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Here How Different 47 Celebrities Looked When They Were Exactly 20-Years-Old Compared To Now

The 20-Year Challenge is all the rage, so I did it for a bunch of famous people.

Prince William when he was 20:


Justin Timberlake now:

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Justin Timberlake when he was 20:

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Christina Aguilera now:

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Christina Aguilera when she was 20:

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Zac Efron now:

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Zac Efron when he was 20:

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Britney Spears when she was 20:

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Miley Cyrus now:

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Miley Cyrus when she was 20:

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Jennifer Lawrence now:

Jennifer Lawrence when she was 20:

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Jennifer Aniston now:

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Jennifer Aniston when she was 20:

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Leonardo DiCaprio now:

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Leonardo DiCaprio when he was 20:

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Reese Witherspoon now:

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Reese Witherspoon when she was 20:

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Sarah Jessica Parker now:

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Sarah Jessica Parker when she was 20:

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Tom Cruise now:

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Tom Cruise when he was 20:

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Will Smith now:

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Will Smith when he was 20:

David Beckham when he was 20:

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Mariah Carey now:

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Mariah Carey when she was 20:

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Jake Gyllenhaal now:

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Jake Gyllenhaal when he was 20:

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Tyra Banks now:

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Tyra Banks when she was 20:

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Cher now:

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Freddie Prinze Jr. now:

Freddie Prinze Jr. when he was 20:

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Sarah Michelle Gellar now:

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Sarah Michelle Gellar when she was 20:

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Blake Lively now:

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Blake Lively when she was 20:

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Prince Harry now:

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Prince Harry when he was 20:

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Lebron James when he was 20:

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Selena Gomez now:

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Selena Gomez when she was 20:

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Justin Bieber now:

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Justin Bieber when he was 20:


Taylor Swift now:

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Taylor Swift when she was 20:

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Ariana Grande now:

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Ariana Grande when she was 20:

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Beyoncé now:

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Beyoncé when she was 20:

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Rihanna now:

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Paris Hilton now:

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Paris Hilton when she was 20:

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Nicole Richie now:

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Nicole Richie when she was 20:

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Hilary Duff now:

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Hilary Duff when she was 20:

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Lindsay Lohan now:

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Lindsay Lohan when she was 20:

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Ashley Tisdale now:

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Ashley Tisdale when she was 20:

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Nick Jonas now:

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Nick Jonas when he was 20:


Joe Jonas now:

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Joe Jonas when he was 20:

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Kelly Clarkson now:

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Kelly Clarkson when she was 20:

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Mandy Moore now:

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Mandy Moore when she was 20:

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Scarlett Johansson now:

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Scarlett Johansson when she was 20:

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Anne Hathaway now:

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Anne Hathaway when she was 20:

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Emma Stone now:

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Emma Stone when she was 20:

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Chris Evans now:

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Chris Evans when he was 20:

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Michael B. Jordan now:

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Michael B. Jordan when he was 20:


Avril Lavigne now:

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Avril Lavigne when she was 20:

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Tracee Ellis Ross now:

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Tracee Ellis Ross when she was 20:

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Baby Spice now:

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Baby Spice when she was 20:


Ryan Gosling now:

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Ryan Gosling when he was 20:

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Bernie Said We Could Govern Ourselves

At every step, Bernie Sanders’s political opponents have contrasted themselves to him by appealing to their own competence and expertise. Clinton: “I’m a progressive who gets things done.” Warren: “I’ve got a plan for that.” Biden: “Let’s talk about progressive. Progressive is getting things done.”

Andrew Cuomo — the newest celebrity of the Democratic Party, a close friend and ally of its presidential nominee, and an increasingly likely 2024 presidential candidate — has risen to stardom on just such an appeal. Propelled by widespread (though highly dubious) praise of his management of the pandemic, his approval ratings and public image have taken flight.

Cuomo has long cultivated the aura of managerial effectiveness. When his challenger Cynthia Nixon pointed to decades of activism as her qualification for office, Cuomo replied that the governorship “is not a job about politics. It’s not about advocacy — it’s about doing. It’s about management.” Last year, he told a reporter:

I know how to do what everybody’s talking about doing. They’re all talking about how to fly an airplane. None of them have flown. And that’s a big difference when you get in the seat and you buckle the seat belt. And we just had a guy who spoke about flying a plane. And never flew. It’s not as easy as it looks.

