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Another 30 days of travel restrictions: 

The U.S., Mexico and Canada will extend nonessential travel between borders for another 30 days. https://bit.ly/2Kmq99X

Acting Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Chad Wolf said in a statement: “As President Trump stated last week, border control, travel restrictions and other limitations remain critical to slowing the spread and allowing the phased opening of the country.” 

Is this surprising?: Not really. Over the weekend, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the U.S.-Canada restrictions would continue. 

Keep in mind — the U.S. has significantly more cases: “The U.S. has significantly more cases than either of its neighbors, according to data from Johns Hopkins. There are more than 760,000 confirmed cases in the U.S., more than 36,000 in Canada and more than 8,000 in Mexico.”

New York City cancels June (!) events:

New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio (D) just announced the cancellation all nonessential evens in June amid the coronavirus outbreak. https://bit.ly/2VlHmXa

The stock market didn’t like that news:

Via The Hill’s Sylvan Lane, stocks dropped this morning as oil prices hit the lowest level since December 1998. https://bit.ly/3cJHFBh 

The market this morning: The Dow Jones industrial average fell more than 450 points. The Nasdaq fell 1 percent, and the S&P 500 index fell 1.5 percent.

Oil prices: “The price for a barrel of West Texas Intermediate Crude—a benchmark for oil prices—fell to $11.”

It’s Monday.  I’m Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what’s coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to cmartel@thehill.com  — and follow along on Twitter @CateMartel  and  Facebook.

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To borrow from ‘High School Musical’ — ‘We’re all in this together’:

President Trump is nearing a deal with Congress to provide up to $450 billion in aid for coronavirus relief. https://abcn.ws/2xzWLub

The likely package: The bill would add funds to the small business loan program and give aid to hospitals. 

Details: “It would provide $300 billion for small-business payroll program, and $50 billion would be available for small business disaster fund. Additionally, it would bring $75 billion for hospitals and $25 billion for testing, according to those involved in the talks.” 

Back story: The Trump administration is pushing for additional small business loan funding. Democrats want additional funding for hospitals, state governments and local governments.


In a notice to members, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) said the House could vote as soon as Wednesday on the next coronavirus relief package. https://bit.ly/2KgdBAO

^ What would need to happen first: “If negotiators are able to reach a deal by Monday morning, the Senate could try to pass it as soon as Monday at 2 p.m., when they will next be in session, but any one member could slow it down.”


Shake Shack CEO Randy Garutti and founder Danny Meyer announced last night that the burger chain will return the $10 million small business loan it received from the federal government. https://wapo.st/34RWgrt 

Why: “Our people would benefit from a $10 million PPP loan but we’re fortunate to now have access to capital that others do not,” Garutti and Meyer said in statement. “Until every restaurant that needs it has had the same opportunity to receive assistance, we’re returning ours.”

Read their full statement on LinkedInhttps://bit.ly/2XR6FCo 

Keep in mind about the timing: “The decision comes shortly after Shake Shack was identified in recent media reports as one of multiple large companies with revenue of more than $100 million that obtained loans from the Paycheck Protection Program, which maxed out last week and stopped accepting claims.”


Governors are headed for a messy fight on when to reopen:

Via The Hill’s John Kruzel, “Governors are heading for a clash with their own citizens and local officials as they weigh how and when to reopen the country’s economy amid the coronavirus pandemic.” https://bit.ly/3bAn4yM 

How so: “President Trump’s own guidelines for easing social distancing restrictions, unveiled on Thursday, leave the final decisions for those matters with state governors. And those governors are facing growing pressure from the public in states such as Ohio and Michigan, where protests have called on leaders to quickly lift stay-at-home orders and bans on large gatherings and to allow  nonessential businesses to open their doors.”  

How this could play outhttps://bit.ly/3bAn4yM


In the past few days, small protests have broken out in Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Texas and Virginia. Some of the demonstrators have been wearing pro-President Trump apparel. https://bit.ly/2RVN7Jg

What Uncle Tony is saying about the protests:

Via The Hill’s Brett Samuels, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Director Anthony Fauci warned that stay-at-home protests amid the coronavirus outbreak will “backfire” and further delay the economy reopening. https://bit.ly/34S7TyM 

Fauci said on ABC’s “Good Morning America”: “Clearly this is something that is hurting from the standpoint of economics and the standpoint of things that have nothing to do with the virus, but unless we get the virus under control, the real recovery economically is not going to happen …  So what you do if you jump the gun and go into a situation where you have a big spike, you’re going to set yourself back,” he said. “So as painful as it is to go by the careful guidelines of gradually phasing into a reopening, it’s going to backfire. That’s the problem.”

Meanwhile — Trump is OK with the protests:

President Trump said yesterday argued that some governors have “gone too far” in COVID-19 restrictions. https://bit.ly/2RVN7Jg 

On governors going too far: “Some have gone too far. Some governors have gone too far. Some of the things that happened are maybe not so appropriate. And I think in the end it’s not going to matter because we’re starting to open up our states, and I think they’re going to open up very well.” 

On protesters breaking social distancing guidelines: “As far as protesters, you know, I see protesters for all sorts of things. And I’m with everybody. I’m with everybody.”

Getting traction — a counter protest from nurses:

This video has 9.6 million views so far. 


Hyperlink https://bit.ly/3amNnHq


Check out the woman in the white SUV: https://bit.ly/3bmsiy8


Need more swabs? President Trump’s on it:

President Trump announced yesterday that he used the Defense Production Act to increase the production of coronavirus testing swabs. https://bit.ly/2XMDoIV

How: Trump said he will use the law to instruct a company to produce swabs by more than 20 million swabs per month. 

Interesting investigation on the malfunctioned test kits:

Via CNN’s Sara Murray, Nick Valencia, Jeremy Diamond and Scott Glover, here is “how coronavirus testing fumbles squandered valuable time.” https://cnn.it/3boZm8H

“It took roughly three weeks to sort out the failed test kits, far longer than the CDC had anticipated. Along the way, regulators would discover the lab producing the test kits was contaminated, likely causing the tests to malfunction, according to a senior administration official.”  

The full investigationhttps://cnn.it/3boZm8H


Coronavirus cases in the U.S.: 760,570 


Breakdown of the numbershttps://cnn.it/2UAgW3y 





Waffle House is selling groceries:



The grocery menuhttps://bit.ly/3eB9T2K


The House and Senate are out. President Trump and Vice President Pence are in Washington, D.C. 

11 a.m. EDT: Vice President Pence spoke with governors.

Noon: Vice President Pence spoke at the FEMA National Response Coordination Center.

1 p.m. EDT: President Trump has lunch with Vice President Pence.

3 p.m. EDT: Vice President Pence leads the White House Coronavirus Task Force meeting in the Situation Room.


5 p.m. EDT: The White House Coronavirus Task Force holds a press briefing. Livestreamhttps://bit.ly/3boz9qZ 

8 p.m. EDT: Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot gives an update on her city’s COVID-19 response. Livestreamhttps://cs.pn/3bosa1d


Today is National Cheddar Fries Day!

Ugh, we all knew this could happen:

The New York Times’s Taylor Lorenz started a Twitter thread of the weirdest novelty face masks. https://bit.ly/2XRtqWO

For example: A mask printed with Nicolas Cage’s face, another printed with ‘Bride Squad’ and another with astrology facts.  

The list — I’m baffled by some of these https://bit.ly/2XRtqWO

And because you made it this far, here are a dog and a cat with very different strategies for an obstacle course: https://bit.ly/3aosN9I

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