Jordan Candler / May 5, 2020

Tuesday News Executive Summary

Bogus 1619 Project rewarded, DOJ scorns Northam, NYC discriminates, and more.

Above the Fold

  • Notwithstanding the bogus premise of the New York Times’s 1619 Project, the Washington Examiner’s Tiana Lowe reports that “Nikole Hannah-Jones … won this year’s Pulitzer Prize for Commentary, for her piece, ‘Our democracy’s founding ideals were false when they were written. Black Americans have fought to make them true.’” The Nobel and Pulitzer Prizes are two peas in a pod — both are tainted by a political process.

  • Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is being challenged in court by Lighthouse Fellowship Church for undermining religious liberty. According to the Washington Examiner, the lawsuit “arose after police broke up Lighthouse’s Palm Sunday service and charged Kevin Wilson, the church’s pastor, with a misdemeanor for violating Northam’s order.” The DOJ sympathizes with the church and, unless Virginia can somehow justify its decision (which it can’t), supports Wilson. DOJ official Matthew Schneider chimed in, “It is … important for states to remember that we do not abandon all of our freedoms in times of emergency.”

  • New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who is anything but inclusive, bellowed on Friday: “It is time for Samaritan’s Purse to leave NYC. This group, led by the notoriously bigoted, hate-spewing Franklin Graham, came at a time when our city couldn’t in good conscience turn away any offer of help. That time has passed. Their continued presence here is an affront to our values of inclusion, and is painful for all New Yorkers who care deeply about the LGBTQ community.” The irony is that the leadership of Samaritan’s Purse — just like Chick-fil-A — does not and never would discriminate against someone suffering from gender dysphoria. Yet both organizations are constantly discriminated against.

The Latest on Coronavirus

  • Israel makes “significant breakthrough” in developing antidote (The Daily Wire)

  • Scientists create antibody that defeats virus in lab (Bloomberg)

  • Scientists find new mutation of coronavirus that mirrors a change in the 2003 SARS virus that showed the disease was weakening (UK Daily Mail)

Business & Economy

  • More than 40% of small businesses may close in the next six months, the Chamber of Commerce warns (The Daily Wire)

  • Record gun sales for second straight month; over seven million this year (Washington Examiner)

  • More blue states move toward reopening (Washington Examiner)

  • United Airlines to cut 30% of management in October (Reuters)

Government & Politics

  • Citing “strict confidentiality requirements,” Senate says it can’t release Tara Reade records; statement comes after National Archives said it does not hold the complaint (The Washington Free Beacon)

  • Trump administration “turbocharging” push to rip global supply chains from Communist China (Reuters)

  • U.S. Treasury seeks to borrow a record $3 trillion this quarter (CNBC)

Other Notables

  • “Indoctrination platforms for American students”: Congress launches investigation into Chinese infiltration of U.S. colleges (The Washington Free Beacon)

  • University of Texas under investigation for possible ties to Wuhan biolab (Campus Reform)

  • Judge upholds Kentucky mass gathering ban, says no to travel ban (AP)

  • Chicago mayor to lockdown violators: “We will take you to jail” (Chicago Tribune)

Closing Arguments

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