Media Editors / Jul. 17, 2019

Wednesday Top News Executive Summary

House anti-Trump resolution, articles of impeachment, reparations, Steele dossier, and more.

Political Theater


DEMOCRATS CONDEMN: “The Democrat-controlled House of Representatives passed a resolution on Tuesday night condemning President Donald Trump for his ‘racist comments’ about four Democratic congresswomen of color,” reports NBC News. The Democrats’ condemnation notwithstanding, Trump’s post-remark approval rating improved among Republicans.

DEMOCRATS EXPLOIT: “Rep. Al Green (D-Texas) filed articles of impeachment against President Trump on Tuesday under a process that will force a House floor vote by the end of this week.” (The Hill)

SCHUMER JOINS REPARATIONS BANDWAGON: “Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer told a small group of reporters Tuesday that he will support legislation proposed by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) to establish a commission to study reparations for slavery.” (Axios)

Government


CITIZENSHIP QUESTION OFFICIALLY JETTISONED: “A federal judge in New York on Tuesday signed an order permanently blocking the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census, days after President Trump gave up on his efforts to get such a question on next year’s census.” (The Hill)

DRAINING THE SWAMP: “The Trump administration is shifting most of the Bureau of Land Management’s personnel in its Washington, D.C. headquarters out west by the end of next year. … Over 80% of the agency’s D.C. staff will be relocated further west to states such as Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah.” (Washington Examiner)

The BIG Lies


10% SUBSTANCE, 90% FRAGRANCE: “Over months of work, FBI agents painstakingly researched every claim [Christopher] Steele made about Trump’s possible collusion with Russia, and assembled their findings into a spreadsheet-like document. … One source estimated the spreadsheet found upward of 90 percent of the dossier’s claims to be either wrong, nonverifiable or open-source intelligence found with a Google search.” (John Solomon)

OMAR’S QUESTIONABLE HISTORY: “New investigative documents released by a state agency have given fresh life to lingering questions about the marital history of Rep. Ilhan Omar and whether she once married a man — possibly her own brother — to skirt immigration laws.” (Star Tribune)

Other Notables


NOT RADICAL ENOUGH: “A woman whose mission in life is to literally sell abortion was apparently not radical enough for Planned Parenthood. … The country’s largest abortion provider abruptly kicked president Leana Wen to the curb after just 10 months at the helm reportedly because Wen refused to say men can get pregnant and wasn’t aggressive enough pushing the life-ending procedure.” (The Daily Wire)

AMAZON PROBED: “The European Union will launch an antitrust investigation into whether Amazon is misusing its dual role as both a marketplace for independent sellers and a retailer of its own products. In particular, the E.U. said its probe will look at the agreements between Amazon and its sellers, which allow Amazon’s retail business to analyze and use third-party seller data. The probe will also examine how Amazon uses its data to pick which sellers win the ‘Buy Box’ — which is prominently displayed on Amazon’s site and allows customers to add items directly to their shopping carts.” (The Washington Post)

JOHN PAUL STEVENS DIES: “Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens, who was appointed by President Gerald Ford in 1975 as a moderate but later became a leading liberal voice, has died, the Supreme Court said Tuesday. He was 99. The cause of death was complications from a stroke he suffered on Monday.” (CBS News)

Closing Arguments


POLICY: Trump’s immigration deal with Mexico is working (Washington Examiner)

POLICY: Saturday night’s Manhattan blackout could be a harbinger of things to come (City Journal)

HUMOR: Trump 2020 campaign to simply air unedited footage of Democrats talking (The Babylon Bee)

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