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  • Americans Hesitant to Return to Normal in Short Term April 2, 2020
    If being out in public were entirely up to them at this moment during the global pandemic, a new Gallup poll finds 14% of Americans say they would resume their […]
  • Trump Let Contract With Ventilator Firm Lapse April 2, 2020
    “President Trump has repeatedly assured Americans that the federal government is holding 10,000 ventilators in reserve to ship to the hardest-hit hospitals around the nation as they struggle to keep […]
  • Treasury Changes Eligibility Rules on Stimulus Payments April 2, 2020
    “The Treasury announced late Wednesday that Social Security beneficiaries who typically do not file a tax return will automatically get the $1,200 payment and no longer must submit anything extra,” […]
  • Anthony Fauci’s Security Stepped Up April 2, 2020
    “Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious-diseases expert and the face of the U.S. response to the novel coronavirus pandemic, is facing growing threats to his personal safety, prompting the government […]
  • McConnell Tells Pelosi to ‘Stand Down’ on New Relief Bill April 1, 2020
    “One week after the Senate unanimously passed a $2 trillion emergency relief bill aimed at limiting the financial trauma from the coronavirus pandemic, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he […]
  • U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Surpasses 4,000 April 1, 2020
    “The death toll in the United States surpassed 4,000 and it continued to far outstrip other nations with more than 200,000 confirmed infections, about 20 percent of the global total,” […]
  • FBI Sees Record Number of Gun Background Checks April 1, 2020
    “The FBI processed a record 3.7 million gun background checks in March — more than any month previously reported, according to the agency’s latest data,” Axios reports. “The spike’s timing […]
  • Top Democrats Urge Rethinking of Convention April 1, 2020
    CBS News: “Democratic Party leaders across the country are calling on party bosses to curtail, postpone or dramatically rethink the party’s national convention scheduled for July in Milwaukee, concerned that […]
  • Trump Games Media with His Shift In Tone April 1, 2020
    The Daily Beast on President Trump’s change in “tone” this week on the pandemic: “Afterwards, the press noted the difference in ‘tone,’ with several pundits and reporters speculating that the […]
  • Why Trump Changed Tack on the Pandemic April 1, 2020
    Gabriel Sherman reports that President Trump only shifted his tone as the coronavirus virus spread to “Trump country.” Said one former White House official: “The polling sucked. The campaign panicked […]

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  • Wednesday, April 1, 2020 April 1, 2020
    President Trump issues sobering coronavirus warning. Models show it will get worse before it gets better. Dozens of sailors on the USS Theodore Roosevelt are sick after being infected with COVID-19. Renters face first of the month.
  • Tuesday, March 31st, 2020 March 31, 2020
    President Trump says more coronavirus tests will be made available. Hospitals and their staffs struggle with how to protect themselves and patients as COVID-19 cases multiply. And, Palestinian and Israeli leaders lauded for tight lockdowns.
  • BONUS: Listen To NPR's New Daily Update On Coronavirus News March 30, 2020
    NPR's new podcast 'Coronavirus Daily' is an afternoon update on the pandemic and how the world is coping. In today's episode: Why more testing remains crucial in the public health fight against COVID-19, and the Idaho town with one of the highest infection rates in the country. Also, what you need to know about grocery […]
  • Monday, March 30th, 2020 March 30, 2020
    President Trump stretches social distancing guidelines through April 30. U.S. health officials have new projections of how the pandemic could play out based on the latest data. New York's death toll climbs as hospitals face dwindling medical supplies and mounting cases.
  • BONUS: 1918 Flu March 29, 2020
    In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic it's tempting to draw comparisons to the most severe pandemic in recent history - the 1918 flu. But as much as we can learn from the comparison, it's important to also understand just how much these two pandemics differ. In this bonus episode of Throughline, what we can […]
  • Saturday, March 28th, 2020 March 28, 2020
    In New York, hospitals are inundated with COVID-19 patients. More data from testing is giving researchers a better picture of the disease's mortality rate. And more Americans currently approve of Donald Trump's handling of the coronavirus crisis than don't.

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  • The U.S. Has Held Elections During Times Of Crisis Before. Here’s What Happened. April 1, 2020
    Galen Druke speaks to elections analyst, Geoffrey Skelley, about how the United States has handled elections in times of crisis in the past, from wars to weather disasters.
  • When Is It Safe To Go Outside? April 1, 2020
    Some of you may remember the “tragedy of the commons” from a stray econ class you took in school. There’s a pasture open to all. Too many farmers decide to bring their cattle to graze in it, and soon there isn’t enough grass left for anyone. These days, we are the cattle. Hundreds of millions […]
  • The NBA Questions That Will Never Get Answered April 1, 2020
    Every sports fan loves to play the “What If?” game: What if Michael Jordan hadn’t retired to play baseball? What if A-Rod had been traded to the Red Sox instead of the Yankees? What if Steve Bartman had stayed home from Wrigley Field in October 2003? What if Mo Lewis hadn’t hit Drew Bledsoe? What […]
  • So … About That Supposed Lack Of Enthusiasm For Biden? April 1, 2020
    Welcome to FiveThirtyEight’s weekly politics chat. The transcript below has been lightly edited. sarahf (Sarah Frostenson, politics editor): Over the weekend, an ABC/Washington Post poll found that most Democrats now back former Vice President Joe Biden, but enthusiasm for his candidacy was, on the other hand, pretty lackluster. Just 24 percent of his supporters said […]
  • How Is Joe Biden Remaking The 2016 Primary Map? April 1, 2020
    Graphics by Yutong Yuan The 2020 Democratic primary is on the backburner. Many states have postponed their primaries because of the spread of the coronavirus, but there isn’t much question as to who will win the nomination. For all intents and purposes, former Vice President Joe Biden is now the presumptive nominee. He has amassed […]
  • What Explains The Bump In Trump’s Approval Ratings? April 1, 2020
    On Friday, President Trump’s approval rating hit 45.8 percent — the highest since January 25, 2017, according to FiveThirtyEight’s presidential approval tracker. The timing suggests that the increase in his popularity is related to his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which most Americans think he is managing well. Trump may be experiencing what political scientists […]
  • Could Reality TV Bring Back Basketball? March 31, 2020
    Remember back to the beginning of March, when everything still felt normal? It’s been 20 days since the NBA put its season on pause, and the league is talking about how it might come back this year. The Hot Takedown team thinks that the logistics of even a shortened playoff or play-in tournament might be […]
  • Staying Home Saves Lives. Could It Also Protect The Economy? March 31, 2020
    We know our economy is struggling due to coronavirus. But just how much would it cost us to stop quarantine and risk many Americans dying? How do economists calculate the value of a single human life? For more, read What Should The Government Spend To Save A Life?
  • Are Quarantined Tournaments A Good Idea? March 31, 2020
    With sports shut down in the face of the novel coronavirus, two American basketball leagues are working on plans for an early return to the court. But what do “safe” games look like in the midst of the pandemic — and would such plans ultimately get a green light from public health officials? The NBA […]
  • Why It’s So Freaking Hard To Make A Good COVID-19 Model  March 31, 2020
    Here we are, in the middle of a pandemic, staring out our living room windows like aquarium fish. The question on everybody’s minds: How bad will this really get? Followed quickly by: Seriously, how long am I going to have to live cooped up like this? We all want answers. And, given the volume of […]