Glenn's Interview with Michelle Malkin




Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies by Michelle Malkin


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GLENN: From Radio City in Midtown Manhattan, this is the third most listened to show in all of America. Hello, you sick twisted freak. Welcome to the program. Michelle Malkin is with us. She's got a new book out called the Culture of Corruption: Obama and His Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks, and Cronies. Michelle Malkin, welcome to the program.

MALKIN: Thanks for having me, Glenn.

GLENN: Can I ask you a question, Michelle?

MALKIN: Yes.

GLENN: And you have to please feel free to answer honestly because there may come a quiz after this. Do you ever watch the TV show?

MALKIN: Absolutely do.

GLENN: Do you?

MALKIN: Yes.

GLENN: This ACORN thing, does it scare because I know you have some of it in your book. He is building a he is building a structure around the Constitution and around the republic and he's using the republic as a host. It's feasting on this system and it's going to kill it, do you think?

MALKIN: I think that analogy is a good one. I also think the analogy of architecture and scaffolding.

GLENN: Yeah.

MALKIN: And this, you know, this housing that he's built.

GLENN: Oh, yeah. It's got an exoskeleton around the republic, yeah.

MALKIN: Yes. And, you know, so far and the book has only been out a day and there's been a lot of traditional interest in looking at the cabinet and looking at the czars. But there are two important chapters on ACORN which you have reported on extensively and which I have for, you know, more than the last couple of years as well as the SEIU, their twin, and

GLENN: Yeah, they are one and the same.

MALKIN: And the family with Barack Obama that dates back for lo, you know, 20, 25 years really needs, you know, much more mainstream public light. You've done a fabulous job of that and I think that including these two chapters of the book and putting it in the context of the larger Culture of Corruption and the Chicago way is a good start towards helping people enlighten them about it.

GLENN: Michelle, you and I talked about this during the election.

MALKIN: Yes.

GLENN: I mean, you knew what was coming, I knew what was coming. I didn't realize it would come this fast. I mean, this guy is amazing. This is once you understand the and I think most people don't understand. You know, they look at ACORN and they are like, it's a stupid group and everybody knows what it is. No, no, no. Community organizers are so unbelievably well funded. When you see how much distance we have made here or how much distance has been put between us and the Constitution since Obama got into office, are you as concerned as you were for our country or more so? And if so, how much time do you think we have before you just are not turning this car around?

MALKIN: I think we're already at an inflection point, Glenn, and I think that it calls for fueling even more curiosity and scrutiny on these meadow organizations. I quote Andy Stern, the president of the SEIU, the Service Employees International Union on his organizing philosophy and it is this: We prefer to use the power of persuasion but if that doesn't work, we use the persuasion of power. And it is the same theme and like motif that infuses the ACORN MO, the persuasion of power, the muscle for money program that whistle blower and, you know, Moncrief blew the whistle on. And I dedicate the book to the whistleblowers out there. You know, it's not just us on the right who are exposing this.

GLENN: Oh, no. Oh, yeah.

MALKIN: The fact is that we owe. We owe so much to very brave people on the other side, some of them who have come over, ex liberals like Anita who understand the depths and the intricacy and the intimacy between and among those groups. But also between them and Barack Obama.

GLENN: There is a scary fusion that is happening now and this is where, you know, I liken it to the movie Alien with Sigourney Weaver where that thing attaches onto people's faces and they are all trying to get it off of the face. It doesn't matter. The thing doesn't matter anymore. The thing has laid an egg inside of you and it's about to burst through. I think this is you know, ACORN has attached itself to the face of our government right now and everyone is trying to get ACORN off and they are concentrating on that. Stop concentrating on that. It has laid eggs inside of our government, not just in the White House and through the czars and everything else but it is laying those eggs, deep and powerful eggs in something called AmeriCorps. True or false?

MALKIN: True. And I've done reporting on the relationship between AmeriCorps and ACORN that dates back decades, and the watchdog group in Washington judicial watch, I have been on their case since the creation of America or program under the Clinton administration. And this is our tax dollars at work, and as long as you keep electing congress people in both parties that continue to fund this egg laying, it will reap, you know, very rotten consequences on the electoral landscape and on the economy.

