Jordan Candler / December 23, 2020

Wednesday Executive Summary

Trump rejects relief bill, Harris’s Senate seat filled, “Festivus Report,” and more.

Top of the Fold

  • President Trump throws wrench into pork-filled COVID-19 relief by saying he won’t sign bill (ABC News)

  • Pelosi responds to Trump: Let’s push for $2,000 checks “this week” (The Hill)

Election Debrief

  • Gavin Newsom taps California election chief Alex Padilla for U.S. Senate (AP)

  • Biden names Bruce Reed, fiercely opposed by the “Squad,” as deputy chief of staff (Fox News)

  • Team Biden gently walking back election-year immigration promises (Washington Examiner)

  • Newsmax, OAN, and Trump campaign sued by voting systems worker who says false claims led to death threats (AP)

Georgia Runoff

  • Raphael Warnock’s wife told officer that her husband is “a great actor” after domestic dispute (Fox News)

Government & Politics

  • Sen. Rand Paul’s “Festivus Report” reveals $54 billion in tax dollars was “totally wasted” (Fox News)

  • Tulsi Gabbard justifiably rips young Congress members for taking vaccine before elderly (NY Post)

  • “Darkest days” of COVID are ahead of us, Joe “The Grinch” Biden warns (NPR)

  • D'oh! Biden calls reporter asking about Hunter Biden a “one-horse pony” (Washington Examiner)

  • Trump announces slew of pardons (National Review)


  • The five biggest media fails of 2020 (Daily Wire)

  • Twenty stories the media got horribly wrong in 2020 (The Federalist)

  • Washington Post depicts Republicans as rats in editorial cartoon eerily similar to anti-Semitic Nazi propaganda (Not the Bee)


  • U.S. deaths in 2020 top three million, by far most ever counted (AP)


  • Cambridge Public School System identifies “white, middle-class norms” as a problem that needs addressing (Not the Bee)

  • Cornell student government members expel fellow senators who voted against disarming police (College Fix)

National Security

  • Acting defense secretary accepts Inclusion Board’s 15 woke recommendations (

Business & Economy

  • Walmart sued by the Justice Department for allegedly fueling opioid crisis (CBS News)

  • November existing home sales fall 2.5%, following record summer (AP)

  • In final reading, GDP increased at record 33.4% annual rate in third quarter (Washington Examiner)

Around the Nation

  • After SCOTUS rulings, Los Angeles County lifts ban on indoor worship services (Disrn)

  • Homicides hit all-time high in Memphis (Fox News)

“Memphis was just one many cities in which violent crime spiked this year. Data released earlier this month showed that 21 cities — including Los Angeles, Chicago, and Philadelphia — had an increase of 610 homicides, or 34% more, in the fall. That was slightly lower than the 42% jump seen in the summer.”

Double Standards

  • Pelosi calls $600 stimulus checks “significant” but said $1,000 tax cut bonuses were “crumbs” in 2018 (Fox Business)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • Detroit suing Black Lives Matter activists for “civil conspiracy” (Fox News)

“Theater of the Absurd” Headline Award

  • Face masks significantly reduce brain’s ability to recognize people (StudyFinds)

We’re gonna need a fact-check on this one…

American Spirit

  • These neighbors planned a heartwarming surprise for their kind UPS driver (Not the Bee)

Belly Laugh of the Week

  • Someone inserted Tom Cruise’s viral meltdown into “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and the hilarious result is Santa cursing out his elves and reindeer (Not the Bee)

  • Merry Christmas! Here’s the worst-ever rendition of “O Holy Night” (Not the Bee)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: How the Centers for Disease Control went woke (Free Beacon)

  • Policy: Maximizing equality of opportunity is the only way to avoid lowering standards (City Journal)

  • Humor: Everyone in Congress getting $100,000 bonus for coming up with such a great relief bill (Babylon Bee)

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