This is a seductive and soothing vision of leadership, especially in turbulent times of impending crashes. We so badly want leaders who “know what they’re doing,” who have access to some kind of expertise — managerial skill, the right cadre of expert advisers, a capacity of political judgment we can’t specify because, after all, we haven’t had to “make those calls” ourselves — that qualifies them to steer the helm.

We need specialized expertise in government, of course. But what made Bernie different from any major presidential candidate in decades was that he didn’t just pitch himself as the most qualified pilot. He demanded of us that we pilot the plane ourselves.

He didn’t soothe or reassure us — he roused us to work. That work now continues. It will be long and hard going. And it will take overcoming our fears that we aren’t qualified, that we’ll crash the plane unless we leave it to the experts.

This is what “Not me, Us” always meant. It’s why we always planned to be in the streets, win or lose. It’s why our campaign was aligned with grassroots groups like the Sunrise Movement and the Democratic Socialists of America, through which we will continue to build our movement beyond 2020.

We’ll be told that we don’t know what we’re doing, that we’re “blowing smoke” and are “blue-sky puffers” (whatever that means), as Cuomo recently characterized Bernie in contrast to Biden’s supposed no-nonsense pragmatism. We’ll be equated with the Trump 2016 supporters who cast themselves as heroic passengers wresting back control from the hijackers of Flight 93, even as we expose and defuse ersatz populism by offering the real thing. We’ll be mocked for presumptuousness — maybe the New Yorker will rerun its cartoon of a boorish man in an airplane standing up to exclaim, “These smug pilots have lost touch with regular passengers like us. Who thinks I should fly the plane?”

Politics does require technocratic know-how and expertise; part of what it means to pilot the plane collectively is to appoint those among us with the requisite training to operate the flight controls. It’s hardly the populist left that needs this reminder: on the most consequential policy issues — from health care to deficit spending to, most strikingly, climate change — it is the Left that offers the informed and pragmatic way forward, while the “moderates,” intoxicated by ideology, ignore the experts and fly the plane straight into the ground.

Yet the problem with the establishment is not that it doesn’t have enough policy wonks on the payroll. To critique it primarily on grounds of inefficacy or incompetence would be to buy into the premise that the current pilots, at least of our preferred airline, are trying to take us where we want to go, that they have different theories on how to avoid storms and harness winds and utilize limited fuel and do whatever else pilots do, but are all aiming at basically the same place.

Bernie lost because Democratic voters bought that premise. They agreed with him on the issues, but were persuaded that Biden was a more amiable and effective means toward the same ends. Among the most urgent tasks for the Left, then, is to show that the establishment is not oriented toward the people’s interests or responsive to their will.

Cuomo’s record is a good place to start. The austerity budget he just forced through the New York legislature — cutting Medicaid in a pandemic, locking up thousands in death-trap prisons, leaving the homeless to fend for themselves with only the added company of thousands of soon-to-be-evicted tenants, starving the state even as it confronts the world’s worst economic contraction since the Great Depression — shows that we are not in safe hands. The problem is not that the establishment doesn’t know how to fly; it’s that it’s flying in the wrong direction.

The pilots cannot be trusted. We have to storm the cockpit.

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US election 2020: How Trump lost the public on coronavirus

5. VP, VP, VP: One of the political traditions that hasn’t been much affected by the coronavirus crisis is the unending jockeying among and speculation about who former Vice President Joe Biden will choose as his running mate.

(My latest look at the 10 women most likely to wind up as the pick is here. Or you can watch the video version here.)

The big storyline to keep an eye on the veepstakes this week is how the contenders choose to deal with the possibility of being picked. Act interested? Or pretend this isn’t even something you have ever considered or heard about?

Former Georgia state Rep. Stacey Abrams went with the former — bigly — in an interview with Elle magazine, in which she said plainly: “I would be an excellent running mate.”
Put Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar very much in the latter category. Asked about the possibility by Michael Smerconish on CNN Saturday, Klobuchar said that she would “not engage in hypotheticals,” adding that Biden “knows what it takes to be a good vice president. He’s going to make that decision.”

So, Abrams is way on one end of the spectrum while Klobuchar is about as far as you can get on the other. Watch where the other major contenders — California Sen. Kamala Harris, Nevada Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer — land on the question this week.

And yes, they will all be asked about being VP. Over and over again.

