Pelosi and Schumer seek huge spending increases for hospitals, local aid and food stamps

The Democrats’ demands came a day after the treasury secretary called on Congress to swiftly approve an additional $250 billion to supplement a small business loan program overwhelmed by high demand and implementation issues.

Even as deaths mount, officials see signs pandemic’s toll may not match worst fears

Health officials see indications that the pandemic’s toll may be less devastating than the most pessimistic estimates.

Virus infecting, killing black Americans at alarmingly high rate, Post analysis shows

A Washington Post analysis shows that counties that are majority-black have three times the number of infections and almost six times the number of deaths as counties where white residents are in the majority.
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Flushing out the true cause of the global toilet paper shortage

Toilet paper — or rather, the lack of it — turns out to reveal a great deal about who we are and how we behave in a crisis.

Answers to your questions on homemade face masks: What material should I use? What if I can’t sew? When can I take it off?

A homemade face covering offers some protection while also helping prevent the wearer from unknowingly spreading the virus to others.

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Wisconsin is the worst-case scenario for voting in a pandemic

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President Trump is counting on his new chief of staff to sharpen his team’s political messaging as much of the administration is consumed by the coronavirus pandemic.
The chaos underscored the challenges facing election officials a day after Gov. Tony Evers (D) sought to suspend in-person voting — an order quickly reversed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
The series takes some departures from its source material, Deborah Feldman’s 2012 memoir of the same name, about fleeing an ultrareligious Jewish sect.
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‘Walden’ may be the most famous act of social distancing. It’s also a lesson on the importance of community.

Henry David Thoreau’s most famous book is more than a guide to nature. It’s a memoir of grieving.
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A Queens funeral home struggles with surging virus deaths

Nowhere in the nation is worse off than New York City, specifically the part of Queens called Elmhurst, where the funeral home closest to the hospital is learning lessons that will soon come to cities across the country.
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Read between the lines of Tom Brady’s Players’ Tribune essay: He’s unhappy with Bill Belichick

While delving into his thinking behind leaving the Patriots for the Buccaneers, Brady has little to say about the coach who helped him win six Super Bowls in New England.
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