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  • 'I have a PhD': The spotlight is now on Peter Navarro's role in White House coronavirus response
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    'I have a PhD': The spotlight is now on Peter Navarro's role in White House coronavirus response

    One of those is a doctorate in economics (the other is a master's in public policy), but Navarro has used it to suggest that he has broad expertise related to the coronavirus crisis. On Monday, he argued on air with CNN anchor John Berman, who asked him about the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment. Over the weekend, there had been reports that Navarro had clashed bitterly on the matter with Dr. Anthony Fauci, a top National Institutes of Health epidemiologist who is on the coronavirus task force.

  • Synthetic antibodies might offer a quick coronavirus treatment
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    Synthetic antibodies might offer a quick coronavirus treatment

    Another approach is to harvest antibodies, protective substances produced in response to an infection, from the blood plasma of people who have been infected. Dr. Jacob Glanville, one of the researchers featured in the Netflix documentary “Pandemic: How to Prevent an Outbreak,” thinks he has found a shortcut. Glanville is the president of Distributed Bio, a computational immunoengineering group that focuses on making antibody therapeutics and vaccines.

  • We Can't Rely on the Supreme Court to Guard the 2020 Election
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    We Can't Rely on the Supreme Court to Guard the 2020 Election

    In a narrow, 5 to 4 decision, the court's conservatives held that a federal district court shouldn't have granted a coronavirus-inspired emergency extension for mailing in absentee ballots. The nation badly needs the court to avoid a scenario reminiscent of the 2000 Bush v. Gore case, in which the justices were perceived to have decided the election for Bush along roughly ideological lines. The Supreme Court's involvement in the Wisconsin election mess arose against the backdrop of an explicitly partisan struggle in Wisconsin over whether polling would take place on April 7 as scheduled.

  • Brazil minister offends China with 'racist' virus tweet
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    Brazil minister offends China with 'racist' virus tweet

    China demanded an explanation from Brazil Monday after the far-right government's education minister linked the coronavirus pandemic to the Asian country's "plan for world domination," in a tweet imitating a Chinese accent. In the latest incident to strain ties between Brasilia and Beijing, Education Minister Abraham Weintraub insinuated China was behind the global health crisis. "Geopolitically, who will come out stronger from this global crisis?" he wrote on Twitter Saturday.

  • U.S. reports 1,200 coronavirus deaths in one day as China lifts lockdown
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    U.S. reports 1,200 coronavirus deaths in one day as China lifts lockdown

    At the start of what is expected to be the deadliest week of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, the White House tried to offer some hope that measures to contain the spread were working. The virus killed 1,264 over 24 hours in the U.S. as of 2:05 am ET on Tuesday, according to NBC New's tracker. Meanwhile China, where the pandemic broke out, claimed that not a single new death was reported, and the city of Wuhan in Hubei province, where the new virus was first identified, prepared for lockdown measures to be lifted.

  • Surgeon General says he's 'optimistic' the coronavirus impact can be slowed if US keeps up social distancing for 30 days
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    Surgeon General says he's 'optimistic' the coronavirus impact can be slowed if US keeps up social distancing for 30 days

    Alex Brandon/AP US Surgeon General Jerome Adams adopted a positive note Tuesday, saying he felt "a lot more optimistic" that the United States would emerge "stronger" from its battle with the coronavirus. On Sunday, he said he expected the virus "to be our Pearl Harbor moment and our 9/11 moment, only it's not going to be localized, it's going to be happening all over the country." Adams credited social distancing for his hopeful demeanor, stressing that Americans "have the power to change the trajectory of this epidemic if we come together like we have after past tragedies in this country."

  • Coronavirus: Why China's claims of success raise eyebrows
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    Coronavirus: Why China's claims of success raise eyebrows

    China has reported no new deaths from coronavirus anywhere in the country, for the first time since the beginning of the outbreak. For months now, every morning at 03:00, officials in China have put together the latest figures on the spread of the virus to share with the world. World Health Organization Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus hailed China for the "speed with which [it] detected the outbreak" and its "commitment to transparency".

  • Fact check: Does Christian aid group require COVID-19 responders to sign anti-LGBTQ statement?
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    Fact check: Does Christian aid group require COVID-19 responders to sign anti-LGBTQ statement?

