Thursday News Executive Summary

Historic jobless claims, rescue package passes Senate, Trump's leadership, and more.

Jordan Candler · Mar. 26, 2020

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 (CNSNews.com)

  • 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 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 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)

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