Friday Top News Executive Summary
Tariffs, economic competition, King Corn, popular vote, China and Russia red flags, and more.
MEXICO TARIFFS: “President Donald Trump announced Thursday that he is slapping a 5% tariff on all Mexican imports, effective June 10, to pressure the country to do more to crack down on the surge of Central American migrants trying to cross the U.S. border,” the Associated Press reports. This follows news that “more than 1,000 migrants were apprehended after illegally crossing the border near El Paso, Texas,” according to NBC News, which “is the largest ever encountered by the Border Patrol.”
ECONOMIC COMPETITION DROPS: “The United States no longer has the most competitive economy in the world, according to annual rankings compiled by the Switzerland-based business school IMD. For the first time in nine years, Singapore replaced the U.S. as the world’s most competitive economy. The U.S. dropped down to third on the list.” (Fox Business)
KING CORN: “The Environmental Protection Agency will allow gasoline with a 15% mix of ethanol to be sold year-round, instead of just eight months a year, effective as soon as it is published in the Federal Register, which officials expect to happen within days.” (MarketWatch)
POPULAR VOTE BUZZKILL: “Nevada’s Democratic Gov. Steve Sisolak on Thursday vetoed a bill that would have pledged the state’s Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate who wins the national popular vote.” (The Hill)
CHINA AND RUSSIA RED FLAGS: “China is rapidly expanding its nuclear forces with new missiles, submarines, and bombers and will double its warhead stockpile in the coming decade, the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency said this week. DIA director Army Lt. Gen. Robert P. Ashley also said … Russia is building large numbers of tactical nuclear weapons in addition to new strategic weapons.” (The Washington Free Beacon)
KIM GOES NUCLEAR: “North Korea executed its nuclear envoy to the United States as part of a purge of officials who steered negotiations for a failed summit between leader Kim Jong Un and U.S. President Donald Trump.” (Reuters)
FBI CRONYISM: “The FBI did not warn the Trump campaign that two members of its campaign were under FBI investigation when agents met with the campaign in August 2016 to warn it about national security threats. … [Fox News’s Catherine] Herridge noted that the time of the events is significant as days before the briefing [Peter] Strzok and [Lisa] Page spoke about their ‘insurance policy’ against then-candidate Donald Trump.” (The Daily Wire)
PRO-LIFE VICTORY: “Louisiana governor John Bel Edwards on Thursday signed legislation prohibiting abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, which usually occurs around six weeks into pregnancy,” National Review reports. Hot Air powerfully adds, “He and his wife faced a wrenching decision when Donna Edwards was in the 20th week of a pregnancy… Their unborn child had spina bifida, a condition with a large range of potential disabling outcomes. Despite being pressured to abort, the Edwardses chose to see the pregnancy through.”
ABORTION HYPOCRISY: According to The Daily Caller, “Netflix plans to step up production in the Middle East, notably Jordan and Egypt, where abortion is illegal, after mulling a company boycott in Georgia on account of the ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill.” The DC also notes, “The Walt Disney Company is considering boycotting Georgia over its new abortion law, even as Disney profits from doing business in China, a notorious human rights violator that is putting Muslims in internment camps.”
BUTTIGIEG’S DECEIT: “Pete Buttigieg’s brother-in-law is accusing the gay Democratic presidential hopeful of hijacking his family’s history for political advantage by crafting a bogus backstory of poverty, homelessness, and homophobia,” the Washington Examiner reports. Even still, National Review reveals that “among Democrats, 35 percent say they have ‘never heard of’ Pete Buttigieg.”
POLICY: Waive goodbye to ethanol (Washington Examiner)
POLICY: Green policies turned California a charred black (Issues & Insights)
HUMOR: Disney CEO: “To avoid filming among depraved, immoral people, we are moving all our Georgia operations back to Hollywood” (The Babylon Bee)
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