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3:20 PM 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 …
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Miriam Valverde / @politifact:
Donald Trump misses key facts in claim that New York governor refused to buy ventilators in 2015  —  A 2015 New York state report said that in the case of a “severe” pandemic, the state would be short about 16,000 ventilators during the peak week.  But the report did not recommend buying 16,000 ventilators …
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.”
Jennifer Senior / New York Times:
Trump to New York: Drop Dead
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 …
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:   Fine Print of Stimulus Bill Contains Special Deals for Industries
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.
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
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 …
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 …
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
BuzzFeed Slashing Employee Pay Amid the Coronavirus Crisis  —  Some staffers, including executives, will see a nearly 25-percent pay cut.  And one source said CEO Jonah Peretti will not take a salary as the crisis continues.  —  BuzzFeed is cutting pay for its employees as the company attempts to weather the coronavirus pandemic.
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 …
Discussion: HuffPost, IJR, Reuters, Daily Kos and Breitbart
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:   Trump's Briefings Are a Ratings Hit. Should Networks Cover Them Live?
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, GeekWire and Reason
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Forbes
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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.
Discussion: 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 …
Discussion: The Week and The Hill
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
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.
Curtis Brodner / BKLYNER:
No Mask, No Gloves, No Service: Southern Brooklyn Businesses Start to Turn Away Customers Without Masks  —  Fong and Zhou Supermarket in Bensonhurst and AAA Pharmacy in Midwood are turning away customers who aren't wearing face masks — a policy that a spokesperson from the New York City Department …
Discussion: Business Insider
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)
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.
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
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.
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 …
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
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 …
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
Phil Luciano / Journal Star:
Cops called on X-rated video store in West Peoria offering curbside service during stay-at-home order  —  Phil Luciano of the Journal Star @lucianophil  —  WEST PEORIA — After a citizen complaint to police, an X-rated video has stopped offering curbside service during the state's coronavirus shutdown.
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 …
Washington Post:
More than 140 nursing homes have reported coronavirus cases.  Federal officials won't say which ones.  —  Family members, first responders and others say the public should be informed about confirmed cases in elder care facilities.  —  More than 140 nursing homes in the United States …
Discussion: The Week
Washington Post:
Scramble for medical equipment descends into chaos as U.S. states and hospitals compete for rare supplies  —  With prices rising and supplies uncertain, governors and health-care officials are urging the Trump administration to use the Defense Production Act to bring order
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 …
Politico:
POLITICO Playbook PM: We're at the half-yard line  —  UPDATE: Right now, the Senate is in the process of getting ready for a vote on the nearly $2 trillion coronavirus package.  We anticipate a vote later today.  Drafts are being finished, circulated and inspected.
Discussion: New York Times
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Biden: “I think we've had enough debates”  —  Joe Biden said during a virtual press briefing on Wednesday that he believes the Democratic Party has “had enough debates” and “should get on with this.”  —  Why it matters: Bernie Sanders' campaign said yesterday that he plans to attend an April debate …
Discussion: Fox News, Deadline and New York Times
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
How the World's Richest Country Ran Out of a 75-Cent Face Mask  —  A very American story about capitalism consuming our national preparedness and resiliency.  —  Why is the United States running out of face masks for medical workers?  How does the world's wealthiest country find itself in such a tragic and avoidable mess?
Discussion: Forbes
 
 
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Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
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Discussion: Redstate
Tracy Jan / Washington Post:
Conservatives gutted the social safety net. Now, in a crisis, they're embracing it.
Discussion: Spectator USA
USA Today:
Coronavirus response so far sidelines CDC, and former CDC chief feels ‘less safe’: Q&A
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Lucía Benavides / NPR:
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Discussion: Althouse
New Orleans Times-Picayune:
'It's like a war zone': Fighting coronavirus, limited ICU beds, bracing for chaos in New Orleans
Discussion: Washington Monthly and NBC News
Rick Rouan / The Columbus Dispatch:
Ohio stops daily reporting of new unemployment claims at request of Trump administration
Noah Goldberg / New York Daily News:
NYC paramedic hospitalized with coronavirus sedated, breathing with ventilator as condition worsens, family says
David Von Drehle / Washington Post:
I probably have a ‘mild to moderate’ case of covid-19. I don't think I could survive worse.