4. Biden (still) struggling to break through: Quick, name how many times you either thought about or read about Joe Biden in the past week.

It’s likely not very many. (And, for many, it was related to the allegations made by Tara Reade, a former Senate staffer.

The simple truth is that Biden has found himself on the outside looking in on the national conversation since coronavirus gripped the country a month ago.

Yes, in that time, the former vice president won more primaries and became the de facto Democratic nominee against President Donald Trump. But all of that has been overshadowed by the coronavirus crisis — and Biden, who is not currently in elected office, has struggled to get his voice heard on the issue in any meaningful way.

It’s not for want of trying. His campaign has organized virtual press conferences, released policies aimed at combating the spread and put Biden all over cable TV.

But he still feels like a secondary or tertiary voice on the crisis. And it’s not at all clear to me how Biden can change that — given that he’s not going to be a governor or president in the next month. And he’s still largely confined to his house in Delaware due to stay-at-home orders.

3. A(nother) bipartisan spending deal?: Last week, the Payroll Protection Program — a fund established in the $2 trillion-plus economic stimulus package passed by Congress last month designed to help small business stay afloat — ran out of money.

But there were signs everywhere on the Sunday shows that a deal to provide another $300 billion for the PPP — as well as another $150 million for hospitals, testing and loan programs favored by congressional Democrats — is very close.

“I think we’re very close to a deal today. I’m hopeful that we can get that done,” Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union.”
And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sounded a similarly optimistic note in an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” suggesting the two sides are “very close to agreement.” She added: “Everything we’ve done — three bills in March were all bipartisan. This interim package will be, too.”

Which is noteworthy! Not just because Congress doing anything bipartisan is rare but also because of Mnuchin’s ability to negotiate with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.

Mnuchin as deal-maker, of course, has already triggered some blowback among Republicans that he is giving away too much to Democrats. Keep an eye on whether Trump gives credence to that theory this week.
2. Here come the protests: What began last week in Lansing, Michigan as a protest against what some perceived to be overly stringent executive orders by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) has quickly spread to all corners of the country. (Rallies — albeit smaller than the one in Michigan — have been held in Maryland, Ohio, Kentucky, Wisconsin and Nevada.)
Expect those rallies in protest of stay-at-home orders to become more widespread and likely larger this week — egged on by Trump, who, on Friday, tweeted “LIBERATE MINNESOTA,” “LIBERATE MICHIGAN,” and “LIBERATE VIRGINIA, and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege!
Asked Sunday about Trump’s tweets inciting protests, Vice President Mike Pence said the President was simply aiming to “encourage governors to find ways to safely and responsibly let America go back to work.

Uh huh.

To be clear: Trump knew exactly what he was doing — and the likely outcome. He wants more protests. He wants to be able to cite them as evidence that the country wants to reopen, which is what he badly wants, too.

“I notice there were a lot of protests out there,” Trump said at Saturday’s daily coronavirus briefing. “And I just think that some of the governors have gotten carried away.”

Message received.

1. How Trump lost the public: In the early days of social distancing and stay-at-home orders, Trump experienced a polling surge the likes of which he has never seen before in his presidency.

People gave him high marks — or at least a majority approved — of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, and that translated in overall job approval numbers that neared 50%.

Those days are now long gone. Trump’s job approval numbers are back in the low- to mid-40s as a majority of the public now disapproves of how he has handled the coronavirus crisis.

The turn in Trump’s standing appears to be the growing view that he moved too slow to address the virus — and its impact on the American public.

Two thirds of people in the new NBC-Wall Street Journal poll — released Sunday — said that Trump did not take “the threat seriously at the beginning.” That finding mirrors what a Pew poll found; 65% of respondents said that Trump was “too slow” to recognize the threat posed by coronavirus while 34% said he was “quick” to do so.
What changed? It’s hard to pinpoint any one thing, but I would offer two factors: 1) Trump’s happy talk — and increasingly political attacks — at the daily coronavirus task force briefings and 2) the soaring number of deaths in America (nearly 34,000 deaths as of Sunday morning, according to Johns Hopkins).

Regardless, public opinion has turned on Trump over coronavirus — and it has returned his overall approval numbers back to where they were before this all began. The question now is whether his perceived too-slow handling of the virus pulls his numbers down even lower.

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Judge Blocks Kansas From Limiting Attendance At Religious Services

A federal judge blocked Kansas from limiting attendance at religious services during the coronavirus pandemic Saturday.

