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Jordan Candler / September 15, 2021

Wednesday Executive News Summary

General Milley undermined Trump, SecDef refuses to testify, Gavin Newsom survives, and more.

Top of the Fold

  • Treason? General Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, allegedly undermined Trump White House with secret calls, promising to alert China of potential U.S. attacks (The Federalist) | Top Republicans call for Milley’s ouster (Washington Times)

  • Antony Blinken says most Afghan evacuees weren’t vetted before airlift (Washington Times) | Friendly fire: Senate Democrats threaten subpoena after Pentagon chief refuses to appear at Afghanistan hearing (Washington Times)

  • Governor Gavin Newsom survives recall as Larry Elder peaked too early (National Review)

Politics

  • House Democrats break Joe Biden’s pledge not to raise taxes on individuals making less than $400K (Washington Times)

  • Congressional Research Service raises questions about OSHA vaccine mandate's legality (Daily Wire) | Arizona becomes first state to challenge constitutionality of the vaccine mandate (Daily Signal)

  • “Breach of trust”: Secret Facebook program exempted celebrities and VIPs from moderation policies (Daily Wire)

Security

  • Intelligence experts say Al-Qaeda could reform in Afghanistan in “one to two years” (Daily Wire) | Top U.S. general in Afghanistan told chain of command he disagreed with withdrawal (Washington Times)

  • What could possibly go wrong? DOJ allows former intel/military members who hacked for foreign country to pay to escape prosecution (Daily Wire)

  • China following Russian model with large-scale buildup of nuclear force (Washington Times)

  • “Absolutely outrageous”: North Korea fires two ballistic missiles toward Japan (Fox News)

Economy

  • The August inflation report is inconclusive (National Review)

  • Big Meat hits back at Biden administration for blaming inflation on industry (Fox Business)

Culture

  • Pro-life group Live Action says Google oligarchs banned its ads (Daily Caller)

  • Judge blocks Texas Right for Life from enforcing new law (Axios)

  • Facebook knows Instagram is toxic to teens, leaked documents reveal (Morning Brew)

Notables

  • Baby of fallen Wyoming Marine Rylee McCollum is born (KGAB)

  • Washington University student leader desecrates memorial to 9/11 victims (Free Beacon)

  • No sports, no clubs, no talking during lunch, and other “joys” of COVID schooling (New York Post)

  • Surveys show 3.2 million estimated first-time gun buyers in first half of 2021 (NSSF)

  • A comedy legend: Remembering Norm Macdonald (City Journal)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Repealing the SALT cap: State-by-state impact (AEI)

  • Policy: The defense budget through administrations (AEI)

  • Humor: Trump wows Met Gala crowd in “Rigged Election” dress (Babylon Bee)

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