Friday Top News Executive Summary
Equality Act, illegal-immigrant serial killer, California's budget train wreck, prudence on Iran, and more.
EQUALITY ACT SLATED FOR HOUSE PASSAGE: “Democrats in the House are poised to approve sweeping anti-discrimination legislation that would extend civil rights protections to LGBT people by prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.” (Associated Press)
PELOSI ROASTS IMMIGRATION REFORM: “Speaker Nancy Pelosi dismissed the immigration reform plan unveiled by President Trump on Thursday as an unrealistic restrictionist wish-list that will meet overwhelming opposition in the Democratically-controlled House. ‘This dead-on-arrival plan is not a remotely serious proposal,’ Pelosi said in a statement.” (National Review)
TEXAS PLAGUED BY ILLEGAL-IMMIGRANT SERIAL KILLER: “A Dallas man previously arrested in the death of an 81-year-old woman has been charged with killing at least 11 more elderly women whose jewelry and other valuables he stole, authorities said Thursday. … [Billy] Chemirmir [is] a Kenyan citizen who was living in the U.S. illegally.” (Associated Press)
ICE SEEKS MIGRANT TRANSPORTER: “The Trump administration is looking to hire a private contractor that will be responsible for transporting approximately 225,000 migrant children and families to shelters across the country over the next five years as they wait for their asylum claims to be processed.” (Fox News)
CALIFORNIA’S BUDGET TRAIN WRECK: “On Thursday, the Trump administration audaciously decided to flip a proverbial middle finger at the state of California and its socialite Democratic governor, Gavin Newsom. The middle finger came in the form of Trump’s Department of Transportation nixing a whopping $928.6 million in previously loosely agreed-upon federal funding to help assist California’s fledgling high-speed rail project.” (The Daily Wire)
TRUMP MANIFESTS PRUDENCE TOWARD IRAN: “President Donald Trump says he hopes the U.S. is not on a path to war with Iran amid fears that his two most hawkish advisers could be angling for such a conflict with the Islamic Republic.” (Associated Press)
SAT FAILS WITH ‘ADVERSITY SCORE’: “The College Board, which oversees the SAT exam used by most U.S. colleges during the admissions process, plans to introduce an ‘adversity score’ which takes into consideration the social and economic background of every student.” (Fox News)
FACEBOOK CENSORSHIP (CONTINUED): “Facebook blocked Trump 2020 campaign advisory board member Jenna Ellis Rives from sharing a screenshot of a tweet by citing ‘hate speech,’ but Rives believes this is a part of a deliberate attempt to censor conservative commentary until it is no longer timely.” (The Daily Caller)
MORE OF MUELLER REPORT EXPOSED: “A federal judge has ordered portions of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report to be unredacted and made public in the criminal case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan issued the limited order Thursday. Portions of the report relating to Flynn are redacted and would be made public under the order.” (Associated Press)
POLICY: A $2 trillion mistake? Here’s what Washington must do to get infrastructure right (New York Post)
POLICY: The Swedish lesson: Welfare states create moral hazard (National Review)
HUMOR: Man identifies as woman just long enough to voice valid opinion on abortion (The Babylon Bee)
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