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As some states reopen, tensions rise over virus response.
Nearly a dozen states tentatively returned to public life on Friday, the first mass reopening of businesses since the pandemic brought America to a standstill six weeks ago. But there were clashes across the country over how, when and even whether it should be done.
Partisan battles flared in Illinois and Michigan, where protesters demanded that Democratic leaders loosen restrictions. The skirmishes there and elsewhere revealed political dividing lines and geographical differences, but also something more basic — a vast and widely varying range of personal views about what the country should do.
Texas lifted stay-at-home orders for its 29 million residents — in Houston, the Galleria mall was open again but ample close-in parking suggested some customers were wary of returning. In Mobile, Ala., a venerable boutique decided to reopen with one dressing room so it could be disinfected between uses.
Outdoor dining will soon return to South Carolina’s restaurants: Gov. Henry McMaster announced on Friday that he would ease more restrictions beginning Monday, when restaurants, which have been limited to takeout and delivery, will be allowed to serve diners outdoors.
Iowa loosened restrictions in some counties, but not others. In Davenport, which is still under restrictions, Glory Smith questioned that logic since the virus does not respect county boundaries.
“It is like having a smoking section on a plane or in a restaurant,” she said. “It doesn’t work.”
As more states began to reopen on Friday, the governors of California, Illinois, Louisiana and Michigan contended with challenges to their authority to shutter some parts of public life.
And as some customers stayed away, several large companies faced protests from employees concerned about their safety. Amazon and Target were the focus of renewed labor protests over the health risks of working during a pandemic.
By next week, nearly half the states will have made moves toward reopening their economies. At the same time, portions of the country, including much of the West Coast and the Northeast, remain shuttered.
But the reopening comes as the number of cases continues to rise in many states — known deaths from the virus surpassed 63,000 in the United States this week — and as public health experts have warned that reopening too soon could lead to a devastating second wave.
Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington said on Friday that he was extending the state’s stay-at-home order until at least the end of May. “I would like to tell you that you can make reservations on June 1, but I cannot,” he said.
And in New Mexico, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham authorized a lockdown of the town of Gallup on Friday in an effort to curtail a surge in virus deaths that has the state’s tribal nations on edge.
The Navajo Nation has been grappling with a severe outbreak: As of Thursday, the tribal nation had reported a total of 2,141 cases and 71 confirmed deaths. The Navajo Nation’s president, Jonathan Nez, said he fully supported the lockdown order. “We have many members of the Navajo Nation that reside in Gallup and many that travel in the area, and their health and safety is always our top priority,” Mr. Nez said.
The F.D.A. authorizes emergency use of a new virus treatment.
The Food and Drug Administration on Friday issued an emergency approval for the antiviral drug remdesivir as a treatment for patients with Covid-19, the illness caused by the virus.
The trial found that patients receiving remdesivir recovered more quickly: in 11 days, versus 15 in a group receiving a placebo. But the drug, made by Gilead Sciences, did not significantly reduce fatality rates.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, the president announced the F.D.A. approval and called it “an important treatment for hospitalized coronavirus patients.”
The president said that he was “pleased” that Gilead had received its emergency authorization. “And you know what, that is because that’s been the hot thing in the papers and in the media for the last little while — an important treatment for hospitalized coronavirus patients,” he said.
Dr. Deborah L. Birx, the coordinator of the virus task force, said that the F.D.A. approval of remdesivir “really illustrates what can happen in such a short time” noting how fast the approval followed the first known cases in the United States.
Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the federal government’s top expert on infectious diseases, said earlier this week that the results were “a very important proof of concept” but not a “knockout.”
The White House blocks Fauci from appearing before Congress.
The White House is preventing Dr. Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, from testifying before the House next week, a spokesman for the House Appropriations Committee said on Friday.
Top Democrats on the panel had wanted Dr. Fauci to testify as part of an in-person hearing led by Representative Rosa DeLauro, Democrat of Connecticut, who oversees the subcommittee responsible for funding health, labor and education agencies and programs. But when the committee asked for Dr. Fauci to appear, the Trump administration denied the request and the committee was told by an administration official that it was because of the White House, according to Evan Hollander, a spokesman for the House Appropriations Committee.
A White House spokesman defended the decision as aimed at keeping the administration focused on its response to the virus. “It is counterproductive to have the very individuals involved in those efforts appearing at congressional hearings,” said the spokesman, Judd Deere. “We are committed to working with Congress to offer testimony at the appropriate time.”
