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Good morning. Virus instances are surging in France and Iran. The U.S. is deporting youngsters. And schools are reopening. Let’s begin with the controversy over stimulus.
There have clearly been issues with the enterprise mortgage applications within the federal authorities’s coronavirus stimulus.
More quietly, although, there additionally appears to be a rising recognition in Congress — amongst members of each events — that the execution of the stimulus program hasn’t been the primary downside. The design of this system has been.
Much of the remainder of the world — together with Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany and South Korea — has adopted one strategy on coronavirus stimulus. Governments have quickly paid the salaries of staff with a purpose to forestall tens of millions of layoffs.
The United States has taken a special path. It created a sophisticated combine of various stimulus insurance policies, together with loans to companies and checks for households. This strategy doesn’t seem like working: The U.S. has had a sharper rise in unemployment than different international locations. Many jobless Americans have additionally misplaced their medical health insurance — within the midst of a pandemic.
Now Congress could also be on the verge of adjusting its strategy.
The stimulus invoice that House Democrats handed final week contains a new paycheck subsidy program, much like these in different international locations. For companies which have misplaced substantial income, it could cowl — as grants, not loans — as a lot as 80 % of payroll prices, as much as $60,000 per employee in annual wage. The coverage could be costly, but nonetheless cheaper than the earlier stimulus plans.
The invoice is just one signal of the thought’s rising reputation. Yesterday, nearly 100 House Democrats launched a more ambitious version of this system. And senators throughout the ideological spectrum — from Josh Hawley (a Missouri Republican) on the appropriate to Doug Jones (an Alabama Democrat) within the middle to Bernie Sanders (you already know who he’s) on the left — are pushing their very own variations of the plans.
Janet Yellen, the previous Fed chair, has praised the idea as a “smart, quick and effective way to channel aid to workers through their firms.”
It’s nonetheless not clear what is going to occur. Mitch McConnell, the Senate Republican chief, continues to talk skeptically concerning the want for any additional stimulus. Regardless, any invoice is prone to be extra diffuse and complicated than the strategy of different international locations, and any paycheck subsidy is prone to be much less formidable.
But the U.S. could quickly be transferring within the path of these different international locations.
FOUR MORE BIG STORIES
1. Spikes in new virus instances in Iran and France
Two international locations are dealing with challenges after beginning to reopen. French authorities shut some schools just a week after many students returned because of a spike in new cases. France’s education minister said that some new cases were “inevitable” and added, “The consequences of not going back to school are much more serious.”
In Iran, weeks after leaders began easing coronavirus restrictions to help the economy, cases are spiking in eight provinces. Health experts attributed the resurgence to the country’s reopening before cases were consistently falling and before Iran had established widespread testing and contact tracing.
2. The U.S. is deporting children
American authorities have deported hundreds of migrant children and teenagers, without giving them the opportunity to speak to a social worker or to plead for asylum, The Times’s Caitlin Dickerson reports. Some children are being deported in the middle of night, without their families being notified.
In expelling the children, the Trump administration is abandoning protections that both Democratic and Republican presidents have granted to young migrants for decades. Federal officials are justifying the practices under a 1944 law that grants the president broad power to prevent the “serious threat” of a dangerous disease.
3. Some students will be back on campus by fall
When the nation’s largest four-year public university system — California State — announced last week that it would hold almost all classes online this fall, it seemed as if it might be the start of a trend. Instead, several major colleges have since gone in the other direction and announced that they plan to bring students back to campus this fall.
The details vary. Notre Dame, Purdue and others will begin in-person classes early and end them by Thanksgiving. Ithaca College, by contrast, is delaying the beginning of its fall semester till October. And N.Y.U. is “planning to convene in person, with great care,” its provost mentioned. Many colleges face massive monetary incentives to reopen.
4. A public V.P. contest
There’s an outdated, unwritten rule of politics that claims vice-presidential hopefuls ought to by no means appear to be they’re campaigning for the job. This 12 months, the fake-reluctance act lastly appears to have been retired.
Amy Klobuchar, Stacey Abrams and different obvious candidates have all publicly embraced their curiosity. Why? The Times’s Mark Leibovich points both to the blunt norms of social media and to President Trump’s habit of saying “the quiet part out loud for the last four years.”
Here’s what else is happening
Johnson & Johnson is discontinuing sales of its talc-based baby powder in North America, after facing thousands of lawsuits from people who said it caused their cancer. The company will continue to sell the product in other parts of the world.
Two dams in Michigan were breached after days of heavy rainfall, forcing the evacuation of thousands of residents. The affected area includes Midland, the home of Dow Chemical, which Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said could be under nine feet of water by this morning.
A salvage company received approval to cut into the wreckage of the Titanic to try to recover a Marconi telegraph from the ocean liner, rekindling a debate over access to the ship.
Annie Glenn, a champion of people with speech disorders and the wife of John Glenn, died at 100, from Covid-19.
BACK STORY: GRANDMA AND GRANDPA
Tara Parker-Pope, The Times’s consumer health columnist, says she is hearing one question from readers more often than any other these days: When can I see my grandkids (or, for that matter, my grandparents or aging parents)?
“We have to protect the elderly population from Covid-19,” Tara says. “But loneliness and isolation are major health risks too. For many grandparents, seeing their grandchildren is the greatest source of joy in their lives. With planning, social distancing, good weather and a mask, an outdoor visit is the way to minimize risk and reconnect grandparents with their grandkids.”
You can find a fuller version of her advice — including how to seal any leaks in your quarantine bubble — in the latest Ask Well column.
PLAY, WATCH, EAT, ROCK
A little salami, as a treat
“The finocchiona is a good ‘oh-my-god-we-made-it-through-another-day’ happy hour snack,” she said, “maybe with some combo of anchovies, radish, cheese, crackers, olives and most importantly, to me, a glass of chilled light red wine.”
You can also try sprinkling the salami into these savory biscuits, which you may make in about 45 minutes.
On Monday, followers of the nation musician Travis McCready experienced the nation’s first live concert in months. Some drove for hours to attend the Arkansas show, where they had their temperatures taken and wore masks. Four of every five seats were kept empty. The show offered a preview of what live music might look like for the foreseeable future.
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Today’s episode of “The Daily” is concerning the toll that the coronavirus is taking over black Americans.
Lauren Leatherby, Ian Prasad Philbrick, Jonathan Wolfe and Sanam Yar contributed to The Morning. You can attain the workforce at firstname.lastname@example.org.