Jordan Candler / Jun. 26, 2020

Friday News Executive Summary

Police reform gridlock, Trump's deportation win, COVID updates, and more.

Above the Fold

  • “House Democrats passed a reform bill aimed at ending police misconduct and racial bias, but few Republicans supported the measure, and it faces little chance of consideration in the Senate,” the Washington Examiner reports. “Democrats blocked debate on a GOP-authored police reform bill Wednesday in the Senate, rejecting an offer by Republican leaders to try to amend the measure. The House bill passed easily on Thursday by a vote of 236-181, with all Democratic support and three GOP votes, but party leaders did not allow debate or vote on any Republican amendments.” The Hill explains why: “The gridlock, paired with the looming election, raises the prospects that lawmakers will fail to send a police bill to President Trump’s desk this year.”

  • According to Fox News: “The Supreme Court ruled Thursday for the Trump administration in a key immigration case, determining that a federal law limiting an asylum applicant’s ability to appeal a determination that he lacked a credible fear of persecution from his home country does not violate the Constitution. The ruling means the administration can deport some people seeking asylum without allowing them to make their case to a federal judge. The 7-2 ruling applies to those who fail their initial asylum screenings, making them eligible for quick deportation.” As the Washington Examiner editorial board deduces, the ruling rectifies “a misguided decision by the 9th Circuit” by “recogniz[ing] that not everybody who crosses the U.S. border for any reason instantly enjoys all of the same rights as U.S. citizens.”

Government & Politics

  • Trump administration urges end to ObamaCare, which the media inevitably links to a heartless view of pandemic sufferers (AP)

  • Joe Biden campaign to limit contact with foreign governments now that Hunter Biden’s windfall from foreign governments is politically injurious (Washington Examiner)

  • Government watchdog finds over one million relief checks were sent to dead people (National Review)

  • At Mayor Bill de Blasio’s behest, “Black Lives Matter” will be painted on Fifth Avenue outside Trump Tower (The New York Times)

National Security

  • CBP chief says 95% of illegal immigrants are being returned rather than detained (Fox News)

  • “Tide is turning against Huawei”: Companies eschew Chinese telecom over espionage fears (Washington Examiner)

  • Russian criminal group finds new target: Americans working at home (The New York Times)

The Latest on COVID-19

  • Major implications for the death rate: CDC says coronavirus may have infected more than 20 million Americans — 10 times more than reported (Reuters)

  • Governors of Texas, Florida, and New Mexico pause reopening amid surge in cases (Washington Examiner)

  • In Washington State, not wearing a face mask will be a misdemeanor (People)

  • Pregnant women are five times more likely to be hospitalized (USA Today)

Business & Economy

  • Verizon joins list of companies pulling adds from Facebook over its failure to crack down on “hate speech” — which is ultimately about silencing conservatives (UK Daily Mail)

  • Americans rush to start businesses, stoking optimism for a rebound (Bloomberg)

  • Microsoft is permanently closing its retail stores (CNBC)

  • The Fed said in a release that big banks will be required to suspend share buybacks and cap dividend payments at their current level for the third quarter of this year (CNBC)

  • Oil and gas firms suffer “significant contraction” in second-quarter activity (Fox Business)

Culture & Heartland

  • Keeping the narrative alive: NASCAR shares picture of noose from Bubba Wallace’s garage, says search at all tracks found only one pulldown rope in noose (USA Today)

  • Colorado reexamines black man’s 2019 death in police custody (AP)

  • “Police are a real risk,” claims Washington school district severing ties with law enforcement (The Daily Wire)

  • Racism solved: The Dixie Chicks officially change their name to The Chicks (AP)

  • Racism ultra solved: John Lennon’s “Imagine” tops list of woke national anthem alternatives (The Washington Free Beacon)

Other Notables

  • BET cofounder Robert Johnson: “Black people laugh at white people” who topple statues (The Washington Times)

  • Four out of every five Americans reject spending “taxpayer money to pay damages to descendants of enslaved people in the United States” (Reuters)

  • Protesters plan to topple Emancipation Memorial Friday evening despite new protective fence (Washington Examiner)

  • It’s estimated that 6% of adults have attended a protest in the last month (Pew Research Center)

  • China, Russia rank as worst offenders in human trafficking (The Washington Free Beacon)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Supreme Court gets one right on immigration (Washington Examiner)

  • Policy: Public education has gone “woke” (Newsweek)

  • Humor: Trump promises to replace all torn-down monuments with statues of himself (Genesius Times)

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