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Pop Star Pink Recovers From COVID-19, Donates $1M

Philadelphia’s Fox affiliate reports: Doylestown native Pink revealed that she has recovered from COVID-19 and is donating $1 million in the fight against the virus. The singer took to social media to share the news Friday night.  Pink also expressed her support for the healthcare workers on the front lines and pleaded with the public to stay home. She is …

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Anthony Fauci Rips States Without Lockdown Orders

NBC News reports: Dr. Anthony Fauci suggested today that all Americans should be under a stay-at-home order to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, and that all states should be operating under the same guidelines. “I don’t understand why that’s not happening,” Fauci, a member of the White House coronavirus task force and director of the National Institute of Allergy …

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White House Claims Second Negative Test For Trump

The Hill reports: President Trump has tested negative for the coronavirus a second time and is “healthy and without symptoms,” the White House doctor says. White House physician Dr. Sean Conley wrote in a memo that Trump was tested again Thursday morning for COVID-19 using a new point-of-care test that yielded results in 15 minutes. “This morning, the President was …

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White House To Urge Public To Cover Faces As Scientists Say Virus Can Be Transmitted By “Normal Breathing”

The Washington Post reports: The White House is expected to urge Americans to begin wearing cloth masks or face coverings in public to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, in a reversal of its earlier recommendations, according to a federal official involved in the response. Simple cloth masks that cover the mouth and nose can prevent virus transmission …

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Pentagon Seeking To Acquire 100,000 Body Bags

Bloomberg News reports: The Pentagon is seeking to provide as many as 100,000 military-style body bags for potential civilian use as the U.S. warns that deaths could soar in the coming weeks from the coronavirus pandemic. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has requested 100,000 body bags, known as Human Remains Pouches, through an interagency group that directed it to the …

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Poll: Only 38% Approve Of Federal Pandemic Response

The Associated Press reports: Thirty-eight percent of Americans approve of the federal government’s handling of the outbreak, while 41% disapprove. And just 31% approve of how leaders in Congress are handling the crisis, less than the 41% who disapprove. Fewer than half of Democrats or Republicans approve of how Congress is handling the situation. Americans have a far more favorable …

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Pence Claims Trump Never Downplayed Severity Of Pandemic: He’s Just Naturally An “Optimistic Person”

The Huffington Post reports: Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday that President Donald Trump is merely being “optimistic” with remarks that downplayed the coronavirus outbreak. Pence was pressed during an appearance on CNN by politics anchor Wolf Blitzer to explain why Trump hadn’t ordered a national lockdown in the days since he had stopped “belittling the enormity of this crisis.”  …

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Conway Attacks Biden For Criticizing Trump Instead Of Offering Help: “Petty Critics Are So Small And Shrill”

“I think it’s really disappointing to have President Obama’s number two, who apparently doesn’t talk much to him, out there criticizing instead of saying, ‘Hey, here’s what we did that we thought was effective.’ “Why doesn’t Vice President Biden call the White House today and offer some support? He’s in his bunker in Wilmington, and I have to tell you …

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Trump May Face Formal Probe Into Virus Response

NBC News reports: Informal discussions have begun on Capitol Hill about the possibility of creating a panel to scrutinize the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic that would be modeled on the commission that investigated the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, according to four people familiar with the discussions. A wholesale examination of the administration’s response could gain …

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Federal Prisoners Restricted To Cells For Two Weeks

NPR reports: In an effort to tamp down the COVID-19 infection rate across the nation’s corrections system, the Federal Bureau of Prisons announced on Tuesday that starting Wednesday, inmates in all of its institutions across the country will be kept in their assigned cells or quarters, effectively putting them in lockdown. The order will hold for at least 14 days, …

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WH Raises Deaths Estimate To As High As 240,000

USA Today reports: Members of President Donald Trump’s administration laid out dire estimates Tuesday to underscore the potential impact of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, a grim prediction they said was at the center of the president’s decision to extend strict social distancing guidelines through the end of April. Federal public health officials said that between 100,000 and …

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Wilbur Ross, Who Said Pandemic Could Be Good For The US Economy, Remains In Hiding At His Florida Estate

CNBC reports: Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is working from his estate in Palm Beach, Florida, while the Trump administration tries to limit the economic fallout from the coronavirus outbreak, according to people familiar with the matter. Ross, 82, is teleworking to the extent possible, according to the people, who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter. A representative …

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FDA Grants Emergency Approval To Anti-Malarial Drugs

The Washington Post reports: The Food and Drug Administration has given emergency approval to a Trump administration plan to distribute millions of doses of anti-malarial drugs to hospitals across the country, saying it is worth the risk of trying unproven treatments to slow the progression of the disease in seriously ill coronavirus patients. There have only been a few, very …

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Fauci “Argued Strongly” Against Trump’s Easter Plan

The Hill reports: Dr. Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, said Monday that the White House coronavirus task force aggressively lobbied President Trump to extend social-distancing guidelines another month as the U.S. grapples with the fallout of the novel coronavirus pandemic. “We felt that if we prematurely pulled back, we would only form an acceleration or rebound of …

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Trump Backs Off “Aspirational” Plan To Open By Easter

The Washington Post reports: President Trump says federal guidance urging social distancing will stay in place through April 30. He backed off his hope that the country will be “opened up” by Easter Sunday, saying that deaths due to the coronavirus will likely peak in two weeks. ”Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory is won,” he …

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POLL: Majority Don’t Believe Trump’s Lies About Virus

The Daily Beast reports: A clear majority of the American public, including self-identified Republicans, do not believe the disinformation that President Donald Trump keeps pushing around the spread of coronavirus. A full 73 percent of respondents, including 75 percent of Republicans, said that it was not true that “anyone who wants to get tested can get tested.” Just 17 percent …

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Fauci: US Could See 100,000 To 200,000 Virus Deaths

ABC News reports: The U.S. government’s foremost infection disease expert says the United States could experience more than 100,000 deaths and millions of infections from the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Anthony Fauci, speaking on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday, offered his prognosis as the federal government weighs rolling back guidelines on social distancing in areas that have not been …

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Mnuchin: Reopening The US Will Be A Health Decision

The Associated Press reports: Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says a decision whether to reopen the nation back for business as early as Easter will be a health decision not an economic one. Mnunchin acknowledges surging unemployment numbers and declining GDP as 1 in 3 Americans remain under government orders to stay at home to slow the coronavirus that has killed …

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Pelosi: “As The President Fiddles, People Are Dying”

The Washington Post reports: Nancy Pelosi today sharply criticized Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that his actions have resulted in the loss of American lives and warning against the relaxing of social-distancing guidelines. “His denial at the beginning was deadly. His delay in getting equipment to where it’s needed is deadly. I think the best thing [to do …

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Inside Trump’s “15 Days To Slow The Spread” Plan

Stunning reporting by Politico: It was the beginning of the 15-day period during which the White House hoped it could slow the advancing virus and stem the economic bleeding left in its wake. For the next two weeks, the president’s coronavirus task force encouraged Americans to essentially self-isolate, while aides worked with anxious governors across the country and quarreling lawmakers …

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