Coronavirus Update, US Congress Response & Legislation

Ben White, Chief Economic Correspondent for Politico, provides his perspective on the coronavirus-related news in US politics: What's the coronavirus update?

Well, we've gotten at least a little bit of good news that perhaps the rate of deaths in New York City is plateauing and may start to come down. God willing, we'll see if that comes to pass. Also, some indications that if we keep social distancing in place through the end of May, we could see fewer deaths than we worried about and fewer hospital beds need it. So, God willing, that happens.

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What are the privacy concerns with Zoom?

Nicholas Thompson, EIC of Wired, helps us make sense of today's stories in technology: What are privacy concerns with Zoom and what happened to Skype?

The privacy concerned with Zoom is if you don't password protect the meeting, someone can zoom-bomb-it and take over your screen and share a bunch of nasty stuff. So, password protect your meetings. What happened to Skype? They didn't innovate. They got surpassed. Huge mistake.

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Viktor Orban's Assault on Democracy in Hungary

Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Sweden, provides his perspective: What are going to be the consequences of what Viktor Orban is doing in Hungary at the moment?

Yea, that remains to be seen. But he's now got his majority in parliament to decide that he could rule by decree and he can virtually rule forever because he can have that prolonged by his own majority. And he has also severe prison penalties for those spreading false rumors or things like that. So, it is a disturbing development. It's a slippery slope down to something that we have seen in the past in Europe, the reaction of other countries will be most important.

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Can remote working be effective?

Kevin Sneader, global managing partner for McKinsey & Company, provides perspective on what corporate business leaders are thinking during the global coronavirus crisis:

One of the questions I find myself being asked a lot in these days is, can normal working be effective?

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Ian Bremmer: Life Post-COVID-19 & What Happens in a 2nd Wave

Ian Bremmer provides his perspective in (slightly) more than 60 seconds: What's the coronavirus update? And when will a state of normalcy return?

Oh, that's easy. A state of normalcy will not return when we start returning to work. I certainly think that the decision by President Trump to push out to the end of April was rational. I think in certain parts of the country, it's likely to be much longer. By that, I think New York City, maybe June is when you start really seeing end of quarantines and people going back to work. But when you don't have a vaccine, the likelihood that people are going to trust going to sports and concerts and bars and restaurants or sitting in the middle seat and bringing their family to Disney is going to take a long time. I think really you need a vaccine at scale before that happens and that's well over a year out. Why? I think that all the numbers you're seeing right now about the strong rebound of the economy in the third and fourth quarter is over optimistic. And instead, you're going to need significant additional bailouts come summer, which the Americans will be able to do. Emerging markets will not. And I'm much more worried about what happens to them going forward.

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Coronavirus in the US: Stimulus Payments; Biden-Sanders; Curve

Ben White, Chief Economic Correspondent for Politico, provides his perspective on the coronavirus-related news in US politics: What's the coronavirus update? Are we bending the curve?

No, we're not. Still exponential growth in places like New Orleans and Detroit. New York City is still a mess. So, unlike South Korea, we have not started to bend the curve.

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