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Mayor Bill de Blasio did look a little ridiculous with a bandana covering half his face Tuesday but, hey, what’s new? He has always been Mayor Putz. In his own small way, he is trying to do the right thing and lead by example as his city is ravaged by the coronavirus. For that he... New York Post
VOA VIEW: WHO is a joke and pro China puppet.
Public health officials recommend absentee ballots to keep people safe. But President Trump and his party, without evidence, portray expanded voting measures as ripe for fraud. New York Times
VOA VIEW: It would be a Dem fraud.
Having become the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, he and his allies are aiming to win over Bernie Sanders’s younger, more liberal voters and unify the party. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Sanders people will rebel against Dems.
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Zoom Video Communications Inc was slapped with a class action suit by one of its shareholders on Tuesday, accusing the video-conferencing app of overstating its privacy standards and failing to disclose that its service was not end-to-end encrypted. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Zoom needs to be watched.
Authorities nationally say police impersonators are taking advantage of coronavirus travel restrictions to illegally stop drivers.
U.S. officials are increasingly confident they will avoid the estimated 100,000 to 200,000 coronavirus deaths that spooked Americans last week but warned Wednesday of a "second wave" of infections if folks get sloppy and start to go out before the end of the month. The White House said Americans can ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: The models are a joke.
President Trump said Wednesday night that it's "weird" that former President Barack Obama hasn't endorsed his former vice president, Joseph R. Biden, for the Democratic presidential nomination. "It's a weird deal going on there," Mr. Trump said on the day that Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont suspended his campaign, and ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Weird is a good statement.
Some American Catholics are wary of Pope Francis' call for a commission to study the idea of female deacons, saying the panel likely will be mostly conservative theologians. "The deck has really been stacked against [women deacons] with this commission," said Jamie L. Manson, a columnist with National Catholic Reporter. ... Washington Times
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends presidential bid. ABC
VOA VIEW: Sanders new he could not get the Dem nomination, much less take on Trump.
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A Florida EMS was charged with a felony after he coughed on a store employee after allegedly saying social distancing is "getting out of hand." ABC
Minority-owned small business are facing a coronavirus relief system that may make it difficult to access loans. ABC
Public health officials are hoping tens of millions of Americans will have access to a simple blood test that can identify recovered patients who’ve built up immunity. ABC
The update on Boris Johnson's health comes as a record 938 UK virus deaths are reported in a day. BBC
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Lawmakers on Capitol Hill have started crafting additional measures to provide relief for small businesses and Americans out of work because of the crisis. CBS
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer are calling for an additional $250 billion in funding for hospitals, state and local governments, and food assistance. CBS
Starbucks also withdrew its outlook for fiscal 2020. CNBC
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Stocks surged after Sen. Bernie Sanders dropped out of the presidential race, relieving some of Wall Street's political concerns. CNBC
These talks will be the next step for Biden and the DNC as they gear up to take on President Donald Trump in November's election, after Sen. Bernie Sanders dropped out. CNBC
VOA VIEW: A losing chance.
The head of the World Health Organization defended the organization's response to the coronavirus pandemic, at one point directly responding to criticisms leveled by President Donald Trump. CNN
VOA VIEW: Trump should hold out on WHO.
The nation's epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak logged it's single deadliest day yet, but New York's governor said Wednesday that dramatic action and social distancing is "making the difference" in the fight against the pandemic. FOX News
VOA VIEW: Cuomo is an idiot.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, a Republican, expects 1 million doses of hydroxychloroquine to arrive in Tallahassee by Wednesday as the state anticipates reaching its peak in coronavirus infections weeks sooner than initially projected. FOX News
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Former acting U.S. Navy Secretary Thomas Modly's controversial trip to Guam over the weekend where he ridiculed the commander of a coronavirus-stricken U.S. aircraft carrier cost taxpayers at least $243,000, officials said on Wednesday. Reuters
Efforts to push a further $250 billion of coronavirus aid for small businesses through the U.S. Congress were stalling on Wednesday as top Democrats said they would back the measure only if it was coupled with a similar amount for hospitals and local governments. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Dems are acting like the fools they are.
Vice President Mike Pence said he was briefed Wednesday that Philadelphia has become an "area of particular concern" for the COVID-19 outbreak. UPI
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U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Wednesday that 50,000 Americans have returned to the United States from more than 90 countries during the global COVID-19 pandemic. UPI
President Donald Trump on Wednesday named campaign spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany as the new White House press secretary, replacing Stephanie Grisham. UPI
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As the Walt Disney Co. looks beyond the current coronavirus crisis and to a horizon where its worldwide theme parks and resorts are able to re-open, Disney executive chairman Bob Iger is floating the possibility of taking visitors’ temperatures. Still, Wells Fargo separately downgraded Disney’s stock on Tuesday, with analysts there noting that attendance at the parks “could take 24 months to normalize.”“One of the things that we’re discussing already is that in order to return to some semblance of normal, people will have to feel comfortable that they’re safe,” Iger said in an interview with Barron’s.
“Some of that could come in the form ultimately of a vaccine, but in the absence of that it could come from basically, more scrutiny, more restrictions. Just as we now do bag checks for everybody that goes into our parks, it could be that at some point we add a component of that that takes people’s temperatures, as a for-instance.” Iger discussed with the publication how the company has been weathering the crisis, as well as its preparations to confront a potentially changed media landscape after the pandemic. The suggested new health protocols are part of a possible path forward.
Iger went on to point toward China’s handling of the pandemic, particularly their implementation of frequent checkpoints where individuals’ temperatures were taken. He compared the practice to security measures that were introduced after 9/11, such as providing photo ID or walking through metal detectors.
Disney’s parks — located in Tokyo, Shanghai, Paris, Hong Kong and in the U.S. — are all currently closed. Stateside, Disneyland and Walt Disney World have been shuttered indefinitely amid strict social distancing measures meant to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. This is only the third time in history that Disneyland, the theme park and resort in Anaheim, Calif., has fully suspended operations. The other instances were the Sept. 11 attacks and the national day of mourning after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.
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