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Celebrating Passover during a modern-day plague
Rabbi Shai Held writes that celebrating Passover, which is about bringing together families, will sadly have to be observed apart. But times of immense difficulty can also be times of profound growth. Let's try, in the face of fear and anxiety, to let our vulnerability help us to love more fully.
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Man Who Claimed He Had Coronavirus Arrested on Terrorism Charges for Coughing on Shoppers in Walmart
The man was charged with violating the terrorism hoax act, disorderly conduct and reckless endangerment.
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newsweek.com
But Are You Watching Out for This Symptom of COVID-19?
We have more answers than data.
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slate.com
'Manifest' Season 3 Release Date: Will There Be Another Season of the NBC Show?
The show has just released a finale that seems to set up Season 3—and the showrunner has previously said he has a multiple season plan for the NBC show.
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Deborah Birx says she couldn’t treat her ill grandchild due to social distancing — and a fear of infecting Trump
"You can’t take that kind of risk with the leaders of the country," Birx, a physician, said Monday, explaining her decision to stay away from her sick 10-month-old granddaughter.
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Pandemic Kitchen: What’s Cooking During the Coronavirus Like for a Family of Four in New York City?
Dwindling grocery delivery options and limited stockpiling space are forcing some changes, like no more forgotten vegetables.
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slate.com
Passengers on the Coral Princess cruise ship are still trying to get home
After nearly a month at sea and two days in port, Americans onboard the Coral Princess cruise ship are still trying to get home in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic.
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Civil rights icon John Lewis endorses Joe Biden
Civil rights icon and Democratic Rep. John Lewis is endorsing Joe Biden, promising to campaign for the former vice president and saying that "we need his leadership now more than ever before."
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A man feared his longtime girlfriend had covid-19, which she didn’t. They died in a murder-suicide, police say.
In the U.S., advocates are bracing for an increase in domestic violence incidents as quarantine measures fall into place nationwide.
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Nancy Pelosi Says Supreme Court Is Forcing People to Choose Between Voting and Being Sick in Wisconsin Primary
The Supreme Court is "undermining our democracy," House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.
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newsweek.com
Boris Johnson receives oxygen treatment in ICU amid questions about who's running the UK
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been receiving oxygen treatment for coronavirus in intensive care, a senior member of the Cabinet confirmed.
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John Lewis endorses Biden
The civil rights icon recommended that Biden pick a woman of color as a running mate.
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politico.com
Number of homes listed last month declines 15 percent from March 2019, report shows
The national median listing price in March was 3.8 percent higher than in March 2019.
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washingtonpost.com
Japan's government approves emergency stimulus package to combat coronavirus
Japan's government approved an emergency economic stimulus package worth 108.2 trillion yen ($993 billion), with fiscal spending of 39.5 trillion yen, aimed at battling the deepening fallout from the coronavirus, government officials said on Tuesday.
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Severe storms to form from the Great Lakes to Mid-Atlantic
The severe weather threat will stretch from the Great Lakes towards the Mid-Atlantic this evening with the greatest threat coming in the forms of damaging wind gusts and large hail. CNN Weather has been tracking and Meteorologist Karen Maginnis has the latest forecast.
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China reports no new coronavirus deaths as cases decline
Mainland China reported no coronavirus deaths for the first time since the pandemic began, and a drop in new cases, a day before the central city of Wuhan, where the virus emerged late in December, is set to lift its lockdown.
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reuters.com
What You Need to Know Today: Coronavirus, Boris Johnson, Wisconsin
Coronavirus, Boris Johnson, Wisconsin: Here's what you need to know.
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nytimes.com
Syracuse hospitals see surplus of beds amid coronavirus outbreak
While most hospitals around the United States are overwhelmed with the influx of patients suffering from coronavirus, the three hospitals in Syracuse, N.Y. report they are underwhelmed by the demand for beds, a report Monday said.
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Cleaning up rivers to curb plastic pollution
The Litterboom project in Durban, South Africa, targets rivers instead of just oceans to curb plastic pollution on beaches.
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GOP Lawmakers Urge Wisconsin Governor to Reopen Golf Courses Which Were Closed Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
Course owners in the state are also urging Gov. Tony Evers to allow them to be reopened, fearing their business will not survive until the safer-at-home restrictions are lifted.
