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President Trump's Oval Office address about coronavirus pandemic - transcript

President Trump's Oval Office address about coronavirus pandemic - transcript | 11 March 2020 | President Trump on Wednesday gave a rare Oval Office address to reassure a worried nation about the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has infected more than 1,000 Americans and killed more than 30 thus far. In the address Trump detailed new travel restrictions and targeted economic relief for small businesses and individuals affected by the virus, while calling on Congress for further action on payroll tax relief and benefits for hourly workers. Read the president's full address here.

US has restricted travel to and from these countries amid coronavirus pandemic

US has restricted travel to and from these countries amid coronavirus pandemic | 11 March 2020 | The Trump administration will suspend travel between European countries and the United States for 30 days as the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic continues to grow. The measure will go into effect at midnight Friday, Trump said during a nationally televised message from the White House on Wednesday. He said the "strong but necessary" restrictions would not apply to the United Kingdom. After his address, Trump also stressed the travel restriction applies to people and will not impact trade. "The restriction stops people not goods," he tweeted.

Tests indicate coronavirus can survive in the air

Tests indicate coronavirus can survive in the air | 11 March 2020 | Federally funded tests conducted by scientists from several major institutions indicated that the novel form of coronavirus behind a worldwide outbreak can survive in the air for several hours. A study awaiting peer review from scientists at Princeton University, the University of California-Los Angeles and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) posted online Wednesday indicated that the COVID-19 virus could remain viable in the air "up to 3 hours post aerosolization," while remaining alive on plastic and other surfaces for up to three days. "Our results indicate that aerosol and fomite transmission of HCoV-19 is plausible, as the virus can remain viable in aerosols for 42 multiple hours and on surfaces up to days," reads the study's abstract.

NBA suspends season after Jazz player tests positive for coronavirus. Kings game postponed

NBA suspends season after Jazz player tests positive for coronavirus. Kings game postponed | 11 March 2020 |The NBA has suspended its season after a player tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. The Sacramento Kings were moments away from playing a nationally televised game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Golden 1 Center on Wednesday when the public-address announcer informed spectators the game had been postponed. The NBA issued a statement Wednesday night announcing the season will be suspended after a Utah Jazz player tested positive for the coronavirus in Oklahoma City. Shams Charania of The Athletic identified the player as Jazz center Rudy Gobert, a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

Trump suspends travel from Europe over coronavirus fears

Trump suspends travel from Europe over coronavirus fears | 11 March 2020 | President Donald Trump says he will suspend all travel from many European countries in a desperate effort to halt the coronavirus. Trump announced the unprecedented travel ban Wednesday night in his second Oval Office address. He also unveiled emergency economic measures including tax extensions without interest. "We will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days," Trump said in the 10-minute address. "The new rules will go into effect Friday at midnight."

Clyburn calls for shutting Dem primary down, canceling debates after Biden gains

Insane in the membrane: Clyburn calls for shutting Dem primary down, canceling debates after Biden gains | 11 March 2020 | House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., appeared ready to call off the Democratic primary race Tuesday night and declare former Vice President Joe Biden the victor. In a conversation with NPR as the results were coming in, Clyburn -- who already has endorsed Biden -- said that if Biden were to sweep the six contests, it would be best for the party to put an end to the primary race, debates and all. "I think when the night is over, Joe Biden will be the prohibitive favorite to win the Democratic nomination, and quite frankly, if the night ends the way it has begun, I think it is time for us to shut this primary down, it is time for us to cancel the rest of these debates," Clyburn said, "because you don't do anything but get yourself in trouble if you continue in this contest when it’s obvious that the numbers will not shake out for you."

Bay Area coronavirus updates: 3 TSA workers at San Jose airport test positive

Bay Area coronavirus updates: 3 TSA workers at San Jose airport test positive | 10 March 2020 | Latest, March 10, 8:30 p.m.: Three Transportation Security Officers at Mineta San Jose International Airport tested positive for COVID-19, TSA officials said. The infected employees are receiving medical care, and all TSA employees they had contact with over the past 14 days are quarantined at home.

