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Old Orchard Beach Pier at dawn  
by Tom McLaughlin
liar-Nancy Pelosi had 'wishlist' of  unrelated 
demands for coronavirus bill, killing 
bipartisan agreement  
{ theblaze.com } ~ House Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is reportedly why Democrats suddenly opposed an emergency coronavirus relief bill that had bipartisan support in the Senate... According to Ben Williamson, the chief of staff for Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), liar-Pelosi returned to Washington, D.C., on Sunday with a wish list of sudden demands, striking down the bipartisan agreement made by the Senate. "Senate spends all weekend negotiating a bipartisan deal. Agreement reached. liar-Pelosi flies in from California, whips out her unrelated 'wishlist,' and says no. Senate Democrats then vote against proceeding on a bill they negotiated. Jaw dropping," Williamson explained. John Bresnahan, Politico's Washington bureau chief, reported that liar-Pelosi had a "laundry list" of new demands, including many items completely unrelated to COVID-19 relief, like election security funding, student loan debt forgiveness, and a "host of other issues." Despite the Senate's agreement, liar-Pelosi also revealed on Sunday that House Democrats would move forward with their own coronavirus relief package. According to Politico, liar-Pelosi's actions even have some members of the Democratic caucus questioning her motives. Many of those same provisions are also being negotiated in the Senate bill but some House Democrats wanted to go even further, using the urgency of the herculean package to achieve broader, long term policy goals like a massive infrastructure deal. But even some House Democrats are privately wondering what is liar-Pelosi's endgame, especially given that lawmakers, including many in her own caucus, don't even want to return to Washington at all, much less for a standoff with the Senate...   https://www.theblaze.com/news/nancy-pelosi-had-a-wishlist-of-unrelated-demands-for-coronavirus-bill-killed-bipartisan-agreement?utm_source=theblaze-breaking&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20200323Trending-NancyPelosiHoldup&utm_term=TheBlaze%20Breaking%20News 

Senate fails to move forward with coronavirus 
'Phase 3' bill amid Dems' opposition
By Bradford Betz 
{ oxnews.com } ~ The GOP-controlled Senate on Sunday failed to move forward with considering the $1.4 trillion "Phase Three" stimulus package intended to help businesses and families devastated by the downturn over the coronavirus outbreak,.. as Senate Majority Leader McConnell, R-Ky., blasted Democrats opposed to the plan. The vote came while at least five GOP senators were in self-quarantine, including Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who became the first U.S. senator to announce he tested positive for the virus.  Senators were asked to practice social distancing and were given a list of health guidelines to follow while entering the chamber. Many Democrats had complained that the draft aid package did not go far enough to provide health care and unemployment aid for Americans, and failed to put restraints on a proposed $500 billion "slush fund" for corporations, saying the ban on corporate stock buy-backs are weak and the limits on executive pay would last only two years. Democrats also pushed for add-ons including food security aid, small business loans and other measures for workers — saying the three months of unemployment insurance offered under the draft plan was insufficient. Senate Minority Leader Chuck scumbag-Schumer, D-N.Y., said the draft package "significantly cut back our hospitals, our cities, our states, our medical workers and so many others needed in this crisis." House Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., urged colleagues to "take responsibility" as Democrats prepared their own draft. The House had just returned from a weeklong recess. After the bill failed to move forward, McConnell tore into Democrats, accusing them of backing out of a bipartisan agreement once liar-Pelosi and scumbag-Schumer intervened. He claimed liar-Pelosi took "a week off" and "poured cold water on the whole process." He also said the Senate would re-vote on the motion to proceed with consideration of the bill Monday morning, "15 minutes after the markets open to see if there's a change of heart."...   https://www.foxnews.com/politics/senate-fails-move-foward-coronavirus-phase-three-rescue-bill  
Corporate Media Attacks Trump For 
Highlighting Potential Coronavirus Treatment
By Margot Cleveland
{ thefederalist.com } ~ On Friday, during the Coronavirus Task Force briefing, President Donald Trump touted his call for the Food and Drug Administration to make chloroquine and its analogue hydroxychloroquine—anti-virals used to combat malaria... available to treat coronavirus patients. We’re seeing some “very good things” from the drugs, the president told Americans. Rather than inquire about the FDA studies of the anti-virals, the press proved itself yet again more interested in scoring points than in accurate reporting. NBC White House Correspondent Peter Alexander led the effort, setting in motion a time-wasting spat: “Is it possible that your impulse to put a positive spin on things may be giving Americans a false sense of hope?” Alexander asked. Isn’t that “misrepresenting the preparedness right now” of the sale of a “not-yet-approved drug?” the NBC reporter continued. Trump rejected Alexander’s narrative that he was selling false hope: “I am a man who comes from a very positive school. … And we’ll see how it works out, Peter. I’m not saying it will.” But if chloroquine worked, it would be a “game changer.” The president also corrected Alexander’s fake news, reminding him that chloroquine has long been approved and available for prescription for 20 years and has a solid record of safety. Alexander continued to push, however: “So what do you say — I’ll just follow up. So, what do you say to Americans who are scared, though? I guess — nearly 200 dead; 14,000 who are sick; millions, as you witnessed, who are scared right now. What do you say to Americans who are watching you right now who are scared?” It was at that juncture that Trump retorted that Alexander was a “terrible reporter,” adding, “the American people are looking for answers, and they’re looking for hope…” The MSM pounced on Trump’s response, playing the president’s punch-back as an unwarranted attack on a journalist who had posed a simple softball question concerning calming scared Americans. The media’s spin, though, ignored Alexander’s windup—a clear chastisement of the commander-in-chief for promoting a potential treatment for the coronavirus...
