May 15, 2018

Journalist, author Tom Wolfe dies at 88

Tom Wolfe at a 2015 party in NYC. Photo: Mireya Acierto/Getty Images

Tom Wolfe, a journalist and novelist who pioneered the "New Journalism" movement in the 1960s, died yesterday, age 88, after being hospitalized for an infection, the New York Times reports.

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Government tech struggles to dole out coronavirus stimulus cash

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Tech challenges are hampering federal and state government efforts to get funds from the $2 trillion coronavirus relief law into the hands of newly unemployed workers and struggling small businesses who need it.

Why it matters: Many businesses and individuals need the money now for essentials, including meeting payroll and paying rent.

U.S. coronavirus updates: Death toll passes 9,600

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Recorded deaths from the novel coronavirus surpassed 9,600 in the U.S. on Monday, per Johns Hopkins data. More than 1,000 people in the U.S. have died of coronavirus-related conditions each day since April 1.

Why it matters: U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on Sunday the coming week will be "the hardest and saddest week of most Americans' lives" — calling it our "our Pearl Harbor, our 9/11 moment."

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Coronavirus dashboard

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 10 a.m. ET: 1,289,380 — Total deaths: 70,590 — Total recoveries: 270,372Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 10 a.m. ET: 337,971 — Total deaths: 9,654 — Total recoveries: 17,582Map.
  3. Federal government latest: White House adviser Peter Navarro defends hydroxychloroquine use in heated CNN interview after he battled Anthony Fauci in the Situation Room over its use.
  4. Public health latest: Health care workers vs. the coronavirus
  5. Trump latest: The pandemic may delay a Supreme Court case on the president's tax returns, sparing him from having to release them before the 2020 election.
  6. World update: U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to the hospital as a "precautionary step."
  7. What should I do? Pets, moving and personal health. Answers about the virus from Axios expertsWhat to know about social distancingQ&A: Minimizing your coronavirus risk.
  8. Other resources: CDC on how to avoid the virus, what to do if you get it.

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