Wichita U.S. District Judge John Broomes blocked an order from Democratic Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly limiting attendance at religious services to ten people or fewer.

Broomes’s ruling prevents Kelly’s enforcement of the order as long as pastors and congregations observe social distancing, Politico reports. The decision will remain in effect until May 2.

“Churches and religious activities appear to have been singled out among essential functions for stricter treatment,” the judge wrote in his order.

“This is not about religion,” the Kansas governor said in a statement following the decision. “This is about a public health crisis.” (RELATED: Barr: ‘Even In Times Of Emergency,’ Federal Law Prohibits Religious Discrimination)

The judge’s order still requires religious services to abide by social distancing recommendations, such as requiring people to stay 6 feet apart. Broomes also has a hearing scheduled for Thursday regarding a lawsuit filed by two churches and their pastors against Kelly, Politico reports.

News of Broomes’s ruling comes after Attorney General William Barr released a statement on religious practices and social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic saying that that “even in times of emergency,” federal law prohibits religious discrimination.

“Thus, government may not impose special restrictions on religious activity that do not also apply to similar nonreligious activity,” Barr said.

“For example, if a government allows movie theaters, restaurants, concert halls, and other comparable places of assembly to remain open and unrestricted, it may not order houses of worship to close, limit their congregation size, or otherwise impede religious gatherings.”

He added: “Religious institutions must not be singled out for special burdens.” (RELATED: Attorney General Bill Barr Intervenes In Mississippi Church Case, Says City Appeared To ‘Single Churches Out’ In Social Distancing Orders)

Where states have not acted evenhandedly, they must have compelling reason to impose restrictions on places of worship, the attorney general said. They also must ensure that the restrictions are “narrowly tailored to advance its compelling interest.”

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US coronavirus death toll tops 40,000

Testing nationwide is currently at 150,000 per day, they said, adding that “If we can’t be doing at least 500,000 tests a day by May 1, it is hard to see any way we can remain open.”

Though some officials have warned against it, several states are looking to reopen as soon as possible. Protesters showed up in the capitals of Indiana, Maryland, New Hampshire and Texas this weekend to decry their states’ stay-at-home orders.

The research on the testing shortfall was done by Dr. Ashish Jha, faculty director of the Harvard Global Health Institute, Dr. Thomas Tsai, researcher at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Benjamin Jacobson, research assistant at the Harvard Global Health Institute.

The number of positive tests must also be much lower, the researchers said. In the US, 20% of those tested for coronavirus get positive results. The World Health Organization has said that to reopen, that number should be between 3% to 12%.

In a three-part guideline released last week, the White House said states can enter the first phase toward reopening once they see a continued decrease over two weeks.

Governors want testing capacities bolstered

The major determining factors behind governors’ decisions to reopen their economies should be testing, experts have long said.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence say there is ample testing capacity for states to begin the first phase.

But Gov. Ralph Northam of Maryland called the assertion “delusional” and said his state doesn’t even have sufficient swabs to conduct testing.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told NBC’s “Meet the Press” they also have concerns.

DeWine said he could perhaps triple testing capacity overnight if the US Food and Drug Administration would prioritize companies that use a different formula in producing their analysis kits.

Whitmer said she is ready to double or triple capacity but can’t get enough swabs and the reagents used to analyze tests.

“I’m glad to see that the White House recommended opening in phases,” she said. “We can’t just turn back to what life was like before Covid-19. We have to be strategic. We have to be careful. We have to look at different sectors of our economy.”

Contamination delayed tests

The US is currently lacking the testing capacity critical to reopening, and the rollout of tests was stalled from the start of the national outbreak.

Contamination at CDC lab was likely cause of critical early delays in rolling out coronavirus testing
That delay stemmed from contamination in manufacturing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention coronavirus test, multiple health officials told CNN.

Part of that contamination came from the CDC not adhering to its own protocols, according to the US Food and Drug Administration. It said the test was made in a CDC laboratory instead of one of its manufacturing facilities, which is not consistent with its protocol.

“Routine quality control measures aim to identify these types of issues. Those measures were not sufficient in this circumstance, and CDC implemented enhanced quality control to address the issue and will be assessing this issue moving forward,” CDC spokesman Benjamin Haynes said.

States easing restrictions

Some states are already taking steps to begin reopening, though the changes are gradual and limited mostly to outdoor activities.

