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5:15 PM ET, March 24, 2020

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Lifezette / The American Mirror:
Democrats and Schumer surrendering on Senate coronavirus stimulus bill  —  They couldn't take the heat.  —  Despite vows not to vote for any package from the White House, notwithstanding House Speaker Nancy “Nanking” Pelosi (D-CA) writing a bill of her own, although media attacks persisted …
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Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Pelosi says there is ‘real optimism’ Congress can reach a stimulus deal soon
Discussion: NPR
Washington Post:
Trump wants ‘the country opened,’ but easing coronavirus restrictions now would be disastrous, experts say  —  A growing debate pits the health of the U.S. economy against the health of its people  —  With President Trump saying he wants “the country opened” by Easter to salvage the U.S. economy …
Discussion: Twitchy and Greenwich Time
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Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
A viral plea to let grandparents sacrifice themselves captures a truth about Trump  —  Everyone is talking about Dan Patrick's on-air death plea.  —  Patrick, the lieutenant governor of Texas, touched off an outpouring of anger when he declared to Tucker Carlson that people like him …
Robert Schlesinger / NBC News:
Trump's pivots on the coronavirus are no longer just dizzying. Now they're dangerous.
Richard Chumney / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Thousands of Liberty students expected to return to campus amid coronavirus outbreak  —  LYNCHBURG — As the coronavirus threatens to spread across the Lynchburg region, Liberty University officials are preparing to welcome back up to 5,000 students from spring break this week.
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
President Trump's Job Approval Rating Up to 49%  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump may be enjoying a small rally in public support as the nation faces the COVID-19 pandemic.  Forty-nine percent of U.S. adults, up from 44% earlier this month, approve of the job Trump is doing as president.
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David A. Hopkins / Honest Graft:
Four Reasons to Be Cautious About Trump's Approval Ratings
Discussion: Vox, The Hill, CNN and POLITICUSUSA
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
It's time to socially distance real journalism from Trump  —  In the interest of protecting the nation's health, it is time to socially distance ourselves from the crazy things that President Trump keeps saying.  —  I've been an enthusiastic advocate of bringing back the daily White House briefings …
Discussion: Fox News
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Has Given Unusual Leeway to Fauci, but Aides Say He's Losing His Patience
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: How one Trump tweet put a deal in doubt
David Smith / The Guardian:
Trump's push to shorten coronavirus shutdown proves the captain is flying blind
Discussion: Vox
The Hill:
Trump says he hopes to have economy reopen by Easter  —  President Trump on Tuesday said he hopes to have the country's economy back up and running by Easter — Sunday, April 12 — his most concrete goal to date for easing off restrictions meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
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Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:   Trump Hopes to Have U.S. Reopened by Easter, Despite Health Experts' Guidance
Kevin Liptak / CNN:
Trump says he wants the country ‘opened up and just raring to go by Easter’
Discussion: Twitchy
Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
The coronavirus isn't mutating quickly, suggesting a vaccine would offer lasting protection  —  The coronavirus is not mutating significantly as it circulates through the human population, according to scientists who are closely studying the novel pathogen's genetic code.
Jeva Lange / The Week:
Britney Spears calls for wealth redistribution, general strike on Instagram  —  Britney Spears seemingly called for the redistribution of wealth and a general strike on Monday, “regramming” a post written by Instagram user Mimi Zhu.  “During this time of isolation, we need connection now more than ever …
Bill Melugin / FOX 11 Los Angeles:
LA County Sheriff orders gun stores to close; adds 1,300 deputies to patrol  —  LA County Sheriff announces coronavirus changes  —  LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva says that all gun stores in the county will be forced to close.  He's adding more deputies to patrol.
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Taryn Luna / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. County reports first coronavirus death of a person under 18 as cases top 660
Discussion: KTLA
Matt Dixon / Politico:
‘Dumbest s—’: DeSantis takes heat as he goes his own way on coronavirus  —  TALLAHASSEE — While New York, California and other states shutter their economies to keep the coronavirus at bay, Gov. Ron DeSantis is refusing to follow the herd.  —  His cure-can't-be-worse-than-the- disease approach …
Geoffrey Fowler / Washington Post:
Smartphone data reveal which Americans are social distancing (and not)  —  D.C. gets an ‘A’ while Wyoming earns an ‘F’ for following coronavirus stay-at-home advice, based on the locations of tens of millions of phones  —  If you have a smartphone, you're probably contributing to a massive coronavirus surveillance system.
