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Jesse Drucker / New York Times:
A Bonanza for Rich Real Estate Investors, Tucked Into Stimulus Package  —  A small change to tax policy could hand $170 billion in tax savings to real estate tycoons.  —  The federal government's planned $2 trillion economic rescue package includes financial aid for individuals and industries …
Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:
The U.S. Now Leads the World in Confirmed Coronavirus Cases  —  Following a series of missteps, the nation is now the epicenter of the pandemic.  —  Scientists warned that the United States someday would become the country hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.  That moment arrived on Thursday.
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Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump teases new coronavirus distancing guidelines based on county risk
SEIU UHW:
Union Locates Massive Supply of N95 Masks  —  The Service Employees International Union - United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) has located 39 million critically needed N95 masks and is connecting states, counties, health systems and individual hospitals to the supplier so they can purchase them in quantity.
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Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
U.S. government has 1.5 million expired N95 masks sitting in an Indiana warehouse  —  Nearly 1.5 million N95 respirator masks are sitting in a U.S. government warehouse in Indiana and authorities have not shipped them because they are past their expiration date, despite Centers …
Discussion: The Week
Zachary Petrizzo / Mediaite:
Doctor Who Wrote Op-Ed on Coronavirus Infection Parties Says Federalist Made Unwanted Edits to Piece  —  Douglas Perednia says he never thought his opinion piece on “controlled infection” of the coronavirus, published in The Federalist, would draw such a heated backlash.
Associated Press:
Flatter or fight?  Governors seeking help must navigate Trump  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — At first, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker tried to play nice.  He limited criticisms of the federal government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and asked for medical supplies through official channels.
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New York Times:
White House Considers $1 Billion Price Tag for Ventilators — and Has Second Thoughts  —  A deal with General Motors and Ventec Life Systems to produce tens of thousands of the critical lifesaving devices seemed imminent.  Then the announcement was pulled back.
Discussion: Raw Story and Washington Post
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trumpworld unloads on GOP ally as coronavirus attacks mount  —  “Where the hell is the president's air cover?” said one ally upset over the silence of a super PAC aligned with Trump.  —  President Donald Trump speaks at a daily press briefing on coronavirus.  Drew Angerer/Getty Images
Discussion: Raw Story
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Bloomberg:
Trump Campaign's Threat on TV Licenses May Be Mostly Bluster
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Washington Post
Marcia Greenwood / Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:
Dr. Fauci doughnuts are selling like hotcakes at Donuts Delite  —  President Donald Trump and Dr. Anthony Fauci disagreed publicly Friday on whether a malaria drug would work to treat people with coronavirus.  Trump also lashed out at a reporter who asked what he would say to Americans who are scared.
Discussion: Politico
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NPR:
READ: President Trump's Letter To Governors On New Coronavirus Guidelines
Elena Renken / NPR:
Prepare For Outbreaks Like New York's In Other States, Warns Anthony Fauci
Discussion: Bloomberg
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
EXCLUSIVE: Top CDC official warns New York's coronavirus outbreak is just a preview
Discussion: Raw Story and The US Sun
David Adam / New Scientist:
UK has enough intensive care units for coronavirus, expert predicts  —  The UK should now be able to cope with the spread of the covid-19 virus, according to one of the epidemiologists advising the government.  —  Neil Ferguson at Imperial College London gave evidence today …
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Madeline Osburn / The Federalist:
The Scientist Whose Doomsday Pandemic Model Predicted Armageddon Just Walked Back The Apocalyptic Predictions
Discussion: WND, Redstate and PJ Media Home
Sky Palma / Raw Story:
Christian pastor who thought COVID-19 is just ‘mass hysteria’ is among the first in Virginia to die from virus  —  One of the first deaths in Virginia from coronavirus was a 66-year-old Christian “musical evangelist” who fell ill while on a trip to New Orleans with his wife.
ProPublica:
Internal Emails Show How Chaos at the CDC Slowed the Early Response to Coronavirus  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they're published.  —  On Feb. 13, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
A N.Y. Nurse Dies.  Angry Co-Workers Blame a Lack of Protective Gear.  —  “I'm okay.  Don't tell Mom and Dad.  They'll worry,” he wrote to his sister.  He may be the first nurse in New York City to die from the coronavirus.  —  Kious Kelly, a nurse manager at a Manhattan hospital …
Sebastian Murdock / HuffPost:
Alex Jones Loses Sandy Hook Court Appeal, Must Now Pay Nearly $150,000 In Legal Fees  —  The Infowars host is being sued by nine people whose family members will killed in the shooting at the Connecticut elementary school.  —  Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist and repeated loser of court battles …
Discussion: Raw Story
Robby Soave / Reason:
Joe Biden Said He Believes All Women.  Does He Believe Tara Reade?  —  When it comes to #MeToo sexual misconduct issues, former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic Party's presumptive 2020 presidential nominee, has made it no secret where he stands: automatically believe women.
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NBC News:
As U.S. struggles to stem coronavirus, China asserts itself as global leader  —  “Beijing's push for global leadership is able to get so much tailwind by virtue of the relative absence of any U.S. leadership,” one foreign affairs expert said.  —  With Italy in dire need of medical equipment, an economic superpower stepped in to help.
Discussion: Mediaite and Twitchy
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Leadership  —  Rallying the United States through the coronavirus crisis is this president's path to greatness.  —  The costs of how the U.S. has conducted its politics the past three years are now obvious.  Beset by a crisis akin to wartime, the country's leadership is engulfed in political rancor.
Robert Nicholson / Wall Street Journal:
A Coronavirus Great Awakening?  —  Sometimes the most important ingredient for spiritual renewal is a cataclysmic event.  —  Could a plague of biblical proportions be America's best hope for religious revival?  As the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II approaches, there is reason to think so.
