Tuesday News Executive Summary

Jordan Candler  Above the Fold

“We’ve got to get our country open”: New White House panel to explore path to reopening the economy (AP)

Ten U.S. governors on the east and west coasts banded together on Monday in two regional pacts to coordinate gradual economic reopenings as the coronavirus crisis finally appeared to be ebbing (Reuters)

Government & Politics

Trump administration to unveil $15.5 billion in first phase of farm aid (Reuters)Due to pandemic, a reluctant Supreme Court will allow live audio broadcast for first time (Los Angeles Times)

Democrat-backed candidate Jill Karofsky wins race for Wisconsin Supreme Court, which greenlighted the much-maligned April 7 primary (The Hill)

Leftmedia personified: New York Times editor admits editing article on loose lips liar-Biden sexual-assault allegation after campaign complained (The Washington Free Beacon)

Chinese aircraft carrier sails past Taiwan as U.S. Navy struggles with coronavirus and Capt. Brett Crozier’s public memo (Fox News)


Expanded early voting, voter ID repeal, and Election Day holiday: Virginia is reborn as a leftist enclave following governor’s weekend bill signing (CNSNews.com)

Michigan bans “all public and private gatherings” but still allows lottery sales (Reason)

Meanwhile, petition to recall Michigan Democrat Gov. Gretchen Whitmer passes 150,000 signatures (Bongino.com)

Christian baker Jack Phillips sued again by relentless Rainbow Mafia, this time over transgender cake (The Daily Wire)

Closing Arguments

Policy: Is higher education COVID-19’s next victim? (Issues & Insights)

Policy: More medical innovation, less regulation (City Journal)

Humor: Medical experts confirm Democrats have developed herd immunity to sexual-assault allegations (The Babylon Bee)  ~The Patriot Post


Beijing tightens grip over coronavirus research, amid US-China row on virus origin

By Nectar Gan, Caitlin Hu & Ivan Watson {cnn.com } ~ China has imposed restrictions on the publication of academic research on the origins of the novel coronavirus… according to a central government directive and online notices published by two Chinese universities, that have since been removed from the web. Under the new policy, all academic papers on Covid-19 will be subject to extra vetting before being submitted for publication. Studies on the origin of the virus will receive extra scrutiny and must be approved by central government officials, according to the now-deleted posts. A medical expert in Hong Kong who collaborated with mainland researchers to publish a clinical analysis of Covid-19 cases in an international medical journal said his work did not undergo such vetting in February. The increased scrutiny appears to be the latest effort by the Chinese government to control the narrative on the origins of the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed more than 100,000 lives and sickened 1.7 million people worldwide since it first broke out in the Chinese city of Wuhan in December.  Since late January, Chinese researchers have published a series of Covid-19 studies in influential international medical journals. Some findings about early coronavirus cases — such as when human-to-human transition first appeared — have raised questions over the official government account of the outbreak and sparked controversy on Chinese social media. And now, Chinese authorities appear to be tightening their grip on the publication of Covid-19 research. A Chinese researcher who spoke on condition of anonymity due to fear of retaliation said the move was a worrying development that would likely obstruct important scientific research. “I think it is a coordinated effort from the Chinese government to control the narrative, and paint it as if the outbreak did not originate in China,” the researcher told CNN. “And I don’t think they will really tolerate any objective study to investigate the origination of this disease.”…  https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/12/asia/china-coronavirus-research-restrictions-intl-hnk/index.html   

