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  • Trump demands appreciation from governors for coronavirus response news

    President Trump used his daily coronavirus to attack Democratic governors who in his estimation had shown insufficient gratitude for his administration’s response to the pandemic.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 19:31:42 -0400
  • In shadow of coronavirus, Congress contemplates 'one of the biggest rule changes in the last century' news

    The pandemic has left multiple members of Congress in quarantine and led to restrictions on movement that could prevent the House from voting.

    Thu, 26 Mar 2020 18:43:51 -0400
  • A Wuhan seafood vendor believed to be one of the first coronavirus patients says 'a lot fewer people would have died' if the Chinese government acted sooner news

    Wei Guixian, a 57-year-old seafood vendor in Wuhan, China, was among the first 27 people to be diagnosed with the coronavirus.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 01:14:32 -0400
  • U.S. attorney general seeks to expand home confinement option as coronavirus spreads in prisons news

    U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Thursday he has directed the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to expand its use of home confinement for inmates in appropriate cases, as the coronavirus has continued to spread in the federal prison system. A total of six inmates and four prison staffers have tested positive for COVID-19, Barr said, adding that several federal facilities including two in New York City are now on lockdown as a result. The First Step Act, signed into law by U.S. President Donald Trump in late 2018, expanded the BOP's powers to maximize the amount of time that lower-risk inmates can spend in home confinement, when possible.

    Thu, 26 Mar 2020 12:16:48 -0400
  • Joe Cool? Biden Is Trying Hard to Be the Fun Uncle news

