Wednesday Top News Executive Summary
White House triggers executive privilege, Ninth Circuit surprises, Iran bails, ICE empowers local police, Twitter censors, and more.
EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE TRIGGERED: “The White House has asserted executive privilege over the Mueller report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, in its latest confrontation with Congress. The move came shortly before the House Judiciary Committee planned to begin contempt proceedings against Attorney General William P. Barr.” (The Washington Post)
A POSITIVELY SURPRISING NINTH CIRCUIT RULING: “[The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit] ruled Tuesday that the Trump administration may, for now, require certain non-Mexican asylum seekers to wait in Mexico pending resolution of their cases. … Judge Diarmuid O'Scannlain … wrote that the administration was likely to succeed on legal challenges to the policy under federal immigration and regulatory law.” (Politico)
IRAN BAILS: “Iran’s president said Wednesday the country will stop complying with parts of an Obama-era nuclear deal and set a 60-day deadline for new terms of the landmark pact before resuming higher uranium enrichment. Hassan Rouhani’s national address comes a year after President Trump withdrew the United States from the 2015 agreement.” (Fox News)
ICE EMPOWERS LOCAL POLICE: “Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Monday announced a new program that would allow local law enforcement officers to start arresting and temporarily detaining immigrants on behalf of the agency, even if established local policies prevent them from doing so.” (The Hill)
MIGRATION SURGE “In a shocking demonstration of the latest surge of illegal immigrants border officials are struggling with, over 1% of the populations of Guatemala and Honduras have entered the United States since September, according to the Homeland Security Department chief.” (Washington Examiner)
WRAY’S SEMANTICS: “FBI Director Christopher Wray, testifying to Congress Tuesday, said that he would not describe the bureau’s traditional surveillance as ‘spying’ — indicating a possible split with Attorney General William Barr on his controversial use of the term to describe intelligence-gathering during the Russia probe.” (Fox News)
TWITTER CENSORS CONSERVATIVE PARODY: “Twitter banned the account @AOCPress, labeled as a ‘parody,’ on Monday, apparently because it sounded too much like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., while mocking her. The social media giant also suspended the account’s creator, Michael Morrison.” (Fox News)
THANKS, OBAMA (AND HILLARY): “A traditionally festive month [Ramadan] has turned grim and bloody [in Syria] after hundreds have been killed or injured. The United Nations estimates that more than 150,000 people have been forced to leave their homes in recent days. Since April 28, seven medical facilities and nine schools have been struck. Many schools have been closed as a result of the attacks, the U.N. said.” (The Wall Street Journal)
COLORADO SCHOOL SHOOTING: “An 18-year-old male student was killed, eight others were injured and two suspects were in custody in the shooting at STEM School Highlands Ranch on Tuesday afternoon. … Multiple sources close to the investigation told Denver7 late Tuesday night that the second suspect, who is a minor, is a transgender male who was in the midst of transitioning from female to male.” (Denver7)
HUMOR: It’s time to admit the Kentucky Derby was rigged by Trump and Putin (NPC Daily)
POLICY: Where the U.S.-Iran confrontation is heading (The Daily Signal)
POLICY: America must take a hard line against China (National Review)
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