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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.
Discussion: New York Times, IJR and National Review
Jennifer Senior / New York Times:
Trump to New York: Drop Dead
Discussion: Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
Trump to New York: You've Been Mean to Me, Drop Dead
Discussion: CNN and Gothamist
New York Times:
Coronavirus in N.Y.: ‘Astronomical’ Surge Leads to Quarantine Warning
Discussion: The Week and Althouse
John F. Harris / Politico:
Trump bets that voters are as impatient as he is
Discussion: The Hill and CANNONFIRE
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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New York Times:   Trump Wants U.S. ‘Opened Up’ by Easter, Despite Health Officials' Warnings
Washington Post:
Live updates: Trump says he wants ‘country opened’ …
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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Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Bill Gates says we can't restart the economy soon and simply “ignore that pile of bodies over in the corner”  —  Gates rebuked the proposal of leaders like Donald Trump.  —  Bill Gates rebuked proposals, floated over the last two days by leaders like Donald Trump, to reopen the global economy despite …
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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The Daily Beast:
Falwell Misled Me on Reopening Liberty University, City Manager Says  —  The Lynchburg City manager said that the university's president, Jerry Falwell, was not “totally transparent” with her about opening up the dorms again.  —  When Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. announced …
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
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 and NPR
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Washington Post:
Trump versus the scientists: The president's tug-of-war with experts over coronavirus policy
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA, The Guardian and Fox News
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.
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Daniel Desrochers / Lexington Herald-Leader:
39 new Kentucky coronavirus cases found. Total is 163. More businesses must close.
Discussion: CNN and Political Wire
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 …
Jessica Lustig / New York Times:
What I Learned When My Husband Got Sick With Coronavirus  —  Our world became one of isolation, round-the-clock care, panic and uncertainty — even as society carried on around us with all too few changes.  —  “How are you doing, love?”  I call to my husband from the living-room floor …
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 …
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Jill Colvin / Associated Press:   Virus briefings are the new campaign rallies for Trump
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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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
New York Times:
Coronavirus Is Advancing.  All Americans Need to Shelter in Place.  —  The worst of the pandemic is yet to come.  Listen to the medical experts.  It's time for a national lockdown.  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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” …
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
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
Bloomberg:
More Than 750,000 Masks Auctioned for Huge Markup While Hospitals Run Out  — Texas bidding site sells 750,000 of them during dire shortage  — Website owner received cease-and-desist order against auction  —  At a time when shortages of protective gear are putting health-care workers at risk …
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.
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Harvard, Boasting $40 Billion Endowment, Lays Off Dining Hall Workers Due to Coronavirus  —  Harvard University, which has the largest endowment of any school in the country, is cutting its subcontracted dining hall workers without pay as it shuts down in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
David Von Drehle / Washington Post:
I probably have a ‘mild to moderate’ case of covid-19.  I don't think I could survive worse.  —  KANSAS CITY — I am thankful for my mild to moderate symptoms.  —  Are they covid-19 symptoms?  I certainly think so.  I've been reading descriptions of other cases, mild to moderate …
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Americans Stranded Abroad Fume Over the Long Wait to Come Home  —  Nearly 3,000 in Peru organize to share, help, vent about delays in efforts to bring them back to U.S.  —  Americans stranded in Peru because of the coronavirus pandemic have begun organizing among themselves to share information …
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
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 …
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
New York Times:
Oracle Providing White House With Software to Study Unproven Coronavirus Drugs  —  The online platform could allow physicians to upload patient data on how malaria drugs perform on coronavirus patients.  —  WASHINGTON — The White House is preparing to use software provided …
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 …
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 …
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 …
 
 
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Rob Stein / NPR:
Public Health Experts Decry Trump's Suggestion Shutdowns Could Soon Ease
New Orleans Times-Picayune:
New Orleans has some of the highest coronavirus infection rates in the U.S. — yet it's overlooked
Catherine Reagor / Arizona Republic:
Ducey delays evictions for renters hurt by coronavirus
Associated Press:
‘Cacophony of coughing’: Inside NYC's virus-besieged ERs
Beth Reinhard / Washington Post:
NRA to cut salaries, brace for layoffs as coronavirus disrupts fundraising, internal memo states
Discussion: Politico
Associated Press:
‘Imaginary clock’: Governors reject Trump's virus timeline
Manu Raju / CNN:
Pelosi and Trump haven't spoken in five months
 Earlier Items: 
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David French / TIME:
President Trump's Dangerous and Foolish Impatience on Coronavirus
Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
You Cannot Fix the Economy Until You Fix the Pandemic
WNYW-TV:
Man faces terror charges after coughing on grocery store worker
Robert Schlesinger / NBC News:
Trump's pivots on the coronavirus are no longer just dizzying. Now they're dangerous.
Chris Matyszczyk / ZDNet:
Working from home? Switch off Amazon's Alexa (say lawyers)
Anthony Capaccio / Bloomberg:
Unclogging Toilets at $400,000 a Flush Hits Navy's Costs
Discussion: The Drive