Tuesday News Executive Summary

Jordan Candler  The Latest on Coronavirus

Deaths in the U.S. top 3,000, as New York remains country’s epicenter (Fox News)

“A milestone in our war against the coronavirus”: Trump shows off new rapid test kit in Rose Garden, as HHS says one million Americans tested (Fox News)

Rep. Nydia Velázquez says she has COVID-19, making her the fifth member of Congress to contract it (The Daily Caller)

Johnson & Johnson says human testing of its vaccine to begin by September (CNBC)

Virginia and Maryland governors order residents to stay home — Virginia until June 10, Maryland until state of emergency is over (National Review)

Arizona governor issues statewide stay-at-home order (KTAR)

Tennessee governor orders nonessential businesses to close (The Chattanoogan)

Tampa megachurch pastor arrested after leading packed services (FOX 13 News)

DC mayor threatens jail time for leaving home during coronavirus (New York Post)

1918 or 2020? This public health order from the flu pandemic sounds a lot like today (Lexington Herald Leader)

Government & Politics

“The rule will benefit our economy, will improve the U.S. fleet’s fuel economy, will make vehicles more affordable, and will save lives”: Trump expected to ease scumbag/liar-nObama-era vehicle mileage standards (Fox News)

Mark Meadows resigns from Congress to become Trump’s chief of staff (NBC News)

Democrats eye major infrastructure component in next pork-filled stimulus package (The Hill)

commie-Sanders, cpommie-AOC, worthless-Omar letter asking the secretary of state to drop Iran sanctions amid coronavirus mysteriously disappears after Pompeo reveals the mullahs’ sinister plot to siphon cash (PJ Media)

Around the Nation

Baltimore’s population drops to levels not seen since The Great Depression, implicating the city’s federal funds (Hot Air)Judge deals blow to Texas governor’s decree that abortion is “nonessential” (The Daily Wire)

Closing Arguments

Policy: Oil-market central planning: Not just for socialists anymore (National Review)

Policy: What’s in the $2.2 trillion stimulus for defense? (RealClearDefense)

Humor: Chick-fil-A temporarily changes slogan to “Eat Fewer Bats” (The Babylon Bee)  ~The Patriot Post


De Blasio Will ‘Permanently’ Close NYC Churches If They Don’t Comply With Social Distancing

By John Salvatore{flagandcross.com } ~ Failed 2020 presidential candidate Bill de Blasio made a big threat toward organized religion, on Sunday afternoon… Considering NYC is the epicenter of coronavirus in America, some people will certainly feel that this decision is just. Some won’t. Some people are right. Some are wrong. And that’s what makes the United States great. New York City Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio threatened late last week to permanently close places of worship if they broke social distancing efforts aimed at reducing the outbreak of COVID-19 in the hardest hit city in America. It doesn’t matter who did it or what was done. What matters is that President Trump is always to blame for everything – past, present, and future. That’s the way the liberal mind works.  Bill showed up on Fox News for some reason one day to slam Trump and others in Washington for a mass stabbing at a synagogue in New York. https://flagandcross.com/de-blasio-will-permanently-close-nyc-churches-if-they-dont-comply-with-social-distancing/  

