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The Daily Beast:
Rodney Howard-Browne, Megachurch Pastor Who Flouted Virus Rules, Arrested  —  Rodney Howard-Browne has been an outspoken opponent of social distancing requirements, claiming his church has machines that can stop the coronavirus.  —  A controversial Florida pastor who refused …
Discussion: 10NEWS, Daily Kos, The Hill and Mediaite
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WNYW-TV:
Tampa megachurch pastor arrested after leading packed services despite ‘safer-at-home’ orders  —  Sheriff Chronister's full press conference  —  TAMPA, Fla. - The pastor of a Tampa megachurch is facing charges after refusing to close its doors despite a “safer at home” …
NBC News:
Coronavirus deniers take aim at hospitals as pandemic grows  —  Two videos illustrate the stark disparity in how the coronavirus outbreak is being portrayed on different parts of the internet.  —  On Saturday, a video taken outside the Brooklyn Hospital Center in New York went viral …
Discussion: Right Wing Watch and Raw Story
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Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Naturally, We Now Have a Cottage Industry of Coronavirus Truther Assholes
NBC News:   First minor with coronavirus in New York City dies
Washington Post:
CDC considering recommending general public wear face coverings in public  —  Should we all be wearing masks?  That simple question is under review by officials in the U.S. government and has sparked a grass-roots pro-mask movement.  But there's still no consensus on whether widespread use …
New York Times:
Pelosi Floats New Stimulus Plan: Rolling Back SALT Cap  —  A proposal to retroactively lift a limit on state and local tax deductions would largely funnel money to high earners in high-tax states.  —  WASHINGTON — As lawmakers prepare for another round of fiscal stimulus to address economic fallout …
Discussion: The Hill
New York Times:
Behind Trump's Reversal on Reopening the Country: 2 Sets of Numbers  —  An estimate of the number of possible deaths and polling that showed a cautious public changed, for now, the president's approach to the coronavirus pandemic.  —  WASHINGTON — The numbers the health officials showed President Trump were overwhelming.
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Associated Press:   How dire projections, grim images dashed Trump's Easter plan
Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:
Restrictions Are Slowing Coronavirus Infections, New Data Suggest  —  A database of daily fever readings shows that the numbers declined as people disappeared indoors.  —  Harsh measures, including stay-at-home orders and restaurant closures, are contributing to rapid drops in the numbers of fevers …
Alana Goodman / Washington Free Beacon:
Woman Who Ingested Fish Tank Cleaner Is Prolific Donor to Democratic Causes  —  The Arizona woman who said that she and her 68-year-old husband ingested a substance used to clean fish tanks after hearing President Donald Trump tout chloroquine as a cure for the coronavirus has given thousands …
Joseph Zeballos-Roig / Business Insider:
A GOP senator calls on Trump to reopen parts of the coronavirus-stricken economy because ‘death is an unavoidable part of life’  — Sen. Ron Johnson called on Trump to reopen segments of the US economy, saying “death is an unavoidable part of life” in a USA Today op-ed.
Ed O'Keefe / CBS News:
Rural-state governors tell Trump they need tests and medical supplies, too  —  Several rural-state governors alerted President Trump on Monday that they are struggling to obtain urgently needed medical supplies and testing equipment, warning that despite the worsening coronavirus situation …
Discussion: Raw Story and Daily Kos
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Whole Foods Employees Are Staging a Nationwide ‘Sick-Out’  —  Whole Foods employees are planning to strike on Tuesday to protest the lack of protections offered to workers during the coronavirus pandemic—the first national collective action led by workers at the company since it was founded in 1980.
Naaman Zhou / The Guardian:
Astrophysicist gets magnets stuck up nose while inventing coronavirus device  —  Australian Dr Daniel Reardon ended up in hospital after inserting magnets in his nostrils while building a necklace that warns you when you touch your face  —  An Australian astrophysicist has been admitted …
Wall Street Journal:
NYU Langone Tells ER Doctors to ‘Think More Critically’ About Who Gets Ventilators  —  New York health center says it will support emergency-room staff who ‘withhold futile intubations,’ threatens to discipline doctors who talk to the press  —  NYU Langone Health, one of the nation's top …
Politico:
Trump has been nudging MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell to run for office  —  President Donald Trump introduced those tuning into his nightly coronavirus task force briefing on Monday to a special guest: Mike Lindell, the multimillionaire inventor and CEO of the MyPillow empire.
