Mid-Day Digest

Jun. 25, 2020

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Tim Scott Punches Back

Douglas Andrews

Senator Tim Scott has, almost overnight, become the Left’s worst nightmare. And rightly so. After all, what could possibly pose a more serious threat to the Democrat Party’s stranglehold on the black vote than a compelling, principled, and prominent black Republican?

Scott, the junior senator from South Carolina, has been the tip of the GOP spear in its efforts to enact sensible police reform, and yesterday he called out Senate Democrats for their unwillingness to do what “the world’s greatest deliberative body” is supposed to do: deliberate.

As The Wall Street Journal reports, “A debate that had quickly consumed Congress effectively ended Wednesday when the bill … drew 55 votes, short of the 60 needed for the Senate to begin considering it. The House is scheduled to pass a Democratic bill late Thursday, but it is opposed by President Trump and has no path to passage in the GOP-led Senate.”

Scott’s condemnation of the Democrats reads well enough. “The actual problem,” he says, “is not what is being offered. It is who is offering it.” But the words alone don’t quite do it justice. If you have a spare two minutes and 33 seconds, spend them right here.

There was also a matter of honor to address — a vile smear from the day before — and Scott took that up as well. On Tuesday, Nancy Pelosi, referring to what she deemed an inadequate GOP reform proposal, said her Republican colleagues were “trying to get away with … the murder of George Floyd.”

“She knows that she can say that,” said Scott, cutting right to the chase, “because the Democrats have a monopoly on the black vote.”

Pelosi, though, wouldn’t apologize. “Absolutely, positively not,” she sputtered, before attacking the media for having given “far too much credit” to the GOP proposal. But when asked whether Scott was “working in good faith,” she giggled nervously then let the mask slip. “I’m sorry?” was all she could blurt out before switching to an easier target of sufficient pallor — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

But McConnell wasn’t having any of it either. “So as recently as last week,” he said, “leading Democrats called it a life-or-death issue for the Senate to take up this subject this month. Well, here we are, ready to address it. But now, in the last 48 hours, [here’s] this bizarre new ultimatum. Now they don’t want to take up the issue. They don’t want debate. They don’t want amendments. They’ll filibuster police reform from even reaching the floor of the Senate unless the majority lets the minority rewrite the bill behind closed doors and in advance.”

It’s hard to predict the future of the GOP’s JUSTICE Act, but electoral politics has clearly put it in peril. Tim Scott, our nation’s lone black Republican senator, recognizes this, and he’s not afraid to put the blame squarely where it belongs: “Detroit, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Philadelphia — all these cities could have banned chokeholds themselves,” he rightly noted. “All these communities have been run by Democrats for decades.” And therein lies the biggest problem.

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Did Strzok Just Implicate Biden?

Harold Hutchison

While many were focusing on the favorable Michael Flynn ruling by a three-judge panel from the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, there was another big piece of news — this one about the FBI’s abuse of its counterterrorism powers in Spygate. We’ve long sought accountability for those abuses, and we’ve also noted that they’re part of a pattern. But the new information is damning on several levels.

For starters, thanks to newly released notes from former FBI hack Peter Strzok, we now know that during the infamous January 2017 White House meeting — the one that was the subject of Susan Rice’s CYA email to herself on Inauguration Day — Barack Obama ordered that the investigation into Flynn continue and that the “right people” conduct the investigation.

If you think that doesn’t sound ominous, consider a hypothetical we’ve posed before, in which George W. Bush suggests that the “right people” look into the so-called Gitmo Bar for possible violations, while CIA lovebirds text about an “insurance policy” to protect the Bush administration’s enhanced interrogation procedures, undermine Obama’s (badly misguided) policy objectives, and ruin the lives of the leftist lawyers who’ve thrown in with al-Qaida terrorists. How would Spygate’s defenders react to that?

Not only do we now have the ominous order from Obama, but that order came despite then-FBI Director James Comey saying that the calls Flynn had with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak seemed to be “legit.” Keep in mind, Flynn was President-elect Donald Trump’s choice for national security advisor, and part of his job during the transition would be to touch base with ambassadors of major powers like Russia while the U.S. was preparing to peacefully transfer power from one administration to the next (which the Democrat Party’s actions since November 9, 2016, have sorely tested).

