Thursday Top News Executive Summary
“Phony investigations,” NY tax-return legislation, “American Taliban,” Tubman delay, and more.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH: “President Trump on Wednesday demanded Democrats end what he called their ‘phony investigations’ before he’ll negotiate with them on issues like infrastructure, as he delivered a fiery statement from the Rose Garden after cutting a meeting short with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.” (Fox News)
LEFTIST PRIORITIES: “New York lawmakers gave final passage to legislation Wednesday that would allow President Donald Trump’s state tax returns to be released to congressional committees that have, so far, been barred from getting the president’s federal filings.” (Associated Press)
TERRORIST WALKS: “John Walker Lindh, the American captured in Afghanistan in 2001 fighting for the Taliban, was released early from federal prison on Thursday… Lindh, who was 20 years old when he was captured, left prison in Terre Haute, Indiana, on probation after serving 17 years of a 20-year sentence.” (Reuters)
TERRORIST THWARTED: “A 20-year-old New Jersey man who allegedly sent money abroad to Hamas militants in an effort to support the terror group also spoke of bombing Trump Tower and attacking the Israeli Consulate in New York, authorities say. He also spewed hatred against Jewish people, allegedly vowing in an Instagram Live video that he would go to a pro-Israel march and ‘shoot everybody.’” (NBC New York)
MIDDLE EAST STRATEGY: “The Pentagon on Thursday will present plans to the White House to send up to 10,000 more troops to the Middle East, in a move to beef up defenses against potential Iranian threats.” (Associated Press)
AIR FORCE NOMINEE: “President Trump on Tuesday announced that he plans to nominate Barbara Barrett, a former chairwoman of the nonprofit Aerospace Corporation, to be the next secretary of the Air Force.” (Air Force Times)
MIGRANT ANARCHY: “Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) signed legislation Wednesday that turns the Evergreen State into a sanctuary state. Under the new measure, state and local authorities will be barred from questioning individuals about their immigration status except in limited cases.” (Townhall)
A SUCKY DECISION: “This could be the last straw for Whole Foods customers. The supermarket chain announced on Monday that it’s eliminating plastic straws from all stores in the US, Canada and the UK beginning in July.” (New York Post)
TUBMAN DELAYED: “Harriet Tubman — former slave, abolitionist, ‘conductor’ on the Underground Railroad — will not become the face of the $20 bill until after President Trump leaves office, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday.” (The New York Times)
BLUE-CITY EXODUS: “America’s largest cities are shrinking but a few in the Southwest are continuing to boom. … Besides Fort Worth, the fifteen most populous cities were largely unchanged from the prior year. However, the three largest U.S. cities, New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago, shrank last year.” (Bloomberg)
POLICY: Australia’s election shock shows the perils of moralizing climate change (The Daily Signal)
POLICY: Why forgiving student debt would solve nothing (Foundation for Economic Education)
HUMOR: In move to ban charter schools, Bernie Sanders introduces No Child Left Ahead Act (The Babylon Bee)
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