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How a bill co-sponsored by Elizabeth Warren and signed by Trump could reshape the next presidential transitionIn approximately 10 months, a new presidential administration will take shape. And how it does so could have great consequences in the years to come. That’s why there’s reason to cheer a bill that could ensure that the transition is conducted with the proper ethical strictures in place — the kinds of strictures that did not exist in 2016.


3/21/2020 4:00:48 AM

Shelter in place, stay at home, quarantine: What do coronavirus restrictions mean?In an effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic, governors in Connecticut, Illinois and New York announced executive orders on Friday requiring all nonessential workers to stay home as much as possible — a day after California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a similar order requiring all nonessential workers to stay home. In total, about 75 million Americans will be affected. 


3/21/2020 9:50:17 AM

Federal law enforcement document reveals white supremacists discussed using coronavirus as a bioweaponWhite supremacists discussed plans to weaponize coronavirus via “saliva,” a “spray bottle” or “laced items,” according to a weekly intelligence brief distributed by a federal law enforcement division on Feb. 17. 


3/21/2020 4:20:31 PM

Fauci: U.S. 'looking very closely' at severe coronavirus symptoms in younger AmericansFauci said experts will have to "really examine" the difference in cases in the U.S. and Europe vs. China.


3/22/2020 4:31:11 PM

Trump on China: ‘I just wish they could have told us earlier’President Trump on Saturday said he wished that China would have notified the United States sooner about the coronavirus and its impact.


3/21/2020 3:05:07 PM

First coronavirus cases confirmed in the Palestinian Gaza StripThe first two cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the densely-populated Gaza Strip, Palestinian health officials said on Sunday. Two Palestinians who had traveled from Pakistan and entered Gaza through Egypt had tested positive for the virus late on Saturday and have been in quarantine in Rafah, a town near the Egyptian border, since their arrival on Thursday, the Gaza health ministry said. Schools, public markets and event halls have all been shut in Gaza over the past two weeks to minimize the risk of coronavirus transmission.


3/21/2020 7:09:11 PM

Tapper Grills FEMA Chief on Mask Shortage: ‘Doesn't Fill People With Confidence’CNN anchor Jake Tapper repeatedly confronted FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor on Sunday morning over the shortages of masks and other safety gear hospitals across the nation are facing amid the coronavirus crisis, explicitly noting that Gaynor’s answers don’t elicit confidence.Tapper kicked off his interview with Gaynor on CNN's State of the Union by pressing for specifics, asking the FEMA chief how many masks the federal government has at this moment and when they will arrive at local hospitals.Gaynor insisted that they’ve been shipping from national stockpiles for weeks, but that the demand on these items was global. He added that they’re also looking for commercial sources and donations to help fill the need.“It’s not just about the federal government buying it. It’s also about those hospitals and other facilities. If you find it on the market, go ahead and buy it,” Gaynor said. “FEMA will reimburse you for it. This is a shared responsibility.”Tapper wondered aloud, “Do you have any specific numbers on how many masks the federal government has been able to acquire and how many have gone out the door to hospitals?” This prompted the FEMA administrator to merely reply that it is a “dynamic and fluid operation.”Tapper, growing increasingly exasperated, pushed back: “Do you have even a rough number?”“I can’t give you a rough number,” Gaynor admitted. “I can tell you that it’s happening every day. My mission is operational coordination of all these things and that’s my focus. Whether it’s supplies, vents, you name it, we’re finding it, identifying it, and shipping it to those who have requested it.”The CNN anchor, meanwhile, noted that the “inability of the federal government to give a number in terms of masks alarms people” and makes them believe that masks aren’t being shipped.“I’m not saying that’s the case, but without a number, that doesn’t fill people with confidence,” Tapper added.He also went on to play clips of governors sounding the alarm that their hospitals don’t have enough equipment to handle the surge of coronavirus patients, asking Gaynor if he could let them know when they’d receive the needed supplies. Gaynor once again refused to give a definitive answer, instead saying they were focused on “priorities” and “hotspots” such as New York City and California.After Gaynor demurred when asked how many masks, tests, and ventilators governors have requested from FEMA, Tapper gave voice to the frustration many are feeling.“Again, nobody’s doubting the sincerity of your effort. But the lack of numbers is alarming because it makes people think maybe we don’t have a full understanding of the problem.” Tapper went on to note that even though President Donald Trump has already invoked the Defense Production Act, it doesn't appear that he has actually ordered any companies to manufacture needed supplies. “Has the president, as of now, Sunday morning, ordered any companies to make more of any of these critical supplies?” Tapper asked.“No, and we haven’t yet,” Gaynor replied. “It really is leverage, I think, to demonstrate that we can use it. The president can use it any time... It’s happening without using that lever.”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.


