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6:00 PM ET, March 21, 2020


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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.
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
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
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.
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 …
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.”
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.
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
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
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
Alonso Soto / Bloomberg:   Nigeria Has Chloroquine Poisonings After Trump Praised Drug
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
Siobhan Hughes / Wall Street Journal:
Kudlow Estimates Coronavirus Package Could Be About $2 Trillion
Discussion: Reason and CNN
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 …
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
Wesley Bruer / CNN:
FDA approves new test that could detect coronavirus in about 45 minutes  —  Why the US is behind in COVID-19 testing  —  Washington, DC (CNN)The US Food and Drug Administration announced it has approved the use of the first rapid diagnostic test that could detect coronavirus in approximately 45 minutes.
Leslie Josephs / CNBC:
New York City-area airports halt air traffic as coronavirus causes staffing issues  —  Flights into major New York City-area airports were halted on Saturday, as the coronavirus continues to cause staffing issues at air-traffic control facilities around the country, the Federal Aviation Administration said.
Discussion: The Drive and The Verge
CBS New York:   Coronavirus Update: NYC's Javits Center On List For COVID-19 Field Hospital
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story, Breitbart and New York Times
ABC News:
Coronavirus live updates: Pence and wife to get tested, 793 more deaths in Italy  —  There are now more than 284,000 cases globally.  —  As the number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases increases, some states are acting quickly by ordering variations of stay-at-home orders for residents.
Discussion: Florida Politics
Luc Olinga / Agence France-Presse:
Will the US government nationalize Boeing?  —  New York (AFP) - About 12 years after the US government bailed out General Motors and Chrysler, Washington policymakers are debating how to throw Boeing a lifeline as it reels from dual crises over the coronavirus and 737 MAX.
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.”
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 …
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
Associated Press:
The Latest: Wolf: Over 220,000 screened at U.S. airports  —  The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 278,000 people and killed more than 11,500.  The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems.
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's director of health, Dr. Amy Acton, delayed that state's primary election, which was originally scheduled for Tuesday.
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Coronavirus Cases Jump; FDA Approves Rapid Test  —  President Trump approves a major disaster declaration for New York as deaths in the country rise to 260  —  The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. had surged to nearly 20,000 as of Saturday, almost 10 times their level a week ago …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
Lauren Weber / NPR:
Coronavirus Threatens Rural Hospitals Already At The Financial Brink  —  Rural hospitals may not be able to keep their doors open as the coronavirus pandemic saps their cash, their CEOs warn, just as communities most need them.  —  As the coronavirus sweeps across the United States …
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Christina A. Cassidy / Associated Press:
Election limbo as coronavirus outbreak upends US primaries
Maria Kiselyova / Reuters:
Trump's National Security Advisor to Attend Russia's May 9 Victory Day Parade
Wall Street Journal:
Lobbyists Pile On to Get Wins for Clients Into Coronavirus Stimulus Package
The White House:
Remarks by President Trump, Vice President Pence, and Members of the C oronavirus Task Force in Press Briefing
Discussion: Mother Jones and Power Line
Zach Carter / HuffPost:
How Did Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden Screw This Up?
Discussion: Townhall
Jessie Hellmann / The Hill:
Coronavirus testing faces new challenge as key supplies run low
New York Times:
As Iran Reels, Trump Aides Clash Over Escalating Military Showdown
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Zachary B. Wolf / CNN:
Trump will be judged on one thing now — and it won't be impeachment
Discussion: KTLA
Marc Caputo / Politico:
'There's no playbook for this': Biden trapped in campaign limbo
Foreign Affairs:
The Coronavirus Could Reshape Global Order
Discussion: Foreign Policy
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders is considering several options as he ponders his campaign's future
Discussion: The Hill
Chloe Schama / Vogue:
“They Ignored the Warning Signs”: A New York City ER Doctor Explains What She's Up Against
Discussion: NPR and New York Times
New York Times:
How to Avoid Complete Economic Destruction
Washington Post:
U.S. intelligence reports from January and February warned about a likely pandemic