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11:50 AM ET, March 24, 2020

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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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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 …
Discussion: NBC News
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook: How one Trump tweet put a deal in doubt  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  OK, NOW THIS IS GETTING REALLY INTERESTING.  —  FOR THE LAST FEW DAYS, TREASURY SECRETARY STEVEN MNUCHIN has been playing shuttle diplomacy between warring factions, hashing out a deal with Senate Minority …
Discussion: Raw Story, Political Wire and The Hill
Politico:
Negotiators expect deal Tuesday on massive coronavirus emergency package  —  Congressional negotiators signaled Tuesday morning that they are likely hours away from clinching a bipartisan agreement on a nearly $2 trillion emergency stimulus package to confront the economic impacts …
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.
David A. Hopkins / Honest Graft:
Four Reasons to Be Cautious About Trump's Approval Ratings  —  Ever since the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis began to accelerate a couple of weeks ago, political obsessives have wondered about the likely effect that it would have on President Trump's job approval ratings—and, by extension, his chances of re-election in November.
Discussion: CNN, Breitbart and The Hill
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Vicky Prodeline / Polls:
Tight Race for President  —  Decrease in voters who say their finances are improving  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Joe Biden holds a negligible 3 point lead over Donald Trump in the race for president, according to a national Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll.
Washington Post:
Trump says he may soon push businesses to reopen, defying the advice of coronavirus experts  —  President Trump, under growing pressure to rescue an economy in free fall, said Monday that he may soon loosen federal guidelines for social distancing and encourage shuttered businesses to reopen …
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Politico:
Health officials want Trump to ‘double down, not lighten up’ restrictions
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
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Lucy Bayly / NBC News:
Dow soars by 1,100 points at opening bell on hopes economic stimulus bill finally passes
New York Times:
See Which States and Cities Have Told Residents to Stay at Home  —  In a matter of days, millions of Americans have been asked to do what might have been unthinkable only a week or two ago: Don't go to work, don't go to school, don't leave the house at all, unless you have to.
Discussion: HuffPost
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Miami Herald:   FL Gov. DeSantis pushes back against calls for statewide stay-home order
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. Domestic Passenger Flights Could Virtually Shut Down, Voluntarily or by Government Order  —  As airlines struggle to keep aircraft flying with minimal passengers, various options are being considered  —  Major U.S. airlines are drafting plans for a potential voluntary shutdown of virtually …
Abby Livingston / The Texas Tribune:
Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says a failing economy is worse than coronavirus  —  Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick told Fox News on Monday that he would rather perish from the new coronavirus than see the economy destroyed for his grandchildren by overreaction to the disease.
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Ursula Perano / Axios:
Texas Lt. Gov.: Grandparents would be willing to die to save the economy
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and VICE
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 …
Discussion: New York Post
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 …
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.
Bob Herman / Axios:
Man dies after self-medicating with chloroquine  —  “A man has died and his wife is under critical care after the couple, both in their 60s, ingested chloroquine phosphate,” one of the anti-malaria drugs that President Trump has mentioned in recent days, according to Banner Health, the hospital system that treated both patients.
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.
New York Times:
Party Zero: How a Soirée in Connecticut Became a ‘Super Spreader’  —  About 50 people gathered this month for a party in the upscale suburb of Westport, then scattered across the region and the world, taking the coronavirus with them.  —  About 50 guests gathered on March 5 at a home …
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump eyes a back-to-work plan despite coronavirus  —  President Trump egged on by a growing number of advisers and business leaders, believes the economy will crater absent a strong signal, and wants to stagger the reopening of work nationwide, people who've spoken to him tell Axios.
William Feuer / CNBC:
CDC says coronavirus survived in Princess Cruise ship cabins for up to 17 days after passengers left  — The coronavirus can survive on surfaces for up to 17 days, a study published Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.  — The study examines two public health responses …
Discussion: Townhall
Jeffrey Lord / The American Spectator:
The Washington Post Turns Totalitarian  —  Margaret Sullivan wants to shut down the Trump briefings.  —  The Washington Post's Margaret Sullivan (YouTube screenshot)  —  M  —  argaret Sullivan hates the president.  —  But there is something else that really gets the Washington Post's …
Discussion: The Stranger
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Obama logs on amid the coronavirus pandemic  —  The former president comes off the sidelines to share health information, say thanks and offer inspiration — but avoids criticism of Trump.  —  Former President Barack Obama is making use of his large social media platforms to address …
Public Policy Polling:
Majority Think Burr Should Resign; Tillis Unpopular Too  —  PPP's newest North Carolina poll finds that a majority of North Carolinians think Richard Burr should resign, and that his approval numbers have plummeted since revelations last week about his stock sales in the wake of the coronavirus.
Discussion: Contemptor
Charles Steele / The Federalist:
Coronavirus May Kill, But So Does Economic Disruption  —  The stimulus approach fails to address the fundamental causes of the economic downturn, while it balloons the deficit to no good end.  —  Congress is preparing to pass a $1 trillion-plus package proposed by the Treasury Department to provide relief from the Covid-19 shutdown.
Washington Post:
Before Trump called for reevaluating lockdowns, they shuttered six of his top-earning clubs and resorts  —  President Trump's private business has shut down six of its top seven revenue-producing clubs and hotels because of restrictions meant to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus …
Reuters:
Exclusive: Elite hackers target WHO as coronavirus cyberattacks spike  —  WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - Elite hackers tried to break into the World Health Organization earlier this month, sources told Reuters, part of what a senior agency official said was a more than two-fold increase in cyberattacks.
Publishers Weekly:
Strand, Books & Books Lay Off, Furlough Booksellers  —  The Strand Book Store confirmed on Sunday that 188 employees, the majority of the bookstore's staff, have been let go in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak in the United States and New York City, currently the epicenter of the epidemic.
Discussion: Gothamist, New York Post and Fox News
New York Times:
Justin Trudeau in Home Isolation: 'Daddy's on an Important Phone Call'  —  Canada's prime minister has been a housekeeper and single parent to three children while running the nation, after his wife tested positive for the coronavirus.  —  TORONTO — He has been stuck inside his house …
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 …
Discussion: National Review
Marcy Gordon / Associated Press:
Buddy, can you spare a dime?  Echoes of '30s in viral crisis?  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The imagery floats in sepia-colored photographs, faintly recalled images of bedraggled people lined up for bread or soup.  Shacks in Appalachian hollows.  Ruined investors taking their lives in the face of stock market crashes.
New York Times:
The Coronavirus Bailout Stalled.  And It's Mitch McConnell's Fault.  —  Senate Republicans are blocking passage of an economic bailout plan that protects jobs and wages.  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.
New York Times:
Spit On, Yelled At, Attacked: Chinese-Americans Fear for Their Safety  —  As bigots blame them for the coronavirus and President Trump labels it the “Chinese virus,” many Chinese-Americans say they are terrified of what could come next.  —  WASHINGTON — Yuanyuan Zhu was walking to her gym …
 
 
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Daniel Nichanian / The Appeal:
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Suzanne Gamboa / NBC News:
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Jon Craig / Sky News:
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Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
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The Intercept:
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Discussion: VICE and New York Times
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Ben Smith / New York Times:
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