April 9, 2020 Truth2Freedom Briefing Report (US•World•Christian)


Efforts to push a further $250 billion of coronavirus aid for small
businesses through the U.S. Congress were stalling on Wednesday as top
Democrats said they would back the measure only if it was coupled with a
similar amount for hospitals and local governments.

U.S. Senate Republicans and Democrats said they planned on Thursday to
offer competing plans to beef up emergency loans to small businesses
struggling with the fallout from the coronavirus outbreak, with neither
likely to clear an initial procedural hurdle.

The U.S. Federal Reserve on Thursday rolled out a broad, $2.3 trillion
effort to bolster local governments and small and mid-sized businesses in
its latest move to keep the U.S. economy intact as the country battles the
coronavirus pandemic.

The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits in the last three
weeks has blown past 15 million, with weekly new claims topping 6 million
for the second straight time last week amid tough measures to control the
novel coronavirus outbreak that have abruptly ground the country to halt.
Initial claims for state unemployment benefits slipped 261,000 to a
seasonally adjusted 6.606 million for the week ended April 4.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson had a good night and is getting better four
days after being admitted to hospital with COVID-19, but he remains in
intensive care as his government reviews the most stringent shutdown in
Britain’s peacetime history.

Hungry, scared and tired, scores of sex workers in Mexico City have been
forced to live on the streets as fear of contracting the coronavirus keeps
clients away and the government shuttered the hotels where many of them
lived and worked.

The Canadian death toll from the coronavirus outbreak is likely to be
between 11,000 and 22,000 by the end of the pandemic, health officials said
on Thursday, outlining the two most likely scenarios.

Greece will transfer about 60 unaccompanied children from overcrowded
migrant camps to Luxembourg and Germany next week as worries mount about
the coronavirus pandemic.

Oil prices rose on Thursday on expectations the world’s leading crude
producers will at a meeting later in the day overcome obstacles that have
so far prevented a deal to cut output in response to a collapse in global
demand. Brent crude LCOc1 futures were up 2%, or 65 cents, at $33.49 a
barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 futures were up 3%,
or 76 cents, at $25.85 a barrel.

The impact of the novel coronavirus on Hong Kong’s tourism sector is
unprecedented and the city can hope to start seeing things returning to
normal by July, in part by trying to develop new markets.

U.S. producer prices fell in March, with the cost of goods dropping by the
most since 2015, and further declines are likely as the novel coronavirus
weighs on demand for energy products.

OPEC and Russia will discuss record oil output cuts on Thursday to support
prices hammered by the coronavirus crisis but talks are complicated by
internal disagreements and the reluctance of the United States to join any

China took new measures on Wednesday to try to prevent asymptomatic “silent
carriers” of the new coronavirus from causing a second wave of infections,
as the country reported another modest rise in confirmed cases.

France’s competition authority ruled on Thursday that Google must pay
French publishing companies and news agencies for re-using their content.

AP Top Stories

New research indicates that the coronavirus began to circulate in the New
York area by mid-February, weeks before the first confirmed case, and that
travelers brought in the virus mainly from Europe, not Asia.

Pakistan’s army said Thursday it had shot down a small Indian surveillance
drone in Kashmir, as tensions rose over continued cross-border shelling in
the disputed territory.

The former wife of Anne McClain, a NASA astronaut, was charged with making
false statements to federal authorities, the Justice Department said. In
her initial complaint, Summer Worden claimed that McClain, whom she married
in 2014 and later filed for divorced, had improperly accessed her bank

A proposed emergency ordinance introduced by San Francisco’s Board of
Supervisors would require the city to house its entire homeless population
in 7,000 hotel rooms amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Trump administration plans to open 2.3 million acres of land for
hunting and fishing at more than 100 national wildlife refuges and fish
hatcheries under a proposal unveiled Wednesday that is aimed at giving
Americans more recreational access on public lands.

Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner is leading an effort to develop a
national coronavirus surveillance system in order to track patient data
almost in real time, Politico reported on Tuesday based on conversations
with four people involved in the ongoing effort.

The coronavirus death count in New York City, already unfathomable, is
expected to surge in the coming days as officials begin including people
who have been dropping dead at home without an official diagnosis. On
Tuesday alone, 256 people were pronounced dead at home across the five

In an unprecedented move, the Italian government has declared its seaports
“unsafe” due to the coronavirus pandemic, and will not authorize the
landing of migrant rescue boats until the end of the emergency.

Jews marked the start of a “strange” Passover holiday on Wednesday as the
coronavirus pandemic prevented the large family gatherings usually
organized for the traditional Seder meal.


Disney’s new video streaming service has reached more than 50 million
subscribers since its launch five months ago. When Disney Plus last
announced viewing figures in February it had reached 26.5 million
subscribers. Since then, this has almost doubled as more people are online
and stuck at home due to virus clampdowns.