    At around 6:30 on Wednesday evening, Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, held up a cup filled with liquid, as if to offer a virtual cheers to viewers isolated behind their screens without saying it. The drink was Gatorade, because, as a state representative from Pennsylvania who introduced Biden during his campaign’s first digital happy hour reminded attendees, the former vice president does not imbibe. “I'm probably the only Irishman you know who’s never had a drink,” Biden said, just minutes into the event that lasted over an hour. Without much else to do while cooped up at home, others made good use of the adult beverages they have been stocking up on as bars and restaurants remain locked down for coronavirus.“Send me your Happy Hour selfies folks and let’s settle in for some real talk with @JoeBiden and some amazing young folks!” Symone Sanders, a senior adviser, tweeted, holding up a picture of apple juice and white Hennessy “with a side of policy.”By nature of being remote, it’s unclear exactly how many people who participated in Biden’s dusktime event—billed as a “live, virtual roundtable on the issues young Americans care about”—were drinking, aside from the stray pictures posted of various concoctions like the “Biden Blue Quarentini” (Powerade on the rocks). But as millions of people remain at home under government advisories to socially distance, a virtual happy hour is hardly a far fetched idea for a campaign trying to engage from afar. In fact, it’s just one of several ways Team Biden has spiced up their playbook as Covid-19 continues to reshape the nature of running for president. Many of those ideas endeavor to cast septuagenarian Biden in a fresh new light.Twelve days out from the infamous “am I on camera?” incident, which Biden asked earnestly during his first remote town hall, the former vice president and his campaign have taken steps to advance technologically, as President Trump continues to dominate the national conversation with his daily press briefings on the pandemic. Democrats pleaded, for months, that Biden’s campaign needed to do better, cautioning that he could get creamed by Trump in November if certain digital improvements weren’t made in time. Now, those tweaks are starting to come to fruition. Over the past several days, his team has been publicly and privately touting their digital efforts, the latest indication that they view the first few steps as successful building blocks for the campaign in uncertain times. On Thursday evening, his campaign released tallies of their progress, noting 16 million video views across platforms, six videos with 1 million or more views, and 900,000 live viewers on Wednesday’s streaming events, which included, in part, a press briefing and happy hour. After the happy hour, for example, when a tech reporter wrote that the event was “a complete 180 from his campaign's first flubby Zoom call,” several members of Biden’s press shop endorsed the comment with a retweet.  “.@joebiden smartly putting that smart new studio to use—>,” Lis Smith, a rival communications adviser for former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who has since endorsed Biden, tweeted at another juncture. Biden staffers were also happy to promote the praise. Before that happened, the first step was creating the right infrastructure by building a makeshift TV studio in Biden’s home basement in Wilmington, Delaware, where he has held regular press briefings to counter the president’s own. More often than not, he takes several questions from reporters. “So am I,” Biden said candidly during one recent briefing, genuinely connecting with a reporter who unremarkably mentioned she’s just sitting at home like the rest of the campaign press corps. Those efforts have expanded in recent days. On Tuesday, Biden dialed into ABC’s “The View,” a female-centered daytime program that has been famously friendly to him for the past several years.“We should be focusing on surging data, surging equipment, surging testing, surging all this information and all this capability around the country,” Biden said. “That's the first and foremost thing we should be doing instead of waiting around.” The same day, he also made the cable news rounds, appearing on MSNBC and CNN, aiming to show himself to those wondering about his whereabouts, with staffers promoting the hashtag HereIsJoe. On Thursday evening, he’ll appear on Jimmy Kimmel’s late night program for a “minilogue from home.”But it’s not entirely a flashy effort. Biden’s campaign launched a newsletter this week, complete with a “Hey Joe!” section for readers to submit questions about seemingly any topic. He hopes to send it out “regularly,” he said in the first edition. The 77-year-old Democrat also recently contributed a piece to Crooked Media, a company “dedicated to providing a no-bullshit conversation about politics in culture” that appeals largely to younger, progressive readers.“America’s young people have had a rough run of it lately,” he started off a post on Wednesday titled, Protecting Our Future After Coronavirus. “We need to make sure that our economic recovery does not come at the expense of those who can least afford it or who are just getting started in life: Hard-working young people in service industries and retail that are being decimated by layoffs; all those who are hustling to make a living in the gig economy,” he wrote.“Hustling” in the “gig economy”—two concepts young people saddled with debt and still struggling to recover from the 2008 financial crash are all too familiar with—is a phrase Biden has grown fond of lately, using it during his youth happy hour the same day the post went live.His effort to appeal to young voters comes as his only rival left in the Democratic primary, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), consistently performed well with that group. Despite winning overwhelmingly during Super Tuesday, Biden lost voters under 30 consistently, and lost voters under 45 by record margins in Florida, Illinois and Arizona, the following contests. But as Sanders struggles to keep his campaign going amid calls to drop out, Biden has seized an opportunity to make inroads with the same voting bloc.“The youngest people in America have the greatest deal of anxiety,” Biden said during his virtual roundtable on Wednesday night. “We need to do a lot more than we’re doing now.” Addressing the threat of the virus specifically, he added: “Just because you’re under the age of 60, doesn’t mean you’re immune.”Biden’s also recently pushed out policy proposals with younger voters in mind, like forgiveness for crippling student loan debt. He recently called for “at least 10,000 in student loan forgiveness now,” in the height of the pandemic, and adopted portions of Sanders’ own Senate bill to make public colleges and universities tuition free for families making under $125,000. “We must not allow this pandemic to rob young people and the economic futures they’ve been trying to build,” he said from his basement studio.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.

    Thu, 26 Mar 2020 17:45:12 -0400
  • Alabama girl, 4, missing for nearly two days, found safe news

    Evelyn Vadie Sides and her dog have been reunited with worried loved ones.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 18:43:13 -0400
  • Pope faces coronavirus 'tempest' alone in St Peter's Square news

    Pope Francis stood alone in vast Saint Peter's Square Friday to bless Catholics around the world suffering under the coronavirus pandemic, urging people to ease their fears through faith. In a historic first, the Argentine performed the rarely recited "Urbi et Orbi" blessing from the steps of the basilica to an empty square, addressing those in lockdown across the globe via television, radio and social media.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 19:46:17 -0400
  • China sends medical aid to Pakistan to combat virus outbreak news

    China sent a plane loaded with medical personnel and supplies Saturday to help Pakistan fight the spread of the coronavirus in one of the world's most populous nations. Iran is battling the worst outbreak in the region and state TV said Saturday another 139 people had died from the virus. China has sought to portray itself as a global leader in the fight against the outbreak, which began a few months ago in its Wuhan province.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 05:51:46 -0400
  • Coronavirus: Asia's 'shining star' heads for recession due to virus news

    Singapore's sharp slowdown suggests a major contraction for a world economy battling coronavirus.

