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State Department says it is curtailing passport services over coronavirus pandemic LA Times
VOA VIEW: Only a fool would leave the country.
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U.S. elections will take place as scheduled on Nov. 3, the president said, and Alabama became the 41st state to issue a stay-at-home order. New York Times
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President Donald Trump said wearing a mask would interfere with his ability to meet with foreign presidents, prime ministers and "dictators."        USA Today
The directive comes just days after an internal Justice Department review found new problems with the FBI's management of wiretap applications.        USA Today
VOA VIEW: The FBI can't be trusted.
President Trump gave a pep talk Friday to Americans, saying their "discipline and determination" will defeat the coronavirus. "Our greatest weapon is the discipline and determination of every citizen to stay at home and stay healthy for a long time," Mr. Trump said as most of the country braces for ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Trump is keeping America First.
Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN he doesn't understand why every state not under stay-at-home order as President Donald Trump resists a nationwide call, leaving it to states. ABC
VOA VIEW: Fauci is a scare tactician.
State and local governments across the United States are vying to purchase the same equipment, creating a competitive market for those materials that drives up prices. ABC
The Defense Department has been tasked with providing 85 refrigerated trucks and 100,000 body bags to assist state health agencies with mortuary affairs. ABC
VOA VIEW: Fear tactics.

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People are told to stay at home, despite expected good weather, in honour of two nurses who died. BBC
Sunday marks one month since the first recorded deaths in the U.S. from the coronavirus. The White House is weighing what to do next as its 15-day guidelines for social distancing expire Monday. Nikole Killion has the latest. CBS
VOA VIEW: Fear is not good.
A commercial aircraft carrying medical supplies from China touched down at New York's JFK Airport on Sunday. It's the first in a series of flights containing much needed goods. CBS
President Trump on Friday announced the new update at the daily task force briefing. CBS

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"If you look at what's going on in this country, I just don't understand why we're not doing that," he said. "We really should be." CBS
VOA VIEW: Madness!
The U.S. has asked banks to help it dole out at least $350 billion in loans to small businesses, part of the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus law. CNBC
President Donald Trump said the CDC recommends using a cloth face covering to protect against coronavirus, but said he does not plan to do so himself. CNBC
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U.S. airline executives face a test to see which sacrifices they are willing to make in exchange for federal aid that would allow them to continue paying their employees during the coronavirus pandemic. CNBC
Federal officials on Friday ordered airlines to reimburse customers for canceled flights, saying a growing number of passengers are complaining amid the coronavirus pandemic that airlines are providing travel credits rather than refunds. CNN
VOA VIEW: As they should.
Scammers are looking to take advantage of the coronavirus chaos to make a quick buck. FOX News
A conservative group on Friday accused New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio of being anti-Christian after he questioned whether the 68-bed field hospital set up in Central Park by Samaritan's Purse, an organization run by Franklin Graham, would treat all patients equally. FOX News
VOA VIEW: De Blasio is an idiot.
Wall Street's main indexes fell more than 1.5% on Friday as the coronavirus abruptly ended a record U.S. job growth streak of 113 months, intensifying fears of a deep economic slowdown. Reuters

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Two of the main U.S. coronavirus hot spots on Friday reported their biggest jumps yet in COVID-19 deaths, with the number of fatalities in New York state alone comparable to the loss of life in the United States in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Reuters
Major U.S. airlines applied on Friday for payroll grants from the U.S. Treasury meant to keep workers employed during a sharp downturn from the coronavirus, though the terms of any aid were still unclear and some warned that funds would not be enough to help them through their toughest crisis ever. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Total madness can be expected from the government.
The number of people who have died from the COVID-19 illness in France jumped by 61% to 6,507 over two days after data from nursing homes were included, and confirmed cases jumped by 44% to 82,165, the health ministry reported on Friday, making France the fifth country to report more cases than China. Reuters

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U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday announced plans to nominate a vocal ally of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to an influential federal appeals court in Washington. Reuters
New York reported its largest one-day death toll from the coronavirus disease Friday, while California's caseload surpassed 10,000. UPI
VOA VIEW: Sad and bad.
A federal judge has ruled that President Donald Trump didn't exceed his authority last year when he declared an emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border, but allowed two lawsuits challenging his wall strategy to proceed. UPI
North Korea sanctions should be eased in order for the country to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, a South Korean group said Friday. UPI
VOA VIEW: Tough - BK does not deserve any break.

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       Schumer is a fraud. President Trump tore into Sen. Chuck Schumer on Thursday, calling the top Democrat a “bad” senator whose focus on impeachment left New York “completely unprepared” for the coronavirus. “No wonder AOC and others are thinking about running against you in the primary. If they did, they would likely win,” Trump taunted in a letter.  “If you spent less time on your ridiculous impeachment hoax, which went haplessly on forever and ended up going nowhere (except increasing my poll numbers), and instead focused on helping the people of New York, then New York would not have been so completely unprepared for the ‘invisible enemy’,” Trump wrote.

    
     In a Wednesday night appearance on CNN and in a Thursday letter to Trump,
Schumer urged the appointment of a senior military officer to lead the administration’s use of the Defense Production Act to force companies to make masks, ventilators and other equipment. Trump responded in his letter: “Thank you for your Democrat public relations letter and incorrect sound bites, which are wrong in every way.”

     Trump wrote that Schumer knew Navy Rear Adm. John Polowczyk already is in charge of distribution of supplies at the Federal Emergency Management Agency. “A ‘senior military officer’ is in charge of purchasing, distributing, etc. His name is Rear Admiral John Polowczyk,” Trump wrote. “He is working 24 hours a day, and is highly respected by everyone. If you remember, my team gave you this information, but for public relations purposes, you choose to ignore it.”

     Trump wrote that the DPA has been used to force companies to produce product, often without dictates because it “has been powerful leverage.” “You should have had New York much better prepared than you did, and as Dr. Fauci and Dr. Birx said yesterday, New York was very late in its fight against the virus,” Trump wrote, referring to two members of the White House coronavirus task force.