Wednesday News Executive Summary

Jordan Candler  The Latest on Coronavirus

After 76 days in lockdown, the Chinese city at the heart of the global pandemic reopened Wednesday and tens of thousands immediately hopped on trains and planes to leave (AP)New York virus deaths hit new high, but hospitalizations slow (The New York Times)

NYC data: Vast majority who have died from COVID-19 had serious underlying conditions (The Daily Wire)

Government & Politics

commie-Bernie Sanders suspends presidential campaign (Fox News)

An awkward, experimental Democrat primary in Wisconsin (Washington Examiner)

On top of being a bureaucratic train wreck, $350 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program wasn’t enough, Congress says, racing to send billions more to small businesses (Politico)

“We have a lot of IGs in from the scumbag/liar-nObama era”: Trump removes inspector general who was to oversee $2 trillion relief spending (The Washington Post)

Trump says U.S. may put a “very powerful hold” on funding to communist-supporting World Health Organization (Fox News)

Instead of helping workers on furlough, leftist groups spend more than $20 million attacking Trump, GOP on coronavirus (The Washington Free Beacon)

Trump campaign aide Kayleigh McEnany named White House press secretary (CNBC)

National Security

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigns after suggesting ousted captain was “stupid” for writing letter (National Review)

How many more evaded inspectors? Border Patrol stopped a Chinese biologist carrying viable SARS, MERS viruses at Detroit airport in 2018 (National Review)

The coronavirus pandemic is not stopping border-wall construction (The Daily Caller)

For the record: China’s long tentacles extend deep into American media (The American Conservative)


Enabling the lawbreakers: Chicago mayor signs executive order to ensure illegal immigrants can access relief funds (National Review)

Why weren’t they replaced? Michael Bloomberg’s emergency ventilator stockpile in New York City ended up on the auction block (ProPublica)

Business & Economy

Larry Kudlow: We’re looking to open economy in four to eight weeks (The Daily Wire)

Getting out of Dodge: New data shows U.S. companies are definitely leaving China (Forbes)

Closing Arguments

Policy: Coronavirus patients should be able to try any potential cure (National Review)

Policy: Owning a gun is a completely rational insurance policy against danger (The Federalist)

Humor: Liberal treated with hydroxychloroquine hopes he still dies of COVID-19 to prove Trump is stupid (The Babylon Bee)  ~The Patriot Post  

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Discusses Payroll Protection Program

by sundance{ }  ~ Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin appears via phone on Fox Business News to discuss the small business payroll/paychecks program… Ms. Bartiromo claims her network of friends in the business community want to use the free government money for themselves; but the Treasury is forcing small businesses to use the money to retain payroll. Obviously Ms. Bartiromo runs with a very self-centered network of friends incapable of accepting a government program structured to help the workforce they employ (75%). Instead, Ms. Bartiromo’s tribe wants to exploit the angles, fund ways to game the system, use grants to line their own pockets, and operate their own corrupt schemes. Treasury Secretary Mnuchin informs Bartiromo the loan program with complete repayment forgiveness is entirely purposed to pay the employees. It was never designed to replace revenue; only cover all payroll expense and offset 25% of other operating costs. If her friends in businesses don’t like that, too bad.  


Kayleigh McEnany Will Be New White House Press Secretary

By Marisa Herman { ~ Kayleigh McEnany will become the White House’s new press secretary, according to sources familiar with the situation… The New York Times reports, McEnany will leave Trump’s re-election campaign to fill the role for outgoing press secretary Stephanie Grisham. McEnany, 31, is the former Republican National Committee spokeswoman and the current spokeswoman for the Trump campaign. She will be the fourth press secretary of the Trump administration. Grisham will return to the East Wing as first lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff. She is replacing Lindsay Reynolds, who resigned as the first lady’s chief of staff earlier this week to spend time with her family. “I continue to be honored to serve both the president and first lady in the administration,” Grisham said in a statement. Grisham held the press secretary position for less than a year. A formal announcement on the McEnany’s new role is expected later today. 