GLENN: I want to ask you about the rotten consequences. Put this into perspective for me now. This is something that Barack Obama said on the campaign trail that now if you see the way they are taking over education as far as controlling who gets a student loan, who doesn't, erasing those student loans if you decide to become a government bureaucrat for ten years, the way they are going after the idea of mandatory service. When you hear this and you tie it in to the ACORNs of the world and the Americorps of the world, what does this mean to you today?

PRESIDENT OBAMA: We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objectives that we've set. We've got to have a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded.

GLENN: Okay. He's talking about a civilian national security force but he's also, Rahm Emanuel later talks about a civil defense corps here in America that would be mandatory service that everyone from 18 to 25 would have to serve in. What is he talking about?

MALKIN: He's talking about recruiting future generations who are going to be the foot soldiers for the leftwing ideological agenda. And I think in order to fight this thing, you cannot just fight Barack Obama on this. The fact is that this is Michelle Obama's baby, and I have an entire chapter on her. And the fact is that she worked for a community service organization that her husband helped create in Chicago that has, you know, been on the government teat since its inception and involved in the AmeriCorps program. She herself appears to have had a role in the booting of the AmeriCorps IG, and we don't have those watchdogs there and it has been apparently her agenda to put her people in place there, you know, to level that agenda on us. If that's not stopped and if the East Wing policy shop does not get scrutiny, it's going through.

GLENN: The East Wing policy shop, what is that?

MALKIN: Yes. This is Chicago cronies that booeyed Michelle Obama's career, people that were working with her at the University of Chicago Medical Center and worked with her in these community organizations and the Richard Daley political machine that are now turning the East Wing into something that would look like kindergarten compared to what Hillary Clinton did.

GLENN: We see a couple of stories. I don't know if you saw the story that we reported on yesterday about the the ACORN but yet it's not ACORN. It's the organizing for America which is Barack Obama and the DNC.

MALKIN: Right.

GLENN: But they are all wearing ACORN shirts, yet they claim that they are not they have nothing to do with ACORN. And it was in Baton Rouge, and they were silencing free speech on the sidewalk.

Now we have another story out this is from Virginia that the they were going around. The administration was going around Virginia and they were drumming up support for, you know, these you know, healthcare, et cetera, et cetera. They were the tea partiers came in and they refused the opportunity to ask the congressman a question when they were told by plainclothes policemen to leave the property after they attempted to hold up signs urging them to vote against a government takeover. They are now using the police force to silence the other side, something they said they hated out of George W. Bush when people you know, if you are at a town hall and you have a right to ask a question, that's what you do. But if you're shouting down somebody in a lecture, then I agree with escorting you outside. The next thing is tweeting your senator, again organizing for America the DNC and Barack Obama where they are using Twitter to be able to communicate and get people to write their senator. However, the White House is saying that congress can't do that. And one step forward: Congress is now through what is this calling it? The Franking Commission?

MALKIN: Yeah, right.

GLENN: You are familiar with it, Michelle?

MALKIN: Sure, yes.

GLENN: Where the Franking Commission is now saying that Republicans cannot use the term "Government healthcare." Well, you control the language, you win every time. What kind of world are we turning into in?

MALKIN: Well, you know, I quoted and stern, the persuasion of power, the power of persuasion. And when groups like ACORN and organizing for America which have posed as the two champions of the grassroots are threatened by bona fide grassroots organizations like the tea party movement and the 9/12 project and all the grassroots people who are out there on the streets pounding the pavement in an unprecedented way, I've never seen anything like it. I mean, obviously the state's back to the early days of protest against the porkulus bill, then we had April 15th and now people are mobilizing through the recess on healthcare. ACORN is not used to seeing anyone else on their streets. And they are using every method and weapon possible to shut them up and, of course, they are overseers in the Obama administration and organizing for America, approve and are directing on those kind of bully tactics. This is what they did with the banks, this is what they did with the housing industry and now it's what they are doing with the grassroots.

GLENN: Michelle, I was on Fox and Friends this morning and I said they were talking about this Gates thing and they were they asked me, well, maybe this is good because now Obama's exposed and this is going to hurt him. And I said, we've never seen this man trapped before. And these organizers are not used to being trapped. They don't they are not pushed around. They push around. And so when they're exposed, when they're cornered, we have no idea how dangerous these people can become. They are not playing by the same set of rules. They never have played by the same set of rules. But they've never had this much power, and I think a lot of them are drunk on it. We've not recognized how much real true poison and hatred is in some of these people. I think the president has again given the American people a chance to see his racism inside of him. And if the American people start to wake up, what do you predict? How are they going to move? How are they going to respond? How is the president going to respond? Do you think he will respond like most presidents would and say, okay, well now my poll numbers are getting really bad. Or does he say, I've got the power and I know what's right and I'm moving forward?

