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2:10 PM 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 …
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Washington Post:   Former intelligence chiefs: Trump's removal of experts is deeply destructive to our nation's safety
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 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Politico:
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: Raw Story and Washington Post
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Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:   Kudlow Estimates Coronavirus Package Could Be About $2 Trillion
Wall Street Journal:   Lobbyists Pile On to Get Wins for Clients Into Coronavirus Stimulus Package
Politico:
Senate races to finish negotiations on massive coronavirus stimulus package
Discussion: The Hill and New York Post
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.”
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
How to Survive a Plague  —  It's quite possible that by the end of all this, almost every American will know of someone who has died.  A relative, a friend, an old high-school classmate ... the names will pop up and migrate through Facebook as the weeks go by, and in a year's time …
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.
Aaron Ginn / Six Four Six Nine:
Evidence over hysteria — COVID- 19  —  After watching the outbreak of COVID-19 for the past two months, I've followed the pace of the infection, its severity, and how our world is tackling the virus.  While we should be concerned and diligent, the situation has dramatically elevated …
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 …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Bloomberg
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 …
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Can Trump cancel the November election?  —  President Trump in a press briefing at the White House on March 19, 2020.  Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images  —  No.  —  Earlier this week, Ohio Director of Health Dr. Amy Acton delayed that state's primary election, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday.
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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David Caplan / 1010 WINS:   Andrew Cuomo, Mike Pence aides test positive for coronavirus
Vox:
Why we're not overreacting to the coronavirus, in one chart  —  Italy tried to stem its outbreak, belatedly.  We're on the same course.  —  The national mobilization against the Covid-19 coronavirus is now in full swing.  Schools and workplaces nationwide have shuttered.
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 …
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: UPI, Mother Jones, Common Dreams, Wired and KTLA
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.
Discussion: New York Times
Politico:
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: The Hill
Marc Caputo / Politico:
'There's no playbook for this': Biden trapped in campaign limbo  —  Joe Biden reached a new and heady milestone when he shellacked Bernie Sanders in Florida, Illinois and Arizona to become the de facto Democratic nominee for president.  —  But there was no soaring speech to acknowledge the moment.
Zach Carter / HuffPost:
How Did Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden Screw This Up?  —  The Democratic response to the coronavirus has been a political disaster.  —  President Donald Trump has unleashed a humanitarian and economic disaster on his own people.  There is no way to escape this fact.
Discussion: Townhall
The White House:
Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the C oronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing  —  THE PRESIDENT: Thank you very much.  I had a very good telephone conversation — extremely good — with Senator Schumer a little while ago.  We're working on various elements of the deal …
Discussion: Mother Jones and Power Line
Christina A. Cassidy / Associated Press:
Election limbo as coronavirus outbreak upends US primaries  —  ATLANTA (AP) — U.S. elections have been upended by the coronavirus pandemic.  At least 13 states have postponed voting and more delays are possible as health officials warn that social distancing and other measures to contain …
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
MSNBC's Maddow wants Trump kept off TV, blasts ‘fairytale’ news briefings  —  MSNBC host Rachel Maddow urged television networks not to air White House updates on the coronavirus outbreak, claiming “misinformation” from President Trump will “cost lives.”  —  “I know we ought to be getting used …
Alexis C. Madrigal / The Atlantic:
How the Coronavirus Became an American Catastrophe  —  Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers.  Find the collection here.  —  How many people are sick with the coronavirus in the United States, and when did they get sick?
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
CBS New York:
Coronavirus Update: NYC's Javits Center On List For COVID-19 Field Hospital  —  NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - In the race to slow the spread of coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has announced on Saturday that Manhattan's Javits Center tops his list of locations to be turned into field hospitals to test …
Maria Kiselyova / Reuters:
Trump's National Security Advisor to Attend Russia's May 9 Victory Day Parade  —  MOSCOW — U.S. National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien will travel to Moscow to attend Russia's World War Two Victory Day celebrations in May, U.S. ambassador John Sullivan said on Thursday.
Zachary B. Wolf / CNN:
Trump will be judged on one thing now — and it won't be impeachment  —  For more on the 1976 election, watch CNN Original Series “Race for the White House” Sunday at 11 p.m. ET.  —  (CNN)Remember impeachment?  Me either.  —  There's a worldwide pandemic and many Americans are confined …
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.
 
 
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Patrick McGeehan / New York Times:
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Discussion: UPI
Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
Voters Are Warming to Trump's Handling of Coronavirus
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Foreign Affairs:
The Coronavirus Could Reshape Global Order
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Alex Wickham / BuzzFeed:
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Chloe Schama / Vogue:
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Discussion: NPR and New York Times
Kaamil Ahmed / The Guardian:
Locust crisis poses a danger to millions, forecasters warn
Discussion: Redstate
Paul Bedard / Washington Examiner:
Breaking: Trump eyes two-week quarantine, only drug and grocery stores open
Discussion: Raw Story
Wall Street Journal:
Coronavirus Cases Strain New York City Hospitals: 'We're Getting Pounded'
Washington Post:
U.S. economy deteriorating faster than anticipated as 80 million Americans are forced to stay at home
Discussion: Raw Story and Political Flare