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The Coming Greater Depression of the 2020s
https://www.project-syndicate.org/commentary/greater-depression-covid19-headwinds-by-nouriel-roubini-2020-04

Are We Headed for a Hoover 2.0 November Election?
https://www.governing.com/next/Are-We-Headed-for-a-Hoover-2-November-Election.html

Food Lines a Mile Long in America’s Second-Wealthiest State 
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/30/nyregion/coronavirus-nj-hunger.html

Over 3.8 Million Americans Filed for Jobless Benefits Last Week as States Struggle With Coronavirus Claims Surge
https://www.wsj.com/articles/states-struggle-with-coronavirus-unemployment-claims-surge-11588239004

30 million have sought US unemployment aid since virus hit
https://apnews.com/7f38d7fa2982dc53572232c9d2049dca

Rent Is Due Again and Missing Payments Have Landlords Worrying
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-29/rent-is-due-again-and-missing-payments-have-landlords-worrying

Mortgage Forbearance Balloons, Home Sales Plunge
https://wolfstreet.com/2020/04/29/mortgage-forbearance-balloons-home-sales-plunge/

Troubled Online Loans Continue To Spike Higher, New Data Shows
https://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffkauflin/2020/04/29/troubled-online-loans-continue-to-spike-higher-new-data-shows/

Car-rental giant Hertz is reportedly preparing for a potential bankruptcy after it missed lease payments
https://www.businessinsider.com/hertz-rental-car-company-prepares-for-possible-bankruptcy-report-2020-4

Half Of Mall Department Stores Expected To Close By Next Year
https://www.pymnts.com/news/retail/2020/half-mall-department-stores-expected-close-by-next-year/

Powell Voices Worry About Long-Term Economic Damage From Virus
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-29/powell-voices-worry-about-long-term-economic-damage-from-virus

Fed Will Keep Rates Low Until Economy ‘Is Well On the Road to Recovery,’ Powell Says
https://www.pymnts.com/economy/2020/fed-will-keep-rates-low-until-economy-is-well-on-the-road-to-recovery-powell-says/

This Chart Shows How the Fed Manipulated Junk Bonds to Help the Dow
https://wallstreetonparade.com/2020/04/this-chart-shows-how-the-fed-manipulated-junk-bonds-to-help-the-dow/

Facebook stock spikes despite ‘significant reduction’ in demand for ads
https://techcrunch.com/2020/04/29/facebook-stock-spikes-despite-significant-reduction-in-demand-for-ads/

Twitter Q1 2020 earnings: mDAU growth explodes thanks to ‘global conversation related to the COVID-19 pandemic’
https://www.fastcompany.com/90499289/twitter-q1-2020-earnings-mdau-growth-explodes-thanks-to-global-conversation-related-to-the-covid-19-pandemic

Elon Musk posted then hastily deleted a tweet saying 'LIBERTY' surrounded by US flags after calling coronavirus lockdowns 'fascist'
https://www.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-deleted-liberty-tweet-after-calling-lockdowns-fascist-2020-4

As Elon Musk shouts into the void, Tesla stock soars with first-quarter earnings and revenue beat
https://www.fastcompany.com/90498971/as-elon-musk-shouts-into-the-void-tesla-stock-soars-with-first-quarter-earnings-and-revenue-beat

Elon Musk May Bank The Biggest Payday Of His Life During Global Pandemic
https://www.forbes.com/sites/alanohnsman/2020/04/27/elon-musk-may-bank-the-biggest-payday-of-his-life-during-global-pandemic/

Trump-tied lobbying firm flourishes as businesses push for coronavirus relief
https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2020/04/trump-tied-lobbying-firm-ballard-partners-coronavirus/

After One Tweet To President Trump, This Man Got $69 Million From New York For Ventilators
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/rosalindadams/after-one-tweet-to-president-trump-this-man-got-69-million

Lawmakers made hundreds of stock transactions during pandemic, watchdog finds
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/29/congress-stocks-coronavirus-221742

Reps Calling for Payday Lender Bailout Get 6x More Money From Payday Lenders
https://readsludge.com/2020/04/27/reps-calling-for-payday-lender-bailout-get-6x-more-money-from-payday-lenders/

Trump Appointees Manipulated Agency’s Payday Lending Research, Ex-Staffer Claims
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/29/business/cfpb-payday-loans-rules.html

Florida medical examiners were releasing coronavirus death data. The state made them stop.
https://www.tampabay.com/news/health/2020/04/29/florida-medical-examiners-were-releasing-coronavirus-death-data-the-state-made-them-stop/

Cops find 100 bodies in U-Haul trucks outside Brooklyn funeral home after neighbors complained they could 'smell death' and videoed corpses being manhandled as coronavirus ravages NYC
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8271735/Dozens-bodies-stored-U-Haul-trucks-outside-Brooklyn-funeral-home.html

US Coronavirus Death Toll Estimate Surges To 72,433, May Increase With Second Wave
https://www.ibtimes.com/us-coronavirus-death-toll-estimate-surges-72433-may-increase-second-wave-2967634

