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Bill would give Americans $4,000 tax credit to take a vacation

ARIZONA, USA — Arizona Senator Martha McSally introduced legislation on Monday that would encourage Americans to support the tourism industry following the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bill, called the “American Tax Rebate and Incentive Program Act” or American TRIP, would provide tax credits to Americans who spend money on lodging, entertainment, and other expenses related to travel in the United States and its territories.

The proposed legislation, if passed, would provide a $4,000 travel credit for individuals, or $8,000 for joint filers, through January 1, 2022. It would also include an additional $500 credit for dependent children.

However, the travel destination cannot be less than 50 miles from the taxpayer’s main residence.

“The tourism and hospitality industries were among the hardest hit sectors across the country and their revival is critical to our economic recovery,” McSally said. “My legislation will help boost domestic travel and jumpstart the comeback of our hotels, entertainment sectors, local tourism agencies, and the thousands of businesses that make Arizona one of the best places in the world to visit.”

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Court rejects Trump bid to end young immigrants’ protections

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday rejected President Donald Trump’s effort to end legal protections for 650,000 young immigrants, a stunning rebuke to the president in the midst of his reelection campaign.

For now, those immigrants retain their protection from deportation and their authorization to work in the United States.

The 5-4 outcome, in which Chief Justice John Roberts and the four liberal justices were in the majority, seems certain to elevate the issue in Trump’s campaign, given the anti-immigrant rhetoric of his first presidential run in 2016 and immigration restrictions his administration has imposed since then. It was the second big liberal victory at the court this week, following Monday’s ruling that it’s illegal to fire people because they’re gay or transgender.

The justices rejected administration arguments that the 8-year-old Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program is illegal and that courts have no role to play in reviewing the decision to end DACA.

Trump’s first reaction came on Twitter, where he retweeted a comment incorporating a line from Justice Clarence Thomas’ dissenting opinion in which Thomas called the ruling “an effort to avoid a politically controversial but legally correct decision.”

Roberts wrote for the court that the administration did not pursue the end of the program properly.

“We do not decide whether DACA or its rescission are sound policies,“ Roberts wrote. “We address only whether the agency complied with the procedural requirement that it provide a reasoned explanation for its action. Here the agency failed to consider the conspicuous issues of whether to retain forbearance and what if anything to do about the hardship to DACA recipients.”

The Department of Homeland Security can try again, he wrote. But any new order to end the program, and the legal challenge it would provoke, would take months, if not longer, immigration experts said.

The court’s four conservative justices dissented. Justice Thomas, in a dissent joined by Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, wrote that DACA was illegal from the moment it was created under the Obama administration in 2012.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote in a separate dissent that he was satisfied that the administration acted appropriately in trying to end the program.

DACA recipents were elated by the ruling.

“We’ll keep living our lives in the meantime,” said Cesar Espinosa, who leads the Houston immigration advocacy group FIEL. “We’re going to continue to work, continue to advocate.”

Espinosa said he got little sleep overnight in anticipation of a possible decision Thursday. In the minutes since the decision was posted, he said his group was “flooded with calls with Dreamers, happy, with that hope that they’re going to at least be in this country for a while longer.”

From the Senate floor, the Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said of the DACA decision, “I cried tears of joy.”

“Wow,” he went on, choking up. “These kids, these families, I feel for them, and I think all of America does.

DACA covers people who have been in the United States since they were children and are in the country illegally. In some cases, they have no memory of any home other than the U.S.

The program grew out of an impasse over a comprehensive immigration bill between Congress and the Obama administration in 2012. President Barack Obama decided to formally protect people from deportation while also allowing them to work legally in the U.S.

But Trump made tough talk on immigration a central part of his campaign and less than eight months after taking office, he announced in September 2017 that he would end DACA.

Immigrants, civil rights groups, universities and Democratic-led states quickly sued, and courts put the administration’s plan on hold.

The Department of Homeland Security has continued to process two-year DACA renewals so that hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients have protections stretching beyond the election and even into 2022.

The Supreme Court fight over DACA played out in a kind of legal slow motion. The administration first wanted the justices to hear and decide the case by June 2018. The justices said no. The Justice Department returned to the court later in 2018, but the justices did nothing for more than seven months before agreeing a year ago to hear arguments. Those took place in November and more than seven months elapsed before the court’s decision.