Discussion: Fox News and Breitbart
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Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:   My Pillow CEO Says God Put Trump In The White House At Coronavirus Briefing
Edward Ongweso Jr / VICE:
General Electric Workers Launch Protest, Demand to Make Ventilators  —  On Monday, General Electric factory workers launched two separate protests demanding that the company convert its jet engine factories to make ventilators.  Workers protested at GE's Lynn, Massachusetts aviation facility held …
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
CNN Chief Jeff Zucker Defends Not Cutting Away From Trump's Coronavirus Pressers  —  Zucker said on an internal staff call that he has “probably spent more time on this topic than anything else,” but that he ultimately believes CNN should air the briefings live.
TIME:
Is the U.S. ‘Flattening the Curve?’  Check Our Coronavirus Chart for Daily Updates  —  Every day, the number of Americans confirmed as infected by the virus that causes COVID-19 is higher than the day before.  Such is the brutality of exponential growth: Not only does the raw number of COVID-19 cases grow …
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
The Medical News Site That Saw the Coronavirus Coming Months Ago  —  Stat, started in 2015 by the Red Sox owner John Henry, is drawing four to five times its normal audience.  “We were built for this,” one of its editors said.  —  On New Year's Eve, Helen Branswell, a reporter at the science …
Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime:
Federal Judge Who Slammed AG Barr Obtains Unredacted Version of Mueller Report  —  A federal judge obtained the full and unredacted report on election interference and obstruction of justice prepared by former special counsel Robert Mueller on Monday.  —  A two-page filing submitted …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Yamiche Alcindor wants an answer, thank you very much  —  President Trump got one thing right in his Sunday coronavirus briefing.  “You had a long time, a long question,” he told PBS NewsHour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor as he brushed aside her attempt to ask a second question.Of course …
Discussion: The White House
David Gilbert / VICE:
Here's How China Is Rewriting the History of the Coronavirus Pandemic to Make Itself the Hero  —  At midnight on Friday China closed its borders to the rest of the world as it bids to stop a resurgence of the coronavirus.  —  The move was the culmination of a months-long PR …
Discussion: Fortune
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Sen. Josh Hawley / Fox News:
Investigate China's coronavirus actions and make Beijing pay for lives and billions lost
Discussion: The Independent
New York Times:
Live Coronavirus News and Updates  —  Maryland and Virginia issued statewide stay-at-home orders, and the F.D.A. approved two malaria drugs to treat coronavirus patients.  Macy's said it would furlough most of its 125,000 workers.  —  RIGHT NOW President Trump said the United States soon …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Gizmodo
Ben Feuerherd / New York Post:
Crowds ignore social distancing rules to watch USNS Comfort  —  Crowds of gawkers ignored New York's social-distance regulations and packed the west side of Manhattan on Monday to watch a US Navy hospital ship arrive to give badly needed coronavirus aid.  —  The throngs of people stood shoulder …
TODAY.com:
Dr. Deborah Birx predicts up to 200,000 deaths ‘if we do things almost perfectly’  —  Joining TODAY from Washington, the response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, Dr. Deborah Birx, says, “We're very worried about every city in the United States” and that …
Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor / New Yorker:
Reality Has Endorsed Bernie Sanders  —  The debate over the role of government in addressing income inequality, housing insecurity, debt accumulation, and health care continues, now against the grim backdrop of the raging coronavirus.  It is difficult to articulate the speed with which the U.S. and …
Jonathan Easley / The Hill:
Poll: Biden leads Trump by 10 points as economic pessimism grows  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden leads President Trump by 10 points nationally in a new poll, bolstered by an advantage with independents.  —  The poll also shows pessimism about the economy growing, a factor that could help Biden and hurt Trump in the poll.
Sam Brodey / The Daily Beast:
GOP Plows Forward on Plans to Kill Obamacare, Pandemic Be Damned  —  Despite the virus hitting their states, attorneys general say they aren't bending on the idea that the Affordable Care Act must go.  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  The worsening coronavirus outbreak may be stretching the limits …
Melissa Weiss / Jewish Insider:
Sheldon Adelson ships two million masks to U.S. hospitals  —  Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson has procured approximately two million face masks to counter the shortage of the much-needed protective gear at hospitals across the United States, a source close to the billionaire informed Jewish Insider on Monday.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Hannity must go  —  Recent personnel actions at Fox just happen to have fallen when people turn away from their phones and laptops.  On Friday, March 13, news emerged that the Fox Business show of Trish Regan had gone on hiatus — along with another show — as part of the network's resource shift toward the coronavirus.
