These Students Re-created Their Closed High School on Minecraft
“In the past week, the fact that I’ve seen the school in Minecraft more than real life, it’s kinda sad.”

Italy’s extreme lockdown appears to be having a positive effect


Johnson & Johnson: COVID-19 Vaccine Could Be Ready Early Next Year
The pharmaceutical giant plants to start human trials by September.
Coronavirus in New York: Latest Updates
More than 1,100 people have now died from COVID-19 in the state.

The latest NYC numbers

NYC coronavirus cases 10:30 am today March 30

790 deaths, up by 112 people since 9:30 am yesterday

36,221 confirmed cases, up 12.11% from 32,308 yesterday am

at least 6,830 in Bronx (19%)
9,521 Brooklyn (26%)
5,877 Manhattan (17%)
11,868 Queens (33%)
2,091 Staten Island (6%)

A brutal time for the newspaper industry is becoming even more brutal

Gannett emailed staff this morning saying the company will implement furloughs and pay reductions which for some staff “will begin as soon as this week.”

The U.S.S. Comfort, with 1,000 hospital beds, has come to New York

Photo: @BarryMeier/Twitter

Hungary going much further down a scary path

Hungarian Parliament passes bill that gives PM Orbán unlimited power & proclaims:

- State of emergency w/o time limit
- Rule by decree
- Parliament suspended
- No elections
- Spreading fake news + rumors: up to 5 yrs in prison
- Leaving quarantine: up to 8 yrs in prison#COVID19

An accelerated timeline for vaccine

CNN Health: Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson announced on Monday that it plans to initiate human clinical trials of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate by September, and anticipates the first batches of the vaccine could be available for emergency use by early next year.

Quite the timing

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch museum says Vincent van Gogh painting stolen in overnight raid.

The straight talk we’ve come to know and love

Trump, when asked about Chinese misinformation about coronavirus, on Fox News:

“They do it and we do it… Every country does that.”

The man can only plan for events about three hours in advance

Trump is criticizing NY for not using ventilators from the federal gov “They were delivered, and they weren’t used… NY should be fine. Based on the numbers that we see, they have more than enough.”

NY is stockpiling ventilators for a peak in infectections which is weeks away.

As you might expect, Cuomo is now insanely popular among New Yorkers

Change in net favorable ratings from February Siena poll to today (NY state voters)

Cuomo: +54
Trump: +1
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The Books Our Political Writers Are Reaching for Right Now
A reading list for finding some perspective in a crisis.
The Prep-School Nazi
Before he was Norman Spear, hate group founder and possible Russian asset Rinaldo Nazzaro was just another Jersey boy.
Trump Is Fighting a War Against Governors, Not the Coronavirus
The self-described “wartime president” is focusing on the wrong targets.
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the national interest
Trump Blames Hospitals for Coronavirus Mask Shortages
“Are they going out the back door?”
Trump Extends Coronavirus Social Distancing Guidelines to April 30
Trump reversed his idea to reopen the country by Easter with the 30-day extension, though he didn’t acknowledge his about-face.
Rhode Island Coronavirus Order Now Targets All Out-of-State Travelers
Governor Raimondo rescinded her order singling out New Yorkers — and issued a new one targeting everyone relocating to the state.
Fauci Estimates Coronavirus Could Kill ‘Between 100,000 and 200,000’ Americans
NIAID director Anthony Fauci gave a grim estimate on Sunday — which he described as moderate.
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the top line
The $2 Trillion Coronavirus Relief Package Should Work — for Now
The unemployment expansion and loans to businesses will help keep Americans afloat, but state governments are going to need more money down the line.

But will you-know-who listen?

