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Katelyn Caralle / Daily Mail:
‘We can go bigger!’  Nancy Pelosi hints at a SECOND round of emergency checks to all Americans saying 'we haven't seen the end of direct payments' as unemployment hits 3.3 million  — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that Americans would likely see more direct checks in future coronavirus relief packages
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Politico:
Pelosi eyes next relief package as Republicans downplay need
Discussion: Breitbart
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Pelosi hints at what Dems could include in next coronavirus bill
Discussion: The Hill and Breitbart
NBC News:
Coronavirus checks, direct deposits are coming. Here's everything you need to know.
Discussion: MSNBC
Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Pelosi says she doesn't think 'we've seen the end of direct payments,' calls for fourth coronavirus bill
Discussion: The Hill, MSNBC and IJR
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
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
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 …
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Madeline Osburn / The Federalist:
The Scientist Whose Doomsday Pandemic Model Predicted Armageddon Just Walked Back The Apocalyptic Predictions
Discussion: Redstate
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 …
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 …
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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NBC News:
As U.S. struggles to stem coronavirus, China asserts itself as global leader  —  “Beijing's push for global leadership is able to get so much tailwind by virtue of the relative absence of any U.S. leadership,” one foreign affairs expert said.  —  With Italy in dire need of medical equipment, an economic superpower stepped in to help.
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Reuters:
Exclusive: U.S. prepares crackdown on Huawei's global chip supply - sources
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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.
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.
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Chuck Ross / The Daily Caller:
Chinese Propaganda Has Infected Daily Mail's Coronavirus Coverage
Discussion: American Greatness
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
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Coronavirus Response: Hospitals Rated Best, News Media Worst  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans are generally positive in their evaluations of how each of nine leaders and institutions has handled the response to the coronavirus situation.  Eight of the nine receive majority positive ratings — led by U.S. hospitals, at 88% approval.
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Pew Research Center:
Worries About Coronavirus Surge, as Most Americans Expect a Recession - or Worse
Discussion: ABC News
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
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.
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.
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.
SEIU UHW:
Union Locates Massive Supply of N95 Masks  —  The Service Employees International Union - United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) has located 39 million critically needed N95 masks and is connecting states, counties, health systems and individual hospitals to the supplier so they can purchase them in quantity.
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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Deborah Birx's important reminder about coronavirus worst-case scenarios  —  The novel coronavirus is spreading rapidly in certain areas of the country, killing hundreds, stretching hospitals to the brink in some cases and forcing the closure of large portions of our economy.
New York Times:
New Orleans Faces a Virus Nightmare, and Mardi Gras May Be Why  —  Louisiana may be experiencing the world's fastest growth in new cases.  Medical experts said Mardi Gras might have accelerated the crisis.  —  NEW ORLEANS — Yanti Turang, an emergency room nurse at a New Orleans hospital …
Discussion: VICE
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
Anita Kumar / Politico:
Democrats delayed stimulus bill to insert tighter ban on Trump family profiting  —  The strengthened language was accidentally omitted due to a clerical oversight, according to people familiar with the situation.  —  From left to right, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Lara Trump.
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: CNBC and POLITICUSUSA
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.
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.
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.
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:
Politico:
Immigration chief on thin ice for adopting Obama's stance during crisis  —  The head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement drew fire from Trump officials for saying he would focus on risky offenders during the coronavirus outbreak.  —  ICE Director Matt Albence.  Win McNamee/Getty Images
 
 
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Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
AG William Barr pushes expansion of home confinement to reduce prison populations amid coronavirus
Discussion: Politico
Dartunorro Clark / NBC News:
Trump tells governors he is setting new coronavirus guidelines
Discussion: The Hill
Jonathan Lis / Haaretz:
Gantz Voted in as Knesset Speaker, Paving Way for ‘Emergency’ Unity Government With Netanyahu
Associated Press:
Fears for civil rights mount amid fight against COVID-19
Wall Street Journal:
U.S. to Take Stakes in Airlines in Exchange for Grants, Mnuchin Says
Discussion: Politico and View from the Wing
Tamara Keith / NPR:
Trump's New Chief Of Staff Not Yet Fully On The Job Amid Coronavirus Crisis
Discussion: Raw Story
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New York Times:
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Discussion: The Crack-Up
Windsor Mann / The Week:
What Trump's coronavirus briefings are really about
Nick Judin / m.jacksonfreepress.com:
Governor Orders Limited Gatherings, Declares Most Businesses ‘Essential,’ Supersedes Local Safety Efforts
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
BuzzFeed News:
Doctors And Nurses Say More People Are Dying Of COVID-19 In The US Than We Know