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As the U.S. steps away from its traditional global leadership role, China is aggressively looking to fill the void but has so far come up short, Axios' Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian and Dion Rabouin write.
A win for China's self-confidence: Despite doubts about the veracity of the coronavirus data China has publicly released, its tough measures to stem the spread of infections worked.
What to watch: China could still draw more of the world into its orbit. COVID-19 is likely to decimate economies in much of Africa, Latin America, the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent, which already receive economic assistance from Beijing and will be looking for more.
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📄 Leak! "A Framework for Re-Opening America": As federal agencies scramble to help the White House draft a plan to begin reopening America in May, the Washington Post has obtained draft FEMA and CDC advice for a phased return of schools, summer camps, parks and restaurants.
Chinese President Xi Jinping visits the School of Medicine at Tsinghua University in Beijing on March 2. Photo: Yan Yan/Xinhua via Getty Images
In the six days after top Chinese officials secretly determined the county was likely facing an epidemic, they kept quiet as millions began traveling for Lunar New Year, AP reports.
President Xi Jinping warned the public on the seventh day, Jan. 20.
A Rose Garden presser in time of coronavirus.
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President Obama has said he'll work his tail off for the Democratic nominee, and started yesterday with a video endorsement of his former vice president, Joe Biden.
Watch for: Obama will let the Biden campaign determine how he can be of most value.
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Three in four college students who secured internships or post-graduate work (822 surveyed, margin of error: ± 3.4 percentage points) have seen those plans thrown into flux by the coronavirus pandemic, Axios' Neal Rothschild writes from a College Reaction poll.
Why it matters: The summers between college years are key for the new generation of workers to gain valuable experience and contribute to the economy — and many use the summers to earn money to pay tuition.
77% of students say distance learning is worse or much worse than in-person classes.
51% say they are experiencing mental health distress, with 15% reporting that they feel a great deal of it.
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Misinformation about coronavirus is rampant online, from phony cures to outlandish claims that 5G wireless signals cause the illness, Axios tech editor Kyle Daly writes.
Researchers at cybersecurity auditor NormShield found a massive uptick in the first three months of 2020 for new domains that make reference to chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine.
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[P]eople say, "Well you can't play without spectators." Well, I think you'd probably get enough buy-in from people who are dying to see a baseball game. Particularly me. I'm living in Washington. We have the world champion Washington Nationals. You know, I want to see them play again.
Fauci said the best way to perhaps begin baseball on TV — say, around July 4 — would be to get players tested and put them in hotels:
Keep them very well surveilled ... have them tested, like every week. By a gazillion tests. And make sure they don't wind up infecting each other or their family. And just let them play the season out. I mean, that's a really artificial way to do it, but when you think about it, it might be better than nothing.
Between the lines: Policymakers worry that millennials, who are more likely to be asymptomatic carriers of the virus, aren't taking social-distancing measures seriously enough, which could lead to an uptick in cases amongst America's more vulnerable, elderly populations, Axios' Sara Fischer writes.
Bill Whitaker interviews Peter Navarro. Screenshot via CBS News
A contentious interview with Peter Navarro — White House trade adviser, and now Defense Production Act policy coordinator — helped "60 Minutes" earn the top spot in weekly the Nielsen ratings for the third time this season, AP reports.
Numbers for the top shows that surged in the first work-from-home weeks appear to have leveled off to pre-pandemic levels:
Fox News Channel was the most-watched cable network last week, averaging 3.46 million viewers in prime time.
Branch, voiced by Justin Timberlake, and Poppy, voiced by Anna Kendrick in "Trolls World Tour." Photo: DreamWorks Animation via AP
"Trolls World Tour" had the biggest digital debut of all time, Universal Pictures told AP.
Why it matters: "Trolls" was the first film from a major studio to debut on digital platforms on the same date as its theatrical release due to the pandemic.
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