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A third of Americans are showing signs of clinical anxiety or depression, the most definitive and alarming sign yet of the psychological toll exacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

The troubling statistics, which suggest a huge jump from before the pandemic, were released last week in a tranche of data from the Census Bureau. The agency launched an emergency weekly survey of U.S. households at the end of April to measure the pandemic’s effects on employment, housing, finances, education and health.

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3:49 a.m.
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California allows barber shops, hair salons to reopen in most counties

California took another step Tuesday to loosen sweeping statewide lockdown measures, allowing barber shops and hair salons in most counties to reopen for business for the first time in nearly 10 weeks.

The announcement by Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) came a day after he allowed church services and retail shopping to resume with strict social distancing measures in place.

California “is flattening the curve. Expanding testing. And carefully reopening businesses,” Newsom wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. “But we MUST continue to take this seriously.”

The vast majority of the state’s 53 counties have qualified to reopen barber shops and hair salons under a complex formula set out by health officials. But they will remain closed in six of the hardest-hit jurisdictions, including Los Angeles and San Francisco.

And a statewide ban remains in place for all nail salons, gyms, bars and entertainment venues, tattoo shops, community centers and public pools.

Newsom had issued far-reaching business closures March 19, as the pandemic began to spread nationwide. Under relaxed measures, religious services must not include more than 25 percent of a building’s capacity, while retail shops must limit the number of customers inside the store.

Last week, the Trump administration said Newsom’s administration was engaging in discrimination by allowing film studios and other businesses to continue working while houses of worship were still shuttered.

3:17 a.m.
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Americans try to leave Brazil ahead of coronavirus travel ban

Americans made plans to leave Brazil on Tuesday, hours before a U.S. ban on arrivals from the country was due to take effect.

U.S. citizens and green-card holders are exempt from the prohibition, intended to slow the spread of the coronavirus from Latin America’s hardest-hit country. But foreigners in Brazil have struggled to leave the country in recent weeks. The State Department on Tuesday advised all Americans who wished to leave to do so immediately.

Jennifer Ribachonek was scheduled to return to the United States on Friday to care for her parents. Both are scheduled to undergo surgery next month. But her LATAM flight was canceled shortly after the White House announced the travel ban on Sunday.

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2:49 a.m.
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NHL ends regular season, will open with 24-team playoff at an undetermined date

The National Hockey League unveiled the format under which it intends to return to play from the suspension caused by the novel coronavirus, ending its regular season and expanding its playoffs to 24 teams, but does not know when its plan will be implemented.

The plans, which also included scheduling the league’s draft lottery for June 26, were announced Tuesday by Commissioner Gary Bettman during a televised news conference.

Instead of playing the regular-season games that had been scheduled to take place after the season was suspended March 12, 24 teams will compete in a modified and expanded playoffs that will take place in two hub cities that have not been determined. No official dates were announced, though training camps will not be held earlier than the first half of July.

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2:29 a.m.
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Taxpayers paid to develop remdesivir, but Gilead will set the price

To make progress on remdesivir, a possible coronavirus treatment, Gilead needed help from U.S. taxpayers. Lots of help. Three federal health agencies were deeply involved in remdesivir’s development every step of the way, providing tens of millions of dollars of government research support. Now that big government role has set up a political showdown over pricing and access.

Despite the heavy subsidies, federal agencies have not asserted patent rights to Gilead’s drug, potentially a blockbuster therapy worth billions of dollars. That means Gilead will have few constraints other than political pressure when it sets a price in coming weeks. Critics are urging the Trump administration to take a more aggressive approach.

“Without direct public investment and tax subsidies, this drug would apparently have remained in the scrapheap of unsuccessful drugs,” Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Tex.), chairman of the House Ways and Means health subcommittee, said earlier this month. Doggett and Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (D-Conn.) have asked Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar for a detailed financial accounting of federal support for remdesivir’s discovery and development.

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2:18 a.m.
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Nevada Governor cancels in-person news conference because of possible exposure to the coronavirus

On the verge of progressing toward his state’s second stage of reopening, Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D) announced he would not attend his Tuesday night news conference after learning he might have been exposed to the novel coronavirus.

Sisolak will undergo testing Wednesday, following a visit late last week to a workplace in which an employee was confirmed to have the coronavirus. The infected employee was not in attendance during Sisolak’s visit.

According to Sisolak’s statement, his office learned of the positive result on Tuesday.

The decision to cancel the briefing — in which Sisolak intended to share an update about the second phase of reopening the state — came “out of an abundance of caution” and Sisolak’s office has taken “immediate” action to limit his contact with others.

Sisolak, who had been active in making official trips around the state, did not specify the name of the office in which he potentially came into contact with the virus.

