Tuesday News Executive Summary

Jordan Candler  Above the Fold

Attorney General William Barr is “directing each of our United States Attorneys to also be on the lookout for state and local directives that could be violating the constitutional rights and civil liberties of individual citizens.” Speaking of overstepping, a judge decreed yesterday that Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s lockdown “exceeds his emergency authority and violates individual civil rights,” according to the AP.

Tyson Foods chairman John Tyson ominously laid bare this weekend, “The food supply chain is breaking.” He elaborated, “There will be limited supply of our products available in grocery stores until we are able to reopen our facilities that are currently closed.” The shuttering of processing facilities represents a critical crack in the food-supply pipeline. Supply chains are complex, and any disruption can lead to a bottleneck that must be alleviated.

Yesterday, the director of the World Health Organization pontificated, “The world should have listened to the WHO carefully.” Recall that in mid-January, the ChiCom-supporting WHO erroneously claimed, “Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission” of COVID-19. Moreover, it wasn’t until two months later that WHO finally declared a pandemic.

Government & Economy

According to The Hill, “Congress must keep its promise to give insurers billions of dollars in unpaid scumbag/liar-nObamaCare funds, the Supreme Court ruled Monday.” Justice Samuel Alito, the lone dissenter, “said the Court provided a ‘massive bailout’ for insurance companies.”

Chapter 11 bankruptcy has been declared by Diamond Offshore Drilling, “becoming the second major victim of the oil market crash so far, after Whiting Petroleum filed earlier this month,”  OilPrice.com reports. Expect a slew of additional bankruptcies in the ensuing weeks and months. However, that’s not a reason for politicians to muddy the waters.

Trump lays out new coronavirus testing “blueprint” as states weigh reopening (NBC News)

Second Amendment

Supreme Court dismisses New York gun-rights case on technical grounds (the restrictions had already been abandoned) (The Washington Free Beacon)

U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez tosses California’s “onerous and convoluted” ammunition purchase law (AP)

24th Judicial Circuit Judge Judge F. Patrick Yeatts says Gov. Ralph Northam’s gun-range shutdown violates state law (The Washington Free Beacon)

Other Notables

Two more people come forward to corroborate account of loose lips liar-Joe Biden accuser (Bongino.com)

Michael Flynn files court documents with evidence he was “deliberately set up” by the FBI (The Daily Wire)

Senate will return on May 4 to start Phase 5 coronavirus relief bill (The Hill)

New York cancels Democrat presidential primary, angering commie-Bernie Bros (The New York Times)

Closing Arguments

Policy: Why can’t America build things anymore? (The Week)

Policy: Ending the lockdowns isn’t about saving money. It’s about saving lives. (Mises Institute)

Humor: Inspiring: Celebrities spell out “We’re all in this together” with their yachts (The Babylon Bee)  ~The Patriot Post


Trump Ends Daily Coronavirus Briefings After Media Clashes: ‘Not Worth The Time And Effort’

By  Emily Zanotti  {dailywire.com } ~ President Donald Trump announced Saturday that he would be canceling — or, at least, limiting — his daily coronavirus briefings after a week of brutal clashes with mainstream reporters… a dustup with CNN, and an incident that saw members of the media wrongly portray a question, asked by Trump himself, as a suggestion that Americans should inject themselves with bleach or other disinfectants.  In a tweet Saturday night, Trump lashed out at members of the media who, he claims, have rendered the daily briefings pointless with their confrontational attitudes. “What is the purpose of having White House News Conferences when the Lamestream Media asks nothing but hostile questions, & then refuses to report the truth or facts accurately,” Trump complained on Twitter. “They get record ratings, & the American people get nothing but Fake News. Not worth the time & effort!” Friday was Trump’s shortest presser of the coronavirus pandemic — a mere 25-minute briefing with no question and answer period. The president clearly cut the briefing short after finding himself under a deluge of criticism for allegedly suggesting that Americans inject themselves with bleach or other chemical disinfectants to fight the virus — a “suggestion” that was either a question about complex UV and disinfectant treatments on which the president had been counseled, or a “sarcastic” remark to a reporter, as the president later claimed. Either way, the suggestion, which went viral, caused a media frenzy, with outlets reporting on an increase of calls to poison control which was, apparently, unrelated, and part of a long-term trend completely unrelated to the president and issuing dire warnings against drinking Clorox.The incident clearly troubled Trump, who called time on the press conferences after, Axios says, consulting with “three or four” White House officials who pressed Trump to either shorten or end the briefings altogether. “They’ve told him he’s overexposed and these appearances are part of the reason polls aren’t looking good for him right now against loose lips liar-Joe Biden,” the outlet reported Saturday. “Another source close to the deliberations said there simply isn’t enough new material to justify Trump appearing before the press every day.”…  https://www.dailywire.com/news/trump-ends-daily-coronavirus-briefings-after-media-clashes-not-worth-the-time-and-effort?utm_content=non_insiders&utm_campaign=dw_newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_source=housefile&_hsenc=p2ANqtz–BUy1ebRJC-49qJ6jfJiyXRtg5rfbhi3crWQGy1lyIYlIiIEYlIZl0s0alEt3RnTohQC7zW2c45CZD6D-70RGrdUkw_g&_hsmi=87001452   

