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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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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 …
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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Monica Klein / Teen Vogue:   Andrew Cuomo's Coronavirus Response Doesn't Mean He's Crush-Worthy
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Timeline of How Bill de Blasio Prepared New York City for the Coronavirus
Discussion: The Federalist and IJR
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.
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.
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
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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 …
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.”
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’
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.
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.
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 …
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.
The Boston Globe:
The late Larry Rasky, Boston PR pro and confidant of Biden, had coronavirus at time of death, family says  —  The family of the late Larry Rasky, a top Boston public relations executive and confidant of Joe Biden who died Sunday at the age of 69, confirmed Friday that he had tested positive …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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WCVB:   Veteran Boston political strategist Larry Rasky posthumously tests positive for COVID-19
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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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
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
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 …
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 …
WAMU:
A Deputy Director In D.C. Mayor's Office Has Died Of COVID-19 |  WAMU  —  This developing story will be updated.  —  An official in D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser's administration died from COVID-19 on Friday.  —  George Valentine was the deputy director of the Mayor's Office of Legal Counsel.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
UK's Johnson tests positive for virus, deaths soar in Spain  —  LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Friday he has tested positive for the coronavirus, while the number of infections in the United States surged to the most in the world and Spain announced a record number of virus deaths overnight.
Discussion: Politico
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 …
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
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 …
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.
WWJ Newsradio 950:
After Trump Attacks Whitmer, She Says Vendors Aren't Sending Desperately Needed Coronavirus Supplies  —  “They're being told not to send stuff to Michigan.”  —  (WWJ) After President Donald Trump issued scathing comments about Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, saying she's “not stepping up …
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 …
Robert Klemko / Washington Post:
Where coronavirus outbreak started in Washington state, officials see hope as cases appear to be leveling off  —  KIRKLAND, Wash. — The suburban hospital that handled the first onslaught of coronavirus patients weeks ago — a crush of seriously ill and dying nursing home residents that signaled …
Discussion: Power Line
 
 
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Frank Figliuzzi / NBC News:
As coronavirus deaths mount, Trump's handling of intelligence warnings looks worse and worse
Discussion: Kaiser Health News
New York Times:
Why Is America Choosing Mass Unemployment?
New York Times:
‘The Other Option Is Death’: New York Starts Sharing of Ventilators
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Trump wants U.S. resurrected in time for hotel's pricey Easter brunch