Jordan Candler / February 8, 2021

Monday Executive News Summary

Dems steamroll COVID bill, unfair church rules blocked, “Lou Dobbs Tonight” canceled, and more.

Top of the Fold

  • Unity! Democrats clear path for filibuster-proof coronavirus relief bill (Roll Call)

  • Better late than never: SCOTUS blocks enforcement of some prejudiced COVID rules for California churches (USA Today)

Government & Politics

  • Joe Manchin and Jon Tester curiously flip-flop on Keystone pipeline, thwarting GOP bid to save it (Daily Signal)

  • Top Democrats pushing massive tax credits in stimulus plan; some want them to be permanent (Fox News) | On the other hand, Joe Biden casts doubt on $15 minimum wage hike in relief package (Politico)

  • Maxine Waters disingenuously tries walking back violent rhetoric against Trump (Fox News)

  • Death-obsessed Senate Democrats defeat bid to protect abortion survivors (Free Beacon)

  • Fox News, sued for $2.7 billion by Smartmatic, cancels highly rated “Lou Dobbs Tonight” (NBC News)

  • Liz Cheney becomes latest GOP lawmaker who voted to impeach Trump to get censured in home state (Examiner)

  • Ronald Reagan’s Secretary of State George Shultz, a true statesman and Patriot, dead at age 100 (NY Post)

The Latest on COVID-19

  • Daily COVID cases fall below 100,000 for first time in three months (Daily Mail)

  • What you need to know about side effects and risks of the vaccines (Examiner)

National Security

  • Implicit threat of insurrection? BLM and antifa threaten to “burn down” Washington (Blaze Media)

  • We’re shocked — shocked! UN finds “evidence of undeclared nuclear activities” in Iran (Disrn) | But hey, at least the U.S. won’t lift sanctions until Iran halts uranium enrichment (CBS News)

  • Antony Blinken revokes Mike Pompeo’s terror label on Yemen’s Houthis (Politico)

Business & Economy

  • Amazon loses effort to halt Alabama union drive; voting begins today (CNBC)

  • U.S. goods and services trade deficit increased to $679 billion in 2020 — highest since 2008 (Politico)

Double Standards

  • Nancy Pelosi will not be fined for violating her own security rules (Disrn)

  • Biden flies home for Super Bowl weekend despite his administration’s warning against travel (Disrn)

  • Same publishing company that axed Senator Josh Hawley will publish Hunter Biden book (Disrn)

Around the World

  • Myanmar police warn tens of thousands of protesters to disperse or face force (Reuters)

  • “The goal of these people was to make an attempt on my life”: Attempted coup foiled in Haiti (AFP)

  • 95-year-old German woman charged with complicity in over 10,000 murders in WWII (Disrn)

“Non Compos Mentis” Award

  • Jill Biden says in Super Bowl ad that you owe it to your dog to wear a mask, “even when walking” them

And she would know — she’s a “doctor”!

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: The case for boycotting the 2022 Winter Olympics in China (Reason)

  • Policy: In age of “reality czar,” preserving religious freedom more important than ever (Daily Signal)

  • Humor: First female Super Bowl referee throws flag on play but won’t say what’s wrong (Babylon Bee)

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