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Why it matters: A robust era for U.S. tourism came to a previously unthinkable halt in just weeks. And economists expect tourism will look different once the country fully emerges from lockdown.
Even when consumers are willing to take a vacation, companies and states plan to purposely choke demand — by capping crowds — for safety reasons.
Between the lines: Since 9/11, some tourism-dependent locations have tried to diversify their sources of revenue, with seemingly little success.
The N.Y. Times reaches a similar conclusion in the lead story of the Sunday paper — "Reports of new cases have declined nationally, and deaths have slowed":
A Times database shows new cases are increasing in five states — Texas, Louisiana, Virginia, Arkansas and South Dakota.
The Times includes this warning:
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Doug Sosnik, who was White House political director during President Clinton's successful reelection race, writes for Axios that during President Trump’s first term, the country completed a political realignment that began in 1992:
Why it matters: With this realignment, the Electoral College map is changing for the first time since 1992. So Trump is running on different terrain than in 2016.
Here's what to watch:
Rust Belt's traditional battlegrounds:
West and South emerge as new Democratic base:
Biden’s most likely paths to 270 Electoral College votes:
The bottom line ... Biden's best strategy:
Go deeper: Read Doug Sosnik's full analysis, "The Post-Political-Realignment Electoral College Map."
Mount Everest is reflected April 30 in a pool at the mountain's foot in Tibet.
China sent scientists to climb the world's highest peak while it's closed to commercial climbing, AP reports.
Former President Obama took thinly veiled swipes at President Trump during two virtual commencement speeches yesterday, without naming him.
In an evening speech to graduating high school students as part of a "Graduate Together" telecast, Obama said:
Doing what feels good, what’s convenient, what’s easy — that’s how little kids think. Unfortunately, a lot of so-called grown-ups, including some with fancy titles and important jobs, still think that way — which is why things are so screwed up.
In an earlier address to seniors graduating from historically black colleges and universities ("Show Me Your Walk," presented by Chase), Obama took a sharper shot:
More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that the folks in charge know what they’re doing. A lot of them aren’t even PRETENDING to be in charge.
More quotes from the speeches.
P.S. Obama's senior yearbook photo ... This image from "Graduate Together" is based on a 1979 photo of "Barry Obama" in The Oahuan, the yearbook of Punahou School in Honolulu:
Above, Alicia Keys performs during "Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020," a prime-time hour that was sponsored by the Entertainment Industry Foundation, and aired simultaneously on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox broadcast, CNN, MSNBC, Fox News and other partners.
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