Trump says he’s considering putting the New York area under quarantine

President Donald Trump said on Saturday that he’s considering an enforceable short-term quarantine in certain parts of the New York metro area after a conversation with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo — a claim that Cuomo says he has no knowledge of.

“I just spoke with Andrew Cuomo, I just spoke with [Florida Gov.] Ron DeSantis. We’re thinking about certain things. Some people would like to see New York quarantined because it’s a hot spot” of coronavirus cases, Trump told reporters on the White House lawn. “We might not have to do it, but there’s a possibility that some time …

A Navy ship is headed to New York to help hospitals strained by coronavirus patients

President Donald Trump sent a Navy hospital ship — the USNS Comfort — to New York City Saturday afternoon, in order to help hospitals overburdened by coronavirus patients.

Speaking at Virginia’s Naval Station Norfolk, Trump said the ship will arrive in New York City on Monday. The hospital ship was “rushed through” scheduled maintenance in four days, according to Trump, and will augment health care efforts in New York, where more than 23,000 Covid-19 cases have been confirmed and at least 517 people have died, as of March 28.

During his remarks, Trump also suggested that the severity of New …

Tom Coburn, the Senate’s “Dr. No,” has died at 72

Thomas Coburn, Oklahoma politician and physician, died Saturday after a years-long battle with cancer. He was 72.

Coburn, a Republican who served in the House of Representatives and the Senate, was best known as a staunch fiscal conservative who hated and highlighted excess government spending. He refused to support bills that included what he saw as an abuse of taxpayer money, rarely backing down from those convictions even when they went against his own party, and did everything in his power to block them.

He became known as “Dr. No,” a moniker he earned up until the very end of …

The FDA approves a coronavirus test that can give results in 5 minutes

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a molecular test that can diagnose novel coronavirus infections within a matter of minutes.

The test, created by Abbott Laboratories, is highly portable and can be used in a wide variety of settings, from hospital emergency rooms to urgent care clinics to physicians’ offices. The company says it expects to start shipping the kit out to health care providers next week, and that it will be able to deliver 50,000 tests a day by April 1.

Abbott’s coronavirus test will be run on its “ID NOW” platform, which is already used for rapidly …

The missing puzzle piece for getting to 100% clean power

Across the country, dozens of cities and states have passed laws or resolutions targeting 100 percent carbon-free electricity — most recently 20 communities in Utah and the state of Virginia.

But is it even possible to power a modern economy with a carbon-free grid? And if so, what are the best energy sources and technologies for getting there?

These questions have been the source of raging debate among energy wonks for many years but have moved closer to mainstream political discourse since the introduction of the Green New Deal. (For a brief introduction to the terms and players …

A sexual assault allegation against Joe Biden has ignited a firestorm of controversy

Last year, several women came forward publicly to say Joe Biden had kissed or touched them in ways that made them uncomfortable.

One of them was Tara Reade, who said Biden used to “put his hand on my shoulder and run his finger up my neck” when she worked in his Senate office in 1993.

Reade now says there was more to her experience with Biden. In an interview with podcast host Katie Halper, which aired Wednesday, Reade says Biden sexually assaulted her, pushing her against a wall and penetrating her with his fingers. When she pulled away, she says, …

A Covid-19 reading list for March 27

Here is a list of coronavirus-related articles, podcasts, and threads from around the internet that caught our eye:

  • Rumors surfaced yesterday that Neil Ferguson, one of the authors of the Imperial College paper whose forecasts spurred governments into taking more stringent actions to combat Covid-19’s transmission, had walked back his initial estimates. Those rumors were false, as Ferguson himself explains.
  • The relative success of early containment measures does not mean fears of Covid-19’s spread are overblown or early forecasts were wrong. They also don’t mean we’re out of the woods. This thread from epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch explain why.
  • “Their models