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🛒 Situational awareness: Walmart plans to hire another 50,000 workers after reaching its goal of adding 150,000 workers six weeks ahead of schedule.
President Trump's presence during the pandemic dwarfs Joe Biden's across nearly every media channel.
Reality check: The extra exposure for Trump hasn’t necessarily helped him.
The tale of the tape:
Biden, in an effort to sculpt his own presidential posture during lockdown, has blitzed cable news and spoken via livestream a couple times a week.
Biden aides are banking on their belief that there are plenty of people who prefer Biden's style to Trump's.
It may be a long time before many of us congregate in restaurants. And going out to eat is quickly becoming a far-off luxury for many hardworking Americans.
But the dining trade is starting to think about how the industry will need to evolve, and Bloomberg's Leslie Patton and Edward Ludlow have a look ahead:
California Gov. Gavin Newsom had this preview of the new normal when restaurants reopen, via L.A. Times:
"The coronavirus crisis is forcing a reckoning over the price and value of higher education," the WashPost's Nick Anderson reports.
The context, per The Post: "Schools geared toward full-time students ... offer, in normal times, academic programs with a personal touch, including seminars, laboratory classes, office hours and research opportunities with faculty."
The bottom line: "Many schools provided partial refunds for room and board after they sent students home. But they have held firm on tuition, arguing that classes are still moving forward and credit will still be awarded toward degrees."
Spotted yesterday outside Gelson's gourmet market in the Los Feliz neighborhood of L.A.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Trump urged supporters yesterday to "LIBERATE" three states led by Democratic governors, apparently encouraging protests against stay-at-home mandates aimed at stopping the coronavirus.
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"Paul O’Neill, a former U.S. Treasury secretary and Alcoa chief executive whose independence and blunt speaking style led to clashes with President George W. Bush, died early Saturday at his home in Pittsburgh" while under treatment for lung cancer, The Wall Street Journal's James R. Hagerty writes.
The great David Hume Kennerly, who took the priceless photo above (across from The Watergate, in 2002), emails me:
I loved Paul, he was a guy who stuck to his own road, and it wasn’t in the slow lane! I asked him how fast that Audi TT would go. He said, "160 miles per hour. I know."
I knew Paul since I first met him working in the Ford White House in 1974, and stayed friends with him ever since.
The N.Y. Times' T Magazine Culture Issue, out tomorrow, celebrates "groups of creative people who, whether united by outlook or identity, happenstance or choice, built communities that have shaped the larger cultural landscape."
The "New Guard" chapter includes "The Journalists":
In this tumultuous period of American politics, there are perhaps more foreign correspondents in Washington, D.C., than ever before, from Sweden to Singapore. What unites them is their fight against the threat of misinformation and their struggle to accurately inform their fellow citizens about what’s happening here — and how it might affect them.
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