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Federal prisons mark first virus death
An inmate in Louisiana succumbs nine days after transfer to a hospital.
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Donald Trump's special day
The President talked of reopening the country by Easter, which he called a "very special day." But public health officials stressed that America was in for a longer period of enforced isolation, saying the April 12 target was "aspirational."
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Armed vigilantes in Maine chop down tree, block driveway to force neighbor to self-quarantine amid coronavirus pandemic
A group of armed vigilantes cut down a tree and dragged it across a man’s driveway in Maine to force him to quarantine in his home amid fears he could be infected with the coronavirus, officials said.
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'That governor is me': Gretchen Whitmer takes on Trump as coronavirus cases rise in Michigan
President Donald Trump has lashed out at several Democratic governors who are responding to the coronavirus crisis, but his harshest words have been reserved for Michigan's Gretchen Whitmer.
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In China, walled up Wuhan awaits life beyond the barricades
The bright yellow barricades snake through the streets of Wuhan,dividing up the epicenter of China's coronavirus outbreak into segments that can be easily monitored for people disobeying orders to stay home.
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Hold on to hope in the coronavirus pandemic. The past shows optimism can be realistic.
Throughout history, crises like coronavirus have resulted not just in pain and loss, but in lessons and creativity that have fueled human progress.        
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Coronavirus crisis puts EU credibility on the line: French minister
How the European Union responds to the coronavirus outbreak will determine its future credibility, a French minister said on Sunday, after the bloc failed to agree last week on measures to cushion the economic blow from the pandemic.
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America's largest single site jail is home to a new coronavirus cluster
Chicago's Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart stepped in front of news cameras and reporters and said 38 of their detainees in Cook County jail had now tested positive for the novel coronavirus with over 120 still left to be tested on Friday.
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Opinion: An Appeal To Youth To Face Coronavirus With Self-Sacrifice, Not Selfishness
The reaction of those in their teens and 20s can have an impact on the spread of the disease — and on their own moral character, the author says.
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Coronavirus lockdown spurs police in England to dye 'Blue Lagoon' black to deter Instagrammers
Authorities in England have dumped black dye into a picturesque bright blue lagoon to stop Instagrammers from gathering to snap pictures. 
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Trump wobbles as a wartime President
Like his recent predecessors, President Donald Trump sits in the Oval Office at the Resolute Desk. But in battling the coronavirus pandemic, he has been anything but resolute.
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Tight budget? Here are the best foods to stockpile in a coronavirus quarantine
If you're on a budget, here are strategies for stockpiling food during a coronavirus quarantine.       
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Economists and investors are flying blind through a pandemic
Faced with an unprecedented crisis, economists and investors are racing to understand the depth of the coronavirus recession and its aftershocks. The problem is, the datasets they'd typically rely on are practically useless.
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Coronavirus updates: U.S. deaths top 2,100 as CDC issues new travel advisory
The total number of cases in the U.S. increased to more than 124,000, with more than 2,100 deaths, including an infant in Illinois.
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This day in sports: Robert Irsay moves the Colts from Baltimore to Indianapolis in 1984
On March 29, 1984, owner Robert Irsay relocated the Colts from Baltimore to Indianapolis in the middle of the night, leaving fans devastated.
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Amid coronavirus, Army vets fought to mass produce $100 ventilators. They hit roadblocks
As the pandemic took off, an emergency room doctor and Army pal planned to quickly produce a cheap ventilator. But their altruism ran into a cold hard reality - capitalism.
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'She hadn't showered in nine days.' L.A. makes it hard to be homeless, avoid coronavirus
With gyms, public parks, restaurants and other places closed, homeless people are having a hard time finding places to clean up maintain basic hygiene.
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Fred Fleitz: After coronavirus pandemic ends, investigations must review responses by China, US and others
While work to find treatments and a vaccine to protect us from the coronavirus accelerates around the world – and as we sadly see a growing number of hospitalizations and deaths caused by the virus – it’s not too early to plan how to review the American and international responses to the pandemic once it has ended.
