Tuesday News Executive Summary

Jordan Candler  The Latest on Coronavirus

The steep rise in coronavirus deaths appeared to be leveling off Monday in hard-hit New York (AP)

Austria and Denmark are first in Europe to announce easing of lockdowns (The Washington Post)

Researchers lower fatality projections in model used by White House (The Daily Caller)Trump approves USNS Comfort to treat New York patients (UPI)

Communist sympathizers at WHO demand abortion be considered “essential” healthcare services during pandemic (The Daily Wire)

Trump nominates White House lawyer Brian Miller to serve as Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery (The Daily Caller)

Government & Politics

liar-Pelosi says next stimulus boondoggle will be $1 trillion or more (Bloomberg)

“I appreciate his calling”: Trump says he and loose lips liar-Biden had a “warm conversation” about coronavirus (Washington Examiner)

Trump asks reporter if she’s working for the Chinese government after pro-Beijing questions. Sure enough, her agency is a front for the CCP. (The Daily Caller)

Bring back Scott Walker: Wisconsin Supreme Court overturns governor’s gamesmanship, orders Tuesday elections to proceed (Politico)

scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton can’t duck out of Benghazi testimony by citing official privilege, State Department says (PJ Media)

National Security

“He made a mistake”: Trump urges Navy not to “destroy” captain who wrote coronavirus letter (Washington Examiner)

Trump administration first in history to label a white supremacist group terrorists (The Daily Wire)

Economy & Heartland

Rise in searches for “How to set fire” a sign insurance fraud beckons as economy crashes (Washington Examiner)

Auto insurers rightfully refunding millions due to stay-at-home policies (Fox News)Erick Erickson celebrates act of charity. Leftist malcontents accuse him of erecting “burning cross.” (PJ Media)

District court upholds closing of Los Angeles-area gun shops (The Volokh Conspiracy)

Closing Arguments

Policy: How to make China pay (National Review)

Policy: How the Left is trying to blame capitalism for COVID-19 deaths (Mises Institute)

Satire: The loose lips liar-Bidens still don’t know how many grandchildren they have (The Washington Free Beacon)  

~The Patriot Post


Foreign Funding of Universities Reveals $1 Billion ‘Black Hole’

By Ryan Mauro & Alex VanNess{clarionproject.org } ~ The Clarion Project has found that U.S. universities and colleges failed to report almost $1 billion in foreign funding between 2013 and 2018, despite the Education Department’s legal requirements… About one-third came from countries known for their influence operations in America. The revelations follow a Clarion Project’s discovery that over $10 billion has flowed from foreign countries to U.S. universities and colleges from 2012 to 2018. That staggering amount did not include transactions that the schools failed to disclose or donations from U.S.-based organizations with foreign ties such as the Muslim Brotherhood-linked International Institute of Islamic Thought’s funding of academia. On February 12, the Education Department announced that it was investigating Harvard and Yale Universities for failing to disclose foreign donations. The department said that Harvard had brazenly broken the law by declining to report any of its foreign donations or contracts for four years in a row; the amount is estimated to be at least $375 million. In June 2019, it was reported that the Education Department was investigating undisclosed donations from countries including Qatar, China, Russia and Saudi Arabia. Qatari funding to Georgetown University and Texas A&M University was specifically mentioned. Institutions of higher learning are required to disclose to the Education Department any foreign donations or contracts of $250,000 or more twice per year. After the Education Department’s scrutiny became public knowledge, many schools filed additional disclosures. By reviewing the latest data and comparing it with last year’s disclosures, Clarion Project found around $997 million in discrepancies. About one-third of the discrepancies–$349,086,399—came from hostile countries. A report by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations concluded that “Foreign government spending on U.S. schools is effectively a black hole, as there is a lack of reporting detailing the various sources of foreign government funding.” According to the Department of Education, “On average, fewer than 300 of the approximately 6,000 U.S. colleges and universities report receiving foreign money each year.”…  https://clarionproject.org/exclusive-foreign-funding-billion-dollar-black-hole/?utm_source=Clarion+Project+Newsletter&utm_campaign=dfd3674915-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_04_05_03_07&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_60abb35148-dfd3674915-6442509&mc_cid=dfd3674915&mc_eid=b83b13a9b5   

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson Hospitalized After Testing Positive For Coronavirus

by PHILLIP NIETO{dailycaller.com } ~ United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson was admitted to the hospital Sunday for further testing… after having “persistent symptoms” from coronavirus that lasted over a week after being diagnosed. Johnson was hospitalized on the same day Queen Elizabeth II gave a televised speech imploring British citizens to follow social distancing procedures to combat COVID-19  outbreak. “On the advice of his doctor, the Prime Minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests,” a Downing Street spokesperson said in a statement. “This is a precautionary step, as the Prime Minister continues to have persistent symptoms of coronavirus ten days after testing positive for the virus.” “The Prime Minister thanks NHS staff for all of their incredible hard work and urges the public to continue to follow the Government’s advice to stay at home, protect the NHS and save lives.” Johnson, 55, still continues to lead the British government’s efforts to control the pandemic while showing  symptoms of the virus. The prime minister’s pregnant finance is also self-isolating in her own apartment, The Daily Mail reports. The Guardian reports, “Johnson was more seriously ill than either he or his officials were prepared to admit, and that he was being seen by doctors who were concerned about his breathing.” The United Kingdom currently has over 48,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus resulting in 4,943 deaths, according to the Washington Post.  https://dailycaller.com/2020/04/05/boris-johnson-hospitalized-positive-test-coronavirus/?utm_source=piano&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2360&pnespid=0fAwqfZEHBeNrTreMw0bzbRAQCuJvzT9_EduOv.e   

