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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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New York Times:
Congress and White House Strike Deal for $2 Trillion Stimulus Package  —  The plan would provide direct payments to taxpayers, jobless benefits and a $500 billion fund to assist distressed businesses, with oversight requirements demanded by Democrats.  —  WASHINGTON — Senators …
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Trump's businesses barred from bailout money in Senate coronavirus bill, Schumer says
Discussion: The Hill, WCMH-TV and The Guardian
The Daily Beast:
Trump to New York: You've Been Mean to Me, Drop Dead  —  Democratic governors, including Andrew Cuomo, are grappling with a coronavirus-related fear: piss off the president and risk losing his support.  —  As the coronavirus pandemic has deepened, Democratic governors bearing the heaviest burdens …
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Jennifer Senior / New York Times:
Trump to New York: Drop Dead  —  Untold thousands will likely die, absent federal intervention.  And it needs to happen this instant.  Why won't the president help?  —  So it's essentially come to this: President Trump is treating each of our 50 states as individual contestants on …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
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.
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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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Lee Fang / The Intercept:   Trump Cabinet Bible Teacher Blames Coronavirus Pandemic on God's Wrath …
Washington Post:
Senate aid package quietly carves out billions intended for Boeing, officials say  —  Provision for company ‘critical’ to national security targets airplane maker, despite Max safety lapses  —  Lawmakers have inserted a little-noticed provision in the Senate's $2 trillion stimulus package aimed …
Discussion: National Review and Reason
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
Michael Tackett / Associated Press:
Of America and sacrifice: Is the country ready to step up?  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — For most Americans alive today, the idea of shared national sacrifice is a collective abstraction, a memory handed down from a grandparent or passed on through a book or movie.
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Boston Herald:   We will remember Dems' stimulus holdup
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: alicublog
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: Cafe Hayek
Media Matters for America:
Glenn Beck says older Americans should return to work: “Even if we all get sick, I would rather die than kill the country”  —  Beck: “I would rather have my children stay home and all of us who are over 50 go in and keep this economy going”  —  Sean Hannity pushes unproven drugs to fight coronavirus: “What are the risks?
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.
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:
Trapped at Sea by Covid-19 Lockdowns, Crew Members Plead for Help  —  The seafarers who deliver gas, food and medicine are being forced to keep working.  They cannot leave the ship: ‘We want to go home.’  —  When Capt. Nilesh Gandhi's oil tanker docked in coronavirus-ravaged China early last month …
Noah Goldberg / New York Daily News:
NYC paramedic hospitalized with coronavirus sedated, breathing with ventilator as condition worsens, family says  —  FDNY EMS paramedic Christell Cadet ― who shared her coronavirus struggle with the world last week from her hospital bed ― is now unable to breathe comfortably …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Trump barrels toward calamity  —  President Trump has issued his order: Damn the mortality — full speed ahead.  —  With all the foresight of Napoleon invading Russia and all the caution of George Pickett charging the Union lines, Trump barreled ahead Tuesday with his plan to send Americans …
New Orleans Times-Picayune:
'It's like a war zone': Fighting coronavirus, limited ICU beds, bracing for chaos in New Orleans  —  With hospital beds quickly filling up, workers being forced to ration critical supplies like N95 masks and Gov. John Bel Edwards warning federal officials that a rising tide of coronavirus patients …
Bloomberg:
Malaria Drug Chloroquine No Better Than Regular Coronavirus Care, Study Finds  — Small study of 30 patients is early look at highly-touted drug  — Medicine already being given to patients in New York  —  We're tracking the latest on the coronavirus outbreak and the global response.
Discussion: Mediaite, Forbes and Fortune
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.
