Thursday News Executive Summary

Historic jobless claims, China's concealment, Iran "sneak attack," and more.

Jordan Candler · Apr. 2, 2020

Above the Fold

  • We need an exit strategy: Weekly jobless claims double to a whopping 6.6 million (CNBC)

  • Affirming what we already knew: China concealed extent of virus outbreak, U.S. intelligence says (Bloomberg)

The Latest on Coronavirus

  • So about those declining numbers… Chinese county goes into lockdown amid fear of second wave (South China Morning Post)

  • In typical communistic fashion, Chinese doctor disappears after blowing the whistle on threat (National Review)

  • Coast Guard tells cruise ships with cases to stay away from U.S. ports (TPR)

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci given security detail after receiving threats (Washington Examiner)

  • Environmentally “woke” San Francisco ironically joins Massachusetts in banning reusable bags from grocery stores (Fox News)

  • For the record: Tom Cotton — the senator who saw the coronavirus coming (National Review)

National Security

  • California engineer ran train “off the end of rail tracks” in attempted attack on USNS Mercy in Los Angeles (USA Today)

  • Trump, in preemptive maneuver, says Iran planning “sneak attack” on U.S. troops, assets in Iraq (Fox News)

  • “There is a growing threat that … malign actors will try to exploit the situation”: Trump launches massive military offensive on drug cartels (The Daily Wire)

Government & Politics

  • Rep. Adam Schiff drafting legislation to set up 9/11-style commission so Democrats can exploit coronavirus response (The Hill)

  • Rep. Matt Gaetz proposes commonsense bill blocking funds from Congress to China-owned businesses (Washington Examiner)


  • America’s civilian arsenal grows by some 2.5 million firearms after record-shattering gun sales in March (The Washington Free Beacon)

  • Massachusetts governor infringes on the Second Amendment by closing gun stores (NRA-ILA)

  • Florida issues statewide stay-at-home order (Fox News)

  • Pennsylvania placed under stay-at-home order (NBC Philadelphia)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: We can fight pandemics without the communist-allied World Health Organization (The Federalist)

  • Policy: Statewide lockdowns and the law (Hoover Institution)

  • Satire: Teachers urge government to reopen schools before students learn to think for themselves (The Babylon Bee)

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