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A coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. could become the most important issue of the 2020 presidential election, potentially affecting the economy, campaigning and voting. LA Times
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New York statewide plastic bag ban begins this Sunday — but actual enforcement won’t start for a month, officials said Friday. State authorities agreed Thursday to delay penalizing stores violating New York’s ban of single-use plastic bags until April 1 after grocers filed a last-minute lawsuit to try and block the law. New York Post
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Joe Biden was stumping hard in South Carolina on Friday as a new poll showed him with a healthy lead over runner-up Bernie Sanders in Saturday’s Palmetto State Democratic primary. Biden had 34 percent support in a survey released Friday by Data for Progress, a progressive think tank, followed by Sanders with 25 percent. New York Post
The president seeks to reassure the public while blaming the media and Democrats for trying to score points by exaggerating the threat of the outbreak. New York Times
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On abortion, gun rights and more, the future could be determined by how fully the court’s new conservative majority embraces a rigid understanding of the Constitution. New York Times
Matt Levatich, Harley-Davidson president and CEO, has stepped down from his roles leading the world's largest manufacturer of heavyweight motorcycles.
Dealing a significant blow to a signature Trump administration immigration policy, a federal appeals court ruled Friday that the government can no longer make asylum seekers wait in Mexico while their cases wind through the U.S. immigration courts ABC
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President Donald Trump on Friday blamed the huge stock market drop this week on uncertainty over the COVID-19 crisis and then blamed Democratic presidential candidates. ABC
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Parts of Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam's sweeping gun control legislation have won final passage in the General Assembly ABC
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The Dow is suffering its worst week since the financial crash of 2008. ABC
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A deal will be signed with the Taliban on Saturday as the US prepares to exit Afghanistan. BBC
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With the death toll from the COVID-19 disease nearing 3,000, global health officials say no country can hope to be spared, and all must be ready to combat outbreaks. CBS
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This was the first time Sanders has mentioned coronavirus on the campaign trail. Bloomberg questioned the choice of Pence to lead the response. CBS
The president announced the appointment by tweet. This is the second time that he has selected Ratcliffe for the job. CBS
Stocks suffered a historic pullback this week as the coronavirus spread outside of China, spooking investors and traders out of equities. CNBC
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The coronavirus continued to roil markets on Friday. CNBC
• Trump says he will nominate current US Ambassador to Norway to be next Navy Secretary CNN
The U.S. Justice Department is investigating explosive new allegations that a Central Intelligence Agency operative and Drug Enforcement Administration official played a role in the 1985 abduction, torture and murder of DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena, a report claims. FOX News
The United States has decided to postpone a meeting with leaders of Southeast Asian countries it had planned to host on March 14 due to worries about the coronavirus outbreak, two U.S. officials familiar with the matter said on Friday. Reuters
A divided U.S. appeals court handed President Donald Trump a major legal victory on Friday by dismissing a Democratic-led congressional panel's lawsuit seeking to enforce a subpoena for testimony from former White House Counsel Donald McGahn. Reuters
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President Donald Trump plans to formally nominate U.S. Ambassador to Norway Kenneth Braithwaite to be Navy secretary, the White House announced Friday. UPI
The guided-missile cruiser USS Vella Gulf is guiding a three-vessel military convoy across the Atlantic as they carry military equipment to Europe, the Navy confirmed Friday. It is the first such escort since 1986. UPI
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Sanders sounds and looks like a madman. Democratic presidential frontrunner Sen. Bernard Sanders on Thursday accused President Trump of botching the response to the coronavirus outbreak, calling it “inadequate, misleading and dangerous.” Mr. Sanders said every step taken by Mr. Trump was wrong and offered his prescription to fend off the potentially deadly virus.
He disagreed with Mr. Trump’s decision to put Vice President Mike Pence in charge of the administration’s response. “By picking Vice President Mike Pence to lead the administration’s response to the pandemic, Trump has not only chosen someone completely unqualified, but the president has made clear that he’s more concerned about his own politics than the health and safety of the country,” said Mr. Sanders, a senator from Vermont who is an avowed socialist.us. Mr. Sanders said that if he were president he would not “play politics with our health and national security.”
He joined other top Democratic officials, including Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer of New York and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, in attacking Mr. Trump’s moves to deal with the disease.