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Jordan Candler / Nov. 17, 2020

Tuesday Executive Summary

Another House GOP pickup, Biden's "woke" transition team, Georgia recount, and more.

Top of the Fold

  • GOP shows limited appetite for pursuing Biden probes (The Hill)

Excerpt: “Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), who led a joint investigation of Hunter Biden this year, are signaling they will take a tough stance on the incoming administration. But other GOP senators are taking a wait-and-see approach. One of the considerations among Republicans is a desire by some to lower the partisan temperature and possibly explore common ground with Democrats on infrastructure, trade and other issues.”

Election Debrief

  • Black former NFLer Burgess Owens flips Utah-4, becomes 12th GOP House pickup (Examiner)

  • Reparations advocate tapped for Biden team (Disrn)

  • Biden transition official wrote op-ed advocating free speech restrictions (NY Post)

  • House leaders urge Democrats not to join the Biden administration to maintain majority (NY Post)

Re: Voter Irregularities

  • Georgia recount unearths more than 2,600 uncounted ballots in Floyd County (Fox News)

  • Republicans withdraw lawsuits in Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania (Daily Mail)

  • Professor shows students how easy it is to hack a Dominion voting machine in 2018 NY Times video (Bongino.com)


  • CNN anchor compares Trump presidency to Nazi Germany (Free Beacon)

“The problem is the Democrats keep looking at the mirror, and believing it’s their opponents.” —Sarah Hoyt

  • Ilhan Omar calls Trump events “Klan rallies” (Post Millennial)

  • The Washington Post tries to use data to prove that the Republican Party is authoritarian and it’s the stupidest thing ever (Not the Bee)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • BLM activist filmed sucker-punching man is a child sex offender (Post Millennial)

  • Suspect filmed beating Trump supporters in DC is a journalism student (Post Millennial)

Editor’s note: I’m sure she has a great future at CNN.

  • Portland anarchists attacked a Democrat Party HQ and suddenly vandalism isn’t cool anymore (Hot Air)

  • Guilt by partial association: Airbnb cancels Trump supporter’s account (PJ Media)

  • Fans call for “Mandalorian” actress to be fired for anti-Democrat post (Fox News)

  • Prominent leftist YouTuber calls for the legalization of child pornography (Post Millennial)


  • Governors ratchet up restrictions ahead of Thanksgiving (AP)

  • Even though it kills more than 480,000 American annually, the pandemic has people smoking again (Vox)

  • Chinese street fentanyl surges in western U.S. (NPR)

National Security

Excerpt: “Trump is expected to withdraw nearly half of U.S. troops in Afghanistan by mid-January, to 2,500, while … the Pentagon has issued a ‘warning order’ to commanders to prepare to draw down troops in Iraq as well. There are currently roughly 4,500 U.S. troops in Afghanistan and 3,000 troops in Iraq. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday pushed back against the prospect of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, saying, ‘A rapid withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan now would hurt our allies and delight the people who wish us harm.’”

  • U.S. uncovered half-dozen Chinese military researchers lying on visas in 2020 (Examiner)

  • Mike Pompeo puts Iran on notice during Paris meetings (Free Beacon)

  • How Obama-era budget controls hurt U.S. military readiness (Fox News)

Business & Economy

  • Dow Jones sets new record after promising vaccine news (Time)

  • Thanks to Republican deregulation and corporate tax cut, household incomes increased more in 2018 than in the previous 20 years combined (FEE)

Around the Nation

  • American Spirit: 38% of Americans still planning a big Thanksgiving despite COVID (NY Post)

  • Non compos mentis: New York school district bans sweatshirt featuring thin blue line patch designed by daughter of slain NYPD officer to honor him (Daily Mail)

  • Kansas school cancels Operation Christmas Child after the Freedom From Religion Foundation complains (Disrn)

  • Nearly 90,000 sex abuse claims filed against Boy Scouts of America (Axios)

Excerpt: “The number of sex abuse cases is still likely underreported. Paul Mones, a lawyer who has been working on Boy Scouts cases for nearly two decades, told Axios he expects the total number of reported cases to be ‘closer’ to 100,000. He’s calling for a congressional inquiry into the scandal.”

Around the World

  • Hurricane Iota hits Nicaragua as historic Category 4 storm (BBC)

  • Quebec to ban sale of new gasoline-powered cars as of 2035 (NY Post)

  • Australia becomes growing target for China’s belligerence (Daily Signal)

  • Russia to build new base in Sudan (Washington Times)

Stranger Than Fiction

  • Man smashes car through grocery store, drives up and down the aisles (Not the Bee)

  • Deer crashes through window into middle school classroom (UPI)

  • Wild boars shot dead after breaking into home, leaping onto bed (IBT)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Now is not the time to shortchange defense budget (Daily Signal)

  • Policy: The Trump administration’s laudable “tough on China” legacy (Daily Signal)

  • Humor: Trump unveils even bigger White House next to current White House (Babylon Bee)

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