Obama giving the order is bad enough, but he isn’t the only person caught up in all of this. Strzok’s handwritten notes also implicate then-Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democrat presidential nominee. Contrary to past denials, not only did Biden know about the investigation, he was apparently the one who suggested using the wildly obscure Logan Act as the pretext for the FBI to continue its unwarranted investigation. Strzok’s notes should certainly benefit U.S. Attorney John Durham’s investigation of the investigators. As our Mark Alexander recently pointed out, the path to Comey and former CIA Director John Brennan starts with an indictment of Strzok.

We remember the time one Clinton administration official claimed he “lied to his diary.” Well, Susan Rice, best known for her role in the Benghazi cover-up, may have gone one better. She’s been claiming that things were “by the book,” but perhaps she intentionally lied in that bizarre 11th-hour email to herself.

That being said, we’re acutely aware that Peter Strzok isn’t exactly the most honest person, either. The big difference is that his handwritten notes came at the time of that meeting, whereas Rice typed up her email the day President Trump took office.

If nothing else, the Strzok notes should finally put to rest the notion that there was any legitimate purpose behind Spygate. Now, the focus must be on accountability — and that includes Joe Biden. He may not face a court of law, but he does have to face the American people on November 3.

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Hillsdale to BLM: No T'anks

Douglas Andrews

Hillsdale, a small conservative college of 1,400 students tucked away in a sleepy southern Michigan town, is The Little School That Could, the smallish kid that punches way above his weight. And so it was last week, when the school took a lonely but principled stand against the nation’s most powerful pressure group: Black Lives Matter.

BLM, whose very name is a straw man, has been making its way across the country in the wake of the George Floyd riots, shaking down every organization and corporate entity it deems worth the trouble. Ten million dollars is the protection price for Big Tech brands like Amazon and Facebook — at least for now. But if you’re Nike, and you take orders from the likes of Colin Kaepernick, you’re on the hook for $40 million.

Nice business ya got there. It’d be a shame if anything happened to it.

As for Hillsdale, the school has come under pressure from a handful of alumni and students in recent days to make a statement in support of BLM — you know, a show of subservience like those of Harvard and Yale.

“Say that Black Lives Matter and they will be protected by Hillsdale College and its graduates,” said a recent graduate and one of the school’s petitioners.

Hillsdale made a statement all right: No.

Not that “no” means the school is in any way insensitive to the plight of black Americans past or present. As its History page points out, Hillsdale “was the first American college to prohibit in its charter any discrimination based on race, religion, or sex, and became an early force for the abolition of slavery.” In fact, the school’s anti-slavery reputation and its role in founding a new political party — the Republican Party — attracted Frederick Douglass to speak there.

Suffice it to say that Hillsdale has plenty of street cred on matters of race and equality.

“It is not the practice of the College to respond to petitions or other instruments meant to gain an object by pressure,” said Hillsdale’s leadership in a letter to the school newspaper, The Collegian.

“There is a kind of virtue that is cheap,” the letter continues. “It consists of jumping on cost-free bandwagons of public feeling —  perhaps even deeply justified public feeling — and winning approval by espousing the right opinion. … The fact that very real racial problems are now being cynically exploited for profit, gain, and public favor by some organizations and people is … a scandal and a shame that compounds our ills and impedes their correction. Hillsdale College, though far from perfect, will continue to do the work of education in the great principles that are, second only to divine grace, the solution to the grave ills that beset our times.”

Hillsdale, then, understands what the schools with the multibillion-dollar endowments do not: Appeasement only invites more appeasement. Besides, the demand to “Say that Black Lives Matter and they will be protected” would seem to imply that the school’s default position is that black lives don’t matter and that black students aren’t protected — a position that’s both laughable and obscene.

Or, to put it in terms that Hillsdale President and early Patriot Post endorser Dr. Larry Arnn might appreciate, “For why declare that things shall not be done which there is no power to do?” (That’s Hamilton in Federalist No. 84, for you Ivy Leaguers.)

Hillsdale also received support from a recent graduate, a young lady named Tori Hope Petersen, whose “Dear Hillsdale” letter has gone viral.

“I was one of your ‘token black’ students,” her letter begins. “The essays I wrote on my admissions application spoke about my newly found faith in Christ, experiences as a former foster youth, and adversities faced while growing up with a mentally ill mother. Though my ACT score was not just below your average, but the national average, you accepted me anyways. While other prestigious colleges might have seen me as a high risk statistic, you saw me as an individual with human dignity.”

In a similar vein, the language on Hillsdale’s Mission page is almost eerie in the way it seems to have anticipated the rise of BLM: “The College values the merit of each unique individual, rather than succumbing to the dehumanizing, discriminatory trend of so-called ‘social justice’ and ‘multicultural diversity,’ which judges individuals not as individuals, but as members of a group and which pits one group against other competing groups.”

