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President Trump tore into Sen. Chuck Schumer on Thursday, calling the top Democrat a “bad” senator whose focus on impeachment left New York “completely unprepared” for the coronavirus. “No wonder AOC and others are thinking about running against you in the primary. If they did, they would likely win,” Trump taunted in a letter. “If... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Schumer is a fraud.
White House Senior Adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner made his White House coronavirus briefing debut on Thursday, announcing he’d secured a month of N95 masks for Big Apple hospitals. President Trump asked Kushner to become involved in the government’s coronavirus response several weeks ago and is now running his own task force looking... New York Post
President Trump is extending the nation’s shutdown until at least the end of April. He’s largely basing his decision on predictions from the University of Washington that even if the nation sticks to the shutdown, 83,967 Americans will likely die of coronavirus by early August. Possibly 240,000. In New York state, an estimated 15,788 could... New York Post
VOA VIEW: The world changed.
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White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on Thursday vowed to crackdown on an emerging black market that peddles valuable medical equipment overseas. Speaking at the White House daily coronavirus press briefing, Navarro described the shady exchange of personal protective equipment from domestic hoarders to brokers, who then ship the goods abroad at a profit. “When... New York Post
An international poll of thousands of doctors rated the Trump-touted anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as the best treatment for the novel coronavirus. Of the 6,227 physicians surveyed in 30 countries, 37 percent rated hydroxychloroquine as the “most effective therapy” for combating the potentially deadly illness, according to the results released Thursday. New York Post
Intelligence officials have told the White House for weeks that China has vastly understated the spread of the coronavirus and the damage the pandemic has done. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The real China numbers are much higher than reported.
American Airlines Co said on Thursday it is cutting additional flights this summer as travel demand has drastically shrunk amid the coronavirus pandemic. Rueters
President Donald Trump sent a notably nasty letter blaming Sen. Charles Schumer's support for impeachment in part for New York's lack of readiness. USA Today
VOA VIEW: No confusion, but a bad senator.
A so-called miracle cure in California. Predatory text messages in North Carolina. Fake stimulus checks in the mail. Authorities are warning that fraudsters are scheming to scam people out of their money or personal information with a coronavirus-related pretense. The Federal Trade Commission said reports it received from consumers about ... Washington Times
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President Trump warned House Democrats on Thursday to back off plans for what he called another "witch hunt" investigation, this time over his administration's response to the coronavirus outbreak. "This is not the time for politics, endless partisan investigations — here we go again," Mr. Trump said at his daily ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dems have nothing to be positive about.
Going to a baseball game, packing into a concert arena or shaking another person's hand could become a thing of the past if social distancing becomes a way of life. The constant reminders that it's not safe to shake hands or come too close to one another isn't healthy, and ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Things will remain scary for a long time.
Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin promised Americans Thursday that direct payments of up to $1,200 per person will be issued within two weeks. "It is a very large priority," Mr. Mnuchin said at the White House. "We want to get this money quickly into your hands." Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
Americans are encouraged to continue to heed warnings from health officials as COVID-19 spreads rapidly. ABC
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A record-smashing 6,648,000 people filed for unemployment in the week ending March 28 amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. ABC
Adam Lewis told the officer "I am Covid and I am going to cough in your face and you will get it". BBC
VOA VIEW: The animal belong isolated from humans.
The number of deaths worldwide has soared past 51,000, CBS
VOA VIEW: Sad - China's real numbers could be that much and more.
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Zoom's CEO said conferencing company will freeze certain features for 90 days to work on strengthening its security. CBS
Pelosi announced the creation of a bipartisan committee to oversee the federal response to the coronavirus crisis CBS
VOA VIEW: Guaranteed outcome will be anti Trump.
