📦 Situational awareness: Amazon announced that it has fulfilled its pledge of hiring 100,000 new employees, and is now "creating an additional 75,000 jobs to help serve customers during this unprecedented time."
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Joe Biden's resurgence is opening new paths to defeat President Trump, swing-state polls show.
The Real Clear Politics national polling average shows that either Biden (+5.9%) or Sanders (+4.2%) would have been positioned to defeat Trump if the election were held today. But the Electoral College means the results will come down to a handful of key states.
Reality check: State polls have a shoddy track record in forecasting Trump's performance.
The Trump campaign's Erin Perrine said: "Just ask pollsters in 2016 how their predictions worked out for them."
Seven in 10 people now consider going to the grocery store a risky act — and a majority of Americans say they've started wearing masks outside their homes at least sometimes, Axios' Margaret Talev writes from the latest installment of the Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index.
In Week 5 of the poll (1,098 adults), there's more evidence that the virus is impacting society unevenly:
One in five Americans now know someone who's tested positive.
Masks, more than gloves, are becoming part of Americans' daily uniform:
PwC's survey of U.S. chief financial officers shows 26% anticipate layoffs at their companies, a marked increase from two weeks ago when the survey found only 16% expected layoffs, Axios Markets editor Dion Rabouin writes.
PwC found 82% of CFOs are now focused on reducing costs, compared to 62% in March (most companies' No. 1 cost is their employees).
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This is a drone photo of Emma Pritchett's home after a tornado hit Chatsworth, Ga.
Others died under falling trees or inside collapsed buildings in Arkansas and North Carolina.
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President Trump opened his daily coronavirus briefing with a campaign-style video reel that showed media clips favorable to him and soundbites of governors praising his handling of the crisis, Axios' Alayna Treene reports.
Trump said of his pandemic powers: "When somebody is president of the United States, the authority is total. ... The governors know that."
⏰ CBS News' legendary Mark Knoller reports that yesterday's briefing was Trump's longest to date — 2 hours, 24 minutes, topping April 2's 2 hours, 15 minutes, CBS News White House correspondent Paula Reid tweets.
Harvard last month. Photo: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images
Universities "across the country have begun planning for what was once an unthinkable scenario but now may be a real possibility: a fall semester without students on campus," the Boston Globe's Deirdre Fernandes reports.
Former Secretaries of State James Addison Baker III and George P. Shultz, and Climate Leadership Council chairman and CEO Ted Halstead write in the forthcoming issue of Foreign Affairs:
Internationally, only a U.S.-led climate alliance can muster enough economic leverage to compel China, India, and other major economies to join, face carbon tariffs, or ultimately risk being shut out of the world’s largest market.
This was the front page 50 years ago today — April 14, 1970 — after an oxygen tank explosion robbed Apollo 13 of a Moon landing,
🤨 A little trivia for ya ... Apollo 13's best known quote originated not in space but in Hollywood, AP writes.
Screenwriters for the 1995 film "Apollo 13" wanted to punch that up.
Madeleine Albright, America’s first female secretary of state, writes in her memoir about post-government life, "Hell and Other Destinations," that the BBC's World War II radio broadcasts from London, where her family was living in exile, were introduced by a kettledrum playing the first notes of Beethoven's Fifth Symphony: Dah-dah-dah-dum.
🥊 Albright says: "I never expected ... that the title would so closely reflect the national condition."
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Expect more family video chats from grandma and grandpa moving forward, even after stay-at-home orders come to an end, Axios' Sara Fischer writes.
Older generations are usually slow to adopt new technologies, but history shows that when they finally do learn, they're hooked.
Several millennials told Axios about lengthy, painful and comical FaceTime calls with grandparents and parents to walk through Zoom's install process.
A 29-year-old social media manager living in D.C. said: "We stared at grandma's chin the whole time because she couldn't position the camera on her iPad correctly."
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