Friday News Executive Summary

Another trade victory, school prayer guidance, Comey probed, and more.

Media Editors · Jan. 17, 2020

Above the Fold

ANOTHER TRADE VICTORY: USMCA passes in the Senate, despite Schumer and 2020 Dems voting “No”; the 89-10 vote is interesting in that it occurred on the same day the impeachment trial started (Townhall)

ONE NATION, UNDER GOD: Trump updates school prayer guidance on National Religious Freedom Day: “We will uphold religious liberty” (Fox News)

Government & Politics

TRUMP DEFENSE: Trump impeachment defense team will include Clinton prosecutor Ken Starr and Democrat constitutional law professor Alan Dershowitz (CNBC)

AND YET THE TIMES SUGGESTS THE TIMING IS POLITICALLY MOTIVATED: Justice Department investigating years-old leaks and appears focused on James Comey (The New York Times)

FOR THE RECORD: No evidence ties Trump to troubling surveillance of Marie Yovanovitch (Washington Examiner)

MARITAL FRAUD: Investigators with ICE, FBI reviewing criminal allegations against Ilhan Omar (The Daily Wire)

National Security

NOT COMPLETELY UNSCATHED: Eleven U.S. troops were injured in January 8 Iran missile strike (Defense One)

RECIPROCATION: Army may send missile-defense systems to Middle East to counter future Iran strikes (Military.com)

Culture & Heartland

AN ASSAULT ON COMMON SENSE: Thirteen states, DC, and New York City sue Trump administration over food-stamp work requirements (National Review)

AN “ASSAULT ON THE SECOND AMENDMENT”: Virginia Senate passes three gun-control bills (Washington Examiner)

RAINBOW MAFIA: Media label Tennessee religious liberty bill as “anti-gay” (Washington Examiner)

Closing Arguments

POLICY: A fracking ban would trigger a global recession (Manhattan Institute)

POLICY: Why it’s not simple to just raise the corporate income tax (American Enterprise Institute)

HUMOR: “We’ll take good care of these,” says Mitch McConnell while placing impeachment articles in special rectangular filing bin (The Babylon Bee)

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