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Something Ain't White in the Milk
Willie Richardson   
The West Needs to Wake Up to China's Duplicity
by Giulio Meotti
{ } ~ The Chinese Communist Party is the "central threat of our times", US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo astutely said in January. Back then... coronavirus was already spreading throughout China and over the world; the Communist Party's attempt to hide the epidemic proved that Pompeo was more than right. "My concern is that this cover-up, this disinformation that the Chinese Communist Party is engaged in, is still denying the world the information it needs so that we can prevent further cases or something like this from recurring again", Pompeo added this week. Had China responded to the outbreak three weeks earlier than it did, cases of coronavirus could have been reduced by 95%, according to a study by the University of Southampton. In those three weeks, China was busy hiding the truth. According to Steve Tsang, director of the University of London's SOAS China Institute, "It is the cover-up of the Communist Party for the first two months or so which created conditions to generate a global pandemic". Chinese leaders, however, seemed obsessed only with the sustainability of their totalitarian regime, and as eager to silence any criticism as they have been in the past. Since January, the evidence of China's deliberate cover-up of the coronavirus in Wuhan has become a matter of public record. The Chinese government censored and detained brave doctors and whistleblowers who attempted to sound the alarm. One of China's richest entrepreneurs, Jack Ma, recently  disclosed that China hid at least one-third of the coronavirus cases. China has been able to grow into a superpower because it adopted economic practices from the West. No other country ever achieved such rapid economic and social progress for such a sustained period of time. However, hopes placed by the West in the Chinese market also nourished a dangerous mirage. We in the West thought that a modernizing China with a rising GDP would also democratize and come to respect transparency, pluralism and human rights. Instead, the mirage turned into a disaster as we watched China become even more of a "totalitarian state". The nature of the Chinese regime -- its ban on the free press and all critical voices; the absolute domination of the Communist Party over social, spiritual and economic actors; imprisoning minorities and crushing freedom of conscience -- is also contributing to the emergence of this public health disaster. The cost, in terms of human lives and world's GDP, is immense. The Chinese government's complicity in the pandemic is now an opportunity for the West to reevaluate its ties to Beijing. According to Guy Sorman, a French-American expert on China: "Like useful idiots, we have not only helped the Party prosper but, even worse, we have given up on our humanitarian, democratic, and spiritual values in doing so."...   

Trump appoints Navarro to lead Defense 
Production Act efforts after forcing 
GM to make ventilators
By Alex Pappas 
{ } ~ President Trump announced Friday he is appointing his trade adviser Peter Navarro to serve as his national  Defense Production Act policy coordinator... after using the act to force General Motors to begin making ventilators to treat coronavirus patients. “He’s a tremendous guy and he will do a fantastic job,” the president said during a press briefing with his coronavirus taskforce at the White House. He said Navarro will serve as the national Defense Production Act coordinator for the federal government. Also during the press conference, Trump pushed back against Democratic governors – like Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee -- who have criticized the federal response to the coronavirus pandemic. “I want them to be appreciative," Trump said. And he defended his decision to travel to Norfolk, Va., on Saturday to send off a Navy hospital ship headed to the New York City harbor to help hospitals in the country’s largest city deal with the crush of patients impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. A reporter pressed him on whether it was wise to travel as his administration encourages people to stay home to avoid spreading the virus. “I'm not going to be jumping around in a huddle,” Trump said, adding he’s going because he has “spirit for this country.” Earlier Friday, Trump said he had directed Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar to require General Motors to begin making ventilators under the Defense Production Act to combat the coronavirus pandemic after negotiations with the automaker stalled. "Our negotiations with GM regarding its ability to supply ventilators have been productive, but out fight against the virus is too great to allow the give-and-take of the contracting process to continue to run its normal course," Trump said in a statement, adding: "GM was wasting time." Experts say the U.S. is hundreds of thousands of breathing machines short of what it likely will need to treat a rapidly rising number of COVID-19 patients. New York, Michigan, Louisiana and the state of Washington have been singled out as virus hot spots in the U.S. ...
The worst time for congressional partisanship
by David Limbaugh
{ } ~ House liar-Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s attempted partisan sabotage of the coronavirus relief bill might mark a new low for her. That the bill finally passed doesn’t excuse her reckless gamesmanship... Republican and Democratic Senate leaders were close to an agreement when liar-Pelosi parked her partisan broomstick and poured poison into the congressional punchbowl. “Talking to some Senate GOP sources,” Townhall political editor Guy Benson tweeted. “They seem stunned and angry. I’m told there was lots of bipartisan input into the legislative outline & emerging specifics — including an agreement in principle on broad strokes. Then liar-Pelosi showed up and threw a partisan grenade.” Sources said the Democratic leadership moved to exploit the crisis by attaching its socialist wish list to the bill. Manhattan Institute senior fellow Brian Riedl, a conservative known more for his scholarship than partisanship, had strong words. “The Senate Democrats just engaged in one of the most cynical displays of partisanship I have ever seen in the U.S. Senate,” said Riedl. “They let liar-Pelosi blow up a bipartisan agreement.” Keep in mind that Republicans and Democrats had already hammered out an imperfect deal before liar-Pelosi’s last-minute shenanigans. Republicans had already reluctantly agreed to certain repulsive provisions to ensure prompt relief for suffering people and the free-falling economy.  Conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt also expressed uncharacteristic disgust. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell “jammed his own caucus to pass @liar-SpeakerPelosi bill because he knows we are in a catastrophe and action needed,” Hewitt tweeted. “If businesses founder, they cannot be resurrected from ashes. Vote by @SenateDems most outrageous obstructionism I’ve ever seen and @senatemajldr anger is righteous.” Following liar-Pelosi’s and Sen. Chuck scumbag-Schumer’s lead, congressional Democrats degenerated to class warfare to justify their obstruction, calling the bill a corporate bailout and slush fund that would not protect workers. But that was just cover for loading the bill with partisan perks that wouldn’t alleviate problems caused by the virus...
Fox Business Ditches Trish Regan 
After Coronavirus ‘Impeachment Scam’ Rant
by Matt Wilstein
{ } ~ Fox Business Network announced on Friday that it has officially “parted ways” with anchor Trish Regan following her controversial rant against what she called... the “coronavirus impeachment scam” earlier this month. “We thank her for her contributions to the network over the years and wish her continued success in her future endeavors,” the network said in a statement. “We will continue our reduced live primetime schedule for the foreseeable future in an effort to allocate staff resources to continuous breaking news coverage on the Coronavirus crisis.” “I have enjoyed my time at FOX and now intend to focus on my family during these troubled times,” Regan said in her own statement. “I am grateful to my incredible team at FOX Business and for the many opportunities the network has provided me. I’m looking forward to this next chapter in my career.” Regan was previously placed on an indefinite hiatus after she delivered a surreal monologue on Monday, March 9th in which she accused Democrats and the media of perpetuating a coronavirus hoax. With the words “Coronavirus Impeachment Scam” on the screen next to her, Regan told viewers, “We've reached a tipping point. The chorus of hate being leveled at the president is nearing a crescendo as Democrats blame him and only him for a virus that originated halfway around the world. This is yet another attempt to impeach the president.” “Many in the liberal media using, and I mean using, coronavirus in an attempt to demonize and destroy the president,” she added. Following what amounted to a suspension, Regan tried to pass off her situation as part of larger safety measures at Fox, tweeting, “FBN has taken prudent steps to limit staffing levels and is prioritizing its coverage during market hours. I fully support this decision — we all must to do our part to keep our colleagues safe.” Since then she has mostly used her Twitter account to encourage private companies to help fight the pandemic and cheer on the stock market during its rare rallies.   

Federal Prisons Do Poor Job of Monitoring 
Terrorist Inmates’ Communications, Audit Finds
by Michael Tennant
{ } ~ Federal prisons have “significant deficiencies” when it comes to identifying terrorist inmates and monitoring their communications with each other and the outside world... a recent audit reveals. According to the audit conducted by the Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG), as of 2018, there were “approximately 512” inmates in federal prisons “with a known nexus to international or domestic terrorism.” The Bureau of Prisons (BOP), however, had failed to identify 28 of those inmates as terrorists, mostly because of poor communication between government agencies. BOP officials told OIG “they have often had to rely on media coverage or an internet search in an attempt to identify the individual’s ties to terrorism.” The BOP is supposed to monitor all social communications of high-risk inmates, but it often fails to do so. This has been a problem for years. In 2006, OIG found that “the BOP had not effectively monitored the postage mail or verbal communications … of terrorists,” and though the BOP promised to improve, it clearly didn’t. If anything, by expanding inmates’ communications options to include e-mail and video calls, it made matters worse. “Based on the sheer volume of emails and BOP staffing levels, several BOP staff members told us that meeting both requirements of mandatory monitoring of high-risk inmates and random monitoring of general population inmates is just not possible,” wrote OIG. As a result, BOP employees often multitask in an effort to meet their monitoring targets. At one facility, auditors “observed a staff member listening to inmates’ phone calls while a television was loudly playing the news and they were processing BOP staff through a security checkpoint.” It wouldn’t be difficult for inmates to slip something past these distracted employees. Indeed, OIG notes that inmates have discovered many ways to circumvent the BOP’s communications controls. The prison system’s e-mail system is, in theory, supposed to enable BOP employees to monitor all e-mail communications in which inmates engage, yet OIG found over 7,000 e-mails to or from high-risk inmates that had not been monitored, some of which contained content that should have caused them to be flagged for review. The problem is partially caused by the e-mail system, which automatically forwards e-mails that aren’t manually flagged, and by cost controls that prevent foreign-language e-mails from being translated so they can be reviewed...   
GainPeace’s Whitewashing of Jihad
{ } ~ Muslim writers who are apologists for jihad seem to be motivated to accomplish two goals. The good and laudable goal is that of dissuading those Muslims who are inclined to use violence for the sake of Islam, Allah, and Muhammad, his Prophet... The second, less commendable goal, is to whitewash the image of Islam in a public relations ploy that tries to make it appear that violence done in the name of Islam has no justification from within the teachings of Islam. We applaud the first goal, but this second effort is disingenuous and deluding. Somewhat analogous to the Christian idea of Just War theory, the Islamic doctrine of jihad places rules, regulations and restrictions on the use of violence. And as was often the case in Christendom, those rules were ignored in the heat of battle. So often, in the context of battle, the restrictions against indiscriminate violence in jihad often fall apart, and the grossest barbarism breaks out. But let us evaluate whether Islamic doctrine as found in the Qur’an and the example of Muhammad, his closest companions, and followers are, in fact, the basis for the justification of violence done by some Muslims around the world today. In this short article, I examine some passages of the Qur’an that are viewed as sacred divine revelation by all traditional Muslims, and that are used as justification for violence by jihadi Muslims. Jihadis identify their acts of violence as being truly motivated by these passages, which include 109 verses of the Qur’an. Their use of these passages is meant to demonstrate their religious bona fides to other Muslims. Since there are many Quranic passages calling for Muslims to use violence for the sake of Islam, their god and Muhammad, Muslims who are trying to mitigate the negative impact of such passages, for either of the above two mentioned purposes, often stridently assert that jihadis who use the Qur’an to justify violence are taking those passages out of context. In most cases, this context argument is fallacious. First, literary context is not of primary importance in interpreting the Qur’an; instead, Muslim exegetes use what is called the reasons for revelations (asbab an -nazul). Those are ostensibly the historical circumstances in the life of Muhammad that caused Allah to send down the relevant passages of the Qur’an to the his prophet. In a strict sense, no Muslim community in any society faces exactly the circumstances that Muhammad and the first Muslims did. So in order to follow the example of Muhammad and the earliest Muslims, Muslims today extrapolate from something they see as analogous in the circumstances of the Prophet and his earliest followers, and then apply that example to present circumstances. This is an almost infinitely flexible process, and one that all violent jihadis use to justify their violent actions against others. In this sense, the propaganda of GainPeace, an Islamic non-profit organization based in the Chicago area that works on converting people to Islam, is duplicitous. We will look at two of its premises. GainPeace  states, “Muslims may not begin hostilities. They must strive for peace as much as possible.” It adds, “Hostilities should be ended as soon as the other party is inclined to peace.”...   
Something Ain't White in the Milk
Willie Richardson  Have you ever been about to put something succulent in your mouth, but decided to look twice and realize you almost made a mistake? You were hungry and this was your favorite restaurant serving your preferred dish. However, there was something in your food that didn’t quite look right — maybe a strand of hair. Yuck! Immediately you would be suspicious and while your stomach was still growling, you would be hard pressed to put that fork of your favorite dish in your mouth.

Welcome to the politicized COVID-19 crisis.

Something on the Left doesn’t smell right. The Democrats have just waved their hands in the faces of Americans vehemently. They have proclaimed that they couldn’t care less about the American people, preferring their Big Government agenda. What’s it going to take for Americans to realize the Left has left “We the People” out of the equation?

Chuck scumbag-Schumer and liar-Nancy Pelosi pushed the following (and many more) demands after blocking the bipartisan stimulus bill amid “pandemic-fueled” economic collapse:

1) Unprecedented collective bargaining powers for unions
2) Increased fuel emissions standards for airlines
3) Expansion of wind and solar tax credits

The Democrats strike again! What do these things have to do with the stimulus bill for Americans? House Majority Whip Rep. scumbag-James Clyburn (D-SC) reportedly told Democrats on a conference call last week that the party should exploit the coronavirus stimulus: “This is a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.”

What? “Our vision”? So, forget about the millions of Americans who are suffering financially through this frenzy. The one person that spoke to the outright tomfoolery of this blockage of $1.7 trillion dollar stimulus bill was Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. He spoke to the conditions of “We the People”:

I am no stranger to robust political and policy disagreements. But we are in the midst of a global pandemic. People are dying. People are suffering. [Sunday] night when the Senate voted on whether to move forward with emergency relief legislation for the millions of people being devastated by the economic disaster we’re seeing as a result of the coronavirus epidemic, every single Democrat in this body voted to block consideration of this bill. Now for those of you at home who are not pouring over a Senate procedural matter, what does it mean to vote to block consideration? It doesn’t mean they voted against the bill. It means they voted against even starting to take it up.

The New York Times headline moments afterwards said, “Democrats block $1.7 trillion stimulus bill.” Of course that headline had the fault of being accurate and so within minutes the New York Times changed it to “Democrats block $1.7 trillion stimulus bill, citing worker concerns.” That was headline number two. But then apparently the partisan leanings in the New York Times were too strong for that, and so they revised it a third time to say, “Partisan division halts discussion of the bill.”

No, it wasn’t a partisan division. It was one party — the Democratic Party — saying to this chamber and the American people, “Hell no. We won’t even take this up and discuss it.” At a time of crisis, at a time when people are dying, that’s wrong. That’s shameful.“

Something ain’t white in the milk, and Senator Cruz spoke on behalf of "We the People!” Thank you Senator Cruz for your passionate speech to light a fire under the American people. We will remember in November! In the meantime, prepare for the worst and expect the best.  

~The Patriot Post


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Saturday AM ~ TheFrontPageCover

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Poison Policy: An Unfair Housing
Regulation Leftover From the scumbag/liar-nObama Era Creates Unnecessary Chaos
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Coronavirus has 'stable genome,' study
suggests, so vaccine could help
'over many years'
By Chris Ciaccia 
{ } ~ Currently, there is no known specific medicine to treat the novel coronavirus, but researchers in Italy suggest that the COVID-19 disease is slow to mutate, based on its genetic material... This finding could aid in helping large swaths of people over an extended period of time once a specific cure is found. The study, which was produced by two independent teams in the country, used "a new next-generation sequencing (NGS) research assay" from Thermo Fisher Scientific on Italian COVID-19 patients. The experts then compared them to a sample from the original outbreak to come up with their findings. "Had we investigated other viruses we might have expected up to dozens of new mutations after so many infectious cycles in patients," professor Stefano Menzo, head of Virology at Ancona University Hospital, said in a statement. "Our initial data show that this is a very stable RNA virus, with only five novel variants. A virus with a stable genome is good news for vaccine development because it indicates that the effectiveness of vaccines could be more consistent, possibly over many years."Dr. Maria Rosaria Capobianchi, head of the Virology Department, Lazzaro Spallanzani National Institute for Infectious Diseases, said the ability to run quick, multiple samples is important in the scientific community's fight to stay ahead of the virus. However, Capobianchi cautioned, "viral genomes are dynamic and these preliminary data need further analysis to determine the biological significance of the gene variants and to investigate the evolutionary path of the coronavirus." The researchers will further analyze the data with Thermo Fisher's new Ion SARS-CoV-2 analysis solution to better understand the virus and analyze the entire genome. Scientists are looking at a number of different ways to cure the novel coronavirus, which has affected more than 428,000 people around the globe, including at least 55,000 in the U.S. Researchers in France detailed how a combination of antimalarial medication and antibiotics could be a vital weapon against COVID-19, Fox News previously reported. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday the state will start coronavirus drug trials, as the hard-hit state recently acquired 70,000 doses of hydroxychloroquine, 10,000 doses of zithromax and 750,000 doses of chloroquine. On Monday, Cuomo also said the state is attempting to fight the outbreak by using the blood plasma of recovered patients.  
Hundreds Die in Iran After 
Drinking Poison ‘Cure’ for Coronavirus
By Jim Hayek
{ } ~ Standing over the still body of an intubated 5-year-old boy wearing nothing but a plastic diaper, an Iranian health care worker in a hazmat suit and mask begged the public for just one thing... Stop drinking industrial alcohol over fears about the new coronavirus. The boy, now blind after his parents gave him toxic methanol in the mistaken belief it protects against the virus, is just one of hundreds of victims of an epidemic inside the pandemic now gripping Iran. Iranian media report nearly 300 people have been killed and more than 1,000 sickened so far by ingesting methanol across the Islamic Republic, where drinking alcohol is banned and where those who do rely on bootleggers. An Iranian doctor helping the country’s Health Ministry told The Associated Press on Friday the problem was even greater, giving a death toll of around 480 with 2,850 people sickened. The poisonings come as fake remedies spread across social media in Iran, where people remain deeply suspicious of the government after it downplayed the crisis for days before it overwhelmed the country. “Other countries have only one problem, which is the new coronavirus pandemic. But we are fighting on two fronts here,” said Dr. Hossein Hassanian, an adviser to Iran’s Health Ministry who gave the higher figures to the AP. “We have to both cure the people with alcohol poisoning and also fight the coronavirus.” For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death. The pandemic has swept across the world, overwhelming hospitals, crippling economies and forcing governments to restrict the movements of billions of people. Particularly hard hit has been Iran, home to 80 million people. As of now, there is no known cure for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. Scientists and doctors continue to study the virus and search for effective medicines and a vaccine. But in messages forwarded and forwarded again, Iranian social media accounts in Farsi falsely suggested a British school teacher and others cured themselves of the coronavirus with whiskey and honey, based on a tabloid story from early February. Mixed with messages about the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers, some wrongly believed drinking high-proof alcohol would kill the virus in their bodies...   

Fact Check: Your Stimulus Benefits
by ~ Just before midnight on Wednesday, the Senate unanimously passed a historic economic stimulus package to help American workers, businesses, and the health care system affected by COVID-19... The $2 trillion economic package was passed by a vote of 96-0. On Twitter, President Trump congratulated America: Leading up to the vote, there was a lot of information — and misinformation — about the proposed deal as the White House, Republicans, and Democrats negotiated the terms. Some of the suggestions came to be while other pieces dropped off, leading to confusion as to what’s really included in the deal. We’re hoping this clears it up for you. For days, there were stories about student loan forgiveness, mortgage payment deferments, and other stimulus moves that could help Americans. At the last minute, four Republican Senators expressed concerns about additional payments to laid-off workers. The worry is that they’d receive more money not working than they did while employed and choose to stay home. Unfortunately, there isn’t any help if you were hoping for student loan forgiveness or mortgage payment deferments. So what’s really in this bill that affects you? Direct Cash Payments: A one-time direct payment of up to $1,200 for individuals. Payments start to phase out with income levels above $75,000. If you made more than $99,000 you will not get a stimulus check. A one-time direct payment of up to $2,400 for married couples, who made under $150,000 combined. Payments start to phase out above the $150,000 combined income mark. A one-time direct payment of $500 for every dependent child if you meet income thresholds. A one-time direct payment of $1,200 if you file your taxes as a head of household. In addition, you’ll get $500 for every dependent child. The main difference here is that instead of a $99,000 income threshold, it increases to $112,000. If you filed your 2019 tax return, it’ll be used to determine eligibility. If not, 2018 tax returns will be used. Unemployment: Unemployment benefits are extended from 26 weeks to 39 weeks. $600 per week will be given in addition to regular unemployment payments for up to four months. Small Business Owners: Unemployment benefits were extended to self-employed people and independent contractors. $350 billion in loans were created. However, if used on rent, payroll and utilities, the loans used toward those expenses become a grant that does not have to be paid back. Small business loans max out at $10 million. Student Loans: Student loan payments will be suspended through September 30th. There’s no need to apply for a forbearance or deferment, this suspension is automatic.   

liar-Speaker Pelosi called out for 
a provable lie about the stimulus
By M. Dowling
{ } ~ liar-Speaker Pelosi lied on the House floor. She does that to get the soundbite out. As she has said, she will do whatever it takes to win... “A few minutes ago the liar-Speaker stood at this podium and claimed that House Democrats did what she called, a jujitsu to change the bill — that is an outright lie,” McCarthy said.“The fundamental portions of this bill has [sic] not changed since Sunday.” McCarthy continued, “Four months for unemployment was already decided on Sunday. The grant to keep employees hired in small business was already decided on Sunday.” “The only few additions were funding of things that had nothing to do with the Coronavirus,” he added. Having read the bill, I can say House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is correct. liar-Nancy Pelosi tried to put through a fully socialist bill. It  included extreme socialist agenda items which are now out of the bill...   

The coronavirus isn’t mutating quickly, 
suggesting a vaccine would offer 
lasting protection
By Joel Achenbach 
{ } ~ The coronavirus is not mutating significantly as it circulates through the human population, according to scientists who are closely studying the novel pathogen’s genetic code... That relative stability suggests the virus is less likely to become more or less dangerous as it spreads, and represents encouraging news for researchers hoping to create a long-lasting vaccine. All viruses evolve over time, accumulating mutations as they replicate imperfectly inside a host’s cells in tremendous numbers and then spread through a population, with some of those mutations persisting through natural selection. The new coronavirus has proofreading machinery, however, and that reduces the “error rate” and the pace of mutation. It looks pretty much the same everywhere it has appeared, the scientists say, and there is no evidence that some strains are deadlier than others. SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease covid-19, is similar to coronaviruses that circulate naturally in bats. It jumped into the human species last year in Wuhan, China, probably through an intermediate species — possibly a pangolin, an endangered anteater whose scales are trafficked for traditional medicine. Scientists now are studying more than 1,000 different samples of the virus, Peter Thielen, a molecular geneticist at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory who has been studying the virus, told The Washington Post.  There are only about four to 10 genetic differences between the strains that have infected people in the United States and the original virus that spread in Wuhan, he said. “That’s a relatively small number of mutations for having passed through a large number of people,” Thielen said. “At this point, the mutation rate of the virus would suggest that the vaccine developed for SARS-CoV-2 would be a single vaccine, rather than a new vaccine every year like the flu vaccine.” It would be more like the measles or chickenpox vaccines, he said — something that would likely confer immunity for a long time. “I would expect a vaccine for coronavirus would have a similar profile to those vaccines. It’s great news,” Thielen said. Several vaccines against covid-19 are in development, but experts estimate it will be at least a year to 18 months before one becomes available. Two other virologists, Stanley Perlman of the University of Iowa and Benjamin Neuman of Texas A&M University at Texarkana, both of whom were on the international committee that named the coronavirus, told The Post that the virus appears relatively stable...  
200 new doctors, nurses to 
join military medical ranks early
by ~ More than 200 military medical students and graduate nursing students from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, known as USU, will be graduating early... to support their colleagues in the U.S. military health system amid the global coronavirus pandemic. USU President Dr. Richard Thomas made the decision when the national emergency was declared, officials said. "Our curriculum has a specific focus on threats like emerging infectious diseases and disasters that our military and Public Health Service forces are likely to encounter in the course of their careers," Thomas said. "This instruction is based on real-life lessons learned, is woven throughout the curriculum and incorporated into our medical field exercises." USU's students are uniquely prepared to meet and address the readiness needs of the Defense Department and the nation the moment they step out of the university's doors, Thomas said. "This is exactly what they were educated and trained to do," he added. The surgeon generals of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Public Health Service will receive a competent cadre of health care professionals who can augment current resources available to them." The students, who are all active duty uniformed officers in the Army, Navy, Air Force or Public Health Service, will have completed all of their requirements to be awarded a degree and will be available for reassignment by their respective services, officials said. The officers include physicians; family health, mental health and women's health nurse practitioners; clinical nurse specialists and certified registered nurse anesthetists.  USU is the nation's only federal health sciences university.
Poison Policy: An Unfair Housing Regulation Leftover From the scumbag/liar-nObama Era Creates Unnecessary Chaos
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The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is making a very big mistake. It’s trying to modify an onerous scumbag/liar-nObama-era regulation that would take over local zoning instead of just getting rid of the regulation in its entirety. But it is not too late for HUD to reverse course, and President Donald Trump should ensure that it does.

The effort to reverse this HUD regulation demonstrates that Trump’s true legacy may not depend so much on the high-profile battles that seize the spotlight. No, his long-term impact may very well be measured by his success in ridding us of burdensome federal rules, regulations, and bureaucratic overreach that intrude into our daily lives, stunt the growth of our economy, limit entrepreneurship, and encroach on the power of state and local governments.

Unfortunately, the Trump administration has chosen to roll back only some of the worst aspects of the 2015 mandate, rather than eliminate the program altogether. HUD, led by Ben Carson, should reconsider. Timidity will not help the president drain the federal swamp that threatens to engulf local towns and suburbs all over the country and turn HUD into the national zoning authority.

AFFH is bad. As Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) wrote when scumbag/liar-nObama first issued it, “this new regulation is designed to give unelected, anonymous bureaucrats in Washington the power to pick and choose who your new next-door neighbor will be. If they don’t believe your neighborhood is ‘diverse’ enough, they will seize control of local zoning decisions — choosing what should be built, where, and who should pay for it — in order to make your neighborhood look more like they want it to.”

Stanley Kurtz of the Ethics and Public Policy Center correctly summarized AFFH. It gives the federal government “a lever to re-engineer nearly every American neighborhood — imposing a preferred racial and ethnic composition, densifying housing, transportation, and business development in suburb and city alike, and weakening or casting aside the authority of local governments over core responsibilities, from zoning to transportation to education.”

AFFH’s reach is so widespread because so many communities have become far too dependent on such HUD programs as Community Development Block Grants. If a local town or city wants federal housing funding, then it would have to comply with AFFH. The mandate’s egregiousness was magnified by its use of the dubious legal theory known as “disparate impact.”

This doctrine is used to tar policies and general practices that are entirely and wholly race-neutral as discriminatory, even if there is no proof of any discriminatory intent whatsoever. If said policies somehow have a disproportionate impact on categories of Americans deemed protected by the federal government, they are defined as discriminatory and thus illegal.

Some 377 pages long, AFFH rightly came into the sights of Ben Carson’s HUD soon after the change in administrations. In 2018, Carson’s HUD announced the withdrawal of the 2015 mandate’s so-called “Local Government Assessment Tools,” in which communities had to report non-housing related information. This would then be used by HUD to judge the efforts to “diversify” their communities. If federal bureaucrats believed a community was not sufficiently “diversified,” the local jurisdiction would not get federal funds that are intended to provide affordable housing.

Under the revised, proposed rule recently released, HUD concluded that the prior scumbag/liar-nObama assessment tools “required significant resources from program participants, and its complexity and demands resulted in a high failure rate for jurisdictions.”

They required local officials to answer ninety-two questions on such topics as “significant disparities in access to opportunities, and disproportionate housing needs.” The local officials also had to analyze and report data on such issues as “access to public transportation, quality schools and jobs … [and] environmental health hazards,” topics far afield from the issue of whether there is affordable housing in a particular community.

The new rule says that its goal is to provide “access to housing” and “improved housing conditions,” as opposed to racial diversity. But it still lists a long series of factors that HUD considers “inherent barriers to fair housing choice” that clearly go far outside the issue of affordable housing and interfere with local decisions on zoning and community development.

That includes things like “unduly rigorous design standards” for housing; “unduly prescriptive or burdensome building and rehabilitation codes;” “arbitrary or excessive energy and water efficiency standards;” “source of income restrictions on rental housing;” “time-consuming construction or rehabilitation permitting and review procedures;” and “administrative procedures which have the effect of … impeding the approval of affordable housing development;” etc.

In other words, a local community may be denied federal housing funds if it believes it is in the best interests of its residents to have high-quality housing that is both energy and water-efficient. Or if it thinks landlords should have the ability to make their own decisions on the creditworthiness and ability of tenants to pay their rent. Or if a town wants to carefully review and approve the work of contractors to protect its residents. So, just like the Obama rule, the new proposed rule will once again force local communities that want HUD money to change their zoning rules and administrative procedures.

What is particularly irksome about this regulation is that it appears to violate federal law. 42 U.S.C. §12711 — “Protection of State and local authority” — specifically bars HUD from conditioning federal housing assistance on the type of conditions outlined in the new rule that interferes with a state or local “public policy, regulation, or law.”

The purpose of the federal money appropriated by Congress for HUD is to provide local communities with the funds necessary to build housing that Americans at the lower end of the socioeconomic level can afford. The only rule that HUD should have in place to decide what jurisdiction will receive these grants is whether they will be used to increase the supply of affordable housing. End of story.

It is by overturning such monstrosities as AFFH and the disparate impact standard that the Trump administration will make its mark in history. Secretary Carson and other members of the administration should bear this in mind.   ~The Patriot Post  

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~ Featuring ~
Coronavirus Pandemic
Inspires Private Generosity
Culture Beat   
Trump signs $2T stimulus bill after House 
approves historic coronavirus response
By Marisa Schultz & Chad Pergram 
{ } ~ President Trump on Friday signed a more than $2 trillion legislative package to combat the coronavirus pandemic and send economic relief to workers and businesses... squeezed by restrictions meant to stop the outbreak’s spread after the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the legislation earlier in the day. "I want to thank Democrats and Republicans for coming together and putting America first," Trump said during an afternoon Oval Office signing ceremony. The legislation, approved by voice vote despite 11th-hour drama arising from a GOP lawmaker’s objections, amounts to the costliest stimulus plan in U.S. history. It includes checks for most Americans, boosted unemployment aid, help for small business as well as a massive loan fund for corporations – at a time when unemployment is surging at a record pace, a consequence of businesses closing in compliance with social distancing guidelines. “This bill is not only a rescue package, it is a commitment...that your government and the people whom you elected to serve will do everything we can to limit the harm and hardship you face, both now and in the foreseeable future,” House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said prior to the vote. "To the American public: If you do your part, I promise we will do ours."...
House Passes $2.2 Trillion Coronavirus 
Stimulus Package
{ } ~ The House passed a historic $2.2 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill on Friday, sending it to President Trump’s desk for signature... The massive economic stimulus package is intended to buoy the flagging economy, which has been wracked by the damage from the coronavirus pandemic as it spreads across the country and causes businesses to shut down and lay off workers. An agreement on the bill, which passed the Senate unanimously in a 96-to-0 vote Thursday, was reached after five days of intense negotiations between senators and senior members of the Trump administration. Lawmakers rushed back to Washington, D.C. on Thursday after Representative Thomas Massie, a Kentucky Republican, indicated he may delay the bill by demanding a recorded vote requiring at least 216 members to appear on the floor. The bill passed by a voice vote after lawmakers defeated Massie’s attempt to demand a recorded vote. “Members are advised that it is possible this measure will not pass by voice vote,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Thursday, adding that members should “follow the guidance of their local and state health officials” but if they are “able and willing” to be in Washington by 10 a.m. on Friday they are “encouraged to do so with caution.” The bill, the third coronavirus stimulus package passed by Congress, provides $367 billion in loans to help small businesses hit hard by the outbreak to keep making payroll, $100 billion for hospitals, and $150 billion for state and local governments. The plan also provides for Americans who make up to $75,000 to receive a one-time payment of $1,200. A $500 billion fund earmarked for corporations that have been economically damaged by the pandemic will be overseen by an inspector general and a congressional panel, in accordance with Democrats’ demands. U.S. coronavirus cases rose by 15,000 on Thursday, bumping the total number of infected individuals to more than 82,100, above the number the virus has sickened in China, where the virus outbreak began, and Italy, which has been hit particularly hard by the pandemic. More than 1,200 people have died in the U.S. after being infected.   

U.S. Space Force Successfully 
Launches First Rocket Into Orbit
by ~ The U.S. Space Force successfully launched its first rocket Thursday... sending a military communications satellite into space from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite will join five others of its kind in orbit, giving America's terrestrial troops complete global communications coverage.
Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus
By Greg Norman & Chris Irvine
{ } ~ Boris Johnson, the British prime minister, has revealed he tested positive for coronavirus... In a video message posted to his Twitter account Friday, he explained he had developed "mild symptoms" over the last 24 hours -- "a temperature and a persistent cough." "On the advice of the chief medical officer I have taken a test. That has come out positive, so, I am working from home," Johnson said. "I’m self-isolating. And that’s entirely the right thing to do." "But, be in no doubt that I can continue thanks to the wizardry of modern technology to communicate with all my top team to lead the national fight back against coronavirus," he added. The White House says President Trump spoke with Johnson today, where he "thanked the Prime Minister for his close friendship and wished him a speedy recovery." Johnson's diagnosis comes just a couple of days after Prince Charles revealed a positive test. U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced Friday that he has it as well -- and like Johnson, is now working from home. "I'll be self-isolating here until next Thursday," Hancock said. The United Kingdom, like many other countries around the world fighting the coronavirus, has rolled out a series of orders for non-essential businesses to close and residents to remain indoors unless otherwise necessary. Downing Street told the Sun that several staffers will now have to self-isolate too, although Rishi Sunak, the chancellor effectively the treasury secretary will not because he has shown no symptoms...
As Coronavirus Hits Hospitals, The Ugly 
Specter Of Euthanasia Raises Its Head
By Ashley Bateman
{ } ~ Increased physician-assisted suicide (PAS) in the United States is stripping the vulnerable of their equal rights in the American health care system, even as the country pledges to protect its most at-risk citizens at any cost during the coronavirus pandemic... Health-care rationing already exists, especially for the sick and elderly, and worries about tight hospital supplies have sparked discussions about keeping medical care from elderly coronavirus patients even though U.S. hospitals are not yet as overwhelmed as other nations’ hospitals are. MSN News recently reported that U.S. hospitals are discussing “do not resuscitate” orders for coronavirus patients, “regardless of the wishes of the patient or their family members.” The justification is that anywhere from eight to 30 hospital staff are required to attempt to resuscitate such a patient, and the process for doing so would put medical personnel in danger of contracting the virus and use up crucial medical products that are in short supply. If the United States gets to the desperate point other nations such as Italy have, lacking the medical equipment and personnel to treat all critical coronavirus patients, triage will be necessary. Yet it is crucial that triage decisions such as these do not discriminate based solely on age or disability, writes ethics professor Charles Camosy: New York state put together a protocol back in 2008 titled ‘Allocation of Ventilators in a Public Health Disaster’ largely reaffirmed in 2015 designed for a moment like ours. Wisely, our state insists that age and health problems or disabilities unrelated to what is causing the epidemic shouldn’t serve as the basis for rationing. Prognosis for recovery is what matters. A New York hospital could choose to give its last ventilator to the 72-year-old marathon runner rather than to the 57-year-old pack-a-day smoker. Again, based only on prognosis for recovery. The objectivity of the standard removes much of the physician’s subjective ideology from the picture. Yet the cultural and medical climate in the United States has been growing more and more prejudiced against this kind of ethical calculus, putting especially elderly and disabled Americans in greater danger... 
Corona Conservatism
By Matthew Continetti
{ } ~ Not long ago, as the severity of the coronavirus pandemic became clear, journalists were quick to say that the crisis marked the end of an era. "The Trump Presidency is Over," declared a headline in the Atlantic... One article in Politico said, "The Pandemic Is the End of Trumpism." A New York Times op-ed column carried the headline, "The Era of Small Government Is Over." Well, yes. At least so far as that last article is concerned. The era of small government has been over for decades if it ever happened at all. The highpoint of Republican and conservative efforts to limit the size and scope of the federal Leviathan was either Ronald Reagan's 1982 budget or the scumbag/liar-Clinton-Gingrich welfare reform of 1996. Then the GOP abandoned its plans for minimal government. Even the Tea Party insurgency—which began as a rebellion against standpatters in the Republican establishment—protested cuts to Medicare and achieved little more than a sequester that severely damaged military readiness. And, of course, the current Republican president was elected on a pledge not to touch senior health care and retirement benefits. No small-government conservative, he. What the moment requires is some intellectual modesty. It is far too early in the development of this national emergency to make definitive judgments on its political, economic, social, and cultural effects. We might as well explore alternative scenarios. For example: The coronavirus might not signify a conclusion to or beginning of a historical era, so much as an acceleration of previously germinating inclinations.This quickening is most visible in the United States Senate. It was the youthful and heterodox members of the Republican conference who first recognized the severity of the challenges emanating from Wuhan, China. As Congress put together its economic relief bill, these lawmakers did not worry about violating free-market dogma. They recognized the extraordinary nature of the situation. Their primary concern was the fate of the unemployed. In so far as "Trumpism," to the degree that it exists, describes a political tendency that is suspicious of overseas commitments, international trade, and unchecked immigration, and more worried about the rise of China than the revanchism of Russia, this pandemic does not spell the "end." It may even serve as vindication. The Republican senators most widely seen as preparing to run for president in 2024 have used the past few weeks to articulate a conservatism that is more heavily weighted toward security than freedom. Tom Cotton has a bill, cosponsored by Mike Gallagher in the House, to end U.S. dependence on the Chinese manufacture of pharmaceuticals. Josh Hawley introduced an "Emergency Family Relief Act" that was much more ambitious than the for now onetime payments included in the economic triage bill. Marco Rubio designed the small-business lending component that is essential to the CARES Act. They all criticized the Chinese government for lying about the coronavirus as it spread throughout the world...
Coronavirus Is Not Even Close 
to America's Biggest Problem
By Bryce Buchanan
{ } ~ The COVID-19 pandemic can be used to illustrate two problems that are both more destructive than the virus... The problems relate to how Americans view the role of government in their lives and to the belief that government money can always fix problems. Let's look at the money issue first. The immediate reaction of our government to the virus threat was to spend massive amounts of money. The latest news is that politicians plan to "boost" the economy with nearly two trillion dollars in spending and loans. "The package is coming in at about 10% of GDP. It's very large," says Larry Kudlow. For a plan of this size to sound like a good idea, you need to ignore some important economic facts. Our country has unbelievable levels of debt, and our debt is rising rapidly. The numbers are staggering. The debt clock shows U.S. debt at $23 trillion nearly 110% of the GDP and unfunded liabilities of $77 trillion. That's a conservative estimate.  Boston University economist Laurence Kotlikoff, an expert on the national debt, says, "The true size of our fiscal problem is $222 trillion...20 times bigger than the official debt." He says, "The government has gone out of its way to run up a Ponzi scheme and keep evidence of that off the books by using language to make it appear that we have a small debt." We are on the Titanic, headed for the debt iceberg. In brief moments of clear vision, we see the iceberg and know we must change course to avoid disaster. But a self-imposed fog allows us to pretend things are fine. Do not look away. Look directly at this problem. It's real. Things that are unsustainable cannot be sustained. Reality always bats last. There is also an important moral dimension to new spending programs. The government has spent all of its income and much more, so we should think of new spending programs as simply more debt being piled onto our children and grandchildren.  The required first sentence of any new spending bill should be, "Our current consumption is more important to us than any burden we will place on future generations, therefore let's place this much more debt on them." It is immoral to ignore the burden of the deficit on future generations. We are digging a hole for them that they will never get out of. Government debt is a government claim on future incomes. It is an unpaid tax bill. You can make the case that big deficit spending is warranted to protect current and future citizens in a time of war.  Some level of spending is warranted in the fight against this virus. But look at the big picture of government expansion over the last several decades as the administrative state grew and the deficit exploded. Does it make you a caring person if you propose "free health care" for everyone, including illegal aliens? No, it makes you a dangerous fool. In the socialist dream world, there will never be a day of reckoning for government debt.  Stephanie Kelton, an economic adviser to commie-Bernie Sanders, said, "If you control your own currency and you have bills that are coming due, it means you can always afford to pay the bills on time. You can never go broke; you can never be forced into bankruptcy." Governments that have tried this approach have ended up with money that looks like this 50-trillion-dollar bill from Zimbabwe. It's real paper money. But this $50 trillion wouldn't buy much. In Venezuela, the inflation rate is around 53 million percent. That means everything costs more every day. And with socialist destruction of the economy, there are far fewer things to buy. This kind of money does help with the toilet paper shortage, though...
Coronavirus Pandemic Inspires Private Generosity
Culture Beat  “While many of us turn to the government for answers to the COVID-19 pandemic, others rightfully seek solutions from the private sector. Last week, the Hoover Institution’s Russ Roberts asked his many twitter followers to help ‘create a list of voluntary (non-coercive) actions taking place right now to reduce COVID-19 spread or impact.’ The answers are too inspiring not to share.”

“First, many of Roberts’ followers shared a list the benefits offered by their employers that help to alleviate workers’ financial hardships or ensure their health is protected. For instance, Walmart, Target, Gap, and many other firms announced that they will provide up to two weeks of paid leave to every worker who is sick or taking care of sick family members.”

“Even companies that rely on self-employed contractors are stepping during this crisis. Uber, for example, emailed its customers to inform them that ‘Any driver or delivery person who is diagnosed with COVID-19 or is individually asked to self-isolate by a public health authority will receive financial assistance for up to 14 days while their account is on hold,’ adding, ‘We’ve already helped drivers in some affected areas, and we’re working to quickly implement this worldwide.’”

Read more at Reason.   ~The Patriot Post  

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~ Featuring ~
Video: Changes Coming to the
Post-COVID-19 World
Media Editors  
President Trump Extensive Interview with
Sean Hannity About Ongoing
Coronavirus Response 
by sundance
{ } ~ President Trump called-in to Fox News host Sean Hannity for an extensive interview on the latest coronavirus developments.
USNS Comfort Will Depart for New York 
on Saturday with Trump, Modly in Attendance
By Megan Eckstein
{ } ~ Hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) will leave for New York City on Saturday, with President Donald Trump and Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly on hand to see off the ship from Naval Station Norfolk, Va. ...Trump announced today he would travel to Norfolk on Saturday “to bid bon voyage to the hospital ship USNS Comfort (T-AH-20) as it leaves for New York City to the frontlines of the COVID-19 virus response. The USNS Comfort will sail well ahead of its originally scheduled departure time to answer America’s call to battle against the global pandemic here at home,” reads a White House news release. Earlier in the day, Modly said in a Pentagon press briefing that “we’ve accelerated the plan for Comfort. We had originally been looking at April 3, but in all likelihood she’s going to be getting underway this weekend. So hopefully she’ll be there in New York by the early part of next week.” Modly said at the briefing that he would visit the ship before it left to support the American city hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, but he did not specify exactly which day he would visit or the ship would depart. Asked at the briefing when Comfort would arrive at New York City Harbor, Modly said, “it will all depend on her transit time and how well she’s functioning on the route up there.” The hospital ship, a converted San Clemente-class super tanker that has provided global medical support under the Military Sealift Command for 33 years, was undergoing maintenance work in Norfolk when Trump announced the ship would be deployed to support New York’s COVID-19 outbreak. Comfort will not take on infected patients but will rather care for patients with other needs – emergency surgeries, trauma care and more – to free up beds and doctors at New York hospitals so they can deal with the virus. USNI News reported that major maintenance actions were accelerated  and other minor work was deferred to allow for the ship to be buttoned up, staffed and supplied in time for this weekend’s deployment. Comfort’s sister ship, USNS Mercy (T-AH-19), departed San Diego on Monday and should pull into Los Angeles tomorrow, after at-sea training and ballasting this week. The White House statement adds that “over 1,200 medical personnel and critical supplies will be onboard the vessel. They will bring to bear the skills, care, and compassion needed to wage this fight against an invisible enemy. These doctors, nurses, anesthesiologists, x-ray technicians, orderlies, and other medical staff will augment and support New York City’s medical community and conserve hospital capacity by treating some non-COVID-19 patients aboard the USNS Comfort.” 
Coronavirus: The European Union Unravels
by Soeren Kern
{ } ~ As the coronavirus pandemic rages through Europe — where more than 250,000 people have now been diagnosed with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) and 15,000 have died... the foundational pillars of the European Union are crumbling one by one. Faced with an existential threat, EU member states, far from joining together to confront the pandemic as a unified bloc, instinctively are returning to pursuing the national interest. After years of criticizing U.S. President Donald J. Trump for pushing an "America First" policy, European leaders are reverting to the very nationalism they have publicly claimed to despise. Ever since the threat posed by coronavirus came into focus, Europeans have displayed precious little of the high-minded multilateral solidarity that for decades has been sold to the rest of the world as a bedrock of European unity. The EU's unique brand of soft power, said to be a model for a post-national world order, has been shown to be an empty fiction. In recent weeks, EU member states have closed their borders, banned exports of critical supplies and withheld humanitarian aid. The European Central Bank, the guarantor of the European single currency, has treated with unparalleled disdain the eurozone's third-largest economy, Italy, in its singular hour of need. The member states worst affected by the pandemic — Italy and Spain — have been left by the other member states to fend for themselves. The seeds of the European Union were planted in the ashes of the Second World War. In May 1949, Robert Schuman, one of the EU's founding fathers, boldly announced the creation of new world system: "We are carrying out a great experiment, the fulfillment of the same recurrent dream that for ten centuries has revisited the peoples of Europe: creating between them an organization putting an end to war and guaranteeing an eternal peace."...
Democrats Discover Border Security – Rhode 
Island Governor Orders National Guard 
Checkpoints To Protect Against New Yorkers
by sundance
{ } ~ Apparently democrat governors are discovering that border security might be important after all…. at least when it comes to quarantining pesky undesirables.  Hypocrisy, thy name is:Yes America, Democrat governors are now placing their national guard troops at the borders to question travelers about their origination… “papers please.” Governor Gina Raimondo announced. Starting immediately, anyone coming into the state from New York state will be mandated to self-quarantine for 14 days, the governor said. “No matter how you come to Rhode Island – bus, car, train, plane – you are ordered to quarantine for 14 days,” Raimondo said. “In my judgement this is the most prudent form of action in light of the crisis.” Members of the National Guard will be stationed at train and bus stations to gather the contact information of anyone coming in from New York. In addition, the Rhode Island State Police will station troopers at the state border to flag down vehicles with New York license plates. The information collected will be used only for contact tracing by the Rhode Island Department of Health, Raimondo said. “This is different. This is unusual. This is radical,” Raimondo said. “I don’t want anyone to panic. If anything, Rhode Islanders should breathe a sigh of relief. We are doing things to keep ourselves safe.”... 

Senate Stimulus Bill Contains 
Nothing for Climate Advocates 
by Jennifer A Dlouhy & Leslie Kaufman
{ } ~ There was hope among some climate activists in the U.S. that the federal stimulus to address Covid-19 might be the moment to both heal the economy and advance a long-overdue transition to clean energy... Whatever they’d envisioned, the $2 trillion bill agreed to by the Senate in the wee hours of Wednesday morning wasn’t it. As congressional leaders assembled the spending bill, the push for clean energy drew fierce opposition from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and conservative critics, who accused Democrats of trying to exploit the urgent need for coronavirus relief to foist an environmental agenda on a wounded country. “Some folks in Congress and in other parts of Washington, D.C. are suggesting this is a bunch of liberals angling for the Green New Deal, and these are coastal elites that just want to pad their investments in clean energy,” says Bob Keefe, executive director of Environmental Entrepreneurs, or E2, a nonpartisan group of business leaders and investors. “It’s not.” Most people in the clean energy sector are “boot strap-and-jeans guys,” Keefe says. “These are everyday Americans who are struggling.” Here’s where stimulus negotiations currently stand. The wind and solar industry asked for extension of tax credits and other supportive provisions. They were cut out entirely. Solar power lobbyists have warned that half the industry’s jobs are at risk as a result of the pandemic. Some solar panels are stranded in other countries, and even when supplies are on hand, lockdown orders are preventing workers from installing panels. Where oil refineries are generally exempt from shelter-in-place requirements, the waiver doesn’t extend to all renewable energy ventures. Wind developers are racing to get projects in service so they don’t lose some of the value of the renewable energy tax credits that will start being phased out for turbines next year. Colorado-based Scout Clean Energy, for instance, is racing to finish construction on a 200-megawatt project in South Dakota. At the same time, it’s seeking to renegotiate power-purchase agreements in anticipation that the work might not be done in time to claim the full production tax credit, says chief executive Michael Rucker...
Will Wasteful Provisions in Coronavirus Relief Package Come Back to Haunt Congress? 
 by ~ The need for a massive economic stimulus to jump-start the stalled economy during the coronavirus pandemic is shared on both sides of the political aisle...Unfortunately, some provisions in the widely believed soon-to-be passed bill will have a harmful effect. Workers in low-wage jobs have a greater incentive to stay unemployed instead of returning to work. Others have nothing to do with the immediate crisis.  The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) – which the House of Representatives is expected to vote on Friday – includes the funding for the African Development Fund (ADF), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the International  Development Association (IDA). The ADF and the AfDB are two related organizations that help fund development and poverty eradication efforts in Africa, whereas the IDA is a subsidiary of the World Bank that gives to poor countries in general. Combined, they will receive more than $10.8 billion under the CARES Act. This amount includes $7,286,587,008 for the AfDB, $513,900,000 for the ADF and $3,004,200,000 for the IDA. As the costliest stimulus measure in U.S. history, the bill has generated a mixed and often-conflicted reaction even from those advocating for it. The package contains sorely needed relief for struggling workers facing layoffs as businesses are forced to temporarily shutter on an unprecedented scale in a bid to curb the spread of coronavirus. But some have questioned the massive pot of money set aside for loans to big industries, while others have challenged the array of seemingly unrelated or tangential funding pipelines that made their way in.  
Video: Changes Coming to the Post-COVID-19 World
Media Editors
Video: USAF Museum — From the Air
Media Editors
Video: What Was Revolutionary About the American Revolution?
Media Editors
~The Patriot Post  
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Friday / Med-AM ~ TheFrontPageCover

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China Virus Demands Reckoning for Beijing
Harold Hutchison  
Friday News Executive Summary
Jordan Candler  The Latest on Coronavirus
  • liar-Speaker Pelosi says House will vote on relief bill Friday, outlines fourth bill to satisfy leftists (The Daily Wire)

  • Trump reveals new coronavirus guidelines will address potential changes to social-distancing rules (Fox News)

  • For the record: Health versus wealth is a false choice (National Review)

  • U.S. and China are “working closely together” in fight against coronavirus (CNBC)

  • Narrative buster: U.S. was more prepared for pandemic than any other country, Johns Hopkins study found (Fox News)

  • “We don’t have evidence of that”: Dr. Deborah Birx says coronavirus data doesn’t match the doomsday media predictions (RealClearPolitics)

  • “Cognizant” of coronavirus constraints, EPA eases up on enforcement of pollution rules (Washington Examiner)

  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus, is experiencing “mild symptoms” (CNBC)


  • China supplied faulty coronavirus test kits to Spain, Czech Republic (National Review)

  • Iranian officials stole more than $1 billion in humanitarian funds (The Washington Free Beacon)

  • Twenty people are charged over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey, including two aides to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (Daily Mail)

  • Venezuela President Maduro wanted by DOJ for drug trafficking, AG William Barr announces (Fox News)

Economy & Heartland

  • “All they want is the money”: Hospitality union demands dues from members left unemployed (The Washington Free Beacon)

  • Bending the curve: Dow exits bear market on optimism of $2 trillion relief package (Fox Business)

  • Tone deaf: Planned Parenthood sues Texas after governor declares abortion nonessential (The Daily Wire)

Closing Arguments

    • Policy: COVID-19 is killing the case for socialized medicine (Issues & Insights)

    • Policy: Making it easier to see a doctor in the future (RealClearPolicy)

    • Policy: Fossil fuels, not the Green New Deal, improve human welfare (Issues & Insights)

    • Humor: Government accidentally shuts itself down with ban on nonessential businesses (The Babylon Bee)  

~The Patriot Post
Phase Four – Supply Chain Prioritizes – 
Proteins Return, Manufactured Processed 
Grain Products Still Lag
by sundance
{ } ~ • Phase One was retail. • Phase two was distribution. • Phase three was the space between manufacturing and distribution... • Phase four is raw material supply to manufacturing. U.S. food processing, and manufacturing is now operating at full capacity.By now the majority of protein manufacturing has caught up. Beef and pork should be solid at your local market; however, chicken, while available, will lag to full replenishment capacity in the protein sector. The reason is: “chicken” is an ingredient component in many shelf stable items (soup etc.), that are still short as the manufacturing sector runs at capacity. We enter a phase where grain commodities are now arriving at manufacturing. ♦ Between the Appalachian mountain range and the Colorado mountain range there is a massive amount of grain, meal, and derivative (farming) product generated. Thin component inventories, now exhausted at processing, are the cause of the current manufacturing supply chain stress… This lag will take a little longer...
The public’s resilience in 
the face of the coronavirus pandemic
{ } ~ In the coming weeks and months, Israel’s national character will be tested to its limits. Already, Israelis have had restrictions placed on their movements, ability to assemble and work, and leave their homes... Life has changed completely, as children and students of all ages have been sent home and their institutions shuttered for almost one and a half months, and perhaps much longer. Already one citizen has died, and more than 1,000 have been sickened in varying degrees. More than 150,000 Israelis who have been quarantined, completely cut off from life, sometimes sitting in one room for 14 days. All of these measures are placing a tremendous strain on our economy and the ability of our nation to function. Nonetheless, so far, Israel has acted with a national understanding that these steps are what it takes to be victorious over an invisible and deadly enemy. When the coronavirus  leaves us and life returns to some semblance of normalcy, it will only be a matter of time before our terrorist enemies once again test us with a barrage of rockets and missiles targeting our civilian population centers. Our responses in recent years to this have been minimal, to say the least. More often than not, our political decision-makers decide to bomb a few empty buildings and then seek a truce with the offending party, whether Hamas or Palestine Islamic Jihad. When one asks political and security officials intimately involved why the response is so extremely limited, many argue that the public does not have the stomach for lengthy wars with large casualty figures. They are mistaken, and now we have some evidence. Israelis are showing every day that they are prepared to suffer in the short-term for a long-term good...   

Trump Exposes liar-Pelosi’s 
“TERRIBLE” Coronavirus Bill
by ~ In case you hadn’t heard, the Democrats threw a wrench into the works on Sunday and Monday when all but ONE of their Senators voted against the bipartisan bill... designed to relieve pressure on the economy and send money to American workers. On Tuesday, during a Fox News town hall, President Donald Trump took aim at House liar-Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Congressional colleagues for denying American people the support they need. He also exposed the “terrible” nature of the bill Democrats proposed in its place. Specifically, Trump exposed how the proposed replacement legislation is packed full of measures that the Democrats have been trying to get passed for years, but have consistently failed to do. Why do the Democrats think the American people want their insane proposals at a time of national crisis? “I cancelled the deal last night, I said, ‘I’m not gonna sign that deal,’ because liar-Nancy Pelosi came in and put a lot of things in the deal that had nothing to do with the workers,” Trump told Fox. “It had to do with an agenda that they’ve been trying to get passed for 10 years. And, I came in, I told Mike Pence, I told a lot of people, ‘there’s no way I’m signing that deal.’” The president also explained how he had received calls from Republican Senator for Louisiana John Kennedy, Republican Senator for Nebraska Ben Sasse, and various other people who told him “This deal is terrible, what they’ve done.” During the town hall event, Trump also explained how the Republicans had worked on a bipartisan basis to construct a bill that could be supported on both sides of the aisle. Despite working in good faith with the Democrats, however, it was shot down when it came to the vote. Trump said they “almost had a deal” on the stimulus bill. “They took a deal, you know we almost had a deal the day before and it was between scumbag-Schumer and Mitch and it was really a good solid deal,” President Trump explained. “All of a sudden they start throwing all of the little Green New Deal stuff in, right? And the boardrooms, what they look like, and we want green energy, we want all this stuff…they had things in there that were terrible.” So what does this mean? Well, Americans shouldn’t expect any support from the government until the Democrats decided to stop playing games. Had liar-Pelosi and the Democrats supported the legislation, Americans who earn under $75,000 per year would have been given $1,200 to help navigate through the coronavirus pandemic. Who knows if or when the Democrats will decide to play ball?.
Dem Senator: I'm Embarrassed 
By My Party's Selfish Partisanship
by Beth Baumann
{ } ~ Democrats are taking a beating because House liar-Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) derailed a bipartisan Wuhan coronavirus relief plan... Members of both parties worked through the weekend to come to an agreement and, at the last minute, liar-Pelosi decided it would be better for the House to introduce their own coronavirus relief plan. Her reasoning? There weren't enough progressive items in the bill and Democrats saw this as the perfect opportunity to fundamentally transform America into what they think it should be. Senators who were part of the negotiations and agreed to the bill before liar-Pelosi blew it up decided to follow liar-Pelosi's lead. But not every Democrat is happy with the party's hyper-partisanship, especially as Americans across the country are suffering. Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) was the only Democrat to vote in favor of cloture on Monday, which would fast-track the proposed Wuhan coronavirus relief bill. Even though he voted alongside Republicans, Democrats were able to get their way, yet again. The motion failed with a vote of 49-46. Jones told CNN's Manu Raji he's "embarrassed" by the political games that are taking place. The Senate is expected to vote on the Wuhan coronavirus relief package sometime Wednesday evening, assuming no further delays take place.
Which industries won the 
coronavirus stimulus lobbying battle?
By Karl Evers-Hillstrom
{ } ~ Powerful companies and trade groups with sway in Washington are asking for more than $2.7 trillion in grants, loans and other assistance amid the coronavirus pandemic... And that’s only those that have put a price tag on the financial aid they need. Congress is poised to provide far less than that. The Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief bill Wednesday that will establish a $450 billion lending program to support struggling businesses and provide $350 billion in loans to small businesses. The House is expected to pass the bill and President Donald Trump has said he will sign it.  Lobbying groups representing various business interests requested direct assistance for their members, but many of those companies will now have to battle with others for government loans. Only a couple of industries received specified aid. Airlines and airports, among the first industries to ask for government assistance, are big winners. Passenger airlines and cargo carriers will receive $29 million in direct grants and up to $29 billion in loans. Airports will get the $10 billion they requested. Aerospace giant Boeing is also likely to receive billions in federal loans thanks to a provision in the bill, the Washington Post reported. Those funds provide crucial assistance to the air transport  industry that has steadily increased its lobbying spending, reaching record levels last year. Hospitals will also get much of the assistance they were looking for as they fight COVID-19. The stimulus bill provides $100 billion to hospitals battling the coronavirus pandemic. Senate Minority Leader Chuck scumbag-Schumer (D-N.Y.), whose closely tied super PAC is bankrolled by New York hospitals, pushed to secure those funds. Health industry groups including the American Hospital Association  called for $100 billion, while for-profit hospitals asked for $225 billion. The health sector has smashed lobbying records in recent years and shown tremendous influence in Congress...
FBI Agents Kill ‘Neo-Nazi’ 
Who Blamed Jews For COVID-19
by ~ Timothy Wilson, a man who died in an FBI shootout in Belton, Missouri, was planning to bomb a hospital providing “critical medical care”... during the current coronavirus health care crisis, according to a statement from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Wilson felt compelled to act when the Belton mayor issued a stay-at-home order to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, The New York Times reported. The Informant’s Nick R. Martin has unearthed social media posts he says were made by Wilson on Telegram channels using the handle Werwolfe 84; according to Martin’s research, Wilson was “an admirer of the 1980s terrorist group The Order” and was linked to “two active neo-Nazi organizations,” the National Socialist Movement (NSM) and Vorherrschaft Division (VSD). Elon University computer science professor Megan Squire helped Martin with the research. According to Martin, Wilson was active on Telegram on Tuesday, March 24, writing that he thought the government was using coronavirus as an “excuse to destroy our people,” adding, “Mark my words it’s coming I hope people are ready.” He also commented on COVID-19, according to Martin, writing, “If you don’t think this whole thing was engineered by Jews as a power grab here is more proof of their plans. Jews have been playing the long game we are the only ones standing in their way.” In the March 25, 2020 statement, the FBI revealed that it had executed a probable cause arrest the day before for Timothy Wilson, 36, at the 100th block of Wilbur Parish Circle in Belton, Missouri. That action came “at the conclusion of a long-running domestic terrorism investigation,” the FBI wrote. FBI agents went to arrest Wilson, who was armed, when Wilson “was injured and transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced deceased,” according to the statement from the FBI. The New York Times reported that Wilson was killed in a shootout with FBI agents. It’s not clear whether he died at his own hand or was shot by the agents...   
China Virus Demands Reckoning for Beijing
Harold Hutchison  The China Virus has wreaked economic havoc. It has infected tens of thousands of Americans, killing several hundred so far. This is an immense tragedy for all those affected, whether they have lost jobs, health (either temporarily or permanently), or loved ones.

Sadly, it didn’t have to happen. Despite massive disinformation efforts, evidence has emerged that the government of the People’s Republic of China engaged in a cover-up that lasted weeks, if not months. Even as this evidence mounts, the Chinese Communists have spewed the despicable lie that the Wuhan coronavirus is somehow a biological weapon developed by the United States Army.

Mainstream media outlets like The New York TimesThe Washington Post, and the Times of London — all of which are grossly biased against President Donald Trump — have published reports about what the Chinese Communists knew, when they knew it, and how they tried to keep that knowledge from the world. The Financial Times has some even more damning reports about how Taiwan’s warnings to the World Health Organization were ignored.

Take a look at this January 14 post on Twitter from the WHO. Take a look at what life in America is like as of today, and what has been in the news. Reread what those mainstream outlets have reported about how the government of Communist China responded and how Taiwan’s warning was ignored.

China fed the world lies and propaganda for weeks to cover up the existence of the Wuhan coronavirus, and at the very least the WHO went along. It may be more than coincidence that China backed the election of WHO  Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in 2017. Ghebreyesus has spent the last two months downplaying the threat, while providing cover and offering fawning praise for the ChiComs.

Moreover, that cover-up cost time — time that could have, at the very least, mitigated the effects of what became a pandemic. Imagine if it hadn’t been covered up. Imagine being worried about how your NCAA bracket is going to turn out instead of whether all the toilet paper has been bought up — or if you’ll receive a paycheck on Friday.

Because of the cover-up orchestrated by the People’s Republic of China and the WHO’s inexcusable failure to heed Taiwan’s warning, Americans have suffered a serious economic hit. Because of this cover-up, Americans have gotten sick. Because of this cover-up, Americans have died. For what? To avoid embarrassing Beijing’s dictator?

When companies perpetrate crap like this that doesn’t  cost lives (see Enron), they face class-action lawsuits. Sometimes, executives even go to jail. We don’t exactly have those options when it comes to what was negligence at best and depraved malevolence at worst on the part of the People’s Republic of China. But we can do stuff on multiple fronts to hold the Butchers of Beijing accountable and ensure that this never happens again. The payment for the rebuilding of our economy can, in a way, come from the hide of the People’s Republic of China — primarily by us extricating ourselves from dependence on China for so many goods. That is not nearly sufficient when Beijing’s BS cost Americans their lives. But it will be a start.   ~The Patriot Post\
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Treatments, Vaccines, and Defeating COVID-19
Mark Alexander   
Coronavirus bill includes $350 million 
for migration, refugee assistance
By Adam Shaw
{ } ~ The $2 trillion spending package to boost the economy in response to the coronavirus crisis includes a $350 million pot of money for “Migration and Refugee Assistance”... the latest item in the legislative behemoth that is angering critics. While a number of items that Republicans objected to got trimmed in the final Senate bill, the Migrant and Refugee Assistance item actually increased by $50 million to $350 million. That's more than the bill put forward by House Democrats earlier this week, which included $300 million in “Migrant and Refugee Assistance” for the State Department. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla, called it a “poison pill” that put “America LAST.” “Democrats: This is not the time to advance your legislative agenda,” he tweeted before the bill passed the Senate late Wednesday. “This is the time to put #AmericaFirst.’ The bill ultimately passed the Senate 96-0 and is expected to pass the House in a voice vote on Friday. It includes a number of measures to boost businesses and help individuals hurt by the economic downturn triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. But it includes controversial items, such as  $25 million in funding for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The Senate bill also provides $75 million to each the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. That is down from the $300 million for each that was in the House stimulus bill.  
Republicans targeting 2024 White House 
bid diverge from Trump on coronavirus
by David M. Drucker
{ } ~ Prominent Republicans eyeing a 2024 White House bid have placed themselves at the epicenter of efforts to blunt the coronavirus pandemic... with some departing from President Trump by proposing an extended and more aggressive economic shutdown. As Trump floats reopening a quarantined national economy by Easter, two Republican senators with presidential aspirations, Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Rick Scott of Florida, support tightening current restrictions and maintaining them for at least 30 days. Scott’s eight-point plan would suspend domestic airline travel and place a moratorium on people’s monthly financial obligations. Cotton advocates nationwide shelter-in-place rules and is urging the administration to heed the recommendations of Anthony Fauci and other experts. “This is the stark truth: we have to arrest the spread of the China virus to get the economy back on its feet & get life back to something like normal,” Cotton tweeted Tuesday. The same day, Trump began discussing the need to balance public health concerns properly with the damage to a stunted economy could have on the public's psyche. Cotton and Scott are among a handful of potential 2024 presidential candidates who have sought to influence the federal government’s response to the coronavirus. Others have been drafted, willingly or not, by virtue of their position in the Trump administration. Vice President Mike Pence was tapped to lead the White House pandemic task force; Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is running point as it relates to coordination and interaction abroad. Marco Rubio of Florida, chairman of the Senate Small Business Committee and a potential 2024 contender, was the lead Republican negotiator of a bipartisan blueprint to rescue small businesses teetering on insolvency because of the pandemic. The measure was a critical component of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief package poised to clear Congress this week. With thousands of businesses endangered and millions poised to lose their jobs, some Republican strategists believe GOP primary voters will reward, or punish, 2024 contenders based on how they responded to the economic fallout. At the very least, some political professionals expect the coronavirus pandemic to affect how Republicans campaign, even if it does not substantially alter what primary voters are looking for in a successor to Trump...
Netanyahu and Gantz said forming 
unity government; Blue and White collapses
{ } ~ Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz is set to partner Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a unity government, serving initially as foreign minister... but then taking over from Netanyahu as prime minister in September 2021, according to a reported deal taking shape amid immense political drama in Israel on Thursday afternoon. Gantz’s decision to join forces with Netanyahu immediately led to the collapse of Blue and White, with the party’s No. 2 Yair Lapid rejecting the move and apparently heading into opposition with others from his Yesh Atid component of Blue and White. “Gantz chose Netanyahu over Lapid,” Channel 12 reported succinctly. Yesh Atid and Moshe Ya’alon’s Telem faction both filed a formal request to break away from Blue and White late on Thursday afternoon, leaving only Gantz’s Israel Resilience Party to join forces with Netanyahu’s Likud. Lapid had reportedly told Gantz he preferred that Israel go to fourth elections rather than see Blue and White partner Netanyahu in power. The coalition is reportedly likely to constitute 78-79 MKs — Likud, Gantz’s Israel Resilience, Labor, Yamina, Shas and United Torah Judaism — according to Channel 12. That would leave Lapid’s Yesh Atid, Ya’alon’s Telem, Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu, Meretz and the mainly Arab Joint List in opposition. However, various other fluctuations are deemed possible, with Yoaz Hendel and Zvi Hauser from Telem, for instance, said to be weighing joining the coalition. The unity deal was taking shape as the Knesset met to vote for a new speaker, following Likud speaker Yuli Edelstein’s resignation on Wednesday. Gantz offered himself as the sole candidate for the Knesset speaker’s job, which he is set to hold only for a brief period while the terms of the unity coalition are finalized. He will then serve as foreign minister for the first 18 months of the emergency unity government, under the terms of the reported deal, before succeeding Netanyahu as prime minister. It was not clear what post Netanyahu would fill at that stage. The prime minister has been indicted in three corruption cases, in a trial that was supposed to begin last week but has been postponed to May amid the coronavirus crisis. After a bitter fight with Likud over the speaker’s job, Blue and White had been set to see its MK Meir Cohen voted in, which would give the party control of the parliamentary agenda...   

Trump Campaign Threatens to Sue 
TV Stations Over Deceptive Ad  
By Ken Meyer  
{ } ~ President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign is threatening to file lawsuits against local news outlets in several battleground states... if they continue to air a political ad showing his attempts to downplay the coronavirus. Priorities USA, a liberal super PAC, crafted the ad entitled “Exponential Threat,” and it splices audio of Trump from recent weeks as he made dismissive comments about COVID-19’s severity. At the same time, a visual graphic charts the escalation of case numbers in the U.S., which torpedoes Trump’s claims to have always taken the virus seriously. The ad is being run on TV stations in Florida, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin, according to The Hill.  The ad uses audio to advance a frequent, misleading claim from Democrats that Trump called the coronavirus a “hoax” at a rally. A fact check by  Washington Post explains, however, that Trump was referring to public concerns about the virus and attempts by critics to politicize it against him.  Campaign attorney Alex Cannon sent cease and desist letters to all the stations airing the ad, saying they will take legal action if they don’t stop airing it. “PUSA’s advertisement is false, misleading, and deceptive, and we formally demand that your station refuse to continue airing it to meet your responsibilities not to broadcast false information,” the letter says. “Should you fail to immediately cease broadcasting PUSA’s ad ‘Exponential Threat,’ Donald J. Trump for President, Inc. will have no choice but to pursue all legal remedies available to it in law and in equity; we will not stand idly by and allow you to broadcast false, deceptive, and misleading information concerning President’s Trump’s healthcare positions without consequence.” 

Ted Cruz and rino-Susan Collins Pummel 
Democrats Over Coronavirus Stimulus
by ~ One thing that the Senate Democrats accomplished when they refused to cut off debate on the coronavirus stimulus bill was to unite Senate Republicans as they rarely have been... The bill, which everyone had thought was done, was blown up when House liar-Speaker Nancy Pelosi arrived back in Washington and started to demand a laundry list of liberal policy prescriptions that had little to do with fighting the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Tax subsidies for wind and solar? Money for the Kennedy Center? Giveaways for labor unions. To quote loose lips liar-Joe Biden, come on, man? The Federalist notes that Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas was in full righteous rage while noting the perfidy of the Democrats on the Senate floor. “The famed quote from Rahm Emanuel, that’s President scumbag.liar-nObama’s chief of staff: Never let a good crisis go to waste. Sadly, we’re seeing the embodiment of that cynical approach right now. Because with all the people out of jobs, the Democrats are using this to push — what are they pushing for? Changing the emissions standards on airplanes. What the h-ll do the emissions standards on airplanes have to do with thousands to people dying and millions of people out of work in the coronavirus epidemic?” Cruz noted that the Democrats had not just voted against the bill but had voted against even considering the bill. He was speaking for a lot of people who believe that the Democrats have essentially taken the entire population of the United States hostage to pass unrelated, far-left policies that have no relation to the coronavirus and could not pass under normal circumstances. Cruz can be relied upon to bring down the thunder when Democrats, or anyone else for that matter, misbehave. However, the Senate Democrats have also angered Sen. rino-Susan Collins, R-Maine, every liberal’s favorite Republican senator, with the possible exception of rino-Mitt Romney. According to Fox News, after having to endure an effort of Senate Democratic Leader Chuck scumbag-Schumer to prevent her from speaking, she took to the floor of the Senate and unloaded...   

MediaPush to Censor President 
Trump's Coronavirus Briefings
by Daniel Greenfield
{ } ~ It's all about controlling the narrative. And in pursuit of controlling the narrative, the media is... 1. Lying compulsively about Trump 2. Trying to cut off presidential briefings during a crisis. The first is expected. The second is obscene. Here the New York Times offers both. He has also encouraged the use of medications that have yet to be proved effective against the virus; on Monday, a man in Arizona died after he and his wife consumed a form of chloroquine, a drug that Mr. Trump has promoted on the air. The media is pushing this false claim repeatedly. The Arizona couple took fish cleaner. Not a prescribed medication. The Times, like the rest of the media, fails to mention this while pursuing its political narrative. And that's what this is about. Maintaining media supremacy. “I would stop putting those briefings on live TV — not out of spite, but because it’s misinformation,” the MSNBC host Rachel Maddow declared to her viewers last week. The Times is quoting a conspiracy theorist who pushed nonsense and lies to her viewers for years about misinformation. If knows about misinformation, it's Maddow. The White House, in turn, has been critical of TV networks that do not do its bidding. On Monday, after CNN and MSNBC cut away from the final portion of Mr. Trump’s briefing, a White House spokesman, Judd Deere, called the move “pretty disgraceful.” CNN responded that the network “will make our own editorial decisions.” MSNBC said it had cut away only “because the information no longer appeared to be valuable to the important ongoing discussion around public health.” It's not the job of the media to "fact check" press briefings in real time. This is public radio in a hot zone announcing that it won't provide the public with coronavirus task force briefings.  
Treatments, Vaccines, and Defeating COVID-19
Mark Alexander  The latest mainstream media drama and distraction is centered on politicized claims accusing the HHS/CDC (and, by extension, Donald Trump) for being slow to implement testing for COVID-19 (CV19) infections. While tests are not vaccines, antidotes, or cures, they certainly are instructive in determining viral spread and how to retard it.

As for all the Demo finger pointing, some issues about our national response to CV19 should be fairly debated at the proper time, in hindsight after-action. But those conclusions regarding those issues can’t be fairly assumed now, as the Demos and Leftmedia have done.

One of the physicians who has been a Patriot Post  resource for years is a former Army doc and an exceptionally gifted medical analyst. He graduated from a highly esteemed medical school at age 20 and completed seven medical specialty fellowships.

He offered the following assessment on the prospects for CV19 treatment and vaccines: “Healthcare providers from around the world are collaborating as never before to improve treatment results. Anti-viral, antibiotic, inhaled medication, and connective-tissue-disease medications have all shown promise and the world’s medical community has embraced the challenge. We get daily updates from our Seattle, French, and Italian colleagues from the trenches on what is working and what is not (avoid nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs!). Outcomes are improving. We are utilizing this information to treat our sickest patients.”

Regarding hopes of a quick vaccine, he notes, “Vaccine is many months away and double-blinded treatment protocols are not being considered (who wants to be in the ‘no treatment’ group?). A vaccine requires a stable locus on the virus (no mutation that would delete the antigen), safety and efficacy data, as well as the ability to mass produce the vaccine. This process usually takes 2-5 years and very few of these ever make it to market. Approximately 87% of would-be vaccines never make it to human testing. We are attempting to greatly accelerate the process, but only so many corners can be cut if we are to have a safe and effective product. It’s worth mentioning that we’ve had the SARS virus around for over a decade and have yet to develop a vaccine for it. A daunting task, but with many brilliant minds, the human spirit, and a healthy dose of prayer, we shall overcome.”

As for the vaccine now being administered in Seattle, the original epicenter of CV19 in the U.S., he adds, “While the vaccine doses being administered there are being used under a ‘compassionate need’ basis, it will take time to know if that vaccine has any effect on prevention.”

In other words, successful treatments and vaccines are not likely to emerge soon.

Additionally, regarding the rise and decline of CV19, Nobel laureate and Stanford biophysicist Michael Levitt believes the virus spread will be much more manageable than current risk assessments trumpeted by the mass media.

According to Levitt, “What we need is to control the panic. … We’re going to be fine. The real situation is not nearly as terrible as they make it out to be.” His analysis indicates that CV19 in the U.S. will follow a similar pattern to that in Asia and will peak sooner than thought. Let’s pray that assessment is correct.   

(For more on the efficacy of vaccines, visit this resource page.) 

~The Patriot Post  

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~ Featuring ~
Trump Signals Determination in Face of Growing Pandemic
Thomas Gallatin   
Israel’s Teva Pharmaceuticals Donating 
Potential COVID-19 Treatment To US Hospitals
by Jeff Dunetz 
{ } ~ Some allies are better than others. Hydroxychloroquine sulfate is the malaria drug that is being tested as a treatment for China CoronaVirus. India is possibly the largest producer of the drug in the world...  They have banned exporting the drug to other countries.  Teva Pharmaceutical, an Israeli multinational drug company that specializes in generics, announced they will be donating at least ten million doses of hydroxychloroquine sulfate to U.S. Hospitals. Malaria is a major medical problem in India. Anti-malarial medicines are of critical importance there. But now those anti-malarial drugs may be the most potent medical weapon against the Chinese Coronavirus. But as my friends at Clash Daily reported, India is not sharing. India isn’t trying to screw the U.S., they probably are trying to make sure they have enough for their people. As of March 26th, India’s had 716 cases of Covid-19. On the other hand, Israel has a population that is .006 that of India’s and 2,590 cases as of the same date. Israeli pharmaceutical company Teva Pharmaceutical which is also a significant manufacturer of Hydroxychloroquine sulfate said it plans to donate 6 million tablets to U.S. hospitals through wholesalers by March 31st and more than 10 million within a month. All subsequent product manufactured and shipped to wholesalers will also be donated. According to its website, Teva is a global leader in generic and specialty medicines with a portfolio consisting of over 3,500 products in nearly every therapeutic area. Teva provides more than 10% of the U.S. drug supply, providing American patients with approximately 1 out of 7 prescriptions they take...  

More Information on Historic 
$2 Trillion Rescue Bill
By Don Purdum  
{ } ~ Early Tuesday morning, Senate Republicans and Democrats agreed on a historic $2 trillion rescue bill... The emergency bill will quickly help every worker, business, and the health care system impacted by the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the country. The goal of the bill is to provide reinforcement for the economy until the pandemic is gone, businesses can re-open, and workers can go back to work. This aid could last for weeks or months. One of the biggest hurdles for America to overcome is the current and projected unemployment claims. Last week, unemployment claims increased to a dramatic 281,000 due to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, those were initial numbers posted before companies started laying off or furloughing workers to become compliant with multiple state requests. These requests closed all but life-essential businesses. Projections for unemployment claims over time are much more staggering. Goldman Sachs predicted that unemployment claims could spike to 2.25 million. The left-leaning Economic Policy Institute (EPI) says unemployment claims could rise as high as 3.4 million. Over the last couple of days, President Trump has expressed concern and frustration about the halt to business and its potential devastation to workers and families. On Monday, Trump said that we can’t let the cure be worse than the problem. On other occasions, he has made it clear that workers and businesses who need help are not to blame for the current situation. For workers, the bill will give a one-time direct payment to every adult. Each adult making less than $75,000 per year will receive $1,200. Married couples whose combined income is less than $150,000 will receive $2,400. For every minor child, a $500 payment will be provided. Additionally, the package will help furloughed workers for four months. They will get the regular payments from their state for unemployment plus an additional $600 per week. The bill also has something for those who have student loans. Federal student loan payments will be paused through September and are interest-free. The pause would be automatic and there is nothing borrowers would need to do to take advantage of the payment pause...
Dem-Controlled House Won’t Vote 
On Corona Relief Bill Until Friday
by Martin Walsh
{ } ~ The Republican-controlled Senate passed the largest rescue package in modern history on Wednesday to alleviate economic pressure caused by the coronavirus... By a vote of 96-0, the Senate passed a massive $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus compromise package, which will bring relief to individuals, small businesses, and larger corporations. However, House liar-Speaker Nancy Pelosi won’t hold a vote on rescue plan until Friday morning at the earlier, the Washington Times reported. She had time to draft a bogus bill last weekend that included a slew of ridiculous, non-related liberal goodies — yet it’s going to take her almost two days to hold a vote on the Senate bill That’s absurd. As the Senate was racing to complete the package on Wednesday, the Democratic-controlled House gaveled in for a pro forma session on Wednesday morning and gaveled out less than three minutes later. Politico’s Jake Sherman noted that the House showed up for less than two minutes on Wednesday and then left. They are supposed to be back on Thursday morning, but still won’t even vote on the relief bill until Friday. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) slammed Democrats for delays in getting the measure completed and approved. “Every one of our fellow citizens has been touched by this public health emergency, anxious about sickness and unprecedented economic uncertainty,” he said. “Our hospitals and healthcare workers are nearing their capacity. They need – and expect – their government to act. This agreement to provide relief to American workers, families, and small businesses is critically important – and should be considered without delay. McCarthy said, “we are already behind.” “For the past three days, Democrat leadership in Congress took their eye off the ball, delaying consideration of this bipartisan-crafted bill,” he said. “They insisted on using this crisis as an opportunity to propose completely unrelated legislation that amounted to an ideological wish list. Our country is on the edge, but we must be in this fight together. It’s time for Washington to start acting that way, and send this bill to the president.” Beyond liar-Pelosi’s antics and refusal to pass the bill immediately, the historic $2 trillion coronavirus bill will bring relief to individuals, small businesses, and larger corporations. The relief package also includes thousands of dollars in direct payments to most Americans — millions of whom face unemployment related to the spread of the virus — as well as a $500 billion loan fund for large corporations and a $367 billion loan program for small businesses...
DOJ charges Venezuela’s 
Maduro with narcoterrorism
by Jerry Dunleavy
{ } ~ Attorney General William Barr announced narcoterrorism charges against Venezuelan socialist leader Nicolas Maduro for his role in facilitating the global drug trade... in coordination with the Colombia-based terrorist group known as the FARC. The Justice Department said on Thursday that Maduro formed and leads his own drug ring, dubbed the Cartel of the Sun, and gives the FARC free rein to operate in parts of Venezuela. Investigators said Maduro and his co-conspirators were being charged with conspiracy to commit narcoterrorism, conspiracy to import hundreds of tons of cocaine into the United States, and a variety of weapons charges. The department said Maduro expressly indented on flooding the U.S. with cocaine to harm the health and well-being of the nation. The chief justice of Venezuela was also charged with international money laundering. Maduro assumed power in Venezuela in 2013 following the death of authoritarian ruler Hugo Chavez. His tenure has been marked by rampant unemployment and poverty in his country, brutal repression, and human rights abuses, with more than 4 million Venezuelans becoming refugees in the largest humanitarian crisis in the Western Hemisphere. The U.S. and much of the world considered Venezuela’s 2018 presidential election illegitimate, and Venezuela’s National Assembly refused to recognize Maduro’s second presidential inauguration in January 2019. The National Assembly selected Juan Guaido to be its leader, and Guaido announced that he would serve as interim president with the support of the National Assembly, citing the Venezuelan Constitution. The U.S. and nearly 60 countries worldwide recognize Guaido, not Maduro, as the legitimate leader of the country. The State Department already has imposed  hundreds of sanctions against Venezuelan companies and individuals linked to the ruling Venezuelan regime, and the Trump administration imposed penalties against Venezula’s government, its central bank, and its state-run oil company, Petroleos de Venezuela...
First Space Force Mission Is A Go
By Collin Anderson
{ } ~ Space Force's first official mission is a go, with personnel set to launch a military communications satellite into orbit from Cape Canaveral Thursday afternoon... "We're launching a giant spacecraft into space," United Launch Alliance (ULA) president and CEO Tory Bruno told the Washington Free Beacon. And giant it is. ULA will send an Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite into orbit for Space Force on its Atlas V 551 rocket, the most powerful in its arsenal. The rocket, which Bruno called "the Bruiser," weighs 1.2 million pounds pre-launch. The satellite itself weighs 14,500 pounds when fully fueled and strapped to the rocket, or about 2.5 Ford Expeditions. The launch will create 2.25 million pounds of thrust. The mission is about much more than brute force—it will establish infrastructure that will strengthen America’s military presence on earth. The satellite will become the sixth of its kind in orbit for the United States, creating a constellation that gives America complete global communications coverage.  "This is the most sophisticated, most powerful communications satellite that has ever been launched," Bruno said. "All the way around the world, our troops can be communicated with, can have the high bandwidth, back-and-forth comms, imaging, and intelligence that they require, right down to a guy in a tent with a handset who's doing his thing." While Bruno acknowledged the possibility of extraterrestrial conflict in the future, the satellite system would serve as a defense hub, not an offensive weapon. He compared it to an aircraft carrier that "needs to be protected by destroyers, submarines, cruisers.""What the Space Force is being tasked to do is put up a big, sophisticated spacecraft that our country depends on to be secure. And then also make sure that those things are protected in orbit," he said. "They are discouraging people who might want to take terrestrial conflict and extend it to space, which has always been a traditionally peaceful domain, as well as the ultimate high ground for things like communications. So this is all about Space Force, this is the marquee mission." The satellite system is also shared with the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and the Netherlands, allowing America to work with its allies on space-enabled missions, Bruno said...
Chuck scumbag-Schumer Is Claiming Victory, 
But Here’s What Little His Long Delay 
Actually Accomplished
By Christopher Bedford
{ } ~ The Senate reached a new coronavirus agreement in the early hours of Wednesday morning, three days after liar-Speaker of the House liar-Nancy Pelosi torpedoed a bipartisan deal... Democrats were quick to claim a great victory for America, and their allies in the media have been just as fast to parrot that, but based on the draft so far released, the new deal is much the same as the old deal– and the changes struggle to justify delaying the much-needed aid for days while businesses closed and people died. “To the American people we say, ‘Big help, quick help is on the way, because we face about the most unprecedented health crisis we have,'” Senate Minority Leader Chuck scumbag-Schumer told CNN after the early deal was announced. “The five pillars that we fought for to make the bill better, much better than the bill Friday, are all in the bill.” So what was really accomplished? The final text hasn’t been released and details are still being hammered out, but the latest draft indicates changes since Monday were almost entirely cosmetic and few will be controversial with House or Senate Republicans.
Pillar 1) Health care
The first of scumbag-Schumer’s “five pillars” is $130 billion in funding for hospitals. While his statement called this a $55 billion increase, Monday’s draft included $127 billion for hospitals and health care providers. There’s a $3 billion difference here, nowhere near $55 billion– and on Capitol Hill there is unanimous agreement that aid is needed now and in incredible amounts. In a letter to congressional colleagues, scumbag-Schumer additionally claims Democrats won “$1 billion for the Indian Health Service,” but that number was included in Monday’s bill. Pillar 2) American workers Pillar 3) States and local governments Pillar 4) Oversight and accountability Pillar 5) Small businesses...
Trump Signals Determination in Face of Growing Pandemic
Thomas Gallatin  On Monday, President Donald Trump asserted that he would like to see the country open for business in a matter of weeks, not months. “We can’t have the cure be worse than the problem,” Trump argued. “We have to open our country because [not doing so] causes problems that, in my opinion, could be far bigger problems. … Life is fragile, and economies are fragile.”

Trump further defended his position, arguing, “You have tremendous responsibility. We have jobs. … People get tremendous anxiety and depression, and you have suicides over things like this when you have terrible economies. You have death probably in far greater numbers than the numbers we are talking about with regard to the virus.”

The president’s senior economic advisor, Larry Kudlow, backed up his assessment: “We can’t shut in the economy. The economic cost to individuals is just too great. The president is right. The cure can’t be worse than the disease, and we’re going to have to make some difficult trade-offs.”

The mainstream media has been keen to play up the dilemma by claiming that Trump’s economic concerns are out of step with medical experts who warn that the threat posed by the China Virus pandemic is just beginning and will get much worse before it gets better.

However, Trump’s economic concerns are legitimate and echo the opinions of many Americans, especially those who find themselves out of a job, holed up at home, and wondering how they’ll pay the bills — especially when congressional Democrats elect to put partisan politics before the needs of the American people.

In fact, it is likely that one of the primary reasons behind much of the mainstream media’s criticism of Trump for his economic concerns is that his approval rating is rising. That can be most directly tied to his handling of the China Virus pandemic, as the most recent ABC News/Ipsos poll finds Trump with a 55% approval rating on the crisis — a dramatic increase over recent weeks. It appears clear that Trump’s daily press conferences informing the public of his administration’s actions to combat the pandemic have been welcomed by a majority of Americans. Quite simply, they see the president leading this fight.

Also on Monday, Trump signed an executive order forbidding price gouging and hoarding critical supplies. Attorney General William Bar explained, “Under section 102 of the Defense Production Act, the president has authorized to prohibit the hoarding of needed resources by designating those materials as scarce or as materials who supply would be threatened by persons accumulating excessive amounts. Once specific materials are so designated, persons are prohibited from accumulating those items in excess of reasonable, personal or business needs, or for the purpose of selling them in excess of prevailing market prices.” However, Barr also assured that this order did not apply to people who have stockpiled large amounts of toilet paper, nor to those individuals who have long prior prepared by accumulating large amounts of goods for personal consumption.

Finally, the Trump administration will for the first time use the Defense Production Act to procure 60,000 coronavirus test kits, following Trump’s invoking of the law last week even as he downplayed wanting to use it. “We’re a country not based on nationalizing our business,” Trump noted on Sunday, “The concept of nationalizing our businesses is not a good concept.” However, he did anticipate that “we may have to use it someplace along the chain.” Well, it appears clear that point has now been reached.   ~The Patriot Post  

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~ Featuring ~
Dems Stop Obstructing Emergency Relief
Thomas Gallatin  
Thursday News Executive Summary
Jordan Candler  Above the Fold
  • UNPRECEDENTED, BUT UNSURPRISING:  Jobless claims soar past three million to record high; shatters the Great Recession peak of 665,000 in March 2009 and the all-time mark of 695,000 in October 1982 (CNBC)

  • AID IS COMING: Senate approves $2.2 trillion coronavirus rescue package in unanimous vote; House to vote Friday (Fox News)

  • PORK: Millions for Kennedy Center, arts included in Senate rescue package (Fox News)

  • GAME CHANGER? New Oxford study suggests millions of people may have already built up coronavirus immunity (The Week)

Government & Politics

  • LEADERSHIP: Gallup: Trump approval up five points to 49%, his handling of COVID-19 at 60% approval (

  • AND LEFTISTS HATE THEM: Trump’s daily briefings are getting huge ratings (The Daily Wire)

  • RACE BAIT: SPLC blames Trump’s “racist, anti-Asian epithets” for coronavirus-related anti-Asian harassment (PJ Media) 

  • KAVANAUGH’S ACCUSERS UNAVAILABLE FOR COMMENT: Woman accuses loose lips liar-Joe Biden of sexual assault (The Daily Wire)

National Security

  • A BIOLOGICAL AGENT: Coronavirus crimes can be charged as acts of terrorism, DOJ says (NBC News)

  • ENSURING “THAT WE’RE NOT BRINGING THE VIRUS BACK HOME”: Pentagon orders halt overseas movement for U.S. military (Reuters)

  • “DIED WHILE IN IRANIAN CUSTODY”: Family concludes former FBI agent Robert Levinson died in Iran (NBC News)

Other Notables

  • IVORY TOWER Harvard, boasting $40 billion endowment, lays off dining hall workers (The Washington Free Beacon)

  • PUTTING CONNECTICUT ON NOTICE: Justice Department: Don’t treat trans athletes as girls (AP)

  • CAPITULATING — SORT OF: Pennsylvania gun shops allowed to reopen on a limited basis (NRA-ILA)

Closing Arguments

    • POLICY: Congress should let licensed physicians practice across state lines (City Journal)

    • POLICY: GOP rightly blocked liar-Nancy Pelosi’s mail-in-balloting nonsense (Washington Examiner)

    • HUMOR: PR disaster: President Xi forgets to remove “Made in China” tags from coronavirus (The Babylon Bee)  

~The Patriot Post
11th-Hour Stand-Off Could Sink Coronavirus Deal
By Charles Fain Lehman
{ } ~ The Senate's long-awaited coronavirus bailout is once again at risk... as a trio of Republican senators vie with Sen. commie-Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) in a tug-of-war that could further upend the American economy. After almost a week of negotiations, the Senate was expected Wednesday evening to finally pass a revised version of the plan hashed out between Senators Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.), Chuck scumbag-Schumer (D., N.Y.), and Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin. On Wednesday morning, however, Senators Tim Scott (R., S.C.), Lindsey Graham (R., S.C.), and Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) announced their opposition to the bill's unemployment provisions, which they argued could unintentionally pay workers more than their incomes, driving them out of the job market and on to the dole. commie-Sanders, in response, announced that unless the trio drop their objections, he too would put a hold on the bill over its $500 billion bailout provision. Now, at the 11th hour, the conflict between the four could further delay a $2-trillion lifeline to the millions of Americans laid off at work or sheltered at home in the face of the deadly coronavirus. That added stress could bolster the push by some to end the state-imposed shutdown in many communities, bringing to the fore a deadly tradeoff between public health and the lifeblood of the economy. Before this hitch, Wednesday looked to be smooth sailing for the Senate. The bill, based on text seen by the  Washington Free Beacon Wednesday afternoon, is broadly similar to the version hashed out by Senate negotiators over the weekend. Its $2-trillion total offers an all-of-economy approach, aimed at both shoring up payrolls and, when people are laid off anyway, pouring money into their pockets to keep them afloat until the crisis is over. For taxpayers, the bill offers an advance rebate on 2020 taxes to the tune of $1,200 per adult plus $500 per child, capped at $75,000 for single filers and $150,000 for joint filers a controversial "phase-in" provision has been dropped. To help the expected wave of unemployment, it pours cash into the unemployment insurance system, including a $600 per week payment to all recipients for the next four months...
Britain Needs to Rethink Its Huawei Decision 
after China's Conduct over Coronavirus
by Con Coughlin
{ } ~ China's shameful attempt to exploit the coronavirus pandemic to further its own global ambitions should be seen as yet further evidence of the mounting threat Beijing poses to the West... The blatant hypocrisy of China's attempts to use the pandemic for its own ends should persuade countries such as Britain to undertake a fundamental reappraisal of their relationship with Beijing, especially when it comes to sensitive technological issues, such as allowing the Chinese telecoms giant Huawei access to the 5G network. Far from being embarrassed that the rank incompetence of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in dealing with the initial outbreak has resulted in the world suffering its worst public health crisis in a century, Beijing has instead embarked on a charm offensive  aimed at providing support for affected countries. A good example of how China is seeking to reposition itself as the world's "Coronavirus Saviour", as opposed to being the instigator of a pandemic that has so far claimed around 20,000 lives, can be seen in the response of the Balkan state of Serbia to the generous medical support it has received from Beijing. Serbia, in common with many European countries, was caught off-guard by the rapid spread of the virus, and soon found that it was suffering severe shortages of vital medical supplies. This led the country's president, Alexander Vucic, to make a personal appeal to Chinese President Xi Jinping for help. Referring to Mr Xi as my "brother and friend", Mr Vucic publicly thanked the Chinese leader after Beijing sent a team of doctors to Belgrade, together with face masks, ventilators and other vital equipment... 

883 Pages of Coronavirus Aid, Relief, 
and Economic Security Act Released
by sundance
{ } ~ Yikes, the text of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) has been released... The Senate took H.R.748 stripped it out, and replaced the text with this bill. Digging in now. However, at first blush the size of the spending seems to be a considerable state budget deficit bailout similar to how scumbag/liar-nObamacare removed the healthcare pension liabilities from unions.  Here’s the BILL: 
Washington DC Mayor Bowser 
Closes U.S. Capital Until April 25th
by sundance
{ } ~ Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser closes the nation’s capital until April 25th, effectively closing all public gatherings for one month. There is a certain aspect to dèjá-vu showing up on the horizon…Welcome to an economic civil war. But first, the latest details.The intent of the Order is to temporarily cease all non-essential business activities, including tour guides and touring services; gyms, health clubs, spas, and massage establishments; theaters, auditoriums, and other places of large gatherings; nightclubs; hair, nail, and tanning salons and barbershops; tattoo parlors; sales not involved in essential services; retail clothing stores; and professional services not devoted to assisting essential business operations. The Order goes into effect on March 25, 2020, at 10 pm, through April 24, 2020.
Robert Levinson, retired FBI agent, presumed 
dead in Iranian custody over a 
decade after disappearance
By Vandana Rambaran 
{ } ~ Robert Levinson, a retired FBI agent and private investigator who disappeared from an Iranian island in 2007... is believed to have died in Iranian custody, his family revealed in a statement Wednesday. The statement said U.S. officials agreed with the family's conclusion, adding: "We don't know when or how he died, only that it was prior to the COVID-19 pandemic." Levinson was the longest-held hostage in U.S. history, and his family has fought for over a decade for his safe return, blaming the Iranian regime for his capture and imprisonment. A retired FBI agent, Levinson was 58-years-old when he traveled to Kish Island, Iran in 2007 working as a private investigator as part of an unauthorized CIA mission allegedly probing cigarette smuggling. Upon his arrival, Levinson allegedly met with an American fugitive-- Dawud Salahuddin-- targeted by the CIA for recruitment, a source close to the Levinson case told Fox News in 2016. Salahuddin is wanted by the CIA for allegedly murdering an Iranian diplomat in Maryland in 1980, and Levinson hoped the mission to deliver him to the agency would secure him full-time employment with the CIA, the source told Fox News at the time. Shortly after, Levinson disappeared, but Iran has repeatedly denied capturing him or knowing of his whereabouts. Shortly after, Levinson disappeared, but Iran has repeatedly denied capturing him or knowing of his whereabouts. "It has been 13 years waiting for answers. Thirteen years since we last saw him or had any contact with him," Levinson's family wrote in a Facebook post. "How those responsible in Iran could do this to a human being, while repeatedly lying to the world all this time, is incomprehensible to us. They kidnapped a foreign citizen and denied him any basic human rights, and his blood is on their hands." In 2011, a photo of Levinson dressed in an orange jumpsuit surfaced, indicating that he was alive.
Iran's New Guided Rocket Kit Is Certain 
To Raise Tensions With Israel
by Michael Peck
{ } ~ Key point: Iran has often lied about its military advancements, but can Israel afford to take that for granted?... Iran has unveiled a kit that appears to convert unguided surface-to-surface rockets into guided weapons. The Labeik kit “looked similar to the guidance units used with the Fateh-110 family of solid-propellent missiles, although its four triangular control surfaces were inverted,” according to Jane’s Defense Weekly, which based its analysis on Iranian television footage of a military parade earlier this month. “As with the Fateh-110 family, these would be attached between the rocket motor and warhead to steer the projectile. They appeared to be compatible with the 610-millimeter diameter of the Zelzal heavy artillery rocket.” This development worries Israeli military experts, who note that Hezbollah – Iran’s proxy army in Lebanon – has an estimated arsenal of 150,000 rockets aimed at Israel. Currently, most are “dumb” weapons. “There is nothing new in the conversion itself, they have been doing it for years, and they already showed conversion kits for the Fateh-110 family of missiles,” missile defense expert Uzi Rubin told the Times of Israel. “What’s new here are the aerodynamics of the winglets — very unique, unseen in Iran to date and unseen in any other country. Going to indigenous design rather than copying others indicates self-confidence. The purpose of the new and unique aerodynamics is probably to increase the maneuverability of the converted rockets.”  Unguided rockets have become a fixture of warfare since World War II, when Russia’s legendary Katyusha pulverized Nazi troops. Though capable of generating fearsome and impressive destruction with a fiery multi-rocket salvo from a single launcher, artillery rockets have been inaccurate weapons that rely on saturating a target with massed fires. Precision fire would be the job of the howitzers and mortars. However, if Iran can convert an unguided rocket into a guided weapon, this would dramatically change the rocket’s effectiveness. Iran has a variety of rocket systems based heavily on old Soviet designs, such as the Falaq-1, which resembles the Soviet BM-24 240-millimeter multiple rocket launch system. Iran also has several types of guided ballistic missiles such as the Fateh-110, which has a range of more than 100 miles and inertial or GPS guidance...
Dems Stop Obstructing Emergency Relief
Thomas Gallatin  In the early morning hours on Wednesday, Senate Democrats finally agreed to a China Virus relief deal — a package totaling a whopping $2 trillion. This is the largest stimulus bill in U.S. history by far.

“The rescue package will send $1,200 checks to most Americans at a cost of $250 billion,” The Washington Times reports. “It set up a $367 billion loan program to help small businesses make payroll and $500 billion in subsidized loans for big businesses. The aid includes $250 billion in unemployment insurance benefits, $150 billion of stimulus spending for states and local governments, and $130 billion for hospitals.”

Importantly, “the deal bars any of the payouts going to President [Donald] Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, cabinet officials, Congress members or any of their immediately family.”

Following the deal’s announcement, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who had blasted congressional Democrats on Sunday for backing out of the bipartisan deal at the last minute, stated, “Democrats are finally taking ‘Yes’ for an answer. Help is on the way.” McConnell further noted that the $2 trillion relief package essentially amounted to a “wartime level of investment into our nation.”

News of the impending deal sent stock markets surging to the biggest one-day rise since 1933. This is welcome news to the millions of Americans who’ve witnessed their retirement accounts take a beating.

Trump expressed an unusually magnanimous tone following the agreement, declaring, “I also want to thank Congress, because whether or not we’re happy that they haven’t quite gotten there yet, they have been working long hours. I’m talking Republicans and Democrats — all of them, the House [and] the Senate. I want to thank Congress because they are really trying to get there, and I think they will.”

Trump also added a note of optimism, stating that he “would love to have the country opened up and just raring to go by Easter.” However, he readily acknowledged that such a goal was subject to change depending on the state of the pandemic. “We’ll be looking at a lot of things,” he noted. “We’ll also be looking at very large portions of our country, but I’ll be guided very much by Dr. [Anthony] Fauci and by [Dr.] Deborah [Birx].”

The relief bill is by no means a perfect package. It wasn’t before the Democrats’ obstruction gambit and it certainly isn’t any better after they finished with it. However, such is the nature of political gamesmanship, even during a national crisis. Essentially, what changed was that Democrats were able to gain more money for their special interests, in direct contradiction to liar-Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s preposterous lie: “Everything we’re suggesting just relates to COVID-19. It’s not about making law for the future. … It’s not changing policy except as it applies here.”

Soon, the bill will head to the House, where it is expected to pass. There have been a few representatives on both sides of the aisle who have expressed reservations with the Senate bill, but liar-Pelosi is unlikely to derail the relief package a second time and risk further political damage.

In the end, the looming question is a troubling one: How many of the legislation’s “temporary” relief provisions will actually be permanent?   ~The Patriot Post  

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Dems See 'Tremendous Opportunity
to Restructure Things to Fit Our Vision'
Nate Jackson   
liar-Pelosi’s Bill Gives Millions To Arts And Humanities, But Zilch To This Crucial Mission
{ } ~ House liar-Speaker Nancy Pelosi is pushing a stimulus bill that calls for millions in additional funding for various, seemingly unrelated  agencies... while providing no funding to Customs and Border Protection or Immigration or Customs Enforcement (ICE). As lawmakers in the upper chamber of Congress continue to struggle to pass a relief package intended to help Americans struggling financially with the coronavirus pandemic, liar-Pelosi and House Democrats are pushing their own bill. However, her version is being derided by GOP critics for funding measures that have no relation to the spread of COVID-19. Among the provisions in liar-Pelosi’s bill: $35,000,000 for “operations and maintenance” of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; $36,000,000 for the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences; and even $7,000,000 for Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C. Her bill included numerous other unrelated provisions, such as a bailout for the postal service, risk-limiting audits of election results, requirements early and same-day voter registration, and also a requirement for airlines to fully offset their carbon emissions. However, the speaker’s legislation calls for no additional funding for CBP and ICE, despite governments around the world adopting stricter border measures to protect their populations against the virus. In terms of immigration-related measures, liar-Pelosi’s bill does call for $300,000,000 for “Migration and Refugee Assistance.”  Democrats’ behavior is a national disgrace. They are blocking aid for sick people and unemployed workers over liar-Pelosi’s totally unrelated demands,” tweeted House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy on Monday. “The country is burning and House Democrats would rather delay passage of direct relief to working families and small business so they can manipulate the way we conduct elections, bail out the postal service, impose greenhouse gas mandates on the airlines, and ensure diversity on corporate boards,” Rachel Bovard, Senior Director of Policy at the Conservative Partnership Institute, said to the Daily Caller on Monday. The Senate version, on the other hand, appropriates $182,000,000 in additional funding for CBP, and $107,000,000 for ICE.   

Democrat Senators Urge UN Security Council Mandates on Coronavirus Crisis
by Joseph Klein
{  } ~ President Trump is mobilizing an unprecedented all hands-on-deck response to the novel coronavirus 2019. He is using all available instruments of the federal government in order to save American lives... while not destroying the American economy in the process. Meanwhile, several Democrat senators, including Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth dinky/liar-Warren of Massachusetts, decided to waste their time writing a letter on March 20th to President Trump urging him to turn to the United Nations Security Council for help. They asked him to introduce a “resolution to declare pandemics a threat to international peace and security, and require action by member nations to address that threat as soon as the Security Council reconvenes.” The coronavirus is a mortal threat to life all over the world. Given its failed record on a host of issues squarely within its jurisdiction, the UN Security Council is totally useless in dealing with this health threat or its ramifications - whenever it decides to reconvene. Yet the senators writing the letter to President Trump stupidly think that the president should look to the Security Council to “establish binding commitments for UN member nations to align their health preparedness frameworks with best international practices.” Do they have China's practices in mind? The resolution, the letter said, “should affirm the responsibility of all UN Member States to protect refugees and asylum seekers, international displaced persons (IDPs), and the food insecure — all of whose circumstances leave them especially vulnerable to pandemics.” Markey, dinky/liar-Warren and their fellow Democrat senators want the Security Council to “mandate a global giving campaign to approved UN aid organizations or host governments whose people or hosted populations are already suffering from acute need.” These senators’ job is to get as much relief as is needed as soon as possible to the American people who are suffering the effects of the virus through no fault of their own. We don’t need any UN resolutions to “establish binding commitments" or to "mandate" another plan for global wealth redistribution to unaccountable entities. The World Health Organization (WHO) is the specialized agency of the United Nations that is supposed to be responsible for international public health. It got off to a very bad start dealing with the novel coronavirus 2019 outbreak. Taking at face value information from China, the origin of the outbreak, WHO went along with China’s initial refusal to even admit human to human contamination. WHO delayed declaring the coronavirus a “public health emergency of international concern” until January 30 – waiting a full month after the first case of the virus was reported on December 31. An Emergency Committee was convened by the WHO Director-General to address the crisis. The committee stated on January 30 that it “welcomed the leadership and political commitment of the very highest levels of Chinese government, their commitment to transparency, and the efforts made to investigate and contain the current outbreak.” The Chinese Communist Party might as well have written such propaganda. We know that China’s delay in coming clean about the virus and refusing to accept help from foreign government health specialists contributed greatly to the spread of the virus...
Studies show warm weather can 
slow coronavirus, but won’t stop it
By Amanda Woods
{ } ~ Warm temperatures slow down the spread of the novel coronavirus — but don’t completely eradicate it, according to new studies...Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that 90 percent of COVID-19 transmissions that occurred until Sunday happened in regions with low temperatures — between 37.4 and 62.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Coronavirus cases have been reported in countries with equatorial climates and those in the Southern Hemisphere —which are now in summer. But regions with average temperatures above 64.4 degrees Fahrenheit currently account for fewer than 6 percent of global cases. “Wherever the temperatures were colder, the number of the cases started increasing quickly,” Qasim Bukhari, a computational scientist at the university who co-authored the study, told the New York Times. “You see this in Europe, even though the health care there is among the world’s best.” That pattern applies in the US too, Bukhari told the paper. The outbreak has developed more slowly in Southern states like Arizona, Florida and Texas compared to New York, Washington state and Colorado, for example, according to Bukhari. In California, the rate is somewhere in the middle. Epidemiologists have seen a similar pattern with other viruses — including the flu, which generally follows a November-to-April trend in the Northern Hemisphere, Dr. Deborah Birx, a member of the White House’s coronavirus task force, said during a recent briefing, according to the Times. The four types of coronavirus that cause the common cold also pick up in the winter and drop off in the summer...   

How Did Dems Put a 1,000-Page COVID Bill 
Together in 1 Weekend? They Didn't  
We've Been Set Up
By C. Douglas Golden 
{ } ~ Back in my school days, I wasn’t so much a procrastinator as a procrastination artist. I remember cramming together some pretty dodgy papers over a long weekend back in college... Armed with little more than coffee, my iMac and some textbooks, I could churn out about 20-ish pages of half-readable pap between Friday evening and the Sunday midnight deadline. Not that it was any good. In one case, stuck for a hook, I compared two philosophers to professional wrestlers and went from there. I think the philosophers were Nietzsche and Kierkegaard; I can’t remember the wrestlers. The paper inexplicably got an A-, presumably more because of entertainment value than academic merit. I suppose with some aides and a lot of high-test coffee, I could probably get a bit more than 20 pages done, although with a bunch of people involved, we’d all have to agree with one another. It’s not something you can scale up infinitely to the point where a bunch of people cramming can get a commensurate amount of work done. Eventually, you run into diminishing returns. All of which is to say that shenanigans need to be called on the idea that House liar-Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Minority Leader Charles scumbag-Schumer and the Democrats came up with a 1,119 COVID-19 relief bill over the weekend. They didn’t. What they did was take a bunch of Democratic plans that have been percolating for a while and throw them into a bill one Republican senator described as a “Disney World wish list.” liar-Pelosi’s bill didn’t contain just that; it was a veritable cornucopia of stuff the Democrats have been looking to implement for a while that had nothing to do with fighting the coronavirus threat or helping America recover economically from it. At least one Twitter user — author and writer Brian Cates — noted emphatically that this had very little to do with the problem at hand: That’s not inaccurate. In fact, the third-ranked House Democrat reportedly more or less admitted this on a call with the Democratic caucus. House Majority Whip scumbag-James Clyburn told his colleagues the bill was “a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision,” according to The Hill. At least he didn’t try to hide it. Now, see if you can identify a few of these items in the Democrats’ bill, per Fox News, as being part of the Democrats’ prior legislative longings. Take, for instance, student loan forgiveness. The bill would eliminate “a minimum of $10,000 of federal and private student loan debt for each indebted borrower.” No, it’s not what Elizabeth dinky/liar-Warren  called for during her presidential campaign, but it certainly sounded like something that had its genesis more in dogma than in the vein of economic recovery. Here’s another thing that sounds extremely iffy: forcing states to adopt same-day voter registration, another long-time Democratic wish-list item. Apparently, they’re admitting their own voters can’t get their stuff together enough to register before Election Day. There’s no evidence that this will be necessary given the exigencies created by coronavirus, but it’s certainly convenient. So, too, is the legislative command that forbids states from “imposing additional conditions or requirements on the eligibility of a voter to cast an absentee ballot such as notarization or witness signatures, and prohibits requiring identification to obtain an absentee ballot.”...
Lindsey Graham Joins Senators 
Calling For Remote Voting
{ } ~ Republican South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham on Monday said he would support the idea of voting from home... as the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the U.S. “I totally support the idea of remote voting so the Senate can continue to operate during this crisis. We should make this change before the Senate leaves town,” Graham said on Twitter. When Graham was asked by CNN about remote votes last week, he responded by saying “If it gets worse, yeah, but I think we’re fine.” Five Senators have since  self-quarantined. Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul has also since tested positive for coronavirus. Paul is the first known United States senator to test positive. Paul notably had part of his lung removed in the fall of 2019. The surgery followed an altercation with his Kentucky neighbor back in 2017. He suffered pneumonia as a result of the incident. Before the news about Paul, Republican Ohio Sen. Rob Portman and Democratic Illinois Sen. scumbag-Dick Durbin on Thursday introduced a resolution that would allow senators to vote remotely during national emergencies. The two senators introduced the bi-partisan resolution “to Maintain Senate’s Constitutional Responsibilities & Allow Remote Voting During National Emergencies” which would allow senators to vote remotely, as the coronavirus continues to spread throughout the U.S. “In times of a national emergency, the Senate must be able to convene and act expeditiously even if we can’t be together in person. It’s during times like this, when we have a pandemic affecting every corner of society and we are asking people to stay in their homes, that we should have the ability to convene the Senate and get our work done even if we can’t be in the Capitol,” Portman said in a statement. “While I know there is resistance to changing a Senate tradition to allow for remote voting during national emergencies, I believe this is an important issue and worthy of robust discussion amongst our Senate colleagues,” he continued. A number of members of Congress in both the House and the Senate have announced they are self-quarantining as coronavirus continues to spread throughout the U.S. “We live in an age where national emergencies, public health crises and terrorism can threaten the ordinary course of Senate business. We need to bring voting in the Senate into the 21st century so that our important work can continue even under extraordinary circumstances. Bob Dylan was right: ‘the times they are a-changin’,” scumbag-Durbin said.  Graham took a test for coronavirus last Sunday, which came back negative.
GOP senators warn they will oppose
coronavirus bill unless ‘massive
drafting error’ fixed
By Adam Shaw 
{ } ~ Three Republican senators are warning that they will oppose the $2 trillion coronavirus response package unless a “massive drafting error” in the legislation... that they say will create an incentive for employers to lay off employees, is fixed. Fox News is told the concern is that the current version could pay workers more in unemployment benefits than they're currently making, by sticking a $600 per week payment on top of ordinary benefits that are calculated as a percentage of income. This could disrupt the labor market further, the lawmakers warn. "A massive drafting error in the current version of the coronavirus relief legislation could have devastating consequences: Unless this bill is fixed, there is a strong incentive for employees to be laid off instead of going to work. This isn’t an abstract, philosophical point -- it’s an immediate, real-world problem,” Sens. Tim Scott, R-S.C., Ben Sasse, R-Neb., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said in a statement. The White House and Senate leaders had come to an agreement on the $2 trillion package that is designed to boost the economy and provide aid to workers and businesses affected by the closing down of much of daily life in response to the coronavirus crisis. But with the legislation nearing approval by the chamber, the three Republicans are warning that the text as written could incentivize layoffs, which they say could in turn lead to “life-threatening shortages” in health care and the food supply chain. “This isn’t who we are as Americans; this isn’t what we do in a crisis. We must sadly oppose the fast-tracking of this bill until this text is addressed, or the Department of Labor issues regulatory guidance that no American would earn more by not working than by working," the statement said. When asked for more details, Sasse spokesman James Wegmann told Fox News that because of the way the federal unemployment benefit formula is structured, "the bill will create a perverse incentive to sever the employer/employee relationship.” “This threatens dangerous supply chain problems in critical industries,” he said. He said that they are working on an amendment to fix the problem that would mean that the maximum unemployment benefit is 100 percent of someone’s salary, therefore ensuring they get the benefits they need, and supply chains are kept intact.
Dems See 'Tremendous Opportunity to Restructure Things to Fit Our Vision'
Nate Jackson  House Majority Whip scumbag-James Clyburn (D-SC) gave the game away in remarks he made recently to fellow Democrats regarding how they should hijack Congress’s $1.8 trillion relief: “This is a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.”

Democrats twice derailed the Senate bill over the last two days. What makes that even more appalling is that it was a bipartisan effort hailed by Senate Minority Leader Chuck scumbag-Schumer (D-NY) as recently as Saturday night.

Then House Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi flew back from House recess, offered her own $2.5 trillion alternative, and it all went to heck.

scumbag-Clyburn’s comments shed light on why. As millions of Americans are losing their jobs and income, getting pummeled in the stock market, and are generally worried about their future, the original aim for Congress was to send relief money as quickly as possible. That would go to individuals hurt by the crisis and to businesses to ensure that more jobs could be retained.

Yet here are just a few of the things Democrats have decided to demand (largely courtesy of the White House 1600 Daily email and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR)):

  • Audits of election results

  • Airline carbon emissions

  • Corporate diversity requirements

  • Collective bargaining for Federal workers

  • Expansion of wind/solar credits

  • Bailing out $11 billion in debt for U.S. Postal Service

  • Giving another $20 billion in cash to U.S. Postal Service

  • $10k bailout for everyone with student loans

  • $15 minimum wage at companies receiving assistance

  • Retirement plans for community newspaper employees

The White House concludes, “And the list goes on and on — for 1,119 pages in Speaker liar-Pelosi’s bill, to be exact.”

The real aim? As Mark Alexander put it, “Democrats have disgracefully derailed emergency COVID-19 funding by claiming it helps corporations too much. They know that is a lie — relief for hard-hit corporate sectors IS relief for employees in those sectors, but the lie plays well in the Leftmedia.”

Democrats clearly want a recession, so dragging this out makes sense. Worse, the poison pills they insist on adding will likely slow the recovery, much like they did during Barack scumbag/liar-nObama’s administration.

Sen. Cotton rightly noted, “The Democrats see an opportunity in this crisis. Not to help the American people, but to hold an emergency relief bill hostage until they get their radical wish list. How long will … Americans across the country have to wait?”

And Rep. Dan Crenshaw delivered an appropriately blistering rebuke: “Do Dems want a recession? A depression? How can they justify this? This bill is critical for the livelihood of millions. Our country will be devastated without immediate help. Dems can lie all they want about ‘helping workers’ but now they are destroying their lives.” He added, “This will go down as one of the most cynical, disgusting, malevolent actions in history. Millions are losing jobs while they play these games.”

Nevertheless, Congress will (eventually) hammer out a deal, probably in the neighborhood of $2 trillion. And the relief to average Americans will be larded up with pork for Democrat constituencies, the $23.5 trillion national debt notwithstanding. Future generations will pay dearly for the Democrats’ cynical political hackery.   ~The Patriot Post  

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Wednesday PM ~ TheFrontPageCover

~ Featuring ~
Endangering the Greatest Generation
Michael Swartz   
Coronavirus treatment other than 
vaccines may be available soon
{ } ~ While a vaccine against the novel coronavirus is expected to take upward of a year to develop and test... other treatments for the deadly threat could be just a few months away, health experts say. More than 410,000 people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and over 18,000 have died. Several countries have gone into lockdown as the number of those infected by the highly contagious disease continues to rapidly rise. Scientists around the world are racing to develop treatments and  vaccines, which will have to undergo several rounds of testing and clinical trials before moving on to mass production. “More than 20 vaccines are in development globally, and several therapeutics are in clinical trials,” an official for the World Health Organization told The Media Line. “No treatment and vaccine exist yet, but researchers around the world are working hard for it.” While a vaccine will likely take between 12 and 18 months to be proven safe and effective and be produced for mass use, other effective treatments could emerge much sooner. Prof. Peter Jay Hotez, a prominent virologist and the dean of the Baylor College of Medicine’s National School of Tropical Medicine in Houston, Texas, told The Media Line that the earliest treatment that could work against COVID-19 would be a convalescent serum antibody therapy, in which the antibodies of a person who has recovered from the virus are injected into a sick patient. In a study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases in 2014, researchers demonstrated how convalescent blood plasma might be effective to significantly reduce mortality  rates, if administered to those who have contracted severe acute respiratory infections (SARIs) soon after their symptoms first appear. According to Hotez, the next treatment to emerge after this will most likely be “repurposed existing antiviral drugs in a few weeks or months, then new chemical drugs within a year, and a vaccine in one to three years.” Interestingly, Hotez and his team of scientists already developed a coronavirus vaccine years ago, following the 2002-2004 SARS outbreak, which  spread out of China and ended up killing more than 770 people worldwide. However, when the vaccine reached the stage of human testing in 2016, he was unable to secure further funding, and the trials were never concluded. “At the time we manufactured it, people had lost interest in  coronavirus epidemics and pandemics,” Hotez said, adding that researchers are now working to repurpose that vaccine for COVID-19...
The Dems are the Virus Threatening America
By Daniel John Sobieski
{ } ~ Only in the fevered brain of House liar-Speaker Nancy Pelosi could things like forcing the airlines to be carbon neutral, making sure Planned Parenthood qualifies for small business assistance... cancelling the Postal Service’s debt, and requiring nationwide same-day voting be seen as a proper and valid response to the Wuhan Virus crisis that is crushing our economy and killing our people.  People are dying, both from the disease of and the depression and anxiety caused by looming mortgage payments, job loss, and watching their retirement funds built up over a lifetime evaporate. liar-Pelosi wants to make sure boards of corporations assisted in any relief measure are sufficiently diverse and that federal employee unions are given expanded collective bargaining rights. Meanwhile her dawdling increases the death rate from suicide as despair overtakes hope among those who watch their livelihoods and futures slip away. It is likely that more Americans will die from economic anxiety and hardship that from the virus. Poverty kills and so does liar-Nancy Pelosi and her political boy toy Chuck scumbag-Schumer. Parenthetically, can anyone imagine dinky-Harry Reid letting liar-Pelosi telling Senate Democrats what to do? Americans are dying as we speak because liar-Nancy Pelosi remembers Rahm Emanuel’s adage that a crisis is a terrible thing to waste and exploits a global pandemic to achieve her liberal agenda: House liar-Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s newly announced "relief" proposal, titled the “Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act,” cancels the U.S. Postal Service's $11 billion in debt and gives it $20 billion in cash. It mandates that the head of each federal department or agency “shall submit to Congress a report on the actions taken to increase the use of minority banks and minority credit unions to serve the financial needs of each such department or agency." It empowers the newly proposed COVID–19 Aid Oversight Panel to collect data on “employee demographics,” “supplier diversity,” “pay equity,” and “corporate board diversity" for any organization that receives federal funds in connection with the coronavirus pandemic….The liar-Speaker’s “relief” proposal makes early voting available in all 50 states. It mandates that each state must allow same-day voter registration. It has an entire section titled, “Federal employee collective bargaining and official time," referring to taxpayer-funded unions. It requires that airlines fully offset their carbon emissions. It contains new rules for improving “consumer information regarding release of greenhouse gasses from flights.”…Early voting? Student loan forgiveness? Offsetting carbon emissions? Bailing out the post office? Policing “corporate board diversity”? These have nothing to do with preventing further economic ruin or COVID-19-related deaths. They are merely items on the Democratic Party's wish list -- issues that excite their left-wing base. Americans want relief from the Chinese Wuhan virus and liar-Pelosi offers them nothing but Green New Deal pork and carve-outs to key Democratic constituencies. Her goody bag will not cure a single virus patient. It will not resurrect a dying economy. Thank God we elected President Trump, who got our economy going to the point it could survive, at least so far, the impact of this global pandemic. Thank God President Trump imposed a travel ban on a lying and perfidious China while Democrats like loose lips liar-Joe Biden were calling him racist and xenophobic. In January, Trump was busying saving American lives while the Democrats were trying to impeach him...  
‘We Have A Deal’: McConnell Speaks After 
$2 Trillion Emergency Relief Package For Coronavirus Has Been Reached
{ } ~ Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell confirmed early Wednesday morning that a bipartisan deal for a nearly $2 trillion emergency relief package to address the coronavirus pandemic has been reached... McConnell said the deal “will get more equipment to the heroes on the front lines” and that “this is a wartime level of investment.” The Majority Leader also added that “this has been a long week for the Senate,” and that they “are going to pass this legislation later today.” “Ladies and gentlemen we are done. We have a deal. Much of the work on bill text has been completed and I’m hopeful over the next few hours we’ll finish what’s left and we will circulate it early in the morning,” White House Legislative Affairs Director Eric Ueland said.  The text is set to come out later Wednesday. Two GOP Senate aides told the Daily Caller there was no way the vote would happen Tuesday night, as many expected it would, instead there was an announcement of a deal. North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows was on Capitol Hill late, telling reporters the deal will happen “very very soon.”  This comes as the Senate again failed to pass a procedural cloture vote Monday. The vote was 49-46. Republicans needed 60 yes votes to pass the vote. On Sunday night the Senate tried to pass a cloture vote but failed 47-47 as no Democrats would jump on board. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Sunday that the bill would include $75 billion for hospitals and that two-thirds of all new money in the bill would go to states. Meanwhile, liar-Speaker of the House liar-Nancy Pelosi on Monday introduced a massive coronavirus bill with a number of provisions completely unrelated to the crisis. liar-Pelosi’s 1,119-page coronavirus bill contains provisions including, “conducting risk-limiting audits of results of elections,” bailing out the postal service, requiring early voting, same-day voter registration, requiring the airlines to fully offset their carbon emissions, gives you chance to look up greenhouse gas emissions from the flights you want to take, and much more that have nothing to do with helping solve the crisis at hand...  
Lifelong Democrat Voter Says 'That Streak Will 
End in Nov.' After liar-Pelosi Stunt 
on COVID Relief Bill
By C. Douglas Golden 
{ } ~ Dr. Karlyn Borysenko describes herself, on her Twitter profile, as “Org psychologist. Author. Coach. liar-Speaker. … Compulsive knitter. Accidental political commentator.”... If these things were read off to you in a vacuum, you probably have a vision of a person in your mind, and that person isn’t a Republican. You’d be right. Borysenko is a lifelong Democrat. She says that’s ending in the fall, however, in part because of what House liar-Speaker Nancy Pelosi pulled on the COVID-19 relief bill. You may have seen the bill yourself: House Democrats larded their proposal with tons of liberal wish-list items. Let’s take a look at some of the provisions, per Fox News. U.S. Postal Service bailout? Check. A $15 minimum wage for any company accepting federal assistance? Check. Union-boosting provisions? Check-plus. Forcing states to do same-day voter registration and prohibiting them from “imposing additional conditions or requirements on the eligibility of a voter to cast an absentee ballot such as notarization or witness signatures, and prohibits requiring identification to obtain an absentee ballot?” Check, of course. It’s not like we didn’t know what this was all about. Democratic House Majority Whip scumbag-James Clyburn of South Carolina reportedly summarized it quite nicely: “This is a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision,” he told members of the House Democratic caucus on a conference call, according to reports. This was angled by liar-Pelosi as a matter of standing up to big business. “The Senate Republicans’ bill put corporations first, not workers & families,” she said in a tweet Monday. “Today, @HouseDemocrats will unveil a bill that takes responsibility for the health, wages & well-being of America’s workers: the Take Responsibility for Workers & Families Act.”...
loose lips liar-Biden mocked on social media 
when apparent teleprompter problem derails 
his coronavirus speech
By Johnathan Jones
{ } ~ Former Vice President loose lips liar-Joe Biden’s first video briefing from his Delaware home got off to a rough start Monday... when the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee struggled out of the gate and committed a number of gaffes during a prepared speech. loose lips liar-Biden announced Friday that he would begin holding his own shadow briefings about the coronavirus in a promise to hold President  Donald Trump accountable for his response to the public health crisis. As scheduled, loose lips liar-Biden appeared Monday at a podium from inside his Wilmington estate. The roughly 15-minute briefing quickly devolved into a series of mishaps and apparent equipment malfunctions, which led to the candidate being mocked across social media. While the former vice president attempted to assure Americans he has the answers to the country’s health and economic problems, he appeared both lost and unprepared at times. At the opening of the briefing, loose lips liar-Biden had to be reminded by his staff that the conference had begun. The candidate sat for a number of moments in silence as the camera rolled. While waiting for the already live briefing to begin, loose lips liar-Biden touched his face, apparently forgetting warnings from health authorities that people should refrain from touching their faces in order to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. loose lips liar-Biden later appeared to momentarily forget what he was talking about when delivering remarks about the rising number of coronavirus  cases.  loose lips liar-Biden said government officials must, “Beef up the number of responders dealing with the crush -- these crush of cases. And, uh, and in addition to that, um.” The 77-year-old then waved his hand under the podium and continued, “In addition to that, we have to -- make sure that we, uh -- we are in a position that -- we are -- well, let me go to the second thing. I've spoke enough of that.” Some speculated loose lips liar-Biden might have been dealing with a teleprompter malfunction. In praising governors across the country for their leadership, loose lips liar-Biden referred to Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker as “Charlie Parker.”...   

Over 9,000 Stranded Americans Brought Home
by ~ The State Department says it has managed to bring home over 9,000 Americans stranded in 28 countries... after the global coronavirus all but closed down many national borders and severely curtailed international flights. That’s up from a total of over 5,000 from 17 countries a day earlier. It wasn’t immediately clear how the number jumped by roughly 4,000 in a 24-hour period. Several evacuation flights carrying hundreds of Americans home, many of them back from Latin America, have departed since Monday. Some 13,500 Americans have sought assistance from the State Department in returning home. Spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus says the State Department “has never before undertaken an evacuation operation of such geographic breadth, scale, and complexity.” She said U.S. embassies and consulates around the world are continuing to try to arrange flights for Americans. The department has come under criticism from some stranded Americans and lawmakers for not doing enough to help.   

Endangering the Greatest Generation
Michael Swartz  The message of protecting seniors from the spread of China Virus is important because,  according to the CDC, the virus is far more lethal to them due to their weakened physical status and less robust immune systems. Theirs is the age group singled out by the CDC to remain home as much as possible and keep 30 days’ worth of groceries on hand.

On the other hand, the youth of this country are on an indefinite coronavirus vacation. Most secondary schools have begun with a two-week hiatus concluding next week — although it will certainly be extended for at least another couple of weeks, if not the rest of the school year. But those in college will likely finish this semester by taking their classes online from home.

Protection only goes so far, though. Despite the loss of athletics and social events around campus, students determined to participate in the annual rite of spring break were crowding Florida beaches and nightspots. “If I get corona, I get corona,” said one reveler to The Washington Post. “At the end of the day, I’m not going to let it stop me from partying.”

That same feeling of invincibility was expressed by another young beachgoer: “It’s really messing with my spring break,” she complained. “I think they’re blowing it way out of proportion.”

But try telling that to the increasing number of Millennials  being admitted to hospitals due to the coronavirus. Many other young people are asymptomatic, however, and they’re bringing home more than just a tan. This is bad news for all those they come in contact with (especially the elderly), which is why these spring breakers are of greatest concern to public-health officials.

The adults have since taken charge, though, and an incensed Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis lowered the boom  on the celebration. While the state’s beaches aren’t officially closed, the bars and nightclubs are. And that may be enough to break up the party. “The message I think for spring breakers is that the party’s over in Florida,” DeSantis declared. “The bars are closed … so we would just tell those folks maybe come back next year when things are better.”

Nor is it just Florida beaches: The mayor of Ocean City, Maryland, was also urging people to stay home. “While we look forward to the time when we can welcome you again, now is not the time to visit Ocean City,” said Mayor Rick Meehan. As a nearby escape from the Beltway regions, the town was inundated last weekend with St. Patrick’s Day revelers despite the cancellation of their annual parade and a confirmation that a holiday weekend visitor later tested positive for COVID-19.

While it’s unlikely that many senior citizens were mingling with the spring-break crowd, many of those college students will be back home with their families soon. And with the incubation period of the virus estimated to be as long as 14 days, hitting a jam-packed beach clearly wasn’t the best of all ideas.   ~The Patriot Post  

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Wednesday Noon ~ TheFrontPageCover

~ Featuring ~
'We Can Meet the Moment,' Trump Declares
Nate Jackson   
Breaking Overnight: Senate Reaches Deal 
for Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and 
Economic Security Act
by sundance
{ } ~ With caution applied, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Senate Minority Leader Chuck scumbag-Schumer announced around 2:00am ET a deal had been reached for the nearly $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES) bill... The final language for “HR.748” stripped and newly assembled will take place today. Looks like the senate is using an old bill, previously passed by the House, so the House can deem and pass, without formally reconvening. There are ten republican amendments. Speaking from the floor, both McConnell and scumbag-Schumer made remarks describing the bill.
Nevada Governor Signs Emergency Order 
Banning Prescriptions of Hydroxychloroquine 
For Treatment of Coronavirus
by sundance
{ } ~ This is almost unbelievable, if it wasn’t for the fact the governor is a democrat. Hopefully voters are paying close attention to this stuff and will remember in November... All of these authoritarian tendencies are being triggered by the opportunity known as COVID-19. The DEMOCRAT governor of Nevada has signed an executive order banning the use of hydroxychloroquine as a medical treatment for those suffering from the coronavirus. Nevada’s governor has signed an emergency order barring the use of anti-malaria drugs for someone who has the coronavirus. Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak’s order Tuesday restricting chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine comes after President Donald Trump touted the medication as a treatment for the virus...
In Historic 6-3 Decision, Liberal Switches 
Sides – Supreme Court Rules States Can 
Shut Down ‘Insanity Defense’
By Adam Casalino
{ } ~ The country is focused on other issues right now, but the Supreme Court just made a landmark decision... All in the name of freedom.The court was hearing a crucial case that could decide how states handle certain criminal defenses. In the past, states were forced to follow guidelines handed to them by the federal government. What’s amazing about this ruling is, it wasn’t even a “party-line” vote. The Supreme Court on Monday ruled against a Kansas man who argued his constitutional rights were violated when the state refused to allow him to bring an insanity defense. In a 6-3 opinion, the Court said an insanity defense that considers whether a defendant can distinguish between right and wrong is not constitutionally required.  In a 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court decided that states have the right to reject the insanity plea in criminal cases. Kansas, and other states, allow a defendant to plead not guilty by reason of insanity. This can give a criminal a chance to worm out of a sentence if they can convince a court or jury that did not intend to commit a crime...  
Democratic LA mayor: Power, water will be shut 
off for nonessential businesses that refuse to 
close amid coronavirus 'safer at home' order  
{ } ~ Eric Garcetti, the Democratic mayor of Los Angeles, announced Tuesday that power and water will be shut off for nonessential businesses... that refuse to close amid California's coronavirus "safer at home" order, KTLA-TV reported. "If we see continued noncompliance, they'll wind up facing misdemeanor charge, and the Department of Water and Power will step in and shut off their water and power," Garcetti remarked. "You know who you are, you need to stop it. This is your chance to step up and shut it down — because if you don't, we will shut you down."  Calling such businesses that don't voluntarily shut their doors "irresponsible and selfish," Garcetti unveiled the city's "business ambassadors program," which is designed to convince nonessential businesses to close, the station said. Garcetti said neighborhood prosecutors will implement safety measures and contact noncompliant businesses before the city flips the switches on them, KTLA said. "The easiest way to avoid a visit is to follow the rules," the mayor added, according to the station. According to the website of L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer, neighborhood prosecutors are "local problem solvers who combat the most destructive community crimes like drug sales, prostitution, illegal dumping, graffiti, and more. By addressing such criminal activity before it mushrooms into more serious offenses, they are making our city safer and improving quality of life every day."...
Muslim Extremists Exploit Coronavirus to 
Promote Terrorism, Hate; and Other Muslims 
that Need the World's Help
by Bassam Tawil
{ } ~ As countries across the world are turning themselves inside out to prevent the spread of the coronavirus... Muslim extremists and terrorists have been expending their energy on promoting terror attacks against other Muslims as well as "infidels." These terrorists and extremists are probably praying for the "infidels" to discover a vaccine for the virus -- thus enabling them to return to their mosques and resume their calls for killing the "infidels." Many Arab and Islamic countries have banned prayers in mosques to help prevent contagion during the war on the coronavirus. As scientists and other "infidels" around the world, including Israel, are working around the clock to find a vaccine for the virus, the Muslim Brotherhood organization and some of its allies are issuing fatwas Islamic religious opinions that expose dangerous goals, a dangerous ideology, and a disregard for human life. Sheikh Aid al-Qarni, for instance, long affiliated with the Sahwah  "Awakening" branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, said -- before his detention, death sentence and public recantation in Saudi Arabia: "I pray to Allah that He will make the enemies fall into their own trap and that He will destroy the Jews and their helpers from among the Christians and the Communists, and that He will turn them into the Muslims' spoils. I praise the Jihad, the sacrifice, and the resistance against the occupiers in Iraq. We curse them all of them every night and pray that Allah will annihilate them, tear them apart, and grant us victory over them... " In another video, al-Qarni remarked, "Throats must be slit and skulls must be shattered...This is the path to victory, to shahada, and to sacrifice."... 
Iran refuses to release Christian prisoners 
amid coronavirus outbreak while 
EU sends millions in aid
by Benjamin Weinthal
{ } ~ Iran’s theocratic rulers have temporarily released some 85,000 prisoners, including political prisoners, in an effort to prevent the spread of the Middle East’s worst coronavirus outbreak... but have refused to free many Iranian Christians jailed for practicing their faith. Article18,  an organization that promotes religious freedom in Iran, told Fox News on Monday that four Iranian Christians serving  10-year sentences in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison are among the prisons denied temporary release “even though their requests for retrials have been accepted.” “We at Article18 ask for the immediate and unconditional release of all Christians detained on spurious charges related to their faith or religious activities,” Mansour Borji, the research and advocacy director for the London-based organization, said. “This is even more urgent given the current health crisis that threatens these detained Christians and their families back home.” Borji continued: “The international community should also demand that Iran upholds its  obligations to guarantee the right to freedom of religion or belief for every citizen, regardless of their ethnic or linguistic background, including converts from other religions.” According to Article18, the four Iranian Christians being held are Yousef Nadarkhani, 42, Mohammad Reza (Yohan) Omidi, 46, and Zaman (Saheb) Fadaei, 36, and Nasser Navard Gol-Tapeh, who is 58 years old and suffers from several health issues. Iran, which has been considered the epicenter for the virus’ spread in the Middle East, has seen more than 24,811 cases and at least 1,934 deaths from COVID-19, as of Tuesday morning. International observers believe the real figures are much higher than reported by Iranian health officials. In an unprecedented move last week, Iranian authorities released some 85,000 inmates, including from Evin prison. The move comes as officials have placed unconfirmed blame that the United States is behind the global pandemic...  
'We Can Meet the Moment,' Trump Declares
Nate Jackson  President Donald Trump delivered powerful remarks over the weekend, as the nation continues to reel from the sudden and devastating effects of the China Virus pandemic.

“This is a challenging time for all Americans,” Trump solemnly said. “We’re enduring a great national trial, and we will prove that we can meet the moment. I want to assure the American people that we’re doing everything we can each day to confront and ultimately defeat this horrible, invisible enemy. We’re at war. In a true sense, we’re at war and we’re fighting an invisible enemy.”

But sounding a note of hope, he added, “For those of you who are feeling alone and isolated, I want you to know that we’re all joined together as one people, eternally linked by our shared national spirit. We love our country — the spirit of courage and love and patriotism. No American is alone as long as we are united, and we are united. We’re very united. People are saying things now that three weeks ago — they didn’t talk that way. We’re very united. No force is equal to the strength of a unified America, united America, an America like we have it right now.”

“For those worried and afraid,” Trump concluded, “please know as long as I am your president, you can feel confident that you have a leader who will always fight for you and I will not stop until we win. This will be a great victory, this is going to be a victory, and it’s going to be a victory that in my opinion will happen much sooner than originally expected.”

Perhaps Trump thought it necessary to offer these comments because Friday’s White House briefing included a tiff between him and NBC correspondent Peter Alexander. “What do you say to the Americans who are scared?” Alexander asked. “Nearly 200 dead, 14,000 who are sick, millions, as you witnessed, who are scared right now. What do you say to Americans who are watching right now who are scared?”

Trump unloaded: “I say that you’re a terrible reporter, that’s what I say.” He accused Alexander of “doing sensationalism,” and scolded, “You should be ashamed of yourself.”

Trump’s assessment of the Leftmedia talkingheads has been correct since day one, and particularly so in this exchange. We are fighting two warfronts — one the China Virus and the other “journalists” who ask questions as if they are part of China’s state-run media.

Veteran journalist Brit Hume likewise unloaded on Alexander. “Legitimate question my a**,” Hume wrote. “It was the kind of bullsh*t gotcha question which hack WH reporters have been asking for decades. But instead of going off on the reporter, Trump should have said the whole briefing in all its particulars was a message to people who are scared.”

Clearly, Trump decided it was wise to offer a message of hope and encouragement. His actions, too, have been measured and taking in the full counsel of advisers.

One of his recent actions includes giving the green light to Ford, General Motors, and Tesla to use their manufacturing capability to make ventilators, though he will not nationalize any business. He also declared that the federal govern  ment would fund “100%” of National Guard activation and deployment in California, New York, and Washington, all states that he says “have been hit the hardest.” Words paired with action — that’s what the American people should expect from their chief executive.   ~The Patriot Post  

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Wed/Mid-AM ~ TheFrontPageCover

~ Featuring ~
Democrats Derail Senate's $1.8T Relief Bill
Thomas Gallatin   
Wednesday News Executive Summary
Jordan Candler  Above the Fold
  • “AT LAST WE HAVE A DEAL”: Senate and White House agree on $2 trillion stimulus plan (National Review)

  • OPTIMISM: Dow posts 2,112-point (11%) gain on Tuesday — the biggest ever (Fox Business)

  • GOOD NEWS: Scientists say coronavirus does not undergo significant number of mutations (The Daily Wire)

Government, Politics, & Economy

  • “WE HAVE TO GET BACK TO WORK”: President Trump calls for restarting economy by Easter (Fox News)

  • “CHEAP MANUFACTURING BE DAMNED”:  Sentiment builds for moving U.S. companies out of China (Washington Examiner)

  • PRESSING ON: commie-Bernie Sanders refuses to drop out of presidential race, will participate in April Democrat debate (National Review)

  • TRAVELERS GET A BREAK: Real ID deadline pushed back due to the coronavirus (USA Today)



  • AN EXCUSE TO INFRINGE ON THE SECOND AMENDMENT? North Carolina sheriff suspends new pistol permits due to “250 percent increase in demand” (National Review)

  • DEATH BY WHATEVER MEANS NECESSARY:  Ohio abortion providers say they will defy state shutdown order (The Washington Free Beacon)

Closing Arguments

    • POLICY: A litany of useless laws have been exposed by the coronavirus (Foundation for Economic Education)

    • POLICY: Start with common ground on climate-change policy (National Review)

    • HUMOR: The biggest stock rebound in history is actually due to President scumbag/liar-nObama’s economic policies (NPC Daily)  

~The Patriot Posts
White House and Senate Finally Reach
Agreement on Unprecedented
$2 Trillion Coronavirus Bill
by ~ The White House and Senate leaders of both major political parties announced an agreement early Wednesday on an unprecedented $2 trillion emergency bill... to rush sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. The urgently needed pandemic response measure is the largest economic rescue measure in history and is intended as a weekslong or monthslong patch for an economy spiraling into recession and a nation facing a potentially ghastly toll. Top White House aide Eric Ueland announced the agreement in a Capitol hallway shortly after midnight, capping days of often intense haggling and mounting pressure. The deal still needs to be finalized in detailed legislative language. “Ladies and gentlemen, we are done,” Ueland said. “We have a deal.” The economic rescue package would give direct payments to most Americans, expand unemployment benefits and provide a $367 billion program for small businesses to keep making payroll while workers are forced to stay home. One of the last issues to close concerned $500 billion for guaranteed, subsidized loans to larger industries, including a fight over how generous to be with the airlines. Hospitals would get significant help as well. “After days of intense discussions, the Senate has reached a bipartisan agreement on a historic relief package for this pandemic,” said Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., a key negotiator. “It will rush new resources onto the front lines of our nation’s health care fight. And it will inject trillions of dollars of cash into the economy as fast as possible to help Americans workers, families, small businesses and industries make it through this disruption and emerge on the other side ready to soar.” On Capitol Hill, five days of arduous talks produced the bill, creating tensions among Congress’ top leaders, who each took care to tend to party politics as they maneuvered and battled over crafting the legislation. But failure was never an option, which permitted both sides to mark big wins. Even before the deal was reached, news of the likely but elusive agreement had sent the stock market rocketing on Tuesday. The rescue package would be larger than the 2008 bank bailout and 2009 recovery act combined. The package would give one-time payments of $1,200 per adult and $500 per child directly to the public. A huge cash infusion for hospitals expecting a flood of COVID-19 patients grew during the talks at the insistence of Sen. Chuck scumbag-Schumer, the Democratic leader, while Republicans pressed for tens of billions of dollars for additional relief to be delivered through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the lead federal disaster agency...
Former HHS official says CDC lied 
to Trump admin about testing
By M. Dowling
{ } ~ According to ABC News 30/40, former assistant secretary of Human and Health Services (HHS) Chris Meekins told James Rosen, a Sinclair investigative reporter... that the CDC lied to President Trump and HHS Secretary Alex Azar about its ability to produce a Wuhan coronavirus test. Trump and his administration were condemned over tests for lack of availability and unreliability. In making the allegation, Chris Meekins, a former assistant secretary of Health and Human Services for preparedness and response, cited private discussions he has held in recent weeks with top federal officials and physicians and scientists employed in private-sector industries that are active in the anti-coronavirus effort. Meekins described his contacts on the White House Coronavirus Task Force as “friends,” some of whom he has known for many years. “From my conversations with members of the task force, both inside and outside the administration,” Meekins told Sinclair in an exclusive interview, “The U.S. government, from Secretary Azar to the president relied on the Centers for Disease Control to produce a test; they failed….CDC said they would handle it….What we have found out is that these leaders at the CDC lied to both the HHS secretary and, by extension, the president. And as a result, the nation got weeks behind.” CDC has acknowledged that its initial stab at mass production of the test kits encountered “a problem,” and that federal deployment of safe testing equipment lagged as a result. They blamed the problem on a defect in the “manufacturing of one of the reagents.” This disaster caused the President to turn to the private sector which is now in partnership with the CDC. The President has been lifting regulations and working with the FDA to get drugs approved. Why do we have to rely on the government for everything? It doesn’t work. It could just be a misinterpretation. It’s hard to believe they would lie... 

Coronavirus Stimulus Offered By House 
Financial Services Committee Creates 
New Digital Dollar
by Jason Brett
{ } ~ Updated on 3/24/20 at 11:45 AM: The final version of the economic stimulus package offered by liar-Speaker Pelosi the House Democrats no longer includes the U.S. Digital Dollar proposal; however... the language as proposed by Chairwoman scumbag/mad-Waters of the House Financial Services Committee still contains this language. Links to the original and updated stimulus bills with the latest language are at the end of the story.  As the markets continue to drop and the U.S. looks to Congress for agreement on a massive stimulus package to save the economy from impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, the newest offer by House Democrats includes a very forward-looking kind of stimulus: the creation of a ‘digital dollar’ and the establishment of ‘digital dollar wallets.’ In what will send shock waves through the cryptocurrency and blockchain industry, particularly for those following central bank digital currencies around the world, this signals the U.S. is serious in establishing infrastructure for a central bank digital currency. Both liar-Speaker Pelosi’s ‘Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act’ and the ‘Financial Protections and Assistance for America’s Consumers, States, Businesses, and Vulnerable Populations Act (H.R. 6321),’ introduced by Chairwoman scumbag/mad-Maxine Waters of Financial Services Committee, introduced these concepts today as a way of delivering the economic stimulus payments to U.S. citizens. The bill establishes a digital dollar, which it defines as ‘a balance expressed as a dollar value consisting of digital ledger entries that are recorded as liabilities in the accounts of any Federal Reserve Bank or ... an electronic unit of value, redeemable by an eligible financial institution as determined by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System.’ Additionally, a digital dollar wallet is identified as ‘a digital wallet or account, maintained by a Federal reserve bank on behalf of any person, that represents holdings in an electronic device or service that is used to store digital dollars that may be tied to a digital or physical identity.’ A mandate also requires all ‘member banks’ establish a ‘pass-through digital dollar wallet’ to all customers eligible for the stimulus. Member banks include those banks that are ‘members’ of the Federal Reserve and regulated by the Fed. Additionally, ‘Non-Member’ state banks - those that not members of the Federal Reserve and regulated by the FDIC - could opt-in to offer pass-through digital dollar wallets as well...   

Kudlow Breakout – NEC Director Explains 
The Main Street Economic Package
by sundance
{ } ~ National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow explains the overall picture of the legislative package as coordinated by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and the White House economic team...  The overall financial package is $6 trillion. $4 trillion of that amount is federal reserve lending authority in case needed. $2 trillion is direct economic assistance. Democrats are still attempting to add their K-Street pet projects foreign aid grants, performing arts contributions, union payoffs, election modifications, funds to expand abortion services, subsidies for wind farms, restrictions on cow flatulence, funds for Hollywood productions, airline emissions, turtle training classes and various social engineering topics to the spending package. That battle continues…
Trump says there's 'light at the end of the tunnel' 
as White House pitches $6T coronavirus 
stimulus package
By Gregg Re 
{ } ~ Saying the country was nearing the "the end of our historic battle" with "the invisible enemy" of coronavirus... President Trump on Tuesday evening emphasized his desire for the U.S. to reopen for business by Easter -- as his top economic adviser said Congress is "getting closer and closer" to passing an unprecedented fiscal stimulus package. Speaking at Tuesday's White House coronavirus task force briefing, Director of the U.S. National Economic Council Larry Kudlow specifically said the new coronavirus bill working its way through  congressional gridlock would total $6 trillion: $4 trillion in liquidity from the Federal Reserve and $2 trillion in new money. Typical annual appropriations from Congress in a given fiscal year are around $1.2-4 trillion, with total expenditures roughly $4.3 trillion. "I said earlier today that I hope we can do this by Easter," Trump said in the White House briefing room, referring to his comments at a Fox News virtual town hall that officials could soon ease social-distancing restrictions. "I think that would be a great thing for our country, and we're all working very hard to make that a reality. ... Easter is a very special day for many reasons." Trump also sounded an unexpectedly magnanimous note: "I also want to thank Congress, because whether or not we're happy that they haven't quite gotten there yet, they have been working long hours. I'm talking Republicans and Democrats, all of them, the House, the Senate. I want to thank Congress because they are really trying to get there, and I think they will." “This package will be the single largest Main Street assistance program in the history of the United States,” Kudlow said, adding that negotiations would continue into the evening but that a vote is imminent. However, although the temperature on Capitol Hill was much lower on Tuesday, some fireworks began on the Senate floor  late Tuesday night, after the briefing. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., remarked that “there are too many people on the field" and that Democrats still wanted too much more money for non-emergency, unrelated policy projects. "Every special interest group in town is trying to get a little bit more," Graham said. "Nickel-and-diming at a time when people are dying -- literally dying." He urged Trump to recall Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to the White House to end negotiations...  
Most complete short-list of 
liar-Speaker Pelosi’s Cov-19 bill
By M. Dowling
{ } ~ liar-Speaker Nancy Pelosi presented a very unserious bill and has no intention of working with Republicans. She is not telling the truth to her followers who might not care in either case... This is how low the Democrat socialist Party has sunk. People are becoming desperate for help and this is what they are doing.
-bail out the post office
-pay off some portion of college loans
-$2,000 for every American
-limit ICE and border patrol
-publish corporate pay stats by race for all corporate boards
-permanent paid leave
-mandate a federal minimum wage of $15
-rescued companies must abide by the Democrat rules
-no voter ID and anonymous ballot harvesting
-require early voting, online registration, vote by mail, and same-day voting (aka voter fraud)
-provide cash for unions via official time for collective bargaining
-a full offset of airline emissions
-climate change study on aviation
--restricting colleges from providing information about illegal aliens
-money for Planned Parenthood
-the publication of greenhouse gas emissions for flights
-double the endowment for the arts to $300 million
-Reinstatement of scumbag/liar-nObamaphones
-Funding for NOAA
-$100 million for NASA
-$278 million for IRS
-On page 127, the Institute for Museum and Library Services is given $500,000,000 “respond to coronavirus” by granting States, museums, territories and tribes “to expand digital network access, purchase tablets and other internet-enabled devices, for operational expenses, and provide technical support”.
-Earmarked for an ambiguous “Construction and Environmental Compliance and Restoration,” the bill grants $100,000,000 “to prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus” on page 18.
-$35 million for the Kennedy Center
-$300M for Migration and  Refugee Assistance
-Extends immigrant visas and work permits
-On page 119, Gallaudet University is granted $7,000,000 “to help defray expenses which may include lost revenue, reimbursement for expenses already incurred, technology costs associated with a transition to distance learning, faculty and staff trainings and payroll”.
-Howard University receives $13,000,000 for similar open-ended expenses on page 123. Howard’s endowment fund currently stands at $692,800,000.
-Blocks denying funds to sanctuary cities
-Expands wind and solar tax credits
-On page 88, the “Ryan White HIV/AIDS program” receives an additional $90,000,000, according to language in the bill.
and retirement plans for newspaper employees — nothing like making newspapers even more beholden to Democrat politicians.
Democrats Derail Senate's $1.8T Relief Bill
Thomas Gallatin  At a moment when all Americans need to unite to address the China Virus pandemic and its economic impact, congressional Democrats have elected to play partisan politics.

On Sunday evening, as the Senate was preparing to move forward via a procedural vote on a $1.8 trillion stimulus bill, Senate Minority Leader Chuck scumbag-Schumer threw a last-second wrench in the works. Democrats lined up to vote against moving the bipartisan bill forward, offering the ridiculous excuse that it did too much to help corporations and not enough to help workers. That argument simply doesn’t hold water, as moving the legislation forward would have allowed continued debate.

Majority Leader Mitch McConnell noted as much when he blasted Democrats for obstructing the relief bill. “We had a high level of bipartisanship in five different working groups over the last 48 hours, where members who were participating were reaching agreement,” McConnell said. “And then all of a sudden the Democratic leader and the speaker of the House shows up, and we’re back to square one.”

House Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi had conferred with scumbag-Schumer hours before the Senate vote in a clear effort to derail the bill, as she and scumbag-Schumer work to create the false narrative that Democrats are the ones most looking out for American interests. The truth is they are still seeking to exploit a crisis to tank the economy with the hopes of reaping political benefit.

McConnell noted the negative economic toll the Democrats’ obstruction play would have, pointing to the fact that the market was almost certain to suffer another terrible day Monday. He concluded, “The notion that we have time to play games here with the American economy and the American people is utterly absurd.”

While the growing economic pain is hitting home for millions of Americans, Democrats are exploiting the crisis to push their own political agenda. And don’t forget that these lawmakers, many of whom are millionaires like liar-Pelosi and scumbag-Schumer, continue to collect their paychecks. How about Congress forego their paychecks until the China Virus crisis has passed?

Even The New York Times was surprised by the Democrats’ sudden obstructionist move, worriedly noting, “In voting to block action, Democrats risked a political backlash if they are seen as obstructing progress on a measure that is widely regarded as crucial to aid desperate Americans and buttress a flagging economy.”

What may have ignited the Democrats’ gambit is recent polling showing President Donald Trump’s approval rating rising as he has worked tirelessly and in a bipartisan effort to address the pandemic. As Power Line’s Steven Hayward observes, “[Democrats] are in a panic about the fact that Trump’s approval ratings are rising at the moment, and they are desperate to keep Trump from having a ‘win’ on policy amidst this crisis. A package will pass, probably soon, and while it may have many defects and require many sequels, the political interests of Democrats demands that they delay and degrade the process as much as possible to diminish Trump. I doubt this would be happening if it was a year ago, or a year from now. But it’s election year, and deranged Democrats are desperate.”

McConnell plans to hold a second vote to move forward on the Senate’s stimulus legislation later today, but the markets already plunged this morning, which is exactly what scumbag-Schumer, liar-Pelosi, and company wanted.   ~The Patriot Post  

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Open-Borders Dems Threaten
U.S. Health Care System
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liar-Nancy Pelosi Signals Surrender on Relief
Bill Just a Day After Going Full Leroy Jenkins
by Bonchie
{ } ~ If this is true, it’s welcome news. liar-Nancy Pelosi, just a day after going full Leroy Jenkins on the negotiations over the Wuhan virus relief bill, is now signaling that the House will pass whatever the Senate sends them... This follows Chuck scumbag-Schumer reversing course last night and announcing he expects a deal done today as well. That’s liar-Pelosi looking for cover. There was no “big change” because there was already oversight. The Democrat talking points were false. I suspect that liar-Pelosi’s machinations Sunday and yesterday were a bone being thrown to her mostly far-left caucus. That should not be taken as a defense of liar-Pelosi herself, as she’s just as crazy and wanting of all the garbage she proposed as anyone else, but she probably realizes this is going to kill her party. New polling has shown good marks for the President’s handling of the crisis and even the mainstream media have had a hard time spinning the Democrat obstruction efforts though the Times tried their best. This package needs to be passed now. This is not bailing out companies who made bad loans. It’s keeping the economy going due to the damage caused directly by government decisions. That’s not to say those decisions to shut everything down were wrong, but it is to say that the consequences have been out of the hands of American companies and families. They need help or we are going to sink into a depression. Regardless, the damage liar-Pelosi and the Democrats caused, including another large dip in the stock market, can not be forgotten. They don’t get to handwave this away by caving a few days later. Democrats chose to play politics with people’s lives and the price should be severe in November.  
liar-Nancy Pelosi’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, 
Very Bad Decision To Hold The Country Hostage
By Christopher Bedford
{ } ~ The weekend began with a bipartisan plan. People were hopeful. Outside of Washington, business owners told The Federalist they finally saw light in all the darkness...They thought they’d be able to hire their employees back again. These are employees who have families, mortgages, and lives; people who have never once asked for public assistance and never thought they’d have to. The mood in Washington was optimistic as well. “We’re having good bipartisan agreements,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck scumbag-Schumer told CNN Saturday, predicting a Monday passage of their plan. “The initial bill Leader Mitch McConnell put in didn’t have any Democratic input and we were worried that we just try to put it on the floor and not consult Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi because the House still has to pass this, but actually, to my delight and surprise, there has been a great deal of bipartisan cooperation thus far.”On Sunday, scumbag-Schumer met four times with Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin to continue negotiations. And then liar-Pelosi came back to town from her week-long vacation and announced the rare, rare bipartisan cooperation the country had seen in the Senate would end with her — and election politics would begin. “Oh, I don’t know about Monday but we are still talking,” she said Sunday evening. “It’s on the Senate side now because that’s their deadline for a vote but we’ll be introducing our own bill and hopefully it’ll be compatible with that they discussed on the Senate.” It was difficult to guess how she’d do this with the House in recess, but on Monday her office miraculously introduced a 1,400-page bill. Miraculous, until it became clear she’d simply unloaded the Democratic Party’s election platform into a bill intended to save Americans from bankruptcy and death in the face of a global pandemic...   