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newsweek.com
Dubai's virtual museums offer a cultural escape
With coronavirus forcing people to stay at home, virtual tourists can view Dubai's most famous landmarks and museums through an online city tour.
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NBA Coronavirus Update: Commissioner Adam Silver Says Decision on Season Won't Be Made Before Next Month
The league was suspended on March 11 and Silver admitted setting a return date would be fanciful at the moment.
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China to release tourist 'blacklist' after Great Wall vandalized on re-opening day
Officials in China are hoping the threat of public shaming will prevent tourists from defacing the country's most famous icon -- the Great Wall.
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China to release tourist 'blacklist' after Great Wall vandalized on re-opening day
A visitor to the Great Wall of China was reportedly caught on camera defacing the historic site with a key. Officials hope the threat of public shaming will prevent cases of vandalism from happening again.
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An asthma sufferer, sprinter Noah Lyles is taking extra precautions amid pandemic
Breath and breathing seem to have taken on added significance for the world as it grapples with the coronavirus pandemic -- even more so if you're are asthmatic.
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Inside DOJ's nationwide effort to take on China
Federal prosecutors say the pandemic hasn't hindered their efforts to crack down on Chinese espionage.
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politico.com
On This Day: 7 April 1954
Action superstar Jackie Chan was born in Hong Kong. (April 7)       
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Coronavirus clampdown: The virus casts a shroud over American civic life
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politico.com
Cook County Jail reports first detainee death from coronavirus
A 59-year-old man is the first detainee from an Illinois jail where 220 people have tested positive for coronavirus to die from suspected complications of Covid-19.
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'They're All Really Afraid': Coronavirus Spreads In Federal Prisons
One of the hardest-hit facilities is in Oakdale, La. "They feel like they're sitting ducks," says Arjeane Thompson, whose boyfriend is an inmate. And staff are working overtime under the strain.
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Disney Parks shares churro recipe, encourages fans to recreate snack at home amid coronavirus outbreak
Take your tastebuds on a trip to Disneyland.
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New York has been crushed by COVID-19. Will other US cities be spared?
As the number of coronavirus cases in New York City continues to skyrocket, the city's health care system is overwhelmed and seems on the verge of collapse. Other U.S. cities may soon follow, especially if residents don't stay committed to firm mitigation measures. 
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D.C. area forecast: Late-day thunderstorms could be strong to severe
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As coronavirus rages, nursing homes have ventilators that hospitals desperately need
Coronavirus: Should doctors take people off life support in order to save COVID-19 patients who might recover?
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latimes.com
Wisconsin Election Held Amid Virus Fears: Here's What You Need To Know
Gov. Tony Evers tried to postpone voting and extend the absentee deadline, but he was blocked by courts. Results for Tuesday's contests may not appear for days.
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Passover Celebrations Take Shape Differently To Work Around The Coronavirus
Social distancing is preventing families from gathering for the traditional Seder, so this year Passover will be different. Many Jews are planning virtual celebrations.
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npr.org
Sally Pipes: Coronavirus deregulating health care — this should continue after pandemic is beaten
Not much good can come from a pandemic. A less regulated, more effective health care workforce may be one of the few positives.
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foxnews.com
Couple creates art gallery for gerbils during quarantine, complete with rodent-inspired paintings
An art gallery fit for a gerbil.
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foxnews.com
Photographer takes funny snaps of squirrel 'panic buying' nuts, toilet paper
Despite admitting that a lot of the shots are down to “luck,” the photographer was happy with his striking pictures.
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The Fight Over Wisconsin’s Election
The Wisconsin election is an unmitigated disaster.
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slate.com
Hinge Introduces 'Date From Home' Feature So Users Can Date and Social Distance With Ease
Now that COVID-19 has thrown a wrench into everyone's love lives, the dating app designed to be deleted has introduced a new feature so people can "meet" people from their own living rooms.
