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5:00 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
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
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
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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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 …
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 …
Discussion: Slate and Gothamist
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
Wall Street Journal:
Justice Department Investigating Lawmakers for Possible Insider Trading
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
Yahoo News:
Suspected SARS virus and flu samples found in luggage: FBI report describes China's ‘biosecurity risk’  —  WASHINGTON — In late November 2018, just over a year before the first coronavirus case was identified in Wuhan, China, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at Detroit Metro Airport stopped …
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
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 …
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.
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
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
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 …
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
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.
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.
Ross Barkan / The Nation:
Cuomo Helped Get New York Into This Mess  —  The governor's position on health care spending looked starkly different a couple of months ago.  —  As the novel coronavirus rages in New York, killing hundreds and locking down millions, Governor Andrew Cuomo has emerged as the hero of the moment.
 
 
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Politico:
Congress eyes avoiding Washington for at least a month
Discussion: The Hill
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
Dareh Gregorian / NBC News:
Rep. Velazquez has presumed COVID-19 infection, was near Pelosi, other lawmakers last week
Discussion: IJR and The Daily Caller
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Hannity must go  —  Recent personnel actions at Fox just happen …
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
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Trump Administration, in Biggest Environmental Rollback, to Announce Auto Pollution Rules
 Earlier Items: 
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Coronavirus model touted by White House assumes social distancing will stay in effect through May
Robert Zaretsky / Slate:
The Trumpian French Doctor Behind the Chloroquine Hype
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Media Reaction To Yamiche Alcindor Dustup With Trump Shows Why Their Approval Ratings Are Low
Discussion: YouTube
Robert Tracinski / The Bulwark:
The Federalist's Dangerous Coronavirus Trutherism
Discussion: Raw Story
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