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Mid-Day Digest

Jun. 3, 2020


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Riots and the Media

Douglas Andrews

On March 19, 2019, President Donald Trump ramped up his war on the mainstream media when he tweeted, “The Fake News Media has NEVER been more Dishonest or Corrupt than it is right now. … Fake News is the absolute Enemy of the People and our Country itself!”

This wasn’t the first time Trump had vilified certain elements of the Fourth Estate, and it won’t be the last. But we think he’s onto something. And given the reporting we’ve seen during the past week’s riots, it’s clear that the media never got the message.

From the onset of the protests that followed the awful death in police custody of George Floyd, the mainstream media failed us. The lies are legion, large and small, and they began at ground zero with this whopper, tweeted by Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and retold in various forms on various networks and in print: “We are now confronting white supremacists, members of organized crime, out of state instigators, and possibly even foreign actors to destroy and destabilize our city and our region.”

But while the media dutifully lapped up the “white supremacists” canard, they offered no evidence of it. Anywhere. And Mayor Frey, for his part, has mostly gone cold mic since then, having issued just a single tweet after firing off dozens of them during the first few days of the riots.

The Federalist’s John Daniel Davidson provides numerous examples of the media’s duplicity, though, from white supremacy to “peaceful protests” to the ominous warning of CNN’s Don Lemon that we’re “teetering on a dictatorship.”

Regarding Lemon, Davidson quips, “Every once in a while, you get a pundit who’s so bad at lying, so unconvincing in his role as a serious newsman, the mask slips.”

As for these riots, however, there’s a qualitative difference between lies that merely mislead and lies that actually enable and foment further violence. And there’s certainly some evidence that the media have also engaged in the latter. Here, Hot Air’s Ed Morrissey asks two important questions: “Has the national media’s focus on violence crowded out attention on legitimate protests? Is cable news fueling a cycle of violence by essentially glorifying it in prime time?”

Put another way, has the media’s 24-hour sensationalism hurt the cause of justice for George Floyd? And has it also provoked would-be peaceful protesters to escalate their actions?

It’s hard to say, but as the Associated Press reports, “civil rights” activist Al Sharpton is worried that the coverage of the violence — as opposed to the violence itself — may result in a backlash. “If you only display … this whole ‘if it bleeds, it leads’ media obsession, then in many ways you are hurting George Floyd all over again,” he says. “Because he becomes a side story to the tragedy of what happened and to the pursuit of justice.”

Sharpton’s failure to roundly and repeatedly condemn the rioting is inexcusable, but he has a point about the coverage. “Justice” for George Floyd has never been about loading flatscreen TVs onto a flatcart, or torching minority-owned businesses, or defacing national monuments, and the media would do well to make that point again and again rather than trying to excuse or ignore it. (The editors at the Washington Free Beacon provide more detail on the media’s role as Praetorian Guard for the rioters.)

As for the president’s incendiary claim that the “Fake News Media has NEVER been more Dishonest or Corrupt than it is right now,” well, we can just picture the folks at CNN and MSNBC chortling, “Hold our beers!”

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Bush Condemns Riots but Promotes Myth of Systemic Racism

Thomas Gallatin

George W. Bush released a statement calling for unity and racial justice while expressing solidarity with those currently protesting the unjust death of George Floyd while in police custody. However, rather than question the leftist “social justice” activists’ dubious narrative of “systemic racism” — a charge that has been repeatedly debunked by hard data and a variety of studies — Bush simply echoed the same narrative as Barack Obama. “It remains a shocking failure that many African Americans, especially young African American men, are harassed and threatened in their own country,” Bush lamented. “It is a strength when protesters, protected by responsible law enforcement, march for a better future. This tragedy — in a long series of similar tragedies — raises a long overdue question: How do we end systemic racism in our society?”

The former president added, “The only way to see ourselves in a true light is to listen to the voices of so many who are hurting and grieving. Those who set out to silence those voices do not understand the meaning of America — or how it becomes a better place.” In other words, anyone who dares question the “social justice” dogma of “systemic racism” is condemned as “part of the problem.” Feelings trump facts.

