Monday Top News Executive Summary
Tax-return ruling, SCOTUS underway, new whistleblower, immigration decree, and more.
Above the Fold
TAX-RETURN FISHING EXPEDITION: “President Donald Trump lost his bid Monday to shield his tax returns from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, which subpoenaed them as part of an investigation into ‘hush payments’ to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal.” (ABC News)
SCOTUS RECONVENES: “The justices are returning to the Supreme Court bench for the start of an election year term that includes high-profile cases about abortions, protections for young immigrants and LGBT rights,” the Associated Press reports. Be sure to check out The Heritage Foundation’s comprehensive overview.
Government & Politics
NEW WHISTLEBLOWER: The Associated Press reports, “A second whistleblower has come forward with information about President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.” The report further reveals, “Crucially, the new whistleblower works in the intelligence field and has ‘firsthand knowledge’ of key events.” According to Sen. Lindsey Graham, “This is Kavanaugh all over again.”
IMMIGRATION PROCLAMATION: Trump signs order to prevent taxpayers from subsidizing healthcare for legal immigrants (The Daily Wire)
TOO LITTLE TOO LATE: Bloomberg Law finally retracts its false and misleading “anti-Semitic” story involving Department of Labor official Leif Olson (The Volokh Conspiracy)
SANDERS HEART ATTACK: “Presidential candidate and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was released from a Las Vegas hospital on Friday following treatment for what his physicians confirmed was a heart attack, according to the Senator’s campaign.” (National Review)
NOKO STATUS QUO: “Working-level nuclear talks in Sweden between officials from Pyongyang and Washington have broken off, North Korea’s top negotiator said late on Saturday, dashing prospects for an end to months of stalemate.” (Reuters)
SYRIA SUBSTITUTION: “The White House announced late Sunday that Turkey will soon move forward with a planned military operation in northeast Syria, as U.S. troops who have been deployed and operating with Kurdish-led forces in the area began pulling back from their positions,” according to Fox News. “Pentagon officials were ‘completely blindsided’ and ‘shocked’ by the order,” the report adds.
Culture & Heartland
NARRATIVE BUSTER: Women and minorities are fueling an increase in concealed-handgun permits (John Lott)
DON’T TREAD ON ME: Monthly gun sales up 10% since last September (The Washington Free Beacon)
POLICY: We must fight the sexualization of children by adults (The Daily Signal)
POLICY: The U.S. alliance with Israel cannot be sacrificed to ideological purity (National Review)
HUMOR: Hillary Clinton enters 2020 race after entire Democrat field have surprise heart attacks (Genesius Times)
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