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People walk by a departures monitor at the Rome Leonardo da Vinci international airport, Thursday, March 12, 2020. Italians woke up to yet further virus-containment restrictions after Premier Giuseppe Conte ordered restaurants, cafes and retail shops closed after imposing a nationwide lockdown on personal movement. For most people, the new coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

If you can, stay home

- The Washington Times

COVID-19 is firmly established in the United States, and Wednesday night's announcement of extremely limited travel restrictions between Europe and the United States - it doesn't apply to Americans whatsoever, nor to the United Kingdom and Ireland - was akin to announcing a bold new plan to bolt the barn doors now that the horses are out.

Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan, left, and CEO of the Independent Community Bankers of America Rebeca Romero Rainey, right, listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with banking industry executives about the coronavirus, at the White House, Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Coronavirus panic: NBA, travel, Twitter -- all up in arms

- The Washington Times

President Donald Trump suspended all travel to and from Europe for 30 days, Twitter told employees to work from home, the Pentagon stopped travel for 60 days, and the NBA formally suspended its season after one player tested positive for the virus. The coronavirus has officially entered panic zone.

FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020, file photo, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, of California, joined by Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., speaks during a news conference, on Capitol Hill, in Washington. The two lawmakers are calling on President Donald Trump to support a series of steps to help Americans deal with the coronavirus outbreak, from paid sick leave to widespread and free testing and other moves. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Democrats' family leave act unaffordable, inaccessible

Americans want paid family leave. But they're not ready to say "and hang the cost"; they want paid family leave that's accessible and affordable. The program proposed in S.463, the Family Act, would be neither.

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks to reporters on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Burlington, Vt. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

The other race for the cure

If only there were a vaccine for it. And the same goes for the coronavirus, as well. Like the dreaded disease, socialism threatens to infect the Democratic Party, thanks to the persistence of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in his pursuit of the presidency. Owing to the success of former Vice President Joe Biden in Tuesday's mini-match, though, the danger has eased that a plague of utopian promises would spread rapidly enough to carry off the nation. Only Americans with compromised patriotism should be disappointed.

COVID-19 factors

It is not possible to produce an in-vitro diagnostic test for a disease not known to exist. The disease now known as COVID-19 traces to a cluster of pneumonia cases of unknown etiology in Wuhan, China, in late December 2019. Following rapid spread of the disease, the World Health Organization declared a public emergency the following month.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, accompanied by his wife Jill, speaks to members of the press at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Do we really know Joe Biden?

If you were planning to cast a presidential vote this November in order to restore dignity to the White House, or install a statesmanlike temperament in the Oval Office, you might wish to reconsider your interest in Joe Biden.

Communism mishandles disaster

The handling of the coronavirus in China is eerily reminiscent of Russia's handling of the Chernobyl disaster. Instead of being open and seeking the world's assistance, Communist China attempted to withhold valuable information that could have been used to prevent the spread of the virus, even influencing other countries not to impose travel bans, which could have resulted in better containment.

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Taliban's inability to control Afghanistan's ISIS insurgency problem

Shortly after a peace agreement was signed between the United States and the Taliban that was supposed to lead to negotiations with the Afghan government, ISIS launched a horrific attack designed to remind everyone that the radical foreign jihadist movement is still alive in Afghanistan. How does an insurgent group such as the Taliban fight a counterinsurgency campaign?

Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden waits to deliver his speech during a campaign event in Columbus, Ohio. Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Vernon)

Is Joe Biden mentally fit to be president?

Former Vice President Joe Biden recently announced he was a candidate "for the United States Senate." He called the state of Vermont "a neat town." "Make sure you have a record player on at night," he advised an audience and "Poor kids are just as talented as white kids."

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez , D-N.Y., speaks at a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mich., Sunday, March 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez sees 'straight up racism' in coronavirus

- The Washington Times

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unleashed a rant of logically challenged proportions against "people" -- yes, "people" -- for failing to properly support Chinese restaurants during this health crisis called coronavirus. Leave it to Ocasio-Cortez to find a new way to slide in the left's fave conversation ender, the race card.

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to members of the press at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Socialism's seeds: Joe Biden's 'I'm not working for you'

- The Washington Times

Joe Biden, in a widely reported, widely seen confrontation with a construction in Michigan, cursed, argued and behaved like an ill-mannered, entitled elitist -- and when reminded that "you're working for me, man," said this: "I'm not working for you." That's the seeds of socialism, right there.

President Donald Trump speaks in the Brady press briefing room of the White House in Washington, Monday, March, 9, 2020, about the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Blaming Trump for the 'Wuhan Virus'

It's one thing to notice the media focusing on limited, panic-inducing headlines and narratives. We see them do that every day during this Trump era, as the left relies on panic and victimhood to control people. Controlling most of the legacy media is a necessary part of being able to implement that strategy.

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