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8:55 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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Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump: I don't believe you really need that many ventilators  —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York says his state needs 30,000 ventilators to respond to the escalating coronavirus crisis.  —  President Donald Trump doesn't believe him.  —  Speaking with Sean Hannity on Fox News on Thursday night …
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump teases new coronavirus distancing guidelines based on county risk
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
Annie Karni / New York Times:   Trump Says He Will Label Regions by Risk of Coronavirus Threat
Linda Qiu / New York Times:   Trump's Baseless Claim That a Recession Would Be Deadlier Than the Coronavirus
Elena Renken / NPR:
Prepare For Outbreaks Like New York's In Other States, Warns Anthony Fauci
Discussion: Bloomberg
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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Associated Press:
On NYC's front lines, health workers worry they will be next  —  NEW YORK (AP) — A nurse died from coronavirus after working nonstop for weeks at a hospital where staffers frustrated with dwindling supplies posed in gowns made of trash bags.  An emergency room doctor fears he had the virus long before getting too sick to work.
Discussion: WKBN-TV
New York Post:
NYC doctors say coronavirus is worse than 9/11: 'There's no escaping this'
Discussion: The US Sun
Ryan Lizza / Politico:
Inside Joe Biden's bizarre coronavirus bunker  —  The Biden campaign has been studying the '18 midterms.  —  No, not the ones two years ago when Democrats took over the House by aggressively recruiting moderates and sweeping swing districts across the country, a precursor to Biden's own centrist strategy …
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Quint Forgey / Politico:
Sanders: 'It's going to be a very steep road' to beat Biden
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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Jennifer Smith / Daily Mail:
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday that it was not the best strategy to shut the state down at the same time  —  An abandoned Fifth Avenue this week.  Not only did quarantining everyone put older people in homes with young people at risk, it knee-capped the economy
Discussion: Florida Politics
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Ashton Pittman / MISSISSIPPI FREE PRESS:
Churches, Stores Reopen As Governor Overrides Mayors' COVID-19 Orders  —  Roadside mannequins are inviting residents of Moss Point, Miss., to resume shopping at a local clothing store, restaurants are returning their dine-in services, and churches are re-opening their doors for services.
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: Los Angeles Times and 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.
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Manu Raju / CNN:
Many House members coming back to Washington in anticipation of vote on coronavirus stimulus
Discussion: The Daily Signal
1100 Pennsylvania:
Trump wants U.S. resurrected in time for hotel's pricey Easter brunch  —  The president would love the country ‘raring to go by Easter’—the day his D.C. hotel usually holds an expensive, popular brunch buffet  —  On Tuesday, President Donald J. Trump told Fox News viewers that he wanted the United States …
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
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.
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.
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.
USA Today:
The coronavirus test that wasn't: How federal health officials misled state scientists and derailed the best chance at containment  —  The coronavirus epidemic this week reached Beadle County, South Dakota.  A single case tied to travel has exploded into 14 infections and counting …
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
The Trump O'Clock Follies  —  The President's mendacious nightly press briefings on the coronavirus will go down in history for their monumental flimflammery.  —  During the Vietnam War, the United States had the Five O'Clock Follies, nightly briefings at which American military leaders claimed …
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.
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.
New York Times:
‘The Other Option Is Death’: New York Starts Sharing of Ventilators  —  To keep coronavirus patients breathing, hospitals pioneer a little-tested method.  —  A New York hospital system has begun treating two patients instead of one on some ventilators, a desperate measure that could help alleviate …
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
Washington Post:
Poll finds universal lifestyle changes, rising stress and growing fears about catching coronavirus  —  The spreading coronavirus pandemic has brought massive and sudden disruption to the daily lives of most Americans amid rapidly rising fears that they could become ill with the covid-19 disease …
Discussion: Politico
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
Dr. Fauci Throws Cold Water on Trump's Target of Easter to Reopen the Country: ‘An Aspirational Projection to Give People Some Hope’  —  Dr. Anthony Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force, threw some cold water on President Donald Trump's target date of Easter …
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 …
Discussion: Axios and The Rooster
John Solomon / Just The News:
NIH failed to test coronavirus drugs, studied drunk monkeys, soap operas, and tailgating instead  —  Expert warned agency as much as 87.5 percent of biomedical research was wasteful.  —  On a steamy summer day inside the lecture auditorium of the storied National Institutes of Health headquarters …
Politico:
States of distress  —  WORKING OUT THE KINKS — The federal health department charged with leading the response to the coronavirus outbreak kept its own fitness center open even as the disease spread rapidly and private gyms shuttered their doors — until an inquiry from a POLITICO reporter.
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
As Trump signals readiness to break with experts, his online base assails Fauci  —  A cadre of right-wing news sites pulled from the fringes in recent years through repeated mention by President Trump is now taking aim at Anthony S. Fauci, the ­nation's top infectious diseases ­expert …
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
 
 
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Discussion: Twitchy
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Marcia Greenwood / Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:
Dr. Fauci doughnuts are selling like hotcakes at Donuts Delite
Discussion: Poynter and Politico
Associated Press:
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CNN:
Cases explode in Michigan but states outside of the hotspots can't get supplies
Discussion: HuffPost and Detroit News
Bloomberg:
Trump Campaign's Threat on TV Licenses May Be Mostly Bluster
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
ProPublica:
Internal Emails Show How Chaos at the CDC Slowed the Early Response to Coronavirus
Discussion: Daily Kos