The Left Is an Existential Threat

By Jeffrey Folks {americanthinker.com } ~ The March 2020 issue of Fortune magazine focused on the “existential threat” to the Earth posed by global warming, despite the fact that no significant global warming seems to be taking place… With its appealing cover art — an image of the Earth tied up in a plastic trash bag — this issue is just what I’d expect from a liberal outfit. It’s typical of climate alarmists to begin by assuming their premise: warming is an existential threat  because, well, it is. And anyone who questions that premise is a criminal. Just what is meant by “existential threat” is a bit vague. commie-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez famously announced that the Earth would come to an end by 2030. No more life on the planet, no more planet. That means that the planet somehow evaporates or shatters into a billion bits that go flying around in space. Unless we give up everything to a totalitarian socialist government headed by commie-Ocasio-Cortez and the like. Is this what Fortune means by declaring that “our warming earth is an existential threat”? Fortune’s  editor-in-chief is Clifton Leaf. In addition to editorial positions at a number of other publications, Leaf has written for the New York Times and appeared on Charlie Rose, CNN, and NPR, among other places. No mention of Fox News. An untarnished résumé of a life inside the liberal bubble. It would have been more convincing if Fortune had painstakingly authenticated global warming, documenting just how much and when the Earth’s climate has warmed, if it has, and showing the source of that warming. It would also be more convincing if that analysis had stretched back over a reasonable period of geologic time — say 40,000 years — to demonstrate that current warming, if it exists, is not just a blip in Earth’s history, but a significant departure, which it is not. It was warmer than now, for example, in the Medieval Warm Period 900–1300 A.D.. As the illustrious historian Norman Cantor has shown, that period coincided with great advances in human civilization in Europe — advances made possible by increased wealth and population resulting from warmer temperatures. The Medieval Warm Period is estimated to have been one degree Celsius warmer than current temperatures, yet there was no “existential threat.” Far from it: 900 to 1300 A.D. was the period in which Europe’s monumental cathedrals were built; its population expanded rapidly; and humans settled Iceland, Greenland, and, for a short time, North America. Civilization flourished as a result of global warming. England’s 11th-century population is estimated at 2 million, growing to “5 or 6 million by the end of the 13th century.” If human beings prospered during the Medieval Warm Period, why not today?Even Fortune acknowledges that many northern regions will flourish if predictions of warming come to pass. By 2100, for instance, Canada’s GDP will increase by 246.7% and Russia’s by 419.1%, while warmer regions may suffer. North Dakota will flourish as seniors migrate from Florida in search of cooler breezes. How, exactly, do climate scientists know that Russia’s economy will expand by 419.1% by 2100 or that India’s will decline by 91.8%?  That estimate is taken from a 2017 article Hsiang et al. in Science magazine. I’m sure Hsiang et al. worked overtime to create such a precise model of the effect of climate change on economic growth. The problem is that none of those doomsday predictions has worked out in the past. In the 1970s, Paul and Anne Ehrlich published The Population Bomb, which claimed that humans were on the verge of mass starvation. According to the Ehrlichs, the Earth’s food production could support only 8 billion people, and we’re already at 7 billion. The Ehrlichs seemed repelled by the masses of people living in China and India and at the purported wastefulness of those in developed countries like the U.S. …  https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/04/the_left_is_an_existential_threat.html  

How Long has the Chinese Coronavirus Really Been in America?

By Brian C.Joondeph, MD {americanthinker.com } ~ Buried behind news headlines screaming about social distancing, ventilators, and death counts is the timeline and origins of the Chinese coronavirus in America… At the daily task force briefings, media dimwits seek only to play “gotcha” with the president, begging him to take responsibility for anything and everything and quibbling over which governor asked for how many ventilators and when. Yet they are surprisingly incurious over the origins of this virus and when it first appeared in the U.S. The basketball player and scarf lady Drs. Anthony Fauci and Deborah Birx are happy to use models to look forward, but hopefully can take a look backward, too. It’s hard to know where we are going if we don’t know where we have been. The forward models having been changing faster than spring weather. In mid-March, without social distancing and other measures, per the IHME model, the U.S. was looking at 2.2 million deaths. The IHME model reduced its death projection in early April to 100,000 to 240,000 even assuming  social distancing measures in place. At the time of this writing, the model now projects only 60,415 deaths, only 3% of original predictions. What changed? Social distancing was in already in place when the death predictions dropped by a factor of four. Not to minimize any deaths, but in perspective, this is the fatality count for a bad flu season. 61,000 died in the 2017-18 flu season. Models can also look backward, which as any gambler knows, is a much better way to win than looking forward. What do the models say about when the Wuhan virus first appeared in America? The New York Times reports, that through analyzing viral genomes, “The coronavirus began to circulate in the New York area by mid-February.” If was circulating at that time, it’s logical to assume that it first appeared weeks or months before that, perhaps in December or January. The early cases may have been attributed to the flu. Even sick flu patients can wind up in an ICU on a ventilator. In December or January, American physicians would not have known of COVID-19 and there certainly weren’t any tests for it. Our local ICUs had some nasty flu cases in December and January, many requiring extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), typically reserved for the sickest of the sick patients… https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/04/how_long_has_the_chinese_coronavirus_really_been_in_america.html  

VIDEO:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efr2TKbdznM  .

Bill Maher BLASTS China Over WuFlu…The Left Goes NUTS

by Wes Walker And Jeff Dunetz {lidblog.com } ~ This week Bill Maher beat up China for its role in creating the COVID-19 pandemic. He labeled the illness the China Virus and ignited a liberal firestorm… Bill Maher, to his credit, is an equal-opportunity offender. That’s really all you can ask for out of a comic. Sure, his predictable dunking on any sort of religious belief gets more than a little tedious. He seems to have the view that he’s Democrat first and American second. Which would explain why he was cheering the idea of a recession which wouldn’t hurt HIM any so that Trump could get turfed in November. We call him out for some of his ridiculous partisan and Anti-American rhetoric from time to time, and we come to his defense when the Left turns on him for BBQing some of their sacred cows. Altogether, he’s a talented comic, with a particularly well-honed ability to savagely ridicule. And in THIS clip, he’s calling out China for their role in sparking this health crisis in the first place… and calling out the Woke Left for caring more about calling the Wuflu a name that might ‘offend’ the Chinese than about the people actually fighting to breathe. Be warned, if profane language bothers you, you may want to think twice before pressing play…  https://lidblog.com/bill-maher-china/  VIDEO:  https://twitter.com/billmaher/status/1248814741893476352?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1248814741893476352&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Flidblog.com%2Fbill-maher-china%2F  

The ACA: Trillions? Yes. A revolution? No.

by Joseph Antos & James C. Capretta {aei.org } ~ Did the Affordable Care Act (ACA) usher in a revolution in US health care? Ten years after the law was enacted… it is fair to say that the ACA has fallen short of achieving key health reform goals. Arguably, the primary focus of the ACA was to increase the number of Americans with health insurance coverage. New subsidies for families buying health insurance on their own through the ACA’s exchanges and expanded eligibility for Medicaid brought health coverage to millions of lower-income households who otherwise would have remained uninsured. New federal rules requiring private insurers to offer coverage on the same terms to everyone guaranteed that individuals with preexisting conditions could buy insurance without benefit exclusions or higher premiums. The impact of those subsidies and regulations was dramatic. Before the ACA, the uninsured rate hovered around 15 percent of the population. By 2018, that rate dropped to 8.5 percent, resulting in 18 million more people with coverage. Efforts to achieve other policy goals were less successful. The ACA did not stem high and rapidly rising health care costs care for all Americans. Delivery system reforms advanced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center have shown disappointing results, and mechanisms intended to rein in federal costs have been dropped. Despite the promise of affordability, consumers continue to cite medical expenses as their No. one economic concern. During his 2008 presidential campaign, Barack scumbag/liar-nObama promised voters that his health care plan would cut annual premiums by $2,500. That estimate assumed that the plan would produce savings of at least $200 billion a year, or about 8 percent of national health spending projected for 2009. Savings were attributed to policies that would reduce insurers’ administrative expenses, expand use of health information technology addressed in the 2009 economic stimulus legislation rather than the ACA, and expand prevention and chronic disease management programs. National health expenditure (NHE) data show that such savings have not been realized. National health spending increased from $2.60 trillion in 2010 to $3.65 trillion in 2018. As a share of the national economy, health spending grew from 17.3 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) to 17.7 percent between 2010 and 2018. Some of that increase is due to the expansion of health care coverage, which increased access to services for newly covered families. Thus, the ACA did not reduce the level of health care spending. Did it slow spending growth? The NHE grew 5.6 percent a year between 2003 and 2010; growth slowed to 4.4 percent a year between 2010 and 2018. However, that comparison ignores the sharp decline in general price inflation following the 2007–09 “Great Recession.” Measured in inflation-adjusted dollars, health care spending grew at an average annual rate of 2.7 percent between 2003 and 2010, and 2.8 percent between 2010 and 2018…  https://www.aei.org/articles/the-aca-trillions-yes-a-revolution-no/?mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTXpObE1XWTJPRGt4TVRBdyIsInQiOiJKVDFWQ0dYRUxHTWhkTHV3alhUVDVIbmFQZnByYUtWOU9YR21hS0ZcLzVoVFwvTHo1NTNQZkxSSEFtMGJHaWh6bGVERDVKNVB0amRyODVcL2RZMlI4T045c3h3cmlHN1VjaFFodEoxOVdxcWp3T1FQck5NNHJuY3lyaXMxN3BsNlJCWiJ9  

