Wednesday News Executive Summary

Jordan Candler  Above the Fold

The federal government’s Coronavirus Task Force was rumored to start winding down within a month, NPR reported. This morning, however, President Trump elucidated: “The Task Force will continue on indefinitely with its focus on SAFETY & OPENING UP OUR COUNTRY AGAIN. We may add or subtract people to it, as appropriate. The Task Force will also be very focused on Vaccines & Therapeutics.”

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump yesterday remarked: “It’s sort of a combination of safety and reopening, so we’ll have something in a different form.” He continued, “We can’t keep our country closed for the next five years. I’m not saying anything is perfect. Will some people be affected? Yes. Will some people be badly affected? Yes.” He also cautioned, “It’s possible there will be some [deaths] because you won’t be locked into an apartment or house or whatever it is. But at the same time, we’re going to practice social distancing, we’re going to be washing hands, we’re going to be doing a lot of the things that we’ve learned to do over the last period of time.”

According to Steven Hayward over at Power Line, “Neil Ferguson, the Imperial College modeler whose initial alarmist projections that 2.2 million Americans would die of COVID-19 prompted the U.S. and U.K. to go into a hard lockdown, has been forced to resign as an adviser to the British government following revelations that he violated the stay-at-home protocols.” Those violations consisted of trysts with a married environmental zealot. But by all means, let’s shut down the world down based on the faulty projections of a guy who literally got caught with his pants down.

Government & Politics

“House Democrats are forging ahead with another massive coronavirus relief package without the input of Republicans. … ‘Think big,’ liar-Pelosi instructed lawmakers on a Democratic caucus call. … Democrats want to lay down a marker in the talks and ramp up pressure on Republicans, who are still reluctant to commit to passing another bill right now.” (Politico)

Ousted HHS official Dr. Rick Bright files whistleblower complaint on coronavirus response (NBC News)Federal judge orders officials to restore New York primary, drawing cheers from commie-Sanders camp (The Washington Post)

Michael Flynn bombshells cast doubt on Mueller prosecutor Brandon Van Grack’s compliance with court order (Fox News)

For the record: “Pee tapes,” Deutsche Bank, COVID-19 “hoax”… The eight worst fake news stories of the Trump years (NewsBusters)

Other Notables

Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office refuses records request on “murky” $1 billion mask deal with Chinese company (Fox News)

In 1991, loose lips liar-Joe Biden voted to block creation of Senate office that handles sexual-harassment complaints (The Washington Free Beacon)

Nothing to see here — move along! scumbag/liar-nObama’s office condemns Senate investigation into Ukraine, loose lips liar-Biden (The Washington Post)

New York reports 1,700 more coronavirus deaths at nursing homes (National Review)

San Francisco police chief bans “thin blue line” face masks (PoliceOne)

Closing Arguments

Policy: Tom Cotton is right about restricting Chinese student visas (The Federalist)

Policy: Washington must preclude a flood of tort claims that threaten to kneecap the economy even further (City Journal)

Humor: Newsom reminds Californians to only go outside to defecate on the sidewalk (Genesius Times)  ~The Patriot Post   

Scientists say they’ve identified mutated COVID-19 strain — and issue a dire warning about new contagion   by SARAH TAYLOR

{ } ~ Scientists say they have discovered what they believe is a mutated strain of COVID-19 — and are now warning that this new strain could be way more contagious than plain old coronavirus… According to a Tuesday report in the Los Angeles Times, researchers say that a new “mutant” strain of coronavirus has emerged. The study, led by scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, reveals that the new strain is more contagious than versions that spread in the early days of the coronavirus pandemic. In addition to being more contagious, the new strain could reportedly make people more vulnerable to a second infection after a “first bout with the disease.” The study was published on Thursday in BioRxiv and has yet to be peer-reviewed, but researchers said they felt an “urgent need for an early warning” to advise people of the potential danger of the new strain. The outlet reported, “Wherever the new strain appeared, it quickly infected far more people than the earlier strains that came out of Wuhan, China, and within weeks, it was the only strain that was more prevalent in some nations. … The new strain’s dominance over its predecessors demonstrates that it is more infectious.” “The report was based on a computational analysis of more than 6,000 coronavirus sequences from around the world, collected by the Global Initiative for Sharing All Influenza Data,” the Times added. “Time and time again, the analysis found the new version was transitioning to become dominant.” At the time of this writing, researchers at Johns Hopkins University estimate at least 3,606,038 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed around the world, with at least 252,151 deaths because of the virus…