Suffocating Progress

by James R. Copland{city-journal.org } ~ Millions of Americans own an Apple Watch, which commands roughly a 50 percent share of the smartwatch market. Among its many features, the Apple Watch can take your pulse… It also contains hardware to measure your blood-oxygen levels, and it has been doing so since the watch was released—but the hardware is not operable by the watch’s wearer, who thus cannot obtain the results. Under current FDA regulation, the function is disabled. It’s another example of how federal regulation of the production and distribution of pharmaceuticals and medical devices in the United States is less focused on stopping viruses and other diseases than on blocking private-sector innovators from developing solutions that may not work or might have harmful side effects. This matters in the Covid pandemic. On April 20, emergency-room doctor Richard Levitan described in the New York Times what he’d observed treating patients in Bellevue Hospital in New York. Levitan had seen many cases of “silent hypoxia,” unknown oxygen deprivation in which “patients without respiratory complaints had Covid pneumonia”—even those admitted to the hospital for non-Covid-related health concerns. By the time most patients made it to the hospital, they had “remarkably low oxygen saturations.” Levitan’s recommendation: “Widespread pulse oximetry screening as an early warning system.” Pulse oximetry refers to the measuring of blood oxygenation noninvasively, by firing wavelengths of light—red and infrared—through the skin. Variations in absorption between the different wavelengths by arterial blood allow us to read oxygen saturation. That sounds high-tech, but it’s an old technology, first developed for earlobes in the 1930s; fingertip pulse oximeters were developed in Japan in the 1970s. The plethysmograph in the Apple Watch that measures pulse works essentially the same way. Yet the Apple Watch currently on the market cannot make this feature available to the consumer. Relatively inexpensive pulse oximeters remain widely available—usually. Like other items, from toilet paper to surgical masks, they’re unlikely to be widely available in a pandemic, when everyone wants a device and public demand outpaces manufacturing and distribution capability. Delivery dates on Amazon are already backed up for weeks…  https://www.city-journal.org/fda-blocks-apple-watch-blood-oxygen-feature?utm_source=City+Journal+Update&utm_campaign=af4bed08c1-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2020_04_27_02_47&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_6c08930f2b-af4bed08c1-109328273  

China Is Working Overtime to Suppress Research About Coronavirus Origin

by Jarrett Stepman{dailysignal.com } ~ The lesson of history for tyrannical regimes is that the truth is dangerous. Clearly, the Chinese Communist Party knows this full well, which is why it’s working overtime to bury the truth as the world is mired in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic… China has worked aggressively to suppress critical media and waged a widespread disinformation campaign to redirect blame for the coronavirus outbreak. But its efforts to slow down knowledge about the Chinese government’s complicity in fueling the pandemic doesn’t stop just with the media. Beijing has also acted to shut down research in the country that portrays the government’s actions in a negative light. Fox News reported that the websites of two Chinese universities, Fudan University and the China University of Geosciences, published—then deleted—research about the origination of the COVID-19 virus. Importantly, the pages published and retracted by the universities had references to a new Chinese government policy that included extra government vetting of research on the coronavirus. The directive issued by the Chinese Ministry of Education’s science and technology department instructed that any research dealing with the origin of the virus must be “tightly managed.” “The directive lays out layers of approval for these papers, starting with the academic committees at universities,” CNN reported. “They are then required to be sent to the Education Ministry’s science and technology department, which then forwards the papers to a task force under the State Council for vetting. Only after the universities hear back from the task force can the papers be submitted to journals.”…  https://www.dailysignal.com/2020/04/26/china-is-working-overtime-to-suppress-research-about-coronavirus-origin/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=china-is-working-overtime-to-suppress-research-about-coronavirus-origin?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MorningBell&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWVdGaVlqWXlZVFF5TlRWaSIsInQiOiJmNm1DNlk2WmM4ZTJETk82cUJOeHBuelNSeFwveWR6MW52K1hLbEVLRkpXSWtoU3dJVitYZVRMamQ1MDZCa1lSSmF0MzQ5NW81WVBaTFdYN3B1b3U1RWlXVmsrU2FTZjY0bGtaSUN4YkNqenY2eXJXTlZFb29RMitaZk5SRU9cLzJwIn0%3D  

scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff blocking release of key Russia investigation witness transcripts, officials say

by Jerry Dunleavy{washingtonexaminer.com } ~ The House Intelligence Committee voted unanimously in the fall of 2018 to release dozens of witness interview transcripts from its investigation into Russian interference… but the transcripts have not been made public. The declassification process by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence was expected to take just a few weeks or months, but nearly two years later, some administration officials, as well as ranking Republican member Devin Nunes, are blaming Chairman scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff for the delay. “scumbag/liar-Adam Schiff is thwarting the will of the House Intelligence Committee as expressed in the bipartisan vote in September 2018 to make these transcripts public,” one senior intelligence official told the Washington Examiner. “He has appointed himself arbiter of what the public should see and has refused to allow the White House to review its own equities, making declassification of 10 of the transcripts impossible. It’s difficult to imagine any motive other than scumbag/liar-Schiff is still trying to control the narrative on Russia collusion.” Forty-three of the 53 transcripts have gone through the declassification process and were returned to scumbag/liar-Schiff over half a year ago, but he has not released them, despite promising last fall to make them public quickly.  Just The News reported on aspects of this controversy earlier this week. A sticking point with the remaining 10 transcripts is the desire by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to allow the White House to review them as part of the declassification process. In March 2019, under then-Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, ODNI staffers briefed the House Intelligence Committee that some of the interviews implicated “White House equities” and that the top spy office “looked for mention of interactions or communications with current or former White House and National Security Council officials either during transition or after descriptions of policies or direction established within the White House and NSC” as part of the declassification process, according to a letter scumbag/liar-Schiff sent to the ODNI obtained by the Washington Examiner. The ODNI said some of the witness testimony “could be privileged” and that a determination like that “can only be made by” the White House. scumbag/liar-Schiff rejected the request from Coats a week later. “Under no circumstances shall ODNI, or any other element of the Intelligence Community, share any HPSCI transcripts with the White House, President Trump, or any persons associated with the White House or the President,” scumbag/liar-Schiff wrote. “Such transcripts remain the sole property of HPSCI, and were transmitted to ODNI for the limited purpose of enabling a classification review by IC elements and the Department of Justice.”…  https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/exclusive-adam-schiff-blocking-release-of-key-russia-investigation-witness-transcripts-officials-say   

ICE “Most Wanted” Fugitive Captured In California

By DINO PORRAZZO{rightwingtribune.com } ~ U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Special Response Team (SRT) arrested one of ICE’s Most Wanted fugitives during a targeted operation near South Gate, California, April 24…  Aggravated felon Julio Garcia-Castellano, also known as Victor Garcia Ignacio, 33, is an unlawfully present Guatemalan national and was convicted of second-degree rape by the Circuit Court of the State of Oregon for Lane County, Feb. 1, 2010. Garcia-Castellano has two previous removals in 2007 and 2016. He illegally reentered the United States at an unknown place and time. He was arrested by California Highway Patrol for driving under the influence in December. Those charges are pending. ERO officers obtained a federal warrant of arrest for Garcia-Castellano in Los Angeles for illegal reentry of a previously removed felon. After completion of ICE processing, Garcia-Castellano was turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service (USMS) where he remains pending federal felony prosecution. “This case is an incredible example of our ongoing commitment to prioritize enforcement and removal efforts against any unlawfully present criminal aliens who pose the greatest threat to public safety,” said ICE Los Angeles Field Office Director Dave Marin. “Despite attempts by some to mislead, ICE does not conduct random or indiscriminate raids or sweeps and does not operate roadblocks or checkpoints. Our targeted immigration enforcement efforts ensure safer communities for our fellow citizens by removing dangerous criminals from our streets.” ICE removed or returned 267,000 aliens in fiscal year 2019. ERO arrested 143,000 aliens, more than 86 percent of whom had criminal convictions or pending criminal charges. ICE is focused on removing public safety threats, such as convicted criminal aliens and gang members; as well as individuals who have violated our nation’s immigration laws, such as those who illegally reenter the country after a prior removal, and immigration fugitives ordered removed by federal immigration judges.  https://rightwingtribune.com/2020/04/26/breaking-ice-most-wanted/    

