Live from Axios headquarters, Axios and The Harris Poll hosted conversations on the coronavirus and pandemic preparedness on Thursday, March 19.

The lineup:

  • Coronavirus: What people are thinking ... Axios co-founder Jim VandeHei and media reporter Sara Fischer were joined by The Harris Poll's John Gerzema and Mark Penn to discuss the mood of the country, factors contributing to America’s state of mind, the government’s response to the coronavirus outbreak and who Americans are turning to in times of crisis.
  • Panic vs. preparation: VandeHei and Axios media reporter Sara Fischer talked about the world that emerges from the coronavirus pandemic — who’s prepared, who’s not, how to wade through the massive amounts of information and how our lives will evolve.
  • Reacting to a response: Allen was joined by Axios health care reporter Caitlin Owens to discuss how the government is working to fight the outbreak — expanding testing, enforcing quarantines and limitations on gatherings — and to unpack the ongoing race to create a vaccine.

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Biden: The next president should decide on Ginsburg’s replacement

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Joe Biden is calling for the winner of November's presidential election to select Ruth Bader Ginsburg's replacement on the Supreme Court.

What he's saying: "[L]et me be clear: The voters should pick the president and the president should pick the justice for the Senate to consider," Biden said. "This was the position the Republican Senate took in 2016 when there were almost 10 months to go before the election. That's the position the United States Senate must take today, and the election's only 46 days off.

Trump, McConnell to move fast to replace Ginsburg

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President Trump will move within days to nominate his third Supreme Court justice in just three-plus short years — and shape the court for literally decades to come, top Republican sources tell Axios.

Driving the news: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Republicans are ready to move to confirm Trump's nominee before Election Day, just 46 days away, setting up one of the most consequential periods of our lifetimes, the sources say.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 10 p.m. ET: 30,393,591 — Total deaths: 950,344— Total recoveries: 20,679,272Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 10 p.m. ET: 6,722,699 — Total deaths: 198,484 — Total recoveries: 2,556,465 — Total tests: 92,163,649Map.
  3. Politics: In reversal, CDC again recommends coronavirus testing for asymptomatic people.
  4. Health: Massive USPS face mask operation called off The risks of moving too fast on a vaccine.
  5. Business: Unemployment drop-off reverses course 1 million mortgage-holders fall through safety netHow the pandemic has deepened Boeing's 737 MAX crunch.
  6. Education: At least 42% of school employees are vulnerable.