‘Medicare for all’ wouldn’t have better prepared us for the coronavirus

by washingtonexaminer.com ~ The rapid spread of the coronavirus has prompted those who already have been advocating for socialized medicine to argue that the crisis somehow proves them right… “Our country is at a severe disadvantage compared to every other major country on earth because we do not guarantee healthcare to all people as a right,” Vermont Sen. commie-Bernie Sanders has claimed in response to the coronavirus outbreak. One of his surrogates, David Sirota, tweeted, “Coronavirus is a national security threat to America. The corporate-run, for-profit healthcare system is exacerbating that threat. @commie-BernieSanders’ Medicare for All plan is a weapon to combat the threat. Pass it on.” In the midst of a fast-moving virus, in which data are changing every day, and in which governments are taking different reactions in response to that data, it’s difficult to draw any concrete conclusions about whether one type of healthcare system is working better than another. But the data we do have does not support the notion that the United States would have fared better had the nation had something akin to “Medicare for all.” The vicious coronavirus has ripped through countries regardless of their healthcare systems. The virus started in China, a communist country that provides health coverage to everybody. Italy, which has been a poster child for the worst-case scenario in confronting the coronavirus, has a system that automatically covers everybody and provides urgent care for illegal immigrants. Just 1% of the spending in the Italian healthcare system comes from private health insurance. Though the U.S., as of this writing, has more cases than Italy about 133,000 to 98,000), it is 5.5 times the population of Italy. Were one to adjust the Italy total for the population of the U.S., it would have the equivalent of over a half-million cases. More importantly, nearly 11,000 Italians have died — an insane fatality rate of about 11%. That compares to 1.7% in the U.S. Spain, which is starting to rival Italy as one of the global hot spots, has a system of guaranteed universal coverage and a fatality rate of over 8%. So does the United Kingdom and France, which have case fatality rates of 6% and 7%, respectively… https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/editorials/medicare-for-all-wouldnt-have-better-prepared-us-for-the-coronavirus?utm_source=breaking_push&utm_medium=app&utm_campaign=push_notifications&utm_source=WEX_News%20Brief_03/30/2020&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=WEX_News%20Brief&rid=5261  

FBI Looking for Coronavirus Fraud: One Man Already Arrested

by theteapartydaily.com ~ There is a lot of misinformation that is floating around the news and social media that can cause people trouble if they do not know the source from where it is coming from… Law enforcement is warning people to be careful not to solicit business from people that are claiming to have a cure or some kind of drug that will heal people from the coronavirus. One example of a person selling fake cures is Jim Bakker. He has been told by law enforcement to stop trying to push his fake cures. And now it seems that a man from California has been arrested because he is telling people they need to invest in a company that he is claiming has a cure for the virus. People are desperate for hope and a cure. Keith Lawrence Middlebrook is taking advantage of people needing real help and hope. And all he is wanting is their money. He does not care about what they are going through. He wants money and then he is gone. Middlebrook is knocking on doors claiming that he has developed a “patent pending cure.” He makes it sound so official by using the word “patent” and “cure.” What he has is a bag full of lies. His lies do not stop with the cure. He is also claiming that there is a treatment he has that will prevent the coronavirus infection. People take his fake drug and then boldly head out into the public like they are immune. Law enforcement is on the lookout for people like Middlebrook. This fraud is not so bright as one of his contacts ended up being an undercover person that was posing as an investor. Middlebrook showed up with the pills thinking he was going to get some fast cash and ended up in handcuffs instead. The officers involved have once again done their job to keep people safe in the communities in which they serve…  https://theteapartydaily.com/fbi-looking-for-coronavirus-fraud-one-man-already-arrested/ 

Netanyahu goes into quarantine after aide tests positive for coronavirus

By Travis Fedschun {foxnews.com  } ~ Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is going into self-quarantine after an aide tested positive for the coronavirus… his office confirmed Monday to Fox News. The prime minister’s office said Netanyahu and his staff will go into quarantine, “until the epidemiological investigation regarding his adviser is completed.” Netanyahu’s close advisers are also isolating after his adviser for parliamentary affairs, Rivka Paluch, tested positive for COVID-19. The office told the Associated Press that Netanyahu has undergone a test and will remain in quarantine until he received results or is cleared by the health ministry and his personal doctor. Netanyahu joins other world leaders who have had close-encounters with COVID-19. Boris Johnson, the British prime minister, revealed Friday he tested positive for  coronavirus. The wife of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, said Saturday she has recovered from the virus weeks after she fell ill upon returning from a trip to London. German Chancellor  Angela Merkel tested negative for the virus last Monday but continued her self-quarantine after a doctor she recently had contact with tested positive for the virus. In Israel, daily life has largely shut down due to coronavirus with tens of thousands out of work and all but essential movement out of the home restricted. The Israeli government has enacted restrictions that prohibit people from visiting parks, pools, beaches, and museums and also mandate that they limit social interactions and work from home where possible. “Essential” businesses, including supermarkets, pharmacies, and medical facilities will remain open, and workers who have to go to their offices will be allowed to do so. As of Monday, Israel had more than 4,300 confirmed COVID-19 cases and at least 15 deaths, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. With the country’s coronavirus crisis worsening by the day, Netanyahu has called for an emergency unity government, most recently in a nationally televised speech Wednesday night. On Thursday his chief political rival, Benny Gantz, was chosen as the new speaker of parliament, an unexpected step that could pave the way to a power-sharing deal between the two men after three bitter and inconclusive elections.  https://www.foxnews.com/world/netanyahu-goes-into-quarantine-after-aide-tests-positive-for-coronavirus  

