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The global coronavirus crisis is entering a trial-and-error phase as countries begin to tiptoe out of lockdown, Axios World Editor Dave Lawler reports.
Europe led much of the world into lockdown, and is now trying to find a path out:
Elsewhere in the world, strategies are emerging to re-open economies while limiting potential second waves — including some that use tracking policies that are likely too invasive to be useful as models for the U.S.
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President Trump announced that he will issue an executive order that will temporarily suspend some kinds of immigration to the U.S. for 60 days.
Trump's announcement, which he previewed in a vague tweet Monday night, caught many administration officials, members of Congress and immigration restrictionists by surprise.
Don't forget: Much of the immigration system has already halted because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Zoom, which started as a social lifeline during the pandemic, and then became an object of privacy and security concerns, has now become a grind, managing editor Scott Rosenberg writes from the Bay Area.
1. We're using it for everything now. It would be one thing if we only used Zoom for team meetings and one-on-ones at work. But Zoom is now the go-to tool for informal social gatherings and virtual happy hours, family events and religious services, not to mention kids' online classes, doctors' appointments and perhaps a therapy session to process it all.
2. Videoconferencing imposes cognitive and psychological frictions and aggravates social anxieties. As experts in human-computer interaction point out, using Zoom means putting on a show for others without being able to rely on the cues we primates depend on in physical encounters.
3. Zoom is exhausting because, right now, everything is exhausting.
📞 Our thought bubble: Phone calls still work.
Speaker Pelosi, accompanied by deputy chief of staff Drew Hammill, leave a news conference yesterday after Congress and the White House agreed on a $483 billion coronavirus aid package that replenishes the small-business payroll fund, and provides new money for hospitals and testing.
Go deeper: Highlights of the nearly $500B coronavirus relief bill (AP).
Joe Biden and his allies plan a coordinated criticism of President Trump's virus response around "the four Cs," per a campaign memo provided to Alexi McCammond: coverup ... chaos ... corporate favoritism ... and caving to lobbyists.
The memo charges that Trump bought China's "spin" and "went AWOL" early in the crisis even as "other countries, like our ally South Korea, mobilized and ramped up testing."
The Trump campaign plans to paint Biden as a career, establishment politician who's soft on China.
The Lincoln Project — which includes former and "Never Trump" Republicans George Conway, Reed Galen, Steve Schmidt, John Weaver, Rick Wilson and more — is up with its first TV ad endorsing Joe Biden.
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The drastic measures at top digital media outlets serve as a stark reminder that few victims will be spared by the economic crisis prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, Sara Fischer writes.
Flashback: Digital media companies were riding a wave of optimism just a few months ago, with many expecting to finally become profitable in 2020.
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Axios is among the small businesses that qualified for a PPP loan to protect existing jobs and help weather the coronavirus crisis, CEO Jim VandeHei writes.
Our plan: We qualified for just shy of $5 million. Along with quick moves we made early in the crisis to reduce non-personnel expenses, this loan ensures we can avoid layoffs and pay cuts for our almost 200-person staff for the rest of the year, regardless of how much the overall economy deteriorates.
The big picture: This is a tough time for small businesses and the media alike. All of us should work our tails off to help others navigate this economic mess.
Howard Schultz — the Starbucks chairman emeritus, who has been quiet since dropping out of the presidential race in September — announces on Medium this morning that he'll push for "transformation" loans for small business:
We need a Marshall Plan for small businesses that begins with providing federally backed loans that cover what it will cost businesses to reopen and reinvent themselves for the COVID economy. These expenses include things like buildouts in workplaces and retail spaces to accommodate social distancing; regular virus testing for customers and employees; hiring and training; reconnecting or redeveloping supply chains ...
These "transformation" loans should operate like start-up financing, but be longer-term, lower interest, include one year of no payments, and a portion that’s forgiven.
Three generations are on the cover of People magazine's 30th anniversary "Beauty Issue," out Friday — Goldie Hawn, 74; her daughter, Kate Hudson, 41; and granddaughter Rani Rose Fujikawa.
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