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Israel's prime minister has shut down courts, ordered the internal security services to covertly track citizens using cellphone data and has incapacitated parliament. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Expected by liberals.
The marriage bureau in Las Vegas has shut down indefinitely. Across the U.S., couples have delayed or called off weddings. LA Times
President Trump on Wednesday announced that he will nominate Russ Vought to be the next White House budget director. The selection maintains White House staffing stability as Trump navigates an unprecedented crisis in responding to the coronavirus pandemic, which as of Wednesday had erased all stock market gains made during his administration. New York Post

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Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart has become the first member of Congress to test positive for the coronavirus, he announced Wednesday. Diaz-Balart, 58, voted on the floor Friday before quarantining himself in Washington, D.C. on Saturday evening, when he began developing symptoms, he said. “I want everyone to know that I am feeling much better,” Diaz-Balart... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Madness!
"I'm dealing with a f---ing global crisis," the Vermont senator, back on Capitol Hill to vote on the $1 trillion Coronavirus bailout package, blew up at a veteran CNN reporter. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Aggravation and reality is causing Sanders irritation.
With an increasingly narrow path to the nomination, Mr. Sanders and his advisers were weighing his options amid a national health crisis. New York Times
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.
Facebook combats coronavirus misinformation with resources and real-time updates from public health authorities on COVID-19 at the top of news feeds.       USA Today
Asked about Asian Americans' concerns about racism, Cornyn said, "I disagree. We're not talking about Asians. We're talking about China."       USA Today
VOA VIEW: Sick!
National health organizations are warning that some members of the LGBTQ community may be "particularly vulnerable" to the effects of the virus.        USA Today

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A coalition of bipartisan lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday demanded Attorney General William P. Barr take "decisive steps" to stop retailers from hiking up prices for essential items during the coronavirus pandemic. "We urge you to take a more comprehensive approach by coordinating with the state's attorneys general ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Those who price gouge should be locked up.
Sens. Marco Rubio, chairman of the Senate Small Business Committee, and Susan Collins proposed a $300 billion relief package Wednesday to aid small businesses. "The goal is to keep employees connected to their employers," Mr. Rubio, Florida Republican, said. The plan, which is still being written out, would provide federally ... Washington Times
A U.S. naval officer facing involuntary discharge because of a policy restricting transgender people from serving in the military has filed a lawsuit that aims to force officials to allow her to continue serving ABC
VOA VIEW: There is no transgender facilities in the military.
The Senate has overwhelming passed a second coronavirus response bill, and is sending it to President Donald Trump to enact with his signature ABC

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There have been dozens of bias incidents against Asian Americans nationwide connected to coronavirus, groups say. ABC
VOA VIEW: Liberal propaganda.
The U.S. military could be tasked with providing additional resources and personnel to help the United States combat the coronavirus pandemic spreading across the country ABC
Nearly 3,000 people have now died from coronavirus in Italy - the most affected country after China. BBC
VOA VIEW: Sad!

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Surgeon General Jerome Adams emphasized that the next 15 days will be critical for fighting the outbreak in the U.S. CBS
VOA VIEW: Expected!
Stocks have crumbled in just three weeks, beaten down by mounting investor concerns over the coronavirus. CBS
VOA VIEW: What goes down will go up.
China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said American reporters from the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post have 10 days to surrender their press credentials if they expire before the end of the year. CBS
VOA VIEW: China is pushing their luck.
Education experts say more needs to be done, such as putting a pause on all repayments until the pandemic ends. CBS
The lawmakers said they had concerns about how Google would safeguard the data of Americans who used its COVID-19 test screening site. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Few should trust Google.

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The Fed is throwing all its fire power at markets, but interest rates continue to rise, a troubling sign when the economy looks set to slow. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Liberal hope.
The company's own Zoom calls have more virtual participants, and employees have been adding server capacity to handle the extra load. CNBC
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) recommended the fertility industry suspend certain treatments because of the coronavirus, according to a statement from the organization. CNBC

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President Donald Trump said during Wednesday's White House press briefing that he will be invoking the Defense Production Act to help make up for potential medical supply shortages and deploy two hospital ships as the US battles the coronavirus pandemic. CNN
VOA VIEW: Things are bad.
Schools will remain open only for key workers’ children and ‘the most vulnerable’Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageSchools across the UK are to close indefinitely, with A-level and GCSE exams cancelled, as the government made another sudden escalation in its efforts to curb the increasing spread of coronavirus.The prime minister, Boris Johnson, said he had been been forced to close classrooms for up to 8 million pupils in England – the first countrywide school shutdown in modern British history – as the virus spread faster than anticipated, forcing teachers and pupils to self-isolate. Continue reading... Guardian
The United States and Canada closed their mutual border to "non-essential traffic" on Wednesday while President Donald Trump moved to hasten medical equipment production and said hospital ships would be deployed in the battle against the coronavirus. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Security first.
Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders plans to talk with supporters to "assess his campaign" after bruising losses to Joe Biden in the most recent round of voting, his campaign said in a statement on Wednesday. Reuters
The Trump administration on Wednesday asked Congress to approve $500 billion in cash payments to taxpayers in two rounds that would start April 6 and $50 billion in secured loans to U.S. airlines to address the financial impact of the coronavirus, according to a document seen by Reuters. Reuters
VOA VIEW: How - greed will create fraud.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld ended his 2020 presidential bid after President Donald Trump secured enough delegates to become the presumptive nominee. UPI
VOA VIEW: A foolish start.
A day after posting major gains on Wall Street following the Trump administration's robust stimulus proposal, U.S. indexes slid into the negative at the end of trading Wednesday. UPI
The "big three" U.S. automakers have agreed to "rotating" partial shutdowns at their plants to protect workers from the coronavirus, the United Auto Workers union said. UPI
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un called the need to bolster public health in North Korea a "crucial task" at a groundbreaking ceremony for a hospital in Pyongyang, state-run media reported Wednesday. UPI
U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials assured the American public Wednesday that the food supply will remain safe and uninterrupted during the coronavirus pandemic. UPI
VOA VIEW: Good!
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday new sanctions against Iran after suspected Tehran-supported militias fired rockets at U.S. military forces in neighboring Iraq. UPI
VOA VIEW: Iran should pay hard.

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