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8:30 PM ET, March 30, 2020

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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, The Hill, Daily Kos 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” …
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.
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Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Workers Facing the Coronavirus: 'We're Up Here Risking Our Life for Chicken'
Discussion: USA Today and Raw Story
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
Coronavirus job losses could total 47 million, unemployment rate may hit 32%, Fed estimates  — The coronavirus economic freeze could cost 47 million jobs and send the unemployment rate past 32%, according to St. Louis Fed projections.  — There are nearly 67 million Americans working …
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 …
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.
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James Poniewozik / New York Times:
President Trump's Prime-Time Pandemic
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 …
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
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
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Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
FBI reaches out to Sen. Burr over stock sales tied to virus
Discussion: ABC News
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 …
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NBC News:   First minor with coronavirus in New York City dies
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders says he's staying in the presidential race.  Many Democrats fear a reprise of their 2016 defeat.
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 …
McKay Coppins / The Atlantic:
The Social-Distancing Culture War Has Begun  —  Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers.  Find the collection here.  —  For Geoff Frost, the first sign of the coronavirus culture war came last weekend on the golf course.
Discussion: Washington Post, Raw Story and CNN
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 …
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 …
Joe Biden for President:
Here's The Deal  —  On “Here's The Deal,” former Vice President Joe Biden provides a voice of clarity during uncertain times.  Each episode will feature in-depth conversations about pressing issues with some of the nation's top experts — paired with the heart, compassion, and wisdom only Joe can deliver.
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Geoff Earle / Daily Mail:   Joe Biden turns podcaster from his social-isolation basement and uses his first edition …
Ford Media Center:
Ford to Produce 50,000 Ventilators in Michigan in Next 100 Days; Partnering with GE Healthcare Will Help Coronavirus Patients  — Ford, in collaboration with GE Healthcare, will leverage the design of Airon Corp.'s FDA-cleared ventilator to produce in Michigan
Discussion: Breitbart and NPR
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Michael Wayland / CNBC:   Ford, GE plan to produce 50,000 ventilators in 100 days
Richmond Times-Dispatch:
Northam to issue a stay-at-home order for Virginia  —  Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam will order state residents to remain at home with some exceptions, as the state steps up its effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, a source familiar with the order said.  —  Northam's order will allow people …
Discussion: Townhall and Blue Virginia
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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 …
Michael Schwirtz / New York Times:
Nurses Die, Doctors Fall Sick and Panic Rises on Virus Front Lines  —  The pandemic has begun to sweep through New York City's medical ranks, and anxiety is growing among normally dispassionate medical professionals.  —  A supervisor urged surgeons at Columbia University Irving Medical Center …
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
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
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 …
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.
Kyle Hooten / The Daily Caller:
Chinese Markets Reopen — And They Still Sell Bats, Dogs And Cats  —  Animals are still for sale in Chinese food markets that reopened after the country recently declared victory over coronavirus.  —  Cages full of cats and dogs waiting for slaughter and the unsanitary preparation of animals …
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
Associated Press:
How dire projections, grim images dashed Trump's Easter plan  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The two doctors spread out their charts on the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office.  —  The projections were grim: Even if the U.S. were to continue to do what it was doing, keeping the economy closed …
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.
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
Laura Strickler / NBC News:
Number of long-term care facilities with COVID-19 cases tops 400 nationwide  —  Signs from multiple states point to a rapid increase in coronavirus cases in nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.  —  WASHINGTON — There are now more than 400 long-term care facilities nationwide …
Discussion: The Hill
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.
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
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 …
 
 
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Wendy Wu / South China Morning Post:
Don't politicise coronavirus medical supply problems, China says
Discussion: VICE
Colin Kalmbacher / Law & Crime:
Federal Judge Who Slammed AG Barr Obtains Unredacted Version of Mueller Report
New York Times:
2 Top Democratic Groups Form Alliance to Support Joe Biden
Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
Cuomo and New York hospitals reject Trump's claim masks ‘going out the back door’
Discussion: FactCheck.org and Washington Post
Melissa Weiss / Jewish Insider:
Sheldon Adelson ships two million masks to U.S. hospitals
Jasper Scherer / Houston Chronicle:
Hotze, pastors ask Texas Supreme Court to rule Harris County stay-at-home order unconstitutional
Discussion: Bloomberg and Law & Crime
Emily Singer / The American Independent:
Trump's inner circle was tested for coronavirus even as he advised public against it
Discussion: CNBC
 Earlier Items: 
Robby Soave / Reason:
Why Are the Mainstream Media Ignoring Tara Reade's Sexual Assault Accusation Against Joe Biden?
Discussion: Jacobin, Tangle and Law & Crime
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Rep. Velazquez has presumed COVID-19 infection, was near Pelosi, other lawmakers last week
Discussion: Instapundit and IJR
Ross Barkan / The Nation:
Cuomo Helped Get New York Into This Mess
Yahoo News:
Suspected SARS virus and flu samples found in luggage: FBI report describes China's ‘biosecurity risk’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
New York Times:
They Can't Afford to Quarantine. So They Brave the Subway.
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Post