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New York Times:
Trump's Company Seeks Financial Help as Coronavirus Takes Toll  —  As companies nationwide look for relief, the Trump Organization has talked with Deutsche Bank and a Florida county about delaying payments on some loans and other obligations.  —  All over the country, businesses large …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Ben Wieder / Miami Herald:
For most Florida hotel guests, it's past checkout time.  But not for DeSantis' top donor  —  Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has pointed the finger at New Yorkers for the spread of the coronavirus in the state, and required that visitors to Florida coming from New York and surrounding states …
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Peter Elkind / ProPublica:   Trump Congratulates Businesses for Helping Fight Coronavirus. But His Own Company Has Been Absent.
New York Times:
President's Campaign Calls Sessions ‘Delusional’ for Tying Himself to Trump  —  In an unusual letter, President Trump's campaign said that Jeff Sessions, who is running to reclaim his Senate seat in Alabama, was misleading the public.  —  President Trump's campaign is demanding that Jeff Sessions …
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Alexi McCammond / Axios:   Biden campaign asks Trump campaign to pull video, testing Twitter
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump campaign calls Sessions ‘delusional,’ asks him to stop promoting ties to the president
Discussion: Fox News and ABC News
New York Times:
Where America Didn't Stay Home Even as the Virus Spread  —  Where people were still traveling last week  —  Stay-at-home orders have nearly halted travel for most Americans, but people in Florida, the Southeast and other places that waited to enact such orders have continued to travel widely …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Alarm, Denial, Blame: The Pro-Trump Media's Coronavirus Distortion  —  Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and other right-wing commentators turned a pandemic into a battle of us vs. them — the kind of battle President Trump has waged for much of his life.  —  On Feb. 27, two days after the first reported case …
Discussion: Raw Story and The Moderate Voice
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Jonathan V. Last / The Bulwark:
The Malicious Irresponsibility of Rush Limbaugh  —  This vile, foolish man has blood on his hands.  —  1. The Reckoning  —  On March 31, over a 24 hour period, 1,049 Americans died from COVID-19.  —  That's the official number for now—as we're seeing in Italy, the real number may be higher …
Wall Street Journal:
Italy's Coronavirus Death Toll Is Far Higher Than Reported
Discussion: New York Post and National Review
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
Ron DeSantis quietly signed second executive order targeting local coronavirus restrictions  —  The order says the statewide stay-at-home order ‘shall supersede any conflicting official action or order issued by local officials.’  —  Hours after Gov. Ron DeSantis issued a statewide stay …
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Sebastian Murdock / HuffPost:
Florida Governor Exempts Religious Services From Stay-At-Home Order
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Edward Luce / Financial Times:   America shuts the barn door too late on the epidemic
Will Oremus / Marker:
What Everyone's Getting Wrong About the Toilet Paper Shortage  —  It isn't really about hoarding.  And there isn't an easy fix.  —  round the world, in countries afflicted with the coronavirus, stores are sold out of toilet paper.  There have been shortages in Hong Kong, Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.
MSNBC:
Governor admits he didn't know asymptomatic people could pass virus  —  Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Wednesday announced a stay-at home order across Georgia to try to curb the spread of the coronavirus.  During the announcement, Kemp also stated he just learned asymptomatic people could transmit the virus.
Discussion: NBC News and The Week
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Juliette Kayyem / The Atlantic:
Canceling Everything Was the Easy Part
Discussion: Washington Post
Reid J. Epstein / New York Times:
Democrats Postpone Convention Until August Because of Coronavirus  —  The move is the biggest disruption to the political calendar so far, and comes after Joe Biden, the likely presidential nominee, called for a delay.  —  WASHINGTON — The Democratic National Committee on Thursday postponed …
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Natasha Korecki / Politico:
Wisconsin Democrats apoplectic over governor's handling of Tuesday primary
Paul Steinhauser / Fox News:
Democratic National Convention postponed to August due to coronavirus concerns
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
What's the Deal With Andrew Cuomo's Nipples?  An Investigation  —  By now you have probably seen them.  Framed by arms, half-bare, resting on the table.  A few inches below THE GREAT SEAL OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK: PERFORMANCE — INTEGRITY — PRIDE — I WORK FOR THE PEOPLE.
