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2:35 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 …
Discussion: The Week and Politico
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, 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 in the next few hours
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.
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  —  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 …
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
Public Policy Polling:
Majority Think Burr Should Resign; Tillis Unpopular Too
Discussion: Contemptor
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’ …
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Networks face decision: How long to stick with Trump?  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Six television networks began showing President Donald Trump's briefing on the coronavirus outbreak late Monday, but only Fox News Channel stuck it out to the end nearly two hours later.
Discussion: Washington Post
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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 …
Jeffrey Lord / The American Spectator:   The Washington Post Turns Totalitarian
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Baltimore Sun, HuffPost and NBC News
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
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 …
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 …
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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Vijaya Gadde / Twitter:
Protecting and supporting journalists during COVID-19  —  All around the world, we've seen our service connecting people with the authoritative health information they need to protect themselves and their loved ones.  That work can only be successful if people have access to the news and information they need.
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.
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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.
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.
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 …
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
Sonam Sheth / Business Insider:
‘Trump kept saying it was basically pretty much a cure’: Woman whose husband died after ingesting chloroquine warns the public not to ‘believe anything that the president says’  — The wife of an Arizona man who died after ingesting chloroquine phosphate to protect himself from the novel …
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 …
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
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
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 …
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:
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 …
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
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.
Discussion: Reason and The Daily Caller
 
 
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Jason Brett / Forbes:
Coronavirus Stimulus Offered By House Financial Services Committee Creates New Digital Dollar
Discussion: Big League Politics
Mark Niesse / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia will mail absentee ballot request forms to all active voters for May primary
Leah Barkoukis / Townhall:
‘Democrat Totalitarianism’: NJ Releases Prisoners From Jail Over Wuhan Coronavirus But Threatens …
Discussion: The Appeal, Politico and New York Times
Ellen Gabler / New York Times:
States Say Some Doctors Stockpile Trial Coronavirus Drugs, for Themselves
Discussion: The Week
Publishers Weekly:
Strand, Books & Books Lay Off, Furlough Booksellers
Discussion: Gothamist, New York Post and Fox News
 Earlier Items: 
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Coronavirus May Kill, But So Does Economic Disruption
New York Times:
Justin Trudeau in Home Isolation: 'Daddy's on an Important Phone Call'
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Obama logs on amid the coronavirus pandemic
Discussion: HuffPost
Robert Kuttner / American Prospect:
The End of American Exceptionalism
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Trump eyes a back-to-work plan despite coronavirus
Eric Ting / SFGATE:
California's increase of unemployment insurance claims is absolutely staggering