Saying Lockdowns Must Last Until Mass Testing Or A Vaccine Is Absurd

By Tristan Justice{thefederalist.com } ~ Oklahoma’s Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt defended reopening his state Sunday saying the state has passed its peak of hospitalizations and built up its health care capacity to adequately deal with the case load… “You have to go back and think about why we closed down in the first place,” Stitt told Chris Wallace on “Fox News Sunday.” I’ve issued 15 executive orders since March 15 when I first declared a state of emergency, but it was to build capacity in our hospitals to make sure we didn’t overrun our health care system. It was to build supply for Personal Protective Equipment, and it was to flatten the curve. The facts in our state are, March 30 we peaked in hospitalization with 560 across the state. Today we have 300 across the state in our hospitals. Stitt said he now believes its time for a “measured reopening,” with social distancing measures still in place to curb the virus spread. Wallace pushed back noting that Oklahoma State Medical Association President Dr. George Monks reported the state had not seen the consecutive 14-day case decline in new infections as recommended in the nonbinding White House guidelines for entering Phase One of reopening. Stitt noted, however, that new cases and hospitalizations have continued to decline steadily. “The facts are, we have been on a steady decline since March 30th in hospitalizations,” Stitt said. The chart below from The New York Times shows that while the state has yet to see 14 straight days of decline, Oklahoma indeed is seeing new cases trend downward.Oklahoma joins several other states that have begun to reopen, including Georgia, South Carolina, and Alaska after weeks of economically devastating shutdowns. Yet the decisions of the state’s Republican governors to lift lockdowns have met criticism from those arguing that governors should only do so when mass testing is made available or a vaccine is developed. That could take at least 18 months to several years. House Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi (D, Calif.) criticized the governors’ reopening as “impatient,” on CNN’s “State of the Union” speculating that states reopening are likely to see a higher case load. “Their impatience will help us get an even bigger number,” liar-Pelosi said…  https://thefederalist.com/2020/04/27/saying-lockdowns-must-last-until-mass-testing-or-a-vaccine-is-absurd/    

