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Citing the COVID-19 outbreak, Michael Avenatti and others are asking judges to let them serve out their sentences in home confinement instead. LA Times
A federal judge in Los Angeles gives the government until April 6 to deliver a plan to handle 6,900 children held in shelters and family detention facilities. A federal judge in Washington includes their parents. LA Times
VOA VIEW: One liberal judge should not have the power over a presidential decision.
Some fear that President Trump will sideline Dr. Fauci, an epidemiologist and civil servant who has warned that 100,000 to 200,000 Americans could die from the Covid-19 pandemic. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Fauci is a fear monger.
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Even working from home isn’t safe! Hackers have been hijacking video conferences and online classrooms on the popular software Zoom, in a frightening trend emerging amid the coronavirus pandemic, the FBI warned on Monday. “The FBI has received multiple reports of conferences being disrupted by pornographic and/or hate images and threatening language,” said a warning... New York Post
New York is caught in a bidding war with the federal government and other states for pricey, much-needed ventilators, frustrating the Empire State’s quest for 40,000 machines, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday. “We have ordered 17,000 from China — ventilators — that we would pay for roughly $25,000 each,” Cuomo told reporters during... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Cuomo typical grandstanding.
After a surge in cases tied to international travelers, China, Hong Kong, Singapore and other places that seemed to have the epidemic under control have imposed stricter measures. New York Times
Widespread use of nonmedical masks could reduce community transmission. But recommending their broad use could also cause a run on the kind of masks that health care workers desperately need. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Mask, no mask - the reality is - wait for next version.
The CNN anchor, 49, is “feeling well” and will continue hosting his prime-time show from home, where he is quarantined. New York Times
The Russian leader hates to deliver bad news and wants to distinguish his rule from the turbulent presidency of Boris N. Yeltsin. So he is leaving it to his minions to announce harsh measures. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Putin is smart.
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Health care is a private industry in the U.S., and hospitals are businesses designed to maximize profit, not respond to a pandemic. New York Times
Huawei warned on Tuesday that 2020 would be its most difficult year yet due to American trade restrictions which dealt a blow to its overseas sales in 2019, and predicted the Chinese government would retaliate against the United States. Rueters
VOA VIEW: The US is really worried - Huawei is acting foolish.
Barack Obama appeared to take a swipe at Donald Trump, saying there are steep consequences because of 'those who denied warnings of a pandemic.'
VOA VIEW: Obama is an idiot.
Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer said he hopes Fine holds "President Trump and his administration accountable to the letter and spirit of the law."
VOA VIEW: It was Pelosi, Dems and the liberal media that caused the slow response.
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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo flatly denied weighing a run for the White House after President Trump said he would make a better candidate than the current Democratic front-runner. Mr. Cuomo was asked repeatedly about his political ambitions during an interview conducted Monday evening on the heels of Mr. Trump ... Washington Times
The administration is also considering whether everyone should wear a face mask. ABC
VOA VIEW: What has to be done, should be done.
U.S. consumer confidence tumbled in March to the lowest level in nearly three years as the impact of the coronavirus began to be felt ABC
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The coronavirus-related recessions around the world are going to be bad ABC
VOA VIEW: A major problem has its consequences.
The Dow has shed 22% of its value since the year started and COVID-19 shut down broad swaths of the economy. CBS
Thomas Jefferson is revered as America's third president, first secretary of state, and the main author of the Declaration of Independence. What's less well-known is his role as an architect who helped shape the look of early America. An exhibition at the Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk, Virginia is exploring that legacy in a very modern way. Correspondent Brook Silva-Braga reports on Jefferson's influence on architecture, and on the upcoming dedication at the University of Virginia – a campus he designed – of a memorial to "enslaved laborers." CBS
Stocks fell on Tuesday, the last day of the first quarter, as investors wrapped up a period of historic market volatility sparked by the coronavirus pandemic. CNBC
The biggest U.S. mall owner, Simon Property Group, has furloughed about 30% of its workforce as the company copes with all of its properties being temporarily shut because of the coronavirus pandemic. CNBC
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"We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die. If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset — our Sailors," wrote Capt. Brett Crozier of the USS Theodore Roosevelt. CNBC
The retailer is sending infrared thermometers to all stores, clubs and facilities and will roll them out first at distribution centers and in coronavirus hotspots. CNBC
VOA VIEW: As they should.
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Former President Barack Obama issued a rare criticism of the Trump administration Tuesday after it announced it's rolling back his signature fuel standards aimed at combating the climate crisis, saying Americans "have to demand better" of their elected leaders. CNN
VOA VIEW: Who cares what Obama thinks or wants?
A new report from the Justice Department inspector general found widespread problems in the way the FBI accounted for evidence used to back up allegations in the court applications for foreign intelligence surveillance warrants. CNN
VOA VIEW: FISA is a mess that should be eliminated.
U.S. border authorities have seized a trove of drugs hidden in a sophisticated cross-border tunnel beneath the California-Mexico border, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Tuesday. FOX News
The nation's top two congressional leaders were divided on Tuesday over the need for more legislation to deal with the fallout from the coronavirus crisis after three earlier bills were approved, including a $2 trillion economic relief measure. Reuters
The world's busiest land border has fallen quiet as restrictions to contain the coronavirus prevent millions of Mexicans from making daily trips north, including many who work in U.S. businesses. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Illegals should stay home.
Ford Motor Co said on Monday it will produce 50,000 ventilators over the next 100 days at a plant in Michigan in cooperation with General Electric's healthcare unit, and can then build 30,000 per month as needed to treat patients afflicted with the coronavirus. Reuters
The Trump administration on Tuesday called for a power-sharing transitional government in Venezuela made up of the opposition and some members of President Nicolas Maduro's Socialist Party, and laid out for the first time how U.S. sanctions might be lifted, including on the vital oil sector. Reuters
Less than a day after resigning his seat in the House, Mark Meadows started his new job as White House chief of staff on Tuesday. UPI
The possibility North Korea may have doctored the images released this week showing a test of "super-large multiple rocket launchers" cannot be ruled out. UPI
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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.