MALKIN: Yeah. Well, over the last six months we've seen the Chicago way in action, and America has come to realize that hope and change came wrapped in a set of brass knuckles. That's the way ACORN has always operated, the SEIU has always operated and the Team Obama that put him into power has operated. So it was no shock to you or me when he dealt with the Chrysler creditors that way, the Chrysler dealers that way, banks who refused to take TARP money, banks who wanted to give TARP money back, the CBO when they questioned some of his bogus claims about healthcare savings. That's the way he deals with everyone. That's the way he's going to deal with citizens on the ground who are succeeding at exposing the myths of hope and change. And so look, I don't want to drum up, you know, some inordinate fear about what might happen to people individually if they go out and speak out, but sure, they should be put on notice that this is the way they operate. They've Chicagoized Washington D.C. and, you know, we've been put on notice about how they operate.

GLENN: Michelle Malkin is our guest. She's got a new book called Culture of Corruption. It's out today. I will tell you that I usually don't read political books. I just don't, I don't usually go there. I'll go into theory, et cetera, et cetera. I don't read these current event books, but I tell you, Michelle, I will read yours. It is I think you are right on the money, exactly where America needs to wake up, and America needs to see this and I will read your book.

Tell me honestly, I was in a meeting yesterday and quite honestly it was kind of a loud meeting and I said to several people today, I said, do you realize who you are poking in the chest every day? And they just kind of looked at me. And I said, we are poking the people with the most power. They have the system of thugs already. They also have they are just riddled with cash. Do you realize this? The question that I have for you, Michelle, is how long before we, you and me and Rush and everybody else, are put into a situation to where we have to make a choice: Tell the truth or lose it all.

MALKIN: I don't know. I don't feel that I've even come close to a sense of intimidation. And yes, you know, this is in the context of there are the threats of the Fairness Doctrine returning. You know, I've dealt with Obama officials who have questioned my journalistic integrity and basically leveled implicit threats.

GLENN: So you think that the you think that the threats and the knee breaking and the whatever else that they have done to banks and to everybody else, that is not going to happen to people like us?

MALKIN: I'm not saying that it won't happen, but the fact is that I am inspired, and I mentioned those whistleblowers at the beginning who have risked so much more.

GLENN: I know.

MALKIN: Who don't have the level of, you know, comfort that we have as public figures.

GLENN: I know.

MALKIN: And this is about breaking that code of silence. I talk about the Mafia's code of silence in Omertà and if those whistleblowers can do it, we can do it. And we certainly you know, they certainly risk a lot more than we do.

GLENN: Michelle, I agree with you 110%. Thank you so much and we will talk again. We'll see you tonight on the TV show. Culture of Corruption is the name of the book. Pick it up.

With all the panic surrounding the coronavirus outbreak, it's important to stay calm and remember where we are as things begin to get worse in the US. We are currently around 50 days behind China in the course of this illness and you won't believe some of the stories and headlines that were out there at the time. Check back each day as we update these stories, here are a few:

February 4th — 63 days ago

The city of Taizhou and three Hangzhou districts will only allow one person per household to go outside every two days to buy necessities, city officials said. The areas between them account for more than nine million people.

Nationwide, despite China's extensive surveillance network with its facial recognition systems and high end cameras which is increasingly used to track its people, the gov has turned to familiar authoritarian techniques - such as setting up dragnets and asking neighbors to inform each other.

Victor Lam, the government's chief information officer, said the wristbands will be connected to a phone plugged into the mains at the wearer's home. If the wristband moves too far away from the phone, an alert will be sent to the authorities.

However, Lam was spotted wearing a mask on Tuesday morning when receiving petitions outside her office from protesters angered at her government's response to the outbreak, just before meeting reporters.

Viruses mutate all the time, but most changes are synonymous or "silent", having little effect on the way the virus behaves. Others, known as nonsynonymous substitutions, can alter biological traits, allowing them to adapt to different environments. Two nonsynonymous changes took place.

China says it has more than 20,000 confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus, representing a huge leap from the 4,400 cases reported as of last week.


