Friday Executive Summary
Jobs report, Georgia governor requests audit, a bad week for "fact-checkers," and more.
Top of the Fold
- U.S. added just 245,000 jobs in November vs. 440,000 expected (CNBC)
Yes, COVID is bad right now — and most headlines properly allude to that being the primary culprit for the lackluster report — but one also has to wonder if an impending Biden presidency is already hitting the economy.
Wisconsin Supreme Court refuses to hear Trump campaign legal challenge (National Review)
Ousted House Democrats warn party against moving too far left (Washington Examiner)
Government & Politics
Joe Biden names Brian Deese, an Obama-era henchman, as top
economicecofascist aide (NPR)
Biden set to push job-killing minimum wage hikes (Washington Examiner)
Maxine Waters’ campaign paid her daughter $240,000 over 2019-20 election cycle (Fox News)
Apparently, this is the Democrat modus operandi. Ilhan Omar has paid her husband’s firm millions.
Senate (very) narrowly confirms Christopher Waller to serve on Fed’s board (AP)
Supreme Court backs California ministry on “draconian and unconscionable” COVID rules (National Review)
DNI John Ratcliffe says they can’t declassify all of Russiagate’s secrets (Washington Examiner)
- A bad week for USA Today's "fact-checkers" (Washington Examiner)
- Biden to call for 100 days of masks after inauguration (Fox News)
Memo to Biden: Most Americans already wear a mask and have been for a good chunk of 2020.
- Governor Gavin “French Laundry” Newsom introduces new stay-at-home order (NBC News) | LA County deputies won’t enforce Newsom’s diktat (Fox News)
“Theater of the Absurd” Headline Award
- One in every 800 North Dakota residents is now dead from COVID (Daily Mail)
Behold, the textbook definition of manufacturing bombastic news.
Genes of Steel
- 102-year-old New Yorker who also lived through the 1918 flu pandemic and is a cancer survivor beats COVID twice (Disrn)
More than 1,000 visiting researchers affiliated with the Chinese military fled the U.S. this summer (The Washington Post)
U.S. imposes severe travel restrictions on Chinese Communist Party members (NPR)
“The restrictions target holders of business (B-1) and tourist (B-2) visas, reducing the travel documents’ maximum validity to one month, down from the current maximum of 10 years. … The Chinese Communist Party has more than 90 million members, effectively making the State Department visa action the Trump administration’s most sweeping and direct attack on the party.”
Business & Economy
DOJ sues Facebook for discriminating against American workers (National Review)
Data shows Americans couldn’t resist Thanksgiving travel (AP)
OPEC and allies agree to gradually increase production (CNBC)
Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate
Chicago sees massive spike in police-targeted shootings (Free Beacon)
Oppressed LGBT minority actor Ellen Page transitions to evil white male (Not the Bee)
Ever wondered what your Privilege/Marginalization score was? There’s a worksheet for that! (Not the Bee)
San Francisco to bar tobacco smoking in condos and apartments — but marijuana will remain legal (Disrn)
AOC roasted for selling “Tax the Rich” sweatshirts for $58 (The Washington Times)
Based on AOC’s ideology, shouldn’t this shirt be free? In any case, Jim Treacher makes a great point: “AOC is never going to make a shirt for jerks like me, because nobody ever became powerful by leaving people alone.” But hey, the price could be worse. At least it’s nowhere near the $10,000 it costs for a can of “Tax the Rich” caviar.
Stranger Than Fiction
- Politician named after Adolf Hitler wins election in Namibia (Daily Mail)
On a Lighter Note…
- Department of Transportation cracks down on type of emotional support animal allowed on planes (Disrn)
As the article states, “The new rule will put an end to what had become a widely-abused loophole allowing passengers to bring a wide array of different creatures aboard, including peacocks, pigs, and snakes.” Allow comedian John Crist to demonstrate.
This poor Amazon driver got chased off by hens (Not the Bee)
Jurassic gator devours hunters’ ducks before they can retrieve them (Not the Bee)
This video will make you never want to drive over a bridge again (Not the Bee)
Twenty-five pups that won the “Grumpy Dog Photo Challenge” paws down (InspireMore)
Policy: Rx for America’s dysfunctional health insurance system (Manhattan Institute)
Policy: Fiscal federalism during the COVID pandemic (AEI)
Humor: Gretchen Whitmer casts spell on Michigan so it’s always winter and never Christmas (The Babylon Bee)
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