Excitement, Fear as States Begin to Reopen

Headline Roundup May 5th, 2020

As state governments begin to lift stay-at-home orders, enthusiasm and concern have risen from throughout the political spectrum, with many reports highlighting different details of reopenings from state-to-state.

Many left-rated outlets pointed to reports of higher-than-expected death projections and purported contradictions between White House social distancing guidelines and Trump's applause for relaxed guidelines in certain areas. Some right-rated outlets focused on how traditionally blue states are moving to reopen, comparing those operations to similar movements in historically red states are.

From the Left
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OPINION

In the beginning, Donald Trump said “I alone” can fix everything. Then, as the pandemic gripped the nation, Trump said, the Constitution required the states to take the lead and mandated that governors compete amongst themselves for critical medical equipment and decide whether or not to impose stay-at-home orders to protect their citizens’ lives.

But more recently, things took a different turn. Trump has declared that the country must be “liberated” in plenty of time for the fall election season. And if the states don’t agree, Trump is making...

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From the Center
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U.S. researchers and officials warned about the possibility of a new surge in coronavirus cases as more states and countries begin to reopen their economies and relax social-distancing rules.

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From the Right
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More Democratic governors have taken steps toward reopening their states as the rate of new coronavirus cases starts to slow.

After weekend protests against California’s stay-at-home orders, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that some retail businesses could open as soon as Friday as the state enters the next phase of the reopening process. The Democrat said Monday that some bookstores, music stores, toy stores, florists, sporting goods stores, and more can reopen for pickup Friday, the Los Angeles Times reported. Newsom’s guidelines also give local leaders the authority to push...

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