Texas Monthly:
Inside the Story of How H-E-B Planned for the Pandemic  —  The grocer started communicating with Chinese counterparts in January and was running tabletop simulations a few weeks later.  (But nothing prepared it for the rush on toilet paper.)  —  The coronavirus pandemic has transformed the country in just a handful of weeks.
Discussion: The Verge
Jenny Jarvie / Los Angeles Times:
He survived COVID-19.  He's broke.  But he thinks America is overreacting  —  Joey Camp was the first person in Georgia to be quarantined at a special site after being diagnosed with COVID-19.  —  3 AM  —  For three days, he was hooked up to an oxygen tube.
Pew Research Center:
Worries About Coronavirus Surge, as Most Americans Expect a Recession - or Worse  —  Trump's job approval at highest point in three years  —  Americans are increasingly alarmed by the rapid spread of the new coronavirus, with sharply growing majorities saying the outbreak poses a major threat …
Discussion: Breitbart, ABC News and GeekWire
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Washington Post:
A record 3.3 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits as the coronavirus slams economy  —  The U.S. unemployment rate has likely risen to 5.5 percent already — a level not seen since 2015.  —  A record 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week …
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Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Jobless claims soar past 3 million to record as coronavirus sends Americans to the unemployment line
New York Times:
New Orleans Faces a Virus Nightmare, and Mardi Gras May Be Why  —  Louisiana may be experiencing the world's fastest growth in new cases.  Medical experts said Mardi Gras might have accelerated the crisis.  —  NEW ORLEANS — Yanti Turang, an emergency room nurse at a New Orleans hospital …
Discussion: Townhall and VICE
Alison Knezevich / Baltimore Sun:
Baltimore population drops below 600,000, the lowest total in a century, census estimates show  —  Baltimore's population has dipped below 600,000 for the first time in more than a century, according to U.S. Census estimates released Thursday.  —  The city's estimated population was 593,490 as of July 1, 2019, the new data shows.
Washington Post:
Talking through a pandemic: Trump uses words as a weapon in coronavirus response  —  Since mid-January, President Trump has spent a total of 12 hours speaking publicly about the novel coronavirus — amounting to more than 137,000 words, according to Factba.se, a data analysis firm.
Rebecca Beitsch / The Hill:
EPA suspends enforcement of environmental laws amid coronavirus  —  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a sweeping suspension of its enforcement of environmental laws Thursday, telling companies they would not need to meet environmental standards during the coronavirus outbreak.
Brian Lyman / The Montgomery Advertiser:
Coronavirus: Ivey says ‘right now is not the time’ for Alabama-wide shelter-in-place order … Gov. Kay Ivey said Thursday she had no plans to issue a stay at home or shelter-in-place order any time soon.  —  The governor made a similar statement on a call for reporters on Monday …
Kyle Mantyla / Right Wing Watch:
Rick Wiles Says God Is Spreading the Coronavirus in Synagogues as Punishment for Opposing Jesus  —  Virulent anti-Semite, bigot, and conspiracy theorist Rick Wiles used his “TruNews” program last night to warn Israel that it was seeing outbreaks of the COVID-19 coronavirus in connection …
Discussion: Haaretz and The Times of Israel
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Senate Decides Now Would Be a Good Time for a Monthlong Vacation  —  Last week, roughly 3 million Americans lost their jobs.  Until today, the all-time record for weekly unemployment claims in the U.S. had been 700,000.  Now it is 3.3 million (in seasonally adjusted terms).
Discussion: Vox and The Hill
Jonathan O'Connell / Washington Post:
Cruise lines, early source of coronavirus infections, out of bailout package  —  Top cruise companies don't locate in America and won't get piece of a $500 billion bailout fund, their industry group says  —  Like hotels and airlines, cruise companies have seen their business decimated …
Associated Press:
Political historian-commentator Richard Reeves dies at 83  —  This April 10, 2005 photo released by Holt shows author Richard Reeves.  The author, political commentator and historian died Wednesday, March 25, 2020, in Los Angeles.  He was 83 and had been in failing health.  (Patricia Williams/Holt via AP)
 
 
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Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Trump Administration to Issue Guidelines for Classifying U.S. Counties by Coronavirus Risk
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Obama Cabinet Tried To Warn Trump About Pandemic Preparations Nearly 4 Years Ago
CNN:
Cases explode in Michigan but states outside of the hotspots can't get supplies
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
If you liked TARP, you'll love the new coronavirus bill
Discussion: Associated Press
Colleen Barry / Associated Press:
In drastic move, Italy shuts most factories to halt virus
Discussion: fox8.com
Richard Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Coronavirus Stimulus Payments: When Will They Be Sent and Who Is Eligible?
Discussion: KLAS - 8 News Now and Fortune
 Earlier Items: 
Dave Goldiner / New York Daily News:
Cuomo gives somber coronavirus update as 100 die in one day and NYC infections soar over 21,000
Washington Post:
Live updates: Coronavirus death toll in U.S. reaches 1,000; more than 500,000 confirmed cases worldwide
Discussion: IJR and Deseret News
Reuters:
Grid operators turn control centers into campsites to keep coronavirus at bay
Mike Levine / ABC News:
FBI learned of coronavirus-inspired bomb plotter through radicalized US Army soldier
Discussion: Raw Story
Adrian Carrasquillo / Mediaite:
Biden Tells Harry Reid Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto Is In His ‘Top 3’ For Vice President
Washington Post:
D.C. was intentionally classified as a territory in virus-aid bill, lawmakers say
Ryan Parker / Hollywood Reporter:
Actor Arrested by FBI for Touting Coronavirus Cure
Discussion: Raw Story