✡️ Good Wednesday morning. Passover starts at sundown. Many families are planning virtual Seders, via Zoom and Google.
Rabbi Noam Marans, director of interreligious relations at the American Jewish Committee, told AP: "'This year we are enslaved — next year we will be free.' That aspiration is very real this year."
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Public transit systems across the country are experiencing a painful trifecta: Ridership has collapsed, funding streams are squeezed, and mass transit won't bounce back from the pandemic nearly as fast as other modes of transportation, Axios' Kim Hart writes.
Most public transit systems are operating at only 10% capacity — with skeletal schedules with minimal crews — to transport essential workers to their jobs, says Paul Skoutelas, CEO of the American Public Transportation Association.
What's happening: Public transit systems have taken extra steps to keep their remaining passengers and workers safe during the epidemic.
What to watch: Passengers may be hesitant to sit shoulder-to-shoulder on a subway car or in a crowded bus for the near future.
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The Wisconsin voters braving lines in face masks could foreshadow a nationwide legal struggle over how to conduct elections during the coronavirus outbreak, Axios' Stef Kight writes.
What's next: Twenty-one states and D.C. still have presidential primary deadlines between now and June 23.
What to watch: 2018 was a record year for election-related litigation, and 2020 should surpass it.
The socially distanced briefing room yesterday. Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty Images
President Trump has made a flurry of moves to thwart the authority and independence of administration watchdogs, including removing the inspector general who was to oversee the $2.2 trillion virus rescue package.
Why it matters: Trump's moves against the watchdogs are a signal and reveal how he plans to govern in the final nine months of this term.
Now any time Trump hears about a finding from an IG, he leaps to the conclusion that they’re a Democrat or Never Trumper.
The bottom line: Unchastened by the virus crisis, Trump is continuing his post-impeachment moves to purge government of anyone not personally loyal to him.
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Above: Robert Forrestal wears a full face chemical shield as he votes at the Janesville Mall.
Below: Photos on social media showed long lines, including this one at Washington High School in Milwaukee.
Above: A worker hands out disinfectant wipes and pens as voters line up outside Riverside High School in Milwaukee.
Below: Sisters Kelly and Teal Rowe work behind a Plexiglass barrier in Dunn, while waiting to verify voters at the town's highway garage facility.
73% of Americans say the pandemic has reduced their family income, according to a poll of likely voters by the Financial Times and the Peter G. Peterson Foundation (subscription).
"In a sign of how widespread the pandemic’s economic impact has become," the FT reports, "almost as many families making more than $100,000 a year reported a hit to their income (71%), as those making less than $50,000 (74%)."
Ivanka Trump speaks at yesterday's White House videoconference with bank and credit card executives. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
Ivanka Trump personally lobbied top bank executives to line up the $1.5 billion in commitments to small businesses that were announced yesterday at a videoconference among the bank executives and President Trump.
Ivanka, who has had workforce development in her portfolio going back to 2017, plans an increasing emphasis on small businesses in the weeks ahead as they navigate the rescue bill’s Payroll Protection Program , sources tell me.
Watch for Ivanka to take a key role in negotiating small-business provisions in the new rescue bill being planned by the Hill and the White House.
Business owners set up portable fencing at the fish market in D.C. to try to enforce social distancing. Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP
Warmer weather is bringing violations of social-distancing guidelines in the nation's capital, even as health officials predict the city could become one of the next U.S. hot spots in the pandemic, AP's Ashraf Khalil writes.
Washington's attempts to slow the spread through social distancing have been complicated by noncompliant residents:
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A "pink supermoon" rises last night behind the Empire State Building, as seen from Hoboken, N.J.
The next supermoon is May 7.
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