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3:35 PM ET, March 24, 2020

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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 …
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 …
Mike Lillis / The Hill:
Pelosi warns against ‘poison pills’ as Senate negotiators near a stimulus deal
Discussion: The Drive, Breitbart and Politico
Politico:
Negotiators expect deal Tuesday on massive coronavirus emergency package
Discussion: 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.
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
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
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 …
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David Bauder / Associated Press:
Networks face decision: How long to stick with Trump?
Discussion: Washington Post
Jeffrey Lord / The American Spectator:   The Washington Post Turns Totalitarian
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 …
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 …
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.”
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 …
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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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
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.
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 …
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 …
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 and Slate
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.
Discussion: NBC News, Fox News and The Hill
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.
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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
 
 
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Stanley Greenberg / The Atlantic:
Americans' Revulsion for Trump Is Underappreciated
Discussion: C.W.'s Newsletter and Politico
Justine Coleman / The Hill:
DC to close nonessential businesses
Discussion: WTOP
Jason Brett / Forbes:
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Leah Barkoukis / Townhall:
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Discussion: The Appeal, Politico and New York Times
New York Times:
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Anita Kumar / Politico:
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Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Party Zero: How a Soirée in Connecticut Became a ‘Super Spreader’
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