And what is the purpose of Black Lives Matter if not to pit one group against all others?

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Defund America-Hating Universities

Arnold Ahlert

Amidst the current climate of violence, looting, arson, and the destruction of historical artifacts, cries of “defund the police!” have reached fever pitch. Columnist Peter Wood has a far better idea. “Now is the moment to defund the colleges,” he writes. “We should defund them because they are the root of the virulent anti-Americanism that feeds the riots, the looting and the learned helplessness that afflict the country.”

Spot on. Colleges have spent the last half-century teaching millions of young Americans that their nation is a fundamentally flawed entity where systemic racism abounds, white “privilege” is endemic, and that merit should be superseded by identity politics. These are institutions where students are coddled like infants and provided with trigger warnings for classical literature or safe spaces replete with coloring books and Play-doh. Students have their rank intolerance wholly indulged to the point where they are allowed to destroy anyone who would challenge any iota of the progressive orthodoxy, even when it involves something as puerile as “culturally insensitive” Halloween costumes.

This odious dichotomy is enabled by intellectually and morally bankrupt faculty members and administrators. “Wonder where today’s ‘cancel culture’ comes from?” asks columnist Liz Peek. “It comes from college campuses, fueled by young people and abetted by an older generation that has not had the courage to say no.”

Thus at UCLA, accounting professor Gordon Klein was put on leave for three weeks after insisting that minority students, who were attempting to use George Floyd’s death as an excuse, not be allowed to delay their final exams. And despite receiving police protection due to threats of violence, the school’s dean, Antonio Bernardo, promised to investigate Klein’s “troubling behavior” and apologized to students for the “added stress” Klein ostensibly precipitated. And despite University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer’s stated commitment to free speech, dozens of faculty members have demanded senior faculty member Harald Uhlig’s ouster for failing to support Black Lives Matter.

By contrast, University of Georgia teaching assistant Irami Osei-Frampong apparently remains employed despite an online post stating, “Some white people may have to die for black communities to be made whole.”

This dynamic is hardly isolated. As columnist John Daniel Davidson explains, you either support the Marxist, race-baiting, anti-cop, violence-abetting organization that is BLM, or “you will be harassed, shunned, and shamed out of mainstream America. If you dare to speak a word against BLM, you will be targeted, mobbed, and probably fired.”

California Associate of Scholars Chairman John Ellis explains why, noting that the ratio of progressive versus conservative faculty members has increased exponentially toward the progressive side of the equation, from three to two in 1969 to more than eight to one currently. Moreover, at the more recently appointed assistant and associate professor level, that ratio explodes to 48 to one. “Everyone can see that it’s wrong. It’s unhealthy,” Ellis states. “And no one does a thing to stop it.”

How did we get here? Former Ivy league professor Robert Weissberg reveals that once-prestigious universities began shifting in the ‘70s when student deferments from the Vietnam War and affirmative action precipitated lower college-entry standards. More telling, formerly tough professors who demanded educational excellence were cowed into lowering those standards by anonymous student evaluations.“No savvy instructor would now challenge a student who 'explained’ that socialism could end homelessness by eliminating all rent,” Weissberg writes. “If he did, the humiliated student would anonymously write how she felt ashamed, cried herself to sleep and felt diminished self-esteem.”

Enrollment-based budgets and soaring tuition costs fed this effort. Filling seats became a priority that led to “grade inflation, shortened reading lists, painless exams and no-brainer writing assignments,” Weissberg adds, while the increasing popularity of political correctness narrowed the field of “acceptable” information.

Yet perhaps above all else, the doubling of non-academic administrative and professional employees — including so-called “diversity specialists” — has far outpaced the growth of students and faculty. Such expansion has given rise to quota-mongering epitomized by Harvard, where black, Native American, and Hispanic students are invited to attend with SAT scores of 1,100, while Asian males and females are required to have scores of 1,350-plus and 1,380-plus, respectively, to get the same invitation.

Bloated bureaucracies are paid for by staggering tuition increases that have precipitated more than $1.5 trillion in student debt nationwide. All loan defaults on that debt are underwritten by the taxpayer, giving colleges no incentive whatsoever to control costs. And despite this increasingly untenable dynamic, colleges remain wholly unaccountable regarding whether or not what they are teaching can secure decent paying jobs for graduates — even as they have convinced America that a college degree is an absolute necessity.

