Jordan Candler / September 16, 2021

Thursday Executive News Summary

Joint Chiefs chairman responds, gymnasts excoriate FBI, refugees head to 46 states, and more.

Milley’s Malfeasance

  • General Mark Milley more or less corroborates bombshell story that he’d forewarn China if U.S. was going to strike (Daily Wire)

  • White House defends Milley amid barrage of criticism (National Review)

  • Trump’s acting defense secretary says he “did not” authorize the calls, says Milley should resign (Fox News)

  • Milley’s favorite Chinese general is one of CCP’s biggest saber-rattlers (Free Beacon)


  • Star gymnasts give senators an unsparing account of FBI’s failures in Larry Nassar investigation (WSJ) | FBI refuses to answer to elected representatives about illegal leaks and botched investigations (The Federalist)

  • Dems trying to sneak eight million green cards into spending bill (PJ Media)

  • “You’re really f***ing me”: Biden reportedly furious over Joe Manchin spending block (Daily Wire)


  • The U.S. makes COVID vaccinations mandatory for new immigrants (but not illegals) (NYT)

  • Thirty-seven thousand Afghan refugees headed to 46 states (Axios)

  • Australia to get nuclear submarines in new deal with U.S. and UK, sending potential message to China (USA Today) | “A lack of coherence”: France issues angry response (Fox News)

  • Migrant encounters over 200,000 again in August, as border surge continues (Fox News)

  • Fentanyl smuggling surges at border; seizures have nearly doubled 2020 numbers (Free Beacon)

  • France terminates leader of Islamic State in the Greater Sahara (AP)


  • Judge strikes Minneapolis anti-police ballot question (WCCO) | Ilhan Omar slams the judge (Fox News)

  • D'oh! Portland scraps planned boycott over Texas pro-life law (The Oregonian)

  • LA County authoritarians to require proof of vaccination for indoor bars, nightclubs, breweries (FOX 11)

  • Special enrollment period sparked 2.8 million ObamaCare signups (Washington Times)


  • A new study suggests that almost half of those hospitalized with COVID have mild or asymptomatic cases (The Atlantic)

  • Not the first time: Parents group demands child pornography investigation of Netflix show (Daily Wire)

  • Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert settles child abuse payments lawsuit (Washington Examiner)

  • SpaceX successfully launches first all-civilian mission (

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: The California recall’s lesson for Republicans (National Review)

  • Policy: Biden’s vaccine mandate is unconstitutional (City Journal)

  • Humor: Gavin Newsom named U-Haul Salesperson of the Year (Babylon Bee)

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