The only means to finding a genuine solution to any problem is to first accurately identify the problem. Unquestioningly accepting a narrative — in this case one that is itself based upon radical racial identitarianism — as the gospel truth will only lead to false solutions that may only exacerbate the genuine problem.

While Bush, like almost every American, is justifiably upset and angered by the callous, indifferent, and deadly actions taken by four Minneapolis police officers, that doesn’t excuse him or anyone else from propagating a false narrative. “Many doubt the justice of our country, and with good reason,” he asserts. “Black people see the repeated violation of their rights without an urgent and adequate response from American institutions.” Is that true? Is it only black Americans today who suffer repeated violations of their rights with no response from American institutions? Not according to the data. Do black Americans suffer repeated violations of their rights at a higher rate than other Americans? Again, not according to the data. Do black Americans feel their rights are violated more often than other Americans? Clearly many do, though thankfully not all, as there is a small but growing number of black Americans who reject this racist narrative — our own Patrick Hampton and Willie Richardson among them. But this subjectivity of feelings is being used as the primary “evidence” of “systemic racism.”

We’ll give Bush credit for speaking out against rioting and violence. “We know that lasting justice will only come by peaceful means. Looting is not liberation, and destruction is not progress,” he wrote. “But” — and there’s always a “but” — “we also know that lasting peace in our communities requires truly equal justice. The rule of law ultimately depends on the fairness and legitimacy of the legal system. And achieving justice for all is the duty of all.”

Recognizing that many people across the country are angry over a crime is understandable. Blaming wholly innocent people for somehow being a cause of the crime is unjust, and Bush should know better. After all, was he not falsely labeled a racist by many on the Left following Hurricane Katrina? Then again, maybe his own bitter experience is why he issued this statement.

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Are You a White Supremacist?

Nate Jackson

A chart circulating on social media depicts “overt white supremacy” that is “socially unacceptable” above all the various things that amount to “socially acceptable” “covert white supremacy.” The shape of the chart brings new meaning to the term “pyramid scheme.”

Clearly, everyone but actual racists would argue that lynching, burning crosses, displaying swastikas, and using the N-word are indeed unacceptable and should have no place in American society.

But that’s where the chart jumps the shark. There are more than 50 other practices, thoughts, or phrases that the “woke” folks peddling the chart say amount to prevalent and accepted white racism. A few of the things are understandably labeled as such — when they’re actually happening. Ironically, though “Make America Great Again” makes the list for white supremacy, “mass incarceration” of blacks was largely brought about by the man who wants to defeat President MAGA, Joe Biden. And Donald Trump has taken concrete steps to rectify the system.

For the most part, however, this list of skin sins is largely the pulp fiction of the Left’s alternate reality. Several of the items are so absurd we’ll admit we had to look them up just to even know what the chart maker meant. (Did anyone else know what the heck “fetishizing BIPOC” means?)

Others are the same tired cultural battles we’ve been fighting for decades. “Celebration of Columbus Day” is not white supremacy. Sports mascots are not racist. (Who names a team after something they want to degrade? Do these yahoos even watch sports?) Exceptionalism is not bigoted. Saying “we’re all one big human family” should be unifying (E pluribus unum, and all that), not evidence of some phantom prejudice.

We could go on but why bother? This is not a thoughtful exercise prompted by those who love our country and want to encourage racial healing. It’s the petty airing of grievances by angry leftists who want to classify every white conservative as a white supremacist and every black conservative an Uncle Tom. It’s political horse pucky, not cultural advancement.

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Purge Bad Cops to Restore Police Integrity

Louis DeBroux

No one with an ounce of humanity can watch the video of George Floyd’s death with anything other than horror and revulsion. Handcuffed, face-down, and compliant, Floyd died because Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes, even as Floyd cried that he couldn’t breathe.

Bystanders pled with Chauvin to get off Floyd, but he refused, kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly three minutes after he fell unconscious. This was not the first time Minneapolis police overused this tactic.