Dems Take Relief Money for Small Businesses Hostage

Thomas Gallatin  

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday tried to add $250 billion to the $350 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), the part of the recently passed $2.2 trillion CARES Act that provides forgivable loans to small businesses. Following higher-than-expected demand, less than a week after the PPP was instituted, only $98 billion remained. McConnell sought to pass simple and clean additional funding to the program via a two page bill. “We’re not talking about making any policy changes,” McConnell explained. “We’re literally changing the number $350 [billion] to $600 [billion].”

However, McConnell’s aim of getting unanimous consent to ensure that small businesses are able to obtain needed loans for payroll was scuttled by the Democrats. The reason? They want to load up any additional PPP spending with more funding and regulations to benefit their constituencies. Democrats want at least $45 billion in additional funding specifically delineated for “small community-based lenders” like “minority depository institutions, certified development corporations, [and] micro-lenders.” They’re calling for an additional $100 billion to healthcare workers, plus another $150 billion to states and localities to backfill tax revenue. And of course they want more money for food stamps while removing any work-requirements for the next two years.As The Wall Street Journal editorial board notes, the additional demands are totally unnecessary. “PPP money is already going to banks large and small, through a network that includes any existing Small Business Administration lender and any federally insured bank or credit union,” the editors write. “The money is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis, which means farmers, women and minorities have the same opportunities as others. Any plan that seeks to allocate dollars on the basis of identity politics introduces bureaucratic interference and delay.”It’s obvious that congressional Democrats, led by Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck scumbag-Schumer, have little interest in helping small businesses stay afloat during this China Virus-induced economic crisis. Instead, their focus is upon taking advantage of the crisis to further their own big-government political agenda. liar-Pelosi and scumbag-Schumer would rather hold the country hostage to their special-interest demands than do what’s best for the country. Of course, with the help of the Leftmedia providing them cover — as epitomized by CNN blatantly changing its initial headline from “Democrats block a GOP-led funding boost for small business aid program” to “Senate at stalemate over more COVID-19 aid” — Democrats believe they can get away with it.Meanwhile, liar-Pelosi spun the Republicans’ rationale for seeking an additional $250 billion in PPP aid as merely a political “stunt.” She then erroneously asserted that there was no data to support the request for “a quarter of a trillion dollars in 48 hours.” Now she’s concerned with debt? Consolidating government power is more important to liar-Pelosi and company than is the urgency of working to save America’s small businesses.  ~The Patriot Post



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