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3:25 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.
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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
Adam Shaw / Fox News:
Former Sen. Tom Coburn dies after years-long cancer battle
Discussion: Althouse
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 …
Malachi Barrett /
Joe Biden comes to Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's defense after Trump slams state's coronavirus response
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.
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?
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
Noah Higgins-Dunn / CNBC:
Trump considers ‘enforceable’ quarantine in New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut
Discussion: The Gateway Pundit
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”
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
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.
Discussion: The Daily Beast, The Hill and Jacobin
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 …
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
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
Associated Press:
Farmworkers key to keeping US fed are wary of virus spread  —  SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Salvador Calzadillas isn't worried about catching the coronavirus when he's picking mandarin oranges in the trees in central California.  But he said the mere act of getting to the groves each day puts him and his wife …
Los Angeles Times:
How bad will the next few weeks be for California as coronavirus cases surge?  —  Looking east, California can envision its coronavirus future in the overflowing hospital wards of New York City.  Looking west, it can draw hope from the disease's swift decline in Asian nations …
Discussion: The Guardian and New York Post
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 …
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Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
CDC to recommend all Americans wear protective masks in everyday life: report
New York Times:
For Dr. Deborah Birx, Urging Calm Has Come With Heavy Criticism
Discussion: ABC News
Washington Post:
Militia attacks on Americans in Iraq are becoming more audacious.  The U.S. is wrestling with how to respond.
Postal Service forced to keep working despite shortages of cash and protection
Peter S. Goodman / New York Times:
The Nordic Way to Economic Rescue
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
 Earlier Items: 
Douglas Martin / New York Times:
Rev. Joseph E. Lowery, Civil Rights Leader and King Aide, Dies at 98
Discussion: Associated Press, CNN and The Hill
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Fox Business lets go anchor who called coronavirus ‘impeachment scam’
New York Times:
As Virus Spreads, China and Russia See Openings for Disinformation
Biden mounts behind-the-scenes mission to win over wary progressives
Discussion: The Week
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Hamptons seek travel ban on corona-fleeing New Yorkers
Discussion: PJ Media Home and New York Post
Mary E. O'Leary / New Haven Register:
Mayor: New Haven asks for coronavirus housing help; Yale says ‘no’
Washington Post:
Trump promised scores of big-box retailers would offer parking lots for covid-19 testing.
Discussion: The Verge