Wednesday News Executive Summary

Healthcare transparency, Tuesday primary results, SJW caliphate updates, and more.

Jordan Candler · Jun. 24, 2020

Above the Fold

  • “The Trump administration won a court ruling Tuesday upholding its plan to require insurers and hospitals to disclose the actual prices for common tests and procedures in a bid to promote competition and push down costs,” according to the Associated Press. “Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar called the decision in federal court in Washington, D.C., ‘a resounding victory’ for President Donald Trump’s efforts to open up the convoluted world of health care pricing so patients and families can make better-informed decisions about their care.” However, the American Hospital Association is signaling an appeal, which “means the decision by U.S. District Judge Carl J. Nichols may not be the final word.”

  • The Asheville Citizen Times reports: “Political newcomer Madison Cawthorn breezed past President Donald Trump’s pick for Mark Meadows’ seat in Congress in a two-person GOP runoff election on Tuesday. The 24-year-old Henderson County Republican roundly defeated Haywood County’s Lynda Bennett in the primary runoff for North Carolina’s 11th Congressional District.” This somewhat unexpected result was accompanied by a more foreseeable outcome in New York, where “Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez … fended off a challenge by former CNBC contributor Michelle Caruso-Cabrera to win the Democratic primary in New York’s 14th District,” as reported by Fox News.

Annals of the Social-Justice Caliphate

  • Madison protesters tear down Capitol statues (including one of an abolitionist) and attack state senator (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

  • “We are tearing this statue down”: Dunces target the Emancipation Memorial (Washington Examiner)

  • DC police clear out fledgling autonomous zone near the White House (The Washington Post)

Government & Politics

  • Appeals court orders Michael Flynn case dismissal, ending years-long legal saga (Fox News)

  • Nancy Pelosi compares black Senator Tim Scott’s police-reform bill to murder of George Floyd (The Washington Free Beacon)

  • Facebook content moderator: “If someone’s wearing MAGA hat, I’m going to delete them for terrorism” (RealClearPolitics)

  • Twitter hides Trump tweet for “threatening” (a.k.a. warning) potential protesters (The Detroit News)

  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (again) blames Trump for New York’s nursing-home deaths (The Washington Free Beacon)

National Security

  • More border wall has been put up during the coronavirus pandemic — 77 miles — than at any other point in Trump’s presidency (Washington Examiner)

  • Local Arizona leaders tell visiting Trump his wall is working (Washington Examiner)

  • Jared Kushner ally joins with Pentagon to move critical industries out of China (Washington Examiner)

The Latest on COVID-19

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci says “it will be when, not if” for a vaccine (AP)

  • “Coronavirus is spreading … across the entire state of Texas”: Governor Greg Abbott urges residents to stay home (Austin American-Statesman)

  • Washington state makes face masks mandatory (Reuters)

  • School children don’t spread coronavirus, French study shows (Bloomberg)

Culture & Heartland

  • NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace defiant, calls rope “straight-up noose” after FBI says no crime occurred (Fox News)

  • Atlanta Wendy’s arson suspect, identified as Rayshard Brooks’s girlfriend, arrested (Fox News)

  • Walmart pulls state flag from Mississippi stores over Confederate homage (Washington Examiner)

  • “The State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations” becomes first state to change its “racist” name (PJ Media)

  • Lincoln County, Oregon, says minorities don’t need to wear coronavirus face masks if they have “concerns about racial profiling and harassment” (UK Daily Mail)

  • Nevada adopting California’s onerous car-pollution rules, pushing back against Trump administration (The Hill)

Other Notables

  • Supreme Court sets limits on SEC’s power to recover ill-gotten gains (Reuters)

  • European Union may bar American travelers as it reopens borders, citing failures on virus (The New York Times)

  • Agreement struck amid surging border tensions between India and China (The Daily Caller)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Evaluating the GOP’s JUSTICE Act: It’s better than the Democrats’ proposal, but it goes too far on neck restraints and not far enough on no-knock warrants, and it fails to address qualified-immunity doctrine (National Review)

  • Policy: Christians don’t need the Black Lives Matter movement to defeat evil: Christianity steeped in neighborly love ended slavery and defeated Jim Crow. The gospel, not the BLM movement, already has what we need to heal the nation. (The Federalist)

  • Humor: Progressive Christian can’t wait to get to Heaven so he can lecture God on privilege (The Babylon Bee)

For more of today’s editors’ choice headlines, visit In Our Sights.

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