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Who was prepared when coronavirus struck? These folks. Here's what you can learn from them.
Preppers in Kentucky and across the country were stocked up on supplies well before people rushed to buy toilet paper and guns and bread flour.      
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Stranded at LAX since Christmas Eve. Homeless. Then the coronavirus hit
Seth Davis and his seizure alert dog Poppy led a difficult existence to begin with. Then they got stranded at LAX when his wallet was stolen during a layover on Christmas Eve. They've been living there ever since. Then the coronavirus hit.
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Covering the Economy During the Coronavirus Pandemic
Meet Jordan Weissmann, a senior business and economics correspondent at Slate Magazine.
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Dear Care and Feeding: My Anxiety About COVID-19 Is Through the Roof
Parenting advice on COVID-19, isolation, and being a new mom.
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The TV Show That Predicted an Era of Constant Calamity
Things go on. Facing the unimaginable, people still get married. They get divorced. They fall in love. Babies are born, and people die. After a while, the nuclear strike is rarely mentioned. The refugee crisis becomes just another peripheral catastrophe. The pandemic is alarming for a while—especially for the elderly, who greet their grandchildren by asking nervously if anyone has a cold or a cough—but eventually becomes background noise. The stubborn impulse to keep going, not to cede to despair, is just too strong.The (timely) idea of human resilience in the face of constant crisis was what made me want to revisit Years and Years, a six-part British drama from the writer Russell T. Davies (Doctor Who, A Very English Scandal) that aired on HBO last year. The show begins with a birth and ends with a death, and in between the two offers a kind of highlight reel of potential 21st-century disasters, seen through the lens of one northern-English family. Part kitchen-sink drama, part political allegory, part futuristic dystopia, the miniseries speculates about a 15-year period in British history, from 2019 to 2034. The calamities come thick and fast: Donald Trump, reelected to a second term in 2020, launches a missile at a disputed Chinese territory. A Ukrainian-government crackdown on LGBTQ citizens leads to an influx of refugees. Butterflies disappear. So do movie theaters (in 2024, Guardians of the Galaxy 4 is released straight to home screens). Floods devastate the U.K. A financial crisis decimates the middle class. As the Lyonses, the family at the center of the drama, reckon with the impact all of these events are having on their lives, an inscrutable populist leader, Viv Rook (played by Emma Thompson), rises to power.[Read: 10 perfect films to watch while you shelter in place]There are so many disasters, in fact, that I had forgotten that the final episode features a viral pandemic the media have labeled the “monkey flu.” But the point of the show isn’t prescience. Davies isn’t trying to prognosticate, though some of the show’s predictions have come to pass in the short time since it aired. His intention, rather, seems to be to examine a populace too numbed and stressed to try to change the way the world is going. “It’s all your fault,” the family’s matriarch, Muriel (played by Anne Reid), tells her grandchildren in a soliloquy in the final episode. “Everything. All of it. The banks, the government, the recession. America. Mrs. Rook. Every single thing that’s gone wrong, it’s your fault … You huffed and puffed and you put up with it. We let it happen. This is the world we built.”But how guilty are they, really? Rewatching Years and Years now, during the worst catastrophe of my privileged lifetime, the thing that struck me most about the Lyonses wasn’t that they sighed and did nothing while the world around them disintegrated into disease and disinformation. It was that—mostly—they survived. The more things happened to them, the harder they clung to life and to one another. Most dystopian narratives deal with one kind of unimaginable crisis: a zombie apocalypse, a totalitarian regime, a terrifying disease. Years and Years, instead, shows how the alienation and paralysis sparked by a decade-plus of constant calamity are also symptoms of a kind of resilience. Human nature is to panic, to agonize, to fret and lose sleep and weep. Inevitably, though, it’s also to adapt. The cost of getting through crisis after