Jordan Candler / August 27, 2020

Thursday Executive Summary

Hurricane Laura makes landfall, RNC highlights, Kenosha updates, and more.


Above the Fold


“Hurricane Laura made landfall early Thursday morning and is now tracking northward across western Louisiana with threats of destructive winds, flooding rainfall, storm surge and tornadoes. Laura made landfall near Cameron, Louisiana, at 1 a.m. CDT as a strong Category 4 with 150 mph winds, southwest Louisiana’s first Category 4 landfalling hurricane on record, according to NOAA’s historical database. … Laura should weaken to a tropical storm later Thursday as it moves into Arkansas. It’s predicted to weaken to a tropical depression as it tracks toward Kentucky and Tennessee on Friday.” (The Weather Channel)


Republican National Convention


  • “Land of Heroes” — RNC Night 3 highlights, plus what to expect tonight (The Daily Caller)

  • Republicans pull no punches, delivering triumphant outsider challenge to all of DC (The Federalist)

  • The Republican convention makes a play for the black vote. Will it work? (Washington Examiner)


Kenosha, Wisconsin


  • Where were his parents? 17-year-old arrested, charged with first-degree murder for riot shooting (National Review)

  • CNN panned for on-air graphic reading “fiery but mostly peaceful protest” in front of fire (Fox News)

  • Investigators say Jacob Blake “had a knife in his possession” during shooting (National Review)

  • After two die, Wisconsin’s governor relents, accepts federal help to quell riots (The Federalist)

  • 71-year-old man reportedly suffers broken jaw, blow to head as he defends business (Fox News)

  • Jacob Blake’s mother pleads for peace (The Federalist)


Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate


  • Riots and looting break out in Minneapolis after police are wrongly accused of shooting a black man (The Daily Wire)

  • Oakland rioters torch courthouse, smash windows as unrest continues (Fox News)

  • Portland rioters allegedly break into and vandalize City Hall (The Daily Caller)

  • List of cities hit by riots in the last three months (The Daily Caller)

  • NBA, WNBA, MLB, and MLS postpone games as players protest justifiable Jacob Blake shooting (The Washington Post)

  • Lakers and Clippers vote to boycott NBA season in light of Jacob Blake shooting (NBC Sports)


The Latest on COVID-19


  • FDA gives go-ahead to fast $5 coronavirus test that doesn’t require lab equipment (Politico)

  • CDC changes testing guidance; asymptomatic people no longer require test (Fox News)

  • DOJ seeks information on coronavirus orders that may have led to deaths (Power Line)


National Security


  • Trump administration sanctions China’s alleged fentanyl kingpin (PJ Media)

  • U.S. penalizes 24 Chinese companies over role in South China Sea (The New York Times)

  • TikTok CEO resigns amid U.S. pressure to sell risky video app (AP)

  • Sailor investigated for arson after burning of Navy warship (The New York Times)


Business & Economy


  • Another million apply for jobless benefits (CNBC)

  • Second reading on Q2 GDP down an annualized 31.7% vs 32.5% decline expected (CNBC)


Other Notables


  • New documents show George Floyd had “fatal level” of fentanyl in his body at time of death (The Federalist)

  • U.S. gets started on “trillion trees” project (Washington Examiner)

  • “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” song quietly removed from Disneyland Resort’s now-woke music loops (Fox News)


Closing Arguments


  • Policy: Want to really cut taxes? Cut government spending (Mises Institute)

  • Policy: A national mask mandate isn’t necessary to save lives (The Daily Signal)

  • Satire: In lieu of convention, Republicans just broadcast footage of riots in Democrat-controlled cities for three hours (The Babylon Bee)

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