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8:05 PM ET, March 27, 2020

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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
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CNBC:
Trump orders General Motors to make ventilators under Defense Production Act  — President Donald Trump has ordered General Motors to make ventilators under the Defense Production Act.  — The Korean War-era statute can force certain American companies to produce materials …
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
Discussion: Mediaite
Associated Press:
Trump, rejecting blame, warns governors to be ‘appreciative’
Discussion: The Hill
Washington Post:
Coronavirus modelers factor in new public health risk: Accusations their work is a hoax  —  In the one month since the first U.S. coronavirus death, America has become a country of uncertainty.  —  New cases of infection and casualties continue multiplying.
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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
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.
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Brooke Singman / Fox News:
Biden campaign adamantly denies allegation of sexual assault
Jay Cost / New York Post:
Coronavirus is killing the Biden campaign — and making him look like a fool
Discussion: TheBlaze
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 …
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.
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Fox Business Ditches 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” …
Emily Feng / NPR:
Mystery In Wuhan: Recovered Coronavirus Patients Test Negative ... Then Positive  —  A spate of mysterious second-time infections is calling into question the accuracy of COVID-19 diagnostic tools even as China prepares to lift quarantine measures to allow residents to leave the epicenter of its outbreak next month.
Discussion: Inter Press Service
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: New Republic and Eschaton
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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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 …
Leslie Josephs / CNBC:
United Airlines warns aid isn't enough to avoid workforce cuts  — United said it will not furlough or cut the pay of its U.S. workers through Sept. 30, as outlined in a government aid package.  — A bill allows U.S. airlines to access $25 billion in aid so they continue paying workers through that date.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Alabama governor won't issue stay-at-home order because ‘we are not California.’ By population, it's worse.  —  Millions of Americans continue to live under state-issued stay-at-home orders, an effort to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus that has infected about 90,000 people in the United States.
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Cristina Cabrera / Talking Points Memo:
Alabama Gov. Refuses To Issue Shelter In Place Order: ‘We Are Not California’
Discussion: The Root
Politico:
Trump's push for risky malaria drugs disrupts coronavirus response  —  President Donald Trump's all-out push to advance unproven coronavirus treatments is deepening a divide between the White House and career health officials, who are being pulled away from other potential projects to address …
Discussion: VICE and vdh.virginia.gov
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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.
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Biden leads Trump, wins high marks for female VP pledge  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden bests President Donald Trump by nine points in a 2020 ballot test, in the first Fox News Poll since Biden became the de facto Democratic nominee.  —  In a head-to-head presidential matchup …
Discussion: New York Times
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Arek Sarkissian / Politico:
Coronavirus spreading in The Villages  —  TALLAHASSEE — At least five residents from The Villages have contracted the coronavirus through community spread or close contact with someone else who had the virus, according to the Florida Department of Health in Sumter County.
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
‘White-Collar Quarantine’ Over Virus Spotlights Class Divide  —  Child care options, internet access and extra living space leave a gulf between rich and poor in coping with disruptions to school and work.  —  For about $80,000, an individual can purchase a six-month plan with Private Health Management …
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
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
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
Washington Post:
Global evacuation crisis tests the State Department — and the patience of Congress  —  Faced with a rising number of complaints from Americans stranded abroad, State Department officials tried to quell those concerns last Sunday in a conference call with Senate staffers speaking on behalf of their anxious and exasperated constituents.
Zach Carter / HuffPost:
Coronavirus Is A Defining Test And American Government Is Failing It  —  It's not just Trump.  Our politics are unfit for this calamity.  —  We are in the early stages of a calamity none of us can really imagine.  The social, economic and political crises ignited by the coronavirus will …
Discussion: CNN, New York Times and Mediaite
New York Times:
Pentagon Order to Plan for Escalation in Iraq Meets Warning From Top Commander  —  A secret Pentagon directive orders planning to try to destroy a militia group backed by Iran, but America's top general in Iraq cautions of the risks.  —  WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has ordered military commanders …
Tyler Olson / Fox News:
Governors suspicious of relaxing coronavirus restrictions as Trump floats reopening economy  —  Many of the governors who have played leading roles in managing the U.S. response to coronavirus are suspicious of the prospect of reopening their economies in the near future even as the Trump …
Discussion: Politico and Las Vegas Sun
 
 
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Dan McLaughlin / National Review:
The House Democrats' Coronavirus Extortion Gambit Backfires
Discussion: Mother Jones and The Daily Signal
Jamelle Bouie / New York Times:
D.J.T. Is No F.D.R.  —  Roosevelt's first inaugural cleared …
Tim Renaud / WCBD News 2:
Rep. Joe Cunningham tests positive for COVID-19, remains in self-quarantine
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
U.S. cities have acute shortages of masks, test kits, ventilators as they face coronavirus threat
Jason Grant / New York Law Journal:
‘Mild Improvements’ for David Lat, but Prognosis Still Uncertain
 Earlier Items: 
Antoine Gara / Forbes:
Billionaire Investor Bill Ackman Explains Himself
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Advisers steer Trump to drop back-to-work deadline
Frank Figliuzzi / NBC News:
As coronavirus deaths mount, Trump's handling of intelligence warnings looks worse and worse
Discussion: Kaiser Health News
Susan B. Glasser / New Yorker:
The Trump O'Clock Follies