3/22/2020 9:34:27 AM

If you have lost your sense of smell or taste you could be a 'hidden carrier' of the coronavirusA sudden loss of smell or taste could mean you have the coronavirus, even if you have no other symptoms.


3/22/2020 8:06:32 AM

A group of Florida college students traveling together on spring break have tested positive for the novel coronavirusFour of the students are self-isolating on campus, and two others are self-isolating elsewhere, the University of Tampa said.


3/22/2020 3:04:35 PM

What's the purpose of the phrase 'Chinese virus'?President Trump and other conservatives have begun referring to coronavirus as the "Chinese virus," saying they want to ensure that China’s government is held accountable. The change in word choice has raised accusations of racism.


3/21/2020 1:20:00 PM

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How a bill co-sponsored by Elizabeth Warren and signed by Trump could reshape the next presidential transitionIn approximately 10 months, a new presidential administration will take shape. And how it does so could have great consequences in the years to come. That’s why there’s reason to cheer a bill that could ensure that the transition is conducted with the proper ethical strictures in place — the kinds of strictures that did not exist in 2016.


3/21/2020 4:00:48 AM

Shelter in place, stay at home, quarantine: What do coronavirus restrictions mean?In an effort to combat the coronavirus pandemic, governors in Connecticut, Illinois and New York announced executive orders on Friday requiring all nonessential workers to stay home as much as possible — a day after California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a similar order requiring all nonessential workers to stay home. In total, about 75 million Americans will be affected. 


3/21/2020 9:50:17 AM

Federal law enforcement document reveals white supremacists discussed using coronavirus as a bioweaponWhite supremacists discussed plans to weaponize coronavirus via “saliva,” a “spray bottle” or “laced items,” according to a weekly intelligence brief distributed by a federal law enforcement division on Feb. 17. 


3/21/2020 4:20:31 PM

Fauci: U.S. 'looking very closely' at severe coronavirus symptoms in younger AmericansFauci said experts will have to "really examine" the difference in cases in the U.S. and Europe vs. China.


3/22/2020 4:31:11 PM

Trump on China: ‘I just wish they could have told us earlier’President Trump on Saturday said he wished that China would have notified the United States sooner about the coronavirus and its impact.


3/21/2020 3:05:07 PM

First coronavirus cases confirmed in the Palestinian Gaza StripThe first two cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the densely-populated Gaza Strip, Palestinian health officials said on Sunday. Two Palestinians who had traveled from Pakistan and entered Gaza through Egypt had tested positive for the virus late on Saturday and have been in quarantine in Rafah, a town near the Egyptian border, since their arrival on Thursday, the Gaza health ministry said. Schools, public markets and event halls have all been shut in Gaza over the past two weeks to minimize the risk of coronavirus transmission.