Committee formed to make Michelle scumbag/liar-nObama vice president

by ~ Michelle scumbag/liar-nObama has insisted she’s not interested in becoming the running mate of likely Democratic presidential nominee loose lips liar-Joe Biden… Nevertheless, left-wing activists are ramping up an effort to draft her, arguing she fulfills two major progressive requirements. She’s black and she’s female.  The Committee to Draft Michelle scumbag/liar-nObama, which filed with the Federal Election Committee last month, issued a news release Monday via the Chicago Defender.” loose lips liar-Joe Biden has said he would choose Michelle scumbag/liar-nObama as his running mate ‘in a heartbeat.’ The aim of this campaign is to build on the substantial grassroots support for a potential Michelle scumbag/liar-nObama candidacy and help garner media attention for a vice-presidential nominee who has the power to beat Donald Trump,” the release said. The committee said it “firmly believes” scumbag/liar-nObama “will not only benefit the Democratic ticket this November but also help lead this country to be more just and caring.” “However strongly we support Ms. scumbag/liar-nObama as Vice President loose lips liar-Biden’s running mate, we will transfer our resolve to whoever joins the ticket to defeat the most dangerous incumbent in the history of our nation,” the statement said. “With a historic battle to reclaim the soul of America looming this November and the peril caused by the Coronavirus Pandemic, it remains in the best interest of the Democratic Party to nominate a vice-presidential candidate who has the trust of the American people, a vision to lead our nation forward and empathy for the challenges faced by all Americans.”…    

Israel’s IIBR finds antibody that neutralizes coronavirus

By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN & A. AHRONHEIM & I. ZONSHINE  { } ~ The Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR) has completed a groundbreaking scientific development, determining an antibody that neutralizes the coronavirus… SARS-CoV-2, according to a statement by the Defense Ministry. “I am proud of the Biological Institute staff, who have made a major breakthrough,” said Defense Minister Naftali Bennett on Monday after visiting the Ness Ziona-based lab. “The Jewish creativity and ingenuity brought about this amazing achievement.”  This scientific breakthrough has three key parameters: The antibody is monoclonal, new and refined, and contains an exceptionally low proportion of harmful proteins; the institute has demonstrated the ability of the antibody to neutralize the coronavirus; 3 the antibody was specifically tested on the aggressive coronavirus.  “Based on comprehensive scientific publications from around the globe, it appears that the IIBR is the first institution to achieve a scientific breakthrough that meets all three of the aforementioned parameters simultaneously,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement on behalf of the institute. IIBR is now working to patent its antibody and secure a contract for its commercial development. All legal procedures will be coordinated with the Defense Ministry. “It should be emphasized that this scientific achievement has the potential to progress towards a treatment for corona patients, and that it is not a vaccine for wide use,” the statement continued. “This is an important milestone, which will be followed by a series of complex tests and a process of regulatory approvals. This being said, the scientists at the institute believe that the nature of this breakthrough could lead to a shortening of the process, which could span over several months.” Last month, IIBR announced that it had begun testing a COVID-19 vaccine prototype on rodents. The institute was personally asked by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to join the fight against the pandemic in early February. IIBR is also involved in plasma collection from people who have recovered from infection with the new coronavirus, in the hope that this might help research… 

