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2:00 PM ET, March 28, 2020


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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 …
Stephen Dinan / Washington Times:
Former Sen. Tom Coburn, Washington's top wastewatcher, dead at 72  —  Tom Coburn's reputation preceded him throughout the Capitol — a cantankerous trouble-maker who was tough to work with, and more interested in blowing things up than getting things done.  And that reputation was completely wrong …
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Former Sen. Tom Coburn dies after years-long cancer battle
Discussion: Althouse
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?
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.
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 …
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”  —  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 …
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.
Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
U.S. Navy hospital ship heading to NYC for coronavirus aid
Discussion: Politico and Fox News
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.
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
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: Vox, Politico, Raw Story, Daily Kos and HuffPost
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
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
Cuomo threatens to reject $6.7B in federal aid in favor of Medicaid redesign  —  ALBANY — Despite a $6 billion budget gap and new revenue losses posed by New York's coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Andrew Cuomo is threatening to forgo more than $6 billion in federal aid he says would force him to adjust his Medicaid redesign strategy.
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 …
Dana Blanton / Fox News:
Fox News Poll: Biden leads Trump, wins high marks for female VP pledge
Ryan Browne / CNN:
Trump opens the door to calling up former active service members for coronavirus fight  —  Military leaders on what war can teach us about fighting coronavirus  —  (CNN)President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday afternoon that could potentially lead to former active duty military members …
Discussion: The White House and Just The News
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Trump signs order authorizing Pentagon to call up former troops to help with coronavirus fight
Discussion: Breitbart
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 …
Paige Williams / New Yorker:
Trump's Dangerous Messaging About a Possible Coronavirus Treatment  —  The malaria drug chloroquine was developed from quinine, an alkaloid found in the bark of the cinchona tree, which grows in the tropical highlands of South America.  The Incas passed the bark cure to Jesuit priests …
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.
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
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
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.
Kansas City Star:
Kansas Gov. Kelly announces statewide stay-at-home order to halt spread of COVID-19  —  Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly imposed a statewide stay-at-home order Saturday in an effort to slow the spread of the new coronavirus.  —  Kelly said the measure, which follows similar orders in the state's …
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.
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
The Nordic Way to Economic Rescue  —  In the face of the pandemic, Denmark is effectively nationalizing private payrolls, in contrast to the patchwork American system.  —  The unleashing of cash by Congress to combat the catastrophe of the pandemic amounts to the traditional American prescription — in gargantuan form.
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.
Washington Post:
Militia attacks on Americans in Iraq are becoming more audacious.  The U.S. is wrestling with how to respond.  —  Iran-backed militias are becoming more audacious in attacking U.S. personnel in Iraq, with rocket strikes against military bases occurring more frequently and, for the first time, in broad daylight.
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:
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.
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Reed Abelson / New York Times:
Coronavirus May Add Billions to the Nation's Health Care Bill
Discussion: Mother Jones
Postal Service forced to keep working despite shortages of cash and protection
Trump peace plan a sticking point in Israel's Netanyahu-Gantz pact
Associated Press:
‘Officers are scared out there’: Coronavirus hits US police
Alice Miranda Ollstein / Politico:
‘There is no surge plan’: Despite warnings, Congress failed to fully fund pandemics bill
Douglas Martin / New York Times:
Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, Civil Rights Leader and King Aide, Dies at 98
Discussion: CNN, Associated Press and The Hill
April Glaser / NBC News:
‘Fever detection’ cameras to fight coronavirus? Experts say they don't work
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Fox Business lets go anchor who called coronavirus ‘impeachment scam’
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
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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
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
Trump Chooses Disaster as His Re-Election Strategy
Washington Post:
Trump promised scores of big-box retailers would offer parking lots for covid-19 testing.
Discussion: The Verge
David Marchese / New York Times:
David Chang isn't sure the restaurant industry will survive Covid-19.