Monday Top News Executive Summary

Congress's high-stakes week, MAGA achievements, antifa violence, and more.

Media Editors · Dec. 16, 2019

Above the Fold

PIVOTAL END-OF-YEAR VOTES: Congress faces high-stakes week with impeachment, trade, and funding votes ahead (CNBC)

MAGA ACHIEVEMENTS: While the media and his critics focused on the bitterly divided House impeachment hearings, President Trump last week collected the most agenda wins yet (Washington Examiner)

Government, Politics, & Economy

SETTLING THE MATTER ONCE AND FOR ALL: Supreme Court justices to take up dispute over subpoenas for Trump records, with a decision expected in June (Associated Press)

“THERE IS NOTHING NEW AND UNUSUAL”: Freshman Democrat Jeff Van Drew to switch parties over nothing-burger impeachment (National Review)

OR MAYBE THE FEARS WERE UNFOUNDED TO BEGIN WITH? U.S. economy shakes free of recession fears in striking turnaround since August (The Washington Post)

Heartland & Culture

LEFT-WING VIOLENCE: Antifa’s deadly year shows the extremism on the far Left (Newsweek)

SURRENDERING TO THE RAINBOW MAFIA: In reversal, Hallmark throws conservatives under the bus by reinstating same-sex marriage ads (Associated Press)

STILL A BRIDGE TOO FAR: Virginia Democrats are proposing a mandatory state gun registration measure after widespread public outrage forced them to back off a more aggressive plan to confiscate so-called assault weapons (The Epoch Times)

BLUE LIVES MATTER: Arkansas police officer “executed” in car was shot 10 times in the head, investigators say as video emerges (Fox News)

National Security

COMMUNIST SPIES: Two Chinese diplomats expelled from U.S. after entering military base (New York Post)

Closing Arguments

POLICY: How to turn the reviving North Korea crisis into a triumph (The Federalist)

POLICY: The Chinese economic miracle: How much is real, and how much is a mirage? (American Enterprise Institute)

HUMOR: It’s time to admit that “Orange Man Bad” is the only legitimate reason for impeachment (NPC Daily)

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