Jordan Candler / Apr. 15, 2021

Thursday Executive News Summary

Bill for DC statehood advances, Harris to finally visit Mexico, Minnesota cop charged, and more.

Top of the Fold

  • House committee votes to approve reckless bill for Washington, DC, statehood (UPI)

Editor’s Note: According to the article, “The Democrat-backed bill H.R. 51 to make Washington, D.C., the 51st state passed 25-19 by the House committee on oversight and reform on Wednesday with no Republican support. … [Eleanor Holmes] Norton said the bill’s 215 cosponsors ‘virtually’ guarantees it’ll pass the House.” But as our Thomas Gallatin has comfortingly pointed out, “To make DC a state would require a constitutional amendment passed with two-thirds approval of both chambers of Congress and ratified by three-quarters of the States. The prospect of that happening is highly unlikely, to say the least.”

  • Kamala Harris to travel to Guatemala and Mexico amid criticism over border crisis (Fox News)

“Vice President Kamala Harris said on Wednesday that she will travel to Guatemala and Mexico as part of her role in tackling the ‘root causes’ of the swirling migration crisis at the southern border — as she faces intense criticism for her alleged lack of action on the crisis. … The Biden administration has been struggling to handle a historic surge in migrants to the border, one that critics have said is fueled by the administration’s liberal immigration policies. The administration refused to describe it as a crisis, calling it a ‘challenge’ instead, and has blamed the prior administration.”

Government & Politics

  • Institution-destroying Democrats introducing legislation to pack Supreme Court with four new leftist justices (Daily Wire)

  • Democrats pressure GOP to support a joke of a hate crimes bill (CBS News)

  • Biden’s American Jobs Plan could cost more than [cough] $666,000 per job created (Disrn)

  • IRS chief warns of unpaid taxes hitting $1 trillion (The Hill), so naturally the White House proposes $900 million budget boost for IRS enforcement efforts (Waller)

  • Gary Gensler confirmed by Senate to lead the SEC, Wall Street’s top regulator (CNBC)

Culture & Hearltand

  • Minnesota cop who shot Daunte Wright charged with second-degree manslaughter (National Review)

  • Federal prosecutors will not bring charges against officer who shot Ashli Babbitt (The Hill)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • NCAA says it will not host championships (but regular games still apparently pass muster) in states that bar “transgender” athletes (Disrn)

  • Amazon and Google join hundreds of woke corporations in signing letter opposing voting integrity (National Review)

  • United Airlines doubles down on wokeness — will be “100% green” (Power Line)

National Security

  • Biden announces troops withdrawal from Afghanistan will begin May 1 (Post Millennial)

  • U.S. readying sanctions against Russia for alleged hacking and election interference (Forbes)

Other Notables

  • Biden rolls back Trump’s pro-life curbs on family planning funds (Politico)

  • Drug overdose deaths surged during coronavirus pandemic (Axios)

  • Moderna’s COVID vaccine 90% effective after six months (UPI)

  • Facebook spent $23.4 million on security for Mark Zuckerberg in 2020 (NY Post)

  • “Reports of the death of shale are exaggerated”: U.S. oil patch springs to life (Examiner)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Beware Biden’s ghost-gun protocol (National Review)

  • Policy: Don’t buy into the college loan pity party (AEI)

  • Satire: BLM founder calls for abolishing police in all the areas where she doesn’t live (Babylon Bee)

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