The Washington Post first reported the White House’s decision.
Dr. Fauci, one of the most visible faces of the administration’s fight against the coronavirus, has often quietly contradicted many of Mr. Trump’s statements on how the administration is handling the outbreak and how quickly the country will be able to recover.
But the White House has directed government health officials and scientists to coordinate all statements and public appearances with Vice President Mike Pence’s office, in an effort to streamline the administration’s messaging. Dr. Fauci told associates in February that he had been instructed not to say anything else without clearance, but has become a media fixture as the toll of the pandemic has grown.
New Jersey is now reporting more virus deaths than New York.
Gov. Philip D. Murphy of New Jersey reported another 311 deaths from the virus on Friday. It was a drop from Thursday, when the state reported 460 deaths. State health officials explained on Friday that the number of deaths reported on any given day includes many deaths that can go back weeks and are newly classified as virus-related.
But it was the second straight day that New Jersey reported more deaths than New York, which has more than twice as many people. On Friday, New York reported that 289 more people had died, the first time the one-day death toll fell below 300 since March 30. New hospitalizations for the virus in New York remained in the mid-900s for the fourth straight day, a sign of a plateau that its governor found troubling.
He said New Jersey residents were being “trusted” with a big test this weekend, and he urged people to wear masks and avoid “knucklehead behavior with people ignoring social distancing.”
Illinois, Michigan, California and Louisiana see resistance to stay-at-home orders.
Hundreds of protesters converged on the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield and in downtown Chicago on Friday, demanding that Gov. J.B. Pritzker lift the stay-at-home order that he extended until May 29.
At the Capitol, demonstrators crowded beneath a statue of Abraham Lincoln and chanted, “Open Illinois!” Most did not have face coverings, and some wore “Make America Great Again” hats.
The protest came on the heels of a similar demonstration in Michigan on Thursday, where hundreds of people, some of them armed, converged on the State Capitol in Lansing to protest the state’s stay-at-home orders.
In Louisiana, Gov. John Bel Edwards’s decision to extend a stay-at-home order has also been met with an upswell of outrage. And in California, hundreds of people gathered in Huntington Beach on Friday to protest against Gov. Gavin Newsom’s directive to close beaches in Orange County.
Officials across the country are trying to strike a balance between prioritizing public health and stanching the economic devastation. In some states, the divide has become starkly partisan and increasingly rancorous.
Michigan, Louisiana, California and Illinois are all run by Democratic governors who have recently moved to extend stay-at-home orders. All have faced pushback from Republican state officials, and protests against their orders have doubled as rallies for conservative causes.
“The people of Louisiana are about to revolt,” said Danny McCormick, a Republican state representative who organized a rally scheduled for Saturday outside of the governor’s mansion. Some lawmakers there have been plotting to overturn the governor’s order, potentially leaving Louisiana as the only state in the nation without an emergency declaration in place.
“That would just be completely irresponsible and nonsensical,” Mr. Edwards said at a news conference on Thursday, “to be the only state in the nation without an emergency declaration in place for the public health emergency of Covid-19.”
In Illinois, James Marter, a Republican running for Congress, spoke at the rally in Springfield and decried that liquor stores and marijuana shops remained open, and that abortions continued. “We the people, are losing our freedoms everyday at a blinding speed,” he said according to a video that was briefly posted on Facebook by one of the rally’s organizers.
Congress does not have enough tests for returning senators.
Dr. Brian P. Monahan, the tight-lipped doctor who attends to Congress, told senior Republican officials on a private conference call on Thursday that his office could not screen all 100 senators for the virus when they return on Monday.
President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence are tested frequently and have often avoided masks in public. Aides who come into close contact with them are tested weekly, according to officials familiar with the process.
The stark contrast between the testing haves at the White House and the have-nots on Capitol Hill makes clear that Mr. Trump’s pronouncement that “anybody that wants a test can get a test,” as he said in March, is far from true. Although the rich and powerful are clearly favored, not even all the powerful have equal access.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California had not been tested as of Friday. Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the top House Republican, has — but at the White House, where he attended an event with the president last week. Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, has not been tested. Aides for Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, would not say whether he had been tested.
This week, after Dr. Monahan warned the House of Representatives that it might be risky to come back on Monday as scheduled, Ms. Pelosi abandoned plans to do so. The House will now return May 11. But Mr. McConnell decided to bring the Senate back into session on Monday.