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
A Fox News Channel Producer Promised Betsy DeVos “An Easy Interview” in 2018 Email  —  THR has reviewed more than 1,000 pages of emails between Fox employees and aides at the Departments of Homeland Security, Education and Agriculture.  —  In 2018 and 2019, booking Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
Washington Post:
Wall Street stages massive rally as coronavirus stimulus hopes grow  —  Stocks are on pace for one of their best days ever, with the Dow skyrocketing more than 11 percent  —  Stocks posted one of their best days ever on Tuesday, a sign of investor belief that Congress has no alternative …
International Olympic Committee:
Joint Statement from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee … THE PRESIDENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (IOC), THOMAS BACH, AND THE PRIME MINISTER OF JAPAN, ABE SHINZO, HELD A CONFERENCE CALL THIS MORNING TO DISCUSS THE CONSTANTLY CHANGING ENVIRONMENT …
Shannon Marvel / inforum.com:
Escaped South Dakota inmates previously held in same unit as COVID-19 inmate  —  The state is currently looking at the situation regarding the eight escaped inmates to see if they had close proximity to the inmate who tested positive for COVID-19.  —  PIERRE, S.D. — Eight inmates who escaped …
madison.com:
U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher: Wisconsin can cancel the apocalypse  —  To save thousands of lives, we have temporarily shut down our economy.  This has been a necessary tactic, but it cannot be our permanent strategy.  —  Even as the strictest part of the coronavirus lockdown continues …
Discussion: National Review
Anthony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
Unclogging Toilets at $400,000 a Flush Hits Navy's Costs  — GAO says Navy underestimated maintenance costs by $130 billion  — Those costs add to questions on expanding 293-ship Navy to 355  —  New toilets on the Navy's two newest aircraft carriers clog so frequently …
Discussion: The Drive
Stanley Greenberg / The Atlantic:
Americans' Revulsion for Trump Is Underappreciated  —  The release on Friday of an ABC News/Ipsos poll indicating that 55 percent of Americans approved of Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus—12 points higher than the previous week—prompted another round of fatalistic chatter in certain quarters of the political establishment.
Discussion: C.W.'s Newsletter and Politico
WNYW-TV:
Man faces terror charges after coughing on grocery store worker  —  Man accused of terrorizing grocery store worker  —  NEW JERSEY - A New Jersey man the governor described as a “knucklehead” faces multiple charges after he allegedly coughed on a grocery store worker and then claimed to have coronavirus.
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 …
Discussion: Daily Mail
Chris Matyszczyk / ZDNet:
Working from home?  Switch off Amazon's Alexa (say lawyers)  —  One of the byproducts of doing all your work from home is that you might be discussing confidential matters.  And who might overhear them?  Well, there's your smart speakers....  Those not used to working from home must …
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.
Nick Judin / Jackson Free Press:
Governor Rejects State Lockdown For COVID-19: 'Mississippi's Never Going to Be China' … March 24 UPDATE to below story: At a press conference this morning, Gov. Tate Reeves said he's still taking a “Wait and See” approach to a shelter-at-home order.  He didn't give details of executive orders …
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Joe Biden's business allies are pushing Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar as potential VP picks  — Joe Biden is in the process of narrowing down his list of potential running mates, and his allies in the business community are weighing in with their favorite choices.
Discussion: WND
CBS News:
Americans see months-long pandemic fight ahead — CBS News poll  —  Most Americans (57%) say the nation's efforts to combat the coronavirus are going badly right now, most call it a crisis and see a months-long process before it is contained.  But the public is pinning its hopes heavily …
Kapil Komireddi / The Critic Magazine:
The Coronavirus Cover-Up  —  How the West's fear of appearing racist obscures the blunders at the beginning of this outbreak  —  The calamity unfolding all around us did not emerge from a void.  It originated in China.  And its eruption into a global pandemic is inseparable from the nature …
Michael R. Strain / Bloomberg:
Trump Would Hurt Economy by Trying to Restart It  —  Relaxing lockdowns prematurely would bring chaos that would only delay a rebound.  —  President Donald Trump seems to think he can restart the U.S. economy by scaling back some of the restrictions on work, commerce and social interaction …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: 2-yard line, 5-yard line — whatever, deal is close  —  GEARS, GREASED ... CONGRESS MOVING: WHEN WASHINGTON WANTS TO SNAP INTO ACTION, it does, and we're getting signals today that Congress and the TRUMP administration are looking to move — and quickly.  Here's what we know:
Discussion: Reason
 
 
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Matt Friedman / Politico:
New Jersey Assembly set to make history with remote voting session
Discussion: The Hill
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Trump Warns of ‘Suicides By the Thousands’ If U.S. Descends Into Recession
Mike Hixenbaugh / NBC News:
New York will be first state to test treatment of coronavirus with blood from recovered patients
Agence France-Presse:
Pentagon sees coronavirus crisis lasting several months
Justine Coleman / The Hill:
DC to close nonessential businesses
Discussion: WTOP
Jason Brett / Forbes:
Coronavirus Stimulus Offered By House Financial Services Committee Creates New Digital Dollar
Discussion: Big League Politics
 Earlier Items: 
Denis Slattery / New York Daily News:
N.Y. physicians urge Gov. Cuomo to ban tobacco to battle coronavirus
Alan Judd / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The coronavirus claims two Georgia health care workers
Discussion: New York Post and Raw Story
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Networks face decision: How long to stick with Trump?
Discussion: Washington Post
Vicky Prodeline / Polls:
Tight Race for President
CNN:
Prominent 30-year-old Zimbabwe broadcaster dies of coronavirus
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump works to rewrite narrative on coronavirus response
Discussion: Raw Story