The Presidential Daily Brief

The Big Picture

  1. Pandemic Latest

    U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in the ICU as he battles COVID-19, though not on a ventilator, leaving Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab effectively running the country’s response to the crisis. China, for the first time since January, reported no new coronavirus deaths yesterday. 

    In the U.S., New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reports that his state is seeing a “flattening of the curve,” as one influential statistical model revised its death toll estimates downward nationwide. Still, states continue to report widespread shortages of equipment to fight the virus, and a troubling trend is emerging of the disease hitting people of color harder.

  2. Wisconsin Is Voting (Really)

    If this is a preview of November, yikes. Amid a stay-at-home order and with every other state postponing in-person balloting, Wisconsin is proceeding with an election today after the conservative-majority state supreme court (one of whom is on the ballot) overruled Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ executive order delaying the vote. This election is less interesting for the outcome (no results will be released until April 13) than the administration, with an absentee ballot overload and many poll workers refusing to show up, meaning a severely reduced number of polling places.

    Wisconsin Is Voting (Really)

    The Big Picture

In Other News

  1. New Streaming Wars Combatant

    Everyone loves snacking on food in quarantine, but will they buy it for entertainment? Quibi (short for quick bites) is out this week with a $5/month service of premium short-form content. The notion has no shortage of skeptics, but Quibi founder — and Hollywood icon — Jeffrey Katzenberg has raised $1.75 billion and recruited stars like Chance the Rapper and Jennifer Lopez.

    New Streaming Wars Combatant

    In Other News

A Few Good Things

  1. In-Person Fashion Shows Are So Last Year

    This year’s Shanghai Fashion Week — which has in recent years become one of the world’s preeminent fashion events, given China’s exploding luxury market — was transformed into an entirely virtual seven-day experience with shows from 151 brands. There were hits and misses, but the format allows some welcome experimentation on the e-catwalk.

    In-Person Fashion Shows Are So Last Year

    A Few Good Things

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