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Tuesday News Executive Summary

Whitmer's hypocrisy, probe into Mueller broadened, Biden's racism, and more.

Jordan Candler · May 26, 2020

Above the Fold


  • “Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer faced backlash from Republican lawmakers after a reported request from her husband to get the family’s boat out on the water before Memorial Day weekend — far from their home in Lansing,” Fox News reports. “Whitmer, a Democrat, famously has imposed one of the strictest lockdowns in the country, sparking frequent protests. What’s more, she’s told people not living in Northern Michigan to stay away from vacation spots there during the holiday weekend.” If not for double standards, Democrats wouldn’t have any.

  • According to the Washington Examiner, “Republicans are broadening their investigation into special counsel Robert Mueller as the Obamagate controversy heats up. Rep. Devin Nunes, the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, said fresh criminal referrals are imminent as more people come forward with information about what Trump allies view to have been a plot to undermine the president.”


Government & Politics


  • And not a moment too soon: FBI director orders internal review of bureau’s handling of Michael Flynn investigation (National Review)

  • Republican says Flynn judge may have “conflict of interest” after hiring personal attorney (Washington Examiner)

  • Trump announces that houses of worship are “essential,” calls on governors to open them up (Fox News)

  • Trump threatens to move GOP convention over North Carolina’s coronavirus restrictions (The Hill)

  • “Binders full of women” moment: Biden says “you ain’t black” if torn between him and Trump (Fox News)

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci — previously a big advocate for lockdowns — now says extended stay-home orders could cause “irreparable damage” (Fox News)

  • Richard Grenell stepping down as ambassador to Germany following DNI stint (Fox News)


National Security


  • Mike Pompeo condemns China’s Hong Kong law as “death knell” for freedoms (BBC)

  • U.S. threatens to impose sanctions on China over Hong Kong crackdown (Washington Examiner)


The Latest on Coronavirus


  • The CDC’s new “best estimate” implies an infection fatality rate below 0.3% (Reason)

  • Thirty-five percent of patients are asymptomatic, CDC says (Fox13Memphis.com)

  • U.S. plans massive coronavirus vaccine testing effort to meet year-end deadline (Reuters)

  • South America a new epicenter; Africa reaches 100,000 cases (Reuters)

  • Trump suspends travel from Brazil (CNBC)


Culture & Heartland


  • Republicans sue to stop Governor Gavin Newsom from sending mail-in ballots to all California voters (Washington Examiner)

  • Federal judge rules Florida felons don’t have to pay fines before registering to vote (Washington Examiner)

  • Mississippi church that defied coronavirus restrictions is burned to the ground (The New York Times)

  • Lockdowns prompt raft of lawsuits against states (USA Today)


Other Notables


  • These are the most illogical COVID restrictions still in place (The Daily Caller)

  • Most Americans say they would pay more for products not made in China (Bongino.com)

  • Biden offshore drilling ban would kill 200,000 jobs, oil lobby says (Washington Examiner)

  • NASA astronauts go back to the future with capsule launch (AP)


Closing Arguments


  • Policy: Coronavirus has more Americans rethinking plastic (Issues & Insights)

  • Policy: U.S. Postal Service needs to get a grip on package pricing (Issues & Insights)

  • Humor: Obama calls on black community to apologize for racist remarks made by Joe Biden (Genesius Times)

  • Related humor: Biden: “If you don’t let me sniff your hair, you ain’t a woman” (The Babylon Bee)

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