Dr. Anthony Fauci says restrictions should not be lifted until rapid results testing and protective equipment for health workers, is available wherever needed. As long as # cases rising, isolation should continue @jaketapper @cnn
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Jeanine Pirro, You’re Doing Amazing, Sweetie
She appeared disheveled and intoxicated during her Fox News show last night.
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the national interest
Trump’s ‘Don’t Blame Me’ Coronavirus Message Is Going to Wear Terribly
The president’s slight polling boost is a mirage.
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how was your week?
833 New York Readers on How the Coronavirus Pandemic Is Changing Their Lives
“I’ve never been more scared. I love my city. I miss it, but I’m terrified of it.”
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just asking questions
A Conversation With Pete Buttigieg, Who’s Stuck at Home Like Everyone Else
The erstwhile Democratic contender, now bearded, is trying to figure out his new role in the middle of a pandemic.
How Will New York’s Rent Freeze Work?
A bill before the New York State Senate aims at bringing renters relief as unemployment spikes.
Our Health-Care System Is Killing People
A heavily privatized system is no match for a major public-health crisis like the novel coronavirus.
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vision 2020
What Happens If a Presidential Nominee Is Infected by Coronavirus?
With two presumptive nominees in their mid-to-late 70s, it’s time to look at the fine print of the Constitution and party procedures.

Apparently there are some limits, even at Fox

#Break: FOX Business has parted ways with Trish Regan - “We thank her for her contributions to the network over the years and wish her continued success in her future endeavors,” network says.

Regan had said coronavirus was a part of an effort to impeach Trump.
Coronavirus Fears Spark Prison Strikes, Protests, and Riots Around the World
From Colombia to France to the U.S., prisoners are struggling to protect themselves where their jailers won’t.
The Dos and Don’ts of Video Calls
With more people than ever working from home, we’re pioneering thousands of new ways to embarrass ourselves.
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just asking questions
Is ‘Viral Load’ Why Some People Get a Mild Case of COVID-19?
A medical biologist on why the coronavirus might leave some hospitalized and others unaffected.

Updated U.S. numbers

Coronavirus cases in US now surpass 90,000, with 1,428 deaths. (As of 1:50 p.m. ET, March 27) - NBC
Trump: Expel Congressman From GOP for Threatening to Hold Up Stimulus Vote
Kentucky congressman Thomas Massie drew Trump’s ire for trying to force a roll-call vote on the coronavirus stimulus package.
House Passes $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Bill
President Trump is expected to sign the bill Friday afternoon.

Massie be damned

NEW: The House of Representatives passed the historic $2 trillion coronavirus response stimulus package, clearing the way for President Trump’s signature. A forced roll call vote backfired.

If you’re curious about RBG…

Supreme Court justices are all “healthy” a court spokeswoman says. Orders and opinions on Monday. They had their regular conference this am with only Chief Justice John Roberts at the Court. Others called in.
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federal reserve
The Coronavirus Crisis Reveals How Undemocratic America Has Become
We are outsourcing some of the most consequential policy decisions any republic can make to unelected bureaucrats.

Right on, governor

Gov. Cuomo giving a real pep talk to New Yorkers right now.

“I say my friends that we go out there today, and we kick coronavirus ass. That’s what I say.”

A ray of decent news

The rate of coronavirus hospitalizations is slowing, says Cuomo. Data shows it doubling every four days between March 24-26, as opposed to every 2.5 between March 17-March 19.

The latest numbers from NY

.@NYGovCuomo says 6,481 people are currently hospitalized in New York State with #coronavirus and 1,583 of them are in ICU. There have been 519 deaths.

There’s a long road ahead

Cuomo says the predicted APEX of pandemic in NY will be about 21 days from now.

John Kerry goes OFF on Congressman holding up stimulus bill

Breaking news: Congressman Massie has tested positive for being an asshole. He must be quarantined to prevent the spread of his massive stupidity. He’s given new meaning to the term #Masshole. (Finally, something the president and I can agree on!)
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vision 2020
State That May Decide 2020 Elections Approaches Chaotic April Primary
Moving to voting by mail without fair rules could affect the general election in crucial states like Wisconsin, as its April primary is showing.