Thursday’s ruling was the second time in two years that Roberts and the liberal justices faulted the administration for the way it went about a policy change. Last year, the court forced the administration to back off a citizenship question on the 2020 census.

Stocks sink worldwide as coronavirus infections rise again

NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are falling again Monday on fears that new waves of coronavirus infections could derail the swift economic recovery that Wall Street was sure was on the way.

The S&P 500 was down 0.9% in midday trading, though it pared its loss through the morning after being down 2.5% earlier. It follows up on even sharper losses in Asia and milder moves in Europe. The recent stumble for U.S. stocks means they’re now 11% below their record set in February, after a furious rally had brought them back within 6% in the middle of last week.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 338 points, or 1.3%, at 25,267, as of 11:27 a.m. Eastern time, and the Nasdaq composite was down 0.4%.

Roughly three out of four stocks in the S&P 500 were lower, but the losses had been more widespread earlier in the morning, and gains for media companies, home builders and some other stocks helped pull the market off its lows.

Case numbers are still growing in states across the country and nations around the world. Governments are relaxing lockdowns in hopes of nursing their devastated economies back to life, but without a vaccine, the reopenings could bring on further waves of COVID-19 deaths.

“If globally, we are still in wave 1, then it is possible that without a vaccine, the big wave is still lying out there somewhere waiting to hit,” said Robert Carnell, regional head of research Asia-Pacific at ING.

China is reporting a new outbreak in Beijing, one that appears to be the biggest since it largely stopped its spread at home more than two months ago. In New York, the governor is upset that big groups of people are packing together outside bars and restaurants without face masks, and he threatened to reinstate closings in areas where local governments fail to enforce the rules.

That’s the biggest worry for markets: If infections swamp the world, governments could bring back the orders for people to stay at home and for businesses to shut down that sent the economy into its worst recession in decades. Even if that doesn’t happen, rolling waves of outbreaks could frighten businesses and consumers enough to keep them from spending and investing, which would itself hinder the economy.

The worries hit stocks whose profits most need a reopening economy particularly hard. Travel-related companies had some of the market’s sharpest losses, with Norwegian Cruise Line down 5.8% and United Airlines down 5%.

These stocks had been among the market’s strongest just a week ago, when investors were ebullient about expectations for a coming economic recovery. The hopes got a shot of adrenaline earlier this month when a report showed that U.S. employers added jobs to their payrolls in May, a big surprise when economists were expecting to see millions more jobs lost. That raised expectations that the economy could climb out of its hole nearly as quickly as it plunged into it.

That optimism sent the stock market on a second leg of its rally, which began in March after the Federal Reserve and Congress promised unprecedented amounts of aid to support the economy. The Fed has cut interest rates back to nearly zero and expects to keep them there through 2022, along with pumping money into far-reaching corners of financial markets to keep them running smoothly. Its chair, Jerome Powell, may offer more details about the Fed’s outlook in scheduled testimony before Congress this week.

All through its torrid rally, though, many professional investors were warning that the market’s gains may have been overdone considering how long and uncertain the economic recovery looked to be. The S&P 500 climbed nearly back to its record high last week after earlier being down nearly 34%.

Some of the rally was likely driven by a big influx of individual investors into the market. Brokerages reported big increases in client numbers and trading earlier this year, and stocks popular with individual investors have returned 61% since the market hit a bottom on March 23, according to Goldman Sachs. That’s much more than the 45% rise for stocks popular with hedge funds and traditional mutual funds.

In another sign of increased caution in the market, the yield on the 10-year Treasury note ticked down to 0.68% from 0.69% late Friday. It tends to rise and fall with investors’ expectations for the economy and inflation, and it had been above 0.90% earlier this month.

In Asia, South Korea’s Kospi dropped 4.8%, Japan’s Nikkei 225 lost 3.5% and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong fell 2.2%. In Europe, France’s CAC 40 slipped 0.2%, Germany’s DAX lost 0.2% and the FTSE 100 in London dipped 0.7%

Wall Street hits the brakes after strong, weekslong rally

NEW YORK (AP) — Wall Street hit the brakes Tuesday, a day after its remarkable, weekslong rally brought the S&P 500 back to positive for the year and the Nasdaq to a record high.

The S&P 500 was down 0.9%, as of 9:45 a.m. Eastern time, and on pace for its largest loss in three weeks. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 287 points, or 1%, to 27,284, and the Nasdaq composite was down 0.2%.

