Morning Edition - March 19

March 19, 2020

Today's Edition

 

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Gregory Rigano, an attorney who says he is an adviser at Stanford University Medical School, appeared on Tucker Carlson’s show Wednesday night to discuss the potential for a widely-used antimalarial drug, hydroxychloroquine, to treat the novel coronavirus. He had already appeared on Laura Ingraham’s show Monday night, where he claimed a study he’d co-authored showed that coronavirus patients who’d taken hydroxychloroquine were testing negative after six days.

On Tucker’s show, he said that President Trump, after having “cut more red tape at the FDA than any other President in history,” has the authority to green-light the use of this drug immediately against coronavirus. He said Trump has expedited drug approval before, in 2017, with a new drug for muscular dystrophy being approved after a very small clinical trial (fewer than 15 patients) that was “generally uncontrolled, in an open setting.”

Being a lawyer himself, I guess Rigano is concerned about liability if doctors prescribe the drug off-label and it causes harm. But doctors do prescribe drugs off-label quite often. The FDA takes a pretty lax attitude about that once it has approved a drug as "safe and effective."

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FEATURED COMMENTARY

Landmark day

By Mike Huckabee

Wednesday was a landmark day in Washington, as the Senate passed a second, revamped bill to deal with the economic fallout from the COVID-19 coronavirus and President Trump signed it. Eight Republican Senators voted no because they say the provision requiring businesses to provide paid sick leave will bankrupt many small businesses that are already struggling to stay afloat. They will get a credit at tax time, but by then it will be too late for many of them. That’s a valid point, and one that should be quickly addressed with follow-up legislation.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/senate-passes-houses-coronavirus-response-bill-sends-to-trump

The first bill provided $8.3 billion to beef up the health-care system, while this latest bill provides funds to help workers who lost their jobs, and families stuck at home due to illnesses, quarantines or caring for kids whose schools have closed. Trump is also seeking further funding to help the airline industry, small businesses and other sectors hammered by the pandemic shutdown. He has said that he considers this the equivalent of being a wartime President, and he will bring all the resources at his disposal to defeat this invisible enemy.

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/senate-passes-houses-coronavirus-response-bill-sends-to-trump

I’m also pleased to see that some of the unlikeliest people are finally recognizing how hard Trump has been working to deal with this crisis and praising his swift, effective leadership, despite the media’s efforts to question, demean and undermine everything he does. You might want to sit down before reading this one:

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/ilhan-omar-praises-trumps-incredible-response-to-coronavirus-pandemic

If even Ilhan Omar can acknowledge that Trump is doing a good job under near-impossible circumstances, is it too much to expect the press to at least stop pestering him with idiotic gotcha questions, like repeatedly asking whether the term “Wuhan virus” is racist or who was rumored to have referred to it as “Kung-flu”? You see, to the left, wishing the virus on the First Lady is just a joke, but calling it “Kung-flu” is an OUTRAGE!!

I think what’s happened is that they have gone so long without any real problems, having to inflate “micro-aggressions” into big honking deals to create controversy, that now that a really big, serious threat has arisen, they don’t know how to stop. They have so lost perspective that they don’t even realize how small their petty nitpicking now looks in comparison to what the President (and everyone watching) is dealing with.

They’ve shrunken into Lilliputians without realizing it, and can’t understand why we’re all looking down on them.

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I wanted to make sure you also read these comments:

It appears that this is one time when being rated “A+” may not be a good thing.

https://www.westernjournal.com/new-research-coronavirus-vulnerability-partially-determined-blood-type

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Thursday Coronavirus Fake News: No, Joe Biden, President Trump did NOT refuse to accept virus testing kits from the World Health Organization. A spokesman for the WHO told CNN that there were never any discussions about that because the US has the capacity to create its own diagnostics and never relies on the WHO for them. The assistant director for health at HHS also said the test was never offered to us, and besides, it was an unapproved research grade test that we’ve already surpassed.

https://www.westernjournal.com/spokesman-shuts-claims-left-trump-rejected-coronavirus-tests/

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The most reprehensible part of this bit of fake news is that the man pushing it, Joe Biden, has been in Washington for decades and surely knows all that, but made the false charge away. It’s bad enough that the media and lower-level politicians are trying to sow distrust in the President while he’s dealing with a pandemic that threatens millions of Americans, all for cheap political advantage. But if you’re running for President yourself, based entirely on the argument that you’re going to bring character back to the White House, then don’t try to stir up fear, division and distrust by telling unconscionable lies about the incumbent and the public's health.