    The claim: Christian humanitarian group Samaritan's Purse requires that workers in its NYC COVID-19 operation sign an anti-LGBTQ 'Statement of Faith' Samaritan's Purse, a Christian aid group that has conducted relief efforts around the world, set up a 68-bed field hospital staffed by several dozen personnel in New York's Central Park to address the COVID-19 outbreak. The organization's president and CEO, Franklin Graham, is a prominent evangelical Christian with a history of anti-LGBTQ statements. The organization has received praise for its efforts, which have relieved pressure on the city's overburdened health care system, while drawing criticism for its stance on LGBTQ issues.

  • Wuhan ends lockdown as health workers buckle under strain
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    Wuhan ends lockdown as health workers buckle under strain

    After 76 days in lockdown, the Chinese city at the heart of the global pandemic reopened Wednesday, and tens of thousands immediately hopped on trains and planes to leave. Elsewhere, the economic, political and psychological toll of fighting the virus grew increasingly clear and more difficult to bear. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson spent a second night in intensive care with his country in the grips of its biggest crisis since World War II. The 55-year-old Johnson, the first major world leader confirmed to have COVID-19, was stable and responding to treatment, spokesman James Slack said.

  • Her granddaughter was sick, so Dr. Birx stayed home: 'You can’t take that kind of risk' around the president
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    Her granddaughter was sick, so Dr. Birx stayed home: 'You can’t take that kind of risk' around the president

    Dr. Deborah Birx, one of the two leading medical experts on the White House coronavirus task force, said that out of deference to social distancing rules she had stayed away from her daughter's house — despite her 10-month-old granddaughter having registered a fever of 105 degrees over the weekend. Birx said the child, who is recovering, probably had roseola, a common childhood infection, not COVID-19. Birx, who meets daily with President Trump and Vice President Pence, said she has been vigilant about avoiding social contact “because of you two.”

  • Iran supreme leader approves withdrawal of 1 billion euros from sovereign wealth fund to fight coronavirus
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    Iran supreme leader approves withdrawal of 1 billion euros from sovereign wealth fund to fight coronavirus

    Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has approved the withdrawal of 1 billion euros from the country's sovereign wealth fund to help fight the coronavirus epidemic, President Hassan Rouhani's official website said on Monday.

  • Donations pour in but India's 'PM CARES' coronavirus fund faces criticism
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    Donations pour in but India's 'PM CARES' coronavirus fund faces criticism

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is facing criticism for creating a new coronavirus relief fund when about $500 million was lying unspent in an older fund, even as top businesses and celebrities pledge millions of dollars in new donations. Modi launched the "PM CARES" fund to provide relief to those affected by the coronavirus that has infected more than 5,000 people in India, and killed 149. The fund is expected to help millions of day labourers, many of whose lives were devastated by a nationwide lockdown ordered by Modi to stem the epidemic.

  • 86-year-old and three sons die after contracting COVID-19
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    86-year-old and three sons die after contracting COVID-19

    The coronavirus pandemic is affecting nearly everyone in the world in different ways, but for one Louisiana family, the deadly virus inflicted a particularly devastating blow. Four members of the same family died after contracting the virus, including the 86-year-old matriarch. Antoinette Franklin and three of her sons all died within days of each other.

  • Asia virus latest: Wuhan travel ban lifted, Japan under state of emergency
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    Asia virus latest: Wuhan travel ban lifted, Japan under state of emergency

    Here are the latest developments in Asia related to the coronavirus pandemic: - Wuhan outbound travel ban ends - Outbound travel from the central Chinese city of Wuhan, where the novel coronavirus first emerged in December, resumed Wednesday, after a more than two-month ban. Thousands of travellers flocked to catch departing trains, passenger cars lined up as road blocks were dismantled, and outbound air travel was set to resume. The further easing of travel restrictions came after China reported no new coronavirus deaths for the first time since it started publishing figures in January.

  • New Zealand demoted its health minister after he took his family to the beach on the first weekend of the country's coronavirus lockdown
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    New Zealand demoted its health minister after he took his family to the beach on the first weekend of the country's coronavirus lockdown

    Dr. David Clark, New Zealand's health minster, has been demoted after he admitted taking his family on a beach trip on the first weekend of the country's coronavirus lockdown. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the she would have sacked her minister for the lockdown abuse, but she needs him to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic threatening the country. New Zealand's health minister has been demoted after admitting that he took his family on a beach trip in the first weekend of the country's nationwide lockdown.

