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Even as some states take steps to open up their economies, huge parts of our lives will stay shuttered well through August and possibly beyond, Axios' Kim Hart writes.
Education: The lost summer could turn into a lost year academically. What used to be a three-month summer learning loss could turn into five or six months, said Khan Academy CEO Sal Khan during an Axios virtual event.
Businesses: Summer is a make-or-break period for many small businesses in tourist-reliant areas. Summer vacations are as vital to the hospitality industry as Black Friday is to retail.
Families: The strain on families on all levels will have a cumulative effect. Summer months are often times to take a breather, slow down and get out of town. That won’t happen this year for most.
Work routines: Virtual work fatigue is setting in. By September, our patience, routines and willpower will be frayed and weak.
What to watch: Summer also brings some level of complacency risk when it comes to coronavirus.
President Trump's name appears on stimulus checks. Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
President Trump's handling of the virus crisis has produced a political emergency for the White House, with a raft of signs suddenly pointing to possible big trouble when he faces re-election six months from now:
A senior White House official, reflecting the view of many in Trump's orbit, told Axios: "I think you can take a snapshot of the first of May, and it’ll be incredibly different than the first of November."
Behind the scenes: Trump administration officials privately tell Axios' Alayna Treene and Margaret Talev that the virus has made them more worried about the election than they’ve ever been.
Between the lines: All this comes amid yet more West Wing turnover, with aides divided about how to respond.
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios
President Trump’s executive order reopening meat processing plants — even though they're virus hot spots — raises a tangle of liability issues that could keep courts and trial lawyers busy for years, Axios managing editor Jennifer Kingson writes.
What's happening: Meat processing workers, many of them low-income immigrants and minorities, are being recalled to plants where thousands have been sickened.
Lawyers say the meat producers being forced to reopen plants — like Tyson Foods, Conagra, Smithfield Foods, JBS and Cargill — could face a range of legal challenges if their workers get sick.
Businesses should close break rooms. Restaurants should consider disposable menus and plates. Schools should have students eat lunch in their classrooms instead of the cafeteria.
Those are some of the recommendations in draft CDC guidance, AP reports:
⚡ CNN headlines as I type this: "AT LEAST 31 STATES TO PARTIALLY REOPEN BY WEEK’S END ... DOZENS OF SHOPPING MALLS TO OPEN ACROSS U.S. ON FRIDAY," May 1.
Amazon blasted an unusual accusation in an annual report by President Trump's trade office as a "purely political act" that's part of a "personal vendetta."
Amazon's Jodi Seth said in a statement: "This purely political act is another example of the administration using the U.S. government to advance a personal vendetta against Amazon."
Lighthizer's office didn't respond to a request for comment on Amazon's blast.
Joe Biden is one step closer to naming a running mate, announcing four co-chairs and a committee to vet candidates for a job he has committed to filling with a woman, Axios' Alexi McCammond reports.
A federal judge last evening "unsealed new documents in former national security adviser Mike Flynn’s criminal case that his lawyers say are evidence the government tried to set him up in a 2017 interview," per the Wall Street Journal.
Why it matters: The documents can only help Flynn's hope for a pardon from President Trump.
🚨 This was the lead story on Sean Hannity's Fox News show last night, with the graphic: "DEEP STATE RECKONING."
Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios
Venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz has raised $515 million for its second fund dedicated to cryptocurrency and blockchain technologies, Axios' Dan Primack reports.
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These shots, which for some reason popped up from 2018, reminded me of outdoor freedom:
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