Jordan Candler / January 20, 2021

Wednesday Executive News Summary

President Trump’s farewell address, Steve Bannon pardoned, “power-sharing” talks, and more.

Top of the Fold

  • President Trump delivers farewell address: “We did what we came here to do” (RealClearPolitics)

Government & Politics

  • Trump pardons Steve Bannon, Lil Wayne, dozens of others while also commuting sentences (Fox News)

  • Trump declassifies binder of Crossfire Hurricane documents on eve of Joe Biden inauguration (Examiner)

  • Trump revokes his own executive order curtailing lobbying (Examiner)

  • Chuck Schumer looking for “power-sharing” agreement with GOP; filibuster is a sticking point (Fox News)

  • CIA Director Gina Haspel announces resignation (Forbes)

  • Biden taps “transgender” health official with horrifying COVID nursing home record (PJ Media)

  • Biden defense nominee blames leaders for failing to root out white supremacy (Examiner)

  • For the record: Biden has promised to undo these pro-life policies (Daily Caller)

  • Liz Cheney, who voted to impeach Trump, censured by 45-0 vote back home in Wyoming (Daily Wire)

  • Court gifts Biden admin a running start by dumping Trump EPA’s “Affordable Clean Energy” plan (Roll Call)

National Security

  • Mike Pompeo forces Biden into a corner, says China’s policies on Muslims amount to genocide (AP)

  • Twelve National Guardsmen removed from inaugural duty “out of an abundance of caution” (UPI)

  • Trump grants Venezuelans 18-month protection from deportation (UPI)

  • Boston-based political scientist charged with being unregistered agent of Iran (Examiner)

  • Army soldier, a supporter of ISIS, arrested in plot to blow up 9/11 Memorial (AP)

The Latest on COVID-19

  • Study shows extremely low rate of coronavirus transmission in school — 0% from child to adult (Examiner)

  • German quarantine breakers to be held in refugee camps and detention centers (NY Post)

Odds and Ends

  • Cancel culture: MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell says Bed Bath & Beyond and Kohl’s dropping his products (WCCO)

  • Joe Biden hasn’t been sworn in yet, but the press is already fluffing his successor (Free Beacon)

  • Canada scrambles to salvage Keystone XL as Biden prepares to kill project (Reuters)

We’re Shocked — Shocked!

  • Wuhan medics were told to cover up human transmission and death from COVID (Daily Wire)

Stranger Than Fiction

  • Dude secretly lived in O'Hare Airport for three months because he was afraid of COVID (Not the Bee)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: How the U.S. should respond to genocide in Xinjiang (Daily Signal)

  • Policy: How Iran could get nuclear weapons on Biden’s watch (

  • Satire: Biden to be sworn in on a copy of the Communist Manifesto (Babylon Bee)

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