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6:50 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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Manu Raju / CNN:   Pelosi and Trump haven't spoken in five months
Nicholas Ballasy / Just The News:
Pelosi delays her coronavirus bill, says will try to pass Senate's without most members present
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Instapundit
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: The Atlantic, CNN and POLITICUSUSA
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.
New York Times:
NY Coronavirus: Live Updates  —  New York State has over 25,000 cases of the virus, nearly 7 percent of the global total.  —  RIGHT NOW In New Jersey, 17 people have died since yesterday from the virus, by far the state's biggest one-day death toll.  —  Here's what you need to know:
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:   Trump finds someone to blame on coronavirus: Andrew Cuomo
John F. Harris / Politico:   Trump bets that voters are as impatient as he is
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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Ashad Hajela / Raleigh News & Observer:
Wake County sheriff suspends pistol, concealed-carry permit applications as demand surges
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Taryn Luna / Los Angeles Times:
L.A. County reports first coronavirus death of a person under 18 as cases top 660
Discussion: Forbes and KTLA
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
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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Jill Colvin / Associated Press:   Virus briefings are the new campaign rallies for Trump
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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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 …
Discussion: National Review and The Hill
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 …
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
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
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 …
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
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: Raw Story
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
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 …
Center for Public Integrity:
The government's secret ventilator stockpile is nowhere near enough to fight the coronavirus  —  In a severe outbreak, we could be short hundreds of thousands of life-saving breathing machines.  In rural areas, some hospitals might have to fend off the virus without a single one.
Thomas Burr / Salt Lake Tribune:
Private plane home to ramen and hot dogs: Sen. Mitt Romney in quarantine  —  Editor's note: The Salt Lake Tribune is providing readers free access to critical local stories about the coronavirus during this time of heightened concern.  See more coverage here.
Discussion: Fox News, CNN and Breitbart
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Hill, VICE and Contemptor
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
You Cannot Fix the Economy Until You Fix the Pandemic  —  Forget the current numbers; look at the curves.  —  1. The Future  —  If you haven't, you should read Charlie's piece from this morning about Trump's coming pivot to “restart the economy.”  —  I don't want to dunk on this idea, because it's not crazy.
 
 
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Scott Alexander / Slate Star Codex:
Face Masks: Much More Than You Wanted To Know
Lara Seligman / Politico:
Women should be eligible for the draft, commission recommends
Discussion: National Review and The Root
Nick Turse / The Intercept:
Donald Trump Says America's Ventilator Shortage Was “Unforeseen.”  Nothing Could Be Further From the Truth.
David Smith / The Guardian:
Trump's push to shorten coronavirus shutdown proves the captain is flying blind
Discussion: Vox
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
 Earlier Items: 
Michael R. Strain / Bloomberg:
Trump Would Hurt Economy by Trying to Restart It
Mike Hixenbaugh / NBC News:
New York will be first state to test treatment of coronavirus with blood from recovered patients
Discussion: LiveScience
Agence France-Presse:
Pentagon sees coronavirus crisis lasting several months
Denis Slattery / New York Daily News:
N.Y. physicians urge Gov. Cuomo to ban tobacco to battle coronavirus
CNN:
Prominent 30-year-old Zimbabwe broadcaster dies of coronavirus
New York Post:
Brooklyn principal dies from coronavirus complications
Discussion: Daily Mail and Outside the Beltway