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2:45 PM ET, March 26, 2020

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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
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
Libby Cathey / ABC News:
Coronavirus government response updates: Mnuchin says jobless claims report ‘not relevant’ in the short-term
Discussion: Raw Story and American Greatness
Washington Post:
Senate passes $2 trillion bill to blunt coronavirus pandemic's economic impact, as households …
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 …
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.
Discussion: Washington Post, Twitchy and Fox News
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
 
 
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Anita Kumar / Politico:
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