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President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump walk out of the Oval Office and into the Rose Garden for a National Day of Prayer event yesterday. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
A breakdown in communication and coordination within the Trump administration has undermined the distribution of a promising coronavirus treatment, Axios' Jonathan Swan reports.
Gilead Sciences, which makes remdesivir, donated hundreds of thousands of doses to the federal government after the FDA authorized it as an emergency treatment for coronavirus patients.
How it happened: The criteria for distributing the drug was based on outdated data — the best the federal government had available, a senior administration official said.
HHS was supposed to be the brains of the operation, using clinical expertise to allocate the drug to the places and hospitals around the country most in need, according a senior administration official, while FEMA was supposed to be the "arms and legs" putting that plan into action.
Behind the scenes: Senior officials, including Vice President Pence and White House coronavirus response coordinator Deborah Birx, were angry.
As states move toward reopening, the economic ramifications of the shutdown will haunt them far into the future, Axios' Stef Kight reports.
What to watch: Sens. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.) plan to introduce legislation as soon as next week to create a $500 billion fund designed to help struggling state and municipality budgets.
The Urban Institute has been compiling lost revenue data as states make it publicly available.
Between the lines: Democratic-leaning cities have seen the highest case and death rates, but red and blue states alike are facing serious budget shortfalls.
Much of the burden will likely be pushed on struggling local governments.
How it's playing ...
Minorities and low-income people are more likely to become seriously ill if infected with the coronavirus, a Kaiser Family Foundation analysis finds.
Photo: Peter Byrne/PA via AP
Above: Residents of Cambrian Road in Chester, England, wear period clothing and hold a socially-distanced tea party for the 75th anniversary of V-E Day — Victory in Europe, marking the surrender of Nazi Germany to Allied forces after six horrific years of World War II.
Below: Jubilant nurses celebrate V-E Day in Liverpool, England, in 1945.
Ahmaud Arbery. Photo courtesy of his family, via NBC News
Georgia authorities arrested a white father and son and charged them with murdering Ahmaud Arbery, 25, two months after they chased him in a pickup after spotting him running in their neighborhood. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
The father and son told police they suspected Arbery of being a burglar.
Today's jobs numbers are expected to be the worst since records began in 1948, AP reports.
The real rate at this moment, of course, is even higher.
In less than two months, roughly 20% of the labor force — 1 in 5 Americans — have lost their jobs, Courtenay Brown writes.
The record — 6.9 million — was set the week that ended March 28.
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In an abrupt about-face, the Justice Department said it is dropping the criminal case against President Trump's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
The case became a rallying cry for the president and his supporters in attacking the FBI's Trump-Russia investigation.
What Trump is seeing on the cover of his N.Y. Post ...
⚖️ Bridgegate convictions tossed: The Supreme Court "threw out the convictions of two allies of former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie for the George Washington Bridge lane-closing scandal in a ruling that limits the power of federal prosecutors to target state and local corruption." — Bloomberg
The NFL released a 2020 schedule as if the season will take place normally, kicking off with the defending champion Kansas City Chiefs hosting the Houston Texans on Sept. 10.
Kendall Baker has these notes in his daily Axios Sports newsletter (sign up here):
April's two most-viewed GIFs were a thumbs-up and an expression of hugs and kisses, "highlighting positivity and ways to say 'I love you'" amid the virus crisis, according to a new report from GIPHY.
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