September 17, 2020

Thursday Executive Summary

Vaccine distribution, Facebook censorship, trash journalism, and more.

Above the Fold

  • “Go for the much higher numbers”: Trump undercuts GOP by calling for bigger COVID-19 relief package (The Hill)

  • Department of Health and Human Services unveils plans for vaccine distribution (Washington Examiner)



  • Senate Homeland Security Committee authorizes subpoenas for testimony from Obama officials as part of Russia probe (Fox News)

  • Robert Mueller declined invitation to testify before Senate Judiciary Committee (Washington Examiner)

  • Senator David Perdue cleared of wrongdoing on scrutinized stock trades (The Washington Free Beacon)

  • Pandering Biden criticized for playing sensual hit song “Despacito” at Hispanic Heritage Month event (Disrn)

  • “This is the most important election since our country was founded”: 235 retired military leaders endorse Trump in joint letter (Disrn)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • George Floyd riots caused record-setting $2 billion in damage — but the true cost is even higher (Foundation for Economic Education)

  • BLM cofounder Alicia Garza in 2015 said capitalism must be abolished for black lives to matter (The Daily Caller)

  • NFL player and combat veteran Alejandro Villanueva bucks teammates by honoring vet, not drive-by shooter (Power Line)

  • Netflix subscription cancellations deservedly soar after “Cuties" controversy (The Daily Wire)

Around the Nation

  • Pea-brained Minneapolis City Council complains about lack of policing after voting to eliminate police department (The Washington Free Beacon)

  • Minneapolis won’t let riot‐battered stores install security shutters (Cato Institute)

  • "There’s not a comparable year”: Homicides are up 52% in Chicago (USA Today)

  • Four people apprehended, facing multiple charges for intentionally starting wildfires on West Coast (Disrn)

  • Former Atlanta CFO — who was employed by an anti-gun administration — indicted for illegal machine gun possession (The Truth About Guns)

  • New York City Mayor’s Office to take weeklong furlough (WCBS 800)

Business & Economy

  • Jobless claims (860,000) were lower than expected, but employment growth is still sluggish (CNBC)

  • Fed leaves interest rates near zero; end-of-year unemployment rate forecast is reduced considerably from previous outlook (NPR)

  • “The WTO is completely inadequate to stop China’s harmful technology practices”: World Trade Organization rules that some U.S. tariffs on China violate trade rules (National Review)

  • Big Ten reverses its boneheaded decision, will start football season in October (NPR)

Other Notables

  • Nearly two-thirds of U.S. young adults unaware that six million Jews killed in the Holocaust (The Guardian)

  • Boeing hid design flaws in 737 Max jets from pilots and regulators (Ars Technica)

  • Yoshihide Suga — facing daunting challenges — becomes Japan’s prime minister, pledging to follow Abe’s course (NPR)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Green efforts that raise energy costs disproportionately hurt black people and poor people (Washington Examiner)

  • Policy: Understanding Trump’s Mideast peace deals (The Resurgent)

  • Humor: Biden and Harris form mariachi band to woo Latino voters (Genesius Times)

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