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4:30 PM ET, March 27, 2020

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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
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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The Daily Beast:
Trump Says He's Doing a Hell of a Job Getting Medical Supplies. Reality Says Otherwise.
Discussion: Raw Story and New York Times
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Reuters:   ‘Mr. No’: Meet the U.S. congressman who might delay the coronavirus bill
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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 …
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: New York Times and Althouse
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Jay Cost / New York Post:   Coronavirus is killing the Biden campaign — and making him look like a fool
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
Discussion: The Atlantic, The Federalist and IJR
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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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Thomas Franck / CNBC:   Bill Ackman says accusations he tried to drive down market in interview are ‘absurd’
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.
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 …
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
Anna North / Vox:
A sexual assault allegation against Joe Biden has ignited a firestorm of controversy  —  A woman says Biden assaulted her in 1993.  Now #TimesUpBiden is trending.  —  Last year, several women came forward publicly to say Joe Biden had kissed or touched them in ways that made them uncomfortable.
Discussion: Fox News, SoundCloud and The Federalist
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 …
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 …
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.”
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: NPR
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
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 …
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 …
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 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 …
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 …
Nick Miroff / Washington Post:
U.S. cities have acute shortages of masks, test kits, ventilators as they face coronavirus threat  —  The Washington Post is providing this story for free so that all readers have access to this important information about the coronavirus.  For more free stories, sign up for our daily Coronavirus Updates newsletter.
CBS Philly:
Coronavirus New Jersey: Lakewood Man Cited For Hosting Wedding At Residence  —  LAKEWOOD, N.J. (CBS) — Authorities say a Lakewood man has been cited for hosting a wedding at his residence during the coronavirus pandemic.  Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer says 39-year-old William Katzenstein …
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 …
Noam N. Levey / Los Angeles Times:
Masks from Mexico: On coronavirus front lines, a midnight dash across the border  —  Tom Banning was fielding increasingly anxious pleas from doctors across Texas when he got a call from a golfing buddy with an unusual offer.  —  Banning's friend, who had connections in the oil and gas business …
Nick Visser / HuffPost:
Trump Rejects New York's Plea For Ventilators: 'I Don't Believe You Need' That Many  —  “I have a feeling,” the president told Fox News as the coronavirus continues to spread around the country.  —  President Donald Trump rejected calls from New York's governor that the state needed tens …
Discussion: The Independent and CNN
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.
 
 
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Rachel Sobolev / HuffPost:
I'm An ER Doctor In NYC. Trump's Coronavirus Plan Isn't Just Dangerous, It's Deadly.
Jason Grant / New York Law Journal:
‘Mild Improvements’ for David Lat, but Prognosis Still Uncertain
Monica Klein / Teen Vogue:
Andrew Cuomo's Coronavirus Response Doesn't Mean He's Crush-Worthy
WAMU:
A Deputy Director In D.C. Mayor's Office Has Died Of COVID-19 | WAMU
Discussion: DCist
Kathy Hoekstra / Detroit News:
Michigan's doctors fight coronavirus, and governor's office
Discussion: Townhall and The Gateway Pundit
Robert Klemko / Washington Post:
Where coronavirus outbreak started in Washington state, officials see hope as cases appear to be leveling off
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Gilad Edelman / Wired:
Elizabeth Warren's Campaign Is Making Its Software Open Source
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 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
UK's Johnson tests positive for virus, deaths soar in Spain
Discussion: Politico and Associated Press
Brad Schrade / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
City under siege: Coronavirus exacts heavy toll in Albany
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Beyond Narcissism, Trump's Other Personality Flaws Are Putting Americans at Risk
Frank Figliuzzi / NBC News:
As coronavirus deaths mount, Trump's handling of intelligence warnings looks worse and worse
Discussion: Kaiser Health News
USA Today:
The coronavirus test that wasn't: How federal health officials misled state scientists and derailed …
Discussion: Reason