On Memorial Day, Sisolak and his wife, Kathy Ong, visited the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City. In photos, Sisolak is seen wearing a mask while standing between two masked veterans. Also, Sisolak checked in on a Las Vegas hospital, a high school and police department, where he sat down at a desk of an employee at the call center. In every photo, Sisolak is wearing a face mask.

1:40 a.m.
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Biden calls Trump a ‘fool’ for mocking the use of face masks

President Trump dismissed a mask-wearing reporter as being “politically correct” on Tuesday while the presumptive Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, called him a “fool” for mocking their use.

The president’s refusal to wear a mask in public, defying recommendations from public health experts, has become a symbol for his supporters resisting stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus crisis. To wear one, then, is seen by some as being anti-Trump.

Trump denied that he had been criticizing Biden’s decision to wear a face covering for a public Memorial Day wreath-laying, even though he retweeted a Fox News commentator mocking Biden’s look of a black mask and dark aviator sunglasses mostly obscuring his face. But he said he found it “unusual.”

In response, Biden said: “He’s a fool, an absolute fool to talk that way."

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1:25 a.m.
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Man who hanged Kentucky governor in effigy is fired from his job

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) pledged Tuesday “not to back down” following weekend protests at his residence that included the hanging of an effigy of him. The man who hanged the effigy has since been fired from his job.

Beshear released a statement firing back at a “right-wing militia group” that demonstrated outside the governor’s mansion on Sunday. Protesters taunted for Beshear to come out of the mansion while a dummy with his image on the face hung from a tree. Beshear, whose young children were not at the residence at the time, condemned the acts as an attempt to intimidate him.

“I will not be afraid. I will not be bullied. And I will not back down,” Beshear said in a tweet. “Not to them, and not to anybody else.”

On Tuesday, a car dealership based in Frankfort, Ky., released a statement through its human resources manager announcing the termination of its former employee who is accused of hanging Beshear in effigy. The company did not identify the man.

“The Neil Huffman Auto Group does not condone threats of violence in any form, whether they be a call to action or an implied threat,” the statement read.

On Sunday, the acts of the armed protesters drew denunciations from liberals and conservatives alike.

Videos and pictures showed several dozen people participating in the Freedom Rally, which was organized by several conservative groups. Few appeared to be wearing masks. Speakers included Wesley Morgan, a former state representative who is running against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in the Republican primary.

Beshear has received high marks for his handling of the pandemic. A few weeks ago, a poll showed him at 81 percent approval.

12:57 a.m.
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Kansas governor vetoes bill designed to shield businesses and health-care providers from coronavirus-related lawsuits

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly (D) announced Tuesday that she will veto a bill designed to limit her authority to deal with the coronavirus crisis and shield businesses and health-care providers from coronavirus-related lawsuits.

The bill, which Republicans pushed through the GOP-controlled legislature on May 22, passed 27-11 in the Senate and 76-34 in the House.

In her veto decision, Kelly wrote that “House Bill 2054 undermines a thoughtful compromise originally reached on liability protections to protect both individuals and responsible business owners.”

Meanwhile, the state relaxed its quarantine guidelines so meatpacking workers potentially exposed to the coronavirus could stay on the job, according to text messages and emails obtained by the Kansas City Star and the Wichita Eagle.

The discussion of shielding businesses from coronavirus-related lawsuits has been going on across the country. In Arizona, the House voted to make it harder for individuals to sue businesses and others over coronavirus claims last week. The Senate had yet to vote on the measure as of Tuesday.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said earlier this month that he believed companies needed to be protected from coronavirus-related lawsuits, according to NPR.

12:40 a.m.
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House GOP to sue over Democrats’ remote-voting plans

House Republican leaders are planning to file a federal lawsuit Tuesday challenging a Democratic plan to allow remote voting by proxy in the chamber for the first time, aides familiar with the plan said.

The announcement came less than 24 hours before the House is set to take its first proxy votes — wherein a lawmaker can designate a colleague to cast votes on his or her behalf on the House floor.

The change was authorized in a House vote earlier this month that temporarily altered multiple House procedures to allow for remote work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Filing the suit, a GOP aide said, will be House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and 20 other Republican lawmakers, along with four of their constituents.

“While the Constitution allows Congress to write its own rules, those rules cannot violate the Constitution itself — namely, the requirement of actual assembly,” McCarthy said in a statement. “Rapid and robust legal relief is necessary.”

The lawsuit, the aide said, names House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Clerk Cheryl L. Johnson and House Sergeant at Arms Paul D. Irving as defendants.

In response, Pelosi said in a statement: “House Republicans’ sad stunt shows that their only focus is to delay and obstruct urgently-needed action to meet the needs of American workers and families during the coronavirus crisis.”

Litigating the lawsuit on behalf of the House Republicans, a second aide said, are Charles J. Cooper, among the most prominent GOP appellate attorneys in Washington, and partner Joel Alicea.

