Jordan Candler / July 31, 2020

Friday Executive Summary

More Michael Flynn drama, unemployment benefits expire, FISA errors, and more.

Above the Fold

  • So much for hoping the vindictive case against Michael Flynn couldn’t get any more theatrical. According to CNBC, “A federal appeals court on Thursday tossed out its order that a trial court judge dismiss the criminal case against former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn, and said it will rehear arguments on the issue. The ruling is a blow to the retired Army lieutenant general and the Justice Department, which has asked the trial judge to drop the charge.” What a shame that such a brilliant patriot is being handcuffed not just by the deep state but by judicial activists.

  • “The Senate has adjourned until 3pm on Monday, as Congress failed to reach an agreement on extending extra unemployment benefits that are set to expire [today],” Axios reveals. The report adds: “Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) attempted Thursday afternoon to unanimously pass a short-term extension of the benefits at a reduced level of $200 per week, which was summarily rejected by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). Schumer then attempted to pass the $3 trillion relief bill that House Democrats approved in May. That, too, was blocked and condemned by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) as a ‘totally unserious proposal.’”

Government & Politics

  • YouTube claims removal of Heather Mac Donald BLM livestream was a mistake, but adds an age restriction nevertheless (National Review)

  • Bill Clinton visited Jeffrey Epstein’s private island, unsealed court documents suggest (Fox News)

  • FBI finds two “material” errors in audit of 29 FISA applications against American citizens. The Carter Page FISAs had 17 “significant” omissions. (The Daily Caller)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • ACLU sues Portland police to block them videotaping demonstrators (The Daily Wire)

  • “Peaceful protests”: Twenty-four people have died since violence erupted following George Floyd’s death (The Daily Caller)

  • NBA players protest the national anthem as league returns to action (Reuters)

  • Trader Joe’s announces it will not pander to a petition calling product names “racist” (UK Daily Mail)


  • What states can learn from Texas’s COVID-19 response (The Daily Signal)

  • On the bright side, seasonal flu reports hit record lows amid global social distancing (Reuters)

Business & Economy

  • Weekly jobless claims rise for a second straight week to 1.434 million (CNBC)

  • Euro zone GDP plunged by a record 12.1% in the second quarter (CNBC)

  • “Big Four” tech titans Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google add $250 billion to their combined market value (UK Daily Mail)

Culture & Heartland

  • Hurricane Isaias bears down on the Bahamas and Florida after battering Puerto Rico (AP)

  • St. Louis County prosecutor reopened Michael Brown shooting case but won’t charge Darren Wilson (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

  • Grand jury indicts Tennessee Democrat state senator on theft charges (AP)


  • Chinese and Russian hackers are sanctioned by Europe for the first time (MIT Technology Review)

  • Hong Kong ChiCom-controlled government postpones elections (AP)

Other Notables

  • Are lockdowns necessary? What data from 10 countries show. (The Daily Signal)

  • What precedent and the Constitution say about postponing an election (The Daily Signal)

Closing Arguments

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