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  • Pelosi: Trump's downplaying of coronavirus has cost American lives news

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sharpened her criticism of President Trump’s early dismissal of the coronavirus, saying the delay cost American lives. She criticized the president's initial response to the virus during a Sunday morning interview on CNN.

    Sun, 29 Mar 2020 10:20:50 -0400
  • A New York dad refused to let his 21-year-old son back in their house after the spring breaker partied in Texas amid coronavirus spread news

    "I was aggravated," Peter Levine said of his son's decision to party on South Padre Island instead of heeding warnings about the virus.

    Sun, 29 Mar 2020 12:22:27 -0400
  • In the coronavirus pandemic, carbon emissions have fallen, but climate change remains an existential threat news

    In a world desperate for good news about the coronavirus, a dip in global carbon emissions caused by the outbreak’s economic downturn might be seen as a silver lining. But climate scientists and policy experts aren’t encouraged.   

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 10:00:02 -0400
  • A Connecticut doctor has been charged after authorities said he deliberately coughed on his coworkers news

    People across the United States have been arrested and charged in recent days after allegedly violating social distancing measures.

    Fri, 27 Mar 2020 23:59:47 -0400
  • France steps up coronavirus evacuations from packed hospitals news

    France on Sunday staged its largest evacuation of coronavirus patients to date from hospitals in the hard-hit east, increasing efforts to free up intensive care units as officials warned of an influx of serious cases in the coming days. Two specially equipped high-speed trains carried 36 patients from Mulhouse and Nancy toward hospitals along France's western coast, where the outbreak has been limited so far. Dozens of hospital workers, flanked by police and soldiers standing guard, spent hours installing four patients in each wagon in an operation that began before dawn.

    Sun, 29 Mar 2020 15:17:25 -0400
  • Stay In the Lines With These Neat Science Coloring Pages

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    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 09:00:00 -0400
  • Trump boosts virus aid, tells governors to be 'appreciative' news

    After days of pleas from governors across the country, President Trump took steps to expand the federal government’s role in helping produce critically needed supplies to fight the coronavirus pandemic and warned the leaders of hard-hit states not to cross him.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 11:40:01 -0400
  • 'Like sitting ducks': Amid coronavirus, families, attorneys sound alarm over ICE detainees news

    “If he ends up catching something— I don’t know if he’ll survive,” said Rosalia Machado-Orellana, whose husband is in a detention facility.

    Sun, 29 Mar 2020 06:22:52 -0400
  • North Korea fires more missiles than ever amid coronavirus outbreak news

    North Korea fired what appeared to be two short-range ballistic missiles into the ocean off its east coast on Sunday, the latest in an unprecedented flurry of launches that South Korea decried as "inappropriate" amid the global coronavirus pandemic. Two "short-range projectiles" were launched from the coastal Wonsan area, and flew 230 kilometers (143 miles) at a maximum altitude of 30 kilometers (19 miles), South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff reported. "In a situation where the entire world is experiencing difficulties due to COVID-19, this kind of military act by North Korea is very inappropriate and we call for an immediate halt," South Korea's JCS said in a statement, according to Yonhap news agency.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 17:49:57 -0400
  • How Trump Learned to Trust Steve Mnuchin With His Presidency news