3/21/2020 7:09:11 PM

Tapper Grills FEMA Chief on Mask Shortage: ‘Doesn't Fill People With Confidence’CNN anchor Jake Tapper repeatedly confronted FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor on Sunday morning over the shortages of masks and other safety gear hospitals across the nation are facing amid the coronavirus crisis, explicitly noting that Gaynor’s answers don’t elicit confidence.Tapper kicked off his interview with Gaynor on CNN's State of the Union by pressing for specifics, asking the FEMA chief how many masks the federal government has at this moment and when they will arrive at local hospitals.Gaynor insisted that they’ve been shipping from national stockpiles for weeks, but that the demand on these items was global. He added that they’re also looking for commercial sources and donations to help fill the need.“It’s not just about the federal government buying it. It’s also about those hospitals and other facilities. If you find it on the market, go ahead and buy it,” Gaynor said. “FEMA will reimburse you for it. This is a shared responsibility.”Tapper wondered aloud, “Do you have any specific numbers on how many masks the federal government has been able to acquire and how many have gone out the door to hospitals?” This prompted the FEMA administrator to merely reply that it is a “dynamic and fluid operation.”Tapper, growing increasingly exasperated, pushed back: “Do you have even a rough number?”“I can’t give you a rough number,” Gaynor admitted. “I can tell you that it’s happening every day. My mission is operational coordination of all these things and that’s my focus. Whether it’s supplies, vents, you name it, we’re finding it, identifying it, and shipping it to those who have requested it.”The CNN anchor, meanwhile, noted that the “inability of the federal government to give a number in terms of masks alarms people” and makes them believe that masks aren’t being shipped.“I’m not saying that’s the case, but without a number, that doesn’t fill people with confidence,” Tapper added.He also went on to play clips of governors sounding the alarm that their hospitals don’t have enough equipment to handle the surge of coronavirus patients, asking Gaynor if he could let them know when they’d receive the needed supplies. Gaynor once again refused to give a definitive answer, instead saying they were focused on “priorities” and “hotspots” such as New York City and California.After Gaynor demurred when asked how many masks, tests, and ventilators governors have requested from FEMA, Tapper gave voice to the frustration many are feeling.“Again, nobody’s doubting the sincerity of your effort. But the lack of numbers is alarming because it makes people think maybe we don’t have a full understanding of the problem.” Tapper went on to note that even though President Donald Trump has already invoked the Defense Production Act, it doesn't appear that he has actually ordered any companies to manufacture needed supplies. “Has the president, as of now, Sunday morning, ordered any companies to make more of any of these critical supplies?” Tapper asked.“No, and we haven’t yet,” Gaynor replied. “It really is leverage, I think, to demonstrate that we can use it. The president can use it any time... It’s happening without using that lever.”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.


3/22/2020 9:34:27 AM

If you have lost your sense of smell or taste you could be a 'hidden carrier' of the coronavirusA sudden loss of smell or taste could mean you have the coronavirus, even if you have no other symptoms.


3/22/2020 8:06:32 AM

A group of Florida college students traveling together on spring break have tested positive for the novel coronavirusFour of the students are self-isolating on campus, and two others are self-isolating elsewhere, the University of Tampa said.


3/22/2020 3:04:35 PM

What's the purpose of the phrase 'Chinese virus'?President Trump and other conservatives have begun referring to coronavirus as the "Chinese virus," saying they want to ensure that China’s government is held accountable. The change in word choice has raised accusations of racism.


3/21/2020 1:20:00 PM

US raps France for prisoner swap with IranThe Trump administration on Sunday harshly criticized France for releasing an Iranian man wanted for prosecution by the United States in an apparent prisoner swap with Iran. The State Department said it “deeply regrets” the “unilateral” French decision to release Jalal Rohollahnejad, who was the subject of a U.S. extradition request on charges of violating American sanctions on Iran. Spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement that France had failed to uphold its obligations under a joint extradition treaty and harmed the cause of justice.


3/22/2020 7:50:00 AM

US envoy says Kabul, Taliban in first prisoner exchange talksThe Afghan government and the Taliban on Sunday held their first discussion on arranging prisoner exchanges, a key step in a broader push for peace, the US special envoy for Afghanistan said on Twitter. "Today, the US and Qatar facilitated the first Afghan government to Taliban technical talks on prisoner releases, via Skype video conferencing," Zalmay Khalilzad said. The agreement, signed by Khalilzad and a senior Taliban official on February 29 in Doha, established a framework for bringing to an end America's longest war, begun after the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.


3/22/2020 9:47:39 PM

Costa cruise resumes disembarking passengers in Italy; Ruby Princess guests to quarantineCosta Luminosa continued its disembarkation process in Savona, Italy Saturday. The ship was allowed to dock despite the country being under lockdown.


3/21/2020 8:17:02 PM

Coronavirus: New York warns of major medical shortages in 10 daysNew York's mayor issues a stark warning as the state struggles to slow the spread of coronavirus.


3/22/2020 9:02:06 PM

Greece imposes lockdown after coronavirus infections jumpGreece announced a lockdown on Sunday, restricting movement from Monday morning with only a few exceptions, to combat the spread of coronavirus. "It is maybe the last step, one that must be taken promptly and not in vain," Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said in a televised address. Citing Italy, which reported almost 800 new deaths on Saturday, Mitsotakis said it was his duty to prevent such a tragedy hitting Greece.


