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9:35 AM ET, March 26, 2020

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The Daily Beast:
CNN and MSNBC Staff Push Back on Airing Trump's Coronavirus ‘Lies’  —  Trump's daily pandemic briefings have devolved into an “open-mic night” full of “misinformation,” cable staffers said, as networks weigh how much of the events they must air.  —  The nation's television news outlets …
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Windsor Mann / The Week:
What Trump's coronavirus briefings are really about  —  If you've watched President Trump's daily press briefings about the coronavirus outbreak, you've learned how little you've learned.  Every time he talks about the pandemic, he tells us more about his narcissism than he does about the pandemic.
Discussion: NBC News
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Jobless claims soar past 3 million to record as coronavirus sends Americans to the unemployment line  —  By Jeff Cox@JEFF.COX.7528@JEFFCOXCNBCCOM  —  US unemployment surges to record-breaking 3.28 million amid coronavirus pandemic  —  Americans displaced by the coronavirus crisis filed unemployment claims …
Discussion: CNN, Variety, The Week and Daily Kos
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Rebecca Rainey / Politico:
Jobless claims soar to record 3.3 million  —  Unemployment claims rose more than 1000 percent last week to 3.3 million, the Labor Department reported Thursday, as the coronavirus pandemic and government measures to limit its devastation brought huge swaths of the U.S. economy to a halt.
New York Times:
More Than 3 Million in U.S. Filed for Unemployment Last Week: Live Updates
Discussion: VICE
Philip Wegmann / Real Clear Politics:
Rubio, McCaul Question China's Influence Over WHO Leader  —  The coronavirus is apolitical.  It is an unthinking infectious disease that crosses international borders as easily as the wind.  A global pandemic, it presents the need for a global response.  Enter Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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Washington Post:
G-7 failed to agree on statement after U.S. insisted on calling coronavirus outbreak ‘Wuhan virus’
New York Post:
Worker at NYC hospital where nurses wear trash bags as protection dies from coronavirus  —  The shortage of safety gear at one Manhattan hospital is so dire that desperate nurses have resorted to wearing trash bags — and some blame the situation for the coronavirus death of a beloved colleague.
New York Times:
Job Vacancies and Inexperience Mar Federal Response to Coronavirus  —  Unfilled jobs and high turnover mean the government is ill equipped for a public health crisis, said many former and current federal officials and disaster experts.  —  WASHINGTON — Of the 75 senior positions at the Department …
Nick Judin / m.jacksonfreepress.com:
Governor Orders Limited Gatherings, Declares Most Businesses ‘Essential,’ Supersedes Local Safety Efforts  —  Gov. Tate Reeves signed an executive order early this evening superseding a patchwork of local bans on public gatherings in Mississippi and other heightened restrictions …
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Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Bernie Sanders threatens to hold up coronavirus bill after 4 GOP senators push to cut unemployment aid
BuzzFeed News:
Doctors And Nurses Say More People Are Dying Of COVID-19 In The US Than We Know  —  “The numbers are grossly under-reported.  I know for a fact that we've had three deaths in one county where only one is listed on the website,” one California ER doctor told BuzzFeed News.
New York Times:
Trump Wants to ‘Reopen America.’ Here's What Happens if We Do.  —  Social distancing for 2 weeks Social distancing for 2 months  —  Social distancing for 2 weeks Social distancing for 2 months  —  Interventions: 2 weeks Infections: 128M  —  President Trump says he wants the United States …
Politico:
Trump team failed to follow NSC's pandemic playbook  —  The Trump administration, state officials and even individual hospital workers are now racing against each other to get the necessary masks, gloves and other safety equipment to fight coronavirus — a scramble that hospitals and doctors say has come too late and left them at risk.
Discussion: The Hill, Mediaite and Raw Story
Ben Makuch / VICE:
Man Who Planned to Bomb Hospital Amid Pandemic Dies in Incident With FBI  —  A domestic terrorism suspect in Belton, Missouri who allegedly planned to carbomb a hospital struggling with the coronavirus pandemic died while the FBI was trying to arrest him Tuesday, the agency confirmed.
Discussion: Townhall
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Adam Goldman / New York Times:   Man Suspected of Planning Attack on Missouri Hospital Is Killed, Officials Say
Washington Post:
Politicians jockeying for covid-19 tests find proximity to Trump is the fastest route  —  Late last month, Mick Mulvaney, who was still the acting White House chief of staff at the time, told a crowd of conservative activists that the media was exaggerating the threat posed by covid-19 because …
Discussion: The Week and Raw Story
New York Times:
‘People Are Dying’: 72 Hours Inside a N.Y.C. Hospital Battling Coronavirus  —  An emergency room doctor in Elmhurst, Queens, gives a rare look inside a hospital at the center of the coronavirus pandemic.  “We don't have the tools that we need.”  —  [Machine beeping] “The frustrating thing …
Discussion: The Crack-Up
Charles Davis / Business Insider:
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti warns of mass death, condemns ‘false hope,’ and tells us his city will be on lockdown for another 2 months — and to ‘be prepared for longer’  — Los Angeles residents will be confined to their homes until at least May, Mayor Eric Garcetti told Insider on Wednesday.
Marc Fisher / Washington Post:
He urged saving the economy over protecting those who are ‘not productive’ from the coronavirus.  Then he faced America's wrath.  —  Scott McMillan had had it with being cooped up, with the whole country being closed, with the collapsing market and the isolation, the constant worry …
Discussion: Fox News, NB Blog and Twitchy
Gabriel Debenedetti / New York Magazine:
Joe Biden Is Spending His Time in the Coronavirus Bunker Thinking a Lot About His VP  —  On Sunday afternoon, nearly two weeks into his self-imposed isolation at home in Delaware, Joe Biden joined a private conference call for 72 donors from the Atlanta area.
