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7:30 PM ET, March 25, 2020

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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 …
Discussion: Gothamist
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 …
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: Slate and Daily Kos
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Washington Post:
Stimulus bill prevents Trump and his family from benefiting from loan programs
Sylvan Lane / The Hill:
Boeing CEO says company may reject stimulus if Treasury seeks equity stake
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
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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, HuffPost and Raw Story
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Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Bernie Sanders threatens to hold up coronavirus bill after 4 GOP senators push to cut unemployment aid  — The prospect of a planned Senate vote on a $2 trillion stimulus package in response to the coronavirus pandemic dimmed Wednesday as senators threatened to hold up the legislation.
Discussion: Fortune and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
Adam Goldman / New York Times:
Ex-F.B.I. Agent Who Vanished on C.I.A. Mission to Iran Is Likely Dead, U.S. Concludes  —  The retired agent, Robert Levinson, was said to be the longest-held American hostage in history.  A scandal erupted inside the C.I.A. over his disappearance.  —  WASHINGTON — Trump administration officials …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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Vandana Rambaran / Fox News:
Robert Levinson, retired FBI agent, presumed dead in Iranian custody over a decade after disappearance
Discussion: TheBlaze
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
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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Marisa Taylor / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. slashed CDC staff inside China prior to coronavirus outbreak  —  WASHINGTON(Reuters) - The Trump administration cut staff by more than two-thirds at a key U.S. public health agency operating inside China, as part of a larger rollback of U.S.-funded health and science experts …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
New York Times:
How the Stimulus Bill Would Affect American Businesses: Live Updates  —  Here's what you need to know:  — Questions remain for the hotel industry.  —  Stocks rose as Congress moved toward passing the aid package.  —  Stocks on Wall Street rose on Wednesday as investors sized …
Discussion: VICE
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
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
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 …
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 …
Discussion: Mother Jones
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.
Brad Brooks / Reuters:
New Orleans emerges as next coronavirus epicenter, threatening rest of South  —  (Reuters) - New Orleans is on track to become the next coronavirus epicenter in the United States, dimming hopes that less densely populated and warmer-climate cities would escape the worst of the pandemic, and that summer months could see it wane.
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Reuters:   New York epicenter of U.S. coronavirus makes some headway, New Orleans worsens
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 Daily Kos
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.
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)
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
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
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.
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
National Security Veterans Urge Trump to Invoke Emergency Mobilization Law  —  A bipartisan group of more than 100 former national security officials are urging President Trump immediately to use a Korean War-era defense mobilization law “to the full extent” to support companies making supplies critical …
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
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 …
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
 
 
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Steve Neavling / News & Views, Detroit Metro Times:
Council President Brenda Jones is challenging Rep. Rashida Tlaib for her congressional seat
Thomas Franck / CNBC:
Bill Ackman exits market hedges, uses $2 billion he made to buy more stocks including Hilton
Associated Press:
‘The whole city laid off’: US jobless claims climb sky high
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
A Hard Look at the Remaining Hospital Capacity across America
Public Citizen:
Gilead Must Relinquish Monopoly on Potential Coronavirus Treatment
Discussion: The Intercept
Holly K. Michels / Missoulian:
State GOP spent $100k to qualify Montana Green Party for the ballot
Discussion: The Hill
Ray Dalio / LinkedIn:
The Changing World Order
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
BuzzFeed Slashing Employee Pay Amid the Coronavirus Crisis
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Nurses Share Coronavirus Stories Anonymously in an Online Document
New York Times:
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Michael Tackett / Associated Press:
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Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
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Discussion: TheBlaze