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September 3, 2020

Thursday Executive Summary

Defunding anarchist cities, Pelosi makes excuses, astonishing deficit, and more.

Above the Fold

  • Trump orders review to defund New York City and other anarchist cities (New York Post)

  • Rule of Law antagonist Andrew Cuomo says Trump had “better have an army” to protect him if he comes to NYC (New York Post)

  • Nancy Pelosi’s hair stylist claims, through lawyer, that salon owner approved the Democrat’s visit (Fox News)

  • Pelosi on her special rules: “The salon owes me an apology for setting me up” (Fox News)

Government & Politics

  • Annual deficit to reach an astonishing $3.3 trillion, the CBO projects (The Hill)

  • Record deficit complicates GOP path to coronavirus relief (The Hill)

  • Apparently, supporting race riots pays: Democrats shatter fundraising record with $364.5 million in August (NPR)

  • “Playing with fire”: AG Bill Barr says advocates of mass mail-in voting jeopardize public confidence in election (Washington Examiner)

  • Facebook will ban new political ads in the week before election day (AP)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • Wisconsin antifa “commander” with flamethrower burst into tears during arrest (Fox News)

  • Bill Barr: Antifa members — "the ramrod for the violence" — are “flying around the country” instigating riots (Daily Mail)

  • 1619 Project author: “It would be an honor” to call these the 1619 Riots (Hot Air)

  • NFL announces social justice end zone messaging (Power Line)

  • U.S. perceptions of white-black relations sink to new low (Gallup)

Around the Nation

  • California legislature softens sex offender registry requirements for sodomy with minors (The Daily Caller)

  • DC backs off talk of removing U.S. monuments (The Washington Times)

  • “Simply nutty”: Interior secretary rebukes calls to rename and relocate DC monuments (Washington Examiner)

National Security

  • FISA abuse “must never happen again”: Bill Barr and Christopher Wray announce surveillance reforms (Washington Examiner)

  • China moving to double its nuclear warhead stockpile (The Washington Free Beacon)

  • Celebrating 75th anniversary of V-J Day, Trump says America is “not ashamed” of its history (The Washington Times)

The Latest on COVID-19

  • CDC asks states to prepare to distribute potential vaccine by November 1 (National Review)

  • “This supply chain has never been tested”: Production bottlenecks threaten mass vaccine rollout (Washington Examiner)

Business & Economy

  • Colleges and universities are opening long enough to cash student checks (Washington Examiner)

  • “Entrepreneurship of necessity”: Business applications soar to highest level in 13 years (Washington Examiner)


  • Germany says Putin critic Alexei Navalny was poisoned with a nerve agent (Daily Mail)

  • Calls mount for Germany to rethink Nord Stream 2 pipeline after Navalny poisoning (Reuters)

  • Saudi Arabia to allow all Israel-UAE flights to use its airspace (Axios)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: The deeply pessimistic intellectual roots of Black Lives Matter, the “1619 Project,” and much else in woke America (RealClearInvestigations)

  • Policy: Separating myth from fact about the troubles of the Postal Service (American Enterprise Institute)

  • Humor: Pelosi explains she was “just looking for the bar” while at the salon without a face mask (Genesius Times)

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