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260,000 words. Analyzing everything President Trump has said from early March through last week in his White House briefings and other remarks on the pandemic, The New York Times finds a striking disparity between his self-congratulations and his attempts to display empathy.
A similar Washington Post analysis found that, in about a third of the president’s responses to 346 questions, he attacked someone.
Axios: Trump is pushing his top medical advisers, Deborah Birx and Anthony Fauci, to the “back seat” …
 … as he takes a break from his grueling daily coronavirus briefings …

 … but not Twitter. (Cartoon: Keith J. Taylor.)
Birx is dismissing Trump’s suggestion to fight the coronavirus by injecting disinfectant into humans as “musings” and, in Gizmodo’s words, would prefer people “just shut up about the whole thing.”
The Onion: Man Just Buying One Of Every Cleaning Product In Case Trump Announces It’s Coronavirus Cure.”

Party off. Gov. Pritzker slams Chicagoans seen in video of a big house party on Chicago’s West Northwest Side: “All of those people are putting their families and friends who are not there with them in danger.”
A West Side Chicago hospital is being pushed to its limit.
Chicago domestic violence calls during the lockdown are up 18%.
A Financial Times analysis concludes the global death toll from the virus could be 60% higher than the official counts so far.

‘The biggest threat in controlling an outbreak.’ An FBI-connected research group warned last year that the anti-vaxxer movement would threaten national security in a pandemic.
An anthropologist explains why ultra-Orthodox communities defy coronavirus restrictions.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates, who saw the pandemic coming, is the focus of bogus conspiracy theories.
So has been a U.S. Army reservist and mother of two.

The best homemade masks. Chicago researchers are out with recommendations for stuff around your house most appropriate for cobbling together COVID-19 protective face coverings.
Here’s their research abstract.
In short supply as people roll their own masks: Sewing machines and elastic.
Chicago docs offer tips for distinguishing seasonal allergies from COVID-19 symptoms.

‘If we’re serious about all that love for those essential workers …’ A Sun-Times editorial says the way to show it is to vote for the graduated income tax proposal on Illinois’ November ballot.
A Tribune editorial opposes Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul’s position that first responders on an emergency call can legally be notified someone at that address has COVID-19.

Future Chicago. The city’s business and government leaders have begun planning what to do after the pandemic fades.
The Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet runs down what small businesses in Chicago should know about the loan program that reopened this morning.
As demand for free diapers rises nationwide, an Illinois “diaper bank” is getting help from Illinois’ COVID-19 Response Fund.
New Zealand claims it’s won the battle against the coronavirus.

‘None of their jokes were remotely funny, right?’ But Sun-Times columnist Neil Steinberg says his paper’s roundup of Chicago comics’ takes on the pandemic was a nice try that didn’t work.
In a skit cut for time from the weekend show but released online, Saturday Night Live’s Oak Park-raised Cecily Strong plays Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer rejecting Trump adviser Stephen Moore’s comparison of stay-home protesters to Rosa Parks: “Yeah, if Rosa Parks was fighting for her right to get hit by a bus!
Gothamist: The full broadcast show—including Brad Pitt as Anthony Fauci—was “regularly hilarious.”

Joe Biden’s Chicago pitch. The likely Democratic presidential nominee plans a virtual campaign fundraiser tonight—with some donors paying $2,800 to watch.
Biden has won House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s endorsement.

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