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The Atlantic Politics Daily: The Other Way American Cities Will Suffer

The Atlantic Politics Daily: The Other Way American Cities Will SufferIt’s Wednesday, April 1. Nevada and Florida announced stay-at-home guidelines today, with the White House now projecting anywhere from 100,000 to 240,000 deaths from COVID-19 in the U.S., even with social distancing and mitigation efforts.In today’s newsletter: How American cities will suffer, even with a $2-trillion dollar federal relief plan. Plus: Why everyone is confused about the effectiveness of wearing face masks outside.*« TODAY IN POLITICS »(Getty Images / The Atlantic)How will cities avoid bankruptcy?Major cities such as New Orleans, New York, and Los Angeles are already stretched thin to mitigate the COVID-19 public health catastrophe. Medical professionals continue to warn about personal protective equipment shortages, ventilator shortages, even medical workforce shortages. Large cities are redirecting financial resources to prepare for a surge of hospitalizations.The threat of a devastating economic recession—and the memory of the 2009 financial crash—looms over smaller…

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‘This Town’ Faces a Lockdown

‘This Town’ Faces a LockdownBook parties and air kisses, furrowed brows and panel discussions: Many of the rhythms of daily life in the nation’s capital are about creating, if not the reality, then at least the illusion of social intimacy.How is Washington dealing with a moment—perhaps a very long time—when the new catchphrase is social distancing?So far, the city’s biggest patterns haven’t been disrupted: Congress is still in session. The federal government has not, as of yet, told most of its employees to stop coming to the office. The White House is still conducting business as usual, despite Trump’s dramatic decision Wednesday night to block travelers from Europe.But the anxiety gripping the rest of the country is percolating through the city—touching its workers, its children, its parents. And, one VIP reception at a time, it‘s even hitting the circles of political and media elites who’ve spent their careers assuming the word “nonessential”…

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White House says it is ordering more companies to make ventilators

White House says it is ordering more companies to make ventilatorsWith national the stockpile’s inventory of life-saving healthcare equipment getting dangerously close to zero, President Trump on Thursday signaled that he will leverage a key national security provision to order additional companies to produce ventilators. Trump’s reluctance to employ the law known as the Defense Production Act (DPA) has puzzled many as the administration attempts to right the myriad early wrongs that allowed the novel coronavirus to spread within the nation’s borders—an unprecedented modern public health crisis expected to claim as many as 200,000 lives in the U.S. “Today, I have issued an order under the Defense Production Act to more fully ensure that domestic manufacturers can produce ventilators needed to save American lives,” Trump said in a statement. “My order to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Secretary of Homeland Security will help domestic manufacturers like…

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Now Trump Really Needs to Talk About the 25th Amendment

Now Trump Really Needs to Talk About the 25th AmendmentAt 73 years old, President Donald Trump is a prime target for a contagious disease that falls hard on the elderly. Multiple people in the Trump orbit are infected. Trump posed for a picture alongside an aide to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro who has tested positive. (Bolsonaro, who is in the same picture, denies reports that he’s positive.) The president spoke at the CPAC conference earlier this month where, as was later reported, an attendee carrying a gold-plated VIP ticket was later diagnosed as virus-positive. Other attendees of the conference, including incoming chief of staff Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Tex., Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz., Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., and Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., exercised medical caution with self-quarantine. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who was at Mar-a-Lago at the same time as the Brazilian visitors,…

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How Boston Is Creating Wealth for Its Low-Wage Workers

How Boston Is Creating Wealth for Its Low-Wage WorkersBOSTON—It’s debate watch party night at Democracy Brewing in February, and as presidential candidates take the stage to sports-star hype introductions, the politics fans at this European-style beer hall are getting rowdy, like Patriots fans when Tom Brady takes the field. The biggest cheers come from two waiters when they see Bernie Sanders—the candidate who would most approve of the way their workplace is organized.Democracy isn’t just a clever theme at this 2-year-old brewpub. The beer names hint at the business’ mission: the Worker’s Pint blonde ale and the 1919 Strike stout. The beer coasters explain it. “Democracy Brewing is all about two American ideals,” they read: “Democracy, and owning your own business.” The brewpub, which opened on Independence Day 2018, is a worker-owned cooperative—and an innovative program at Boston’s City Hall, the Worker Cooperative Initiative, helped it get started.James Rasza, the…

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The FDA Is Making It Much, Much Harder for Distilleries To Produce Hand Sanitizer

The FDA Is Making It Much, Much Harder for Distilleries To Produce Hand SanitizerIn the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, hand sanitizer has become an incredibly scarce resource. It’s practically impossible to find any at a grocery or drug store, or to order it online. But in Washington, D.C., at least, anyone who wants a bottle can get one. All you have to do is buy a bottle of booze.  That’s what I did yesterday when I ordered delivery of a pre-bottled cocktail—the delicious rye-apple brand blend, the American Trilogy—from Restorative Republic, a local distiller that makes bourbon, vodka, rye, and apple brandy. A few hours later, the bottle was delivered to my front gate—along with a smaller bottle labeled “hand cleaner.”  Local distilleries like Restorative Republic and rum-maker Cotton & Reed are making artisanal hand cleaner, the primary ingredient in which is high-proof alcohol. And anyone who buys a…

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