Monday Top News Executive Summary
Synagogue shooting, UN Arms Trade Treaty withdrawal, NRA squabble, Barr testimony, Ford emissions scheme, and more.
ANOTHER SYNAGOGUE SHOOTING: “A woman has died and a rabbi was injured after shots were fired inside a Poway, California synagogue filled with people celebrating the last day of Passover. A suspect was taken into custody approximately two miles away from the synagogue while three patients were rushed to a nearby hospital. … As the suspect fled the scene, an off-duty U.S. Border Patrol agent who was in the synagogue at the time of the shooting opened fire on the suspect, missing the man but striking his vehicle.” (NBC San Diego)
UN ARMS TREATY WITHDRAWAL: “President Trump announced Friday that his administration is withdrawing the U.S. signature from the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, in response to concerns from gun rights activists that it could impinge on Americans’ right to bear arms. … Former President Barack Obama signed the treaty in 2013 and sent the treaty to the Senate for ratification. [On] Friday, Trump signed a notice to the Senate asking it to stop the ratification process and return the treaty to the White House, ‘where I will dispose of it.’” (Fox News)
NRA SQUABBLE: “Oliver North announced Saturday that he would not serve a second term as National Rifle Association president, making it clear he had been forced out by the gun lobby’s leadership after his own failed attempt to remove the NRA’s longtime CEO [Wayne LaPierre] in a burgeoning divide over the group’s finances and media operations.” (Associated Press)
BARR BACKING OUT? “The Justice Department has informed the House Judiciary Committee that Attorney General William Barr may skip a Thursday hearing on special counsel Robert Mueller’s report if committee lawyers seek to question him. The Democratic-run committee plans to allow counsels from both sides to ask Barr about the Russia probe after the traditional round of questioning by lawmakers. … Barr is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday and the House panel on Thursday. The GOP-led Senate committee is expected to have normal rounds of member questioning.” (Associated Press)
FORD’S DIRTY EMISSIONS SCHEME: “The U.S. Justice Department has opened a criminal investigation into Ford Motor Co.‘s emissions certification process. Ford said in February that it had begun an internal investigation into whether its vehicles have worse gas mileage and emit more pollutants than car, truck and SUV labels actually reveal, going back to 2017 models. … An anonymous employee reporting system at Ford raised the issue in September 2018, the company disclosed in February.” (USA Today)
DEVIOUS ATTORNEY KIM FOXX SUBPOENAED: “Chicago’s top prosecutor, Kim Foxx, has been subpoenaed Friday over her handling of the Jussie Smollett case, according to The Chicago-Sun Times. Foxx, Cook County’s state’s attorney, will have to appear in court after a retired appellate judge, Sheila O'Brien, filed a petition last week for a special prosecutor to probe the Smollett case, in which a 16-count indictment against the 'Empire’ actor was dropped last month. Foxx’s top deputy, Joseph Magats, was also subpoenaed, and another document requested that Smollett appear at the hearing.” (Fox News)
CONGRESSIONAL PRAYER CONSTITUTIONAL: “The D.C. Circuit unanimously upheld religious prayer in Congress last week, following a lawsuit that attempted to halt the tradition of opening House meetings with invocations to God. While the lawsuit is unsurprising, it’s still good to see federal judges maintain the authority of the First Amendment, specifically the much-contested establishment clause.” (Washington Examiner)
MIGRANTS FLOOD TUCSON: “Border Patrol officials have begun releasing migrant families in Tucson because they lack the space to detain them and immigration officials are unable to take them into custody. The practice has been going on for about a month, according to the Border Patrol’s Tucson sector, which covers most of Arizona’s border with Mexico. … Border Patrol has not disclosed how many migrants it has released directly into Tucson in the past month since it began the practice. … Pima County officials estimate that ICE has released about 7,000 migrants in Tucson in the past eight months.” (Arizona Republic)
POPE INTERVENES IN MIGRANT CRISIS: “Pope Francis has donated 500,000 dollars to assist migrants in Mexico. The funds … will be distributed among 27 projects promoted by sixteen Mexican dioceses and religious congregations, which requested assistance in continuing to provide food, lodging, and basic necessities to the migrants. … In particular, the aid is intended to assist the more than 75,000 people who arrived in Mexico in 2018, in six migrant caravans.” (Vatican News)
MORE PREDATOR PRIESTS UNVEILED: “At least 120 priests accused of sexually abusing a child or having child pornography have worked in the Archdiocese of New York, the archdiocese said Friday in releasing a list of names that includes bishops, high school teachers, a scouting chaplain and a notorious cardinal. The release, from the nation’s second-largest Roman Catholic archdiocese, follows more than 120 such disclosures from other dioceses around the country as the church reckons with demands for transparency about sex abuse by clergy.” (Associated Press)
HUMOR: Biden vows to return nation to era when press didn’t bother reporting on president’s scandals (The Babylon Bee)
POLICY: What immigration reform should look like (The Heritage Foundation)
POLICY: Huawei poses a 5G threat, but nationalization is not the answer (National Review)
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