Jordan Candler / December 14, 2020

Monday Executive Summary

Electors vote for president, Texas lawsuit dismissed, new Hunter Biden revelation, and more.

Top of the Fold

  • Today, electors across the country vote for president (NPR)

  • Supreme Court rejects election challenge brought by Texas, saying it “has not demonstrated a judicially cognizable interest in the manner in which another State conducts its elections” (Washington Times) | Texas’s unsuccessful lawsuit raises voting issues states should heed (Daily Signal)

While the Supreme Court (rightly, in our view) rejected the challenge based on standing, the issues it underscored absolutely have merit. But it’s ultimately up to the state legislatures (and, by extension, voters) to ameliorate the situation.

  • “Not over”: President Trump pledges to press forward in election challenge (Daily Wire)

Hunter “Media Blackout” Biden

  • Hunter failed to disclose $400,000 in Burisma income in 2014 tax return (Disrn)

  • Email requested DC office keys for father and Chinese business partner (National Review)

Election Debrief

  • Black Lives Matter accuses Biden of ignoring it: “It’s demeaning to our hurt and trauma” (Fox News)

  • Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, former VP contender, turns down Team Biden offer (Daily Wire)

Georgia Runoff

  • “A scandal to the faith”: Black pastors urge Raphael Warnock to reverse abortion position (Washington Examiner)

“This is an exercise in futility. Any denouncement of abortion by Warnock would be disingenuous at best and deceptive at worst. Of what benefit is getting him to denounce abortion verbally when, in his heart, he still approves of it? Abortion is a ‘justice issue’ to Warnock!” —Darrell B. Harrison

  • Ex-NFL coach Tony Dungy skeptical about Warnock’s faith after “pro-choice pastor” tweet (Fox News)

  • Warnock, 2017: Senators “gangsters and thugs” who aimed to “kill children” (Free Beacon)

Government & Politics

  • Smart strategy: Trump urged to send Paris climate plan to Senate for ratification to block Biden (Washington Times)

  • Bipartisan group splitting $908 billion coronavirus proposal into two bills (The Hill)

Leftmedia

  • NY Times assistant who edited Senator Tom Cotton’s “Send in the Troops” column resigns (Daily Beast)

  • Facebook “fact-checking certifier” is a Hillary Clinton superfan (Post Millennial)

  • For the record: Media said a vaccine by end of year was impossible (Daily Wire)

Cancel Culture

  • WSJ op-ed writer critical of “Dr.” Jill Biden gets canceled by Northwestern University (Hot Air)

  • YouTube shuts down Dilbert creator Scott Adams (The Federalist)

Health

  • FDA gives emergency use authorization to Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine (UPI) | Historic campaign to deliver vaccine underway; shipments to arrive in every state today (Washington Times)

  • The hidden crisis: Elderly people are dying from isolation (NBC News)

  • Self-victimhood (read: “wokeism”) is a personality type, researchers find (Reason)

National Security

  • Senate passes defense authorization bill with veto-proof majority (AJC)

  • Russian hackers breach U.S. government, targeting agencies, private companies (NBC News)

Business & Economy

  • Tech giant Oracle moving from California to business-friendly Texas (Disrn)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • Seattle City Council considers new “poverty defense” to excuse misdemeanor crimes such as theft and assault if culprit is homeless, addicted to drugs, or has mental health issues (Daily Mail)

  • Swing and a miss: Cleveland’s baseball team plans to drop the name Indians after 105 years (Washington Post)

Around the Nation

  • Multiple people stabbed, 23 arrested during election protest in Washington, DC (National Review) | Video shows Proud Boys tackling counterprotester wielding a knife amid DC violence (Washington Examiner)

  • Despite the Illinois State Police’s best efforts, deep-blue Illinois leads the way in 2020 gun sales (The Truth About Guns)

  • California judge blocks Governor Newsom from enforcing lockdown order on Catholic churches (Washington Times)

  • Indoor dining shuts down in New York City. Again. (NY Times)

Double Standards

  • While New York goes out of business, Cuomo throws himself a birthday party (FrontPage Magazine)

Stranger Than Fiction

  • Leftists are now complaining that disposable masks are polluting the oceans (Not the Bee)

Heartwarming

  • Couple holds mock wedding so grandma with dementia can watch through nursing home window (InspireMore)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Think twice before changing the military’s transgender policy (Daily Signal)

  • Policy: What you need to know about Chinese spying on U.S. politicians (Daily Signal)

  • Satire: Unborn babies disguise selves as death row inmates so leftists will defend their right to live (Babylon Bee)

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

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