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10:20 PM ET, February 27, 2020


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Washington Post:
U.S. workers without protective gear assisted coronavirus evacuees, HHS whistleblower says  —  Officials at the Department of Health and Human Services sent more than a dozen workers to receive the first Americans evacuated from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak …
New York Times:
Pence Will Control All Coronavirus Messaging From Health Officials  —  Government health officials and scientists will have to clear statements with the vice president's office, one of three people designated as the administration's primary coronavirus official.
Dan Vergano / BuzzFeed News:
New York Is Making Its Own Coronavirus Test After The CDC's Tests Have Repeatedly Failed  —  Washington, D.C.  —  Federal health officials met with state and city public health labs on Wednesday to fix a crippling lack of options to diagnose the novel coronavirus, a shortfall driven by botched CDC testing kits.
Steve Contorno / Tampa Bay Times:
What's on Mike Pence's schedule as coronavirus point man?  A fundraiser in Florida.  —  The $25,000-per-plate GOP event featuring the vice president is in Longboat Key.  —  The country's new point man on coronavirus response, Vice President Mike Pence, is expected to travel to Florida on Friday — but not on a public health mission.
Josh Marshall / Talking Points Memo:
Silencing Fauci?  —  I've been watching the mix of very worrisome …
Discussion: Balloon Juice
Gail Collins / New York Times:
Let's Call It Trumpvirus
Geoff Earle / Daily Mail:
White House GAGS government health experts from speaking about coronavirus saying they must …
Discussion: CNN, Washington Post and POLITICUSUSA
Rex Huppke / Chicago Tribune:   Column: Dow drops more after Trump's unconvincing ‘calm down about coronavirus’ message.  Blame Mike Pence.
The Daily Beast:
Trump Spends 45 Minutes With ‘Deep State’ Play Actors Amid Coronavirus Mayhem  —  Meanwhile, the man he tapped to run point on the virus, VP Pence, took to a conservative activists conference and had meetings with pro-Trump media luminaries.  —  NATIONAL HARBOR, MD — One day after briefing …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Sanders knocks Biden out of first, majority thinks Trump wins  —  Bernie Sanders pushes Joe Biden out of the frontrunner spot for the Democratic nomination, capturing a record 31 percent support among primary voters in a new Fox News Poll.  This is the first 2020 Fox national poll …
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Biden Maintains Lead  —  Sanders and Steyer jockey for second  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Joe Biden stays well atop the field in South Carolina, according to the third Monmouth ("Mon-muth") University Poll of likely Democratic primary voters there.  Tom Steyer and Bernie Sanders are fighting for the second spot.
Eugene Robinson / Washington Post:
In South Carolina, a determination to oust Trump
Discussion: Associated Press
Politico:   Joe Biden's campaign isn't dead yet
Andy Shain / Post and Courier:
New SC 2020 polls show Biden continues to lead over Sanders and Steyer
New York Times:
Democratic Leaders Willing to Risk Party Damage to Stop Bernie Sanders  —  Interviews with dozens of Democratic Party officials, including 93 superdelegates, found overwhelming opposition to handing Mr. Sanders the nomination if he fell short of a majority of delegates.
Jasper Scherer / Houston Chronicle:
Bloomberg says he would close campaign offices if Sanders wins nomination and rejects his support  —  Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg said Thursday he would shutter his presidential campaign operation if someone else wins the nomination and rejects his support …
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Buttigieg still leads Sanders after Iowa caucus recount
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Bloomberg says he will run ‘right to the bitter end,’ to convention if nomination not locked up
Discussion: The Hill
Wall Street Journal:
Michael Bloomberg's Campaign Sought Andrew Yang's Backing, Floated Vice- Presidential Slot  —  Yang didn't commit to join forces  —  Michael Bloomberg's presidential campaign has made overtures to Democrat Andrew Yang, courting the former candidate's endorsement and floating the possibility …
Baltimore Sun:
Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh sentenced to 3 years for ‘Healthy Holly’ children's book fraud scheme  —  Former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh, who held elected offices in Baltimore for two decades and was elevated by voters to lead the city following the upheaval of 2015 …
Ryan Lizza / Politico:
Coming to a podcast near you: Hillary Clinton  —  Hillary Clinton is starting a podcast.  —  The former first lady, secretary of State, and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee is planning to launch a new audio program in late spring, just in time for her to have a powerful new megaphone during the 2020 election.
