Media Editors / June 11, 2019

Tuesday Top News Executive Summary

Medal of Honor, Demo show trial, religious liberty, suppressors, Assange, and more.

  • MEDAL OF HONOR: “The White House announced on Monday that former Army Staff Sgt. David G. Bellavia will become the first living Medal of Honor recipient for the war in Iraq for his heroism during the second battle of Fallujah in November 2004. … President Trump will present the award to Bellavia at a White House ceremony on June 25.” (ABC News)

  • DEMOCRAT SHOW TRIAL: “Watergate figure John Dean, who served as White House counsel for Richard Nixon, drew parallels Monday between the scandal that led to his conviction and toppled his former boss and special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of alleged Russian government ties to the campaign of President Donald Trump,” The Daily Signal reports. “Dean joined former Justice Department lawyers for a House Judiciary Committee hearing in what Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., said was the ‘first in a series’ examining the Mueller report.”

  • MUELLER INFO COMING: “After weeks of negotiation, the Department of Justice has agreed to turn over to lawmakers key documentary evidence collected by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the House Judiciary Committee announced Monday,” National Review reports. “The DOJ’s newfound willingness to furnish the documents appears to be the product of an agreement between the Trump administration and Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler, who announced Monday that he will not hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt, as he had previously threatened to do.”

  • RELIGIOUS LIBERTY ATTACKED AGAIN: “Masterpiece Cakeshop is again under fire, now the subject of a third discrimination lawsuit alleging that owner Jack Phillips ‘discriminated’ against a customer by refusing to make a cake for an unspecified event.” (The Daily Wire)

  • IN GOD WE STILL TRUST: “The Supreme Court declined Monday to take up a legal dispute targeting the inscription of ‘In God We Trust’ on coins and currency from the Department of Treasury,” reports the Washington Examiner. The challenge was brought by perennial anti-Christian atheist Michael Newdow, who also famously sued to have “under God” removed from the Pledge of Allegiance, as well as to purge “So help me God” from presidential inauguration oaths.

  • SILENCE ON SUPPRESSORS: “The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a challenge to federal restrictions on gun suppressors, muzzle attachments that muffle the sound of a gunshot, leaving in place a law that requires such devices be registered.” (National Review)

  • AMASH BREAKS WITH FREEDOM CAUCUS: “Michigan Republican Rep. Justin Amash announced Monday evening he was leaving the influential conservative House Freedom Caucus, just weeks after he attracted the ire of his colleagues by arguing in Twitter posts that President Trump had committed impeachable offenses.” (Fox News)

  • ASSANGE EXTRADITION: “The Justice Department has delivered to officials in the United Kingdom a formal extradition request for Julian Assange, making further U.S. charges against the WikiLeaks founder unlikely.” (The Washington Post)

  • CIA INFORMANT: “Kim Jong Nam, the slain half brother of North Korea’s leader, was a Central Intelligence Agency source who met on several occasions with agency operatives,” says The Wall Street Journal. “Mr. Kim, the half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was killed in Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia in February 2017, when two women smeared his face with the nerve agent VX.”

  • POLICY: Don’t minimize conservative concerns about Big Tech censorship (The Federalist)

  • POLICY: The wrong fight over fighters: Understanding the F-15X purchase (American Enterprise Institute)

  • HUMOR: Sanders vows to bypass snowballing hyperinflation phase of socialism, go directly to brutal government crackdown on public gatherings protesting food shortages (IMAO)

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