Jordan Candler / March 31, 2020

Tuesday News Executive Summary

Virus deaths top 3,000, new rapid test kit, governors order lockdowns, and more.

The Latest on Coronavirus


  • Deaths in the U.S. top 3,000, as New York remains country’s epicenter (Fox News)

  • “A milestone in our war against the coronavirus”: Trump shows off new rapid test kit in Rose Garden, as HHS says one million Americans tested (Fox News)

  • Rep. Nydia Velázquez says she has COVID-19, making her the fifth member of Congress to contract it (The Daily Caller)

  • Johnson & Johnson says human testing of its vaccine to begin by September (CNBC)

  • Virginia and Maryland governors order residents to stay home — Virginia until June 10, Maryland until state of emergency is over (National Review)

  • Arizona governor issues statewide stay-at-home order (KTAR)

  • Tennessee governor orders nonessential businesses to close (The Chattanoogan)

  • Tampa megachurch pastor arrested after leading packed services (FOX 13 News)

  • DC mayor threatens jail time for leaving home during coronavirus (New York Post)

  • 1918 or 2020? This public health order from the flu pandemic sounds a lot like today (Lexington Herald Leader)

Government & Politics


  • “The rule will benefit our economy, will improve the U.S. fleet’s fuel economy, will make vehicles more affordable, and will save lives”: Trump expected to ease Obama-era vehicle mileage standards (Fox News)

  • Mark Meadows resigns from Congress to become Trump’s chief of staff (NBC News)

  • Democrats eye major infrastructure component in next pork-filled stimulus package (The Hill)

  • Sanders, AOC, Omar letter asking the secretary of state to drop Iran sanctions amid coronavirus mysteriously disappears after Pompeo reveals the mullahs’ sinister plot to siphon cash (PJ Media)

Around the Nation


  • Baltimore’s population drops to levels not seen since The Great Depression, implicating the city’s federal funds (Hot Air)

  • Judge deals blow to Texas governor’s decree that abortion is “nonessential” (The Daily Wire)

Closing Arguments


  • Policy: Oil-market central planning: Not just for socialists anymore (National Review)

  • Policy: What’s in the $2.2 trillion stimulus for defense? (RealClearDefense)

  • Humor: Chick-fil-A temporarily changes slogan to “Eat Fewer Bats” (The Babylon Bee)

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