Discussion: Althouse
CNN:
Some Americans could wait 20 weeks to receive stimulus checks, IRS tells House Democrats  —  Washington (CNN)Americans likely won't begin to see direct payments from the coronavirus stimulus bill until at least April 13 and it could take 20 weeks for all the checks to be mailed …
Discussion: Mediaite and POLITICUSUSA
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NBC News:
Many Americans may have to wait months for coronavirus relief checks  —  The first Americans to get relief payments from the government won't see checks til mid-April and many will have to wait longer.  —  The first Americans to get relief payments from the government under …
Discussion: Associated Press and Politico
Lev Facher / STAT:
White House expected to recommend all Americans wear cloth masks to prevent coronavirus spread  —  WASHINGTON — The White House is expected to announce a new policy, based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that would urge Americans to wear cloth masks in an effort …
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Elizabeth Cohen / CNN:
Experts tell White House coronavirus can spread through talking or even just breathing
Becket Adams / Washington Examiner:
No institution has failed the public worse than the news media during the COVID-19 pandemic
Discussion: alicublog
William Kristol / The Bulwark:
Trump Has Broken the Republican Party—and Conservatism—for Good  —  There is no going back.  —  A brief history refresher course: How did Harry Truman become president of the United States?  —  Well, he succeeded to the office when President Roosevelt died in April 1945, a month after having been sworn in for his fourth term.
Discussion: The Bulwark Podcast
Jeff Cox / CNBC:
US weekly jobless claims double to 6.6 million  — Initial jobless claims surged to more 6.6 million last week, the Labor Department said Thursday.  — That brings the two-week total to about 10 million due to the coronavirus-induced economic shutdown.  —  US weekly jobless claims surge to 6.6 million for week ending March 28
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Katia Dmitrieva / Bloomberg:
U.S. Jobless Claims Soar to Once-Unthinkable Record 6.65 Million
The Daily Beast:
Army Warned in Early February That Coronavirus Could Kill 150,000 Americans  —  While the president was still downplaying the COVID-19 epidemic, an Army briefing shared with The Daily Beast shows the service warning of the scale of death Trump now concedes.  —  This week, as coronavirus deaths …
Paul Blest / VICE:
Leaked Amazon Memo Details Plan to Smear Fired Warehouse Organizer: 'He's Not Smart or Articulate'  —  Leaked notes from an internal meeting of Amazon leadership obtained by VICE News reveal company executives discussed a plan to smear fired warehouse employee Christian Smalls, calling him …
Phill Swagel / CBO Publications:
Updating CBO's Economic Forecast to Account for the Pandemic  —  CBO expects that the economy will contract sharply during the second quarter of 2020 as a result of the continued disruption of commerce stemming from the spread of the novel coronavirus.  The following are CBO's very preliminary estimates …
Discussion: Breitbart
Andrew Beaton / Wall Street Journal:
A Million N95 Masks Are Coming From China—on Board the New England Patriots' Plane  —  The Massachusetts governor struck a deal for supplies but needed a way to transport them.  The result was a tense saga and a shipment on the NFL team's 767.
Nadine DeNinno / New York Post:
Petition to name Dr. Anthony Fauci ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ gains momentum  —  He's a doughnut, he's a bobblehead, he could be the “Sexiest Man Alive.”  —  Dr. Anthony Fauci has become an unlikely celebrity and hero during the coronavirus pandemic, thanks to his daily non-nonsense briefings …
Discussion: The Daily Caller, Miami Herald and ABC7
Paul Waldman / Washington Post:
We badly need another rescue package.  Here's what should be in it.  —  New weekly unemployment numbers were released Thursday morning, and they were absolutely stunning: 6.6 million people filed, not just a record number but a doubling of last week's figure, which was itself a record.