Israeli Military Makes Corona Cure Breakthrough

by ~ While everyone is waiting on a coronavirus vaccine which will do little to help those already sick with the disease, Israeli military researchers say they have developed an antibody that will neutralize COVID-19 in an existing patient’s body… The breakthrough was announced on Monday, when Defense Minister Naftali Bennett visited the Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR), a government defense research facility specializing in biology, medicinal chemistry and environmental science whose work is a closely guarded secret. The Israeli antidote to COVID-19 aggressively attacks and kills the virus, and now that its development phase is completed, the IIBR will soon approach international companies capable of producing it in commercial quantities.  Bennett said during his visit that he is “proud of the Biological Institute’s scientists who have made a huge breakthrough. The creativity and Jewish mind have brought about this amazing achievement. The entire Israeli defense establishment will continue to operate on the frontlines of the battle against the Coronavirus.” In Israel the numbers of new infections and of patients on ventilators have been dropping significantly over the past week, leading the government to lift many of the restrictions placed on the public. But many other countries have yet to reach the peak of their coronavirus outbreaks. It is hoped that the Israeli antidote, if it can be approved and produced quickly enough, can play a major role in reducing the number of deaths in those countries.  

Alleged Israeli airstrikes target research center in Aleppo

By TZVI JOFFRE{ } ~ Alleged Israeli airstrikes targeted a research center and a military base in Syria on Monday night where Iranian militias are based… the fifth such strike in two weeks, according to Syrian media. Further airstrikes by unidentified aircraft on Iranian militias were reported near the Syria-Iraq border shortly after. A source from the Syrian military told the Syrian state news agency SANA that “hostile aircraft” coming from Al-Thawrah, southeast of Aleppo, attacked military depots in the Al-Safira area. Syrian air defenses were activated in response. Earlier, SANA reported that the scientific research center in Aleppo was targeted in the strikes.  While the airstrikes on Monday came from the direction of Jordan and Iraq, the other airstrikes in recent weeks came from the direction of Lebanon and the Golan Heights. A Syrian security source told the Russian Sputnik news agency that airstrikes by Israeli aircraft targeted two military sites in Aleppo from airspace along the Syrian border east of the Euphrates River over areas controlled by the international coalition and Kurdish militias. The source added that the strikes were carried out over the area of the US-controlled Al-Tanf base located in southeast Syria near the borders with Iraq and Jordan. Some 12 missiles were fired at the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center in Aleppo during the airstrikes, reported Al-Arabiya, adding that the research center is believed by Israel to be cooperating with Iran to develop missile technologies. Sources for Al-Arabiya added that five of the missiles hit the research center, “completely destroying it.” The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) reported that airstrikes that were likely carried out by Israel targeted the scientific research center in Aleppo where both Iranian militias and Syrian forces are based, destroying ammunition depots in the area…    

liar-Pelosi, scumbag-Schumer Fume as White House Blocks Virus Task Force Appearances on Capitol Hill

by ~ A White House memo to congressional committees says no member of the administration’s coronavirus task force can agree to testify on Capitol Hill unless the invitation is expressly approved by the president’s chief of staff… Democrats bristled at the rule as a crimp on their ability to gather detailed information about the nation’s response to the pandemic. The memo follows a recent White House move to block Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, from testifying before a House panel while allowing him to appear the following week at a Senate hearing. The Senate is held by Trump’s Republican allies while the House is controlled by Democrats. The memo, obtained Monday by The Associated Press, also seeks to limit the number of coronavirus-related appearances on Capitol Hill for those at key departments responding to the pandemic. It states that “the demands on agencies’ staff and resources are extraordinary in this current crisis.” A senior administration official said task force members had been working nonstop since the early days of the coronavirus outbreak and need to focus on the task at hand, “not on preparing for four-hour hearings several times a week.” The official spoke on condition of anonymity to freely discuss the memo. Democratic leaders of the House and Senate criticized the move. “President Trump should learn that by muzzling science and the truth, it will only prolong this health and economic crisis,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck scumbag-Schumer, D-N.Y., said in a statement. “The president’s failure to accept the truth and then his desire to hide it, is one of the chief reasons we are lagging behind so many other countries in beating this scourge.” House Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi said on CNN that spending bills related to the pandemic begin in the House and that lawmakers need to consult with administration officials on those matters. She said White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, who until recently served in the House, knew lawmakers would be insisting on the truth, and the White House “might be afraid of the truth.” “The fact that they said, ‘We’re too busy being on TV to come to the Capitol’ is, well, business as usual for them,” liar-Pelosi said. The memo said that given the “competing demands in these unprecedented times, it is reasonable to expect that agencies will have to decline invitations to hearings to remain focused” on the COVID-19 response, including invitations to participate in multiple hearings on the same or overlapping topics.  