Enough. Wood proposes several commonsense measures for reining in these America-hating entities. They include refusing to cut checks to alumni donation campaigns, enrolling students in educational programs beyond the reach of the indoctrinators, and “rolling back the massive subsidies that state and federal government put into higher education” that are nothing more than “a thick-shelled nut of special interests.”

Make that special interests whose contempt for this nation is blatantly evinced by their silent acquiescence — at best — of the cultural armageddon currently being perpetrated across the nation. At worst? “In recent years these young people have moved out into the world, carrying their intolerance with them,” Peek writes. “They now occupy newsrooms and social media firms.”

They also occupy positions of importance in “woke” virtue-signaling corporations that actively cheerlead this societal degradation. “You know, if I was a member of a political movement that stood up for working people and found myself every single time on the side of Amazon, on the side of Apple, on the side of Google, I might ask myself if I’ve actually chosen the right allies and what it says about me,” states author J.D. Vance. “But unfortunately, too many folks on the Left just aren’t doing that.”

Fortunately, there’s hope. The same China Virus devastating our economy and precipitating extended shutdowns has given the nation a golden opportunity to reassess the contemptible status quo. “The coronavirus pandemic threatens to remake U.S. higher education, speeding the closure of small, financially weak colleges and forcing others to make tough decisions about what they can afford,” Bloomberg News reports.

All well and good, but there’s nothing unaffordable about reinstituting ideologically balanced faculties and tolerance for dissenting ideas, or paring bloated bureaucracies that cultivate intolerance and call it diversity.

Yet if colleges choose to remain as they are, let them fund themselves.

“We are where we are today because of education,” former president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University Everett Piper asserts. “The fault for the nightly news lies with our colleges, universities and our public schools. But the blame also lies with us. All parents and other citizens who support these broken schools, with their tuition and tax dollars, need to wake up and face reality. Until we stop sending our kids off to intellectually bankrupt schools, we can expect nothing other than an intellectually bankrupt culture.”

It’s time America raised its expectations — and lowered the boom on these citadels of rank indoctrination.

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Indictments in the Arbery Interracial Death, However…

Mark Alexander

A Georgia grand jury has indicted three suspects with murder charges in the February death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, who was shot in an altercation with a former police officer. Gregory McMichael was aware of Arbery’s criminal record at the time of the altercation. When he attempted to stop Arbery at gunpoint, believing he had broken into a nearby home, there was a struggle and Arbery was shot.

Originally there were no charges filed, though given the immediate national outcry of “racism” after a video of this incident was released, prosecutors were pressed to file charges. In fact, once the case is adjudicated in a court of law rather than the court of Leftmedia talkingheads, McMichael and his two accomplices may be held liable for Arbery’s death.

Predictably, Leftmedia outlets have saturated their viewers with the “white man kills a black man” story.

But in the same weekend the Arbery story broke, a 29-year-old black man, Sheldon Francis, targeted and murdered an elderly white Maryland couple while they were visiting the grave of their son at Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Lidia Marino, 85, was deceased at the crime scene. Her husband, Paul Marino, 86, an Army veteran, died of his injuries a day later. Sheldon was captured after a violent shootout with Delaware State Police Special Operations Response Team.

The Delaware murders received virtually no media attention in the days following the attack, and a search for mentions in the last week only returned a reference to a family support fund for the victims. But in the last 24 hours, the Arbery followup has thousands of mentions in top news.

Why the disparity in coverage? That is a rhetorical question — the obvious answer is because it fits the Left’s perennial “systemic racism” narrative.

Leftists strenuously avoid allowing that narrative to be adulterated by any debate about black-on-white murder or even black-on-black murder. But the racial reality is that black people commit 90% of interracial felonies, including murder.

Researcher Heather Mac Donald has thoroughly documented the racial disparity between interracial crimes. According to the latest Bureau of Justice Statistics survey of criminal victimization, Mac Donald notes: “There were 593,598 interracial violent victimizations … between blacks and whites last year, including white-on-black and black-on-white attacks. Blacks committed 537,204 of those interracial felonies, or 90 percent, and whites committed 56,394 of them, or less than 10 percent.” Dramatically increasing the per capita disparity is the fact that black people represent 13% of the population.

In a recent debate when I mentioned that disparity, an emotionally incontinent leftist declared it was a “racist dog whistle” distraction from the issue, which she asserted was “police brutality toward black people.” She did not respond to my counter that, given the fact that there are very few unjustified police-involved deaths annually but thousands of black men killing each other, arguably focusing on “police brutality” is the distraction.