Republicans are set to claim in court that the proxy voting system violates the constitutional requirement that the House establish a quorum for voting, arguing that members must be physically present in Washington to establish that quorum. Faced with earlier constitutional concerns, Democratic leaders have insisted that the House is free to adopt any rules it wishes for establishing a quorum.

Despite the lawsuit, at least one Republican plans to take advantage of the proxy voting system: Rep. Francis Rooney (R-Fla.) will vote by proxy on Wednesday, spokesman Chris Berardi said. Rooney, who last cast a House vote on Feb. 13, lent support last week to the rules change, writing on Twitter that the country was “still in the midst of a serious, global pandemic” and that Congress “should utilize all options for conducting business.”

11:57 p.m.
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D.C. likely to reopen Friday after thresholds were changed

D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) is expected Wednesday to announce the gradual reopening of the capital, saying the city has been meeting key thresholds to contain new coronavirus infections.

Hospitals have been running below their maximum capacity, testing is on the rise, and the city is in the process of hiring enough contact tracers to identify and quarantine residents exposed to the novel coronavirus.

But the city has been moving the goal posts for measuring its trajectory. District officials have changed their approach to calculating the spread of the virus — no longer mentioning other reopening metrics they laid out last month, including a declining rate in people testing positive and a decrease in flu-like illnesses among residents who might not have been tested.

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11:33 p.m.
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Twitter labels Trump’s tweets with a fact-check for the first time

Twitter on Tuesday slapped a fact-check label on President Trump’s tweets for the first time, a response to long-standing criticism that the company is too hands-off when it comes to policing misinformation and falsehoods from world leaders.

The move, which escalates tensions between Washington and Silicon Valley in an election year, was made in response to two Trump tweets over the past 24 hours. The tweets falsely claimed that mail-in ballots are fraudulent. Twitter’s label says, “Get the facts about mail-in ballots,” and redirects users to news articles about Trump’s unsubstantiated claim.

The tweets, said Twitter spokesperson Katie Rosborough, “contain potentially misleading information about voting processes and have been labeled to provide additional context around mail-in ballots.”

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11:14 p.m.
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Schools reopen in South Korea with prevention measures, including plastic barriers to separate students

South Korea began reopening schools recently after closing them several months ago to try to stem the spread of the coronavirus during a worldwide pandemic — and it is employing new social distancing and prevention measures in an attempt to continue to keep the country’s death rate from covid-19 low.

In late February, South Korea had more diagnosed covid-19 patients than any country other than China. A swift and tough program of contact tracing, isolation and other measures contained the virus. South Korea reports that fewer than 300 people have died of covid-19.

The country has been slowly reopening schools in the past week. Some of the prevention measures include putting up plastic barriers on tables during lunch, having desk dividers in classrooms, placing stickers on the ground six feet apart to remind those of social distancing guidelines and using temperature checks on all students before they enter schools.

10:56 p.m.
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A third of Americans show signs of clinical anxiety or depression amid pandemic, Census Bureau finds

A third of Americans are showing signs of clinical anxiety or depression, Census Bureau data shows, the most definitive and alarming sign yet of the psychological toll exacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

When asked questions normally used to screen patients for mental health problems, 24 percent showed clinically significant symptoms of major depressive disorder and 30 percent showed symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder.

The findings suggest a huge jump from before the pandemic. For example, on one question about depressed mood, the percentage reporting such symptoms was double that found in a 2014 national survey.

The troubling statistics were released last week in a tranche of data from the Census Bureau. The agency launched an emergency weekly survey of U.S. households at the end of April to measure the pandemic’s effects on employment, housing, finances, education and health.

Buried within that 20-minute survey, U.S. officials included four questions taken nearly word-for-word from a form used by doctors to screen patients for depression and anxiety. Those answers are providing a real-time window into the country’s collective mental health after three months of fear, isolation, soaring unemployment and continuing uncertainty.

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10:28 p.m.
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Army reservist is third service member to die of covid-19

An Army reservist became the third U.S. service member to die of complications of a coronavirus infection, the Army said Tuesday, as the number of cases among U.S. troops passed 6,100 worldwide.

It was not immediately clear where the soldier died or whether the soldier had been mobilized as part of the Pentagon’s effort to combat the pandemic. An Army Reserve spokesman did not immediately provide more information.

It has been six weeks since the last service member died of coronavirus complications.

Navy Chief Petty Officer Charles Robert Thacker Jr., a sailor assigned to the virus-stricken USS Theodore Roosevelt, died in a naval hospital in Guam in April. Capt. Douglas Hickok, an officer in the New Jersey Army National Guard, died in a civilian hospital in March before his unit was mobilized to assist with the pandemic response.

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