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March 23, 2020
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“Slush Fund Baby.”

In This Episode

Trump refuses to force the production of life-saving medical equipment, Democrats fight to eliminate a corporate slush fund from Mitch McConnell’s stimulus bill, and the coronavirus pandemic upends the 2020 campaign. Then, health care workers share stories about how they’re grappling with this crisis.

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Show notes


  • NYT: Trump Says Coronavirus Cure Cannot ‘Be Worse Than the Problem Itself’
  • NYT: The Virus Can Be Stopped, but Only With Harsh Steps, Experts Say
  • Science: ‘I’m going to keep pushing.’ Anthony Fauci tries to make the White House listen to facts of the pandemic
  • WaPo: Governors and mayors in growing uproar over Trump’s lagging coronavirus response
  • NBC News: Trump says he’s activated National Guard in New York, California and Washington state
  • Politico: Trump predicts victory over coronavirus ‘much sooner’ than expected
  • NBC News: Coronavirus updates: Global cases top 300,000, John Hopkins University reports
  • NYT: New York State now has roughly 5 percent of the world’s cases. 
  • NYT: Trump Writes to Kim Jong-un Offering Help in Virus Fight, North Korea Says
  • WaPo: U.S. intelligence reports from January and February warned about a likely  pandemic 
  • WaPo: In hard-hit areas, testing restricted to health care workers, hospital patients 
  • AP: Trump’s big promises on COVID-19 often fall short 
  • NPR: Fact-Checking 5 Trump Administration Claims On The Coronavirus Pandemic
  • Politico: States still waiting on coronavirus tests as Trump tells them to do more 
  • Politico: Fauci: ‘Clearly, more needs to be done’ on coronavirus testing 
  • Reuters: ‘Test, test, test’: WHO chief’s coronavirus message to world 
  • Vox: “We are desperate”: Trump’s inaction has created a crisis in protective medical gear 
  • Politico: Short-term thinking plagues Trump’s coronavirus response 
  • Politico: Medical staff describe shortages and rationing of masks as White House assures they’re available ’now’ 
  • NYT: ‘At War With No Ammo’: Doctors Say Shortage of Protective Gear Is Dire 
  • CNN: FEMA chief: Trump hasn’t used Defense Production Act 
  • NYT: Governments and Companies Race to Make Masks Vital to Virus Fight 
  • Daily Beast: President Trump Says Has Not Compelled Companies to Make Coronavirus Gear Despite Nationwide Shortages
  • CNN: Pressure mounts for Trump to actually use Defense Production Act 
  • Lawfare: What’s in Trump’s Executive Order on the Defense Production Act? 
  • CAP: To Respond to the Coronavirus, Trump Should Take 6 Immediate Steps on the Defense Production Act 

Congressional Action

  • WaPo: Senate to resume talks on massive economic stimulus bill for the coronavirus after Democrats block vote on legislatio
  • CNN: Democratic senators move to force Trump’s hand to ramp up medical equipment production
  • NYT: Senate Democrats blocked action on a trillion-dollar stimulus plan.
  • WaPo: Senate falls far short of votes needed to advance coronavirus bill as clash between Republicans and Democrats intensifies 
  • Politico: Senate fails to advance coronavirus rescue package
  • CBS News: No deal yet as Senate pushes massive stimulus to save economy from coronavirus 
  • Roll Call:  Senate GOP preps stimulus text; Democrats say no deal yet
  • Politico: Senate closing in on deal for $1.6 trillion rescue package 
  • WSJ: Coronavirus Rescue Bill Moving Toward a Final Senate Vote Monday 
  • Axios: McConnell releases Phase 3 coronavirus stimulus proposal 
  • WSJ: McConnell Unveils GOP Stimulus Plan Amid Coronavirus Crisis 
  • WaPo: No deal on vast coronavirus stimulus bill as crunch time arrives on Capitol Hill 
  • NBC News: Top Democrats say they’re not yet ready to sign off on coronavirus stimulus package
  • The Hill: Senators urge Congress to include election funds in coronavirus stimulus 
  • Axios: Senate Republicans enter quarantine ahead of critical coronavirus vote 
  • The Hill: McConnell delays initial coronavirus stimulus vote as lawmakers scramble for deal 
  • NYT: Coronavirus Stimulus Package Spurs a Lobbying Gold Rush 

Polling and 2020

  • ABC News: Coronavirus upends nation, as three in four Americans’ lives changed by pandemic: POLL 
  • Politico: Poll: Majority of Americans now approve of Trump’s coronavirus management 
  • Morning Consult: Voters Are Warming to Trump’s Handling of Coronavirus 
  • FiveThirtyEight: How unpopular is Donald Trump? 
  • FiveThirtyEight: Americans’ Views On The Coronavirus Are Shifting Fast 
  • The Hill: Trump gets polling boost, but will it last?
  • The Atlantic: Red and Blue America Aren’t Experiencing the Same Pandemic 
  • The Upshot: American Partisanship May Find Its Limits in Coronavirus 
  • USA Today: New ad from conservative group targets Trump on coronavirus messaging 
  • WaPo: Trump is frantically rewriting his epic failures. Don’t let him. 
  • The Hill: Maddow hits Trump’s ‘happy talk’ on virus: ‘I would stop putting those briefings on live TV’
  • WaPo: The media must stop live-broadcasting Trump’s dangerous, destructive coronavirus briefings 
  • Press Think: Today we are switching our coverage of Donald Trump to an emergency setting (piece cited by Sullivan)
  • Politico: ‘There’s no playbook for this’: Biden trapped in campaign limbo 
  • NYT: Biden Addresses a Visibility Question: ‘How Do We Get More of You?’
  • LA Times: What is a housebound Joe Biden doing all day?
  • CNN: Live broadcasts, online fundraising, one-on-one calls: How the Biden campaign is adjusting its tactics amid the coronavirus
  • ABC News: As the coronavirus upends the 2020 race, Biden seeks to offer a possible presidency preview 
  • The Hill: Obama ebola czar hits Trump virus response in Biden campaign video 
  • Politico: Biden plans shadow coronavirus briefings
  • CNN: Biden to Trump on coronavirus: ‘Stop saying false things that will make you sound like a hero’ 
  • NBC News: Biden trashes Trump over coronavirus response: ‘Step up and do your job, Mr. President’ 
  • CNBC: Joe Biden urges ‘every CEO in America’ to commit to no stock buybacks for a year 
  • Politico: Trump wanted to bury Biden after the primary. Now he can’t.