It’s painfully obvious that Chauvin used force far in excess of what was warranted, and Floyd died as a result. All four Minneapolis police officers involved were fired, and Chauvin was eventually arrested on charges of third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. His arrest should not have taken four days.

Most Americans hold police officers in high esteem, and rightfully so. Cops risk their lives to protect ours, and for about the same salary as a school teacher. In cases where they make split-second decisions to use deadly force, we tend to give them the benefit of the doubt.

But law enforcement enjoys legitimacy regarding the use of force that the rest of us do not, and for that reason they must be held to a higher standard. And while the overwhelming majority of police officers serve honorably, that minority of officers who abuse power make the headlines.

If society loses faith in those charged and empowered to enforce the law, the foundation of our justice system becomes shaken, and the Rule of Law breaks down. For that reason, cops that break the law must be swiftly removed and punished, especially when it deprives citizens of life or liberty.

Unfortunately, police unions have become a powerful political force in many major cities, protecting bad officers. In the case of Chauvin, he had 18 prior complaints filed against him, but because of privacy provisions in the union-negotiated contracts, we can’t know details about those complaints. These contracts often prevent the firing of bad cops.

Andy Skoogman, executive director of the Minnesota Chiefs of Police, told Fox News’s Chris Wallace, “We have officers that violate public policy. They have a pattern of doing that, and chiefs and sheriffs try to fire them, and our courts reinstate those jobs.”

Retired NYPD Commander Corey Pegues confirmed this, writing, “The unions, at least in New York City, outright just protect, protect, protect the cops. … It’s a blanket system of covering up police officers.”

Yet despite the damage done to the reputation and public standing of law enforcement, the 342,000-strong Fraternal Order of Police union opposes greater transparency. Or at least its executive director, Jim Pasco, does. He has argued that it should be illegal for someone to record cops with their cellphones, even supporting a law that once made it an offense punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Pasco argued in 2011, “At some point, we have to put some faith and trust in our authority figures.” Thomas Jefferson would be appalled.

In the days since the death of George Floyd, riots have broken out in several major U.S. cities. Often, peaceful protests were hijacked by lawless thugs who care nothing about Floyd except to exploit his death as a pretext for looting and violence.

Unfortunately, in a handful of cases, sworn police officers have become indistinguishable from antifa thugs except for the badges they wear.

In Floyd’s hometown of Minneapolis, riot-gear-clad National Guard troops enforced an 8 PM curfew by firing tear gas at a woman standing on her front porch (the curfew only applies to public spaces). In New York City, an officer tore off a protester’s face mask and pepper-sprayed him directly in the face, even as the protester was surrendering. In Atlanta, officers shattered a car’s windows and tasered two black college students that posed no danger. Two of the officers (both black) were fired for use of excessive force. Unbelievably, Minneapolis police even fired rubber bullets and tear gas at news crews covering the protests.

Despite media claims of racism driving such actions, it must be noted that nearly every example of police using excessive force is occurring in cities run by Democrats for decades. This isn’t racism; it’s simply abuse of power.

Pictures and video often leave out important context, especially when tensions are high between police and protesters. But that is all the more reason law enforcement must rely on training and remain level-headed. Abusing power only reinforces protesters’ belief that cops are corrupt.

Led by Justice Clarence Thomas, the Court’s most conservative justice, the Supreme Court is currently revisiting the doctrine of “qualified immunity,” which in theory protects police from being sued for official actions, but in practice gives near blanket immunity to corrupt cops.

What happened to George Floyd was a preventable travesty. It occurred because Officer Chauvin far exceeded his legitimate power.

George Floyd had a right to breathe, and he had a right to live. His life mattered. Not because he was black, but because he was human. We must do better.

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$14 Trillion in Reparations Will Fix It?

Thomas Gallatin

Money can’t buy love, but according to billionaire Black Entertainment Television founder Robert Johnson, it can buy racial harmony. “Now is the time to go big,” Johnson advised this week. “Wealth transfer is what’s needed. Think about this. Since 200-plus years or so of slavery, labor taken with no compensation is a wealth transfer. Denial of access to education, which is a primary driver of accumulation of income and wealth, is a wealth transfer.”