crisis, the show suggests, is numbness. “Emotion is a luxury,” Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York said in his daily press conference on Thursday morning. “We don’t have ... [that] luxury. Let’s just get through it.”What made Years and Years so unsettling in 2019, and what perhaps contributed to its lukewarm reviews in the U.S., was how nervily it replicated the feeling of being a ping-pong ball inside a contemporary news cycle, bouncing between various dangers and open Chrome tabs, never having a second to pause or to consider the path ahead. One world-shaking news event happens, and then another, and then another. Early in the show, the anxiety feels familiar, as Daniel Lyons (Russell Tovey) rants about the world his new nephew is being born into. “I don’t know what to worry about first,” he says. The events only get more cataclysmic. (“The tsunami is an entirely modern invention,” Muriel tells her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, an incorrect statement that nevertheless conveys how ubiquitous freak environmental events have become.)The show’s focus on family, though, is what allows it to most accurately convey what life in an era of perpetual crisis is like. On Years and Years, the big existential dilemmas get mixed up with the personal ones, so that the emotional predicament of a troubled teenager bears as much weight as the failure of democracy, or the reining-in of the press. One of the hallmarks of the coronavirus pandemic so far has been how efficiently it manages to devastate on a large scale and a smaller one. People dying in unthinkable numbers and economic meltdown become commingled with slighter, more personal heartbreaks: canceled milestone events, women giving birth without their partner, grandparents in isolation. Everything becomes interwoven, which makes perspective harder to attain. On the show, this is true also. Financial meltdown contributes to the end of a marriage, in its way, but so does infidelity.As Years and Years races unsettlingly through the future, family events stand as anchors, stabilizing and reassuringly constant when time itself feels distorted. The Lyonses gather every year for a “winter feast” for Muriel’s birthday, some of them griping about having to attend, but always present. When Stephen Lyons (Rory Kinnear) loses his job as a financial adviser and his family’s savings disappear when their bank fails, Stephen, his wife, Celeste (T’Nia Miller), and their two daughters move in with Muriel. The macro events shaking the world are seen, first and foremost, as micro occurrences transforming the lives of everyday people. This makes for better drama (Davies is a master of blending the personal and the political), but it also lets Years and Years convey how simply existing can become its own kind of resistance. Still, there’s a toll. For the family members to function each day, they have to distance themselves from the human tragedy all over the world. It’s impossible to process so much pain, so many heartbreaking news stories. Resilience requires rationing your emotional capacity, your capacity to feel.The “keep muddling on” quality of Years and Years isn’t a route that great drama tends to take. Stories about crises throughout history are defined by acts of great heroism, by valor, by stealth missions doomed by the odds. In Outbreak, which a surprising number of Netflix viewers have been compelled to watch recently, a handful of renegades defy orders to save their community. In The Handmaid’s Tale, even the most powerless character imaginable has become a superhero by Season 3, helping smuggle a whole airplane of children to safety. Years and Years eventually succumbs to the need for a climactic ending, even though the activist Edith Lyons (Jessica Hynes) insists afterward that the actions she took were unexceptional. “There’s nothing special about our family,” she says in one of the show’s final scenes. “We lived through it, that’s all. Like anyone. Like everyone.”[Read: The problem of the pandemic movie]In a moment when the most useful thing many people can do for society is the most passive thing of all—stay home—there’s something extra gratifying about a series in which simply carrying on is portrayed as the key to survival. Not succumbing to panic, not giving up under the weight of what feels like a thousand disasters at once. History in the moment is unpredictable, but progress is always an oscillation, not a line. And resilience, Years and Years suggests, is what will get us through, especially in the moments when it seems furthest out of reach.
