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9:35 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
Discussion: WKBN-TV
New York Post:
NYC doctors say coronavirus is worse than 9/11: 'There's no escaping this'
Discussion: The US Sun
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
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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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
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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Associated Press:   Political historian-commentator Richard Reeves dies at 83
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.
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.
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. 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 …
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
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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SEIU UHW:
Union Locates Massive Supply of N95 Masks
Discussion: Redstate
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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New Orleans Times-Picayune:   State moving beds into convention center this weekend to prep for looming overflow of coronavirus patients
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Trump Says He Will Label Regions by Risk of Coronavirus Threat  —  The federal guidelines are meant to help states decide whether to relax or enhance the quarantine and social distancing measures they have put in place.  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump said Thursday that he planned …
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NPR:
READ: President Trump's Letter To Governors On New Coronavirus Guidelines
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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.
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
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 …
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
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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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.
Betsy Woodruff Swan / Politico:
How the coronavirus is reshaping terrorists' attack plans  —  John Demers, the head of the Justice Department's National Security Division, said the pandemic may prompt some terrorists to speed up their attack plans.  —  The Department of Justice.  Drew Angerer/Getty Images
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 …
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: Axios and The Rooster
 
 
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Adam Auriemma / The Daily Beast:
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The Daily Beast:
Fiona Hill: Trump's Coronavirus Talk Sounds a Lot Like Russia's
Gabby Orr / Politico:
Trump allies fear a premature victory lap against coronavirus
Discussion: Raw Story
The Daily Beast:
'We're Fucked': Aircraft Carrier Outbreak Sends Troops Scrambling
Discussion: Breitbart and Sputnik News
John Solomon / Just The News:
NIH failed to test coronavirus drugs, studied drunk monkeys, soap operas, and tailgating instead
Politico:
States of distress  —  WORKING OUT THE KINKS — The federal …
Washington Post:
Italy's new coronavirus cases are slowing. How soon will normal life return?
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Marcia Greenwood / Rochester Democrat and Chronicle:
Dr. Fauci doughnuts are selling like hotcakes at Donuts Delite
Discussion: Poynter and Politico
CNN:
Cases explode in Michigan but states outside of the hotspots can't get supplies
Discussion: HuffPost and Detroit News
Bloomberg:
Trump Campaign's Threat on TV Licenses May Be Mostly Bluster
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA