2020 Week #18

This is your weekly news update for April 26th through May 2nd, 2020.  Coronavirus is the only in depth summary with 5 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 - In four U.S. state prisons, nearly 3,300 inmates test positive for coronavirus -- 96% without symptoms.
  • Axios - Another 3.8 million Americans filed for unemployment last week.
  • WSJ - Over 3.8 Million Americans Filed for Jobless Benefits Last Week as States Struggle With Coronavirus Claims Surge.
  • Axios - U.S. economy shrinks 4.8% in first quarter.
  • NYT - Worst Economy in a Decade. What’s Next? ‘Worst in Our Lifetime.’.
  • WSJ - U.S. Economy Shrank at 4.8% Pace in First Quarter.
  • NPR - 'Tip Of The Iceberg': Economy Shrinks At 4.8% Pace, But Worst Is Yet To Come.
  • NPR - 3.4 Million Homeowners Skip Payments. But Many Are Scared, Say Congress Needs To Act.
  • WSJ - Detroit Car Makers Target May 18 U.S. Restart Date.
  • Reuters - Tech issues hobble U.S. banks' mad grab for $310 billion in new small-business aid.
  • Axios - Volume of loan applications doubles in second round of PPP.
  • WSJ - Mnuchin Says Big Companies Should Apologize for Taking Small Business Loans.
  • WSJ - U.S. Audits of Small-Business Loans Face Daunting Challenges.
  • WSJ - Blood-Pressure Drugs Don’t Increase Coronavirus Risk.
  • Reuters - Data on Gilead drug raises hopes in pandemic fight, Fauci calls it 'highly significant'.
  • WSJ - U.S. Explores Emergency-Use Approval for Gilead Drug After Study Found It Helped Recovery From Covid-19.
  • Axios - Gilead's remdesivir shows limited benefit for coronavirus.
  • Axios - Why Gilead's coronavirus drug is not a "silver bullet".
  • WSJ - FDA Authorizes Emergency Use of Gilead Drug Remdesivir for Covid-19 Patients.
  • WSJ - Race for Coronavirus Vaccine Accelerates as Pfizer Says U.S. Testing to Begin Next Week.
  • medRxiv - Vitamin D Insufficiency is Prevalent in Severe COVID-19.
  • NYMAG - CDC: 80 Percent of Hospitalized COVID-19 Patients in Georgia Are African-American.
  • WSJ - Trump Takes Executive Action to Keep Meat-Processing Plants Open.
  • NYT - Trump Declares Meat Supply ‘Critical,’ Aiming to Reopen Plants.
  • Axios - Trump orders meat processing plants to stay open during coronavirus pandemic.
  • AP News - Trump orders meat processing plants to remain open.
  • NPR - Workers Scared As Trump Orders Meat Plants To Open During Coronavirus Crisis.
  • Axios - CDC tracked nearly 5,000 coronavirus cases in meat processing facilities.
  • NYT - The Trump Administration’s Legal Moves to Prevent a Meat Shortage, Explained.
  • The Hill - Tyson Foods takes out full-page ad: 'The food supply chain is breaking'.
  • NPR - Protesters Swarm Michigan Capitol Amid Showdown Over Governor's Emergency Powers.
  • Reuters - Hundreds protest in Michigan seeking end to governor's emergency powers.
  • Reuters - Trump threatens new tariffs on China in retaliation for coronavirus.
  • Reuters - Exclusive: Trump says China wants him to lose his re-election bid.
  • WSJ - In Rare Move, U.S. Intelligence Agencies Confirm Investigating if Coronavirus Emerged From Lab Accident.
  • NYT - Trump Officials Are Said to Press Spies to Link Virus and Wuhan Labs.
  • WSJ - Airlines Urge Passengers to Wear Face Masks.
  • NYT - JetBlue Is the First Major U.S. Airline to Require Masks for Passengers.
  • NYT - Who Should Wear Masks on Planes? More Airlines Say Everyone.
  • Axios - House panel: White House blocks Fauci testimony on coronavirus.
  • Reuters - White House blocks Fauci from testifying to Congress on coronavirus response.
  • NPR - White House Denies Congressional Request For Dr. Anthony Fauci's Testimony.
Other Notable headlines from the week were.
  1. From All Sources (Axios, NPR, WSJ, Reuters).  Democratic Presidential Nominee, Joe Biden, denies sexually assaulting a Senate staffer, which was alleged to have occurred 27 years ago.
  2. From Axios, The New York Times, and NY MAG.  Trump threatened to sue his campaign manager, after seeing polling data that showed Trump trailing Joe Biden in several key states.
  3. From multiple sources (Axios, NYT, WSJ, Reuters).   Trump’s former national security adviser, Retired Army General Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty but Flynn’s Lawyers Say Newly Unsealed Documents Show FBI Tried to Set Him Up.  Trump says he could bring him back after firing him.
  4. From NPR, Axios, and The New York Times.  Canadian PM Trudeau announces ban on assault-style weapons in Wake of Deadly Mass Shooting from 2 weeks ago.
  5. Our last summary is From The Wall Street Journal (one, two, three) , The New York Times, and Politico.  Congress Calls on Jeff Bezos of Amazon to Testify as part of its antitrust investigation due to Amazon undercutting 3rd party sellers.  Also this week, the U.S. trade representative office’s listed Amazon on its annual report of “notorious markets” for counterfeit foreign goods, specifically for its domains in Canada, Germany, France, India, and the U.K.
This has been your weekly news update for April 26th through May 2nd, 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, w n u, dot 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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