Jordan Candler / Feb. 24, 2021

Wednesday Executive News Summary

Capitol riot finger-pointing, Neera Tanden votes delayed, Mitch McConnell unloads, and more.

Top of the Fold

  • Finger-pointing dominates hearing on January 6 Capitol riot (Examiner)

“In a rare joint hearing with the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and Rules Committee, key law enforcement officials involved in responding to the attack painted a picture of poor intelligence, structural communication issues, and a lackluster response from Pentagon officials as driving reasons behind the botched response. … The two committees will summon Pentagon officials for another joint hearing next week. At the same time, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is working toward establishing a '9/11-style’ commission to examine the attack.”

Biden Cabinet

  • Neera Tanden committee votes abruptly delayed as budget nominee in deep jeopardy (Fox)

“Tanden’s nomination was on shaky ground ahead of the scheduled committee votes after Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., and many Republicans said they would oppose her nomination last week. Now it’s thrown further into doubt by the cancellation of the two committee votes.”

  • Senate Republican leader unloads on “radical and underqualified” HHS nominee Xavier Becerra (Daily Wire)

“Amid a global pandemic, the president has made a puzzling selection for this critical post: The famously partisan Attorney General of California. Mr. Becerra has no particular experience or expertise in health. His chief passion project in California seemed to be using the force of government to attack Americans’ religious liberty and freedom of conscience. … I am hard-pressed to see any way such a radical and underqualified nominee should fill such a critical post at this crucial time.” —Mitch McConnell

  • Senate confirms Linda Thomas-Greenfield as UN ambassador, despite her calling Chinese intervention in Africa a “win-win-win situation” in 2019 (Fox)

  • Senate confirms former Tom Vilsack for return engagement as agriculture secretary (Des Moines Register)

National Security

  • First migrant facility for children opens under Biden (WaPo) | Press Secretary Jen Psaki grilled over Biden’s “kids in cages” at the border (Post Millennial)

  • Good move: Federal judge indefinitely blocks 100-day deportation moratorium (Forbes)

Around the Nation

  • $1 billion class-action lawsuit filed against Texas electric company after “catastrophic” bills (Forbes) | Five ERCOT board members who live outside of the state are resigning (Texas Tribune)

  • Virginia lawmakers vote to abolish the death penalty (AP)

  • Grand jury votes not to indict Rochester officers in Daniel Prude case (NPR)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • Democrats write a bill to start a racism racist center at the CDC (National Pulse)

“The [Anti-Racism in Public Health Act of 2021] defines structural racism as the 'overarching system of racial bias across institutions and society,‘ adding that it 'has negatively affected communities of color, especially Black, Latinx, Asian American, Pacific Islander, and American Indian and Alaska Native people, to expand and reinforce White supremacy.’ To combat this, the center would ‘develop training programs, curricula, and seminars for the purposes of training public health professionals and researchers around issues of race, racism, and antiracism.’”

  • Americans identifying as LGBTQ more than ever thanks to indoctrination of our youth (NBC)

  • Identity wars: Campground for homosexuals takes heat for prohibiting women who identify as men (Disrn)

  • Washington Football Team to spend one more year fumbling for a new name (Disrn)

  • Nearly 100 Confederate monuments removed in 2020 (NPR)

Odds & Ends

  • Biden to visit Texas on Friday following deadly winter storm (CNBC)

  • Trump appeals Facebook’s decision to indefinitely suspend him (

  • Anthony Fauci’s mixed messages and inconsistencies come under deserved scrutiny (Fox)

“Non Compos Mentis” Award

  • MSNBC contributor who encouraged ISIS to bomb Trump Tower will testify on domestic terrorism (Federalist)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: The Cotton-Romney plan to raise the minimum wage without killing jobs (National Review)

  • Policy: The tax benefits of parenthood: A history and analysis of current proposals (AEI)

  • Satire: Compassionate Biden moves migrant children from cages to humane high-security metal containment cubes (Babylon Bee)

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