Day: March 19, 2020
Russia is already spreading misinformation about the coronavirus throughout the West, according to digital forensics experts and government officials. Why it matters: The most effective misinformation plays into existing fears, especially around health, safety and well-being.
As the Senate was passing a “Phase 2” stimulus package Wednesday to address the coronavirus, the White House and leaders on Capitol Hill were pushing ahead on a “Phase 3” deal that would pump an additional $1 trillion into the economy.
U.S. unemployment filings surged to 281,000 in the week ended March 14 — a two-year high and an increase of 70,000 from the week prior — according to Labor Department data released Thursday. Why it matters: There have been widespread layoffs, as municipalities began shutting down restaurants, bars and large public gatherings due to the coronavirus outbreak — but, given that many of those economic hits only came in the last few days, this batch of data doesn’t provide the full scope of their impact.
More than a dozen lawmakers have entered voluntary self-quarantine, and more are expected to — seriously testing Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s proclamation last week that Congress will be ” the last to leave .” Why it matters: The Senate is racing to negotiate a “Phase 3” coronavirus relief package that could top $1 trillion.
Nearly 40 million people in California are now required to a stay at home to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, according to a Thursday evening order from Gov. Gavin Newsom. Why it matters: This is the first statewide order of its kind in the U.S. since the coronavirus outbreak began.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s proposal for a “Phase 3” stimulus package in response to the coronavirus outbreak includes cash payments to many Americans and billions for small and large businesses. Why it matters: The plan would be part of one of the largest and most expensive stimulus packages in American history.
Tulsi Gabbard announced Thursday that she will suspend her 2020 Democratic presidential campaign and endorsed Joe Biden. The state of play: While she was one of the final three candidates left in the race, alongside Biden and Bernie Sanders, the Hawaii congresswoman failed to gain traction in any primary and hadn’t qualified for a debate since last year.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R.) announced the state’s beaches will be closed to prevent defiant spring breakers from congregating and spreading the coronavirus, in accordance with CDC guidelines . “The message I think for spring breakers is the party is over in Florida,” DeSantis said on Fox & Friends Thursday. “You’re not going to be able to congregate on any beach in the state.