  • Your Home (and Mind) Needs One of These High-Design Mobiles
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    Your Home (and Mind) Needs One of These High-Design Mobiles

    It's all about balanceOriginally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • Supreme Court won't hear Catholic Church challenge to ban on religious advertising
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    Supreme Court won't hear Catholic Church challenge to ban on religious advertising

    WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court refused Monday to hear the Catholic Church's challenge to a local ban on religious advertising. The case, brought by the Archdiocese of Washington against the District of Columbia region's mass transit system, would have been the latest example of religious freedom appeals heard by the conservative-leaning court. The justices already are considering four major religion cases, all brought to them by religious organizations after lower court losses: • School choice: Three Montana women challenged a Montana ban on state funds being used to pay for religious education.

  • Philippines backs Vietnam after China sinks fishing boat
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    Philippines backs Vietnam after China sinks fishing boat

    The Philippines on Wednesday expressed solidarity with Vietnam after Hanoi protested what it said was the ramming and sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat by a Chinese coast guard ship in the disputed South China Sea. The Department of Foreign Affairs in Manila expressed deep concern over the reported April 3 sinking of the boat carrying eight fishermen off the Paracel Islands. China claims virtually the entire South China Sea and has built several islands equipped with military installations in the area, one of world's busiest shipping lanes.

  • Trump berates reporters during coronavirus briefing: 'You will never make it'
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    Trump berates reporters during coronavirus briefing: 'You will never make it'

    Trump used Monday's briefing of the coronavirus task force to lash out at several members of the press, despite having recently praised media coverage of his response to the crisis as “very fair.” After kicking off the briefing by praising his own administration for its response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, Trump opened the briefing up to questions, during which he refused to acknowledge any criticism of his handling of the pandemic that has brought the United States to a virtual standstill. One point of contention was a report released today by the inspector general of the federal Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Coronavirus wreaks havoc in African American neighbourhoods
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    Coronavirus wreaks havoc in African American neighbourhoods

    Stark statistics from Chicago health officials have underscored the heavy toll of coronavirus on black Americans. Black Chicagoans account for half of all coronavirus cases in the city and more than 70% of deaths, despite making up 30% of the population. Other cities with large black populations, including Detroit, Milwaukee, New Orleans and New York, have become coronavirus hotspots.

  • Tour More of the Toronto Home of Superstar Recording Artist Drake
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    Tour More of the Toronto Home of Superstar Recording Artist Drake

    Superstar Drake goes home to Toronto to build his eye-popping pleasure dome Originally Appeared on Architectural Digest

  • How the Coronavirus Death Toll Compares to Other Deadly Events From American History
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    How the Coronavirus Death Toll Compares to Other Deadly Events From American History

    When the White House projected on March 31 that, even with social distancing measures, 100,000 to 240,000 Americans could die of COVID-19, the numbers were not necessarily shocking to those who had been paying attention. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, had already said he projected between 100,000 to 200,000 U.S. deaths, and estimates by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington are not much different, projecting 81,766 American deaths by Aug. 4, as of Monday afternoon. White House is now setting the goal posts at 100-200K dead as a good job.

  • Illinois man who feared girlfriend had COVID-19 fatally shoots her, himself
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    Illinois man who feared girlfriend had COVID-19 fatally shoots her, himself

    All of the doors and windows were locked from the inside, according to the sheriff's office. Patrick Jesernik, 54, and Cheryl Schriefer, 59, were found dead in separate rooms with obvious signs of trauma to their heads, the sheriff's office said in a statement. The couple, who were not married, had been together for eight years, according to Cathy Hoffmeyer, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office.

  • Jakarta coffin maker faces gruelling days as coronavirus death toll climbs
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    Jakarta coffin maker faces gruelling days as coronavirus death toll climbs

    As debate rages about the true death toll caused by the coronavirus outbreak in Indonesia, Jakarta coffin maker Sahroni has been too busy to pay the issue much attention. "Usually we sell between five to seven coffins a day, but now it is up to 20 to 30 coffins a day," said Sahroni, 38, as he applied base coat onto a wooden coffin. The warehouse where Sahroni works normally specialises in coffins for Indonesia's Christian minority, but now they are providing coffins for all denominations, including Muslims who would usually be buried in a shroud.

  • Bloomberg

    EU Nations Upgrade Trade Arsenal to Offset U.S. Attack on WTO

    Diplomats from the 27-nation EU approved an upgrade to European legislation on enforcing international commercial rules. The envoys decided to let the EU impose penalties against countries that illegally restrict commerce and simultaneously block the World Trade Organization's dispute-settlement process. The deal on Wednesday in Brussels advances a proposal made by EU Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan in December -- before Europe became the epicenter of the deadly Covid-19 pandemic and governments across the region unleashed unprecedented economic stimulus.