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Fighting Coronavirus Rumors Is Our Civic Duty
Have you heard about taking a hot bath to kill the virus? Not only does it not work, but the World Health Organization is warning the public that people could scald themselves trying it. Then there’s the claim that the antimalarial chloroquine is a miracle drug. While the jury is still out on its efficacy, chloroquine is also potentially very dangerous, having recently killed a man in Arizona who drank it after hearing President Donald Trump call it “a tremendous breakthrough.”[Derek Thompson: All the coronavirus statistics are flawed]The world has faced, and overcome, pandemics before. We’ve never faced one in this information climate. This is, as the World Health Organization declared in February, an infodemic: “an over-abundance of information—some accurate and some not—that makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it.”So what do you do when a friend or family member sends you a screenshot promising “THE TRUTH ABOUT CORONAVIRUS”?CONSIDER THE SOURCE, AND CONSIDER THE SOURCE’S SOURCE. Both of these steps help guard against disinformation (the intentional spread of false information), as well as misinformation (the unintentional, inadvertent spread of false information). Regardless of whether the message came from your immediate network (a family member, friend, or neighbor) or the greater information ecosystem (a celebrity, a public official, or the president of the United States), take the time to examine it before passing it on or accepting it as fact. Check it against trusted authorities, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization, and ask yourself: Is the person telling me this trying to exploit my fear? Is their intention to help, or do they have other motivations? And even if you think their heart is in the right place, are you sure that their information is coming from sources that have a track record of honesty, are careful about getting the facts right, and put science ahead of politics?CHECK YOUR OWN BIASES. Our brains repeat patterns in order to make decisions more quickly, and they selectively seek out information that confirms what we already believe. These mental shortcuts don’t always lead to accurate conclusions. We all have beliefs we hold dear, and we tend to trust others who share those beliefs—which means that we often find ourselves caught in echo chambers or filter bubbles.Get out of your information comfort zone. If you watch Fox News all day, try a few minutes of CNN, and vice versa. It’s important to know the facts first, but also to understand how those around you get their information.ASK YOURSELF IF YOU’RE BEING CONSTRUCTIVE. Before you share something, ask yourself if doing so is constructive for everyone who might see or hear it. Even if you intend to share something with only your immediate friends or family, they might share it as well, and their followers might share it too. Before you share a Facebook status or send a tweet, picture yourself standing at your local PTA, church, or community meeting. Is what you’re about to share constructive for those folks, or will it make the situation worse?BE EMPHATIC, BUT ALSO EMPATHETIC. If you’ve followed the steps above, you know the facts. And you’re right to be emphatic about those facts, but that’s not always enough. To quote the late social psychologist Leon Festinger, when you present someone who has a strong conviction with evidence that he’s wrong, “The individual will frequently emerge, not only unshaken, but even more convinced of the truth of his beliefs than ever before.” In other words, your goal shouldn’t be to be right, but to be helpful. Allow the people around you to discover the facts for themselves, even if—and especially when—they have your guidance.REMEMBER THAT ANXIETY IS NATURAL, BUT IT’S ALSO VIRAL. Anxiety compounds. As the public-health expert Judson Brewer recently wrote in the Harvard Business Review, “[W]hen anxiety is spread by social contagion—defined as the spread of affect from one person to another—it can lead to something even more problematic: panic.”[Read: All the president’s lies about the coronavirus]When we conduct fire drills, the guidance is to remain calm and file out of the building in an orderly fashion. We are trained to make sure that our response doesn’t worsen the situation. The same applies to navigating the online information space and personal communications—especially during a crisis. Your tone matters. And screaming into the void online or at someone in particular isn’t likely to make things better.Be patient, kind, deliberate, and fact-based. More people will listen.We’re in this together. It’s our civic duty to ensure we’re all making the smartest decisions and not allowing rumors or conspiracy theories to take seed. We all have a role to play. You don’t have to become an epidemiology expert—the medical professionals and journalists will do their jobs. You do have to make an effort to not spread rumors or falsehoods, or anything else that could make a public-health response harder for those around you.Lives depend on it.
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theatlantic.com
Biden leads Trump in new polls despite coronavirus approval bounce
Three new polls conducted over the past week show a lag between Trump's approval rating and his vote share against the top Democratic candidate.
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politico.com
Coronavirus live updates: US death toll surpasses 2,000; hospital ship heads for NYC; NYPD loses 3
A hospital ship was racing for New York as federal health officials issued a travel advisory for the region and the US death toll climbed above 2,000.       