February 13th — 54 days ago

Health authorities in China's Hubei province – the epicentre of the coronavirus epidemic – reported on Thursday 14,840 new confirmed cases, almost 10 times the number reported a day earlier, and new deaths attributable to the contagion rose to 242, more than double on the day.

"At some point, we are likely to see community spread in the U.S. or in other countries," Dr. Nancy Messonnier, director of the CDC's National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases. "This will trigger a change in our response strategy."

The coronavirus outbreak may be peaking in China where it was first detected in the central city of Wuhan but it is just beginning in the rest of the world and likely to spread, a global expert on infectious diseases said on Feb. 12.

Global health experts are divided on whether the coronavirus outbreak has peaked or worse is to come, but a more fundamental problem for front-line hospitals and laboratories is identifying when a person carrying the virus becomes infectious to others.

Wuhan's overburdened health workers are unable to confirm many of those who died were suffering from Covid-19, so they will not show up in official figures

Hong Kong schools will remain closed until March 16 at the earliest and an important exam for primary school pupils has been cancelled, the education minister said on Thursday.


February 14th — 53 days ago

Medical personnel in Wuhan, outfitted in protective suits as they battle the coronavirus outbreak, wear diapers as they work through gruelling shifts, often until skin irritation from their masks leaves bloody marks on their faces.

The new cases bring the number of passengers and crew members infected with the virus to 218.

A Japanese health official who visited the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess in Yokohama has been diagnosed with the Wuhan coronavirus, Japan's health ministry reported Wednesday.

A cruise ship that spent two weeks at sea after being turned away by five countries over fears that someone aboard may have the coronavirus arrived in Cambodia on Thursday to the relief of passengers and the praise of global health officials.

A labeling mix-up was to blame for a San Diego hospital mistakenly releasing a patient infected with the coronavirus, officials said Tuesday.

Bats, rats and snakes are still flying off the shelves at an Indonesian market known for its wildlife offerings despite a government request to take them off the menu over coronavirus fears.

"This was a sneak attack, like a thief in the night."

"A wartime President."

"A great battle, against an invisible enemy."

"We will win and declare a great victory for our country."

All of these are direct quotes from President Donald Trump, all uttered since March 1st of this year.

And of course, all of them ring decidedly true and make perfect sense. Even Trump's most ardent opponents have referred to the current situation in which America finds itself as a once in a generation emergency, and that we should be on a wartime footing. They've called for more and more power to be handed to, no, more explicitly they've called for more power to be taken by the President to do battle against "The Invisible Enemy," everything from commandeering manufacturing plants to logistics and shipping companies to pharmaceutical manufacturing and research, to nationalizing the banking sector and all mortgages.

On the other hand, the President has preferred to form a partnership with private industries to wage the war. Turning to America's great companies to produce masks, respirators, ventilators, medicine and vaccines that will ensure our country can and will prevail.

The United States – and the entire world – is engaged in a great battle, against an unseen enemy. An enemy that threatens to kill our people and destroy our nation and our way of life. It's an enemy that we have seen and fought before, as a people. We have faced this enemy throughout human history, over and over we've had to battle it. All of us are descendants of survivors of the countless previous wars that humanity has had to fight against this hidden enemy of man.

The enemy is a disease. The enemy is a virus.

The enemy is not SARS-CoV-2, Coronavirus.

No, the virus we're battling against is Slavery.

Call it what you want. Socialism. Collectivism. Communism. Statism. Despotism. A one-world government. Those are all forms of the same thing: some people's individual liberty captured for the betterment and benefit of others. All of those are forms of enslaving some men to the will and needs of others.

A virus is a biological construct. It's a biological disease caused by a virus, an unliving, unthinking sliver of organic material and takes over cells to turn them into factories that produce more viral particles to take over more cells until, ultimately, the host is killed. Doing battle against a virus requires treating both the symptoms caused by infection as well as finding a vaccine that can destroy the virus itself.

But slavery is a political and moral construct. It's a social disease caused by an immoral idea, spread by unthinking, unfeeling human beings who transmit the disease to others turning them into factories that produce more unthinking, unfeeling human beings. They take over the lives of more and more people within a society or a country until that country is destroyed. Doing battle against slavery requires treating both the symptoms caused by the infection within a society as well as finding a cure that can destroy the idea itself.

