Jordan Candler / Mar. 8, 2021

Monday Executive News Summary

Senate approves “COVID relief,” Manchin starts to crack, Biden’s voter registration EO, and more.

COVID Monstrocity

“The final vote was 50-49, with all Democrats voting in favor of the bill and all Republicans voting against it. … Vice President Kamala Harris did not need to visit the Capitol to break any ties, as GOP Senator Dan Sullivan left due to a family emergency on Friday. … The House will vote on the amended legislation on Tuesday, after the House passed a slightly different version of the bill last week.”

On the bright side: “Minimum wage hike falls short in the Senate.” —AP

On the not-so-bright side: “Dems vote against Cruz amendment to stop $1400 checks for illegal aliens.” —Disrn

For the record: “Gig workers would pay higher taxes under coronavirus aid bill.” —Roll Call

A trip down memory lane: “Nobody making under $400,000 would have their taxes raised. Period.” —Joe Biden, May 2020

Government & Politics

“The shift from Manchin comes after he has repeatedly stated that he would not vote to end the filibuster, despite pressure from the far-Left. During the interviews on Sunday, Manchin repeatedly claimed that he was not open to ending the filibuster because he did not want to strip the minority party of their power in the Senate, but signaled that he was open to changing it.”

  • Biden signs voter registration executive order as he pushes Senate to pass fraud-and-chaos HR 1 bill (Fox)

“Biden’s executive order modernizes, orders federal agencies to expand access to voter registration, provides voting access and education to prisoners in federal custody, examines barriers to citizens with disabilities voting and improves ballot tracking for overseas voters, including active duty military. … Biden also pushed senators to pass H.R. 1. ‘This is a landmark piece of legislation that is urgently needed,’ he said [yesterday]. ‘I hope the Senate does its work so I can sign it into law.’”

  • New former Andrew Cuomo aides accused the governor of sexual misconduct (Fox)

“A former press aide to the governor, Karen Hinton, told The Washington Post that Cuomo summoned her to his ‘dimly lit’ hotel room and embraced her twice after a work event in 2000. Hinton said she pulled away from Cuomo and he pulled her back toward his body, holding her in embrace before she backed out of the room. … Another former aide, Anna Liss, said that when she worked for Cuomo as a policy and operations aide from 2013 to 2015, the governor asked her if she had a boyfriend, touched her on her lower back and kissed her hand as she rose from her desk.”

National Security

  • Biden, lawmakers take step to limit president’s authority to go to war (Washington Times)

  • More than 100 illegal immigrants released by Border Patrol have tested positive for COVID in Brownsville, Texas (Disrn) | COVID tests on migrants dropped in Harlingen, Texas, find 25% infected (Washington Times)

  • Meanwhile, CDC lets child migrant shelters fill to 100% despite COVID concern (Axios)

  • South Korea and the U.S. reach accord on troop cost sharing (Korea Herald)

Culture & Heartland

  • New York lawmakers vote to strip Cuomo of pandemic emergency powers (Axios)

  • 2021 sees a record number of bills targeting trans youth defending the dignity of girls and sports (Axios)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • Facebook oligarchs under investigation for discriminating against blacks (Disrn)

  • T-Mobile is forcing employees to complete a “White Privilege Checklist” (Not the Bee)

Around the World

  • Key Saudi Arabian oil site attacked, stoking regional tensions (Bloomberg)

  • Beijing prepares Hong Kong election laws, further erasing freedoms (NPR)

Other Notables

  • Biden to formally establish new Gender Policy Council (The Hill)

  • Trump sends GOP cease-and-desist letter asking it to not use his name (Post Millennial)

  • Trump promises to campaign against Senator Lisa Murkowski (Disrn)

  • America rebalances its post-Trump news diet (Axios)

Stranger Than Fiction

  • Turkey crashes through window into California dentist’s office (UPI)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Why, and how, the government should step in to reform universities (City Journal)

  • Policy: Vaccine passports are a terrible idea (National Review)

  • Satire: Governor Cuomo capitalizes on sex scandal with new romance novel (Babylon Bee)

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