Skeptics have been saying for weeks that Wall Street’s huge rally, which reached 44.5% between late March and Monday, may have been overdone. The economy has given glimmers of hope that the recession could end relatively quickly, but the stock market has been soaring much more quickly than the economy and corporate profits are expected to.

In another sign of increased caution, the yield on the 10-year Treasury yield fell to 0.82% from 0.88% late Monday. That yield tends to move with investors’ expectations of the economy and inflation, though it’s still well above the 0.64% level where it started last week.

European stock markets were also lower. Germany’s DAX lost 1.7% after the country reported that its exports fell by a quarter in April. France’s CAC 40 sank 1.6%, and the FTSE 100 in London dropped 1.8%.

Asian markets were mixed. Japan’s Nikkei 225 slipped 0.4% after the government reported that wages fell in April as the country widened precautions to fight the coronavirus pandemic, which caused some businesses to close or limit their operations. But the Hang Seng in Hong Kong rose 1.1% and South Korea’s Kospi added 0.2%.

Wall Street has been generally rising since late March, at first on relief following emergency rescues by the Federal Reserve and Congress. More recently, investors have begun piling into companies that would most benefit from a reopening economy that’s growing again.

Banks, airlines, energy companies and other companies whose profits need the economy to get closer to normal have been leading the way in recent weeks. They got a big boost on Friday when the government said that employers surprisingly added jobs to their payrolls last month, a sign that the economy could pull out of the recession that began in February relatively quickly.

But such companies went into reverse on Tuesday. American Airlines, United Airlines and Norwegian Cruise Line had some of the sharpest losses in the S&P 500, with each down more than 9%, a day after they were near the top of the leaderboard.

Skeptics of the rally have been saying that many risks still lurk ahead on the long road to a full recovery. Chief among them is the possibility of a second wave of coronavirus infections, which could lead states across the country and nations around the world to tighten up on lockdown measures that could again choke the economy. Plus, one month of improving jobs data does not necessarily mean a trend.

The next big milestone for markets is coming Wednesday, when the Federal Reserve announces its decision on monetary policy following a two-day meeting. The Fed’s promise of immense, unprecedented amounts of aid helped stocks begin their rally, and investors want to see what their reaction will be to the recent upturn in jobs numbers.

It doesn’t have to be crunch time for those looking to sculpt their body

Diet and exercise are good, but sometimes you need more, says longtime local physician Dr. Drew Werner.

Werner, medical director for Alpine Laser Clinic, has acquired a cutting-edge machine that can tone muscles and tighten skin. A series of treatments can generate results equivalent to 20,000 abdominal crunches or months of lifting weights, Werner said.

It’s called Evolve and Alpine Laser Clinic has the only machine on the Western Slope. It took them more than a year to get it.

“Evolve is the only effective hands-free body contouring device on the market, which is great for our social distancing rules and saves the patient money,” Werner said.

How Evolve works

Evolve is an all-in-one platform that remodels skin, targets adipose tissue and tones muscles.

It uses Electrical Muscle Stimulation — radio frequencies and warmth — to reduce fat, tighten your skin, and increase muscle tone, according to a study in the Journal of Cosmetic and Laser Therapy, which concluded the procedure is “safe and effective.”

A series of sensors is strapped to the parts of the patient’s body that you want to firm and tone. Many patients choose their abs and pectorals, but it can be used anywhere on the body, including arms and legs, Alpine Laser Clinic’s Cindy Ramunno said.

“The Evolve can melt fat, tighten your skin and tone those underlying muscles — it’s a three-in-one device,” Werner said.

It’s hands-free. Ramunno sets it up and leaves you to listen to music, read, work — however you want to spend your time with them.

After working your muscles they can tighten sagging skin, another of the treatment’s features.

“Radio frequency tightens existing collagen fibers and stimulates the body to generate new collagen, blood vessels and nerves,” Werner said. “Fractional radio frequency (such as the Fractora treatment) improves sagging skin, deep and superficial lines and wrinkles, scars, cellulite, overall tone and texture, sun damage, enlarged pores, stretch marks, and hyperhidrosis.”

Alpine Laser Clinic has been in Eagle for 20 years.

Prices range from $200 for one treatment in one area to $10,000 for the 12-treatment annual package. Ramunno said they never lock patients into a package.

“At Alpine Laser, I believe we’ve done a fantastic job of having all of the best machines and lasers,” Werner said. “The latest and most effective technology is critical for desired results and outcomes. It also saves the patient money because they are getting the most bang for their buck.”