President Donald Trump is absolutely correct. This is a war.

President Donald Trump is absolutely correct. This is a war. He's also correct, we have fought this type of war before.

But this is not a war against a coronavirus. That's child's play. Terrible though it may be and despite the thousands of lives we may lose to COVID-19, it's relatively straightforward how to defeat it. Prevent the spread, find a cure. And we will. America and the world will survive this pandemic as it has survived a million others in our past. Each of us is the descendent of survivors of a thousand biological plagues.

The President rightly stated, we cannot let the cure for COVID-19 be worse than the disease itself. And he has the right idea in terms of the outcome here: we can't let our response to coronavirus destroy the American economy.

But saving the American economy isn't really the objective. A healthy, productive American economy that enables people to generate wealth and accumulate things is a consequence, an outcome, it's not a cause in itself. What has enabled the American economy to be the most robust and powerful engine for human ingenuity, productivity and wealth generation in world history is individual liberty? Men free to think and build, to seek new achievements and to be rewarded for doing so, to collaborate with each other, to challenge and compete with each other, driving each other to be smarter, to work harder, to find the better way to solve problems.

That is America. That is the battle we're in, what we're fighting to save. Beating COVID-19 is easy, it's only a matter of time. This particular virus may be new to us, but we know the formula for its defeat, much like the long-march to destroy the NAZI war machine in World War II, the writing was on the wall long before Berlin fell. Germany's defeat was inevitable once America entered the war. So too, the defeat of SARS-CoV-2 is already a foregone conclusion, the application of human ingenuity and thousands of years of human inventiveness and knowledge ensures our ultimate victory over this latest scourge.

But that is not the great threat. If the cure for COVID-19 is the slavery of some men for the benefit and betterment of others, then perhaps it would be better for COVID-19 to take us all. If the cost of defeating the biological virus is that we succumb to the political and moral disease of collectivism, then Trump's fear will have been proved right and the cure will have been worse than the disease.

Look at what's being proposed here. In the US, the government should take over every major industry, from healthcare and pharmaceutical companies to grocery and food delivery to airlines to shipping and transportation. Construction, take it over! Banking system, take it over! Stock market, take it over!

And on the global stage, the United Nations is now calling for a permanent 10% global tax on the GDP of every country.

And on the global stage, the United Nations is now calling for a permanent 10% global tax on the GDP of every country.
Ostensibly designed to fight COVID-19, but made permanent to enable the UN to fight future pandemics, as well as the ongoing pandemic of Climate Change…oh, and Poverty and Income Inequality, and sexism and nationalism and a thousand other isms they believe are unfair.

The United States is less than 5% of the World's population, but we represent over 25% of the world's GDP. So, the UN is effectively proposing that about 4% of the population transfer 10% of our wealth each year to support the remaining 96% of the human race, including supporting countries who are our enemies and who seek our very destruction.

What is proposed here is nothing short of the permanent enslavement of the United States for the betterment and benefit of every other national on earth.

There is no doubt the human race will survive COVID-19. Human beings have survived a thousand similar pandemics with barely more than a blip in our progress as a species.

But the plague of collectivism, the idea that some men should be slaves to others, that some people have some sort of right to lay claim to the intellect and productive energy of others, that is the real battle. That is the true invisible enemy that we must yet again defeat.

Ask yourself, would you have some right to charge into Mike Lindell's My Pillow bedding factory and point a gun at him and his workers to force them to produce cotton face masks to avoid being shot? No, of course the idea sounds preposterous and all rational thinking human beings would clearly see that as an immoral, criminal act. And yet many people are proposing that we do exactly that, just the gunman wears a blue UN Helmet or carries a US Marshall's badge.

Alternatively, does Mike Lindell have the right to choose to convert his factory over to making cotton face masks, at his own expense and to pay his workers to make those masks instead of making pillows? Yes, that is moral, that is a human being engaged in activity that he believes to be virtuous and right and, yes, for the love of all that is holy — profitable.

Just as with COVID-19, the defeat of all forms of slavery should be an inevitability. And yet from every corner of our country, the call is for the forced enslavement of some people for the benefit of others.

President Trump has this right. We cannot let the cure for COVID-19 come at the cost of our economy. And if that is the objective, then it is our original principles: individual liberty, freedom of movement and speech, that is what must be defended. That is how we protect and restore our economy and our country. That is how we ensure that our children's children will also be descendants of survivors of plagues and pandemics, whether they are the biological - or the moral kind.

