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12:45 PM 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 …
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.
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.
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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
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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CBS News:
Americans see months-long pandemic fight ahead — CBS News poll
Discussion: National Review and NB Blog
CBS News:
Coronavirus updates: Olympics postponed as leaders try to save lives and the economy
Discussion: New York Times and The Week
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New York Times:
See Which States and Cities Have Told Residents to Stay at Home
Discussion: HuffPost
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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New York Times:
Trump Considers Reopening Economy, Over Health Experts' Objections  —  The president is questioning whether stay-at-home orders have gone too far.  But relaxing them could significantly increase the death toll from the coronavirus, health officials warn.  —  WASHINGTON — As the United …
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Washington Post:
Trump says he may soon push businesses to reopen, defying the advice of coronavirus experts
Politico:
Health officials want Trump to ‘double down, not lighten up’ restrictions
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 …
Discussion: Daily Mail
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
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David Bauder / Associated Press:   Networks face decision: How long to stick with Trump?
Ursula Perano / Axios:
Texas Lt. Gov.: Grandparents would be willing to die to save the economy  —  Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said on Fox News Monday night that “lots of” grandparents would be willing to die in order to save the economy for their grandchildren.  —  What they're saying: “No one reached out to me and said …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and VICE
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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 …
Lucy Bayly / NBC News:
Dow soars by 1,100 points at opening bell on hopes economic stimulus bill finally passes  —  “America will again and soon be open for business,” President Donald Trump said, despite indications to the contrary.  —  Wall Street rallied Tuesday on hopes lawmakers are nearing a deal …
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CNBC:
Market comeback gains steam as Dow soars 1,600 points on stimulus deal hope
Discussion: NPR and ABC News
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.
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.
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
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Coronavirus Spurs a Wave of Suspect Websites Looking to Cash In  —  Hundreds of e-commerce sites are popping up daily to sell virus-fighting products.  Many are being shut down for making exaggerated claims or selling phantom products.  —  A popular technology company that has helped launch thousands …
Ellen Gabler / New York Times:
States Say Some Doctors Stockpile Trial Coronavirus Drugs — For Themselves  —  Doctors are hoarding medications touted as possible coronavirus treatments by writing prescriptions for themselves and family members, according to pharmacy boards in states across the country.
Politico:
Trump will use Defense Production Act to secure thousands of test kits  —  FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor said activating the statute would help access test kits and face masks.  —  President Donald Trump speaks at the daily coronavirus briefing March 22 joined by Vice President Mike Pence and FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor.
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 …
Discussion: HuffPost
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
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 …
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.
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
 
 
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Charles Steele / The Federalist:
Coronavirus May Kill, But So Does Economic Disruption
New York Times:
Spit On, Yelled At, Attacked: Chinese-Americans Fear for Their Safety
Suzanne Gamboa / NBC News:
Joe Biden vowed to pick a woman for vice president. Why not a Latina?
Jon Craig / Sky News:
Coronavirus: Police to hand out fines and most shops to shut as PM locks down UK
Public Policy Polling:
Majority Think Burr Should Resign; Tillis Unpopular Too
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Wall Street Journal:
The Pelosi-Schumer Coronavirus Contagion
Discussion: New York Times
Roger Kimball / Spectator USA:
The Democrats just made a huge mistake
New York Times:
Covid-19's Economic Pain Is Universal. But Relief? Depends on Where You Live.
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Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
The End of American Exceptionalism
Sanjana Karanth / HuffPost:
Trump Claims U.S. Will See More Death By Keeping Economy Shut Than By Coronavirus
Eric Ting / SFGATE:
California's increase of unemployment insurance claims is absolutely staggering
Ben Smith / New York Times:
As Fox News Played Down the Coronavirus, Its Chief Protected Himself
Bob Herman / Axios:
Man dies after self-medicating with chloroquine