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10 things you need to know today!

1. White House backs calls to send checks to all U.S. households

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters on Tuesday that the Trump administration wants Congress to approve sending checks to most American adults in the next two weeks to help them get through the coronavirus crisis. “Americans need cash now,” Mnuchin said.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin also shared today that President Trump has authorized the deferral of $300 billion in tax payments to the IRS, helping American workers and business affected by closings and other economic effects of the pandemic.

The White House suggested the amount could exceed the $1,000 suggested by Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah). Mnuchin reportedly warned Republican senators unemployment could rise to 20 percent if the government doesn’t step in with massive aid, including tax deferrals for corporations and some individuals.

A Democratic plan would provide a series of several checks. “We will need multiple rounds of money for everyone,” said Claudia Sahm, a former Federal Reserve economist. “This recession is going to be more severe than the Great Recession.”

In addition to public health concernsPresident Trump understands the serious challenge this virus presents to American businesses, workers, and families. In addition to steps already taken, such as declaring a National Emergency to free up Federal resources, the Trump Administration is working with Congress on a significant economic stimulus plan to provide relief to American workers and industries.

“The world is at war with a hidden enemy,” President Trump tweeted. “WE WILL WIN!”

[The New York Times, MHI]

2. Biden sweeps three more Democratic primaries

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Former Vice President Joe Biden swept Democratic presidential primaries in Florida, Illinois, and Arizona on Tuesday, doubling his delegate lead over Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). Biden now has 1,132 delegates to Sanders’ 817.

The gap grew from 154 delegates before polls opened to 315, a nearly insurmountable lead on the path toward the 1,991 delegates needed to win the nomination.

Sanders did not address the results in a livestream on his campaign website, focusing instead on the coronavirus pandemic. Biden, in a livestream from his home, made an appeal to Sanders voters.

“Senator Sanders and his supporters have brought a remarkable passion and tenacity to all of these issues. And together they have shifted the fundamental conversation in this country,” Biden said.

Former VP tells Bernie’s supporters “I hear you” in a call for unity after primary disrupted by coronavirus outbreak.

Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden sought to unify the Democratic party after his campaign prevailed over rival Bernie Sanders in the Florida and Illinois primaries. [NBC News]

3. West Virginia case means coronavirus now in all 50 states

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West Virginia on Tuesday reported its first coronavirus infection, meaning that the outbreak has now spread to all 50 states and Washington, D.C. “We knew it was coming, we’ve prepared for this, and we shouldn’t panic,” Gov. Jim Justice (R) said. He ordered all restaurants, bars, and casinos in the state to close to prevent the flu-like virus from spreading.

The novel COVID-19 coronavirus has infected more than 5,800 people in the U.S., and killed more than 100. The first case in the country was confirmed in January in a Washington state man who returned from Wuhan, China, where the outbreak began.

Cities and states continued to impose new restrictions to prevent infections. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said the city is “absolutely considering” a shelter-in-place order like the one issued for the San Francisco Bay area on Monday. [The Washington Post/CBS LA]

4. Wall Street struggles after Tuesday’s big gains

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U.S. stock index futures plunged early Wednesday in ongoing volatility as investors awaited details on the federal government’s response to the coronavirus crisis. Trading was briefly halted around 5 a.m. when the losses hit 5 percent.

On Tuesday, Wall Street bounced back from its worst day since 1987 as the White House considered a $1 trillion package to boost the economy during the coronavirus crisis.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed up by 5.2 percent. The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq gained 4.6 percent and 6 percent, respectively. “We’re going big,” President Trump said of the stimulus package.

The news of the stimulus plan drove down prices of the 10-year Treasury, pushing the yield of the 10-year note (which moves inversely to prices) above 1 percent. [CNBC]

5. Former Rep. Duncan Hunter sentenced to 11 months

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Former Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter on Tuesday was sentenced to 11 months in prison and three years of parole for corruption charges. Hunter at first called the allegations a “witch hunt,” then pleaded guilty in December to one count of conspiracy to misuse campaign funds.

Prosecutors said he used more than $200,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses, including a $14,000 Italian vacation and routine items like groceries and bedding.

Hunter, who resigned from Congress in January, said in the hearing that he took “full responsibility for any dime that was spent by me or anyone else on my campaign.”

Hunter’s wife, Margaret, pleaded guilty to conspiring with her husband to misuse $25,000 in campaign funds, and has yet to be sentenced. [CNN/MHI]

6. Biden gets Secret Service protection as he closes in on nomination

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Former Vice President Joe Biden has started receiving Secret Service protection, the Secret Service said Tuesday. The Biden campaign requested protection for Biden last week, following an incident last month in which an anti-dairy protester stormed the stage during a Biden primary-victory speech.

The scare was a “wake-up call” for the campaigns of Biden, who is increasingly considered the presumptive Democratic nominee, and his rival Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former Secret Service agent Jonathan Wackrow told NPR.

The decision on whether a candidate needs protection is made in consultation between senior congressional officials and the Homeland Security Department. [CNBC]

7. Poll: 60 percent of Americans don’t trust Trump on coronavirus

Only 37 percent of Americans trust what President Trump says about the novel coronavirus outbreak, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll released Tuesday. Sixty percent of respondents said they had little or no trust in what Trump says.

Just 46 percent said they believed the federal government is doing enough to contain the flu-like virus, a drop from 61 percent in February. More Americans disapproved of Trump’s handling of the crisis, by a margin of 49 percent to 44 percent.

Public health officials scored highest in public trust, with 84 percent expressing confidence in them, followed by state and local leaders, at 72 percent.

Two-thirds of Democrats said they trust information from the news media, while Republicans overwhelmingly said they didn’t trust the media.

