Jordan Candler / Mar. 12, 2021

Friday Executive News Summary

Biden’s primetime speech, Andrew Cuomo developments, gun control bills, and more.

Top of the Fold

  • In first primetime speech, President Joe Biden, in addition to taking credit for Trump’s COVID leadership, directs states to make all adults eligible for vaccines by May 1 (Fox News)

  • Sexual assault allegations against Governor Andrew Cuomo are referred to Albany police (Post Millennial) while the New York Assembly begins impeachment investigation (Times Union)

Government & Politics

  • House approves unpractical and contradictory gun control bills (The Hill)

“[The Bipartisan Background Checks Act] would implement new background check requirements for gun transfers between private parties. … [The GOP] criticized the bill for leaving out language that would require gun dealers to alert Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the event an undocumented immigrant attempts to buy a gun, a provision that previously passed in a motion to recommit in 2019. … Under the [the Enhanced Background Checks Act], the review period in which a background check can be conducted before purchasing a firearm would be extended from the current three days to 10. … Both bills are backed by the Biden administration, but the legislation faces an uphill battle in the upper chamber, where they are unlikely to garner enough GOP support to meet the 60-vote threshold needed to pass.”

Health

  • COVID-19 killed nearly 400,000 people in the U.S. in 2020, making it the third-leading cause of death (Politico)

“The U.S. death rate increased by 15 percent last year as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, making it the deadliest year in recorded U.S. history, the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention will announce. … Altogether more than 3 million people in the U.S. died in 2020, the agency found. … By comparison, the death rate decreased in 2019 by 1.2 percent compared to the 2018 toll.”

  • Novavax reports its COVID vaccine is 96% efficacious (Time)

Around the Nation

  • Bravo! Mississippi governor signs bill banning biological males in women’s sports (AP)

“Mississippi is the first state this year to enact such a ban, after a federal court blocked an Idaho law last year. Mississippi's Senate Bill 2536 is set to become law July 1, although a legal challenge is possible. More than 20 states are proposing restrictions on athletics or gender-confirming health care for transgender minors this year.”

  • Judge rules Texas can remove abortion mill Planned Parenthood from Medicaid program (The Hill)

  • Village academic curriculum: $57,000-a-year New York City school pushes students to stop saying “mom,” “dad,” “parents,” referring to people by gender (Daily Wire)

  • San Francisco’s “tent village” program now cost taxpayers more per night than a hotel stay (Disrn)

“Currently, San Francisco spends $16.1 million annually on the tent villages, making it a yearly cost of $61,450 per tent. That calculates to $5,120 a month.”

Other Notables

  • President Biden signs $1.9 trillion COVID pork bill into law (The Hill)

  • Five deleterious far-left promises Biden has kept in his first 50 days (Breitbart)

“Captain Obvious” Headline Award

  • COVID relief bill could permanently alter social safety net (AP)

Editor’s note: A more accurate headline would read, “By design, COVID relief bill will permanently alter social safety net.”

American Spirit

  • “Guardian of this city”: Tampa police officer dies after steering into path of reckless driver to save others (Disrn)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Governors, just say no to federal bailouts (Heritage Foundation)

  • Policy: Biden’s climate report is based on personal values, not science (RealClearPolicy)

  • Humor: “There is no crisis at the border,” says Jen Psaki while attempting Jedi mind trick (Babylon Bee)

For more of today’s editors’ choice headlines, visit Headline Report.

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