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Tiny drops of infected saliva are the likely reason, but aerosolized particles aren't ruled out. LA Times
VOA VIEW: Being foolish and careless.
You know what isn’t helping in this time of crisis? Mayor Bill de Blasio’s constant and hysterical public whinging. Instead of leading calmly, de Blasio is doing everything in his power to incite more fear and anger, even as Gov. Andrew Cuomo raises the same issues — minus the hysteria. New York Post
VOA VIEW: DeBlasio is an idiot.
Hey, congressional Democrats: In case you haven’t noticed, the economy is headed for a crash. Stop playing games — and do your jobs. On Sunday and again Monday, New York’s own Chuck Schumer led Senate Democrats in shooting down a nearly $2 trillion rescue package, demanding a host of goodies that have little or nothing... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Dems are digging themselves a deep political hole.

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As President Trump holds daily briefings, Mr. Biden has kept a low profile, worrying Democrats who feel the president needs to be challenged more robustly. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is a loser.
Connecticut, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Ohio, Puerto Rico and Rhode Island have postponed their presidential primaries amid the coronavirus outbreak. Here’s the latest. New York Times
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Monday reported 33,453 cases of coronavirus, an increase of 18,185 cases from its previous count, and said the death toll had risen by 199 to 400. Rueters
VOA VIEW: 400 deaths are nothing close to the flu deaths.
Charles Barkley announced he tested negative for the coronavirus. The Turner Sports analyst fell ill 10 days ago and was being tested for COVID-19.        USA Today
The World Health Organization said the coronavirus pandemic is "accelerating" as Britain imposed a three-week lockdown Monday and New York, bracing for a tidal wave of cases, ordered hospitals to increase their capacity by 50%. A senior member of the International Olympic Committee, meanwhile, said the Summer Games in Tokyo ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
Senate Democrats again blocked a $1.8 trillion economic rescue package for the coronavirus pandemic on Monday, as the White House negotiated furiously behind closed doors on the package and House Democrats rolled out a rival $2.5 trillion proposal containing partisan "wish-list" items such as same-day voter registration. The Senate test ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Foolish garbage.

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House Democrats are preparing a $2.5 trillion economic stimulus package Monday, their response to the bill the GOP-controlled Senate is attempting to pass. The final text of the bill has yet to be released, but a summary, obtained by The Washington Times, outlines some of the priorities of where funds ... Washington Times
A former staffer for Mike Bloomberg's presidential campaign filed a class-action lawsuit Monday alleging the billionaire broke a promise to pay his thousands of campaign workers through November, regardless of whether his 2020 bid was successful. The lawsuit, filed in federal court in New York City, accuses ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Dumb!
The Fed said it would purchase Treasury securities in any amounts needed. ABC
VOA VIEW: Fear exists while Dems keep playing games.
The White House listed no events on President Donald Trump's public schedule Monday morning. ABC
VOA VIEW: So!

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U.S. Marines and Emirati forces have held a major military exercise that saw forces seize a sprawling model Mideast city ABC
Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul says he was tested a week ago for the novel coronavirus, but continued working at the Capitol because he “felt that it was highly unlikely” he was sick since he had no symptoms of the illness ABC
Here's how the government has been rolling out its response to the coronavirus and efforts to stem the tide as well as stimulate the economy which has taken a severe hit. ABC
VOA VIEW: Dems are making things worse.

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The Coronavirus Task Force briefs reporters on the federal government's efforts to combat the coronavirus as negotiations on an economic stimulus package continue on Capitol Hill. CBS
VOA VIEW: True!
Drugs like remdesivir and hydroxychloroquine​​ are in short supply. Patients who count on them to treat other conditions may not have access. CBS
"When you're dealing with the White House, sometimes you have to say things one, two, three, four times, and then it happens. So, I'm going to keep pushing," Fauci said. CBS
VOA VIEW: The left is trying to create a rift.
Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said the recommendations were developed in consultation with Congress and the federal judiciary. CBS
VOA VIEW: Scary!
Stocks fell sharply as U.S. lawmakers failed to push through massive fiscal stimulus to curtail the economic blow from the coronavirus. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Sad!

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Gasoline prices in the wholesale and futures markets crashed on Monday, a harbinger of much lower prices for consumers at the pump. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Good for consumers.
Facebook has introduced new paid-time off programs that will allow employees to take up to a month away from work to care for sick relatives in light of the coronavirus outbreak. CNBC
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VOA VIEW: Sad, but it could have been worse.

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President Donald Trump said Monday that the spread of the novel coronavirus in the US is not the fault of Asian-Americans, a group that has been the target of a growing number of racist and xenophobic attacks related to the virus. CNN
VOA VIEW: China is the blame.
The nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, described the challenges of working with the Trump administration during the coronavirus pandemic in an interview with journal Science published Sunday. CNN
VOA VIEW: Fauci is not the president.
Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama said that he voted to advance Senate Republicans' controversial coronavirus package -- the lone Democrat to do so -- to highlight that progress is being made on the bill and time to act is running out. CNN
VOA VIEW: Makes sense.
We are all coming to terms with the economic consequences of the extraordinary circumstances we find ourselves in because of the coronavirus. Who could have foreseen that self-distancing would turn into being self-quarantined with businesses all over the country shutting down? The situation became even more dire with some governors and mayors closing all "non-essential" businesses. Californians and New Yorkers are even being ordered to stay home. CNN
Germany may have begun to successfully flatten the curve amid the global coronavirus pandemic while the death tolls in Spain and Italy continue to spike despite nationwide lockdowns meant to curb the spread of the novel disease.  FOX News
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
Prime minister escalates UK response to coronavirus with series of strict measuresUK lockdown – live updatesWhat are the UK lockdown measures?See all our coronavirus coverage Boris Johnson will order police to enforce a strict coronavirus lockdown, with a ban on gatherings of more than two people and strict limits on exercise, as he told the British public: “You must stay at home.”The prime minister ratcheted up Britain’s response with an address to the nation on Monday evening, warning that people would only be allowed outside to buy food or medication, exercise alone once a day, or to travel to work if absolutely necessary. Guardian
The International Olympic Committee has decided to postpone the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games because of the coronavirus pandemic, IOC member Dick Pound said on Monday, as a window slowly began to open that would allow the showcase to be staged next year. Reuters
VOA VIEW: As they should.
President Donald Trump said on Monday he is considering how to reopen the U.S. economy when a 15-day shutdown ends next week, even as the highly contagious coronavirus is spreading rapidly and hospitals are bracing for a wave of virus-related deaths. Reuters
VOA VIEW: The economy must open as soon as possible.
President Donald Trump signed an executive order on Monday to prevent hoarding and price gouging of crucial medical supplies needed to fight the deadly coronavirus, while Attorney General William Barr announced that the Justice Department has already launched hoarding investigations to carry out the order. Reuters
VOA VIEW: The guilty should pay.
The Supreme Court ruled Monday in favor of Comcast in black media mogul Byron Allen's racial discrimination suit against the company, setting a high bar for bringing such suits under the 1866 Civil Rights Act. UPI
VOA VIEW: Good!
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan Monday in a bid to break a political dispute gripping the government in Kabul and stalling peace talks with the Taliban. UPI
VOA VIEW: Action must be taken.
Earning foreign currency overseas is increasingly challenging for North Korea as the global economy could be headed into a recession, according to a South Korean think tank. UPI
VOA VIEW: NK is wasting resources firing missals.

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