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3:30 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 …
Discussion: Raw Story, Breitbart and The Guardian
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 …
Miriam Elder / BuzzFeed News:
A Nurse Shared A Harrowing Photo Of COVID-19 Victims To Show How Horrifying The Outbreak Is  —  The journalists at BuzzFeed News are proud to bring you trustworthy and relevant reporting about the coronavirus.  To help keep this news free, become a member and sign up for our newsletter, Outbreak Today.
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 …
Washington Post:   Experts converge on plans for easing coronavirus restrictions safely
Ezekiel J. Emanuel / New York Times:
We Can Safely Restart the Economy in June. Here's How.
Discussion: Reason and Althouse
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.
Eric Bradner / CNN:   ‘That governor is me’: Gretchen Whitmer takes on Trump as coronavirus cases rise in Michigan
Ben Kamisar / NBC News:
Governors warn shortages will put their states in ‘dire straits’ as early as this week
Discussion: Politico and The Guardian
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 …
Discussion: Orlando Sentinel and Fox News
Allan Smith / NBC News:
Fauci: Coronavirus could kill over 100,000 Americans  —  Fauci also said it's not yet time for social distancing guidelines to be pulled back.  —  Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that he anticipates the coronavirus could kill between 100,000 and 200,000 Americans while infecting “millions.”
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
Cuomo: Trump's mandatory quarantine comments “really panicked people”  —  New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a press conference Sunday that President Donald Trump's unexpected Saturday announcement of a possible “short-term” quarantine of New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut to curb …
Discussion: Political Wire
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 …
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.
Discussion: The Week and New York Times
Julia Prodis Sulek / Mercury News:
Meet the Bay Area doctor who ordered America's first coronavirus lockdown  —  Under intense pressure, Sara Cody's cohort made the move ‘none of us really believed we would do’  —  She is the Bay Area's Anthony Fauci, Santa Clara County's most “essential” employee, the one who banished us …
Adam Kelsey / ABC News:
‘Hard to know’ if imperfect stimulus bill will help everybody: Larry Kudlow  —  He faces criticism after claiming last month new coronavirus was “contained.”  —  National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow touted President Donald Trump's signing of “the biggest assistance package in history” …
New York Times:
The Virus Has Transformed the 2020 Elections.  Here's How.  —  Party conventions are in jeopardy, campaigning is on hold and local candidates are playing the role of good Samaritan instead of traditional politician.  —  From the White House to the county courthouse, the coronavirus pandemic has drastically upended the 2020 elections.
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’
Discussion: Daily Kos
Mehrsa Baradaran / American Prospect:
Unsanitized: A Crisis to End All Crises  —  How our response to the coronavirus can inform our ongoing challenges.  This is The COVID-19 Daily Report for March 29, 2020.  —  Unsanitized-032920  —  A nearly empty Market Street in San Francisco, a byproduct of the coronavirus crisis that's been replicated around the world.
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.
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.
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 …
DeWine ‘stunned’ FDA limiting Ohio company's mask-sterilization technology  —  COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted say they are disappointed in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's decision to limit the use of an Ohio company's new technology to sterilize much-needed surgical masks.
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.
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Sky Palma / DeadState:
Mike Huckabee: ‘Smart mayors’ should tell citizens to load up on guns and ammo right now
Rhode Island ends specific restrictions on New Yorkers — by making them national
Discussion: WJXT-TV
Matthew Yglesias / Vox:
Joe Biden's message on coronavirus: It's time to tell the unvarnished truth
Steve Holland / Reuters:
Trump struggles with tone in virus crisis, aides urge more empathy
Erin Cunningham / Washington Post:
As coronavirus cases explode in Iran, U.S. sanctions hinder its access to drugs and medical equipment
HHS News Releases:
OCR Issues Bulletin on Civil Rights Laws and HIPAA Flexibilities That Apply During the COVID-19 Emergency
Discussion: New York Times
Washington Post:
'It's no different from New York': Urban centers nationwide gird for catastrophic virus outbreak
Sam Stein / The Daily Beast:
Trump's Coronavirus Disinformation Campaign Isn't Working: Poll
Discussion: Ipsos
 Earlier Items: 
Associated Press:
Stimulus billions can't buy hospitals out of shortage crisis
Discussion: Florida Politics
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Coronavirus cripples voter registration efforts. Millions could be denied.
Discussion: MSNBC
German state finance minister Thomas Schäfer found dead
Inside the White House during ‘15 Days to Slow the Spread’
Discussion: Raw Story
Taryn Luna / Los Angeles Times:
Coronavirus patients in California's ICU beds double overnight
Discussion: California Governor and The Hill
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
Ali Watkins / New York Times:
N.Y.C.'s 911 System Is Overwhelmed. 'I'm Terrified,' a Paramedic Says.