Those $1,200 stimulus checks were inching closer to America's mailboxes, U.S. deaths surged past 1,000, and jobless statistics set for release Thursday could reflect massive nationwide layoffs as coronavirus tightened its grip on America. Late Wednesday, the Senate passed a $2 trillion emergency aid proposal, described by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as "a wartime level of investment into our nation." It passed by a vote of 96-0. [...]