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  • CDC officials told CNN that their attempts to mount a coordinated response to COVID-19 have been hamstrung by the White House, who have made decisions based on politics rather than science: "We've been muzzled," said a current CDC official. "What's tough is that if we would have acted earlier on what we knew and recommended, we would have saved lives and money."
  • The AP reports that Republican political operatives are recruiting “extremely pro-Trump” doctors to go on television to recommend reopening the U.S. economy as quickly as possible, despite states not meeting the CDC's benchmarks.
  • President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold federal funds from Michigan as political revenge for the state facilitating mail-in voting for the upcoming election.
  • Young children are dealing with a lot right now, including the fact that the shuttering of schools has cut off "an estimated 55 million children and teenagers from school staff members whose open doors and compassionate advice helped them build self-esteem, navigate the pressures of adolescence and cope with trauma."
  • Remember when those picturesque Italian towns started offering $1 homes to try to lure people into moving to the country and reverse declining population trends? Some people bought those houses, and now they're quarantined in those crumbling villages, though they seem to be having an okay time.
  • A group of scientists and researchers from nine countries have proposed a new strategy for reopening countries: 50 days of strict lockdowns, then 30 days of soft reopenings.
  • Alison Roman’s NY Times column has been put “on temporary leave” following criticism of she made of Chrissy Teigen and Marie Kondo's business strategies.
  • The New Yorker writes that some forms of solitude are better than others: “This new solitude feels lean and hard. As I move deeper into it, I worry that it will replace all the subtle textures of the solitude into which I’ve grown over the last 30 years.”
  • It's the most important story of the week: everything you never wanted to know about the Call Her Daddy podcast meltdown.
  • The National's Matt Berninger released "Serpentine Prison," the title track from his upcoming debut solo album, and Gorillaz (or at least Damon Albarn and 2-D) performed new single "Aries" on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
  • And finally, a man had a surprisingly emotional reunion with his donkey after leaving quarantine: