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3:15 AM ET, March 25, 2020

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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 …
Discussion: CNN and Gothamist
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New York Times:
Slow Response to the Coronavirus Measured in Lost Opportunity  —  If the administration had reacted to the ventilator shortage in February, a private sector effort starting now might have made lifesaving equipment in mid- to late April.  Now it is unlikely to be before June.
Discussion: The Week
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
New York Times:
How Cuomo, Once on Sidelines, Became the Politician of the Moment  —  With his coronavirus briefings, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has emerged as an authoritative voice in the crisis.  —  ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo awoke before dawn on Tuesday, emerging after a few hours' sleep to board …
Discussion: IJR, Fox News and National Review
New York Times:
Coronavirus in N.Y.: ‘Astronomical’ Surge Leads to Quarantine Warning
Discussion: The Week
Washington Post:
Scramble for medical equipment descends into chaos as U.S. states and hospitals compete for rare supplies
Discussion: New York Post
The Committee to Protect Medicare:   To President Trump and the Centers for Disease Control:
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?
Discussion: HuffPost and Mediaite
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
President Trump's Job Approval Rating Up to 49%  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Donald Trump may be enjoying a small rally in public support as the nation faces the COVID-19 pandemic.  Forty-nine percent of U.S. adults, up from 44% earlier this month, approve of the job Trump is doing as president.
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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 …
New York Times:
Oracle Providing White House With Software to Study Unproven Coronavirus Drugs  —  The online platform could allow physicians to upload patient data on how malaria drugs perform on coronavirus patients.  —  WASHINGTON — The White House is preparing to use software provided …
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Joel Achenbach / Washington Post:
The coronavirus isn't mutating quickly, suggesting a vaccine would offer lasting protection  —  The coronavirus is not mutating significantly as it circulates through the human population, according to scientists who are closely studying the novel pathogen's genetic code.
Discussion: Raw Story
John F. Harris / Politico:
Trump bets that voters are as impatient as he is  —  The president's political calculus on coronavirus is now clear — let others own the shutdowns.  —  President Donald Trump.  Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images  —  President Donald Trump's vow Tuesday that he would “love to have the country opened …
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Lauren Lantry / ABC News:
Clinical trials for coronavirus treatments begin in New York
Discussion: Breitbart, Fox News and VICE
Associated Press:   ‘Imaginary clock’: Governors reject Trump's virus timeline
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
New York Times:
Bernie Sanders Plans to Participate in Next Debate, Campaign Says  —  It was the strongest sign yet that he plans to keep competing against Joe Biden in the Democratic presidential primary.  —  Senator Bernie Sanders plans to participate in the Democratic presidential debate in April if one is held …
Josh Carter / WAFB-TV:
Waffle House closes 365 locations across the U.S.  —  JACKSON, Miss. (WLBT) - Waffle House has now closed 365 locations across the U.S. due to the coronavirus pandemic.  —  The breakfast-chain announced the news on their Facebook page Tuesday morning.  —  While more than 300 locations have closed, 1,627 remain open.
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 …
The Daily Beast:
Falwell Misled Me on Reopening Liberty University, City Manager Says  —  The Lynchburg City manager said that the university's president, Jerry Falwell, was not “totally transparent” with her about opening up the dorms again.  —  When Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. announced …
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Richard Chumney / Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Thousands of Liberty students expected to return to campus amid coronavirus outbreak
USA Today:
6 things to know if you're living with someone who has coronavirus, or think you might be  —  The odds are this will happen to many of us.  But we know how to minimize risk for you, your family, roommates and anyone coming through your door.  —  This is not hyperbole.
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Bill Gates says we can't restart the economy soon and simply “ignore that pile of bodies over in the corner”  —  Gates rebuked the proposal of leaders like Donald Trump.  —  Bill Gates rebuked proposals, floated over the last two days by leaders like Donald Trump, to reopen the global economy despite …
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Rick Rouan / The Columbus Dispatch:
Ohio stops daily reporting of new unemployment claims at request of Trump administration  —  Ohio will no longer release its growing unemployment claim numbers on a daily basis as the economy slumps through the COVID-19 outbreak after the Trump administration told states to hold the statistics for weekly reports.
