Wednesday Top News Executive Summary
Mueller speaks, McConnell's hardball politics, border wall hiccup, and more.
MUELLER’S SAYONARA: “Special Counsel Robert Mueller said he found ‘insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy’ involving the Trump campaign but didn’t reach a conclusion on whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice. ‘If we had had confidence the president clearly did not commit a crime we would have said so,’ Mueller said in a statement Wednesday at the Justice Department, where he announced he was ending his Russia probe and shutting down his office. As Democrats in Congress demand that he testify, Mueller said he won’t provide any information not already in his report.” (Bloomberg)
FAKE NEWS: “Controversial author Michael Wolff’s upcoming book, ‘Siege: Trump Under Fire,’ reportedly claims that Robert Mueller drew up an obstruction of justice indictment against President Trump — but a spokesman for Mueller says the claim is wildly inaccurate.” (Fox News)
HARDBALL POLITICS: “If a Supreme Court vacancy emerges next year, Mitch McConnell will fill it, the Senate majority leader said Tuesday. The comment, however, diverges from his decision in 2016 to not consider President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland after the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia earlier that year.” (NBC News)
TRADE WAR CLOUT: “Speculation that China could use its dominance in rare earth minerals as a weapon in the trade war intensified after a Chinese official warned that products made from the materials should not be used against China’s development.” (CNBC)
JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE: “A spate of decisions handed down by the nation’s high court on Tuesday left room for cheers — and jeers — from both the right and the left, continuing a trend of judicial independence that flies in the face of expectations that Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment tipped the scales of justice firmly to the right.” (Fox News)
BORDER WALL HICCUP: “A New Mexico town issued a cease-and-desist order Tuesday telling a private group building a half-mile of border wall to stop construction, saying We Build the Wall’s permits weren’t in order. The group, which was 80% of the way done with the section of wall, has stopped work in order to solve the snafu.” (The Washington Times)
AMAZON SHOPS AROUND AOC: “In a stinging reproach to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her cohorts who scuttled the deal by which Amazon would have built a headquarters in Queens, Ocasio-Cortez’s district, Amazon is reputedly going to place its headquarters in Manhattan instead.” (The Daily Wire)
ACADEMIC RACISM: “In controversial ‘implicit bias’ training, New York City’s public-school educators have been told to focus on black children over white ones.” (New York Post)
INMATES RUNNING THE ASYLUM: “The World Health Organization (WHO) will no longer categorize being transgender as a ‘mental disorder’, after a major resolution to amend its health guidelines was approved May 25.” (TIME)
THE RAMIFICATIONS: “A biological male who identifies as a transgender woman won an NCAA national championship over Memorial Day weekend.” (The Daily Signal)
POLICY: Netflix will have to pay to punish Georgia (National Review)
POLICY: Does the Constitution mandate universal birthright citizenship? (The Daily Signal)
HUMOR: Trump to sign border wall compromise: 2,000 miles in exchange for a study to determine the wall’s gender (IMAO)
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