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Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Trump says of N.Y. Gov. Cuomo: 'I wouldn't mind running against Andrew'  —  Cuomo is not running for president, and the race for the Democratic nomination is down to just two candidates: Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.  —  WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump said Monday …
Discussion: Althouse
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Teri Weaver / Syracuse Post-Standard:   Cuomo's coronavirus fight: 87% of New Yorkers approve, poll shows
Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders says he's staying in the presidential race.  Many Democrats fear a reprise of their 2016 defeat.
Discussion: The Hill, NBC News and Mediaite
ABC News:
The Note: Biden battles perceptions as campaign's pause stirs concerns
Discussion: Fox News and Redstate
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
The Contrarian Coronavirus Theory That Informed the Trump Administration  —  President Trump, who at one point called the coronavirus pandemic an “invisible enemy” and said it made him a “wartime President,” has in recent days questioned its seriousness, tweeting, “WE CANNOT LET THE CURE BE WORSE THAN THE PROBLEM ITSELF.”
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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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.
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
Christopher Rowland / Washington Post:
FDA authorizes widespread use of unproven drugs to treat coronavirus, saying possible benefit outweighs risk  —  Millions of doses of the anti-malarial drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine will be distributed to hospitals across the country to try to slow the disease in seriously ill patients.
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Robert Zaretsky / Slate:   The Trumpian French Doctor Behind the Chloroquine Hype
Dan Diamond / Politico:
FDA issues emergency authorization of anti-malaria drug for coronavirus care
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 …
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.
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CNN:
Exclusive: Justice Department reviews stock trades by lawmakers after coronavirus briefings
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
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Media Reaction To Yamiche Alcindor Dustup With Trump Shows Why Their Approval Ratings Are Low  —  Her peers rushed to defend her, but Alcindor has a track record of partisan commentary and unnecessarily hostile and silly questions.  —  The ongoing dysfunctional codependent relationship between …
Discussion: YouTube
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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 …
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.
Discussion: CNBC, POLITICUSUSA, Althouse and Politico
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Marianna Sotomayor / NBC News:
Biden debuts podcast in his virtual campaign for president
Discussion: Fox News and The Week
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.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump's 'Don't Blame Me' Message Is Going to Wear Terribly  —  Over the last 24 hours, President Trump has aggressively widened the circle of people or countries that are making it impossible for Donald Trump to handle the coronavirus.  In a Thursday night interview with Sean Hannity …
Discussion: CNN
Politico:
AOC breaks with Bernie on how to lead the left  —  Soon after her upset primary victory against a Democratic Party boss in 2018, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez traveled to St. Louis to prove her victory wasn't a one-off by campaigning for Cori Bush, who was similarly taking on a longtime Democratic congressman.
Discussion: National Review and The Week
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 …
Discussion: Gizmodo and New York Post
Rick Wilson / The Daily Beast:
Trump: I'm Doing a Great Job Fighting the Coronavirus, and 100,000 of You Will Die  —  Seriously, literally, things that Trump touches are dying, and he's still just making shit up to get him through each day, and then making up different shit the next day.  —  BEAST INSIDE
Discussion: Raw Story
Aaron Lorenzo / Politico:
IRS orders office evacuation, affecting most agency employees  —  The IRS issued a nearly blanket evacuation order to its workforce beginning today, the latest in a series of steps to shrink the number of on-site employees due to the coronavirus pandemic.  —  An agency-wide email …
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 …
Robert Tracinski / The Bulwark:
The Federalist's Dangerous Coronavirus Trutherism  —  WTF happened?  The publication's reactionary turn and the hollowing out of conservatism.  —  Coronavirus Truthers are now a thing, and I regret to inform you that a publication I used to work for has taken the lead in spinning crazy …
Jackson Diehl / Washington Post:
Pompeo's pandemic performance ensures his place among the worst secretaries of state ever  —  Let's recall how the U.S. secretary of state has historically behaved at a time of grave international crisis: circling the globe (at least telephonically); formulating a coherent multilateral response …
Discussion: American Thinker and Bloomberg
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 …
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
Why That ‘Woman In Michigan’ Keeps Drawing Donald Trump's Wrath  —  One governor is listening to public health experts on coronavirus; another isn't.  Guess which one Trump is trashing?  —  ANN ARBOR, Michigan ― Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D-Mich.) is following the advice of public health experts.
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Trump's chaotic coronavirus presidency: Historically divisive and, for some, fatal  —  Trump is stoking division even amid the coronavirus pandemic.  Has he misjudged his country?  We'll know for sure in November, but history suggests yes.  —  It has been clear for weeks …
Tim Alberta / Politico:
Fear in Bulk  —  Dear Washington,  —  There's an old trick in horror movies, a clichéd sequence that makes you squirm no matter how many times you've watched it unfold.  It's the one where everyone goes into hiding—underneath beds, inside garages—because a monster is stalking them.
Discussion: Raw Story
CNN:
Trump administration sent protective medical gear to China while he minimized the virus threat to US  —  Dean Obeidallah, a former attorney, is the host of SiriusXM radio's daily program “The Dean Obeidallah Show” and a columnist for The Daily Beast.  Follow him @DeanObeidallah.
 
 
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Deborah Levine / Washington Post:
No, Mr. President, healthcare workers aren't stealing masks. You failed them.
Richard Wolf / USA Today:
Undocumented immigrants working on pandemic's front lines fear for health and home
Discussion: SCOTUSblog and Joe Biden
Jude Joffe-Block / The Guardian:
'It's like a sick experiment': Arizona lags behind as states order residents to stay home
Discussion: Raw Story
Ben Cohen / Wall Street Journal:
Dr. Fauci Was a Basketball Captain. Now He's America's Point Guard.
TIME:
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Jessie Yeung / CNN:
A police officer is wearing a coronavirus helmet to warn people to stay inside during India's lockdown
Ishaan Tharoor / Washington Post:
No one will win the U.S. and China's coronavirus contest
Discussion: The Atlantic and CNN
Samantha J. Gross / Miami Herald:
DeSantis' executive order to urge Southeast Floridians to stay home through ‘mid-May’
Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Trump calls Pelosi a ‘sick puppy’ over coronavirus criticism
Wall Street Journal:
Democratic Groups Adjust to Coronavirus, Spend Big to Beat Trump
Mike DeBonis / Washington Post:
Super PAC stakes out Democrats' Senate strategy with $70 million ad plan
Discussion: Townhall
Zoltan Simon / Bloomberg:
Orban Takes Sole Command of Hungary With Emergency Law
Discussion: The Week
Li Zhou / Vox:
“This one is scarier”: Obama-era officials say current economic crisis is fundamentally different from 2008