Monday Top News Executive Summary

"The Hunt" canceled, Warren's gun grab, recession machinations, straight pride, anthem kneeling, and more.

Media Editors · Aug. 12, 2019


‘THE HUNT’ CANCELED: “Universal Pictures on Saturday canceled plans to release ‘The Hunt’ — a thriller about a group of ‘globalist elites’ killing people for sport — after two recent mass shootings that left a total of 31 people dead in El Paso and in Dayton, Ohio,” The New York Times reports. According to Todd Starnes, the “grotesque film … depicted elitists hunting and slaughtering supporters of President Trump. … The script also explains that one of the characters was stalked and hunted like prey for being pro-life.”

WARREN CASHES IN: “Presidential contender Elizabeth Warren on Saturday unveiled her plan to combat gun violence, including proposals to triple the tax applied to firearm sales and raise the tax on ammunition even more dramatically.” (CNBC)

DOUBLE-EDGED SWORD: “As California Democrats try to keep President Trump off the state’s Republican primary ballot next year, Republicans in other states are pondering plans to cancel or modify their own 2020 presidential nominating contests and essentially affirm the party’s support for Mr. Trump before voters head to the polls.” (The Washington Times)

YEARNING FOR A RECESSION: “Comedian Bill Maher on Friday said he ‘really’ wished there was another economic recession, arguing such an event would ruin President Trump’s chances of winning reelection,” according to The Hill. Last December, our own Mark Alexander warned, “Caught in the Democrats’ political crossfire are tens of millions of American workers and their families whose jobs and income prospects will fall victim to the Demos’ politically induced recession — the direct result of having thrown economic confidence under the bus in order to attack Trump.”

Around the Nation

STRAIGHT PRIDE DENIED: “A Northern California city has denied a request to hold a so-called Straight Pride rally at a park. … City spokesman Thomas Reeves says the permit request was denied over safety concerns, because the group lost its liability insurance and the parks department determined the event wasn’t consistent with park use. However, Reeves says the city would allow the rally at a downtown plaza if the group proves it has insurance by Tuesday.” (Associated Press)

RAINBOW MAFIA: “A federal judge in Virginia ruled Friday in favor of a transgender former student, concluding that a school board’s transgender restroom ban was discriminatory. … [The former student] was forced to use the girl’s restroom or a private restroom and was prohibited from using the men’s room as a result of the school’s policy, despite the fact that he underwent chest reconstruction surgery and hormone therapy as part of his transition.” (Fox News)

VILLAGE ACADEMIC CURRICULUM: “A proposed ethnic-studies curriculum developed for California public high schools has ignited outrage over its shabby treatment of Jewish Americans and Israel, leading to fears that students could soon receive a crash course in anti-Semitism.” (The Washington Times)

ATTACK THWARTED: “A Las Vegas man who reportedly wanted to shoot up area synagogues and a gay bar has been charged in federal court for possessing bomb-making materials. Conor Climo, 23, a security guard, had allegedly been communicating with a violent white supremacist group called the Atomwaffen Division. According to the criminal complaint, Atomwaffen Division ‘encourages attacks on the federal government, including critical infrastructure, minorities, homosexuals, and Jews.’” (Washington Examiner)

Other Notables

HONG KONG TURBULENCE: “Hong Kong International Airport has canceled all remaining flight departures for the day after thousands of anti-government protesters flooded its terminals. … Monday marked the fourth straight day protesters have occupied the airport, one of the world’s busiest. … Protesters have been pressuring the Hong Kong government for the past 10 weeks to answer their five demands, which include formally withdrawing the now-suspended extradition bill that kick-started these demonstrations and establishing an independent commission to investigate police conduct in their handling of the protests.” (ABC News)

VIRTUE SIGNALING: “Two US gold medal winners could face sanctions after staging dramatic podium protests against US President Donald Trump at the Pan American Games in Lima. Gwen Berry stunned the crowd when she raised a clenched right fist and bowed her head as the US national anthem closed her gold medal ceremony for the women’s hammer. … On Friday, two-time Olympian fencer Race Imboden, 26, set the tone after ‘taking a knee’ as his team celebrated gold in the team foil event.” (Agence France-Presse)

Closing Arguments

POLICY: Ten questions parents should ask before school starts (Forbes)

POLICY: Seven reasons to oppose red-flag gun laws (Foundation for Economic Education)

SATIRE: To show support for gun control, Matt Damon remakes Jason Bourne series with bananas instead of firearms (The Babylon Bee)

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