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New York Times:
Slow Response to the Coronavirus Measured in Lost Opportunity  —  If the administration had reacted to the ventilator shortage in February, a private sector effort starting now might have made lifesaving equipment in mid- to late April.  Now it is unlikely to be before June.
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump finds someone to blame on coronavirus: Andrew Cuomo  —  Six days ago, with President Trump easing into a more realistic and unity-based posture toward the coronavirus, he assured us all that the situation the country found itself in wasn't due to anyone in particular.  —  “It was nobody's fault.
Jill Colvin / Associated Press:   Virus briefings are the new campaign rallies for Trump
John F. Harris / Politico:   Trump bets that voters are as impatient as he is
Associated Press:   ‘Imaginary clock’: Governors reject Trump's virus timeline
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 …
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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.
Discussion: Vanity Fair, The Atlantic and CNN
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.
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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.
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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New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Plans to Participate in Next Debate, Campaign Says  —  It was the strongest sign yet that he plans to keep competing against Joe Biden in the Democratic presidential primary.  —  Senator Bernie Sanders plans to participate in the Democratic presidential debate in April if one is held …
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.
Discussion: Raw Story
Mandy McLaren / Courier-Journal:
One person tests positive for COVID-19 after attending ‘coronavirus party,’ Beshear says  —  Kentucky's overall confirmed coronavirus cases jumped to 163 Tuesday with at least one case stemming from a “coronavirus party,” Gov. Andy Beshear said, admonishing the practice and calling for an immediate end to such gatherings.
Discussion: Breitbart, Raw Story and New York Post
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: The Daily Beast, Forbes and KTLA
Andrew O'Reilly / Fox News:
White House coronavirus taskforce advises people who've left NYC to quarantine for 14 days  —  The top response coordinator for the White House's coronavirus task force, Dr. Deborah Birx, warned people who have been in the New York City metropolitan area to self-quarantine for the next two weeks …
Discussion: Townhall
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Nicholas Ballasy / Just The News:
Pelosi delays her coronavirus bill, says will try to pass Senate's without most members present  —  House speaker: ‘Put aside some of our concerns for another day, and get this done’  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday that she will attempt to pass the Senate's coronavirus economic …
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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
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
How reporters should handle Trump's press briefings  —  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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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.
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 …
Discussion: Esquire, The Hill and The Root
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 …
Discussion: CNN, NBC News, Talking Points Memo and NPR
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 …
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: Politico and C.W.'s Newsletter
Noah Higgins-Dunn / CNBC:
Coronavirus: New York City to release 300 nonviolent inmates from Rikers Island  — The prisoners all have light sentences, less than a year, and were found guilty of misdemeanor charges, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.  — The city has incarcerated more than 5,000 inmates, housed mostly at Rikers Island.
Michael S. Derby / Wall Street Journal:
Fed Digital Dollars Are Part of Debate Over Coronavirus Stimulus  —  Legislation includes tool some believe could reshape how monetary policy is conducted  —  While it may not make it to the finished coronavirus economic stimulus and support package now being weighed in Congress …
Associated Press:
‘Cacophony of coughing’: Inside NYC's virus-besieged ERs  —  NEW YORK (AP) — A “cacophony of coughing” in packed emergency rooms.  Beds squeezed in wherever there is space.  Overworked, sleep-deprived doctors and nurses rationed to one face mask a day and wracked by worry about a dwindling number of available ventilators.
Connor Sheets / al.com:
‘Last resort’: Alabama's plan for deciding which coronavirus patients get ventilators  —  In the coming weeks, difficult decisions about who will live and who will die in Alabama may hinge on a little-discussed document outlining the state's suggested “criteria for mechanical ventilator triage” …
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 …
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
Center for Public Integrity:
The government's secret ventilator stockpile is nowhere near enough to fight the coronavirus  —  Are you a health worker, medical provider, COVID-19 patient, or federal employee on the front lines of the pandemic?  We want to hear from you.  Email us tips@publicintegrity.org.  —  Only 16,600 ventilators.
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
Beth Reinhard / Washington Post:
NRA to cut salaries, brace for layoffs as coronavirus disrupts fundraising, internal memo states  —  The National Rifle Association is cutting salaries 20 percent and bracing for layoffs, as the coronavirus pandemic forces the nonprofit to cancel its annual meeting set for April and a wide range …
Discussion: 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.
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 …
David French / TIME:
President Trump's Dangerous and Foolish Impatience on Coronavirus  —  David French is a senior editor at The Dispatch and a columnist for Time.  His next book, Divided We Fall, will be released in 2020.  He is a former major in the United States Army Reserve.
 
 
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Manu Raju / CNN:
Pelosi and Trump haven't spoken in five months
Scott Alexander / Slate Star Codex:
Face Masks: Much More Than You Wanted To Know
Thomas Burr / Salt Lake Tribune:
Private plane home to ramen and hot dogs: Sen. Mitt Romney in quarantine
Discussion: Fox News, CNN and Breitbart
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
You Cannot Fix the Economy Until You Fix the Pandemic
Nick Turse / The Intercept:
Donald Trump Says America's Ventilator Shortage Was “Unforeseen.”  Nothing Could Be Further From the Truth.
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Joe Biden's business allies are pushing Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar as potential VP picks
Discussion: WND
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Trump Warns of ‘Suicides By the Thousands’ If U.S. Descends Into Recession
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Agence France-Presse:
Pentagon sees coronavirus crisis lasting several months
Kapil Komireddi / The Critic Magazine:
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