Without sufficient diagnostic testing, some senators feared that the Capitol — where senators are surrounded by aides and a vast support staff of food service workers, custodians and other personnel — would become a mini hot spot for the virus.
A nuclear power plant in Georgia confirmed an outbreak.
More than 150 workers on a construction project at a nuclear power facility in Georgia have tested positive for the virus, and absenteeism has “increased dramatically,” according to documents and a spokesman for Georgia Power, the utility company that is a part owner of the facility.
The facility, Plant Vogtle, is near Waynesboro, Ga., about 150 miles east of Atlanta, and has been in operation since 1987. It is in the middle of a multibillion-dollar expansion that has been plagued with setbacks, including construction problems, cost overruns and the 2016 bankruptcy of Westinghouse, its lead contractor.
As of March, the expansion employed more than 9,000 workers, making it the largest construction project in the state, according to North America’s Building Trades Unions, which represents many of the Vogtle workers.
But after concerns about the spread of the virus mounted in recent weeks, the plant’s owners reduced the work force on the expansion project by 20 percent.
Of the 171 workers found to have the virus, 90 are “active confirmed positive cases” and 81 are workers who recovered and are “available to return to work,” John Kraft, the spokesman for Georgia Power, said in an email late Thursday. Mr. Kraft said that 439 workers tested negative, and that 48 were awaiting test results.
The owners learned of the first worker to test positive on April 4, Mr. Kraft said. Around that time, some workers told a local TV station that they were concerned that not enough was being done to protect on the work site.
The smaller work force, Mr. Kraft said, will allow for increased social distancing. The site has banned large group meetings, expanded an on-site medical clinic and added portable bathrooms and hand-washing stations, among other changes. And testing will continue.
Michigan will ease some restrictions after protests and a Trump tweet.
A day after a boisterous rally that drew hundreds of people, some of them armed, to Michigan’s capitol to protest strict statewide stay-at-home orders, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer lifted some restrictions in the state, agreeing to allow some construction and outdoor work to resume May 7.
The construction work includes companies that manufacture partitions and cubicles that eventually will allow for people to safely return to offices and other businesses, she said.
“It’s going to be one step at a time, in increments,” Ms. Whitmer said of her decisions on reopening parts of the state’s economy.
The governor spoke Friday afternoon at a news conference, which she opened by thanking janitors who cleaned up after Thursday’s rally and security officers who kept order during an event she called “disturbing.” The rally included unmasked protesters who did not adhere to social-distancing rules and who the governor said were wielding assault rifles, confederate flags and swastikas.
President Trump on Friday urged Ms. Whitmer to “give a little,” writing that the protesters were “very good people, but they are angry.”
“I know some people are angry and I know many people are feeling restless and are itching to get back to work,” Ms. Whitmer said. “There’s nothing I want more than to just flip the switch and get back to normal, but that’s not how it’s going to work unfortunately.”
Michigan is one of several states with a Democratic governor and Republican-controlled legislature that is mired in partisan bitterness. Ms. Whitmer on Thursday had signed emergency orders extending some of the most severe stay-at-home orders in the nation after Republican lawmakers had blocked her other attempts to extend stay-at-home orders.
Asked about Mr. Trump’s tweet, Ms. Whitmer emphasized that the crisis facing the state was not a political crisis that could be negotiated away, but a crisis of public health.
“We have to listen not to pollsters and not just people with political agendas but to epidemiologists,” she said, adding, “We’re making decisions based on science, not on a tweet.”
More than 4,000 workers in meatpacking plants have the virus, the C.D.C. says.
At least 4,193 workers at 115 meatpacking plants in the United States have been infected with the virus, according to a report released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Twenty of those workers have died, the report said. And the data almost certainly understates the scale of the problem, because not all states with infections at meat plants have reported figures to the C.D.C.
In total, the meat and poultry processing industry employs about half a million people, many of whom work in cramped conditions in slaughterhouses where social distancing is practically impossible. Over the last month, dozens of meatpacking plants have been forced to close because of outbreaks, straining the country’s meat supply.
This week, the president issued an executive order that gave officials at the Department of Agriculture the authority to take some limited actions to keep plants running, even when local authorities call for them to close.
The C.D.C. report also lays out recommendations for meatpacking plants to keep workers safe, like installing barriers between workers and requiring face covering.
