Friday Top News Executive Summary
Kerfuffle over political dirt, Sanders out, Conway in, Pelosi whines, Iran, police, and more.
INCOHERENT ON DEBT: “Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that the Democratic-controlled House won’t pass must-do legislation to increase the government’s borrowing cap until the Trump administration agrees to boost spending limits on domestic program,” reports the Associated Press. So Democrats won’t agree to incur more debt until they can spend a ton more money?
PUNCHING BACK: “A defiant President Trump pushed back Thursday against the outrage over his comments that he would be open to accepting opposition research from individuals from foreign countries, arguing he should have no obligation to call the FBI in certain cases while trying to turn the tables on Democratic lawmakers over their own foreign contacts,” Fox News reports. Meanwhile, according to CBS News, “The chair of the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) tweeted a statement Thursday to be ‘100% clear’ that ‘it is illegal to solicit, accept, or receive anything of value from a foreign national in connection with a U.S. election.’”
SARAH SANDERS EXITS: “White House press secretary Sarah Sanders is leaving the Trump administration at the end of June, President Donald Trump announced Thursday. Sanders became the administration’s deputy press secretary after Trump took office in 2017 and was later promoted to press secretary after Sean Spicer left the role.” (The Daily Caller)
TRUMP WON’T FIRE CONWAY: “President Donald Trump said on Friday that he has no plans to fire top aide Kellyanne Conway after … the U.S. Office of Special Counsel sent a report to Trump on Thursday that said Conway repeatedly violated the Hatch Act by criticizing Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity.” (Politico)
PELOSI WHINES ABOUT MCCONNELL: “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) presented a visual representation of the Senate’s ‘legislative graveyard’ at a press conference Thursday morning. She ripped Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R., Ky.) refusal to put several Democratic initiatives up for a vote in the legislative chamber.” (The Washington Free Beacon)
FACEBOOK PRIVACY: “Facebook is ‘worried’ about emails which might link company founder/CEO Mark Zuckerberg to the company’s ‘questionable’ privacy practices,” PJ Media’s Stephen Green notes. Remember all the way back in March when Zuckerberg promised to make Facebook “a privacy-focused communications platform”? Good times…
FREE SPEECH: “Author and clinical psychologist Dr. Jordan B. Peterson confirmed the beta testing of an upcoming free speech-friendly platform he’s created called Thinkspot, which he teased during a podcast last week.” (The Daily Wire)
A DIFFERENT SANCTUARY: “A Texas border city with a population of about 2,200 has declared itself a sanctuary for the unborn and has banned abortion.” (Fox News)
TIFF WITH IRAN: “Iran on Friday dismissed U.S. claims that its forces attacked two tankers in the Gulf of Oman, calling the allegations ‘alarming’ just hours after the U.S. Central Command released a video it said showed Iranian vessels retrieving an unexploded mine from one of the damaged ships.” (The Washington Post)
NEW ZEALAND MASSACRE TRIAL: “An Australian man pleaded not guilty Friday to 92 charges stemming from a massacre in two mosques in Christchurch three months ago and will stand trial next May.” (NBC News)
DEMO 2020 CLOWN CAR UPDATE: “The Democratic National Committee has announced that 20 candidates have qualified for the party’s first presidential debates later this month.” (Associated Press)
POLICE UNDER FIRE: “There was a riot in Frayser, Tennessee, a suburb just north of Memphis, on Wednesday night in which 36 officers and deputies were injured,” Hot Air notes. “It all started with an officer-involved shooting of a 20-year-old man named Brandon Webber.”
POLICY: A plausible blueprint for fiscal sustainability (Manhattan Institute)
POLICY: U.S. economy produces more jobs and higher wages, somehow capitalism stays broken (American Enterprise Institute)
HUMOR: Covert Navy SEAL team really starting to regret wearing these pride month uniforms (The Babylon Bee)
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