    Thu, 26 Mar 2020 13:53:03 -0400
  • Stay In the Lines With These Neat Science Coloring Pages

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    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 09:00:00 -0400
  • Trump tweets blame in all directions over ventilators for coronavirus, except at himself news

    Hours after a Fox News interview in which he downplayed a national shortage of hospital ventilators to treat patients infected with the coronavirus, President Trump fired off a number of tweets Friday blaming General Motors and its CEO, Mary Barra, for not manufacturing more of them.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:37:54 -0400
  • This TSA officer has coronavirus symptoms. He can't get tested news

    TSA officer Brian Shoup's case illustrates the difficulties of the coronavirus pandemic across the country: the risk of exposure and lack of testing.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 19:19:19 -0400
  • Russia confirms coronavirus case in Putin's administration, tightens curbs news

    The Kremlin confirmed a coronavirus case in President Vladimir Putin's administration on Friday and the government said measures imposed in Moscow to fight the virus should be extended across Russia. The Kremlin said it was taking measures to stop the virus spreading further after a staff member in the presidential administration contracted the virus. It said the person had not come into contact with Putin, but declined to identify them.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 05:42:45 -0400
  • Venezuela’s Dollar Lifeline at Risk From Anti-Virus Lockdown news

    (Bloomberg) -- Business closures and lockdowns in the U.S., Europe and Latin America are putting at risk billions of dollars in remittances on which Venezuela’s economy depends.Venezuelan families get nearly $4 billion per year from relatives abroad, but that figure is projected to slump as migrants lose their jobs amid the coronavirus pandemic. That would bring additional misery to a country that has also been hit by a crash in crude prices as well as its own outbreak of the virus.Mariang Stefanie Escala, 29, earned 34,000 pesos ($8) a day as a waitress in a Bogota restaurant until March 19, when the managers told her they were closing due to a lockdown announced by the mayor’s office.Escala sent 300,000 pesos per month to her family in the Venezuelan city of Puerto la Cruz, but now doesn’t even have enough to pay her own rent or electricity bill.“There are a lot of Venezuelans in the same situation,” she said, in a phone interview.Venezuela is undergoing the deepest depression in the history of the Americas, made even worse by U.S. sanctions. The inflow of dollars from the 5 million Venezuelans who left the country in recent years is a lifeline for about a third of the households left behind.Now Venezuelan migrants in countries such as Colombia, Peru and Spain risk being thrown out of work amid the global downturn.“The economies of the countries where Venezuelans are living and sending remittances from are losing dynamism and, adding the exceptional situation of the coronavirus, impediments to sending money build up,” said Francisco Rodriguez, a Venezuelan economist who teaches at Tulane University.Rodriguez estimates remittances will drop 60% this year. Other economists, such Ecoanalitica director Asdrubal Oliveros, estimate a less dramatic drop of 30%, depending on how severely the global crisis affects employment.A quarter of Venezuelans -- about 7 million -- face regular food shortages, according to the United Nations Food Program.President Nicolas Maduro ordered a nationwide lockdown on March 17 to curb the spread of the virus, which has so far infected at least 106 people in Venezuela and more than 490,000 worldwide.(Updates with latest numbers of infected people in the 11th paragraph.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

    Thu, 26 Mar 2020 14:35:37 -0400
  • Custodian with coronavirus symptoms accuses Harvard of neglect news

    Doris Reina-Landaverde said she ran out of masks to use while cleaning and was told by the university that they didn't have any more.

    Thu, 26 Mar 2020 22:24:22 -0400
  • Italy, Spain suffer record virus deaths as British PM tests positive news

    Italy on Friday recorded the most daily deaths of any country since the start of the coronavirus pandemic and Spain had its deadliest day, as British Prime Minister Boris Johnson became the first major world leader to test positive. Italy reported 969 new deaths, Spain 769 and France 299 as Europe reeled from a crisis that led the United States on Friday to finalise an unprecedented $2 trillion stimulus package. In other grim milestones, AFP tallies showed more than 26,000 deaths worldwide, and a total of 300,000 cases now recorded in Europe, after the United States overtook China as the country with the most infections.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 22:07:01 -0400
  • Indian authorities send buses to take unemployed to villages news

    Authorities sent a fleet of buses to the outskirts of India's capital on Saturday to meet an exodus of migrant workers desperately trying to reach their home villages during the world's largest coronavirus lockdown. Thousands of people, mostly young male day laborers but also families, fled their New Delhi homes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown that began on Wednesday and effectively put millions of Indians who live off daily earnings out of work. Modi said the extreme measure was needed to halt the spread of the coronavirus in India, which has confirmed 775 cases and 19 deaths, and where millions live in cramped conditions without regular access to clean water.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 05:16:15 -0400
  • China threatens to strike back after Taiwan deal news

