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October 2, 2020

Friday Executive Summary

Dems’ blue-city piñata, debate conflict of interest, Proud Boys condemned, and more.

Top of the Fold

  • Donald Trump joins list of world leaders — including British PM Boris Johnson and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro — who’ve tested positive for COVID-19 (NPR)

  • Amid failed talks with White House, House Democrats pass their own $2.2 trillion relief bill blue-city piñata before hitting campaign trail (Washington Examiner)


  • Senate Democrats formally (and inevitably) ask for delay in Amy Coney Barrett confirmation (Fox News)

  • Conflict of interest: Steve Scully, moderator for the upcoming Trump-Biden debate, worked as an intern for Joe Biden and a staff assistant for Ted Kennedy (The Daily Wire)

  • Trump won’t agree to debate-rule changes (The Washington Times)

  • Trump condemns white supremacists and Proud Boys in Fox interview (New York Post)

  • Joe Biden says Trump has never condemned white supremacy. Here are 20 times he did just that. (Not the Bee)


  • “No context”: White House hits back after CNN airs surreptitiously recorded Melania Trump tapes on child immigrants and the media (Washington Examiner)

  • New York Times, Rolling Stone, ABC, and CBS all denied motions to dismiss lawsuit brought by Covington teen Nick Sandmann (The Post Millennial)

  • CNN (sort of) cracks down on Andrew Cuomo’s nursing home debacle after giving anchor’s brother softball treatment (Fox News)

  • New York Times op-ed was written by the Chinese Communist Party’s Hong Kong “enforcer” (Washington Examiner)

  • Daily Caller editor: Google won’t let you see our article even if you search for it by name (The Federalist)

  • Senate panel votes to subpoena conservative-suppressing Big Tech CEOs (Axios)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • Air ball: NBA Finals featuring social justice mega-warrior LeBron James notches record-low viewership (Not the Bee)

  • AP Stylebook discourages use of “riot” and expands definition of “protest” to include “violence” (National Review)

Around the Nation

  • Texas governor forces counties to designate just one mail ballot drop-off site (Houston Chronicle)

  • Los Angeles ordered to pay NRA after losing First Amendment case; city will pay gun-rights group about $150,000 for lawsuit over unconstitutional ordinance (The Washington Free Beacon)

Business & Economy

  • Payroll growth slows in September to 661,000; unemployment rate falls to 7.9% (CNBC)

  • Weekly jobless claims edge lower to 837,000 (CNBC)

  • The COVID-19 recession is the most unequal in modern U.S. history (The Washington Post)

  • Half of New York City’s restaurants and bars could permanently close, putting 150,000 jobs in limbo (National Review)

National Security

  • Donald Trump says he will overturn “ridiculous order” removing the words “brotherhood” and “man” from Navy SEAL ethos (Daily Mail)

  • Déjà vu: Thousands of U.S.-bound migrants cross into Guatemala without authorization (Reuters)

  • Judge blocks Trump’s ban on hundreds of thousands of foreign workers (The New York Times)

Other Notables

  • Chicago mayor’s Corona Destroyer outfit is “the cringiest thing I’ve ever seen” (Twitchy)

  • Heartwarming: A five-year-old sent a toy Baby Yoda to firefighters as a thank you gift and now they take it with them while they fight fires (Not the Bee)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: How to trim the defense budget without harming U.S. security (Foreign Policy)

  • Policy: Restricting global economic activity will lead to stagnation (InsideSources)

  • Humor: “You have to elect me to find out what my policy positions are,” says Joe Biden (The Babylon Bee)

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