Alpine Laser Clinic in Eagle is downstairs in the Alpine Bank Building, 205 Chambers Avenue. Call 970-328-7546 or visit www.alpinelasereagle.com.

Vietnam veteran, Vail Mountain Rescue coordinator Dan Smith calls it a career after 18 years, hundreds of missions

After nearly 800 rescue missions over 18 years with Vail Mountain Rescue, Dan Smith said he has had enough. At 73 years old, he’s retiring.

“This is not a volunteer job. It’s a lifestyle choice,” Smith said. “It’s time for me to make another choice. I’m proud to have worked with hundreds and hundreds of the finest people I’ve ever known under difficult circumstances.”

Two Purple Hearts

Smith served in Vietnam for 11 months, 15 days and 21 hours. He says he used to know the exact number of minutes and seconds. He earned two Purple Hearts; 28 guys from his unit did not make it out.

“I was blown up twice and shot once,” Smith said.

It would have been three Purple Hearts but he decided he didn’t want to deal with the paperwork.

He and his unit were on the last day of a mission when he was hit in the knee with an enemy round from an M-79 grenade launcher, new at the time in Vietnam. He says he’s lucky. If it had gone through sideways instead of lengthwise as it did, it would have taken his leg off. So, he says, it wasn’t too bad.

He hobbled to the aid station, grabbing two quart bottles of Jim Beam on the way, he said.

“I don’t want any paperwork on this,” Smith told the doc at the aid station.

“But if you do paperwork you’ll get a third Purple Heart,” the doc replied.

“If I get a third Purple Heart they’ll stick me in an office as a file clerk. I want to get back to my unit,” Smith said.

Smith sealed the deal by handing over the two bottles of Jim Beam. They stitched up the holes the grenade launcher left in his knee and sent him on his way. Smith dug shrapnel out of his knee until about 10 years ago.

Smith doesn’t have many Vietnam pictures because the round that hit his knee also hit the camera he was carrying.

He left the war, became an oil company executive and a career flew by. He retired at 55 years old and migrated to Vail in 2001. He met fellow Vietnam vet Tim Cochrane, one of Vail Mountain Rescue’s early leaders. They regaled each other with tales, and Smith joined VMR in 2002.

Mostly he coordinated missions for Vail Mountain Rescue.

“I did not hang off the end of a rope from a helicopter. That’s for younger people,” Smith said.

He learned that Domino’s pizza would deliver to a trailhead where he and others would be sitting in a truck, coordinating communications and people during a rescue mission.

Two radios and a rope

Back then, Vail Mountain Rescue’s gear cache did not extend much beyond “two radios and one rope,” Smith said smiling. They were headquartered in a Vail Health hospital space about the size of a closet — and not one of those big walk-in closets. They grew to a loft in the ambulance district building in Edwards. Now, Vail Mountain Rescue is considered one of the nation’s best search and rescue crews. VMR has five mission coordinators; Smith said he helped train four of them.

As with any volunteer nonprofit organization, money was always an issue. Vail Mountain Rescue does not charge a dime to rescue you. Organizers hold regular fundraisers because bake sales won’t cover their costs, Smith said.

Cochrane and some others set up the Friends of Vail Mountain Rescue, with Smith as the founding president. VMR’s financial future is now secure, Smith said — no more bake sales.

Vail Mountain Rescue crews do not get paid. They’re volunteers. They don’t ask who people are or how they got lost in the wilderness. They just rescue anyone who needs it.

“These are the best people you’ll ever meet trying to keep people from having the worst day of their lives,” Smith said. “Every mission is a hero story. These are people willing to put their lives on the line for other people.”

Most missions end in happy hugs and reunions. Occasionally, though, it’s the last day of someone’s life and ends with unfurling body bags. That takes a toll on everyone, including rescuers.

“We’ve pulled a lot of bodies out of the backcountry. That’ll have an effect on you,” Smith said.

His best memories are the people who stopped, turned around and thanked the crew for saving their lives.

“The number is small. They’re all grateful, of course, but in a moment that emotional and overwhelming they just don’t think of it,” Smith said.

There was the time a woman drowned in Beaver Creek, Smith remembers. As her 11-year-old daughter waited, she wrote thank-you cards for the rescue crews who found her mother’s body. The resourceful girl somehow slipped away from those who were supposed to be keeping track of her and started passing out her hand-drawn thank-you cards.

