Jordan Candler / Mar. 4, 2021

Thursday Executive News Summary

House approves HR 1 and George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, Becerra in peril, and more.

Government & Politics

“House Resolution 1, which touches on virtually every aspect of the electoral process, was approved Wednesday night on a near party-line 220-210 vote. … Yet it faces an uncertain fate in the Democratic-controlled Senate, where it has little chance of passing without changes to procedural rules that currently allow Republicans to block it.”

  • House passes George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (Axios)

“The legislation overhauls qualified immunity for police officers, bans chokeholds at the federal level, prohibits no-knock warrants in federal drug cases and outlaws racial profiling. It would also establish a national registry of police misconduct to be managed by the Department of Justice.”

  • Biden’s crumbling Cabinet: Xavier Becerra in peril for HHS slot (Washington Times)

“The Senate Finance Committee split 14-14 along party lines on Mr. Becerra’s bid to head the Health and Human Services Department. The nomination was sent to the full Senate for debate and two floor votes, as conservative groups put pressure on swing Democrats to oppose the selection.”

  • Ole Joe Biden nears 45 days without holding a press conference (Daily Caller)

“Six weeks into the Biden administration and there still has been no solo press conference from the president. That is the longest stretch of silence from any new president in at least a century. By refusing to speak directly to the media, Joe Biden is attacking our most cherished democratic norms. Even CNN is complaining about it.” —Tucker Carlson

Meanwhile: “White House cuts virtual event feed after Biden says he’s ‘happy to take questions’ from House Democrats.” —Fox News

Big Tech Oligarchs

  • Facebook ends ban on political advertising (NY Times)

  • Google says goodbye to individual user tracking (Axios)

“Privacy-minded consumers are turning to privacy-minded browsers, and Apple’s mobile operating systems already have user anonymity built-in, so this looks more like a PR move than anything else. Or maybe a recognition of changing habits and concerns.” —Stephen Green

Cancel Culture

“Bruce Tinsley, creator of the 27-year-old cartoon, said he was told this week by his syndication company that Gannett newspapers across the country simultaneously dropped the comic over two strips critical of President Biden and transgender participation in women’s sports.”

  • Universal Orlando takes Dr. Seuss books out of gift shop, considers park changes (Fox Business)

Meanwhile: “Dr. Seuss books surge in popularity, canceled titles selling for thousands.” —Disrn

Education

  • A dose of common sense: New York Public Library will keep all of its Dr. Seuss books circulating (Examiner)

  • Children as young as five forced to have “diversity and inclusion” lessons in New Jersey schools (Daily Wire)

National Security

  • Number of illegal border crossings now six times what Obama considered a “crisis” (Daily Wire)

  • DOD took hours to approve National Guard request during Capitol riot, commander testifies (NPR)

Business & Economy

  • U.S. gets “C-,” faces $2.59 trillion in infrastructure needs over 10 years (Fox Business)

  • Damages from February winter storms could be as high as $155 billion (UPI)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • Evangelical adoption agency Bethany dangerously opens doors to LGBT families (Disrn)

Reality Check

  • The true culprit behind CPAC’s “Nazi” stage steps forward (PJ Media)

“Over the weekend, leftists seeking to delegitimize the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) claimed the stage was an inverted Odal rune, a lesser-known Norse symbol that the Nazis and some Neo-Nazi groups also adopted. Yet on Tuesday, a design firm publicly took responsibility for the stage design and reiterated what CPAC organizers had insisted from the beginning — the idea that the stage was a secret Nazi symbol was entirely baseless. In fact, the firm responsible for the stage design has a clear liberal bias.”

Odds & Ends

  • Biden limits eligibility for stimulus payments under pressure from “moderate” Democrats (Washington Post)

  • Governor Andrew Cuomo, who should resign over nursing home scandal, refuses to resign over sexual harassment scandal (Post Millennial)

  • Hyatt Hotels backtracks, slams CPAC — which it hosted — for “hate” and “hostility” (Disrn)

  • Arkansas lawmakers send governor near-total abortion ban (Fox News)

“Non Compos Mentis” Award

  • New report calls for COVID-scale economic lockdowns every two years to reduce carbon emissions (Disrn)

Stranger Than Fiction

  • Three drunk drivers crashed into each other at the same time in Wisconsin over the weekend (Not the Bee)

On a Lighter Note…

  • Hilarious snaps show people having their worst day ever (Daily Mail)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Is our exploding national debt fueling a stock market crash? (The Federalist)

  • Policy: We already have an alternative to massive student-loan cancelation (National Review)

  • Humor: It’s estimated that nine billion already dead from Texas mask mandate reversal (Babylon Bee)

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