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newsweek.com
No President Has Used the Bully Pulpit Like Trump
When she finishes her 12-hour shift in the intensive-care unit at Riverside Community Hospital, Katherine Montanino stuffs her clothes into a dirty-linen bag and swaps out her soiled shoes for a fresh pair. Arriving home, she takes a shower before she hugs her family. Then she might flip on the television to see what President Donald Trump is saying about the virus she’s straining to avoid.The 44-year-old nurse from Riverside, California, voted for Trump and might do it again. Yet with her colleagues rationing masks and the number of COVID-19 cases growing, Trump’s digressions into partisan politics leave her cold. “It’s one of the things I wish he would just stop,” she told me. “I understand he’s trying to build for the presidential campaign coming up. But it’s not the time right now. It’s not about him. Honestly, it’s about life and death.”A president commands a formidable platform when the nation is under threat. As the pandemic worsens, Trump has been inescapable. His daily press briefings draw millions of viewers. He’s cultivated public fights with Democratic governors over scarce supplies. And he’s ignited cultural clashes by calling the novel coronavirus the “Chinese virus.” As the briefings stretch into their second hour, the wartime president morphs into the aggrieved candidate, who has created a spectacle that a captive audience can’t ignore.One timeline in play is how long it will take before infections subside. Another is the political calendar. The two are entwined. In this new era of social distancing, Trump can’t hold rallies as a way to mobilize his base and diminish his rivals. But he’s embraced the bully pulpit, and in his hands—and at this jarring moment in the nation’s history—it’s potentially more valuable than routine campaigning. As the election approaches, he may be more and more tempted to use it for his own purposes. His prospects now hinge, after all, on his handling of the outbreak. His focus in the coming months will be to convince voters that he led a dauntless effort to keep Americans alive.[Read: What will happen when red states need help?]“Trump’s opponent really is the coronavirus,” Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina and a friend of the president’s, told me. “If he’s seen to have handled this well and done a good job in the eyes of the public, he’d be almost impossible to beat. If he’s viewed as having fallen short, he’d be in trouble.”Trump quickly found a substitute for the raucous rallies he’s had to forgo amid the crisis, which his pollster John McLaughlin described as “like the September 11 attack and the 2008 financial crisis combined.” Two days after he canceled his last rally, on March 11, Trump showed up in the Rose Garden for the first of 24 straight news conferences and press gaggles. He’s revived a tradition that he’d previously done away with: the daily White House press briefings, only with himself as emcee. He doesn’t skip a day, whether he has anything new to say or not.“From a purely political standpoint, he can be seen as the commander in chief for up to two hours a day, leading the country through this crisis,” Sean Spicer, the president’s former press secretary, told me. “In this case,” Joe Biden, Trump’s presumptive general-election opponent, “is left on the sidelines.”No president has used the bully pulpit quite like Trump in this moment. Before the Great Pandemic came the Great Depression. At the time, Franklin D. Roosevelt used his fireside chats to reassure the country, preparing carefully with his speechwriters, Doris Kearns Goodwin, the presidential biographer, told me. “He wanted to make sure he had the right language, the right message, and the right data coming forward.” Trump’s news conferences, by contrast, spin off in all directions: ungrateful governors and Facebook followers, impeachment and Biden—lots of Biden.But imagery could work in his favor. Trump stands behind a lectern adorned with the presidential seal. He holds news conferences in the iconic Rose Garden. Flanking him most days is Anthony Fauci, a public-health expert so admired that his face is now imprinted on bobblehead dolls, and whose mere presence lends authority to a president whom many Americans don’t trust to speak truthfully about the threat. (Twitter lights up in alarm whenever Fauci doesn’t appear alongside Trump, though a White House aide told me the absences are only because the doctor needs time to rest or work.)Biden, meantime, is hunkered down in the basement of his Delaware home, sending podcasts into the ether. “Voters in times of crisis want to rally around their leader,” Brian Fallon, a Hillary Clinton spokesperson in the 2016 campaign, told me. “To the extent that Trump is out there and on TV every day with all the trappings of the office, he’s playing the part. It gets him some of the benefit of the doubt that voters want to confer on their leaders.” Even Biden has acknowledged the tough position he’s in. “You can’t compete with a president,” he said at a virtual fundraising event last week. “That’s the ultimate bully pulpit.”A disciplined use of that perch would look very different from what the president is doing. Trump could make a brief appearance to rally the country and then exit, leaving the