August 18, 2020

Tuesday Executive Summary

Iran bounties, postmaster to testify, negative newscasts, Chicago attack, and more.

Above the Fold

  • Not just Russia: Iran paid bounties for targeting U.S. troops in Afghanistan, intelligence suggests (The Hill)

  • Postmaster General Louis DeJoy agrees to testify amid politicized fury from election-scheming Democrats (Politico)

Government & Politics

  • Trump: Susan B. Anthony to get posthumous pardon (Fox News)

  • “That’s a negative advertising campaign in action”: Evening newscasts 150 times more negative toward Trump than Biden (Fox News)

  • Biden would need Democrat-controlled Senate, unified party to advance sweeping economic plans (The Washington Post)

  • What crime did FBI attorney and anti-Trump deep-stater Kevin Clinesmith allegedly commit? He doctored an email. (Sharyl Attkisson)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • A Democratic candidate for the Minnesota House of Representatives leads vulgar protest at police union president’s home (The Daily Wire)

  • Elderly man sweeping a Chicago sidewalk is sucker punched by a thug in unprovoked attack (UK Daily Mail)

  • Chicago police are retiring at twice the normal rate; at least 110 police officers are retiring in August and September (Fox News)

  • Now Twitter is going after The Babylon Bee (PJ Media)

National Security

  • Former CIA officer arrested and charged with Chinese espionage (Department of Justice)

  • “China poses a greater national security threat to the U.S. than any other nation,” Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe says (Fox News)

Business & Economy

  • California heat wave leaves threat of rolling blackouts for millions thanks to boneheaded Democrat policies (Fox Business)

  • Trump administration finalizes oil drilling plan in Alaska wildlife refuge (Reuters)

Other Notables

  • Minnesota governor quietly reverses course on banning hydroxychloroquine (RealClearPolitics)

  • Heads up: Increasing chance of two tropical depressions forming this week, as already active hurricane season enters peak period (

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Biden’s plan for recovery: Higher taxes and fewer jobs (GOP)

  • Policy: It was Obama, not Trump, who failed the Constitution (Issues & Insights)

  • Humor: Brilliant Trump puts himself on all postage stamps, forcing Democrats to push for abolishing USPS (The Babylon Bee)

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