5 things to know for May 7: Economy, blood thinners, Iran, Title IX, Venezuela

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) told top airline industry executives that they would need to reestablish trust with the public after "screwing" taxpayers by receiving a federal "bailout" only to then mislead consumers into taking vouchers or denying them refunds.

Posted: May 7, 2020 4:40 PM
Updated: May 7, 2020 4:41 PM

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1. Economy 

Two new pieces of economic data that roll out this week will show just how bad the US economy has gotten. First up today is the weekly jobs report, showing how many more people have filed for first-time unemployment benefits on top of the 30 million people who have already been laid off during the crisis. Then tomorrow, new monthly unemployment numbers could show the worst jobless rate since the Great Depression -- up to 16%, experts predict. That would mean 10 years of job gains wiped out in a matter of months. While President Trump had said his coronavirus task force would phase out in favor of one focused on the economy, he reversed course yesterday and said the health-focused group will continue "indefinitely." Things are much the same in Europe. The Bank of England predicts the UK economy is heading for its worst crash in 300 years. And the EU's economy could shrink by 7.5%, a steeper decline than during the 2008 financial crisis.

2. Blood thinners

Blood thinners could help patients who are severely ill with Covid-19. A new study of patients in New York City shows those who got anticoagulants were less likely to die of the disease. This could be a big breakthrough for doctors because blood clots have been a serious problem. Now, researchers are trying to figure out which blood-thinning drugs work the best. Meanwhile, at least five teams in the US have cloned antibodies to the coronavirus that could be used in a new drug. The treatment is called monoclonal antibody therapy, and it uses the strongest antibodies to create a kind of "immunity bridge" while the world waits for a vaccine. The therapy is already used to treat some cancers and illnesses like lupus, multiple sclerosis and HIV. But there's no guarantee the therapy will be a viable solution for coronavirus.

3. Iran War Powers resolution

President Trump has vetoed the Iran War Powers resolution, a bipartisan effort to rein in presidential authority to use military force against Iran without congressional approval. The measure was introduced after the strike that killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani back in January, which catapulted the US and Iran into a tense series of strikes and threats. Trump has long threatened to veto the measure, and Congress probably doesn't have the numbers to override it. The President called it a "very insulting resolution" and said it was the product of Democrats trying to divide Republican support.

4. Title IX

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos formally announced new protections for those accused of campus sexual harassment and assault. The changes narrow the definition of sexual misconduct on campuses and include provisions under the federal law Title IX that will allow those accused of harassment or assault to question evidence and cross-examine their accusers. Critics have said these highly controversial changes could discourage victims from coming forward. DeVos, however, says previous guidance denied due process to the accused. The National Women's Law Center says it plans to sue the Education Department over the changes.

5. Venezuela 

One of two Americans detained by Venezuelan forces has appeared on state television in the country. In a heavily edited video, Luke Denman is shown describing his alleged role in what Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has called a "failed coup" attempt organized by a US security firm. The alleged invasion aimed to play out last weekend, and as a result, two former US special forces soldiers were apprehended by Maduro's government. The US State Department has said Maduro's claim is part of a major disinformation campaign. Venezuela's government has broadcast heavily edited so-called "confessions" before, drawing scrutiny from human rights groups.

BREAKFAST BROWSE

Someone flushed a toilet during the Supreme Court's phone arguments yesterday, and yeah, everyone could hear it

Just proof that no one can escape the little indignities of working from home.

More celebrities have been added to the upcoming 'Disney Family Singalong' event

"Family" here means you, your toddlers and a host of extremely famous and talented musicians.

A 5-year-old who got behind the wheel en route to buy a Lamborghini is going to get to ride in one 

... but he's definitely still in time-out.

There's going to be a new 'Twilight' book

Well, douse us in body glitter and send us back to high school because the Cullen clan is calling our names!

Struggling with migraines? This specific yoga routine may help

It's all about driving down the stress.

Adele lost a bunch of weight, and people are debating how to process it

At least we can all agree she still has some serious pipes.

FOR YOUR SNACK BREAK

10 plain truths about the coronavirus pandemic 

Dr. Tom Frieden, the former director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has laid out a no-bull, 10-point list of coronavirus truths. It's a great resource for anyone who feels like they (or, ahem, someone they know) need a reality check.

TODAY'S NUMBER

1.4 million

That's how many more people could die of tuberculosis by 2025 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Those deaths are on top of the 1.5 million people the bacterial infection already kills every year. What's the correlation? Experts say global efforts to grapple with coronavirus are badly affecting the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of TB.

TODAY'S QUOTE

"You are continuing to mislead and deceive those taxpayers who have given you that bailout. In effect, you are -- forgive me -- screwing the very taxpayers whose money is going into your pocket."

Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who had harsh words for top airline industry executives. He says execs took federal bailout money only to mislead consumers into taking vouchers or denying refunds.

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AND FINALLY

Alexa, send in the droids

What happens when you program your smart home speaker to play "The Imperial March" from "Star Wars" whenever your robot vacuum comes out? A few seconds of very hearty chuckles. (Click here to view.)

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