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In light of the global pandemic and the rapid pace of news developments, Washington Week is providing readers with an additional series of articles, beyond the five you need to know, to keep you well-informed. Here are more stories you need to know about the novel coronavirus and how the government is responding to the crisis. 

Washington

Pelosi announcement allows proxy voting on House floor next week by POLITICO's John Bresnahan

"With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to impact the United States, Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday formally triggered a rules change allowing proxy voting on the floor in upcoming debates, the first time in the House’s 230-plus year history that such a procedure will be used." https://politi.co/2XcnNjW

Trump Says He Is ‘Considering’ Hosting G7 Summit at Camp David by The New York Times' Michael Crowley

"President Trump said on Wednesday that he may try to host the annual Group of 7 summit of world leaders at Camp David, the presidential retreat in Maryland, as originally planned before concerns about the coronavirus turned it into a virtual gathering scheduled for next month." https://nyti.ms/3bVH3ax

US expected to withdraw from another major arms treaty by CNN's Vivian Salama, Ryan Browne and Nicole Gaouette

"The Trump administration is preparing to withdraw from the Open Skies Treaty that was designed to reduce the risk of military miscalculations that could lead to war, making it the latest major arms control treaty that the US will abandon under President Donald Trump."https://cnn.it/2LOs084

McConnell vows end to enhanced unemployment benefits by POLITICO's Burgess Everett

"Mitch McConnell promised House Republicans on Wednesday that the beefed up unemployment benefits enacted earlier this spring 'will not be in the next bill.'" https://politi.co/2ymH1Ln

Trump tests whether incumbent leader can tap outsider anger by AP's Jonathan Lemire and Zeke Miller

"With his cries to 'Reopen our country!' and his rebukes of the federal bureaucracy and health regulations amid the coronavirus pandemic, Trump has tried to tap into the same populist, anti-Washington anger he rode to victory in 2016. The difference: He is now, by definition, the face of government." https://bit.ly/2A0J9Ji

 

Beyond

A Wave of Small Business Closures Is on the Way. Can Washington Stop It? by The New York Times' Neil Irwin

"One of the great threats to the post-pandemic economy is becoming clear: Vast numbers of small and midsize businesses will close permanently during the crisis, causing millions of jobs to be lost." https://nyti.ms/2Zp8wih

Young adults are also affected by Kawasaki-like disease linked to coronavirus, doctors say by The Washington Post's Ariana Eunjung Cha and Chelsea Janes

"Recent public health warnings about a severe and puzzling inflammatory syndrome linked to covid-19 have focused on children. But some doctors say they are also seeing the illness, similar to Kawasaki disease, in a few young adults."https://wapo.st/2ylndYE

Two Dams That Failed Were Rated ‘High Hazard.’ A Third of Michigan’s Dams Hold a Similar Risk. by The New York Times' Anjali Singhvi and Troy Griggs

"The two dams that failed in Michigan on Tuesday are among at least 170 dams in the state that are classified as having a “high” hazard potential by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, meaning that a failure could result in the loss of life." https://nyti.ms/36m8JEl

China to impose sweeping national security law in Hong Kong, bypassing city’s legislature by The Washington Post's Shibani Mahtani, Anna Fifield and Tiffany Liang

"China's Communist Party will impose a sweeping national security law in Hong Kong by fiat during the annual meeting of its top political body, officials said Thursday, criminalizing "foreign interference" along with secessionist activities and subversion of state power." https://wapo.st/2WOQZP1

Minority businesses hit hard by COVID-19 with CBS News' Ed O'Keefe

"A new survey found the majority of minority-owned small businesses were denied or have yet to receive stimulus loans. African American and Latino owners are struggling to survive without federal assistance." https://bit.ly/2yloQWg