In South Carolina, Gov. Henry McMaster is expected to announce Monday that he lifted restrictions on beach access and retail stores, according to a report from The Post and Courier newspaper in Charleston. In Florida, residents flocked to Jacksonville beaches after officials announced a soft opening Friday night allowing for recreational activities for several hours each day.
This is where all 50 states stand on reopening

But Jacksonville Mayor Lenny Curry said the openings do not mean the area is done flattening the curve but provide a responsible way to exercise outdoors.

The soft reopening comes on the same weekend that Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that the Florida Department of Health has released the names of 303 long-term care facilities that have reported Covid-19 cases. Of the 1,627 residents or staff members who have contracted the illness, 162 have died, the department said Saturday.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order Friday easing some measures next week — ordering state parks to reopen by Monday but directing residents to wear face coverings, keep a distance and stay in groups of five people or fewer. The state has more than 18,000 reported infections.

Abbott said the process of reopening the state will happen gradually and be guided by medical experts.

In Minnesota, Gov. Tim Walz signed an order allowing many outdoor activities — including golfing, boating, hunting and biking — to resume Saturday morning, as long as residents follow social distancing guidelines, avoid crowded spaces and stay close to home.

In New York, where Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s staff is working with other states to coordinate a regional reopening when it’s appropriate, hospitalizations were down Sunday, as was the three-day average of hospitalizations, the governor said.

New York will launch the most aggressive antibody testing initiative in the nation over the next week, he said. Though the data could suggest New York is past its apex, it is only “halftime” in the state’s fight, Cuomo said. Any plan to reopen will be based on testing.

“If the data holds and if this trend holds, we are past the high point, and all indications at this point are that we are on the descent,” he said. “Whether or not the descent continues depends on what we do.”

Protesters stand on the steps of the State Capitol in Lansing, Michigan.

Protests over orders

Meanwhile, some residents are taking to the streets demanding an end to stay-at-home orders over concerns of the economic impact.

Hundreds gathered in front of the Texas State Capitol in Austin on Saturday for a “You Can’t Close America” rally. In New Hampshire, a crowd formed outside the State House, urging Gov. Chris Sununu to lift emergency orders.

Protests are popping up across the US over stay-at-home restrictions

In Indianapolis, protesters gathered outside the home of Gov. Eric Holcomb to protest his stay-at-home order, which has been extended until May 1. People in cars paraded through Annapolis, Maryland, honking their horns and holding signs asking Gov. Larry Hogan to lift restrictions.

More are planned for the coming days, including in Wisconsin, Kansas and Missouri.

Ben Dorr, who organized the group Wisconsinites Against Excessive Quarantine, told CNN affiliate WFRV he fears economic destruction.

“Hundreds of thousands of workers are out of work. Hundreds and thousands of small family businesses are being destroyed right now under this quarantine, under this lockdown,” Dorr told the news station.

CNN’s Chuck Johnston, Sheena Jones, Sara Murray, Nick Valencia, Christina Maxouris, Kristina Sgueglia and Jake Tapper contributed to this report.

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Trump Calls Pelosi an ‘Inherently Dumb Person,’ Criticizes Fox News Host Chris Wallace for Interviewing Her

President Donald Trump on Sunday called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi an “inherently dumb person” after her appearance on Fox News, and also criticized host Chris Wallace for having her on his show.

Pelosi appeared on Fox News Sunday, for the first time since 2017, to criticize Trump’s coronavirus response and refusal to take responsibility for his early remarks downplaying the outbreak.

“Leaders – leaders take responsibility. So I said he’s a weak leader. He doesn’t take responsibility. He places blame – blame on others,” the Speaker told Wallace. “And that might have been OK before, but we cannot continue down a path that is, again I’ll come back to science, science, science, evidence, data on how we should go forward.”

Trump took to Twitter to lash out at the Democrat and the network’s host after her appearance. “Nervous Nancy is an inherently ‘dumb’ person,” the president tweeted. “She wasted all of her time on the Impeachment Hoax. She will be overthrown, either by inside or out, just like her last time as ‘Speaker’. Wallace & Fox News are on a bad path, watch!”

Newsweek reached out to Pelosi’s office and Fox News for comment.