Lawyers: Chelsea Manning recovering after suicide attempt

Lawyers: Chelsea Manning recovering after suicide attempt | 11 March 2020 | Whistleblower Chelsea Manning, who is in federal custody in Alexandria, Va., is recovering after attempting to take her own life Wednesday, Manning's legal team said in a statement. Andy Stepanian, a publicist for Manning, said Wednesday that Manning was hospitalized after the event and is currently recovering. "Ms. Manning is still scheduled to appear on Friday for a previously-calendared hearing, at which Judge Anthony Trenga will rule on a motion to terminate the civil contempt sanctions stemming from her May 2019 refusal to give testimony before a grand jury investigating the publication of her 2010 disclosures," Stepanian said in a statement Wednesday.

10,000 coronavirus cases now reported in Italy

10,000 coronavirus cases now reported in Italy | 11 March 2020 | Italy has now reported more than 10,000 total coronavirus cases in the country, where deaths from the virus have surpassed 600. Italy has the most confirmed cases and deaths outside of China, where the virus is believed to have originated. "Right now, the epicenter -- the new China -- is Europe," Robert Redfield, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said, according to The Associated Press. The death toll in Italy from the virus climbed to 631 people Tuesday from 463 the day before, the Italian Civil Protection authorities reported, the AP noted.

Feds arrest over 600 alleged Mexican cartel members

Feds arrest over 600 alleged Mexican cartel members --Executive order was passed shortly after Trump was inaugurated in 2017 that condemned cartel operations in the U.S. | 11 March 2020 | The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced Wednesday that more than 600 arrests have been made as a result of an interagency operation cracking down on Mexican cartel activity. "Project Python," a DEA-led initiative, targeted members of Cártel de Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG). According to the DEA, over the last six months federal law enforcement officials have been monitoring the activities of the accused. The operation resulted in more than 600 arrests nationwide, 350 indictments and "significant seizures of money and drugs," according to the agencies.

Dow Closes in Bear Market Territory

Dow Closes in Bear Market Territory --A bear market is a 20 percent drop from the most recent high | 11 March 2020 | All three of the major averages tumbled into a bear market Wednesday, down 20 percent from their February peaks, after the World Health Organization declared the new coronavirus outbreak a pandemic and Congress wrangled over an economic stimulus plan. Stocks bounced off the lows after the Dow fell more than 1,600 points, or 6.4 percent, while the S&P 500 shed and Nasdaq Composite were down over 5.5 percent. An official bear market would begin if the Dow finished below 23,641.14 the S&P 500 ended below 2,708.92 or Nasdaq Composite closed below 7,853.74.

Court Rules Google Can Legally Manipulate Searches to Influence Political Results

Court Rules Google Can Legally Manipulate Searches to Influence Political Results --Reagan-appointed judge rules Google has carte blanche to manipulate political outcomes and election results | 08 March 2020 | A court has ruled that Google has the right to legally manipulate searches in order to cause electoral interference and influence political results, rebuking a legal challenge from Democrat Presidential candidate Tulsi Gabbard. Gabbard sued the tech giant after Google bottled up her campaign as it was rising following a strong performance in a presidential debate. She alleged that Google denied her a crucial advertisement buy that damaged her campaign's chances, and she also pointed out in her lawsuit that Google has manipulated its search results to help dictate political outcomes in the past... Judge Stephen Victor Wilson, a Ronald Reagan appointee, threw her lawsuit out in an edict he issued last week, essentially proclaiming that Google has carte blanche to manipulate political outcomes and election results, and there isn't anything the government can do stop it... Google, along with other monolithic tech firms, relies on special government protections from liability under Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to protect their monopoly over the free marketplace.

Coronavirus updates: U.S. coronavirus cases top 1,000

Coronavirus updates: U.S. coronavirus cases top 1,000 | 11 March 2020 | With new coronavirus cases confirmed Tuesday, the United States now has more than 1,000 infected people. Turbulent trading continued to roll Wall Street, and anxieties over the coronavirus failed to subside with an increase in U.S. deaths and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo ratcheting up protective measures in his state. Cuomo deployed National Guard troops to a health department command post in New Rochelle, a suburb of New York City where health officials have reported at least 108 cases of COVID-19 in the area. While there have been no reported deaths in New York, neighboring New Jersey announced its first one: a man in his 60s in Bergen County.

