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9:30 AM ET, March 28, 2020


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Rhode Island Police to Hunt Down New Yorkers Seeking Refuge  — Cars stopped, homes to be checked to enforce quarantines  — Officers halt cars on the interstate to start the crackdown  —  Rhode Island police began stopping cars with New York plates Friday.
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit and Mediaite
Charlie Savage / New York Times:
Trump Suggests He Can Gag Inspector General for Stimulus Bailout Program  —  In a signing statement, the president undermined a key safeguard Democrats had insisted upon as a condition of approving $500 billion in corporate relief in the $2 trillion law.  —  WASHINGTON — When President Trump signed …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:   Trump chips away at Congress' role in coronavirus relief oversight
Chad Livengood / Crain's Detroit Business:
Whitmer: Feds told vendors not to send medical supplies to Michigan  —  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer suggested Friday that a growing rift with the White House is affecting shipments of medical supplies to Michigan amid exponential growth in confirmed coronavirus cases.
Alex Linder / Shanghaiist:
Urns in Wuhan far exceed death toll, raising more questions about China's tally  —  A single mortuary has had 5,000 urns delivered over the past two days, double the city's reported coronavirus death toll  —  The reliability of China's coronavirus numbers is under question once again in view …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Matt Wilstein / The Daily Beast:
Fox Business Ditches Trish Regan After Coronavirus ‘Impeachment Scam’ Rant  —  The Fox Business host was officially let go on Friday more than two weeks after she ranted against the “coronavirus impeachment scam.”  —  Fox Business Network announced on Friday that it has officially “parted ways” …
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:   Fox Business lets go anchor who called coronavirus ‘impeachment scam’
Knvul Sheikh / New York Times:
More Americans Should Probably Wear Masks for Protection  —  Experts have started to question whether masks may offer at least some protection to healthy individuals and essential workers.  —  As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, experts have started to question official guidance about whether ordinary …
Washington Post:
Inside Trump's risky push to reopen the country amid the coronavirus crisis  —  When Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) called President Trump last Sunday, he delivered a blunt message: If you reopen the nation's economy too early against the advice of public-health experts, you will own the deaths from the novel coronavirus that follow.
Discussion: NBC News
Linda Qiu / New York Times:
Analyzing the Patterns in Trump's Falsehoods About Coronavirus  —  For months, the president has downplayed the severity of the pandemic, overstated the impact of his policies and potential treatments, blamed others and tried to rewrite the history of his response.
Amanda Woods / New York Post:
WHO thinks alcohol is an ‘unhelpful coping strategy’ for coronavirus cabin fever  —  A World Health Organization official is urging people to lay off the booze — calling it an “unhelpful coping strategy” for cabin fever during the COVID-19 lockdown, according to a new report.
Biden mounts behind-the-scenes mission to win over wary progressives  —  Joe Biden's campaign is mounting an aggressive behind-the-scenes effort to address the biggest weakness of his candidacy: A lack of enthusiasm among the liberal base, particularly young voters.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Catherine Catoura / WGCL-TV:
Dean of the Civil Rights Movement passes away at 98  —  ATLANTA, Ga. (CBS46) — Rev. Dr. Joseph Echols Lowery, the man known as the “Dean of the Civil Rights Movement,” has passed away at his home after a brief battle with illness Friday.  —  Honored by the NAACP with its “Lifetime Achievement Award” …
Associated Press:
Joseph Lowery, civil rights leader and MLK aide, dies at 98
Discussion: CNN and The Hill
Mary E. O'Leary / New Haven Register:
Mayor: New Haven asks for coronavirus housing help; Yale says ‘no’  —  But the University of New Haven said yes.  —  An angry Mayor Justin Elicker said he asked Yale University President Peter Salovey whether police officers and firefighters who are asymptomatic, but who have a family member exposed …
New York Times:
‘White-Collar Quarantine’ Over Virus Spotlights Class Divide  —  Child care options, internet access and extra living space leave a gulf between rich and poor in coping with disruptions to school and work.  —  For about $80,000, an individual can purchase a six-month plan with Private Health Management …
Kailyn Brown / Los Angeles Times:
A 25-year-old California man dies of coronavirus.  It's a warning of the risks  —  The death of a 25-year-old pharmacy technician this week from the coronavirus has prompted Riverside County officials to remind residents that the elderly are not the only ones as risk.
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Hamptons seek travel ban on corona-fleeing New Yorkers  —  The Hamptons are so over-run with wealthy New Yorkers panic-buying food and stretching medical supplies that local leaders are now asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo to issue a travel ban from the city.  —  The move comes after Dr. Deborah Birx …
Discussion: New York Post
Michelle Fay Cortez / Bloomberg:
Abbott Launches 5-Minute Covid-19 Test for Use Almost Anywhere  —  Abbott Laboratories is unveiling a coronavirus test that can tell if someone is infected in as little as 5 minutes, and is so small and portable it can be used in almost any health-care setting.
