Jordan Candler / December 8, 2020

Tuesday Executive Summary

“Safe harbor” deadline looms, Biden’s Pentagon pick, first COVID vaccine, and more.

Election Debrief

  • Georgia recertifies Biden’s victory after two recounts (Axios)

  • Trump’s options dwindle as “safe harbor” deadline looms (Politico)

  • Sidney Powell’s “Kraken” election lawsuits dismissed in Georgia and Michigan (KHOU 11)

  • Trump campaign files stronger lawsuit in Georgia (National Review)

  • Biden picks retired general Lloyd Austin to run Pentagon (Politico)

Government & Politics

  • House to vote Wednesday on a weeklong stopgap to avoid government shutdown (The Hill)

  • Trump to sign coronavirus vaccine executive order prioritizing Americans over foreign nations (Fox News)


  • COVID deaths match April peak with hospitals still filling (Bloomberg)

  • The UK is giving out the first doses of a COVID vaccine (AP)

  • FDA analysis of Pfizer vaccine finds it effective and safe (NPR)

  • Americans’ mental health rating falls to 20-year low (Disrn)

National Security

  • Iran prepares to expand nuclear program (Free Beacon) | France, Germany, and Britain rebuke Iran after uranium enrichment announcement (Reuters)

Business & Economy

  • Having your cake and eating it too: Chinese exports surge to record levels, as China-caused lockdowns return to the West (SCMP)

  • Permanent and/or long-term restaurant closings top 110,000 (Bloomberg)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • Cornell offers minority students exemption from mandatory flu vaccine (Free Beacon)

  • Pennsylvania principal allegedly fired for posting conservative memes on social media (College Fix)

  • Woke mall Santa rejects boy’s request for Nerf gun, makes him cry (Post Millennial)

  • Michigan AG Dana Nessel slams those wishing “Merry Christmas” (Daily Wire)

  • Sports Illustrated honors athletes for parroting social-justice talking points (Washington Examiner)

Around the Nation

  • Seattle’s woke mayor, Jenny “Summer of Love” Durkan, won’t run for reelection (PJ Media)

  • Michigan governor once again extends lockdown orders (Post Millennial)

  • Governor Cuomo threatens to end indoor dining if COVID rate “doesn’t stabilize” (Post Millennial)

  • Staten Island pub battles Big Apple elite to stay open during pandemic (Washington Times) | Pete Davidson blasted by Staten Island activist for ripping his home borough (NY Post)

Troll Master

  • Goya Foods CEO named AOC “employee of the month” when her boycott spiked sales (Daily Caller)

Stranger Than Fiction

  • Somebody actually paid $192,000 for Barack Obama’s high school basketball jersey (Not the Bee)

  • Scientist ties coronavirus spread to Neanderthal retreat (Washington Times)

  • Former head of Israel’s Space Division: Aliens are real, and Trump “was on the verge” of confirming (Daily Wire)

American Spirit

  • Chuck Yeager, the first man to break the sound barrier, dead at 97 (Fox News)

  • Arizona police officer adopts abused girl he rescued during welfare check (Disrn)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: The Paycheck Protection Program wasn’t perfect, but still a huge jobs saver (NY Post)

  • Policy: Governors and mayors should quit making quarantine decrees (National Review)

  • Humor: Georgia Senate runoff ballots now available on Amazon for just $14.99! (Genesius Times)

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