First El Al plane with coronavirus medical supplies arrives from China

by jpost.com ~ The first of 11 El Al cargo planes delivering medical supplies from China landed at Ben-Gurion Airport early Monday morning. A second flight is expected to land in Israel on Monday afternoon… while a third is currently making its way to China.  Avi Dadon, deputy general and head of the Procurement and Production Directorate in the Defense Ministry said, “I would like to thank all the partners from the Foreign Ministry, Health Ministry, the Prime Minister, Israel Chemicals and Mentfield Logistics who have worked hard to succeed in this operation. We expect another 10 such aircraft to complete the procurement we have made, to allow medical teams in Israel to do their job properly. ” El Al reported on Sunday that 11 cargo planes are planned to make their way from China to Israel, bringing medical supplies such as ventilators, 900,000 masks, half a million protective suits for medical teams and other items needed to combat the novel coronavirus   outbreak. The operation was organized by El Al, the Defense Ministry, the Foreign Office and Israel Chemicals. Defense Minister Naftali Bennett thanked the workers of his ministry as well as El Al and said that, “we sent them to the ends of the earth to get life-saving gear.” He said that his ministry is working 24 hours a day seven days a week to deal with “every mission and need.”    Foreign Minister Yisrael Katz said that he instructed workers of his ministry to use all its missions around the world “to obtain medical equipment needed to deal with the coronavirus.” Chief Executive Officer at El Al Gonen Usishkin said his company sees it as a “duty which is a privilege” to assure Israel will have ongoing air commerce with the world at this time.  https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/El-Al-to-air-lift-coronavirus-medical-supplies-from-China-623674    

China’s Fake News: Its ‘Superior System’ Defeats Coronavirus

by Gordon G. Chang{gatestoneinstitute.org } ~ China has “defeated” the coronavirus and declared “victory,” Communist Party media tells us. A funny thing happened on the way to victory, however… The virus is hitting China in a second wave. The second wave is claiming victims, including the Party’s propaganda narratives. The most dangerous of these narratives is that ruler Xi Jinping, with heaven’s mandate, has an obligation to dominate the international system. China, after reporting no new infections on March 19, said the virus had been contained. Since then, Beijing has been reporting dozens of new cases each day but has maintained that virtually all of them were “imported” — in other words, the infected were individuals arriving from other countries. Of the very few in-country transmissions, most, Beijing maintained, were transmissions from the imported cases. China’s official numbers of deaths and new infections, however, must be bogus. Chinese officials are taking actions that are, as a practical matter, inconsistent with the no-new-infection reports. For instance, on March 27 Beijing closed all theaters nationwide, after re-opening them just the previous week. In Shanghai, tourist attractions that had just resumed operations were shut again. For instance, the municipality re-closed the observation deck of the Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in China, and the nearby Oriental Pearl Tower. The Jin Mao Tower is now shuttered “to further strengthen pandemic prevention and control.” Madame Tussauds, the Shanghai Ocean Aquarium, and the Shanghai Haichang Ocean Park are now dark, along with the indoor portions of another 25 attractions… https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/15845/china-fake-news-coronavirus  

LA doctor: COVID-19 patients go from ‘very ill’ to ‘symptom-free’ in 8 to 12 hours using hydroxychloroquine and zinc  

by PHIL SHIVER{theblaze.com } ~ A doctor in Los Angeles is reporting remarkable success in treating COVID-19 patients with a combination of zinc and the Trump-touted anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine… Dr. Anthony Cardillo, an ER specialist and the CEO of  Mend Urgent Care, has been prescribing the combination of drugs to patients experiencing severe symptoms of the disease after contracting the novel coronavirus. “Every patient I’ve prescribed it to has been very, very ill and within 8 to 12 hours, they were basically symptom-free,” Cardillo said in an interview Sunday with KABC-TV. “So, clinically I am seeing a resolution. “He added that combining the drug with zinc has been the key to the success. The  hydroxychloroquine, he said, “opens the zinc channel” allowing the zinc to enter the cell, which then “blocks the replication of cellular machinery.” Cardillo was careful to note that the drug should only be prescribed for patients who are extremely sick and in urgent need so as to not blow through the limited supply of the drug, which is used to treat other illnesses, as well. “We have to be cautious and mindful that we don’t prescribe it for patients who have COVID who are well,” he said. “It should be reserved for people who are really sick, in the hospital or at home very sick, who need that medication. Otherwise we’re going to blow through our supply for patients that take it regularly for other disease processes.”…  https://www.theblaze.com/news/la-doctor-hydroxychloroquine-zinc-coronavirus?utm_source=theblaze-breaking&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=20200406Trending-LADoctorCOVID-19Treatment&utm_term=TheBlaze%20Breaking%20News    

A Solution to COVID-19 Is in Sight!

