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  • Today’s Top Stories: April 2, 2020
    Coronavirus update: 962,977 infected, up from 905,279 yesterday. 49,180 deaths, up from 45,497 yesterday. Relevant COVID-19 stories: Pentagon Confirms It’s Seeking 100,000 Body Bags in Virus CrisisTrump’s new coronavirus argument: 2 million people are being saved Economy Update: https://www.thestreet.com/quote/djia/dow-jones-industrial-average-today.html DJIA is, surprisingly, UP near 300 points, at 21k. I say surprising because the US just broke another record for jobless claims – 6.6 million, over 2x the record we set two weeks ago (3.28 million jobless claims for the cycle ending March 15). Relevant Economy stories: Fed Temporarily Eases Capital Requirements for Big Banks – let's pour some gas … Read more

Political Wire

  • “Leading disease forecasters, whose research the White House used to conclude 100,000 to 240,000 people will die nationwide from the coronavirus, were mystified when they saw the administration’s projection this […]
  • New York Times: “Because of his unique status, he has made himself the point of contact for many agency officials who know that he can force action and issue decisions […]
  • “Mortgage lenders are preparing for the biggest wave of delinquencies in history. If the plan to buy time works, they may avert an even worse crisis: Mass foreclosures and mortgage […]
  • “A federal judge Thursday kept next week’s presidential primary on track but allowed more time to count absentee ballots after excoriating Wisconsin officials for not doing more to protect voters […]
  • “The White House is expected to announce a new policy, based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that would urge Americans to wear cloth masks in […]

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  • by Dara Lind ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they’re published. For the first time since the enactment of the Refugee Act in 1980, people who come to the U.S. saying they fear persecution in their home countries are being turned […]
  • by Kiah Collier, Vianna Davila and Perla Trevizo ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they’re published. This article is co-published with The Texas Tribune, as part of an investigative partnership. HOUSTON — At least 25 parishioners filed into a beige-brick church […]
  • by Joaquin Sapien ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they’re published. Over the years, Elmhurst residents have learned to mostly ignore the bedraggled and destitute residents who quarrel over cigarettes and beg for change outside the Queens Adult Care Center. But […]
  • by Peter Elkind ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they’re published. As America’s coronavirus crisis has mushroomed, President Donald Trump has repeatedly touted the efforts of businesses to meet a desperate nation’s needs. “It’s been really amazing to see these big, […]
  • by Lydia DePillis and Lisa Song ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they’re published. With the coronavirus outbreak creating an unprecedented demand for medical supplies and equipment, New York state has paid 20 cents for gloves that normally cost less than […]

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  • After some locals labelled the border closure a ‘detour’, Queensland police are now enforcing a ‘hard closure’ to dismay of twin towns residentsFollow the Australia coronavirus blog for live news and updatesSign up for Coronavirus: Australia at a glance, our daily email newsletterCoronavirus Australia maps and cases: live numbers and statisticsThe great wall of Coolangatta […]
  • Reporters say measures are being used to deny them access to information on pandemic Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageHungarian journalists say a new law supposedly aimed at fighting the coronavirus will make objective reporting of the pandemic harder and leave them open to facing court cases or even jail time for their […]
  • Growers from Ireland to Spain says coronavirus lockdown has stopped migrant workers from arrivingCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageAt this time of year John Greene is usually preparing to welcome dozens of Slovakian strawberry pickers for another harvest at his farm in County Wexford in south-east Ireland.The work is arduous and repetitive and […]
  • China announces day of mourning for ‘martyrs’ as city at centre of outbreak seeks to avoid second wave before travel bans liftCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageResidents of Wuhan have been warned to stay indoors and strengthen protection measures, a few days before travel restrictions on the city at the centre of the […]
  • DNC confirms nominating convention postponed6.65 million filed for US unemployment last weekUS facing hunger crisis as demand for food banks soarsSee all our coronavirus coverageSupport the Guardian’s independent journalism. Make a contribution 1.32am BST 12.54am BST Just months before the coronavirus outbreak began, the administration ended a $200m early-warning program for infectious disease, the Los […]

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  • This will be a major change in guidance from the federal government. As early as tomorrow, the White House will announce that all Americans begin to wear face masks or coverings in public to slow the spread of coronavirus. The Washington Post reports: “White House coronavirus task force officials have been considering whether to recommend […]
  • How low can he go? As healthcare workers and governors beg and plead for masks, gowns and other personal protective equipment (PPE), Donald Trump replies with this message. One of those complaining is registered nurse Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, She delivered this message to the president during a protest in the Bronx today saying: We are dying. We […]
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, the lead infectious disease expert on the White House’s coronavirus task now needs protection from the federal government. Politico writes: Health department leaders moved to give Fauci an armed security detail by last weekend after the 79-year-old immunologist received unspecified threats and uninvited attention,although the process took several days, said two individuals […]
  • The numbers are stunning. The Department of Labor reports that initial jobless claims were 6,648,000 for the week ending 3/28. That’s double what most analysts had estimated. It’s also a new record, topping last week’s record by 3.4 million. In total, 10 million people were laid off in the last two weeks of March. To […]
  • Joe Biden has been on the airwaves a lot over the last week offering up his thoughts on how Donald Trump has handled the coronavirus crisis. But at least one person in the White House said she doesn’t want to hear from the former Vice President anymore. Instead she’d like to have Biden go one […]