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Jordan Candler / August 16, 2021

Monday Executive News Summary

Afghanistan collapses, Snopes CEO suspended, “Remain in Mexico” reinstated, and more.

Afghan Debacle

  • Taliban sweeps into Afghan capital after government collapses (AP)

  • On vacation: Biden admin tunes out bloodthirsty Taliban declaring reign amid dramatic scene (Fox News)

  • Non compos mentis: Trump barred from Twitter, but Taliban spokesman tweets away (Fox News)

  • Counting the costs of America’s 20-year war in Afghanistan (AP)

Government & Politics

  • Google rewrote news algorithm to target Trump, says whistleblower (NewsBusters)

  • Ted Cruz derails Democrats’ late-night push to pass federal election takeover (Daily Wire)

  • Biden admin targets Ron DeSantis ban on mask mandates, offers cash to Florida school districts defying governor (Fox News) | White House discussing totalitarian vaccine mandate for interstate travel (PJ Media)

  • “Court’s hands are tied”: Federal judge denies landlords’ request to block CDC national eviction ban (CNBC)

  • D'oh! CEO of “fact-checking” website Snopes suspended for lying (The Federalist)


  • USDA to permanently boost food stamp benefits by 25% (AP)

  • Consumer sentiment sinks to height of COVID levels (Fox Business)

National Security

  • Federal judge orders Biden to reinstate Trump’s effective “Remain in Mexico” policy (The Federalist)

  • According to DHS, if you oppose COVID restrictions, or think election fraud took place in 2020, you are a potential terror threat (Not the Bee)

Annals of the “Social Justice” Caliphate

  • Not satire: The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine just one-upped the term “birthing person” with “human milk-feeding individual” (Not the Bee)

  • Subway franchisees are fed up with Megan Rapinoe’s TV ads (Fox Business)

  • Scotland to allow children as young as four to change gender without parental consent or knowledge (PM)

Around the Nation

  • Tropical Storm Fred closing in on Florida Panhandle landfall (The Weather Channel)

  • More cities like New Orleans and San Francisco requiring proof of vaccination (AP)

  • Hundreds of thousands of kindergartners a no-show (Washington Examiner)

  • $2.7 billion bond fund to build water reservoirs sits idle in drought-wracked California (Washington Examiner)

Around the World

  • Haiti earthquake death toll hits 1,297 (Reuters)

  • PM Justin Trudeau triggers Canadian election; voting day September 20 (AP)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: American defeat in Afghanistan exposes the “smart power” mirage (National Review)

  • Humor: CNN praises Taliban for wearing masks during attack (Babylon Bee)

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