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Jordan Candler / Nov. 16, 2020

Monday Executive Summary

Million MAGA March, Trump's litigation outlook, China welcomes Joe Biden, and more.

Top of the Fold

  • Trump supporters descend upon Washington to defend the president (Examiner)

  • President does in-person lap at “Million MAGA March” (Examiner)

  • Biden called out for silence as leftists attack rallygoers (Daily Wire)

Re: Vote Fraud

  • For what it’s worth, federal prosecutors tell William Barr they see no evidence of substantial irregularities (Washington Post)

  • Trump litigation outlook is dim, says Andrew McCarthy (NR)

Excerpt: “This is the president’s fatal problem. No matter which battleground state we analyze, there is always a mismatch between the impropriety alleged and the remedy that it could yield. Where Trump is strongest, as in the Supreme Court case, the yield in votes is a relative pittance. Where Trump’s claims are weaker and hotly disputed, the president is asking for mass disfranchisement, which no court is ever going to order.”

  • Trump says Biden “won” — then claims race is “rigged” and refuses to concede (NR)

  • Sidney Powell says they are “fixing to overturn the results of the election in several states” (Examiner)

  • Legal team demands probe of Dominion voting software (Washington Times)

  • Campaign jettisons major parts of its legal challenge against Pennsylvania (Washington Post)

Excerpt: “Trump’s attorneys filed a revised version of the lawsuit, removing allegations that election officials violated the Trump campaign’s constitutional rights by limiting the ability of their observers to watch votes being counted. … Trump’s pared-down lawsuit now focuses on allegations that Republicans were illegally disadvantaged because some Democratic-leaning counties allowed voters to fix errors on their mail ballots. Counties have said this affected only a small number of votes.”

  • “Rife with speculation”: Judge smacks down Detroit voter fraud lawsuit (NR)

  • Mob forces Trump lawyers to withdraw their representation (Power Line)

Election Debrief

  • Trump to hamstring Biden by enacting series of tough-on-China policies (Daily Wire)

  • Companies are preparing to cut jobs and automate if Biden gets $15 minimum wage hike (FEE)

  • Speaker Pelosi won’t accept blame for House losses but will take “credit for winning a majority” (Daily Wire)

  • We’re shocked — shocked! China congratulates its old pal Joe Biden (AP)

Government & Politics

  • Tax filings reveal Biden cancer charity spent millions on salaries, zero on research (NY Post)

Excerpt: “The Biden Cancer Initiative was founded in 2017 by the former vice president and his wife, Jill Biden… But it gave out no grants in its first two years, and spent millions on the salaries of former Washington, DC, aides it hired. The charity took in $4,809,619 in contributions in fiscal years 2017 and 2018, and spent $3,070,301 on payroll in those two years.”

  • Obama: “I’m not yet ready to abandon the possibility of America.” Kristi Noem fires back: “What a ridiculous message.” (Daily Wire)

  • Source says Durham investigation closing down without indictments, scared of Biden blowback (RedState) | Jim Jordan expects report from John Durham “real soon” (Examiner)

The Latest on COVID-19

  • Early data suggests Moderna’s vaccine is 95% effective (Time)

Excerpt: “For the second time this month, there’s promising news from a COVID-19 vaccine candidate: Moderna said Monday its shots provide strong protection, a dash of hope against the grim backdrop of coronavirus surges in the U.S. and around the world. … A week ago, competitor Pfizer Inc. announced its own COVID-19 vaccine appeared similarly effective — news that puts both companies on track to seek permission within weeks for emergency use in the U.S.”

  • White House expects to distribute 20 million vaccine doses by December (NR)

  • Low coronavirus vaccine uptake may not delay return to normal (Examiner)

Excerpt: “Preliminary analyses of European countries suggest that 20% vaccination, focused on healthcare workers and high-risk groups, may suppress transmission in the short term, according to Gabriela Gomes, a statistician at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.”

  • Biden coronavirus advisers oppose national lockdown (Examiner)

  • Governor Gretchen Whitmer locks down Michigan. Again. (Daily Wire)

  • Washington Governor Jay Inslee orders sweeping restrictions (Newsweek)

National Security

  • Outgoing Syria envoy admits hiding U.S. troop numbers but praises Trump’s Mideast record (Defense One)

  • Al Qaeda’s No. 2, accused in 1998 U.S. embassy attacks, was killed in Iran (NY Times)

  • Asia forms world’s biggest trade bloc — a China-backed group excluding the U.S. (CNBC)

Non Compos Mentis

  • Bernie Sanders erroneously claims majority of Americans support a “far-left agenda” (Daily Mail)

  • “Threat to democracy”: CNN sounds alarm over conservatives leaving Twitter and Facebook (Daily Wire)

  • Oxford Dictionary changes definitions for “man” and “woman” (Disrn)

Double Standards

  • Chicago mayor wants to shut down Thanksgiving but defends going to Biden celebration as a source of “relief” (Daily Caller)

  • California governor went to birthday party, violated own virus rules (AP)

Around the Nation

  • New York sheriff refuses to enforce Andrew Cuomo’s Thanksgiving order (Examiner)

  • New stats reveal massive NYC exodus amid coronavirus and crime (NY Post)

Excerpt: “More than 300,000 New Yorkers have bailed from the Big Apple in the last eight months… City residents filed 295,103 change of address requests from March 1 through Oct. 31.”

  • Michigan governor seeks shutdown of Great Lakes oil pipeline (Fox News)

Stranger Than Fiction

  • Alaska Airlines passenger jet hits and kills brown bear during landing (Time)

  • North Korea may be militarizing dolphins, report says (Fox News)

On a Lighter Note…

  • SpaceX, NASA launch four astronauts from Cape in historic mission (Orlando Sentinel)

  • The smoking gun? Bigfoot found along road in Santa Cruz County — a stolen statue, that is (AP)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Biden’s foolish immigration priorities (National Review)

  • Policy: Regime realism and Chinese grand strategy (AEI)

  • Humor: Biden says he’s considering adding Metamucil to his Cabinet (Babylon Bee)

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