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Jordan Candler / Mar. 5, 2021

Friday Executive News Summary

February jobs report, Andrew Cuomo’s obfuscation, Guardsmen political theater, and more.

Top of the Fold

  • U.S. economy added 379,000 jobs in February, shattering expectations (UPI)

“Most analysts had predicted Friday’s report would show between 150,000 and 200,000 new payrolls in February. Friday’s report said the unemployment rate declined slightly to 6.2%.”

Editor’s note: So we can kiss the unnecessary $1.9 trillion “stimulus” goodbye, right?

  • Speaking of unnecessarily making debt matters worse: CBO projects $100 trillion in new debt over next 30 years (Washington Times)

“The analysts at the government’s official scorekeeper said that by the middle of this century, federal spending will top 30% of gross domestic product, a rate the U.S. has never sustained before. But taxes won’t keep pace, and 41 cents of every $1 spent will be borrowed in 2050, the CBO said. Debt also will reach deep into unprecedented territory, reaching more than twice the size of GDP, unless something changes.”

Editor’s note: Congress knows only one change — adding debt.

  • Advisers of Governor Andrew Cuomo altered report on nursing home deaths (Fox News)

“Top advisers to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo influenced state health officials to remove data from a public report that showed coronavirus-related nursing-home deaths in the state had exceeded numbers previously acknowledged by the administration. … The final report focused only on nursing-home residents who died inside those facilities and did not include nursing-home residents who were transferred to hospitals after becoming sick, the [Wall Street] Journal reported.”

National Security

  • Political theater: Capitol Police request extension of National Guard (Washington Post)

“Three defense officials said that the Pentagon received the extension request and that Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Army officials will consider it. If approved, it would keep Guard members on duty through May.”

  • Number of child migrants crossing the border is overwhelming HHS (Axios)

“In the week ending March 1, the Border Patrol referred to HHS custody an average of 321 children per day, according to documents obtained by Axios. That’s up from a weekly average of 203 in late January and early February — and just 47 per day during the first week of January.”

  • So naturally, the feds will shorten detention of migrant families (NY Times)

“The Biden administration plans to release parents and children within 72 hours of their arrival in the United States, a new policy that already is being carried out along the Texas border.”

  • Second SUV filled with illegal immigrants catches fire near U.S. border (Disrn)

  • Senators from both aisles introduce bill to repeal Biden’s war powers following Syria strike (Fox News)

Big Tech Oligarchs

  • YouTube removes Trump’s CPAC speech (PJ Media)

  • eBay removes listings for canceled Dr. Seuss books “because they glorify violence” but allows copies of Mein Kampf and Louis Farrakhan’s books to be sold (Daily Mail)

Health

  • The United States is now averaging two million vaccine doses administered per day (NY Times)

  • The lockdown “cure” was worse than the disease for children (PJ Media) | Exhibit A: Children’s risk of dying in car accidents at least 10 times higher than dying from COVID (Disrn)

Around the Nation

  • Connecticut lifting all capacity restrictions on restaurants, gyms, offices, and houses of worship (Forbes)

  • Mississippi legislature wisely approves bill banning males from competing against women (Daily Wire)

  • Cop-hating Portland city councilor involved in hit-and-run (PJ Media)

Other Notables

  • Mitch McConnell working with Kentucky legislature on Senate exit strategy (The Intercept)

  • Supreme Court drops “sanctuary city” cases following Biden DOJ request (Fox News)

We’re Shocked — Shocked!

  • WHO won’t release interim report on COVID-19 origins (Daily Caller)

“Non Compos Mentis” Award

  • Swing and a miss: California high school stupidly gives baseball team two-week suspension for taking a picture without masks (Disrn)

“Captain Obvious” Headline Award

  • Almost 40% of university students surveyed are addicted to their phones (Medical Xpress)

Stranger Than Fiction

  • San Francisco TV journalist reporting on car thefts is robbed at gunpoint (Daily Mail)

American Spirit

  • Seven-year-old sells lemonade to fund her own brain surgery (NY Post)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Biden could overstimulate the economy into a crisis (National Interest)

  • Policy: Job creation, not a $15 minimum wage, will reduce poverty (Daily Signal)

  • Humor: Biden announces all bombs used in the Middle East will be purchased from black-owned businesses (Babylon Bee)

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