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Trump's Approval Rating Soars
During Handling Of Coronavirus

(Just the News) New polling Friday showed President Trump's approval ratings among Americans have soared during the coronavirus crisis, including his handling of the pandemic response and the economy

A new Axios-Harris poll, released Friday, showed the president with an 53 percent overall approval among U.S. adults surveyed March 17 and 18, compared to 49 percent among those polled March 14 and 15.

Fifty-six percent of respondents in the latest poll said they approved of the president's handling of the coronavirus outbreak, an increase from 51 percent last week. And 60 percent of Americans this week said they approved of the president's handling of the economy, a slight increase from 59 percent last week.

Despite stock market declines and rising unemployment figures released this week, the president's approval rating for "Stimulating Jobs," remained unchanged at 60 percent among both groups polled.
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 Rand Paul Becomes First Senator
 Known To Test Positive For Coronavirus

(NBC News) Rand Paul, R-Ky., on Sunday became the first senator known to have tested positive for COVID-19.

"Senator Rand Paul has tested positive for COVID-19," Paul's account tweeted. "He is feeling fine and is in quarantine. He is asymptomatic and was tested out of an abundance of caution due to his extensive travel and events. He was not aware of any direct contact with any infected person."

"He expects to be back in the Senate after his quarantine period ends and will continue to work for the people of Kentucky at this difficult time," the thread continued. "Ten days ago, our D.C. office began operating remotely, hence virtually no staff has had contact with Senator Rand Paul."

Paul's chief of staff later clarified that he "decided to get tested after attending an event where two individuals subsequently tested positive for COVID-19, even though he wasn't aware of any direct contact with either one of them."
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Tennessee Brothers Who Stockpiled Nearly
18,000 Bottles Of Hand Sanitizer Donate Stash

(Fox News) The Tennessee brothers who tried to capitalize on the coronavirus outbreak by stockpiling nearly 18,000 bottles of hand sanitizer with the intent to resell the goods at marked-up prices have now had their stash cleaned out.

Matt and Noah Colvin drew widespread fury over the weekend after their effort was profiled by the New York Times, in which they were revealed to have cleared out hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes from stores around Chattanooga, Tenn., and parts of Kentucky.

But on Sunday, Matt Colvin helped volunteers from a local church place two-thirds of his massive supply onto a truck destined to deliver the products to Tennesseans in need, according to the newspaper. The remaining third reportedly was seized by officials from the Tennessee attorney general's office and will be handed over to authorities in Kentucky for distribution.

"It was never my intention to keep necessary medical supplies out of the hands of people who needed them," Matt Colvin told the New York Times.
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 Coronavirus Baby Boom? Stores Now Experiencing Condom Shortages, Record Births Predicted In Late 2020

(Daily Wire) Stores in coronavirus-affected areas are selling out of more than just toilet paper and hand sanitizer. According to one local news source in the United Kingdom, retailers are suddenly experiencing a "condom shortage," as couples realize they may be stranded together for weeks.

"Some people have started to stock up on food and hygiene products. Others are stockpiling condoms! Indeed, according to several studies, couples are beginning to anticipate the potential quarantine ahead," Gent Side UK reported Tuesday.

In China, according to Wired Magazine, condoms flew off the shelves almost as quickly as medical supplies like face masks.

Indeed, sales of condoms seem to be driving some good economic news -- at least for companies like Trojan, whose parent corporation, Church & Dwight Co. Ltd., could achieve a share price of more than $65 by the end of this month according to market experts, even as most stocks experience a downturn (though the same experts warn that the market is experiencing unprecedented volatility).
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IRS To Delay
The April 15 Tax Payment Deadline By 90 Days

(USA Today) Most Americans can get a three-month reprieve to pay their income taxes for 2019, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday in a press conference.

The IRS will postpone the April 15 tax deadline by 90 days for millions of individuals who owe $1 million or less and corporations that owe $10 million or less, he said.

To be sure, Americans still have to meet the April 15 deadline if they are expecting a refund or are requesting a six-month extension, but they can defer payment for up to 90 days beyond that.

