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Yesterday's briefing. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images
Republicans are increasingly concerned not only about President Trump’s daily briefings but also his broader plan to ease the nation out of the virus crisis and back to work. This concern is acute — and spreading.
Trump built his re-election pitch on the idea the U.S. has seen historic prosperity under his leadership, but now the economy is in shambles, Axios' Alayna Treene writes.
Club for Growth President David McIntosh, a former Indiana congressman and ally of Vice President Pence, says not enough attention is being paid to the post-virus economy.
Some Trump aides and Republican lawmakers increasingly believe his daily briefings are hurting him more than helping, "and are urging him to let his medical experts take center stage," the N.Y. Times reports.
The conservative Wall Street Journal editorial page hit him yesterday with "Trump’s Wasted Briefings," saying they often deteriorate "into a dispiriting brawl between the president and his antagonists in the White House press corps":
Every reporter knows the way to get a TV moment, and get a pat on the back from newsroom pals, is to bait Mr. Trump with a question about his previous statements or about criticism that someone has leveled against him. Mr. Trump always takes the bait.
🐦 Trump took the bait, tweeting:
What's next: Trump, increasingly frustrated with the pandemic's bite on the economy, is preparing to launch a second coronavirus task force focused on economic recovery.
Editor's note: This item has been corrected to reflect that a quote came from a conservative strategist, not Club for Growth President David McIntosh.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
It feels like some big, terrible switch got flipped when the coronavirus upended our lives — so it’s natural to want to simply flip it back. But that's not how the return to normalcy will go, Axios health care editor Sam Baker writes.
What the post-lockdown world will look like:
And there will be more waves of infection, even in areas that have passed their peaks.
This is all but inevitable in the U.S., too, especially as travel begins to pick back up.
What we’re watching: We’ll still need a lot more diagnostic testing to make this process work.
The real turning point won’t come until there’s a proven, widely available treatment or, even better, a widely available vaccine.
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Above: The Omni Dallas, with its "LIGHT IT BLUE" display, was among 150+ U.S. venues participating in last night's campaign.
Below: One World Trade Center, lit in blue, is seen from Jersey City.
In Jerusalem yesterday, a priest peers from the door of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, where Christians believe Jesus was buried. Photo: Ariel Schalit/AP
Few parts of life bring as many people together as religion.
As the coronavirus spread beyond China, some of the earliest outbreaks were traced to religious services or pilgrimages.
But as much of the world has moved inside, places of worship have emptied.
Photo: Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images
Grocery stores across the U.S. have struggled with a shortage of eggs as quarantined Americans stockpile and "stress-bake" ahead of Passover and Easter, Axios' Rashaan Ayesh writes.
The egg shortage also hit Israel for Passover, per The Times of Israel.
Spotted in Portsmouth, N.H. Photo: Charles Krupa/AP
The Fed has steadied markets, but is poorly equipped to help small business owners and the close to 17 million Americans who filed for unemployment in the past three weeks, Axios Markets editor Dion Rabouin writes.
The S&P 500 rose by nearly 1.5% yesterday, capping its best holiday-shortened week since 1974. (The markets are closed today for Good Friday.)
In China, employees at Magna International, one of the world's largest auto suppliers, adapt to a new normal at work. Photos: Magna International
As North American automakers and suppliers plot a coordinated effort to reopen factories as early as May, they're drawing lessons from China, where production has already resumed, Axios' Joann Muller writes from Detroit.
Here are tips from a 51-page "Safe Work Playbook" from Lear Corp., a maker of seats and vehicle technology:
Bruce Mehlman of Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas is out with one of his famous decks, pointing out that recessions historically have been incumbent-killers.
P.S. Bruce reminds us ...
Photo: Alexey Komelkov/Dynamo Brest via AP
They don't cheer, they don't move, and they mostly wear the wrong colors.
Belarus is the last country in Europe still hosting professional sports in front of spectators amid the pandemic, but attendance is shrinking as fans decide stadiums are too risky.
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