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  • The GDP fell by a record 33%, and more than 1.43 million people file for unemployment benefits for the first time.
  • Losing badly in recent polls, Donald Trump floated delaying the election on Twitter today, even though he cannot legally do that. “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history,” Trump tweeted. “It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???”
  • John Lewis wrote a remarkable essay for the NY Times shortly before his death, to be published on the occasion of his funeral: "Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble. Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it."
  • Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain has died after being hospitalized for coronavirus; Cain had announced his diagnosis shortly after attending Trump’s Tulsa rally.
  • After the news about Rep. Louis Gohmert getting coronavirus after weeks of refusing to wear a mask on the hill, many people at the Capitol feel unsafe and uncomfortable at work.
  • A number of large retailers have said that all customers must wear masks, but some employees say they have been told they cannot force those who refuse.
  • Liz Phair and Alanis Morissette swapped horror stories about men in the music industry for the LA Times.
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci suggested that people could wear goggles or face shields as an added measure of protection against contracting the coronavirus.
  • Dairy Queen has permanently closed its only store in Manhattan after a six-year run.
  • A Staten Island dog who was the first dog to test positive for coronavirus has died, but the cause of death was likely cancer, not COVID-19.
  • Mel Magazine has a good piece on the history of 212-OPEC-SID, a legendary punk hotline.
  • Trey Anastasio of Phish will release a new album this week entitled Lonely Trip that he wrote and recorded at home during the pandemic.
  • And finally, who is copying whom here?