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Which Candidates Should Worry About the Actors Who Endorsed Them? A Graphical Guide

As the primary season approaches its climax, each voter is faced with a choice: Is it better to back a candidate based upon the opportunistic ramblings of cable-news talking heads or the endorsement of the voter’s favorite actor? Folks who filter their beliefs through those of a television or movie personality risk surrendering their stake in actual issues. Then again, they’re secure in the knowledge that they’re for the same guy as the Fresh Prince. Who are these actors, and how might they help — or potentially destroy — the campaigns that are so carefully conducted by their buddies? Glad you asked! —Dan Amira

Which Candidates Should Worry About the Actors Who Endorsed Them? A Graphical Guide
Coronavirus in New York: Latest Updates
The USNS Comfort hospital ship is now docked in Manhattan as the state awaits the peak of the pandemic.
Threat of Losing Election Helped Cause Trump to Extend Social Distancing: Report
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Trump Administration Pushes Huge Environmental Rollbacks in Midst of Pandemic
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Florida Pastor Arrested for Defying Social Distancing Ordinance
Rodney Howard-Browne once prayed over Donald Trump. Now he’s claiming a constitutional right to expose his flock to COVID-19.
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the zucc
Coronavirus Is Threatening Facebook’s Business Model
The company is almost always bulletproof, but a pandemic may be the exception to the rule.
the economy
the economy
Fed Projection: Coronavirus Crisis Could Drive Unemployment to 32 Percent
The pandemic could force 47 million Americans out of work, according to new projections from the St. Louis Federal Reserve.

Extremely relevant to coronavirus

During the coronavirus briefing at the White House, the My Pillow guy just came to the lectern.

“God gave us grace on November 8, 2016 to change the course we were on,” he said. “God had been taken out of our schools and lives. A nation turned its back on God.”
vision 2020
vision 2020
Odds of a Contested November Election Are on the Rise
If COVID-19 continues to overshadow the general election, it could be held under circumstances where one party or the other won’t accept the results.
Dear Rich People: Please Stop Hoarding Things
Coronavirus is reinforcing social divisions that have existed for a long time.
The Story of a Coronavirus Infection
Over the course of the epidemic, the CDC has estimated that between 160 million and 214 million people in the United States could become infected.
the national interest
the national interest
The Coronavirus and Conservatism’s War on Science
Richard Epstein isn’t the only right-winger to dismiss epidemiology.

Just get with the program, Jersey

PLEASE NOTE: We have no plans to turn our gas stations into self-serve at this time.

Please DO NOT pump your own gas.
diary of a hospital
diary of a hospital
Diary of a Hospital: A Head Nurse’s Burden
“I don’t want to play God.”
Trump Condemns New York for Planning Ahead on Coronavirus
The president criticized New York Monday for requesting more ventilators than it currently needs, in preparation for a still-to-come peak in cases.

And the latest U.S. numbers

CNN Health: According to CNN Health’s tally of US cases that are detected and tested in the United States through US public health systems, there are at least 151,680 cases of coronavirus in the U.S.; 2,781 people have died in the US from coronavirus.

The latest from New York state

As of Monday there have been 1,218 coronavirus-related deaths across New York state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday afternoon.
Remember the Party of Terri Schiavo?
A GOP that once fought to keep a brain-dead woman alive now includes those who would accept mass death of the elderly to Keep America Great.
These Students Re-created Their Closed High School on Minecraft
“In the past week, the fact that I’ve seen the school in Minecraft more than real life, it’s kinda sad.”

Italy’s extreme lockdown appears to be having a positive effect


Johnson & Johnson: COVID-19 Vaccine Could Be Ready Early Next Year
The pharmaceutical giant plans to start human trials by September.

