Today's Situational Awareness
Good Thursday morning from Salt Lake City
16 days to the Utah Republican and Democratic state conventions (4/25/2020)
82 days to the 2020 Utah primary elections (6/30/2020)
208 Days to the 2020 election (11/3/2020)
286 days to inauguration day (01/20/2021)
291 days to the start of the 2021 Utah Legislature (1/25/2021)
Here are the stories you need to pay attention to this morning:
- Bernie Sanders drops out of the 2020 presidential race.
- The Trump administration wants to reopen the economy as soon as May.
- Utahns are more worried about the impact of coronavirus on the economy than how it will affect public health.
- Utah will begin monitoring travelers coming into the state.
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Sen. Bernie Sanders drops out of the 2020 Democratic presidential race, leaving Joe Biden as the presumptive nominee [CNN].
Congress battles over next steps
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pushing to pass a bill on Thursday providing another $250 billion in funding for small businesses, but it will likely fall short of enough votes to pass in the Senate [Bloomberg].
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is urging the GOP to "come to the table" and continue talks over funds for small businesses [Washington Post].
Attorney General William Barr called lockdown efforts to contain the coronavirus "draconian" and said they should be loosened beginning next month [Washington Post].
White House aides have begun discussions on a plan to reopen the US economy as soon as the start of May [CNN].
The Federal Reserve plans to keep interest rates near zero until the economy has "weathered" the coronavirus impact [CNBC].
The CDC says critical workers who have been exposed to the virus should return to work if they don't show any symptoms [Bloomberg].
Fight for medical equipment
Governors are considering forming a consortium to end the chaos and bidding against each other to secure medical supplies [Politico].
The federal stockpile of protective medical equipment is nearly depleted [AP].
The Trump administration had a plan to provide millions of free cloth face masks for Americans, but that idea went by the wayside when they realized it would not be workable [Axios].
A new report shows 31% of renters didn't pay their landlords in April [Vice].
With renters unable to pay their monthly bills, landlords may soon have difficulty paying the mortgage on their rental properties [Bloomberg].
South Korea says the coronavirus could "reactivate" in patients who have been cured [Bloomberg].
Genetic analysis finds most of the coronavirus cases in New York came from Europe, not China [New York Times].
Hundreds of young Americans have been killed by the coronavirus [Washington Post].
Researchers say warmer temperatures may not slow down the coronavirus [New York Times].
Google has banned workers they can't use Zoom, the popular teleconferencing software, on their laptops anymore because of security issues [BuzzFeed].
Linda Tripp, who recorded conversations with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky that led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, died on Wednesday. She was 70 [New York Post].
Half of Utah voters think the news media is overstating the threat from the coronavirus according to a new poll
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