Thursday News Executive Summary

Jordan Candler  Above the Fold

Weekly jobless claims hit 4.4 million, bringing five-week total to more than 26 million (CNBC)

Consequently, the U.S. economy has now erased all job gains since the Great Recession (CNBC)

The Latest on Coronavirus

For the record: Five problems with the study that claims “more deaths” from treating coronavirus with hydroxychloroquine (PJ Media)

Vaccine expert says he was cut for criticizing hydroxychloroquine, but there’s more to the story — including the doctor having previously lauded its acquisition (The Daily Wire)

Meanwhile, said doctor hires infamous Blasey Ford lawyers (Washington Examiner)

Government & Politics

Mitch McConnell says he favors allowing states to declare bankruptcy in lieu of bailouts (Bloomberg)

Trump now says he “totally disagrees” with Georgia Gov. Kemp’s decision to reopen businesses in the middle of coronavirus pandemic (CNBC)

commie-AOC suggests low-income workers should boycott after coronavirus shutdown ends (New York Post)

Tone-deaf elite colleges back away from million-dollar bailouts amid criticism of billion-dollar endowments (Politico)

Heartland

Louisville drive-in church lawsuit settled, which emphasizes “reasonable steps” for safety (The Volokh Conspiracy)

Texas judge’s 30-day coronavirus mask order blasted as “ultimate government overreach” (Fox News)

Hate-hoaxer Jussie Smollett’s malicious prosecution lawsuit dismissed by judge (Fox News)

Other Notables

New $310 billion in aid for small businesses is likely already used up, likely stymying new applicants (CNBC)

Iran Guard reveals secret space program in satellite launch, which Gary Bauer says “is a disturbing development because the technology used to launch satellites into space is very similar to the technology used to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles” (ABC News)

Osama bin Laden wanted to kill scumbag/liar-nObama so “totally unprepared” loose lips liar-Biden would be president, declassified docs show (Fox News)  ~The Patriot Post

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Trump says he’s instructed Navy to ‘destroy’ any Iranian gunboats harassing US ships

By Brooke Singman{foxnews.com } ~ President Trump said Wednesday that he’s instructed the U.S. Navy to “shoot down and destroy” any Iranian gunboats harassing American ships… in the wake of a tense encounter in the Persian Gulf. “I have instructed the United States Navy to shoot down and destroy any and all Iranian gunboats if they harass our ships at sea,” Trump tweeted. The encounter happened last week. Six U.S. Navy warships were conducting drills with US Army  Apache attack helicopters in international waters off Iran  last Wednesday when they were repeatedly harassed by 11 Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Navy vessels, the U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet reported. The Iranian ships repeatedly crossed in front and behind the U.S. vessels at extremely close range and high speeds, including multiple crossings of one ship, the Puller, with a 50-yard closest point of approach and within 10 yards of another ship, the Maui’s, bow, a 5th Fleet statement said. The Navy also reported that the USS Paul Hamilton, USS Firebolt, USS Sirocco and USCGC Wrangell, as well as the Puller and Maui, were involved in the exercises. The U.S. crews responded by issuing multiple warnings via radio—including five short blasts from the ships’ horns and long-grange acoustic noise maker devices, but received no response from the IRGCN, the Navy’s 5th Fleet said in a statement. After approximately an hour, the Iranian vessels responded to the radio queries, before maneuvering away from the U.S. ships and increasing the distance between them, according to the Navy. The Navy said that the Iranian’s dangerous and provocative actions “increased the risk of miscalculation and collision” and were in violation of international maritime “rules of the road.” The Navy also said they were not in accordance with international law to act safely with other vessels in the area. The incident last week came one day after Iranian gunmen stormed a Hong Kong-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz before quickly leaving when they learned the vessel was from China. The U.S. Navy, Coast Guard, Marines and Army have been conducting joint interoperability operations in the Gulf since March. The president’s directive also comes several months after hostilities between the U.S. and Iran which included an attack at the U.S. Embassy compound in Iraq that U.S. officials blamed on Iran. In response, the U.S. carried out a strike that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Also, earlier this month, the president sent a stark warning to Iran, after claiming that Iran was planning a “sneak attack” on U.S. troops in Iraq. “Upon information and belief, Iran or its proxies are planning a sneak attack on U.S. troops and/or assets in Iraq. If this happens, Iran will pay a very heavy price, indeed!” Trump tweeted. Sources told Fox News earlier this month that the U.S. believes Iranian-backed proxies were planning the sneak attack, and that Trump’s tweet was a warning to the Iranian leadership to tell their proxies to back down or face consequences.   https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-says-hes-instructed-navy-to-destroy-any-iranian-gunboats-harassing-us-ships  

