Tuesday Top News Executive Summary

Google probe, judicial activism at the border, spending binge, NRA pushes back, and more.

Media Editors · Sep. 10, 2019

Above the Fold

GOOGLE PROBED: “Fifty attorneys general are joining an investigation into Google over possible antitrust violations, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the initiative’s leader, announced Monday. … ‘When there is no longer a free market or competition, this increases prices, even when something is marketed as free, and harms consumers,’ said Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, a Republican. ‘Is something really free if we are increasingly giving over our privacy information? Is something really free if online ad prices go up based on one company’s control?’” (CNBC)

JUDICIAL ACTIVISM: “A federal judge in San Francisco restored a nationwide injunction on Monday preventing the Trump administration’s ban on asylum-seekers who travelled through a so-called safe third country before arriving in the U.S.,” National Review reports. “U.S. District Judge Jon Tigar issued the ruling after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in August narrowed his previous nationwide injunction.” As our own Nate Jackson explains, Judge Tigar is not only “grossly exceeding his own authority to ‘check’ Trump, he’s giving the middle finger to a higher court,” which further tarnishes the Rule of Law.

Government & Politics

UNBRIDLED SPENDING BINGE: “As of Sept. 4, the federal debt had already increased by more than a trillion dollars in fiscal 2019 with more than three weeks to go in the fiscal year, according to data released by the U.S. Treasury. … So far, over the past twelve fiscal years, the federal debt has increased by $13,525,104,127,328.91 — or an average of $1,127,092,010,610,74 per fiscal year.” (CNSNews.com)

TRUMP’S TERRIBLE JOB AT BEING A RACIST: “For the first time, most new hires of prime working age (25 to 54) are people of color,” The Washington Post reports. Meanwhile, The Daily Caller says, “Roughly 6.3 million Americans have dropped off food stamps since President Donald Trump’s first month in office. … In February 2017, the first month after Trump took office, 42,297,791 persons were participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. As of June 2019, 36,029,506 persons were participating in the program.

OBSESSION: Leftmedia coverage of Trump 11 times greater than Democrat hopefuls (The Washington Times)

Other Notables

PUSHING BACK: "The National Rifle Association filed a lawsuit against San Francisco Monday over the city’s recent declaration that the gun-rights lobby is a ‘domestic terrorist organization,’” according to Fox News. “The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California against the city and county of San Francisco and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. It accuses city officials of violating the gun lobby’s free speech rights for political reasons and claims the city is trying to blacklist anyone associated with the NRA from doing business there.” Tangentially, “Twenty-eight percent (28%) of Democrats say Americans should be prohibited by law from belonging to pro-gun rights organizations like the NRA, a view shared by 15% of Republicans and 10% of uanffiliateds,” a Rasmussen survey reveals.

PARLIAMENT SUSPENDED: “Prime Minister Boris Johnson has succeeded in his plan to suspend Britain’s rebellious Parliament for five weeks, but he has achieved little else in his first prolonged jousting with legislators determined to prevent a no-deal Brexit.” (Associated Press)

DEATH TOLL CLIMBS: More loss of life in the Bahamas: At least 50 deaths have been confirmed after Hurricane Dorian (NBC News)

Closing Arguments

POLICY: Taliban terrorists have no place at Camp David (National Review)

POLICY: Don’t overhype the link between climate change and hurricanes (National Review)

HUMOR: Walmart declares itself a “gun-free zone,” changes name to Target (Genesius Times)

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