Around $14 trillion in reparations should do the trick, Johnson contended. “Short answers to long horrific questions about the stain of slavery are not going to solve the inequality problem,” he said. “We need to focus on wealth creation and wealth generation and to do that we must bring the descendants of slaves into equality with this nation, and that’s what I propose in this $14 trillion proposal to provide reparations not only for the sin, or the atonement of, the sin of slavery and Jim Crow-ism and desegregation — both de facto and du jour — but to cause America to live up to the concept and the notion that this nation was born on the idea of American exceptionalism.”

Clarifying that his comments were indeed nothing short of a demand to “show me the money,” Johnson continued, “I’m talking about cash. We are a society based on wealth. That’s the foundation of capitalism. If we take that big leap, I am convinced that the problems that we confront today can be solved. But it takes a big, bold action, and $14 trillion in reparations for damages visited upon the heirs of slaves is an appropriate statement.”

Johnson’s advocacy for reparations is nothing new, but this might be the first time he’s specified a dollar amount. Among the many cogent arguments against reparations is the failed legacy of Lyndon B. Johnson’s “Great Society” and War on Poverty, in which the U.S. government has spent nearly $20 trillion on welfare programs for over 50 years and counting with no change to the nation’s poverty rate — well, other than to keep it from falling.

Furthermore, Americans living today have neither suffered nor perpetuated the injustice of slavery. How exactly is it just to punish those who are not guilty of having committed a crime, and compound that injustice by applying the sentence of guilt based purely upon an individual’s race? Obviously, that is not just.

Of course, Johnson isn’t really advocating for justice; he’s advocating for legalized theft on a massive scale. This idea should be laughed at for the silliness that it is, and yet a growing number of Democrats are taking it seriously and have been singing its praises.

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Post Traumatic Slave Disorder

Willie Richardson

The word “slave” brings up a myriad of emotions for some in America. Slave sounds demeaning and inept. It is arguably the lowest form of human existence. The groans, moans, and withered breathing as a slave worked from sun up to sun down; as in the words of my father, “from can’t see to can’t see.” A slave has no rights, seemingly zero fight, and often sees no light at the end of the tunnel. The brutality of slavery is what hurts the most.

Just ask the children of Israel in the book of Exodus. God told Moses how he had heard the “groans of the people of Israel.” God had promised to give them the land of Canaan. God reaffirmed His covenant with them and promised to free them from their oppression. God promised to rescue them from their slavery in Egypt and claim them as “my own people.” There was only one problem: Exodus 6:9 says, “Moses told the people of Israel what the Lord had said, but they refused to listen anymore. They had become too discouraged by the brutality of their slavery.”

If you’re reading this right, you see that the mentality of slaves who have been brutally treated yields a sense of arrogance and rebellion toward God. What is right is wrong and what is wrong is right. If you’ve ever seen a dog get hit by a car and tried to help him, you understand what I’m saying. A hit dog doesn’t care if you’re capable of rescuing him from harm, he will turn around and bite your hand.

In the recent events and aftermath of George Floyd’s death, America has seen a reaction all too often. However, this story has a few different elements. For one, George and Officer Derek Chauvin worked together as security guards at a local establishment. The main element is that George’s death was caught on video with what looks like a diabolical attempt to kill a defenseless man. Regardless of the elements, the reactions of anger, rioting, and looting are the same.

Black Americans often live under the mirage of slavery as if Massa has a whip in one hand and a chain in another. Any resemblance of a white authoritarian taking the life of an unarmed black man sends chills down the spines of millions of black Americans. I call it Post Traumatic Slave Disorder. Typically, post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition that occurs in people “who have suffered through traumatic experiences.” In the wake of these riots in 2020, none of these agitators, looters, or rioters have never experienced slavery, sharecropping, Jim Crow, or segregation. White liberals and their loyal black liberal compadres are taking to the streets in unholy protests.

