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Jordan Candler / October 28, 2021

Thursday Executive News Summary

Reconciliation bill update, Merrick Garland slammed, climate agenda falters, and more.

Spendapalooza Update

  • Democrats drop paid family and medical leave from reconciliation bill (NBC News)

  • They’re also at odds over “billionaires tax” to fund sweeping agenda (Reuters)

  • Party members explode in frustration (Fox Business)

Politics

  • Merrick Garland says he won’t rescind DOJ memo directing FBI to investigate confrontations at school board meetings (Daily Wire)

  • “You should resign in disgrace”: Tom Cotton slams Garland (PM)

  • Two-tiered justice: Five months after indictment, feds finally arrest longtime TV cameraman for threatening to kill Matt Gaetz (American Greatness)

  • Priorities: State Department issues its 1st passport with “X” gender marker (AP)

“Great news for Americans still stuck in Afghanistan.” —Congressman Dan Crenshaw

Climate

  • Joe Biden’s climate agenda falters ahead of global summits (Washington Examiner)

  • Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin snub high-stakes COP26; momentum lags among world’s major polluters (Washington Times)

Security

  • “Very close” to a “Sputnik moment”: Top general sounds alarm over China’s hypersonic weapons test (Washington Times)

  • Taiwan’s president confirms U.S. military trainers on island (Washington Examiner)

  • Mexican cartels are exploiting American teenagers by paying them to traffic illegal immigrants (Fox Business)

  • DHS expands no-go zones where ICE can’t arrest illegals (Washington Times)

  • Iran says it will resume nuclear negotiations by end of November (The Guardian)

Economy

  • Economic growth rate slows to 2% on a sharp slowdown in consumer spending (CNBC)

  • And yet, holiday sales could set new record, says National Retail Federation (AP)

“Social Justice”

  • Virginia promotes book telling teachers to embrace CRT, which Terry McAuliffe says isn’t being taught (Fox News)

  • Twix Halloween ad features “transgender” child, suggests violence against those who disagree acceptable (Daily Wire)

  • A blind squirrel finds a nut: MLB commissioner Rob Manfred defends Braves’ name and “The Chop” (The Athletic)

Health

  • Number of new COVID cases continues to plummet (Axios)

  • Narrative killer: Cases in Florida reach lowest rate in the nation (Daily Caller)

  • Terry McAuliffe keeps inflating coronavirus numbers (Washington Post)

  • Unearthed Wuhan lab docs show “bat lady” Shi Zhengli isolating coronavirus strains for “direct human infection” (National Pulse)

World

  • Myanmar military uses systematic torture across country (AP)

  • North Korea tells starving citizens to eat less (Washington Examiner)

  • Hong Kong passes new film censorship law (BBC)

Notables

  • Jen Psaki bristles when asked if pro-abortion Biden will discuss “human dignity of the unborn” with Pope Francis (National Review)

  • “Almost deafening”: Lori Lightfoot booed on stage at fundraiser (Daily Wire)

  • Plurality want Anthony Fauci expelled (Washington Examiner)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Against the billionaire tax (City Journal)

  • Policy: Reconnecting Americans to the benefits of work (AEI)

  • Humor: Man excited for giant refund after claiming $1 million of “unrealized charitable donations” (Babylon Bee)

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