Jordan Candler / August 13, 2021

Friday Executive News Summary

Census report, “unprecedented” border surge, Taliban’s Afghan blitz, and more.

Government & Politics

  • Census shows U.S. growth driven by minorities; white pop falls under 60% (The Hill) | Five takeaways from the report (The Hill)

  • “This scheme violates the Court’s longstanding teaching”: Supreme Court blocks part of New York’s pandemic eviction ban (Politico)

  • Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett won’t block Indiana University vaccine mandate (AP)

  • “Defund the police” politically unpopular in Senate: Spending to hire 100,000 cops wins huge bipartisan support (Washington Times)

National Security

  • Homeland Security announces 212,672 migrant encounters in July — a 13% increase over June (Fox News) | DHS chief acknowledges “unprecedented” border surge (Washington Times)

  • The intelligence community prepares to punt on COVID’s origin (National Review) | WHO scientist: China pressured us not to mention lab leak in the report (Hot Air)

  • Taliban insurgents take Afghanistan’s second- and third-largest cities (Fox News) | U.S. sending 3,000 troops back into the country amid rapidly deteriorating situation (Daily Wire)


  • FDA authorizes additional vaccine dose for certain immunocompromised individuals (

  • Do masks work? A review of the evidence (City Journal)

  • How the pandemic laid bare America’s diabetes crisis (Reuters)

Around the Nation

  • Texas Senate passes election integrity bill despite protests from Democrats (PM)

  • San Francisco mandates proof of vaccination when indoors (AP)

  • Texas Tribune erroneously reports 5,800 children were hospitalized due to COVID in first week of August (Fox News)

  • Face-palm: New Jersey inmate freed early due to COVID is charged with murder two days later (Fox News)

Non Compos Mentis Award

  • American Express tells its workers capitalism is racist (NY Post)

Other Notables

  • Home prices soar 23% year-over-year, the fastest rate on record (Bloomberg)

  • Nearly 80% of voters say Biden responsible for inflation spike (Free Beacon)

  • Majority of registered Democratic voters now prefer socialism to capitalism (Fox Business)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Is inflation here to stay? Some conditions are right for a repeat of the persistent rising prices of the 1970s (City Journal)

  • Policy: Partitioning Afghanistan would be a historic mistake (1945)

  • Humor: Dozens of dead baseball players ruin “Field of Dreams” game (Velvet Hamster)

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