Jordan Candler / April 15, 2020

Wednesday News Executive Summary

WHO funding pulled, “big” announcement, Wuhan-lab security concerns, and more.

Above the Fold

  • Trump rightfully pulls WHO funding, says organization “must be held accountable” (The Daily Signal)

  • Buzzkill: Trump promised a big announcement on an economic task force. Then he read off a long list of names. (Politico)

Government & Politics

  • President’s name to be printed on relief checks, which reportedly could delay their delivery (The Washington Post)

  • According to The Washington Post, two years ago, “State Department cables warned of safety issues at Wuhan lab studying bat coronaviruses.” The Washington Examiner’s Eddie Scarry quips, “Now that the Washington Post reported on it, is it finally OK to say out loud that the China-borne coronavirus may have come out of a science lab in Wuhan?”

  • Meanwhile, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says “weight of evidence” suggests virus arose naturally, but still inconclusive (Hot Air)

  • WaPo-acquired draft shows the CDC and FEMA have created a plan to reopen America (The Washington Post)

  • For the record: Dr. Fauci says U.S. “not there yet” on reopening economy, May 1 target a “bit” too optimistic (Fox News)

  • Hunter Biden still listed as board member of Chinese company he pledged to resign from in October, an apparently unfulfilled decision his father once said “represents the kind of man of integrity he is” (The Daily Caller)

  • Unprincipled Bloomberg News quashed a 2013 China exposé over concerns the Chinese Communist Party “will probably kick us out of the country” (National Review)

  • Now that all the other candidates have dropped out, Obama endorses Biden for president, says he’s the right person to “guide us through one of our darkest times” (NBC News)

Culture & Heartland

  • Not satire: Police in North Carolina arrest peaceful protestors, declare protesting a “nonessential activity” (The Daily Wire)

  • That said, we must be vigilant: Virginia pastor who defiantly held church service dies of coronavirus (New York Post)

  • Trump’s constitutional- and religious-liberty-minded DOJ steps up to defend Christians fined $500 for drive-in church service (PJ Media)

  • Kentucky GOP lawmakers override veto of voter ID measure, instituting “guardrails in our voting procedures that will help cure vulnerabilities that exist” (AP)

  • New unsealed documents show Planned Parenthood did profit from aborted baby body parts (The Federalist)

  • “Believe all certain women”: Women’s groups that condemned Kavanaugh silent on Biden accuser Tara Reade (The Daily Caller)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: It would be wise for government to not meddle in the oil market (RealClearMarkets)

  • Policy: Why economic freedom matters more than ever (The Heritage Foundation)

  • Humor: Xenophobia on the rise as angry white blood cells target “Chinese coronavirus” (Genesius Times)

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