August 17, 2020

Monday Executive Summary

Robert Trump dies, NYPD union rebuffs Biden, USPS scheme, and more.

Above the Fold

  • “He was not just my brother, he was my best friend”: Robert Trump, younger brother of President Trump, has died (The Daily Wire)

  • NYPD union endorses Trump: “We need your strong voice across the country” (New York Post)

United States Postal Service Scheme

Democratic National Convention Circus

  • Biden-Harris ticket aims to spark enthusiasm at convention after low-key campaign (Fox News)

  • Trump “failure” on COVID-19 will be central message of Biden convention (The Hill)

  • Black Lives Matter movement to play elevated role at convention (The Hill)

  • Kamala Harris brings gun confiscation support to presidential ticket (The Washington Free Beacon)

Government & Politics

  • “Don’t underestimate Joe’s ability to f—k things up”: Tensions linger between Biden and Obama camps (Fox News)

  • Federal appeals court rules law-evading Hillary Clinton does not have to testify in lawsuit over her emails (National Review)

  • GAO rules DHS secretary and deputy are not valid officeholders (The Resurgent)

  • Hawaii beach property linked to Obama, a climate alarmist, bypasses coastal protection laws (Fox News)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • Portland protest turns violent; brutal assault caught on video (Fox News)

  • More than sixty 911 calls go unanswered during Portland riot (PJ Media)

  • Trump threatens to intervene in the Big Apple after another violent weekend saw 50 people shot and seven killed (UK Daily Mail)

  • Costs from weeks of “protests” take financial toll on cash-strapped cities (Fox News)

  • The 2020 San Francisco exodus is real, and historic (SFGate)

Business & Economy

  • South Dakota turns down extra $300-a-week unemployment benefits from Trump administration (Fox Business)

  • Iowa requests nearly $4 billion in disaster aid after derecho; the storm damaged or destroyed 13 million acres of corn (Fox Business)

  • Japan was hit by its biggest economic slump on record in the second quarter (Reuters)

Other Notables

  • Head-turner: Notorious Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals strikes down California’s ban on high-capacity magazines, says restrictions violate Second Amendment (Fox News)

  • Secretary of State Mike Pompeo inks deal to support more U.S. troops in Poland (AP)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Environmentalists should not oppose natural gas (National Review)

  • Policy: Here’s how your children are getting indoctrinated by leftist ideology (The Daily Signal)

  • Humor: Study finds most Americans trust Dr. Pepper over Dr. Fauci (The Babylon Bee)

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