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Bill Gates on Trump call for quick end to lockdown: It’s tough to tell people ‘keep going to restaurants, go buy new houses, ignore that pile of bodies over in the corner’

Bill Gates told Vox Media during an interview that “it’s very irresponsible for somebody to suggest that we can have the best of both worlds,” referring to mitigating the impact of the deadly pathogen on human lives and keeping the economy whirring normally.

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Trump wants his signature to appear on coronavirus stimulus checks

A civil servant would typically sign such federal disbursements, said Don Hammond, a former longtime Treasury Department official.

8:35 a.m. Today
America’s highly paid CEOs should give their 2020 salary and stock compensation to the coronavirus fight

Millions of dollars could go to U.S. workers, cities and towns if corporate leaders do their part.

8:19 a.m. Today
As coronavirus cases surge across the U.S., the internet has one word for this image of a crowded beach: #Florida

While Americans across the country grapple with the harsh reality of sickness, death, job losses, and isolation, beach-goers in Florida over the weekend seemed to be having a great time.

8:03 a.m. Today
Prince Charles is no longer self-isolating, U.K. media report

Prince Charles is out of self-isolation after contracting coronavirus, U.K. media reported, citing his spokesman. The 71-year-old spent seven days self-isolating, as per government guidelines, after displaying mild symptoms, the BBC reported. The report said the heir to the throne was in good health.

7:55 a.m. Today
How the coronavirus will change America

As with all major wars, our war against the coronavirus will alter how Americans think, engage with the world, and behave.

6:00 a.m. Today
Dominic Cummings, top aide to U.K. prime minister, is reportedly self-isolating

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson's top aide, Dominic Cummings, is self isolating after developing symptoms of coronavirus, according to U.K. media reports. Johnson has announced he has tested positive for the virus. Cummings was filmed running from 10 Downing Street shortly after Johnson publicly announced he had the virus.

5:56 a.m. Today
FBI, SEC looking into lawmakers' stock trades after coronavirus briefings: report

The FBI and the Securities and Exchange Commission are looking into stock trades by lawmakers made before the market plunged due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, CNN reported Sunday night. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., is among those who have been asked about his trades, CNN reported. Burr and Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., have been harshly criticized after reports emerged that they allegedly sold stocks following briefings on Capitol Hill which included non-public information about the outbreak. CNN said the probe is in its early stages and it is unclear if any laws were broken. In a statement to CNN, one of Burr's lawyers said the senator "welcomes a thorough review of the facts in this matter, which will establish that his actions were appropriate."

11:25 p.m. March 29, 2020
President Trump touts his ‘astounding’ TV ratings, compares his coronavirus press briefings to ‘The Bachelor’

The silver lining for the Trump administration during this coronavirus pandemic: It makes for fabulous television, apparently. A real blockbuster. Must see TV! Like, we’re talking “The Bachelor” and “Monday Night Football” ratings.

8:40 p.m. March 29, 2020
Marco Rubio slammed for saying ‘grotesque’ media is delighted the U.S. has the most coronavirus cases

Grim statistics aren’t hard to find these days, but the U.S. coronavirus toll is one that has been splashed across headlines everywhere in recent days. Rubio doesn’t like how the media is handling it.

3:50 p.m. March 29, 2020
‘Blood on the president’s hands?’ Chuck Todd asks Joe Biden about Trump’s coronavirus response

NBC News anchor Chuck Todd was trending on Twitter on Sunday morning after his interview with Joe Biden.

1:41 p.m. March 29, 2020
‘I’m not against releasing the restrictions,’ says Dr. Anthony Fauci, of areas of U.S. with low rates of coronavirus infection

But eased restrictions would need to be predicated on adequate COVID-19 testing, per the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director.

12:18 p.m. March 29, 2020
White House vows to start doling out emergency loans to small businesses this week

Senior Trump administration officials vow to launch a massive new loan program for small businesses by Friday in a frenetic effort to prevent them from laying off workers or going out of business as the coronavirus pandemic shuts down large segments of the economy.

11:34 a.m. March 29, 2020
Government wanted us to splurge on electronics with past stimulus checks; this time it aims to help us buy essentials

The current program is more about helping a family keep buying groceries, while the others were more about prompting it to splurge and buy a new TV.

5:45 p.m. March 28, 2020
Trump considering quarantine for tri-state area surrounding New York City, but Cuomo calls the idea ‘unworkable’

President Trump said he is considering an “enforceable quarantine” in New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut and may make a decision as soon as later Saturday, as the nation’s largest city quickly becomes an epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, but New York Gov. Cuomo says idea “unworkable”.

3:07 p.m. March 28, 2020
New York City coronavirus cases reach nearly 30,000 with a death every 9.5 minutes

Troubling new data released Saturday shows the death rate from coronavirus sharply accelerating in the Big Apple, with one person dying every 9.5 minutes in the last 24 hours.

2:40 p.m. March 28, 2020
The U.S. is sinking into recession, but the full scope of the damage won’t be visible right away

A flood of bad news on the economy is about to pour in confirming what has become quite obvious: The U.S. is sinking into a deep recession.

1:40 p.m. March 28, 2020
Trump administration plans three-month suspension of import-tariff collection

The move is intended to provide financial relief to U.S. companies struggling amid coronavirus pandemic.

1:26 p.m. March 28, 2020
China will emerge from the coronavirus crisis stronger than the U.S., experts warn

The coronavirus pandemic gripping the globe may have its origins in China, but experts say that current trends indicate the crisis will leave it in a much stronger position geopolitically relative to the United States.

12:41 p.m. March 28, 2020
The coronavirus crisis could see 37 million jobs lost, and these workers will be the hardest hit, chart shows

The scale of job losses is likely to hit unprecedented levels in the coming weeks and months as business activity in cities, municipalities and states are brought to a sudden halt in an attempt to lessen the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

11:53 a.m. March 28, 2020
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