Jordan Candler / August 20, 2020

Thursday Executive Summary

Clinesmith pleads guilty, Operation Legend Sweep arrests, DNC updates, and more.


Above the Fold


  • As expected, ex-FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith pleads guilty in Durham probe (The Daily Caller)

  • Attorney General William Barr announces 1,000 arrested, 200 charged with federal crimes in Operation Legend Sweep (The Daily Wire)


Democratic National Convention Circus


  • Day 3: Revenge of Obama: This was Kamala Harris’s night. But like all the nights of the DNC, it was really just about hating Donald Trump. (The Federalist)

  • Democrats adopt radical but evidently not-radical-enough party platform amid some leftist dissent (Fox News)

  • How the coronavirus panic helped Democrats create a “centrist” charade at their convention (The Federalist)

  • Muslim Delegates Assembly omits “under God” from Pledge of Allegiance (The Federalist)


Government & Politics


  • Stephen Bannon arrested, charged with fraud by New York prosecutor (National Review)

  • Judge throws out Trump challenge to Manhattan DA subpoena for tax records (CNBC)

  • Bad blood: Multimillionaire Obamas haven’t donated to Joe Biden’s campaign (The Washington Free Beacon)

  • Not all misinformation is equal… Twitter says viral mailbox misinformation doesn’t violate company policy (National Review)


Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate


  • Portland’s police chief pleads for an end to the “endless destruction” as 200 rioters start fires in the street and attempt to storm ICE building (UK Daily Mail)

  • Death toll rises to an estimated 30 victims since “mostly peaceful protests” began (The Federalist)

  • Goodyear endorses “Black Lives Matter,” bans employees from saying “Blue Lives Matter” (The Federalist)

  • Cancel Culture, continued: Cincinnati Reds suspend announcer Thom Brennaman after “horrific” anti-gay slur (Fox News)

  • How libraries are indoctrinating kids to think all white people are racists (The Federalist)


National Security


  • Facebook removes “organizations and movements that have demonstrated significant risks to public safety … including some who may identify as Antifa” (PJ Media)

  • U.S. intends to trigger “snapback” of UN sanctions on Iran (Fox News)


The Latest on COVID-19


  • A new phase: Fatality rates fall as treatments improve (The Hill)

  • Asymptomatic kids may be more contagious than severely ill adults, new study finds (Fox News)


Business & Economy


  • Firearm manufacturers concerned a Trump reelection could hurt sales, hesitant to increase production amid skyrocketing demands (The Daily Caller)

  • Apple becomes first U.S. company to reach a $2 trillion market cap (CNBC)


Other Notables


  • Tropical Depression 13 heading toward South Florida (Fox News)

  • Chicago mayor adds Mississippi to the list of states she now blames for city’s violence problem (The Truth About Guns)

  • Study suggests “horrifying” rise in domestic violence during pandemic (HealthDay News)

  • Vladimir Putin critic Alexei Navalny in a coma, allegedly poisoned by toxic tea (AP)


Closing Arguments


  • Policy: Time to kill the zombie Iran nuclear deal at UN (The Daily Signal)

  • Policy: A plan to make Medicaid fair, focused, and accountable (Manhattan Institute)

  • Humor: Democratic Convention viewer wishing they would just get to the part about all the free stuff (The Babylon Bee)

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