Media Editors / June 3, 2019

Monday Top News Executive Summary

Virginia shooting, Trump’s UK visit, trade talks, Logan Act violations, and more.

  • VIRGINIA HATE-CRIME VICTIMS: “The 12 people killed after a man opened fire at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center in Virginia on Friday included decades-long employees of the city, officials said. Their identities were released by City Manager Dave Hansen at a news conference on Saturday. ‘They leave a void that we will never be able to fill,’ he said.” (NBC News)

  • TRUMP CROSSES THE POND: “President Trump touched down at Stansted Airport outside London on Monday morning, kicking off his first official state visit to Britain.” (CBS News)

  • TRADE-TALK MOVEMENT: “China and Mexico both signaled a willingness to negotiate with Washington over escalating trade issues, while the Trump administration took to the airwaves to defend its use of tariffs to gain concessions from trading partners.” (The Wall Street Journal)

  • HASSETT OUT: “Kevin Hassett, the White House’s top economist, will leave the administration. … Hassett said in an interview Sunday night that his departure was unrelated to the escalating trade conflict.” (The Washington Post)

  • MEXICO YIELDS? “Mexico’s president on Saturday hinted his country could tighten migration controls to defuse U.S. President Donald Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on Mexican goods, and said he expected ‘good results’ from talks planned in Washington [this] week.” (Reuters)

  • DHS AIDS GUATEMALA: “Dozens of Homeland Security agents and investigators will deploy to Guatemala as part of the Trump administration’s desperate attempt to slow unauthorized migration to the United States from Central America.” (The Washington Post)

  • LOGAN ACT VIOLATIONS: “As the Trump administration sent warplanes and an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf, a small group of former Obama administration officials reached out to their contacts in the Iranian government, including Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Their message to Iran: Don’t take Trump’s bait. Stay calm.” (The Daily Beast)

  • ILLINOIS EMBRACES CULTURE OF DEATH: “A bill that establishes a ‘fundamental right’ for women to get an abortion in Illinois cleared the state Senate late Friday night, sending the sweeping measure to Gov. J.B. Pritzker, who already has signaled his support.” (Chicago Tribune)

  • STRZOK UNDER THE MICROSCOPE: “A top Republican wants to know if a high-ranking FBI official who leaked ‘sensitive’ information and improperly accepted a gift from the media was Peter Strzok, the former FBI agent who is well known for his text messages displaying a negative opinion of President Trump.” (Washington Examiner)

  • AOC GIVES MILITARY COLD SHOULDER: “Military veterans who attended a recent private event with socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) stormed out of the meeting after Ocasio-Cortez reportedly bashed U.S. foreign policy and attacked Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.” (The Daily Wire)

  • POLICY: Trump can help the UK out of the Brexit madness (Washington Examiner)

  • POLICY: The phony case for electric cars (Issues & Insights)

  • NOT HUMOR: Hillary Clinton to serve as keynote speaker at cyber defense summit (Fox News)

  • HUMOR: Hillary Clinton to give keynote speech on winning elections (The Babylon Bee

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