Wednesday News Executive Summary

Mississippi flag retired, Tim Scott racially attacked, primary results, and more.

Jordan Candler · Jul. 1, 2020

Above the Fold

  • “With a stroke of the governor’s pen, Mississippi is retiring the last state flag in the U.S. with the Confederate battle emblem — a symbol that’s widely condemned as racist,” the AP reports. “Republican Gov. Tate Reeves signed the historic bill Tuesday at the Governor’s Mansion, immediately removing official status for the 126-year-old banner that has been a source of division for generations.” Frankly, it was time. Unlike the debate over monuments — many of which were erected in an attempt toward reconciliation following the War Between the States — the Mississippi flag was due for a makeover because its blueprint was based at least in some measure upon displaying that state’s continued prejudice toward blacks.

  • Tim Scott is the Republican Party’s lone black senator, so his refusal to toe the line for Democrats is exceptionally bold. But his conservative bona fides also assist in exposing leftist dogma. According to the Washington Examiner, “Sen. Tim Scott said liberals flooded his inbox with hateful messages following his fiery speech on the stalled passage of his police reform legislation in the Senate.” Scott told Fox News’s Martha MacCallum, “We had more than a dozen [messages] … which were the most racially offensive comments from liberals in this country that called to say that I was in their crosshairs.” He further elaborated, “It was so profanity-laced, you can’t play five seconds of those videos on your show because there’s that many F-bombs, the N-word, by liberal Democrats causing a stir in my office and threatening my life. It is the most audacious, repugnant behavior I’ve seen in a very long time.” That sounds par for the course coming from members of the slavery-scarred Democrat Party.

Government & Politics

  • Trump vows to veto defense bill “if the Elizabeth ‘Pocahontas’ Warren (of all people!) Amendment, which will lead to the renaming … of Fort Bragg, Fort Robert E. Lee, and many other Military Bases from which we won Two World Wars, is in the Bill” (Bloomberg)

  • With follow-up report, New York Times subtly undercuts key aspects of its Russia-Taliban bounty scoops (The Daily Caller)

  • After disappointing Tulsa turnout, Trump campaign cancels Alabama rally (The Daily Caller)

  • Trump campaign shakes up top staff after Tulsa rally debacle (ABC News)

  • Joe Biden announces he will not hold campaign rallies, citing coronavirus fears (The Daily Caller)

  • Biden will release list of black women as potential SCOTUS nominees (Politico)

  • Lauren Boebert upsets GOP Representative Scott Tipton of Colorado (The New York Times)

  • John Hickenlooper overcomes campaign bungles to win Democrat Colorado Senate primary (Washington Examiner)

National Security

  • FCC designates Chinese tech giants Huawei and ZTE as security threats (National Review)

  • DHS deploys special federal unit to protect monuments over July 4 weekend amid vandalism fears (Fox News)

  • TikTok and 32 other iOS apps still snoop your sensitive clipboard data (Ars Technica)

  • China aims to control ports and shipping lanes in Europe and the Arctic (Washington Examiner)

The Latest on COVID-19

  • We’re one-third of the way to a widely available coronavirus vaccine, scientists say (USA Today)

  • Senator Rand Paul rips Dr. Anthony Fauci’s coronavirus response, says schools should be reopened (New York Post)

  • Top Republicans encourage masks as virus spreads in Sun Belt (Washington Examiner)

Business & Economy

  • Dow Jones Industrial Average posts best quarter since 1987 with 17% gain (Fox Business)

  • Local unions defy AFL-CIO in push to oust police unions (Politico)

  • “Not going back”: Governor Ron DeSantis says no plans to reverse course on Florida reopening (Washington Examiner)

  • Walmart will stop selling “All Lives Matter” merchandise (USA Today)

Culture & Heartland

  • New York City Council approves slashing $1 billion from NYPD budget (Fox News)

  • Los Angeles City Council approves first step in replacing LAPD with community responders for nonviolent calls (FOX 11)

  • Virginia Democrats propose reducing charge for assaulting police officers (The Daily Wire)

  • Six Chicago children shot dead in a single week — all of whom are neglected by the mainstream media (FOX 32)

  • St. Louis prosecutor says she might overrule police and charge lawyers Mark and Patricia McCloskey who brandished firearms at protesters trespassers (UK Daily Mail)

  • “Worried that I was going to be killed”: Mark McCloskey defends decision to draw guns on trespassers (Washington Examiner)

  • Harvey Weinstein reaches tentative $19 million deal with accusers (USA Today)

  • Oklahoma voters narrowly approve Medicaid expansion (AP)

Other Notables

  • Mayor Bill de Blasio caves to absurd “defund the police” movement — while violent crime is up almost 190% (New York Post)

  • The kind of immigrant we should be welcoming to the United States: Afghan interpreter who saved U.S. troops gets American citizenship (NPR)

  • Hong Kong makes first arrests under China’s new “national security” law (CNBC)

  • Woman walks into live CNN broadcast with “fake news” sign (The Daily Caller)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: The COVID crisis supercharged the war on cash (Mises Institute)

  • Policy: The irony of Marxist Class consciousness (Mises Institute)

  • Satire: Local homeless man hasn’t picked up his white privilege check in months (Genesius Times)

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