The Top COVID-19 News to Read

03-27-20 | The Wall Street Journal

U.S., China Trade Blame for Coronavirus, Hampering Global Economy Rescue
Why Read: The Wall Street Journal details how the United States and China worked together during the 2008 global financial crisis to help get the global economy going again but are not doing the same with this crisis. It points out an interesting twist: “The response to the global financial crisis represented a high-water mark in economic relations between the U.S. and China, as the two nations spent massively to pull the world out of recession. But the recovery also put in motion forces that would eventually fracture the relationship.”

03-26-20 | The New York Times

‘It’s a Wreck’: 3.3 Million File Unemployment Claims as Economy Comes Apart
Why Read: This New York Times front page story about the biggest surge in jobless claims in U.S. history — 3.3 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — is accompanied by a first-ever visual. The Times devoted the whole sixth column of the front page to a graphic showing the unemployment spike. See it here.

03-25-20 | Bloomberg

Senate Heads for Vote Today on Record Stimulus Package
Why Read: This is a good summary of the stimulus package that is expected to pass the Senate today. It details what different segments of U.S. society will receive and the concessions Democrats negotiated on how companies could use the money.

03-25-20 | Axios

The Fight for New York
Why Read: As Axios puts it, New York’s “success — or failure — in fighting the virus, safeguarding citizens and treating the afflicted will tell us a lot about what can succeed in the rest of the United States.”

03-25-20 | The New York Times “The Daily” Podcast (Audio)

‘Raring to Go by Easter’
Why Read: The podcast provides a good rundown of how the United States has responded to COVID-19, dating back to comments made by President Trump at Davos in January and running up to his comments in a FOX News Virtual Town Hall this week about opening up the U.S. economy by Easter.

03-20-20 | The Atlantic

Red and Blue America Aren’t Experiencing the Same Pandemic
Why Read: Ron Brownstein explains how the coronavirus outbreak is unfolding very differently in Republican- and Democratic-leaning parts of the United States: “That disconnect is already shaping, even distorting, the nation’s response to this unprecedented challenge — and it could determine the pandemic’s ultimate political consequences as well.”

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