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WWJ Newsradio 950:
After Trump Attacks Whitmer, She Says Vendors Aren't Sending Desperately Needed Coronavirus Supplies  —  “They're being told not to send stuff to Michigan.”  —  (WWJ) After President Donald Trump issued scathing comments about Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, saying she's “not stepping up …
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Chad Livengood / Crain's Detroit Business:
Whitmer: Feds told vendors not to send medical supplies to Michigan  —  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer suggested Friday that a growing rift with the White House is affecting shipments of medical supplies to Michigan amid exponential growth in confirmed coronavirus cases.
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA and HuffPost
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Trump just raged at Michigan's governor.  Here's what's really behind it.  —  When President Trump wants to push out a particularly ugly message designed to froth up his base, he tends to go on loyal propagandist Sean Hannity's show.  On Thursday night, Trump shifted blame for coronavirus's spread …
Brad Reed / Raw Story:
Michigan governor says vendors ‘being told not to send stuff’ to her state — after Trump bashed her  —  Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday made a startling claim that medical supply vendors are “being told” to avoid sending badly needed gear to her state in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic.
Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
Teen Who Died of Covid-19 Was Denied Treatment Because He Didn't Have Health Insurance  —  A 17-year-old boy in Los Angeles County who became the first teen believed to have died from complications with covid-19 in the U.S. was denied treatment at an urgent care clinic because he didn't have health insurance …
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Coronavirus Isn't Just A Blue State Problem  —  Washington state was the initial epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States.  And New York is now the hardest-hit part of the country so far, with hospitalizations increasing at rapid rates — more than 37,000 people …
Discussion: Washington Post
David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
When New York Needed Him Most, Bill de Blasio Had His Worst Week As Mayor  —  “For the vast majority of New Yorkers, life is going on pretty normally right now,” Bill de Blasio said on Morning Joe March 10, as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. topped 1,000.  “We want to encourage that.”
Discussion: HuffPost, New Republic and Eschaton
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Timeline of How Bill de Blasio Prepared New York City for the Coronavirus
Politico:
House passes $2 trillion coronavirus package — but not without last-minute drama  —  The House passed a sweeping, $2 trillion coronavirus relief package Friday that will provide immediate assistance to many Americans, small businesses and major industries on the brink of economic collapse amid the ongoing pandemic.
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Reuters:   ‘Mr. No’: Meet the U.S. congressman who might delay the coronavirus bill
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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Jay Cost / New York Post:   Coronavirus is killing the Biden campaign — and making him look like a fool
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Instacart's Gig Workers Are Planning a Massive, Nationwide Strike  —  Update: This story has been updated to include a comment from Instacart.  —  Instacart shoppers are planning a nationwide mass revolt over the grocery delivery app's response to the coronavirus pandemic.
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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New York Times:
We're Sharing Coronavirus Case Data for Every U.S. County  —  As the coronavirus has spread across the United States, killing hundreds of people and sickening tens of thousands more, comprehensive data on the extent of the outbreak has been difficult to come by.
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
America Is Trapped in Trump's Blind Spot  —  It's a thought experiment, I know, but bear with me: Imagine a situation where a president has been elected on a platform of nationalism laced with xenophobia and is supported by a base of cultish authoritarianism.
Katherine Stewart / New York Times:
The Road to Coronavirus Hell Was Paved by Evangelicals  —  Trump's response to the pandemic has been haunted by the science denialism of his ultraconservative religious allies.  —  Ms. Stewart is the author of “The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism.”
Anna North / Vox:
A sexual assault allegation against Joe Biden has ignited a firestorm of controversy  —  Joe Biden delivers remarks about the coronavirus outbreak on March 12, 2020, in Wilmington, Delaware.  Drew Angerer/Getty Images  —  A woman says Biden assaulted her in 1993.  Now #TimesUpBiden is trending.
Jordan Libowitz / CREW:
Kushner's Shadow Task Force Appears to Violate Multiple Laws  —  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  —  Washington—Jared Kushner's shadow coronavirus task force appears to be violating both the Presidential Records Act (PRA) and Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) by using private email accounts …
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Four factors will determine Trump's fate  —  NPR reports: “[President] Trump has hit his highest approval rating since becoming president — 47%, according to an average of the polls.  That's an increase of nearly 3 points over the last two weeks.”  Such polling has led to a great deal …
Discussion: CBC News and NPR
Congressman Mike Kelly:
Representative Kelly Tests Positive for COVID-19  —  Washington, D.C. - Earlier, this week, U.S. Representative Mike Kelly began experiencing flu-like symptoms and consulted his doctor, who ordered a test for COVID-19.  His test came back positive this afternoon.
Cristina Cabrera / Talking Points Memo:
Alabama Gov. Refuses To Issue Shelter In Place Order: ‘We Are Not California’  —  Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) said during a new conference on Thursday that she would not issue a shelter in place order that 21 other states have enacted to prevent further spread of COVID-19.
