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March 16, 2020
Pod Save America
“The coronavirus debate.”

In This Episode

Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders hold a very unusual debate amid the coronavirus crisis, governments close public places across America, Trump refuses to take responsibility for testing failures, and lawmakers work to pass economic relief. Then Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA) talks to Tommy about Congress’s response to the pandemic.

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Show notes


  • WaPo: Biden pledges he’ll pick a female running mate, Sanders says he likely will in debate under the shadow of coronavirus
  • NYT: Biden and Sanders Fight Over Policy and Records in Head-to-Head Debate
  • CNN: Bernie Sanders shows no sign of giving up as he challenges front-runner Joe Biden’s record
  • WaPo: The pandemic is changing politics, but the Democratic debate mostly sounded like all the others
  • NYT: The 2020 Campaign: Postponements and Cancellations Because of Coronavirus
  • The Atlantic – There’s a Pandemic. Four States Are Holding Elections Tuesday Anyway.
  • The Atlantic – The Coronavirus Debate
  • NYT: Joe Biden Commits to Selecting a Woman as Vice President 
  • NYT: Bernie Sanders Hits Joe Biden on Social Security: ‘Go to YouTube’
  • WaPo: Sanders vs. Biden on Social Security: A guide to the claims
  • NYT: How Did Biden and Sanders Do in the Debate? Experts Weigh In
  • WaPo: Winners and losers from the Bernie Sanders-Joe Biden debate
  • WaPo: The pandemic is changing politics, but the Democratic debate mostly sounded like all the others
  • Politico: The biggest takeaways from the Biden-Sanders coronavirus debate
  • Politico: Biden and Bernie face off: Key moments from Sunday’s debate
  • Vox: 4 winners and 2 losers from the March Democratic debate
  • Axios: 4 takeaways from the Biden-Sanders Democratic debate


  • NBC News: Coronavirus updates live: Over 3,000 cases in the U.S.; airport chaos due to new screenings
  • USA Today: California, Ohio, Illinois, Massachusetts and Washington close bars and restaurants in effort to slow coronavirus
  • LA Times: L.A. bars to close and restaurants to go takeout-only as coronavirus spreads 
  • NYT: New York City to Close Schools,  Restaurants and Bars: Live Updates
  • LA Times: To help fight coronavirus, California seniors should isolate and bars must close, Gov. Gavin Newsom says
  • Axios: Ohio, Illinois order bars and restaurants to close due to coronavirus
  • NYT: Puerto Rico Imposes Curfew, Shuts Businesses Over Coronavirus
  • NYT: Andrew Cuomo to President Trump: Mobilize the Military to Help Fight Coronavirus 
  • Politico: Terminal crush: Air passengers caught in Trump’s travel ban 
  • Reuters: U.S. eyes aid for airlines; sees no domestic travel curbs for now
  • BBC News: Coronavirus: US to extend travel ban to UK and Ireland
  • Politico: Florida governor urges Trump to restrict domestic travel
  • WSJ: Americans Fear Worst Is Yet to Come From Coronavirus, WSJ/NBC Poll Finds
  • NBC News: Sixty percent believe worst is yet to come for the U.S. in coronavirus pandemic
  • MarketWatch: ‘It’s a great time to go out’: California Republican Devin Nunes talks about life amid the coronavirus pandemic
  • CNN: Oklahoma governor who faced backlash over ‘packed’ restaurant tweet now declares state of emergency
  • The Denver Post: Ex-Florida Lt. Gov. complains about “destroyed” Vail vacation, gets an earful
  • NYT: Fox Business Benches Trish Regan After Outcry Over Coronavirus Comments
  • The Atlantic: Trump’s Dangerously Effective Coronavirus Propaganda
  • WaPo: Infighting, missteps and a son-in-law hungry for results: Inside the Trump administration’s troubled coronavirus response
  • NYT: Trump Oversold a Google Site to Fight Coronavirus
  • Politico: Inside Jared Kushner’s coronavirus research: A wide net on a giant Facebook group
  • NBC News: Trump declares national emergency to combat coronavirus, authorizes waiving of laws and regulations
  • CBS: Stock markets spinning after Fed’s emergency coronavirus cuts 
  • WaPo:  Federal Reserve slashes interest rates to zero as part of wide-ranging emergency intervention
  • NYT: Coronavirus Cost to Businesses and Workers: ‘It Has All Gone to Hell’
  • Politico: Mnuchin dodges on specifics of coronavirus’ economic impact 
  • The Hill: McConnell: Discussions underway on additional coronavirus bills
  • CNBC: The Senate has not yet scheduled a vote for the coronavirus relief bill already passed by the House
  • MarketWatch: Mnuchin suggests coronavirus relief measure may be in trouble in Senate
  • Vox: The Senate won’t consider urgent coronavirus legislation until next week
  • NYT: There’s a Giant Hole in Pelosi’s Coronavirus Bill 
  • NYT: Here’s What’s in Congress’s Emergency Coronavirus Bill
  • Politico: House passes sweeping coronavirus response package