Jordan Candler / April 3, 2020

Friday News Executive Summary

Payrolls plunge, Clyburn’s opportunism, potential COVID-19 vaccine, and more.

Above the Fold

  • Underscoring the need for an exit strategy: Payrolls plunge 701,000 in (the first half of) March, the first jobs decline since 2010 (CNBC)

  • What could possible go wrong? Rep. James Clyburn, who touted coronavirus as “tremendous” political opportunity, to take helm of pandemic oversight committee (The Washington Free Beacon)

  • “We knew exactly where to fight this new virus”: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine unveils potential COVID-19 vaccine (WJAC)

Business & Economy

  • American Spirit: Fifty companies join the war on coronavirus (Washington Examiner)

  • Feast or famine: The lucky few winners and the many losers of the coronavirus business lockdown (Washington Examiner)

  • Two academic brothers have a plan for putting the country back to work in just weeks (Washington Examiner)

Government & Politics

  • Trump deservedly blasts Schumer over “incorrect sound bites” on coronavirus (The Hill)

  • Will Joe Biden forget and show up in July anyway? DNC postpones convention until August, despite Chairman Tom Perez quashing the idea a few weeks ago (Axios)

National Security

  • “An affront to victims of terrorism everywhere”: Pakistani court overturns conviction in death of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl (Fox News)

  • Be vigilant: Attackers can use Zoom to steal users’ Windows credentials with no warning (Ars Technica)

  • Coronavirus Task Force freezes foreign aid after troubling discoveries (The Daily Wire)


  • Federal judge cites “protecting the public health” in decision to rubber-stamp gun-store shutdowns in Ventura County, California (The Washington Free Beacon)

  • Meanwhile, three governors face lawsuits over closures of gun stores and gun ranges (Washington Examiner)

  • Tennessee governor issues stay-at-home order (The Hill)

  • Georgia governor releases statewide shelter-in-place executive order (Fox 31)

  • Virus pandemic raises specter of civil unrest, which explains record gun sales (Washington Examiner)

  • Pandemic notwithstanding, judge won’t postpone Wisconsin election but extends absentee deadline (AP)

  • Baltimore broadsides civil liberties by approving surveillance planes to “reduce violence” (ABC News)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Washington’s misguided pivot to infrastructure (The Week)

  • Policy: A future of work that complements family life (Institute for Family Studies)

  • Humor: POLL: Most people unimpressed with their 30-day free trial of communism (Genesius Times)

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