August 24, 2020

Monday Executive Summary

Gulf Coast tropical troubles, RNC lineup, Kellyanne Conway leaving, and more.

Above the Fold

  • “Louisiana is bracing for what officials are warning will be a ‘one-two punch,’ as two major storm systems are expected to hit the state within 48 hours of each other,” NPR reports. “Hurricane Marco, which has been downgraded to a tropical storm, had been gaining speed and strength as it crossed through the Gulf of Mexico. It is expected to make landfall Monday. … Following close behind is Tropical Storm Laura, which forecasters say may be a Category 2 hurricane by the time it makes landfall within days.”

  • NPR adds: “Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards warned that the brief window of time between the storms could lead to a dangerous situation for residents. ‘The temporal proximity and the geographic proximity of these storms pose a challenge that, quite frankly, we’ve not seen before,’ Edwards said Sunday. ‘As a result, we don’t know exactly what to expect,’ he said, warning it’s a ‘very serious situation.’”

Republican National Convention

  • Trump campaign unveils base-driven Republican convention lineup (Washington Examiner)

  • Republicans look to use convention as election test bed (AP)

  • Jeff Flake, two dozen former GOP members of Congress try to sabotage RNC by launching “Republicans for Biden” (Fox News)

Government & Politics

  • Trump holds funeral at White House for younger brother Robert (AP)

  • Kellyanne Conway “gratefully & humbly” leaving White House (Washington Examiner)

  • “Fact-checkers” admit Trump’s Pledge of Allegiance claim is true but rate it “mostly false” (The Federalist)

  • Twitter censors Trump tweet about “voter security disaster” (Breitbart)

  • House approves additional $25 billion for U.S. Postal Service, though Senate Leader Mitch McConnell says “the USPS is equipped to handle this election” (CBS News)

  • Refresher course: How the Postal Service tried to swing the election for Hillary Clinton (Washington Examiner)

Uncle Joe

  • Biden faces new plagiarism claim over DNC acceptance speech (New York Post)

  • Biden’s DNC speech suffers low ratings even as Americans stay home (The Federalist)

  • Biden: I will shut down nation in January if scientists puppet masters tell me to (The Federalist)

  • Biden aides apologize privately over campaign’s attack on anti-semite Linda Sarsour (Middle East Eye)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • BLM rioters torch Portland police precinct and pelt riot cops with rocks and glass bottles (UK Daily Mail)

  • Second arrest reported in assault of seven-year old Trump supporter outside Democrat convention (Sharyl Attkisson)

The Latest on COVID-19

  • Trump administration authorizes use of “very effective” convalescent plasma treatment (Washington Examiner)

  • Albion College confines students to campus with location tracking app supposedly for contact tracing (Campus Reform)

Around the Nation

  • Police-involved shooting of a black man in Wisconsin prompts violent protest (Fox News)

  • Three police officers are shot after being ambushed when they rushed to the scene of a home invasion in Maryland (UK Daily Mail)

  • Tennessee governor signs bill increasing punishments for tawdry protests (The Hill)

  • Wildfires, blackouts, high gas prices: Californians fight familiar foes amid pandemic (The Daily Signal)

  • Gov. Gavin Newsom reportedly collected full salary despite promise to cut his own pay (KABC)

Closing Arguments

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