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The sudden wave of tens of millions of unemployment claims has overwhelmed state agencies hobbled by outdated tech and understaffed offices, Axios' Courtenay Brown and Kyle Daly report.
What's happening: Peyton Cannon, a north Florida resident, filed for unemployment on March 28 after being laid off from a Goodwill store.
Three factors explain the unemployment-system meltdown:
Some states are jerry-rigging workarounds to technical logjams.
The new scrum: Members of the media social distance as they listen to Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) at the Capitol on March 23. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images
The Capitol's attending physician told senior Republican staff yesterday that he doesn't have the equipment for rapid or widespread testing for all 100 senators when they return to work Monday, Axios' Jonathan Swan and Sam Baker report.
Rear Admiral Brian Monahan, Congress' attending physician, said on a conference call that he didn't have access to the 15-minute tests the White House has been using, per two sources familiar with the call.
Behind the scenes: The topic of testing arose when one of the Republican chiefs of staff mentioned to Monahan that most senators are in the high-risk category. (The average age of a senator is 61.)
Between the lines: Some Democrats — including 86-year-old Dianne Feinstein — have expressed concern about Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's decision to bring the Senate back. Speaker Pelosi is keeping the House home, citing advice from Monahan.
The bottom line: Members of Congress skew older, and work in close quarters. Yet they can't get tests.
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When you're ready to fly again, pack your patience with your face mask: Everything will take longer, Axios transportation expert Joann Muller writes.
Masks and social distancing are only the beginning. In a new report, "The Rise of Sanitized Travel," SimpliFlying anticipates:
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"A large group of demonstrators — many not wearing masks and some carrying rifles on their shoulders — crowded into the lobby outside the House chambers" at the Michigan State Capitol in Lansing, shouting to be allowed onto the floor during a protest against Michigan's state of emergency. — Detroit Free Press
Below: Members of a militia group stand outside Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's office after protesters occupied the capitol.
Typical state unemployment claims 1,900% higher than a year ago:
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Who coulda guessed these would be yesterday's 4 p.m. CNBC headlines?
The Blue Angels fly over President Trump's "Salute to America" at the Lincoln Memorial last July 4. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images
Fox News will host a "virtual town hall" with President Trump at the Lincoln Memorial on Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. — "America Together: Returning to Work," moderated by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum.
Why it matters: The event follows dips in polls that are concerning Trump aides. It's also taking place as he calls for national parks to reopen, and for many businesses to get back to work.
Between the lines: Trump, who thrives on rallies and grand events, has been cooped up for weeks. This is both a way out of the White House gates for a few hours, as well as a test run before big campaign rallies can resume.
Social-distancing alert: The White House says it's not encouraging people to come out, and a perimeter barrier will be set up.
🌵 P.S. Trump will travel to Phoenix on Tuesday, to visit a Honeywell aerospace facility that is making N-95 respirator masks. — USA Today
New polling by one of President Trump's campaign pollsters shows an openness to vote-by-mail efforts that Trump has criticized, Axios' Alayna Treene reports.
By the numbers: Three-fourths of the respondents said they favor states keeping polling locations open (so long as they meet health guidelines), but also giving all voters the option to vote absentee.
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Nekesa Mumbi Moody, the new editorial director of The Hollywood Reporter, hopes to bring a global perspective and double down on coverage of the cultural changes happening in Hollywood around topics like diversity and #MeToo, Axios' Sara Fischer reports.
"We don't know what's going to happen to movie theaters" after the coronavirus pandemic, she said. "Hollywood was already going through a lot between the rise of streaming and challenges to traditional formats."
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The stunning sound emerges each night at 7 p.m., amid the clanging and banging as New Yorkers cheer front-line workers: the velvety, buttery baritone of Broadway star Brian Stokes Mitchell, AP's Jocelyn Noveck writes.
"This is my quest," Mitchell, 62, sings, leaning precariously out his window, launching directly into the meatiest part of "The Impossible Dream" from "Man of La Mancha," in which he played Don Quixote.
📱 Video: See a great interview with Mitchell, who was "Power Player of the Week" on Chris Wallace's "Fox News Sunday."
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