Monday News Executive Summary

Jordan Candler  The Latest on Coronavirus

“We see light at the end of the tunnel”: Trump says U.S. near peak of pandemic (Washington Examiner)

In the meantime, public health officials warn of grim days ahead: “This next week is going to look bad” (The Hill)

Bending the curve? Italy, Spain, and France report declines in daily death tolls (Business Insider)

CDC advising Americans to cover faces with cloth (Fox News)

Doctors rate hydroxychloroquine — a drug Democrats love to hate — “most effective” coronavirus treatment (The Daily Wire)

I’m from the government and I’m here to help… Federal agency USAID shipped face masks overseas as VA hospital in the same city rationed them (National Review)

Feds investigate aborted deal for 39 million masks in California (Fox News)

Government & Politics

Trump fires Michael Atkinson, the grossly negligent intelligence IG who told Congress about Ukraine phone call (Fox News)

Supreme Court cancels oral arguments for rest of the term, leaving nine cases in limbo (NBC News)

“Let’s do the same bill we just did, make some changes”: liar-Pelosi abandons sweeping legislative agenda, agrees to narrowly tailored Phase 4 relief bill (National Review)

Young, inexperienced, but probably a Mitch McConnell guy: Trump nominates 37-year-old Kentucky judge for DC Circuit (Power Line)

loose lips liar-Biden flip-flops, now supports Trump’s China travel ban he once called “hysterical xenophobia” (PJ Media)

After threat of lawsuit, New York Times issues corrections on article defaming Sharyl Attkisson (The Daily Wire)

National Security

Due to exemptions, more than 40,000 people have arrived in the U.S. from China since Trump restricted travel (The Daily Caller)

Trump administration weighs legal action over alleged Chinese hoarding of PPE (New York Post)

Zoom admits some calls were “mistakenly” routed through China (SmarterAnalyst)

Other Notables

Nurturing the lawbreakers: California providing millions of dollars for illegal-alien business owners not covered by federal relief package (The Daily Caller)

Economist Stephen Moore warns U.S. could be headed toward a Great Depression “if we go much past May 1” with lockdowns (New York Post)

Closing Arguments

Policy: Why Russia is playing oil-price hardball (Washington Examiner)

Policy: Destroying the economy will create a different public health crisis (The Federalist)

Humor: New York to raise taxes on coronavirus causing it to flee state (The Babylon Bee)  ~The Patriot Post   

Key Medical Supplies Were Shipped From U.S. Manufacturers to Foreign Buyers, Records Show

by Lee Fang{ } ~ While much of the world moved swiftly to lock down crucial medical supplies used to treat the coronavirus, the U.S. dithered… maintaining business as normal and allowing large shipments of American-made respirators and ventilators to be sold to foreign buyers. The foreign shipments, detailed in dozens of government records, show exports to other hot spots where the pandemic has spread, including East Asia and Europe. American hospitals around the country are now running low on all forms of personal protective gear, such as N95 masks or purified air personal respirators, for medical staff, as well as life-saving ventilators, which pump oxygenated air into the lungs, for patients. Experts say the U.S. could face a drastic shortage of intensive care units equipped with ventilators and breathing aids to meet the expected wave of seriously ill patients. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has pleaded for more ventilators and said that the city may run short as soon as April 5. The persistent lack of medical supplies is the result of a combination of factors, including poor planning by the U.S. government. In the absence of early detection and purchasing agreements, crucial medical supplies have been ferried out from American manufacturers for foreign markets. Vessel manifests maintained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and reviewed by The Intercept show a steady flow of the medical equipment needed to treat the coronavirus being shipped abroad as recently as March 17. Drive DeVilbiss Healthcare, a Pennsylvania-based health product firm that produces supplemental oxygen machines, sent at least three different shipments of respiratory equipment to Belgium in mid-February and early March. The total cargo included 14 containers weighing more than 55 tons. DeVilbiss and its owner, Clayton Dubilier & Rice, a New York-based private equity firm, did not respond to a request for comment. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf reportedly reached out to DeVilbiss later in March to support the company’s increased production of respiratory medical devices. “Our demand is unprecedented,” Tim Walsh, the company’s vice president, told WJAC, a local news station. Vapotherm, a New Hampshire firm that produces respiratory equipment, has faced surging demand from international customers. The company has added 50 employees and a second shift to meet growing demand for its products. WMUR, a local news station, profiled Vapotherm’s role in producing lifesaving respiratory equipment used to treat the coronavirus. During the segment, Joseph Army, the chief executive of Vapotherm, told the station that he first heard from customers in Europe and Asia in response to the coronavirus. A camera shot of Vapotherm’s factory showed a box labeled “Japan.” The demand, he added, has shifted in recent weeks to domestic contracts for clients in Seattle, New York City, Georgia, and Florida… 

