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9:15 PM ET, March 28, 2020


 Top Items: 
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.
Kelly Mena / CNN:
Cuomo on possible New York quarantine: 'I don't think it's legal' and it would be a ‘federal declaration of war’  —  Washington, DC (CNN)New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday in an interview with CNN that he didn't believe a possible New York quarantine was legal and that it would be a …
Lauren Egan / NBC News:
Trump considering ‘enforceable quarantine’ for N.Y., N. J. and parts of Connecticut  —  “I don't know how that could be legally enforceable,” New York Gov. Cuomo said, adding, “I don't even like the sound of it.”  —  Trump: We're ‘thinking about’ a possible quarantine of New York area
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
David Smiley / Miami Herald:
Florida governor blocks Miami Herald, Tampa Bay Times from coronavirus press conference  —  A reporter for the state capital bureau operated jointly by two of Florida's largest newspapers was denied access Saturday to a press conference by Gov. Ron DeSantis detailing the state's latest efforts …
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 …
USA Today:
Trump to Mike Pence: 'Don't call the woman in Michigan,' aka Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
Discussion: Washington Post and The Intercept
Malachi Barrett /
Joe Biden comes to Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's defense after Trump slams state's coronavirus response
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
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 …
Robert D. McFadden / New York Times:
Tom Coburn, the ‘Dr. No’ of Congress, Is Dead at 72
Discussion: Vox
Adam Bernstein / Washington Post:
Tom Coburn, unyielding ‘Dr. No’ of the House and Senate, dies at 72
Discussion: The Week
Elie Levine / WBUR:
Secretary Of Interior Orders Mashpee Wampanoag Reservation ‘Disestablished,’ Tribe Says  —  The Bureau of Indian Affairs told the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe on Friday that their reservation will be “disestablished” and their land taken out of trust, per an order from the Secretary …
Washington Post:
Desperate for medical equipment, states encounter a beleaguered national stockpile  —  On Feb. 5, with fewer than a dozen confirmed novel coronavirus cases in the United States but tens of thousands around the globe, a shouting match broke out in the White House Situation Room between Health …
Hyung-jin Kim / Associated Press:
North Korea fires missiles into sea, criticized by South  —  file photo provided by the North Korean government, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un inspects a military drill at undisclosed location in North Korea.  North Korea has fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea, South Korea said Sunday, March 29, 2020.
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
Tim Prudente / Baltimore Sun:
Coronavirus outbreak infects 66 at Carroll County nursing home, Maryland governor says … An outbreak of the coronavirus has infected at least 66 people at the Pleasant View Nursing Home in Carroll County and left 11 of them hospitalized, Gov. Larry Hogan announced Saturday night.
Mohara / The Office of Governor Larry Hogan:   Governor Hogan Statement Regarding Outbreak At Carroll County Long-Term Care Facility …
Suzanne Smalley / Yahoo News:
Senator says White House turned down emergency coronavirus funding in early February  —  WASHINGTON — Sen. Chris Murphy, a Connecticut Democrat, says that Trump administration officials declined an offer of early congressional funding assistance that he and other senators made on Feb. 5 during a meeting to discuss the coronavirus.
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 …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Fox News
Stephen T. Watson / The Buffalo News:
Roswell Park VP fired over anti-Trump Facebook posts  —  Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center has terminated a top executive for Facebook posts that bashed President Trump's response to the Covid-19 outbreak.  —  Laura Krolczyk, Roswell Park's vice president for external affairs …
Discussion: Twitchy and PJ Media Home
Minyvonne Burke / NBC News:
More than 700 New Jersey police officers test positive for the coronavirus  —  More than 700 police officers in New Jersey have tested positive for the coronavirus, acting State Police Superintendent Col. Patrick Callahan said Saturday.  —  About the same number of officers are quarantined in their homes, he said at a news conference.
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
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.
Washington Post:
Live updates: Trump considering coronavirus quarantine in N.Y., N.J. and Conn.; Italy death toll tops 10,000  —  The Washington Post is providing this story for free so that all readers have access to this important information about the coronavirus.  For more free stories, sign up for our daily Coronavirus Updates newsletter.
Discussion: Sputnik News, The Guardian and ABC News
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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?
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
Ali Watkins / New York Times:
N.Y.C.'s 911 System Is Overwhelmed.  'I'm Terrified,' a Paramedic Says.  —  With coronavirus cases mounting, emergency workers are making life-or-death decisions about who goes to a hospital, and who is left behind.  —  The first of many calls that night involved a 24-year-old man who had a fever …
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Dan Lamothe / Washington Post:
Trump issues order to bring retired troops back to active duty to assist in coronavirus response
Discussion: The Hill
Ben Jacobs / New York Magazine:
A Conversation With Pete Buttigieg, Who's Stuck at Home Like Everyone Else
Adam Kredo / Washington Free Beacon:
U.S. Will Not Release Cash Assets to Iran Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
Discussion: Middle East Eye
Joseph Wulfsohn / Fox News:
CNN criticized after graphic wrongly states Trump was ‘incorrect’ about US virus testing claim
Rashaan Ayesh / Axios:
NRA sues California officials for designating gun stores non-essential
New York Times:
‘Women Will Not Be Forced to Be Alone When They Are Giving Birth’
Discussion: The Hill
Andrew Hay / Reuters:
On Oklahoma plains, an island of near normality in a pandemic
Matthew Chapman / Raw Story:
CDC denies they will recommend all Americans wear protective masks in everyday life: report
Discussion: Townhall
 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
David Biller / Associated Press:
Brazil's Bolsonaro makes life-or-death coronavirus gamble
Washington Post:
Militia attacks on Americans in Iraq are becoming more audacious.  The U.S. is wrestling with how to respond.
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
Gina Kolata / New York Times:
A Heart Attack? No, It Was the Coronavirus
Discussion: A Comprehensive …
Ian Millhiser / Vox:
Governors are starting to close their borders. The implications are staggering.
Washington Post:
Inside Trump's risky push to reopen the country amid the coronavirus crisis
Discussion: Raw Story and NBC News