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The Centers for Disease Control says the number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. could be as high as 23 million, which is 10 times the current number of confirmed cases [Axios].

Texas and other states are hitting pause on their plans to reopen as the number of Covid-19 cases skyrocket [NYT].

Three separate studies found conservative news media fostered confusion and conspiracy theories about the coronavirus and discouraged consumers from taking steps to protect themselves and others. Researchers found the worst offender was Fox News' Sean Hannity [WaPo].

President Donald Trump is not taking any new steps to slow down the spread of the virus even as the number of new cases in the U.S. hit a new single-day high of more than 37,000 [Bloomberg].

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden says he would require all Americans to wear a mask in public to fight the coronavirus pandemic [KDKA].


The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court to invalidate the Affordable Care Act [CNN].


Shortly after he became attorney general, William Barr set out to challenge the prosecution and conviction of Michael Cohen, the former personal attorney to President Trump. Barr spent months questioning prosecutors over their decision to charge Cohen with campaign finance violations. He also directed Justice Department officials to draft a memo raising questions about Cohen's conviction [NYT].


Another 1.5 million Americans filed for initial jobless benefits last week, which was more than forecasters predicted [AP].

The federal government sent $1.4 billion in stimulus checks to Americans who were deceased [NBC News].

U.S. GDP fell 5 percent in Q1 of 2020. Economists say a vastly worse economic performance is expected in the current quarter [AP].

The nation's big banks passed the Federal Reserve's latest "stress test", but the Fed will cap dividend payments to investors [Yahoo!].

Police reform

The Democratic-controlled House passed a police reform bill on Thursday, but the measure faces an uncertain fate in the Republican-controlled Senate [CNN].

Social media

Facebook will show users a pop-up warning if they share an outdated story [TechCrunch].

Top Trump officials and Republicans are urging their followers to migrate to Parler, an alternative social network used by far-right personalities who have been kicked off Twitter and Facebook [Business Insider].