    China has denounced a U.S. act that increases American support for Taiwan internationally.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 09:37:41 -0400
  • 'Each day we get news of another brother or sister who has fallen': United Auto Workers announce death of fourth Fiat Chrysler employee due to the coronavirus news

    The fourth FCA death comes as some plants among the Detroit Big Three, whose workers are unionized with the UAW, prepare to come back online.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 11:23:37 -0400
  • The mistakes that turned New York into an epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic news

    Caught between a mayor’s indecision and a president’s inattention, the nation’s largest city was left dangerously exposed to the coronavirus pandemic.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 05:00:49 -0400
  • 273 Americans stuck in Central America flown back to U.S. on ICE deportation flights news

    Americans were brought back on the return legs of three ICE removal flights to Central America, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 22:47:20 -0400
  • Pope holds dramatic solitary service for relief from coronavirus news

    Pope Francis said the coronavirus had put everyone "in the same boat" as he held a dramatic, solitary prayer service in St. Peter's Square on Friday, urging the world to see the crisis as a test of solidarity and a reminder of basic values. "Thick darkness has gathered over our squares, our streets and our cities," he said, speaking from the steps of St. Peter's Basilica into an eerily empty and rainy square before delivering an extraordinary "Urbi et Orbi" (to the city and the world) blessing - something he normally does only twice a year. The Vatican called the service "An Extraordinary Prayer in the Time of Pandemic," a sombre echo of an announcement by Italian officials minutes earlier that the coronavirus death toll in the country had surged past 9,000.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 14:54:58 -0400
  • Mexican governor prompts outrage with claim poor are immune to coronavirus news

    Miguel Barbosa’s comments reflect almost conspiratorial response of many Mexican politicians to pandemic * Coronavirus – latest updates * See all our coronavirus coverageA Mexican state governor has prompted incredulity and outrage by claiming that poor people are immune to Covid-19, as the government attempts to promote physical distancing and cancels non-essential services.Miguel Barbosa, the governor of Puebla, was apparently commenting on reports that a significant proportion of Mexico’s coronavirus cases is made up of wealthy people who had travelled abroad.Officials say three-quarters of Mexico’s 475 confirmed cases are related to international travel, including several people who reportedly caught the virus on skiing trips to Italy or the US.“Most of them are wealthy people,” Barbosa said. “If you are rich you are at risk. If you are poor you are not. The poor, we’re immune.”default His comments set off a firestorm in a country, where nearly half of the population are poor and the majority work in the informal economy.They also reflected the almost conspiratorial response of many Mexican politicians toward Covid-19, which threatens to wreck the government’s agenda of mega-projects and expanding social programmes.The country’s president, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, whose administration has promised to “put the poor first”, has responded with breezy optimism to the crisis. He told reporters on Tuesday that Mexico would be past the “worst of it” within a month.López Obrador has resisted stiffer measures such as quarantine and border closures, on the grounds that poor Mexicans are unable to afford not to work.“The economy is in a nosedive and his base, the poor, is getting the short end of the stick,” said Esteban Illades, the editor of Nexos magazine, of the president’s motives. “A weak economy means his legacy is compromised.”Mexico has entered phase II of the coronavirus pandemic, meaning community spreading has started. There have been six deaths in the country so far.Covid-19 has struck at a tough time for Mexico. The economy slumped in 2019 and forecasts for 2020 suggested continued stagnation even before the pandemic.López Obrador swept to power with an overwhelming majority in 2019, but recent polls suggest his support is slipping. One survey showed his approval rating below 50% for the first time.The president’s supporters have rallied around him and tried to downplay the dangers of the coronavirus.Analysts say the pandemic is the most recent in a string of crises, including outbreaks of drug violence and growing fury over gender-based violence, which López Obrador and his supporters see as personal attacks rather than issues requiring urgent attention and resources.“They’re looking at how coronavirus will affect their so-called ‘fourth transformation”, as the president refers to his administration, “and how their dreams of transforming the country are now on the backburner,” Illades said. “It happens every presidential term. Reality always gets in the way of dreams.”

