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Nearly two-thirds of college students say they would attend in-person classes if colleges reopen in the fall, even if there is no coronavirus vaccine or cure, Axios' Neal Rothschild writes from a new College Reaction poll.
By the numbers, from the May 8-10 poll of 835 college students, with a margin of error of ±3.4 percentage points:
Between the lines: The desire to attend classes in person comes as students report that the virtual education experience is full of pitfalls:
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Economic experts — including Fed Chair Jerome Powell, IMF chief economist Gita Gopinath and a multitude of top market analysts and economists — have been saying for weeks that a quick recovery for the U.S. economy is a "fantasy" and likely at least a year away, Axios Markets editor Dion Rabouin writes.
A new National Federation of Independent Business survey finds that "small business owners remain optimistic ... as more expect the economy to improve ... and expect the recession to be short-lived."
However, a new study by top academic researchers projects that more than 100,000 small businesses have closed permanently since late March, with at least 2% of all American small businesses now gone.
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The first stages of reopening haven’t produced a surge in coronavirus cases in most states, Axios health care editor Sam Baker writes.
Between the lines: This chart — an update of a popular chart we brought you last week — compares each state's seven-day average of new cases from Monday, and the seven-day average from a week prior, May 4.
Some of the states that skeptics were most worried about, including Florida and Georgia, haven’t seen the rise in total cases that some experts feared.
South Dakota saw a startling 123% increase, likely the result of outbreaks in the meat processing industry.
Photos (clockwise from top left): Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post, Win McNamee/Getty Images (2), Senate Health Committee via Reuters
N.Y. Times chief TV critic James Poniewozik called yesterday's Senate Health Committee hearing, the first-ever Senate hearing with witnesses and the chair appearing remotely, "a surreal pageant of dystopian government and politicized face wear."
A few scenes (clockwise from top left):
Fauci predicted "suffering and death that could be avoided" this fall if states reopen too soon: "We will start to see little spikes that might turn into outbreaks."
Most of these people will be able sign up for other sources of coverage, but millions are doomed to be uninsured in the midst of a pandemic.
Speaker Pelosi's latest coronavirus relief bill would fully subsidize the cost of maintaining an employer plan through COBRA — an option that would otherwise be prohibitively expensive for many people.
Go deeper: Highlights of Democrats' $3 trillion-plus virus relief bill.
CDC Director Robert Redfield appears remotely at the Senate Health Committee hearing yesterday. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images
CDC reopening advice, which the White House has delayed for changes as states beg for guidance, includes more restrictive measures than the plan released by the White House last month, AP's Jason Dearen and Mike Stobbe report.
CDC Director Robert Redfield testified yesterday that the recommendations will be released "soon."
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The Supreme Court appeared likely to reject President Trump's claim that he is immune from criminal investigation while in office, AP's Mark Sherman writes.
Why it matters: The cases resemble earlier disputes over presidents' assertions that they were too consumed with the job to worry about lawsuits and investigations.
Wuhan's temporary Leishenshan Hospital closed in April. Photo: Sam McNeil/AP
"Beijing now appears to be stalling international efforts to find the source of the virus amid an escalating U.S. push to blame China for the pandemic," the Wall Street Journal reports (subscription).
In December, Orthodox Jewish men in Brooklyn carry the casket of Moshe Deutsch, killed in a shooting in a Jersey City, N.J., kosher food market. Photo: Mark Lennihan/AP
"The American Jewish community experienced the highest level of anti-Semitic incidents last year since tracking began in 1979, with more than 2,100 acts of assault, vandalism and harassment reported across the United States," according to a new Anti-Defamation League report.
Couples trying to salvage weddings are feeding a fresh trend in the bridal industry: the "minimony," AP's Leanne Italie writes.
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