Tuesday Top News Executive Summary

Trump-finance subpoena, Don McGahn sidelined, Justin Amash pilloried, ESPN concedes, and more.

Media Editors · May 21, 2019
  • DEMS BANK ON JUDICIAL ACTIVISM: “A Washington, D.C.-based federal judge has sided with House Oversight Committee Democrats seeking to enforce their subpoena of Trump accounting firm Mazars USA, in a major ruling that breathes new life into Democrats’ ongoing efforts to probe the president’s financial dealings.” (Fox News)

  • EX-WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL SIDELINED: “President Donald Trump has directed former White House counsel Donald McGahn to not testify on Tuesday before Congress about events relating to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.” (ABC News)

  • POLITICAL GAMESMANSHIP: “Democrats are growing skeptical about working with President Trump on an infrastructure deal, fearing it would help him score political points as he campaigns for reelection.” (The Hill)

  • REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN REBUKED: “The conservative House Freedom Caucus condemned Rep. Justin Amash, one of its founding members, on Monday for saying President Trump committed impeachable offenses.” (Washington Examiner)

  • ESPN FINALLY GETS THE MEMO: “The Los Angeles Times released an extensive profile of new ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro over the weekend, cataloging Pitaro’s rise to the top of the sports-focused network and his plans to make big changes to ESPN’s coverage. … Pitaro says he recognizes that ESPN viewers want sports coverage, not political commentary.” (The Daily Wire)

  • CENSUS IN THE CROSSHAIRS: “The U.S. Census Bureau is concerned the Russian government could hack into data collected in the 2020 Census, in a similar way to how it interfered in the 2016 presidential election, a top bureau official said.” (Bloomberg)

  • DEEP-STATE COLLUSION: “Judicial Watch released three emails exchanged between Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Kathleen Kavalec, a Hillary Clinton donor, and Bruce Ohr. … They are all dated November 21, 2016, just 13 days after the presidential election. But it is significant that the emails post-date the election. These Democratic Party bureaucrats were no longer trying to help Hillary Clinton win the election; rather, they were trying to undermine the President-Elect.” (Power Line)

  • IRAN ENRICHES ITS NUKE INITIATIVE: “Iran quadrupled its uranium-enrichment production capacity amid tensions with the U.S. over Tehran’s atomic program. … Tehran has set a July 7 deadline for Europe to set new terms for the [nuclear] deal, or it will enrich closer to weapons-grade levels in a Middle East already on edge.” (Associated Press)

  • AMERICAN TALIBAN’S PECULIAR RELEASE: “A bipartisan team of senators is asking the Trump administration why the convicted terrorist who became known as the ‘American Taliban’ is about to get early release from federal prison.” (Roll Call)

  • VILLAGE ACADEMIC CURRICULUM: “A new report has revealed that support of the First Amendment among college students seems to be decreasing, as nearly half of students believe that hate speech should not be protected. Conducted by the Knight Foundation, the survey reveals that 41 percent of college students believe hate speech should not be protected under the First Amendment, while 58 percent believe that it should be protected.” (Campus Reform)

  • POLICY: How charter schools empower inner-city children to escape failing public schools (The Daily Signal)

  • POLICY: Blueprint for balance: A federal budget for fiscal year 2020 (The Heritage Foundation)

  • HUMOR: Bernie Sanders criticizes billionaire for giving money to students instead of the needy federal government (The Babylon Bee)

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