Sub-Saharan Africa will this year suffer its first recession for 25 years
as a consequence of the coronavirus outbreak, a World Bank report predicts.
The bank says that the region’s economy could shrink by as much as 5.1%.

Europe’s Christians are facing an extraordinary Easter under lockdown, with
traditionally large congregations replaced by livestreamed services.


Dozens of patients from a nursing home in Southern California were
evacuated to other centers Wednesday after employees stopped showing up for
work, officials say.

After he announced he was suspending his presidential campaign, Bernie
Sanders’ press secretary expressed relief that she could finally drop the
word “democratic” from the term “democratic socialism.” The mask comes off.

In New Jersey, Gov. Phil Murphy has put out a call for volunteers who know
how to code the decades-old computer programming language called COBOL
because many of the state’s systems still run on older mainframes. In
Kansas, Gov. Laura Kelly said the state’s Departments of Labor was in the
process of modernizing from COBOL but then the virus interfered. “So
they’re operating on really old stuff,” she said.

Some universities are not only packing up students’ belongings without
telling them first, but demanding that students pay them to get their own
stuff back following short-notice evictions that were portrayed as

Mid-Day Snapshot · Apr. 9, 2020

The Foundation

“I will not believe our labors are lost. I shall not die without a hope that light and liberty are on a steady advance.” —Thomas Jefferson (1821)

When Will the U.S. Reopen for Business?

As another 6.6 million file for unemployment, America really needs a plan.

Bye, Bye, Bernie

Sanders, the socialist senator from Vermont, suspends his presidential campaign.

The Pandemic’s Impact on Black Americans

Trump’s addressing it undercuts the Democrats’ false narrative that he is indifferent.

Immunizing Healthcare Providers — From Lawsuits

Ambulance-chasing trial lawyers won’t let the pandemic crisis go to waste, either.

Minor League Baseball Must Survive

Our national pastime shouldn’t suffer a devastating hit from the coronavirus shutdown.

Emergency Funding Just in Time!

Politicians in Washington have a plan to save us from the economic chaos and loss.

A Snapshot From Sugar Hill … With Gratitude

Why is there a photo of a red, white, and blue lit tree at the bottom of this post?

Video: Did Anti-China Bias Squelch Prophetic Pandemic Memos?

West Wingers marginalized trade advisor Peter Navarro for being a China hawk.

Video: Weeping Nurse’s Viral Story Unravels

CBS News broadcast a heartbreaking video that was as credible as Jussie Smollett.

Today’s Opinion

Parissa Sedghi
The ‘Love America Pledge’ Is Proof Civil Society Is Alive
Jackie Gingrich Cushman
Easter, Resurrection, and Life
Victor Davis Hanson
Is America a Roaring Giant or Crying Baby?
Cal Thomas
Joe Biden Calling
R. Emmett Tyrrell
Durham’s on the Way
For more of today’s columns, visit Right Opinion.

Thursday News Executive Summary

Guidelines loosened, COVID-19 model revised, big jobless claims, and more.

Thursday Short Cuts

Notable quotables from Bill Barr, Tracy Morgan, Pope Francis, and more.

Today’s Meme

For more of today’s memes, visit the Memesters Union.

Today’s Cartoon

For more of today’s cartoons, visit the Cartoons archive.

Headlines – 4/9/2020

Gantz: Unity government, ‘but not at any cost’; Likud: He reversed his positions

As Gantz’s Time Runs Out, Netanyahu No Longer in a Rush to Form Emergency Gov’t

‘Seder in place’: New York Jews observe Passover amid pandemic

Under Passover lockdown, thousands take to balconies to sing ‘Mah Nishtana’

Donald Trump’s blessing for Passover: “this year is going to be different”

Quarantined drag queens land TV show in Israel

Syrian regime blamed for sarin gas attacks in landmark report

Saudi Arabia announces Yemen cease-fire after calls to stop fighting during coronavirus pandemic

Coronavirus: Iran appeals for $5bn IMF loan as deaths pass 4,000

El Salvador gangs enforce coronavirus lockdown with threats of violence, report says

Popular tourist attraction in China mobbed by visitors after coronavirus restrictions ease

Coronavirus pandemic pushes US and China closer to cold war

Kushner’s team seeks national coronavirus surveillance system

NJ Town Resorts to Talking Drones to Enforce Social Distancing

Airlines to Cut Summer Flights Up to 90% With Rebound Remote

Worst recession in decades piles pressure on EU to agree new relief package

Euro zone fails to reach a deal on new coronavirus stimulus after 16 hours of talks

Coronavirus: ‘Drop in global trade to be worse than 2008 crisis’

Trump Forced by Oil War Into Unthinkable Push for Higher Prices

Dow surges 780 points on COVID-19 recovery efforts as oil prices spike

Hedge fund: World is ‘very much trapped in the mother of all global financial bubbles’

Fed will keep rates near zero until economy has ‘weathered’ coronavirus impact, minutes show

Trump says would like to reopen U.S. economy with a ‘big bang’

Coronavirus putting world on track for new Great Depression, says WTO

Coronavirus could push half a billion people into poverty, Oxfam warns

Nearly 1/3 of the U.S. tenants did not pay rent the first week of April

A massive wave of evictions is coming. Temporary bans won’t help.