    Over the last few weeks, the fate of Donald Trump’s presidency, the global economy, and millions of American lives have hinged on the man who executive-produced The Lego Movie.That man, Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin, might seem like an unusual point person to handle the widespread fallout of a global pandemic. But it’s an unusual moment, and Mnuchin—personally tasked by President Trump to represent him in high-stakes congressional negotiations over coronavirus legislation—has seemingly met it, earning the trust of both parties on Capitol Hill while so far retaining the confidence of his famously mercurial boss.Over the past week, as bipartisan talks in the Senate over a trillion-dollar coronavirus relief bill broke down into angry finger-pointing, it was Mnuchin who seemed almost above the fray, serving as a go-between for the two sides.“Part of power is title, part is knowledge, and part is situation,” said Jack Kingston, the former congressman and current Trump surrogate. “And [Mnuchin] checked all three boxes.”By the time a deal was reached on a $2 trillion bill to respond to the coronavirus outbreak, a rare show of affection between the Trump White House and Capitol Hill Democrats was on display: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) pointedly noted in a Wednesday letter that he had been “working hard on a bipartisan bill with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and President Trump.” Later, at the White House, Mnuchin effusively praised Democrats’ work on the package and the “enormous bipartisan support” it had. Democrats and administration officials were impressed at the final product. Many congressional Republicans were satisfied; some didn’t love what was in it; but the majority seemed simply relieved that Mnuchin was able to land the proverbial plane at a time when few can. “He has Trump’s ear and he can steer the president,” said a senior House GOP aide. “That’s important and something he has that McConnell or most Senate Republicans can’t claim.”That Trump—infamous for believing in his own brilliance—would entrust the fate of his presidency to Mnuchin is due, in large part, to a sense that Mnuchin’s motivations don’t conflict with his own. In conversations with various confidants and aides over the years, the president has frequently commended Mnuchin as someone who’s been steadfastly “loyal,” the single trait Trump values most in a top official or cabinet secretary. During the 2016 presidential run, the future president would tell people when introducing them to Mnuchin that he makes “the greatest movies in Hollywood” and how much Trump had enjoyed watching with his grandchildren a kids’ movie that Mnuchin had helped finance.“During the 2016 campaign and since he became president, I’ve repeatedly heard President Trump refer to Mnuchin as a ‘smart guy,’ a ‘winner’ who makes the ‘best deals,’ in finance and in Hollywood,” recalled Jason Miller, a former senior Trump adviser. “It is not surprising to me that the president is entrusting the secretary with what could be one of the defining moments of his presidency.” During the course of talks around a coronavirus-related economic package, Trump essentially took a back seat to his treasury secretary, aside from check-in calls with the congressional principals. The sheer size of the package dwarfs any other modern stimulative measure. And it contains provisions that are poised to increase Mnuchin’s own power dramatically. The treasury secretary will have control of a $500 billion pot of loans to companies hit hardest by the coronavirus—which he can award to the companies of his choosing.By Friday, that power had grown only greater after Trump signed an executive order allowing him to override a requirement that the inspector overseeing implementation of the new corporate fund report to Congress if he or she is not given information by the administration. Perhaps, it dawned on some Democrats, Mnuchin wasn’t to be trusted after all. “If I were Secretary Mnuchin I would start thinking about another line of work because he has just blown whatever credibility he built up with congressional Democrats,” said Jim Manley, the former top spokesman for former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV). “This little bit of treachery is going to have lasting consequences.”* * *Mnuchin’s path to becoming a trusted broker for a government in crisis was not obvious, and it was bumpy at times. The secretary’s earlier engagements with congressional Democrats have been acrimonious, especially during the last time Mnuchin was a major player on the Hill: pushing for Trump’s 2017 tax cut bill.While the tax-cut effort was highly partisan and few expected it to earn Democratic votes—nor were they needed in order to become law—Hill Democrats recall radio silence from Mnuchin during that time, aside from a perfunctory call or two. “In some ways, it’s all relative with Mnuchin because we obviously, vividly remember how the ’17 tax bill went down,” said one Democratic aide. Whatever lingering bitterness there was seemed to disappear as talks over the first emergency bill to counter the coronavirus began last month. Democrats appeared to warm to Mnuchin as a rare commodity in the Trump administration: a high-level figure who actually seems to speak for Trump, is far less ideological than his peers, and instead shares his boss’ instinct to cut deals. And it’s not lost on some of them that the former investment banker and Hollywood mogul has, at the very least, some Democratic sympathies—he cut a check for Kamala Harris’ first Senate campaign in California in 2016.“Obviously, he’s a wealthy guy, he doesn’t wanna pay taxes,” said a Democratic aide of Mnuchin, “but I don’t think he’s ideological in the same way [former chief of staff] Mick Mulvaney is. You can deal with him in a way you can’t deal with other members of the administration.”To some Republicans, that perception became a source of anxiety during the marathon negotiations over coronavirus relief. The previous coronavirus bill, which passed last week and largely focused on shoring up the nation’s health care system, was negotiated primarily between Mnuchin and Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). When those talks produced a bill many Senate Republicans panned, McConnell urged them to vote for it anyway and shift their focus to the third coronavirus bill.Yet again, though, the main interlopers on that bill ended up being a Democrat and Mnuchin. When talks between McConnell and Schumer broke down over the weekend, the secretary continued talks with the Democratic leader.Some Republicans watched anxiously as Mnuchin and Schumer huddled for several lengthy negotiating sessions on Capitol Hill, worried that him staying at the table as long as he did gave Democrats even more leverage. On Tuesday night, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) took to the Senate floor to publicly beg Trump to yank Mnuchin and to tell Democrats to take what they’d worked on or leave it.Other Republicans fretted about what Mnuchin—whom people in both parties describe as a dealmaker, not someone concerned with the weeds of policy—might concede to Democrats in the name of getting something done. “I think the longer that Mnuchin stayed at the table, the less likely it was that McConnell would have been able to undercut him,” said a Republican source.But at that point, said some, Mnuchin of all people was best situated to bring the bill home. “If Chuck and Nancy are going to be difficult, we need someone who can handle that,” said a Senate Republican aide. “It clearly got to a point where it was more beneficial for Mnuchin to be the one doing that and maybe to be the slightly disinterested third person, compared to having McConnell and Schumer in a room.”—with additional reporting from Asawin Suebsaeng and Sam SteinRead more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. 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    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 05:04:33 -0400
  • An Arkansas doctor stayed in his home to socially distance from his wife and child. Days after his photo went viral his house was destroyed by a tornado. news