Discussion: The Week
Ron Judd / The Seattle Times:
ER doctor who criticized Bellingham hospital's coronavirus protections has been fired  —  BELLINGHAM - An emergency room physician who publicly decried what he called a lack of protective measures against the novel coronavirus at his workplace, PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, has been fired.
New York Times:
Some U.S. Cities Could Have Coronavirus Outbreaks Worse Than Wuhan's  —  If the rate of growth in coronavirus cases continues, the New York City metropolitan area will suffer a more severe outbreak than those experienced in Wuhan, China, or the Lombardy region of Italy.
The Guardian:
The missing six weeks: how Trump failed the biggest test of his life  —  The president was aware of the danger from the coronavirus - but a lack of leadership has created an emergency of epic proportions  —  When the definitive history of the coronavirus pandemic is written, the date 20 January 2020 is certain to feature prominently.
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Biden leads Trump, wins high marks for female VP pledge  —  Former Vice President Joe Biden bests President Donald Trump by nine points in a 2020 ballot test, in the first Fox News Poll since Biden became the de facto Democratic nominee.  —  In a head-to-head presidential matchup …
Washington Post:
No, Trump is not going to suddenly become FDR  —  If you're a liberal, you've probably noticed that President Trump's approval has ticked up over the past few days, and you're probably flabbergasted.  —  How is such a thing possible, you're asking yourself, when he's so self-evidently screwing up?
Arek Sarkissian / Politico:
Coronavirus spreading in The Villages  —  TALLAHASSEE — At least five residents from The Villages have contracted the coronavirus through community spread or close contact with someone else who had the virus, according to the Florida Department of Health in Sumter County.
Discussion: Raw Story
New York Times:
As Virus Spreads, China and Russia See Openings for Disinformation  —  The two powers amplify discredited conspiracy theories and sow division as they look to undermine the United States.  —  WASHINGTON — China and Russia have both seized on the novel coronavirus to wage disinformation campaigns …
New York Times:
Under Intense Criticism, Trump Says Government Will Buy More Ventilators  —  In another day of mixed messages, the president criticized G.M. and authorized the use of the Defense Production Act to force it to make ventilators after the company had already announced it was going to.
Discussion: NBC News, RAPPLER and Bloomberg
David Marchese / New York Times:
David Chang isn't sure the restaurant industry will survive Covid-19.  —  Since 2004, when David Chang helped to reconfigure the dining establishment's ideas about what a great restaurant could be with Manhattan's Momofuku Noodle Bar, he has opened more than a dozen restaurants around the world …
Washington Post:
Trump promised scores of big-box retailers would offer parking lots for covid-19 testing.  There are only five of them.  —  Two weeks ago, President Trump promised a network of drive-through covid-19 testing sites across the country where people could be tested “very safely, quickly and conveniently.”
Brett Kelman / The Tennessean:
Tennessee doctors, isolated from their families, urge governor to shut down the state  —  It is noon on Thursday, and from her home office in the Nashville suburbs, Dr. Sonal Gupta has already diagnosed four patients with presumptive cases of the coronavirus.
Jeremy Egner / New York Times:
I Am Hospitalized With the Coronavirus  —  As a generally healthy 45-year-old, I didn't seem like a probable Covid-19 candidate.  —  On March 12 I got a fever that didn't go away.  —  It hovered around 101 or 102 degrees for the next week, accompanied by severe fatigue and body aches.
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China Is Pushing a ‘Zero’ Myth on COVID-19
Discussion: Daily Mail
Phillip Jackson / Baltimore Sun:
200 Hopkins medical faculty pen letter asking Gov. Hogan to protect inmates from coronavirus
Danelladebel / California Governor:
Governor Newsom Takes Executive Action to Establish a Statewide Moratorium on Evictions
Discussion: The Hill and LAist
Amy Silverman / ProPublica:
People With Intellectual Disabilities May Be Denied Lifesaving Care Under These Plans as Coronavirus Spreads
Discussion: The Week and The US Sun
Jennifer Smith / Daily Mail:
De Blasio says New Yorkers should be ‘ready’ …
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
Trump Chooses Disaster as His Re-Election Strategy
Chris Riotta / The Independent:
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Discussion: Raw Story and ABC7
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Discussion: Raw Story and VICE
New York Times:
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Discussion: Sputnik News
Leslie Josephs / CNBC:
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Emily Feng / NPR:
Mystery In Wuhan: Recovered Coronavirus Patients Test Negative ... Then Positive
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
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Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Coronavirus Isn't Just A Blue State Problem
Discussion: Washington Post