VIDEO:  https://video.foxnews.com/v/6145740946001#sp=show-clips

USNS Comfort hospital ship arrives in New York harbor amid coronavirus outbreak

By Greg Norman {foxnews.com } ~ The USNS Comfort has arrived at the front lines of the coronavirus fight in the United States. The Navy  hospital ship, which contains 1,000 beds, a dozen operating rooms, a medical laboratory, a pharmacy and more… sailed into New York City harbor on Monday after departing from Virginia over the weekend. “There she is,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said as the ship docked at Manhattan’s Pier 90. “If there is ever a time that we need to work together it is today,” he added. “The president is right – this is a war. And what does this nation do when it’s at war? It comes together and it acts as one.” The White House said the 1,200 “doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, X-ray technicians, orderlies and other medical staff” on board the vessel “will augment and support New York City’s medical community and conserve hospital capacity by treating some non-COVID-19 patients.” It’s not the first time the USNS Comfort has been in New York City. The Navy said it was deployed there a day after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and spent three weeks aiding first responders at Ground Zero. “This great ship behind me is a 70,000-ton message of hope and solidarity to the incredible people of New York, a place I know very well, a place I love,” President Trump said in Norfolk, Va., on Saturday, prior to the ship’s departure. “We’re here for you. We’re fighting for you and we’re with you all the way and we always will be.” On the West Coast, Trump has deployed the USNS Mercy hospital ship to Los Angeles, where it is now serving “as a referral hospital for non-COVID-19 patients” who are currently hospitalized on land. The sister ships were built in the 1970s and originally deployed as oil tankers before being converted to hospital ships in the 1980s and delivered to the Navy. Cuomo said Monday that moving a ship like the Comfort to New York City is a “major enterprise.” “I’ve been speaking with a number of my colleagues, governors all across the nation, Democrats and Republicans – I’ve said the same message to all of them. What you see happening in New York is not unique,” he continued. “Yes, we are more dense. Yes, we are bigger than most places, but, this virus spreads among Americans. This virus does not discriminate. It does not discriminate by age, it does not discriminate by party, it infects all Americans. And what you are seeing in New York is going to spread across this country.” “I’ve said to them all ‘prepare soon, prepare early, get your preparations in place and don’t think that any American is immune from this virus,” he added.  https://www.foxnews.com/us/usns-comfort-arrives-in-nyc  