    He went viral for distancing from his wife and 1-year-old son. Days later, his house was destroyed by a tornado that hit Jonesboro, Arkansas.

    Sun, 29 Mar 2020 17:06:44 -0400
  • How the U.S. government is starting to keep tabs on people's movement amid pandemic news

    The U.S. government has begun to use cellphone data to get a better sense of people's movement in up to as many as 500 cities amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, The Wall Street Journal reports.The tactic is not meant to track individuals, and names aren't included in the data, but instead is geared toward figuring out where people might be congregating in large numbers as calls for social distancing and lockdowns become the norm across the country. In doing so, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in conjunction with state and local officials, hope to get an idea of how the coronavirus might be spreading so they can further curb its advance.The data, which is coming from the less-regulated mobile advertising industry rather than cell phone carriers, could also provide information on whether people are complying with their area's shelter-in-place or stay-at-home orders.Despite the intentions of the efforts, such projects will undoubtedly raise concerns about government invasion of privacy, and, while even some privacy activists understand the necessity of such efforts, they want stronger safeguards in place. Read more at The Wall Street Journal and read more about coronavirus surveillance here at The Week.More stories from Once coronavirus infects a human body, what happens next? Elton John to host 'Living Room Concert for America' with stars performing from home A sustainable energy company is fixing 170 broken ventilators sent to Los Angeles County

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 13:40:13 -0400
  • Off to the cafe: Sweden is outlier in virus restrictions news

    People still sit at outdoor cafes in the center of Sweden's capital. Swedish authorities have advised the public to practice social distancing and to work from home, if possible, and urged those over age 70 to self-isolate as a precaution. Standing at bars has been banned in Sweden, but restaurant customers can still be served at tables instead of having to take food to go.

    Sun, 29 Mar 2020 04:13:11 -0400
  • Fact check: Is the coronavirus being spread 'quickly' via gas pumps? news

    A Facebook post warned users to be careful at the gas station because coronavirus is spreading "quickly" via pumps. This claim is partly false.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 12:54:02 -0400
  • Asia virus latest: People return to China epicentre, security talks off news

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

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 11:31:09 -0400
  • Coronavirus: India's PM Modi seeks 'forgiveness' over lockdown news

    Narendra Modi apologises for sweeping restrictions that have left many jobless and hungry.

    Sun, 29 Mar 2020 10:00:09 -0400
  • Inmate dies after contracting coronavirus at Louisiana federal prison news

    The death of Patrick Jones marks the first COVID-19-related death of an inmate in the federal prison system, a Bureau of Prisons spokesperson said.

    Sun, 29 Mar 2020 11:08:00 -0400
  • Saudi Arabia expands lockdown as coronavirus death toll doubles news

    Saudi Arabia halted entry and exit into Jeddah governorate on Sunday, expanding lockdown rules as it reported four new deaths from a coronavirus outbreak that continues to spread in the region despite drastic measures to contain it. The Saudi health ministry said four more foreign residents, in Jeddah and Medina, had died from the virus, taking the total to eight. Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain reported more cases, taking the total in the six Gulf Arab countries to over 3,200, with 15 deaths.

    Sun, 29 Mar 2020 06:59:09 -0400
  • Tom Coburn, GOP ‘Dr. No’ to Senate Democrats, Dies at 72

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    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 16:25:30 -0400
  • Mnuchin: Virus task force unanimously shunned Trump's quarantine idea news

    Public health experts have criticized the idea of instituting statewide quarantines in “hot spots” like New York.

    Sun, 29 Mar 2020 10:21:48 -0400
  • Mexico's president shifts tone on coronavirus, urges people to stay home, warns of dire consequences news

    Critics said Mexico's president was downplaying the coronavirus threat. But he has now shifted his tone.