Trump says CDC wants Americans to cover faces with cloth amid coronavirus

By Alex Pappas { } ~ President Trump on Friday announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is recommending Americans wear facial coverings made of cloth… while out in public to help stop the spread of  coronavirus — though the president repeatedly called it “voluntary” and said he wouldn’t do it himself. The change in guidelines signals a major shift in how officials are looking to combat the spread of COVID-19. The president, during a briefing with the White House coronavirus task force, said the recommendation is being made because of studies indicating asymptomatic people are spreading the virus. “In light of these studies, the CDC is advising the use of non-medical cloth face coverings as an additional voluntary public health measure,” Trump said. “So it’s voluntary. You don’t have to do it.” The president added: “I don’t think I’m going to be doing it.” He said he can’t imagine himself sitting in the Oval Office of the White House behind “that beautiful Resolute Desk” wearing a mask. In a Friday statement, the CDC said “the virus can spread between people interacting in close proximity—for example, speaking, coughing, or sneezing—even if those people are not exhibiting symptoms.” “In light of this new evidence, CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies especially in areas of significant community-based transmission,” the CDC said. For weeks, the general public was advised by both the Trump administration and the CDC as well as the World Health Organization (WHO) that only those who were ill or had underlying health issues should wear face masks, and that the surgical masks and N95 protective gear should be reserved for health care workers. But Dr. Jerome Adams, the surgeon general, said during the briefing they’ve evolved on the issue because of the number of asymptomatic people who may be spreading coronavirus. He pleaded with Americans who are not sick to leave the N95 and surgical masks for medical professionals and instead make homemade cloth coverings if they decide to use them…  


Mueller Hid Evidence Exonerating Don Jr. Over Infamous Trump Tower Meeting

By MATT MARGOLIS{ } ~ Despite the fact that the Mueller report proved there was no collusion between Donald Trump and the Russians during the 2016 campaign… Democrats were convinced that there was more evidence out there, perhaps in the tiny fraction of the report that was redacted for national security reasons, that proved Trump actually did collude with the Russians. It turns out that the most interesting things about Mueller’s investigation were not what was redacted from the report, but what wasn’t included in the first place. According to investigative reporter John Solomon, Bob Mueller hid evidence exonerating Donald Trump Jr. over the infamous Trump Tower meeting, during which Democrats were convinced he had met with a Russian lawyer to discuss dirt on scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton. The most scintillating information Mueller’s team ascribed to Russian translator Anatoli Samochornov in the report was a tidbit suggesting a hint of impropriety: The translator admitted he was offered $90,000 by the Russians to pay his legal bills, if he supported the story of Moscow attorney Natalia Veselnitskya. He declined. But recently released FBI memos show that Samochornov, a translator trusted by the State Department and other federal agencies, provided agents far more information than was quoted by Mueller, nearly all of it exculpatory to the president’s campaign and his eldest son. Despite learning the translator’s information on July 12, 2017, just a few days after the media reported on the Trump Tower meeting, the FBI would eventually suggest Donald Trump Jr. was lying and that the event could be seminal to Russian election collusion. Samochornov’s eyewitness account entirely debunks the media’s narrative, the FBI memos show. “Samochornov was not particularly fond of Donald Trump Jr., but stated Donald Trump Jr.’s account with Veselnitskya as portrayed in recent media report, was accurate,” according to the FBI 302 report on its interview of the translator. “Samachornov concurred with Donald Trump Jr.’s accounts of the meeting. He added ‘they’ were telling the truth.” According to Donald Trump Jr., the short Trump Tower meeting was about the Magninsky Act, and how that affected adoption practices between the United States and Russia. That explanation was moked by the media and the Democrats at the time, and that story was a cover-up for a key piece of evidence of Russian collusion…   