    Thu, 26 Mar 2020 16:06:23 -0400
  • Why the Strategic National Stockpile isn't meant to solve a crisis like coronavirus news

    The country's largest repository of drugs and medical equipment is designed to be used as a stopgap — not a solution — during emergencies.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 06:11:24 -0400
  • Asia virus latest: People return to China epicentre, security talks off news

    Wuhan, the central Chinese city where the coronavirus first emerged last year, partly reopened on Saturday after more than two months of near total isolation for its population of 11 million. A top Asian security conference that gathers defence ministers -- including from the US and China -- and senior military officials was cancelled due to the pandemic. Thousands of migrant workers in India, left jobless and penniless by the full shutdown of the country, are walking long distances back to their home villages after all transport was stopped except for essential services.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 11:31:09 -0400
  • US couple, adopted daughter, caught in India virus lockdown news

    A Georgia couple who traveled to India to adopt a child have had to delay bringing their new daughter back to the United States after Indian authorities locked down the country because of the coronavirus. India's Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, on Tuesday announced a three-week lockdown in the country of 1.3 billion people, meaning that citizens and visitors alike may only leave their homes or hotels for food, medicine or other essential needs. The order is meant to keep the virus from surging and overwhelming an already strained health care system, but it has also left Mike and Whitney Saville of Auburn, Georgia, with little hope of getting back home with their daughter Grace anytime soon.

    Thu, 26 Mar 2020 18:23:58 -0400
  • Trump criticizes governors who have not been 'appreciative' of the administration's efforts to fight the coronavirus news

    At a coronavirus task force briefing on Friday, President Trump attacked some governors for their criticism of him, saying, “I want them to be appreciative.”

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 19:26:25 -0400
  • Italy again reported the highest single-day death toll since the coronavirus outbreak began: 919 deaths. Its cases have surpassed China's. news

    Italy's coronavirus death toll is the world's highest: More than 9,000 people have died, compared with 1,300 people in the US and 3,300 in China.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 13:26:00 -0400
  • Letters to the Editor: Trump's updates are ridiculous, but they make you wonder: Where is Joe Biden? news

    Joe Biden should more forcefully rebut President Trump, whose daily updates on the coronavirus give him precious media coverage.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 06:00:35 -0400
  • Neanderthals didn't just hunt mammoths. They actually knew how to fish, researchers discover. news

    A new study suggests that Neanderthals were skilled fishermen and that seafood was a key ingredient in their diets.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 10:29:50 -0400
  • EXCLUSIVE-Ex-Venezuelan general charged with drug trafficking surrenders to DEA -sources

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    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 18:19:39 -0400
  • Sidelined in the final days of stimulus talks, McConnell again learns the risk of getting ahead of Trump news

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was largely sidelined during final talks on the massive economic rescue package that cleared the Senate on Wednesday. Once again, he's learned the risk of getting ahead of President Trump.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 07:00:44 -0400
  • Coronavirus unemployment benefits. Here's who qualifies and how much they get. news

    How long do the payments last? What if you worked part time? You got hired but couldn't start your job — are you eligible? And more.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 17:24:53 -0400
  • Rihanna donates safety gear to New York City hospitals news

    Governor Andrew Cuomo on Thursday praised the pop star, saying, "We're so appreciative of your help and that of so many others who have stepped up."

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 00:43:39 -0400
  • In Iran, false belief a poison fights virus kills hundreds news

    Standing over the still body of an intubated 5-year-old boy wearing nothing but a plastic diaper, an Iranian health care worker in a hazmat suit and mask begged the public for just one thing: Stop drinking industrial alcohol over fears about the new coronavirus. The boy, now blind after his parents gave him toxic methanol in the mistaken belief it protects against the virus, is just one of hundreds of victims of an epidemic inside the pandemic now gripping Iran. Iranian media report nearly 300 people have been killed and more than 1,000 sickened so far by ingesting methanol across the Islamic Republic, where drinking alcohol is banned and where those who do rely on bootleggers.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 02:04:57 -0400
  • Hedge funds are pouncing on companies infected by coronavirus news

