Jordan Candler / May 13, 2020

Wednesday News Executive Summary

Dems’ relief package DOA, “unmasking” confusion, GOP wins seats, and more.

Above the Fold

  • On Tuesday, House Democrats unveiled yet another monstrous relief package — this time to the tune of $3 trillion, which would dwarf the CARES Act’s $1.8 trillion price tag. The Washington Examiner gives a rundown on the legislation’s statist provisions. However, Senate Republicans are rightly declaring it dead on arrival.

  • According to ABC News reporter Alex Mallin, “A senior DOJ official [said] ‘we do not intend to release the [unmasking] list’ that [Director of National Intelligence Richard] Grenell brought over to the building last week.” National Review adds, “A source told Fox News that the DOJ is ‘confused’ why the releasing of the list is under their jurisdiction. ‘Given that [the Office of the Director of National Intelligence] is the owner of that information, if they want to release it they can do it, that’s their call,’ the official said.”

Government & Politics

  • White House confirms Trump won’t reopen trade negotiations with China (The Daily Caller)

  • Communist Party of China sends out deceptive missive on American coronavirus “lies” (The Daily Caller)

  • Like Katie Hill, her district goes both ways: GOP poised to retake Katie Hill’s California seat, as Trump-backed candidate wins big in Wisconsin (Fox News)

Culture & Heartland

  • Governors Ron DeSantis (FL) and Brian Kemp (GA) see low death rates in states despite media hate (Washington Examiner)

  • Los Angeles County could keep stay-at-home orders in place well into summer (Los Angeles Times)


  • UK surpasses Italy with most coronavirus deaths in Europe (Washington Examiner)

  • Brutal attack on mothers and newborns prompts Afghanistan to resume offensive operations against Taliban (The Washington Post)

Other Notables

  • In court filing, FBI accidentally reveals name of Saudi official suspected of directing support for 9/11 hijackers (Yahoo News)

  • U.S. judge puts Justice Department’s move to drop charges against Michael Flynn on hold pending outside groups’ counterarguments (The Washington Post)

  • Apple considering massive shift of iPhone production from China to India (

  • Working from home: Average productivity loss of remote work is just 1% (ZDNet)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Who gets bailed out next? Congress gets ready to pick some more lucky winners (National Review)

  • Policy: For America, there is no obvious path out of the red (E21)

  • Humor: BREAKING: Coronavirus has died after infecting Chuck Norris at age 77 (Genesius Times)

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