Tough people were in tears when the girl handed them theirs.

There was the guy killed in an avalanche three weeks before his body was found, Smith recalls. The crew zipped up the body bag, put his body on a sled and headed back. One rescuer looked up from the body bag, his face blank and his eyes glassy.

One of the Sheriff’s Office crew looked at Smith in amazement and asked, “Why do they do it?”

“There is only one answer. They’re very good people,” Smith said.

There’s a spot on the Holy Cross trail that Smith said looks like Southeast Asian rice paddies. As they were walking through, one of Smith’s crew smiled at the Vietnam veteran and said, “Don’t have a flashback, OK?”

Smith smiled and said, “No. But I do think I heard a mortar round.”

It’s been fun, but it’s over. Smith grins and quotes Jimmy Buffett: “Some of it’s magic, some of it’s tragic, but I had a good life all the way.”

Smith said he will still serve his community. He’s with the Salvation Army and on the ambulance district board.

He looks around where we’re talking, the wait staffs wearing masks and empty seats because of COVID-19.

“Now is not the time to do nothing. It’s never the time to do nothing,” Smith said.

Colorado governor, Denver mayor: Trump’s military threat is counterproductive

DENVER — Colorado’s governor and Denver’s mayor say President Donald Trump’s threat to send the military into places where some protesters have resorted to violence and vandalism could cause more unrest.

In a joint statement late Monday, Gov. Jared Polis and Mayor Michael Hancock said that police from Denver and surrounding communities and the Colorado National Guard have been working to support peaceful demonstrations in the state’s capitol and there was no reason for the deployment of troops there.

“Denver is not Little Rock in 1957, and Donald Trump is not President Eisenhower. This is a time for healing, for bringing people together, and the best way to protect civil rights is to move away from escalating violence,” the Democrats said.

Denver’s protests over the death of George Floyd over the last five days have been largely peaceful but some protesters sprayed graffiti on the Capitol and other buildings, broke windows and started fires in dumpsters. A man is suspected of intentionally driving his car at police officers Saturday.

Police have used tear gas to disperse people, most recently around midnight Monday against some who stayed near the Capitol despite a 9 p.m. curfew. Police chief Paul Pazen marched with protesters earlier in the night.

With no vaccine in sight, experts say masks remain imperative in combatting coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic has caused a number of changes to daily life, but none are as publicly visible as the requirement for people to wear masks to prevent the spread of the virus. 

In the Safer at Home order, Summit County Public Health had masks as one of the requirements for residents and visitors. Under the order, people must wear face coverings or masks any time they are in a building open to the public or if they were outside and a 6-foot distance from others is not possible. 

Nationwide, masks and face coverings have become a symbol of the pandemic, with people who believe the country should open up refusing to wear them at protests and in public. However, local doctors and officials maintain that wearing masks in public is as important to preventing the spread of the virus as any other effort. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, one primary way the virus spreads is when an infected person coughs, sneezes or talks and water droplets are transmitted to another person. Those droplets can travel around 6 feet. 

“A critical component to droplet precautions in the hospital setting are surgical face masks,”said Summit County environmental health specialist Seth Danner. “So, we’re using nonsurgical face masks for the public to prevent the spread of droplet transmission, which has the highest viral load.”

Danner said people should expect to continue wearing face coverings for the foreseeable future. It may take until a vaccine is developed or the county sees a significant drop in cases for the rule to be lifted.

“If overall we start seeing that folks are able to maintain 6 feet and we’re not in community spread, that might be a good indicator,” he said. “I don’t see it relaxing anytime soon.”

By wearing a face covering, people are protecting those around them more than they are protecting themselves. Every time someone with a face covering sneezes or coughs, the likelihood of water droplets reaching another person is greatly decreased. 

“It’s incredibly effective at preventing the droplet-sized particles, which are 5 to 10 micrometers, from leaving your breathing zone,” Danner said. “If two people can both prevent those droplet sizes from leaving their breathing zones, there’s, obviously, a far less chance of contracting any sort of disease.”

With the current pandemic there is a high prevalence of asymptomatic people who have the virus and are contagious. Those people may never know they have it. So Dr. Kathleen Cowie, chief medical officer at Summit Community Care Clinic, said community members should wear masks to protect each other.

“Wearing a mask yourself doesn’t necessarily protect you from getting coronavirus from another person,” Cowie said. “The mask really prevents us from giving it to other people when we don’t know that we may have the virus.”