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump Replaced White House Pandemic-Response Team With Jared Kushner  —  At his coronavirus press briefing yesterday, Fox News correspondent John Roberts asked President Trump about his 2018 decision to eliminate the National Security Council's pandemic-response office.
Vann R. Newkirk II / The Atlantic:
The Coronavirus's Unique Threat to the South  —  Editor's Note: The Atlantic is making vital coverage of the coronavirus available to all readers.  Find the collection here.  —  In a matter of weeks, the coronavirus has gone from a novel, distant threat to an enemy besieging cities and towns across the world.
Discussion: Daily Kos and Raw Story
Christopher Weaver / Wall Street Journal:
Questions About Accuracy of Coronavirus Tests Sow Worry  —  Experts believe nearly one in three infected patients are nevertheless getting negative test results  —  Last week, a 16-month-old boy in Florida tested positive for the new coronavirus, a lab report shows.  A few days later, he tested negative at a second lab.
ProPublica:
In Desperation, New York State Pays Up to 15 Times the Normal Prices for Medical Equipment  —  State data shows that New York is paying enormous markups for vital supplies, including almost $250,000 for an X-ray machine.  Laws against price gouging usually don't apply.
Discussion: U.S. PIRG
Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
Banks warn of chaotic launch of small business lending program  —  Banks are warning that a $350 billion lending program for struggling small businesses won't be ready when it launches Friday because the Trump administration has failed to provide them with the necessary guidelines …
New York Times:
These Coronavirus Exposures Might Be the Most Dangerous  —  As with any other poison, viruses are usually deadlier in larger amounts.  —  Dr. Rabinowitz is a professor of chemistry and genomics.  Dr. Bartman is a genomic researcher.  —  Li Wenliang, the doctor in China who raised early awareness …
Peter Suderman / Reason:
The FDA Is Making It Much, Much Harder for Distilleries To Produce Hand Sanitizer  —  In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, hand sanitizer has become an incredibly scarce resource.  It's practically impossible to find any at a grocery or drug store, or to order it online.
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Feds distribute thousands of masks, other supplies seized from hoarders during coronavirus pandemic  —  The Justice Department and Department of Health and Human Services are distributing nearly 200,000 N95 respirator masks and other medical supplies to New York and New Jersey after confiscating …
 
 
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Washington Post:
Inside America's mask crunch: A slow government reaction and an industry wary of liability
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Ernest Luning / coloradopolitics.com:
El Paso County GOP pilloried after asking in social media post if COVID-19 is a hoax
Discussion: Raw Story
HuffPost:
Republicans Are Bragging About An Unemployment Boost They Voted Against
New York Times:
Touting Virus Cure, ‘Simple Country Doctor’ Becomes a Right-Wing Star
Discussion: Breitbart
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
FEMA tells lawmakers most new ventilators won't be ready until June
Discussion: Fox News and The Hill
Sheldon Adelson / New York Post:
I'm paying all my workers for 2 months, so should any business that can
Discussion: The Daily Caller and Breitbart
US Food and Drug Administration:
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update: FDA Provides Updated Guidance to Address the Urgent Need for Blood During the Pandemic
Discussion: Mother Jones, VICE and ABC7
 Earlier Items: 
Pierre Thomas / ABC News:
Disaster in motion: 3.4 million travelers poured into US as coronavirus pandemic erupted
Kevin Stankiewicz / CNBC:
Ex-FDA chief warns ‘parts of our lives’ will stay shut down without a coronavirus drug by fall
Elizabeth Vaughn / Redstate:
Infectious Disease Specialist Tells Fox News: ‘This is the Beginning of the End of the Pandemic’
Discussion: YouTube
Caroline Chen / ProPublica:
What We Need to Understand About Asymptomatic Carriers if We're Going to Beat Coronavirus
Miriam Jordan / New York Times:
Farmworkers, Mostly Undocumented, Become ‘Essential’ During Pandemic
Kyle Kondik / Sabato's Crystal Ball:
Rating Changes: Electoral College and Senate
Discussion: CNN