Jordan Candler / Mar. 18, 2021

Thursday Executive News Summary

Southern border gag order, Trump vindicated in Michigan, Keystone lawsuit, and more.

Top of the Fold

  • President Unity blocks press access at the border, constructs false narratives (Washington Times)

“In her first press briefing, President Joe Biden’s press secretary Jen Psaki promised to bring ‘truth and transparency’ back to the White House. But it’s now 55 days into the new administration and the Biden team has been anything but transparent. The Biden administration issued a gag-order on the southern border, blocking all press requests to visit detention centers to take pictures or to tour the facilities. Border Patrol agents have been told to deny all media requests for ‘ride-alongs’ with agents, and all stationed on the southern border are being told to forward all press requests to Washington for approval, according to NBC News.”

  • Trump vindicated: Judge rules Michigan secretary of state violated election laws (PJ Media)

“A major change imposed by [Jocelyn] Benson was loosening the signature verification requirement for absentee ballots. Michigan Court of Claims Chief Judge Christopher Murray ruled that this change violated Michigan Administrative Procedures Act. … Over 3.1 million Michiganders voted by absentee ballot in November. Biden ‘won’ the state by just over 154,000 votes, according to the state-certified results.”

Addendum: “Months after Trump complaints, some courts are finding irregularities in 2020 elections.” —Just the News

Government & Politics

  • Georgia deputy secretary of state outed as source of fake Trump quotes in WaPo story (

  • Twenty-one states sue Biden to overturn the ridiculous canceling of Keystone XL pipeline (Daily Wire)

  • RIP, Tea Party: House Republicans drop decade-long opposition to earmarks (Examiner)

  • It sure looks like Joe Biden lied about his tax plan (National Review)

  • Political theater: House passes bill to award Congressional Gold Medals to Capitol police (Roll Call)

  • CNN hemorrhaging viewers since Trump left office, down nearly 50% in key measurables (Fox News)

  • Perpetual hypocrite John Kerry caught maskless on flight (Fox News)

Culture & Heartland

  • Atlanta shooting suspect tells police attacks not racially motivated, was driven by sex addiction (Fox News)

  • Californians submit 2.1 million signatures to recall Governor Newsom (Politico)

  • “Teaching kids to hate their country and to hate each other is not worth one red cent of taxpayer money”: Florida governor excludes Critical Race Theory from curriculum (PM)

  • Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signs law to expand abortion coverage “without limits” on taxpayer dime (Disrn)

  • Judges pacify Planned Parenthood, block Indiana’s parental consent requirement for abortion (Disrn)

  • Preemption winning streak continues for gun advocates: Judge strikes down Boulder’s AR-15 ban (Free Beacon)

  • Texas to forgive $29 million in electricity bills after historic winter storm (Disrn)

National Security

  • “Mistakes made”: DHS chief admits release of untested illegal immigrants into communities (Washington Times)

  • Biden says May 1 deadline to pull troops from Afghanistan will be “tough” to meet (AMN)

Other Notables

  • Ford plans to move new vehicle construction from Ohio to Mexico (The Hill)

  • IRS announces extension of filing deadline to May 17 (The Hill)

  • Dan Bongino to take over Rush Limbaugh’s radio time slot (Fox News)

American Spirit

  • Americans are spending their Joe “Buy a Shotgun” Biden stimulus on guns (Forbes)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: What the U.S. must do to beat China (National Review)

  • Policy: Would Biden’s tax hike really spare the middle class? Nope (AEI)

  • Humor: Billions in damages as military allows women to park the tanks (Babylon Bee)

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