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5:50 PM ET, March 28, 2020


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New York Times:
The Lost Month: How a Failure to Test Blinded the U.S. to Covid-19  —  Aggressive screening might have helped contain the coronavirus in the United States.  But technical flaws, regulatory hurdles and lapses in leadership let it spread undetected for weeks.
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
Molly Jong-Fast / Vogue:
Why I Am Not Leaving New York  —  For the most part, the concerned phone calls have stopped.  “You're leaving right?  You're going to ...” and then they name some theoretically safer suburb or vacation community that I am not going to go to.  But the calls have stopped because it's too late to leave now.
Discussion: Commentary
Paul D. Shinkman / Associated Press:   Trump Eyes Quarantine of New York Area to Slow Coronavirus Spread
Cuomo threatens to reject $6.7B in federal aid in favor of Medicaid redesign
Discussion: The Daily Beast, The Hill and Jacobin
Noah Higgins-Dunn / CNBC:
Trump considers ‘enforceable’ quarantine in New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Twitter DELETES Rudy Giuliani Tweet Featuring Coronavirus Misinformation and False Attack on Gov. Whitmer  —  Trump personal attorney and confidant Rudy Giuliani posted a tweet featuring misinformation about the coronavirus and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, which was then deleted …
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.
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.
Wall Street Journal:
Trump Considers Coronavirus Quarantine in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut  —  The president approves more disaster declarations as global coronavirus cases pass 600,000  —  President Trump said he is considering an “enforceable quarantine” in New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut …
Discussion: Mother Jones
Malachi Barrett /
Joe Biden comes to Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's defense after Trump slams state's coronavirus response  —  Joe Biden campaign stop at Renaissance High School - March 9, 2020  —  Democratic primary front-runner Joe Biden defended Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's work to address the coronavirus pandemic …
USA Today:
Trump to Mike Pence: 'Don't call the woman in Michigan,' aka Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
Discussion: Washington Post and The Intercept
Knvul Sheikh / New York Times:
More Americans Should Probably Wear Masks for Protection … Now is the time to take care of your lungs.  Here's how.  —  Studies suggest the virus can cross the placenta, but newborns have been mildly affected if at all.  —  LIFE  —  Looking for Hope, Uplift or Just a Distraction From Virus Fears?
Discussion: A Comprehensive …
Miriam Elder / BuzzFeed News:   The Coronavirus Outbreak Has Workers Who Care For The Elderly “Terrified”
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
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 …
Bill McMorris / Washington Free Beacon:
Kennedy Center Tells Musicians It Will Stop Paying Them Hours After $25 Million Bailout Is Signed  —  The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts informed members of the National Symphony Orchestra that they would no longer be paid just hours after President Trump signed …
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 …
Annie Karni / New York Times:
Trump Sees Off Naval Hospital Ship in Virginia, Going Against Travel Warnings  —  President Trump expressed support for New York even as he announced he was considering a quarantine for the tristate region.  —  WASHINGTON — Standing in front of a Navy hospital ship, with a row …
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
Jared Kushner is demanding his tenants keep paying rent — while asking for leniency from his creditors: WaPo reporter  —  On MSNBC Saturday, Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold revealed the disconnect between what President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner is demanding of his tenants …
Discussion: New York Daily News
New York Times:
Medical Expert Who Corrects Trump Is Now a Target of the Far Right  —  Dr. Anthony Fauci, the administration's most outspoken advocate of emergency virus measures, has become the target of claims that he is mobilizing to undermine the president.  —  At a White House briefing on the coronavirus on March 20 …
Discussion: Raw Story
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Fox News Poll Shows Joe Biden CRUSHING Trump By 25 Points in Swing Counties  —  A new Fox News poll shows former Vice President Joe Biden leading President Donald Trump by a crushing 25 point margin in counties that were close in 2016.  —  The poll shows Biden with a commanding 49-40 lead …
Maria Cramer / New York Times:
A Philadelphia Hospital Remains Closed as Talks Between the Owner and City Fall Apart  —  Hahnemann University Hospital could hold 500 patients with the coronavirus.  But city officials said they could not pay the nearly $1 million a month the owner has requested.
Michael Grabell / ProPublica:
What Happens If Workers Cutting Up the Nation's Meat Get Sick?  —  As meatpackers rush to meet demand, their employees are starting to get COVID-19.  But some workers say they're going to work ill because they don't have paid sick days and can be penalized for staying home.
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
CDC denies they will recommend all Americans wear protective masks in everyday life: report  —  On Saturday, Weill Cornell's Dr. Matt McCarthy reported that the Centers for Disease Control will revise their recommendations on protective masks.  —  In the next ten days …
Discussion: Townhall
Miami Herald:
Longtime Jackson Memorial ICU nurse dies after novel coronavirus infection  —  A longtime nurse at Miami's Jackson Memorial Hospital died this week due to complications from COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.  —  The nurse worked in the hospital's intensive care unit.
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?
David Biller / Associated Press:
Brazil's Bolsonaro makes life-or-death coronavirus gamble  —  RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Even as coronavirus cases mount in Latin America's largest nation, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has staked out the most deliberately dismissive position of any major world leader, calling the pandemic a momentary …
Douglas Martin / New York Times:
Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, Civil Rights Leader and King Aide, Dies at 98  —  Mr. Lowery helped organize the Montgomery bus boycott and gave the benediction at President Barack Obama's inauguration.  —  The Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, a lieutenant to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who helped organize …
Discussion: Associated Press and The Hill
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
NRA sues California officials for designating gun stores non-essential  —  The National Rifle Association and other pro-gun groups filed a lawsuit against California Gov. Gavin Newsom and state officials on Friday after gun stores were deemed non-essential and required to close for the state's stay …
Lauren Hirsch / CNBC:
Trump pushes back against congressional oversight for $500 billion bailout fund  — President Donald Trump signed into law Friday a $2 trillion stimulus bill.  — The bill allocates $500 billion to distressed business, which was a heated point of debate between Republicans and Democrats
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
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
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 …
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Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
CNN criticized after graphic wrongly states Trump was ‘incorrect’ about US virus testing claim
Suzanne Smalley / Yahoo News:
Senator says White House turned down emergency coronavirus funding in early February
New York Times:
‘Women Will Not Be Forced to Be Alone When They Are Giving Birth’
Discussion: The Hill
Donald J Trump / YouTube:
HOPE … In times of struggle, we see the true greatness of the American character.
Adam Payne / Business Insider:
A leading South Korean doctor says Trump's ‘pride’ and ‘ego’ are putting the world's health at risk
Discussion: Wired
Andrew Hay / Reuters:
On Oklahoma plains, an island of near normality in a pandemic
Associated Press:
Farmworkers key to keeping US fed are wary of virus spread
 Earlier Items: 
Los Angeles Times:
How bad will the next few weeks be for California as coronavirus cases surge?
Discussion: The Guardian and New York Post
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Former Sen. Tom Coburn, Washington's top wastewatcher, dead at 72
Kansas City Star:
Kansas Gov. Kelly announces statewide stay-at-home order to halt spread of COVID-19
Paige Williams / New Yorker:
Trump's Dangerous Messaging About a Possible Coronavirus Treatment
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
The Nordic Way to Economic Rescue
Kailyn Brown / Los Angeles Times:
A 25-year-old California man dies of coronavirus. It's a warning of the risks
Linda Qiu / New York Times:
Analyzing the Patterns in Trump's Falsehoods About Coronavirus
Discussion: CNN