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PoliticoFeb 25, 2020
Online prices skyrocket in Italy amid coronavirus fears


The Daily BeastFeb 25, 2020
China's Paranoid Party Line: America is the Enemy and Needs to ‘Butt Out'
Kevin Frayer/Getty ImagesThe coronavirus crisis has killed more than 2,200 people, virtually all of them in China. Fears that the virus will metastasize to countries incapable of containing it, and knock the wind out of a bustling world economy in the process, have gone far in ensuring that the crisis remains the world's Big Story this February.

While Chinese social media shows widespread fear, grief, and anger at the Communist Party in Beijing for its inept handling of the crisis, and for punishing journalists and ordinary citizens for "spreading rumors," i.e., the truth, party leader Xi Jinping has called on officials within the nation's powerful propaganda apparatus to "strengthen the guidance of public opinion."  

The Chinese Communist Party's firm determination to shape the narrative of important events for its own people, and for the world, is at the heart of another story with the potential to make the coronavirus crisis seem like small potatoes: the simmering rivalry between China and the United States for geopolitical dominance of Asia and the Pacific. Defense and foreign policy analysts are increasingly concerned that that a misstep by one party or the other in the seas off Taiwan, or on the South China Sea, might trigger a shooting war.

Read more at The Daily Beast.



BBC PoliticsFeb 25, 2020
Coronavirus: Britons returning from northern Italy told to self-isolate
Anyone returning from north of Pisa is being asked to self-isolate if they have flu-like symptoms.

PoliticoFeb 24, 2020
Trump sending coronavirus budget request to Congress
The supplemental is for $2.5 billion.

New York Times PoliticsFeb 24, 2020
White House Asks Congress for Billions to Fight Coronavirus
The request arrived at the same time the Trump administration is proposing cuts to health programs across the government and as health officials across the nation struggle to keep up with costs.

Drudge ReportFeb 24, 2020
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CNN PoliticsFeb 24, 2020
Trump administration cancels plan to bring coronavirus patients to Alabama city following pushback from local officials
The Trump administration has canceled plans to bring coronavirus patients to an Alabama city after pushback from local and state officials.

Drudge ReportFeb 24, 2020
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Foreign PolicyFeb 24, 2020
Get Ready for Closed Borders and Crashing Markets
Markets took a new tumble on Monday as WHO indicated a global pandemic may be on the way. If coronavirus becomes 2020's biggest story, what should the world prepare for?

BBC Talking PointFeb 24, 2020
Global stock markets plunge on coronavirus fears
The FTSE 100 suffered its sharpest drop in four years as investors worry about the virus spreading.

Drudge ReportFeb 24, 2020
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Washington Post PoliticsFeb 24, 2020
Market plunge over coronavirus fears underscores political risk to Trump
The president's strategy of publicly downplaying the threat the virus poses to the U.S. was undermined Monday as the Dow Jones industrial average shed more than 1,000 points.

CNN PoliticsFeb 24, 2020
Coronavirus outbreak has 'pandemic potential' but it's not there yet, WHO says
The deadly outbreak of a novel coronavirus has the world on edge, but it has not yet developed into a pandemic, according to the World Health Organization.
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