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Jordan Candler / Feb. 25, 2021

Thursday Executive News Summary

Timeline on COVID “relief” bill, NRA countersues, additional Biden executive orders, and more.

Top of the Fold

  • House Democrats aim to pass $1.9 trillion COVID bill on Friday (CNBC)

“The package includes $1,400 direct payments to most Americans, a $400 per week jobless benefit supplement and an extension of programs making millions more Americans eligible for unemployment insurance. It also puts $20 billion into Covid-19 vaccinations, $50 billion into testing, and $350 billion into state, local and tribal government relief. The plan as of now would hike the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025. The provision may not survive in the final bill.”

Government & Politics

  • NRA sues New York Attorney General Letitia James, correctly says she wants to destroy her “political enemy” (Reuters)

“The NRA, which filed for bankruptcy last month and said it would switch its incorporation to Texas from New York, accused James of ‘weaponizing’ her powers to pursue a ‘blatant and malicious retaliation campaign’ against the group because she dislikes what it stands for. … In seeking the lawsuit’s dismissal, the NRA countered that James sued ‘with the sole purpose of seeking to dissolve a political enemy.’ It also said her ‘selective enforcement’ of state not-for-profit laws violated its constitutional rights to free speech and equal protection.”

  • President Joe Biden signs executive order on securing critical supply chains (CBS)

“The president specifically said a shortage of computer chips, semiconductors, has created a serious problem in the U.S. economy. Mr. Biden said leaders in his administration will work with industry leaders to discover solutions for the semiconductor shortfall.”

  • Dozens of House Democrats want Biden to give up sole authority to launch nuclear weapons (Fox)

Dumb and Dumber

  • Biden rescinds Trump’s apprenticeship program to placate organized labor (Daily Wire)

  • Biden cancels Trump’s “Operation Talon” that targeted sex offenders living in the U.S. illegally (Human Events)

Science & Big Tech Oligarchs

  • Steven Crowder temporarily suspended from Twitter for discovering that “people — who may not be real people — have voted from addresses that do not exist” (Daily Wire)

  • New analyses show Johnson & Johnson’s one-dose vaccine works well (NY Times)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • Black Lives Matter Foundation raked in more than $90 million last year (Daily Wire)

“Black Lives Matter had about $8.4 million worth of expenses last year, which included ‘staffing, operating and administrative expenses, civic engagement, programs and field expenses, rapid response, and crisis intervention,’ according to the impact report. They also dispensed more than $22 million in grants to the organization’s local chapters and other black-run organizations around the U.S. They ended the year flush with $60 million.”

Editor’s note: Why not use that $60 million for reparations? Just sayin’.

  • California bill would fine stores $1,000 for having separate boys and girls sections (PJ Media)

Odds & Ends

  • HHS nominee Xavier Becerra lies, says he didn’t sue Little Sisters of the Poor (Examiner)

  • Ex-aide Lindsey Boylan details sexual harassment allegations against Governor Cuomo (NY Post)

  • U.S. bank profits fell 36.5% in 2020 — but still posted a $147.9 billion windfall (Reuters)

  • We now have the full landing video of NASA’s Mars rover and it’s EPIC (Not the Bee)

“Non Compos Mentis” Award

  • Soledad O'Brien, the Democrats’ “expert” in Senate hearing on “misinformation,” is a prolific conspiracy theorist (Post Millennial)

American Spirit

  • Couple welcomes stranded Texas delivery driver into their home for five days (Disrn)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: The “Equality Act” would impose transgender ideology on everyone (Daily Signal)

  • Policy: How the “Fight for 15” could enable a wave of youth lawlessness (City Journal)

  • Satire: Media criticizes Governor DeSantis for vaccinating Republican seniors instead of killing them (Babylon Bee)

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