Wednesday News Executive Summary

WHO withdrawal, Chris Wray's warning, school reopening push, and more.

Jordan Candler · Jul. 8, 2020

Above the Fold

  • “The Trump administration on Tuesday began the process of officially withdrawing the United States from the World Health Organization — which would take effect in July 2021 — after [President Donald Trump] repeatedly slammed the agency throughout the coronavirus pandemic for alleged [read: certifiable] misinformation about the virus,” Forbes reports. In April, Trump noted that the “very China centric” agency “really blew it.” And as Forbes adds, “The administration has also slammed the organization for allegedly criticizing his travel ban, with a White House fact sheet claiming it ‘made the disastrous decision to oppose travel restrictions from China and other countries — despite applauding travel restrictions within China itself — leading to further spread of the virus internationally.’” The UN better be shaking in its boots.

  • “FBI Director Christopher Wray on Tuesday warned Americans that the Chinese government’s theft of American information is taking place on so large a scale, suspected incidents make up nearly half of his bureau’s counterintelligence cases,” according to Fox News. Director Wray revealed, “Of the nearly 5,000 active FBI counterintelligence cases currently under way across the country, almost half are related to China. And at this very moment, China is working to compromise American health care organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and academic institutions conducting essential COVID-19 research.” He added, “If you’re an American adult, it is more likely than not that China has stolen your personal data.”

Government & Politics

  • Supreme Court rules in favor of Little Sisters of the Poor — and freedom of religion — in ObamaCare contraception case (Fox News)

  • Trump, in push to reopen schools amid coronavirus outbreak, vows “pressure” on governors (Fox News)

  • Betsy DeVos looking “very seriously” at withholding federal funding from schools that refuse to open (The Daily Caller)

  • Justice Department unearths more notes from Peter Strzok and others in Flynn case (Washington Examiner)

  • Congressional Democrat privilege: Ilhan Omar paid $878,000 to new husband’s consulting firm (Fox News)

National Security

  • “They can’t compete”: U.S. flexes bombers that can strike mainland China (Washington Examiner)

  • U.S. “looking at” banning TikTok and other Chinese social media, Mike Pompeo says (National Review)

  • Commander of U.S. Central Command sees smaller but enduring troop presence in Iraq (AP)

The Latest on COVID-19

  • WHO acknowledges “evidence emerging” of airborne spread (Reuters)

  • Scientists warn of potential wave of COVID-linked brain damage (Reuters)

  • Texas doctors rank activities posing greatest risks for contracting the virus (Fox News)

Business & Economy

  • Economic numbers suggest a recession on its way out the door (Washington Examiner)

  • Washington Redskins merchandise pulled by Walmart, Target, and Dick’s Sporting Goods (Fox News)

Culture & Heartland

  • Christopher Columbus statue removed from California’s “woke” capitol rotunda (AP)

  • George Soros-backed DA charges couple with “hate crime” for painting over “Black Lives Matter” (Breitbart)

  • Selective outrage: Still no consequences from Philadelphia Eagles for DeSean Jackson’s anti-Jew posts (The Federalist)

  • J.K. Rowling, Bari Weiss, and Noam Chomsky among dozens to sign open letter calling for end to cancel culture (Mediaite)

  • Tennessee church donates $1,000 to each member of local police department amid defund calls (WCYB)


  • In devastating blow, Israel sets back Iran’s nuke program two years (PJ Media)

  • Angela Merkel looks east to the communist Chinese as ties fray between Germany and U.S. (Politico)

  • Hong Kong’s tough top cop overshadows embattled leader as the ChiComs crack down (Reuters)

Other Notables

  • No, Gov. Cuomo, New York’s nursing home carnage is your fault (New York Post)

  • These 18 corporations gave money to radical Black Lives Matter group (The Daily Signal)

  • Colin Kaepernick knows social justice pays better than the NFL (Victory Girls Blog)

  • For the record: No, the French Revolution was not a good thing (The Daily Signal)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: America’s money supply has ballooned. What should we expect next? (E21)

  • Policy: Partial decoupling from China: A brief guide (American Enterprise Institute)

  • Humor: Disney launches new Colin Kaepernick ride consisting of 60 minutes of sitting on the bench (Genesius Times)

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

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