"We encourage those Americans who can file their taxes to continue to file their taxes on April 15 because for many Americans, you will get tax refunds and we don't want you to lose out on those tax refunds," Mnuchin said. "We want you to make sure you get them."
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Police In North Carolina Find Stolen Trailer
Full Of Toilet Paper

(Fox News) With the American population fighting over a single precious roll of toilet paper amid the coronavirus outbreak, police in North Carolina uncovered nearly 18,000 pounds of commercial bathroom paper products inside a stolen tractor-trailer on Wednesday.

Police said they aren't releasing the name of the driver because the topic of toilet paper is "fairly sensitive right now."

"After further investigation, it was determined the 53-foot Hyundai dry-van trailer was reported stolen locally and was being utilized to transport nearly 18,000 pounds of commercial bathroom paper products," the Guilford County Sheriff's Office said in a news release.

Deputies initiated the investigation over a reported violation of the state's motor vehicle law by the driver of the 18-wheel tractor-trailer traveling on Interstate 40 in Whitsett, N.C., the release said.
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Marijuana Stores Listed As 'Essential Businesses' In L.A. During California's Coronavirus Shutdown

( Los Angeles County, California, has listed "cannabis dispensaries"-retail stores that sell pot to the public as "essential businesses" that can remain open under a legal order that requires most businesses to shut down and citizens to stay in their homes.

"To further combat the spread of COVID-19, Mayor Eric Garcetti has issued a 'Safer at Home' emergency order ordering all residents of the City of Los Angeles to stay inside their residences, and immediately limit all movement outside their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary to take care of essential needs," says a fact sheet on the order that Los Angeles posted online.

"This is a legally enforceable order," says the fact sheet. "It is against the law to violate this Order, and you may be punished by a fine or imprisonment for doing so."
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San Jose Shuts Down Gun Shop
In First Action Against 'Non-Essential' Businesses

(CNS News) Amid growing nationwide demand for guns, law enforcement officials in San Jose, California shut down a gun shop on Tuesday, after the city's mayor declared that "gun stores are non-essential," the Mercury News reported.

The gun shop closure was among the first enforcement actions taken in San Jose on day one of a "shelter-in-place" order.

(Likewise, San Francisco Mayor London Breed told CNN on Wednesday that local government has ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses, but that does not include marijuana dispensaries: "We've allowed essential services to remain open like grocery stores, places where people can get gas, banks and pharmacies, cannabis locations for people who need marijuana for medicinal purposes. And for the most part many other businesses are closed," Breed told CNN.)
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 Florida Girl, 9, Found Dead
4 Years After Her Disappearance

(Fox News) A team of surveyors was working in a wooded area in Florida Thursday when they stumbled on the body of a missing 9-year-old girl, authorities said.

Diana Alvarez's disappearance in Lee County in 2016 touched off a massive search and led to the arrest of a family friend for possessing lewd pictures of her and then for her murder even though her body had not been found.

"This does not bring Diana back but hopefully it brings closure to the family," Lee County Sheriff Carmine Marceno told a news conference Saturday.

Her body was found on Thursday in Yeehaw Junction in Osceola County, WINK-TV reported. Deputies had conducted searches in Yeehaw Junction in the summer of 2016 and again in 2017, but found nothing, the station reported.
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Macron's France Seizes Lorries Carrying
130,000 Masks To British Hospitals

(Breitbart) French authorities impounded two lorries carrying some 130,000 masks to health workers in Britain's embattled hospitals, following President Emmanuel Macron's pledge to "requisition" all stocks in his territory.

The move followed hot on the heels of French border guards seizing another heavy goods vehicle carrying hand sanitiser to Britain the day before. The incidents triggered a diplomatic spat between the two countries as Britain's National Health Service (NHS) struggles against the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.

"On Tuesday night, French authorities stopped the hand sanitiser and confiscated the lot," a British government source confirmed to The Sun. "On Wednesday night, it was lorries full of FFP3 face masks to protect staff."
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