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5:20 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: 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” …
Tony Marrero / Tampa Bay Times:
Pastor of Tampa church that held two large Sunday services arrested, jailed  —  Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne of The River at Tampa Bay Church was booked into a local jail on Monday on charges of unlawful assembly and violating Hillsborough County's stay-at-home order.  He posted bail 30 minutes later.
Matt Shuham / Talking Points Memo:   Fringe Pro-Trump Pastor Briefly Arrested After Flouting COVID-19 Order
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
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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Justine Coleman / The Hill:
Virginia governor issues stay-at-home order
Discussion: Townhall, Associated Press and The Week
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Virginia, Maryland among latest states to impose stay-at-home orders to stem coronavirus crisis
Discussion: Miami Herald and The Hill
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: Raw Story and CNN
James Poniewozik / New York Times:
President Trump's Prime-Time Pandemic  —  The coronavirus briefings have given Donald Trump a regularly scheduled reality show again — or, rather, a create-your-own-reality show.  —  “I've gotten to like this room,” President Trump said March 23 in the White House briefing room.
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CNN:
President Trump's coronavirus briefings lack a crucial element: Empathy
Discussion: The Week, Reason and Vanity Fair
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 …
Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders says he's staying in the presidential race.  Many Democrats fear a reprise of their 2016 defeat.  —  Behind the growing fear among many Democrats that Sen. Bernie Sanders's continued presence in the presidential race could spell doom in November is the belief that they've seen it happen before — in the last campaign.
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Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Trump says of N.Y. Gov. Cuomo: 'I wouldn't mind running against Andrew'
ABC News:
The Note: Biden battles perceptions as campaign's pause stirs concerns
Discussion: Spectator USA and USA Today
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Politico:
Congress eyes avoiding Washington for at least a month  —  After passing the largest economic relief bill in history, Congress is now considering staying away from Washington for a month or more as the coronavirus makes even the routine act of legislating a dangerous risk for new transmissions.
Discussion: The Hill
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Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Rep. Velazquez has presumed COVID-19 infection, was near Pelosi, other lawmakers last week
Discussion: IJR and The Daily Caller
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
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 …
Geoff Earle / Daily Mail:
Joe Biden turns podcaster from his social-isolation basement and uses his first edition to interview Obama's ebola tsar who is now an outspoken critic of Donald Trump's coronavirus plan  — The president's approval ratings have ticked up, evan as public health experts blasted parts of the administration's response as slow
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NBC News:
First minor with coronavirus in New York City dies  —  Only a handful of deaths of people under 18 with coronavirus have been announced around the country.  —  The first death of a minor who tested positive for coronavirus in New York City was reported Monday, as the city's death toll rose to 790.
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Associated Press:
New York governor pleads for help as virus death toll rises
Discussion: WSVN-TV
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: IJR
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CNN:
Exclusive: Justice Department reviews stock trades by lawmakers after coronavirus briefings
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 …
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Trump Administration, in Biggest Environmental Rollback, to Announce Auto Pollution Rules  —  WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is expected on Tuesday to announce its final rule to roll back Obama-era automobile fuel efficiency standards, relaxing efforts to limit climate-warming tailpipe pollution …
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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
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.
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.
Richard Read / Los Angeles Times:
Choir practice turns fatal.  Airborne coronavirus strongly suspected  —  With the coronavirus quickly spreading in Washington state in early March, leaders of the Skagit Valley Chorale debated whether to go ahead with weekly rehearsal.  —  The virus was already killing people in the Seattle area, about an hour's drive to the south.
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
They Can't Afford to Quarantine.  So They Brave the Subway.  —  Subway use has plummeted in recent weeks, but in poorer areas of New York City, many people are still riding.  —  As the coronavirus pandemic has all but shut down New York City, its subway — an emblem of urban overcrowding — has become almost unrecognizable.
Discussion: Gothamist and New York Post
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 …
Michael Wayland / CNBC:
Ford, GE plan to produce 50,000 ventilators in 100 days  — Ford Motor and GE Healthcare plan to produce 50,000 ventilators within the next 100 days at a facility in Michigan.  — Production of the devices is expected to begin with 500 United Auto Workers union members the week of April 20.
 
 
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Robby Soave / Reason:
Why Are the Mainstream Media Ignoring Tara Reade's Sexual Assault Accusation Against Joe Biden?
Discussion: Jacobin, Law & Crime and Tangle
Matt Friedman / Politico:
Murphy: New Jersey gun stores will be allowed to reopen
Discussion: Associated Press
Ross Barkan / The Nation:
Cuomo Helped Get New York Into This Mess
CourierPostOnline.com:
Stepping out during stay-at-home order could get you in trouble
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Pentagon watchdog tapped to lead committee overseeing $2 trillion coronavirus package
Discussion: The Hill
Yahoo News:
Suspected SARS virus and flu samples found in luggage: FBI report describes China's ‘biosecurity risk’
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Coronavirus model touted by White House assumes social distancing will stay in effect through May
 Earlier Items: 
Jude Joffe-Block / The Guardian:
'It's like a sick experiment': Arizona lags behind as states order residents to stay home
Discussion: New York Post and Raw Story
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump's 'Don't Blame Me' Message Is Going to Wear Terribly
Discussion: CNN
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Media Reaction To Yamiche Alcindor Dustup With Trump Shows Why Their Approval Ratings Are Low
Discussion: YouTube
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
Why That ‘Woman In Michigan’ Keeps Drawing Donald Trump's Wrath
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
Trump: I'm Doing a Great Job Fighting the Coronavirus, and 100,000 of You Will Die
Discussion: Raw Story