3/22/2020 2:34:41 PM

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls Justice Department emergency proposals 'abhorrent'The coronavirus pandemic should not be an excuse for the suspension of civil rights, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said Sunday.During an appearance on CNN's State of the Union, host Jake Tapper asked Ocasio-Cortez to respond to the emergency proposals submitted to Congress by the Justice Department, including one which would give Attorney General William Barr the power to ask chief district judges to pause court proceedings when the court is overwhelmed by an emergency like the ongoing pandemic.That has set off some alarms because of what it could mean for habeas corpus, Politico reports. People have the constitutional right to appear before a judge after arrest and ask for a release, but there are fears the emergency proposal would allow the court to detain people indefinitely without trial during times of crisis.Ocasio-Cortez told Tapper she finds the idea "abhorrent" and said there's a "long history" of governments using emergencies to strip away civil rights. She argued it's particularly important now to keep an eye out for increasingly authoritarian measures. > On CNNSOTU @AOC tells @jaketapper it is "abhorrent" that DOJ proposed to Congress limiting the right to a speedy trial during the coronavirus crisishttps://t.co/S3Q8liJNMD> > -- State of the Union (@CNNSotu) March 22, 2020More stories from theweek.com How bad will the coronavirus crash get? 5 uplifting cartoons about coronavirus heroes Report: Harvey Weinstein tests positive for coronavirus in prison


3/22/2020 12:35:00 PM

Act now, Italian doctor at center of outbreak warns the world"Quite a few" patients ages 20 to 30 were in a "severe" condition like older patients, said Dr. Antonio Pensenti.


3/22/2020 6:52:00 AM

Italy just took full ownership of its national airline Alitalia to save it from collapse amid the coronavirus crisis. Here's the carrier's full troubled history.The struggling airline favored by the Pope has survived thus far on loans from the Italian government and failed investments from foreign airlines.


3/21/2020 7:08:00 AM

Experts fear India will be the next coronavirus hotspotExperts question India's coronavirus preparedness in light of its crowds, weak public health system and prevalence of other respiratory illnesses.


3/21/2020 12:17:34 PM

Iran leader refuses US help, citing virus conspiracy theoryIran's supreme leader refused U.S. assistance Sunday to fight the new coronavirus, citing an unfounded conspiracy theory claiming the virus could be man-made by America. “I do not know how real this accusation is but when it exists, who in their right mind would trust you to bring them medication?" Khamenei said. There is no scientific proof offered anywhere in the world to support Khamenei's claims.


3/22/2020 9:27:59 AM

Trump official: U.S. coronavirus lockdown to last 10-12 weeksThe lockdown affecting large segments of the American public to try to slow the spread of the coronavirus is likely to last 10 to 12 weeks, or until early June, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Sunday.


3/22/2020 10:32:10 AM

Virus adds to constant fear of life as undocumented immigrantJames can't afford to quarantine: he lost his job as a waiter in a Los Angeles restaurant and is two weeks away from running out of money for rent and food. It is the name on his fake social security card that, like many in his precarious position, he uses to get low-paying, hourly jobs. Life as an undocumented immigrant is always anxiety-inducing, especially since Donald Trump became president having campaigned on a promise to crack down on illegal immigration.


3/22/2020 9:08:37 PM

Coronavirus: Trump bows to pressure from worst-hit states and allows extra suppliesThe US National Guard has been activated in New York, California and Washington to aid in their response to the coronavirus pandemic.After New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and officials across the US pressured the federal government for days to ramp up its response to a growing crisis in their respective states, Donald Trump has announced that he signed off on a major disaster declaration for New York, per the governor's request.


3/22/2020 1:15:16 PM

South Korean churchgoers scuffle with police as virus curbs on gatherings kick inMembers of a South Korean church scuffled with police on Sunday, media reported, as government restrictions on religious services and other gatherings due to the spread of the coronavirus took effect. Authorities have urged South Koreans to stay home and maintain social distancing, as imported cases and new outbreaks around small clusters continued to emerge while an overall tally in new infections has been declining. Restrictions on high-risk events such as religious, sports and entertainment gatherings took effect on Sunday, requiring facilities to ensure space between the attendees and allowing local governments to conduct on-site checks and issue fines.


3/21/2020 8:16:17 PM

Coronavirus: Four members of New Jersey family dieThe death of Grace Fusco and three of her adult children is an "unbearable tragedy", relatives say.