By Howard Richman & Jesse Richman{americanthinker.com } ~ A solution to the COVID-19 epidemic is in sight. It is the combo used by South Korea, where people are back at work, to successfully stem its COVID-19 outbreak… It has three parts: (1) greatly expanded testing of those who could be infected and (2) effective treatment of the virus with a hydroxychloroquine-zinc cocktail, combined with (3) the product of American ingenuity: rapid development of vaccines. While these solutions might be thwarted by bureaucracy, progress is happening rapidly, and there are reasons why our collective Groundhog Day of staying at home every day while the economy falters and body counts grow could soon be over. Testing is one key. South Korea did its testing for COVID-19 by setting up drive-through testing stations around the country. Sufficient tests are now available in the United States to make testing widespread, but it isn’t happening. During President Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force press conference on Tuesday, Vice President Mike Pence and Task Force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx discussed the problem: THE VICE PRESIDENT: On the subject of testing, we have now completed more than 1.1 million tests around the country. We’re working very closely with governors around America to — to assist them in drive-through and community testing centers[.] …Abbott Laboratories is actually going to be producing 50,000 tests a day and distributing those around America. There’s already the machines in some 18,000 different locations around the country, and they’ve told us they have several thousand on the shelf now[.] …We’re testing about 100,000 Americans a day.  That’ll continue to grow. It’ll continue to accelerate[.] …DR. BIRX: It is disappointing to me right now that we have about 500,000 capacity of Abbott tests that are not being utilized. So they are out. They’re in the states. They’re not being run and not utilized. Why aren’t the tests being utilized? The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are standing in the way. On its website, the CDC has extremely restrictive criteria regarding who should be tested. The only ones with high priority are: Hospitalized patients. Those who are in long-term care facilities with symptoms. Those who are 65 years of age or older with symptoms. Those with underlying conditions with symptoms. First responders with symptoms… https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/04/a_solution_to_covid19_is_in_sight.html  

Arresting Pastors in the Age of Coronavirus

Brian Mark Weber  

State governments are releasing  prisoners while federal judges are deeming abortion clinics an “essential service.” Residents are warned of large fines and imprisonment for leaving their homes. Meanwhile, church pastors are being arrested for holding religious services.

Amid the Wuhan coronavirus hysteria, many of our fellow citizens are today kicking their constitutional rights to the curb in deference to the Great American Lockdown.Is this what our Founding Fathers risked their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor for?Of all the state’s encroachments on our freedom, perhaps the most disturbing of all is the prohibition against religious services.Sure, we get it. The coronavirus poses a serious threat. And its chances of spreading increase when large groups gather in small places. But hundreds of people crowd into supermarkets (and liquor stores) on a daily basis. If the virus is that deadly (it isn’t unless you’re elderly or have other health issues), why not limit the number of customers or have the National Guard hand out boxes of food at the front door?Yes, food is essential. But for many of us, so is the spiritual nourishment we receive when we gather together in a house of worship. No, a webcast can’t replicate the experience. For our own good, we need that connection with one another. Even the president has warned of the toll on our nation’s mental health if these unprecedented restrictions are prolonged.In some places, bold church leaders continue to ignore lockdown orders by holding services. Some of them are being arrested. And New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is threatening to permanently shutter churches and synagogues if they don’t comply.The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh laments, “We have entered a point in our history where governors, mayors, and local county boards, can come up with any rule they like, outlaw whatever behavior they don’t like, and enforce their edicts at gun point.”Clearly, we don’t want thousands of people crammed tightly together, but many smaller churches had been enforcing social distancing, cleansing facilities, and telling the ill and the elderly to stay home. Indeed, it’s probably safer at Sunday service than at Walmart. Even so, President Trump is advising churches to temporarily stop their services or greatly restrict their capacity.Adam Carrington at the Washington Examiner shares a similar view. He asserts that governments are protecting “the health and safety of individuals” and that “government exists to address these kinds of threats.”But do such measures open the door to tyranny? Does the Constitution take a back seat during a national crisis, even when that crisis has been stoked and sensationalized by the mainstream media?Some of our state political leaders have resorted to language that is wholly un-American — language that threatens to fine or imprison those who don’t bow to the power of the state. This sets a terrible tone. We’re still free to grab a case of beer at the liquor store and buy a year’s supply of toilet paper at Walmart, but don’t dare think of toting that family Bible to Sunday services.It’s for your own good. It’s the new normal. And it’s a threat to our Liberty.  

~The Patriot Post



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