Wednesday News Executive Summary

More impeachment charades, jobless benefit changes, Susan Rice memo, and more.

Jordan Candler · May 20, 2020

Above the Fold

  • Further proof that Democrats are bridled to a perpetual witch hunt came straight from the source Monday, when “House Democrats asked the Supreme Court to release the redacted grand jury testimony from former special counsel Robert Mueller’s completed Russia probe because their investigation into whether President Trump committed impeachable offenses is still underway,” the New York Post reports. In a court filing, Democrat members of the House Judiciary Committee intimated: “If this material reveals new evidence supporting the conclusion that President Trump committed impeachable offenses that are not covered by the articles adopted by the House, the committee will proceed accordingly — including, if necessary, by considering whether to recommend new articles of impeachment.” Not only does this reek of political posturing, but furnishing this information would be extremely detrimental to national security.

  • All government mitigation measures backfire in some capacity, and in the case of the millions of people furloughed due to the COVID-19 shutdown, there are numerous accounts of workers exploiting their unemployment benefits. Thanks to the CARES Act, many furloughed workers are receiving government checks that dwarf what they typically earn from their employers, effectively serving as a disincentive to return to work. The Trump administration is now instituting a redress. According to Fox News, “Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin warned on Tuesday that individuals who reject an offer from their company to return to work after being laid off due to coronavirus are no longer considered eligible to receive federal unemployment benefits.” The economy has already been turned upside-down, and the difficulties of rebounding will be compounded by individuals who aren’t motivated to work. Mnuchin’s announcement is merely common sense, which our statist lawmakers clearly lack.

Government & Politics

  • Susan Rice’s deflective and discreet memo declassified (Power Line)

  • Barack Obama’s Treasury Department spied on Trump associates (Power Line)

  • Senators “dramatically expanding” probe into Obama-era scandal, think surveillance may have started “even earlier” than 2016 (The Daily Wire)

  • Michael Flynn attorney files emergency appeal to shut down Judge Sullivan’s orders and boot him from case (Fox News)

  • Deregulator-in-chief: Trump signs broad order to speed deregulation and relax red tape for economic recovery (The Washington Times)

Business & Economy

  • Joe Biden’s pledge to dump Keystone XL pipeline would kill thousands of jobs and prevent millions in local tax revenue (The Washington Free Beacon)

  • Nasdaq to tighten listing rules, restricting ChiCom IPOs (Reuters)

Culture & Heartland

  • Federal judge rules that all Texans must have access to absentee ballots (Washington Examiner)

  • Georgia apologizes over “processing error” after accusations officials were manipulating coronavirus case counts (Fox News)

  • “There is no pandemic exception to the U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights”: DOJ warns California governor over discriminatory church closings (Reuters)

  • Planned Parenthood affiliates improperly applied for and received $80 million in coronavirus stimulus funds (Fox News)

  • “Jane Roe” of Roe v. Wade said she was paid to lie about being pro-life in “deathbed confession,” new documentary claims. Pro-lifers who knew her push back. (The Daily Wire)

  • “Now with Jesus”: Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias dies of cancer at 74 (The Christian Post)

Other Notables

  • Wearing a face mask can reduce coronavirus transmission by up to 75%, study says (Fox News)

  • Anti-China sentiment is on the rise — 31% says the ChiComs are enemies, up 11% since January (Politico)

  • For the fifth consecutive year, U.S. birth rates decline, now at lowest level in 35 years (Today)

Closing Arguments

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