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It's deflating, but it would be derelict to ignore: The hope of anything approximating normal in the coming months — and probably well beyond — is gone.
It’s time to recalibrate expectations based on this stark reality, Jim VandeHei points out:
The true U.S. unemployment rate is estimated at 20% to 45% — possibly exceeding the Great Depression peak of 25% in 1933.
We cheer the idea of restaurants reopening — but, according to Bill Gates and California Gov. Gavin Newsom, likely with half as many tables.
Airlines, if and when they return to the skies, may have to leave middle seats open.
The big picture: One of the most sobering reads of the past week was a synthesis by the N.Y. Times' Donald McNeil of his gloomy conversations with 20+ experts about the next year or two:
Plus there's little evidence of heat killing the virus.
What’s next: Based on the science and scientists, it seems wise to plan for the surreal and painful past two months to last most if not all of 2020.
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Some swing voters in Canton, Ohio, who were won over by President Trump's say-anything bravado in 2016, now wish he'd be less partisan and more expert-driven — like a governor, Alexi McCammond reports.
Why it matters: National polls show a majority of Americans feel better about their state executives' handling of the crisis than Trump's.
What they're saying: There's little appetite for partisan politics among these voters when it comes to a crisis with life-and-death consequences.
Asked for the leadership qualities they admire in other governors around the country managing the crisis, these voters offered words including "patience," "sympathetic" and "sincere."
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will send a letter next week urging President Trump, governors, mayors and county officials to work together on consistent rules for a staged reopening, Neil Bradley, the chamber's executive vice president and chief policy officer, told me in a phone interview.
A draft of the letter says: "[W]e urge you to refrain from converting public health and safety guidance into regulations."
Bradley told me that after consulting businesses and partners in all 50 states, he sees three ways that reopening America could be fumbled:
Alexis Garrod, a CrossFit coach in San Francisco, holds a class over Zoom.
President Trump plans to pare back his virus pressers, Jonathan Swan scooped:
Public service announcement tweeted yesterday by the CDC:
The Washington Post's Food section did a cover story on substituting ingredients. (Out of ground beef? Try lentils!) A WashPost special section, Voraciously, was headlined: "So you need to learn how to cook ... ."
Tomorrow, the N.Y. Times will debut a new weekly section, "At Home," as part of a temporary shift in the paper's Sunday architecture.
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