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Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Jobless claims soar past 3 million to record as coronavirus sends Americans to the unemployment line  —  US unemployment surges to record-breaking 3.28 million amid coronavirus pandemic  —  Americans displaced by the coronavirus crisis filed unemployment claims in record numbers …
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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 …
BBC:
Coronavirus: US unemployment hits highest for almost 40 years  —  The number of people without jobs in the US has surged to a record high as the economy goes into lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.  —  Nearly 3.3 million people registered to claim unemployment benefits for the week ended 21 March …
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 and The Hill
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Politico:
Pelosi eyes next relief package as Republicans downplay need
Discussion: Breitbart
Washington Post:
Senate passes $2 trillion bill to blunt coronavirus pandemic's economic impact, as households …
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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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Chinese Propaganda Has Infected Daily Mail's Coronavirus Coverage
Discussion: American Greatness
Rob Gillies / Associated Press:
Canada tells US not to put troops at border during pandemic  —  Canada has told the U.S. it is is strongly opposed to a Trump administration proposal to put troops at the U.S.-Canada border amid the pandemic and said if it goes ahead it would damage relations between the two longtime allies
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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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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: The Times of Israel and Haaretz
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.
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
New York Times:
100 Deaths From Coronavirus in N.Y. in One Day: Live Updates  —  The number of people hospitalized for the virus jumped 40 percent since yesterday.  —  RIGHT NOW 385 people in New York have died from the virus, as patients are staying on ventilators longer, the governor said.  —  Here's what you need to know:
Discussion: National Review and The Guardian
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Bloomberg:
N.Y. Death Toll Hits 385; Ventilator-Shortage Risk Is Rising
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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.
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 …
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: CNN and Washington Monthly
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.
Aiden Pink / The Forward:
Rashida Tlaib has a serious primary opponent - who's a Louis Farrakhan fan  —  Rep. Rashida Tlaib, the first Palestinian-American woman elected to Congress, has drawn the ire of many Jews during her first term for making statements that some saw as anti-Semitic.
Discussion: Daily Kos and The Root
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.
Ryan Parker / Hollywood Reporter:
Actor Arrested by FBI for Touting Coronavirus Cure  —  The suspect claimed Earvin “Magic” Johnson was a member of his company's board of directors.  —  FBI agents on Wednesday arrested a small-time SoCal actor for allegedly claiming he had invented a pill that would prevent and cure coronavirus.
Discussion: Raw Story
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
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.
Nick R. Martin / The Informant:
Heartland terror  —  Hi, and welcome to The Informant, a publication covering hate and extremism in America, written and edited by me, Nick R. Martin.  —  This is a breaking news article that will likely be updated.  Please subscribe to support independent journalism about these important topics.
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:
‘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
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.
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
fmprc.gov.cn:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China National Immigration Administration Announcement on the Temporary Suspension of Entry by Foreign Nationals Holding Valid Chinese Visas or Residence Permits  —  In view of the rapid spread of COVID-19 across the world …
Discussion: Politico, NPR, The Week and Twitchy
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
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.
Libby Cathey / ABC News:
Coronavirus government response updates: Mnuchin says jobless claims report ‘not relevant’ in the short-term  —  A record-shattering 3.2 million Americans filed for unemployment last week.  —  The federal government has been rolling out its response to the coronavirus crisis …
Discussion: Raw Story and American Greatness
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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Associated Press:
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Anita Kumar / Politico:
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Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
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Wall Street Journal:
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