In Friday’s developments around the COVID-19 coronavirus (or more accurately, “Wuhan virus”) pandemic, cases continued to rise, with New York City experiencing an average of one death per hour from it. But efforts to combat it are moving swiftly, such as making ventilators from 3D printers...
...And some treatments are showing early positive results.
President Trump announced that our southern border is being closed to nonessential trade. Also, he dismissed talk of a national lockdown and said that he’s suspended certain federal student loan payments for the next 60 days, and the Department of Education won’t enforce standardized test requirements for the current year. Also, the deadline for filing income taxes is being moved from April 15 to July 15.
President Trump rebukes the press
By Mike Huckabee
President Trump is not famous for his patience with disrespectful, politically-grandstanding reporters, but when he’s dealing with a pandemic is not the time to get on his bad side.
On the other hand, I think Trump might have finally found a White House reporter he likes. All I can say is that after reading this, I sure like her.
Speaking of political grandstanders who masquerade as reporters, a woman infamous for spending two years peddling wild, bogus “Russian collusion” conspiracy theories on national television thinks that President Trump’s daily coronavirus briefings should be banned from TV because those are just “fairy tales.” Well, they won’t be, and if that makes her live unhappily ever after, then so be it.
I wanted to make sure you also read these comments:
All the other talk/variety shows are on hiatus due to the pandemic, but we have a new episode of “Huckabee” for you tonight on TBN! It will be like no other episode you ever saw, and we had to work miracles to produce it, but fortunately, we believe in miracles. Dr. David Aranoff of Vanderbilt University will give us the latest information on the coronavirus. Charlie Kirk will tell us about his new book, “The MAGA Doctrine.” You’ll meet a Huck’s Heroine, and learn some tips on safe food handling and making a restaurant-quality meal at home from “Masterchef” winner Whitney Miller. Plus we’ll chat with John Tesh, have some great tunes from Tre Corley and the Music City Connection, and more.
It’s the only new talk show in town, tonight on TBN at 8 and 11 EST, 7 and 10 CST, and the same times on Sunday. To find where you can watch TBN, from local cable and broadcast channels to streaming, visit https://www.tbn.org/huckabee and click on the “WATCH” menu at the top. You can also stream previous episodes, highlights and Internet-only “Digital Exclusives,” like extended interviews and extra performances by our musical and comedy guests. It’s all at https://www.tbn.org/huckabee
Last night, Senators worked late trying to reach agreement on a stimulus bill to help workers and businesses survive the pandemic shutdown. At this writing, the idea of two rounds of $1000 checks per person seems to have been replaced with one $1200 check and $250 billion to shore up the unemployment insurance program, to insure that people thrown out of work keep getting regular checks to help cover their bills. The latest proposal is that the one-time payments would phase out above $75,000 a year gross incomes for individuals and $150,000 for couples. Here are more details, but it’s not worth spending too much time on until some agreement is reached, because chances are good that the details will keep changing.
Iowa Republican Sen. Joni Ernst has proposed a bill that would take $350 million from the “obsolete and outdated” Presidential Election Campaign Fund (set up to reduce special interest influence, but campaigns have become so expensive that no candidate uses it anymore) and direct the money to health efforts instead.
On the other hand, Mike Bloomberg has something better to do with the $18 million he still has left over in his campaign fund: he’ll give it to Democrats to help them take the government back over on all levels and handle this virus as well as they did the swine flu. A reminder: he self-funded his campaign, so that’s actually just giving $18 million from him to the Democrats, who oppose letting billionaires buy elections, if I recall correctly.
By the way, he could also use it to pay his laid-off staffers through November, as they claim they were promised, but instead they’ll only be paid through April 1. Well, they trusted Mike Bloomberg, so April Fool!
News That Got Overlooked: Tuesday, there were three special elections for state House seats in Pennsylvania, and the Republicans won all three. Since all the incumbents were Republicans, this normally wouldn’t be news – except that one seat was in a district that Hillary won by 9 points in 2016. The “experts” expected it to go Democrat this time around.
Instead, the Republican won by a comfortable margin, and during an election when the Democrats had a heated contest to goose turnout, while the Republicans had no big incentive to show up. But they did anyway. Maybe that’s another reason why this story didn’t make the news.
And one more story from the bottom of the news feed: Bill Weld has ended his challenge to President Trump for the GOP Presidential nomination. Someone alert the media!
Reminder: Many small businesses and entrepreneurs are being hurt by all the coronavirus shutdowns. If you’d like to help your local businesses survive, remember that many of them have online stores where you can purchase products for delivery. Or you can buy gift cards from local businesses and restaurants now and use them once this is over.
Bible Verse of the Day (KJV)
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."
- Hebrews 11:1
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