 cases …
New York Times:
‘Terrified’ Package Delivery Employees Are Going to Work Sick  —  Truckers and warehouse workers at UPS and FedEx feel they have no choice but to keep showing up, even with coronavirus-like symptoms.  —  Hour after hour, day after day, the packages keep arriving: food, medicine, clothes …
Sahil Kapur / NBC News:
Democrats sound the alarm on Joe Biden's young voter problem  —  The party's presidential front-runner is taking the vulnerability seriously.  Some say it reminds them of Clinton in 2016, and won't be easy to overcome.  —  WASHINGTON — Joe Biden consolidated his gains as he races …
Harry Enten / CNN:   Donald Trump starts 2020 in the worst polling position since Harry Truman
The Moscow Times:
Exclusive: Rich Russians Are Hoarding Ventilators to Protect Themselves Against the Coronavirus  —  Meanwhile, doctors worry that Russia's regions don't have enough.  —  The family is one of Russia's richest.  Worth over $1 billion, it owns homes in some of the world's most sought after destinations …
Discussion: BuzzFeed News
Yahoo News:
Federal law enforcement document reveals white supremacists discussed using coronavirus as a bioweapon  —  WASHINGTON — White supremacists discussed plans to weaponize coronavirus via “saliva,” a “spray bottle” or “laced items,” according to a weekly intelligence brief distributed by a federal law enforcement division on Feb. 17.
New York Times:
Used to Meeting Challenges With Bluster and Force, Trump Confronts a Crisis Unlike Any Before  —  The ways he dealt with crises in his business, real estate and even his personal life prove jarring as he leads the government's response to a pandemic.  —  WASHINGTON — During his campaign …
Discussion: Political Flare
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 …
South China Morning Post:
Coronavirus: Nigeria reports chloroquine poisonings after Trump touts drug  —  Health authorities see long queues at pharmacies in wake of US president's remarks Surge in interest raises concerns about people ‘self-medicating without guidance’ Health authorities see long queues at pharmacies …
Alonso Soto / Bloomberg:
Nigeria Has Chloroquine Poisonings After Trump Praised Drug
Discussion: Redstate and Slate
Windsor Mann / USA Today:
Trump amid COVID-19 pandemic: With great power comes great irresponsibility.  —  Trump created a culture of impunity, buck-passing and blame-shifting in a party that once prided itself on personal responsibility.  —  The president's job is to uphold the Constitution and to see that the laws are faithfully executed.
Michael Balsamo / Associated Press:
AP Exclusive: 1st fed inmate tests positive for coronavirus  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — An inmate at a federal jail in New York City has tested positive for coronavirus, marking the first confirmed case in the federal prison system.  —  The inmate, who is housed at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn …
Washington Post:
Live updates: FAA briefly halts flights in New York area; Fauci disputes Trump on coronavirus drug treatment  —  The Washington Post is providing this story for free so that all readers have access to this important information about the coronavirus.  For more free stories, sign up for our daily Coronavirus Updates newsletter.
Discussion: UPI and The Week
Amy Goldstein / Washington Post:
Hospitals warn of shortages, closures without emergency aid  —  U.S. hospitals are warning that they are so strapped for cash that without some financial relief, they will be unable to meet their payrolls in a matter of weeks and some could be forced to close just as coronavirus cases are surging.
Washington Post:
Coronavirus cases surge at nursing homes as workers battle ‘almost perfect killing machine’  —  At least 55 coronavirus deaths, one quarter of all fatalities, have occurred in elder care facilities, a Washington Post review finds  —  As senior care centers across the country scrambled …
Washington Post:
Trump administration scrambles to offer guidance on what to do if hospitals run out of basic supplies for coronavirus  —  The federal government is preparing guidance on how hospitals should function if they run out of supplies and equipment, a precaution and an acknowledgment …
New York Times:
‘A Storm Is Coming’: Fears of an Inmate Epidemic as the Virus Spreads in the Jails  —  A growing chorus of officials and public defenders in New York City are calling for the release of people who are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus.  The alternative, they say, may be a public health catastrophe.
Discussion: Gothamist
Bret Stephens / New York Times:
It's Dangerous to Be Ruled by Fear  —  The reaction to the pandemic should not be allowed to become as dangerous as the disease itself.  —  Donald Trump's first instinct when it came to the coronavirus was to dismiss the threat as overblown, over there, and “totally under control.”
New York Times:
Governments and Companies Race to Make Masks Vital to Virus Fight  —  President Trump resists using emergency powers to compel production, saying companies will voluntarily provide much-needed protective gear.  —  President Trump on Saturday sought to assure an anxious American public …
POLITICO Playbook: The day has come  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  IT'S BEEN SAID BEFORE, through self-inflicted crises and global tumult.  But now, it's truer than ever: the next two days are the most pivotal in DONALD TRUMP'S presidency.  —  WITH ONE-THIRD OF THE COUNTRY relegated to their homes …
Discussion: Vox and Raw Story
Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:
Kudlow Estimates Coronavirus Package Could Be About $2 Trillion
Discussion: CNN and Reason
Kansas City Star:
Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas just saved lives with new shelter-in-place order  —  BY THE KANSAS CITY STAR EDITORIAL BOARD  —  A few days ago, we said a total lockdown was coming as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic — even if, because of Missouri Gov. Mike Parson's reluctance …
Anna Giaritelli / Washington Examiner:
Claim they're going shopping: Border officials allow hundreds of Mexican vehicles to cross despite Trump ban  —  Customs and Border Protection officials are defying the Trump administration's directive to block all nonessential foreign travel into the United States from Mexico …
Jennifer Senior / New York Times:
Call Trump's News Conferences What They Are: Propaganda  —  Then contrast them with the leadership shown by Andrew Cuomo, Justin Trudeau and Angela Merkel.  —  In a time of global emergency, we need calm, directness and, above all, hard facts.  Only the opposite is on offer from the Trump White House.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Jason Ganz / Data For Progress:
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Juliette Kayyem / The Atlantic:
The Crisis Could Last 18 Months. Be Prepared.
Nihar Kabinittal / ABC News:
Lawmakers hammering out details of economic stimulus: 'We're getting closer'
Discussion: The Hill
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Cuomo says New York coronavirus temporary hospitals to include Javits Center, more as state grapples with crisis
Discussion: Breitbart
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Senators urge Jeff Bezos to give Amazon warehouse workers sick leave, hazard pay
Just Security:
War with Coronavirus and Lack of “Armor” for Medical Personnel
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Schumer wants ethics probes over pre-coronavirus stock sales by Burr, Feinstein, others
Discussion: Breitbart, The Week and New York Times
Matt Wilstein / Yahoo News:
Lou Dobbs Said Media Hyped Coronavirus. Now He's in Quarantine.
Discussion: HuffPost
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
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Luc Olinga / Agence France-Presse:
Will the US government nationalize Boeing?
Leslie Josephs / CNBC:
New York City-area airports halt air traffic as coronavirus causes staffing issues
Discussion: The Drive and The Verge
Christina A. Cassidy / Associated Press:
Election limbo as coronavirus outbreak upends US primaries
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
MSNBC's Maddow wants Trump kept off TV, blasts ‘fairytale’ news briefings
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
How to Survive a Plague  —  It's quite possible that by the end …
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Can Trump cancel the November election?
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