David K. Li / NBC News:
Entire senior home in New Jersey, 94 people, presumed to have coronavirus  —  St. Joseph's Senior Nursing Home in Woodbridge already has 24 people who tested positive, with 70 more expected to also test positive.  —  An entire New Jersey nursing home is presumed to be infected with coronavirus …
Discussion: VICE
Sean Gregory / TIME:
‘Without Empathy, Nothing Works.’ Chef José Andrés Wants to Feed the World Through the Pandemic  —  Not many people were getting on airplanes in the U.S. on March 12, and even fewer were heading for the Grand Princess cruise ship.  COVID-19 was discovered among the ship's 2,400 passengers …
Politico:
Biden blindsides Trump's Florida ally  —  MIAMI — Joe Biden lauded seven governors — drawn from both parties — by name on Monday, praising their leadership during the coronavirus crisis.  —  On Wednesday, he singled out one for sharp criticism: Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Micah Zenko / Foreign Policy:
The Coronavirus Is the Worst Intelligence Failure in U.S. History  —  It's more glaring than Pearl Harbor and 9/11—and it's all the fault of Donald Trump's leadership.  —  Last September, I met the vice president for risk for a Fortune 100 company in Washington, D.C. I asked the executive …
Karen Tumulty / Washington Post:
How Nancy Pelosi became the most powerful woman in U.S. history  —  Nancy Pelosi is still often the lone woman at the table.  But she has paved the way for many others.  —  A few dozen people gathered one early March evening at the National Museum of American History to celebrate the opening …
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 …
Discussion: Fox News and Vox
Zach Carter / HuffPost:
Democrats Are Handing Donald Trump The Keys To The Country  —  The Senate coronavirus bill is shocking.  —  The emergency coronavirus legislation that the Senate agreed to on Tuesday can only be described as an outrage.  It is not an economic rescue package, but a sentence …
Shefali Luthra / Kaiser Health News:
Trump's Boast About U.S., South Korea Coronavirus Testing Misses The Mark  —  “We've done more tests in eight days than South Korea has done in eight weeks.”  —  President Donald Trump during a March 24 “virtual town hall” hosted by Fox News  —  This story was produced in partnership with PolitiFact.
Marisa Taylor / Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. slashed CDC staff inside China prior to coronavirus outbreak  —  WASHINGTON(Reuters) - The Trump administration cut staff by more than two-thirds at a key U.S. public health agency operating inside China, as part of a larger rollback of U.S.-funded health and science experts …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
David Stout / New York Times:
Richard Reeves, Columnist and Author on Presidents, Dies at 83  —  His books on Kennedy, Nixon, Clinton and others could be as unsparing as his syndicated column.  He was also a familiar face on PBS public-affairs programs.  —  Richard Reeves, a journalist and author who explored the presidency …
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Former Wells Fargo CEO wants Americans back to work next month: 'Some may even die, I don't know'  —  Richard Kovacevich, the former CEO of Wells Fargo, wants Americans to get back to their jobs — even if it kills them.  —  In an interview with Bloomberg, Kovacevich said that he thinks …
Discussion: Bloomberg
New York Times:
A Cruel Motive for a Costly Delay  —  Republican senators threatened to block trillions of dollars in aid amid the coronavirus pandemic to deprive low-wage workers of needed help.  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise, research, debate and certain longstanding values.
Sheri Fink / New York Times:
'We're in Disaster Mode': Courage Inside a Brooklyn Hospital Confronting Coronavirus  —  Test kits and protective gear have been in short supply, doctors are falling sick, and every day gets more difficult.  But the staff keeps showing up.  —  It was not even 9 in the morning …
Brad Brooks / Reuters:
New Orleans emerges as next coronavirus epicenter, threatening rest of South  —  (Reuters) - New Orleans is on track to become the next coronavirus epicenter in the United States, dimming hopes that less densely populated and warmer-climate cities would escape the worst of the pandemic, and that summer months could see it wane.
Discussion: Forbes and NBC News
theepochtimes.com:
Possibility of Cuomo Nomination by Democrats Rising by the Day  —  Who will be the first Democratic leader to approach Joe Biden and (gently) ask him to withdraw from his party's presidential nomination in favor of Andrew Cuomo?  —  Or has it already happened?
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
 
 
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New York Times:
Amid Desperate Need for Ventilators, Calls Grow for Federal Intervention
Sabrina Tavernise / New York Times:
Even Before Coronavirus, America's Population Was Growing at Slowest Rate Since 1919
Ronald A. Klain / Washington Post:
We must plan now for how to get back to business later
Kyle Drennen / NB Blog:
Andrea Mitchell Fears ‘Skyrocketing’ Approval for Trump Amid Pandemic
Discussion: Townhall
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
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 Earlier Items: 
Matthew Haag / New York Times:
Virus Rules Let Construction Workers Keep Building Luxury Towers
Yahoo News:
Economies Already Look Totally Different From the Pre-Virus Age
Joey Nolfi / EW.com:
Kathy Griffin slams Trump's coronavirus response while in hospital with ‘unbearably painful’ symptoms
Discussion: WND
WCVB:
Gov. Baker prohibits reusable shopping bags during coronavirus emergency
Discussion: Reason, The Gateway Pundit and Twitchy
Zachary Petrizzo / Mediaite:
Twitter Deletes Post From The Federalist Proposing ‘Chickenpox Parties’ to Deliberately Spread Coronavirus