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8:05 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: 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 …
Discussion: HuffPost, Common Cause and Raw Story
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Trump chips away at Congress' role in coronavirus relief oversight  —  President Donald Trump intends to ignore provisions in the newly passed $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill intended to shore up Congress' oversight of the massive rescue program.  —  The legislation establishes a …
Jeff Stein / Washington Post:
Trump takes immediate step to try to curb new inspector general's autonomy, as battle over stimulus oversight begins
Discussion: Daily Kos
Trump orders General Motors to make ventilators under Defense Production Act  — President Donald Trump has ordered General Motors to make ventilators under the Defense Production Act.  — The Korean War-era statute can force certain American companies to produce materials …
Louis Casiano / Fox News:
Trump invokes Defense Production Act to force GM to make ventilators after stalled talks
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.
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.
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 …
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” …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:   Fox Business Parts Ways With Host Trish Regan, Who Said Coronavirus Was ‘Attempt to Impeach’ Trump
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
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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
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 …
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 …
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” …
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?
Jennifer Rubin / Washington Post:
Four factors will determine Trump's fate
Discussion: CBC News
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.”
Jennifer Smith / Daily Mail:
De Blasio says New Yorkers should be ‘ready’ for the city to stay closed until the end of MAY and predicts ‘more than half’ of the 8.6million population will become infected with coronavirus - as cases rise to 25,398  — De Blasio appeared on Good Morning America on Friday to gave an update on the virus impact in New York City
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 …
Lauren Kaori Gurley / VICE:
Instacart's Gig Workers Are Planning a Massive, Nationwide Strike  —  Update: This story has been updated to include a comment from Instacart.  —  Instacart shoppers are planning a nationwide mass revolt over the grocery delivery app's response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
Trump Chooses Disaster as His Re-Election Strategy  —  It's a massive bet that political polarization is a more powerful force than the virus's body count.  —  Mr. Warzel is an Opinion writer at large.  —  Donald Trump's re-election strategy had two potential paths this week.
Anna North / Vox:
A sexual assault allegation against Joe Biden has ignited a firestorm of controversy  —  Joe Biden delivers remarks about the coronavirus outbreak on March 12, 2020, in Wilmington, Delaware.  Drew Angerer/Getty Images  —  A woman says Biden assaulted her in 1993.  Now #TimesUpBiden is trending.
Trump's push for risky malaria drugs disrupts coronavirus response  —  President Donald Trump's all-out push to advance unproven coronavirus treatments is deepening a divide between the White House and career health officials, who are being pulled away from other potential projects to address …
Discussion: Raw Story and VICE
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Emily Smith / Page Six:
Hamptons seek travel ban on corona-fleeing New Yorkers
Discussion: New York Post
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
NBC News:
White House advisers push Trump to avoid more date-specific timelines
Chris Riotta / The Independent:
Coronavirus: Teenage boy whose death was linked to COVID-19 turned away from urgent care for not having insurance
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New York Times:
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Discussion: Raw Story
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The Coronavirus Isn't Just A Blue State Problem
Discussion: Washington Post
Jordan Libowitz / CREW:
Kushner's Shadow Task Force Appears to Violate Multiple Laws