August 14, 2020

Friday Executive Summary

John Durham “development,” Israel-UAE breakthrough, kneelers booed, and more.

Above the Fold

  • UPDATE: Durham probe: Ex-FBI lawyer to plead guilty in first criminal case arising from review (Fox News)

  • Major breakthrough: Israel and United Arab Emirates agree to full normalization of relations (NBC News)

Government & Politics

  • Nancy Pelosi says no coronavirus relief talks until Republicans agree to a massive $2 trillion price tag (Fox News)

  • Mitch McConnell announces Senate will adjourn until September 8 unless a stimulus deal is struck (Axios)

  • Trump plans to deliver Republican National Convention speech on White House lawn (New York Post)

  • Joe Biden calls for a spurious nationwide mask mandate: “Every single American should be wearing a mask when they are outside” (The Daily Wire)

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci: No reason why we shouldn’t be able to vote in person (The Washington Times)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • Oregon State Police pull out of protecting Portland courthouse after city refuses to “prosecute this criminal behavior” (The Daily Wire)

  • MLS players booed in Texas after they take knee during anthem (The Hill)

  • Justice Department finds that an obstinate Yale discriminates against Asian, white applicants (Politico)


  • UC-Berkeley study: At least 15,800 essential workers would not have contracted COVID if California had stockpiled enough masks and PPE (UK Daily Mail)

  • Thirteen states make contact tracing data public. Here’s what they’re learning. (NPR)

  • More than a quarter aged 18-24 have “seriously considered suicide” in past 30 days, according to the CDC (The Daily Wire)

Business & Economy

  • Temporary layoffs becoming permanent job losses, as 62% of employers don’t plan to hire (Washington Examiner)

  • American Airlines prepares to drop some service to smaller cities as expiration of federal aid nears (CNBC)

National Security

  • “Only the Supreme Court may revise its precedent”: 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds male-only military draft (American Military News)

  • NSA and FBI expose Russian intelligence hacking tool (Reuters)

Culture & Heartland

  • Non compos mentis: 9/11 “Tribute in Light” memorial in NYC canceled supposedly over COVID-19 concerns (New York Post)

  • Georgia governor to drop lawsuit over Atlanta mask mandate (AP)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: States have an obligation to offer parents school choice during pandemic closures (The Daily Signal)

  • Policy: Why the war on nuclear threatens us all: America’s energy policies are pushing its allies into the embrace of undemocratic rivals (City Journal)

  • “Satire”: Biden: “A black woman will become president over my dead body” (The Babylon Bee)

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