VIDEO:  https://video.foxnews.com/v/6146536875001#sp=show-clips

Fox legal analyst: Attorney general ‘tipped his hand’ on potential John Durham indictments

by Daniel Chaitin{washingtonexaminer.com } ~ Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett said Attorney General William Barr “tipped his hand” in relation to the Justice Department review of the Russia investigation… After Fox News host Sean Hannity asked how there have not been any indictments yet, Jarrett said Barr’s interview last week provided insight into what charges U.S. Attorney John Durham could bring against current or former federal law enforcement and intelligence officials in his criminal investigation. “Barr said this is more than mistakes and sloppiness. This was sabotage against the president,” Jarrett said on Monday. “I don’t think he would have said that unless he was briefed about the evidence gathered by John Durham, so potentially, you’re looking at abuse of power, deprivation of rights under color of law, fraud, perjury, and false statements,” he added. During an interview with Fox News host Laura Ingraham, Barr argued that President Trump had “every right” to be upset with the FBI counterintelligence investigation, which was later wrapped into Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation. Claiming that “what happened to Trump was one of the greatest travesties in American history,” Barr said, “Without any basis, they started this investigation of his campaign, and even more concerning, actually, is what happened after the campaign, a whole pattern of events while he was president to sabotage the presidency … or at least have the effect of sabotaging the presidency.” “My own view is that the evidence shows that we’re not dealing with just mistakes or sloppiness,” the attorney general said. “There is something far more troubling here, and we’re going to get to the bottom of it. And if people broke the law, and we can establish that with the evidence, they will be prosecuted.” Barr broke with DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz, who said in a report released late last year that his own investigation found the FBI properly opened its counterintelligence investigation, known as Crossfire Hurricane, into potential ties between the Kremlin and Trump campaign in the summer of 2016. Dubbed a “witch hunt” by Trump and his allies, Mueller’s team did not find a criminal conspiracy between the Trump team and Russia but did lay out possible instances of obstruction of justice that were seized on by Democrats last spring. Democrats have also criticized what is now Durham’s criminal investigation as a politically motivated scheme to undermine the work of Mueller and attack Trump’s perceived enemies. Sources in a Wall Street Journal report earlier this month said Durham is increasingly focused on former CIA Director scumbag/commie-John Brennan and drove to Washington to make sure the investigation stayed on track during the coronavirus outbreak.   https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/fox-legal-analyst-attorney-general-tipped-his-hand-on-potential-john-durham-indictments 

Trump Campaign Highlights Speaker liar-Pelosi Elitism -vs- Average American Worker

by sundance{theconservativetreehouse.com } ~ A highly effective ad noting how Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi chose to hold-up $250 billion in funds for the American worker Paycheck Protection Program (small business) while sitting in her multi-million home bragging about her supply of gourmet ice-cream.https://theconservativetreehouse.com/2020/04/21/trump-campaign-highlights-speaker-pelosi-elitism-vs-average-american-worker/  

VIDEO:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7DKYML2MRs&feature=emb_title

