May 16, 2019

Boris Johnson says he'll stand to become British PM once May resigns

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Former foreign secretary and Brexit campaigner Boris Johnson told the BBC's Huw Edwards Thursday that he plans to stand to replace Theresa May as the U.K.'s prime minister once she fulfills her pledge to step down after a deal on Brexit is reached.

The big picture: Of course, May hasn't stepped down — and her pledge to do so was contingent on her Brexit deal getting through Parliament. Some members of the Conservative Party are worried she may have gotten cold feet. She met with senior party members in Parliament today, reaching an agreement that they'd begin working toward a timetable to elect her replacement next month — whether or not her deal succeeds.

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What top CEOs fear telling America about the coronavirus shutdown

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Top CEOs, in private conversations and pleas to President Trump, are warning of economic catastrophe if America doesn't begin planning for a phased return to work as soon as May, corporate leaders tell Axios.

Why it matters: The CEOs say massive numbers of companies, big and small, could go under if business and government don't start urgent talks about ways groups of workers can return.

Health care workers vs. the coronavirus

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Health care workers are at an especially high risk of catching the coronavirus, because of their prolonged exposure to patients who have it. Making matters worse, the U.S. doesn't have enough of the protective equipment, like masks and gloves, that keeps them safe.

And yet these workers, with loved ones of their own, keep showing up at hospitals across the country, knowing that more Americans than they can possibly care for are depending on them.

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Coronavirus crisis tests Trump’s love for cheap oil

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President Trump is working to help an oil industry imploding as the coronavirus crisis chokes demand, but listen closely and you’ll hear his enduring love for cheap prices.

Why it matters: He’s like most Americans, who worry about energy only when it’s expensive or gone. As president, Trump has been slow and uneven in responding to the sector’s turmoil because of his inclination to cheer rock-bottom prices.