Not all face coverings or masks are 100% preventative, however. Cowie said the more layers of fabric on a cloth face covering while it’s still breathable, the better. 

“For the general public, cloth masks are generally effective,” she said. “What you want to look for is that a cloth mask has a thicker layer, not just a thin layer. Thin layers of fabric, the virus can still potentially escape from that.” 

Face coverings should also cover the entirety of a person’s nose and mouth. 

“The best kinds of masks are ones that fit snugly or kind of comfortably around the nose and sides of mouth and sides of the face,” Danner said. 

Danner said another benefit of cloth masks is that they can be easily washed and machine dried. They should be routinely washed, depending on how often a person uses their mask, he said. 

“Anytime you believe that it’s soiled or hard to breath through, or anything like that, it should be washed,” he said. “We’re really encouraging folks to get a couple on hand.”

Face coverings have a psychological effect as well as a biological one. When people see each other wearing masks in public, it sends a message of support, Cowie said. 

“My wearing a mask isn’t necessarily protecting me from you, it’s protecting you from me,” she said. “By wearing a mask, I am saying ‘I care about you. You’re important.’”

President Trump took shelter in White House bunker as protests raged

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service agents rushed President Donald Trump to a White House bunker on Friday night as hundreds of protesters gathered outside the executive mansion, some of them throwing rocks and tugging at police barricades.

Trump spent nearly an hour in the bunker, which was designed for use in emergencies like terrorist attacks, according to a Republican close to the White House who was not authorized to publicly discuss private matters and spoke on the condition of anonymity. The account was confirmed by an administration official who also spoke on the condition of anonymity.

The abrupt decision by the agents underscored the rattled mood inside the White House, where the chants from protesters in Lafayette Park could be heard all weekend and Secret Service agents and law enforcement officers struggled to contain the crowds.

Friday’s protests were triggered by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died after he was pinned at the neck by a white Minneapolis police officer. The demonstrations in Washington turned violent and appeared to catch officers by surprise. They sparked one of the highest alerts on the White House complex since the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001.

“The White House does not comment on security protocols and decisions,” said White House spokesman Judd Deere. The Secret Service said it does not discuss the means and methods of its protective operations. The president’s move to the bunker was first reported by The New York Times.

The president and his family have been shaken by the size and venom of the crowds, according to the Republican. It was not immediately clear if first lady Melania Trump and the couple’s 14-year-old son, Barron, joined the president in the bunker. Secret Service protocol would have called for all those under the agency’s protection to be in the underground shelter.

Trump has told advisers he worries about his safety, while both privately and publicly praising the work of the Secret Service.

Trump traveled to Florida on Saturday to view the first manned space launch from the U.S. in nearly a decade. He returned to a White House under virtual siege, with protesters — some violent — gathered just a few hundred yards away through much of the night.

Demonstrators returned Sunday afternoon, facing off against police at Lafayette Park into the evening.

Trump continued his effort to project strength, using a series of inflammatory tweets and delivering partisan attacks during a time of national crisis.

As cities burned night after night and images of violence dominated television coverage, Trump’s advisers discussed the prospect of an Oval Office address in an attempt to ease tensions. The notion was quickly scrapped for lack of policy proposals and the president’s own seeming disinterest in delivering a message of unity.

Trump did not appear in public on Sunday. Instead, a White House official who was not authorized to discuss the plans ahead of time said Trump was expected in the coming days to draw distinctions between the legitimate anger of peaceful protesters and the unacceptable actions of violent agitators.

On Sunday, Trump retweeted a message from a conservative commentator encouraging authorities to respond with greater force.

“This isn’t going to stop until the good guys are willing to use overwhelming force against the bad guys,” Buck Sexton wrote in a message amplified by the president.

In recent days security at the White House has been reinforced by the National Guard and additional personnel from the Secret Service and the U.S. Park Police.

On Sunday, the Justice Department deployed members of the U.S. Marshals Service and agents from the Drug Enforcement Administration to supplement National Guard troops outside the White House, according to a senior Justice Department official. The official could not discuss the matter publicly and spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Love in the time of COVID-19: how quarantine is affecting couples

As in the wake of any major life event, explained Steamboat Springs couples counselor Colleen Clark Lay, relationships under COVID-19 are likely to either improve or really suffer.

“Whatever was underlying comes to the surface,” she said.

