2020 Week #17

This is your weekly news update for April 19th through 25th, 2020.  Coronavirus is the only in depth summary with 6 other notable headlines reported this week.

Summary #1.  Coronavirus Update.
Visuals and Graphs:
  1. Visual Capitalist - Anatomy of the $2 Trillion COVID-19 Stimulus Bill
Covid Cited News Sources:
  • Reuters - Coronavirus circulated in U.S. weeks earlier than thought, mistaken for flu, health official says.
  • WSJ - Millions of U.S. Workers Filed for Unemployment Benefits Last Week.
  • NPR - Deluge Continues: 26 Million Jobs Lost In Just 5 Weeks.
  • WSJ - Frustrations Build for Those Still Awaiting IRS Stimulus Checks.
  • WSJ - Next Wave of the IRS Stimulus Payments Set to Hit Bank Accounts in Coming Days.
  • BBC - US oil prices turn negative as demand dries up.
  • Bloomberg - Oil Plunges Below Zero for First Time in Unprecedented Wipeout.
  • AP News - Oil price goes negative as demand collapses; stocks dip.
  • Reuters - Brent crude rebounds from more-than 20-year low; U.S. oil up 20% in wild trade.
  • NYT - Too Much Oil: How a Barrel Came to Be Worth Less Than Nothing.
  • WSJ - Oil Price Rout to Hit U.S. Regional Economies.
  • WSJ - Oil-Price Crash Deepens, Weighs on Global Markets.
  • Axios - Southern states plunge into coronavirus reopenings.
  • NPR - The South's Handling Of Coronavirus Could Be 'A Macabre Game Of Whack-A-Mole'.
  • NYT - See Which States Are Reopening and Which Are Still Shut Down.
  • WSJ - Lawsuits Pile Up Against Coronavirus Lockdown Measures.
  • NPR - DOJ Would Support Legal Action If Governors' Restrictions Go 'Too Far,' Barr Says.
  • Reuters - "No lines, no crowds": Germans stay home as stores reopen.
  • NPR - A 'Bitter Pill': Oktoberfest Canceled Due To Coronavirus.
  • Reuters - Virus turns off the beer taps as Munich cancels Oktoberfest.
  • Reuters - U.S. firms may face probes over payroll loans, Treasury, DOJ officials warn.
  • WSJ - What’s in the New Coronavirus Stimulus Bill.
  • Axios - Trump signs $484 billion interim coronavirus relief bill.
  • NPR - Trump Signs Latest Coronavirus Economic Relief Package, Aimed At Small Businesses.
  • AP News - Trump signs $484 billion measure to aid employers, hospitals.
  • AP News - Coronavirus relief pushing US deficits to staggering heights.
  • WSJ - Trump to Bar Immigration for Family of U.S. Citizens, Foreign Workers for 60 Days.
  • NYT - Trump’s Temporary Halt to Immigration is Part of Broader Plan, Stephen Miller Says.
  • AP News - Trump signs immigration order featuring numerous exemptions.
  • Axios - Trump claims comments that disinfectants could treat coronavirus were sarcastic.
  • Axios - Lysol maker refutes Trump's suggestion that disinfectants may treat coronavirus.
  • NPR - 'Under No Circumstance': Lysol Maker, Officials Reject Trump's Disinfectant Idea.
  • WSJ - Lysol Maker Warns Against Internal Use of Disinfectants After Trump Ponders Treatment Options.
  • AP News - Disinfectant riff is latest of many Trump science clashes.
  • Reuters - Coronavirus very likely of animal origin, no sign of lab manipulation: WHO.
  • NPR - Virus Researchers Cast Doubt On Theory Of Coronavirus Lab Accident.
  • WSJ - Coronavirus and the Laboratories in Wuhan.
  • Bloomberg - Wuhan Lab Denies Any Link to First Coronavirus Outbreak.
  • WSJ - FDA Warns Against Use of Chloroquine Outside of Clinical Trials,
  • AP News - FDA warns of heart risks with Trump-promoted malaria drug.
  • WSJ - HHS Official Says He Was Ousted Over Coronavirus Drug Dispute.
Other Notable headlines from the week were.
  1. From All Sources.  Reuters, NPR, WSJ, NYT.  Gunman kills 22 in Nova Scotia in Canada's worst mass shooting.
  2. From multiple sources.  WSJ, NYT, Axios.  Republican-Led Senate Report Affirms U.S. Intelligence Findings that Russia interfered to help Trump in 2016.
  3. From Multiple Sources. WSJ, NYT, AP News, NYT, AP News, AP News.  In retaliation to Iranian harassment of US Ships last week, Trump orders the Navy to fire on them next time.  Iran responded by launching a military Satellite and threatening the US Navy.
  4. From Multiple Sources.  Axios, Reuters, AP News.  Trump threatens to block aid for US Postal Service if it doesn't charge Amazon more.
  5. From Multiple Sources.  AP News, Reuters, Axios, NPR.  Tornadoes kill 7 across Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana as the Western US is starting to experience a mega drought.  
  6. And from The Wall Street Journal.  Amazon Scooped Up Data From Its Own Sellers to Launch Competing Products.
This has been your weekly news update for April 19-25, 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, https://www.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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