Bloomberg:
More Than 750,000 Masks Auctioned for Huge Markup While Hospitals Run Out  — Texas bidding site sells 750,000 of them during dire shortage  — Website owner received cease-and-desist order against auction  —  At a time when shortages of protective gear are putting health-care workers at risk …
New York Times:
Terrence McNally, Tony-Winning Playwright of Gay Life, Dies at 81  —  Mr. McNally, who died of coronavirus complications, introduced audiences to characters and situations that most mainstream theater had previously shunted into comic asides.  —  Terrence McNally, the four …
Discussion: Vanity Fair, Deadline and ABC News
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Harvard, Boasting $40 Billion Endowment, Lays Off Dining Hall Workers Due to Coronavirus  —  Harvard University, which has the largest endowment of any school in the country, is cutting its subcontracted dining hall workers without pay as it shuts down in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Nick Judin / Jackson Free Press:
Governor Rejects State Lockdown For COVID-19: 'Mississippi's Never Going to Be China' … March 24 UPDATE to below story: At a press conference this morning, Gov. Tate Reeves said he's still taking a “Wait and See” approach to a shelter-at-home order.  He didn't give details of executive orders …
Discussion: The Hill, Esquire and The Root
Jay Greene / Washington Post:
Amazon workers test positive for covid-19 at six U.S. warehouses  —  The spike in positive tests for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus comes as the e-commerce giant races to hire 100,000 workers to meet massive shopper demand.  —  SEATTLE — The U.S. coronavirus outbreak has spread …
Washington Post:
Live updates: Trump says he wants ‘country opened’ by Easter, despite warnings from public health experts about coronavirus outbreak  —  The Washington Post is providing this story for free so that all readers have access to this important information about the coronavirus.
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Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
Biden campaign calls for U.S. international leadership on coronavirus
Discussion: The Atlantic and Townhall
Paul Kane / Washington Post:
At the Capitol, palpable fear from a more insidious enemy than past crises  —  For almost two weeks, the Capitol has witnessed a slow-motion version of some of the most terrifying days inside Congress.  —  The atmosphere boiled over with anger as legislative gridlock helped fuel …
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Rand Paul / USA Today:
Sen. Paul: Why I didn't quarantine after getting tested  —  Guidelines would not have called for me to get tested nor quarantined.  It was my extra precaution, out of concern for my damaged lung: Opposing view  —  I did not quarantine while awaiting a coronavirus test because I did not meet the criteria for quarantine.
Mandy McLaren / Courier-Journal:
One person tests positive for COVID-19 after attending ‘coronavirus party,’ Beshear says  —  Kentucky's overall confirmed coronavirus cases jumped to 163 Tuesday with at least one case stemming from a “coronavirus party,” Gov. Andy Beshear said, admonishing the practice and calling for an immediate end to such gatherings.
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
DHS wound down pandemic models before coronavirus struck  —  A vital modeling program was sidelined amid a bureaucratic battle, former officials say, leaving U.S. less prepared to face the virus.  —  From at least 2005 to 2017, an office inside DHS produced detailed analyses of what would happen …
Center for Public Integrity:
The government's secret ventilator stockpile is nowhere near enough to fight the coronavirus  —  Are you a health worker, medical provider, COVID-19 patient, or federal employee on the front lines of the pandemic?  We want to hear from you.  Email us tips@publicintegrity.org.  —  Only 16,600 ventilators.
Connor Sheets / al.com:
‘Last resort’: Alabama's plan for deciding which coronavirus patients get ventilators  —  In the coming weeks, difficult decisions about who will live and who will die in Alabama may hinge on a little-discussed document outlining the state's suggested “criteria for mechanical ventilator triage” …
Daniela J. Lamas / New York Times:
I'm on the Front Lines.  I Have No Plan for This.  —  We're not allowing visitors in the I.C.U. My patients will suffer in solitary confinement.  —  Dr. Lamas is a critical care doctor.  —  BOSTON — As an I.C.U. doctor I'm used to giving bad news, but I was not prepared for this.
 
 
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Discussion: Washington Post
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