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1:10 PM ET, March 29, 2020


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Washington Post:
Post-ABC poll shows Trump and Biden in a competitive race for the White House  —  President Trump and former vice president Joe Biden are in a tightly competitive race for the White House in the November general election, with the president gaining ground on his likely challenger over the past month …
Marc Caputo / Politico:
Trump camp targets Obama's Ebola czar  —  Joe Biden has had limited success with his live-from-Wilmington coronavirus briefings.  His longtime adviser, Ron Klain, is a different story.  —  The nation's former Ebola czar recently cut a video for the Biden campaign making an animated case …
Sofi Sinozich / ABC News:
Biden consolidates support, but trails badly in enthusiasm: Poll
Steven Shepard / Politico:
Biden leads Trump in new polls despite coronavirus approval bounce
Discussion: The Hill, CNN and Blue Virginia
New York Times:
The U.S. Tried to Build a New Fleet of Ventilators.  The Mission Failed.  —  As the coronavirus spreads, the collapse of the project helps explain America's acute shortage.  —  Thirteen years ago, a group of U.S. public health officials came up with a plan to address what they regarded …
Mitch Albom / Detroit Free Press:
Hey, President Trump: Her name is Gretchen Whitmer  —  First of all, she has a name.  Gretchen Whitmer.  She is not “the woman” or “all she does is sit there” or “you know who I'm talking about” — all phrases President Donald Trump has used besides saying the actual name of the person Michigan voters elected to govern us.
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Governors warn shortages will put their states in ‘dire straits’ as early as this week
Discussion: Politico and The Guardian
Eric Bradner / CNN:   ‘That governor is me’: Gretchen Whitmer takes on Trump as coronavirus cases rise in Michigan
Kathleen McGrory / Tampa Bay Times:
Florida coronavirus cases are growing fast.  Here's what that means.  —  Experts say the epidemic in Florida is already past the point of easy containment. … •  •  •  —  The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Florida is doubling every three days …
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 …
Zeke Miller / Associated Press:
Fauci says coronavirus deaths in US could top 100,000  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government's foremost infection disease expert says the United States could experience more than 100,000 deaths and millions of infections from the coronavirus pandemic.  —  Dr. Anthony Fauci, speaking on CNN's …
Discussion: Bloomberg and The Hill
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Fauci: Coronavirus could kill over 100,000 Americans
Discussion: HuffPost, Slate and Deadline
Nicky Robertson / CNN:
Fauci says Trump agreed not to invoke a strict quarantine after intensive White House discussions  —  (CNN)Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that President Donald Trump decided not to impose a strict quarantine on parts of the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut after officials had …
Discussion: Vox and VICE
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Trump struggles with tone in virus crisis, aides urge more empathy
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 …
Bob Brigham / Raw Story:   BUSTED: Florida's GOP governor illegally denied Miami Herald access to coronavirus briefing
American Enterprise Institute - AEI:
National coronavirus response: A road map to reopening  — This report provides a road map for navigating through the current COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.  It outlines specific directions for adapting our public-health approach away from sweeping mitigation strategies as we limit …
Inside the start of the great virus airlift  —  A plane from Shanghai arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York Sunday morning carrying an extraordinary load: 12 million gloves, 130,000 N-95 masks, 1.7 million surgical masks, 50,000 gowns, 130,000 hand sanitizer units, and 36,000 thermometers.
German state finance minister Thomas Schäfer found dead  —  Police suspect Thomas Schäfer died by suicide after his body was found on train tracks near Wiesbaden.  He was the finance minister for the state of Hesse, where Germany's financial center Frankfurt lies.
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 …
David Lat:
I don't want to be presumptuous, since my condition is stable but still serious.  I require 24/7 oxygen, I need a nurse's help for even the simplest tasks, and I only just now progressed to solid foods.  So I'm not out of the proverbial woods yet.  A number of patients released from the hospital …
Eli Saslow / Washington Post:
‘Anything good I could say about this would be a lie.’ … She's dead, and I'm quarantined.  That's how the story ends.  I keep going back over it in loops, trying to find a way to sweeten it, but nothing changes the facts.  I wasn't there with her at the end.  I didn't get to say goodbye.
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Coronavirus Disinformation Campaign Isn't Working: Poll  —  The president has presented an overly rosy picture about how the fight against the virus is going.  A new poll suggests the public isn't buying it.  —  A clear majority of the American public, including self-identified Republicans …
Discussion: Ipsos
David Cohen / Politico:
Pelosi: ‘As the president fiddles, people are dying’  —  “As the president fiddles, people are dying,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Sunday morning.  —  Speaking to host Jake Tapper on CNN's “State of the Union,” Pelosi said President Donald Trump has not taken the coronavirus crisis seriously enough …
Discussion: NBC News
Chandelis Duster / CNN:   Pelosi on Trump's coronavirus response: ‘As the President fiddles, people are dying’
Erin Cunningham / Washington Post:
As coronavirus cases explode in Iran, U.S. sanctions hinder its access to drugs and medical equipment  —  ISTANBUL — Sweeping U.S. sanctions are hampering Iranian efforts to import medicine and other medical supplies to confront one of the largest coronavirus outbreaks in the world, health workers and sanctions experts say.
Matthias Gafni / San Francisco Chronicle:
Coronavirus: The state had 21 million N95 masks stockpiled.  All are expired.  —  As the coronavirus pandemic slammed into California and doctors and nurses sounded the alarm on a dire shortage of masks, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the release of the state's emergency stockpile of 21 million N95 respirators.
David Rothkopf / USA Today:
Hold on to hope in the coronavirus pandemic.  The past shows optimism can be realistic.  —  Throughout history, crises like coronavirus have resulted not just in pain and loss, but in knowledge and creativity that have fueled human progress.  —  Optimism is realism.
Inside the White House during ‘15 Days to Slow the Spread’  —  An eerie quiet crept over the White House.  —  Desks were empty.  Office lights were turned off.  Many staffers had been told to work from home.  The bustling Navy Mess was closed, and the usual stream of visitors rushing …
Discussion: Raw Story
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 …
CDC issues travel advisory for New York, New Jersey, Connecticut
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Discussion: New York Times
DeWine ‘stunned’ FDA limiting Ohio company's mask-sterilization technology
Washington Post:
'It's no different from New York': Urban centers nationwide gird for catastrophic virus outbreak
Associated Press:
Stimulus billions can't buy hospitals out of shortage crisis
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Coronavirus cripples voter registration efforts. Millions could be denied.
Discussion: MSNBC
Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
‘Hard to know’ if imperfect stimulus bill will help everybody: Larry Kudlow
Discussion: Politico and The Hill
New York Times:
The Virus Has Transformed the 2020 Elections. Here's How.
Ezekiel J. Emanuel / New York Times:
We Can Safely Restart the Economy in June. Here's How.
Discussion: Althouse
 Earlier Items: 
Washington Post:
Live updates: Pence to bring recommendations to Trump on when to reopen the U.S. economy …
Taryn Luna / Los Angeles Times:
Coronavirus patients in California's ICU beds double overnight
Discussion: California Governor and The Hill
Washington Post:
After $25 million stimulus, stunned NSO players receive one-week notice from Kennedy Center
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
AMI Tabloids, Including National Enquirer, ‘on a Ventilator’ After Pecker Enforces Brutal Staff Pay Cut
National Geographic:
How some cities ‘flattened the curve’ during the 1918 flu pandemic
Anya van Wagtendonk / Vox:
Trump says he won't comply with key transparency measures in the coronavirus stimulus bill
Discussion: Business Insider and HuffPost