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After business, sports and the arts took dire steps responding to the pandemic, Washington finally caught on yesterday and rushed to make up for lost time.
At 12:50 a.m. today, the House approved an aid package on a bipartisan vote, 363-40, to provide direct relief to Americans suffering physically, financially and emotionally from the virus, per AP.
Trump tweeted approval this morning: "Good teamwork between Republicans & Democrats as the House passes the big CoronaVirus Relief Bill. People really pulled together. Nice to see!"
🦠 Quick catch-up, via AP:
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A focus group of swing voters in Edina, Minn., said they're viewing the pandemic primarily as a financial threat — and won't blame President Trump if it triggers a recession, Alexi McCammond reports.
This was the biggest takeaway from an Engagious/FPG focus group Monday.
Between the lines: These voters fear health care costs associated with coronavirus, both for treatment and for potential vaccines.
The big picture: We've heard underlying financial concerns when swing voters talk about issues they care about heading into the 2020 presidential election.
Smart Brevity on what The Wall Street Journal calls "the wildest week on Wall Street since the 2008 financial crisis":
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U.S. prison and detention systems are dangerously susceptible to the coronavirus, Stef Kight writes.
Driving the news: Visits by family members, friends and attorneys to people held in federal prisons are being halted for 30 days, AP first reported.
The big picture: Detention and correctional spaces are the "perfect environment for the spread of COVID-19," Leonard Rubenstein, a senior scientist at Johns Hopkins who has studied infectious diseases in prisons, told Axios:
Joe Biden's virtual town hall in Illinois yesterday marks a new normal for campaigning, AP reports:
Bernie Sanders has been holding daily press briefings from his home state, and said this is hurting him.
"2019 was the second warmest year on record," after 2016.
During his first three years in office, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s assistance, President Trump was able to name nearly as many appellate judges as President Obama appointed over two terms, the N.Y Times reports in a data-driven spread for Sunday's paper:
Two-thirds of Trump appointees are white men, The Times calculates.
These Pentagon graphics show aerial images of sites targeted in U.S. airstrikes in Iraq Thursday.
As a tiny reminder of how much our perspective changed this week, check out this jarring headline in the WashPost's Sunday Business section, on a workplace advice column that was written in advance:
Unfortunately, the column didn't advise her supervisor to ask: "You've only been here four months. I've been here [xxx]. What may I do to make your life better?"
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