Stocks fall in reaction to U.S.-China strain.
U.S. stocks fell on Friday as investors reacted to signs of growing tensions between China and the United States as well as earnings reports by Apple and Amazon that showed the depth of the pandemic’s impact on big business.
Both the S&P 500 and the tech-heavy Nasdaq composite fell about 3 percent.
Amazon shares dropped by more than 7 percent. Jeff Bezos, the company’s founder, said the expense of protecting workers, including providing protective equipment and tests, could swing the company to a loss of as much as $1.5 billion in the current quarter.
Apple stock dipped, after the company refused on Thursday to give any estimates for the current quarter. But the tech giant signaled confidence by announcing another big stock buyback, and said that its first-quarter revenue rose nearly 1 percent to $58.3 billion, despite lockdowns in China, where it assembles nearly all of its products.
Investors also grew leery of signs of a returning U.S.-China strain as the Trump administration moved to take a more aggressive stand against China. White House aides prodded President Trump this week to issue an order to block a government pension fund from investing in Chinese companies, officials said — a move that could upend capital flows across the Pacific.
And the administration is cutting off grants that would help support virology laboratories in Wuhan, China, the city where the virus outbreak began.
Senior aides have asked intelligence agencies to continue looking for any evidence to support an unsubstantiated theory that the pandemic might be the result of an accidental lab leak, even though agency analysts have said they most likely will not find proof.
The open rivalry between the two nations has taken on a much darker shading since the virus spread. China is likely to emerge from the recession caused by the pandemic faster than other nations, and America will probably rely on economic activity in Asia to help prop up its own economy.
It’s college acceptance day, but many students appear to be avoiding the big decision.
Shaken by economic hardship, health fears and uncertainty about when campuses will reopen, many high school seniors appear to be putting off a decision about where to go to college in the fall — or whether to go at all.
College admissions officers are reluctant to admit weakness, meaning there is little hard data at this point. But there are clear signs of concern about plummeting enrollment and lost revenue. Of some 700 universities with a May 1 acceptance deadline, which include many of the country’s most competitive, about half have already given students an extra month to decide, said Marie Bigham, founder of Accept, a college admissions reform group.
Johnny Kennevan, a senior at Seneca High School in Tabernacle, N.J., was recruited to play basketball at York College in Pennsylvania. But his plans would most likely change if the campus is still closed, he said.
“It doesn’t make sense to pay 20 grand to sit at my computer at home and take online courses,” he said. “You can get the same education from a community college.”
Some schools are waiving deposit requirements, particularly for international students. And experts say that the number of wait-listed students who are now getting offers shows that even some of the most selective schools are acting more aggressively to fill freshman classes.
Since colleges abruptly shut down campus operations and moved to online learning, they have announced hundreds of millions of dollars in losses and say that a $14 billion federal aid package will not be nearly enough to keep struggling schools afloat. Executives have taken pay cuts, endowments have shrunk, hiring has been frozen and construction projects have stopped.
But experts say that is only the beginning if schools cannot persuade students to return in the fall, when many campuses are bracing for the possibility that online learning could continue.
As stay-at-home orders lift, individuals wrestle with decisions that feel life-or-death.
Across the country this week, Americans whose governors said it was time to return to work wrestled with what felt like an impossible choice.
If they go back, will they get sick and infect their families? If they refuse, will they lose their jobs? What if they work on tips and there are no customers? If they are businesses owners, will there be enough work to rehire employees?
When Maine announced this week that hair salons could reopen, Sarah Kyllonen, a stylist in Lewiston, stayed up late wondering what to do, feeling overwhelmed.
The virus still scared her. It seemed too soon to open up. Then again, her bills had not stopped and her unemployment benefits had not started, and she was starting to worry about next month’s rent. “It’s an extremely hard decision for all of us,” she said. “I want to go back to work. I want to have the money. I want to see people. But it’s hard because I’m worried about the virus coming back around.”
On L.A.’s first day of free testing for all, nearly 10,000 people were tested.
Los Angeles has become the largest city in the country to offer free testing to anyone, regardless of symptoms, a significant ramping up of testing that officials in California have said is required to take even tentative steps to open the economy.
On Thursday, the first day of free testing for all in Los Angeles, nearly 10,000 people were tested, about three times the previous day. Mayor Eric M. Garcetti announced that any of Los Angeles County’s 12 million residents could get a free test at any of the city’s testing sites, though county health officials are still advising testing be limited to those with symptoms and the most vulnerable.
