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1:25 PM ET, March 26, 2020

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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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Portland Mercury
BBC:   Coronavirus: US unemployment hits highest for almost 40 years
Yuichiro Kakutani / Washington Free Beacon:
‘Economist’ Runs Chinese Coronavirus Propaganda Disguised as News  —  The Economist is running Chinese propaganda from an outlet that is violating U.S. law to spread the message that Chinese president Xi Jinping has done a masterful job handling the coronavirus pandemic.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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Ben Weingarten / The Federalist:
5 Major Paradigm Shifts The Wuhan Flu Crisis Has Revealed Americans Need  —  Our first priority amid coronavirus must be neutralizing immediate threats to health and safety, but the disruption also provides a chance to engage in national reflection.  —  Crises have a way of revealing critical, unspoken truths.
Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Chinese Propaganda Has Infected Daily Mail's Coronavirus Coverage
Discussion: American Greatness
Philip Wegmann / Real Clear Politics:
Rubio, McCaul Question China's Influence Over WHO Leader
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.
Discussion: alicublog
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 …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Daily Kos
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
U.S. Department of Justice:
Nicolás Maduro Moros and 14 Current and Former Venezuelan Officials Charged with Narco-Terrorism, Corruption, Drug Trafficking and Other Criminal Charges  —  Maduro and Other High Ranking Venezuelan Officials Allegedly Partnered With the FARC to Use Cocaine as a Weapon to “Flood” the United States
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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: Washington Post and Fox News
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 …
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 …
Ben Tobin / Courier-Journal:
U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie plans to vote ‘no,’ threatens to hold up coronavirus stimulus bill  —  LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Congressman from Kentucky plans to vote “no” on the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package, which the Senate passed 96-0 Wednesday evening.  —  U.S. Rep. Thomas Massie …
Discussion: National Review, Raw Story and NBC News
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
This Is a Man-Made Disaster, and That Man Is Donald Trump  —  We have literally gone from the most-prepared country in the world last fall to the country with the highest rate of spread of the virus in the world today  —  Thursday morning brought the news that U.S. jobless claims for last week were 3.3 million.
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: Washington Monthly
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.
Tamara Keith / NPR:
Trump's New Chief Of Staff Not Yet Fully On The Job Amid Coronavirus Crisis  —  Toggle more options  —  The coronavirus crisis was gaining steam when President Trump announced via tweet on a Friday night that he was replacing his acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney with North Carolina congressman and frequent confidante Mark Meadows.
Discussion: Raw Story
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Washington Post:
Politicians jockeying for covid-19 tests find proximity to Trump is the fastest route
Discussion: The Week 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: New York Times and Townhall
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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 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Adam Andrzejewski / Forbes:
Is There Wasteful Spending In The Coronavirus Stimulus Bill?  —  Last night, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a $2 trillion “Phase III” emergency aid package to help America recover from the coronavirus lockdown.  Previous phases provided funds for testing and paid family leave.
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.
Dion Rabouin / Axios:
When $2.2 trillion is not enough  —  Perhaps the most important thing about the $2.2 trillion stimulus bill the Senate passed late Wednesday night is that it is not a stimulus bill at all.  — It is not intended to stimulate growth and spending to offset a potential downturn …
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 …
Discussion: MSNBC
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 …
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.
The Jeffrey Lord:
Media Matters Attacked Fox as Virus “Fearmongers”, Now Accuses Network of “Downplaying” Virus  —  The headline at the far-left Media Matters read this way:  —  Fox News fearmongers about coronavirus with dubiously sourced viral video  —  In which MMFA said this: … Notice the link in there.
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Pelosi hints at what Dems could include in next coronavirus bill  —  House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday claimed that Democrats “won the day” in obtaining what they wanted from the Senate's $2.2 trillion coronavirus response stimulus package, while hinting at other items she would like to see included in a forthcoming bill.
Discussion: Breitbart
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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