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    CMS relaxes more regulations to help hospitals fight coronavirus

    At both the state and federal level, much of the coronavirus policy response has focused on deregulatory efforts to assist the effort of frontline health care workers. Lawmakers and state leaders around the country have relaxed regulations on things like certificate of need laws…
    Jordan Roberts, March 31, 2020
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    Heritage Foundation Picks Up CJ Story on Mail-In Ballots

    On Thursday, March 26, Carolina Journal’s Julie Havlak wrote a story about the runoff election in North Carolina’s 11th congressional district. Havlak writes: The coronavirus is interfering with state elections, and it could make the runoff for the Republican nominee in N.C.’s 11th U.S. Congressional District problematic… The N.C. State…
    Brenee Goforth, March 31, 2020
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    Coronavirus and the billion-dollar GCS bond

    Funny —of all the things to think during this difficult time, I was thinking about the proposed $1.6 billion Guilford County Schools bond, which was set to go on the November ballot. My thought was the coronavirus could usher in a learn from home revolution, as some believe it will…
    Sam Hieb, March 31, 2020
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    Hospitals to receive advanced Medicare payments

    Hospitals around the country are preparing to handle the onslaught of patients who need care due to the spreading coronavirus. Some hospitals, like those in New York, are already facing a massive wave of patients needing high-intensity care. One of the ways that hospitals have prepared themselves is to cancel…
    Jordan Roberts, March 31, 2020
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    How is tripling the price of eggs NOT ‘gouging’? WRAL’s Smart Shopper writes a smart piece

    This is one of the best articles I've read in the local press on the subject. Smart job, Smart Shopper.
    Jon Sanders, March 31, 2020
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    Reactions to Trump during the coronavirus pandemic

    David Marcus of the Federaliat explores President Trump’s latest approval numbers. Over the past two weeks, President Trump’s overall approval rating and specifically approval of his handling of the Chinese virus have been spiking. You would think that most people would view this as good thing, I mean,…
    Mitch Kokai, March 31, 2020
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    Medicare for All and the coronavirus

    Editors at the Washington Examiner remind us that the Democratic health care policy dubbed Medicare for All would not have prevented our current coronavirus problem. In the midst of a fast-moving virus, in which data are changing every day, and in which governments are taking different reactions in…
    Mitch Kokai, March 31, 2020
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    Feds think gun stores should remain open

    Stephen Gutowski of the Washington Free Beacon highlights a recent federal change involving gun stores. The Department of Homeland Security added gun dealers, ranges, and manufacturers to its essential business coronavirus-response guide on Saturday. The updated guidance from DHS’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) now considers “workers…
    Mitch Kokai, March 31, 2020