    Hedge funds have lost billions of dollars as coronavirus has stalled the economy and sent Wall Street into a tailspin. US-based hedge funds are aiming to persuade clients that the current economic crisis and the uncertainties in fact present a unique investment opportunity, according to letters sent to clients viewed by AFP. In their discussions with current investors and potential new clients, some of these funds are emphasizing that stocks, corporate bonds and commodities have not been as cheap since the 2008 global financial crisis, according to sources close to the institutions.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 21:30:32 -0400
  • Without any interventions like social distancing, one model predicts the coronavirus could have killed 40 million people this year news

    The researchers warned that governments and individuals must take immediate steps like lockdowns and staying home to stem the impacts of the pandemic.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 16:05:17 -0400
  • China’s Lies, and Ours news

    This is a tale of two governments. Both were faced with a potential disaster -- a new and deadly epidemic. Both made choices that the world will judge.China. The virus made its first appearance in a Wuhan “wet market,” an emporium (apparently common in China) that featured live and newly slaughtered animals in close proximity. SARS and avian flu are also thought to have originated in these markets, which amount to an ongoing threat to global health.From the first reported case, on December 1, 2019, until January 5, 2020, the Chinese government engaged in a cover-up. As National Review’s Jim Geraghty recounted, in early January, China’s National Health Commission forbade reporting on the new disease. On December 30, Dr. Li Wenliang sent a message to other physicians warning that a SARS-like illness was spreading. He was arrested (along with six others) and obliged to apologize for “spreading rumors.” (Dr. Li Wenliang died of COVID-19 on February 7.)Throughout early January, as cases mounted, the Chinese government issued soothing statements suggesting that the new pneumonia was not transmitted from person to person. As late as January 15, after Thailand and Japan had reported their first cases, official government sources were denying that human-to-human transmission had been proven, saying the risk was “low.”Only on January 23, six weeks after the first case, did China announce a quarantine of Wuhan. By that time, millions had come and gone from the city during the busy holiday season, and cases had been reported in Vietnam, Singapore, Hong Kong, and South Korea.USA. President Trump engaged in a series of soothing statements himself. On January 22, after the first U.S. case was reported, he said “We have it totally under control.” On February 2, he boasted that “we pretty much shut it down coming in from China.” Twice in February, the president promised that “when we get into April, in the warmer weather — that has a very negative effect on that, and that type of a virus.” On February 26, when cases topped 60, Trump claimed that “we’re going very substantially down, not up.” In South Carolina, on February 28, Trump likened criticism of his handling of the pandemic to impeachment, saying “this is their new hoax.” On March 6, he continued this theme. Facing criticism for his false statement that “anyone who wants a test can get a test,” Trump tried to string together a “fake news”/Ukraine theme. He said the tests were “beautiful,” adding “The tests are all perfect, like the letter was perfect, the transcription was perfect, right?” Asked whether he was concerned about the virus’s spread on March 7, the president said “No, we’ve done a great job.”Throughout the first ten weeks of the pandemic, Trump praised China effusively, as The Bulwark’s Jim Swift chronicled. On February 7, for example, Trump said: “Great discipline is taking place in China, as President Xi strongly leads what will be a very successful operation. We are working closely with China to help!” A few days later, he shared with Fox News his view that “China is very, you know, professionally run, in the sense that they have everything under control. I really believe they are going to have it under control fairly soon.”China. When the lies were no longer tenable, the Chinese government pivoted. Through their propaganda arms, they circulated videos of China building new “hospitals” (they were actually “prefab quarantine wards,” not fully equipped hospitals) and fumigating public spaces. This was followed by grand gestures like donating millions of face masks to afflicted countries such as Spain, South Korea, Iran, and the Philippines. Jack Ma, CEO of Alibaba, shipped a million masks and half a million testing kits to the U.S.USA. When the lies were no longer tenable, President Trump pivoted. Two days after claiming that the disease was under control, Trump declared himself a “wartime president” and offered that “I’ve always known this is a real — this is a pandemic. I felt it was a pandemic long before it was called a pandemic.” Trump began to appear daily at press conferences with public-health authorities -- a setting he controls, in which every participant must begin with fulsome praise of himself. He pivoted on China too, dropping the unctuous praise in favor of provocative blame.China. Relentless propaganda lauding Premier Xi’s great leadership in fighting the coronavirus may succeed with many Chinese. Will the world remember the criminal dishonesty that arguably unleashed this pestilence?USA. By consistently downplaying and denying the seriousness of the threat, President Trump cost the American people precious time. By encouraging a false sense of security, he prevented the federal, state, and local governments from gearing up for the worst emergency we have faced in 100 years. Will the world remember the dishonesty that permitted this pestilence to hit us so very hard?© 2020