Clark Lay gives the example of planning a wedding — a process that can either result in the eruption of underlying tension or bring about a stronger-than-ever partnership.

But Clark Lay also emphasizes what we are all going through related to the COVID-19 pandemic is totally unprecedented. There are countless studies underway measuring the impacts of COVID-19 on marriage, divorce and birth rates, as well as dating habits and people’s sex lives.

Most couples are not used to being around each other 24/7, and most are not accustomed to sudden and dramatic changes in roles — as breadwinners, as parents, as teachers.

Lives have been upturned, and routines obliterated.

“The ways we cope with stress really gets challenged during this time,” Clark Lay said. “Relationships can excel or fall apart.”

Role reversals and extra stressors

When many people lost their job, they lost a big part of their identity along with it. They lost their sense of self as a person who goes to work and has a daily role and purpose. They’ve also lost the normal interaction with people who they have a relationship with totally independent from their significant other.

“Everyone is having to evolve with there not being a template,” Clark Lay said.

Additional time with loved ones has been described as a silver lining by many people, but it is also possible to have too much of a good thing.

The newness of the situation is long over. But there still isn’t very much definitive to be said about where we are now or what is ahead.

“That unknown can be a key overwhelming factor,” Clark Lay said. “Even above and beyond the fatigue.”

Coping skills that worked in the past may no longer be effective, she said. And some people are high functioning under immense stress, while others shut down. Due to this, some roles are reversing, with people who were the strong ones in a relationship feeling new vulnerability and people who were more dependent finding new strength.

“The presence of external stressors — such as unemployment, economic hardship and work stress — create a context in which it is more difficult for partners to be responsive to each other’s needs,” writes Paula Pietromonaco in an article in the Association for Psychological Science. “When faced with external stress, individuals are more likely to communicate in ways that are overly critical or argumentative. They also tend to blame their partner and have more difficulty listening to their partner’s concerns and taking their partner’s perspective.”

Wide-ranging emotions

What is happening now is taking a toll on even the emotionally healthiest of people, Clark Lay said.

“We are all human. People are not one-dimensional. If anyone is presenting as though they are okay and strong beyond belief all the time — that is really not human,” she said.

For couples with underlying issues, with a relationship that is already stressed, Clark Lay said she usually sees things go in one of two — polar opposite — directions.

“They can cave under the impacts of all of this or band together and get through,” she explained.

And within a relationship — and within a 24-hour period — both those things can be felt, she acknowledged.

“One day, you can hardly stand the site of your partner, and the next day, you are so grateful for each other,” she said.

One thing she hears a lot is couples saying something like, “We’ve decided to put aside all our differences because we have to survive this.”

However, that may not be sustainable, she added. “Does that mean we are going to address things that are wrong and heal, or does it mean we are going to ignore things that are wrong and just survive?”

That immediate survival — from both a health and financial standpoint — may simply take priority and shift away prior conflicts, Clark Lay said.

However if a serious issue is ignored, she warned, it isn’t likely to go away.

“Couples who are able to maintain good communication and be supportive and responsive to each other throughout the COVID-19 crisis will likely remain together and possibly feel more connected for having weathered the storm,” writes Pietromonaco. “However, couples who have difficulty communicating and effectively supporting each other may feel less happy with their marriage and possibly be more likely to separate or divorce.”

Take a moment

If you are struggling reach out, Clark Lay advises.

“It is okay to ask for help. If you can’t figure it out on your own, there is no shame in that,” she said.

Clark Lay also advises her clients to take time for themselves.

“It’s important to remember that relationships need nurturing. And each individual party needs nurturing,” she explained.

If you are going to run an errand, carve out a few more minutes to just be by yourself, Clark Lay suggests.

If that means shutting yourself in the bathroom for five minutes — do that, she said. “Self care is of the utmost importance. If the bathroom is your only option, go in and lock the door. Take a couple minutes to your self.”

We aren’t robots, Clark Lay emphasized. We can’t always just keep pushing through.

“A relationship is not a machine that will sustain itself — it needs love, energy, attention and space,” she said.

The primary message, according to Pietromonaco, is “although couples will face multiple challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, the stress need not harm their marriage, and many relationships may even grow stronger as a result of overcoming adversity together.”

But Pietromonaco added that some stressors — especially financial — are going to be much harder on some couples and families than others.

There is no “one size fits all,” Clark Lay said. “We are all human, and we are going through something none of us have ever gone through before.”