.commie-AOC Celebrates Oil-Market Collapse

 Gary Bauer

As I write this, Senate Democrats are continuing to drag their feet on replenishing the loan program for small businesses. Ice Cream liar-Nancy has yet to officially schedule a vote in the House of Representatives. And with every scoop of ice cream in her bowl, more Americans lose their jobs and watch their retirement dreams fade away. (Check out the Trump campaign’s  latest ad.) And it’s not just her. To liar-Pelosi’s left, radical socialists celebrated Monday’s collapse in the oil markets. They celebrated because they think the collapse of America’s independent energy industries and the loss of who knows how many jobs will help them achieve their radical green agenda. When oil contracts went negative Monday for the first time in history, Rep. commie-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted: “You absolutely love to see it. This … means it’s the right time for a worker-led, mass investment in green infrastructure to save our planet.”Realizing how ghoulish she sounded celebrating the loss of so many American jobs and the devastation of so many families, this so-called “representative” quickly deleted her outrageous tweet.Keep in mind that this same left-wing gang has repeatedly appeased China and sold out our manufacturing base while China sent us cheap goods. Now these same people attack the president for not being able to wave a magic wand to get the supplies we urgently need to fight the coronavirus. I think the blame lies with the political establishment that supported and promoted the offshoring of our industries, including vital medical and pharmaceutical jobs, to communist China.It is my hope and prayer that everybody who works for a living, every entrepreneur who built a business, and every independent contractor understands that if the left regains power this November, a loose lips liar-Joe Biden administration will be filled with radical progressives and American free enterprise as we know it will be finished.A Bold MovePresident Trump announced Monday that he will soon sign an executive order temporarily suspending all immigration to the United States because of the coronavirus. Needless to say, the president was immediately attacked by the left-wing base of the Democrat Party.Sen. lowlife-Kamala Harris accused the president of “shamelessly politicizing the pandemic” and “doubling down on his anti-immigrant agenda.” No reaction yet from the loose lips liar-Biden basement on the president’s latest announcement.In spite of the left’s unhinged reaction, this is a totally sensible thing to do for a variety of reasons. Here’s one: Public health concerns aside, when 22 million Americans have suddenly lost their jobs, why on earth would we bring in more people to compete against our own citizens for what few jobs are available? Not surprisingly, 79% of the public supports the president’s decision. But it is impossible to imagine a “President loose lips liar-Biden” doing anything close to this. The left has repeatedly demonstrated, whether it’s promoting open borders, giving free healthcare to illegal aliens, or  shielding them from law enforcement, that illegal immigrants often come before the citizens of this country. More TestingYesterday we told you about antibody testing in Santa Clara County, California. Well, it turns out that other areas of the state have launched similar random tests of the population and they are getting similar results. According to a test conducted by the University of Southern California and the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, 4.1% of the adult population of Los Angeles County has coronavirus antibodies. This means that the number of people in Los Angeles County who have had the disease is between 28 and 55 times more than the official figure of 7,994 confirmed cases. That also means that the death rate in Los Angeles County is not nearly the 7% figure you get from the reports of 615 confirmed COVID-19 deaths out of 7,994 infections. Let’s assume that the real infection rate is 40 times the known number. That means roughly 320,000 people have been infected. That would give you a mortality rate of 0.002% based on 615 confirmed deaths. Curiously, Dr. Birx was asked at Monday’s press briefing how they were figuring these multiple antibody studies into their planning. Her answer never really addressed the most fundamental issue, which is that this is a much less deadly virus than initially believed.And here’s more encouraging news: The number of COVID-19 deaths fell dramatically Monday to its lowest level in two weeks.Shout Out to Shake ShackShake Shack is a fast-food chain that began in New York City in 2004. Today it has approximately 250 outlets with more than 6,000 employees and revenues in 2018 that exceeded $450 million. Somehow the company was able to get a $10 million bridge loan through the emergency payroll protection program recently passed by Congress. But Randy Garutti, the CEO of Shake Shack, recently spoke to a friend in Seattle who owns three independent restaurants and discovered that his friend was unable to get a loan before the money ran out. Garutti and the board of Shake Shack decided to return the $10 million so that other small businesses that truly need the money could get it and, hopefully, survive this shutdown. Garutti went on CNBC to explain the decision. You can watch his remarks here.Israel Has a GovernmentAfter three elections and more than a year of political deadlock, Israel finally has a government. This may be one of the rare cases where the coronavirus actually produced something good as both sides were under enormous pressure to avoid another election. Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White Party leader Benny Gantz signed an agreement forming a unity government, splitting power between them and sharing cabinet posts between the members of their respective coalitions. Netanyahu will serve as prime minister for the next 18 months, and then Gantz will serve as prime minister.While they differ on a number of important issues, they do not differ on Iran. Gantz and Netanyahu agree with President Trump that the Iranian regime must be restrained. Gantz publicly praised the president’s decision to take out Iranian terror leader Qasem Soleimani.By the way, loose lips liar-Joe Biden was endorsed  Monday by J Street, an anti-Israel group that tries to camouflage itself as a pro-Israel group. loose lips liar-Biden’s foreign-policy advisers are now in meetings with commie-Bernie Sanders’s foreign-policy advisers. That was no doubt part of the price loose lips liar-Biden had to pay for commie-Sanders’s endorsement. And it is a warning that loose lips liar-Biden’s foreign policy toward Israel will look nothing like loose lips liar-Biden’s foreign policy of 20 years ago. But that should come as no surprise, since loose lips liar-Biden was one of the leading advocates for the Iranian nuclear deal. He and hanoi-John Kerry have been leading the charge to reenter that disastrous deal if the left regains power.  ~The Patriot Post



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