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Jordan Candler / August 18, 2021

Wednesday Executive News Summary

Intel warned of Afghan collapse, Biden’s approval craters, retail sales drop, and more.

Afghanistan Postscript

  • Intel agencies warned of Afghan collapse as Biden publicly downplayed possibility (National Review)

  • No official evacuation plan for thousands of Americans outside Kabul (Fox News)

  • Air Force investigating civilian deaths at Kabul airport (Politico) | Human remains located in wheel well of U.S. military plane after departing from Kabul (Washington Examiner)

Government & Politics

  • Biden’s approval rating hits lowest point yet; 63% say nation heading in wrong direction (Washington Examiner)

  • Suspected terrorists crossing border “at a level we have never seen before,” outgoing Border Patrol chief says (Washington Examiner)

  • Double standards: Rent cancellation advocate Rashida Tlaib cleaned up as landlord during pandemic (Free Beacon)


  • Fully vaccinated Texas Governor Greg Abbott tests positive for COVID-19 (Dallas Morning News)

  • Texas Supreme Court sides with Abbott, blocks mask mandates (Daily Wire)

  • Tennessee governor signs executive order allowing parents to avoid masking their children (Daily Wire)

  • TSA extends transportation mask mandate into 2022 (Washington Examiner)

  • CDC effectively says natural immunity doesn’t count (Power Line)

Around the Nation

  • Retail sales drop worse-than-expected 1.1% in July as rising COVID fears hit consumers (CNBC)

  • Compton City Councilman Isaac Galvan and five others in California charged with election fraud (Daily Wire)

Cancel Culture Award

  • Uber Eats axed former NFL quarterback Jay Cutler from an ad because he dared question masks for kids (Not the Bee)

Other Notables

  • Democrats stunned by prospect of losing two biggest governors within weeks (Politico)

  • Taliban kills woman for not wearing burqa on same day it vows to honor women’s rights (NY Post)

  • Why the Afghan army folded (The Atlantic)

  • China emerging as a strategic winner in U.S. rout in Afghanistan (Washington Times)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: After Afghanistan disaster, Taiwan must go nuclear (AEI)

  • Policy: What we have gotten right in the COVID fight (Commentary)

  • Humor: Trump sneaks back on Twitter by disguising self as Taliban spokesperson (Babylon Bee)

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