Monday Top News Executive Summary
Kavanaugh redux, ICE raids delayed, Sanders's student-loan pipe dream, and more.
THE KAVANAUGH PLAYBOOK: “In her upcoming book, ‘What Do We Need Men For? A Modest Proposal,’ famous Elle advice columnist E. Jean Carroll accuses Donald Trump of forcefully raping her in the mid-1990s, an allegation she says she chose not to make public earlier because she did not want to deal with the potential blowback.” (The Daily Wire)
ICE RAIDS DELAYED: “Trump said Saturday that he would delay planned raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement to deport undocumented immigrants in order to give Republican and Democratic lawmakers time to ‘work out a solution.’ Trump said he delayed the raids at the request of Democrats.” (CNBC)
ESPER GETS THE CALL: “Trump announced Friday night his intent to nominate Army Secretary Mark Esper to be the next Secretary of Defense. Mr. Trump had tweeted [last] week that Esper would replace acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.” (CBS News)
STUDENT-LOAN NONSTARTER: “[Bernie Sanders’s] new proposal calls for the federal government to wipe clean the student debt held by 45 million Americans, including all private and graduate school debt… The proposal package also includes making public universities, community colleges and trade schools tuition-free.” (Fox News)
GOING FOR THE HAIL MARY: “Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) came out in favor of legislation that has been equated to ‘gay reparations.’ Under the Refund Equality Act, same-sex couples would be able to amend their past taxes, readjusting with jointly-filed tax returns and accepting refunds from the IRS.” (The Daily Wire)
BIGOTRY IS BUT THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG: “Dozens of official documents suggest that Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., was living with her current husband, Ahmed Abdisalan Hirsi, throughout her entire legal marriage to Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, contradicting the story she tells to explain her multiple marriages.” (Washington Examiner)
TAXPAYER-FUNDED ABUSE: “Vermont is expanding its Medicaid coverage to cover gender affirmation surgery for transgender patients under 21 who wish to undergo the procedures. Vermont’s Medicaid insurance will now cover surgeries linked to gender dysphoria for minors who have obtained parental consent. Minors from 16 to 18 who have been legally emancipated from their parents are eligible for coverage without parental consent.” (National Review)
LIFE-OR-DEATH STATISM: “A British judge has authorized doctors to perform an abortion on a pregnant Catholic woman with developmental disabilities and a mood disorder, despite the objections of the woman’s mother and the woman herself. The woman is 22 weeks pregnant.” (Catholic News Agency)
NEW SMOLLETT PROBE: “Cook County State Attorney Kim Foxx’s handling of the controversial Jussie Smollett alleged hate crime case — including the contentious decision to suddenly drop all charges against him — will be examined by a special prosecutor, an Illinois judge ruled Friday afternoon.” (Fox News)
POLICY: Was Iran’s downing of a U.S. drone really a “mistake”? (National Review)
POLICY: For economic growth, we need the Rule of Law (National Review)
HUMOR: Congress members to wear barcodes so lobbyists can scan prices, self-checkout (The Babylon Bee)
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