Friday Top News Executive Summary
Spygate, Theresa May resigns, Assange indicted, farmer and disaster aid, earmark ban, and more.
SPYGATE: “President Trump on Thursday night issued a memo giving Attorney General William Barr the authority to declassify any documents related to surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016.” (Fox News)
IMPEACHMENTGATE “Wells Fargo and TD Bank have turned over President Trump’s financial records to the House Financial Services Committee … amid a contentious legal battle between the Trump administration and congressional Democrats seeking access to sensitive files.” (Fox News)
GOOD RIDDANCE: “Theresa May has said she will quit as Conservative leader on 7 June, paving the way for a contest to decide a new prime minister. In an emotional statement, she said she had done her best to deliver Brexit and it was a matter of ‘deep regret’ that she had been unable to do so.” (BBC)
ASSANGE INDICTMENTS: “A federal grand jury in Virginia has indicted WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on 18 charges, including conspiracy to obtain national-security secrets and leaking classified information.” (National Review)
FARMER AID: “The Trump administration will provide $16 billion in aid to help keep farmers afloat as they reel from the yearlong trade war between the U.S. and China, the latest sign that the world’s two largest economies are still far from striking a long-term trade agreement.” (NPR)
DISASTER AID: “Republicans, Democrats, and President Trump have reached an accord on disaster relief after eight months of partisan infighting. … The measure will provide money for states and Puerto Rico for hurricanes dating back to 2017 as well as wildfires, tornadoes, and recent Midwest flooding.” (Washington Examiner)
EARMARK BAN RENEWED: “The Senate Republican Conference adopted an amendment Thursday, pushed by Sen. Ben Sasse, to retain the Senate’s ban on spending earmarks.” (The Daily Signal)
MEDIA MANIPULATION: “According to a new Harvard/Harris poll, most Americans wildly underestimate the number of illegal aliens entering the United States each month, and one reason could be the news media’s reluctance to disclose the real statistics.” (NewsBusters)
ENVIRONMENTAL DEFIANCE: “Chinese factories are pumping tons of dangerous chemicals into the air despite an international agreement intended to halt the destruction of the ozone layer, a study released on Wednesday said. Two provinces in China have been cited as a source of a spike in emissions of a globally banned chemical chlorofluorocarbon.” (New York Post)
WEINSTEIN SETTLEMENT: “Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein has reached a tentative $44 million settlement with numerous women accusing him of sexual assault and harassment.” (The Hill)
POLICY: Network matching: an attractive solution to surprise billing (Health Affairs)
POLICY: Assessing the Trump team’s Afghanistan peace plan (American Enterprise Institute)
HUMOR: Trump announces more aid for farmers hurt by tariffs passed to raise money for aid used for farmers hurt by previous tariffs (The Babylon Bee)
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