Monday News Executive Summary

China's BIG lie, Trump's Mount Rushmore speech, new national garden, and more.

Jordan Candler · Jul. 6, 2020

Above the Fold

  • “Contrary to claims from both Chinese officials and the World Health Organization, China did not report the existence of the coronavirus in late 2019, according to a WHO timeline tracking the spread of the virus,” The Washington Free Beacon reports. “Rather, international health officials discovered the virus through information posted to a U.S. website. The quiet admission from the international health organization, which posted an ‘updated’ timeline to its website this week, flies in the face of claims from some of its top officials, including WHO director general Tedros Adhanom, who maintained for months that China had informed his organization about the emerging sickness.”

  • Speaking of China, according to The Daily Caller, “The Chinese private equity firm BHR Partners updated its business records on April 20 to remove Hunter Biden as a member of its board of directors, but he continues to hold a 10% ownership stake in the company through his LLC, Chinese business records show. … Hunter Biden continues to hold a 10% equity stake in BHR … despite a pledge in December from his father, former Vice President Joe Biden, that none of his family members would ‘be engaged in any foreign business’ if he is elected president in November.”

Government & Politics

  • “Rushmore will stand forever”: Trump condemns anti-founding protesters in South Dakota (The Daily Caller)

  • New York Times ripped for describing Trump’s Mount Rushmore speech as “dark and divisive” (The Daily Caller)

  • Trump announces plans to create national garden honoring “greatest Americans to ever live” (CBS News)

  • A direct threat to the Democrat Party’s stronghold on black voters: Kanye West says he’s running for president (Politico)

  • Trump to hold outdoor New Hampshire rally on July 11 while Biden remains perpetually sequestered (Fox News)

  • Joe Biden tops Donald Trump in fundraising for second straight month: $141 million to $131 million (USA Today)

  • Supreme Court agrees to hear legal showdown over Mueller grand jury materials (CBS News)

  • Los Angeles Times publishes Beijing-funded propaganda (The Daily Caller)

Annals of the Social-Justice Caliphate

  • Baltimore mayor defends vandals who toppled Christopher Columbus statue on July 4th (The Daily Caller)

  • Maryland governor urges Baltimore leaders to “regain control of their own streets” after Columbus statue toppled (Washington Examiner)

  • Atlanta mayor unloads after eight-year-old child is killed near BLM protest site: “You can’t blame this on police” (Fox News)

  • Racists baiting racists: Armed protesters demonstrate in front of Confederate carving on Stone Mountain (Washington Examiner)

  • Black Lives Matter “protesters” filmed dancing on American flag in Washington, DC (The Daily Caller)

  • Frederick Douglass statue in New York removed from base and damaged (Washington Examiner)

National Security

  • Senate approves sanctions against Chinese officials over Hong Kong law (Washington Examiner)

  • With Beijing’s military nearby, U.S. sends two aircraft carriers to South China Sea (The New York Times)

  • Niagara Falls region becomes ground zero in the coronavirus-era war on drugs (Washington Examiner)


Culture & Heartland

  • Colin Kaepernick condemns July 4th as “celebration of white supremacy” (The Daily Caller)

  • NFL’s Washington Redskins and MLB’s Cleveland Indians are rethinking their names (NPR)

  • Report: NFL to play “black national anthem” prior to Week 1 games (Sports Illustrated)

  • Minnesota governor asks Trump for disaster declaration after George Floyd riots trigger over $500 million in damages (Fox News)

  • “Statuary sanctuary city”: Ohio town offers to house any statues other cities remove (Washington Examiner)

  • U.S. population growth is driven only by minorities with the white population declining for the first time in the nation’s history, according to new census data (UK Daily Mail)

Other Notables

  • New jobs report suggests Americans are eager to return to work after lockdown (The Daily Signal)

  • Developers cancel long-delayed, $8 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline (AP)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: We must advocate for better civics education in our schools (The Daily Signal)

  • Policy: A deeper look at Black Lives Matter and its impact (The Daily Signal)

  • Humor: Redskins change name to “Lizard People” to better represent population of Washington, DC (The Babylon Bee)

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

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