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For weeks, Las Vegas was spared from coronavirus pandemic fears. But this week reality hit Sin City. And it's hitting hard. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Fear hits all.
Bernie Sanders is losing the electability argument in the Democratic primary, but he asserts he is winning the battle of ideas. On healthcare, college tuition and championing working-class issues, he has shaped the policy contours of this Democratic race. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Sanders is way left.
President Trump on Sunday urged Americans not to hoard groceries or other supplies in panic over the coronavirus pandemic. Trump said he’d spoken to the CEOs of several grocery and supply chain companies about stockpiling and how to avoid it. “You don’t have to buy so much,” the president said. “Take it easy. Just relax.”... New York Post
VOA VIEW: As they should.

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Americans have been alarmed by empty grocery shelves, but while food suppliers and retailers say they are struggling with surging demand, they insist the supply chain remains strong. New York Times
VOA VIEW: There is too much chaos.
A Tennessee man had planned to sell his stockpile at marked-up prices online. Now he is under investigation for price gouging. New York Times
As the coronavirus spreads, the public interest requires employers to abandon their longstanding resistance to paid sick leave. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Sad!
Berlin is trying to stop Washington from persuading a German company seeking a coronavirus vaccine to move its research to the United States, prompting German politicians to insist no country should have a monopoly on any future vaccine. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Countries should work together to solve the people.
The biggest U.S. banks will stop buying back their own shares, and will instead use that capital to lend to individuals and businesses affected by the coronavirus, an industry trade group said on Sunday. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Good!
Travelers returning to the United States and being screened for the coronavirus were met by long lines and massive delays at some major airports, prompting federal officials to deploy more staff and President Donald Trump to appeal for patience. Rueters

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Retailers across the nation are trimming store hours to focus on deep cleanings and to restock shelves. Some are closing stores, too.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: The business community will take care of business.
A clinical trial evaluating a vaccine designed to protect against the new coronavirus will begin Monday, according to a government official. The first participant in the trial will receive the experimental vaccine on Monday, the official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because the trial has not been ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Good!
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, reacting to announcement of a curfew in neighboring Hoboken, New Jersey, says that a lockdown in the nation's largest city couldn't be ruled out. "Every option is on the table in a crisis," the Democrat said Sunday on CNN. Also in New York, ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Closing down NY would create chaos.
Republican Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said Sunday that schools in his state could remain closed for the rest of the year. "You know, this may not peak until the latter part of April or May. So we've informed the superintendents, while we've closed schools for three weeks, that the odds ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Madness!

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A former staffer in House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff's office has tested positive for coronavirus. "We consulted with the House Attending physician and will be acting on their recommendations. Medical professionals believe that my former staff member likely contracted the virus after leaving the office, but we will still be ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Schiff is an idiot and so are all who work for him.
Voting will happen in Illinois and Ohio despite the coronavirus outbreak. ABC
VOA VIEW: As they should.
Georgia election officials are postponing the state’s March 24 presidential primaries until May because of fears over the coronavirus ABC
VOA VIEW: Cowards!

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U.S. internet and wireless providers have announced temporary measures to make getting online less expensive and onerous as enforced social distancing due to the new coronavirus forces more human interaction online ABC
"The worst is yet ahead for us," Dr. Anthony Fauci told reporters Sunday. CBS
The head of the second-largest financial institution in the U.S. says Bank of America is treating the pandemic like a natural disaster. CBS
VOA VIEW: This is fear.
Kudlow said U.S. supply lines are "working pretty well" despite grocery shortages across the country. CBS
VOA VIEW: Dems pull off a not so good bill - it could have been worse.
Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in December 2017 but is attempting to withdraw his guilty plea. CBS
VOA VIEW: As he should.

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The Economic Cycle Research Institute's Lakshman Achuthan sees an encouraging sign in the charts. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Liberals and Dems want a recession bad.
President Donald Trump on Sunday praised the Federal Reserve's move to slash interest rates to near zero in an bid to support the economy during the coronavirus pandemic, calling it a "big step." CNN
VOA VIEW: Good!
The first US case of the coronavirus was reported in January -- a Washington state man who had recently returned from China. A little more than a month later, the country has reported at least 2,216 cases in 49 states, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands and the District of Columbia. CNN

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Sunday called for the closure of all bars and wineries and for Californians 65 and older to stay home in an effort to curb the coronavirus outbreak. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Fear has gone the extra mile.
Louisiana officials’ advice on “social distancing” amid the coronavirus outbreak apparently never reached the revelers on Bourbon Street in New Orleans. So on Saturday night the police delivered the message in person. FOX News
A worker for the Transportation Security Administration has tested positive for coronavirus, the agency disclosed Saturday night. FOX News
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers seized a package thought to contain counterfeit coronavirus (COVID-19) test kits, at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on Thursday.  FOX News
VOA VIEW: Under the jail is the best place.
France and Spain joined Italy in imposing lockdowns on tens of millions of people, Australia ordered self-isolation of arriving foreigners and other countries extended entry bans as the world sought to contain the spreading coronavirus. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Fear is spreading.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Sunday said he was in close touch with Congress about helping U.S. airlines weather a massive downturn in business due to sweeping travel restrictions aimed at containing the coronavirus. Reuters
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sunday would not rule out closing borders to combat a coronavirus outbreak, while the chief medical officer said time was running out to prevent a spike in cases. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Why the wait?
Dozens of rockets fell on an Iraqi military base hosting coalition troops Saturday, the second such attack in less than a week, U.S. military officials said. UPI
VOA VIEW: Iran should pay big.

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