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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 …
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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 …
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.
BBC:   Coronavirus: US unemployment hits highest for almost 40 years
New York Times:
More Than 3 Million in U.S. Filed for Unemployment Last Week: Live Updates
Discussion: Gothamist
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
New York Times:
13 Deaths in a Day: An ‘Apocalyptic’ Coronavirus Surge at an N.Y.C. Hospital  —  Hospitals in the city are facing the kind of harrowing increases in cases that overwhelmed health care systems in China and Italy.  —  In several hours on Tuesday, Dr. Ashley Bray performed chest compressions …
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’
Ben Weingarten / The Federalist:
5 Major Paradigm Shifts The Wuhan Flu Crisis Has Revealed Americans Need
Discussion: National Review and Bitter Winter
Washington Post:
Senate passes $2 trillion bill to blunt coronavirus pandemic's economic impact, as households and businesses gasp for relief  —  The unanimous vote sends the legislation to the House, which is expected to pass it Friday morning  —  Facing one of the worst economic downturns in American history …
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Jenna Portnoy / Washington Post:   D.C. could get severely shortchanged in federal coronavirus stimulus bill
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.
Discussion: Fox News
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
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
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: New York Times and Townhall
Edward Luce / Financial Times:
The wrong kind of American exceptionalism  —  Donald Trump's ambivalence on coronavirus threatens both the US and its global power  —  Within 48 hours, America's coronavirus infections will surpass China's total.  The US will probably replace Italy as the centre of the pandemic.
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.
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
Tyler Cowen / Bloomberg:
Universities Shouldn't Spend Their Endowments on Coronavirus Relief  —  Institutions of higher learning must be devoted to education and innovation above all else.  —  What are university endowments for, anyway?  This debate has become more intense with the arrival of Covid-19 and the accompanying economic devastation.
Discussion: Townhall
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Former Obama labor secretary among those launching new pro-Biden super PAC  —  WASHINGTON — A group of Democrats, including former Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, are launching a new super PAC backing former Vice President Joe Biden that is aimed at helping him secure pivotal western battlegrounds …
Discussion: Washington Post
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 …
CNN:
Trump administration to designate Venezuela as state sponsor of terrorism and charge President Maduro, sources say  —  (CNN)The Trump administration is expected to designate Venezuela as a state sponsor of terrorism as soon as Thursday and bring charges against the country's president …
Discussion: The US Sun and Raw Story
NBC News:
Coronavirus checks, direct deposits are coming.  Here's everything you need to know.  —  Who qualifies?  How much is being sent?  When?  How will I get the money?  Questions and answers.  —  WASHINGTON — As the coronavirus crisis ravages the U.S. economy, millions of Americans …
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.
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 …
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 …
CNN:
The presidential race isn't on hold — it's playing out right before us  —  Biden responds to Trump attack, says he should stop talking and start listening  —  Washington (CNN)The campaign rallies are a distant memory.  The final chapter of the primary calendar is awash in uncertainty.
Marina Koren / The Atlantic:
The Coronavirus Has Tied Us to Earth  —  Space missions around the world are on hold—a poignant reminder of how COVID-19 has upended civilization.  —  Last month, as the coronavirus spread largely undetected in the United States, NASA announced it would fund the development of several missions …
Allyson Chiu / Washington Post:
Fauci's coronavirus reality check: 'You don't make the timeline.  The virus makes the timeline.'  —  As the number of novel coronavirus cases continues increasing nationwide, Anthony S. Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has a message for Americans wondering …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
 
 
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
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Bari Weiss / New York Times:
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Discussion: National Review
New York Times:
Amid Desperate Need for Ventilators, Calls Grow for Federal Intervention
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