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The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump triggers emergency powers to fight coronavirus outbreak | Tax filing deadline moved to July | Senate GOP unveils third coronavirus aid bill | What's in the plan | How the outbreak is exposing years of planning failures | Anxiety grows on Capitol Hill | House GOP leaders self-quarantine | Burr denies wrongdoing, calls for probe into stock sale | Progressives ponder Sanders's future



Breaking -- Trump triggers war powers for medical supplies:

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden slams Trump in new ad: 'The death toll is still rising.' 'The president is playing golf' Brazil surpasses Russia with second-highest coronavirus case count in the world Trump slams Sessions: 'You had no courage & ruined many lives' MORE said he will trigger the Defense Production Act to accelerate the production of medical supplies.



Here's the livestream:



NBC's Peter Alexander asked President Trump: "What do you say to millions of Americans who are scared right now?"

Trump's response: "I say that you're a terrible reporter, that's what I say. I think it's a very nasty question and I think it's a very bad signal that you're putting out to the American people."


July is the new April:

Treasury Secretary Steven MnuchinSteven Terner MnuchinSenate Republicans call on DOJ to investigate Planned Parenthood loans The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Surgeon General stresses need to invest much more in public health infrastructure, during and after COVID-19; Fauci hopeful vaccine could be deployed in December Republicans push for help for renewable energy, fossil fuel industries MORE announced this morning that the tax return filing deadline has been moved from April 15 to July 15.

Mnuchin tweeted: "At @realDonaldTrump's direction, we are moving Tax Day from April 15 to July 15. All taxpayers and businesses will have this additional time to file and make payments without interest or penalties."

He also added: "I encourage all taxpayers who may have tax refunds to file now to get your money."


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Phase three of coronavirus aid:

Senate Republicans have reached a deal among themselves for emergency aid during the coronavirus outbreak.

To pass the bill: It would need 60 votes. I.e.: Republicans now need to get Democrats on board.



Cash moneeey: $1,200 for individuals making up to $75,000 a year -- doubled for filers. It also includes $500 for a child.

$208 billion in loans: The bill includes loans for industries affected by the virus. Republicans dismissed the idea of assistance that would not need to be paid back, so the aid is in loans.

^ In the $208 billion: It includes $50 billion for airlines, $8 billion for cargo air carriers and $150 billion for "other eligible entities." 

Small businesses: "The package also includes $300 billion for small businesses. Under the loan structure, the loans would be forgiven if the businesses maintain their payroll. They could also use the loan to cover things like paid sick leave and mortgage payments." 



"Members of Congress and their office staff had viewed it as all but inevitable that a lawmaker would eventually contract the virus, given the frequent travel, events and glad-handing that defines congressional life. But the announcement by two House members Wednesday that they tested positive sparked a new wave of anxiety among their colleagues, many of whom had been in close quarters with them just last week, and a sense that more cases are on the horizon."




Getting traction -- Burr wants an investigation:

After reports that Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard BurrRichard Mauze BurrThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump taking malaria drug; mayor eyes DC reopening Rubio to lead Senate Intel Committee amid Burr investigation Senate Intel Committee to vote Tuesday on Ratcliffe's DNI nomination MORE (R-N.C.)  sold off millions of dollars in stocks before the coronavirus outbreak, Burr is requesting a Senate Ethics Committee investigation into his stock trading history.

Burr said in a statement: "I relied solely on public news reports to guide my decision regarding the sale of stocks on February 13. Understanding the assumption many could make in hindsight however, I spoke this morning with the chairman of the Senate Ethics Committee and asked him to open a complete review of the matter with full transparency."

