Wednesday Top News Executive Summary

Alabama abortion bill, Mueller-report politicking, low birth rate, blue-city debt, and more.

Media Editors · May 15, 2019
  • DEFINING MOMENT FOR ABORTION? “Alabama lawmakers aiming to challenge abortion rights nationally are one step from their goal of putting an almost total ban on the procedure into state law. The Senate [last night] voted 25-6 to pass a bill to make it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion. … [The] vote sends it to Republican Gov. Kay Ivey, who could sign it into law. … It includes only one exception — to allow abortions in cases of a serious health risk to the woman.” (al.com)

  • TRUMP JR. ARRANGES FOR PANEL INTERVIEW: “Donald Trump Jr. agreed on Tuesday to comply with the Republican Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr’s (R., N.C.) subpoena-backed demand that he sit for a private interview with members of the panel… Trump Jr. has reportedly agreed to speak to lawmakers about a limited range of topics for between two and four hours sometime in mid June.” (National Review)

  • BARR CALLS IN REINFORCEMENTS: “Attorney General William Barr has enlisted the help of the CIA to investigate whether the FBI’s surveillance of the Trump campaign was motivated by partisan bias… CIA director Gina Haspel, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, and FBI director Chris Wray are all participating in the investigation.” (National Review)

  • MUELLER-REPORT POLITICKING: “More than 20 House Democrats will stage a marathon public reading of the entire redacted Mueller report beginning Thursday at noon, and likely ending in the early morning hours of Friday.” (The Washington Post)

  • CHRISTOPHER STEELE’S DISINFORMATION: “[Christopher] Steele, a former British intelligence officer, produced [a] 35-page dossier for the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton campaign that contained at least 12 charges of Trump-Russia conspiracies. A review by The Washington Times, comparing the dossier with special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, found none was substantiated and most were debunked.” (The Washington Times)

  • MIDDLE EAST PRECAUTIONS: “Washington ordered the departure of non-emergency government employees from Iraq on Wednesday, after repeated U.S. expressions of concern about threats from Iranian-backed forces.” (Reuters)

  • BIRTH-RATE BUGABOO: “America’s baby bust isn’t over. The nation’s birth rates last year reached record lows for women in their teens and 20s, a government report shows, leading to the fewest babies in 32 years.” (Associated Press)

  • BLUE-CITY DEBT: “America’s 10 largest cities, largely Democrat strongholds, are drowning in municipal debt, according to a new report from government watchdog Truth in Accounting. … The two cities with the highest burden: Chicago and New York City; Chicago’s combined taxpayer burden: $119,110; New York City’s combined taxpayer burden: $85,600.” (Fox News)

  • POLICY: Fund infrastructure by popping the inflation tax (Washington Examiner)

  • POLICY: The expanding China-Russia defense partnership (Hudson Institute)

  • HUMOR: Twitter bans official AOC account after mistaking it for satire (The Babylon Bee)

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