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Forget testing, ventilators, and PPE. Donald Trump’s big plan to beat COVID-19 involved distributing millions of doses of an unproven drug. Behind the scenes, senior administration officials pushed hard to bend the rules and back up his boasts.

By KATHERINE EBAN 

We hear you: This is a tough time for parents and families who have school-age kids. With schools closed, some for the remainder of the year, families are learning how to support students’ distance learning and partner with their teachers and school staff while also juggling work and other responsibilities.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Overwhelmed by the flood of news stories and commentary about the coronavirus pandemic? Who isn't? For the duration of the crisis, we're going to add two features to the website, "COVID-19 News" and a regular roundup of breaking news stories. Most of our coverage will focus on how the pandemic is affecting Kentuckians, especially union members and their families. We will regularly update "COVID 19 News" at the top of the page.

Thanks to Jeff Wiggins for sending us this.

A Homeland Security official, under questioning from reporters, later said federal laboratories are not considering such a treatment option.

By DARTUNORRO CLARK

President Donald Trump suggested the possibility of an "injection" of disinfectant into a person infected with the coronavirus as a deterrent to the virus during his daily briefing Thursday.

By MARK GRUENBERG

WASHINGTON—GOP President Donald Trump’s executive order banning all immigration to the U.S., issued via a Trump tweet early in the morning on April 21 is “another distraction” from Trump’s own bad performance in leading the national fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

And it’s part of a Trump pattern in reacting to bad news which could politically hurt him, adds AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. It’s also “part of us needing something and him”—Trump—“not providing it.”

Preface to the series

This is the first of a five(?)-part series that lays out some facts and opinions about Kentucky, Kentuckians, COVID-19, and the future. The entire series, at least as outlined now, includes:

By BEN TOBIN and PHILLIP M. BAILEY

Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear signed a monumental executive order Friday that will allow all Kentuckians who are registered to vote through a mailed-in absentee ballot for the state's rescheduled primary election on June 23.

The order is a byproduct of a bipartisan agreement with Republican Secretary of State Michael Adams, and comes weeks after a messy fight in Wisconsin forced voters to go to the polls, leading several to get sick with the coronavirus.