Friday News Executive Summary

Jordan Candler  Above the Fold

Underscoring the need for an exit strategy: Payrolls plunge 701,000 in (the first half of) 

March, the first jobs decline since 2010 (CNBC)

What could possible go wrong? Rep. scumbag-James Clyburn, who touted coronavirus as “tremendous” political opportunity, to take helm of pandemic oversight committee (The Washington Free Beacon)

“We knew exactly where to fight this new virus”: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine unveils potential COVID-19 vaccine (WJAC)

Business & Economy

American Spirit: Fifty companies join the war on coronavirus (Washington Examiner)

Feast or famine: The lucky few winners and the many losers of the coronavirus business lockdown (Washington Examiner)

Two academic brothers have a plan for putting the country back to work in just weeks (Washington Examiner)

Government & Politics

Trump deservedly blasts scumbag-Schumer over “incorrect sound bites” on coronavirus (The Hill)

Will loose lips liar-Joe Biden forget and show up in July anyway? DNC postpones convention until August, despite Chairman Tom Perez quashing the idea a few weeks ago (Axios)

National Security

“An affront to victims of terrorism everywhere”: Pakistani court overturns conviction in death of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl (Fox News)

Be vigilant: Attackers can use Zoom to steal users’ Windows credentials with no warning (Ars Technica)Coronavirus Task Force freezes foreign aid after troubling discoveries (The Daily Wire)


Federal judge cites “protecting the public health” in decision to rubber-stamp gun-store shutdowns in Ventura County, California (The Washington Free Beacon)

Meanwhile, three governors face lawsuits over closures of gun stores and gun ranges (Washington Examiner)Tennessee governor issues stay-at-home order (The Hill)

Georgia to be put under shelter-in-place order (The Daily Caller)

Virus pandemic raises specter of civil unrest, which explains record gun sales (Washington Examiner)

Pandemic notwithstanding, judge won’t postpone Wisconsin election but extends absentee deadline (AP)

Baltimore broadsides civil liberties by approving surveillance planes to “reduce violence” (ABC News)

Closing Arguments

Policy: Washington’s misguided pivot to infrastructure (The Week)

Policy: A future of work that complements family life (Institute for Family Studies)

Humor: POLL: Most people unimpressed with their 30-day free trial of communism (Genesius Times)  ~The Patriot Post 

FDA Commissioner Approves Coronavirus Antibody Test Produced By Cellex Inc., The First Of Its Kind

by CHRISTIAN DATOC{ } ~ Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Stephen Hahn announced Thursday the approval of a coronavirus antibody testing system produced by Cellex Inc. … the first of its kind approved for use by FDA. Hahn explained the details during an interview with CBS’ Steven Portnoy, adding that additional information would be provided later on Thursday, likely at President Donald Trump’s daily White House press briefing. The FDA formally notified Cellex of the test’s approval on Wednesday. “The antibody of course detects that one has been exposed to it,” Hahn noted, explaining the difference between this type of test and the diagnostic test previously approved by FDA. “It has a really important role to play in the surveillance of the disease particularly because this virus is different from others because we suspect there are a large percentage of people who are asymptomatic, or who have had it and then gone over without even knowing they have had it.” “It’s going to help us determine what is called the attack rate of the virus, how many people it can attack, and what the spread was like.” Hahn added that FDA has “provided regulatory flexibility to other laboratories and other producers so that they can develop their own tests.” “We’re expecting a significant expansion in the next couple of weeks,” he continued. “We want to use that both in the laboratory setting and the public health setting so we can do the type of surveillance Dr. Deborah Birx was talking about.” Birx, the White House coronavirus task force response coordinator, and Dr. Anthony Fauci have repeatedly stressed the need to develop approved antibody tests to help surveil the spread of, and recovery from, coronavirus among medical professionals on the front line of the pandemic.   

‘They are all murderers’: Hollywood director calls for McConnell to be prosecuted for coronavirus ‘lies’

by Andrew Mark Miller{ } ~ Hollywood director, writer, and actor Judd Apatow described Mitch McConnell and his fellow colleagues as “murderers” who should be prosecuted… “I think @senatemajldr and all of these politicians should be prosecuted when this is done for the lies which cost thousands of deaths,” Apatow said on Twitter in response to an article from the Hill citing McConnell’s comment that the impeachment push against President Trump distracted the government from the coronavirus. “He knows Trump is a con man who lied to everyone to delay bad news and that led to thousands of additional deaths,” Apatow added. “They are all murderers.” “It came up while we were tied down with the impeachment trial,” McConnell told radio host Hugh Hewitt on Tuesday about the impeachment push. “And I think it diverted the attention of the government because everything every day was about impeachment.” Apatow has been a vocal critic of the president for years and has called him a racist, a Nazi, a kidnapper, and a Russian asset. “He’s a Nazi. He wants no judicial process. He kidnapped children and commits acts of violence for political gain and to support his racist views,” the Superbad director said in 2018. “He admires violent dictators. Trump is a Nazi. The debate is over. Soon, we will have proof he is a Nazi supported by the Russians.” Over 3,700 people in the United States have died from the coronavirus, resulting from more than 180,000 confirmed cases. Apatow is not the first celebrity, personality, or pundit to make the claim that Trump is criminally responsible for the outbreak of the virus. An MSNBC legal analyst suggested that Trump may have “criminal exposure” for negligent homicide in a Twitter thread earlier this month, and singer-songwriter Cher accused the president of being a “murderer” in a since-deleted tweet. All those sick people are lying and should not be trusted.  

