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White House coronavirus task force member Anthony Fauci said Tuesday that the coronavirus outbreak’s disproportionate death toll among black Americans reminds him of HIV/AIDS largely impacting gay people. “I couldn’t help sitting there reflecting about sometimes when you’re in the middle of a crisis, like we are now with the coronavirus, it really does… ultimately... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Fauci is overstated.
Leaked memos from White House trade adviser Peter Navarro warning of mass coronavirus death in the US were written in a desperate bid to get President Trump’s attention as officials concerned of a fallout with China tried to block Navarro’s efforts, The Post has learned. The two memos — one dated Jan. 29 and circulated... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Wild!
Crozier warned last week that COVID-19 was spreading among his 5,000-man crew. Modly removed him from command, telling his former crew he was "too naive or too stupid" if he believed the email would not leak. New York Post

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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... New York Post
VOA VIEW: The world will change how people will associate.
President Trump is hinting at a second task force responsible for getting Americans back to work. Appoint it now, Mr. President. Don’t wait until the coronavirus peaks. This task force should prepare the country to re-open, with new tools to fight the virus. The president’s top epidemiologist, the esteemed Dr. Anthony Fauci, insists “the best... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
U.S. President Donald Trump sharply criticized the World Health Organization on Tuesday, accusing it of being too focused on China and issuing bad advice during the coronavirus outbreak. Rueters
VOA VIEW: WHO is a joke.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday accused the U.S. Health Department's inspector general of having produced a "fake dossier" on American hospitals suffering shortages on the frontlines of the coronavirus outbreak. Rueters
VOA VIEW: Fake fools.
The federally-backed loans for small businesses were rapidly depleted just a few days after the program began Friday. ABC
VOA VIEW: The dollars will go fast and much waste and fraud will occur.
President Donald Trump on Tuesday abruptly removed the inspector general just named to oversee $2 trillion in stimulus spending. ABC
VOA VIEW: Act on a mistake.

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Stephanie Grisham is leaving as White House press secretary after less than a year and holding no formal briefings. ABC
Experts say the more than 10,000 deaths is an undercount, full picture unknown. ABC
VOA VIEW: Overstating the epidemic as we predicted.
Boris Johnson's condition is "stable", No 10 says, as the foreign secretary describes him as a "fighter". BBC
Cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus, has been spreading rapidly across Louisiana where the death toll doubled there in just a week. CBS
VOA VIEW: It could be worse.

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Hours before the announcement, a federal judge ordered the release of 22 sick immigrants in Pennsylvania, warning of "catastrophic outcomes." CBS
CEO Marvin Ellison said the company wants to give employees "a much-deserved day off" to spend with family. CBS
The move comes hours after acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly apologized for ridiculing U.S. Navy Capt. Brett Crozier. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Another public statement without guarding the thought.

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Patients and doctors who routinely need hydroxychloroquine now fear people hoarding the drug will prevent them from getting it. CNBC
Levi Strauss, which has been around for 167 years, is going to use COVID-19 "as an opportunity to come out stronger on the other side," CEO Chip Bergh tells CNBC. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
Congress late last month approved a $350 billion small business loan program as part of a more than $2 trillion stimulus bill aimed at helping the economy recover from the coronavirus pandemic. CNBC
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VOA VIEW: False reports.
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Black Americans have more existing medical issues, less access to health care, and are more likely to work in unstable jobs -- all factors that have made the coronavirus pandemic disproportionately hurt blacks more. CNN
VOA VIEW: The truth hurts.
Most Americans, including a majority of Republicans, want the government to require mail-in ballots for the Nov. 3 presidential election if the coronavirus outbreak still threatens the public this autumn, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Liberals trying to steal an election.
The Trump administration is aiming to reopen the U.S. economy when the nation's top health experts give the go-ahead, but Americans' lives will be drastically different, White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow said on Tuesday. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Life, as we knew it, will change.

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A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday ruled that Texas can enforce limits on the ability of women to obtain abortions as part of the state's policy requiring postponement of non-urgent medical procedures during the coronavirus pandemic. Reuters
VOA VIEW: A good ruling.
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday that he had accepted Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly's resignation. Reuters
VOA VIEW: As he should.
USS Gerald Ford recently completed tests of its combat system capabilities while deployed in the Atlantic, the Navy announced Tuesday. UPI
China on Tuesday reported no deaths associated with COVID-19 -- a first since the government in Beijing started publishing updates on the coronavirus outbreak in late January. UPI
VOA VIEW: China is lying.
A U.S. spy plane was seen flying over South Korean airspace on Tuesday morning, local time, according to an online aviation tracker. UPI
A government ban took effect in Israel on Tuesday that prohibits citizens from traveling from city to city, and was one of several new restrictions introduced ahead of the Jewish holiday of Passover. UPI

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     Despite federal health recommendations, thousands of Wisconsin voters waited hours in long lines outside overcrowded polling stations on Tuesday so they could participate in a presidential primary election that tested the limits of electoral politics in the midst of a pandemic. Thousands more stayed home, unwilling to risk their health even as Republican officials pushed forward with the election amid a stay-at-home order. But many of the potential voters who remained in their homes complained that the absentee ballots they had requested never showed up.


     Pregnant and infected with the coronavirus, 34-year-old Hannah Gleeson was still waiting Tuesday for the absentee ballot that she requested last week. “It seems really unfair and undemocratic and unconstitutional,” said Gleeson, who works at an assisted-living center in Milwaukee. “I think it’s voter suppression at its finest.”

    The Supreme Court stopped the Democratic Governors' order to stop the primaray.