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DHS Adds Workers for Gunmakers, Gun Retailers, and Shooting Ranges to “Essential Cri...

DHS Adds Workers for Gunmakers, Gun Retailers, and Shooting Ranges to “Essential Cri…See here, which lists “[w]orkers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges,” but prefaces all the categories (not just the gun-related ones) with: This list is advisory in nature. It is not, nor should it be considered, a federal directive or standard. Additionally, this advisory list is not intended to be the exclusive list of critical infrastructure sectors, workers, and functions that should continue during the COVID-19 response across all jurisdictions. Individual jurisdictions should add or subtract essential workforce categories based on their own requirements and discretion. The Free Beacon (Stephen Gutowski) notes that N.J. Attorney General Gurbir Grewal defended including gun stores in the N.J. lockdown by saying, [T]he Governor’s executive order tracks every other executive order that has a stay at home provision and none of those—none of…


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What to Expect if the Coronavirus Closes Schools

What to Expect if the Coronavirus Closes SchoolsOn Wednesday afternoon, Pete Lewis—the superintendent of the public-school district of the small town of Colville, in the northeast corner of Washington State—was awaiting the test result that would determine whether Colville schools would stay closed for a fourth consecutive day.Over the previous weekend, administrators had received word that a member of the Colville School District community was being tested for the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease known as COVID-19 (for privacy reasons, Lewis did not specify whether it was a student, staff member, or another affiliated person). After consulting with health officials, Lewis and his colleagues decided on Sunday night to close the schools starting Monday, until further notice. Colville schools’ staff and their 1,700 K–12 students stayed home while the schools—as well as administrative buildings, buses, and other vehicles and properties associated with the school district—underwent a two-day deep cleaning.On…


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What Do the Healthy Owe to the Vulnerable?

What Do the Healthy Owe to the Vulnerable?How much do the healthiest people in society owe the most vulnerable?That question—about Americans’ capacity for shared sacrifice—was at the core of the struggle over repealing the Affordable Care Act during the first months of Donald Trump’s presidency. Now, it’s resurfacing in the escalating partisan debate over responding to the coronavirus crisis.In designing the ACA, then-President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats put a premium on policies that encouraged more sharing of medical and financial risk between those with greater and fewer health needs, such as requiring insurers to guarantee coverage to consumers with preexisting conditions. During the repeal fight in 2017, Trump and congressional Republicans condemned those same efforts, arguing that the law required the young and healthy to sacrifice too much to reduce the risk to the old and sick.A similar divergence is emerging as the country grapples with the social and…


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