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12:15 AM ET, March 27, 2020

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New York Times:
Trump Administration Pulls Back From $1 Billion Coronavirus Ventilator Deal  —  A deal with General Motors and Ventec Life Systems to produce tens of thousands of the critical lifesaving devices seemed imminent.  Then the announcement was pulled back.  —  WASHINGTON — The White House …
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Donald G. McNeil Jr / New York Times:
The U.S. Now Leads the World in Confirmed Coronavirus Cases  —  Following a series of missteps, the nation is now the epicenter of the pandemic.  —  Scientists warned that the United States someday would become the country hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic.  That moment arrived on Thursday.
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NPR:
READ: President Trump's Letter To Governors On New Coronavirus Guidelines  —  President Trump said in a letter to U.S. governors on Thursday that his administration is working to publish new guidelines for state and local governments to use when making decisions about “maintaining …
Elena Renken / NPR:
Prepare For Outbreaks Like New York's In Other States, Warns Anthony Fauci
Discussion: Bloomberg
Reid Wilson / The Hill:
EXCLUSIVE: Top CDC official warns New York's coronavirus outbreak is just a preview
Discussion: Raw Story and The US Sun
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
U.S. government has 1.5 million expired N95 masks sitting in an Indiana warehouse  —  Nearly 1.5 million N95 respirator masks are sitting in a U.S. government warehouse in Indiana and authorities have not shipped them because they are past their expiration date, despite Centers …
Discussion: The Week
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SEIU UHW:
Union Locates Massive Supply of N95 Masks  —  The Service Employees International Union - United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) has located 39 million critically needed N95 masks and is connecting states, counties, health systems and individual hospitals to the supplier so they can purchase them in quantity.
Jesse Drucker / New York Times:
A Bonanza for Rich Real Estate Investors, Tucked Into Stimulus Package  —  A small change to tax policy could hand $170 billion in tax savings to real estate tycoons.  —  The federal government's planned $2 trillion economic rescue package includes financial aid for individuals and industries …
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Zachary Petrizzo / Mediaite:
Doctor Who Wrote Op-Ed on Coronavirus Infection Parties Says Federalist Made Unwanted Edits to Piece  —  Douglas Perednia says he never thought his opinion piece on “controlled infection” of the coronavirus, published in The Federalist, would draw such a heated backlash.
NBC News:
House members race back to Washington amid fears the $2 trillion coronavirus bill could be delayed  —  Democratic and Republican leaders suddenly believe the $2 trillion economic relief package might not pass by the long-distance voice vote scheduled for Friday.
Discussion: The Hill and Roll Call
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Washington Post:
Live updates: Coronavirus death toll in U.S. reaches 1,000; more than 500,000 confirmed cases worldwide
Discussion: IJR and Deseret News
Manu Raju / CNN:
Many House members coming back to Washington in anticipation of vote on coronavirus stimulus
Discussion: The Daily Signal
Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
A N.Y. Nurse Dies.  Angry Co-Workers Blame a Lack of Protective Gear.  —  “I'm okay.  Don't tell Mom and Dad.  They'll worry,” he wrote to his sister.  He may be the first nurse in New York City to die from the coronavirus.  —  Kious Kelly, a nurse manager at a Manhattan hospital …
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New York Post:
NYC doctors say coronavirus is worse than 9/11: 'There's no escaping this'
Discussion: The US Sun
Bloomberg:
Trump Campaign's Threat on TV Licenses May Be Mostly Bluster  — Broadcasters in battleground states told to stop using ad  — Trump appoints members at FCC which controls TV licenses  —  The Trump re-election campaign told TV stations they could lose their operating licenses …
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and Washington Post
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Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trumpworld unloads on GOP ally as coronavirus attacks mount
Discussion: Raw Story
Sky Palma / Raw Story:
Christian pastor who thought COVID-19 is just ‘mass hysteria’ is among the first in Virginia to die from virus  —  One of the first deaths in Virginia from coronavirus was a 66-year-old Christian “musical evangelist” who fell ill while on a trip to New Orleans with his wife.
Business Insider:
Spain, Europe's worst-hit country after Italy, says coronavirus tests it bought from China are failing to detect positive cases  — Spain said it found that rapid coronavirus tests bought from China did not consistently identify positive cases and would return them to the manufacturer.
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Associated Press:
Flatter or fight?  Governors seeking help must navigate Trump  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — At first, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker tried to play nice.  He limited criticisms of the federal government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and asked for medical supplies through official channels.
Robby Soave / Reason:
Joe Biden Said He Believes All Women.  Does He Believe Tara Reade?  —  When it comes to #MeToo sexual misconduct issues, former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic Party's presumptive 2020 presidential nominee, has made it no secret where he stands: automatically believe women.
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Lauren Fruen / Daily Mail:
BREAKING: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave Canada and set up home in LA amid the coronavirus crisis and flew by private jet to California before Trump closed the border  — The move is said to have ‘stunned and horrified’ others in the royal family after Prince Charles, 71, tested positive for coronavirus
ProPublica:
Internal Emails Show How Chaos at the CDC Slowed the Early Response to Coronavirus  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they're published.  —  On Feb. 13, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control …
Discussion: Daily Kos
Robert Nicholson / Wall Street Journal:
A Coronavirus Great Awakening?  —  Sometimes the most important ingredient for spiritual renewal is a cataclysmic event.  —  Could a plague of biblical proportions be America's best hope for religious revival?  As the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II approaches, there is reason to think so.
