Media Editors / August 13, 2019

Tuesday Top News Executive Summary

Immigration overhaul, McCabe sues, NRA fallout, Endangered Species Act revisions, and more.

Government & Politics

PIVOTAL IMMIGRATION OVERHAUL: “Federal officials will consider an immigrant’s use of welfare benefits such as food stamps and Medicaid as a negative factor in deciding on the eligibility of the immigrant’s permanent legal residency or on a temporary visa. 'It will also help promote immigrant success in the United States as they seek opportunity here,‘ Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, told reporters Monday at the White House. 'Throughout our history, self-reliance has been a core principle in America.’ The Department of Homeland Security placed the regulation in the Federal Register on Monday, and it goes into effect Oct. 14.” (The Daily Signal)

MCCABE SEEKS REVENGE: “Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe sued the Justice Department and FBI on Thursday for his firing last year, which he says was politically-motivated retribution for failing to support President Donald Trump. In the complaint, McCabe accuses the Justice Department and FBI of ‘unlawful retaliation for his refusal to pledge allegiance to a single man,’ a reference to Trump.” (The Daily Caller)

GUN-CONTROL NONSTARTER? “Sens. Pat Toomey, a Republican from Pennsylvania, and Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, are lead sponsors of a bill to expand background checks to include gun show and internet sales. … But there are significant differences in what the two parties would be willing to accept in a gun control measure, and that wide gap is not bridged by the Toomey-Manchin bill. House Democrats, for starters, say the Toomey-Manchin background check bill doesn’t go far enough.” (Washington Examiner)

NRA FALLOUT: “Julie Golob, a professional sport shooter and a strong public advocate for gun rights, announced Monday she was resigning from the National Rifle Association board before the end of her three-year term. She is the fourth member in the past two weeks to leave the board of the NRA in a sign of further upheaval within the nation’s most powerful gun rights group.** (The Washington Post)

ESA ADJUSTMENTS: "The Trump administration announced on Monday it would change how it implements the Endangered Species Act. … The revisions announced in the new rule were a culmination of more than a year of efforts to loosen restrictions written to protect hundreds of species judged to be under pressure. The Interior Department has argued that a streamlining is necessary to update how it enforces the 1973 law, including allowing the federal government to begin to measure the economic costs of protecting some species.” (Politico)

Around the Nation

EPSTEIN UPDATE: “Jeffrey Epstein was found hanging in his lower Manhattan jail cell with a bedsheet wrapped around his neck and secured to the top of a bunk bed,” according to the New York Post. The New York Times adds, “One of the two people guarding Jeffrey Epstein when he apparently hanged himself in a federal jail cell was not a full-fledged correctional officer, and neither guard had checked on Mr. Epstein for several hours before he was discovered.” Meanwhile, NBC News reports that “FBI agents raided Jeffrey Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean on Monday in a vivid display that the probe into his alleged sex trafficking ring is continuing despite his death.”

ASSAILANT’S FRIEND CHARGED: “Federal prosecutors announced charges Monday against Ethan Kollie and accused him of buying weaponry used by [the assailant] in last week’s mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio. … Benjamin C. Glassman, the U.S. attorney for the southern district of Ohio, said Mr. Kollie bought the body armor, large-capacity drum magazine and a part of the AR-15-style weapon Betts used in the Aug. 4 attack.” (The Washington Times)

RECIPE FOR VOTER FRAUD: “California’s ambitious effort to automate voter registration at Department of Motor Vehicle offices produced almost 84,000 duplicate records and more than twice that number with political party mistakes, according to an audit released Friday by state officials.” (Los Angeles Times)

VILLAGE ACADEMIC CURRICULUM: “The Land of Lincoln will require public schools to incorporate LGBTQ figures into history lessons. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Friday signed House Bill 246, which mandates the following: ‘In public schools only, the teaching of history shall include a study of the roles and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State.’” (The Washington Times)

Closing Arguments

POLICY: “Red flag” laws are the wrong solution to mass shootings (National Review)

POLICY: Universal background checks are constitutionally suspect (National Review)

HUMOR: Buttigieg: Trump “mirrors Hitler’s rhetoric” by using “a very similar alphabet”  (IMAO)

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