Try telling the average black male that his rage and anger are misplaced and at best you’ll be met with emotional verbal attacks and senseless rhetoric that explains away the meaning behind the mayhem. Due to post traumatic slave disorder, no rationale will stop them from getting their revenge. They cannot hear for hearing, just as they cannot see for seeing. Moses ended up striking a rock in anger due to his people’s lack of cooperation. Please Lord, help me to maintain my mental sanity through this racial vanity in America.

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Blame the Lockdowns

Nate Jackson

As lockdowns give way to curfews in many riot-stricken cities, we’re compelled to think that three months of coronavirus panic and shutdown helped to fuel the current violence and unrest. At first blush, that may seem like a stretch, but basic human psychology says otherwise. Indeed, the Wall Street Journal editorial board writes, “It doesn’t take a sociology Ph.D. to suspect that the unprecedented conditions the nation has been living under for more than two months have contributed to the anger apparent in the riots and violence.”

Even if it doesn’t take a degree, one Ph.D. and practicing psychoanalyst, Dr. Kenneth Eisold, says, “No doubt in my mind that the pandemic has eroded people’s capacity to tolerate additional frustration and anxiety. I also suspect that the riots reflect an unconscious protest against the lockdown.”

Isolating millions of Americans in their homes deprived them of the typical social interaction they enjoyed. Many municipalities even took the absurd step of closing outdoor recreational areas. Playing basketball outside posed no threat to anyone, but prohibiting it — sometimes with police enforcement — not only removed an outlet for young men in particular but made them angry at the same time. We’ll go out on a limb and guess that most rioters were unemployed long before massive shutdown layoffs hit, but economic upheaval still hit home for them and most of the layoffs were in low-wage occupations.

Blacks were also disproportionately hit by COVID deaths. Add to that the incessant media coverage of every death statistic, and despair can take hold.

As Timothy Carney concluded, “Without recreation or work, cut off from friends, and with nothing to do, people will be more on edge. Idleness will also drive people to extreme and unwise actions.”

Oh, and by the way, Democrat politicians released thousands of prisoners from jail during the pandemic. The Journal observes, “It’s a good bet that at least some of those burning down buildings had previous run-ins with the law.”

Call us crazy, but some folks might be starting to wonder if those lockdowns were such a great idea.

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Afghanistan: Bad Policy, Bad Strategy, Bad Politics

Charles Paige

Depending on your source we’re either days away from a dramatic announcement that all U.S. troops will be out of Afghanistan by Election Day or locked in on the path and glideslope that were established when a tentative agreement was reached with the Taliban earlier this year. The out-by-Election Day crowd seems to be made up of some of the same folks who have been lobbying for withdrawal for some time and are still hoping “it’ll be a winner in November.” Regardless of whether the proposal was a trial balloon or serious course of action, we should be wary of making important national-security decisions based primarily on the short-term political implications, particularly as we enter a new era — a new Cold War perhaps — in our relationship with China. A precipitous withdrawal at this point is bad policy, bad strategy, and unlikely to generate the political goodwill that pundits predict.

It’s bad policy because it guarantees an ugly ending to the saga. It may or may not be a difference maker in November, but there is no plausible way to present it as anything other than a defeat for America. We’ll give the bad guys pretty much everything they’ve been demanding for 20 years and receive next to nothing in return. The withdraw-now crowd will argue that pulling our servicemen and women out of harm’s way — “it’s not worth losing one more American life” — is a win, but that sounds an awful lot like what many of those same folks are bashing governors for saying when it comes to reopening America.

It’s particularly ironic given that one of most significant developments from the ongoing negotiations is that the Taliban have upheld their pledge not to target U.S. and NATO forces (the last hostile-fire KIA attributable to the Taliban occurred in January) — if not their obligation to steer clear of al-Qaida. Still, if preserving American servicemen and women’s lives has become our top priority and we’re achieving that while adding some degree of stability and keeping open the prospect of an even more favorable outcome in the future — not to mention maintaining our credibility — why cut and run now?

