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2:30 PM ET, March 30, 2020

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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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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.
Discussion: The Hill, Mediaite and NBC News
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Rebecca Shabad / NBC News:
Trump says of N.Y. Gov. Cuomo: 'I wouldn't mind running against Andrew'
Discussion: Althouse
ABC News:
The Note: Biden battles perceptions as campaign's pause stirs concerns
Discussion: USA Today and Fox News
Teri Weaver / Syracuse Post-Standard:   Cuomo's coronavirus fight: 87% of New Yorkers approve, poll shows
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
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
Florida Sheriff to Arrest Rodney Howard Browne, Megachurch Pastor Who Flouted Virus Rules  —  Rodney Howard-Browne has been an outspoken opponent of social distancing requirements, claiming his church has machines that can stop the coronavirus.  —  A Florida sheriff announced an arrest warrant …
Discussion: Mediaite
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TMZ.com:
CORONAVIRUS FLORIDA CHURCH PACKED WITH WORSHIPERS ... Pastor Shuns Social Distancing
Discussion: Raw Story
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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Christopher Rowland / Washington Post:   FDA authorizes widespread use of unproven drugs to treat coronavirus, saying possible benefit outweighs risk
Dan Diamond / Politico:
FDA issues emergency authorization of anti-malaria drug for coronavirus care
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
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.”
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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
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Libby Cathey / ABC News:
Coronavirus government response updates: Trump abruptly shifts timeline after warned of 200K possible deaths
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
Discussion: Raw Story and Fortune
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
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
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.
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 …
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.
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.
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.
Sophia Barnes / NBC4 Washington:
Maryland to Enact Stay-at-Home Order Monday as Coronavirus Cases Top 1,400  —  A stay-at-home order will go into effect in Maryland at 8 p.m. Monday  —  Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan has put the state under a stay-at-home directive as coronavirus cases surpass 1,400.
Discussion: Breitbart
Edward Ongweso Jr / VICE:
General Electric Workers Walk Off the Job, Demand to Make Ventilators  —  On Monday, General Electric factory workers walked off the job and demanded that the company convert its jet engine factories to make ventilators.  Workers protested at GE's Lynn, Massachusetts aviation facility held a silent protest, standing six feet apart.
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
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump just comes out and says it: The GOP is hurt when it's easier to vote … President Trump on Monday morning became the latest in a procession of Republicans in recent years to say that making it easier for more people to vote would hurt his party politically.
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 …
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
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.
Samantha J. Gross / Miami Herald:
DeSantis' executive order to urge Southeast Floridians to stay home through ‘mid-May’  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis had a clear message for South Florida Monday: Stay at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  —  At a press conference at the drive-thru testing site at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens Monday …
Discussion: The Hill and Raw Story
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 …
 
 
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Katy Watson / BBC:
Coronavirus: Brazil's Bolsonaro in denial and out on a limb
Discussion: Breitbart
Fox News:
Meadows to resign from Congress this afternoon, officially starts as Trump's chief of staff tomorrow
Discussion: Associated Press
New York Times:
Coronavirus Sweeps Through Detroit, a City That Has Seen Crisis Before
Washington Post:
Live updates: Trump extends social distancing guidelines after experts warn the coronavirus …
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Coronavirus model touted by White House assumes social distancing will stay in effect through May
Erin Durkin / Politico:
USNS Comfort arrives in New York City
Deborah Levine / Washington Post:
No, Mr. President, healthcare workers aren't stealing masks. You failed them.
Jude Joffe-Block / The Guardian:
'It's like a sick experiment': Arizona lags behind as states order residents to stay home
Discussion: Raw Story
 Earlier Items: 
Jessie Yeung / CNN:
A police officer is wearing a coronavirus helmet to warn people to stay inside during India's lockdown
Aaron Lorenzo / Politico:
IRS orders office evacuation, affecting most agency employees
Morgan Chalfant / The Hill:
Trump calls Pelosi a ‘sick puppy’ over coronavirus criticism
Zoltan Simon / Bloomberg:
Orban Takes Sole Command of Hungary With Emergency Law
Discussion: The Week
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Media Reaction To Yamiche Alcindor Dustup With Trump Shows Why Their Approval Ratings Are Low
Discussion: YouTube
Michael Schwirtz / New York Times:
Nurses Die, Doctors Fall Sick and Panic Rises on Virus Front Lines
Jill Lawrence / USA Today:
Trump's chaotic coronavirus presidency: Historically divisive and, for some, fatal
Tim Alberta / Politico:
Fear in Bulk  —  Dear Washington,  —  There's an old trick …
Discussion: Raw Story