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Baby Chickens Sold Out Nationwide Ahead of Easter as Americans Panic-Buy Feathery Friends for Comfort
"People are panic-buying chickens like they did toilet paper," said Tom Watkins, the vice president of Murray McMurray Hatchery in Iowa.
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Day 18 without sports
The New England Patriots' Super Bowl LI comeback vs. the Atlanta Falcons should give sports fans something good to watch on Day 18 of no live sports.       
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North Korea tests missiles
Kim Jong Un may be trying to build up unity during the worldwide coronavirus outbreak.
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Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus squad give up $100 million in wages
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Cristiano Ronaldo and Juventus squad give up $100M in wages
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America Should Build an International Coalition Now
Lost in the background of the coronavirus catastrophe is the collapse of American diplomacy. The United States should be the convening authority and coordinator of a response to a global threat now taking the lives of its own citizens. Instead, the Trump administration has sought to increase antagonism abroad, even with its closest friends. The White House imposed a travel ban from Europe with no planning or notification to European allies, even while asking those countries for supplies to protect American health workers. The administration lashed out daily at competitors and adversaries such as China and Iran, even as it denied that America’s infection rate was growing exponentially. The World Health Organization now says that the United States may soon become the global epicenter of the pandemic.Time for recriminations will come once the virus is defeated, but with American infections now accelerating, the United States has an urgent interest in filling the global leadership void to help coordinate the response to this stateless scourge. Despite the G20 convening virtually last week, the Trump administration has never explained whether and how the United States might rally partners, competitors, and even adversaries to share best practices, establish international standards, and surge essential resources to outbreak zones. The United States reportedly blocked a joint statement of G7 foreign ministers this week because there was no support for its unilateral demand that the statement use Wuhan Virus as opposed to the agreed-upon scientific terminology of coronavirus or COVID-19. That’s a self-defeating demand in a crisis, when the priority is to bring major powers together to save lives.[Read: How the pandemic will end]I have some experience with coalition building, having helped build one of the world’s largest to confront the Islamic State. Only five years ago, ISIS controlled 8 million people, and had attracted 40,000 recruits from more than 100 countries, established affiliates on three continents, and organized attacks across the globe. While Donald Trump touts the coalition’s military campaign, its diplomatic initiatives—United Nations mandates to stop foreign fighters; counter-messaging programs; cooperation with the private sector to remove extremist content online; delivering humanitarian resources; and rapid information sharing between partnered intelligence and law-enforcement agencies—also reduced collective risk and saved countless lives.President Trump still heralds the success of this coalition, one of the few diplomatic initiatives he carried forward from his predecessor. Now including more than 80 international partners, it was built through what used to be the awesome power of American diplomacy, combined with the desire around the world for steady American leadership to confront shared challenges.The model is not unique to the security field. Even through the height of the Cold War, the United States led the world and cooperated with the Soviet Union to mass produce a polio vaccine and eradicate naturally recurring smallpox. President George W. Bush established a global coalition to address the crisis of AIDS in Africa, mobilizing more than 50 countries and raising over $80 billion to fight the epidemic. President Barack Obama created a partnership to combat Ebola in West Africa, rallying more than 60 countries and allotting billions of dollars to contain and halt its spread. These two recent initiatives together saved millions of lives thanks to American leadership, initiative, and painstaking diplomacy to activate the world and confront a challenge head-on. President Bush’s initiative alone saved 17 million people.