Trump demands churches, synagogues and mosques reopen


That’s all for our live coverage today, thanks for following along. Here are some key links and events from the day:

Trump declared churches, mosques and synagogues “essential services” and threatened to override governors who refuse to reopen them this weekend – a power he does not possess.
Joe Biden was criticized for saying African American voters were not actually black if they were still deciding between him and Trump. “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” said Biden, who later apologized.

The lawyer representing Tara Reade, who has accused Biden of sexual assault, said he was dropping her as a client although he continued to believe in the truth of her allegations.
Health officials in south-eastern Wisconsin have warned Amazon that if they don’t fully cooperate with state testing and tracing efforts, its Kenosha campus located 40 miles south of Milwaukee could be shut down.

Hydroxychloroquine, the anti-malarial drug Donald Trump is taking to prevent Covid-19, has increased deaths in patients treated with it in hospitals around the world, a study has shown.

The Trump administration sent a letter to the mayor of Los Angeles saying the federal government is concerned that the city’s “arbitrary and heavy-handed approach” to shelter-in-place regulations could be “unlawful”.

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