Fauci, Navarro got into heated argument over unproven COVID-19 treatment

By JOHN BOWDEN{ } ~ Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, reportedly clashed recently with White House trade official Peter Navarro over the malaria drug hydroxychloroquine… and its use as a possible treatment for COVID-19. During a meeting Saturday first reported by Axios, Navarro reportedly accused Fauci of opposing the administration’s temporary ban on travel from China after Fauci cautioned against the administration promoting the use of hydroxychloroquine to treat the coronavirus. “You were the one who early on objected to the travel restrictions with China,” Navarro reportedly said to Fauci. There’s no evidence Fauci has ever publicly criticized the administration’s approach to travel from China amid the outbreak, and on March 12, Fauci praised such a policy during a press briefing. Administration officials including President Trump have touted the possibility of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for the coronavirus, though it’s not clear that the drug is effective. Fauci himself said at a recent press conference that it is not a proven fact that the drug is effective. “The answer is no,” he said in late March, adding, “And the evidence that you’re talking about … is anecdotal evidence.” An official who spoke to Axios said the incident involving Fauci and Navarro was unusual. “There has never been a confrontation in the task force meetings like the one yesterday,” the source familiar with Fauci and Navarro’s dispute told Axios. “People speak up and there’s robust debate, but there’s never been a confrontation. Yesterday was the first confrontation.” The White House did not immediately return a request for comment on the exchange from The Hill. Coronavirus cases in the U.S. have topped 300,000, according to the latest numbers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)  .  

The Senator in the Soup

By KEVIN D. WILLIAMSON{ } ~ As a National Review reader and fan as well as a writer, I am absolutely tickled that our magazine recently published an excellent piece arguing that American-style factory farming presents a threat of future epidemics… and that this piece was written by Spencer Case, Our Man in Wuhan, presumably the home of the unnamed pangolin-soufflé connoisseur who accidentally foisted the COVID-19 plague on the human race. That is a wonderful juxtaposition. I assume that somewhere between the low-tech Wuhan wet market and the high-tech Tyson assembly line exists a golden mean of butchery.  Case is a critic of U.S.-style “factory farming” who wishes to see it heavily regulated — Senator scubag-Cory Booker has introduced legislation to do that — and then outlawed altogether. “Factory farms are an abomination,” he writes, “cruel to animals and a bad deal for humans, too. The sooner we abolish them, the better.” I disagree with his conclusions, but he is scrupulous about the facts of the case, and he correctly notes that the H1N1 “swine flu” epidemic a “pandemic” by WHO’s reckoning is suspected to have its origin in North American pork operations. It gets complicated; viruses travel. The Spanish flu epidemic that killed millions of people from 1918–1920 is thought to have originated on a pig farm, too. What price bacon? There are a few conservatives who agree with the Case case, and National Review has hosted some lively exchanges on the subject. But Case is not exactly leading a chorus. Lindsay Graham is. The remarkably elastic senator from South Carolina has threatened to restrict U.S.–China trade unless Beijing agrees to shut down the so-called wet markets at which live animals, including wild ones, are sold for human consumption. These markets are “gross” and “disgusting,” the senator says. And indeed they are. But if that is to be our standard, then Senator Graham should give some thought to the fact that his state’s two biggest farm commodities are chickens and turkeys, which are produced in intensive factory-style operations. Disgusting? Ask the locals: The stench arising from these is a matter of some public concern in South Carolina. Dangerous? We already know that deadly epidemics can and do arise from American agriculture. One of South Carolina’s crops, tobacco, is thought to contribute to the deaths of some 7 million people around the world each year. Perhaps the senator would like to visit a pig farm and contemplate the stew of pig manure mixed with “afterbirths, piglets accidentally crushed by their mothers, old batteries, broken bottles of insecticide, antibiotic syringes, stillborn pigs” etc. in the waste ponds he will find there. The Interstate Commerce Clause is ready when you are, Senator Graham. In fact, the denunciations of the Chinese wet markets have little or nothing to do with reducing the threat of future epidemics. The disgust may be genuine, but the rhetoric surrounding it is pro forma. If public health were the pressing concern, then Senator Graham et al. would be turning their attention to American agriculture, which was not the source of this epidemic but was likely the source of at least one earlier one and could very easily be the source of the next one — and which is, unlike the Chinese appetite for soupe à la Ozzy, directly under the control of American lawmakers such as Senator Graham. But these expressions are not part of a public-health debate. They are the contemporary Washingtonian knuckle-dragging spins on one of the most ancient features of public life: ritual denunciation…    