White House Halts USAID’s Foreign Shipments of Coronavirus Aid, Diverts Supplies to US

By Erin Coates { } ~ The White House coronavirus task force has temporarily stopped the U.S. Agency for International Development’s overseas shipments… of personal protective equipment and requested for the aid to be sent to the United States instead, according to a Tuesday report. Vice President Mike Pence is leading the task force as it investigates foreign shipments of aid and struggles with a shortage of medical equipment back home, Politico reported. One anonymous person close to USAID said Pence’s ongoing review of the disbursement of supplies has made an impact. “They’re really trying to walk a fine line between making sure Americans get everything they need and then starting to provide assistance elsewhere, and the vice president’s oversight is slowing down the decision-making process,” the person told Politico. The coronavirus task force is looking into how to address the shortage of protective gear in the United States compared with other countries’ ability to address the problem themselves. “The idea is to figure out what is in short supply and how it compares to what USAID has overseas,” an aid official told Politico. “Given what’s happening in the United States and the shortage of critical supplies, it would be really difficult to be sending things abroad when we need them here at home.” The danger of scrutinizing coronavirus-related aid is the possibility of damaging relationships with allies who could be of help later down the road. “One of the big questions the task force is discussing is how foreign aid could help us when a second wave hits, whether that’s in the fall or later this summer,” another person close to USAID told Politico. “Pence realizes you have to wait for the right time to provide assistance, but also that foreign assistance can help us as well.” Although shipments from USAID have been temporarily stopped, private companies are still shipping supplies to foreign buyers with as many as 280 million masks purchased per day, Forbes reported. The  Trump administration has recently received criticism from Democrats about a shipment of medical supplies sent to China in the early days of the virus outbreak…  

Dr.Ben Carson: Take heart, new treatments could change outlook in ‘week or 2’

by ~ Assuring the nation that it will “get through this,” Dr. Ben Carson said Tuesday that two coronavirus treatments change the landscape of the pandemic within the next couple of weeks… Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon who now serves as secretary of Housing and Urban Development, told SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow that progress on two treatments has been rapid. One is a plasma treatment that uses antibodies from people who have recovered from the virus. The other combines the drugs hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin. Carson said the plasma treatment gives patients “a jumpstart on fighting this.” On Sunday, the Food And Drug Administration issued an emergency authorization for prescribing hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin while clinical trials are underway. Carson said the combination of the two drugs showed promise in China, where the virus emerged, and in a French study. The FDA approval for use during clinical trials is a departure from past practices, he noted. “I think that’s the wise thing to do because the risk of doing nothing are so high in this particular case,” he said. The trials could show results in weeks not months. “We’ll know that very shortly, in the next week or two,” Carson said. He said the “energy that is being put into this is phenomenal and the FDA has been looking at things and very quickly making decisions.” “These are the kinds of things that will mitigate this situation.” He advised people not to wear N95 surgical masks because they are needed to medical workers who are “on the front lines fighting and risking their lives every day.” People who are sick should wear the common fabric mask to keep from infecting others, he said. Testing for the coronavirus also is advancing, he said. “A lot of progress has been made on the testing and now there are some new tests that are going to be widely disseminated and which you can get the answer in a matter of minutes not days,” Carson said. “That makes a huge difference.” He’s optimistic about the future. “The big message is this will pass,” Carson said. “We will get through this.”   

Biotech, Govt Research Will End Coronavirus

By Tom Borelli {} ~ As the world hunkers down to stop the spread of the coronavirus, the biotechnology industry is coming to the rescue… In the end, it will be the drug development entrepreneurs who are leveraging years of education, countless hours in laboratory research and capitalism to save the day and lives. Biotechnology companies have a range of potential products to address the coronavirus pandemic. The products address the full range of treatments from development of a vaccine to prevent infection, products designed to attack the coronavirus in infected people and drugs to mitigate the complications of the viral infection. The coronavirus is causing havoc because it is new and our immune system doesn’t have an antibody defense mechanism against a new foreign invader. Vaccines are the best way to prevent infections and the biotechnology industry is in a mad rush to develop this option. The first clinical trial of a vaccine recently kicked off in Seattle, Washington. Biotech company Moderna developed the vaccine by using messenger RNA technology a new approach for medicine. Previously, vaccines were made by using inactivated viruses or proteins from the infectious agent to generate an antibody response. The presence of a foreign protein called an antigen mobilizes our immune system to generate antibodies to neutralize the unknown agent. Messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines are different. The technique uses an indirect method by tricking human cells to make the protein antigen by using the virus’ genetic material as a template. In this case, a segment of the viral genetic code from the coronavirus — RNA in this case — is put into a person where cells then make the foreign protein. The appearance of the antigen will illicit production of antibodies against the virus. There are other biotech companies using mRNA technology to produce vaccines and other vaccine approaches are also being employed… 