VIDEO:  https://video.foxnews.com/v/6145751098001#sp=show-clips

Syria: ISISprisoners try to break out during coronavirus crisis

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN  {jpost.com } ~ ISIS detainees in eastern Syria attempted to break out during the coronavirus pandemic. The prisoners disabled security cameras and then rioted at Geweran Prison in Hasakah… Four escaped but were caught by the region’s security forces Monday morning, according to the North Press Agency.  Eastern Syria is controlled by the Syrian Democratic Forces, a group of Kurdish, Arab and other fighters. The SDF has been supported by the United States in the war against ISIS.  Eastern Syria and the SDF face challenges because of a variety of threats. Turkish-backed far-right militants have cut off water to more than 500,000 people in the region during the pandemic. Turkish-backed forces invaded eastern Syria last October when the US agreed to withdraw. They took over an area, persecuting Christians and murdering civilians. They have been accused of looting and kidnapping. During the pandemic, they are causing problems for the already poor and overly stretched region. In addition, the US is concerned about the Russian-backed Syrian regime’s attempts to seize oil near Deir Ezzor. On the first anniversary of the defeat of the last ISIS pocket near Baghouz, US Sen. Lindsey Graham phoned SDF General Mazloum Abdi to express concern about the Russians. In addition, the SDF has to deal with thousands of ISIS detainees and their families. These fighters are mostly foreigners, including many Europeans. But European countries have stripped them of citizenship or refuse to take them back. Those same countries have asked the SDF not to release them or hand them over to the regime or enable Iraq to prosecute them. So the SDF is saddled with the detainees. The detainees are trying to break out of their crowded prisons. Most European countries don’t pay the bill for housing the prisoners, and there isn’t enough room for them. Securing them costs money, but the countries that fueled ISIS and allowed their citizens to join don’t want to shoulder the cost…  https://www.jpost.com/Middle-East/Syria-ISIS-prisoners-try-to-break-out-during-coronavirus-crisis-622908?utm_source=ActiveCampaign&utm_medium=email&utm_content=Mossad+obtains+10+million+more+coronavirus+masks+for+Israel&utm_campaign=March+30+Day  

Dealing With the Next Outbreak

Harold Hutchison  

One thing to keep in mind about the Wuhan coronavirus is that it won’t be our last pandemic. We don’t know when or how or what, but the next pandemic is most assuredly out there.

Of course, we’ve also learned a lot from this pandemic. First of all, Americans can be very creative. We’ve seen techniques developed to make the most out of respirators. We’ve learned that anesthesia machines can be converted into respirators. And many of our companies have re-tooled to provide the specific equipment needed to fight the pandemic.Another vital lesson is that much of this innovation has taken off due to the Trump administration having waived certain burdensome regulations and thereby allowed businesses — large and small — to turn shortages into surplus.Clearly, some of this deregulation should be left in place. But change is needed at the agency responsible for dealing with this outbreak in the first place: The Centers for Disease Control.Going forward, the CDC should be focused on dealing with infectious diseases and keeping outbreaks from becoming epidemics or pandemics. This means getting out of the gun-control business and any other distractions, and focusing on three tasks: first, making its research into infectious diseases publicly available; second, gathering intelligence on potential outbreaks to make sure we don’t see another China-like cover-up; and third, serving as a clearinghouse for information should a disease reach the United States.But at least two other agencies must also change. One is the Food and Drug Administration, which must shorten the time-to-market for treatments and vaccines while ensuring that drugs we know to be safe — drugs currently in use — are readily deployable against new diseases. This means shaking up the way the FDA does business, but this is clearly an agency that needs to be leaning forward and streamlining its processes.The other agency in need of reform is the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, which should be expanded in two ways. The first is to create a larger active-duty component. How? By creating a version of ROTC for doctors and other medical specialties that funds medical school in exchange for a commitment of either 10 years of active service or 20 years in the Ready Reserve Corps. The second is to bring back the Inactive Reserve Corps to join the Ready Reserve Corps.To encourage medical professionals to join the Corps, the government might fund part of either medical-school loans or malpractice insurance in addition to providing pay similar to that of a member of the National Guard. This costs money, of course, but look at the price we’re paying for COVID-19 right now.Finally, we can no longer let the clearly compromised World Health Organization continue to operate as it has. If the United Nations is unable or unwilling to reform this body, then the U.S. must establish a new organization — one that will, by necessity, comprise a “coalition of the willing.”Again, the next pandemic is out there. And when it hits, our nation’s readiness — as good as it already was — can and must be much improved.  ~The Patriot Post



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