It’s bad strategy in two respects: First, it weakens our standing with increasingly important allies and partners, as, second, we seek to contain an increasingly emboldened China. After an unsteady last few years of U.S. foreign policy, China and the world are watching to see if we’re a nation of “bear any burden, pay any price … to ensure the survival and the success of liberty” or if we’ll walk away declaring “peace in our time.”

Barack Obama cut and ran before we finished cleaning up a mess we helped make in Iraq. Donald Trump arguably later blindsided the folks who had been doing most of the heavy lifting in Syria — which itself was a byproduct of the too-early departure from Iraq — with a tweet telling them (and the rest of the world) we were going home. We’ve talked loudly and wielded a big stick with Iran and taken bold steps in support of Israel. We upended decades of precedent by negotiating unilaterally, if unsuccessfully, with the North Korean dictator. Now we’re about to renege on two decades of promises to our Afghan partners, not to mention NATO, whose nations have also made great sacrifices in Afghanistan at our behest. We’re both literally and figuratively all over the map.

While tactical surprise and unpredictability — attacking at an unexpected time or from an unexpected direction — is to our advantage, strategic unpredictability isn’t. We don’t need to tell China how we’ll respond if it invades Taiwan, but if we value a free and democratic Taiwan we very much need the Chinese to believe that we will respond decisively. The should-I-stay-or-should-I-go cycle that’s playing out in Afghanistan is fueling strategic uncertainty to China’s advantage. Given what’s played out in Iraq, Syria, Korea, and now in Afghanistan, China’s consistency and economic power will look much less threatening and more appealing to potential partners. Before you know it, we’ll be dusting off old references to domino theory. That international ambivalence will continue to nudge China’s calculus in favor of more aggressive international action. As we’ve seen recently in Hong Kong, the Chinese Communist Party cares much more about the actual outcomes than international opinion.

Withdrawal is also unlikely to be the political winner its proponents would like you to believe, particularly if casualties stay low and the Taliban and Afghan government continue to make progress, as they have in recent weeks with prisoner releases and unified governance. Former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates famously said that Joe Biden has “been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades” — including his advice to withdraw from Afghanistan in the early days of the Obama administration. If Trump were to subsequently adopt that same policy and try to tout it as a major accomplishment, even Uncle Joe could convincingly rebut it and argue that not only was he right, he was right a decade earlier.

That said, given China Virus-related concerns and an unfavorable economy, domestic issues will likely be decisive in this election. To the extent that foreign policy plays a role, China will loom large. A message highlighting a strong, consistent effort to contain China’s troublemaking — including explaining how letting the Afghan peace process play out contributes to that — is much more likely to pay dividends in November.

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Jordan Candler

Above the Fold

  • Yesterday, President Donald Trump tweeted: “Had long planned to have the Republican National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, a place I love. Now, @NC_Governor Roy Cooper and his representatives refuse to guarantee that we can have use of the Spectrum Arena. … We are now forced to seek another State to host the 2020 Republican National Convention.” Nashville, Tennessee, is among the substitute cities being scouted.

  • Talk about bad blood… “New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday slammed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s handling of riots in his city, calling it a ‘disgrace’ and saying he has the power to ‘displace’ the mayor — although doesn’t want to at this point,” according to Fox News. The outlet later reported, “Mayor Bill de Blasio called on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to apologize to the NYPD.” According to Cuomo, “The NYPD and the mayor did not do their job,” whereas de Blasio says the governor “dishonored the men and women of the NYPD in an absolutely inappropriate way for any leader to do.” Blue-state “leadership” is quite inspiring, ain’t it?

