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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday acknowledged that the coronavirus is "more dangerous" than officials initially thought after more than 300 died across the state overnight. "I'm tired of being behind this virus. We've been behind this virus from day one," Cuomo said at a Tuesday press conference in Albany. "We underestimated this virus. It's more powerful, it's more dangerous than we expected." Read more

A painting by Vincent van Gogh was stolen early Monday morning from a Dutch museum in what appeared to be a smash-and-grab from the institution's front entrance. The painting, an 1884 work titled The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring 1884, had been on loan to the Singer Laren museum near Amsterdam. It is part of the permanent collection of the Groninger Museum, in the northern part of the Netherlands.

The captain of an American aircraft carrier deployed to the Pacific Ocean has pleaded with the Pentagon for more help as a coronavirus outbreak aboard his ship continues to spread.... Military officials say dozens of sailors have been infected. Read more

China will include asymptomatic coronavirus carriers in its daily figures from Wednesday, its National Health Commission said on Tuesday. Officials said the new measures would help to address growing public concerns about the risks of infection with Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, brought about by these silent carriers.

Classified Chinese government data previously seen by the South China Morning Post suggested that the proportion of silent carriers could be as high as one-third of those who test positive. The data suggested that by the end of February more than 43,000 people in mainland China had tested positive for the coronavirus but had no immediate symptoms. They were not included in the official tally of confirmed cases.

Chinese hospitals and clinics have had to report asymptomatic cases to local centres for disease prevention and control within two hours of detection. But until now the government has not published numbers for these carriers.

The deceptively edited video that purported to show Joseph R. Biden Jr. endorsing President Trump's re-election bounced relentlessly around the internet, falsely painting the former vice president as too confused to know what office he was running for or whom he was vying to run against.

The doctored video didn't originate with one of the extremist sites that trade in left-bashing disinformation. It was posted on Twitter by Mr. Trump's own social media director. From there, it collected shares, retweets and likes from the social media accounts of the president, his eldest son and the multitudinous conservative influencers and websites that carry his message to voters' palms hour by hour, minute by minute, second by second.

If former Vice President Joe Biden secures the Democratic presidential nomination, 15% of Sen. Bernie Sanders' supporters will vote for President Donald Trump's reelection, according to an ABC News/Washington Post poll.

If accurate, that would represent a slightly larger defection than occurred after the bitter battle between Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2016, when 12% of Sanders voters broke for Trump in the general election.

State-by-state stats, updated often.

The Republican from North Carolina resigned from Congress Monday evening.

Former U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows has officially started his new role as White House chief of staff.

The Republican resigned from Congress Monday evening, telling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a letter, "Serving the people of North Carolina's eleventh congressional district for these last seven years has been the honor of my life."

Meadows' term in the House had originally been scheduled to end in 2021. He'd previously announced he wouldn't seek re-election.

President Donald Trump announced in early March that Meadows would be taking over for Mick Mulvaney as his chief of staff. Since then, Meadows has reportedly been visiting the White House frequently as he transitioned into the role.

That transition period was made slightly more complicated as Meadows and Mulvaney both briefly went into self-quarantine after possibly being exposed to the coronavirus. Both ended up testing negative for COVID-19.

Dutch scientists were able to find the coronavirus in a city's wastewater before Covid-19 cases were reported, demonstrating a novel early warning system for the pneumonia-causing disease. ...

They detected genetic material from the coronavirus at a wastewater treatment plant in Amersfoort on March 5, before any cases had been reported in the city, located about 50 kilometers (32 miles) southeast of Amsterdam.

"Under CIAC's interpretation of Title IX, however, schools may not account for the real physiological differences between men and women. Instead, schools must have certain biological males " namely, those who publicly identify as female " compete against biological females," Barr and the other department officials write. "In so doing, CIAC deprives those women of the single-sex athletic competitions that are one of the marquee accomplishments of Title IX."

One bill prohibits trans people from changing the sex on their birth certificates, and the other bans trans girls and women from competing in women's sports.

The outdoor shelter, located in the parking lot of the Cashman Center, opened Saturday after the Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada " a 500-bed overnight men's shelter " shut down as a result of a resident contracting the potentially deadly bug. Photos of the vagrants at the temporary shelter show them close to each other lying on the concrete in the painted white boxes on the ground. Federal guidelines advise people to maintain a distance of six feet from others. Lisa Morris Hibbler, chief community services officer for the city of Las Vegas, told 8 News Now that "we have it spaced so that they're social distancing."

Much of the suffering and death coming was preventable. The president has blood on his hands. While the spread of the novel coronavirus has been aggressive around the world, much of the profound impact it will have here in the United States was preventable. As the American public braces itself for the worst of this crisis, it's worth remembering that the reach of the virus here is not attributable to an act of God or a foreign invasion, but a colossal failure of leadership. What we have instead is a president epically outmatched by a global pandemic. A president who in late January, when the first confirmed coronavirus case was announced in the United States, downplayed the risk and insisted all was under control. Read more

The Federal Reserve unloaded its bazooka of stimulus all over the markets in the last two weeks. But there's some major collateral damage. By flooding the markets with money, they may have accidentally trigged a housing market crash. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) warned of large scale disruption' to the housing market and accused the Fed of using a sledgehammer.' By flooding the market with money, the Fed forced down rates. Problem is, that just blew up the hedge. Mortgage bankers are now getting margin calls and need to pay tens of millions of dollars to meet them. Even well capitalised lenders are on the brink of going under because of it. In a letter to regulators, the MBA wrote: Margin calls on mortgage lenders reached staggering and unprecedented levels by the end of the week.

On March 13, President Donald Trump promised Americans they would soon be able to access a new website that would ask them about their symptoms and direct them to nearby coronavirus testing sites. He said Google was helping. That wasn't true. But in the following days, Oscar Health"a health-insurance company closely connected to Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner"developed a government website with the features the president had described. A team of Oscar engineers, project managers, and executives spent about five days building a stand-alone website at the government's request, an Oscar spokesperson told The Atlantic. The company even dispatched two employees from New York to meet in person with federal officials in Washington, D.C., the spokesperson said. Then the website was suddenly and mysteriously scrapped. Read more

President Donald Trump is so confident in the country's production of ventilators that he's dangling the idea of helping countries abroad by sending them surplus supplies even as U.S. governors continue to ask the federal government for that crucial medical equipment.

During a press briefing Monday, the president took a business friendly approach, touting an announcement from Ford and General Electric Healthcare that they would "produce 50,000 ventilators," as well as nine additional companies also "doing ventilators." He continued to praise his administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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