BIZ: ICYMI, the Paycheck Protection Program just opened back up for new small biz loans. There were some problems. Case in point: the website immediately crashed - and there’s been increasing backlash over what kinds of bizes (cough, big bizes, cough) end up getting loans. Enter: Treasury Sec Steve Mnuchin, who announced that bizes that took more than $2 million could be inspected. If it turns out they weren’t exactly eligible, they could face “criminal liability.” Yes, really. Meanwhile, AMC Theaters is pinky promising to no longer play Universal movies. The why: Universal’s CEO made some comments that kinda sorta implied the biz would be releasing movies on demand at the same time it released them in theaters. Because, ‘Trolls World Tour.’
USA: We’ll remind you: lately, meat processing plants nationwide have been shutting down due to the coronavirus outbreak. Leading to reports that this could cause a meat shortage in the US. So in response, Prez Trump - with some help from the Defense Production Act - ordered meat plants to stay open. Big big deal, since this essentially sets up a showdown between the big bizes that produce America’s meat...and the unions and activists fighting to protect workers from being infected with the coronavirus. Tension, high. In other news, former Dem nominee Hillary Clinton just endorsed Joe Biden for prez. This comes just a day after Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) threw her support behind Biden.
WORLD: Recently, at least 38 people were killed after a warehouse that was under construction in the South Korean city of Icheon caught on fire. The blaze was apparently caused after flammable material that was being used on the site exploded. So far, all the deaths look to be construction workers. Now, authorities are searching for the remaining missing workers as fears grow that the death toll could rise. In other news, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his fiance, Carrie Symonds, just announced the birth of their son. This comes not long after Johnson was discharged from the hospital due to coronavirus symptoms.