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1:00 AM ET, March 28, 2020


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Rhode Island Police to Hunt Down New Yorkers Seeking Refuge  — Cars stopped, homes to be checked to enforce quarantines  — Officers halt cars on the interstate to start the crackdown  —  Rhode Island police began stopping cars with New York plates Friday.
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Trump Suggests He Can Gag Inspector General for Stimulus Bailout Program  —  In a signing statement, the president undermined a key safeguard Democrats had insisted upon as a condition of approving $500 billion in corporate relief in the $2 trillion law.  —  WASHINGTON — When President Trump signed …
Discussion: Common Cause and Raw Story
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump chips away at Congress' role in coronavirus relief oversight  —  President Donald Trump intends to ignore provisions in the newly passed $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill intended to shore up Congress' oversight of the massive rescue program.  —  The legislation establishes a …
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Trump takes immediate step to try to curb new inspector general's autonomy, as battle over stimulus oversight begins
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Trump ties coronavirus decisions to personal grievances
Louis Casiano / Fox News:
Trump invokes Defense Production Act to force GM to make ventilators after stalled talks
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” …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:   Fox Business Parts Ways With Host Trish Regan, Who Said Coronavirus Was ‘Attempt to Impeach’ Trump
New York Times:
Some U.S. Cities Could Have Coronavirus Outbreaks Worse Than Wuhan's  —  If the rate of growth in coronavirus cases continues, the New York City metropolitan area will suffer a more severe outbreak than those experienced in Wuhan, China, or the Lombardy region of Italy.
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 …
Mary E. O'Leary / New Haven Register:
Mayor: New Haven asks for coronavirus housing help; Yale says ‘no’  —  But the University of New Haven said yes.  —  An angry Mayor Justin Elicker said he asked Yale University President Peter Salovey whether police officers and firefighters who are asymptomatic, but who have a family member exposed …
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.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Coronavirus Isn't Just A Blue State Problem
Discussion: Washington Post
Jennifer Smith / Daily Mail:
De Blasio says New Yorkers should be ‘ready’ for the city to stay closed until the end of MAY and predicts ‘more than half’ of the 8.6million population will become infected with coronavirus - as cases rise to 25,398  — De Blasio appeared on Good Morning America on Friday to gave an update on the virus impact in New York City
David Freedlander / New York Magazine:
When New York Needed Him Most, Bill de Blasio Had His Worst Week As Mayor
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
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 …
Michelle Fay Cortez / Bloomberg:
Abbott Launches 5-Minute Covid-19 Test for Use Almost Anywhere  —  Abbott Laboratories is unveiling a coronavirus test that can tell if someone is infected in as little as 5 minutes, and is so small and portable it can be used in almost any health-care setting.
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.
Linda Qiu / New York Times:
Analyzing the Patterns in Trump's Falsehoods About Coronavirus  —  For months, the president has downplayed the severity of the pandemic, overstated the impact of his policies and potential treatments, blamed others and tried to rewrite the history of his response.
Catherine Catoura / WGCL-TV:
Dean of the Civil Rights Movement passes away at 98  —  ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) — Rev. Dr. Joseph Echols Lowery, the man known as the “Dean of the Civil Rights Movement,” has passed away at his home after a brief battle with illness Friday.  —  Honored by the NAACP with its “Lifetime Achievement Award” …
David Marchese / New York Times:
David Chang isn't sure the restaurant industry will survive Covid-19.  —  Since 2004, when David Chang helped to reconfigure the dining establishment's ideas about what a great restaurant could be with Manhattan's Momofuku Noodle Bar, he has opened more than a dozen restaurants around the world …
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.
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 …
Washington Post:
Trump promised scores of big-box retailers would offer parking lots for covid-19 testing.  There are only five of them.  —  Two weeks ago, President Trump promised a network of drive-through covid-19 testing sites across the country where people could be tested “very safely, quickly and conveniently.”
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 …
Discussion: HuffPost, Vox, CBS Los Angeles, NPR and The Root
Chris Riotta / The Independent:
Coronavirus: Teenage boy whose death was linked to COVID-19 turned away from urgent care for not having insurance
Discussion: Raw Story
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
Trump Chooses Disaster as His Re-Election Strategy  —  It's a massive bet that political polarization is a more powerful force than the virus's body count.  —  Mr. Warzel is an Opinion writer at large.  —  Donald Trump's re-election strategy had two potential paths this week.
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.
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
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.
Trump's push for risky malaria drugs disrupts coronavirus response
Discussion: VICE
Amy Silverman / ProPublica:
People With Intellectual Disabilities May Be Denied Lifesaving Care Under These Plans as Coronavirus Spreads  —  Disaster preparedness plans in Washington and Alabama say people with cognitive issues are a lower priority for lifesaving treatment.  Disability advocacy organizations have asked the federal government to clarify the plans.
Discussion: The US Sun and The Week
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.
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NBC News:
White House advisers push Trump to avoid more date-specific timelines
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
‘Dreamers’ Tell Supreme Court Ending DACA During Pandemic Would Be ‘Catastrophic’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Post:
Global evacuation crisis tests the State Department — and the patience of Congress
Leslie Josephs / CNBC:
United Airlines warns aid isn't enough to avoid workforce cuts
Republican fundraiser looks to cash in on coronavirus
Discussion: Raw Story
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Four factors will determine Trump's fate
Discussion: CBC News
 Earlier Items: 
Andrew Sullivan / New York Magazine:
America Is Trapped in Trump's Blind Spot
Greenville News:
Greenville to ‘re-evaluate’ proposed COVID-19 stay-at-home order in light of SC AG opinion
Jordan Libowitz / CREW:
Kushner's Shadow Task Force Appears to Violate Multiple Laws
Nesrine Malik / The Guardian:
Mehdi Hasan: 'Most people ask the question and move on. I don't'