Bipartisan deal reached on small business coronavirus relief

By BURGESS EVERETT & HEATHER CAYGLE {politico.com } ~ Congress and the Trump administration have reached a deal on a new round of coronavirus aid that could be approved by the Senate on Tuesday afternoon if all 100 senators agree… Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) announced the accord just an hour before the Senate will try and pass the agreement and rapped Democrats for blocking a previous proposal to give money to small businesses. “I am just sorry that it took my colleagues in Democratic leadership 12 days to accept the inevitable,” McConnell said. “The American people are counting on Congress to put aside reflexive partisanship and work across the aisle to help our nation through this pandemic.” The legislation totals $484 billion and delivers funding to small businesses, hospitals, and for testing. The Senate is scheduled to come in for a 4 p.m. session on Tuesday. Leaders are seeking to have the legislation approved unanimously. “We have a deal, and I believe we will pass it today,” scumbag-Schumer said on CNN. Despite optimism over the weekend, Democrats and the Trump administration struggled to clinch the agreement and failed to deliver it during Monday’s Senate session. “I think it will happen at 4 o’clock today,” Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) agreed on C-SPAN. “I think it will go a long way for small businesses.” Aides in both parties said they were still finalizing the legislation throughout the day and making sure it could pass unanimously. President Donald Trump also signaled he’d sign the legislation into law, tweeting Tuesday that he’s urging lawmaker to pass the bill “with additional funding for PPP, Hospitals, and Testing.” According to a summary of the deal obtained by POLITICO, the legislation includes $321 billion for the depleted Paycheck Protection Program, of which $60 billion is set aside for underbanked businesses, a priority for Democrats. The deal also includes $60 billion in loans and grants for economic disaster assistance, $75 billion for hospitals and $25 billion for coronavirus testing. Of that testing money, $11 billion will go to states and some will also go to the federal government…  https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/21/senate-coronavirus-relief-package-197983  

California State Election Official Confirms Double-Voting by Mail in Super Tuesday Primary

by JOHN BINDER{breitbart.com } ~ California Secretary of State Alex Padilla has confirmed that double-voting by mail took place in the March 3, 2020, Super Tuesday primary… Breitbart News has exclusively learned. Days before Super Tuesday, citizen watchdog group Election Integrity Project California sent a letter to Padilla requesting his office look into possible double voting in the 2020 primary election. More than a month later, in a letter dated April 7, 2020, Padilla confirmed double-voting in one case and suspected double-voting by a number of other registered voters on Super Tuesday, according to the letter obtained by Breitbart News. Padilla confirmed in at least one case that two ballots from one voter were “opened and counted on election night.” Twelve of the 15 total registered voters identified with “duplicate voting history” are “suspected to have cast two ballots for the March primary election,” Padilla wrote in the letter. In the remaining two cases, Padilla said county election officials “caught the duplicate voter records prior to election day and only one vote was tallied.” Padilla said the findings have been “forwarded to investigators to follow-up as necessary with the voters.” “Election Integrity Project California has an incredible accomplishment here. Moving the California Secretary of State to share evidence of apparent double voting among duplicated registrants is a testament to their research methodology and judgment,” Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) President J. Christian Adams told Breitbart News. “Duplicate registration and voting is a growing problem nationally that is being confronted like seen here, New Mexico, Michigan, and Pennsylvania,” Adams said…  https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/04/15/exclusive-california-state-election-official-confirms-double-voting-by-mail-in-super-tuesday-primary/?utm_source=deployer&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=newslink&utm_term=members&utm_content=20200421132950  

loose lips liar-Biden: I’d pick Michelle scumbag/liar-nObama as running mate ‘in a heartbeat’

By Joe Kovacs{wnd.com } ~ The mystery of the Democratic Party’s ticket in this year’s presidential election may be getting clearer… as presumptive nominee loose lips liar-Joe Biden said he’d undoubtedly select Michelle scumbag/liar-nObama as his running mate.  “I’d take her in a heartbeat,” loose lips liar-Biden told CBS affiliate KDKA in Pittsburgh on Monday. “She’s brilliant. She knows the way around. She is a really fine woman. The scumbag/liar-nObamas are great friends.” But there may be a problem. “I don’t think she has any desire to live near the White House again,” loose lips liar-Biden noted. “In terms of who to pick, we’re just beginning the process,” he added. “We’ll shortly name the committee to review this and begin to look through the backgrounds of the various potential nominees. And that’s just getting underway.” loose lips liar-Biden also repeated his pledge to choose a woman for the No. 2 spot on the ticket. “I’ll commit to that it will be a woman because it is very important that my administration look like the public, look like the nation,” he said. “And there will be, committed that there will be a woman of color on the Supreme Court, that doesn’t mean there won’t be a vice president, as well.” “I think it’s really important now that we establish once and for all, we should have had a woman president already, in scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton, in my view,” loose lips liar-Biden added. “There are a number of qualified women out there.” Just this week, a report by Michael Walsh in the New York Post outlined the possibility of Michelle scumbag/liar-nObama not only becoming loose lips liar-Biden’s running mate, but she would immediately become president the day after he was inaugurated, with the possibility of serving more than two terms in office…  https://www.wnd.com/2020/04/biden-pick-michelle-obama-running-mate-heartbeat/?utm_source=Email&utm_medium=wnd-breaking&utm_campaign=breaking&utm_content=breaking  