Mr. Garcetti said the city had hundreds of thousands of test kits on hand and would be buying more.
“You don’t have to wonder if that cough is Covid,” he said Thursday at a news conference. “You don’t have to wonder if you were exposed to somebody you know had or you think had Covid. You can go get tested now.”
Are toe lesions a strange sign of a virus infection?
Before the outbreak, Dr. Lindy Fox, a dermatologist in San Francisco, used to see four or five patients a year with chilblains — painful red or purple lesions that typically emerge on fingers or toes in the winter. Over the past few weeks, she has seen dozens.
“All of a sudden, we are inundated with toes,” Dr. Fox said. “I’ve got clinics filled with people coming in with new toe lesions.”
The lesions are emerging as yet another telltale symptom of infection with the virus. The most prominent signs are a dry cough and shortness of breath, but the virus has been linked to unusual and diverse effects, like mental confusion and a diminished sense of smell.
Most cases have been reported in children, teens and young adults. Scientists are just beginning to study the phenomenon, but so far chilblain-like lesions appear to signal a mild or even asymptomatic infection. They may also develop several weeks after the acute phase of an infection is over.
It is unclear why the new virus might cause chilblain-like lesions. One hypothesis is that they are caused by inflammation, a prominent feature of Covid-19.
The W.H.O. extends its declaration of a global health emergency.
The move, amid increasing criticism from the Trump administration about its handling of the pandemic, comes three months after the organization’s original decision to announce a “public health emergency of international concern” on Jan. 30. At the time, only 98 of the nearly 10,000 cases confirmed had occurred outside China’s borders.
But the pandemic continues to grow. More than 3.2 million people around the world have been sickened by the virus and nearly a quarter million have died, according to official counts. Hot spots have moved outside China; there is evidence on six continents of sustained transmission.
All of this led experts in the W.H.O.’s emergency committee to reconvene to assess the evolution of the pandemic, and to advise on updated recommendations, officials said.
There has been a rapid rise in new cases in Africa and South America, where many countries have weak health care systems that could easily be overwhelmed. The acceleration is concerning because the growth rate of the virus has appeared to slow in many other countries in Asia and Europe.
Although people are slowly starting to return to work in China after weeks of lockdowns, nonessential stores are still shuttered in most parts of the world and the virus has badly damaged the economy.
The Trump administration has cut off funding for the organization, claiming without evidence that W.H.O. officials colluded with China to obscure the extent of the epidemic in its early days. Political strategists have advised Republicans that blaming China, and by extension the W.H.O., is an effective deflection from criticism of the administration’s own handling of the epidemic in the United States.
Mnuchin says private schools with large endowments should return funds.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin wants private schools with large endowments to return federal stimulus loans they received from a program intended for small businesses hit hard by the pandemic.
In a tweet, Mr. Mnuchin said Friday, “It has come to our attention that some private schools with significant endowments” have taken the loans. “They should return them,” he said.
Many prominent prep schools have applied for the loans, which are being issued by the Small Business Administration to help businesses meet their payroll needs, The New York Times reported this week. Some decided not to take the loans because of their other resources, but others said they needed the money.
The recipients include Sidwell Friends in Washington, D.C., the alma mater of President Obama’s and President Clinton’s children, and St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, Md., which counts the president’s youngest son as a student.
The Los Angeles Times reported on Thursday that a private school in Los Angeles attended by at least two of Mr. Mnuchin’s children had also accepted a loan, and that a spokeswoman for Mr. Mnuchin had described the arrangement as inappropriate.
In his tweet on Friday, Mr. Mnuchin did not specify what qualified as a significant endowment. Sidwell Friends has an endowment of roughly $50 million, while St. Andrews indicated in a 2017 tax filing that its endowment was about $9 million.
Run by the S.B.A., the $660 billion aid program — formally known as the Paycheck Protection Program — has been criticized for providing funds to large public companies ahead of Main Street small businesses like restaurants and shops.
The money comes in the form of loans, backed by the S.B.A., that can be forgiven if recipients put most of it toward payroll needs.
For the first time in 418 days, a White House press secretary held a news briefing.
The press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, began the briefing on Friday by announcing that the Trump administration plans to distribute $12 billion to 395 hospitals across the country. Ms. McEnany, who started last month, said New York, New Jersey and Illinois received the most funding, by state.