IRS Drops Requirements for Pandemic Check

by ~ The greedy Democrats are showing their true anti-American colors as they try to appear sympathetic to hurting people during this time of the pandemic… They screamed loud and clear for everyone to hear that they wanted people to be able to get the checks to form the relief bill before having to file their tax returns. The IRS had released the guidelines that spelled out how to get the check. The Democrats saw their chance to jump on the sympathy train and fake their love all to get more votes for the upcoming election. Sadly, the IRS caved into the demonized lefts demands. The Democrats only want to appear that they care because it is an election year. They know that their beloved loose lips liar-Joe Biden is the worst choice for them. But in the end, it is all they have. President Trump is too well-loved by the people of the country that he is guaranteed a second term. Everything he has done has only helped the country. And now it appears that his attack plan for the coronavirus is going to push him farther ahead of old man loose lips liar-Joe Biden. The Democrats fake cry for the IRS to remove that one stipulation is not going to make that big of a difference. Most people have already filed their returns because they need their return money. Part of the IRS stipulations was that the people had to have filed 2018 as well. Which most have already done by now. The Democrats are falsely claiming that millions of people will receive their money because they got the IRS to back down. But that is not the case. Steven Mnuchin had already stated that “Social Security recipients who are not typically required to file a tax return need to take no action, and will receive their payment directly to their bank account.” So, there were already millions of people that did not need to file who was going to get that check regardless of filing the return. The Democrats love to make it sound like they care by taking action that has no traction or that truly matters. The IRS took that requirement out of the list because they are sick and tired of hearing the Democrats cry about nothing. All they do is whine about not being in power. They cry about having to work with the Republicans. They complain about being called names by little girls such as the Mini commie-AOC. And they certainly do not want President Trump to succeed. They have tried to sabotage him throughout his presidency. The Treasury echoed what Mnuchin had stated when they said “Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an Economic Impact Payment. Instead, payments will be automatically deposited into their bank accounts.” Further, proving that the cry of the Democrats was nothing but a bunch of hot air… 

New York Hospitals Discharge More Coronavirus Patients Than They Bring In For Four Straight Days

by Aaron Colen{ } ~ Hospitals in the state of New York discharged more COVID-19 patients than they admitted for the fourth day in a row Saturday… a sign that the state hit hardest by the novel coronavirus from China may be moving in the right direction, The Epoch Times reported. On Saturday, state data shows that New York hospitals admitted 574 COVID-19 patients while discharging 1,704. New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the trend “good news” during his Sunday news conference. The discharge rate is significant because one of the primary concerns about the coronavirus outbreak is whether hospitals would have the capacity to treat all the patients. If there aren’t enough intensive care beds or ventilators for COVID-19 patients who are in serious or critical condition, some of those patients could die simply because they can’t receive full treatment. Sunday also marked a decrease in the number of new coronavirus deaths in New York — 594 on Sunday compared to 630 the previous day. Cuomo was encouraged by the numbers, but cautioned that it was too early to tell whether New York was on the downside of the curve or not. “We could either be very near the apex, or the apex could be a plateau and we could be on the plateau right now,” Cuomo said Sunday, WABC-TV reported. “You can’t do this day to day. You have to look at three or four days to see a pattern.” Trump administration officials have warned that this week may be the worst yet for Americans during the coronavirus outbreak. U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said it may be the hardest week of most Americans’ lives, and compared it to Pearl Harbor and the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. President Donald Trump said the upcoming days will be “very horrendous.” More than 9,600 people have died from COVID-19 in the U.S. so far, with administration officials having projected an eventual total of 100,000 to 240,000 deaths from the virus as the best-case scenario.    

