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6:45 PM ET, March 25, 2020

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Politico:
NYC morgues near capacity, DHS briefing warns  —  The Department of Homeland Security has been briefed that New York City's morgues are nearing capacity, according to a department official and a second person familiar with the situation.  —  Officials were told that morgues in the city …
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Erin Allday / San Francisco Chronicle:
New York state has 10 times the COVID-19 cases California has.  Why?  —  New York's coronavirus outbreak has violently erupted over the past few days, and the state is now driving the national epidemic — while on the West Coast, public health experts are wondering if an early …
The Daily Beast:
CNN and MSNBC Staff Push Back on Airing Trump's Coronavirus ‘Lies’  —  Trump's daily pandemic briefings have devolved into an “open-mic night” full of “misinformation,” cable staffers said, as networks weigh how much of the events they must air.  —  The nation's television news outlets …
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New York Times:
13 Deaths in a Day: An ‘Apocalyptic’ Coronavirus Surge at an N.Y.C. Hospital  —  Hospitals in the city are facing the kind of harrowing increases in cases that overwhelmed health care systems in China and Italy.  —  In several hours on Tuesday, Dr. Ashley Bray performed chest compressions …
Ariana Eunjung Cha / Washington Post:
Hospitals consider universal do-not-resuscitate orders for coronavirus patients  —  Worries that ‘all hands’ responses may expose doctors and nurses to infection prompts debate about prioritizing the needs of the many over the one  —  The Washington Post is providing this story for free …
Zachary Petrizzo / Mediaite:
Twitter Deletes Post From The Federalist Proposing ‘Chickenpox Parties’ to Deliberately Spread Coronavirus  —  Twitter temporarily locked the account of The Federalist Wednesday after the conservative opinion site published a piece, written by a dermatologist based in Oregon …
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Handful of GOP senators threaten to delay Senate coronavirus bill over ‘drafting error’  —  “A massive drafting error in the current version of the coronavirus relief legislation could have devastating consequences,” the senators said.  —  A handful of Republican senators on Wednesday threatened …
Discussion: Redstate, Raw Story and The Hill
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Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Bernie Sanders threatens to hold up coronavirus bill after 4 GOP senators push to cut unemployment aid
Discussion: Fortune
Washington Post:
Stimulus bill prevents Trump and his family from benefiting from loan programs  —  Businesses controlled by President Trump and his children would be prohibited from receiving loans or investments from Treasury Department programs included in a $2 trillion stimulus plan agreed to early Wednesday …
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Sylvan Lane / The Hill:
Boeing CEO says company may reject stimulus if Treasury seeks equity stake
Rosie Perper / Business Insider:
'It's a two-way street': Trump suggests federal coronavirus aid will be given to governors who ‘treat us well’  — President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday that the federal government would give aid to governors battling the coronavirus outbreak if they “treat us well also.”
Discussion: Vox and WND
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Washington Post:
G-7 failed to agree on statement after U.S. insisted on calling coronavirus outbreak ‘Wuhan virus’  —  Foreign ministers representing seven major industrialized nations failed to agree on a joint statement Wednesday after the Trump administration insisted on referring to the coronavirus outbreak as the …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Week
Bailey Lipschultz / Bloomberg:
Newest Shortage in New York: The City Is Running Out of Dogs to Adopt  — Pet craze is spurring rally in Chewy shares amid a market rout  — 'We definitely don't have any dogs left to match,' says rescue  —  Of all the shortages created by the coronavirus pandemic …
Discussion: New York Post, The Week and The Hill
ProPublica:
Walmart Was Almost Charged Criminally Over Opioids.  Trump Appointees Killed the Indictment.  —  Even as company pharmacists protested, Walmart kept filling suspicious prescriptions, stoking the country's opioid epidemic.  A Republican U.S. Attorney in Texas thought the evidence was damning.