Discussion: The Root
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Alabama governor won't issue shelter-in-place order because ‘we are not California.’ By population, it's worse.
Frances Martel / Breitbart:
Xi Jinping: China to Expand Pharmaceutical Monopoly, Keep ‘Unfettered Flow of Trade’  —  Chinese dictator Xi Jinping told fellow G20 leaders in a teleconferenced speech on Thursday that China intends to increase its manufacturing of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies to “keep global financial markets stable.”
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Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Fox Business Fires Trish Regan After Coronavirus ‘Impeachment Scam’ Rant  —  The Fox Business host was officially let go on Friday more than two weeks after she ranted against the “coronavirus impeachment scam.”  —  Fox Business Network announced on Friday that it has officially “parted ways” …
Jeremy Egner / New York Times:
I Am Hospitalized With the Coronavirus  —  As a generally healthy 45-year-old, I didn't seem like a probable Covid-19 candidate.  —  On March 12 I got a fever that didn't go away.  —  It hovered around 101 or 102 degrees for the next week, accompanied by severe fatigue and body aches.
Nesrine Malik / The Guardian:
Mehdi Hasan: 'Most people ask the question and move on.  I don't'  —  Mehdi Hasan: 'Most people ask the question and move on.  I don't'  —  The political interviewer on how he made it in the US and his anger at the deference the media has for Donald Trump which could cost lives during the pandemic
Patrick Brzeski / Hollywood Reporter:
China Shuts Down All Cinemas, Again  —  Over the past two weeks, movie theaters had begun to gradually reopen in the country.  No reason was given for the abrupt reversal, but insiders say they believe the government is worried about a potential second wave of coronavirus infections.
USA Today:
Death rate soars in New Orleans coronavirus ‘disaster’ that could define city for generations  —  NEW ORLEANS — Throngs of revelers may have brought the coronavirus to New Orleans during Mardi Gras celebrations here.  —  But the city's poverty rate, lack of healthcare and affordable housing …
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
D.J.T. Is No F.D.R.  —  Roosevelt's first inaugural cleared the way for action, pointing the country toward a singular goal.  Where is that spirit now?  —  The coronavirus pandemic may plunge the United States into its worst social and economic crisis since the Great Depression.
Tim Renaud / WCBD News 2:
Rep. Joe Cunningham tests positive for COVID-19, remains in self-quarantine  —  MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) - Representative Joe Cunningham has tested positive for COVID-19.  —  The Lowcountry Representative entered self-quarantine on March 19th after he learned from the Attending Physician …
Greenville News:
Greenville to ‘re-evaluate’ proposed COVID-19 stay-at-home order in light of SC AG opinion  —  The city of Greenville will have to “re-evaluate” a stay-at-home ordinance that would have joined actions in Charleston and Columbia after the state Attorney General's Office issued an opinion Friday saying …
Politico:
Republican fundraiser looks to cash in on coronavirus  —  A longtime Republican fundraiser sent an email to his clients on Thursday abruptly announcing that he would no longer be working for them.  —  The reason: He saw an opportunity to capitalize on the coronavirus response.
Discussion: Raw Story
Jason Grant / New York Law Journal:
‘Mild Improvements’ for David Lat, but Prognosis Still Uncertain  —  “There have been mild improvements in his oxygen and his breathing, but he remains intubated and we are still very far from out of the woods,” said Zachary Baron Shemtob, Lat's husband, in an interview Thursday.
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.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Advisers steer Trump to drop back-to-work deadline  —  Believing the worst is yet to come, some top advisers to President Trump are struggling to steer him away from Easter as an arbitrary deadline for much of the nation to reopen.  —  State of play: The operating assumption among administration …
Kathy Hoekstra / Detroit News:
Michigan's doctors fight coronavirus, and governor's office  —  The coronavirus is unquestionably a significant threat to the health and safety of people throughout the world.  The infection's worldwide death toll is more than 23,000 and counting, 1,163 in the United States and 60 here in Michigan.
Apple:
Apple releases new COVID-19 app and website based on CDC guidance  —  Tools Offer Up-to-Date Guidance and Information for People Across the US  —  Apple today released a new screening tool and set of resources to help people stay informed and take the proper steps to protect their health during …
Antoine Gara / Forbes:
Billionaire Investor Bill Ackman Explains Himself  —  It's the most eventful 0.2% gain of Bill Ackman's career.  —  The billionaire investor entered 2020 long a handful of brand name companies like Berkshire Hathaway, Hilton Worldwide and Chipotle.  But his $6.5 billion in assets firm …
 
 
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The Boston Globe:
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Nick Visser / HuffPost:
Trump Rejects New York's Plea For Ventilators: 'I Don't Believe You Need' That Many
Discussion: The Independent and CNN
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
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Frank Figliuzzi / NBC News:
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Discussion: Kaiser Health News
USA Today:
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Discussion: Reason
Washington Post:
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Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
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