Trump Blasts Democrats for Blocking 
Coronavirus Bill, Vows To Stonewall 
Their 'Ideological Demands'
By Jack Davis 
{  } ~ President Donald Trump attacked House Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi and other congressional Democrats on Tuesday for slipping pieces of the Green New Deal and other unrelated projects into the coronavirus relief package... Republicans have been trying to pass in the Senate. The bill was designed to support American workers and businesses facing tough economic times amid restrictive actions taken to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Although Republicans have a majority in the Senate, Democrats developed leverage there after five GOP senators went into self-quarantine due to potential exposure to the coronavirus. As a result, a bill that had been sailing along for swift approval suddenly changed course. “Republicans had a deal until liar-Nancy Pelosi rode into town from her extended vacation,” Trump tweeted. “The Democrats want the Virus to win? “They are asking for things that have nothing to do with our great workers or companies. They want Open Borders & Green New Deal. Republicans shouldn’t agree!” “This is not about the ridiculous Green New Deal. It is about putting our great workers and companies BACK TO WORK!” he said in another tweet. “This will never be approved by me, or any other Republican!” the president said, referring to three key Democratic demands cited by  National Review. Those demands were summarized as new collective bargaining powers for unions, increased fuel emissions standards for airlines and increase solar and wind energy tax credits. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also upbraided Democrats for using the national emergency to slip in partisan proposals. “Tax credits for solar energy and wind energy. Provisions to force employers to give special new treatment to Big Labor. And listen to this — new emissions standards for the airlines. Are you kidding me?” McConnell said. Democrats were also being criticized for using the emergency as a chance to slip in $35 million to renovate the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington...   
 scumbag-Schumer and Dems 
Tell America: DROP DEAD
by Jeff Dunetz
{ } ~ Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin had said that the bill — which has grown to as much as $1.8  trillion — includes direct-deposit checks to Americans and expanded unemployment benefits... Five Republicans who are quarantined couldn’t show up for the vote, including Rand Paul, who was diagnosed with China Coronavirus. However, even if they had shown up, the package would have fallen short if the 60 votes needed to invoke cloture, cut off debate, and allow an up or down vote. scumbag-Schumer said the package had too much money for corporations. Well, if one purpose of the bill is to save people’s jobs, then we need to help the corporations stay open. But scumbag-Schumer, liar-Pelosi, and the rest of Democratic leadership needed to placate their leftist base, which would get angry if they helped corporations and made President Trump successful. Therefore, Democratic leadership said vote no unless the Republicans added all their favorite unrelated liberal goodies including a climate change study, carbon emission regulations, forced early voting and more…The Senate Democrats acted like little lemmings followed their orders and told America to DROP DEAD. Per the Blaze, “In a 47-47 vote, Senate Democrats blocked a critical $2 trillion coronavirus economic relief package on Sunday. The move sent futures markets plummeting by over 5%. According to the Washington Examiner, the Democrats have stalled the plan to pass the bill by Monday and send it to the House for a vote. President Donald Trump and congressional leaders hoped the measure would send a signal that would help stabilize the stock market and U.S. economy amid fears of recession as economic analysts estimate unemployment levels could hit up to an unprecedented 30% in April-June with GDP contracting by 50%, figures not seen since the Great Depression.” The easiest way to describe what happened is via this Newspaper front page, Chuck scumbag-Schumer and his party doesn’t care about America. Their party always comes first...  
Supreme Court Hands Down First 
Remote Opinions Since Bush v. scumbag-Gore
By Kevin Daley
{ } ~ The Supreme Court handed down opinions remotely on Monday, marking the first time since Bush v. scumbag-Gore that the justices issued rulings without reading decisions from the bench during an official public session... Much of the High Court’s business is continuing as normal despite the coronavirus pandemic. The justices, however, suspended their next round of arguments on March 16, while the Court itself is closed to visitors. The coronavirus pandemic has subsumed the other branches of government. The Senate on Friday failed to pass a $1.8 trillion stimulus package to bolster workers and business interests facing daunting economic prospects. The White House is similarly scrambling to manage the social fallout of a public health crisis that shows no signs of abating. Yet the official business of the Supreme Court has a sense of normalcy about it. Much of the justices’ day-to-day work can be done remotely, and the Court looks poised to continue digital release of its decisions. A Court spokeswoman said Monday that Chief Justice John Roberts presided over a regular Friday meeting from the Court, while the other justices dialed in by phone. How long this state of affairs can last is unclear. High-profile matters from the canceled March sitting, including three disputes over subpoenas for President Donald Trump’s financial records, have not yet been rescheduled. The Court has not yet canceled its April argument session, which begins April 20, but the advanced age of many justices dictates extreme caution. Six members of the Court are over the age of 65, and two are at least 80 years old, leaving them at high risk of serious infection. Monday’s cases included a civil rights dispute between Comcast and black business magnate Byron Allen, as well as a Kansas law that abolished the traditional insanity defense. A third ruling involved Blackbeard’s pirate ship, the Queen Anne’s Revenge, which ran aground in North Carolina in 1718... 

Chinese Propaganda Video Cites CNN, 
Democratic Politicians to Push
Regime Narrative
By Collin Anderson
{ } ~ China's state-run propaganda outlets are using coronavirus coverage by U.S. media and Democratic politicians to push the regime narrative that the Chinese government bears no responsibility for the ongoing pandemic... and that sourcing the origin of the virus to Wuhan is politically motivated. A video posted Monday by the Global Times, a tabloid run by the Communist Party of China, uses footage of numerous American media outlets and Democratic politicians to portray criticism of China's handling of the coronavirus as racist. In addition to citing CNN's Chris Cuomo and NBC's Richard Engel, the video highlights tweets from two-time failed Democratic presidential candidate scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton and New York City mayor Bill de Blasio parroting regime talking points. "It is easy to scapegoat people, and that is what has always happened when there have been pandemics or epidemics," Engel says in the clip featured in the video. "This is a virus that came from the territory of China but came from bats. This is a bat virus, not a China virus."In another video posted Sunday, Global Times editor in chief Hu Xijin highlights a CNN opinion piece by Chris Cillizza that argues President Donald Trump is "weaponizing bigotry" to shift blame away from his administration. After questioning the virus's point of origin in Wuhan, Xijin cites Cillizza's piece as evidence that Trump is using China as a political "scapegoat for his government's slow response." "Reelection concerns are driving the Trump administration's intense attack on China as a ploy to divert public anger over the federal government's poor controls," Xijin says in a video pinned to the top of the outlet's Twitter account, which has more than 1.6 million followers. "They've indeed been quite incompetent. Perhaps they can't face their public without blaming China." Neither CNN nor NBC responded to requests for comment. The videos are part of a larger Chinese effort to deflect responsibility for the pandemic, which has spread across the globe since China covered up the December outbreak in Wuhan...
New Iraqi Prime Minister-Designate Poses 
Threat to Iran, Opportunity for U.S.
by John Hannah
{  } ~ The March 17 nomination of Adnan al-Zurfi as Iraq’s prime minister-designate highlights the extent to which Iran’s stranglehold on Iraqi politics could be eroding... As such, Zurfi’s nomination holds out both the promise of a restoration of Iraqi sovereignty that aligns with U.S. interests, as well as the danger of escalating violence by an Iranian regime desperate to prevent such a strategic defeat. Zurfi’s nomination by Iraqi President Barham Salih came on the heels of the failed effort of Mohammed Allawi earlier this month to replace the caretaker government of Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi. Abdul-Mahdi was forced to resign in late November under pressure from a mass protest movement demanding an overhaul of Iraq’s post-2003 political system. Allawi’s February 1 nomination was almost entirely engineered by Iran, operating in conjunction with its Iraqi allies and Lebanese Hezbollah. It reflected a concerted effort by the Islamic Republic to shore up its position in the face of two fundamental challenges: first, the January 3 U.S. drone strike that killed both Qassem Soleimani, the mastermind of Iranian strategy in Iraq since 2003, and Abu Mahdi al-Mohandes, Soleimani’s most powerful Iraqi agent; and second, the anti-government protests that have roiled Iraq since October, centered in the country’s Shiite heartland and propounding a distinctly nationalist narrative deeply resentful of Iranian interference. Allawi’s failure to gain parliamentary approval marked a profound defeat for Iran. A surge in violence against protesters, ordered by extremist cleric Moqtada al-Sadr eager to prove himself as Iran’s new post-Soleimani enforcer, only bolstered the protest movement’s unambiguous rejection of Allawi. Sadr’s efforts to  intimidate Kurdish and Sunni politicians into providing a parliamentary quorum for Allawi’s appointment also cratered. Scrambling to recover, Iran dispatched the head of its national security council, Ali Shamkhani, to Baghdad on March 7 to press Iraq’s leading Islamist parties the so-called Shiite House to unite behind a new candidate. But to no avail. In the wake of Soleimani’s death and the collapse of Allawi’s nomination, divisions within the Shiite House only accelerated, preventing it from putting forward a new prime minister-designate by a March 17 deadline. No doubt sensing the signs of faltering Iranian clout, the pro-Western Salih stepped into the vacuum and exercised his constitutional authority to put forward a candidate of his own choosing: Zurfi...   
Open-Borders Dems Threaten U.S. Health Care System
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Coronavirus will be the coup de grace of the Democratic Party, as sensible Americans of all backgrounds understand amidst a highly contagious global pandemic that the United States needs more border enforcement, not less.

It simply makes no sense to permit millions of people from all over the world to pour into our country illegally, many of whom could be carrying the infectious virus and spreading it to Americans. So, contrary to the left’s talking points, border security and enforcement aren’t “xenophobic,” as Democratic presidential hopefuls commie-Bernie Sanders and loose lips liar-Joe Biden claim they are — far from it.

Building the wall along the porous southern border and enforcing sensible immigration laws is a matter of national security.

After all, the No. 1 responsibility of the president of the United States is to protect our citizens from any threat, foreign or domestic. This includes safeguarding our nation from the spread of highly contagious and infectious diseases that can cause severe illness or death. To date, at least 242,000 people have contracted coronavirus globally and over 9,800 have died from it. These numbers will continue to rise, especially in the U.S., where most have not yet been tested for the virus.

It’s just common sense to screen all those who are coming into one’s country — especially during a global pandemic — and that’s why the vast majority of countries worldwide are enforcing their own borders.

Hospitals in New York, California, Washington, Massachusetts and elsewhere are overwhelmed combatting the coronavirus. Many doctors, nurses and health care providers don’t have basic necessities such as protective masks, ventilators, hospital beds and other emergency equipment and resources to accommodate our own citizens.

Hence the need for social distancing and mass self-quarantining to blunt the spread of the disease. Yet far-left liberals like commie-Sanders and loose lips liar-Biden not only want open borders — as do the rest of their out-of-touch party — they’ve also pledged to give health care to millions of illegal immigrants. How is that even possible when the current U.S. health care system is already stressed to the max and struggling to provide adequate medical care for its own citizens?

This week, President Donald Trump announced that the U.S. government will be converting two Navy ships into floating hospitals to provide relief to overcrowded medical facilities. Now ask yourself this: Does it make any sense to add millions more foreign nationals to our already strained health care system?

And who will be paying for millions of illegal immigrants’ health care if loose lips liar-Biden or commie-Sanders is elected president in November? The stark reality is that millions of Americans have lost their jobs due to the pandemic with more employment losses to come during this spiraling crisis. This crisis has affected all 50 states and brought the U.S. economy to a screeching halt. “As fallout from the coronavirus pandemic hits the economy, it’s slamming the American workforce: Some 18% of adults reported that they had been laid off or that their work hours had been cut, a new poll found,” reports the Los Angeles Times.

Restaurants and bars have closed nationwide as well as shopping malls, retail shops and scores of other businesses that have had to lay off their workers, who are now in need of unemployment insurance and other government benefits.

Yet the Democratic Party’s presumptive front-runners, loose lips liar-Biden and commie-Sanders, have failed to explain how their reckless open borders policy and promises of health care to millions of illegal immigrants will be supported by a deluged health care system and paid for by taxpayers — especially during an ongoing pandemic that’s estimated to continue for many months.

This is all the more reason Trump is poised to sail to reelection come November. He’s not only demonstrating bold and decisive leadership throughout this crisis, but the situation itself has proven the need for sensible border enforcement and the construction of the wall.

It’s unfortunate it took a pandemic and a near-collapsed U.S. health care system for voters to finally see it for themselves.   ~The Patriot Post  

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Media's Negativity Won't Dampen
the American Spirit
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New Yorkers Flood Florida – Governor DeSantis Writes Executive Order Requiring 
14 Day Self-Quarantine
by sundance
{ } ~ Approximately 20,000 to 40,000 New Yorkers are currently arriving in Florida daily as they flee from the epicenter of the most explosive coronavirus outbreak. However, if the elderly are the most vulnerable... and if isolating the most vulnerable population is the best course of action; and with the largest population of older residents living in Florida; then why are New Yorkers allowed to travel to Florida? According to data released by Governor DeSantis: Monday saw 190 direct flights from the New York City area into various Florida airports. If 150-200 people average per flight, that’s 28,500 to 38,000 New York metropolitan area residents arriving in Florida today. In an attempt to mitigate the inbound infection spread, today Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed an executive order requiring all arriving New York and New Jersey residents to be screened upon arrival and self-quarantine immediately after arriving in the state. Not sure how policing compliance is possible. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis said Monday he is issuing an executive order mandating that anyone arriving on a flight from New York City and the surrounding area submit to self-quarantine for two weeks as he tries to avoid issuing a statewide shutdown similar to other states. DeSantis said in an address from his Tallahassee office that more than 100 such flights arrive daily in Florida and he believes each contains at least one person infected with the new coronavirus...
Tensions flare on Senate floor as coronavirus
bill derailed for second time by Dem objections
By Brooke Singman
{ } ~ Tensions flared on the Senate floor Monday as lawmakers viscerally clashed on camera over phase three of a coronavirus response package... with Democrats blocking Republican efforts to advance the massive stimulus bill for the second day in a row. Leaving the legislation in limbo once more, the Senate stalled over the package Monday afternoon on a 49-46 vote. It needed 60 votes to advance. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., then stormed to the floor to accuse Democrats of "mindless obstruction" that could drag out any action for days. He said Democrats' list of demands keeps getting "longer and longer." Democrats argue the more-than $1 trillion package did too much for large corporations and not enough for workers, but Republicans accuse them of playing politics and using the crisis as leverage to try and jam through unrelated political "wish list" items concerning climate change and more. “The country is burning, and your side wants to play political games,” Senate Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., said shortly before the vote. “It is time to get this done. The American people expect us to act, they need action. We need to get this done for the American people.” Thune slammed Democrats—specifically moderate Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., who just moments earlier said the bill was “weighted toward the Wall Street corporation side.” “Here we are dilly-dallying around,” Thune said. “This bill is about workers, families, people out there hurting economically—we’re in a position to do something about it and it is high time that we did.” Emotions ran so high on the floor before the vote that at one point Senate Minority Whip scumbag-Dick Durbin, D-Ill., implored colleagues to take a breath and focus on the work. “We’re going to get this done today,” scumbag-Durbin said. “Everyone take a breath. Everyone is emotional today, but we’re going to get this done. We have a job to do.”...  
Coronavirus: Should the U.S. 
Lift Sanctions on Iran?
by Majid Rafizadeh
{ } ~ While the US administration is expanding its maximum pressure policy on Iran, some people, such as US Senator commie-Bernie Sanders, are calling for immediate relief for the Iranian regime... "As a caring nation," commie-Sanders recently posted on Twitter, "we must lift any sanctions hurting Iran's ability to address this crisis, including financial sanctions." Lifting sanctions on the aggressive regime of Iran would be an extremely wrong move. What politicians such commie-Sanders seem not to recognize is that the Islamic Republic prioritizes its military adventurism over its nation's health crisis. In other words, Iran's regime will almost certainly use the extra revenues to arm its militias across the region that attack the US and its allies' forces, as it has a pattern of doing in the past. Amid the coronavirus crisis, for example, Iran-backed militias have been ratcheting up their rockets attacks in Iraq. A rocket attack killed several members of the US-led Coalition at Iraq's Camp Taji on March 11. Approximately eighteen 107mm Katyusha rockets slammed into Camp Taji, killing two American soldiers and one British soldier in recent weeks. In Syria, the Iranian regime has recently ratcheted up its efforts to recruit young Shia fighters. Iranian forces and its militia in Syria such as "Saraya Al-Areen" have recently recruited around 9,000 young fighters from Shia communities in Sayda, Da'el, and Izraa, and have sent them for military training, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR). Mass recruitment can also be witnessed in the north-east around the Euphrates River in the north-east and near Deir Ez-Zor province. Iran is also exploiting the economic crisis by offering financial incentives to the fighters. "Those young people hurry to join the ranks of Iranian-backed militias because of the deteriorating living conditions and lack of job opportunities" according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR)...   
US slashes aid to Afghanistan by $1B as 
power struggle threatens Taliban peace deal
by Joel Gehrke
{ } ~ President Trump is slashing aid to Afghanistan in response to a deadlock over the results of the most recent presidential election, which threatens to blow up an historic deal with the Taliban... “The United States is disappointed in them and what their conduct means for Afghanistan and our shared interests,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Monday, in reference to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and his rival, former Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah. Ghani was declared the winner of Afghanistan’s presidential election in December, but the campaign was postponed repeatedly, and Abdullah refused to concede defeat. Pompeo attempted to negotiate a breakthrough in an abrupt visit to Kabul on Monday, but the two Afghan leaders remained at odds, prompting a $1 billion cut in U.S. aid, with more to come if the problem lingers. “We are prepared to reduce by another $1 billion in 2021,” Pompeo said. “We will also initiate a review of all of our programs and projects to identify additional reductions and reconsider our pledges to future donor conferences for Afghanistan.” The political dispute is a significant impediment to the Taliban peace deal that Pompeo’s team signed last month. The agreement calls for the Taliban and Afghan officials to appoint negotiating teams to travel for talks in Norway, but the power struggle has delayed that process. “We are in a crisis,” a senior State Department official told reporters in Kabul. “The fear is that, unless this crisis gets resolved and resolved soon, that could affect the peace process … and our agreement with the Talibs could be put at risk.” The pact already is threatened by a vicious flurry of attacks by the Taliban, as the militant group maintains that the ceasefire agreed to at the signing of the deal only applies to conflict with U.S. forces...  
President Trump Signs Executive Order
Targeting: Hoarding, Price Gouging
and Supply Chain
by sundance
{ } ~ To understand the purpose and specific need of the latest Executive Order CTH can share a familiar analogy to help better conceptualize the issues. There are several supply chains that are being affected by the coronavirus mitigation effort... two specific sectors involve healthcare products and food distribution. Today’s executive order targets both. As a network of U.S. manufacturing continues to increase the production of healthcare products, masks, shields, ventilators and medicines; any hoarding or pricing opportunism around those items is obviously a matter of great interest for overall public health. However, as time continues to expand, the impacts on another critical sector actually start to worsen…. Most people have no idea the complexity of the field-to-fork supply chain. Imagine a country where the internal economy was based on two modes of transit, built out over two generations. Fifty percent of all transit in cars, and fifty percent of all transit on motorcycles…. time progresses, generations grow and live, and all known and familiar transportation is based on these two complementary methods; equally distributed, cars and motorcycles...
scumbag-Soros Bankrolls Coronavirus 
Attack Ads Against Trump 
By Joe Schoffstall
{ } ~ The Democratic Party's leading super PAC will begin hitting President Donald Trump over coronavirus in four battleground states, using millions from liberal billionaire scumbag-George Soros... Priorities USA Action—the Democratic Party's largest super PAC—will spend $6 million this week on advertisements criticizing Trump for his response to the coronavirus pandemic. The ads will run in Florida, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. The PAC received $3 million in contributions from scumbag-Soros's Democracy PAC on Feb. 21, new filings  show. scumbag-Soros's seven-figure donation accounts for 77 percent of the $3.9 million the PAC reported hauling in last month. Major Democratic donors have flooded battleground states, especially in the Midwest, with cash for anti-Trump campaigns in hopes of appealing to the president's voter base. CNN first reported Monday on Priorities USA's new ads, which are part of a larger plan by deep-pocketed liberal financiers and activist groups to divert large sums of cash into the region. Trump defeated scumbag/liar-Hillary Clinton in several Midwestern states that she was expected to carry in the 2016 election. As part of this plan, Priorities USA has said it intends to spend upward of $150 million against Trump in states like Michigan and Wisconsin. The PAC has hauled in $27 million since January 2019. Its largest donor has been billionaire hedge fund manager Donald Sussman, who has given the group $8 million this cycle. scumbag-Soros is now the group's second-largest donor at $5 million. The group did not respond to a request for comment. Priorities is not the only group using the coronavirus pandemic to attack Trump. PACRONYM, a super PAC tied to the nonprofit ACRONYM, which was in charge of the botched Iowa app that caused chaos during the Iowa caucuses, is launching a similar campaign.  PACRONYM announced last Tuesday it will spend $5 million on digital advertising against Trump's response to the pandemic. Tara McGowan, the founder of ACRONYM, said it's imperative that Democratic groups push anti-Trump messaging while Democratic presidential contenders remain positive during the pandemic. loose lips liar-Biden, however, slammed  Trump on Monday over what he called a "failure of planning and preparation" for the coronavirus. "This is a public health issue and a national security issue, but it's also a public policy issue and thus a political one," McGowan told the Washington Post... 
Media's Negativity Won't Dampen the American Spirit
94fuUGGIUhFqFBkhrpKYpYUEMt7HQtSbeDZEAATehLOXddJPoLEoXRuwMBtEJS9MVgCcmqBwfpGTfgoG9IEec8wJJHisFwU1VEaK5dxKWLH_Nhss7dds4HcQJYAQdjWDcCe4KyBy8UNofZ3yDSWJenvlaI0fbTA=s0-d-e1-ft#%3Ca%20rel%3Dnofollow%20href=  David Limbaugh

Silver linings accompany most catastrophic events, and one major one with the coronavirus is the remarkable way Americans (and people throughout the world) have come together to fight this outbreak.

Though the stock market has reflected a nation in panic, in other respects Americans, for the most part, have reacted responsibly, unselfishly and cooperatively, and I pray we are making substantial progress toward flattening the growth curve of this virus.

President Donald Trump and his extraordinary team of generals leading this war effort are implementing a multipronged approach to combat the spread of the disease, treat those infected with it, provide financial relief to those affected by it, calm the nation and stabilize our economy, which has been blindsided by this catastrophe.

I marvel at the professionalism of President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, and those aligned with them on the dais for the daily White House press briefings, all of whom are earnest, transparent, informative and responsive. They are optimistic and encouraging without providing false hope, diligently studying this problem around the clock, employing the best minds and seeking to eliminate unnecessary bureaucratic red tape to expedite solutions.

There is not a hint of partisanship in the air, only a unified commitment to defeating this enemy and restoring America to robust physical and economic health. None of us knows what the ultimate outcome will be, but I trust that the virus’ devastation will be strikingly less severe for Americans because of this assembled team of dedicated patriots.

By contrast, there is sadly plenty of partisanship and Trump hatred from the press. From the outset, many of them focused on little else but smearing Trump and his approach to eradicating the virus.

As I watched the briefings earlier in the week, I was taken aback by some of their “gotcha” questions, which were designed to impugn and embarrass Trump, rather than facilitate the flow of information to the public. Couldn’t these people suspend their bile for a minimal grace period given the nature and severity of the crisis?

I was struck by the rudeness of some of these vultures who should at least pretend to be on Team America instead of Team Anti-Trump. While some were asking helpful questions and eliciting important information from the panel, others accused Trump of racism for identifying China as the virus’ country of origin, and of inciting violence against people of Chinese descent in the United States.

One reporter asked Trump if we might be headed toward a virus-induced recession, and he acknowledged it is possible. Media outlets immediately blasted the headline “Trump Says We May Be Headed for a Recession,” which was sensational, inflammatory and intentionally misleading because they implied that Trump brought it up and that it was virtually inevitable.

One particularly despicable attack involved a misleading New York Times report that contained an incomplete quote from President Trump during a conference call with state governors. The report implied that Trump had callously denied the governors’ request for respirators, ventilators and other needed equipment and told them, “try getting it yourselves.” In fact, Trump had followed that statement with an assurance: “We will be backing you, but try getting it yourselves. Point of sales, much better, much more direct if you can get it yourself.” Even after it became clear this was “fake news,” one obnoxious reporter at the press briefing brought it up again, using the incomplete quote.

MSNBC anchor Katy Tur was aghast that the president’s team stood too closely together on the dais, and that Trump and others shook hands and touched the microphone, setting a bad example for social distancing.

Others couldn’t stand that the president’s team complimented him. Charles Pierce wrote in Esquire that the “sad part” of the briefings is “watching all of these accomplished, brilliant people, the people who have dedicated their lives to solving epidemic diseases at the highest level, standing there behind a vulgar talking yam, praising him for his brilliant work thus far.”

I find it ironic that the people most critical of President Trump for being “vulgar,” “rude” and self-absorbed display those characteristics themselves as they wallow in their paralyzing hatred, unable to do their jobs because of their toxic obsession over President Trump.