UPDATE: Here's how the discussion went on radio. Watch the video below.


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Glenn gives the latest coronavirus numbers, updating YOU on everything needed to know as Americans and officials monitor China's new COVID-19 virus:

Daily Stats as of 5:30 AM CT (from John's Hopkins)

  • Total Confirmed Cases Worldwide: 1,284,805 (up over 250,000 from 1,030,324 Friday)
  • Total Confirmed Deaths Worldwide: 70,328 (up 16,100 from 54,226 Friday)
  • Total Confirmed Recovered Worldwide: 271,782 (up from 219,896 Friday)
  • 5% of Active Cases are considered serious (requiring hospitalization) Steady from 5% Friday, but down from 19% high back in February
  • Note that about 11% of US Confirmed Cases require Hospitalization, roughly on par with Italy at 12% requiring hospitalization but lower than Spain, where 17% of patients require hospitalization.
  • US has 336,851 Confirmed Cases and 9,620 Deaths, up from 245,380 cases and 6,095 cases Friday
  • The US currently has 309,254 Active Cases of COVID-19, with about 1% of the US Population tested
NY Times: Official US Death Toll Off a Bit...By About 100% https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICO0KwPFWcI, https://www.wsj.com/video/in-ecuador-epicenter-families-forced-to-leave-dead-outside/B35D7405-55AC-4876-821F-8B995AAEF1BD.html
  • In one Italian village, a Mayor reported he had more than 300 bodies, presumed COVID-19 deaths, which officials had not picked up or counted in Italy's official numbers. "The army told us Friday, then Sunday. We're still waiting," he said.
  • Virus Can Contaminate Facemasks up to 7 Days https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3078511/coronavirus-can-remain-face-masks-week-study-finds
    • The pathogen that causes COVID-19 is gone within three hours from surfaces like printing and tissue paper, but can last for days on banknotes, stainless steel and plastic, researchers from University of Hong Kong find.
    • The coronavirus that causes COVID-19 can adhere to the outer layer of a cotton surgical face mask for a week, according to a study by researchers from the University of Hong Kong (HKU).
    • "This is exactly why it is very important if you are wearing a surgical mask you don't touch the outside of the mask," Dr. Peiris, research lead, said.
    • "Because you can contaminate your hands and if you touch your eyes you could be transferring the virus to your eyes."
    • In the instance where the public or health care workers must be forced to reuse masks due to short supply, the study recommends using surgical gloves and frequently washing hands immediately after using facemasks.
    USA Today Factcheck: Did Obama Deplete US National Stockpile of N-95 Masks? True! https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2020/04/03/fact-check-did-obama-administration-deplete-n-95-mask-stockpile/5114319002/
    • USA Today researchers Fact Check Daily Wire article from last week that the Obama Administration failed to replenish the National Stockpile of N-95 masks after using for Swine Flu (2009) and Hurricane & Flooding clean up operations (2012).
    • The article notes available funds were used not to replenish masks: "With limited resources, officials in charge of the stockpile tend to focus on buying lifesaving drugs from small biotechnology firms that would, in the absence of a government buyer, have no other market for their products, experts said.
    • Masks and other protective equipment are in normal times widely available and thus may not have been prioritized for purchase, they said."
    • Overall, USA today flags the Daily Wire story as True, lending credence to the Trump claim that the stockpile program was 'in a shambles' when his Administration took over.
    "Most Comprehensive Pandemic Response Plan In History" Bush Plan Based on Spanish Flu Book in 2005 https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/george-bush-2005-wait-pandemic-late-prepare/story?id=69979013
    • In the summer of 2005, President George W. Bush was on vacation at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, when he began flipping through an advance copy of a new book about the 1918 flu pandemic. He couldn't put it down.
    • When he returned to Washington, he called his top homeland security adviser into the Oval Office and gave her historian John M. Barry's "The Great Influenza," which told the chilling tale of the mysterious plague that "would kill more people than any other disease in human history."
    • "You've got to read this," Fran Townsend remembers the president telling her. "He said, 'Look, this happens every 100 years. We need a national strategy.'"
    • Thus was born the nation's most comprehensive pandemic plan -- a playbook that included diagrams for a global early warning system, funding to develop new, rapid vaccine technology, and a robust national stockpile of critical supplies, such as face masks and ventilators, Townsend said.
    • The effort was intense over the ensuing three years, including exercises where cabinet officials gamed out their responses, but it was not sustained.
    • Large swaths of the ambitious plan were either not fully realized due to lack of funding from Congress, or were entirely shelved as the 2008 financial crisis took hold.
