Jordan Candler / December 21, 2020

Monday Executive Summary

COVID relief deal reached, census case punted, another vaccine approved, and more.

Top of the Fold

  • $900 billion coronavirus relief deal reached (Fox News)

“According to congressional leaders, the agreement would establish temporary $300 per week supplemental jobless benefits and $600 direct stimulus payments to most Americans, along with a new round of subsidies for hard-hit businesses and money for schools, health care providers, and renters facing eviction.”

  • Surprise medical bills cost Americans millions. Congress is finally set to ban most of them. (NY Times)

  • Supreme Court punts “premature” census case (NPR)

Hans von Spakovsky thoroughly explains the situation here, noting the justices “held that it was too early to make a decision on the issue and that New York and the other states challenging the Trump administration did not have standing (yet) to sue.” He adds, “What this case is about is pure political power and whether U.S. citizens will be disenfranchised and have their votes and representation in the House of Representatives diluted by aliens who are in this country illegally.”

Election Debrief

  • Attorney General William Barr won’t appoint special counsel for Hunter Biden investigation (CNBC) | Naturally, attorney general candidates won’t be asked about Hunter Biden (NY Post)

  • Trump campaign takes fight over Pennsylvania election, ballot laws to Supreme Court (Fox News)

  • Georgia Senate runoffs see more than 1.3 million ballots already cast (Fox News)

Government & Politics

  • Democrat steering committee bucks AOC, picks other NY lawmaker for coveted spot (Fox News)

It’s rather humorous how much Speaker Nancy Pelosi despises AOC (and vice versa). AOC is like Pelosi’s rebellious grandchild.

  • Speaking of AOC, the young and healthy lawmaker gets coronavirus vaccine on social media (Fox News)

And as the Genesius Times quips, “WARNING: COVID vaccine only works if you post a selfie of you getting it.”

Health

  • FDA approves Moderna vaccine (NY Post)

  • Panel recommends people over 75 and “essential” workers be next in line for vaccines (AP)

  • Tennessee governor enacts restrictions on social gatherings but rightfully forgoes mask mandate (Fox News)

  • London under full lockdown as UK struggles to contain new COVID strain (National Review)

  • Overdoses hit record 81,230 in single year (Disrn) | Memo to Pelosi: Overdose deaths far outpace COVID deaths in San Francisco (AP)

Leftmedia

  • After government hack, media mum on ex-cybersecurity chief highlighted for contradicting Trump’s fraud claims (Fox News)

  • New York Times quotes leftist who wants to withhold COVID vaccinations from the elderly since “older populations are whiter” and to “level the playing field” (NTB)

  • USA Today fact-checks (another) Babylon Bee article to ensure you simpletons know satire is satirical (NTB)

Education

  • Straight from the source: Bill de Blasio says mission is to “redistribute wealth” in school system (Fox News)

  • Seattle district claims the U.S. education system is guilty of “spirit murder” against black children (City Journal)

National Security

  • Mike Pompeo: Russians are “pretty clearly” behind hack of U.S. government (Fox News)

  • DOJ accuses Zoom executive of leaking user data to Beijing officials (Disrn)

  • Congress to approve $1.375 billion for border wall in 2021 (The Hill) | Border wall forces drug smugglers to turn to drones (Washington Times)

Big Tech

  • Silicon Valley makes stealth push to influence the Biden administration (Reuters)

“Big Tech was a huge part of why Biden won the election. It will receive its reward.” —Keith Koffler

  • The iPhone’s text image feature doesn’t include any pictures of Apple’s puppet master, Xi Jinping (NTB)

Around the Nation

  • Judge rules San Diego County strip club ruling also protects eateries (Fox News)

  • NYC restaurants band together to ban Andrew Cuomo from dining in their establishments (Examiner)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • Robert E. Lee statue removed from U.S. Capitol (The Hill)

  • Not identifying sex on birth certificates pushed in New England Journal of Medicine (National Review)

  • Judge rules Wisconsin inmate convicted of sexually abusing daughter has constitutional right to taxpayer-funded sex reassignment surgery (Washington Examiner)

  • Rick Warren and Saddleback Church host “blacks only” worship service (NTB)

Christmas Wars

  • Wisconsin Republicans put up Christmas tree in the Capitol, it gets taken down, they put up another one, it gets taken down too … and this is actually a pretty fun game now (NTB)

Double Standards

  • Dr. Deborah Birx took family trip to Delaware despite her own advice (AP)

Stranger Than Fiction

  • Alabama police found an illegal winery … in a wastewater plant (NTB)

American Spirit

  • WWII fighter pilot takes to the skies on 100th birthday (CBS News)

  • Woman walks six miles to work and back each day; when sheriffs find out, they gift her with a car (NTB)

  • Cop pulls over pizza guy who has warrants. Cop arrests him. Cop proceeds to deliver the pizzas. (NTB)

On a Lighter Note…

  • Fifteen hilarious school photos that went horribly wrong (InspireMore)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: What Biden gets wrong on taxes and manufacturing (National Review)

  • Policy: The Left has now fully embraced racism (The Federalist)

  • Humor: Experts warn further lockdowns could result in more Taylor Swift albums (Babylon Bee)

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