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The coronavirus and lockdowns have brought us tons of "who'd have thought?" developments:
Jennifer's thought bubble: Who would have thought that New Yorkers — ornery as we are — would stand in polite lines on the sidewalk for entry into stores?
Protest at the Michigan State Capitol. Photo: Paul Sancya/AP
Based on what President Trump has said publicly, he is expected to make clear to governors when they talk by video teleconference at 3 p.m. ET today that he won’t hold them back if they want to reopen their states for business.
⚡ Protests by people who want to get back to work have broken out in Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, North Carolina and Virginia, per USA Today.
What's next: Multiply what's happening now by several times, and we could see major clashes across the country between cautious governors and angry, impatient constituents.
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Retail sales — which include purchases in stores and online, and spending at bars and restaurants — plunged 8.7% in March from the previous month, by far the largest drop since the Commerce Department started tracking the data 28 years ago, the N.Y. Times reports.
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The coronavirus crisis has reset the tech industry's ecology with the speed and force of a meteor hitting a planet, Axios managing editor Scott Rosenberg writes from the Bay Area in a special takeover edition of Login, our daily tech newsletter.
Here's Silicon Valley's new food chain:
What to watch: Investors who've experienced previous downturns will place longer-term bets on new technologies.
The bottom line: The scale and reach of tech's giants now look less like a danger and more like a public good.
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A digital, at-home version of the SAT is being prepared in case schools remain closed into the fall, the College Board said as it announced the cancellation of June testing.
School closures forced the cancellation of spring testing for about 1 million first-time SAT test-takers, the majority of them high school juniors.
Samantha Power, U.S. ambassador to the UN from 2013 to 2017, writes for TIME that "the shared enemy of a future pandemic must bring about a redefinition of national security":
The 9/11 attacks gave those wanting to justify American engagement abroad a sense of purpose: preventing future terrorist attacks. But for the U.S., the "post-9/11 world" became defined by wars in Afghanistan and Iraq that cost more than 7,000 service members their lives and drained vast resources.
Those wars also diverted high-level governmental attention that should have been focused on China’s rising power and Russia’s military and digital aggression. ... [T]he national-security establishment concentrated on terrorism, dedicating paltry resources to battling climate change or preventing pandemics, the deadliest threats of all. ...
[W]e need to unite behind ending our decades-long over-reliance on the military, and building national and international mechanisms to protect people not merely from the last threat, but from the coming ones.
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America First Action, the top pro-Trump super PAC, is testing a new ad campaign to paint Joe Biden as soft on China, and to redirect criticism of President Trump’s coronavirus response, Axios' Alayna Treene reports.
Why it matters: The ads come as Trump campaign officials lay plans to try to focus the general election campaign on Biden's past approaches to China.
The ads are slightly different for each state.
Chris Cuomo, 49, interviews his older brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, 62, last night. Screenshot via CNN
Chris Cuomo, the CNN anchor who vividly describes his terrifying battle with COVID-19 in nightly shows from his basement in the Hamptons, said last night that his wife, Cristina, has been diagnosed with the virus two weeks after he announced he was infected, and that he believes he gave it to her:
Cuomo tweeted: "Kids are still healthy but this shook us at our literal core. All are stepping up. Can't wait to shake this fever so I can help her as she helped me. Sucks."
Between surgeries one stressful morning, Ben Cayer and Mindy Brock — husband and wife, and fellow nurse anesthetists in Florida — peered through layers of protective gear, and locked eyes, AP's Carla Johnson reports.
They met in nurse anesthesia school in 2007. In classes, they sat in alphabetical order. Brock next to Cayer, she says, "and it just took off from there."
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