But it’s not just Republicans. Half of independents see it as a real threat, down from two-thirds in February. Democrats, on the other hand, have gone the opposite direction — 70% in February said it was a real threat, and now it’s 76%.

Since the last survey, much of the country has hit pause on regular daily life. Many states have closed schools, many bars and restaurants have shut down, and Americans are being urged to keep their distance from each other for an extended period until the pandemic is under control in the United States.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention implored Americans not to attend gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks. On Monday, the president urged Americans not to be in groups of 10 or more. His tone at that press conference was something of an about-face for the president, who appeared to be conveying the threat much more seriously.

“These numbers speak to the fact that there was not a unified message coming out of Washington or even from the White House,” said Barbara Carvalho, director of the Marist poll, referring in particular to the partisan divide. “There was some confusion initially — if this was really a health crisis or an economic crisis.”

She noted that the differences by party really “speak to the fact of how we’re getting our information.” [NPR/CNN]

8. E.U. leaders close borders to most outsiders

Leaders of the 26 European countries in the Schengen zone, which enables borderless movement in much of the European Union, voted on Tuesday to temporarily close their borders to people from countries outside the E.U. to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The travel ban marked the first joint response to the pandemic in the E.U. The measure also prohibits sending medical supplies to other countries.

The ban, which Britain didn’t plan to join, will remain in place for at least 30 days. E.U. leaders said they would continue the free circulation of goods within the zone.

European citizens and residents returning home will be allowed in. Medical professionals and scientists also will be exempt. France and Spain also announced massive relief packages to soften the economic damage of the crisis. [CBS, The Washington Post]

9. China expels U.S. journalists in retaliation for U.S. restrictions

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China said Wednesday that it was revoking the media credentials of American citizens working for The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

The move, which effectively expels the journalists, came in response to U.S. restrictions on state-owned Chinese media outlets operating in the United States.

China’s foreign ministry said the affected journalists with credentials expiring before the end of the year have to hand over their press cards within 10 days.

The back-and-forth media restrictions imposed by the two countries came despite a first-phase deal to end the trade war between the Trump administration and Beijing ,“The impact of the U.S. move will not be limited to the field of media, but will create negative overall effects and new uncertainties to the relationship,” the ruling Communist Party’s People’s Daily newspaper said in an editorial following the announcement.

The Chinese move comes after the Trump administration designated five Chinese media outlets as foreign missions and restricted the number of Chinese who could work for them in a de facto expulsion of about one-third of their Chinese staff. China described its steps as “necessary and reciprocal countermeasures that China is compelled to take in response to the unreasonable oppression the Chinese media organizations experience in the U.S.”

The American journalists will likely have to leave China because their visas are tied to their press credentials. They will also be unable to work in the semi-autonomous territories of Hong Kong and Macao, the foreign ministry said in a release posted on its website.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo disputed the comparison between the U.S. and Chinese actions, telling reporters in Washington that they enjoy press freedoms that don’t exist in China.

“The individuals that we identified a few weeks back were not media that were acting here freely,” he said. “They were part of Chinese propaganda outlets. We’ve identified these as foreign missions under American law. These aren’t apples to apples, and I regret China’s decision today to further foreclose the world’s ability to conduct free press operations.”

The People’s Daily editorial said Chinese reporters in America have “always adhered to U.S. laws and regulations, journalistic ethics and the principles of objectivity, fairness, truth, and accuracy.”

Editors of all three American organizations condemned the action.

“The Chinese government’s decision is particularly regrettable because it comes in the midst of an unprecedented global crisis, when clear and reliable information about the international response to covid-19 is essential,” said Marty Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post. “Severely limiting the flow of that information, which China now seeks to do, only aggravates the situation.”

Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times, called it a “grave mistake” for China to cut itself off from some of the world’s top news organizations and called on the Chinese and American governments to move quickly to resolve the dispute.

“The health and safety of people around the world depend on impartial reporting about its two largest economies, both of them now battling a common epidemic,” Baquet said.

Matt Murray, editor in chief of The Wall Street Journal, called it an unprecedented attack on freedom of the press at a time of crisis and said the Journal’s commitment to reporting fully and deeply on China hasn’t changed.

The U.S. announced earlier this month that five state-controlled Chinese media outlets would be restricted to 100 visas. It cited increasingly harsh surveillance, harassment and intimidation of American and other foreign journalists working in China.

The Chinese outlets, which employ about 160 Chinese citizens in the U.S., include the official Xinhua News Agency and China Global Television Network, the overseas arm of state broadcaster CCTV.

By designating the five Chinese media companies as foreign missions, the U.S. government required them to register their properties and employees in the United States. The State Department said that was to recognize “they are effectively controlled” by the Chinese government.

Soon after, China revoked the credentials of three Wall Street Journal journalists, saying it was in response to a headline on an opinion piece in the newspaper that it considered derogatory. The U.S. then announced the visa limit for the five Chinese media outlets.

[The Associated Press, MHI]

10. Tom Brady leaves Patriots, reportedly heads to Buccaneers

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Superstar quarterback Tom Brady announced Tuesday that he would be leaving the New England Patriots, which he led to six Super Bowl championships in his 20 years there. “Although my football journey will take place elsewhere,” he wrote in a statement, “I appreciate everything that we have achieved.”

Brady becomes a free agent on Wednesday after he and the team failed to agree on a new contract. Brady, 42, recently said he planned to play until he was 45, although it was not immediately clear what team he would be joining next season.

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“While sad today, the overwhelming feeling I have is appreciation for his countless contributions to our team and community,” Patriots owner Robert Kraft said. Brady is expected to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. [ESPN]

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