Friday News Executive Summary

Michael Flynn judge defiant, Native American ruling, NYPD retirements, and more.

Jordan Candler · Jul. 10, 2020

Above the Fold

  • “Washington, D.C. federal District Judge Emmett Sullivan is refusing to dismiss the criminal case against former national security advisor Michael Flynn, and is now arguing that the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals erred when it ordered him to do so last month in a 2-1 ruling,” Fox News reports. “Sullivan, through his attorney Beth Wilkinson, filed a petition on Thursday for a so-called ‘en banc’ review by the entire D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing that the three-judge panel was improperly trying to force the district court ‘to grant a motion [to dismiss] it had not yet resolved … in reliance on arguments never presented to the district court.’” In addition to deep-staters James Comey and John Brennan, maybe it’s time to indict Judge Sullivan as well.

  • Yesterday, “The Supreme Court ruled that a huge swath of the state of Oklahoma is Native American land for certain purposes, siding with a Creek Nation man who challenged his conviction by state authorities in the territory,” according to CNBC, which goes on to explain: “The decision means that only federal authorities, no longer state prosecutors, can lodge charges against Native Americans who commit serious alleged crimes on that land, which is home to 1.8 million people. Of those people, 15% or fewer are Native Americans.” Writing in The Federalist, Jonah Gottschalk says, “The implications are immense, and only beginning to be understood.” He adds, “This case appears to establish that the state of Oklahoma does not have the right to convict American Indians within the 19-million-acre zone.” Moreover, “Hundreds of felons with tribal membership are currently imprisoned and their convictions will now be in doubt. This uncertainty was placed in the forefront of Chief Justice John Roberts’ dissent.”

Government & Politics

  • Anti-Rule of Law protagonist Nancy Pelosi shrugs off mob destruction in Baltimore: “People will do what they do” (The Washington Free Beacon)

  • Joe Biden maneuvers to steal Trump’s thunder with economic nationalism plan (NPR)

  • Congress wants to narrow future aid after big businesses raked in millions in the first round (Washington Examiner)

  • It may take weeks to know the presidential election winner (Washington Examiner)

  • MSNBC appoints radical leftist Joy Reid as Chris Matthews’s replacement (Time)

National Security

  • U.S. Treasury sanctions Chinese entities, officials using Magnitsky Human Rights Act (The National Pulse)

  • China vows to retaliate against U.S. sanctions (CNBC)

  • Army investigates handout suggesting Trump campaign slogan constitutes “covert white supremacy” (Military Times)

  • Arrests along Mexico border jumped 40% last month (The Washington Post)

  • Billions of passwords now available on underground forums (ZDNet)


  • Nashville schools to start academic year remotely for all students (Tennessean)

  • Parents struggle with the possibility of online classes this fall (Washington Examiner)

  • Good reasons exist to reopen schools, Dr. Anthony Fauci says (The Daily Signal)


  • Gilead says remdesivir coronavirus treatment reduces risk of death (CNBC)

  • Plasma therapy successes stoke high hopes (Washington Examiner)

  • Wearing a mask cuts own risk of novel coronavirus by 65%, research shows (Fox News)

  • Despite the recent coronavirus surge in southern states, three states — New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts — account for about 42 percent of COVID-19 deaths in America. Why? (Foundation for Economic Education)

  • Half of Americans have used telehealth services during pandemic (UPI)

Business & Economy

  • Jobless claims at better-than-expected 1.3 million, total getting benefits falls to 18 million (CNBC)

  • Pandemic accelerates the death of malls (Washington Examiner)

  • Big Ten moving to conference-only model for all sports this fall (ESPN)

  • Madison Avenue business sues Governor Cuomo and Mayor de Blasio for riots, estimates $100 million in damages (PJ Media)

Culture & Heartland

  • NYC Black Lives Matter marches can continue despite large-event ban, Bill de Blasio says (Fox News)

  • “Who the hell wants to stay on this job?” NYPD retirement filings surge by 400%, forcing department to limit applications (Washington Examiner)

  • Despicable vandals cut down 9/11 Memorial flagpole in New York village (Fox News)

  • Tennessee’s State Capitol Commission approves moving Nathan Bedford Forrest bust to Tennessee State Museum (Tennessean)

  • DC Council votes to end police involvement in public-school security (The Washington Free Beacon)

  • DC mayor: Police budget cuts make the district “less safe” (CNS News)

  • Penn State deletes what snowflakes call “disgusting” tweet affirming conservative students (Campus Reform)


  • Seoul mayor who was suspected of sexual harassment found dead after massive search (Time)

  • The Internet is changing drastically and dreadfully for Hong Kong’s citizens (MIT Technology Review)

  • Australia ends Hong Kong extradition treaty, extends visas (AP)

Other Notables

  • Tropical Storm Fay bears down on mid-Atlantic, New England (Fox News)

  • Concealed carrier stops man who was strangling a woman in a Tennessee restaurant parking lot (The Truth About Guns)

  • Joe Biden supports two regulations that would destroy entire industries (Foundation for Economic Education)

  • Thousands of North Carolina voters double-voted, watchdog group finds (The Daily Signal)

  • After Trump took office, judicial-nominee obstruction skyrocketed from 3% to 75% (The Federalist)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: After the U.S. leaves the WHO, should the UN be next? (Issues & Insights)

  • Policy: Mines, minerals, and “green” energy: A reality check (Manhattan Institute)

  • Satire: Liberals worried that without cancel culture they’d actually have to defend their ideas (The Babylon Bee)

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