Biden snaps at Michigan auto worker over guns, curses at him

Biden snaps at Michigan auto worker over guns, curses at him | 10 March 2020 | U.S. Democratic presidential front-runner Joe Biden on Tuesday angrily turned on an auto worker at a campaign stop when questioned whether he was going to take away people's guns. "You're full of shit," Biden told the man who accused him of "actively trying to end the Second Amendment." The former vice president, vying to be the Democrat who will take on President Donald Trump in the Nov. 3 election, later called the unidentified worker a "horse's ass." The testy exchange came during a typical election-day voting photo shoot at Detroit's first new auto assembly plant in decades.. When Biden left the auto plant, owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, videos show some workers shouting "Trump, Trump, Trump."

Hunter Biden cites coronavirus, wife's pregnancy to avoid deposition until after Election Day

Hunter Biden cites coronavirus, wife's pregnancy to avoid deposition until after Election Day | 10 March 2020 | Hunter Biden's attorneys have abruptly asked the Arkansas judge in his ongoing paternity case to postpone his scheduled March 11 deposition until after Election Day, saying the coronavirus outbreak [?], his wife's "imminent due date" and "intense media scrutiny" all pose a risk of "personal endangerment" for the former vice president's son. Additionally, Biden's legal team argues he should not be held in contempt for failing to turn over a slew of financial documents related to child support. Republicans [and others] have said the information could contain damaging evidence of the younger Biden's overseas business dealings and possible corruption... The gambit faces a skeptical judge, who has already voiced doubt about repeated delays in the case. "He needs to make himself available unless his hair is on fire," County Circuit Court Judge Holly Meyer said during a conference call with the attorneys on the case last month, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

New York National Guard activated to combat coronavirus, establish 'containment area'

New York National Guard activated to combat coronavirus, establish 'containment area' | 10 March 2020 | New York is activating the National Guard to establish a "containment area" to slow the spread of novel coronavirus within part of New Rochelle, New York, a suburb of New York City, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday. Within the containment area, "[S]chools, houses of worship and other large gathering facilities within a one-mile radius" of the outbreak's epicenter will be closed for 14 days until March 25, according to a press release. The National Guard will assist state health officials in New Rochelle, "mobilizing to deliver food to homes and help with cleaning public spaces in the containment area," the release added.

Gov. Ned Lamont declares state of emergency as state steps up coronavirus response

Gov. Ned Lamont declares state of emergency as state steps up coronavirus response | 10 March 2020 | Responding to increasing alarm about the spread of the 2019 coronavirus, Gov. Ned Lamont (D) joined governors in nearby states and declared both a public health emergency and a civil preparedness emergency on Tuesday. A public health emergency gives the state power over quarantine, while a civil preparedness emergency grants the governor broad powers over state institutions, allowing him to restrict travel, close public schools and buildings and more. Connecticut currently has four confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, but officials anticipate a spike as the virus spreads and testing continues.

Air Force Restricts Cadet Travel, Cancels Boot Camp Graduations Amid Coronavirus Fears

Air Force Restricts Cadet Travel, Cancels Boot Camp Graduations Amid Coronavirus Fears --The Air Force has canceled boot camp graduations for families, U.S. Africom has curtailed a massive exercise amid the spread of COVID-19. | 10 March 2020 | The families of airmen who have completed boot camp will no longer be allowed to attend their graduation ceremonies, the U.S. Air Force announced Tuesday, adding yet another dramatic restriction to the growing list of measures the military has taken to contain the spread of the coronavirus. The announcement came amid other news for the air service, including that cadets at the Air Force Academy would no longer be allowed to travel outside the U.S. to countries with heightened security risk for the spread of the coronavirus... Hours earlier on Tuesday, the U.S. military headquarters overseeing operations in Africa announced it would cut parts of an ongoing exercise with forces from Morocco, Tunisia and Senegal, including all elements that involve troops' lodging in close quarters to one another.

