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8:50 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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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Trump's Briefings Are a Ratings Hit.  Should Networks Cover Them Live?  —  The president's viewership has rivaled the audiences for hit reality shows and prime-time football.  But some worry about misinformation.  —  President Trump is a ratings hit, and some journalists and public health experts say that could be a dangerous thing.
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 …
Micah Zenko / Foreign Policy:
The Coronavirus Is the Worst Intelligence Failure in U.S. History  —  It's more glaring than Pearl Harbor and 9/11—and it's all the fault of Donald Trump's leadership.  —  Last September, I met the vice president for risk for a Fortune 100 company in Washington, D.C. I asked the executive …
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Rosie Perper / Business Insider:
'It's a two-way street': Trump suggests federal coronavirus aid will be given to governors who ‘treat us well’
Discussion: Vox and WND
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
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Allan Smith / NBC News:
Handful of GOP senators threaten to delay Senate coronavirus bill over ‘drafting error’
Discussion: Redstate, HuffPost and Raw Story
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 …
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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Vox
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Sylvan Lane / The Hill:
Boeing CEO says company may reject stimulus if Treasury seeks equity stake  —  Boeing chief executive David Calhoun on Tuesday suggested that the aircraft manufacturer would not accept federal aid as part of a pending economic rescue bill if it meant giving the Treasury Department a stake in the company.
Discussion: American Prospect
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Washington Post:
Stimulus bill prevents Trump and his family from benefiting from loan programs
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
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: Reason, 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
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 …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Biden: 'I think we've had enough debates'  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday said it's time for the Democratic primary to draw to a close and signaled a disinterest in participating in a final debate against Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).  —  “My focus is just dealing …
Discussion: IJR and ABC News
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Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders clings to a fantasy campaign
Discussion: Fox News, Politico and New York Times
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.
Politico:
Trump team failed to follow NSC's pandemic playbook  —  The 69-page document, finished in 2016, provided a step by step list of priorities - which were then ignored by the administration.  —  President Donald Trump's administration was briefed on the playbook's existence in 2017, said four former officials.
Yahoo News:
Economies Already Look Totally Different From the Pre-Virus Age  —  (Bloomberg) — In the heat of a global crisis more sudden and severe than anything in living memory, economic orthodoxies are getting tossed aside at a furious pace.  Some of them may be gone for good.
Agence France-Presse:
Virus death toll passes 20,000, three billion under lockdown  —  Hazel WARD, with Philippe RATER at the United Nations  —  A health worker carries a body on a stretcher outside Gregorio Maranon hospital in Madrid  —  Madrid (AFP) - More than three billion people around the world …
Katherine Doherty / Yahoo Finance:
Distressed Debt Balloons to Almost $1 Trillion, Nears 2008 Peak  —  (Bloomberg) — The amount of distressed debt in the U.S. has quadrupled in less than a week to nearly $1 trillion, reaching levels not seen since 2008 as the collapse of oil prices and fallout from the coronavirus shutters entire industries across the globe.
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
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
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
Nurses Share Coronavirus Stories Anonymously in an Online Document  —  A health care worker in New Jersey created a digital venue for people in the field to chronicle poor working conditions that may put patients at risk.  “It is disgusting,” one nurse wrote.
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
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)
Joey Nolfi / EW.com:
Kathy Griffin slams Trump's coronavirus response while in hospital with ‘unbearably painful’ symptoms  —  After checking into a hospital with “unbearably painful” symptoms, comedian Kathy Griffin has spoken out against Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus outbreak.
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.
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.
 
 
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New York Times:
Trump Wants to ‘Reopen America.’ Here's What Happens if We Do.
Discussion: Washington Post, US News and Bloomberg
Nicholas Ballasy / Just The News:
Lawmakers ready to vote on 4th, 5th coronavirus spending bill to fix ‘mistakes’ in $2 trillion bill
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
National Security Veterans Urge Trump to Invoke Emergency Mobilization Law
Steve Neavling / News & Views, Detroit Metro Times:
Council President Brenda Jones is challenging Rep. Rashida Tlaib for her congressional seat
Brad Brooks / Reuters:
New Orleans emerges as next coronavirus epicenter, threatening rest of South
Discussion: NBC News and Forbes
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
Ray Dalio / LinkedIn:
The Changing World Order
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Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
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Media Matters for America:
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Discussion: PJ Media Home and alicublog