3/21/2020 4:35:49 PM

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I am a doctor, a public health expert and a mother. This is what people ask me, and what I tell them.What does an expert in infectious disease get asked about coronavirus, and what does she answer?


3/22/2020 9:58:00 AM

"I hope to be roaming outside freely and without a face mask very soon," says an American quarantined in BeijingPatrick, who is an American citizen, returned back to his current home in Beijing recently and per law is being quarantined in his apartment for 14 days since his arrival back to China. “Right now, [I’m] keeping my spirits up and enjoying it. I hope to be roaming outside freely and without a face mask very soon.”


3/23/2020 6:21:48 PM

See Trump's reaction when he heard one of his top docs was tested for coronavirusSide by side at the podium with the president, Dr. Deborah Birx, a coronavirus task force member, broke the news about her fever.


3/23/2020 7:07:00 PM

A 39-year-old otherwise healthy New Orleans woman who showed signs of the novel coronavirus died alone in her kitchen awaiting test results"I don't want to be sick anymore," Natasha Ott, a 39-year-old social worker, texted days before her death. Her COVID-19 results are still unknown.


3/23/2020 5:20:36 PM

Iran leader refuses U.S. help, citing coronavirus conspiracy theoryIran's supreme leader refused U.S. assistance on Sunday to fight the new coronavirus, citing an unfounded conspiracy theory that the virus could be produced by America.


3/22/2020 9:25:45 AM

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez calls Justice Department emergency proposals 'abhorrent'The coronavirus pandemic should not be an excuse for the suspension of civil rights, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said Sunday.During an appearance on CNN's State of the Union, host Jake Tapper asked Ocasio-Cortez to respond to the emergency proposals submitted to Congress by the Justice Department, including one which would give Attorney General William Barr the power to ask chief district judges to pause court proceedings when the court is overwhelmed by an emergency like the ongoing pandemic.That has set off some alarms because of what it could mean for habeas corpus, Politico reports. People have the constitutional right to appear before a judge after arrest and ask for a release, but there are fears the emergency proposal would allow the court to detain people indefinitely without trial during times of crisis.Ocasio-Cortez told Tapper she finds the idea "abhorrent" and said there's a "long history" of governments using emergencies to strip away civil rights. She argued it's particularly important now to keep an eye out for increasingly authoritarian measures. > On CNNSOTU @AOC tells @jaketapper it is "abhorrent" that DOJ proposed to Congress limiting the right to a speedy trial during the coronavirus crisishttps://t.co/S3Q8liJNMD> > -- State of the Union (@CNNSotu) March 22, 2020More stories from theweek.com Trump suggests he might soon prioritize the economy over public health The death penalty has been abolished in Colorado The worst possible president for this crisis


3/22/2020 12:35:00 PM

Italy sees signs of hope in 651 new virus deathsItalian health officials voiced cautious hope Sunday after the coronavirus death toll edged down from the previous day's world record and the rate of infections slowed. The Mediterranean country's world-topping toll from its month-long crisis approached 5,500 and the number of COVID-19 infections neared 60,000. The number of new infections rose by a relatively modest 10.4 percent.


3/22/2020 3:19:40 PM

McConnell Challenges Dems to Explain Why They’re Holding Up Coronavirus Bill Over Special Interest ‘Wish List’Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) slammed Democrats on Monday for continuing to hold up a trillion-dollar coronavirus economic relief package in order to secure a number of environmental and other concessions.Speaking on the Senate floor, McConnell urged for bipartisanship to get the deal done, and pointed to the passing of the House’s phase-two bill, which Republicans would have done “very differently,” as a model for emulation.“Republicans understand that a national crisis calls for urgency, and it calls for bipartisanship. It’s time for that good faith to be reciprocated. It’s time for Democrats to stop playing politics and step up to the plate,” he added.McConnell accused Democrats of “filibustering programs to keep people on the payroll,” in favor of “tax credits for solar energy and wind energy, provisions to force employers to give special new treatment to big labor, and listen to this — new emissions standards for the airlines”“Democrats won’t let us fund hospitals or save small businesses unless they get to dust off the green New Deal,” McConnell said."Are you kidding me? This is the moment to debate new regulations that have nothing, whatsoever to do with this crisis,” he barked. “That is what they are up to over there. The American people need to know it!"The majority leader also directed the blame at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), who flew into D.C. over the weekend to join negotiations and begin work on the House’s own bill.“We were this close. We were this close. Then yesterday, the speaker of the House flew back from San Francisco,” McConnell quipped.Senate Democrats blocked McConnell’s phase-three package from moving forward on Sunday evening, claiming that it favored corporations over working Americans.But Republicans point to Pelosi’s entering the negotiations, after Majority Whip James Clyburn (D., S.C.) told House Democrats last week that the Republican bill was “a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision,” as a partisan move aimed at including policy unrelated to coronavirus funding.


