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Good morning, Portland. You're still here, we're still here — things are off to a good start. Here's a serving of headlines to get you up to speed before jumping into another week in quarantine:
- A coalition of Native American tribes is suing the federal government for missing the April deadline to send a promised $8 billion in coronavirus relief funds to native communities.
- Donald Trump accused the Chinese government Sunday for ignoring the "fire" of COVID-19 until it was too late—effectively blaming China for the pandemic's spread. Know of anyone else who waited far too long to take the virus seriously?
- You love to see it:
🚨🚨🚨🚨Tim Bray, vice president of Amazon, quits over company "firing whistleblowers who were making noise about warehouse employees frightened of Covid-19."
Bray calls Amazon "chickenshit" for firing workers who organized protestshttps://t.co/9AdUyzwO4f
— Jeffrey Stein (@JStein_WaPo) May 4, 2020
- Read up about the new national movement to permanently suspend rent and mortgage payments during the COVID-10 pandemic. Some members of Congress are paying attention.
- Looking for something DEEPLY ADORABLE? Here's a roundup of homemade newspapers made by kids during COVID-19 lockdowns.
- The US Supreme Court is holding its oral arguments over the phone, a historic first for the court. Tune in!
- Gov. Kate Brown announced Friday the start of a sweeping state-wide study to track the potentially undetected spread of COVID-19 in non-symptomatic Oregonians. Later that day, Brown extended Oregon's state of emergency declaration to July 6. The original declaration was set to expire this week.
- On Saturday, hundreds of Oregonians flocked to the State Capitol to protest the statewide closures based on COVID-19. Protesters gathered in tight clusters, carrying pro-Trump banners and firearms. Few wore masks.
- A Multnomah County judge denied a request Friday—made by mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone—to prohibit Mayor Ted Wheeler's campaign from spending donations that violate the city's newly-upheld donation limitations.
- Reminder! The Mercury endorsements for the May 19 election have dropped. Check out our cheat sheet here!