March 28, 2020

The Presidential Daily Brief

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  • Story of the Week

    Trump Enacts Relief, Slams GM Over Ventilators

    Ending a week in which the U.S., passing 100,000 known SARS-CoV-2 infections, eclipsed even China’s total, President Donald Trump signed a $2 trillion pandemic relief bill Friday while invoking wartime powers to commandeer industrial production. Days after praising corporations’ voluntary efforts, Trump blasted General Motors for trying to “rip off”…

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  • Math Problem

    Can Germany Maintain Its Low Death Rate?

    Germany is one of the top five nations for coronavirus infections, yet its death rate is almost as low as that of South Korea, which has been praised for its containment. But Germany’s curve is far from flat: The growing number of cases — approximately 60,000 as of Friday —…

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  • Coming Up

    NATO May Be Fighting Its Final Battle

    Even as it celebrated the accession of its 30th member, North Macedonia, on Friday, NATO was struggling. On Tuesday, the trans-Atlantic alliance members’ foreign ministers will teleconference on fighting the coronavirus as members turn inward to ward off a death toll that could rival major wars. Meanwhile, writes defense analyst…

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  • The Big Thaw

    Russia Is Lighting a Fire for Climate Change

    After joining the Paris climate agreement last September, Russia, the world’s fourth-largest greenhouse gas emitter, has a new climate plan. But the country’s new policies reportedly won’t decrease greenhouse gas emissions until 2050. In fact, emissions could even increase under scenarios in the plan, which relies on inflated economic growth…

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  • In Short

    Also Important…

    Italy reported 919 new COVID-19 deaths today, the most in any nation over a 24-hour period. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for the coronavirus after resisting movement restrictions. And Wuhan, the pandemic’s origin, has partially lifted its two-month lockdown. In the week ahead: Today public attractions around…

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