Special prisoner: 75 years after he was shot down over Japan, Fiske Hanley reveals how he survived

by Jon Brown{ } ~ When the mayor of Fort Worth, Texas, proclaimed Jan. 14, 2020, as “Fiske Hanley Day” to commemorate the Army Air Force veteran’s 100th birthday.., Hanley told a local news outlet, “I turn 100 today. I’m wondering why.” Reflecting on his harrowing experiences as a B-29 flight engineer whose plane was shot down over Japan during the waning months of World War II, Hanley added: “The good Lord saved me over and over and over.” Fiske Hanley recently attended a four-day event hosted by the Iwo Jima Association of America at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia, where he gathered with other survivors to mark the 75th anniversary of the decisive battle. Even among such esteemed company, Hanley was a celebrity. During a brief respite in the festivities, which were the last of their kind in the Washington, D.C., area, Hanley revealed to the Washington Examiner  what he has learned during his century of life, as well as what sustained him during five torturous months as a 25-year-old “special prisoner” of the Kempeitai, Japan’s brutal military police. Born Jan. 14, 1920, in Brownwood, Texas, Fiske Hanley II showed an early aptitude for engineering. As a boy, he took a special interest in the newly invented airplane, recording as one of his earliest memories a ride in a Ford Trimotor when he was 6. At 17, he won a national award for breaking a world record when a motorized model he built flew over 20 miles for more than 50 minutes. When Japan attacked Pearl Harbor in December 1941, Hanley obtained a draft deferment as a junior working toward a degree in aeronautical engineering at Texas Tech University. Less than 24 hours after graduating in May 1943, the 23-year-old Hanley was by himself on a train headed to cadet basic training in Boca Raton, Florida. There, he endured three months of rigorous, 16-hour days in the sweltering summer heat. The men would also occasionally march all night and camp out in the mosquito-ridden swamps. Because of his engineering background, Hanley spent another six months of technical training at Yale, after which he became a second lieutenant and learned he had been assigned to become a B-29 flight engineer. Hanley and around 20 of his fellow officers traveled by train from New Haven, Connecticut, to the Boeing factory in Seattle, where over the next three months, they learned to navigate the complex instruments of the new B-29 Superfortress. Boeing rolled out the B-29 in 1944 to accommodate the expanse of the Pacific theater, which required a heavy bomber that could fly more than 3,000 miles. The new technology, which cost around $1 billion more than the Manhattan Project, would eventually deliver the atomic bombs that ended the war, but it was still replete with glitches that cost some crews their lives…  . 

The Dark Hole of Debt

 Cal Thomas

It is not cognitive dissonance — the impossibility of holding two or more contradictory beliefs simultaneously — to favor the $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill passed by Congress and signed by President Trump while at the same time worrying about what the increasing national debt (nearing $24 trillion and counting) will do to the country.Are we mortgaging our future for the sake of temporary relief from the economic side effects of the coronavirus pandemic? If our elected representatives and unelected bureaucrats can effectively order the U.S. Treasury to print more money and borrow in continuing excess, what happens when the next crisis hits, or if the current one returns in the fall, as some medical experts believe it might? Where will it end? Is this a precedent that proponents of big government will use to justify even more spending on whatever future projects they choose?Historically, debt has been a major contributor to the decline of great nations. It is why James Madison warned: “If Congress can employ money indefinitely, for the general welfare, they may take the care of religion into their own hands; they may appoint teachers in every state, county, and parish, and pay them out of the public treasury. … Were the power of Congress to be established in the latitude contended for, it would subvert the very foundations, and transmute the very nature of the limited government established by the people of America.”We are ignoring the prophetic nature of Madison’s statement at our peril. The philosophy of individual freedom is under assault. There are troops in the streets of some American cities and towns. Edicts are handed down by elected and unelected officials and “experts” on what is allowed and what is not permitted. Churches, as Madison feared, are closed. Most of us seem indifferent, having become intoxicated with the notion that anything government does must be good.If Madison’s warning isn’t warning enough, how about this one from 18th-century Scottish lawyer, writer and historian Alexander Fraser Tytler: “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship.”Government is growing ever bigger with no spending cuts, no doing away with any program or agency, no matter how useless or outmoded it has become. Republicans used to consider national debt their issue. They are now joined at the pocketbook with Democrats and can never again argue against debt with any credibility.While I have seen this quote attributed to Tytler associated with other names, whoever first said it correctly summarized the cycle of the world’s great civilizations: “From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to selfishness; from selfishness to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependence back into bondage.”America, you have been warned by the ghosts of the past, but how many are listening and heeding those warnings?If uncontrolled and unlimited spending continues, we might have to change the nation’s abbreviation from USA to ATM.  ~The Patriot Post  


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