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7:40 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 …
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
Trump teases new coronavirus distancing guidelines based on county risk
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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Associated Press:
On NYC's front lines, health workers worry they will be next  —  NEW YORK (AP) — A nurse died from coronavirus after working nonstop for weeks at a hospital where staffers frustrated with dwindling supplies posed in gowns made of trash bags.  An emergency room doctor fears he had the virus long before getting too sick to work.
Discussion: Florida Politics
New York Post:
NYC doctors say coronavirus is worse than 9/11: 'There's no escaping this'
Discussion: The US Sun
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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NPR:
READ: President Trump's Letter To Governors On New Coronavirus Guidelines
Linda Qiu / New York Times:   Trump's Baseless Claim That a Recession Would Be Deadlier Than the Coronavirus
Elena Renken / NPR:
Prepare For Outbreaks Like New York's In Other States, Warns Anthony Fauci
Discussion: Bloomberg
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 …
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SEIU UHW:
Union Locates Massive Supply of N95 Masks  —  The Service Employees International Union - United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) has located 39 million critically needed N95 masks and is connecting states, counties, health systems and individual hospitals to the supplier so they can purchase them in quantity.
NBC News:
House members race back to Washington amid fears the $2 trillion coronavirus bill could be delayed  —  Democratic and Republican leaders suddenly believe the $2 trillion economic relief package might not pass by the long-distance voice vote scheduled for Friday.
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Manu Raju / CNN:
Many House members coming back to Washington in anticipation of vote on coronavirus stimulus
Discussion: The Daily Signal
Jennifer Smith / Daily Mail:
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday that it was not the best strategy to shut the state down at the same time  —  An abandoned Fifth Avenue this week.  Not only did quarantining everyone put older people in homes with young people at risk, it knee-capped the economy
Discussion: Florida Politics
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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
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.
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 …
Business Insider:
Spain, Europe's worst-hit country after Italy, says coronavirus tests it bought from China are failing to detect positive cases  — Spain said it found that rapid coronavirus tests bought from China did not consistently identify positive cases and would return them to the manufacturer.
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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
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.
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
As Trump signals readiness to break with experts, his online base assails Fauci  —  A cadre of right-wing news sites pulled from the fringes in recent years through repeated mention by President Trump is now taking aim at Anthony S. Fauci, the ­nation's top infectious diseases ­expert …
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Washington Post:   Talking through a pandemic: Trump uses words as a weapon in coronavirus response
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.
Robert Nicholson / Wall Street Journal:
A Coronavirus Great Awakening?  —  Sometimes the most important ingredient for spiritual renewal is a cataclysmic event.  —  Could a plague of biblical proportions be America's best hope for religious revival?  As the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II approaches, there is reason to think so.
Associated Press:
Flatter or fight?  Governors seeking help must navigate Trump  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — At first, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker tried to play nice.  He limited criticisms of the federal government's handling of the coronavirus pandemic and asked for medical supplies through official channels.
Discussion: New York Times
Brian Lyman / The Montgomery Advertiser:
Coronavirus: Ivey says ‘right now is not the time’ for Alabama-wide shelter-in-place order … Gov. Kay Ivey said Thursday she had no plans to issue a stay at home or shelter-in-place order any time soon.  —  The governor made a similar statement on a call for reporters on Monday …
Discussion: The Rooster
Robby Soave / Reason:
Joe Biden Said He Believes All Women.  Does He Believe Tara Reade?  —  When it comes to #MeToo sexual misconduct issues, former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic Party's presumptive 2020 presidential nominee, has made it no secret where he stands: automatically believe women.
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.
Discussion: Fox News and TechCrunch
Ryan Lizza / Politico:
Inside Joe Biden's bizarre coronavirus bunker  —  Nearly everything in his campaign has been turned upside down, from fundraising to how (or even whether) to attack Trump.  —  Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden holds a virtual campaign event.  Scott Olson/Getty Images
Washington Post:
Italy's new coronavirus cases are slowing.  How soon will normal life return?  —  ROME — Italy's nationwide lockdown is showing the first small signs of payoff.  The number of coronavirus cases is still rising, but at the lowest day-on-day pace since the outbreak began.
Discussion: The Moderate Voice
The Charlotte Observer:
Richard Burr's troubles are not going away.  So why isn't he?  —  Seven days have passed since news reports revealed how U.S. Sen Richard Burr profited off the coronavirus while failing to warn his constituents at the early, critical stages of the crisis.  It has not been a good week.
Sebastian Murdock / HuffPost:
Alex Jones Loses Sandy Hook Court Appeal, Must Now Pay Nearly $150,000 In Legal Fees  —  The Infowars host is being sued by nine people whose family members will killed in the shooting at the Connecticut elementary school.  —  Alex Jones, a conspiracy theorist and repeated loser of court battles …
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Politico:
States of distress  —  WORKING OUT THE KINKS — The federal health department charged with leading the response to the coronavirus outbreak kept its own fitness center open even as the disease spread rapidly and private gyms shuttered their doors — until an inquiry from a POLITICO reporter.
Barnett R. Rubin / Foreign Policy:
An Ailing America Must Not Abandon Afghanistan  —  Slashing aid, abandoning the peace process, or going it alone will imperil U.S. interests.  —  On March 23, after failing to broker an agreement between incumbent Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his rival Abdullah Abdullah …
Discussion: The National Interest
 
 
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Alison Knezevich / Baltimore Sun:
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Jonathan O'Connell / Washington Post:
Cruise lines, early source of coronavirus infections, out of bailout package
Discussion: HuffPost and The Hill
Associated Press:
Political historian-commentator Richard Reeves dies at 83
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
Cases explode in Michigan but states outside of the hotspots can't get supplies
Discussion: HuffPost and Detroit News
Eric Levitz / New York Magazine:
Senate Decides Now Would Be a Good Time for a Monthlong Vacation
Discussion: Vox and The Hill
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Trumpworld unloads on GOP ally as coronavirus attacks mount
Discussion: Raw Story
Bloomberg:
Trump Campaign's Threat on TV Licenses May Be Mostly Bluster
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
NBC News:
As U.S. struggles to stem coronavirus, China asserts itself as global leader
Discussion: Mediaite and Twitchy
Jenny Jarvie / Los Angeles Times:
He survived COVID-19. He's broke. But he thinks America is overreacting
ProPublica:
Internal Emails Show How Chaos at the CDC Slowed the Early Response to Coronavirus
Discussion: Daily Kos
Texas Monthly:
Inside the Story of How H-E-B Planned for the Pandemic
Discussion: The Verge and ChurroPapi