    The Latest Casualty: Corona Beer Officially Stops Production https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/03/business/corona-beer-production/index.html
    • Production of Corona beer is being temporarily suspended in Mexico because of the coronavirus pandemic.
    • Grupo Modelo, the company that makes the beer, posted the announcement on Twitter, stating that it's halting production and marketing of its beer because the Mexican government has shuttered non-essential businesses.
    • This week, the Mexican government announced the suspension of non-essential activities in the public and private sectors until April 30 in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. The country has more than 1,500 cases and 50 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins, but researchers fear the actual number of infected and dead could be much higher than reported as almost no testing has occurred in Mexico.
    • Grupo Modelo stated it is ready to enact a plan to "guarantee the supply of beer" if the Mexican government decides to include breweries as essential, according to a statement.
    Japan, Hong Kong May Declare States of Emergency After Virus Researgance https://www.scmp.com/news/asia/east-asia/article/3078542/coronavirus-japan-set-declare-state-emergency-amid-surge, https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3078491/coronavirus-hong-kong-may-have-impose-wider-lockdown
    • Both Japan & Hong Kong saw new waves of COVID-19 cases as travel and work restrictions were lifted about 10 days ago.
    • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to declare a state of emergency over the coronavirus pandemic, a government official said on Monday, as a recent surge in infections sweeps Tokyo and other major cities.
    • The news comes after Japan officially moved the 2020 Olympics to 2021.
    • In Japan, An Emergency eclaration, the first of its kind in that Nation, would restrict individual rights and allowing prefectural governors to call for specific limitations on people's activities.
    • It has been made necessary by a rapid nationwide spike in cases that poses significant risks to lives and the economy, an official said.
    • In Hong Kong, officials report they may have to impose strict lockdown with people told to stay home, government adviser says, amid warnings of third wave of infections swamped hospitals over the weekend.
    • The Government put Hong Kong residents on notice for hardline approach to coronavirus seen in countries including Italy and Britain.
    • Epidemiologist Dr. Kwok-yung of The Hong Kong Medical University warns of a third wave of infections as mainland Chinese had resumed work with some traveling to Hong Kong last week.
    • Dr. Kwok-yung recommends reinstating the travel restrictions from Mainland China.
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    • The US Surgeon General said this week is going to be the "hardest and the saddest" for "most Americans' lives," describing the upcoming grim period of the COVID-19 Pandemic in the United States.
    • "This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment, only it's not going to be localized, it's going to be happening all over the country and I want America to understand that," Vice Admiral Jerome Adams said on "Fox News Sunday."
    • Adams continued: "I want Americans to understand that as hard as this week is going to be, there is a light at the end of the tunnel."
    • Doctors are expecting peaks in Death Rates to occur in some of the hardest-hit areas, including New York, Louisianna, and Chicago.
    • Washington State, one of the earliest hit states, experienced a peak in cases and deaths nearly two weeks ago, and now new cases and deaths have declined for 2 weeks straight.

    Bill O'Reilly joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Friday to talk about how he thinks President Donald Trump will fair in the 2020 election given the current struggling economy due to the coronavirus crisis.

    O'Reilly said he believes President Trump will win in November if the coronavirus pandemic is under control by this summer, but if schools and businesses are still closed by September, it may be trouble for Trump -- even with former vice president Joe Biden's seemingly declining health.

    "What I've said from the very beginning of this whole ordeal, is that if Donald Trump can get the pandemic under control this summer, he wins. If by September, it's not under control, the kids cannot go back to school in many places, people are not opening up businesses again, he loses," O'Reilly said.

    However, the Democrats have a major problem because Joe Biden ... is tottering. His mental acute is not what it used to be and everyone around him knows that. That's why Andrew Cuomo is warming up in the bullpen," he added. "But Trump knows that his whole future in politics depends on getting this pandemic to subside."

    Watch the video below to catch more of the conversation:

    BILL O'REILLY: Trump 2020 Election Based on Controlling Coronavirus Pandemic by Summer youtu.be


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