George Floyd Fallout

  • “Not stopping”: Defiant New York City protesters march through curfew (AP)

  • Rioters lit house on fire that had child inside — then blocked firefighters (Law Enforcement Today)

  • South Philadelphia gun-shop owner shoots, kills looter (NBC Philadelphia)

  • Black retired police captain shot to death at St. Louis pawn shop in slaying caught on Facebook Live (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

  • Sacramento Kings announcer Grant Napear out following “All Lives Matter” tweet (Fox News)

  • Elderly black woman slams looters for wrecking small business: “You needed money? Get a job!” (Fox News)

  • Minnesota Human Rights Department launches probe into Minneapolis police (StarTribune)

  • Minneapolis school board votes to end contract with police (Fox News)

Government & Politics

  • George W. Bush — who was unfairly panned as a racist while president — calls out racial injustices and celebrates protesters who “march for a better future” (The Washington Post)

  • Political theater: Joe Biden to attend George Floyd funeral (The Hill)

  • Good riddance: Inflammatory Rep. Steve King ousted on historic primary night (Politico)

The Latest on COVID-19

  • Coronavirus will cost the economy nearly $8 trillion, Congressional Budget Office says (CNBC)

  • Thanks, Caption Obvious: China delayed releasing coronavirus info, supposedly “frustrating” WHO (AP)

  • U.S. to send two million doses of hydroxychloroquine to Brazil (UPI)

  • Wuhan doctor at whistleblower’s hospital dies from coronavirus (AFP)

Other Notables

  • SpaceX to follow historic astronaut mission with yet another launch (CNET)

  • Economic destruction from riots and looting will hit minorities hardest (Washington Examiner)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Why abusive cops so often keep their jobs (Mises Institute)

  • Policy: Yes, Trump can use military to quell spreading riots — and he should if states and cities fail to do the job (Issues & Insights)

  • Humor: “JUST LOOT IT”: Nike releases commemorative shoe to honor anarchists (The Babylon Bee)

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Video: As Cities Burn, Everyday Americans Rise Up — So here’s to the peacemakers, because highlighting the good is exactly what we need.

Video: How the Medical Industry Profits Off ‘Transgender’ People — Sydney Watson exposes a proliferating money-making racket courtesy of Big Pharma.


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Upright: “This [racist] ‘DNA’ problem is called sin by preachers and cannot be altered by government programs. If it could have, it would have by now. … A changed heart is key, something government lacks the power to achieve.” —Cal Thomas

Perspective: “No one thinks that what happened to George Floyd was anything but horrifying and enraging. In a society where almost everything is bitterly disputed, the revulsion over Floyd’s death, and the desire to see his killers brought to justice, is practically universal. This is not a country that thinks it’s OK for police to kill black men.” —Jeff Jacoby

For the record: “Between 2012 and 2015, blacks committed 85.5 percent of all black-white interracial violent victimizations (excluding interracial homicide, which is also disproportionately black-on-white). That works out to 540,360 felonious assaults on whites. Whites committed 14.4 percent of all interracial violent victimization, or 91,470 felonious assaults on blacks.” —Heather Mac Donald

Observations: “Media, five minutes ago: Why isn’t Trump declaring a nationwide lockdown for covid-19? Media, now: Trump is a tyrant for stating that if governors and mayors fail to protect their citizens from rioting and looting, federal forces will.” —Ben Shapiro

Yes but… “I want to acknowledge that much of the violence and destruction, both here in Seattle and across the country, has been instigated and perpetuated by white men. These individuals experience the height of privilege and are co-opting peaceful demonstrations that were organized by and meant to center people of color, particularly Black Americans.” —Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan (Yes, the violence is often antifa, but black looters bear a lot of blame and this is not a bunch of white supremacists.)

Demo-gogue: “Four hundred years of American racism, I’m sorry, that is not the same question as the understandably aggrieved store owner or the devout religious person who wants to go back to services.” —Mayor Bill de Blasio

Priorities: “Yes protest, yes express your outrage, but be responsible because the last thing we want to do is see a spike in the number of COVID cases.” —Governor Andrew Cuomo

Braying jenny: “We would hope that the president of the United States would follow the lead of so many other presidents before him to be a healer-in-chief, and not a fanner of the flame.” —Nancy Pelosi, while holding a Bible

And last… “Authoritarian Democratic leaders were eager to send law enforcement to arrest law abiding citizens at church, or in the parks. But, when it comes to violent protestors & looters, suddenly these same leaders are deciding it’s bad politics to enforce the law.” —Senator Ted Cruz

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