Jordan Candler / February 1, 2021

Monday Executive News Summary

Clinesmith’s slap on the wrist, Trump’s new legal team, GOP’s stimulus proposal, and more.

Top of the Fold

  • Take that! Ex-FBI lawyer Kevin Clinesmith receives probation, not prison (which he deserved), for altering email about Carter Page (Daily Caller)

  • Trump announces new impeachment legal team after high-profile departures of Butch Bowers and Deborah Barbier (CBS News)

Government & Politics

  • GOP stimulus proposal would cost $600 billion, include more direct checks (Fox News) | Biden invites Republican senators to talk coronavirus relief package (Examiner) | In any event, Democrats are ready to go it alone (Examiner)

  • Righting wrongs: Republicans across the country are pushing for stricter voting rules (Examiner)

  • “Biden Lied” trends on Twitter as critics demand the $2,000 stimulus checks he promised (Daily Wire)

As the article explains, “The complaints came after the Democratic Party posted a tweet outlining Biden’s new plan to distribute $1,400 stimulus checks to American families. That would come on top of the $600 checks that were approved earlier this month. That equals $2,000.” Semantics aside, people shamefully expect handouts and vote in favor of government doling out checks like candy.

For the Record

  • The real inciter? Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones claims he funded the rally that led to Capitol chaos (NY Post)

  • Biden pick for commerce secretary ran state ranked one of the worst to start a business (Disrn)

  • Twenty-one men now accuse Lincoln Project cofounder of sexual harassment, including solicitation of 14-year-old boy (Post Millennial)


  • Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine somewhat less effective than others but offers one-shot solution (Roll Call)

  • Gitmo prisoners will be offered vaccines this week — ahead of most Americans (Blaze Media)

  • CDC issues sweeping public transportation mask mandate for travelers (NPR)

  • What could possibly go wrong? Oregon becomes first state to decriminalize cocaine, heroin, meth, and other illicit drugs (UPI)


  • Strike forthcoming? Chicago mayor orders teachers to return to classroom as tug-of-war with union intensifies (Fox News)

  • Mississippi looks to withhold funds from schools teaching the odious 1619 Project (Disrn)

National Security

  • Two Proud Boys face federal conspiracy charges in Capitol riot (Politico)

  • Islamic State senior leader in Iraq killed in U.S.-led coalition airstrike (Military Times)

  • Russia has developed a “super-electromagnetic pulse” (EMP) weapon, with China close behind (Disrn)

  • U.S. expresses “grave concern” over reports of military coup in Burma, “will take action” (Fox News)

Business & Economy

  • Puerto Rico’s effective minimum wage would be $68/hour under Biden plan (FEE)

  • Gretchen “Grinch” Whitmer’s Michigan was #1 in jobs lost last month (Not the Bee)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • Violent Black Lives Matter movement nominated for Nobel Peace Prize (Fox News)

  • Twitter suspends Christian magazine for calling Biden’s biologically male nominee a man (Disrn)

  • Homeless activists occupy Olympia, Washington, hotel in apparent takeover attempt (Fox News)

  • Coca-Cola requiring even affiliated law firms to meet intersectional diversity quotas (Not the Bee)

Odds & Ends

  • Double standards: Twitter troll replaced “Trump” with “Cuomo” in Maxine Waters’s infamous call to violence and Democrats lost their minds (The Federalist)

  • Non compos mentis: NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio moves to ban hookups of relatively clean natural gas (Examiner)

  • Russia arrests 4,500 during protests backing dissident Alexei Navalny (Time)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Three unintended consequences of student loan “forgiveness” (FEE)

  • Policy: Reforms to make all of Medicare financially sound (AEI)

  • Humor: AOC claims Starbucks tried to kill her by misspelling her name on her to-go coffee (Genesius Times)

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