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But America is reopening: Interstate 95 was jammed yesterday afternoon on the road from D.C. to Myrtle Beach. S.C.
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Women are driving President Trump's declining support among 65+ voters since the virus took hold, Alexi McCammond and Margaret Talev write.
A Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday shows Biden, 77, leading Trump, 73, by 22 points among female voters 65+.
A Monmouth University poll out last week shows another strength Biden has compared with Clinton when she faced Trump: He's winning voters who don't like either of the major party nominees by more than 40 percentage points.
Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said: "Just like anyone else, senior citizens see President Trump leading the nation during the coronavirus response."
What's next: AARP will conduct battleground polling later this year to understand what's motivating seniors, the group's Nancy LeaMond said.
If you missed Axios PM ... Joe Biden says he "should not have been so cavalier" after he told Charlamagne Tha God on "The Breakfast Club": "If you’ve got a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or for Trump, then you ain’t black."
Charlamagne Tha God said on CNN: "A black woman running mate is necessary, especially after today.”
Coronavirus testing is barely scratching the surface in much of the developing world, Axios World Editor Dave Lawler writes.
Why it matters: The lack of tests in many poorer countries can be attributed to political dysfunction, poor infrastructure and shortages of testing kits and lab capacity.
Hertz — which was heavily indebted, but with its stock at a two-year high before the pandemic — filed for bankruptcy last night after global travel halted.
Dan Primack points out that most of the pandemic-era bankruptcies — J. Crew, Nieman Marcus, J.C. Penney and Pier 1 — were for companies that were already on the brink, and the pandemic pushed them over.
👀 318,000 people went through TSA checkpoints on Thursday, heading into Memorial Day weekend.
What to watch: Creditors could push for Hertz to liquidate part of its fleet, resulting in falling prices for used cars.
Remember: Bankruptcy doesn’t necessarily mean the companies disappear. Pier 1 is liquidating, but the others could stick around.
Above: A member of the Army's 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, The Old Guard, wears a face mask as he places flags in front of each headstone for "Flags-In" at Arlington National Cemetery on Thursday.
Below: American flags fly at half-staff at the Washington Monument yesterday.
Above: Stephen Wilmer of Lindenhurst, N.Y., tries to get a kite aloft for his daughter, Emma, in a light breeze at Jones Beach on Long Island.
Below: Spotted yesterday in Boonton, N.J.
For Muslims worldwide, Eid-al Fitr celebrations, beginning this evening, mark the end of fasting during the holy month of Ramadan.
In a dispatch from Africa, Reuters' Loucoumane Coulibaly describes the pandemic's effect:
Bakari Diakité normally celebrates the end of Ramadan by visiting the local mosque and hosting a large family gathering. This year, with COVID-19 still spreading in Ivory Coast’s commercial capital Abidjan, he has scaled back festivities.
Instead of heading to the mosque this morning, he prayed on a terrace at home with the few family members he lives with. Their lunch of rice and couscous with bissap juice was more modest than the plates of meats they would normally enjoy with a group of some 30 family and friends.
Patrick Ewing, 57, Georgetown men’s basketball coach and NBA legend, tested positive for the coronavirus and is being treated at an unnamed D.C.-area hospital, the university announced.
"The D.C. metro area has been one of the hardest-hit parts of the country," the WashPost notes.
P.S. Another prominent D.C. patient:
Previewing the Supreme Court's arguments-by-phone in time of virus, AP Supreme Court reporters Mark Sherman and Jessica Gresco surfaced this 1993 letter from Justice Anthony Kennedy, now retired, marveling over a new device in his home — and inviting two colleagues who lived nearby to come use it.
A swan swims with cygnets on the Ill River in Strasbourg, eastern France.
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