COVID-19 crisis heaps pressure on nation’s food banks

Farmers are panic-buying to keep America’s 95 million cows fed

The coronavirus crisis is devastating the news industry

Twitter CEO Donates $1 Billion to Coronavirus Relief, Aiming to Help ‘Disarm this Pandemic’

Insurers to lawmakers: Health insurance policies ‘were not designed’ for pandemics

Some doctors fear ventilators could actually be harming virus patients

CDC quietly deletes hydroxychloroquine guidance as study hyped by Trump comes into question

Chief health care officer: ‘By December, we are going to go through this again’

Lockdowns can’t end until Covid-19 vaccine found, study says

AG Barr On Bill Gates Wanting ‘Digital’ Vaccine ‘Certificates’: I’m ‘Very Concerned About’ Slippery Slope

Anthony Fauci sets stage for mandatory – lucrative! – vaccine

Dr. Fauci Says He Doesn’t Think Americans Should Ever Shake Hands Again to Prevent Spread of Coronavirus

Dr. Fauci says US should be able to reopen schools in fall

Coronavirus Leaves Class Of 2020 Reeling With Emotion: Prom, Graduation ‘All Ruined Because Of This Virus’

Virus may spark ‘devastating’ global condom shortage

Trudeau to fund abortion as part of $159 million pledge to fight COVID-19 overseas

Pot Use Reached All-Time High in March Amid Lockdown Measures

‘Democracy cannot be a casualty of COVID-19’: N.J. governor moves primary election date

After chaos in Wisconsin, fight intensifies over how to carry out presidential election amid pandemic

Elizabeth Warren Mobilizing for Universal Vote-by-Mail: ‘It’s Easy’

Sanders quits Democratic race for president; Biden is party’s apparent nominee

Bernie Sanders’s Allies Aim to Keep Shaking Up Democratic Party

Bernie Sanders’ socialist fantasies lost their appeal when coronavirus hit

Hulk Hogan: ‘God Has Taken Away Everything We Worship’

Fact Check: Yes, Texas’ governor has deemed religious services essential amid pandemic

America’s Oldest Mega-Church Just Hired Its New Pastor on Zoom

China Bans Churches from Streaming Services, Even during Pandemic

Pope Francis Says Coronavirus Is One of ‘Nature’s Responses’ to Humans Ignoring Climate Change

Scientists create mutant enzyme that recycles plastic bottles in hours

5.4 magnitude earthquake hits near Sigave, Wallis and Futuna

Sheveluch volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 33,000ft

Sabancaya volcano in Peru erupts to 25,000ft

Nevados De Chillan volcano in Chile erupts to24,000ft

Popocateptl volcano in Mexico erupts to 24,000ft

Klyuchevskoy volcano on Kamchatka, Russia erupts to 23,000ft

Sangay volcano in Ecuador erupts to 19,000ft

Reventador volcano in Ecuador erupts to 15,000ft

Semeru volcano in Indonesia erupts to 14,000ft

Dukono volcano in Indonesia erupts to 10,000ft

China: Authorities force Christians into unemployment for ‘cult’ affiliation

At least 50 Nigerian Christians killed by Fulani attacks in March, NGO reports

Apostasy Watch

Which poses the bigger threat: Government or Coronavirus?

God Help Us All: Dr. Fauci Knows Exactly What He’s Doing

Louisville Mayor: Drive-in, parking lot Easter services not allowed in Louisville

Wilmington N.C.: Drive In Easter Services Not Allowed Under Executive Order

Texas Judge Confirms Fine and Jail Time For Churches Who Don’t Post Written Action Plan On Their Doors

Calif. pastor resigns from city council before hosting communion attended by hundreds

UK street preacher issued police notice with new coronavirus laws: ‘It’s religious discrimination’

COVID-19: Business loses license, 9 others under investigation in San Benito County

LGBT activist arrested protesting Christians treating coronavirus patients in NYC

Coronavirus: Former Crystal Cathedral pastor dies from COVID-19

8 in 10 Pastors Say Current Events Are a Sign of Jesus’ Return

Dallas-area Food Banks Are Seeing Unprecedented Demand

Google Searches for ‘Prayer’ Skyrocket in Wake of Coronavirus Cancelations, Quarantines

Bible publishers reporting jump in sales amid coronavirus fears

Vatican Praises China For Their “Humanitarian Initiative” During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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