From no restaurants to shelter-in-place, here’s what large US states are doing to contain coronavirus

To combat the growing coronavirus pandemic, US cities and states are beginning to impose strict measures meant to encourage social distancing and to limit the spread of infection.

Friday, New York and Illinois joined a number of other states, including California and New Jersey, in asking residents to go outside only for necessities. The requests mean by the end of the weekend, more than 70 million people — around one in five Americans — will be under orders to stay home.

“No, this is not life as usual,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday. “Accept it and realize …

Trump keeps promoting an unproven coronavirus treatment — despite his experts’ advice

President Donald Trump continued to play up an unproven treatment as a promising remedy for the coronavirus, contradicting the advice of his top public health officials at a press conference Saturday — one in which he also rebutted reports that he knew about the dangers of the pandemic well before taking action.

In recent days, Trump has been promoting the potential of a drug called hydroxychloroquine — a common anti-malaria drug — as a treatment for Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The off-the-shelf drug is easy to produce and has been anecdotally effective in China and …

The fight over stock buybacks and corporate coronavirus bailouts, briefly explained

Less than a week ago, the US airline industry requested $50 billion in grants and loans from the federal government to help it weather the collapse in travel caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and to help it provide some financial security for the industry’s 750,000 workers.

While there is bipartisan support for the idea that airlines — or, at least, airline workers — should receive some kind of bailout from the federal government, both Democratic lawmakers and unions representing airline workers have warned that this bailout must come with strings attached.

Any airline industry bailout, according to Association of …

Newly leaked footage shows Taylor Swift and Kanye West talking “Famous”

In a moment that might give you flashbacks to the fun celebrity gossip part of 2016, the hashtag #KanyeWestIsOverParty is trending on social media right now. It’s a response to 2016’s notorious #TaylorSwiftIsOverParty hashtag, and it marks the latest chapter in the endless saga of the Taylor Swift vs. Kanye feud.

Because early on Saturday, new footage from the infamous “Famous” phone call between the two stars leaked — and it complicates the original story.

Here’s the background. Back in February 2016, Kanye released a new song, “Famous,” that featured a controversial lyric: “I feel like me …

Intelligence reports warned about a pandemic in January. Trump reportedly ignored them.

US intelligence officials reportedly warned President Donald Trump and Congress about the threats posed by the novel coronavirus beginning in early January — weeks before the White House and lawmakers began implementing stringent public health measures and as the president minimized the threat posed by the virus in his tweets and public statements.

The fact those warnings were largely disregarded — something first reported by the Washington Post’s Shane Harris, Greg Miller, Josh Dawsey, and Ellen Nakashima — suggests Trump administration officials failed to take action that could have prepared the health care system to handle an influx of patients, …

A little-known Silicon Valley psychiatrist has become one of the Democratic Party’s most powerful donors

A little known Silicon Valley psychiatrist has cemented herself among the most powerful donors in Democratic politics, thanks to a massive gift to support Elizabeth Warren’s failed presidential bid in its final weeks. That money will make her among the most sought after political donors in the country up until November.

Karla Jurvetson, who has slowly been turning heads in the world of Bay Area fundraising, gave a total of $14.6 million in February to a super PAC backing Warren, according to new disclosures filed late Friday night. Those donations together constitute one of the largest gifts of the entire …

Starbucks goes drive-thru only in response to coronavirus pandemic

Virtually every Starbucks location in America is transitioning to drive-thru-only to help curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. In a press release sent on March 20, Starbucks announced that the policy would be put in place for at least two weeks and will supersede the chain’s original COVID-19 response, of making its cafes to-go only.

Many locations went so far as to remove seats and tables entirely to discourage lingering, but it wasn’t enough to keep crowds from forming. “Our cafes in some areas are experiencing high traffic, and we need to do more to prevent the spread …