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Spoil someone today: If you have the gift of talking to your mom, give her a laugh by telling her: "I'm glad you're a mother!"
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Vice President Mike Pence told "Axios on HBO" that he welcomes the idea of bringing Michael Flynn back into government, after the Justice Department moved last week to drop its criminal case against President Trump's former national security adviser.
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Why it matters: Trump said April 30 that he would "certainly consider" bringing Flynn back into the administration.
The big picture: Trump lavished praise on the decision by his Justice Department to go to court to drop charges against Flynn, who had pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his conversations with former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.
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Now that we're all sheltering in place, convenient childhood food favorites — like hot dogs, soup and macaroni and cheese — are trumping the healthy options that prevailed pre-coronavirus, managing editor Jennifer Kingson writes.
On the beverage side, consumers who made "Dry January" such a big thing this year have been drowned out by the bored and anxious, who are driving up booze sales, quaffing "quarantinis" and hoisting Corona beer during Zoom happy hours.
What to watch: Faux meats — plant-based foods that are eaten primarily by non-vegetarians — have lost steam during the pandemic, and that trend will continue, Badaracco says.
Three members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force — Dr. Anthony Fauci, CDC Director Robert Redfield and FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn — placed themselves in quarantine after contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19, AP's Kevin Freking reports.
Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has tested negative and will continue to be tested regularly, the institute said.
Redfield will be "teleworking for the next two weeks" after it was determined he had a "low risk exposure" to a person at the White House, the CDC said.
Hahn, who tested negative, is in self-quarantine for the next two weeks.
What's next: All three are scheduled to testify on the Hill on Tuesday.
This is Astoria, Queens, at 1:11 a.m. on April 15, 2020 — the day New York was projected to see the peak of the pandemic.
Why it matters ... As Michael Luo, editor of NewYorker.com, told me: "It’s a poem to the city, capturing its pain and grief but also its resilience and resolve, as well as its beauty."
Steve Turner and his sisters, Carla Paull and Lisa Fishman, hold up a Mother’s Day banner emblazoned with images of their mom, Beverly Turner, in front of her assisted living facility in Ladue, Missouri. (A practice session for today!)
Treats made and delivered by neighbors. Fresh garden plantings dug from a safe six feet away. Trips around the world set up room-to-room at home.
Some medical facilities are pitching in by collecting voice and video recordings from locked-out relatives.
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