Highway 101 stretches from California up the Pacific coast through Oregon and to Washington. The three states that make up that drive are sharing directions as they develop a regional plan to gradually re-open their economies. California Governor Gavin Newsom will be announcing preliminary plans he previewed on Monday: “The West Coast is guided by science. We issued stay at home orders early to keep the public healthy. We’ll open our economies with that same guiding principle.” USA Today: West Coast states are readying to reopen economies, together. (Tupac: “Even though you’re fed up, you gotta keep your head up.”)

+ Not to be outdone, New York Gov Andrew Cuomo announced a working pact with several neighboring states to develop plans to open a strip of of the Eastern US. These pacts give new meaning to the phrase, Coast Guards. (Notorious BIG: “Only make moves when your heart’s in it, and live the phrase ‘Sky’s the limit'”)

+ While states from both coasts are working on regional plans, this is not a resurgence of the classic East Coast-West Coast rivalry. If there’s any rap battle going on, it’s with President Trump who, during an off the rails press conference (even by current standards) claimed: “When somebody is the president of the United States, the authority is total.” The Constitution might have a beef with that. (Vanilla Ice: “Go rush the speaker that booms. I’m killin’ your brain like a poisonous mushroom.”)

+ NYT: Is California a Nation-State? (In fairness, we could all use one right about now…)