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not with a national emergency taking place, there is a difference
Healthcare is not a national emergency? And how does it make a difference , lol? Didnt you just Democrats are trying to stall Trump all the time? Werent Republicans doing that with Obama too?

Also , don't Republicans believe we are overreacting to the virus and even Trump himself downplayed it in the early weeks, so how is it a national emergency now? Or did you guys wait for state governor's and officials to enforce that status quo?
 

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They are delaying as I have said, you acknowledged they have no problem with slush funds, as long as they are for their donors. Right now they are just delaying, and the upcoming election is the reason.
I'm just showing you what the Democrats are saying. I myself am an independent. And I didn't tell you what I think about bailouts. In regards to this bill I want the checks to be universal and limited to people who filed taxes in 2018. Which is what some Democrats are pushing for.
 

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Hey we are screwing up this thread, people come here for updates, not political arguments
 

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healthcare a national emergency? You mean Obama Care?

How is it a National Emergency, well Trump declared it a National Emergency.
Here is a link so you can check yourself

But Republicans don't believe it's an emergency and think the Democrats and media are overreacting.
 

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They are pushing for fuel economy on airlines, which should be criminal at a time like this
That just means retiring older planes. World is heading that way in near future. Although I don't think that should be discussed right now, but the other parts of the bill are important and will make a big difference. You should check it out. Student loan partial forgiveness for example would help a lot of students out to ride this out until life returns back to normal.
 

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That just means retiring older planes. World is heading that way in near future. Although I don't think that should be discussed right now, but the other parts of the bill are important and will make a big difference. You should check it out. Student loan partial forgiveness for example would help a lot of students out to ride this out until life returns back to normal.
listen, I understand that gay men have to support the Democrat party, it's ok, I understand, Republicans do not fly the rainbow flag. hey, just fucking with you.
 

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Coronavirus Traces Lingered in Vacated Cruise Cabins for 17 Days



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(Bloomberg) -- Traces of new coronavirus were found on surfaces in cruise-ship cabins for as many as 17 days after passengers left, researchers said, though it wasn’t possible to determine whether they caused any infections.
YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 21: A passenger is seen on the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship at the Daikoku Pier on February 21, 2020 in Yokohama, Japan. Passengers who have tested negative for the coronavirus (COVID-19) will be allowed to disembark the cruise ship since Wednesday after two weeks quarantine period. More than 700 people in Japan have been infected with COVID-19. (Photo by Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images)
© Photographer: Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images AsiaPac YOKOHAMA, JAPAN - FEBRUARY 21: A passenger is seen on the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship at the Daikoku Pier on February 21, 2020 in Yokohama, Japan. Passengers who have tested negative for the coronavirus (COVID-19) will be allowed to disembark the cruise ship since Wednesday after two weeks quarantine period. More than 700 people in Japan have been infected with COVID-19. (Photo by Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images)
Researchers looked at the rooms of infected passengers aboard the Diamond Princess, both those who showed symptoms and those who didn’t, according to a study Monday in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.
The ship, operated by Carnival Corp.’s Princess Cruises, had more than 700 coronavirus cases. It was quarantined for a time off of Yokohama, Japan, and was the largest outbreak outside of mainland China at one point.

A previous analysis found that the virus remained viable on plastic and stainless steel for up to three days, although levels fell dramatically over time. It was less stable on copper, where no viable virus was found after 4 hours, and cardboard, which was clean after 24 hours, according to the report in the New England Journal of Medicine.

The latest study looked at uncleaned rooms, but other research has found that cleaning the rooms of Covid-19 patients was highly effective at killing the virus.

Coronavirus has forced the U.S. cruise industry to shut down after a series of outbreaks at sea, and policymakers are looking for clues about the safety of the vessels going forward. The episodes have caused cruise line stocks to crater. The industry has been hurt in the past by outbreaks of norovirus, sometimes called stomach flu.

The CDC report also said that passengers on the Diamond Princess mainly spread the virus before the ship went into quarantine, but infections among the crew peaked afterward.

On a separate Princess Cruises ship, the Grand Princess, crew members probably got the virus on an earlier voyage and then passed it on to passengers, according to the study.
 

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Bodies on ice rink as Spain sees record infections, deaths
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Member of Military Emergency Unit walk with special equipment to disinfect areas to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, arrive at Abando train station, in Bilbao, northern Spain, Monday, March 23, 2020. For some people the COVID-19 coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, but for some it causes severe illness. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)


MADRID (AP) — Health authorities say Spain has registered a daily record increase in its daily virus infections and deaths.
Spain announced 6,584 new coronavirus infections Tuesday, bringing the overall total to 39, 673. The number of deaths also jumped by a record number of 514 to 2,696.
“This is the tough week,” Fernando Simón, the head of the Spanish health emergency coordination center, said at a daily briefing.
Simon also said some 5, 400 health workers were infected.
 

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'Disgrace': Sen. Tom Cotton Slams Democrats Over Coronavirus Relief Slowdown
The Democrats want virus relief to be green.

by Chris White
Republican Sen. Tom Cotton said Monday that his Democratic colleagues are holding up the Senate’s coronavirus bill so they can push green energy policies, among a slew of other “radical” measures.

