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As the coronavirus spreads, the Trump administration resists pressure to ease sanctions on countries fighting the disease. LA Times
VOA VIEW: You make your bed, you have to lay in it.
Former Vice President Joe Biden says Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is on his shortlist for vice president should he win the Democratic presidential nomination. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Two fools would make a no brainer for a Trump reelection.
Twenty-three Air Force organizations and 1,840 billets with space-related missions are slated to transfer to the Space Force within the next three to six months, service officials announced Tuesday. The Space Force is currently made up of units that previously fell under Air Force Space Command before the new service was officially established in December.... New York Post

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Sen. Bernie Sanders has defended his decision to stay in the Democratic presidential race, telling ‘The View”s Whoopi Goldberg: “Last I heard, people in a democracy have a right to vote.” The 78-year-old Vermont senator is facing increasing pressure to exit the race with former veep Joe Biden now the presumptive nominee after a... New York Post
VOA VIEW: It would be interesting.
Iran, devastated by the coronavirus, is asking the U.S. to lift sanctions on humanitarian grounds. U.S. officials say sanctions aren’t to blame; Iran is. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.
As the virus disrupts the campaign, G.O.P. officials are taking their cue from President Trump, while Joe Biden said “it’s hard to envision” the Democrats holding an in-person convention in July. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Dems have much to worry about.
U.S. 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. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Iran should take heed.
"I'm telling you, we are on the verge of a massive collapse," Perry said of the impact the plunge in oil prices could have on U.S. operators.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: The oil industry has already been ravaged.
The Trump administration will soon announce that the U.S. is moving naval ships toward Venezuela as it enhances counter-narcotic operations in the Caribbean following a U.S. drug indictment against Nicolás Maduro, according to three people familiar with the situation. The deployment could be announced as early as ... Washington Times

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has asked the federal government for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, days after her administration came under criticism for a statewide crackdown on the drugs touted by President Trump for the novel coronavirus. The request from the Michigan Health and Human Services Department was made after the U.S. ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A different tune.
More than 2.5 million guns were sold in March, up 85% compared to the same month last year, according to a new analysis Monday from Small Arms Analytics & Forecasting that said all the speculation about coronavirus-induced buying was accurate. SAAF said it figured more than 1.5 million handguns were ... Washington Times
The number of coronavirus cases in hard-hit Louisiana is rising by more than 1,000 a day as test results begin to pour in, although the rate of infection increase slowed a bit Wednesday, according to the state Department of Health. As of noon Wednesday, the state had ... Washington Times
President Trump has informally backed the idea of Americans covering their faces as his task force debates whether to officially recommend they wear masks. ABC
VOA VIEW: Total change in past communications.

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U.S. companies shed 27,000 jobs in March, according to a private survey, a figure that mostly reflected the economy as it stood before the full impact of the viral outbreak ABC
Medicare and Medicaid patients were given temporary authorization to use telehealth services amid the coronavirus pandemic. ABC
It comes as the government hopes to increase testing for NHS workers to "hundreds of thousands" a day. BBC

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With more than 9,000 deaths, Spain has the second-highest number of fatalities caused by coronavirus. BBC
VOA VIEW: Good for Spain.
The proposal includes funding for community health centers, access to clean water, expanding broadband service and infrastructure projects. CBS
The California congressman made his remarks just hours after President Trump said the next two weeks would be "very, very painful." CBS
As of Wednesday, more than 885,000 cases of coronavirus have been reported, resulting in at least 44,000 deaths. CNBC
VOA VIEW: China has lied and will continue to lie.

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Pelosi says she is pleased by President Trump's renewed calls for an infrastructure plan to respond to the coronavirus crisis. CNBC
VOA VIEW: No one cares what Pelosi wants.
The Trump administration is currently focused on implementing the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package passed last week, officials said. CNBC
VOA VIEW: The hell with Pelosi.
Vice President Mike Pence sought to cast blame on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and China Wednesday when asked why the US was so late in understanding the enormity of the coronavirus pandemic. CNN
VOA VIEW: Makes sense.

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• Inside a socially distanced White House • McConnell: Impeachment 'diverted' attention from coronavirus crisis in China CNN
VOA VIEW: Pelosi is an idiot.
Whiting Petroleum Corp filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, the U.S. shale producer said on Wednesday, the first publicly traded casualty of crashing crude oil prices that are expected to bite into record U.S. output. Reuters
T-Mobile US Inc said on Wednesday it officially completed the $23 billion merger with Sprint Corp, solidifying its position as the No.3 wireless providers in the United States. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Bad news for consumers.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 900 points on Wednesday as a plunge in new orders for U.S.-made goods and a dire warning on U.S. death toll from the coronavirus pushed investors away from stocks to safer assets. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Sad!
Two U.S. senators joined a growing call on Wednesday for Americans to cover their mouths and noses when they venture outside, as health officials consider recommending that everyone in the country don face masks to limit the spread of the coronavirus. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Confusing notices.
For the first time in more than four years, the average cost of gasoline in the United States is below $2 per gallon. UPI
VOA VIEW: Good for consumers and truck drivers.

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     USA Today is a liberal rag that deserves being shut down. USA Today publisher Gannett announced a series of pay cuts and mandatory furloughs on Monday in the latest economic fallout from the coronavirus crisis. Gannett executives will take a 25 percent pay cut and CEO Paul Bascobert will forgo his salary entirely until the pay reductions and furloughs cease and the coronavirus pandemic has subsided, Bascobert said in a memo to staffers. The furloughs will apply on a rolling basis to staffers who make over $38,000 a year through June, Maribel Wadsworth, Gannett’s president of news and publisher of USA Today, said.
 

     Bascobert’s memo asked staffers from across Gannett’s newspapers to make a “collective sacrifice” to get through the crisis, which has taken a major toll on newspapers’ advertising revenues. “I don’t think any of us expected events to progress so quickly,” Bascobert said in unveiling the cuts, which he said would take place “as soon as this week.” “Direct sold advertising has already slowed and many businesses paused their scheduled marketing campaigns,” the memo said. Bascobert noted a spike in digital traffic and online subscription as people rush to read about the coronavirus, but said it wasn’t enough to offset ad losses.

     In addition to USA TODAY, Gannett publishes hundreds of newspapers including The Record and Asbury Park Press in New Jersey, the Journal News in Westchester and Rockland Counties, as well as the Detroit Free Press, the Arizona Republic the Des Moines Register, and the Austin (Tex) American-Statesman.  All written newspapers are dead, but not buried.

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