US coronavirus cases surpass 35,000, now 
the third-highest infected nation in the world
By Stephen Sorace 
{ foxnews.com } ~ The number of new coronavirus cases in the U.S. surpassed 35,000 on Monday, making it the nation with the third-highest number of infections in the world, behind only Italy and China... The death toll in the U.S. from the COVID-19 virus reached 471 — the sixth highest in the world. U.S. health officials have said coronavirus cases will rise as testing becomes more widely available. All 50 states have reported confirmed cases of coronavirus. New York has the largest number of cases at nearly 17,000, after seeing a 37.4 percent spike Monday. Washington state has the second-highest number of cases, at 1,996. States and cities have taken increasingly drastic measures to contain the virus, with many shuttering businesses and restaurants, closing schools and ordering residents to stay at home. California’s Gov. Gavin Newsom issued the nation’s strictest “stay at home” order last week. The governors of New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Connecticut did likewise. The number of those sickened in California rose to 1,812 — the fourth-highest state, behind New Jersey at 1,914 total infections...   https://www.foxnews.com/us/us-coronavirus-case-numbers  
Pentagon Test Launches 
Prototype Hypersonic Weapon
By Sam LaGrone
{ news.usni.org } ~ The template for a new generation of Army and Navy weapons was put to the test in a late Thursday missile launch in Hawaii... A prototype of the joint common hypersonic glide body (C-HGB) rode a modified Polaris A3 booster from a launch pad at the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai. The successful test ended with the glide body landing at an undisclosed distance from the launch site, officials said. “This test builds on the success we had with Flight Experiment 1 in October 2017, in which our C-HGB achieved sustained hypersonic glide at our target distances,” said Vice Adm. Johnny Wolfe, the Navy’s director of Strategic Systems Programs. “Today we validated our design and are now ready to move to the next phase towards fielding a hypersonic strike capability.” The joint program is developing the common glide body that will house a conventional warhead and guidance system. This system will be the heart of the Army and Navy’s developing prompt global strike capability that will allow the U.S. to strike anywhere in the world within an hour. “Hypersonic weapons, capable of flying at speeds greater than five times the speed of sound (Mach 5), are highly maneuverable and operate at varying altitudes,” read a statement on the test. “This provides the warfighter with an ability to strike targets hundreds and even thousands of miles away, in a matter of minutes, to defeat a wide range of high-value targets.” The Navy has taken the responsibility of designing the glide body and the Army is leading the production of the weapons. In August, the Army awarded Dynetics Technical Solutions a $351.6 million other transaction authority contract to produce the glide bodies. The Navy earmarked $1 billion in the Fiscal Year 2021 budget request for research and development for a conventional prompt strike capability and targeted the Virginia-class submarine as the first platform to launch the weapon...   https://news.usni.org/2020/03/20/video-pentagon-test-launches-prototype-hypersonic-weapon?utm_source=USNI+News&utm_campaign=f0d284f151-USNI_NEWS_DAILY&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_0dd4a1450b-f0d284f151-231491269&mc_cid=f0d284f151&mc_eid=3999f18767
Palestinians: Fighting against Coronavirus, 
for Freedom of Speech
by Khaled Abu Toameh
{ gatestoneinstitute.org } ~ Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement that has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007, says it has taken drastic steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus among the two million Palestinians living under its rule... On March 22, the Hamas-controlled Ministry of Health announced the first confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Gaza Strip: two Palestinians who returned from a visit to Pakistan. The ministry said the two patients were placed in quarantine in a field hospital near Gaza's border with Egypt. The ministry also announced the suspension of Friday prayers in all mosques throughout the Gaza Strip and the closure of wedding halls, restaurants and coffee shops. The Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers, however, still seem to have time to continue their repressive measures against Palestinians, despite increased fears that more cases of coronavirus might be detected there. On March 13, Hamas security forces arrested Palestinian writer Abdullah Abu Sharekh for Facebook posts in which he criticized Hamas's handling of a fire that broke out in the Nuseirat refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. In the fire, which was caused by an explosion of gas balloons in the camp's central market, 22 Palestinians were killed and more than 80 injured. In one of the posts, Abu Sharekh wrote, addressing the leaders of Hamas: "The victims of the fire in Nuseirat do not want Hamas to pay for their dead. The people want only one thing from Hamas: to quit and leave the Gaza Strip as any failed leader in a democratic country that values human life would do. Since 2007, Palestinian intellectuals in the Gaza Strip have felt that their lives are not as valuable as those of the rats or cockroaches in the sewer systems."...   https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/15785/palestinians-coronavirus-free-speech 
Not Affected Much
Old Orchard Beach Pier at dawn  
by Tom McLaughlin
{ tommclaughlin.blogspot.com} ~ Virus isolation hasn’t changed my life much. Instead of staying home and guarding my toilet paper, I head out before dawn to Maine’s southern coast for first light. Seldom do I see people, especially in February and March, so social distance is easy. Until recently I had few photos of that area but I have a prospective customer interested to buy some. Even without a buyer, however, there are worse ways to spend time. All of Maine’s winding coastline is beautiful.
