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7:40 AM ET, March 25, 2020

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The Daily Beast:
Trump to New York: You've Been Mean to Me, Drop Dead  —  Democratic governors, including Andrew Cuomo, are grappling with a coronavirus-related fear: piss off the president and risk losing his support.  —  As the coronavirus pandemic has deepened, Democratic governors bearing the heaviest burdens …
Discussion: PJ Media Home, CNN and Gothamist
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Jennifer Senior / New York Times:
Trump to New York: Drop Dead  —  Untold thousands will likely die, absent federal intervention.  And it needs to happen this instant.  Why won't the president help?  —  So it's essentially come to this: President Trump is treating each of our 50 states as individual contestants on …
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
New York Times:
How Cuomo, Once on Sidelines, Became the Politician of the Moment  —  With his coronavirus briefings, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has emerged as an authoritative voice in the crisis.  —  ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo awoke before dawn on Tuesday, emerging after a few hours' sleep to board …
Discussion: IJR and Fox News
New York Times:
Coronavirus in N.Y.: ‘Astronomical’ Surge Leads to Quarantine Warning
Discussion: The Week
Media Matters for America:
Glenn Beck says older Americans should return to work: “Even if we all get sick, I would rather die than kill the country”  —  Beck: “I would rather have my children stay home and all of us who are over 50 go in and keep this economy going”  —  Sean Hannity pushes unproven drugs to fight coronavirus: “What are the risks?
Discussion: Mediaite, The Week and HuffPost
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
Discussion: Raw Story and Fox News
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 …
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Michelle L. Price / Las Vegas Sun:   Sisolak bars malaria drugs for coronavirus patients
Lauren Lantry / ABC News:
Clinical trials for coronavirus treatments begin in New York
Discussion: Breitbart, Fox News and VICE
Washington Post:   Oracle to partner with Trump administration to collect data on unproven drugs to treat covid-19
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 …
Washington Post:
Scramble for medical equipment descends into chaos as U.S. states and hospitals compete for rare supplies  —  With prices rising and supplies uncertain, governors and health-care officials are urging the Trump administration to use the Defense Production Act to bring order
Discussion: New York Post
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The Committee to Protect Medicare:   To President Trump and the Centers for Disease Control:
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: Redstate and Raw Story
Noah Goldberg / New York Daily News:
NYC paramedic hospitalized with coronavirus sedated, breathing with ventilator as condition worsens, family says  —  FDNY EMS paramedic Christell Cadet ― who shared her coronavirus struggle with the world last week from her hospital bed ― is now unable to breathe comfortably …
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
Josh Carter / WAFB-TV:
Waffle House closes 365 locations across the U.S.  —  JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Waffle House has now closed 365 locations across the U.S. due to the coronavirus pandemic.  —  The breakfast-chain announced the news on their Facebook page Tuesday morning.  —  While more than 300 locations have closed, 1,627 remain open.
Rick Rouan / The Columbus Dispatch:
Ohio stops daily reporting of new unemployment claims at request of Trump administration  —  Ohio will no longer release its growing unemployment claim numbers on a daily basis as the economy slumps through the COVID-19 outbreak after the Trump administration told states to hold the statistics for weekly reports.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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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.
USA Today:
6 things to know if you're living with someone who has coronavirus, or think you might be  —  The odds are this will happen to many of us.  But we know how to minimize risk for you, your family, roommates and anyone coming through your door.  —  This is not hyperbole.
Stephanie M. Lee / BuzzFeed News:
The Coronavirus Doesn't Just Hurt The Elderly.  Data Shows Younger People Are Getting Severely Sick, Too.  —  The journalists at BuzzFeed News are proud to bring you trustworthy and relevant reporting about the coronavirus.  To help keep this news free, become a member and sign up for our newsletter, Outbreak Today.
Discussion: Washington Post
Jay Greene / Washington Post:
Amazon workers test positive for covid-19 at six U.S. warehouses  —  The spike in positive tests for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus comes as the e-commerce giant races to hire 100,000 workers to meet massive shopper demand.  —  SEATTLE — The U.S. coronavirus outbreak has spread …
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 …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
DHS wound down pandemic models before coronavirus struck  —  The Department of Homeland Security stopped updating its annual models of the havoc that pandemics would wreak on America's critical infrastructure in 2017, according to current and former DHS officials with direct knowledge of the matter.
