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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 downplays need for ventilators as New York begs to differ  —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York says his state needs tens of thousands of ventilators to respond to the escalating coronavirus pandemic.  —  President Donald Trump doesn't believe him.  —  Speaking with Sean Hannity on Fox News …
Morgan Phillips / Fox News:
Cuomo: Not sure if closing all businesses, keeping everyone home was ‘the best public health strategy’  —  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that his stay-at-home order for the entirety of New York State was “probably not the best public health strategy.”
Discussion: TheBlaze, The Daily Caller and Twitchy
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 …
Discussion: Althouse
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Jay Cost / New York Post:   Coronavirus is killing the Biden campaign — and making him look like a fool
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Sanders: 'It's going to be a very steep road' to beat Biden
Discussion: Washington Post and Political Wire
Barbara Sprunt / NPR:
Bernie Sanders On His Campaign: 'It's Going To Be A Very Steep Road'
Discussion: IJR
Kate Sullivan / CNN:
CNN to host town hall with Joe Biden on coronavirus
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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.
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Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Media Peddle Bogus Wuhan Virus Stats To Bash America  —  Many in the media enthusiastically relish the claim that the United States has more people infected with the coronavirus than China does, even though China's numbers are unreliable.
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.
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.”
Reuters:
‘Mr. No’: Meet the U.S. congressman who might delay the coronavirus bill  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Thomas Massie enraged President Donald Trump on Friday as he has leaders of Congress worried he will delay a planned Friday voice vote on a $2.2 trillion coronavirus economic rescue plan …
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NBC News:
House members race back to Washington amid fears the $2 trillion coronavirus bill could be delayed
Sarah D. Wire / Los Angeles Times:
Sidelined in the final days of stimulus talks, McConnell again learns the risk of getting ahead of Trump
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Raw Story
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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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.”
Discussion: Breitbart, Raw Story and Twitchy
Coral Davenport / New York Times:
Trump's Environmental Rollbacks Find Opposition Within: Staff Scientists  —  Federal scientists and lawyers, told to undo regulations that some have worked on for decades, have embedded data into technical documents that environmental lawyers are using to challenge the rollbacks.
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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: CNN, NBC News, The Daily Caller and Politico
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Gary Langer / ABC News:
Coronavirus impacts: Disrupted lives, elevated stress, and soaring worry: Poll
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 …
Jonathan Bernstein / Bloomberg:
Maybe Trump Doesn't Care About Getting Re-Elected  —  Why else would he be downplaying hospitals' need for supplies at a time like this?  —  I'm just not able to process this one.  —  Item: “The White House suddenly called off a venture to produce as many as 80,000 ventilators …
Brad Schrade / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
City under siege: Coronavirus exacts heavy toll in Albany  —  Officials say the city's experience is a harbinger of what other Georgia communities will face  —  A rapidly growing rate of coronavirus infections has Albany under siege.  Its main hospital is so overrun with sick and dying patients …
Frank Figliuzzi / NBC News:
As coronavirus deaths mount, Trump's handling of intelligence warnings looks worse and worse  —  I thought Trump's willful blindness might manifest itself in a failure to heed signs of a terrorist strike or a state-sponsored cyberattack.  Instead, the missed warnings pointed to a pandemic.
Discussion: Kaiser Health News
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 …
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.
Heidi Przybyla / NBC News:
Protective gear for medical workers remains inadequate, emergency doctors' group says  —  “The best solution is more production and a distribution system that meets the needs of people putting themselves at risk across the country,” the group's leader said.  —  WASHINGTON — The quality …
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.
Phoebe Wall Howard / Detroit Free Press:
Henry Ford Health officials confirm letter outlining life and death protocols for COVID-19  —  Henry Ford Health System has officially confirmed the accuracy of a detailed letter being circulated by doctors and others on social media outlining life and death guidelines for use during the pandemic.
Discussion: Vox, ACA Signups and Hell World
New York Times:
Why Is America Choosing Mass Unemployment?  —  European countries are paying to preserve jobs during the coronavirus crisis.  Sadly for American workers, the United States is charting its own path.  —  The editorial board is a group of opinion journalists whose views are informed by expertise …
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 …
Discussion: Reason
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 …
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 Bay Area:
Union Locates 39 Million N95 Masks for Healthcare Workers, Local Governments  —  Service Employees International Union United Healthcare Workers West announced Thursday that it located 39 million N95 masks and will make them available to state and local governments and health care systems …
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 …
Discussion: NPR
CNN:
When will you see money and benefits from the stimulus bill?  —  (CNN)The House is set to vote Friday, and President Donald Trump is expected to swiftly sign, a $2 trillion stimulus bill to address the dramatic economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Kyle Hopkins / Anchorage Daily News:
After once downplaying ‘beer virus’ to crowd of seniors, Don Young now says threat is urgent and real  —  Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, who on March 13 told a group of seniors that fears of the “beer virus” have been overblown by the media, on Thursday delivered a very different message.
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Big-Government Contagion  —  Appropriators throw hundreds of billions at the virus—and at everything else.  —  The Senate did something good Wednesday night, passing a bill to inject liquidity into a virus-ravaged economy.  It also did something dangerous, requiring the public to be on guard.
Discussion: Power Line and Cafe Hayek
Ella Nilsen / Vox:
What happens if a presidential nominee gets the coronavirus?  —  A TV monitor shows Joe Biden after his primary night rally in Cleveland, Ohio, was canceled due to concerns over the coronavirus on March 10, 2020.  Joe Raedle/Getty Images  —  Presidential nomination scenarios in the age of coronavirus, explained.
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: Daily Kos and Breitbart
 
 
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Jennifer Smith / Daily Mail:
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