Trump has faced mounting criticism over the federal government’s inability to adequately ramp up COVID-19 testing, which has made it more difficult for public health officials to accurately track the virus’ spread. Pelosi on Sunday said the president “gets an F” on testing, and noted that White House Coronavirus Task Force member Dr. Anthony Fauci’s recommendations on testing “hasn’t been done.”

During the White House COVID-19 news conference on Saturday, the president defended his administration from criticisms over testing and claimed that U.S. testing capacity is “fully sufficient” to start the process of reopening the country.

Trump also called out his favorite cable news channel Fox News last Sunday over unfavorable coverage. “Just watched Mike Wallace wannabe, Chris Wallace, on Fox News. I am now convinced that he is even worse than Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd of Meet the Press (please!), or the people over at Deface the Nation,” the president tweeted. “What the hell is happening to Fox News. It’s a whole new ballgame over there!”

The president’s remarks last week were not the first time he has publicly criticized Wallace or complained about Democrats being featured on the network. Last month, Trump claimed that Fox News’ decision to interview members of the Democratic Party signaled the “beginning of the end” for the network. He also attacked Wallace and insisted he should be on “Fake News CNN or MSDNC.”

Wallace responded to the attacks at the time by saying that such criticism from the president merely indicates that he’s doing his job. “I have been in the business for half a century and I have been attacked by all sides,” the host said.

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with healthcare executives in the Cabinet Room of the White House April 14, 2020 in Washington, D.C.
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Mnuchin, Democrats Says Aid Package May Be Passed in Days

(Bloomberg) — Democratic leaders and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said they’re close an an agreement to top up funds for a loan program aimed at helping small businesses stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, and to provide funds for hospitals.

Mnuchin said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that he’s hopeful the deal can be passed in the Senate on Monday and the House on Tuesday. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi offered no specific timetable but said the sides are “close.”

While the Senate has a pro forma session scheduled for Monday, passage of any measure then is unlikely. Leaders of both parties must check with all senators to ensure they would agree to approve something by unanimous consent, and text of legislation is usually provided first. The Senate’s next scheduled session is currently set for Thursday.

Discussions are focused on adding an additional $300 billion to the Paycheck Protection Program, or PPP, designed to help small businesses keep workers on their payrolls as much of the country remains under stay-at-home orders, Mnuchin said.

He also proposed $50 billion more for a separate Economic Injury Disaster Loan program, or EIDL, that provides financing and advances as grants of as much as $10,000.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell hosted a call for his members Sunday afternoon to discuss the package, said a senior Republican leadership aide. President Donald Trump, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Mnuchin were among those on the call.

McConnell and Mnuchin reiterated that state and local government funding and food-stamp demands from Democrats would not be part of the package now under review.

Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, also on CNN, said he was hopeful the framework of the small-business deal could be reached on Sunday night or early Monday, including tweaks to the program designed to make money more available to the smallest of businesses.

Congress is “very close” to a bipartisan deal, Pelosi said on ABC’s “This Week,” adding that the Democratic caucus backed her approach to dig in and demand additional money for hospitals and other segments in the current round.

“We’re close. We have common ground,” Pelosi said. “I think we’re very close to an agreement.”

On CNN, Mnuchin said all sides were “making a lot of progress” on another $300 billion in small business funding. The deal will include $75 billion of the $100 billion Democrats have demanded for hospitals, and $25 billion for virus testing, he said.

Separately, two senators on Sunday proposed a $500 billion fund for state and local governments as part of the next, comprehensive rescue package from Congress.

House Republicans have scheduled an 8 p.m. conference call for Sunday to get an update from the their leaders on the status of negotiations on replenishing the tapped-out PPP, according to multiple party officials.

One Republican lawmaker familiar with the situation said there’s been no official whipping or vote counting on a possible deal. The call Sunday is being billed as catching members up on the status of talks, the lawmaker said.

Read more: Democrats Make Offer to Mnuchin in Effort to Break Aid Deadlock

Democratic insistence that the Congress do more than simply “top up” the PPP funds stalled action on the measure last week as funds dwindled, drawing criticism from Republicans and President Donald Trump.

“Overwhelmingly, my caucus, and we’re working closely with the Senate Democrats, know that we have an opportunity, and an urgency, to do something for our hospitals, our teachers and firefighters and the rest, right now,” Pelosi said.

Pelosi on Saturday penned a progress report to Democrats — a “Dear Colleague” letter — that praised the “brilliant leadership of our Chairs and the overwhelming support of our Members to strengthen” and broaden the availability of the PPP.

