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12:10 PM 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.
Harry Siegel / New York Daily News:
Escape from New York 2020?  Could the city be increasingly shut off from the rest of the country?  —  I hear birds in the morning now, except when sirens drown them out.  —  And, in my own isolation, I keep coming back to how isolated New Yorkers are, here at the center of the world.
Chris Casteel /
Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn dies at 72  —  Former U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, a physician who became a powerful force in Congress on fiscal matters, died Friday night after a long fight with prostrate cancer.  He was 72.  —  Coburn, of Muskogee, served in the Senate from 2005 to 2015 …
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Former Sen. Tom Coburn dies after years-long cancer battle
Discussion: Althouse
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.
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 …
Discussion: A Comprehensive …
Miriam Elder / BuzzFeed News:
The Coronavirus Outbreak Has Workers Who Care For The Elderly “Terrified”  —  Home health aides are at risk and many of them are without adequate protection from COVID-19.  “We really feel under threat.” … Every day, they fan out across New York, hundreds of thousands of home health aides entering …
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.
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
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: Raw Story and NBC News
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 …
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.
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Governors are starting to close their borders.  The implications are staggering.  —  Texas Gov. Greg Abbott addresses the media during a press conference held at Arlington Emergency Management on March 18, 2020, in Arlington, Texas.  Tom Pennington/Getty Images
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Fox Business lets go anchor who called coronavirus ‘impeachment scam’  —  Trish Regan, who was pulled from her prime-time slot on Fox Business Network after calling the coronavirus an “impeachment scam,” will not be returning to the channel.  —  Fox Business — the sister channel of Fox News …
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Trump to See Off Naval Hospital Ship in Virginia, Going Against Travel Warnings  —  The visit, which Mr. Trump defended as “a tiny trip,” was to be his first time leaving the White House in over a week.  To stem the spread of the coronavirus, federal guidelines advise against most travel.
Discussion: Political Wire
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.
Discussion: CNN
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.
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Trump signs order authorizing Pentagon to call up former troops to help with coronavirus fight  —  President Trump on Friday signed an executive order authorizing the Pentagon to bring back former troops, including members of the National Guard and Ready Reserve eserve members …
Discussion: Breitbart
The White House:
EO to Order the Selected Reserve and Certain Members of the Individual Ready Reserve of the Armed Forces to Active Duty
Discussion: CNN and Just The News
Gina Kolata / New York Times:
A Heart Attack?  No, It Was the Coronavirus  —  Cardiologists are seeing infected patients whose worst symptoms are not respiratory, but cardiac.  —  The 64-year-old patient arrived at a hospital in Brooklyn with symptoms looking like those seen in patients having a serious heart attack.
Discussion: A Comprehensive …
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.
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
Tim Kephart / WGCL-TV:
Civil Rights Icon Rev. Dr. Joseph Lowery passes away at 98  —  ATLANTA (CBS46) - The Reverend Doctor Joseph Echols Lowery, co-founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and known as the “Dean” of the American Civil Rights Movement, passed away Friday night at the age of 98.
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.
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.
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.”
Discussion: The Verge
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 …
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
April Glaser / NBC News:
‘Fever detection’ cameras to fight coronavirus?  Experts say they don't work  —  “I have many customers approach and say, ‘Wow, this is a good thing you do,’ and some customers are excited to get their temp taken,” one business owner said.  —  In an attempt to protect shoppers and his employees …
Associated Press:
‘Officers are scared out there’: Coronavirus hits US police  —  WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (AP) — More than a fifth of Detroit's police force is quarantined; two officers have died from coronavirus and at least 39 have tested positive, including the chief of police.
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 …
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
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 …
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NBC News:
Pompeo visits Kabul in bid to revive stalled peace process
New York Times:
‘We Take the Dead From Morning Till Night’
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
‘There is no surge plan’: Despite warnings, Congress failed to fully fund pandemics bill
Emily Tamkin / New Statesman:
Covid-19 and the American prison system
Discussion: Mother Jones
New York Times:
As Virus Spreads, China and Russia See Openings for Disinformation
National Review:
China Is Pushing a ‘Zero’ Myth on COVID-19
Discussion: PJ Media Home and Daily Mail
Brett Kelman / The Tennessean:
Tennessee doctors, isolated from their families, urge governor to shut down the state
 Earlier Items: 
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Hamptons seek travel ban on corona-fleeing New Yorkers
Discussion: New York Post
Washington Post:
No, Trump is not going to suddenly become FDR
Discussion: Progress Pond and Politico
Phillip Jackson / Baltimore Sun:
200 Hopkins medical faculty pen letter asking Gov. Hogan to protect inmates from coronavirus
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
David Marchese / New York Times:
David Chang isn't sure the restaurant industry will survive Covid-19.
Arek Sarkissian / Politico:
Coronavirus spreading in The Villages
Discussion: Raw Story