New York Times:
Fine Print of Stimulus Bill Contains Special Deals for Industries  —  Small banks, retailers and for-profit colleges got provisions they wanted.  So did Boeing.  Among those who could potentially benefit: President Trump's company.  —  WASHINGTON — Restaurants and retailers will get a tweak …
New York Times:
Wall Street Gains as Washington's Rescue Deal Inches Forward: Live Updates  —  Here's what you need to know:  — There's unease over Trump's White House briefings, even as ratings soar.  —  Stocks rose as Congress moved toward passing aid package.  —  Stocks on Wall Street rose on Wednesday …
Discussion: VICE
Ed Yong / The Atlantic:
How the Pandemic Will End  —  Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers.  Find the collection here.  —  Three months ago, no one knew that SARS-CoV-2 existed.  Now the virus has spread to almost every country, infecting …
Discussion: Portland Mercury
Vandana Rambaran / Fox News:
Robert Levinson, retired FBI agent, presumed dead in Iranian custody over a decade after disappearance  —  Robert Levinson, a retired FBI agent and private investigator who disappeared from an Iranian island in 2007, is believed to have died in Iranian custody, his family revealed in a statement Wednesday.
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Jennifer Hansler / CNN:
Family of American Robert Levinson who disappeared in Iran say they believe he is dead
Discussion: National Review
Sky Palma / Raw Story:
Trump cabinet Bible study leader blames coronavirus on gay people and environmentalists  —  The minister who hosts a weekly bible study session for President Trump's cabinet has an opinion about the origins of the coronavirus.  According to Ralph Drollinger, it's just another form of God's wrath …
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Bloomberg:
Billionaires Want People Back to Work.  Employees Aren't So Sure  — 'We'll gradually bring those people back and see what happens'  — Goldman veterans Blankfein and Cohn want the economy ‘back on’  —  We're tracking the latest on the coronavirus outbreak and the global response.
Discussion: Raw Story and Jezebel
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
The Dos and Don'ts of Online Video Meetings  —  Do your co-workers really need to make their pets or toddlers part of the call?  No.  —  In the age of coronavirus, many of us have transformed overnight from office workers into telecommuters.  And we are increasingly relying on videoconferencing apps …
Discussion: VICE
Los Angeles Times:
‘The peak will be bad’: Garcetti warns L.A. coronavirus crisis will get worse  —  Mayor Eric Garcetti warned Los Angeles on Tuesday that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is still to come and that residents should be prepared for more loss of life.  —  Garcetti said L.A. could be six …
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Manu Raju / CNN:
AOC warns she may force House members to return for stimulus vote, potentially delaying final passage  —  (CNN)Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the high-profile freshman from New York, is leaving open the option of forcing House members to return to Washington to cast a vote on the $2 trillion stimulus package barreling through Congress.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Katie Way / VICE:
Cuomo's Prison Workers Say They're Not Actually Making Hand Sanitizer  —  On March 9, New York governor Andrew Cuomo announced a measure to fight “egregious” price-gouging: an initiative to produce 100,000 gallons of New York State-produced hand sanitizer every week, to be distributed for free …
Discussion: Breitbart
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders clings to a fantasy campaign  —  Former vice president Joe Biden has a lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) of more than 300 delegates in the Democratic presidential primary race.  Biden has gotten the endorsement of hundreds of officeholders.
Discussion: Fox News, Politico and New York Times
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Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Biden: “I think we've had enough debates”
Discussion: Townhall, New York Times and Deadline
WCVB:
Gov. Baker prohibits reusable shopping bags during coronavirus emergency  —  Part of new public health order regarding grocery stores and pharmacies  —  HIDE TRANSCRIPT SHOW TRANSCRIPT  —  Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday announced a new public health order related to grocery stores …
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Twitchy
Greenwich Time:
Thousands of inmates released as jails face coronavirus threat  —  http://www.washingtonpost.com/video/ national/prisoners-threaten-suicide- stage-protests-as-the-coronavirus- sickens-inmates-and-prison-staff/2020/ 03/25/8232738e-0b1e-4fdb-8538- 456e269a8eb7_video.html(REF:Luis Velarde,REF:bennettd/The Washington Post)
New York Times:
‘Plz Cancel Our Cleaning’: Virus Leads Many to Cast Aside Household Help  —  One family laid off their nanny, but wondered if she would continue to video chat with their children, who missed her.  Across the country, undocumented household workers are being cast out with little help.