Dow adds 1,167 points as Trump talks economic initiatives

Dow adds 1,167 points as Trump talks economic initiatives --Equity markets are bouncing back after their biggest drop since the 2008 financial crisis | 10 March 2020 | U.S. equity markets ebbed and flowed on Tuesday before breaking away with the Dow Jones Industrial Average adding over 1,167 points clawing back from a deficit. The Dow's point gain was the third-best on record. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite also rallied tacking on nearly 5 percent. Investors were encouraged after President Trump backed "very substantial relief" for the areas of the economy hardest hit by the new coronavirus outbreak.

Two GOP reps self-quarantine after contact with coronavirus patient

Two GOP reps self-quarantine after contact with coronavirus patient | 09 March 2020 |Two more Republican lawmakers -- GOP Reps. Doug Collins of Georgia and Matt Gaetz of Florida -- revealed Monday they had contact with the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) attendee who has since been diagnosed with coronavirus, saying they are not experiencing symptoms but will self-quarantine out of an abundance of caution. Both Collins and Gaetz are pro-Trump Republicans who have been with President Trump since CPAC: Collins shook Trump's hand and joined him for a visit to the CDC in Atlanta on Friday. He also met with Trump at the White House last Tuesday, several days after the Feb. 26-29 conference. Gaetz was spotted riding on Air Force One on Monday as he learned the news.

Schumer's Supreme Court saga not over, as GOP presses forward on historic censure

Schumer's Supreme Court saga not over, as GOP presses forward on historic censure | 09 March 2020 | Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., may still face consequences from his colleagues after facing criticism from conservatives and liberals alike for remarks he directed towards Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh at an abortion rights rally last week that some have considered threatening. Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., has continued to call for Schumer to be censured after introducing a resolution in the Senate to do just that. And dozens of well-known conservative leaders signed a letter Monday adding their voices to the calls.

Dow futures point to opening drop of 1,300 points, Treasury yields plunge amid oil price war

Dow futures point to opening drop of 1,300 points, Treasury yields plunge amid oil price war --Stock futures cratered Monday as investors braced for the economic fallout from the spreading coronavirus, while a shocking all-out oil price war added to the anxiety. --As 4:45 a.m. ET Monday, futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average implied an opening drop of more than 1,300 points. | 09 March 2020 | Stock futures tumbled early Monday morning as investors braced for the economic fallout from the spreading coronavirus, while a shocking all-out oil price war added to the anxiety. As of 4:45 a.m. ET Monday, futures on the Dow Jones Industrial Average indicated an opening drop of more than 1,300 points. The S&P 500 futures and Nasdaq-100 futures also indicated significant losses at Monday's open... The yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note dropped below 0.5%, last trading at 0.479%.

European shares fall 6.2% and Italian stocks fail to trade; BP tanks 18% as oil prices crash

European shares fall 6.2% and Italian stocks fail to trade; BP tanks 18% as oil prices crash | 09 March 2020 | European markets tanked on Monday as global investors brace for the spread of the coronavirus and oil prices fall after the collapse of OPEC talks. The pan-European Stoxx 600 dropped 6.2% in early trade to enter bear market territory, with oil and gas stocks plunging 13.7% to lead losses as all sectors and major bourses fell sharply. Stocks in Asia saw steep declines on Monday afternoon as oil prices plunged after OPEC failed to strike a deal with its allies on production cuts. The declines in markets in the region were exacerbated by fears surrounding the coronavirus spread.

Oil Crashes 31% in Worst Loss Since 1991 After Price War Erupts

Oil Crashes 31% in Worst Loss Since 1991 After Price War Erupts --Collapse of OPEC+ alliance triggers crude supply free-for-all | 09 March 2020 | Oil markets crashed more than 30% after the disintegration of the OPEC+ alliance triggered an all-out price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia that is likely to have sweeping political and economic consequences. Brent futures suffered the second-largest decline on record in the opening seconds of trading in Asia, behind only the plunge during the Gulf War in 1991. As the global oil benchmark plummeted to as low as $31.02 a barrel, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. warned prices could drop to near $20 a barrel.

