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Photo: Liu Jie/Xinhua via Getty Images

President Trump told governors on a conference call today that he wants to begin to reopen the U.S. economy on May 1.

  • He called on governors with low coronavirus numbers to begin to reopen their economies on May 1, with the caveat that states should go at their own pace.
  • "You states with beautifully low numbers, let's get your states open and get back to work," Trump said, according to one person on the call and one person familiar with the call.

The White House distributed a document of guidelines for "Opening up America Again" that offers proposed phased reopenings in states or regions that meet certain "gating" criteria.

  • It includes metrics around cases, symptoms and hospital capacity.

It also includes three distinct phases for states, beginning when they satisfy an initial list of progress based on the metrics above.

  1. A slightly softer lockdown, with a phased reopening of some offices and social distancing still encouraged.
  2. For nonvulnerable population, life largely returns to normal. Nonessential travel can resume for nonvulnerable populations.
  3. For vulnerable populations, life can begin to normalize, but with social distancing for those people.

The backdrop: During the 1.5-hour call on Wednesday with Trump’s new “Great American Economic Revival Industry” group, the economic advisers told him an extended shutdown would be catastrophic, and they urged him to allow parts of the country with lower coronavirus cases to begin reopening, according to one of the advisers on the call.

  • The adviser told Axios most people said they were “very eager to get back to work” and offered Trump strategies for what would be needed for the reopening process — including guidelines for testing, contact tracing, liability protection, training and infrastructure.

The White House has not yet responded to a request for comment.

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Miriam Kramer, author of Space
Updated 1 hour ago - Science

NASA's delays Mars helicopter test flight

Ingenuity (left) with Perseverance on Mars. Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

NASA announced Saturday it rescheduled its Ingenuity Mars helicopter's first experimental flight, originally planned for Sunday.

The latest: "During a high-speed spin test of the rotors on Friday, the command sequence controlling the test ended early due to a 'watchdog' timer expiration," NASA said in a statement. "This occurred as it was trying to transition the flight computer from ‘Pre-Flight’ to ‘Flight’ mode."

2 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Scoop: Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel escorted out of RNC retreat

Ohio Republican Senate candidate Josh Mandel. Photo: Chris Maddaloni / Getty Images

During this weekend’s highly anticipated donor retreat hosted by the Republican National Committee in Palm Beach, Ohio Senate candidate Josh Mandel was escorted off the premises while his primary opponent, Jane Timken, was allowed to stay, two sources with direct knowledge of the situation tell Axios.

What we’re hearing: The invitation-only event is taking place at the Four Seasons Resort, and the RNC reserved the entire hotel. While Timken, former Ohio GOP chair, was invited to the event “because she is a major donor” — Mandel was not, so he was asked to leave, according to one of the sources.

Ben Geman, author of Generate
3 hours ago - Energy & Environment

Report: John Kerry plans to visit China ahead of Biden's climate summit

John Kerry. Photo: Zach Gibson / Stringer

John Kerry, President Biden's special climate envoy, is expected to travel to China next week for meetings with officials aimed at boosting collaboration, the Washington Post reported Saturday.

Why it matters: China is the world's largest carbon dioxide emitter and the U.S. is second-largest.

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