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Monday News Executive Summary

Antifa terrorists, Floyd officer charged, Keith Ellison takes over, and more.

Jordan Candler · Jun. 1, 2020

Above the Fold

  • Rioting (not to be confused with legitimate demonstrations) has beleaguered nearly 150 cities since George Floyd’s death. On Sunday, President Donald Trump declared, “The United States of America will be designating ANTIFA as a Terrorist Organization.” However, former prosecutor Andrew C. McCarthy observes that the designation is dubious because terrorist designations are legally relegated to foreign organizations. “The purported designation would be pointless, in that the means of taking aggressive enforcement action against Antifa, and against domestic terrorism generally, are plentiful and ready to hand,” McCarthy writes. He adds, “We can investigate Antifa as terrorists, prosecute them as terrorists, sentence them as terrorists, and give them harsh prison sentences befitting terrorists. But there is neither a need nor a legal basis to ‘designate’ them as terrorists.” If nothing else, though, the designation will hopefully awaken people to antifa’s long but largely ignored history of thuggish behavior.

George Floyd Fallout

  • Minneapolis officer charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter (AP)

  • State Attorney General Keith Ellison to take over prosecutions (NBC News)

  • Minneapolis city councilman and son of Keith Ellison declares support for antifa (Washington Examiner)

  • The daughter of Mayor Bill de Blasio, who said “the president of the United States helped to create this atmosphere,” is arrested at Manhattan protest (New York Post)

  • CNN Center in Atlanta damaged during protests riots (CNN)

  • Historic St. John’s Church near White House set on fire (The Christian Post)

  • Rioters breach Treasury Department (The Daily Wire)

Government & Politics

  • Trump says U.S. to sanction China for handling of Hong Kong, terminate relationship with WHO (AP)

  • China, where people who dare protest disappear, trolls U.S. over protests after Trump criticized Hong Kong (Bloomberg)

  • Supreme Court absurdly rejects challenge to limits on church services; Justice John Roberts sides with leftists (Fox News)

  • Picking up where his predecessor left off: DNI John Ratcliffe declassifies transcripts of Michael Flynn-Sergey Kislyak conversations (National Review)

Other Notables

  • Minneapolis police rendered 44 people unconscious with neck restraints in five years (NBC News)

  • SUCCESS! U.S. launches men into space from American soil for the first time in nearly a decade (The Daily Wire)

  • Sweden’s economy actually grew in the first quarter after it opted against a full virus lockdown (CNBC)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: It’s past time to examine how police unions protect bad cops (National Review)

  • Policy: The free market of space: What we once considered “the final frontier” is now a grand business opportunity (Issues & Insights)

  • Humor: Looting-free zone signs introduced as protest countermeasures in major cities (Genesius Times)

  • Related humor: WHO scientists confirm coronavirus only spreads at conservative protests (The Babylon Bee)

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