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Believing the worst is yet to come, some top advisers to President Trump are struggling to steer him away from Easter as an arbitrary deadline for much of the nation to reopen, Jonathan Swan reports.
One person close to Trump expressed concern about market reaction the day after Easter, if the president allows that to be set up too rigidly as Open Day.
Between the lines: The reality is that the administration is unlikely to go from red light to green light.
But weaning Trump from setting a date for millions of Americans to get back to work is a delicate, ongoing process.
The bottom line: With states including Louisiana and Florida showing increasingly alarming signals, a senior White House official told Swan there’s a sense that a rolling disaster awaits.
A second wave of cities — including Boston, Detroit, New Orleans and Philadelphia — are seeing increases in confirmed coronavirus cases, and could become new hot spots if they're not able to bring their cases under control soon, Caitlin Owens and Andrew Witherspoon write.
New Orleans in particular is nearing a crisis, with hospitals already becoming overwhelmed and supplies of medical safety gear running low.
🐦 Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former FDA commissioner under President Trump who has been closely tracking the pandemic, tweeted last night:
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Americans are looking for an exit ramp away from the extreme social distancing brought on by the coronavirus. But that will require steps we're not yet prepared for, Caitlin Owens and Bryan Walsh write.
The off-ramp requires fast, widespread testing, which the U.S. still doesn't have.
What's next: Syndromic surveillance — testing a random portion of the community — might help the U.S. get a better handle on the true prevalence of COVID-19.
The bottom line: Life won’t go back to normal for a long time. Normalcy will return in doses, and at different paces in different parts of the country.
The front page of today's New York Times tells a first-ever story in a first-ever way:
The growing throng of critics who have assailed the Senate's $2.2 trillion spending bill as avarice, insufficient and disappointing have an alternative, Axios Markets Editor Dion Rabouin writes.
Details: Tlaib proposes sending a debit card to every single person in the U.S. loaded with $2,000, then reloading that card every month with $1,000 "until one year after the end of the Coronavirus crisis.
Why it matters: There is rising opposition to the idea that government debt is harmful. Tlaib's bill currently has very limited support in Congress, but that could change.
Closed businesses, home offices and schools amid the coronavirus pandemic has translated into an influx of outdoor recreation in parks, despite states' advice for people to stay home, Marisa Fernandez and Kim Hart write.
State of play:
Three of the Grand Canyon's most popular trails — Bright Angel, South Kaibab and North Kaibab — will temporarily close at noon today.
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Humans are root drivers in pandemics like this one, Axios climate and energy columnist Amy Harder writes.
How it works: "We know that tropical diseases tend to have wildlife as reservoirs more than temperate diseases," said Lee Hannah, a senior scientist in climate change biology at the nonprofit Conservation International.
That's what Peter Wehner called this moment from 13 years ago, as Speaker Pelosi celebrated 8-0 yesterday:
President George W. Bush: "Tonight I have the high privilege and distinct honor of my own, as the first president to begin the State of the Union message with these words: "Madam Speaker."
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