Jordan Candler / November 19, 2020

Thursday Executive Summary

Biden’s troubling foreign links, Election Watch updates, Pelosi renominated, and more.

Top of the Fold

  • New records “confirm” troubling Biden family links to China and Russia (Examiner)

The gist of it: “Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Senate Homeland Security Chairman Ron Johnson unveiled what they called a ‘supplemental’ to the report they published in late September… They wrote that after their September report was issued, ‘new sources went public with additional information about business relationships and financial arrangements among and between the Biden family and their business associates, including several foreign nationals.’”

Election Watch

  • Republican canvassers in Wayne County want to “rescind” their votes certifying results (Daily Wire) | GOP canvassing board chair details harassment, intimidation, doxing of kids (Examiner)

  • Georgia audit catches third batch of uncounted votes favoring Trump (Daily Wire)

  • Trump campaign filing for recount in Wisconsin’s Milwaukee and Dane Counties (NPR)

Election Debrief

  • Biden deputy chief of staff touted “mandatory buybacks” of assault weapons (Fox News)

  • Trump boost to nuclear power to rightly live on in Biden administration (Examiner) | Meanwhile, climate ecofascists wrongly want Biden to bar appointees with fossil fuel ties (NPR)

  • Biden to continue Obama tradition of packing White House with corporate lobbyists (Free Beacon)

Elsewhere in Politics

  • House Democrats back Speaker Pelosi for another term, a disappointing election notwithstanding (Reuters) | Pelosi will step down from leadership in 2022 (Examiner)

  • “Squad” lawmaker Ayanna Pressley celebrates former Communist Party member (Disrn)


  • Facebook’s election “fact-checker” honored Biden in 2017; employees donated to Democrats (National Pulse)

  • Vox cofounder Matthew Yglesias quits, cites “inherent tension” and desire to be “independent” voice (Fox News)

Notable quotable: “Much too much of current political debate consists of people clicking ‘like' on content that flatter their prejudices and biases — content that is usually crafted by other people in order to harvest those clicks. The reality is that most people, most of the time, mostly don’t care whether the stuff they read about politics is true or if the ideas they advocate for actually work. … My goal here is to work on a scale that’s small enough that it can afford to cater to people who actually do want to ask these questions.” —Matthew Yglesias

Business & Economy

  • Lockdowns being reimposed nationwide (Examiner) | But the two largest Republican states, Texas and Florida, announce no more lockdowns (Daily Wire)

  • Global debt to hit a record $277 trillion — a $20 trillion increase in 2020 (Reuters)

  • FAA clears Boeing 737 Max to fly again (NBC News)

Around the Nation

  • Restaurants sue to overturn Michigan’s indoor dining ban (The Detroit News)

  • Judge orders San Diego strip clubs to reopen as churches fight for same right (Daily Wire) | Study: Americans are understandably fed up with church restrictions (Free Beacon)

  • Nearly 200 arrested in Florida for role in sex trafficking network (Disrn)

  • Bump stock prosecution backfires in Houston (Houston Chronicle)

What happened? “A federal prosecutor withdrew the unique charge before the trial began for a Houston man accused of owning the device. However, the defense was prepared to call an ATF expert to testify that bump stocks, attachments that cause a rifle to fire more rapidly, do not render a semiautomatic gun a machine gun.”


  • U.S. coronavirus deaths reach 250,000 (Fox News)

  • Vaccines are coming. Here’s what to expect. (Time)

  • Scientists who initially warned about contaminated surfaces now say that the virus spreads primarily through inhaled droplets, and that there is little to no evidence that deep cleaning mitigates the threat indoors (NY Times)

  • Study indicates masks make no significant difference (Sharyl Attkisson)

  • New York City closing school campuses to curb outbreak (CNBC)


  • Brown University student government narrowly rejects bid to remove Roman statues (The College Fix)

  • Harvard student snowflakes launch petition to ban Trump administration officials from campus (Daily Mail)

  • Washington state school district decides Asians aren’t students of color (Reason)

In short: “In their latest equity report, administrators at North Thurston Public Schools … lumped Asians in with whites and measured their academic achievements against 'students of color,’ a category that includes ‘Black, Latinx, Native American, Pacific Islander, and Multi-Racial Students’ who have experienced ‘persistent opportunity gaps.’”

Editor’s note: The school district must be taking its cues from Harvard.

Double Standards

  • Philadelphia mayor spotted drinking at a bar before announcing total lockdown on indoor dining (Fox News)

  • Senator Dianne Feinstein, who supports nationwide mask mandate, seen maskless in public (Daily Caller)

Non Compos Mentis

  • Pennsylvania governor mandates mask-wearing in your own home (PJ Media)

  • Nestlé rebrands a popular candy so it’s no longer “racist,” decides instead to name it after monstrous serial killer/rapist (Not the Bee)

Stranger Than Fiction

  • Croatian man who died after falling from a ladder was actually killed by COVID, doctors say (Daily Mail)

Editor’s note: The same people counting COVID deaths must also handling our election. Speaking of which, how many of the ballots have tested positive for COVID?

  • Indonesian coffin maker becomes instant millionaire after $1.8 million space rock crashes through his roof (U.S. Sun)

On a Lighter Note…

  • Pathetic, dilapidated Rockefeller Plaza Christmas tree “on brand” for 2020 (Daily Wire)

Money quote: “Charlie Brown: I have the saddest Christmas Tree. Rockefeller Center: Hold my beer.” —Emily Brandwin

  • Canadian dog flees to America for a better life, is sadly extradited back to socialist rule (Not the Bee)

  • This “2020 goals” video is hilariously relatable (Not the Bee)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: The cost of education’s blue-tinted glasses (Forbes)

  • Policy: Three ways states should ensure election integrity (The Federalist)

  • Humor: Obama releases new memoir about writing his memoirs (Babylon Bee)

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