The Arkansas senator railed against his colleagues, telling his Twitter followers that they were putting Americans’ lives at risk over global warming. His criticism came after Senate Democrats failed to pass a procedural cloture vote on a phase-three coronavirus stimulus bill.
“This report is correct. Pelosi & Schumer are willing to risk your life, your job, your retirement savings for a radical, left-wing wish list that has nothing to do with this virus. Disgraceful,” Cotton told his Twitter followers Monday after senators failed to hash out an agreement.

Democrats on the House select committee were among the first to ask leadership to consider climate change before jumping into the legislation.

“In responding to this crisis, we must be careful not to exacerbate the ongoing climate crisis,” Democratic Reps. Kathy Castor of Florida, Ben Ray Luján of New Mexico, and Jared Huffman of California wrote in a March 20 letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
They want any such bill helping the aviation industry to include “adoption of low-carbon fuels, support for greenhouse gas efficiency standards, and/or electrification of ground support equipment at airports.”

“We must strongly oppose misguided or surreptitious attempts to boost polluters at the expense of the public health. Instead, we should look for solutions that can also move us toward a clean energy economy and to a healthier, stronger and more just America,” they wrote. “We have a few ideas.”
Phase-three of the Senate bill would give $1,200 checks to every American, with married couples receiving $2,400. That check will go to Americans making less than $75,000 per year. Income earners who make above $99,000 would not receive any money.

Some activists argued for using the country’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve as leverage.
“The Republican COVID Stimulus 3 bill does include funds to purchase oil for the SPR. That’s the leverage to get ITC with direct pay/cash grant included,”Jigar Shah, co-founder and president of Generate Capital, said in a tweet Monday.

“I think there is an outside chance we could get the ITC with direct pay on COVID Stimulus 3. As long as the SPR money is in play, we have a chance,” he added, referring to the bill, which contains the $3 billion in the Department of Energy requested Friday to restock the SPR with low-priced oil.
The DOE’s move came after crude prices fell into the $30s as the Saudis push for a cut in output to prop up prices before Russia insisted flooding the market with hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil. Moscow is worried the United States will use shale oil to take advantage if Saudi Arabia ease off production. Oil prices have hovered around $30 per barrel ever since.
 

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India’s prime minister decrees 21-day lockdown to curb virus
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A vegetable vendor pushes his bicycle loaded with vegetables on an empty street during a complete lockdown amid growing concerns of coronavirus in Noida, outskirts of New Delhi, India, Tuesday, March 24, 2020. Authorities have gradually started to shutdown much of the country of 1.3 billion people to contain the outbreak. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms. For some it can cause more severe illness. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)


NEW DELHI (AP) — India will begin the world’s largest lockdown on Wednesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced in a TV address, warning citizens to stay inside or risk inviting the pandemic into their homes, and pledging $2 billion to bolster the country’s beleaguered health care system.
“To save India and every Indian, there will be a total ban on venturing out,” Modi said Tuesday night, acknowledging that the 21-day lockdown would be a major blow to the economy, but insisting that the alternative could set the country back 21 years.
The move puts nearly one-fifth of the world’s population under lockdown.
The announcement set off panic in many neighborhoods as people rushed to markets to stock up on supplies. At many places, police tried to disperse crowds outside stores.

Indian health officials have reported 469 active cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus, and 10 deaths. Officials have repeatedly insisted there is no evidence yet of localized spread but have conducted relatively scant testing for the disease. In a country where tens of millions live in dense urban areas with irregular access to clean water, experts have said local spreading is inevitable.

For weeks, while the coronavirus wracked neighboring China and other parts of Asia, India’s official infection toll stood at just three, all students in the Chinese epicenter, Wuhan, who were treated in their home state of Kerala and recovered from the disease.

But since the World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a global pandemic, triggering India’s government to invoke a British Raj-era epidemic act giving it sweeping powers to contain the disease, the cases have been growing rapidly and, according to Modi, have the potential to “spread like wildfire.”

In recent days, India had gradually expanded stay-at-home orders, banned international and domestic flights and suspended passenger service on its extensive rail system until March 31.

Modi called Tuesday’s order a “total lockdown” and did not address whether any service providers would be exempt, but said that “all steps have been taken by central and state government to ensure supply of essential items.”

The ministry of home affairs said essential services including grocery stores, banks, ATMs and gas stations will remain open. It said no more than 20 people will be permitted to attend funerals.

It was not clear what the lockdown would mean for about 300 million Indians who according to official data live below the poverty line.

Indian finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said a comprehensive relief package would be announced soon.

The lockdown “has essentially drawn a ‘laxman rekha’ on our doors,” Modi said, referring to a line drawn by the hero of the Hindu epic “Ramayana” to protect his wife’s dwelling place. “You must remember that you will invite a grave pandemic like coronavirus to your homes if you step out.”

Indian virologist Dr. T. Jacob John said before the wholesale lockdown was announced on Tuesday that India was being forced to take extreme containment measures after failing to mitigate the problem earlier on, when the caseload was light.
“There would have been time because the wolf was not yet at the door. Now today the wolf’s inside the door and India’s supposed to calmly respond with a wolf in the corner,” he said.
 

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