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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Has Given Unusual Leeway to Fauci, but Aides Say He's Losing His Patience  —  The president has become increasingly concerned as Dr. Anthony S. Fauci has grown bolder in correcting his falsehoods about the spread of the coronavirus.  —  President Trump has praised Dr. Anthony S. Fauci as a “major television star.”
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Associated Press:
Analysis: Trump struggles to adjust to crisis presidency  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump has never been known for his patience or long attention span.  —  Now, as the coronavirus crisis threatens his presidency, and upends his campaign for reelection, Trump is rapidly losing patience …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: How one Trump tweet put a deal in doubt
Discussion: Political Wire
New York Times:   Biden, Struggling for Visibility During Crisis, Faults Trump's Response to Virus
Anita Kumar / Politico:   Trump's new 2020 reality: Nothing matters but his coronavirus response
Bob Herman / Axios:
Man dies after self-medicating with chloroquine  —  “A man has died and his wife is under critical care after the couple, both in their 60s, ingested chloroquine phosphate,” one of the anti-malaria drugs that President Trump has mentioned in recent days, according to Banner Health, the hospital system that treated both patients.
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Neil Vigdor / New York Times:
Man Fatally Poisons Himself While Self-Medicating for Coronavirus, Doctor Says
Discussion: Twitchy
KTAR.com:   Arizona man dies after ingesting substance touted by President Trump
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Domestic Passenger Flights Could Virtually Shut Down, Voluntarily or by Government Order  —  As airlines struggle to keep aircraft flying with minimal passengers, various options are being considered  —  Major U.S. airlines are drafting plans for a potential voluntary shutdown of virtually …
Discussion: CNBC, The US Sun and Econlib
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Is Back to Waging War on Science, at the Worst Possible Moment  —  Earlier this month, the White House became aware of studies showing the coronavirus, if unchecked, could kill 2 million Americans, and Trump suddenly reversed his public stance.  After having minimized the dangers of the virus …
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Washington Post:
Trump says he may soon push businesses to reopen, defying the advice of coronavirus experts  —  President Trump, under growing pressure to rescue an economy in free fall, said Monday that he may soon loosen federal guidelines for social distancing and encourage shuttered businesses to reopen …
William Feuer / CNBC:
CDC says coronavirus survived in Princess Cruise ship cabins for up to 17 days after passengers left  — The coronavirus can survive on surfaces for up to 17 days, a study published Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.  — The study examines two public health responses …
Discussion: Townhall
New York Post:
Brooklyn principal dies from coronavirus complications  —  A Brooklyn principal has died due to complications from the coronavirus — the first known death of a city public schools staffer tied to the pandemic, officials said Monday.  —  Dezann Romain, 36, led the Brooklyn Democracy Academy in Brownsville …
New York Times:
The Coronavirus Bailout Stalled.  And It's Mitch McConnell's Fault.  —  Senate Republicans are blocking passage of an economic bailout plan that protects jobs and wages.  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.
Washington Post:
Before Trump called for reevaluating lockdowns, they shuttered six of his top-earning clubs and resorts  —  President Trump's private business has shut down six of its top seven revenue-producing clubs and hotels because of restrictions meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money and The Week
Aliza Nadi / NBC News:
‘Lifesaving’ lupus drug in short supply after Trump touts possible coronavirus treatment  —  The publicity surrounding hydroxychloroquine has fueled shortages across the country, NBC News found.  —  For nearly 30 years, Bonnie Lieberman has relied on a drug called Plaquenil to prevent a flare …
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Brian M. Rosenthal / New York Times:
Density Is New York City's Big ‘Enemy’ in the Coronavirus Fight
Discussion: Althouse and Reason
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
See Trump's reaction when he heard one of his top docs was tested for coronavirus  —  Side by side at the podium with the president, task force member Dr. Deborah Birx broke the news about her fever.  —  Trump jokingly walks away as doctor says she had fever over weekend
Discussion: MSNBC and Breitbart
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Charlie Nash / Mediaite:
Dr. Fauci Reportedly Warning Trump Administration Not to Prematurely Restart Economy
CNN:
Prominent 30-year-old Zimbabwe broadcaster dies of coronavirus  —  (CNN)A prominent 30-year-old television journalist has died in Zimbabwe after contracting the new coronavirus infection, the first person to die in the country from the virus.  —  Zororo Makamba was one of the two people who tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday.