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
A Hard Look at the Remaining Hospital Capacity across America  —  On the menu today: States are racing against the clock to increase capacity, but they might not be fast enough; what steps states are taking in preparation; and some unfortunate news from the direction of the New York Jets.
Media Matters for America:
Fox's Brit Hume says it's an “entirely reasonable viewpoint” to expect that grandparents would be willing to die to protect the economy  —  Hume: “We don't shut down the economy to save every single life that's threatened by a wide-spread disease.  We just don't”
Discussion: PJ Media Home and alicublog
Washington Post:
Politicians jockeying for covid-19 tests find proximity to Trump is the fastest route  —  Late last month, Mick Mulvaney, who was still the acting White House chief of staff at the time, told a crowd of conservative activists that the media was exaggerating the threat posed by covid-19 because …
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
Of course you've noticed Deborah Birx's style.  That's why it's so reassuring.  —  The diplomatic doctor was missing from the weekend coronavirus task force briefings.  Deborah Birx, the task force coordinator, was not in her usual position, behind the lectern and to President Trump's left.
Discussion: TheBlaze
Scroll.in:
Coronavirus: Chef Floyd Cardoz, co-owner of Bombay Canteen, dies of Covid-19 in New Jersey … Chef Floyd Cardoz, who tested positive for Covid-19, died of the infection in a hospital in New Jersey on Wednesday, his family confirmed.  He was the co-owner of two popular restaurants in Mumbai - the Bombay Canteen and O Pedro.
Wall Street Journal:
Is the Coronavirus as Deadly as They Say?  —  Current estimates about the Covid-19 fatality rate may be too high by orders of magnitude.  —  If it's true that the novel coronavirus would kill millions without shelter-in-place orders and quarantines, then the extraordinary measures being carried …
Discussion: Twitchy and Cafe Hayek
Associated Press:
‘The whole city laid off’: US jobless claims climb sky high  —  NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Barely a week ago, David McGraw was cooking daily for hundreds of fine diners at one of New Orleans' illustrious restaurants.  —  Today, he's cooking for himself, at home — laid off along with hundreds …
 
 
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Brad Brooks / Reuters:
New Orleans emerges as next coronavirus epicenter, threatening rest of South
Thomas Franck / CNBC:
Bill Ackman exits market hedges, uses $2 billion he made to buy more stocks including Hilton
Trevor Hunnicutt / Reuters:
Biden calls Trump's Easter back-to-business goal ‘catastrophic’
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and ABC News
Tom Kludt / Vanity Fair:
“There Really Is Only One Story Right Now”: Campaign Reporters Are Stuck in Limbo as the 2020 Race Gets Drowned Out
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Holly K. Michels / Missoulian:
State GOP spent $100k to qualify Montana Green Party for the ballot
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Ray Dalio / LinkedIn:
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 Earlier Items: 
Phil Luciano / Journal Star:
Cops called on X-rated video store in West Peoria offering curbside service during stay-at-home order
Curtis Brodner / BKLYNER:
No Mask, No Gloves, No Service: Southern Brooklyn Businesses Start to Turn Away Customers Without Masks
Discussion: Business Insider
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
Nurses Share Coronavirus Stories Anonymously in an Online Document
New York Times:
Trapped at Sea by Covid-19 Lockdowns, Crew Members Plead for Help
Michael Tackett / Associated Press:
Of America and sacrifice: Is the country ready to step up?
CNN:
A group of young adults held a coronavirus party in Kentucky to defy orders to socially distance.
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Week