Thursday News Executive Summary

CHOP cleared out, relief checks, record jobs gain, USMCA, and more.

Jordan Candler · Jul. 2, 2020

Above the Fold

  • “Seattle police have retaken the East Precinct stationhouse after clearing out the protest area known as the Capitol Hill Organized Protest, or CHOP, making more than a dozen arrests after Mayor Jenny Durkan declared the gathering an unlawful assembly following two fatal shootings,” Fox News reports. Or as the satirical Genesius Times puts it, “Seattle bullies knock down little kids’ fort, take all their soy milk.”

  • According to National Review: “President Trump wants to send Americans another round of coronavirus relief checks, saying in a Wednesday interview that he supports ‘larger numbers than the Democrats’ but stressed ‘it has to be done properly.’ … Trump also suggested that he opposed continuing boosted unemployment benefits that were included in the CARES Act in March, calling them ‘a disincentive to work.’”

Business & Economy

  • Record jobs gain of 4.8 million in June smashes expectations; unemployment rate falls to 11.1% (CNBC)

  • Consumer confidence jumps most since 2011 as the economy reopens (Business Insider)

  • Trump’s North American trade deal (USMCA) gets underway (Politico)

  • Record-shattering surge in gun background checks as BLM, 2020 election, virus boost sales (Washington Examiner)

Government & Politics

  • Republican senators debate replacing Columbus Day with Juneteenth as a federal holiday (The Hill)

  • New York Times joins DNC in criticism of Mount Rushmore (The Washington Free Beacon)

  • Twitter removes Trump meme over copyright complaint from The New York Times (Washington Examiner)

  • Joe Biden pulls together hundreds of lawyers as a bulwark against election trickery (Reuters) (“Of course. You can’t steal an election without attorneys.” —Keith Koffler)

  • SCOTUS study: Networks spent 25 minutes extolling Democrat wins, zero for GOP wins (NewsBusters)

Culture & Heartland

  • Statues of Christopher Columbus and Stonewall Jackson taken down in (ahem) Columbus, Ohio, and Richmond, Virginia, respectively; Abraham Lincoln statue to be removed in Boston (The Daily Wire)

  • Richmond mayor uses emergency powers to immediately remove all Confederate statues (The Daily Caller)

  • Change.org defends “white lives don’t matter” professor: Website deletes petition calling on Cambridge University to fire English prof (The Washington Free Beacon)

  • White liberals can make $12,000 a day on “white privilege” (The Federalist)

  • San Francisco police will stop releasing mugshots of people arrested to “stop perpetuating racial stereotypes” (UK Daily Mail)

National Security

  • A new study finds that fencing along the southern border has deterred illegal immigration (National Review)

  • For years, Afghan contractor handed out Russian cash to kill Americans (The New York Times)

  • Hair weaves from Chinese prison camps seized in New York (AP)

The Latest on COVID-19

  • Arizona, California, and Texas record deadliest days in weeks as cases surge (Washington Examiner)

  • Alabama students throwing “COVID parties” to see who gets infected (ABC News)

Other Notables

  • Russians vote to allow Putin’s rule to extend for 16 more years (New York Post)

  • Detroit removes thousands of dead registrants from voter rolls (The Washington Free Beacon)

  • Investigator: Rayshard Brooks would’ve been charged on 10 counts (Hot Air)

  • FBI arrests Jeffrey Epstein friend Ghislaine Maxwell in sex-trafficking probe (CNBC)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Promises made, promises kept on USMCA (GOP)

  • Policy: Why the U.S. and UK must stand up to China (National Review)

  • Humor: Democrats prepare to celebrate Dependence Day (Genesius Times)

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