    Sun, 29 Mar 2020 04:48:02 -0400
  • Fit, healthy 33-year-old recounts falling ill to coronavirus news

    Andrea Napoli didn’t fit the usual profile of a coronavirus patient. At 33, he was in perfect health, with no history of respiratory disease. Until that day, Napoli was following his routine of work, jogging and swimming.

    Sun, 29 Mar 2020 15:49:04 -0400
  • A New York nurse shared a chilling photo of coronavirus victims to show 'the ghastly reality of what' medical workers deal with on frontlines news

    The harrowing image shows the bodies of deceased COVID-19 patients being stored in a refrigerated truck outside the ambulance bay.

    Sun, 29 Mar 2020 17:18:29 -0400
  • Venezuelan ex-general surrenders to US on drug trafficking charges news

    A retired Venezuelan general who was charged by the United States with "narco-terrorism" along with President Nicolas Maduro and other officials has surrendered in Colombia to US authorities, prosecutors said Saturday. "The national Attorney General learned that Mr Cliver Alcala surrendered to US authorities," the Colombian prosecutor said in a statement, adding there was no arrest warrant when he gave himself up. Alcala turned himself in on Friday to the Colombians, who in turn handed him over to US authorities, the El Tiempo de Bogota newspaper said.

    Sun, 29 Mar 2020 00:12:23 -0400
  • Fauci says coronavirus deaths could top 100,000 in U.S. news

    Dr. Anthony Fauci says the United States could experience more than 100,000 deaths and millions of viral infections from the coronavirus pandemic.

    Sun, 29 Mar 2020 10:59:01 -0400
  • Cruise workers are using TikTok to give a behind-the-scenes look into what life is like on an empty cruise ship news

    While Carnival, Royal Caribbean, and Norwegian have canceled US-based cruises until mid-April at the earliest, some ships are still at sea.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 09:23:00 -0400
  • Honeymoon on lockdown: newlyweds' cruise goes awry over coronavirus news

    Four "older guests" have died on the ship in recent days, cruise operator Holland America Line said without providing details, while more than 130 people aboard are suffering from influenza-like symptoms. "Today I got dressed, I'm not in pyjamas," Garza said.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 02:21:11 -0400
  • Opinion: Two letter writers are mad at Gov. Newsom, and readers are having none of it news

    Two letters critical of Gavin Newsom's "stay at home" order drew strong rebuttals from readers, indicating a consensus on action to halt the coronavirus.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 06:00:32 -0400
  • Some governors have stepped up during coronavirus crisis, others not so much news

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has "channeled the nation's yearning" for leadership, said one expert. But many Southern governors have stepped out of the way.

    Sun, 29 Mar 2020 10:44:00 -0400
  • Column: China rises as Trump cedes leadership in coronavirus crisis news

    For decades, the world relied on the U.S. to help in a crisis. But with Trump's blunders on coronavirus, China is stepping up instead. It's a historic shift.

    Sun, 29 Mar 2020 07:00:03 -0400
  • Living outside lockdown: Barbers, beauty shops still open news

    With South Carolina's first coronavirus hot spot just a short jaunt up the highway, Johellen Lee hadn't been out for anything but groceries for nearly a month. Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said in a Facebook question-and-answer session that “Mississippi’s never going to be China,” referring to the authoritarian country's near total shutdown of COVID-19 hot spots.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 08:43:10 -0400
  • Dr. Jon LaPook on the value of antibody tests for past coronavirus infection news

    With the friction between treating COVID-19 and protecting the populace from infection vs. reopening businesses, testing for immunity to coronavirus is urgently vital

    Sun, 29 Mar 2020 02:41:43 -0400
  • Iran warns of lengthy 'new way of life' as virus deaths rise news

    President Hassan Rouhani warned Sunday that "the new way of life" in Iran was likely to be prolonged, as its declared death toll from the novel coronavirus rose to 2,640. The Islamic republic is one of the countries worst-hit by the virus, which first originated in China. Iran announced its first infection cases on February 19, but a senior health official has acknowledged that the virus was likely to have already reached Iran in January.

    Sun, 29 Mar 2020 07:20:00 -0400
  • New York City is Opening an Emergency Field Hospital in Central Park news

    The makeshift medical facility is a replica of the one opened in Northern Italy, and will have a capacity of 68 beds

    Sun, 29 Mar 2020 18:58:49 -0400
  • A 1,000-bed US Navy hospital ship just docked in Los Angeles to increase local healthcare capacity — see inside the USNS Mercy news

    The arrival of the USNS Mercy will allow local hospitals to focus its resources and Intensive Care Units (ICUs) on COVID-19 patients.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 07:57:00 -0400
  • Coronavirus deaths fall again in Italy but lockdown extension looms news

    The number of deaths from coronavirus in Italy fell for the second consecutive day on Sunday but the country still looked almost certain to see an extension of stringent containment measures. The Civil Protection department said 756 people had died in the last day, bringing the total to 10,779 - more than a third of all deaths from the virus worldwide. "The measures that were due to expire on April 3 inevitably will be extended," Regional Affairs Minister Francesco Boccia told Sky TG24 television.

