Jordan Candler / February 4, 2021

Thursday Executive News Summary

Dems’ budget bypass, Yale lawsuit dropped, Liz Cheney pulls through, and more.

Top of the Fold

  • Unity! Democrats pass budget resolutions needed to bypass GOP on big COVID spending package (Examiner)

  • Healing! Biden’s Social Justice Department sends message that some racism is okay with dropped Yale lawsuit (PJ Media)

Government & Politics

  • To her credit, Marjorie Taylor Greene apologizes for past fanning of QAnon conspiracies (Examiner)

  • Liz Cheney easily survives push to strip her of her House GOP leadership position (Fox News)

  • “Experts” (read: charlatans) recommend Biden appoint “reality czar” to “tackle disinformation” (Daily Caller)

  • AOC faces backlash as critics point out she wasn’t even in the Capitol building during riots (Fox News)

  • Obama center in Chicago, estimated at half a billion dollars ($174 million of which will be footed by taxpayers), to break ground this year despite complaints (Fox News)

Media

  • “I’ve met constant resistance to my product vision”: Parler board terminates CEO John Matze (Fox News)

  • Major gun-rights group Virginia Citizens Defense League banned from Facebook without explanation (Disrn)

Of course, Facebook will probably just say this headline is “missing context.”

Health

  • New COVID infections have fallen 45% in the U.S., but vaccines are not the main driver (Daily Mail)

  • Meme to urban centers: Teachers don’t need COVID vaccines for safe school reopenings, CDC says (Fox News)

  • McKinsey reaches $573 million settlement with states for its role in marketing opioids (Forbes)

National Security

  • Russian cheating notwithstanding, U.S. signs five-year New START nuclear arms treaty renewal (UPI)

  • Europe troop withdrawal plans “on hold,” top general says (Politico)

  • Biden administration to reopen immigrant “overflow facilities” once politically dubbed “kids in cages” (Disrn)

  • Defense secretary arbitrarily calls for 60-day assessment of extremism within military (Examiner)

Business & Economy

  • GameStop losses inevitably pile up for small investors after the stock plunges 70% in two days (Daily Mail)

  • Another 779,000 Americans filed for unemployment last week (Forbes)

Around the Nation

  • Tragic shooting in Oklahoma kills one adult, five young children (Disrn)

  • Texas temporarily blocked from kicking abortion mill Planned Parenthood out of Medicaid (UPI)

  • Bill requiring sex education to begin with kindergarten to be filed in Illinois legislature (Examiner)

  • San Francisco sues own school district to force reopening plan (Examiner)

“Non Compos Mentis” Twitter Award

Scott Bixby is a White House reporter for The Daily Beast, and here’s something he tweeted yesterday morning:

If you’re gonna dis on Marjorie Taylor Greene — and there are legitimately loony things to critique — you might want to use examples that are actually illustrative. As Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell recently stated, “Somebody who’s suggested that perhaps no airplane hit the Pentagon on 9/11, that horrifying school shootings were pre-staged, and that the Clintons crashed JFK Jr.‘s airplane is not living in reality.” He’s right — Greene, who to her credit issued an apology last night, isn’t always living in reality. But neither, apparently, is Bixby, because the fact-check on the Omar allegation is true. And based on the tone of his tweet, his shock doesn’t seem feigned. It’s fair to assume this is quite literally the first he’s hearing of it. And now you know why Democrats get away with so much impropriety.

Stranger Than Fiction

  • Scientists have now taught spinach to send emails warning of landmines (Not the Bee)

  • Texas Department of Public Safety mistakenly sends Amber Alert featuring “Chucky” doll (Fox News)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: A private fix for public health (City Journal)

  • Policy: Under Trump, Americans breathed the cleanest air in U.S. history (The Federalist)

  • Humor: AOC: “I was almost just killed by an economics textbook” (Genesius Times)

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