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 06:30:27 -0400
  • American Airlines flight attendant dies of coronavirus, elevating fears in the industry news

    Paul Frishkorn, a Philadelphia-based flight attendant, has died from coronavirus, fueling fears in a profession on the front lines of the pandemic.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 14:21:54 -0400
  • Top scientist: Coronavirus could be seasonal news

    Anthony Fauci, who leads research into infectious diseases at the National Institutes of Health, said there is a strong chance the new coronavirus could return seasonally.

    Thu, 26 Mar 2020 12:29:53 -0400
  • South Korean coronavirus test kit makers win U.S. FDA pre-approval news

    Three Korean coronavirus test-kit makers have won preliminary approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), paving the way for kits to be exported to the United States to help it battle the largest outbreak of the virus. South Korea's foreign ministry said that winning the preliminary approval under emergency use authorization will allow the products to be sold in the United States. U.S. President Donald Trump this week asked his Korean counterpart to supply the medical devices and promised to help Korean firms gain U.S. regulator approval.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 21:38:17 -0400
  • ‘It's a steep road ahead’: Sanders admits it's going to be tough to beat Biden but he won't stop trying news

    Bernie Sanders is continuing to assess the future of his presidential campaign as he lags behind Joe Biden in delegate count and has to face up to the challenge of running for office during the coronavirus pandemic.Speaking to NPR’s Noel King on Morning Edition, Senator Sanders acknowledged that the path ahead would be challenging: “it's going to be a very steep road.”

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 17:43:48 -0400
  • Judge orders release of 10 immigration detainees from N.J. jails

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    Thu, 26 Mar 2020 23:59:27 -0400
  • In California, confusion over 'essential' businesses news

    Many gun stores and cannabis retailers chose to keep their doors open despite an initial lack of clear direction from the state.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 18:25:48 -0400
  • Mosques remain open in Pakistan despite virus threats news

    The country's leading religious scholars have only advised that the old and sick avoid prayers and instructed clerics to keep sermons brief. Tiktok videos garnering hundreds of thousands of likes on social media in Pakistan have called for Muslims to attend mosques despite public health warnings. "Most of the people are terrified," said Islamabad resident Syed Ashfaq Ahmed after visiting a mosque this week.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 09:59:30 -0400
  • Half the residents who tested positive for the coronavirus in a Washington nursing home did not yet have symptoms, but they were highly contagious news

    Half of COVID-19 cases at a care home were asymptotic. That may mean up to half of contagious patients may not be caught, per a new CDC report.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 15:22:50 -0400
  • Water shutoffs in sharp focus amid coronavirus outbreak news

    The advice is simple and universal: Washing your hands with soap and water is one of the most effective ways to stop the spread of the coronavirus. The Rev. Roslyn Bouier remembers when children began to show up at the Brightmoor Connection Food Pantry on Detroit’s northwest side, clutching empty pitchers. Through the end of 2019, the city has recorded about 127,500 total service cutoffs, according to the water department, though that figure includes households where the water was turned off repeatedly.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 14:35:47 -0400
  • 'This cannot be our final bill': Pelosi looks ahead while Republicans want to see effects of $2 trillion coronavirus package news

    Pelosi has a list of items she says need to be addressed in a future coronavirus package. The GOP first wants to see how the current plan works out.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 08:47:02 -0400
  • A 90-year-old woman in Washington state recovered from the coronavirus, and she credits family, God, and potato soup news

    Family members of 90-year-old COVID-19 patient Geneva Wood were called to the hospital to say their goodbyes. After seeing them, she recovered.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 17:38:17 -0400
  • China's Xi offers Trump help in coronavirus fight as Wuhan reopens to traffic news

    Chinese President Xi Jinping told U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday that he would have China's support in fighting the coronavirus, as Wuhan, the Chinese city where the outbreak emerged, reopened to incoming traffic. The United States now has the most coronavirus cases of any country, with nearly 85,000 infections. Trump said China had sent virus data to U.S. scientists and was sending more after he and Xi spoke by telephone.

    Thu, 26 Mar 2020 20:40:53 -0400
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