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10:15 AM ET, March 27, 2020

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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: I don't believe you really need that many ventilators  —  Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York says his state needs 30,000 ventilators to respond to the escalating coronavirus crisis.  —  President Donald Trump doesn't believe him.  —  Speaking with Sean Hannity on Fox News on Thursday night …
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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Quint Forgey / Politico:
Sanders: 'It's going to be a very steep road' to beat Biden
Discussion: Political Wire
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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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.
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Annie Karni / New York Times:   Trump Says He Will Label Regions by Risk of Coronavirus Threat
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump teases new coronavirus distancing guidelines based on county risk
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 …
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 …
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 …
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Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Gouged prices, middlemen and medical supply chaos: Why governors are so upset with Trump
Discussion: Fortune
CNN:
Cases explode in Michigan but states outside of the hotspots can't get supplies
Discussion: HuffPost and Detroit News
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
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 …
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.
Rebecca Beitsch / The Hill:
EPA suspends enforcement of environmental laws amid coronavirus  —  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a sweeping suspension of its enforcement of environmental laws Thursday, telling companies they would not need to meet environmental standards during the coronavirus outbreak.
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Lisa Friedman / New York Times:
E.P.A., Citing Coronavirus, Drastically Relaxes Rules for Polluters
Discussion: New Republic and POLITICUSUSA
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.
New York Times:
Coronavirus Live Updates: Boris Johnson Tests Positive; U.S. House Vote on $2 Trillion in Relief May Face Delay  —  The United States now has the most detected cases in the world.  States are pleading for supplies as cases spike outside of New York City.  And health workers, short on protective gear …
Discussion: NBC News, BBC and Talking Points Memo
Jesse Drucker / New York Times:
A Bonanza for Rich Real Estate Investors, Tucked Into Stimulus Package  —  A small change to tax policy could hand $170 billion in tax savings to real estate tycoons.  —  The federal government's planned $2 trillion economic rescue package includes financial aid for individuals and industries …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and Vanity Fair
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 …
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 …
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: ACA Signups
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: Breitbart
Mike Konczal / Dissent:
Our Political System Is Hostile to Real Reform  —  The stimulus bill doesn't come anywhere near to meeting the challenge that we face.  —  On March 10 I started texting with some of my colleagues at the Roosevelt Institute, the economic policy think tank where I work, about the need …
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: NBC News and Politico
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 …
The Daily Beast:
'We're Fucked': Aircraft Carrier Outbreak Sends Troops Scrambling  —  And the fallout isn't just aboard the USS Roosevelt.  In Kuwait, the brigade deployed to deter Iran is now caught in the Pentagon's 60-day movement freeze.  —  U.S. Navy and Marine Corps service members in Guam were ordered …
Discussion: Breitbart and Sputnik News
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.
The Daily Beast:
Fiona Hill: Trump's Coronavirus Talk Sounds a Lot Like Russia's  —  “We've been in this space a long time where there is a lot of misinformation that takes on a life of its own, and governments use it for propaganda purposes.”  —  BEAST INSIDE  —  Into an already toxic brew of political discord …
Lauren Fruen / Daily Mail:
BREAKING: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave Canada and set up home in LA amid the coronavirus crisis and flew by private jet to California before Trump closed the border  — The move is said to have ‘stunned and horrified’ others in the royal family after Prince Charles, 71, tested positive for coronavirus
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump allies fear a premature victory lap against coronavirus  —  President Donald Trump wants to reopen parts of the U.S. economy hit by the coronavirus outbreak.  Allies close to his 2020 campaign operation are raising red flags — warning it could be imprudent to inject more uncertainty into an already unpredictable crisis.
Discussion: Raw Story
Sky Palma / Raw Story:
Christian pastor who thought COVID-19 is just ‘mass hysteria’ is among the first in Virginia to die from virus  —  One of the first deaths in Virginia from coronavirus was a 66-year-old Christian “musical evangelist” who fell ill while on a trip to New Orleans with his wife.
 
 
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Trump's Baseless Claim That a Recession Would Be Deadlier Than the Coronavirus
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Jennifer Smith / Daily Mail:
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Brian Lyman / The Montgomery Advertiser:
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