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Insiders recount how Sanders lost the black vote — and the nomination slipped away  —  Bernie Sanders reached the pinnacle of his campaign inside Cowboys Dancehall in San Antonio on Feb. 22.  He pumped his fist to punctuate a triumphant speech.  He'd just won the Nevada caucuses and was sitting …
Stephanie Yang / Wall Street Journal:
‘My World Collapsed With a Bang’: How the Coronavirus Ravaged a Family  —  A Lunar New Year dinner left six family members infected; a hallmark of the virus is the way it has spread within families  —  The last message Li Song received from her husband was a hand emoji of the OK sign …
Lucía Benavides / NPR:
Spanish Military Finds Dead Bodies And Seniors ‘Completely Abandoned’ In Care Homes  —  The Spanish military has found older residents of some care homes “completely abandoned” and even “dead in their beds,” Defense Minister Margarita Robles said in a television interview on Monday.
Discussion: Althouse
Jessica Lustig / New York Times:
What I Learned When My Husband Got Sick With Coronavirus  —  Our world became one of isolation, round-the-clock care, panic and uncertainty — even as society carried on around us with all too few changes.  —  “How are you doing, love?”  I call to my husband from the living-room floor …
CNN:
A group of young adults held a coronavirus party in Kentucky to defy orders to socially distance.  Now one of them has coronavirus  —  (CNN)At least one person in Kentucky is infected after taking part at a “coronavirus party” with a group of young adults, Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday.
Discussion: The Week
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 …
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.”
David Von Drehle / Washington Post:
I probably have a ‘mild to moderate’ case of covid-19.  I don't think I could survive worse.  —  KANSAS CITY — I am thankful for my mild to moderate symptoms.  —  Are they covid-19 symptoms?  I certainly think so.  I've been reading descriptions of other cases, mild to moderate …
New York Times:
Coronavirus Is Advancing.  All Americans Need to Shelter in Place.  —  The worst of the pandemic is yet to come.  Listen to the medical experts.  It's time for a national lockdown.  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.
Madeline Osburn / The Federalist:
Inaccurate Virus Models Are Panicking Officials Into Ill-Advised Lockdowns  —  How a handful of Democratic activists created alarming, but bogus data sets to scare local and state officials into making rash, economy-killing mandates.  —  As U.S. state and local officials halt the economy …
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
Exclusive: Iran Imprisoning Coronavirus Whistleblowers, State Department Says  —  Tehran is lying to the international community about the number of citizens infected and killed by coronavirus and imprisoning dissenters for speaking out, the U.S. State Department tells the Washington Free Beacon.
Discussion: Redstate
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 …
Chelsea Mes / Bloomberg:
Trump-Owned Companies Banned From Virus Aid in Stimulus Bill  —  The $2 trillion stimulus plan agreed to by White House and Senate leaders would ban any company controlled by President Donald Trump or his children from receiving loans or investments from Treasury programs.
Discussion: Raw Story
 
 
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Tracy Jan / Washington Post:
Conservatives gutted the social safety net. Now, in a crisis, they're embracing it.
Discussion: Spectator USA
National Review:
Could a ‘Draft Cuomo’ Movement Be in the Democrats' Future?
USA Today:
Coronavirus response so far sidelines CDC, and former CDC chief feels ‘less safe’: Q&A
Steve Vladeck / NBC News:
Trump's back to work dreams are a coronavirus nightmare. Good thing he can't enforce them.
Discussion: The Hill, The Daily Caller and Reason
CNN:
A restless Trump wants to end the country's isolation — and his own
CNN:
Trump repeatedly praised China's response to coronavirus in February
Michael Goodwin / New York Post:
An Easter rebirth for our economy? Hallelujah
Eric Felten / RealClearInvestigations:
Accused in Justice Dept.'s Upper Echelon, and Innocent Until Scot-Free
Discussion: Real Clear Politics
 Earlier Items: 
ProPublica:
Even After Trump Declared a National Emergency, Some Talk Radio Hosts Weren't Convinced
Corey Kilgannon / New York Times:
Brooklyn High School Principal, 36, Dies from Coronavirus
Michael Kruse / Politico:
Trump Turns a Crisis Into His New Nightly TV Show
Rick Rouan / The Columbus Dispatch:
Ohio stops daily reporting of new unemployment claims at request of Trump administration
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
At the Capitol, palpable fear from a more insidious enemy than past crises