Breakthrough? Scientists Say They’ve Developed a Wuhan Coronavirus Vaccine That Can Be Rapidly Deployed

by Matt Vespa{ } ~ Right now, we’re on defense concerning fighting the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak. It’s a time for stacking sandbags and hunkering down by social distancing, washing hands constantly, and avoiding touching one’s face… This is the way…for the time being. Until we have some treatments that are ready to be mass deployed, such as hydroxychloroquine, which is reported to be effective, then that would be a key stopgap measure until we have a proper vaccine. As of yesterday, and the numbers are definitely higher today, the U.S. has over 230,000 Wuhan viral infections, with over 5,700 dying from it. It’s a serious disease. It’s highly contagious. And no one is immune. The young have a much greater shot at recovery if infected, but that does not mean they cannot get sick or die from the Wuhan virus. Many already have experienced the former, and tragically, some have the latter. The immunocompromised and the elderly remain, as with any viral infection, the group that is a great risk of death if they contract this disease. This virus can live on some surfaces for up to three days, which is why staying at home is key. So, when will we have a vaccine? Johnson & Johnson said it hopes to start testing for one in September, but a year to a year-and-a-half appears to be the timeframe. Yet, at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, scientists say they may have found one already. What’s more, is that their findings show their supposed treatment can be rolled out rapidly to reduce the spread of the virus. The delivery system is not one injection, but in a fingertip-sized patch containing 400 “microneedles” (via NY Post): The researchers announced their findings Thursday and believe the vaccine could be rolled out quickly enough to “significantly impact the spread of disease,” according to their study published in EBioMedicine. The vaccine would be delivered on a small, fingertip-sized patch. When tested on mice, the vaccine produced enough antibodies believed to successfully counteract the virus.[…]“These two viruses, which are closely related to SARS-CoV-2, teach us that a particular protein, called a spike protein, is important for inducing immunity against the virus,” read a statement from co-senior author Andrea Gambotto, M.D., associate professor of surgery at the Pitt School of Medicine. “We knew exactly where to fight this new virus.”[…]Researchers said they sided with using a patch, rather than a traditional needle, to deliver the spike protein to the skin, which elicits the strongest immune reaction. The patch contains 400 tiny “microneedles” made of sugar and protein pieces. It would be applied like a Band-Aid with the needles dissolving into the skin. The vaccine would be “highly scalable” for widespread use, the researchers said in a news release. Is this the gamechanger we’ve been looking for? We’ll see. As of today, over 260,000 Americans have been infected with the Wuhan coronavirus, with at least 6,600 dying from it. These numbers are bound to go up, as New York City and other urban areas have yet to truly contain the spread.  

John Durham investigation intensifies focus on scumbag/commie-John Brennan

by Jerry Dunleavy{ } ~ U.S. Attorney John Durham’s review of the Russia investigation is putting increased scrutiny on former CIA Director scumbag/commie-John Brennan… searching for any undue influence he may have had during 2017’s intelligence community assessment of Russian interference. Durham, selected by Attorney General William Barr last year to lead this inquiry, drove to Washington, D.C., in March to ensure the investigation stayed on track during the coronavirus outbreak. The top Connecticut federal prosecutor is looking into highly sensitive issues, including whether scumbag/commie-Brennan took politicized actions to pressure the rest of the intelligence community to match his conclusions about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s motivations, according to sources cited by the Wall Street Journal. Officials said Durham has been interviewing CIA officials this year, zeroing in on those at the National Intelligence Council, a center within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence which oversaw the collaboration between the CIA, FBI, and National Security Agency in putting together the 2017 assessment, and looking at how the work product was finalized. The 2017 assessment concluded with “high confidence” that Putin “ordered an influence campaign in 2016” and Russia worked to “undermine public faith” in U.S. democracy, “denigrate” former Secretary of State scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton and “harm her electability and potential presidency,” and “developed a clear preference” for Trump. The NSA diverged on one aspect, expressing only “moderate confidence” that Putin actively tried to help Trump win and scumbag/liar-Clinton lose. “I wouldn’t call it a discrepancy, I’d call it an honest difference of opinion between three different organizations,” former NSA chief Adm. Mike Rogers told the Senate in 2017. “It didn’t have the same level of sourcing and the same level of multiple sources.” Durham has interviewed Rogers and is also reportedly reviewing Brennan’s handling of a secret source said to be close to the Kremlin. The prosecutor wants to know what role that person’s information played in the assessment. Durham is also  scrutinizing scumbag/commie-Brennan in relation to British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s dossier. In particular, the prosecutor is looking for answers on whether it was used in the 2017 assessment, why former FBI Director scumbag-James Comey and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe insisted upon it being part of the assessment, how allegations from the dossier ended up in the assessment’s appendix, and whether scumbag/cpmmie-Brennan misled about the dossier’s use. The Wall Street Journal reported that sources said United Kingdom authorities refused Durham’s request to interview Steele. The former MI6 agent also declined Durham’s request to speak, saying he and his business had already “done our duty” by cooperating with DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s investigation into alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuses, which found glaring flaws with Steele’s dossier and the way the FBI used it to obtain warrants to wiretap Trump campaign associate Carter Page. “I stand by the integrity of our work, our sources, and what we did,” Steele told Oxford Union students last month…  

