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4:35 PM ET, March 25, 2020

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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 …
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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 …
Sylvan Lane / The Hill:
Boeing CEO says company may reject stimulus if Treasury seeks equity stake
Discussion: HuffPost and American Prospect
New York Times:
Congress and White House Strike Deal for $2 Trillion Stimulus Package
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 …
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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Rosie Perper / Business Insider:   'It's a two-way street': Trump suggests federal coronavirus aid will be given to governors who ‘treat us well’
CNBC:
Coronavirus: New York City weighs closing parks, playgrounds and streets to enforce social distancing, Gov. Cuomo says
Discussion: TheBlaze
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.
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 …
New York Times:
Wall Street Gains as Washington's Rescue Deal Inches Forward: Live Updates  —  Here's what you need to know:  — There's unease over Trump's White House briefings, even as ratings soar.  —  Stocks rose as Congress moved toward passing aid package.  —  Stocks on Wall Street rose on Wednesday …
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
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 …
Discussion: Portland Mercury
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
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
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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
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: Politico, Fox News and New York Times
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Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Biden: “I think we've had enough debates”
Discussion: The Week, Deadline and HuffPost
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: Raw Story and The Hill
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: Daily Kos and The Root
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.
Ray Dalio / LinkedIn:
The Changing World Order  —  Co-Chief Investment Officer & Co-Chairman of Bridgewater Associates, L.P.  —  Like1,555  —  Comment107  —  I believe that the times ahead will be radically different from the times we have experienced so far in our lifetimes, though similar to many other times in history.
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
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.
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)
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
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.
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 …
Tom Kludt / Vanity Fair:
“There Really Is Only One Story Right Now”: Campaign Reporters Are Stuck in Limbo as the 2020 Race Gets Drowned Out  —  With America under quarantine, the boys—and girls—are off the bus.  They're now watching Joe Biden beam into CNN from his Wilmington rec room and fundraise via Zoom.
Discussion: Mediaite
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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: Daily Kos and The Week
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
Associated Press:
Biden calls for ‘meticulous oversight’ of virus aid package  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said Wednesday that the congressional aid package addressing the coronavirus outbreak “goes a long way,” but he said it requires “meticulous oversight” and isn't all-encompassing.
Holly K. Michels / Missoulian:
State GOP spent $100k to qualify Montana Green Party for the ballot  —  A mystery of the 2020 election was solved Tuesday as it became clear the Montana Republican Party paid for an effort to qualify the Montana Green Party for the ballot this election.  —  Earlier this year paid petitioners appeared …
Discussion: The Hill
 
 
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Teri Kanefield / DemCast:
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Politico:
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Phil Luciano / Journal Star:
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Curtis Brodner / BKLYNER:
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Discussion: Business Insider
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Nurses Share Coronavirus Stories Anonymously in an Online Document
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Discussion: Forbes
Madeline Osburn / The Federalist:
Inaccurate Virus Models Are Panicking Officials Into Ill-Advised Lockdowns
Sean Sullivan / Washington Post:
Insiders recount how Sanders lost the black vote — and the nomination slipped away
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Stephanie Yang / Wall Street Journal:
‘My World Collapsed With a Bang’: How the Coronavirus Ravaged a Family
Lucía Benavides / NPR:
Spanish Military Finds Dead Bodies And Seniors ‘Completely Abandoned’ In Care Homes
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
Washington Post:
Scramble for medical equipment descends into chaos as U.S. states and hospitals compete for rare supplies