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12:55 PM 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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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 Fox News' Sean Hannity …
Nick Visser / HuffPost:
Trump Rejects New York's Plea For Ventilators: 'I Don't Believe You Need' That Many
Discussion: Vox, CNN and The Independent
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
Quint Forgey / Politico:
Sanders: 'It's going to be a very steep road' to beat Biden
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
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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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
NBC News:
House members race back to Washington amid fears the $2 trillion coronavirus bill could be delayed
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: New Republic
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Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Timeline of How Bill de Blasio Prepared New York City for the Coronavirus
Discussion: The Federalist, IJR and New York Post
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 …
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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
New York Post:
Cuomo wonders if coronavirus quarantine may have backfired in some cases  —  Sweeping statewide quarantine orders may not have been the most effective strategy to combat the coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo conceded on Thursday, as he weighed plans to restart the economy.  —  “We closed everything down.
Discussion: Althouse, Breitbart and Instapundit
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Washington Post:
Coronavirus modelers factor in new public health risk: Accusations their work is a hoax  —  In the one month since the first U.S. coronavirus death, America has become a country of uncertainty.  —  New cases of infection and casualties continue multiplying.
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.
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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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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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.
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 …
WCVB:
Veteran Boston political strategist Larry Rasky posthumously tests positive for COVID-19  —  Well-known Massachusetts political strategist Larry Rasky, who died Sunday morning, posthumously tested positive for COVID-19, his family said.  —  The 69-year-old was CEO of Rasky Partners …
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 …
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 and Hell World
Gilad Edelman / Wired:
Elizabeth Warren's Campaign Is Making Its Software Open Source  —  The team developed its own software to coordinate volunteers and synthesize voter data.  Now, it's posting the code to GitHub.  —  Before it ended earlier this month, Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign developed …
Discussion: Team Warren
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
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 …
 
 
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Kate Sullivan / CNN:
CNN to host town hall with Joe Biden on coronavirus
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Kimberley A. Strassel / Wall Street Journal:
Big-Government Contagion  —  Appropriators throw hundreds …
Discussion: Power Line and Cafe Hayek
CNN:
When will you see money and benefits from the stimulus bill?
Ella Nilsen / Vox:
If a presidential nominee gets coronavirus, we're in uncharted territory
David Corn / Mother Jones:
Beyond Narcissism, Trump's Other Personality Flaws Are Putting Americans at Risk
Kyle Hopkins / Anchorage Daily News:
After once downplaying ‘beer virus’ to crowd of seniors, Don Young now says threat is urgent and real
 Earlier Items: 
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
Joe DePaolo / Mediaite:
Dr. Fauci Throws Cold Water on Trump's Target of Easter to Reopen the Country: 'An Aspirational …
Discussion: NPR
New York Times:
‘The Other Option Is Death’: New York Starts Sharing of Ventilators
Discussion: Daily Kos and Breitbart
Zachary Petrizzo / Mediaite:
Doctor Who Wrote Op-Ed on Coronavirus Infection Parties Says Federalist Made Unwanted Edits to Piece