Jordan Candler / December 16, 2020

Wednesday Executive Summary

Chinese infiltration, Cabinet picks, showerhead deregulation, Leftmedia fret, and more.

Top of the Fold

  • Top Republican believes Eric Swalwell not the only lawmaker compromised by Chinese spies (Examiner)

According to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, “When you listen to what John Ratcliffe was revealing, and when you listen to Director Wray, that they’re opening up a new investigation on China’s spying every 10 hours, you would think that other members of Congress could be a target. … This was a long-term process identifying somebody. The Chinese are very long-term thinking, very strategic, very smart, and very effective. … Who knows who else they kind of groomed for your ever-growing powerful positions?”

Election Debrief

Georgia Runoff

  • Joe Biden butchers Jon Ossoff’s name at Georgia rally (Fox News)

  • Linda Sarsour, who was too radical for Joe Biden, to campaign in Georgia (Fox News) | Sarsour and Rashida Tlaib join effort to get Muslims to the polls (National Review)

  • Raphael Warnock praised the Nation of Islam as “important” in 2013 speech (Fox News)

  • Law enforcement officials warn Warnock and Ossoff will undermine police (Free Beacon)

Hunter Biden

  • Trump asking about special prosecutor for Hunter Biden (AP) | Hunter investigation: Overt and primed for a special counsel (Andrew C. McCarthy)

Government & Politics

  • Department of Energy rolls back efficiency standards for showerheads, washers, and dryers (The Hill)

“We will never have another president brave enough to do a simple thing like make shower faucets usable. Our family uses decades-old shower heads so that we can actually take a normal shower. This was just regulators telling people what to do. Is there honestly a shortage of water?” —Keith Koffler

Leftmedia

  • CNN and MSNBC fret over post-Trump future (NY Times) | CNN and MSNBC helped defeat Trump, but that means they’re about to run out of programming (Washington Examiner)

Health

  • Vaccine produced by Moderna is “highly effective,” FDA says (Disrn)

  • FDA approves first over-the-counter home coronavirus test (Fox News)

Impressively, “The test has boasted a 96% accuracy rating in positive samples taken from symptomatic people, and 100% of negative samples in individuals with symptoms. In people without symptoms, the test correctly identified 91% of positive samples, and 96% of negative samples.”

National Security

  • U.S. government spent billions on a system for detecting hacks. The Russians outsmarted it. (Washington Post)

Business & Economy

  • EU announces sweeping new rules that could force breakups and hefty fines for Big Tech (CNBC)

Not a lot good has happened in 2020, but it’s incredibly nice to see progress being made to dismantle Big Tech. The key word being progress. A lot of work remains to be done to adequately address these monopolies. As Glenn Reynolds posits, “The U.S. needs to do more on the antitrust front too.” But at least the groundswell is growing.

Cancel Culture

  • San Francisco to rename elementary school — because of something Dianne Feinstein did in 1984 (Free Beacon)

Even worse, this is the type of stuff you might expect in the book 1984.

  • Meanwhile, San Francisco committee wants to remove Abraham Lincoln’s name from high school (Fox News)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • Human Rights Campaign wants Christian schools to abandon beliefs or lose accreditation (Daily Signal)

  • New York City seeks to bar police from any interaction with homeless (Hot Air)

Religious Liberty

  • Supreme Court rules in favor of Colorado church, bars state from restricting worship (Daily Caller)

Second Amendment

  • Louisiana homeowner shoots four invaders, killing two (Disrn)

Stranger Than Fiction

  • Chicago Public Schools hiring new workers … to supervise students in classrooms where teachers are remote (Chicago Sun Times)

  • Cops respond after text autocorrects “swabbed” to “stabbed” (NY Post)

Around the World

  • Boko Haram claims abduction of hundreds of students in northern Nigeria (AP)

  • Over 570,000 Uighurs forced to pick cotton in China (AFP)

Non Compos Mentis

  • Disney World was digitally adding masks to photos of visitors and they look terrible (Not the Bee)

Need a Change of Pants

  • Watch this guy walk right up to a bear without noticing it (Not the Bee)

American Spirit

  • Pennsylvania man breaks unofficial Chick-fil-A record with 132 days of consecutive meals (Fox News)

Honestly, I would shatter the record myself if my wallet allowed for it.

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Militarizing the police doesn’t reduce crime (FEE)

  • Policy: Taxing workers for staying home: A policy rooted in envy (FEE)

  • Humor: Cleveland Indians change name to “Cleveland Genderless Sports Players With No Discernable Racial Features or Specific Ethnic Background” (Babylon Bee)

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