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Essential confusion

Economy | With a potential “second wave” of COVID-19 coming in the winter, can lawmakers find a better standard for business closures than shifting and subjective definitions of “nonessential”?
by Katie Gaultney
Posted 4/29/20, 05:11 pm

Come springtime, Logos Bookstore in Dallas is typically hopping. 

For 45 years, Logos has sold Christian books out of its storefront in a cute, candy-colored shopping center in the heart of Dallas, just across from Southern Methodist University. Customers filter in from the sidewalk to browse, while regulars chat up longtime owners Rick and Susan Lewis.

“For us, Easter is almost as big as Christmas,” Susan Lewis said. “And usually we’re packed, and we do a lot of business. So it was very, very different this year.”

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Trump orders meatpackers to stay open

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 4/29/20, 10:22 am

More than 20 meat processing plants in the United States have temporarily shut down because of coronavirus outbreaks among their workers. President Donald Trump on Tuesday signed an executive order under the Defense Production Act to keep the facilities open. The president said ranchers are providing plenty of beef, pork, poultry, and other meats—it’s just a matter of getting it processed and distributed.

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Child separation back in focus after federal personnel changes

Immigration | Shake-up at key HHS office causes some to question whether hard-line policy will return
by J.C. Derrick & Harvest Prude
Posted 4/27/20, 04:13 pm

Last month, late on Friday the 13th, as coronavirus chaos erupted across the United States, a rumor started circulating in the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): a leadership change was coming—and soon. 

With almost no notice, the White House reassigned ORR Director Jonathan Hayes, a man several people told me was the best leader the office ever had. His staff was in shock—and even some tears. 

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