It’s been cold though and gloves make camera adjustments difficult. When the wind is blowing my eyes tear up but the natural beauty all around me more than compensates for those discomforts. In pleasant surroundings it’s easy to avoid thinking about the virus changing our entire way of life. Will it ever return to normal? I don’t yet know anyone infected but I probably will soon.  
Cape Porpoise  
After several hours I’m back home downloading dozens, sometimes hundreds of images for editing, and that can take the rest of the day until dinnertime. My wife occupies herself making quilts for the grandchildren and listening to various psychologists lecture on youtube. She’s a psychotherapist and she can multitask like that. I cannot, as my mind can focus on only one thing at a time. Soft piano music won’t distract me while I edit, but nearly anything else will.  
Cape Arundel  
I like to venture out before dusk and capture twilight as well. As public reaction to COVID-19 progresses, there’s almost as much solitude at dusk as at dawn. Some are out walking but careful to keep a safe distance. We nod to each other and there’s a shared, unspoken sense that we’re all in this together. My wife goes into Shaws or Hannaford at Mill Creek in South Portland early in the early morning during their designated times for older people like us to get what we need.  
Old Orchard Beach at dawn  
We seldom go out to restaurants anyway so those restrictions don’t affect us. We have all we need and my wife enjoys cooking. I do too, but not as much as she does so my job is cleanup. We watch Special Report the news until seven and then streaming video or just read. The thing we miss most is seeing our grandchildren. We don’t want to infect them and they don’t want to infect us.  
OOB Pier at mid-day  
We have some fear, however. Two of out daughters are nurses. Both are gearing up for that they see as an inevitable onslaught of seriously ill patients — too many for whom to provide adequate care. Minimizing that scenario is why government wants to “flatten the curve.” One daughter is an ER nurse who just arrived at her new assignment in Portland, Oregon. The other has been pressed to staff an emergency ICU here in Maine for 12-hour shifts alternating days and nights for the duration of this crisis. Though neither has said so, I think they both fear being forced to decide who gets care and who does not.  
Cape Porpoise  
Can people stay home indefinitely? Some jobs are essential like healthcare workers, police, fire and rescue, keeping the electricity grid running, delivering fuel, and others but small businesses can only be closed so long before collapsing. Most of us expect to get the virus eventually, but how long will flattening the curve take? We’re all going to die of something, someday, and we prefer the dying be limited to the old and sick as much as possible. It’s better to lose grandparents than grandchildren. Writing in National Review the other day, Congressman Chip Roy suggests that flattening the curve may put so much stress on our economy that it cannot recover. Where will we be then?  
Morning at Scarborough Marsh  
This fear thing is real and must be addressed. President Trump was criticized for an exchange with NBC’s Peter Alexander. After snarky remarks accusing Trump of trying to “put a positive spin on things” and “giving the American people a false sense of hope,” Alexander asked: “What do you say to people who are scared?” By that time the president was so pissed at the snark that he called Alexander a terrible reporter. It was a missed opportunity for Trump to acknowledge people’s fears and speak to them. Hostile media outlets broadcast only Alexander’s last question and Trump’s angry response. As intended, it made for a terrible sound bite damaging to the president.
Philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal wrote: “All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” How many Americans have been forced to do that lately? It’s not a problem for introverts like me, but then the room in which I sit alone is in a house with other rooms, and I’m aware that my wife, also an introvert, is sitting in another. I know she’s aware of me as well.  
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