Compromise Offer

“It is very urgent though that we support our police and fire, first responders, teachers,” Pelosi said in a “Fox News Sunday” interview. “Everything we’re doing is about the coronavirus. Not going afield into anything else.”

Congressional Democrats on Friday night outlined a compromise offer to Mnuchin, a senior Democratic aide said on Saturday.

Terms of the offer included allocating an already-requested $150 billion in state and local funding based on need, but also designating additional money for cities, counties and towns, the senior aide said.

Key swing states including Pennsylvania, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin — all won by Trump in 2016 — would receive billions of dollars in new aid under the Democrats’ proposal.

The Small Business Association’s $349 billion PPP program, which was intended to help mom-and-pop businesses, ran out of funds in less than two weeks.

It’s come under fire for payouts made to certain operations like large chain restaurants. More than a dozen publicly traded companies with revenue of more than $100 million, including Shake Shack Inc., Potbelly Corp. and a Tex-Mex restaurant chain with more than 10,000 employees, received loans.

The National Federation of Independent Business, the largest group representing small businesses in the country, is calling on Congress to reserve $200 billion in the next tranche of funds for firms that have 20 or fewer employees.

In an interview on CNN Saturday and on Twitter, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence Summers said the types of businesses that can apply for funds “is too broad.”

“Most of the money now is going to people who have hundreds of people working for them, and millions of dollars in their accounts,” Summers said. “We need to change the rules.”

The industries that received the largest share of loans were construction; professional, scientific and technical services; manufacturing; and health care and social assistance, according to a report from the SBA.

The PPP offers loans of as much as $10 million that convert to grants if proceeds are used to keep workers on the payroll and cover rent and other approved expenses for about two months, a stopgap designed to help businesses get by until the economy reopens.

Schumer said on CNN that “from one end to the country to the other, we have been hearing that people can’t get the loans — the local restaurant, the local barbershop, the local drugstore, or even startup businesses.”

Democrats “want to put some more money in, but let’s set aside some money to make sure it goes to the rural areas, to the minority areas, to the unbanked,” he said.

Mnuchin conceded that “some big businesses” were getting money from the PPP. “That was in the bill. But let me say, the majority of these are going to small businesses.”

(Updates with McConnell-led call in sixth paragraph.)

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Coronavirus Task Force updates on COVID-19 response – watch live stream today

Members of the Coronavirus Task Force, charged with leading the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic, are holding a briefing Sunday at 5 p.m. As the death toll in the U.S. from the coronavirus nears 40,000, President Trump continues to tout his administration’s handling of the outbreak.

Top lawmakers, meanwhile, are holding ongoing negotiations over an emergency spending package that would allocate more funding for the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program, which ran out of money Thursday.

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Efforts to provide an additional $250 billion for small businesses impacted by the coronavirus stalled as congressional Democrats pushed for a measure to include more funding for hospitals and states and local governments, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in separate interviews Sunday progress is being made on a deal.

“We have common ground,” Pelosi told ABC’s “This Week.” “Our CARES 1 package was something that we worked together in a bipartisan way, springing from that and making it more effective and stronger so that more people are benefiting from it and protected by it. I think we’re very close to agreement.”

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Joe Biden wins Wyoming caucuses

Joe Biden won 72.2% of the vote while Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders held 27.8%, according to the party. All told, 15,428 ballots were cast in the caucuses, the party reported, which is about 38% of the total ballots sent out for the caucus.
The caucuses were held using ranked choice voting by mail after the in-person events scheduled to take place on April 4 were canceled due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.

The party originally planned to keep the April 4 date and allow for ballot drop-offs as well as voting by mail, but later shifted the date to April 17 to enable more people to vote by mail as the outbreak worsened. All voters registered as Democrats in the state by March 20 were automatically mailed a ballot for the caucus.

Biden has won each of the six contests held on March 17 or later. Sanders suspended his campaign on April 8. Mail ballots cast in the Wyoming caucuses had to be received by Friday, but 92.6% of the total ballots cast were received before Sanders suspended his campaign.

Including the results of the Wyoming contest, Biden now holds a nearly 400 delegate lead over Sanders, according to CNN’s estimate of Democratic delegates. Biden has won 1,297 delegates, Sanders 911. Sanders said he plans to continue to collect delegates through the remainder of the primaries and caucuses.