The latest NYC numbers

NYC coronavirus cases 10:30 am today March 30

790 deaths, up by 112 people since 9:30 am yesterday

36,221 confirmed cases, up 12.11% from 32,308 yesterday am

at least 6,830 in Bronx (19%)
9,521 Brooklyn (26%)
5,877 Manhattan (17%)
11,868 Queens (33%)
2,091 Staten Island (6%)

A brutal time for the newspaper industry is becoming even more brutal

Gannett emailed staff this morning saying the company will implement furloughs and pay reductions which for some staff “will begin as soon as this week.”

The U.S.S. Comfort, with 1,000 hospital beds, has come to New York

Photo: @BarryMeier/Twitter

Hungary going much further down a scary path

Hungarian Parliament passes bill that gives PM Orbán unlimited power & proclaims:

- State of emergency w/o time limit
- Rule by decree
- Parliament suspended
- No elections
- Spreading fake news + rumors: up to 5 yrs in prison
- Leaving quarantine: up to 8 yrs in prison#COVID19 pic.twitter.com/5ScZCbF4yv

An accelerated timeline for vaccine

CNN Health: Pharmaceutical giant Johnson & Johnson announced on Monday that it plans to initiate human clinical trials of its Covid-19 vaccine candidate by September, and anticipates the first batches of the vaccine could be available for emergency use by early next year.

Quite the timing

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Dutch museum says Vincent van Gogh painting stolen in overnight raid.

The straight talk we’ve come to know and love

Trump, when asked about Chinese misinformation about coronavirus, on Fox News:

“They do it and we do it… Every country does that.”

The man can only plan for events about three hours in advance

Trump is criticizing NY for not using ventilators from the federal gov “They were delivered, and they weren’t used… NY should be fine. Based on the numbers that we see, they have more than enough.”

NY is stockpiling ventilators for a peak in infectections which is weeks away.

As you might expect, Cuomo is now insanely popular among New Yorkers

Change in net favorable ratings from February Siena poll to today (NY state voters)

Cuomo: +54
Trump: +1
reading lists
reading lists
The Books Our Political Writers Are Reaching for Right Now
A reading list for finding some perspective in a crisis.
CANDIDATE ENDORSED BY ROLE IN CAMPAIGN ASSET OR LIABILITY? John Edwards Kevin Bacon Playing guitar at events, signing memorabilia for supporters. Liability: Questionable loyalty. Bacon, as the Six Degrees of Separation game attests, is rather promiscuous with regard to choosing film roles. He may have chosen to endorse John Edwards when he overheard his agent saying the candidate’s name. Rudy Giuliani John Voight Stumping for Rudy in Florida and California. Asset: Experience. This will be Voight’s second role in a “mission impossible.” Mike Huckabee Chuck Norris He is almost literally everywhere at all times on the campaign trail, and usually directly behind Huckabee. Asset: Security. Seeing as how Chuck Norris can kill two stones with one bird, we’re guessing he could protect Huckabee in the event of an attack by a crazed proponent of the income tax. Dennis Kucinich Sean Penn Endorsed Kucinich in fiery speech in San Francisco this December. Liability: Wackiness. Kucinich doesn’t need any more kooky. Unfortunately, that’s what Penn — who recently said that “Cheney, Bush, Rumsfeld, and Rice, if found guilty [of treason], could have hoods thrown over their heads, their hands bound, facing a twelve-man rifle corps executing death by firing squad” — has on offer. John McCain Wilford Brimley Traveling on the Straight Talk Express with McCain. Liability: Oldness. Can McCain, who already drags his mother around, really afford to seem any more elderly? Barack Obama Will Smith Undefined. Has offered to serve the Obama campaign in any capacity it sees fit. “Barack represents what I feel is the future of the optimum survival of America,” Smith has said. Liability: Naïveté. Whatever Smith knows about the “optimum survival of America” he learned on the set of I Am Legend. Hillary Clinton America Ferrera Co-chair of Hillary’s youth outreach program, Hillblazers. Asset: Diversity. The star of Ugly Betty not only gives Clinton an in with Latinos, but also the all-important “nerd bloc.”