The Democratic National Convention has been pushed back roughly a month and will now start the week of August 17. CBS
Stocks rose in volatile trading as oil prices jumped on expectations Saudi Arabia and Russia will ease the pressure off the oil market. CNBC
Oil prices skyrocketed after President Donald Trump told CNBC Saudis and Russia will ease pressure on oil, ending a price war that has contributed to crude's massive plunge. CNBC
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Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang said Thursday it is a "heartbreaking phenomenon" that Asian Americans have been the target of a growing number of racist and xenophobic attacks related to the coronavirus. CNN
President Donald Trump's campaign has sent a letter to Jeff Sessions demanding the former attorney general stop using Trump's name in his campaign materials for his US Senate bid. CNN
VOA VIEW: Trump should be positive towards Sessions.
The city of Laredo in Texas is now requiring all residents to wear a mask any time they enter a building that is not their home, or face up to a $1,000 fine. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Outside and buildings are different.
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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 9.44pm BST Joe Biden said he would take senior White House adviser Kellyanne Conway “at her word” that Trump is open to talking to him about how to respond to the pandemic.“I understand if he doesn’t want to take my advice, but it won’t be, ‘I told you so,’” Biden said of how he would approach the conversation. 9.38pm BST Joe Biden criticized Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell for pushing back against demands for a fourth coronavirus package.“The majority leader of the Senate was wrong and slow the first time around, and he’s wrong and slow this time around.” Biden said. Guardian
The U.S. Navy on Thursday relieved the commander of the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, who wrote a scathing letter that leaked to the public asking the Navy for stronger measures to control a coronavirus outbreak onboard the ship. Reuters
The coronavirus has been a far deadlier threat in New Orleans than the rest of the United States, with a per-capita death rate twice that of New York City. Doctors, public health officials and available data say the Big Easy's high levels of obesity and related ailments may be part of the problem. Reuters
U.S. officials said on Thursday they would distribute a stockpile of personal protective equipment, including 192,000 N95 respirator masks, which they seized this week from an alleged hoarder. Reuters
The United States is paying Russia for a planeload of medical equipment sent by Moscow to help fight the coronavirus outbreak, a senior Trump administration official said on Thursday, clearing up confusion as to who footed the bill. Reuters
VOA VIEW: What's the big deal?
There is no vaccine against the novel coronavirus, called SARS-CoV-2, that is spreading rapidly around the world. But scientists in several countries are testing a century-old tuberculosis (TB) vaccine to see if it might boost the immune system to reduce respiratory symptoms in people who get new coronavirus infections. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Anything is possible.
Twitter said Thursday it has removed more than 5,000 pro-government accounts linked with Saudi Arabia. UPI
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday announced a new select committee to oversee how the Trump administration spends more than $2 trillion allocated to fight the coronavirus pandemic. UPI
VOA VIEW: A political hatchet job.
The FBI said it completed a record 3.7 million firearm background checks last month, as gun sales increased partly due to concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic. UPI
VOA VIEW: Fear - police may not be able to help.
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President Donald Trump said on Wednesday that Iran or its proxies planned a sneak attack on U.S. targets in Iraq, and warned they would pay a “very heavy price” but gave no details. “Upon information and belief, Iran or its proxies are planning a sneak attack on U.S. troops and/or assets in Iraq. If this happens, Iran will pay a very heavy price, indeed!” Trump said in a post on Twitter. It was not immediately clear what information Trump was referring to in his tweet, which was posted after he was scheduled to have a 12 p.m. ET (1600 GMT) intelligence briefing.
U.S. intelligence about a potential Iran-backed strike in Iraq suggests it would likely be a deniable attack, as opposed to the kind of overt missile strike that Tehran carried out on Jan. 8, a U.S. official told Reuters on condition of anonymity. The official said intelligence threads about a potential attack by Iran or Iran-backed forces had been building for some time. The official did not disclose intelligence on the timing or precise locations of any attack.
Speaking before Trump’s tweet, a top military aide to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned Washington against “provocative actions” in Iraq, Iranian news agencies reported. Iran always talks big, but always fall short. They would be wise to heed the Trump warning.