Rebecca Beitsch / The Hill:
EPA suspends enforcement of environmental laws amid coronavirus  —  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a sweeping suspension of its enforcement of environmental laws Thursday, telling companies they would not need to meet environmental standards during the coronavirus outbreak.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Sebastian Murdock / HuffPost:
Alex Jones Loses Sandy Hook Court Appeal, Must Now Pay Nearly $150,000 In Legal Fees  —  The Infowars host is being sued by nine people whose family members will killed in the shooting at the Connecticut elementary school.  —  Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist and repeated loser of court battles …
Discussion: Raw Story
Brian Lyman / The Montgomery Advertiser:
Coronavirus: Ivey says ‘right now is not the time’ for Alabama-wide shelter-in-place order … Gov. Kay Ivey said Thursday she had no plans to issue a stay at home or shelter-in-place order any time soon.  —  The governor made a similar statement on a call for reporters on Monday …
Pew Research Center:
Worries About Coronavirus Surge, as Most Americans Expect a Recession - or Worse  —  Trump's job approval at highest point in three years  —  Americans are increasingly alarmed by the rapid spread of the new coronavirus, with sharply growing majorities saying the outbreak poses a major threat …
Discussion: Breitbart, GeekWire and ABC News
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Texas Monthly:
Inside the Story of How H-E-B Planned for the Pandemic  —  The grocer started communicating with Chinese counterparts in January and was running tabletop simulations a few weeks later.  (But nothing prepared it for the rush on toilet paper.)  —  The coronavirus pandemic has transformed the country in just a handful of weeks.
Discussion: The Verge
New York Times:
New Orleans Faces a Virus Nightmare, and Mardi Gras May Be Why  —  Louisiana may be experiencing the world's fastest growth in new cases.  Medical experts said Mardi Gras might have accelerated the crisis.  —  NEW ORLEANS — Yanti Turang, an emergency room nurse at a New Orleans hospital …
Discussion: The Lens, Fox News, VICE and Townhall
The Charlotte Observer:
Richard Burr's troubles are not going away.  So why isn't he?  —  Seven days have passed since news reports revealed how U.S. Sen Richard Burr profited off the coronavirus while failing to warn his constituents at the early, critical stages of the crisis.  It has not been a good week.
BBC:
Coronavirus: Mexicans demand crackdown on Americans crossing the border  —  Mexican protesters have shut a US southern border crossing amid fears that untested American travellers will spread coronavirus.  —  Residents in Sonora, south of the US state of Arizona, have promised to block traffic …
Discussion: Twitchy
David Adam / New Scientist:
UK has enough intensive care units for coronavirus, expert predicts  —  The UK should now be able to cope with the spread of the covid-19 virus, according to one of the epidemiologists advising the government.  —  Neil Ferguson at Imperial College London gave evidence today …
NBC News:
As U.S. struggles to stem coronavirus, China asserts itself as global leader  —  “Beijing's push for global leadership is able to get so much tailwind by virtue of the relative absence of any U.S. leadership,” one foreign affairs expert said.  —  With Italy in dire need of medical equipment, an economic superpower stepped in to help.
Discussion: Mediaite and Twitchy
Jonathan Allen / NBC News:
If you liked TARP, you'll love the new coronavirus bill  —  Analysis: In passing the measure, Republicans and Democrats have gambled that the public will accept rescuing corporations currently caught in the coronavirus economic spiral.  —  It's good for the little guy, but it may be even better for CEOs and investors.
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Jenny Jarvie / Los Angeles Times:
He survived COVID-19.  He's broke.  But he thinks America is overreacting  —  Joey Camp was the first person in Georgia to be quarantined at a special site after being diagnosed with COVID-19.  —  3 AM  —  For three days, he was hooked up to an oxygen tube.
Washington Post:
Italy's new coronavirus cases are slowing.  How soon will normal life return?  —  ROME — Italy's nationwide lockdown is showing the first small signs of payoff.  The number of coronavirus cases is still rising, but at the lowest day-on-day pace since the outbreak began.
Daniel Henninger / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's Leadership  —  Rallying the United States through the coronavirus crisis is this president's path to greatness.  —  The costs of how the U.S. has conducted its politics the past three years are now obvious.  Beset by a crisis akin to wartime, the country's leadership is engulfed in political rancor.
 
 
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Alison Knezevich / Baltimore Sun:
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Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
Obama Cabinet Tried To Warn Trump About Pandemic Preparations Nearly 4 Years Ago
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Dr. Fauci doughnuts are selling like hotcakes at Donuts Delite
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 Earlier Items: 
Jonathan O'Connell / Washington Post:
Cruise lines, early source of coronavirus infections, out of bailout package
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
Talking through a pandemic: Trump uses words as a weapon in coronavirus response
Associated Press:
Political historian-commentator Richard Reeves dies at 83
CNN:
Cases explode in Michigan but states outside of the hotspots can't get supplies
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Senate Decides Now Would Be a Good Time for a Monthlong Vacation
Discussion: Vox and The Hill
Reuters:
Grid operators turn control centers into campsites to keep coronavirus at bay
Ryan Parker / Hollywood Reporter:
Actor Arrested by FBI for Touting Coronavirus Cure
Discussion: Raw Story