Jordan Candler / April 8, 2020

Wednesday News Executive Summary

Wuhan lockdown ends, billions more for PPP, Trump removes IG, and more.

The Latest on Coronavirus

  • After 76 days in lockdown, the Chinese city at the heart of the global pandemic reopened Wednesday and tens of thousands immediately hopped on trains and planes to leave (AP)

  • New York virus deaths hit new high, but hospitalizations slow (The New York Times)

  • NYC data: Vast majority who have died from COVID-19 had serious underlying conditions (The Daily Wire)

Government & Politics

  • Bernie Sanders suspends presidential campaign (Fox News)

  • An awkward, experimental Democrat primary in Wisconsin (Washington Examiner)

  • On top of being a bureaucratic train wreck, $350 billion for the Paycheck Protection Program wasn’t enough, Congress says, racing to send billions more to small businesses (Politico)

  • “We have a lot of IGs in from the Obama era”: Trump removes inspector general who was to oversee $2 trillion relief spending (The Washington Post)

  • Trump says U.S. may put a “very powerful hold” on funding to communist-supporting World Health Organization (Fox News)

  • Instead of helping workers on furlough, leftist groups spend more than $20 million attacking Trump, GOP on coronavirus (The Washington Free Beacon)

  • Trump campaign aide Kayleigh McEnany named White House press secretary (CNBC)

National Security

  • Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigns after suggesting ousted captain was “stupid” for writing letter (National Review)

  • How many more evaded inspectors? Border Patrol stopped a Chinese biologist carrying viable SARS, MERS viruses at Detroit airport in 2018 (National Review)

  • The coronavirus pandemic is not stopping border-wall construction (The Daily Caller)

  • For the record: China’s long tentacles extend deep into American media (The American Conservative)


  • Enabling the lawbreakers: Chicago mayor signs executive order to ensure illegal immigrants can access relief funds (National Review)

  • Why weren’t they replaced? Michael Bloomberg’s emergency ventilator stockpile in New York City ended up on the auction block (ProPublica)

Business & Economy

  • Larry Kudlow: We’re looking to open economy in four to eight weeks (The Daily Wire)

  • Getting out of Dodge: New data shows U.S. companies are definitely leaving China (Forbes)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Coronavirus patients should be able to try any potential cure (National Review)

  • Policy: Owning a gun is a completely rational insurance policy against danger (The Federalist)

  • Humor: Liberal treated with hydroxychloroquine hopes he still dies of COVID-19 to prove Trump is stupid (The Babylon Bee)

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