Tuesday Executive Summary

Virus relief plan, John Roberts' anti-2A signal, targeting fake history, and more.

Jordan Candler · Jul. 28, 2020

Above the Fold

  • “Senate Republicans on Monday officially unveiled details of their proposal for the latest round of coronavirus stimulus, officially igniting last-minute negotiations overshadowed by a still-turbulent economy,” reports The Washington Free Beacon. “The GOP plan includes roughly $1 trillion in new spending meant primarily to shore up the flagging market, as unemployment persists over 10 percent. At the same time, it sets a far less expansive spending agenda than the House Democrats’ plan that was introduced in May and contains over $3 trillion in spending proposals. That sets up what is likely to be a chaotic week of inter-party and inter-branch negotiations.”

  • The Free Beacon adds: “The proposal’s most contentious portion is likely to be its changes to federal supplementation of unemployment insurance. In August and September, the GOP plan will guarantee payment of $200 per month to those on unemployment over and above their state payments; in October that would transition to guaranteeing wage replacement of 70 percent to those without a job, up to $500 a month. That’s a major cut to the status quo under the CARES Act, passed in March, which paid out an additional $600 per month — essentially guaranteeing a $15 per hour replacement wage. Democrats want to preserve that arrangement, while some Republicans worry that it is discouraging workers from returning to the workforce, contributing to a slowed economic recovery.”

Government & Politics

  • Democrat Party platform honors Native American tribes that fought against the U.S. in the War of 1812 (The Washington Free Beacon)

  • Conservative justices reportedly declined to take up Second Amendment case after John Roberts signaled he would side with the liberals (National Review)

  • “Heads are going to roll”: Nick Sandmann’s legal team threatens new action against CNN and The Washington Post for allegedly violating confidentiality agreements (The Daily Wire)

  • First presidential debate moved to Cleveland amid pandemic concerns: The debate, which is in just over two months, was originally scheduled to be hosted by the University of Notre Dame (Politico)

  • Senator Tom Cotton introduces legislation to ban federal funding of schools teaching fake history (The Federalist)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • Campus activists demand free tuition and reparations: Tulane’s Black Student Union presses administration to compensate the descendants of slaves who worked on campus grounds (The Washington Free Beacon)

  • But the damage is already done: ESPN issues correction on viral WNBA national anthem tweet, says players left before the song was played (The Daily Caller)

  • Enraged woman maces couple picnicking who weren’t wearing masks (The Daily Wire)

National Security

  • South Korea to have solid fuel rockets in major deal with U.S. (AP)

  • More federal agents dispatched to Portland as protests rise in other cities (The Washington Post)

  • Seventy-seven percent of Americans are concerned about crime in our cities (Power Line)

The Latest on COVID-19

  • Hope increases that Sun Belt hot spots have stabilized (Washington Examiner)

  • Some MLB games postponed after Miami Marlins’ coronavirus outbreak (ESPN)

  • Loss of smell from virus is not permanent, scientists say (UK Daily Mail)

  • How close are we to a vaccine? Here’s what we know (The Daily Signal)

Other Notables

  • RIP: Conservative UNC Wilmington professor Mike Adams — whom NBC is still slandering — died by suicide (New York Post)

  • Pittsburgh Steelers’ defensive end Stephon Tuitt says he won’t kneel for the national anthem (UK Daily Mail)

  • Florida man (of course!) fraudulently obtained $3.9 million in PPP loans and used some of it to buy Lamborghini (The Hill)

  • Life during COVID: Ice cream is really popular, deodorant not so much (WBFF)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: The (un)constitutionality of federal mask mandates (The Orange County Register)

  • Policy: Why mail-in voting is a bad idea, even during a pandemic (The Daily Signal)

  • Satire: Dr. Anthony Fauci mandates masks for all bullets to prevent COVID-related gunshot wounds (Genesius Times)

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

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