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The pandemic's impact will reverberate long beyond today's calamities — lives lost, businesses crushed — to drive generational debates on each of the Axios "What Matters 2020" mega-topics, White House editor Margaret Talev writes.
Automation: The COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing policies it demands have made human workers both potential victims and vectors of disease, Bryan Walsh reports.
Misinformation: The pandemic is driving misinformation research that may serve as a roadmap for other episodes moving forward, Sara Fischer writes.
Health care costs: Millions of people have lost their health insurance as they’ve lost their jobs, health care editor Sam Baker reports.
China: The coronavirus has unraveled Washington's bipartisan consensus on China, Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian tells me.
Climate change: As the pandemic has overshadowed most other news, climate change has receded from its perch as a rising political topic, per Amy Harder.
Capitalism: Countries with strong job protections and welfare states have had many fewer struggles than the U.S. when it comes to keeping workers employed, so that they can go immediately back to work when lockdowns are lifted, per Felix Salmon.
Demographics: The virus' widely disparate racial and ethnic impact will have a potentially transformative effect on Generation Z, and lasting implications for immigration policy, per Stef Kight.
Effective yesterday, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) eased closures of restaurants, shops, libraries, gyms and malls in 77 of the state's 99 counties — ones where virus cases have been minimal or declining, the Des Moines Register reports.
But in Davenport, still under tight restrictions, Glory Smith told The New York Times that the reopening was coming too soon, since the virus doesn't respect county boundaries:
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Hours after his interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Joe Biden sent a letter to the Secretary of the Senate asking for records search to try to locate anything about a sexual harassment complaint Tara Reade says she made in 1993.
Biden told Mika Brzezinski: "I don’t remember any type of complaint she may have made. It was 27 years ago, and I don’t remember, nor does anyone else that I’m aware of, and the fact is that I don’t remember. I don’t remember any complaint ever having been made."
Brzezinski:: "If you could speak directly to Tara Reade about her claims or anything, what would you say?"
Warren Buffett at his 2019 annual meeting. Photo: Johannes Eiselee/AFP/Getty Images
Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is being hit hard by the pandemic, the 89-year-old oracle said at his annual meeting today, with a record quarterly net loss of nearly $50 billion. (Reuters)
On the day of her first formal briefing, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany holds her 5-month-old daughter, Blake Gilmartin, while posing with her parents, Mike and Leanne McEnany, and younger sister, Ryann McEnany.
Asked during the briefing if she would pledge never to lie to us from the podium, McEnany replied:
Farmers markets are adding drive-thru shopping, cutting their hours and using fencing for crowd control, AP's Corey Williams writes:
These are end-of-the-month fundraising pleas I got from Joe Biden and President Trump:
Livestreaming from home, Oprah Winfrey said on The Call to Unite, a 24-hour global relief event, that we should be selective about virus news consumption, AP reports:
President George W. Bush said: "Even at an appropriate social distance, we can find ways to be present in the lives of others to ease their anxiety and share their burdens."
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