Jordan Candler / April 23, 2020

Thursday News Executive Summary

Millions more jobless claims, economic perspective, AOC’s obtuse advice, and more.

Above the Fold

  • Weekly jobless claims hit 4.4 million, bringing five-week total to more than 26 million (CNBC)

  • Consequently, the U.S. economy has now erased all job gains since the Great Recession (CNBC)

The Latest on Coronavirus

  • For the record: Five problems with the study that claims “more deaths” from treating coronavirus with hydroxychloroquine (PJ Media)

  • Vaccine expert says he was cut for criticizing hydroxychloroquine, but there’s more to the story — including the doctor having previously lauded its acquisition (The Daily Wire)

  • Meanwhile, said doctor hires infamous Blasey Ford lawyers (Washington Examiner)

Government & Politics

  • Mitch McConnell says he favors allowing states to declare bankruptcy in lieu of bailouts (Bloomberg)

  • Trump now says he “totally disagrees” with Georgia Gov. Kemp’s decision to reopen businesses in the middle of coronavirus pandemic (CNBC)

  • AOC suggests low-income workers should boycott after coronavirus shutdown ends (New York Post)

  • Tone-deaf elite colleges back away from million-dollar bailouts amid criticism of billion-dollar endowments (Politico)


  • Louisville drive-in church lawsuit settled, which emphasizes “reasonable steps” for safety (The Volokh Conspiracy)

  • Texas judge’s 30-day coronavirus mask order blasted as “ultimate government overreach” (Fox News)

  • Hate-hoaxer Jussie Smollett’s malicious prosecution lawsuit dismissed by judge (Fox News)

Other Notables

  • New $310 billion in aid for small businesses is likely already used up, likely stymying new applicants (CNBC)

  • Iran Guard reveals secret space program in satellite launch, which Gary Bauer says “is a disturbing development because the technology used to launch satellites into space is very similar to the technology used to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles” (ABC News)

  • Osama bin Laden wanted to kill Obama so “totally unprepared” Biden would be president, declassified docs show (Fox News)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Scarcity has a way of forcing sobriety: Coronavirus debt will (hopefully) kill the Left’s policy dreams (Washington Examiner)

  • Policy: Principles for the coming federal education bailout (The Hill)

  • Humor: AOC drops by the unemployment office to tell people how lucky they are not to have oppressive jobs (The Babylon Bee)

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