Martyn McLaughlin / Scotsman:
Scots ministers told to seek ‘unexplained wealth order’ for Donald Trump resorts  —  The Scottish Government has been urged to apply for an unexplained wealth order to investigate Donald Trump's deals to acquire his Scottish properties.  —  Patrick Harvie MSP, co-leader of the Scottish Greens …
Discussion: The Intellectualist
Jake Thomas / The Intellectualist:
The Head Of Trump's CDC Believes AIDS Was God Judgement Against Homosexuals  —  Dr. Robert Redfield has held controversial opinions regarding AIDS throughout his lengthy career.  —  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Direct Robert Redfield has come under increased scrutiny from inside …
Discussion: Raw Story and Politico
Zachary Petrizzo / Mediaite:
‘You Guys Are Total A**holes’: Dan Bongino Berates Mediaite Writer at CPAC  —  Fox News contributor Dan Bongino gave this writer an earful in the empty hallways of the Conservative Political Action Conference after it closed up for the night on Wednesday.  —  After Bongino's Fox News hit …
Los Angeles Times:
California grapples with growing coronavirus threat as businesses pull out of state events  —  California is coming to terms with the growing threat posed by coronavirus, as two communities issued emergency orders and a patient in Northern California was described by authorities as potentially …
Washington Post:
Ukraine court forces probe into Biden role in firing of prosecutor Viktor Shokin  —  KYIV — A court ruling in Ukraine has forced state investigators to open a probe into alleged pressure by former vice president Joe Biden that led to the 2016 dismissal of Viktor Shokin as the country's prosecutor general, officials said Thursday.
Bermet Talant / KyivPost:
Ukraine opens probes into Biden after ex-prosecutor Shokin's court appeals
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Andrew Desiderio / Politico:
Senate Intel chair privately warned that GOP's Biden probe could help Russia  —  The top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee has privately expressed concerns about his colleagues' corruption investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, further exposing divisions within …
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
Coronavirus Patient in California Was Not Tested for Days  —  A California coronavirus patient had to wait days to be tested because of restrictive federal criteria, despite doctors' suggestions.  —  The patient, who has tested positive, may be the first person to be infected through community spread …
Discussion: Raw Story, Washington Post, Slate and SFist
ABC News:
Coronavirus live updates: Possible 1st case of ‘community spread’ in US
Fred Imbert / CNBC:
Dow set to drop 400 points as worst week since the financial crisis continues  —  Wall Street set for more losses at open  —  U.S. stock futures on Thursday morning pointed to declines at the day's open amid concerns the coronavirus may be spreading in the U.S.
Patrick Strudwick / BuzzFeed News:
White Gay Men Are Destroying Queer Black Lives With “Party ‘n’ Play” Sex And Meth Addiction  —  Two black men were found dead from meth overdoses in the LA home of Democratic donor Ed Buck.  In a new, three-part series, young queer men of color tell BuzzFeed News how rich white men are weaponizing …
Apple Podcasts:
EPIDEMIC with Dr. Celine Gounder and Ronald Klain … EPIDEMIC is a new, weekly podcast on the coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19).  Hear from some of the world's leading infectious disease and public health experts.  We'll help you understand the latest science, the bigger context …
Lindsay Crouse / New York Times:
My Ex-Boyfriend's New Girlfriend Is Lady Gaga  —  How do you compare yourself with one of the most famous women in the world?  —  Ms. Crouse is a senior staff editor in Opinion.  —  I was eating bodega grapes at my desk on a recent Monday morning, gearing up to wrangle my inbox, when my phone started buzzing:
Discussion: The Week and Page Six
Carlotta Gall / New York Times:
Airstrike Hits Turkish Forces in Syria, Raising Fears of Escalation  —  The Turkish Army suffered mass casualties in an airstrike, officials said, an attack that could set off a direct conflict between Turkey and Russia.  —  ISTANBUL — The Turkish Army suffered mass casualties in an airstrike …
Discussion: TheBlaze and Reuters
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Controversial Trump Fed nominee may be confirmed after all  —  Judy Shelton's nomination to the Federal Reserve isn't dead yet.  In fact, it's showing new signs of life.  —  After absorbing a number of body blows at her confirmation hearing over her support for the gold standard and past writings …
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
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Ryan Grim / The Intercept:
Coronavirus Spending Bill Could be Used to Cement Spying Powers, Surveillance Critics in Congress Warned
Discussion: Lawfare
Maayan Jaffe-Hoffman / Jerusalem Post:
Israeli scientists: ‘In a few weeks, we will have coronavirus vaccine’
The Economist:
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Brad Heath / USA Today:
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Sam Levine / The Guardian:
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Ruth Graham / Slate:
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Bill Text / U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren …:
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Madison Pauly / Mother Jones:
Mark Halperin Says Murderers Are Treated More Fairly Than Canceled People
Discussion: Mediaite, Fast Company and Page Six
Allan Smith / NBC News:
'I can't even': Emails reveal EPA officials' reaction to Trump rant on toilets, showers
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and Raw Story
Corey Brettschneider / Politico:
Why President Trump Can't Pardon Roger Stone