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A deal with General Motors and Ventec Life Systems to produce tens of thousands of the critical lifesaving devices seemed imminent. Then the announcement was pulled back. New York Times
VOA VIEW: There is much demand for ventilators??????
U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to send troops to the border with Canada to support border operations amid the growing coronavirus crisis, two U.S. government officials told Reuters. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Good!
The U.S. coronavirus death toll surged past 1,000 on Thursday and the number of Americans seeking jobless benefits smashed records, somber evidence of the pandemic's human and economic devastation. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Few compared to the population.

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An Alabama police officer who was placed on desk duty after putting a man in a chokehold will return to duty next month, authorities said. On Thursday, Mobile police said officer Blake Duke will return to full duty on April 6 after being held “accountable” ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Fair!
Joseph R. Biden ostensibly could be running his presidential campaign from the dwarf planet of Pluto, while President Trump bulldozes ahead from the center of the political universe in Washington. The COVID-19 pandemic has basically thrown the presidential campaign into limbo and put traditional campaigning on ice. It has left ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Biden is a nothing.
The Justice Department late Wednesday filed the first federal criminal charges against a Los Angeles-based actor peddling a fake cure for the coronavirus on social media. Keith Lawrence Middlebrook, 53, was charged with one count of wire fraud, a felony that carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A start and maybe a lesson to consider.
A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than 23,700 people around the world. ABC
VOA VIEW: Sad, but it could be worse.
The administration must weigh the revival of commerce versus the value of life. ABC
VOA VIEW: Fear mongers.
"As healthcare providers we run towards disaster, we are trained and ready to help anyone who needs it," said Dr. Megan Ranney. "We're not used to our helping putting us at such risk." CBS
VOA VIEW: Makes sense.

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President Trump on Thursday confronted the historic rise in unemployment. His administration tried to downplay the historic surge. CBS
VOA VIEW: Fear caused the problem.
The department, which cares for millions of elderly veterans, has now confirmed nearly 500 cases — a 60% spike since Tuesday. CBS
States are making their own decisions as the president says he'll release guidelines on how to relax, increase or maintain social distancing measures. CBS
VOA VIEW: Wait and see.
General Motors said the salaries will be deferred as the automaker attempts to save cash during the coronavirus crisis. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Better than cutting people.

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Trump wants some parts of the country to return to normal daily life, but experts say the only safe strategy is one that applies to the entire nation. CNBC
The Dow rallied for a third straight day — despite a sharp jobless claims increase — as investors cheered the Senate passing a massive stimulus bill. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Hopefully, it lasts.
A woman purposely coughed on $35,000 worth of food at a Pennsylvania grocery store, police said. She likely faces criminal charges for coughing, one of the primary ways the novel coronavirus spreads. CNN
VOA VIEW: Sick person, no animal.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Thursday that his stay-at-home order for the entirety of New York State was “probably not the best public health strategy.”  FOX News
VOA VIEW: It wasn't.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average wrapped up its strongest three days in nine decades on Thursday as record weekly U.S. jobless claims came in below investors' worst fears and the focus stayed on an unprecedented $2 trillion stimulus awaiting approval by the U.S. House of Representatives. Reuters
U.S. Attorney General William Barr said Thursday he has directed the federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to expand its use of home confinement for inmates in appropriate cases, as the coronavirus has continued to spread in the federal prison system. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Could be a mistake.
The U.S. government on Thursday indicted Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and more than a dozen other top Venezuelan officials on charges of "narco-terrorism," the latest escalation of the Trump administration's pressure campaign aimed at ousting the socialist leader. Reuters
Global job losses from the coronavirus crisis could far exceed the 25 million estimated just days ago, U.N. officials said on Thursday, as U.S. jobless claims surged to record levels, starkly showing the scale of the economic disaster. Reuters
VOA VIEW: What happened when the nation had a 7% plus unemployment?

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The Navy has ordered the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt to pull into Guam and have its 5,000-strong crew of sailors tested for the novel coronavirus, according to acting Navy secretary Thomas Modly. UPI
McDonald's said it's temporarily suspending its popular all-day breakfast menu as part of an effort to streamline operations until the end of the coronavirus crisis. UPI
The House will vote Friday on the Senate's $2.2 trillion relief package aimed at mitigating the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak, Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday. UPI
VOA VIEW: Pelosi failed and she is trying to call her stupidity a win.

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