Jordan Candler / December 18, 2020

Friday Executive Summary

Hunter’s “significant” pay, Joe’s response, Cabinet picks, FBI spying, and more.

Hunter Biden

  • Hunter was due “significant” pay from China firm starting in 2019 (Daily Wire)

  • Joe says Hunter tax investigation being “used to get to me” (Washington Examiner)

Well, yeah. Because this ultimately is about Joe, not Hunter. And politically speaking, probes are, by defintion, about “getting to” someone.

Election Debrief

  • North Carolina regulator Michael Regan to lead EPA (NPR)

  • Native American Rep. Deb Haaland — who smeared Covington students — to lead Interior Department (AP)

  • Biden’s tapping of third House Democrat further narrows Pelosi’s majority (National Review)

  • Georgia conducting statewide “signature match review” of absentee ballots (Daily Wire)

Government & Politics

  • Newly declassified texts reveal FBI spied on Fox News during Crossfire Hurricane (American Greatness)

  • Parting shots: Tulsi Gabbard introduces another pro-life bill that bars abortion for pain-capable babies (Disrn)

Health

  • FDA panel recommends Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine (NPR)

National Security

Big Tech

  • Google hit with new antitrust lawsuit from 38 state attorneys general (ABC News)

“This is the third major antitrust lawsuit leveled against the social media giant since October, after the Department of Justice announced a suit, and a coalition of ten Republican state attorneys general announced a suit Thursday over ads.”

Second Amendment

  • Kamala Harris is calling for “commonsense” gun control. She means confiscation. (Washington Examiner)

  • ATF decision could lead to biggest gun registration, turn-in effort in American history (Free Beacon)

  • Smith & Wesson sues New Jersey — for FIRST Amendment violations (Free Beacon)

Around the Nation

  • Minneapolis city council members revise history, now claim they never advocated defunding police (Daily Mail) | Meanwhile, Minneapolis developers shy away from city projects after unrest and calls to defund the police (Washington Examiner)

  • California’s population growth rate at record low (CNBC)

The article says, “While it’s fashionable to blame California’s taxes and policies for its recent exodus, state officials say the more likely culprit is the pandemic and the migration patterns of the state’s large community of international immigrants.” Of course they’d deflect by saying that.

Double Standards

  • Rutgers prof claims “language matters,” then compares “death cult” GOP to “fecal matter” (Campus Reform)

  • North Face accused of virtue signaling for refusing oil-and-gas firm’s jacket order (Washington Times)

“The vast majority of The North Face hoodies, coats, gloves, snow pants and other apparel, as well as tents and backpacks, are made with nylon, polyester and polyurethane — all of which come from petroleum. Fleece jackets are also polyester.” D'oh!

  • Carbon footprint of world’s wealthiest should be aggressively reduced, “experts” say (Daily Mail)

We’d prefer they instead aggressively reduce their hypocrisy, whether that be by word or deed.

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • North Carolina governor establishes “Gender Expansive Parents’ Day” (Disrn)

Censorship

  • Instagram censors post for linking Joe Biden’s 1994 law to mass incarceration (NY Post)

Cancel Culture

  • The author of a book on cancel culture just got canceled for tweeting a fact about Islam (Not the Bee)

Non Compos Mentis

  • Ilhan Omar says her father died of coronavirus because of Trump’s “criminal neglect” (Fox News)

“Theater of the Absurd” Headline Award

  • Biden advisers warn Trump mass vaccine timeline may be too optimistic (NBC News)

Managing editor Nate Jackson quips, “Well, they were right about Trump not having a vaccine by the end of the year, so… oh. Wait.”

On a Lighter Note…

  • Texas police officer buys struggling homeless man a new wheelchair (Fox 4)

  • Watch this lady go to war with a raccoon stuck in her Christmas tree (Not the Bee)

This gives a whole new meaning to “O Christmas Tree.”

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Eight education choice wins in 2020 (Daily Signal)

  • Policy: Critical Race Theory, the new intolerance, and its grip on America (Heritage Foundation)

  • Humor: New Tesla to run exclusively on liberal tears (Babylon Bee)

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