Jordan Candler / December 10, 2020

Thursday Executive Summary

Hunter Biden’s taxes probed, 17 states back Texas lawsuit, Facebook sued, and more.

Top of the Fold

  • Hunter Biden under federal investigation for tax case (CNBC)

“If this were Don Trump Jr., the media would pursue this with relish because they know it could lead to the president. But this is Biden, not Trump. And watch to see if Biden replaces this U.S. attorney as a matter of ‘routine’ changing of the guard as a new president steps in.” —Keith Koffler

  • Hunter Biden’s China business deals leading up to 2018 probe detailed in Senate report (Fox News)

Election Debrief

  • Trump and 17 states back Texas bid to undo his election loss at Supreme Court (Reuters) | Ted Cruz agrees to argue lawsuit if SCOTUS decides to hear it (Washington Examiner)

  • Federal judge dismisses Sidney Powell’s Arizona lawsuit (Washington Times)

  • Data analysts believe they’ve uncovered widespread illegal voting in Georgia (National Review)

  • House Republicans call for special counsel to investigate the 2020 election (National Review)

Government & Politics

  • John Kerry aims to strengthen make even worse the Paris climate accord (NBC News)

  • Senator Ben Sasse again demands long-overdue investigation as Pornhub abruptly changes policies after allegations of child sexual exploitation (Daily Signal)


  • Forty-eight AGs and the FTC sue Facebook, alleging illegal power grabs to “neutralize” rivals (NPR)

Are you listening, Google?

  • Facebook threatened to ban popular YouTube comedian JP Sears for “violating community standards,” so he’s moving to Parler (Not the Bee)

  • YouTube to remove videos claiming mass fraud changed election results (Politico)

  • Major media outlets mostly ignore story linking Eric Swalwell to Chinese spy (Washington Examiner)

  • Ric Grenell calls out CNN’s Jake Tapper for belatedly covering Hunter Biden story (Fox News)

  • MSNBC lefty partisan Joy Reid to teach “journalism” at Howard University (Daily Caller)

The Latest on COVID-19

  • U.S. sets new record with over 3,000 deaths in a single day (The Hill)

  • FDA approves emergency use authorization for at-home test (Washington Examiner)

Around the Nation

  • Court strikes another blow against California’s absurd restrictions on religious services (Free Beacon)

  • Minneapolis votes to cut millions from police budget amid record crime rates (Washington Post)

  • Michigan Democrat removed from committees, facing “investigations” after making “threats” against Trump supporters (Daily Wire)


  • Virginia district to rename schools named after Founding Fathers (Free Beacon)

  • Johns Hopkins, long believed by university to be abolitionist, owned slaves (NBC News)

Cancel him!

National Security

  • U.S. adds tumultuous Nigeria to list of worst religious freedom violators (Disrn)

  • Xenophobic China restricts U.S. official travel to Hong Kong (AP)

Business & Economy

  • Three studies that show lockdowns are ineffective (FEE)

  • There’s rich, and there’s Jeff Bezos rich: Meet the five members of the centibillionaire club (NPR)

“Theater of the Absurd” Headline Award

  • Federal executions pit the Trump administration against the Catholic Church (NPR)

Fair enough. It’s a contentious issue. But where’s the headline proclaiming, “Abortion and religious intolerance pit the incoming Biden administration against the Catholic Church”?

Stranger Than Fiction

  • Mount Everest just got a smidge taller after China and Nepal finally agree on height (USA Today)

On a Lighter Note…

  • Iconic Atlanta bar saved after longtime customer raises $170,000 to keep the small business open (Disrn)

  • Can you spot the dogs that have managed to camouflage themselves into their surroundings? (Daily Mail)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Small business is just as important as small government (The Federalist)

  • Policy: Civic education vs. constitutional education (The Hill)

  • Humor: Immediately after moving to Texas, Elon Musk announces Tesla AR-15 (Babylon Bee)

For more of today’s editors’ choice headlines, visit Headline Report.

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