FBI Leadership Cabal Targeted Flynn, New Docs Reveal

Thomas Gallatin  

Yet another layer of the sinister plot by members of the deep state within Barack scumbag/liar-nObama’s Justice Department to take down President Donald Trump was exposed on Thursday. Newly released DOJ documents reveal that former FBI leaders targeted and worked to trap Gen. Michael Flynn in a crime even after their investigation found “no derogatory information” to continue targeting him.

It was learned on Thursday that the FBI’s infamous spy/surveillance operation against the Trump campaign over supposed Russian collusion, known as Crossfire Hurricane, had a sub-operation called Crossfire Razor that specifically targeted Flynn for investigation. According to the records, the purpose of Razor was to determine if Flynn “was directed and controlled by” or “coordinated activities with the Russian Federation in a manner which is a threat to national security.”These documents reveal that the FBI closed its investigation into Flynn after concluding that there was no evidence. According to a memo dated January 4, 2017: “The FBI is closing this investigation. If new information is identified or reported to the FBI regarding the activities of CROSSFIRE RAZOR, the FBI will consider reopening the investigation if warranted.”However, that same day, former FBI agent Peter Strzok, lead official on Crossfire Hurricane, sent out a text message to the FBI manager handling the case  instructing, “Hey don’t close RAZOR.” Strzok then explains that the FBI’s seventh floor, the top leaders, “need to decide what to do with him [with respect to] the [REDACTED].” This occurred roughly two weeks before the FBI’s informal White House interview with Flynn, the interview used by Robert Mueller’s prosecutors to charge Flynn with having lied to FBI agents — one of those agents being Strzok.As was learned earlier this week, newly released documents contained hand-written notes from the former FBI chief of counterintelligence, Bill Priestap, revealing the true motive behind this White House interview: entrapment. “What is our goal? Truth/Admission or to get him to lie, so we can prosecute him or get him fired? … If we get him to admit to breaking the Logan Act, give facts to [the Justice Department and] have them decide. If we’re seen as playing games, [the White House] will be furious.”Furthermore, regarding the infamous Flynn interview, recall that former FBI Director scumbag-James Comey admitted that agents abandoned normal procedures to take advantage of the chaos of Trump’s team transitioning into the White House. The FBI knew Flynn and others wouldn’t be fully up to speed.So stunning are these latest revelations that it had constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley nearly dumbfounded. “I have been a criminal-defense attorney for decades. I have seen abusive tactics. However, this is one of the most thuggish records I have seen,” Turley marveled. “Most concerning is that they were trying to create a crime, not investigating a crime. The use of Logan only highlights that bias.” He also cogently observed, “There was a time when networks like MSNBC and CNN argued for civil liberties and against such abuses. Now, because such principles would benefit Trump, there is just a shrug with a common mantra ‘everyone does it.’ Yes, abuses occur but that is not license for their commission.” Indeed, the mainstream media has responded by essentially ignoring a scandal that makes Watergate look like child’s play.It’s clear that Attorney General William Barr was not speaking hyperbolically when he recently stated, “My own view is that the evidence shows that we’re not dealing with just mistakes or sloppiness. There is something far more troubling here. … What happened to [President Trump] was one of the greatest travesties in American history. … Without any basis [the FBI] started this investigation of his campaign, and even more concerning, actually is what happened after the campaign … to sabotage the presidency.”Finally, Trump weighed in on the scandal yesterday, stating that he “would consider” bringing Flynn back into his administration. He further observed, “It looks to me like Michael Flynn would be exonerated, based on everything that I’ve seen. I’m not the judge, but I have a different kind of power. But I don’t know if anybody would have to use that power. I’ve never seen anything like it. What they did, what they wrote … it’s just disgraceful. … They did everything possible to destroy him. He’s still breathing very strongly. But they hurt him very badly.”  ~The Patriot Post  


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