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A worker stands in an empty restaurant as food rests in refrigerators due to a directive from city leadership to limit dining options to take-away only, Monday, March 16, 2020, in New York. New York leaders took a series of unprecedented steps Sunday to slow the spread of the coronavirus, including canceling schools and extinguishing most nightlife in New York City. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Keeping the economy going

No one with any sense would deny the coronavirus spread has had a deleterious effect on the U.S. economy. The panic selling on Wall Street has caused the gains created by Trump administration policies on taxes and regulation to be largely erased. Mortgage interests are creeping up despite the Fed dropping the rate at which it loans money to financial institutions to as close to zero as it can go. And people are preparing for massive layoffs, and days if not weeks without paychecks, as the push toward voluntary isolation moves forward.

FILE - In this Feb. 16, 2020, file photo, a masked paramilitary policeman stands guard alone at a deserted Tiananmen Gate following the coronavirus outbreak, in Beijing. China on Wednesday, Feb. 19 said it has revoked the press credentials of three reporters for the U.S. newspaper Wall Street Journal over a headline for an opinion column deemed by the government to be racist and slanderous. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

China has much to hide

Apart from the obvious, there isn't much more to be said about this week's banishment of American journalists from China. On Wednesday, the Chinese foreign ministry demanded the credentials of American citizens working for The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post and The New York Times and seems poised to take similar measures against Time magazine and the Voice of America.

FILE- In this Sunday, March 15, 2020 file photo, former Vice President Joe Biden, participates in a Democratic presidential primary debate at CNN Studios in Washington. Joe Biden swept to victory in Florida, Illinois and Arizona on Tuesday, increasingly pulling away with a Democratic presidential primary upended by the coronavirus and building pressure on Bernie Sanders to abandon his campaign. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

Unstoppable Joe

Tuesday's party balloting in three populous states went heavily for the former vice president, who has ridden quickening momentum from also-ran to leader of the pack. The most recent results were hardly a surprise: The Real Clear Politics polling average showed Mr. Biden up 56.7 percent to 33.8 percent over Bernie Sanders prior to the balloting, and the FiveThirtyEight election forecast put the odds of a Biden ticket at better than 99-1.

A sign advises hand-washing in a bathroom at St. Philip African Methodist Episcopal Church in Atlanta on Sunday, March 15, 2020. Only about 100 people filled a sprawling sanctuary that seats more than a thousand at the church because of coronavirus fears. Pastor William Watley told congregants he would follow officials' guidance on whether to continue services after Sunday, calling for prayer during the epidemic. (Jeff Amy/Associated Press)

News you can use

By the time you read this, you will have likely already felt the disruption of the coronavirus pandemic in some facet of your life. You are likely confined, for all intents and purposes, to an increasingly smaller radius that will, if we hit the point feared by many health care professionals, keep you pegged to your property except for occasional trips to the grocery store.

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When deceit goes viral

The coronavirus isn't the only disease that endangers the health of the nation. Though it threatens to sweep everything that came before it into the dustbin of memory, the virus had a precursor that insidiously infected the U.S. justice system. When Americans rise from their sick bed in due course, they should renew their insistence in discovering who is responsible for the Trump-Russia collusion hoax. Unless the sordid details are exposed of how trusted officials trampled on the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens in an effort to unseat President Trump, there will be no assurance that it could not happen again.

The Pennsylvania Avenue entrance of the J. Edgar Hoover Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Building is seen in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Proposed FISA reforms aren't reforms

There's still a lot we don't know about the FBI's investigation of the 2016 Trump presidential campaign. What we do know, however, should give all of us pause. False information was used to secure the ability to employ electronic surveillance on at least one relatively junior campaign official which may have created a chain of information, obtained surreptitiously, leading to the candidate himself.

(AP Photo/Michael Probst)

The phantom flight bans

Which brings us to another private sector action. President Trump has boasted repeatedly that he "stopped flights from China." In an address to the nation Wednesday night from the Oval Office, he added that he was now banning flights from many European countries for a period of 30 days as well.

The seats are empty at the Amway Center in Orlando, home of the NBA's Orlando Magic, on Thursday, March 12, 2020. The NBA has suspended its season until further notice" after a Utah Jazz player tested positive Wednesday for the coronavirus, a move that came only hours after the majority of the league's owners were leaning toward playing games without fans in arenas.  (Stephen M. Dowell /Orlando Sentinel via AP)

The private sector steps up

Americans have always been suspicious of centralized power and this healthy aversion has usually served us well. We didn't become the freest, most dynamic country in the world by funneling power to Washington. We have thrived because of our healthy respect for individualism and enterprise.

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.

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.

 In this March 13, 2019, file photo, David Byrne takes part in the "Reasons To Be Cheerful" featured session during the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. Austin city officials have canceled the South by Southwest arts and technology festival. Mayor Steve Adler announced a local emergency that effectively canceled the annual event. (Photo by Jack Plunkett/Invision/AP, File) ** FILE **

Taking coronavirus seriously

Americans are a sunny people, optimistic by nature and by virtue of experience. But just because things usually work out for the best for our unusually blessed country doesn't mean that we shouldn't take big problems seriously. Consider COVID-19, the mysterious coronavirus that emerged from central China late last year and that has been marching around the globe.

People watch from a boat as the The Grand Princess cruise ship passes the Golden Gate Bridge Monday, March 9, 2020, in this view from Sausalito, Calif. The cruise ship carrying at least 21 people infected with the coronavirus has passed under the bridge as federal and state officials in California prepared to receive thousands of people on the ship that has been idling off the coast of San Francisco. Personnel covered head to toe in protective gear Monday woke up passengers on the Grand Princess to check whether they were sick. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

Finding false virtue in the virus

If one man's trash is another man's treasure, then one man's curse could be another man's cure. While much of humanity shudders with fear of the deadly coronavirus, not everyone is. That's because a pandemic that slows civilization's activities means less damage to the global climate. For some environmental extremists, events that visit tragedy upon human beings are viewed as propitious for the planet. It doesn't take a doctor to conclude that looking for the bright side of suffering is itself a sickness.

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