Back story from ProPublica:

By the way...: "According to financial disclosures, Sens. Kelly LoefflerKelly LoefflerThe Hill's Campaign Report: Biden seeks to tamp down controversy over remarks about black support Loeffler says she won't drop out of Georgia Senate race after stock trade controversy The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump, Biden campaigns rein in spending during pandemic MORE (R-Ga.), James Inhofe (R-Okla.) and Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinLet's support and ensure the safety of workers risking so much for us Congress eyes changes to small business pandemic aid Graham announces vote on subpoenas for Comey, Obama-era intel officials MORE (D-Calif.) also sold hundreds of thousands of dollars in stocks within days of the Senate holding a classified briefing on Jan. 24 with administration officials on the coronavirus outbreak." More on that:



Stocks opened with solid gains today: Stocks ticked higher as financial markets stabilize. The numbers:

'N.Y. Has Over 40 Percent of U.S. Coronavirus Cases':

What San Francisco looks like during the shelter-in-place order: Here are photos:



How the coronavirus has exposed years of failure:

Via The Hill's Reid Wilson, "the coronavirus spreading across the United States has exposed a deep and pervasive failure to plan for what experts and former government officials have warned of for years, the prospect of a global pandemic that threatens to overwhelm health systems and kill millions."

What we've seen so far: "Instead, two months after the first American tested positive and as the number of confirmed cases inside the country soars past 10,000, a decentralized governmental response has been scattered and uneven, a mix of action and inaction, urgency and passivity."

Why our response will not look like China's response: "The federalist nature of American democracy means the response to any disaster will vary based on the competency of state and local officials. It will not look like China, for better and for worse."

How this could play out:




I laughed out loud at a few of these: Via NBC's Today, here are "the 19 funniest parents on social media this week":  

Amazing: A Bruins fan wandered into the live shot of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh's press conference. My favorite caption: "Ah, it's just the mayah. Wheyah do we pay the pahking ticket?" Watch:

If you're home with kids: Bestselling children's author Mo Willems is hosting drawing sessions on YouTube. Details:

Another way to keep kids entertained: Here's a list of 11 storytelling apps for kids:

Good background TV content: Via The Daily Beast, here's a list of animal livestreams to keep everyone entertained. The list:

Social distanced dance party: Residents in the Cleveland Park neighborhood of Washington, D.C., had a dance party yesterday. Watch:



What's next for Bernie?:

Via The Hill's Jonathan Easley, "progressives are debating what should come next for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren to host high-dollar fundraiser for Biden Julián Castro to become senior advisor for Voto Latino It's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process MORE (I-Vt.), whose once-promising second presidential bid has been all but snuffed out by former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden slams Trump in new ad: 'The death toll is still rising.' 'The president is playing golf' Warren to host high-dollar fundraiser for Biden COVID-19 makes Trump's work with black Americans that much harder MORE."

What Sanders is up to now: "Sanders is publicly giving the appearance of winding down his campaign after a string of blowout losses that has pushed Biden to a near-insurmountable lead in delegates. The Vermont senator has pulled his digital campaign ads and scaled back his fundraising efforts. The coronavirus pandemic, meanwhile, has effectively pulled the candidates off the campaign trail completely."

Some progressives think it's time to drop out: "Some progressives say the time has come for Sanders to throw in the towel so the nation can focus on addressing the health crisis and so Democrats can move on to the business of defeating President Trump in November." 



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Good day, Sean.:



The Senate is in. The House is out. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C.

9 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence held a Coronavirus Task Force meeting in the Situation Room.

1:05 p.m. EST: Vice President Pence participates in a conference call with the National Association of Manufacturers.

1:30 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoKim Jong Un seeks to continue bolstering North Korea's nuclear capabilities, state media says China reports no new COVID-19 cases for first time since outbreak Trump, GOP go all-in on anti-China strategy MORE.

3:45 p.m. EDT: President Trump has a phone call with small business owners.

4 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leads a call with pastors.



11:45 a.m. EDT: The White House Coronavirus Task Force holds a daily press briefing. Livestream:



Today is National Ravioli Day. Just what we need!


And because we should have small things to celebrate every day, tomorrow is National Crunchy Taco Day and Sunday is World Water Day. O,h and get excited for International Waffle Day on Wednesday!


And to lighten the mood a bit, here are a bunch of penguins walking down the stairs: