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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, who has dismissed COVID-19 as "a little flu," is losing support from longtime allies. LA Times
The pair butted heads over, among other things, R. Kelly’s involvement in Smollett’s career. New York Post
VOA VIEW: Smollett should be in jail.
What a deal for Democrats: They get to hold the economy for ransom, and the media blithely cover for them. On Thursday, Senate Democrats nixed a simple but urgent request to boost cash in the emergency small business loan program Congress set up this month from $350 billion to $600 billion. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin... New York Post
VOA VIEW: Dems are fools and losing much support.


Aides and allies increasingly believe the president’s daily briefings are hurting him more than helping, and are urging him to let his medical experts take center stage. New York Times
VOA VIEW: Dems and the liberal media are jealous.
Attorney General William Barr said the federal government would be "keeping a careful eye on" states' use of broad powers to regulate citizens' lives.        USA Today
California lawmakers want a fuller accounting of Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan to buy 500 million protective masks, with a top budget official on Thursday seeking details on how the state will distribute the masks and ensure they are good quality. In a letter to Newsom's finance director, ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Newsom is a user fool.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos told reporters Thursday that her department aims to expand and improve remote learning tools and strategies via new funds from the $2.2 trillion economic recovery package passed last month. "I think it's very clear that we have an opportunity to embrace distance learning and remote education ... Washington Times
Rush Limbaugh cried foul Thursday after top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said that far fewer Americans may die from the novel coronavirus than previously thought. The conservative radio host and recent Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient said during the latest episode of "The Rush Limbaugh Show" that Americans ... Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Fauci is a fraud.
The Fed announced a $600 billion lending initiative designed for mid-sized businesses to ensure the flow of credit through the newly unveiled Main Street Lending Program. ABC
VOA VIEW: The Fed handling of funds to small businesses has been chaotic.


Senate Republicans failed to pass an additional $250 billion the White House want to help small businesses after Democrats objected, seeking more funds for hospitals. ABC
VOA VIEW: Fools!
Joe Biden is attempting to lure progressives to his presidential campaign with promises to expand Medicare and forgive college debt ABC
VOA VIEW: Socialists hate Biden.
Americans should avoid shaking hands -- “ever” again -- in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House coronavirus task force expert. ABC
VOA VIEW: Fauci changes with the wind
Boris Johnson will continue to be closely monitored and is in "extremely good spirits", Downing Street says. BBC

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The limited lab testing that exists so far shows homemade masks are far less effective than medical-grade masks. CBS
VOA VIEW: A false since of security.
The number of deaths in the U.S. has topped 16,000, and the nation is suffering a severe economic downturn. CBS
VOA VIEW: Time will tell - count on waste and fraud.
As President Trump prepares to reopen the economy next month, health experts and some governors across the country warn that the move could risk another wave of coronavirus infections. CBS


The U.S. is also rapidly expelling unaccompanied migrant children. Top border official Mark Morgan said they could also pose an "absolute public health risk" to the U.S. CBS
VOA VIEW: Good - America First.
OPEC and its allies, known as OPEC+, on Thursday agreed to historic production cuts that will take 10 million barrels per day offline as the coronavirus pandemic saps demand for crude. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Price fixing.
JPMorgan economists now expect a 40% decline in second quarter economic output and a surge in unemployment to 20% in April. CNBC
Sen. Mitch McConnell tried to pass a small business coronavirus response bill by unanimous consent, but Sen. Ben Cardin blocked it. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Fools!
Billionaire investor Ray Dalio sees similarities between the current financial crisis, stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, and the Great Depression. Dalio believes it will be "a long time" before the economy fully recovers. CNBC
VOA VIEW: Makes sense.

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President Donald Trump said Thursday that there have been more than two million coronavirus tests conducted in the United States but conceded that mass testing is not going to happen. CNN
Former President Barack Obama on Thursday gave some advice to a group of mayors on how to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, saying that "the biggest mistake any (of) us can make in these situations is to misinform." CNN
VOA VIEW: A valid warning.
An internal investigation into a leaked letter that led to the commander of the Navy's USS Theodore Roosevelt being fired has concluded and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday said Thursday that “all options are on the table," and he is not ruling out reinstating Capt. Brett Crozier to his position. FOX News
VOA VIEW: An over correction.

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Just because warmer weather is in the weeks ahead does not mean that coronavirus will fade away, according to the nation's top infectious disease expert.  FOX News
VOA VIEW: Going into hot weather.
U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he had a good conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi Arabia's King Salman and expected that OPEC and other countries would be announcing a deal soon. Reuters
VOA VIEW: Price fixing talk.
Oil prices tumbled on Thursday on doubts that a deal between OPEC and allies to make a record oil supply cut would be enough to offset the collapse in global fuel demand caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Reuters
The Navy's new Acting Secretary sent an open letter to Navy personnel and their families Thursday ensuring he would do "everything in my power to support your efforts and safety, and the safety and well-being of your fam UPI

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April 09, 2020

     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 the parks “could take 24 months to normalize.”“One of the things that we’re discussing already is that in order to return to some semblance of normal, people will have to feel comfortable that they’re safe,” Iger said in an interview with Barron’s.

      “Some of that could come in the form ultimately of a vaccine, but in the absence of that it could come from basically, more scrutiny, more restrictions. Just as we now do bag checks for everybody that goes into our parks, it could be that at some point we add a component of that that takes people’s temperatures, as a for-instance.” Iger discussed with the publication how the company has been weathering the crisis, as well as its preparations to confront a potentially changed media landscape after the pandemic. The suggested new health protocols are part of a possible path forward.

     Iger went on to point toward China’s handling of the pandemic, particularly their implementation of frequent checkpoints where individuals’ temperatures were taken. He compared the practice to security measures that were introduced after 9/11, such as providing photo ID or walking through metal detectors.

     Disney’s parks — located in Tokyo, Shanghai, Paris, Hong Kong and in the U.S. — are all currently closed. Stateside, Disneyland and Walt Disney World have been shuttered indefinitely amid strict social distancing measures meant to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus. This is only the third time in history that Disneyland, the theme park and resort in Anaheim, Calif., has fully suspended operations. The other instances were the Sept. 11 attacks and the national day of mourning after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

     The world will change how people will associate. The final view will be seen for a while.