3/23/2020 12:17:55 PM

Funerals, grieving death faces changes during the coronavirus outbreakThere is a new normal when it comes to funeral services and how they're carried out. Some cemeteries aren't allowing graveside services at all.


3/23/2020 8:42:18 PM

Coronavirus anxiety and quarantining could increase eating disorder risk. Here's what to look out for.Social distancing, stockpiling, and quarantining to prevent the coronavirus could put people increased risk of disordered eating.


3/23/2020 3:34:00 PM

Coronavirus aid bill includes $3,000 for families, $4 trillion liquidity for Fed: MnuchinThe coronavirus economic relief bill being finalized by the U.S. Congress will include a one-time $3,000 payment for families and allow the Federal Reserve to leverage up to $4 trillion of liquidity to support the nation's economy, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Sunday. Mnuchin, speaking on the "Fox News Sunday" television program, said the additional liquidity measures would allow the U.S. central bank to help a broad base of businesses to get through next 90 to 120 days. Trump administration officials hoped to finalize the legislation on Sunday and see a vote on Monday, Mnuchin said, adding that further steps could be taken if the crisis did not abate in 10 to 12 weeks.


3/22/2020 9:38:11 AM

White House press corps confirms 'suspected case' of coronavirus in the briefing roomA member of the White House press corps who has been in the briefing room several times with President Trump has come down with a suspected case of coronavirus. 


3/23/2020 4:10:54 PM

Biden has talked with Obama about his possible vice presidentBiden told Georgia donors his nominee would have to be prepared to step into the top job immediately.


3/22/2020 8:24:00 PM

Republicans: It's time to ban the Chinese government from Twitter for its 'whitewash' of coronavirus historyTwitter is officially blocked in China. But that isn't stopping Chinese government officials from spreading disinformation online.


3/22/2020 5:31:51 PM

A coronavirus vaccine is the only thing that can make life 'perfectly normal' again, former FDA commissioner saysThe rapid spread of the novel coronavirus may slow down in the United States in the not-so-distant future, but that doesn't mean life will go back to normal.In an appearance on Face the Nation Sunday, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb told host Margaret Brennan he expects a "slow transition" for society even if the epidemic peaks, as he expects, in late April and peters off in June. That's because it could come back in the fall, so until there's a vaccine, "life's never going to be perfectly normal."In the meantime, he said some antiviral drugs currently in trial look like they could be effective in combating the virus, but he wasn't ready to say that there's any single development that's been overwhelmingly convincing.> NEWS: @ScottGottliebMD says there's no antiviral drug that is in proper trials that's proven effective in preventing the coronavirus> > "Right now, there is no drug that looks like it's proven so overwhelming in early stage clinical trials that we can say it's highly promising. " pic.twitter.com/CRzwVDaZZb> > -- Face The Nation (@FaceTheNation) March 22, 2020New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D), who has been at the forefront of the pandemic, shared Gottlieb's prediction that life won't revert back to the way it was anytime soon. He rattled off a wide range of time, suggesting things may be altered for anywhere between nine and 12 months. > Cuomo during his daily preser. How long will this last? > "It's gonna be 4 months, 5 months, 9 months....we're in that range." > "Start planning accordingly." > "Life is going to go. Different. But life is going to go on." > Stop hoarding. "The toilet paper is going to be there."> > -- Michael Barbaro (@mikiebarb) March 22, 2020More stories from theweek.com Trump suggests he might soon prioritize the economy over public health The death penalty has been abolished in Colorado The worst possible president for this crisis


3/22/2020 12:10:00 PM

Man sentenced to 25 years for trying to bomb Oklahoma bankAn Oklahoma man was sentenced Monday to 25 years in prison after being convicted of trying to blow up an Oklahoma City bank with a massive vehicle bomb, according to federal prosecutors. Jerry Drake Varnell, 26, of Sayre, was sentenced in federal court in Oklahoma City. Varnell was arrested in August 2017 after he tried to detonate what authorities said he believed was a half-ton (450-kilogram) bomb outside BancFirst in downtown Oklahoma City.