.Carrier Captain Torpedoes National Security

Charles Paige  

In the last week there has been some media attention regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on military readiness, including the Defense Department’s suspension of virtually all domestic and international travel by military personnel. Clearly, our military operations are not exempt from the viral impact.

But one particular story — a letter written by the now-former Commanding Officer of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt and published in the San Francisco Chronicle — received widespread attention. In that letter, CAPT Brett Crozier bemoaned the impact of the virus on his crew and pleaded for the Navy to take “decisive action” to stem its spread. While his concern for his crew was laudable, choosing to communicate his concerns and sensationalist tone in a way that was certain to end up in the public domain was not. The media praise for Crozier was misguided, and he was appropriately relieved of his command.News of his “reassignment” was met with media accusations of a cover-up and praise for his great bravery in bucking the system. But Crozier wasn’t fired for speaking truth to power, as many would have you believe. He was fired for losing his cool in a high-pressure situation and improperly disclosing sensitive information — readiness status for a deployed, strategically significant asset. We’re not questioning the sincerity of his concerns for his crew, but his loss of composure raises serious questions about his fitness to command one of our nation’s premier war-fighting platforms.Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly made things clear in his statement about Crozier’s actions: “As I learned more about the events of the past week on board USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71), including my personal conversations with the Strike Group Commander, Commander, SEVENTH Fleet, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, the Chief of Naval Operations, and CAPT Crozier himself, I could reach no other conclusion than that Captain Crozier had allowed the complexity of his challenge with COVID breakout on the ship to overwhelm his ability to act professionally, when acting professionally was what was needed most. We do, and we should, expect more from the Commanding Officers of our aircraft carriers.”Sec. Modly, a Naval Academy graduate and former pilot on the Roosevelt, was too kind. The fact is, Crozier’s irresponsible communication negatively impacted our national security and sowed seeds of dissension within the ranks, both of which increase the risk for our frontline warriors — including the TR crew and her air wing. Modly had more choice words when addressing the USS TR crew this week, calling Crozier’s actions a “betrayal of trust.”Commanders have to balance mission and people daily. A deployed carrier has a critical mission. It may not technically be at war, but it’s operating in a grey area closer to war than peace and is there in part to send a signal that any nation that picks a fight with us will pay a price. Releasing the letter to the public like he did just fostered additional fear and stress among the crew’s loved ones at home and told the world this would be a great time to try to sucker punch us. Yes, the Chinese probably already had a good idea what was going on, but Crozier’s letter confirmed their suspicions and gave them a propaganda tool to sow doubt and dissension throughout the U.S. Navy and public.It’s also worth noting that the people side of the coin, while serious, does not appear to be the life-or-death situation Crozier suggested. Admiral John C. Aquilino, Commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, declined to say how many Roosevelt sailors are infected, but stated, “I have no sailors hospitalized. I have no sailors on ventilators. I have no sailors in critical condition. No sailors in an ICU status on the Theodore Roosevelt.”From the outside looking in, it appears the Navy was and is doing the best it can to protect the TR sailors in an unprecedented situation with no easy solutions.An important piece of the puzzle that has received far less attention — hardly any, actually — goes back to the beginning of March. On March 4, well after the impact of the virus was known and Asia was identified as ground zero, the TR made a historic port visit to Vietnam, which is most likely where the virus was introduced to the crew. What inquiring minds should want to know is this: Who voiced concerns then, and who made the final decision to go ahead with the visit? Hopefully there was a rigorous risk assessment and the final decision was made on the basis of a broader engagement strategy and not in the name of sailor welfare (i.e., We have to make the port call because the crew has been looking forward to it for months and we can’t keep ‘em at sea forever!). If Crozier, who has now tested positive for the virus, had concerns and was overridden, that would have been the time to sound general quarters.  ~The Patriot Post  


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