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With restaurants and other businesses cut to half occupancy (or less), airlines are packing customers to near capacity, Axios Markets editor Dion Rabouin writes.
How it works: In March, most airlines reduced the number of flights by as much as 80% through the end of May. As travel has picked up, carriers have simply loaded new passengers onto the few remaining scheduled flights.
What's happening: Delta instituted a rule "capping seating at 50% capacity in first class and 60% capacity in the main cabin and keeping middle seats blocked."
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), ranking member of the Senate Transportation Committee, sent a letter this week to Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao urging her department to issue national social-distancing guidelines for aviation.
The big picture: Airline revenue was down 98% for the week ended May 10 compared to the year before, according to trade group Airlines for America.
U.S. births continued to fall last year, leading to the fewest newborns in 35 years, AP's Mike Stobbe writes.
Why it matters: The decline continues a prolonged national "baby bust" that's been going on for more than a decade.
The big picture: Aside from a one-year uptick in 2014, U.S. births have been falling every year since 2007, when the Great Recession hit.
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54% of all counties don’t have a testing site.
Above: A protester with an image of Ahmaud Arbery on a mask rallied in Brunswick, Ga., to protest Arbery's killing while jogging in a white subdivision.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and his wife, Susan, have held about two dozen "Madison Dinners" in the historic Diplomatic Reception Rooms — on the government's dime — for CEOs, Supreme Court justices, political heavyweights and ambassadors, NBC News reports.
Why it matters: This is an additional target for the Hill after Friday's firing of State's inspector general.
The response: State's Morgan Ortagus told NBC that the dinners are "a world-class opportunity to discuss the mission of the State Department and the complex foreign policy matters facing our exceptional nation."
The big picture: The move comes as people are increasingly migrating to e-commerce during the coronavirus pandemic.
The state of play: Facebook Shops will be free for businesses across Facebook and Instagram, allowing them to choose the products they want to feature and customize the look and feel of their shop with a cover image and accent colors.
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Joe Biden, at a Yahoo News virtual town hall with chef José Andrés, ripped President Trump for not wearing a mask: "I can't walk outside my house" without one.
Acting DNI Richard Grenell has declassified the full text of an email that memorializes former national security adviser Susan Rice's account of an Oval Office meeting on Jan. 5, 2017, in which top Obama officials discussed Michael Flynn's contacts with the Russian ambassador, Politico reports.
Sen. Josh Hawley talks to reporters May 5. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call via Reuters
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) will lambaste China on the Senate floor today, arguing that the international order must be ripped up to avoid America taking "second place to the imperialists in Beijing," Axios World editor Dave Lawler writes.
Why it matters: Hawley’s star has risen fast, and the 40-year-old freshman senator is often discussed as a 2024 presidential prospect. He’s betting that Trump’s populist nationalism and hawkishness on China aren’t passing phenomena, but the future of the Republican Party.
Between the lines: Hawley is one of a few prominent Republicans — among them Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) — building intellectual architecture around the fire and fury of Trump’s foreign policy.
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What I'm hearing: So much of what Spotify has done in podcasting (including The Ringer) is non-exclusive, but Rogan is walking away from Apple downloads.
A top media executive tells me: "[A] hit exclusive product looks great — at least until we find out they overpaid, or if Apple considers it Pearl Harbor and starts locking up everybody else."
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