3/23/2020 1:43:05 PM

Texas Lt. Gov: Senior Citizens Willing to Die to Save Economy for GrandkidsPiggybacking on President Donald Trump’s desire to quickly end social distancing restrictions to restart the U.S. economy, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick suggested Monday that senior citizens would be willing to sacrifice their lives to the new coronavirus in order to save the economy for their kids and grandchildren.With the president and many of his allies (including several Fox News hosts) currently pushing to reject health experts’ advice on slowing the spread of the virus so the economy can be restarted in a matter of weeks, Fox News host Tucker Carlson kicked off his Monday night show by hearing from “both sides” of the issue.After hosting a doctor who noted that he couldn’t give definitive answers on how long quarantines and social distancing policies needed to stay in effect in order to “flatten the curve,” Carlson turned to Patrick, who had recently texted the Fox host to explain why he thought all Americans should quickly get back to work.Fox News Stars Begin Pushing Trump to End Coronavirus Restrictions“I don’t pretend to be speaking for everyone 70-plus,” Patrick’s text read. “But I think there are lots of grandparents out there who would agree with me that I want my grandchildren to live in the America I did.”“I want them to have a shot at the American Dream but right now there’s a virus which all the experts say that 98 percent of all people will survive... is killing our country in another way,” the text continued. “It could bring about a total economic collapse and potentially a collapse of our society. So I say let’s give this a few more days or weeks but after that, let’s go back to work and go back to living. Those we want to shelter in place can still do so but we can’t live with uncertainty.”The Texas Republican told Carlson that while at 70 he is in the greatest risk pool for the virus, he’s not living in fear of COVID-19 but rather is scared of “what’s happening to the country.”“No one reached out to me and said as a senior citizen, ‘Are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for your children and grandchildren?’” Patrick declared. “And if that is the exchange, I’m all in.”Adding that “there are lots of grandparents” who would make the same choice because “they don’t want the whole country sacrificed,” Patrick said that, as a small businessman, his “heart is lifted” by the president’s recent pivot.“So my message is that let’s get back to work,” he continued. “Let’s get back to living and be smart about it and those of us who are 70 plus, we will take care of ourselves but don’t sacrifice the country. Don’t do that.”Patrick concluded by insisting that the “biggest gift” grandparents can give their grandkids is “the legacy of our country,” all while wondering why we need to “shut down the whole country” since the “mortality rate is so low.”As of publication, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Research Center, there were 43,901 coronavirus cases confirmed in the United States, resulting in 557 deaths. Monday was also the first day the U.S. reported more than 100 deaths in a single day. Lou Dobbs Is Still Praising Trump’s Coronavirus Response Under Self-QuarantineRead 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.


3/23/2020 8:36:20 PM

'Every part of me hopes it doesn’t come to that': What if Italy's coronavirus lockdowns don't work?Italy could soon receive some sustained good news about the coronavirus pandemic ravaging the country – or it may need to do more to protect lives.


3/24/2020 3:08:28 AM

3 workers at facilities housing migrant kids in U.S. custody test positive for coronavirusA dozen migrant children in U.S. custody have been tested for the virus. Five results came back negative and the rest are pending.


3/23/2020 5:54:21 AM

Gilead puts emergency access to experimental coronavirus drug on hold amid surging demandGilead Sciences Inc said on Sunday it was temporarily putting new emergency access to its experimental coronavirus drug remdesivir on hold due to overwhelming demand and that it wanted most people receiving the drug to participate in a clinical trial to prove if it is safe and effective. The spread of the virus in Europe and the United States has "flooded an emergency treatment access system that was set up for very limited access to investigational medicines and never intended for use in response to a pandemic," it said. Gilead said it would keep processing previously approved requests.


3/22/2020 5:07:21 PM

Trump says coronavirus not Asian Americans' faultAfter criticism for using the term "Chinese virus", the president praises Asian Americans as "amazing".