[Read: The four possible timelines for life returning to normal]It’s not too late for Trump to build on these past models, but he needs to act now. He should immediately appoint a senior coordinator to direct an American-led international response. This coordinator should report to the president and be involved in task forces created to manage our domestic response. This person’s objective is to establish a coalition of countries and international organizations as soon as possible to convene virtually daily. This contact group should then coordinate with affected countries, experts from the WHO and UN, and private-sector entities. Many existing structures can offer a foundation for this initiative, including the G7 and G20, as can relevant public-health entities, such as the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI) and the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA). This new organization would be separate from those, keeping its focus solely on containing the coronavirus pandemic, similar to how the Coalition to Defeat the Islamic State included the European Union, INTERPOL, and NATO but had a fixed and narrow mission.The tasks for such a coalition are vital to protecting our own citizens. For example, a coalition can establish screening standards for international airports; mobilize global resources for the development, testing, and rapid deployment of a vaccine; and collect best practices from countries, such as South Korea and Singapore, that responded effectively to the virus. The partnership should mobilize and direct resources for mass production and deployment of testing kits to potential outbreak zones, including camps for the displaced in the Middle East where the virus can resurge; push for free exchange of information from medical experts and scientists, keeping such crucial exchanges above geostrategic competitions; and help locate, organize, and send essential equipment to areas with critical shortages, including American cities.Members of this new coalition can establish standards for verified information, calling out fake news that endangers lives, and inviting social-media companies to participate. They can also push for norms to reduce risks of recurrence, including through the regulation or abolishment of wild-animal “wet markets” in China—where the virus likely originated—even while gaining from China’s experience, scientists, and mass production of essential goods. This is not the moment for America to be lecturing the world and scoring rhetorical points. The lack of American leadership is already creating a tragedy of the commons, whereby every actor—from nation-states to localities—pursues their own interests in a shared crisis to the detriment of all.[Read: The coronavirus-denial movement now has a leader]Indeed, coalition building is not philanthropic. The United States has commonly used diplomacy to build partnerships in crises since the end of World War II, because they help protect American lives and interests. The new group proposed here should establish a protocol to attack future outbreaks before they spread, whether it is a new coronavirus outbreak later this year or something worse. According to the CEPI, if a future lethal virus carries an airborne pathogen (unlike the coronavirus), it might kill more than 30 million people. That type of statistic was once unimaginable. No longer, and America is clearly unprepared.Diplomacy and global leadership are long-standing attributes of American power. Trump risks squandering both. In recent days, his administration reportedly pleaded with South Korea for essential supplies even after spending a year shaking down Seoul for billions of dollars to retain American forces there. The bill for these shortsighted policies is coming due. At a moment of shared crisis, Trump is ceding America’s traditional role to others, including China, which will leave the United States weaker and more isolated as the crisis recedes. With so many around the world desperate and seeking direction, Washington appears sidelined and ineffective.A proven diplomatic toolkit is available to help reverse these trends, should the president choose to look.
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‘He’s Going to Do Whatever He Wants’
Jerry Falwell Jr.’s decision to reopen Liberty University’s campus amid the coronavirus pandemic has sparked anger and confusion—even among those usually sympathetic to him.
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New Jersey Governor Warns Against 'Illegal' Gatherings: 'No Corona Parties. We Will Crash Your Party'
Officers from Ewing Township broke up a house party where 47 people, including a DJ, violated the state's stay-at-home order.
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Could Tokyo Olympics' postponement benefit U.S. women's basketball team?
Tokyo Olympics' postponement is disappointing, but it could give the veteran USA women's basketball team looking to make history time to recharge.       