WAVE OF FEAR World on a ‘knife edge’ as coronavirus cases spike and cities shut down again after lockdowns are lifted
https://www.thesun.ie/news/5377092/coronavirus-cases-spike-germany-japan-china-lockdown/

Second spike is 'NOT theoretical - look at Germany' Raab hints UK lockdown to CONTINUE
https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/1275441/Coronavirus-second-wave-dominic-raab-press-briefing-angela-merkel

Lockdowns aren't binary. Sweden's experience suggests we might be able to relax some restrictions without losing control.
https://www.businessinsider.com/sweden-lockdown-approach-example-for-us-2020-4

The great Swedish COVID-19 experiment is playing with the life of my wife’s uncle
https://www.deseret.com/opinion/2020/4/29/21241760/coronavirus-sweden-herd-immunity-health-care-covid-19-pandemic

I Just Came Home to Sweden. I’m Horrified by the Coronavirus Response Here.
https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/04/sweden-coronavirus-response-death-social-distancing.html

Conservative Americans see coronavirus hope in progressive Sweden
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/30/conservative-coronavirus-sweden-225184

Swedish leader defends coronavirus approach, shrugs off far-right embrace
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/29/sweden-brushes-off-far-right-support-221193

“So What?” How Brazil’s President’s Responded To The Record Daily Increase In Coronavirus Deaths
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/karlazabludovsky/brazil-bolsonaro-coronavirus-so-what

Admit It: You Are Willing to Let People Die to End the Shutdown
https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/04/30/coronavirus-shutdown-altitude-ethics-223569`

POLITICS and FLEAS

“I’m Not Losing To Joe Biden”: Campaign Confronted Trump With “Grim” Polling Data To Try To Get Him To Cancel Daily Briefings
https://hotair.com/archives/allahpundit/2020/04/29/im-not-losing-joe-biden-campaign-confronted-trump-grim-polling-data-try-get-cancel-daily-briefings/

Trump lashed out at campaign manager over polling showing him trailing Biden: reports
https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/495369-trump-lashed-out-at-campaign-manager-over-polling-showing-him

Trump campaign highlighting alleged Biden sexual assault despite accusations against president
https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/campaigns/trump-campaign-highlighting-alleged-biden-sexual-assault-despite-accusations-against-president

Democrats begin to confront Biden allegations
https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/495340-democrats-begin-to-confront-biden-allegations

Kirsten Gillibrand on Tara Reade allegation: 'I support Vice President Biden'
https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/29/politics/kirsten-gillibrand-joe-biden-support/

Why I'm skeptical about Reade's sexual assault claim against Biden: Ex-prosecutor
https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/04/29/joe-biden-sexual-assault-allegation-tara-reade-column/3046962001/

Joe Biden Might Not Be Guilty, But Corporate Media Is
https://thefederalist.com/2020/04/30/joe-biden-might-not-be-guilty-but-corporate-media-is/

No, the Media Isn’t Burying the Biden Allegations
https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/04/29/no-the-media-isnt-burying-the-biden-allegations-221920

FOREIGN ENTANGLEMENTS

U.S. counterterrorism operations hit record levels in unstable corner of Africa
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2020/apr/29/al-shabaab-targeting-somalia-us-military-despite-c/

Special Report: Trump told Saudis: Cut oil supply or lose U.S. military support - sources
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-global-oil-trump-saudi-specialreport-idUSKBN22C1V4

Yemen's health system has been wrecked by war, but Britain is still helping the Saudis bomb it – even during the Covid-19 pandemic
https://www.rt.com/op-ed/487051-yemen-covid19-britain-saudis/

PANDORA'S BOXCUTTER

How Spain’s coronavirus lockdown could be endangering wildlife
https://english.elpais.com/society/2020-04-29/how-spains-coronavirus-lockdown-could-be-endangering-wildlife.html

Coronavirus Disrupts Illegal Wildlife Trafficking, for Now
https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/29/science/coronavirus-disrupts-illegal-wildlife-trafficking-for-now.html

Coronavirus: Fears for future of endangered chimps in Nigeria
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52471595

THE MEDIA SCRUM

How ‘Betty the Weathercat’ became a star on TV news in Indiana
https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2020/04/30/how-betty-weathercat-became-star-tv-forecast-indiana/

TV anchor accused of cheating after half-naked woman who is not his girlfriend interrupts live broadcast
https://metro.co.uk/2020/04/30/tv-anchor-accused-cheating-half-naked-woman-who-not-girlfriend-interrupts-live-broadcast-12631588/

Will Coronavirus End Reality TV As We Know It?
https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/wxevw9/will-coronavirus-end-reality-tv-as-we-know-it

ODDS, ENDS

Ancient 'crazy beast' which broke 'evolutionary rules for mammals' discovered
https://news.sky.com/story/ancient-crazy-beast-which-broke-evolutionary-rules-for-mammals-discovered-11981024

Scientists have revised the recipe for the first gene and the origin of life
https://massivesci.com/articles/origin-life-rna-world-self-reproducing-ana-dna/

Why Sex? Biologists Find New Explanations
https://www.quantamagazine.org/why-sex-biologists-find-new-explanations-20200423/

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