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12:55 PM ET, March 30, 2020

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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  —  Syracuse, N.Y. — Nearly 9 in 10 New Yorkers approve of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's efforts to fight the coronavirus, a Siena College poll out this morning shows.  —  The governor's strategy to stop COVID-19's spread has closed thousands …
Washington Post:
Bernie Sanders says he's staying in the presidential race.  Many Democrats fear a reprise of their 2016 defeat.
Discussion: NBC News, The Hill 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.”
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 …
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.
Discussion: emptywheel
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  —  (CNN)The Justice Department has started to probe a series of stock transactions made by lawmakers ahead of the sharp market downturn stemming from the spread of coronavirus, according to two people familiar with the matter.
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
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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Robert Zaretsky / Slate:
The Trumpian French Doctor Behind the Chloroquine Hype  —  The source of the hopes for a coronavirus cure should raise a lot of red flags  —  President Donald Trump's daily press briefing on the coronavirus pandemic has been compared to many things: state propaganda, daily talk show, three-ring circus.
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Dan Diamond / Politico:
FDA issues emergency authorization of anti-malaria drug for coronavirus care
KRON4:
FDA issues emergency authorization of 2 anti-malaria drugs for coronavirus treatment
Discussion: Redstate and US Food and Drug …
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.
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 …
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
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
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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Ana Swanson / New York Times:
White House Airlifts Medical Supplies From China in Coronavirus Fight
Discussion: HuffPost
Philip Rucker / Washington Post:
Trump beats a retreat on opening the country as coronavirus data, images show dark reality  —  The Debrief: An occasional series offering a reporter's insights  —  For six days straight, President Trump talked about reopening the country quickly.  He wanted people filing into offices again …
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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
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 …
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 …
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
Steven Greenhouse / New York Times:
Workers Facing the Coronavirus: 'We're Up Here Risking Our Life for Chicken'  —  Workers around the country are walking off the job to protest a lack of protective equipment, safety measures, even soap.  —  Mr. Greenhouse writes about labor.  —  Millions of white-collar workers are telecommuting …
Discussion: Raw Story
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: NBC News, CNBC, POLITICUSUSA and Politico
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
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
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
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 …
 
 
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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
Richard L. Hasen / Slate:
What Happens in November if One Side Doesn't Accept the Election Results?
Samantha J. Gross / Miami Herald:
DeSantis' executive order to urge Southeast Floridians to stay home through ‘mid-May’
Discussion: The Hill
Aaron Lorenzo / Politico:
IRS orders office evacuation, affecting most agency employees
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
 Earlier Items: 
Zoltan Simon / Bloomberg:
Orban Takes Sole Command of Hungary With Pandemic Emergency Law
Discussion: The Week
Li Zhou / Vox:
“This one is scarier”: Obama-era officials say current economic crisis is fundamentally different from 2008
Jonathan Cohn / HuffPost:
Why That ‘Woman In Michigan’ Keeps Drawing Donald Trump's Wrath
Politico:
From distraction to disaster: How coronavirus crept up on Washington
Discussion: Raw Story
Kyle Smith / New York Post:
Woke stupidity is spreading as fast as the coronavirus pandemic
Financial Times:
Coronavirus tracked: the latest figures as the pandemic spreads | Free to read
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Elizabeth Williamson / New York Times:
Liberty University Brings Back Its Students, and Coronavirus Fears, Too