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2:35 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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Nick Visser / HuffPost:
Trump Rejects New York's Plea For Ventilators: 'I Don't Believe You Need' That Many
Discussion: The Independent and CNN
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 …
Politico:
House passes $2 trillion coronavirus package — but not without last-minute drama  —  UPDATE:  —  The House passed a sweeping, $2 trillion coronavirus relief package that will provide immediate assistance to many Americans, small businesses and major industries on the brink of economic collapse amid the ongoing pandemic.
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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 …
Brooke Singman / Fox News:
John Kerry calls Rep. Massie an ‘a—hole’ for coronavirus package objections
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
Kate Sullivan / CNN:
CNN to host town hall with Joe Biden on coronavirus
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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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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.
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 and Eschaton
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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 and IJR
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.”
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.
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.
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 …
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’
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.
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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 …
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The Boston Globe:
The late Larry Rasky, Boston PR pro and confidant of Biden, had coronavirus at time of death, family says
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Apple:
Apple releases new COVID-19 app and website based on CDC guidance  —  Tools Offer Up-to-Date Guidance and Information for People Across the US  —  Apple today released a new screening tool and set of resources to help people stay informed and take the proper steps to protect their health during …
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 …
Monica Klein / Teen Vogue:
Andrew Cuomo's Coronavirus Response Doesn't Mean He's Crush-Worthy  —  This op-ed argues that people swooning over the New York governor's steady hand during the coronavirus crisis should look at his record in office.  —  Everyone wants a quarantine crush.  That doesn't mean you need to settle for Andrew Cuomo.
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 …
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: The US Sun, ACA Signups and Hell World
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
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.
Jason Grant / New York Law Journal:
‘Mild Improvements’ for David Lat, but Prognosis Still Uncertain  —  “There have been mild improvements in his oxygen and his breathing, but he remains intubated and we are still very far from out of the woods,” said Zachary Baron Shemtob, Lat's husband, in an interview Thursday.
 
 
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Kathy Hoekstra / Detroit News:
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Frank Figliuzzi / NBC News:
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USA Today:
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Somini Sengupta / New York Times:
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