rest to the public-health experts. He could set a time limit. He could decline to take questions unless they deal with life and safety, citing the gravity of the threat.As chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during the Gulf War, Colin Powell also gave press briefings under difficult circumstances. One of his rules was to keep them short, Powell told me, declining to discuss Trump specifically. “My experience was, you don’t need more than 30 minutes to make your point,” he said. “If you go more than 30 minutes, you start to talk over yourself; you start to open up your flanks. You get attacked.”Brevity may not serve Trump’s purposes. The longer he talks, the more openings he gets to distract from the messy government response or to skewer his foes.He has repeatedly brought up Biden without ever being asked. On Saturday, after one health expert gave a technical answer about tracking the virus’s spread, Trump followed up with a non sequitur: Biden, he told viewers, had praised his January 31 decision to ban travel from China. Something similar happened on March 26. When a reporter asked Trump about his message that Asian Americans shouldn’t be blamed for the virus, he veered into a complaint about “Sleepy Joe Biden” and Chinese trade deals. Asked about his credibility during another briefing the week before, Trump again didn’t answer. Instead, he said he was beating “Sleepy Joe Biden by a lot in Florida.” (In his opening remarks at yesterday’s briefing, Trump mentioned that he and Biden had talked amicably about the crisis in a 15-minute phone call earlier in the day.)[Read: Trump is on a collision course]Incentives to further politicize the stage will only grow. As the general-election race begins in earnest, Trump may be more brash about slipping in the talking points he can no longer deliver to thousands of cheering MAGA supporters. “The purpose of these should be to provide factual, important information to people in a crisis—information they can trust,” says David Lapan, a former Trump-administration spokesperson at the Department of Homeland Security. “That gets diluted when they turn these into mini rallies.”Stephanie Grisham, the White House press secretary, told me that Trump “thinks it’s very important to be the face of this in terms of comforting the country, telling the country what we’re doing, and trying to be as transparent as possible.”People’s patience may be waning. After early poll numbers showed that a majority of Americans approved of Trump’s response to the outbreak, his ratings have started to slip. An ABC News/Ipsos poll showed only 47 percent approved of his efforts, with 52 percent disapproving.By contrast, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who also has been holding televised daily news conferences during the crisis, enjoys 87 percent approval. That’s the sort of rating leaders normally get at the early points of a national crisis—a level Trump has not been able to match.Trump isn’t about to stop talking; the cable networks won’t stop filming. One person who will be watching is Montanino. She told me that a friend’s husband recently died from the disease and that she’s seen more people getting sick. There’s something she’d like to hear Trump say, an unadorned message free of any politics: “I don’t have this under control, but we as a nation will get through this,” and then, perhaps, step aside for the experts to give life-and-death answers.
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theatlantic.com
Liverpool reverses plan to furlough staff after backlash
Apologizing to its own fans, Liverpool on Monday reversed a decision to apply its furloughed non-playing staff for the British government's job retention scheme during the coronavirus pandemic.
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Coronavirus updates: COVID-19 symptoms keep U.K. leader in intensive care
Boris Johnson is the first major world leader to be side-lined by the new virus, as evidence mounts that dramatic lockdowns are helping to flatten the curve.
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Tennis tours coordinating possible post-virus rescheduling
The men’s and women’s professional tennis tours are examining contingency plans for post-coronavirus rescheduling, including the possibility of pushing back the end of the 2020 season.
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200m world champion Noah Lyles on keeping fit in the quarantine
2019 200m world champion Noah Lyles talks to CNN about keeping fit in the coronavirus quarantine, having asthma and competing, and what he thinks about Tokyo 2020 being postponed.
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Officials warn deadliest week of coronavirus still to come
While the number of infections appear to be flattening in New York, officials warn this could be the deadliest week of the coronavirus pandemic. CNN's Nick Watt reports.
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Japan declares coronavirus emergency, prepares near $1 trillion stimulus
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Tuesday declared a state of emergency to fight new coronavirus infections in major population centres and unveiled a stimulus package he described as among the world's biggest to soften the economic blow.
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