September 10, 2020

Thursday Executive Summary

More anti-Trump smears, “woke” Hollywood, school choice reforms, and more.


  • President Trump defends coronavirus response after Bob Woodward interview audio gets published: “I don’t want to scare people” (Fox News)

  • Woodward, facing criticism, defends decision to withhold Trump’s virus comments (AP)

  • Dr. Anthony Fauci reacts to Woodward reporting: “Didn’t get any sense” that Trump downplayed coronavirus (Washington Examiner)

  • James Mattis told then-DNI Dan Coats they may be forced to take “collective action” against “unfit” Trump, according to Woodward (National Review)

  • Trump announces list of potential Supreme Court nominees; candidates include ironclad conservatives Tom Cotton, Ted Cruz, and Josh Hawley (Washington Examiner)

  • Meanwhile, Joe Biden doesn’t release list of 20 potential SCOTUS nominees (Washington Examiner)

  • Democrats exploit riots and emotions to outraise Trump by over $150 million in August (Politico)

  • William Barr: “There could be” [correction: there should be] more criminal charges in Durham investigation (Washington Examiner)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • “Woke” Oscars unveil diversity criteria for award eligibility (The Washington Free Beacon)

  • Kirstie Alley: New Oscars inclusion requirements “a disgrace to artists everywhere” (The Daily Wire)

  • Study: Hollywood casts more light-skinned actors for ChiCom market (Axios)

  • Double standards: Disney threatened to pull out of Georgia over abortion law but filmed in region where Chinese Uighurs are imprisoned (The Daily Signal)

Around the Nation

  • Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler viewed negatively by two-thirds of city’s voters (Fox News)

  • Salon owner Erica Kious is closing her shop after maskless visit by Nancy “Special Rules” Pelosi (New York Post)

  • Voter fraud cases emerge in the battleground states of North Carolina and Georgia (The Daily Signal)


  • Faux black professor Jessica Krug resigns from teaching position at George Washington University (NBC News)

  • University of Michigan apologizes for apparent segregation of student events (The Washington Free Beacon)


  • Cringeworthy study debunked: There was no “Sturgis superspreader” COVID-19 event (PJ Media)

  • Almost two million fewer teenagers are vaping now compared to last year (Time)

National Security

  • Whistleblower claims DHS leaders altered intelligence; complaint was released by coup co-conspirator Adam Schiff (The Washington Times)

  • U.S. cancels over 1,000 visas for Chinese nationals deemed security risks (CNBC)

Other Notables

  • Chicago murder rate cut “roughly in half” since before Operation Legend (Fox News)

  • As DC mayor seeks to remove statues, Hillsdale College puts up more (The Federalist)

Closing Arguments

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