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PBC News & Comment: Strange Days Have Found Us

Panicked, selfish Americans are hoarding food and bum wipes, but in less than 48 hours, 7,000 Americans erased Chelsea Manning’s court fines….--US is heading toward shutdown, which Dr. Fauci is calling for

--our valued listener and Covid-19 editor Linda Lewis made a powerful statement on Facebook

--Most primaries set for Tuesday will be held, but expect very low turnout

--serious political comedy deprivation till further notice, as most TV shows go on hiatus

--Tucker Carlson is credited with moving Trump out of denial-and-con-the-public mode

--GOP never-Trumper Peter Wehner says “The Trump Presidency Is Over

--increasingly desperate Netanyahu calls for emergency government, and reveals spying on Israelis as rival Gantz is tapped to try to form new administration

--the Fed cut interest rates to near zero, used most of its other tricks, and the Dow still dropped another 13% today

--Wall Streeter Ruchir Sharma says bloated government and corporate debt is at risk from pandemic

--as airline industry asks for $50 billion handout, Columbia Prof. Tim Wu says don’t feel sorry for them

--Scott Ritter offers detailed analysis of the oil market crash, induced by Russia

--in 2-man debate—probably the last one—Sanders and Biden address the pandemic, and Bernie jabs at Joe without a knockdown

--Biden pledges to name woman running mate, and a black woman to Supreme Court

--we cite a range of commentary on the debate, notably that Biden was coherent, as Bernie gaffed by confusing coronavirus with Ebola 2.5 times

--Nathan Robinson gets it right in Guardian op-ed

--WashPost Stop Bernie columnist Jennifer Rubin uses new poll to dismiss Sanders

--exit poll data from Michigan doesn’t match the vote tally, like in other states

--the screen shot showing Sanders losing 303,000 defies the math