3/23/2020 10:11:08 PM

Lights out in Sin City: Thousands lose jobs in Las Vegas as coronavirus shutters cityAfter Nevada shut down casinos and restaurants, the city's service workers face an uncertain future. "No one knows what's going to happen," one worker said.


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Russian army sends coronavirus help to Italy after Putin phone callThe Russian military will start sending medical help to Italy on Sunday to help it battle the coronavirus after receiving an order from President Vladimir Putin, Russia's Defense Ministry said in a statement.


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China’s Mask MercantilismAs the novel coronavirus continues its deadly march from Wuhan across the globe, Chinese Communists are attempting to turn the pandemic, which was largely caused by their own complacency and incompetence, into a propaganda victory by highlighting stories of China delivering supplies and expertise to the countries it infected. The American chatterati is starting to worry about China seizing global leadership, but it should calm down. The United States and its democratic allies are still providing for other countries in a way that China will not.China has learned a great deal in the past few years. After Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines in 2013, countries around the world sprang into action, sending food, money, and supplies to help. China joined in, initially offering . . . $200,000, a little more than half the $350,000 donation from the rock band Journey. After facing torrents of richly deserved scorn for its stinginess, the second-largest economy in world upped its ante to about $2 million, nearly matching the $2.7 million donation from geopolitical powerhouse Ikea.The main lesson the Chinese Communists seem to have drawn from the debacle is that the appearance of doing good is more important than actually doing it, and so far, media reactions are proving them right. In the past few weeks, the Chinese propaganda machine has gone into overdrive, praising China for buying time for the world to respond to the pandemic and for leading the global response to the coronavirus. Both claims are false, despite being widely bandied about in the media.China did not delay the disease’s spread, New York Times op-eds to the contrary. Wuhan's officials destroyed evidence and harassed medical professionals who warned about the new virus. After president Xi Jinping took charge of China’s response, he lied to World Health Organization officials and waited until after infected people reached Thailand, South Korea, and the United States before initiating lockdowns. For months, China obstructed not the disease, but rather the people trying to stop it.Chinese propagandists also claim that China is leading the way in responding to the crisis internationally, which is patently false. China’s much-publicized gift of 1 million masks to Japan is a grand and magnificent gesture, albeit only one-third as grand as prior Japanese donations of nearly 3 million masks to China.The most remarkable case, however, is in Italy, where China’s ostentatious delivery of supplies and doctors has caused much consternation among Americans who worry that the United States is losing its global leadership role. Media accounts often omitted that the supplies were bought and paid for by the Italians, when the most newsworthy element to the story is that China actually kept its commitment to deliver what it sold.Overall, China has returned to Europe about as much medical equipment as it received, taking credit for in effect receiving supplies from northern and central Europe and delivering them later to southern Europe -- but unlike the European donors, the Chinese aren’t doing it for free. Chinese Communists are boasting about their magnanimity and are letting Germany and the European Union take the blame for shortages across Europe that are largely due to Chinese hoarding. This is not philanthropy; this is mercantilism.Despite headlines to the contrary, the United States is helping other countries even as it battles the infection at home. The administration’s response may have been clumsy at times, but the U.S. is doing a lot of good: Congress has already passed, and President Trump has already signed, $1.3 billion in foreign aid to help other countries fight COVID-19, and the Asian Development Bank, whose biggest stakeholder is the United States, is helping developing countries with another $6.5 billion. This is but a part of the over $90 billion that the United States has spent on global health since 2009.Americans already lead the world in responding to global health crises because of some of their most foundational beliefs. Nearly 200 years ago, Alexis de Tocqueville marveled at how universally Americans believed in the “principle of interest rightly understood,” explaining how “an enlightened regard for themselves constantly prompts them to assist each other.” This principle makes Americans the most generous people in the world, giving $428 billion to charity in 2018, and it shapes how the American government responds to heath crises around the world, from the AIDS and Ebola epidemics to COVID-19 today.And they are not alone. Most of their democratic allies favor humanitarian aid over defense spending -- often to a fault -- but this preference makes them uniquely able and willing to help other countries respond to pandemics.The Chinese Communists will win some headlines during this crisis, but ultimately they will not overcome their power-hungry, mercantilist nature and advance their claim to global leadership. Americans give because of who they are, while Chinese Communists give to take more back later. The world will see -- and remember.


3/23/2020 4:01:23 PM

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