The Intercept:
Coronavirus Treatment Developed by Gilead Sciences Granted “Rare Disease” Status, Potentially Limiting Affordability  —  This afternoon, the Food and Drug Administration granted Gilead Sciences “orphan” drug status for its antiviral drug, remdesivir.  The designation allows the pharmaceutical company …
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Katie Thomas / New York Times:   Coronavirus Patients in Limbo as Gilead Suspends Emergency Drug Access
New York Times:
Party Zero: How a Soirée in Connecticut Became a ‘Super Spreader’  —  About 50 people gathered this month for a party in the upscale suburb of Westport, then scattered across the region and the world, taking the coronavirus with them.  —  About 50 guests gathered on March 5 at a home …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump eyes a back-to-work plan despite coronavirus  —  President Trump egged on by a growing number of advisers and business leaders, believes the economy will crater absent a strong signal, and wants to stagger the reopening of work nationwide, people who've spoken to him tell Axios.
Washington Post:
Italy's coronavirus deaths are staggering.  They may be more preview than anomaly.  —  ROME — Italy has become the flash point of the coronavirus pandemic, with a death toll at 6,077 and counting — the highest in the world.  More than 2,000 Italians have been killed by the virus in the past four days alone.
Reuters:
Exclusive: Elite hackers target WHO as coronavirus cyberattacks spike  —  WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - Elite hackers tried to break into the World Health Organization earlier this month, sources told Reuters, part of what a senior agency official said was a more than two-fold increase in cyberattacks.
New York Times:
See Which States and Cities Have Told Residents to Stay at Home  —  In a matter of days, millions of Americans have been asked to do what might have been unthinkable only a week or two ago: Don't go to work, don't go to school, don't leave the house at all, unless you have to.
Discussion: CNN
Wall Street Journal:
Bezos, Other Corporate Executives Sold Shares Just in Time  —  With the pandemic bearing down on the market, sales by insiders spared them $1.9 billion in paper losses, a Journal analysis shows  —  Top executives at U.S.-traded companies sold a total of roughly $9.2 billion in shares …
Politico:
Top Democrat recommends passing relief package without returning to Washington  —  The chairman of the House Rules Committee is recommending against bringing lawmakers back to Washington to vote on the nearly $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package.  Instead, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.) …
Discussion: Associated Press
Ben Smith / New York Times:
As Fox News Played Down the Coronavirus, Its Chief Protected Himself  —  The cancellation of an 89th birthday party for Rupert Murdoch highlights a disconnect between his family's behavior and statements made on air by some Fox commentators.  —  If you were watching some of the commentators …
Politico:
How the House Democrats' stimulus plan compares to the Senate's  —  Democrats are following through on their threat to go rogue with their own stimulus plan, unveiling a more than 1,400-page bill Monday night, packed with policy differences compared to the proposal Senate Republicans laid out.
James S. Robbins / USA Today:
Democrats try to hijack coronavirus stimulus for liberal Christmas in March  —  Every time the country faces a crisis, real or perceived, there is a rush in Congress to pass massive bills that go far beyond responding to the matter at hand.  —  You never let a serious crisis go to waste, as Rahm's Rule says.
Collin Anderson / Washington Free Beacon:
Chinese Propaganda Video Cites CNN, Democratic Politicians to Push Regime Narrative  —  Regime outlet cites CNN, NBC, Hillary Clinton to deny Chinese responsibility for outbreak  —  China's state-run propaganda outlets are using coronavirus coverage by U.S. media and Democratic politicians …
Sanjana Karanth / HuffPost:
Trump Claims U.S. Will See More Death By Keeping Economy Shut Than By Coronavirus  —  The president's downplaying of COVID-19 reached dangerous levels as he threatened to open up the economy despite skyrocketing cases.  —  President Donald Trump's insistence on downplaying …
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Governors Get High Marks for Handling COVID-19 Crisis  —  Majority feel major impact; slight uptick in Trump job rating  —  West Long Branch, NJ - The nation's governors get better marks than the President for handling the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll.
Wall Street Journal:
The Pelosi-Schumer Coronavirus Contagion  —  Democratic leaders kill a rescue bill under pressure from the left  —  What a spectacle.  Much of America is quarantined at home, the public is so panicked there's a run on toilet paper, the country desperately wants reassurance …
New York Times:
Covid-19's Economic Pain Is Universal.  But Relief?  Depends on Where You Live.  —  In some countries, workers will have 90 percent of lost wages covered.  In others, residents fear eviction.  Nation to nation, rescue plans reflect conflicting ideas of government's role in a crisis.
 
 
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Roger Kimball / Spectator USA:
The Democrats just made a huge mistake
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Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
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Bill Rivers / NBC News:
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Miami Herald:
FL Gov. DeSantis pushes back against calls for statewide stay-home order
Eric Ting / SFGATE:
California's increase of unemployment insurance claims is absolutely staggering
Bloomberg:
Spain Deaths Surge; Europe Faces Record Recession: Virus Update
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California congresswoman sold stock in travel companies
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