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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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Washington Post:
White House agrees to allow oversight of huge coronavirus loan program as $2 trillion Senate deal nears  —  Schumer, Mnuchin voice optimism that deal is at hand, but hurdles remain  —  The White House has agreed to allow enhanced scrutiny over a massive loan program that is a centerpiece …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi warns against ‘poison pills’ as Senate negotiators near a stimulus deal  —  Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday said she's hopeful Congress can reach a deal a massive coronavirus relief package by day's end, but warned that Republican “poison pills” could gum up the process …
Discussion: The Drive, Twitchy, Breitbart and Politico
Politico:
Negotiators expect deal Tuesday on massive coronavirus emergency package
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Pelosi says there is ‘real optimism’ Congress can reach a stimulus deal soon
Discussion: NPR
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.
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  —  President says Americans could continue social distancing but go back to work after 15-day period ends  —  WASHINGTON—President Trump said he hopes to have the country reopened in just over two weeks …
Washington Post:
Live updates: Trump says he wants ‘country opened’ …
Discussion: The Stranger
ABC News:
Coronavirus government response updates: Trump wants country ‘opened up’ by Easter
Discussion: The Hill
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.
Discussion: The Hill
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David A. Hopkins / Honest Graft:
Four Reasons to Be Cautious About Trump's Approval Ratings
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and Breitbart
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 …
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Robert Schlesinger / NBC News:
Trump's pivots on the coronavirus are no longer just dizzying. Now they're dangerous.
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
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David Bauder / Associated Press:
Networks face decision: How long to stick with Trump?
Discussion: Washington Post
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
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Vicky Prodeline / Polls:
Tight Race for President
Discussion: NBC News, Fox News and The Hill
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Biden holds 3-point edge over Trump in White House race: poll
Discussion: NBC News and The Hill
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Trump Has Given Unusual Leeway to Fauci, but Aides Say He's Losing His Patience  —  The president has become increasingly concerned as Dr. Anthony S. Fauci has grown bolder in correcting his falsehoods about the spread of the coronavirus.  —  President Trump has praised Dr. Anthony S. Fauci as a “major television star.”
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Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: How one Trump tweet put a deal in doubt
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 …
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.
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 …
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:
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Politico:
Trump will use Defense Production Act to secure thousands of test kits
Discussion: Reason and The Daily Caller
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Mediaite
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.
Agence France-Presse:
Pentagon sees coronavirus crisis lasting several months  —  Washington (AFP) - The Pentagon is assuming the coronavirus epidemic in the United States will last at least several months, and that some countries are at risk of “political chaos,” its top officials said Tuesday.
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 …
Alan Judd / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
The coronavirus claims two Georgia health care workers  —  Two Georgia health care workers died late last week after contracting the novel coronavirus, apparently the state's first medical personnel claimed by the pandemic.  —  A 48-year-old woman who worked at Donalsonville Hospital …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Denis Slattery / New York Daily News:
N.Y. physicians urge Gov. Cuomo to ban tobacco to battle coronavirus  —  ALBANY — A group of doctors and medical professionals think forcing New Yorkers to kick the habit will help battle coronavirus.  —  The New York State Academy of Family Physicians is urging Gov. Cuomo to issue …
CNN:
Prominent 30-year-old Zimbabwe broadcaster dies of coronavirus  —  (CNN)A prominent 30-year-old television journalist has died in Zimbabwe after contracting the new coronavirus infection, the first person to die in the country from the virus.  —  Zororo Makamba was one of the two people who tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday.
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Trump works to rewrite narrative on coronavirus response  —  Team Trump is rushing to rewrite the early narrative about the president's response to coronavirus.  —  Faced with endless video clips of Donald Trump downplaying the escalating outbreak, Trump aides and allies are working furiously …
Discussion: Raw Story
Justine Coleman / The Hill:
DC to close nonessential businesses  —  Washington, D.C., will order the closure of all nonessential businesses as the city ramps up its fight against the coronavirus outbreak.  —  Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) said during a press conference Tuesday that she is instructing establishments like salons …
Discussion: WTOP
 
 
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Daniel Nichanian / The Appeal:
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Mike Hixenbaugh / NBC News:
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Discussion: Big League Politics
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Leah Barkoukis / Townhall:
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Discussion: The Appeal, Politico and New York Times
New York Times:
Coronavirus Spurs a Wave of Suspect Websites Looking to Cash In
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Texas Lt. Gov.: Grandparents would be willing to die to save the economy
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and VICE
Marcy Gordon / Associated Press:
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