🧼 Today marks 100 days since New Year's Eve, when a Chinese government website announced the detection of a "pneumonia of unknown cause," The Guardian notes in "100 Days That Changed the World."
The last Biden-Sanders debate was March 15 at CNN in Washington. Photo: Evan Vucci/AP
Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders are working to announce joint goals on health care and other issues in the next few weeks — a sign that Biden is willing to make concessions to unite the camps long before the Democratic convention in August.
Reality check: There's no chance Biden will adopt Medicare for All as part of those discussions.
Between the lines: The virus pandemic could create new, limited opportunities for the men to join forces, including on health care.
President Trump was flanked at yesterday's briefing by HHS Secretary Alex Azar (far left), Vice President Pence and Dr. Deborah Birx. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images
President Trump's aides, encouraged by data showing fewer coronavirus deaths than once projected, are working behind the scenes to deliver on his vow to reopen America "sooner rather than later."
What to watch for: The official said there’s a lot of internal energy pushing for May 1, because that's the end of the White House's "30 Days to Slow the Spread."
Public health officials are wary of optimistic talk of an imminent reopening from some members of the White House economic team.
The federal government will ultimately defer to governors.
Of the virus victims whose demographic data was publicly shared by officials — nearly 3,300 of the nation's 13,000 deaths — about 42% were black, according to an AP analysis. African Americans account for roughly 21% of the population in the areas covered by the analysis.
This graphic shows how the alarming trend persists across states:
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Above: Rabbi Jeffrey Bennett of Temple Sinai in Newington, Conn., hosts a virtual community Seder on Zoom on the first night of Passover.
Below: The Barkin family of Maplewood, N.J., uses computers and mobile phones to connect with relatives during the pandemic Passover.
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WeWork — the driver of America's shift to smaller, shared office spaces — is planning layout and design changes to its nearly 900 locations as it struggles to survive the pandemic, Axios' Erica Pandey reports.
What's happening: WeWork is removing some seats and desks, and halving many conference rooms' capacities so workers can observe 6-foot social distancing guidelines, according to company documents.
P.S. ... "WeWork hasn’t paid April rent for some locations and is approaching landlords regarding rent abatements, revenue-sharing agreements and other lease amendments as it seeks to trim liabilities," Bloomberg reports.
At least 759 people under age 50 across the U.S. "have perished amid the deepening pandemic, according to a Washington Post analysis of state data."
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Startups that aren’t directly affected by this sudden shift in consumer behavior are now laying off employees too, worried that their products and services won't be in demand anytime soon, Axios' Kia Kokalitcheva writes from S.F.
More young companies are announcing cutbacks, including buzzy retailers like luggage maker Away, and software plays like restaurant service provider Toast, which in February announced $400 million in new funding.
Others making cuts as the economic ripples gain momentum:
Deep Root Analytics of Arlington, Va., surveyed its corporate social responsibility audience — consumers who say a company's stance on key issues is important to their buying decisions — and found:
Methodology: 843 U.S. voters were interviewed April 2-5, with 604 interviews online and 239 via automated telephone technology. Margin of error: ±3.4%.
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Hamptons developer Joe Farrell found a renter for his 11-bedroom Sandcastle, at close to his asking price of $2 million for now through Labor Day.
The demand for jigsaw puzzles has left their makers and retailers on "a war footing" thanks to virus lockdowns, but intricate production methods mean that supply might not be able to keep up, writes the N.Y. Times' Amie Tsang.
One popular theme: coziness.
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