Jordan Candler / Apr. 19, 2021

Monday Executive News Summary

Russian-collusion debunker probed, refugee cap about-face, Waters’s hate rhetoric, and more.

Top of the Fold

  • DOJ is investigating ex-Trump official who debunked the Russian-collusion narrative (Daily Caller)

“Kash Patel … is the target of a federal leak investigation, according to a report from The Washington Post. … While working on Capitol Hill, Patel played a central role in the investigation that uncovered details about the infamous Steele dossier, as well as the FBI’s use of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page. … One of Patel’s former colleagues speculated that if he is under investigation, it is likely because of his role debunking the narrative that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. ‘Kash embarrassed intelligence officials by getting documents declassified showing the Russia collusion investigation was a fraud,’ the former Patel colleague told The Daily Caller News Foundation. ‘Now they’re getting payback and making an example out of him.’”

  • Biden administration backs down on refugee admission cap (CNSNews.com)

“After drawing fire from refugee agencies and some congressional Democrats, the Biden administration is reversing its decision announced on Friday to keep the number of refugees to be resettled in fiscal year 2021 at the record-low 15,000 cap set by President Trump last fall. On two Sunday talk shows, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan both confirmed that President Joe Biden will, after all, raise the number of refugees expected to arrive before the end of the fiscal year. Neither offered a number, and neither said the goal would be 62,500, as the Biden administration had indicated in February.”

Government & Politics

  • Re-ratcheting up the hate rhetoric: Maxine Waters urges protesters to “get more confrontational” on “the street” (Daily Wire) | Kevin McCarthy: I will “bring action” against Waters for “inciting violence” if Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn’t (Daily Wire)

  • A blind squirrel finds a nut: Biden describes border surge as a “crisis” for first time (Fox News)

  • Trump restrictions on fetal tissue research reversed (Politico) | Meanwhile, federal government caught buying “fresh” flesh of aborted babies who could have survived as preemies (The Federalist)

National Security

  • FedEx shooter was able to buy two rifles despite FBI investigation and prior weapons seizure (Examiner)

  • Feds to release 400 migrant families per day by June, up from 50 in January (Examiner)

  • Russia expelling 10 U.S. diplomats in response to sanctions (AP)

  • Oath Keepers member is first to plead guilty in Capitol riot investigation (NPR)

Around the Nation

  • Closing arguments in Derek Chauvin trial begins today (NPR) | Vandals target defense witness, leaving severed pig’s head on front porch of former home, smearing home with blood (Fox News)

  • What could possibly go wrong? Minneapolis moves to disarm traffic enforcers (PM)

  • As mask mandates end, Oregon bucks trend with permanent rule (AP) | Michigan expands mask mandate to toddlers (Disrn)

Odds & Ends

  • Half of U.S. adults have gotten at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose (Reuters)

  • Liberty University hits Jerry Falwell Jr. with $10 million lawsuit (Washington Examiner)

  • STDs in the U.S. at all-time high for 6th consecutive year (Disrn)

  • Raul Castro steps down as head of Communist Party (NBC News)

“Non Compos Mentis” Award

  • “Consensual incest” should be decriminalized, advocates say (NY Post)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Why Biden’s China strategy is destined for failure (Daily Signal)

  • Policy: Some advocates of restricting free speech insist that censorship debates are merely about boundary-setting — but they’re wrong (City Journal)

  • Humor: Men demand reparations from women due to Eve eating the apple (Babylon Bee)

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