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On the heels of announcing further details of the U.S. government's planned economic stimulus, below are today's important headlines, notable quotes, and rbb's daily communications tip. 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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“Since the pandemic has taken root and grown... Democrats and Republicans are now poles apart...these differing perspectives are shaping how people are responding to calls for action."
– Lee Miringoff, Marist College Institute of Public Opinion Director

 
"The odds of a global recession are close to 100% right now."
– Kevin Hassett, former Trump Administration economist


 
 NEW YORK TIMES: WHITE HOUSE SEEKS $850 BILLION STIMULUS AND URGES SENDING CHECKS TO AMERICANS WITHIN 2 WEEKS
Updated Tuesday, March 17, 2020 12:30 PM

As the growing economic toll of the coronavirus became clearer, the White House said Tuesday that it supported the idea of sending cash payments directly to Americans.


 
 

 
 

CNBC: MCCONNELL SAYS SENATE WONT PASS HOURS CORONAVIRUS BILL WITHOUT SIGNIFICANT AND BOLD NEW STEPS

Updated Tuesday, March 17, 2020 12:54 PM


Republicans and Democrats have fought to balance giving financial protections to workers who need to stay home and businesses that may be cash-strapped in supporting those workers.


 
 

 
 

US ENTERING CORONAVIRUS RECESSION: S&P GLOBAL

Updated Tuesday, March 17, 2020 12:00 PM


The U.S. could already be entering a recession because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has shuttered bars and restaurants and drastically changed American life, according to a Tuesday analysis from S&P Global.

 
 

 
 

WASHINGTON POST: MILLIONS OF CHILDREN RELY ON SCHOOL FOR MEALS. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THEY CLOSE.

Updated Tuesday, March 17, 2020 2:09 PM


As the growing coronavirus pandemic shut down school for millions of students, educators are worried not just about missed class time but also about missed meals. A majority of the nation’s 50 million schoolchildren come from households poor enough to qualify them for free or subsidized lunches.


 
 

 
 

CNN: SWEEPING RESTRICTIONS TAKE EFFECT IN CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE AS HEALTH OFFICIALS WARN US IS AT A TIPPING POINT

Updated Tuesday, March 17, 2020 11:59 AM


The number of cities and states ordering people to distance themselves over the coronavirus pandemic is rising Tuesday as health officials tout a consistent message: Limit your interactions now or overwhelm the health systems meant to take care of you.


 
 

 
 

NPR: POLL: AS CORONAVIRUS SPREADS, FEWER AMERICANS SEE PANDEMIC AS A REAL THREAT

Updated Tuesday, March 17, 2020 5:01 AM


Just about 56% of Americans consider the coronavirus a "real threat," representing a drop of 10 percentage points from last month. At the same time, a growing number of Americans think the coronavirus is being "blown out of proportion." The differences between political parties are stark, with a majority of Republicans saying it is overblown and the vast majority of Democrats considering it a legitimate threat.


 
 

 
 

CNBC: US CORONAVIRUS CASES SURPASS 5,000, UP FIVEFOLD FROM A WEEK AGO

Updated Tuesday, March 17, 2020 12:58 PM


With U.S. cases of the coronavirus pushing past 3,500, health officials warn that the public must step up isolation and social distancing measures if there’s any hope of avoiding a spike in infections that will overwhelm the health-care system. But the pleas are falling on deaf ears in some of the nation’s biggest party destinations.

 
 

 
 

FOX NEWS: WHO SAYS 2 STAFFERS HAVE CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH CARE WORKERS IN US BEGIN TO TEST POSITIVE

Updated Tuesday, March 17, 2020 5:00 AM


The World Health Organization said Tuesday that two of its workers have been diagnosed with the coronavirus as health care workers across the U.S. begin to test positive, prompting many on the frontlines to prepare for the likelihood of a long road ahead.


 
 

 
 

NEW YORK TIMES: HUNDREDS OF SCIENTISTS SCRAMBLE TO FIND

A CORONAVIRUS TREATMENT

Updated Tuesday, March 17, 2020 1:25 PM


Working at a breakneck pace, a team of hundreds of scientists has identified 50 drugs that may be effective treatments for people infected with the coronavirus.


 
 

 
 

NPR: CORONAVIRUS: 'RADICAL CHANGE' TO LIFE; ONLY 1 U.S. STATE

HAS NOT REPORTED A CASE

Updated Tuesday, March 17, 2020 10:15 AM


"As of today, 152 countries across the globe are affected by this new virus and over 7,000 people have lost their lives to it," the World Health Organization's regional director for Europe said Tuesday, describing the reach of a coronavirus that is disrupting lives in countries around the world.


 
 

 
 

WASHINGTON POST: MEDICARE EXPANDS TELEMEDICINE TO ALLOW SENIORS TO GET VIRTUAL CARE AT HOME

Updated Tuesday, March 17, 2020 1:16 PM


The Trump administration announced Tuesday that it would expand Medicare coverage of telehealth services to allow seniors to see their doctors without having to leave home. As the coronavirus spreads throughout the country, doctors have raced to increase telehealth services to keep patients from flooding overtaxed emergency rooms and to reduce the risk of people with covid-19 infecting healthy patients and doctors.

 
 

 
 

CNN: CITIES IN THE US MOVE TO LOWER INMATE POPULATIONS

AS CORONAVIRUS FEARS GROW

Updated Tuesday, March 16, 2020 10:32 PM


"We are trying to make as much room as possible, so when this virus hits our jail, the jail can deal with these people, quarantine them and deal with it instead of letting them sit there and infect the whole entire jail," Brendan Sheehan, administrative judge of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, told CNN.


 
 

 
 
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