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This explains it. Turns out President Trump has a financial interest in the company that makes hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malarial drug he’s been pushing as treatment for the novel coronavirus.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington: Jared Kushner’s coronavirus task force “isn’t normal Trump family grift; it is taking place with lives at stake.”
Trump snapped at a Fox News reporter who asked a tough question during his news briefing Monday …
 … when he again touted “tremendous light at the end of the tunnel.” (Cartoon: Keith J. Taylor.)

‘Normal?’ Hah. The lead government scientist on the pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci, says life might never get back to “normal”—at least not until we have a vaccine.
The Tribune’s Rex Huppke: “The sooner Americans accept that ‘normal’ is nowhere in sight … the better we’ll all be.”
State and city health officers warn: Beware today’s warm weather.
Keep your distance if you venture out to see tonight’s pink moon—the year’s biggest supermoon.
HuffPost: How to wear a face mask without fogging up your glasses.

They were warned. Trump’s economic adviser told the administration in January that half a million deaths were possible from COVID-19.
David Frum in The Atlantic:This is Trump’s fault.”
The president’s press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, is out after eight months during which she never hosted a news briefing—which has fueled mockery on Twitter.

‘The most dangerous election ever.’ Politico’s Natasha Korecki explains why, “in the midst of a deadly pandemic that has led more than a dozen states to delay their elections, Wisconsin is asking its citizens to come out and vote” today.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg says the upshot is that Wisconsinites “will have to brave the polls, endangering their own and others’ safety. Or they will lose their right to vote.”
Wisconsin’s lieutenant governor tweeted this morning: “Welcome to the Shit Show!
A Trib editorial: The state could have avoided this “hot mess.”
Elizabeth Warren wants the next coronavirus recovery package to protect citizens’ ability to vote in a pandemic.
The Boston Globe: Here comes the “Shortest. Presidential. Election. Ever.
Chicago’s indicted veteran Ald. Ed Burke has lost a cliffhanger contest for his Democratic Party committee seat.

Who gets a computer? The Chicago Public Schools system is detailing which students get those 100,000 electronic devices for homeschooling.
Columnist Neil Steinberg: “The loss to education posed by the virus doesn’t seem to be on the radar of many. … But … it should be a topic of conversation, on par with the risk to the football season.”
USA Today asks, “Is it the end of language teachers?
A suburban school district’s online classes have been “Zoombombed” with racist rants.
ProPublica reports Amazon’s self-publishing e-book operation, Kindle Direct Publishing, has become a haven for white supremacists.

‘I needed … a haircut.’ Mayor Lightfoot (at 48:50 in this video [link corrected]) is unapologetic after posing with a stylist who gave her a trim—even though the mayor has declared hairstyling one of those inessential activities Chicagoans should be forgoing in this crisis.
One of her aldermanic critics dismisses her justification: “She is under no obligation to look good on national TV. … She is under an obligation to follow and promote social distancing.”
Gov. Pritzker says he expects “to turn into a hippie at some point.”
John Oliver, coincidentally addressing the issue—but not Lightfoot specifically—on the latest Last Week Tonight (at 15:26 in that video): “It’s not essential that you get your hair cut. People on TV don’t always look well-groomed. Trust me.”
The mayor’s fashion choice undercut her main message yesterday: That Chicago’s black community is at a dramatically higher risk than others in the pandemic.
Taking a Chicago Public Square question, the mayor dismissed the prospect of following San Francisco’s lead and shutting down the city’s mass transit system.
The New York Times: New research links high levels of air pollution to a higher death rate from COVID-19.
The Washington Post: At least half of COVID-19 patients on ventilators don’t make it.”

Bye, C. A COVID-19 cluster has shuttered the suburban plant where the Jel Sert Co. makes Hi-C, Flavor Aid and Wyler’s drinks and drink mixes.
With fewer people driving—and those who are, driving less and therefore getting involved in fewer accidents—insurance companies are giving customers refunds.

Journalists adrift. Poynter is updating a list of news organization layoffs, furloughs and closures the pandemic has triggered or accelerated.
Among the casualties in hollowed-out Chicago: Overnight traffic reports on all-news WBBM.
Journalists in Seattle have launched a nationwide Journalist Furlough Fund on GoFundMe.

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