Jordan Candler / December 1, 2020

Tuesday Executive Summary

A peculiar race in New York, more election certifications, “Freedom Force,” and more.

Top of the Fold

  • New York Democrats face accusations of fraud in House race after 28,000-vote lead on election night erased by judge and mail-in ballots (Washington Examiner)

  • Arizona and Wisconsin certify Biden victories (Bloomberg) | Four takeaways from Arizona’s election fraud hearing (Daily Signal) | Trump campaign to file Wisconsin lawsuit, claiming “abuse” of absentee voting affected 220,000 ballots (Fox News)

Election Debrief

  • Republican Mariannette Miller-Meeks wins Iowa congressional seat by six votes (Des Moines Register)

  • Georgia’s secretary of state investigating Raphael Warnock-led voter registration group founded by … Stacey Abrams (Free Beacon)

  • Biden names liberal economic-stagnation team (AP)

  • Neera Tanden, Biden’s pick for OMB director, has a Steele dossier problem (Washington Examiner) | Tanden deletes more than 1,000 tweets, including criticism of Republicans (Examiner)

  • Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi propose Senate hold Biden’s cabinet confirmation hearings before inauguration (Post Millennial)

  • House Republicans form “Freedom Force” to counter AOC’s “The Squad” (PJ Media)

A Tale of Two Headlines

  • Uncertainty reigns in Supreme Court during arguments on Trump census memo (Washington Examiner)

  • Conservative justices seem prepared to let Trump proceed with immigrant census plan for now (The Hill)


  • PolitiFact removes false “fact-check” after Candace Owens threatens legal action (Disrn)

  • Media say Biden’s female-led communications team is a first. It’s what Trump has now. (The Federalist)

  • Russian collusion! Resurfaced photo shows Biden Press Secretary Jen Psaki wearing hammer and sickle hat with Russian official (Fox News)


  • Moderna applies for emergency vaccine approval 10 days after Pfizer does (Disrn)

  • Blood test could predict who develops Alzheimer’s (Daily Mail)


  • When Democrats closed schools, Black, Hispanic, and poor kids took biggest hit (NBC News)

  • Biden plans to roll back Trump-era education policies (WSJ)

“While he has proposed increases in education spending, he likely will face challenges in Congress if Republicans keep control of the U.S. Senate and with the Democratic majority in the House narrowed. It likely will be easier for his administration to reinstate several civil-rights guidelines that [Betsy] DeVos rescinded. Mr. Biden has also signaled he would be less supportive of charter schools than past administrations, prompting concern among some groups that support school-choice policies.”

National Security

  • Biden’s path toward relations with Iran altered by killing of Iranian nuclear scientist (Washington Times)

“The Fakhrizadeh strike has triggered hand-wringing among Democrats because of fears that the mission was secretly authorized by President Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to derail Mr. Biden’s hope of bringing back the Obama-era Iran nuclear deal that Mr. Trump repudiated in 2018.”

  • “China is investing massively in new weapons,” NATO chief warns (Washington Examiner)

  • Chinese chipmaker (SMIC) and oil producer (CNOOC) added to defense blacklist (Fox Business)

  • ChiComs draft stricter rules on foreigners’ religious activity (Disrn)

Business & Economy

  • With 11.8% gain in November, Dow books best month since 1987 (Fox Business)

  • Holiday air travel surges despite health scaremongering (AP)

Double Standards

  • BLM faces revolt as local chapters allege power grab, murky finances (Fox News)

  • Barack Obama, who owns multiple energy-draining mansions, criticizes Americans for liking “cheap gas and big cars” more than “the environment” (Fox News)

  • LA County supervisor visited restaurant after voting for outdoor dining ban (Fox News)

Stranger Than Fiction

  • Sarah Fuller ridiculously named SEC Player of Week: “Perfectly executed kick sailed 30 yards” (Daily Wire)

  • Another mysterious monolith suddenly appears — this time in Romania (NPR)

American Spirit

  • California diner owner refuses to close outdoor dining, puts up sign riffing on governor’s dinner at swanky French restaurant (Washington Examiner)

  • New York gym owner and Marine veteran tears up his $15K corona fine on live TV (Not the Bee)

  • Staten Island pub declares itself “autonomous zone” in defiance of Andrew Cuomo (Daily Wire)

On a Lighter Note…

  • Exasperated owners share photos of their pets pulling “guilty faces” (Daily Mail)

  • Man finds mom who put him up for adoption 45 years ago (Disrn)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: No, Trump should not pardon Edward Snowden (The Federalist)

  • Policy: How to truly make a difference on homelessness (NY Post)

  • Humor: Biden’s arm falls off while trying to open a jar of peanut butter (Babylon Bee)

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