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Eight weeks into this nation's greatest crisis since World War II, we seem no closer to a national strategy to reopen the nation, rebuild the economy and defeat the coronavirus, Editor in Chief Nicholas Johnston writes.
The response is being hobbled by trends that have been growing for years — growing income inequality, the rise of misinformation, lack of trust in institutions, the rural/urban divide and hyper-partisanship.
Without even a basic agreement on the danger of the pandemic and its toll, here's how we see the national response unfold:
The bottom line: An existential threat — like war or natural disaster — usually brings people together. Somehow, we've let this one drive us apart.
"Soaring Prices, Rotting Crops ... Processing and transportation breakdowns, panic buying threaten vulnerable nations;" reports The Wall Street Journal (subscription):
What's happening, per The Journal:
FBI agents — investigating Senate Intelligence Chairman Richard Burr (R-N.C.) over a mass sell-off of stocks as the virus crisis rose and markets fell — seized a phone belonging to him after serving a search warrant last night, the L.A. Times reports.
Burr dumped between $582,029 and $1.56 million, ProPublica reported that month. Burr has strenuously denied wrongdoing.
A Burr spokesperson declined to comment to Axios last night.
President Trump called on governors to work to reopen schools, taking issue with Dr. Anthony Fauci's caution against moving too quickly, AP reports.
Fauci warned in Senate testimony: "We don't know everything about this virus and we really better be pretty careful, particularly when it comes to children."
Two Republican senators released a declassified list from acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell naming Obama administration officials, including Vice President Joe Biden, who asked to "unmask" the identity of Michael Flynn when he was under surveillance, Zachary Basu writes.
📺 But Fox News' Sean Hannity last night opened his show by saying: "Buckle up! Wow! Huge, massive developments in the biggest abuse-of-power, corruption scandal in American history. "
❓ What is unmasking? During routine surveillance of foreign targets, names of Americans occasionally come up in conversations, AP explains. When an American's name is swept up, it's called “incidental collection.” In these cases, the name of the American is masked before the intelligence is distributed.
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Less than a week after dropping out of the presidential race, Michael Bloomberg announced his next major initiative — an online network of mayors and public health experts to help communities deal with the coronavirus, Kim Hart writes.
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Tech veterans are lining up to support Joe Biden, forming a largely moderate, Beltway-fluent contrast to President Trump's tech loyalists, Kyle Daly and Margaret Harding McGill report.
The Atlantic today launches "Shadowland," a project on conspiracies and their role in shaping today's America:
Editor in chief Jeffrey Goldberg argues in an introductory essay: "America is losing its grip on enlightenment values and reality itself."
Republican Mike Garcia claimed victory "in the race for an open congressional seat north of Los Angeles, the first time the GOP has flipped a California district from blue to red" since 1998, the L.A. Times' Mark Z. Barabak and Arit John report.
What happened, from AP's Michael Blood: Garcia appeared to benefit from enthusiasm among conservatives. The electorate that turned out in the unusual May special election skewed toward reliable, older Republican voters.
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Snapchat is working to get younger users to register to vote, executives tell Sara Fischer.
Why it matters: The company was able to successfully register 450,000 people through its app during the 2018 midterms. New data show that 50% of those registered actually went out and casted ballots.
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