Top Eight

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Top eight CNS stories for today including a drift toward authoritarianism in Hungary and Poland during the Covid-19 crisis is raising alarms across the European Union; President Donald Trump rolled out a plan that allows governors to begin easing restrictions to slowly reopen the economy; A new Small Business Administration loan program is out of money, and more.

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National

1.) Defying experts warning that social distancing is still critical to stop the spread of Covid-19, President Donald Trump on Thursday rolled out a plan that allows governors to begin easing restrictions to slowly reopen the economy.

(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

2.) Covid-19 has put estimated 26.8 million out of work since the U.S. declared a national emergency, according to new figures Thursday showing that 5.2 million people filed claims for unemployment insurance last week.

(CNS Photo/Amanda Pampuro)

3.) A new Small Business Administration loan program is out of money, the agency said Thursday amid a deadlock in Congress over new funding to help employers cover payroll and expenses during the coronavirus pandemic.

(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

International

4.) A drift toward authoritarianism in Hungary and Poland during the Covid-19 crisis is raising alarms across the European Union.

(Photo via David Mark/Pixabay)

5.) El Salvador’s major political parties, displaced by a popular president, are prepared to cancel his nationwide quarantine that has limited the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

(CNS Photo/Miguel Patricio)

6.) Once-in-a-lifetime flooding events could be a daily occurrence in coastal cities, thanks to rising sea levels due to climate change.

(AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Regional

7.) Seven Midwestern governors announced a plan Thursday to work together on reopening their states for business after similar pacts were made in the Northeast and on the West Coast.

(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

8.) California hopes two weeks of paid leave will keep sick workers home and avoid outbreaks like the one in a South Dakota meatpacking plant that sickened at least 640.

(AP Photo/Jackie Johnston)
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