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
Justice Dept. investigates at least one lawmaker's stock trades before coronavirus spike in U.S.  —  The Justice Department is investigating stock trades made by at least one member of Congress as the U.S. braced for the pandemic threat of coronavirus, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Discussion: CNN and IJR
New York Times:
Jobs Aren't Being Destroyed This Fast Elsewhere.  Why Is That?  —  It's not too late to start protecting jobs or to make medical care for Covid-19 free.  —  The authors are economists at the University of California, Berkeley.  —  The coronavirus pandemic is laying bare structural deficiencies in America's social programs.
Discussion: Raw Story
Robby Soave / Reason:
Why Are the Mainstream Media Ignoring Tara Reade's Sexual Assault Accusation Against Joe Biden?  —  On September 14, 2018, The New York Times reported the existence of an unverified sexual misconduct allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.  The story cited three people …
Cynthia Sewell / Idaho Statesman:
Idaho governor signs GOP's anti-transgender bills, setting up likely legal challenges  —  Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed into law two anti-transgender bills.  —  One bill would ban transgender girls and women from participating in sports that align with their gender identity.
Josh Rogin / Washington Post:
The National Security Council sounded early alarms about the coronavirus  —  The covid-19 pandemic is first and foremost a public health crisis — but it is also a massive national security challenge.  That aspect of the crisis is being managed by a leaner, quieter National Security Council staff …
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
What Happens in November if One Side Doesn't Accept the Election Results?  —  The November 2020 presidential election won't be run perfectly—we have never had a perfect election conducted in this country or elsewhere—but the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic add special stress …
Discussion: The Guardian
Kadia Goba / BuzzFeed News:
Six Siblings Said Goodbye To Their Mother Via Walkie-Talkie Before She Died Of The Coronavirus  —  The journalists at BuzzFeed News are proud to bring you trustworthy and relevant reporting about the coronavirus.  To help keep this news free, become a member and sign up for our newsletter, Outbreak Today.
Joseph Berger / New York Times:
William Helmreich, Sociologist and a Walker in the City, Dies at 74  —  A scholar of Judaism as well, he walked every block in New York — totaling 6,163 miles — and wrote a book about his odyssey.  He died of the coronavirus. … When William B. Helmreich was 9 years old, his father …
Joe Biden for President:
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Andrew Kerr / The Daily Caller:
'They Didn't Care': As Coronavirus Crippled Small Businesses, Some Lenders Pounced
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Washington Post:
Larry Hogan and Gretchen Whitmer: What governors need from Washington during this health emergency
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Dusan Stojanovic / Associated Press:
Countries crack down on basic rights amid virus pandemic
Alexander Mallin / ABC News:
FBI arrests man for allegedly coughing on agents, hoarding and selling medical equipment
Discussion: The Daily Beast and Raw Story
Wendy Wu / South China Morning Post:
Don't politicise coronavirus medical supply problems, China says
Discussion: VICE
Laura Strickler / NBC News:
Number of long-term care facilities with COVID-19 cases tops 400 nationwide
Discussion: The Hill
New York Times:
2 Top Democratic Groups Form Alliance to Support Joe Biden
 Earlier Items: 
Ford Media Center:
Ford to Produce 50,000 Ventilators in Michigan in Next 100 Days; Partnering with GE Healthcare …
Discussion: Breitbart and NPR
New York Times:
'We're Left for Dead': Fears of Virus Catastrophe at Rikers Jail
Jasper Scherer / Houston Chronicle:
Hotze, pastors ask Texas Supreme Court to rule Harris County stay-at-home order unconstitutional
Discussion: Bloomberg and Law & Crime
Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Northam to issue a stay-at-home order for Virginia
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
The Social-Distancing Culture War Has Begun
Discussion: Raw Story
Michael Schwirtz / New York Times:
Nurses Die, Doctors Fall Sick and Panic Rises on Virus Front Lines
Discussion: The Moderate Voice