Dems Turning a Blind Eye to loose lips liar-Biden’s Sexual Assault Allegations

 Adriana Cohen

Establishment media and the Democratic Party’s conspicuous lack of interest in sexual harassment and assault allegations made by a former Senate staffer against loose lips liar-Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, speak volumes.

It tells us how dangerously politicized sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement has become.

We’re seeing this unfold before our eyes as U.S. senators such as Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., lowlife-Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Amy Klobuchar, D-Mo., and many other members of the Democratic Party have endorsed loose lips liar-Joe Biden for president while ignoring the serious sexual assault allegations and criminal complaint filed last week by Tara Reade. Reade alleges that while a Senate aide in 1993, her then-boss, Senator loose lips liar-Biden, sexually harassed and assaulted her, something loose lips liar-Biden’s campaign has denied.

Now, if you’ll recall back in 2018, Democrats insisted we “believe all women” during Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court justice confirmation hearings. Despite the four-decade-old unsubstantiated allegations that were lobbed against Kavanaugh by Christine Blasey Ford and others — later debunked or disproven by an FBI investigation — the Democratic media machine relentlessly smeared Kavanaugh, raking him over the coals throughout the kangaroo court hearings broadcast into America’s living rooms.

In lockstep, the entire Democratic establishment — and complicit left-wing media — believed his questionable accusers from the get-go and vociferously defended them, no vetting of the allegations required. Kavanaugh, a widely respected judge who earned a sterling reputation as an upstanding public servant spanning decades, was guilty until proven innocent.

Due process be damned.

When asked at the time about the uncorroborated allegations Ford made against Trump’s conservative Supreme Court pick, loose lips liar-Biden told reporters, “Oh, I thought she was telling the truth at the beginning.” He added, “For a woman to come forward in the glaring lights of focus, nationally, you’ve got to start off with the presumption that at least the essence of what she’s talking about is real, whether or not she forgets facts, whether or not it’s been made worse or better over time.”

Now contrast that with the sexual harassment and assault allegations being made against Biden today by Reade. dinky/liar-Warren, lowlife-Harris and Klobuchar aren’t running to Reade’s defense, nor are any of these phony liberal “feminists” calling for an investigation. Not a chance, given they’re all vying to be loose lips liar-Biden’s pick for vice president.

Is House Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi, Senator Dianne Fein-stein, D-Calif., or other high-ranking members of the Democratic Party calling for an investigation or rushing to Reade’s defense? Far from it.

To say there’s a double standard is an understatement that should alarm every fair-minded American.

What we’re witnessing is if any woman comes forth with sexual misconduct allegations against President Trump or anyone associated with him or the Republican Party, then Democrats and unethical media are quick to pounce and exploit the situation for political gain.

You can bet the farm they’ll run defense for the accusers regardless of how outrageous, farcical or flimsy the allegations may be. But when there’s a high-powered Democrat involved, like loose lips liar-Biden, who’s their only hope to remove the president from power — something they’ve been desperately trying to do since his inauguration — they’ll turn a blind eye.

Yet, by doing so, they’ve lost the moral authority to lecture the nation on important women’s issues surrounding sexual harassment. Reade is an alleged victim, yet, thanks to unscrupulous politicians and dishonest media, she is being left out in the cold.

This is something voters ought to consider when casting ballots in November.   ~The Patriot Post

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