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
At the Capitol, palpable fear from a more insidious enemy than past crises  —  For almost two weeks, the Capitol has witnessed a slow-motion version of some of the most terrifying days inside Congress.  —  The atmosphere boiled over with anger as legislative gridlock helped fuel …
New York Times:
Terrence McNally, Tony-Winning Playwright of Gay Life, Dies at 81  —  Mr. McNally, who died of coronavirus complications, introduced audiences to characters and situations that most mainstream theater had previously shunted into comic asides.  —  Terrence McNally, the four …
Discussion: Vanity Fair, ABC News and Deadline
ProPublica:
Walmart Was Almost Charged Criminally Over Opioids.  Trump Appointees Killed the Indictment.  —  Even as company pharmacists protested, Walmart kept filling suspicious prescriptions, stoking the country's opioid epidemic.  A Republican U.S. Attorney in Texas thought the evidence was damning.
Rand Paul / USA Today:
Sen. Paul: Why I didn't quarantine after getting tested  —  Guidelines would not have called for me to get tested nor quarantined.  It was my extra precaution, out of concern for my damaged lung: Opposing view  —  I did not quarantine while awaiting a coronavirus test because I did not meet the criteria for quarantine.
Chelsea Mes / Bloomberg:
Trump-Owned Companies Banned From Virus Aid in Stimulus Bill  —  The $2 trillion stimulus plan agreed to by White House and Senate leaders would ban any company controlled by President Donald Trump or his children from receiving loans or investments from Treasury programs.
Discussion: Raw Story
Noam Scheiber / New York Times:
Drivers Say Uber and Lyft Are Blocking Unemployment Pay  —  States like New York and California have made gig workers eligible for jobless benefits and sick days.  But the companies have resisted complying.  —  In a typical week, Jerome Gage, a Lyft driver in Los Angeles …
New Orleans Times-Picayune:
'It's like a war zone': Fighting coronavirus, limited ICU beds, bracing for chaos in New Orleans  —  With hospital beds quickly filling up, workers being forced to ration critical supplies like N95 masks and Gov. John Bel Edwards warning federal officials that a rising tide of coronavirus patients …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump remains unpopular in swing counties, just like in 2018  —  But here's a fascinating finding from that same poll: … Biden leads Trump by nine percentage points in those 300 swing counties.  By contrast, Hillary Clinton carried them in the aggregate against Trump in 2016 by a scant one point.
Daniela J. Lamas / New York Times:
I'm on the Front Lines.  I Have No Plan for This.  —  We're not allowing visitors in the I.C.U. My patients will suffer in solitary confinement.  —  Dr. Lamas is a critical care doctor.  —  BOSTON — As an I.C.U. doctor I'm used to giving bad news, but I was not prepared for this.
Discussion: New Republic
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: The Hill, The Root and Esquire
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.
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” …
 
 
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Trump's goal of sending people back to work early is reckless
Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Those who intentionally spread coronavirus could be charged as terrorists
U.S. Army Public Affairs / The United States Army:
U.S. Army provides medical facilities to support COVID-19 efforts
Rebecca Rainey / Politico:
Trump hasn't yet released disaster unemployment funds
Karen Bouffard / Detroit News:
Beaumont nears capacity: 635 hospitalized for COVID-19 with limited ventilators
Washington Post:
Trump versus the scientists: The president's tug-of-war with experts over coronavirus policy
Noah Higgins-Dunn / CNBC:
Coronavirus: New York City to release 300 nonviolent inmates from Rikers Island
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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
Center for Public Integrity:
The government's secret ventilator stockpile is nowhere near enough to fight the coronavirus
Geoffrey Fowler / Washington Post:
Smartphone data reveal which Americans are social distancing (and not)
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
A Fox News Channel Producer Promised Betsy DeVos “An Easy Interview” in 2018 Email
Discussion: Raw Story