2020 Week #15

This is your weekly news update for April 5th to 11th, 2020.  There are over 30 Coronavirus summaries, comprised from 71 sources, and only 3 other notable headlines covered this week.

Summary #1.  Coronavirus Update.
  • From Reuters (One, Two).  Trump to unveil council to re-open the country after coronavirus pandemic and says would like to reopen economy with a 'big bang'.
  • From All Sources.  Congress debates the next coronavirus relief bill, $168 billion of small business loans was approved, and the Federal Reserve unveiled programs to lend up to $2.3 trillion directly to states, cities, and midsize businesses.
  • NPR reports that the $2 Trillion bill Will Help Churches Pay Pastor Salaries.
  • From Reuters.  EU ministers agree on half a trillion euro coronavirus rescue plan.
  • From All Sources.  Acting Navy Chief resigns days after calling relieved Navy Captain Stupid during his address to the Aircraft Carrier crew.  And it now reported that the relieved Navy Captain has the virus.
  • From Multiple Sources.  President Trump fired the Pentagon's acting inspector, General Fine, who had been selected to chair the panel overseeing the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill implementation.  The move now makes him ineligible to oversee the bill.  No reason was provided except that Trump stated that it was his prerogative.
  • From Reuters.  Trump slams the Health and Human Services Department’s inspector general report on shortages at coronavirus-hit hospitals, calling it a fake dossier.  As, AP News reports, US ‘wasted’ months before preparing for coronavirus pandemic.
  • From Multiple Sources.  Trump Attacks the World Health Organization Over Criticisms of U.S. Approach, and Threatens To Pull U.S. Funding.
  • From Multiple Sources.  British prime minister, Boris Johnson, was in the ICU because of CoVid, but was out of intensive care later in the week.  
  • From All Sources.  Multiple states grapple with how to vote in the primaries as Democrats push for voting by mail this fall for the presidential election.  
  • From The Washington Post.  U.S. airlines want a $50 billion bailout. They spent $45 billion buying back their stock.
  • From NPR.  Airlines Want To Cancel Rule Requiring Them To Refund Fares For Canceled Flights.
  • From Fortune.  The US Postal Service warns it might have to shutter by June, as $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package provides no funding.
  • From Reuters and The Wall Street Journal (One, Two).  Multiple Car Insurance companies refunding premiums to customers due to record lows for accidents.  
  • From Pro Publica.  A Nurse Bought Protective Supplies for Her Colleagues Using GoFundMe. The Hospital Suspended Her.
  • From Reuters.  Cats can catch coronavirus, study finds, prompting WHO investigation.
  • From NPR and The Wall Street Journal.  Apple, Google to Turn Smartphones Into Coronavirus Tracking Devices.
  • From NPR.  U.K. Cellphone Towers Ablaze As Conspiracy Theories Link 5G Networks To COVID-19.
  • And from The New York Times.  Burning Man Falls Victim to Pandemic.
Other Covid Cited News Sources:
  • NPR - In New York, Number Of COVID-19 Patients In ICU Drops For First Time.
  • Reuters - New York 'cautiously optimistic' with first daily drop in ICU COVID-19 patients.
  • NPR - China Reports Its First Day With No New COVID-19 Deaths.
  • The Wall Street Journal - Nearly a Third of U.S. Apartment Renters Didn’t Pay April Rent.
  • NPR - Nearly A Third Of Renters Didn't Pay By 1st Week Of April.
  • The New York Times - ‘Sudden Black Hole’ for the Economy With Millions More Unemployed.
  • Reuters - U.S. jobless claims exceed six million for second week in a row.
  • AP News - Record 16.8 million have sought US jobless aid since virus.
  • Bloomberg - S&P 500 Caps Best Week Since 1974 After Fed Acts: Markets Wrap.
  • Reuters - Saudi, Russia outline record oil cut under U.S. pressure as demand crashes.
  • AP News - Global pact to contain oil price crash takes shape.
  • The Guardian - Oil prices fall again despite Opec+ deal to cut production.
  • WSJ - Gold Funds Fell 21.4% in the Quarter, Despite the Coronavirus Panic.
  • WSJ - Democrats Hope Coronavirus Stimulus Talks Reach a Deal Next Week.
  • NYT - U.S. Approves $168 Billion of Small Business Loans Under Coronavirus Plan: Kudlow.
  • Reuters - U.S. approves $168 billion of small business loans under coronavirus plan: Kudlow.
  • NPR - Mission Critical To Save The Economy: Fed Goes Even Bigger With Massive Loan Help.
  • WSJ - Fed Expands Corporate-Debt Backstops, Unveils New Programs to Aid States, Cities and Small Businesses.
  • WSJ - Coronavirus Crisis Legacy: Mountains of Debt
  • Axios - Acting Navy head called fired aircraft carrier captain "stupid" in address to crew.
  • Navy Times - Navy Secretary officially resigns, capping bizarre 24-hour Theodore Roosevelt fiasco.
  • WSJ - Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly Resigns in Wake of USS Roosevelt Comments.
  • NPR - Modly Resigns As Acting Navy Chief After Firing Warship Skipper And Calling Him Stupid.
  • AP News - Navy boss resigns amid uproar over firing of ship captain.
  • NYT - Navy Captain Removed From Carrier Tests Positive for Covid-19.
  • WSJ - Trump Removes Watchdog Who Heads Panel Overseeing Pandemic Stimulus Spending.
  • Axios - Trump removes watchdog overseeing rollout of $2 trillion coronavirus bill.
  • Reuters - Trump removes top coronavirus watchdog, widens attack on inspectors general.
  • AP News - Trump upends virus oversight, removing key official.
  • WSJ - Barr Defends Trump’s Firing of Intelligence Community Inspector General.
  • NYT  - Trump Attacks W.H.O. Over Criticisms of U.S. Approach to Coronavirus.
  • NPR - Trump Criticizes WHO And Threatens To Pull U.S. Funding.
  • AP News - Trump blasts world health group, defends early virus steps.
  • NPR - Boris Johnson Hospitalized For Testing After Coronavirus Diagnosis.
  • WSJ - U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson Leaves Intensive Care.
  • WSJ - Wisconsin Vote to Proceed After Conservative Courts Block Steps to Extend Balloting.
  • AP News - Wisconsin voters wait for hours, others stay home amid virus.
  • NPR - 'It's Madness.' Wisconsin's Election Amid Coronavirus Sparks Anger.
  • AP News - Georgia postpones primaries again because of coronavirus.
  • AP News - Democrats renew vote-by-mail push as virus upends elections.
Other Notable headlines from the week were.
  • From The Wall Street JournalReuters, and NPR.  Not to be confused with the other two Corona Virus related I. G. News reports, Trump to Fire Intelligence Community Inspector General who reviewed Ukraine whistleblower complaint.   The fired I. G. Pushes Back On His Dismissal.
  • From AP News and The Guardian.  Ukraine continues to battle forest fire near Chernobyl, with radiation 16 times above normal.
  • And From Reuters.  Rockets hit U.S. air base in Afghanistan; no casualties reported.
This has been your weekly news update for April 5-11, 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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