Jordan Candler / May 28, 2020

Thursday News Executive Summary

Hong Kong "killer blow," Big Tech EO, George Floyd "protests," and more.

Above the Fold

  • The Guardian reports that “China’s legislature has approved a controversial national security law for Hong Kong, dealing what critics have said is a ‘killer blow’ to the city’s autonomy and freedoms.” As such, “Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday officially declared that Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China,” Fox News adds.

  • “President Trump is crafting an executive order on social media that could seek to curb legal protections for the industry, a broadside that comes amid his escalating fight this week with Twitter over the company’s decision to fact-check his claims for the first time,” Fox News reveals. Furthermore, the White House is “working on a commission to look at alleged anti-conservative bias among big social media platforms.” Trump proclaimed, “This will be a Big Day for Social Media and FAIRNESS!”

Government & Politics

  • DOJ makes George Floyd death investigation a “top priority” after protests, rioting, and looting grip Minneapolis (Fox News)

  • Attorney General William Barr appoints U.S. Attorney John Bash to investigate “unmasking” requests by Obama officials (Washington Examiner)

  • A solid bedfellow: William Barr has become Trump’s religious-liberty enforcer (Washington Examiner)

  • House passes Uighur human rights bill — via proxy vote (Axios)

The Latest on Coronavirus

Business & Economy

  • Over 2.1 million Americans filed for unemployment last week, pushing total job losses to 40 million from coronavirus lockdown (Fox Business)

  • A whopping two-thirds of furloughed workers may temporarily be receiving more money in unemployment benefits than they did from their jobs (MarketWatch)

  • Opening businesses while keeping churches closed is constitutionally problematic (Washington Examiner)

Culture & Heartland

  • George Floyd “protests” anarchy: Looting and arson grip Minneapolis (Fox News)

  • Is a $1 million donation the reason Governor Andrew Cuomo gave immunity to nursing homes? (PJ Media)

  • For the record: The Central Park dog case is Covington 2.0 (National Review)

Other Notables

  • Trump administration to end Iran deal waivers in a blow to Obama-era pact (The Washington Post)

  • California district attorney launches investigation into whether Joe Biden’s accuser, Tara Reade, lied while testifying as expert witness (The Daily Caller)

  • Two days after WHO abandons trial testing, France bans hydroxychloroquine as COVID-19 treatment (The Hill)

  • Stormy weather delays SpaceX Crew Dragon launch to Saturday (CBS News)

Closing Arguments

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