Coronavirus breakthrough as scientists discover a drug used to treat HEAD LICE can kill COVID-19 cells

by ~ An anti-parasitic head lice drug available around the world has been found to kill COVID-19 in the lab within 48 hours… A Monash University-led study has shown a single dose of the drug Ivermectin could stop the SARS-CoV-2 virus growing in cell culture. ‘We found that even a single dose could essentially remove all viral RNA effectively removed all genetic material of the virus by 48 hours and that even at 24 hours there was a really significant reduction in it,’ Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute’s Dr Kylie Wagstaff said on Friday. While it’s not known how Ivermectin works on the virus, the drug likely stops the virus dampening the host cells’ ability to clear it.The next step is for scientists to determine the correct human dosage, to make sure the level used in vitro is safe for humans. ‘In times when we’re having a global pandemic and there isn’t an approved treatment, if we had a compound that was already available around the world then that might help people sooner,’ Dr Wagstaff said. ‘Realistically it’s going to be a while before a vaccine is broadly available.’  Scientists expect it could be at least a month before human trials.  Before Ivermectin can be used to combat coronavirus, funding is needed to get it to pre-clinical testing and clinical trials. Ivermectin is an FDA-approved anti-parasitic drug also shown to be effective in vitro against viruses including HIV, dengue and influenza. The study is the joint work of Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute and the Peter Doherty Institute of Infection and Immunity.  

How a Military Buildup Helps the Recovery

Harold Hutchison  

When it comes to helping the economy recover from the damage done by fighting the Wuhan coronavirus, one of the best options for a Phase 4 stimulus would be a military buildup. While some Patriots would rightly worry about expanding government spending, this is not akin to some of the pork-laden bills of the past. Indeed, national defense is one of the few authorized expenditures listed in the Constitution.

While there is a need for major infrastructure spending, the military has also needed a boost for a long time. We’ve discussed how the force structures of the Army,  Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard need expansion. Even the new Space Force will have a lot of needs.So, given that one very important responsibility the Constitution lays out for the federal government is national defense, a military buildup after some of the strains we are seeing from fighting the Global War on Terror is arguably a necessity. But it will also help our economic recovery.First of all, a big part of this buildup is actually building things. Building the items to protect our national security — the planes, ships, tanks, and even a humble rifle — takes people in factories. This is an economic win-win. We obtain the gear needed for our national security, people secure good jobs, and when those workers are spending money, it helps the economy by making other businesses (stores, restaurants, etc.) profitable. Replacing the old carriers we foolishly scrapped is of paramount importance. Right now, when it comes to facing China, we should not be cutting Marine Corps helicopters and tanks for a fight against China; we should be building a lot more of them for the Marines.Second, a larger military will mean a lot less unemployed as well. Someone will have to man the new planes, ships, tanks, and carry the rifles. That doesn’t include all the support personnel, either. When they finish their service, they will have ample skills for the civilian world to make their way in life and to enjoy the things they value the most.Third, if you want to make China pay for its cover-up, a stronger military is one way to go. In fact, a stronger military is part of a one-two-three punch when combined with returning manufacturing to America (especially from China) and with openly pursuing closer ties with Taiwan.Fourth, a stronger military will help the recovery by providing world stability. If the United States doesn’t need to break a sweat to smack around a local tinpot who is acting like a rogue state, then others might decide to just keep their nefarious behavior within their own borders. Peace always makes creating prosperity even better.The fact is, when Phase 4 of our response to COVID-19 takes place, infrastructure is a big part of it, but the military should also get a huge helping of support. After all, when the world changes, we may not be able to predict every response accurately. But if potential adversaries know we can decisively respond, a strong military may prove to be a huge bargain, in addition to helping us recover from the present ordeal.  ~The Patriot Post  


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