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The Grieving World
If you have ever lost someone you loved, you know the feeling of seeing the world through a bank teller's glass. You observe other people laughing and enjoying their day, but you are apart from them, separated by a thick, bulletproof barrier. You wonder how they can savor that plate of pasta or play music that loud, given what's happened.Normally the experience is isolating, but now, in our new coronavirus world, we're all on the same side of the glass. Every day, we are in contact with the suffering of others. Even if you don't know anyone who has died or have a loved one you are worried will die, you have read about the growing number of deaths in America. If you are like me, your mind can’t help but imagine the people at the other end of those numbers. Today a woman became a widow. A daughter never got to say goodbye to her father. A son answered his mother's request for a blanket, the last words she would ever say to him. For many thousands, today will be one of the hinge points of their life; everything will be defined as either before or after.The blast radius of a single death is bigger than we might think. There are the neighbors who put a candle in the window in solidarity with the family fretting the phone call that might come in the night. There is the retiree who has lost a bridge partner. The nurses and doctors fighting this virus have to shoulder the emotional load for every phone call to frantic family members looking for a sign of hope. They also have to deliver the bad news.Death and suffering surrounds us all the time, but typically the grieving are not in danger of being trampled by public debate. These deaths are now front page news, fodder for Twitter fights or cable pundits. And many of us are distracted, enraged, scared, or just doing what we can to manage the full plate of immediate worries. But in this period we should spare a moment for sorrow and grief. This is the human thing to do and to recognize it is to actually follow through on the pledges that we tell each other to be in this together.If we spare a moment, we avoid trampling on our neighbors who are suffering, who are in need of the simple community feeling of being seen in their loss. If we spare a moment, we minimize the risk of sending a public signal to those who have just lost their world that the rest of the world is indifferent to their suffering. If we spare a moment, we acknowledge that the national push to find solutions and get back to normal at some point, as reasonable as that is, is impossible for many.Ideally a public figure would use his platform, as heroic leaders have in the past, to set this tone. In the absence of that, perhaps we can all use our platforms, whether they be on Twitter or the family text chain, to say what I have tried to say here: that we feel your loss and sorrow and even if words are too clumsy. And when words fail altogether, a moment of silence can say you’re not alone, even in a moment of deep loneliness.The test of a time like this is that it either drives us toward our common humanity, or it drives us apart. Let it be the former.
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No, Politics Won’t Take a Break for the Virus
Even in war, Americans keep arguing—and that’s how the country is supposed to work.
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Opinion: Rams have become experts at disaster response, are drawing on experience to face coronavirus crisis
The Rams have faced several crisis since returning to L.A., and while construction on stadium continues, their ability to adapt will be tested again.       
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China defends against incoming second wave of coronavirus
A growing number of imported coronavirus cases in China, where the epidemic originated in December, risked fanning a second wave of infections when domestic transmissions had "basically been stopped", a senior health official said on Sunday.
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Trump campaign takes aim at Biden’s ‘puppeteer’
Ron Klain’s sharp criticism of the president’s coronavirus response has put a bulls-eye on his back.
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Inside the White House during '15 Days to Slow the Spread'
Staffers described a time of reassessment as the West Wing reoriented itself entirely around a singular mission. They witnessed historic moments. They wondered what it would all mean.
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A North Carolina county is using checkpoints to block visitors and keep coronavirus out
A North Carolina county is taking extreme measures to prevent coronavirus from spreading in its community.
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Animal Shelters Urge Humans Confined To Home By Coronavirus Outbreak To Adopt
As states issue stay-at-home orders, animal shelters have had to close their doors. They're coming up with new ways to find homes as they brace for an onslaught of puppies and kittens.
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Kenya Poet: 'Dear Corona Virus. Don't Be Surprised If You Fail.'
Samuel Mang'era admits he is afraid of the virus, but he writes open letters to it without fear and with both sorrow and humor.
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Newt Gingrich: Soviets seriously considered nuclear attack on US in 1960s – And now it's basis of my novel
Imagine the Russians were plotting to cause a tsunami by detonating a nuclear bomb underwater, off America’s eastern coastline. It sounds like an absurd, yet wildly entertaining plot to some Hollywood blockbuster or page-turning thriller – made up out of thin air, of course. But all of it is true.
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Hospitals wrestle with Trump's call to scrap elective surgeries
Hospitals are competing demands to protect patients and staff, as well as their own bottom lines.
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Newt Gingrich: Coronavirus battle 'like being in a war,' Americans must call lawmakers to stop the 'pork'
Former House Speaker and Fox News contributor Newt Gingrich has told his fellow Americans to call their lawmakers and urge them not to insert further billions of dollars of pork barrel spending into important legislation meant to fight the effects of the coronavirus contagion.
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Pandemic Delays Return Of Arctic Researchers
The COVID-19 crisis is throwing off the complex logistics of a year-long Arctic research expedition. A team of researchers set to rotate out may have to stay on board an ice-breaker for another six weeks.
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