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What you need to know about coronavirus on Wednesday, April 8

What you need to know about coronavirus on Wednesday, April 8

On the most tragic day yet of the pandemic in America, chaos and confusion roiled the White House. As coronavirus deaths topped 1,800 nationwide yesterday, President Donald Trump delivered a wild performance that did little to put minds at ease, Stephen Collinson writes. At an unchained news conference, Trump said he would freeze funding for…MORE

Trump and Pence stay close even as aides ramp up guards protecting chain of command

Trump and Pence stay close even as aides ramp up guards protecting chain of command

For two days in a row, President Donald Trump has downplayed questions about whether he should distance himself from his second-in-line to guard against them both contracting coronavirus, even as other world leaders see members of their cabinets infected — or, in the case of Britain’s Boris Johnson, fall victim to the disease themselves. Instead,…MORE

Why stock markets are stuck in limbo

Why stock markets are stuck in limbo

First came the initial shock as countries, states and cities went on lockdown, grinding economic activity to a halt. Then came the relief rallies as governments and central banks unleashed trillions of dollars to help affected companies and workers and to steady markets. Now, global markets are in wait-and-see mode as the trajectory of the…MORE

Paul Walker’s daughter shares rare video of him

Paul Walker’s daughter shares rare video of him

Paul Walker’s daughter Meadow Walker is remembering her dad in a special way. Meadow Walker, 21, posted a private video of her wishing her dad happy birthday prior to his death in a car crash in 2013. The younger Walker posted the video on her verified Instagram account Tuesday. “I never thought I’d share this.…MORE

Jose Mourinho accepts training in a public park was wrong

Jose Mourinho accepts training in a public park was wrong

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has acknowledged he breached UK government guidelines after he and a number of his star players were pictured flouting social distancing regulations by training in a north London park. Pictures appeared on social media on Tuesday of Mourinho holding a makeshift training session for midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, while Davinson Sanchez and…MORE

Democratic super PAC turns up focus on Trump’s coronavirus response

Democratic super PAC turns up focus on Trump’s coronavirus response

A top Democratic super PAC will begin running scores of new digital ads on Wednesday aimed at holding President Donald Trump accountable for a host of comments he has made about his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Priorities USA, which is now supporting former Vice President Joe Biden, will release seven digital ads that…MORE

This Passover, the seders are virtual. The plague is real

This Passover, the seders are virtual. The plague is real

Each year, millions of Jews gather at Passover to remember their Hebrew forbears’ exodus from Egypt, where they escaped thanks to 10 divinely sent plagues. As the coronavirus pandemic sweeps across the globe, some of the parallels are hard to miss. “The plagues are a central part of the Seder experience,” says Rabbi Elana Friedman,…MORE