    Sun, 29 Mar 2020 14:11:30 -0400
  • Coronavirus: Cruise ship off Panama coast transfers passengers news

    Healthy people on a cruise liner lying off Panama are being moved to another ship after four died.

    Sun, 29 Mar 2020 05:11:07 -0400
  • Why the Strategic National Stockpile isn't meant to solve a crisis like coronavirus news

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

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 06:11:24 -0400
  • Joe Biden calls for a national lockdown to contain the coronavirus news

    Joe Biden says nationwide shutdown of nonessential businesses is needed now to stop the coronavirus pandemic.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 14:56:28 -0400
  • Plane catches fire at Manila airport, killing all 8 aboard news

    A plane carrying eight people, including an American and a Canadian, burst into flames Sunday while attempting to take off from Manila’s airport on a flight bound for Japan, killing all those on board, officials said. The Westwind 24 plane, which was carrying six Filipino crew members and the American and Canadian passengers, was bound for Tokyo on a medical mission when it caught fire near the end of the main runway, Manila airport general manager Ed Monreal said. The Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines said the aircraft apparently encountered an unspecified “problem which resulted in a fire” as it rolled to take off, adding its chief investigator was on the way to the scene.

    Sun, 29 Mar 2020 10:57:54 -0400
  • Police break up 'illegal' house party that violated N.J.'s stay-at-home order news

    The party's organizer was charged, the governor said.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 19:01:49 -0400
  • Europe, US virus tolls surge as Trump reverses on New York lockdown news

    The coronavirus death toll shot past 20,000 in Europe on Saturday, with Italy and Spain each reporting more than 800 dead in one day, as US President Donald Trump pulled back on putting the hard-hit New York region under quarantine. Up to one-third of the world's population is under lockdown as the virus leaves its devastating imprint on nearly every aspect of society: wiping out millions of jobs, straining health care services and weighing heavily on national treasuries for years to come. Globally, the death toll has surged past 30,000 and officials in some countries say the worst still lies ahead.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 21:39:04 -0400
  • 50 TSA screening officers and 19 more employees test positive for coronavirus news

    Fifty TSA screening officers and 19 additional TSA employees across the United States have tested positive for coronavirus in the last two weeks.

    Sun, 29 Mar 2020 10:23:34 -0400
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson is spending £5.7 million to write to all 66 million people in the UK, urging them to stay at home to fight coronavirus news

    "The more we all follow the rules, the fewer lives will be lost and the sooner life can return to normal," Johnson said in a letter

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 18:00:00 -0400
  • Largest U.S. dam removal sparks debate over coveted West water news

    California’s second-largest river has sustained Native American tribes with salmon for millennia, provided upstream farmers with irrigation water for generations and served as a haven for retirees who built homes along its banks.

    Sun, 29 Mar 2020 14:38:18 -0400
  • Ex-Venezuelan spy chief Carvajal discussing surrender with U.S. authorities: sources news

    CARACAS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The former head of Venezuela's military intelligence unit, Hugo Carvajal, is discussing his possible surrender with U.S. authorities, three people familiar with the matter said on Saturday, after prosecutors charged him this week with drug trafficking alongside Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Carvajal, a former general and ally of late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, has been in hiding since a Spanish court in November approved his extradition to the United States.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 13:28:48 -0400
  • Rhode Island officers stopping incoming New Yorkers to force quarantine news

    “I know this is unusual. I know this is extreme. And I know some people don’t agree with it,” Rhode Island's governor said.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 11:24:33 -0400
  • Coronavirus: Trump orders 'time-wasting' General Motors to make ventilators news

    The US president orders the car maker to help manufacture medical devices and attacks its CEO.

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 03:18:42 -0400
  • China sends medical aid to Pakistan to combat virus outbreak news

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

    Sat, 28 Mar 2020 05:51:46 -0400
  • Rats swarm New Orleans' streets as coronavirus precautions leave them empty news

    With restaurants closed save for take-out service, far less food waste is being discarded in the city's alleyways, driving the local rodent population out into the open to search for scraps.

    Sun, 29 Mar 2020 13:34:44 -0400
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