Jordan Candler / December 15, 2020

Tuesday Executive Summary

William Barr resigns, Joe Biden secures election win, Dominion audit report, and more.

Top of the Fold

  • Highly effective Attorney General William Barr announces resignation (Fox News)

  • Joe Biden secures Electoral College vote (Daily Wire) | Vladimir Putin congratulates his comrade on election victory (Fox News)

Election Debrief

  • Biden, who’s supposedly going to restore the nation’s soul, criticizes Trump in victory speech (Examiner)

  • Hillary Clinton again calls for abolishing the Electoral College (Fox News)

  • The 2020 election was decided by just 43,000 votes in three states (National Review)

  • Despite record turnout, 80 million Americans didn’t vote (NPR)

  • Judge releases Dominion audit report, which claims system “designed” to “create systemic fraud” (Daily Wire)

Regardless of the real cause of the 6,000-vote error in Michigan’s Antrim County, the point is that if this can happen in one place, it can happen any place. It undermines the credibility of not just this election but future elections. The potential for fraud needs to be eliminated — and if that means Dominion ultimately gets forced out, so be it.

Georgia Runoff

  • Mail-in ballot requests top one million as early voting begins (Disrn)

  • Jon Ossoff says feds should ensure illegal immigrants receive good wages (Free Beacon)

Government & Politics

  • Michigan Rep. Paul Mitchell leaving GOP over Trump’s attempt to overturn election (NBC News)

  • Special Counsel John Durham is expanding team with prosecutors, making “excellent progress” (Fox News)

Leftmedia

  • The New York Times has not covered the Eric Swalwell honeytrap scandal a single time (Not the Bee)

  • The Times slams writer not calling Jill Biden “Dr.” Here’s how the NYT referred to Dr. Ben Carson for years. (Daily Wire)

  • Media scramble to un-remember their dismissals of Trump’s Operation Warp Speed win (National Review)

The Latest on COVID-19

  • U.S. begins vaccinating people (NPR) as the country surpasses 300,000 deaths (National Review)

  • Just 1 in 5 with COVID passes it to others in household, data show (UPI)

“Theater of the Absurd” Headline Award

  • Vaccine comes too late for the 300,000 US dead (AP)

As our Nate Jackson quips, Trump failed to get a vaccine before a single person died. How shameful! But seriously, Mark Alexander says this is yet another example of how fear is the great revenue generator. So expect a lot more COVID fearmongering in the press in the months (years?) ahead.

Business & Economy

  • Governor Cuomo is destroying New York City’s restaurant industry (FEE) | And yet, NYC could face “full shutdown” beyond indoor dining, Mayor de Blasio warns (NY Post)

  • United Auto Workers union pays $1.5 million to settle corruption probe (Free Beacon)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • Portland autonomous zone removing barricades after totally weak-kneed mayor and police chief apologize (Daily Caller)

  • California church displays nativity scene that incorporates Black Lives Matter (Just the News)

  • NFL ratings plummet, despite a pandemic forcing millions to sit at home with nothing to do (Post Millennial)

Double Standards

  • Oregon’s newly elected secretary of state violates governor’s order on gatherings (PJ Media)

Heartwarming

  • Four-year-old girl donates over $600 of bake sale earnings to food bank (News 9)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: The Right should be relieved SCOTUS rejected judicial activism in Texas v. Pennsylvania (The Federalist)

  • Policy: America first is not America alone (Examiner)

  • Humor: Biden to introduce new Medal of Honor for Bravery in Journalism (Babylon Bee)

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

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