Jordan Candler / Feb. 26, 2021

Friday Executive News Summary

House approves Equality Act, parliamentarian rules on minimum wage, CPAC, and more.

Top of the Fold

  • House passes “(In)Equality Act,” providing bogus identity group protections (Daily Caller)

“H.R. 5 would amend the 1964 Civil Rights Act in order to prevent ‘discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.’ … Democrats tried to pass the Equality Act in 2019, but it was killed by a Republican-controlled Senate. … The legislation will now head to the Senate, where it would need 60 votes to avoid a filibuster.”

  • Senate parliamentarian rules minimum wage hike shouldn’t be included in COVID bill (Fox)

“Vice President Harris, as president of the Senate, can override the parliamentarian’s ruling, but the move is considered unlikely. Ron Klain, President Biden’s chief of staff, said in an interview this week that a Harris override was ‘not something we would do.’”

Government & Politics

  • Multiple states pass coronavirus aid without Congress (Axios)

The article points out, “The individual action … bolsters arguments against another major cash infusion from the federal government.” Indeed it does. As columnist Cal Thomas writes: “[A Washington] Post editorial … notes that money targeted to state and local governments (virtually all run by Democrats) don’t need it. It references Moody’s Analytics examination of state finances, which ‘shows that 31 states have enough money "to fully absorb the economic stress of COVID-19” without substantial budget cuts or tax increases.’“

  • Biden’s Department of Social Justice withdraws support from Connecticut lawsuit brought by high school girls over "transgender” athletes (Disrn)

“Under former President Donald Trump, Attorney General Bill Barr had put the department’s support behind the suit. Barr said the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference, which called for the participation of biological males beginning in 2017, ‘deprives those women of the single-sex athletic competitions that are one of the marquee accomplishments of Title IX.’ … The Alliance Defending Freedom … says the lawsuit will continue despite the DOJ’s lack of support.”

  • CPAC kicks off as Republicans eyeing 2024 campaigns seize chance to woo conservatives (Fox) | So naturally, Twitter adds “unsafe” warning to CPAC link (Post Millennial)

  • Even Top Democrats now call for balance on Pelosi’s 9/11-style committee (Examiner)


National Security

  • Biden orders first airstrike, hits Iran-backed militia in response to rocket attacks (American Military News)

  • Past tweet from Jen Psaki criticizing Trump resurface after new Syria airstrikes (Fox)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • Hasbro rebranding Mr. Potato Head as gender-neutral “Potato Head” later this year (Fox)

As our own Ron Locke observes, “HasBRO should change their name then.”

  • Student suspended from education program for factually saying, “A man is a man. A woman is a woman.” (Daily Wire)

Stats of the Week

  • Thanks to dezinformatsiya, a sizable number of Americans erroneously think over 10,000 unarmed black men are killed by police each year (Not the Bee)

  • George Floyd riots estimated to cost 66 times more than Capitol damage (though only in DC dollars would the building damage be $30 million) (Federalist)

  • Forty percent of California’s inmates have been vaccinated for COVID. Meanwhile, the vaccination rate for law-abiding Californians is just 6.5%. (Not the Bee)

As our Nate Jackson observes, former California Attorney General and president-in-waiting Kamala Harris was a “tough on crime” lady who threw tons of people in jail, yet inmates are now being vaccinated at an insanely fast rate.


Odds & Ends

  • Trump tax records turned over to witch-hunt prosecutors (Disrn)

  • Senate confirms Jennifer Granholm as energy secretary (Fox)

  • Jen Psaki distances Biden from Andrew Cuomo, says sex harassment claim should be “reviewed” (Fox)

  • FDA greenlights Pfizer vaccine to be stored at normal freezer temperatures, instead of ultra-cold (Examiner)

  • Ex-Olympic gymnastics coach kills himself hours after being charged with sex crimes (WaPo)

On a Lighter Note…

  • An Indonesian fisherman caught a baby shark with a human-like face and now I really can’t ever listen to that song again (Not the Bee)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Inflation: The next problem for the U.S. economy? (1945)

  • Policy: Standing up to the intolerant Equality Act (Daily Signal)

  • Humor: Biden clarifies that stimulus checks are “just an idea” (Babylon Bee)

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