The White House hadn’t held a briefing since March 11, 2019, when Sarah Huckabee Sanders took the lectern for the last time. Her successor in the job, Stephanie Grisham, completed her short tenure in the position without ever holding a news conference. Ms. McEnany is expected to hold semiregular news briefings. But White House officials said it would not be a daily briefing, but rather a supplement to Mr. Trump’s own sessions with reporters.
Ms. McEnany vowed that as she continued holding briefings, “I will never lie to you, you have my word on that.”
But the fact that Ms. McEnany will choose which days she will hold briefings, some critics argued, makes them less of an exercise in transparency and more another part of the White House reality-show-style programming.
At Friday’s briefing, Ms. McEnany repeated a number of false or misleading statements that the Trump administration has repeatedly made about China and the World Health Organization.
Ms. McEnany ended her first session with a plug for Fox News, encouraging Americans to tune in to a town hall the network, where she formerly served as a contributor, is hosting with Mr. Trump on Sunday. She called it “can’t miss” television, and plugged the high ratings Mr. Trump’s own virus news briefings have earned.
The virus is overwhelming New York’s system for burying its dead.
At the height of the outbreak in April, a New Yorker was dying almost every two minutes — more than 800 per day, or four times the city’s normal death rate. And though the daily toll has recently slowed, hundreds of bodies are still emerging each day from private homes and hospitals.
While hospitals bore the initial brunt of the crisis as sick people flooded emergency rooms, the sheer volume of human remains has pushed the system for caring for the dead to its limits, too: Hospital morgues, funeral homes, cemeteries and crematories are all overflowing and backed up.
“The death rate is just so high,” one funeral director said, “there’s no way we can bury or cremate them fast enough.”
More than 30 million Americans have filed for unemployment, but job losses may be far worse.
With a flood of unemployment claims continuing to overwhelm many state agencies, economists say the job losses may be much deeper than government tallies indicate.
A study by the Economic Policy Institute found that roughly 50 percent more people than counted as filing claims in a recent four-week period may have qualified for benefits — with the difference representing those who were stymied in applying or who did not even try because the process was too formidable.
“The problem is even bigger than the data suggest,” said Elise Gould, a senior economist with the institute, a left-leaning research group. “We’re undercounting the economic pain.”
#CancelRent is a growing movement as unemployment soars.
As unemployment soars nationwide, tenants rights groups and community nonprofits have rallied around an audacious goal: to persuade the government to halt rent and mortgage payments — without back payments accruing — for as long as the economy is battered by the virus.
The effort has been brewing on social media, with the hashtag #CancelRent and online video rallies, as well as a smattering of in-person protests, frequently held in cars to maintain social distancing.
But landlords say they are also struggling to pay their bills since many tenants have already been unable to pay rent. They call the advocates’ efforts reckless and say that withholding rent would create cascading consequences, including leaving property owners without the means to pay mortgages and property taxes or to maintain buildings.
Still, from New York to Kansas City to Los Angeles, groups have encouraged tenants to withhold payments on Friday, the due date for May rent, aiming to create pressure for an expansion of affordable housing and tenant-friendly legislation.
To cancel rent and mortgage payments, the federal government would have to take sweeping and possibly unconstitutional intervention in the housing and financial markets, interceding in private contracts and ordering banks and landlords not to collect money.
While the prospect of this happening is low, the campaigns are less about pushing a particular piece of legislation and more about kindling a mass movement akin to the Occupy Wall Street protests that followed the 2008 financial crisis.
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Reporting was contributed by Mike Baker, Alan Blinder, Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs, Emily Cochrane, Patricia Cohen, Michael Cooper, Maria Cramer, Conor Dougherty, John Eligon, Nicholas Fandos, Richard Fausset, Manny Fernandez, Alan Feuer, Sheri Fink, Jacey Fortin, Thomas Fuller, Matthew Haag, Tiffany Hsu, Shawn Hubler, Annie Karni, John Koblin, Patricia Mazzei, Sarah Mervosh, Andy Newman, Roni Caryn Rabin, William K. Rashbaum, Katie Rogers, Rick Rojas, Simon Romero, Marc Santora, Nelson D. Schwartz, Dionne Searcey, Eliza Shapiro, Sheryl Gay Stolberg, Eileen Sullivan and Sabrina Tavernise.
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