2020 Week #14

This is your weekly news update for March 29 - April 4, 2020.  There are over 30 Coronavirus summaries & 8 other notable headlines covered this week.

Summary #1.  Coronavirus Update.

  • From Bloomberg.  China Concealed Extent of Virus Outbreak, U.S. Intelligence Says
  • From The New York Times.  Governors Fight Back Against Coronavirus Chaos: ‘It’s Like Being on eBay With 50 Other States’.
  • From NPR (One, Two).  Doctors Say Hospitals Are Stopping Them From Wearing Masks as 4 Boston Hospitals Report Significant Number Of Employees Have Coronavirus.
  • From Axios.  The well of protective gear in the U.S. is running dry. 
  • From NPR.  'Project Airbridge' To Expedite Arrival Of Needed Supplies, White House Says.  
  • From Reuters (One, Two), NPR, and from The Wall Street Journal.  Trump invokes Defense Production Act for ventilator manufacturing while Ford and GE to produce 50,000 ventilators in 100 days.
  • From AP News (One, Two, Three) and NPR.  Churches in Louisiana and Florida continue service and their pastors are arrested.
  • From AP News and NPR.  Coast Guard Tells Cruise Ships With COVID-19 Cases To Stay Away From U.S. Ports.  By registering ships in other countries, cruise companies can avoid U.S. taxes as well as employment and environmental laws.
  • From The Wall Street Journal, ReutersNPR, Axios, and The New York Times.  A captain of a U.S. aircraft carrier, suffering over 100 virus casualties, was relieved of duty after his four-page letter was leaked to the San Francisco Chronicle.  The Pentagon stated that the captain demonstrated “extremely poor judgment” by not taking his concerns directly to his next two immediate supervisors and for sending the letter via an unclassified email system to almost 30 people.
  • From NPR. Justice Department Looking Into Senator's Stock Sell-Off.
  • From Reuters.  Putin takes coronavirus precautions as Moscow unveils tracking app.
  • From Reuters, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR.  Russia sends one plane with coronavirus medical gear to the U.S. after Trump-Putin call, while Russia sends 11 planes to Serbia.  And, the Russian Fund Behind the Shipment is on the U.S. Lending Blacklist.
  • From The Wall Street Journal.  Virus politik at Play as Moscow Sends Soldiers to Help Italy.
  • From The New York Times, ReutersNPR, and The Wall Street Journal.  Macies Furloughs 125,000 workers, Disney furloughs an undisclosed number, and Amazon adds 80,000 workers.
  • From The New York Times (One, Two) and The Wall Street Journal.  Trump Decides Obamacare Markets Will Not Reopen, but to Pay Hospitals to Treat Uninsured Coronavirus Patients.  
  • From NPR and From The Wall Street Journal.  Stimulus Cash Payments May Take Up To 20 Weeks To Reach Some Americans while Social Security Recipients Won’t Need to File Tax Returns for Stimulus Payment.
  • From The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Reuters.  After Three Coronavirus Stimulus Packages, Congress Is Already Prepping Phase Four.
  • From NPR and AP News.  CDC Now Recommends Americans Consider Wearing Cloth Face Coverings In Public and Trump says he won’t wear one.  
  • From The Wall Street Journal and Axios.  Coronavirus Task Force’s Fauci Receives a Security Detail.
  • And from The Pluralistic (by Cory Doctorow)The Tea Party killed pandemic preparedness.
Other Covid Cited News Sources:
  • AP NewsWhite House projects 100K to 240K US deaths from virus.
  • NPRModels Of Epidemic Predict Huge U.S. Death Toll; Scientists Hope For Better Outcome.
  • NYTCoronavirus May Kill 100,000 to 240,000 in U.S. Despite Actions, Officials Say.
  • WSJWhite House Projects 100,000 to 240,000 U.S. Coronavirus Deaths. 
  • ReutersTrump mulls quarantine for New York, parts of New Jersey and Connecticut.
  • AP NewsTrump resists national shutdown, leaving it up to states.
  • NPRFact Check: A Blanket National Quarantine Is Likely Not Legal.
  • AxiosTrump announces 30-day extension of coronavirus guidelines.
  • NPR9 Out Of 10 Children Are Out Of School Worldwide. What Now?
  • WSJSaudi Arabia, Russia Press U.S. to Coordinate Oil Cuts, Pushing Up Prices.
  • WSJThe March Jobs Report in Charts.
Other Notable headlines from the week were:
  • From The Wall Street Journal.  Investigation Into Origins of Trump-Russia Probe Continues Despite Coronavirus.  
  • From Pro Publica.  Walmart Was Almost Charged Criminally Over Opioids. Trump Appointees Killed the Indictment.
  • From NPR.  Trump Administration Weakens Auto Emissions Standards.  
  • From NPR.  U.S. Was Already Deep In Debt. This Year's Deficit Will Be 'Mind-Boggling'.
  • From The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and Reuters.  T-Mobile Closes Merger With Sprint After 2-Years.
  • From The New York Times.  Problems in F.B.I. Wiretap Applications Go Beyond Trump Aide Surveillance, Review Finds.
  • From The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, AP News, and NPR.  Trump to Fire Intelligence Community Inspector General Who Had Key Role in Ukraine Complaint.
  • From Defense News (One, Two) and Reuters.  North Korea Fires 2 missiles 2 weekends ago and again last week weekend.
This has been your weekly news update for March 29th - April 4th, 2020.  Links to all the sources for each news summary are in the extensively formatted show notes.  If your particular podcast player doesn’t show the notes neatly, then you might consider a different podcast player, or visit our website, wnu.news.  To ensure we can continue creating this podcast, please subscribe, share it with your friends, & review us on iTunes & Google.  Thank you for listening. 

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