“Washington’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic is upending one of the most durable patterns of American politics. Throughout history, national emergencies have led to a more powerful and centralized federal government and to the transfer of federal power from Congress to the executive branch. This time, the federal response rests largely on state and local government and private enterprise, with a wave of deregulation clearing the way,” Christopher DeMuth writes in The Wall Street Journal.
Rather than exploit Coronavirus to seize more power, “for the first time in U.S. history, an administration is responding to a crisis with deregulation and decentralization.”
“Worried about its global image, China is now trying to cover up its cover-ups.” Amid growing worldwide pressure, “China began revising its numbers, releasing a report last week that raised the death toll in Wuhan, the region in which the virus originated, by more than 50%,” Kaylee McGhee writes in the Washington Examiner.
“Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday told 2020 Air Force Academy graduates that they will inspire Americans with the confidence that the country can overcome the ‘invisible enemy’ in the form of the coronavirus crisis sweeping the nation.” The Vice President spoke at a relatively scaled-down ceremony at Falcon Stadium in Colorado, where cadets sat 8 feet apart, Adam Shaw reports for Fox News.
President Trump’s new Guidelines for Opening Up America Again “honor the best traditions of American federalism. The 50 states have been affected by the coronavirus in different ways, and governors and local officials can best make the decisions on when to reopen schools and businesses,” The Wall Street Journal editorial board writes.