Iowa Bill Requires Infant Death Certificates to Include Vaccine Information

Iowa Bill Requires Infant Death Certificates to Include Vaccine Information | 06 March 2020 | A bill is working its way through the Iowa legislature that would require medical examiners to include information on the medical examiners form used to fill out the death certificate about recent vaccinations given to any child under age three who dies of any cause. The bill, SF 2302, passed the Iowa Senate's Human Resources committee on February 18 by a 8-5 party-line vote with Republicans voting in favor and will proceed to the full Senate for approval within the upcoming weeks.

Biden pushes for sit-down debate format amid mounting health-related concerns, report says

Biden pushes for sit-down debate format amid mounting health-related concerns, report says | 08 March 2020 | Bernie Sanders's campaign is accusing Joe Biden of pushing for a sit-down format at the March 15 presidential primary debate in Phoenix, according to a new report that highlights mounting concerns over the 77-year-old former vice president's stamina and cognitive ability. Sanders's team raised the alarm about the sit-down format during a Friday call with CNN, which is set to moderate the debate along with the Democratic National Committee (DNC), Politico reported this weekend. All previous primary debates this cycle have required candidates to stand at podiums; and during his one-on-one debates with Hillary Clinton in 2016, Sanders stood alongside her. "Why does Joe Biden not want to stand toe-to-toe with Sen. Sanders on the debate stage March 15 and have an opportunity to defend his record and articulate his vision for the future?" senior Sanders advisor Jeff Weaver told the outlet.

Two members of U.S. Congress say they met man with coronavirus

Two members of U.S. Congress say they met man with coronavirus | 08 March 2020 | Two members of Congress, Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Paul Gosar, said Sunday they are isolating themselves after determining they had contact at a political conference with a man who has tested positive for coronavirus. Cruz, R-Texas, said he had brief contact with the man at the Conservative Political Action Conference nearly two weeks ago and would spend the next few days at his home in Texas until a full 14 days had passed since their interaction. Gosar, R-Ariz., said he had sustained contact with the man at CPAC and that he and three members of his senior staff were under self-quarantine. His office will be closed for the week, Gosar said in a tweet.

Coronavirus updates: Wuhan shuts down 11 makeshift hospitals as China cases slow

Coronavirus updates: Wuhan shuts down 11 makeshift hospitals as China cases slow --China reports 40 new confirmed cases and 22 additional deaths as of Mar. 8, bringing the total number of cases in the mainland to 80,735 and the cumulative death toll to 3,119. Following the discharge of most patients, 11 of the 14 makeshift hospitals in Wuhan that were built for treatment of the new coronavirus have closed, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV said. | 09 March 2020 | 1:00 pm: South Korea's prime minister is hopeful that 'turning point' is near -- With authorities saying that the number of new infections in the country is dwindling, South Korea’s Prime Minister Chung Sye-kyun expressed hope that the worst could be over soon, according to a Reuters report... 12:50 pm: Delivery of packages mostly resumes in China -- Almost the entire package delivery network in China -- outside of the epicenter of Hubei -- has resumed work, Alibaba's logistics affiliate Cainiao and other major courier companies said in a statement Monday to CNBC.

Coronavirus: Italy death toll soars amid travel ban

Coronavirus: Italy death toll soars amid travel ban | 08 March 2020 | The number of people to have died from the coronavirus in Italy has shot up by 133 in a day to 366, officials say. The total number of infections leapt 25% to 7,375 from 5,883, according to the Civil Protection agency. The jump in figures comes as millions adapt to radical measures introduced on Sunday in an attempt to contain the outbreak. Up to 16 million people in Lombardy and 14 provinces need special permission to travel under new quarantine rules.

Kamala Harris endorses Joe Biden as Democratic presidential candidate

Kamala Harris endorses Joe Biden as Democratic presidential candidate | 08 March 2020 | California Senator Kamala Harris has endorsed Joe Biden with "great enthusiasm" as the Democratic party's US presidential candidate. Her announcement is another boost for Mr Biden, the Democratic front runner to take on Donald Trump in November. Ms Harris, seen as a rising star within the party, dropped out of the presidential race in December.

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