While some of these media critics are hellbent on disgracing Trump for neglecting the people’s interests, they are disgracing themselves as they wail on Trump and themselves neglect the people’s interests. Sadly, they are too bitter to see their hypocrisy. Happily, the American public is not.   ~The Patriot Post  

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COVID-19 Will Change Healthcare
Brian Mark Weber   
Tuesday News Executive Summary
Jordan Candler  The Latest on Coronavirus
    • AT LAST, THE $2 TRILLION DEAL: Expect a coronavirus stimulus agreement in Senate, Chuck scumbag-Schumer says, after Democrats obstructed the legislation multiple times (Fox News)

    • NOT LETTING A CRISIS GO TO WASTE: The real reasons Democrats stopped the stimulus bill (PJ Media)

    • DPA OFFICIALLY INVOKED: FEMA head says administration will use Defense Production Act to obtain 60,000 coronavirus tests (National Review)

    • CRACKING DOWN: Trump signs executive order to prevent price gouging, hoarding of medical supplies (The Hill)

    • “AMERICA WILL AGAIN AND SOON BE OPEN FOR BUSINESS”: President Trump turns to reopening economy (Washington Examiner)

    • PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES: How the VA is prepared to handle rising rates of veterans with coronavirus (The Daily Signal)

    • ENFORCEABLE WITH FINES: The UK goes into full lockdown with the public barred from leaving home for nonessential reasons (Business Insider)


      • SECOND AMENDMENT SUBTERFUGE:  Pennsylvania Supreme Court greenlights mandatory gun store closures (The Washington Free Beacon)

      • MEANWHILE IN NEW JERSEY… Gun-rights coalition sues Gov. Phil Murphy for closing gun dealers during coronavirus pandemic (The Washington Times)

      • 22ND STATE TO BAN CAPITAL PUNISHMENT: Colorado abolishes death penalty (National Review)

Other Notables

      • “THE GAMES ARE NOT GOING TO START ON JULY 24”: Tokyo Olympics inevitably postponed (National Review)

      • COMMUNIST SYMPATHIZERS: Twitter says Beijing’s coronavirus lies are just fine (The Daily Beast)

      • BEGINNING OF A NEW COMMERCE ERA:  When coronavirus is through, our economy will look a lot different (Washington Examiner)

Closing Arguments

      • POLICY: Time for a national telework policy (Issues & Insights)

      • POLICY: Even in a crisis, canceling student loans is a bad idea (E21)

      • SATIRE: Democrats worried stimulus bill would stimulate economy (The Babylon Bee)  

~The Patriot Post
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Fed commits to unlimited bond purchases 
in bid to counter pandemic fallout
by Joseph Lawler
{ } ~ The Federal Reserve announced Monday morning that it was committing to buying an unlimited amount of bonds to counter the effects of the coronavirus pandemic... It also said that it had established a range of new programs to ensure the provision of credit in markets that have frozen up as sectors of the economy have been shut down. Together, Monday's actions rival or go beyond the Fed's emergency measures taken during the 2008 financial crisis. The announcement was also the third such surprise move by the central bank in the past month, as it had already lowered its target interest rate to zero. "The Federal Reserve is committed to use its full range of tools to support the U.S. economy in this challenging time," Fed officials said in a previously unscheduled monetary policy announcement. The decision was unanimous among the central bank's monetary policy committee members. The central bank noted that the first priority must be to address the spread of the coronavirus but said that “aggressive efforts” were justified to limit job losses and support a strong recovery once the virus abates. The Fed will create three new lending facilities: two to help create and then buy bonds issued by large corporations and help generate securities backed by student loans, auto loans, credit card loans, and loans guaranteed by the Small Business Administration. The idea behind the facilities is that, by buying assets in markets for various kinds of bonds, they can provide liquidity in those markets and prevent other participants from having to engage in fire sales of bonds to get cash. Together, the facilities are meant to provide up to $300 billion in financing. In addition to supporting large businesses, the Fed said that it expects to set up a “Main Street Business Lending Program” to benefit small businesses...   

liar-Pelosi Blocks Coronavirus Bill That Would Provide Drastic Relief To Americans
by ~ While Americans across the country suffer at the hands of the global pandemic that has shut done a number of businesses, Democrats show they simply don’t care... “The fate of a sweeping government rescue package to prop up an economy devastated by the coronavirus pandemic was in limbo on Sunday after Democrats blocked action in the Senate,” The New York Times reported. “The 47-47 vote was a stunning setback for a package that was emerging as the largest economic stimulus measure in modern American history – now expected to cost $1.8 trillion or more.” The third and arguably most critical phase of aggressive government plan fell apart as Democrats threw bi-partisanship out the window and suggested that they would be drafting up their own bill from scratch – a decision that would drastically slow this crucial government action. After the bill failed to move forward, McConnell tore into Democrats, accusing them of backing out of a bipartisan agreement once liar-Pelosi and scumbag-Schumer intervened. “The build-up to this is that we had a high level of bipartisanship over the last 48 hours… And then, all of a sudden, the Democratic leader and the speaker of the House shows up…and we’re back to square one,” he said, referring to scumbag-Schumer and liar-Pelosi. “I want everybody to understand that if we aren’t able to act tomorrow, it’s because of our colleagues on the other side, continue to dicker.” He then accused liar-Pelosi of overstepping boundaries, saying: “She’s the speaker of the House, not the speaker of the Senate.”...   

WA State Officials Quietly Deciding Who 
Gets Medical Care When Hospitals Fill
By Erin Coates 
{ } ~ Washington state officials and clinicians have discussed the possibility of rationing health care across the state for coronavirus patients... Medical leaders in the state with the highest number of coronavirus deaths in the country — 74 as of Thursday — have begun preparing a bleak strategy to determine which patients will be denied medical care if the health system becomes overwhelmed, according to The New York Times.  The state fears a critical shortage of supplies to take care of coronavirus patients, especially ventilators, according to people on a conference call Wednesday. The leaders are considering a triage document to assess certain facts — including age, health and likelihood of survival — to determine who will get access to care and who will not. The statewide effort will ensure that individual doctors and hospitals will not have to make those decisions themselves. In a three-hour webinar, state officials told clinicians that they will have to implement “crisis standards” for rationing care when there are more COVID-19 patients than ventilators, NBC News reported. “If you are above a certain age and we have a shortage of ventilators, you don’t get one,” Cassie Sauer, CEO of the Washington State Hospital Association said. “This has never happened in America at this level for this sustained time. … It is unprecedented and it should not happen.” Sauer said that more hospital beds and equipment, including ventilators and protective masks, could reduce the need to take such drastic measures. Some help will arrive soon as the U.S. Navy hospital ship Mercy, which has 80 intensive care beds, is headed for Seattle, where it will dock and assist with seriously ill patients. But health care workers in the state have had to take things into their own hands. Hospitals have postponed elective surgeries in order to preserve precious resources. “We recognize based on current data that our local Covid-19 trajectory is likely to be similar to that of Northern Italy,” an email sent to surgeons at a hospital in the Seattle area read, The New York Times reported...   
The FBI just hit Americans with some extremely 
bad news about the coronavirus
by ~ The coronavirus outbreak is throwing Americans lives into utter chaos. Life as the public knew it changed this past week. And now the FBI just hit Americans with some extremely bad news about the coronavirus... States across the country are restricting business hours and movement as part of “social distancing” measures to halt the spread of the Chinese coronavirus. These draconian measures are not just affecting American employment and leisure activity. State lockdowns are now delaying firearm sales as the FBI announced that state agencies closing or limiting their hours would slow down National Instant Criminal Background Systems checks that are performed when Americans purchase a firearms from a Federal Firearms Licensed dealer. Should a state choose to limit their days of operation or close state offices, this could potentially impact the Brady Transfer Date (BTD) by changing the time in which an FFL can legally transfer a firearm in a delayed status. The NICS Section urges FFLs to be cognizant of the impact this may have to your day-to-day operations, and also to stress the importance of adhering to the BTD that is provided to you at the time a transaction is put into a Delay status. The Brady Act does not federally prohibit an FFL from transferring a firearm after the third business day expires, even if the NICS Section has been unable to provide a proceed response, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. § 922(t)(1).  These checks are supposed to either approve, reject, or delay the purchase. If the purchase is delayed there is a three-day period to resolve the issue and this now threatened by state shutdowns over the coronavirus. This could end up costing American lives. The city of Philadelphia announced it would no longer arrest individuals for violent crimes such as burglary or car theft. Police departments in some cities are no longer protecting their citizens. Now the government is restricting their ability to defend themselves by exercising their second amendment rights.
Trump acknowledges coronavirus 
is hurting his family business
{ } ~ President Trump acknowledged Saturday that the coronavirus pandemic was hurting his family business... “I wouldn’t say you’re thriving when you decide to close down your hotels and your businesses,” Trump told reporters at the White House when asked about reports his Trump Organization properties were being adversely affected by the virus. “I’m very unlevered in everything, so that’s good,” the president continued. “But is it hurting me? Yeah, it’s hurting me, and it’s hurting Hilton, and it’s hurting all of the great hotel chains all over the world.” The COVID-19 pandemic has sickened nearly 20,000 Americans as of Saturday and forced businesses across the country to close. Trump noted that some businesses,  such as Walmart, were doing well despite the outbreak but noted that those that are thriving are few in number. Asked if he or anyone in the administration had spoken to the Trump Organization about the potential impact of the coronavirus, Trump said he had spoken only to his sons but “not as it pertains to my business.” Trump passed control of the Trump Organization, which operates a number of buildings, golf clubs and hotels, just before he took office at the beginning of 2017. The Washington Post reported Friday that at least four Trump Organization properties had closed amid the coronavirus outbreak, and three hotels had laid off staff as a result of the pandemic...
Mark Levin Goes Off on liar-Pelosi for
'Exploiting' Coronavirus Pandemic
To Push Democrat Agenda
By Joe Saunders  
{ } ~ They never let a crisis go to waste. And with the United States facing a crisis unlike any other in the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak... Democrats in Washington are rallying their forces to tie up a massive government relief package to push their partisan priorities. That was the take on social media from hard-hitting conservative commentator Mark Levin on Sunday, when he published blistering Twitter posts attacking House Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi and her party for derailing an aid bill in the Senate. “liar-Pelosi’s poisonous politics feeds the Wuhan virus. She’s exploiting this crisis to advance her radical agenda,” Levin wrote. “She must be exposed and condemned for the diabolical huckster that she is.” Levin’s post came after the California Democrat returned to Washington after a weeklong House recess to announce that the House would be working up its own aid bill. Senate Democrats, meanwhile, blocked a massive aid package from passage Sunday night. And given Democrats’ recent history — like the report that liar-Pelosi had tried to insert abortion funding into the first coronavirus stimulus bill — it’s a given that any deal cooked up by the Democrat-dominated House will push the kind of leftist agenda points that could not pass in normal legislation. Even the Democratic-leaning Politico hinted as much in a report Sunday — though it used the most benevolent terms. “It’s unclear what exactly will be in the final House Democratic package. The caucus held several hours of conference calls this week for members to promote their ideas, including a significant expansion of unemployment insurance, direct cash payments to Americans under a certain income threshold, funding for hospitals and medical supplies, and grants to keep small businesses from folding. Hundreds of proposals were submitted from all corners of the caucus,” Politico reported. “Many of those same provisions are also being negotiated in the Senate bill but some House Democrats wanted to go even further, using the urgency of the herculean package to achieve broader, long term policy goals like a massive infrastructure deal.”...  
COVID-19 Will Change Healthcare
Brian Mark Weber  When terms like “social distancing” and “self quarantine” are on the tip of every journalist’s tongue, the good news can often be hard to find.

And little did we know that an act passed in 1996 would haunt us in 2020. Back then, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act was signed into law, ensuring that information shared between doctors and patients is private and secure. The HIPAA website states, “Prior to HIPAA, no generally accepted set of security standards or general requirements for protecting health information existed in the health care industry. At the same time, new technologies were evolving, and the health care industry began to move away from paper processes and rely more heavily on the use of electronic information systems.”

But the technology of 1996 is not that of today. Essentially, HIPAA prevented healthcare providers and individual doctors from taking advantage of emerging information technologies — and it required patients to be in the physical presence of their doctor in order to have important conversations about their health.

Thus, the Wuhan coronavirus has made the standard office visit not only a challenge for those suffering the symptoms but dangerous for everyone else.

As Tiana Lowe writes at The Washington Examiner, “For decades, HIPAA has strangled the healthcare system, preventing providers from communicating with patients and sharing health data with other experts” and “they are forced to use antiquated electronic medical record systems and to communicate with patients primarily in person.”

This week, all that changed.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump took the bold step of ordering the Department of Health and Human Services to waive potential HIPAA penalties, thereby clearing the way for telemedicine. Now, a patient with coronavirus symptoms can consult with a real doctor from home.

Two healthcare providers, Kaiser Permanente and One Medical, are already offering this service to their patients. “Kaiser and One Medical can do this because patients aren’t paying to see their preferred physician,” writes Lowe. “They’re paying to get immediate, efficient care. You may wait weeks to see your private practice physician, who is financially incapable of circumventing the HIPAA stipulations that render telemedicine so difficult.”

As the nation’s coronavirus response continues to evolve, President Trump is getting rid of the red tape. Just yesterday during the daily coronavirus task force briefing, he announced that he’s directed FDA Commissioner Dr. Stephen Hahn to “eliminate outdated rules and bureaucracy” in order to “get the rapid deployment of safe, effective treatments” out to the public as soon as possible. As a result, Americans will soon be able to access Chloroquine to alleviate the symptoms of coronavirus.

Trump, in fact, has been battling the bureaucracy since he took office. In 2018, he signed right-to-try legislation that allows terminally ill patients to try promising drugs that haven’t yet received FDA approval. Taken together, these steps may set a precedent by making quality care more efficient, affordable, and accessible long after we’ve conquered coronavirus.

The coronavirus panic has pushed the stock market to the brink, forced universities to teach courses online, turned millions of Americans into telecommuters, and shuttered restaurants, malls, and transportation hubs. But the good news is out there, including that American healthcare has a brighter future.

If only it hadn’t taken a national emergency to make it so.  

~The Patriot Post  

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 Not Affected Much
Old Orchard Beach Pier at dawn  
by Tom McLaughlin
liar-Nancy Pelosi had 'wishlist' of  unrelated 
demands for coronavirus bill, killing 
bipartisan agreement  
{ } ~ House Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is reportedly why Democrats suddenly opposed an emergency coronavirus relief bill that had bipartisan support in the Senate... According to Ben Williamson, the chief of staff for Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), liar-Pelosi returned to Washington, D.C., on Sunday with a wish list of sudden demands, striking down the bipartisan agreement made by the Senate. "Senate spends all weekend negotiating a bipartisan deal. Agreement reached. liar-Pelosi flies in from California, whips out her unrelated 'wishlist,' and says no. Senate Democrats then vote against proceeding on a bill they negotiated. Jaw dropping," Williamson explained. John Bresnahan, Politico's Washington bureau chief, reported that liar-Pelosi had a "laundry list" of new demands, including many items completely unrelated to COVID-19 relief, like election security funding, student loan debt forgiveness, and a "host of other issues." Despite the Senate's agreement, liar-Pelosi also revealed on Sunday that House Democrats would move forward with their own coronavirus relief package. According to Politico, liar-Pelosi's actions even have some members of the Democratic caucus questioning her motives. Many of those same provisions are also being negotiated in the Senate bill but some House Democrats wanted to go even further, using the urgency of the herculean package to achieve broader, long term policy goals like a massive infrastructure deal. But even some House Democrats are privately wondering what is liar-Pelosi's endgame, especially given that lawmakers, including many in her own caucus, don't even want to return to Washington at all, much less for a standoff with the Senate... 

Senate fails to move forward with coronavirus 
'Phase 3' bill amid Dems' opposition
By Bradford Betz 
{ } ~ The GOP-controlled Senate on Sunday failed to move forward with considering the $1.4 trillion "Phase Three" stimulus package intended to help businesses and families devastated by the downturn over the coronavirus outbreak,.. as Senate Majority Leader McConnell, R-Ky., blasted Democrats opposed to the plan. The vote came while at least five GOP senators were in self-quarantine, including Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., who became the first U.S. senator to announce he tested positive for the virus.  Senators were asked to practice social distancing and were given a list of health guidelines to follow while entering the chamber. Many Democrats had complained that the draft aid package did not go far enough to provide health care and unemployment aid for Americans, and failed to put restraints on a proposed $500 billion "slush fund" for corporations, saying the ban on corporate stock buy-backs are weak and the limits on executive pay would last only two years. Democrats also pushed for add-ons including food security aid, small business loans and other measures for workers — saying the three months of unemployment insurance offered under the draft plan was insufficient. Senate Minority Leader Chuck scumbag-Schumer, D-N.Y., said the draft package "significantly cut back our hospitals, our cities, our states, our medical workers and so many others needed in this crisis." House Speaker liar-Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., urged colleagues to "take responsibility" as Democrats prepared their own draft. The House had just returned from a weeklong recess. After the bill failed to move forward, McConnell tore into Democrats, accusing them of backing out of a bipartisan agreement once liar-Pelosi and scumbag-Schumer intervened. He claimed liar-Pelosi took "a week off" and "poured cold water on the whole process." He also said the Senate would re-vote on the motion to proceed with consideration of the bill Monday morning, "15 minutes after the markets open to see if there's a change of heart."...  
Corporate Media Attacks Trump For 
Highlighting Potential Coronavirus Treatment
By Margot Cleveland
{ } ~ On Friday, during the Coronavirus Task Force briefing, President Donald Trump touted his call for the Food and Drug Administration to make chloroquine and its analogue hydroxychloroquine—anti-virals used to combat malaria... available to treat coronavirus patients. We’re seeing some “very good things” from the drugs, the president told Americans. Rather than inquire about the FDA studies of the anti-virals, the press proved itself yet again more interested in scoring points than in accurate reporting. NBC White House Correspondent Peter Alexander led the effort, setting in motion a time-wasting spat: “Is it possible that your impulse to put a positive spin on things may be giving Americans a false sense of hope?” Alexander asked. Isn’t that “misrepresenting the preparedness right now” of the sale of a “not-yet-approved drug?” the NBC reporter continued. Trump rejected Alexander’s narrative that he was selling false hope: “I am a man who comes from a very positive school. … And we’ll see how it works out, Peter. I’m not saying it will.” But if chloroquine worked, it would be a “game changer.” The president also corrected Alexander’s fake news, reminding him that chloroquine has long been approved and available for prescription for 20 years and has a solid record of safety. Alexander continued to push, however: “So what do you say — I’ll just follow up. So, what do you say to Americans who are scared, though? I guess — nearly 200 dead; 14,000 who are sick; millions, as you witnessed, who are scared right now. What do you say to Americans who are watching you right now who are scared?” It was at that juncture that Trump retorted that Alexander was a “terrible reporter,” adding, “the American people are looking for answers, and they’re looking for hope…” The MSM pounced on Trump’s response, playing the president’s punch-back as an unwarranted attack on a journalist who had posed a simple softball question concerning calming scared Americans. The media’s spin, though, ignored Alexander’s windup—a clear chastisement of the commander-in-chief for promoting a potential treatment for the coronavirus...
US coronavirus cases surpass 35,000, now 
the third-highest infected nation in the world
By Stephen Sorace 
{ } ~ The number of new coronavirus cases in the U.S. surpassed 35,000 on Monday, making it the nation with the third-highest number of infections in the world, behind only Italy and China... The death toll in the U.S. from the COVID-19 virus reached 471 — the sixth highest in the world. U.S. health officials have said coronavirus cases will rise as testing becomes more widely available. All 50 states have reported confirmed cases of coronavirus. New York has the largest number of cases at nearly 17,000, after seeing a 37.4 percent spike Monday. Washington state has the second-highest number of cases, at 1,996. States and cities have taken increasingly drastic measures to contain the virus, with many shuttering businesses and restaurants, closing schools and ordering residents to stay at home. California’s Gov. Gavin Newsom issued the nation’s strictest “stay at home” order last week. The governors of New York, New Jersey, Illinois and Connecticut did likewise. The number of those sickened in California rose to 1,812 — the fourth-highest state, behind New Jersey at 1,914 total infections...  
Pentagon Test Launches 
Prototype Hypersonic Weapon
By Sam LaGrone
{ } ~ The template for a new generation of Army and Navy weapons was put to the test in a late Thursday missile launch in Hawaii... A prototype of the joint common hypersonic glide body (C-HGB) rode a modified Polaris A3 booster from a launch pad at the Pacific Missile Range Facility, Kauai. The successful test ended with the glide body landing at an undisclosed distance from the launch site, officials said. “This test builds on the success we had with Flight Experiment 1 in October 2017, in which our C-HGB achieved sustained hypersonic glide at our target distances,” said Vice Adm. Johnny Wolfe, the Navy’s director of Strategic Systems Programs. “Today we validated our design and are now ready to move to the next phase towards fielding a hypersonic strike capability.” The joint program is developing the common glide body that will house a conventional warhead and guidance system. This system will be the heart of the Army and Navy’s developing prompt global strike capability that will allow the U.S. to strike anywhere in the world within an hour. “Hypersonic weapons, capable of flying at speeds greater than five times the speed of sound (Mach 5), are highly maneuverable and operate at varying altitudes,” read a statement on the test. “This provides the warfighter with an ability to strike targets hundreds and even thousands of miles away, in a matter of minutes, to defeat a wide range of high-value targets.” The Navy has taken the responsibility of designing the glide body and the Army is leading the production of the weapons. In August, the Army awarded Dynetics Technical Solutions a $351.6 million other transaction authority contract to produce the glide bodies. The Navy earmarked $1 billion in the Fiscal Year 2021 budget request for research and development for a conventional prompt strike capability and targeted the Virginia-class submarine as the first platform to launch the weapon...
Palestinians: Fighting against Coronavirus, 
for Freedom of Speech
by Khaled Abu Toameh
{ } ~ Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist movement that has controlled the Gaza Strip since 2007, says it has taken drastic steps to prevent the spread of the coronavirus among the two million Palestinians living under its rule... On March 22, the Hamas-controlled Ministry of Health announced the first confirmed cases of coronavirus in the Gaza Strip: two Palestinians who returned from a visit to Pakistan. The ministry said the two patients were placed in quarantine in a field hospital near Gaza's border with Egypt. The ministry also announced the suspension of Friday prayers in all mosques throughout the Gaza Strip and the closure of wedding halls, restaurants and coffee shops. The Gaza Strip's Hamas rulers, however, still seem to have time to continue their repressive measures against Palestinians, despite increased fears that more cases of coronavirus might be detected there. On March 13, Hamas security forces arrested Palestinian writer Abdullah Abu Sharekh for Facebook posts in which he criticized Hamas's handling of a fire that broke out in the Nuseirat refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. In the fire, which was caused by an explosion of gas balloons in the camp's central market, 22 Palestinians were killed and more than 80 injured. In one of the posts, Abu Sharekh wrote, addressing the leaders of Hamas: "The victims of the fire in Nuseirat do not want Hamas to pay for their dead. The people want only one thing from Hamas: to quit and leave the Gaza Strip as any failed leader in a democratic country that values human life would do. Since 2007, Palestinian intellectuals in the Gaza Strip have felt that their lives are not as valuable as those of the rats or cockroaches in the sewer systems."... 
Not Affected Much
Old Orchard Beach Pier at dawn  
by Tom McLaughlin
{} ~ Virus isolation hasn’t changed my life much. Instead of staying home and guarding my toilet paper, I head out before dawn to Maine’s southern coast for first light. Seldom do I see people, especially in February and March, so social distance is easy. Until recently I had few photos of that area but I have a prospective customer interested to buy some. Even without a buyer, however, there are worse ways to spend time. All of Maine’s winding coastline is beautiful.
It’s been cold though and gloves make camera adjustments difficult. When the wind is blowing my eyes tear up but the natural beauty all around me more than compensates for those discomforts. In pleasant surroundings it’s easy to avoid thinking about the virus changing our entire way of life. Will it ever return to normal? I don’t yet know anyone infected but I probably will soon.  
Cape Porpoise  
After several hours I’m back home downloading dozens, sometimes hundreds of images for editing, and that can take the rest of the day until dinnertime. My wife occupies herself making quilts for the grandchildren and listening to various psychologists lecture on youtube. She’s a psychotherapist and she can multitask like that. I cannot, as my mind can focus on only one thing at a time. Soft piano music won’t distract me while I edit, but nearly anything else will.  
Cape Arundel  
I like to venture out before dusk and capture twilight as well. As public reaction to COVID-19 progresses, there’s almost as much solitude at dusk as at dawn. Some are out walking but careful to keep a safe distance. We nod to each other and there’s a shared, unspoken sense that we’re all in this together. My wife goes into Shaws or Hannaford at Mill Creek in South Portland early in the early morning during their designated times for older people like us to get what we need.  
Old Orchard Beach at dawn  
We seldom go out to restaurants anyway so those restrictions don’t affect us. We have all we need and my wife enjoys cooking. I do too, but not as much as she does so my job is cleanup. We watch Special Report the news until seven and then streaming video or just read. The thing we miss most is seeing our grandchildren. We don’t want to infect them and they don’t want to infect us.  
OOB Pier at mid-day  
We have some fear, however. Two of out daughters are nurses. Both are gearing up for that they see as an inevitable onslaught of seriously ill patients — too many for whom to provide adequate care. Minimizing that scenario is why government wants to “flatten the curve.” One daughter is an ER nurse who just arrived at her new assignment in Portland, Oregon. The other has been pressed to staff an emergency ICU here in Maine for 12-hour shifts alternating days and nights for the duration of this crisis. Though neither has said so, I think they both fear being forced to decide who gets care and who does not.  
Cape Porpoise  
Can people stay home indefinitely? Some jobs are essential like healthcare workers, police, fire and rescue, keeping the electricity grid running, delivering fuel, and others but small businesses can only be closed so long before collapsing. Most of us expect to get the virus eventually, but how long will flattening the curve take? We’re all going to die of something, someday, and we prefer the dying be limited to the old and sick as much as possible. It’s better to lose grandparents than grandchildren. Writing in National Review the other day, Congressman Chip Roy suggests that flattening the curve may put so much stress on our economy that it cannot recover. Where will we be then?  
Morning at Scarborough Marsh  
This fear thing is real and must be addressed. President Trump was criticized for an exchange with NBC’s Peter Alexander. After snarky remarks accusing Trump of trying to “put a positive spin on things” and “giving the American people a false sense of hope,” Alexander asked: “What do you say to people who are scared?” By that time the president was so pissed at the snark that he called Alexander a terrible reporter. It was a missed opportunity for Trump to acknowledge people’s fears and speak to them. Hostile media outlets broadcast only Alexander’s last question and Trump’s angry response. As intended, it made for a terrible sound bite damaging to the president.
Philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal wrote: “All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” How many Americans have been forced to do that lately? It’s not a problem for introverts like me, but then the room in which I sit alone is in a house with other rooms, and I’m aware that my wife, also an introvert, is sitting in another. I know she’s aware of me as well.  
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Are Dems Refusing to Support $2 Trillion Stim 
Bill Unless It Includes a Bailout 
for Planned Parenthood?
{ } ~ Earlier on Sunday, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin sounded optimistic that Republicans and Democrats were getting close to finalizing a $2 trillion stimulus package... for the American people and businesses. “I think we have a fundamental understanding and we look forward to wrapping it up today. It will get done,” he said on “Fox News Sunday, saying the plan was meant to prop up the nation’s weakened economy for the next 10 to 12 weeks. “I think the president has every expectation that this is going to look a lot better four or eight weeks from now,” Mnuchin said. “If for any reason, 10 weeks from now with this virus we haven’t won this, we’ll go back to Congress again.” But that optimism disappeared a few hours later after Democrats balked at several sections of the bill that failed to advance their political agenda. Democrats worry the language is vague enough that corporations could take federal help and still fire workers. Democrats also wanted strong restrictions on corporations who take federal help, but the source said the GOP bill included “very weak” stock buyback restrictions that could be waived by Mnuchin. The GOP bill, according to the source, also increases a “corporate bail out fund” to $500 billion. Senate Banking Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) had pushed to increase the $208 billion proposed in the original GOP plan to ensure distressed industries have access to capital. A Democratic aide confirmed the change, characterizing the bill as currently drafted as a “non-starter.” Even more ominous to Democrats was a Medicaid restriction that would hurt Planned Parenthood and other non-profits...
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Explains 
Economic Package to Mitigate COVID-19
by sundance
{ } ~ Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin appears on Fox News to discuss the financial legislation (likely vote tomorrow) to support workers and businesses immediately impacted by President Trump’s proactive shut-down of the U.S. economy.
Flynn's lawyer touts Trump pardon 
consideration, calls case a ‘blight’ 
on justice system