Asked about Biden’s bogus claim, Trump replied, “I assume he’ll apologize.” I am not giving you advice on how to avoid catching a virus when I say: “Don’t hold your breath.”

In a related story, if you are a “journalist” who is cheering the big drop in the stock market due to the pandemic because you can falsely blame it on Trump to harm his reelection chances, then remember that the Dow has not fallen nearly so low as some of you have.

https://www.westernjournal.com/leftist-journalist-doubles-attacking-trump-stock-market-chaos-shapiro-sets-straight/

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This won’t surprise you, but the same chowderhead who was chuckling it up with Don Lemon recently over what a bunch of “credulous rubes” Trump supporters are is now using social media to wish that the First Lady would contract the coronavirus. All he proved is that not all noxious, nausea-inducing infections come in the form of viruses.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/rick-wilson-melania-trump-be-infected-coronavirus

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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)

"And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house."

- Acts 16:31

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  • Geno Bouwens

    03/23/2020 10:31 AM

    Any drug that has been in use for many years and has been proven to be a safe drug with minimal side effects that has a dramatic effect on the Corona Virus itself should have been distributed yesterday.
    What is the hold up anyway?

  • Bonnie & MARVIN EARL Parvino

    03/19/2020 10:51 PM

    MY PRECIOUS OLD GRANDPA WAS EVER BIT OF A BIBLE SCHOLAR & I KNOW HE HAD THE GIFT OF PROPHECY. HE TOLD ME MANY THINGS THAT WERE GOING TO HAPPEN IN THE COMING YEARS TO COME & HE WENT TO HEAVEN IN THE SPRING BEFORE I GRADUATED HIGH SCHOOL. THOSE WERE LIGHT YEARS. >>> NOW I AM PARTICULARLY CONCERNED ABOUT MY GRAND CHILD WHO IS A SENIOR IN HIGH SCHOOL> THIS WHOLE GRADUATION YEAR IS FOR HER IN A MESS. I AM CLAIMING ALL OF MY CHILDREN THEIR SPOUSES & THE GRANDCHILDREN AND GREAT GRANDCHILDREN FOR THE LORD----AND THY HOUSE---I HAVE A PAMPHLET ON THIS ----AND THY HOUSE-----WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN PRINTING IT. I CAN SEND IT BY E MAIL IF YOU ARE INTERESTED. BONNIE R. PARVINO

  • Floyd A Unger

    03/19/2020 02:05 PM

    Well I sure hope that Biden continues with his verbiage. It will drive undecided independents (how in the world could they be) to Trump and Democrats to simply not vote at all.

    Yes to Acts 16:31

  • Shirley S Bone

    03/19/2020 01:15 PM

    Love getting the straight news that we can trust from you. Keep up the good work and stay safe.

  • George Phillips

    03/19/2020 11:54 AM

    We have set a precedence. What happens next year and the years after that?

  • jo Denny

    03/19/2020 11:40 AM

    A beautiful Biblical scripture in today's newsletter.

    I read that Chrissy Tiegen who represents Target said f....to the first lady. I talked to their headquarters and said is this the kind of person you want representing you and many of my friends are going to call. It wasn't necessary to do this and especially at a time like this, just brings hate and division. It is so sad to me that even if they don't believe in God/Christ that they might at least take lessons from Him, like love another.

  • Del Vanderbeek

    03/19/2020 11:05 AM

    The news media, Biden, most all democrats are the biggest liars, most dis-honest people of anyone who have ever lived. They only care about themselves and do not care now many lives are lost.

    All this will come out and President Trump will be re-elected in a land slide.