For the record, the definition of “dog whistle” is an irrefutable assertion about racial disparity that does not fit the Left’s political narrative. In other words, black lives only matter when there is an interracial crime. After a lifetime observing how the Left has manipulated black constituents, Walter E. Williams notes, “The true plight of black people has little or nothing to do with the police or what has been called ‘systemic racism,’” adding, “We need to look at the responsibilities of those running our big cities.”

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‘Systemic Racism’ at Planned Parenthood

Nate Jackson

“We do not want word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members.” —Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger in a 1939 letter

To be sure, you could read those remarks one of two ways: Either Sanger didn’t want the (forgive the pun) misconception to spread that Planned Parenthood wanted to terminate black lives, or she didn’t want the truth to spread. Regardless, that’s just one example of Sanger’s eugenicist views, which, along with her associations with likeminded people, should be far more informative than they are when considering this celebrated “champion” of women’s rights.

We begin with quoting her for two reasons. One is that, whether or not Sanger intended it, millions of black lives have been terminated in Planned Parenthood’s abortion mills over the decades — in grossly disproportionate numbers to minorities’ share of the population because the vast majority of Planned Parenthood’s clinics are located in minority neighborhoods. And American taxpayers fund those clinics to the tune of half a billion dollars per year.

But more to the point, Planned Parenthood just fired one of its state executives over allegations of racism. Laura McQuade used to run Planned Parenthood of Greater New York. We note, tongue planted firmly in cheek, that The New York Times uses the racially insensitive term chief executive to describe her role. She was fired, the Times reports, after “hundreds of former and current employees signed a series of public letters over the past week” in which McQuade is accused of “berating and humiliating employees; presiding over a system that paid black staff members unequally and kept them from advancing in their careers; and supporting layoffs and furloughs for nearly a third of the organization’s employees amid the Covid-19 crisis without cutting her own pay or that of other top officials.”

Ah, racism. “Planned Parenthood was founded by a racist, white woman,” one letter admitted. “That is a part of history that cannot be changed. While efforts have been made to undo some of the harm from institutional racism, many of these issues have worsened under McQuade’s tenure.”

According to the letters, another of McQuade’s awful sins was her “Trumpian leadership style.” Except the letter then goes on to describe that behavior: “Dozens of staff members have witnessed McQuade yell, berate, slam her fists, verbally abuse, humiliate, and bully employees, often brutally shaming staff members in internal meetings in front of their colleagues.”

Trump may be rude on Twitter, but McQuade’s alleged behavior sounds a lot more like another woman from New York who Trump happened to defeat in 2016. Hillary Clinton is infamous for this type of treatment of anyone “beneath” her, which happens to describe, well, everyone.

Then again, when has Planned Parenthood ever embraced the truth? It routinely denies the science of life in the womb. Its president even unironically referred to 2020 as “literally a life and death election.” Its founder viewed minorities as unfit to have babies and her organization continues to ensure that preborn black lives don’t matter. Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton received the annual Margaret Sanger award in 2009, saying, “I admire Margaret Sanger enormously.”

So forgive us if, during the age of leftist iconoclasts when Margaret Sanger’s bust still resides at the Smithsonian, we chuckle once again at how well The Babylon Bee summed up the situation: “‘I Think We’ve Found All The Institutions Founded By Racists And We Can Just Stop Looking For Them Now,’ Says Planned Parenthood Spokesperson Nervously.”

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NEWS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Jordan Candler

Above the Fold

  • “Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) on Wednesday doubled down on comparisons she made between the Republicans’ proposed legislation reforming police practices and the murder of George Floyd,” The Washington Free Beacon reports. “She told MSNBC she ‘absolutely’ would not apologize for the comparison made Tuesday and said Sen. Tim Scott’s (R., S.C.) legislation would ‘make no difference.’” Pelosi further bellowed, “I think you, frankly, in the press have given them far too much credit for a bill that does nothing. They’re saying, ‘Well, you have your bill. They have theirs.’ Yeah, our bill does something. Theirs does nothing.” During a speech yesterday, Senator Scott remarked, “The actual problem is not what is being offered. It is who is offering it.” And to Pelosi’s George Floyd comparison, he responded, “She knows that she can say that because the Democrats have a monopoly on the black vote.”

  • Fifth Circuit nominee Cory T. Wilson was confirmed by the Senate this week. The confirmation adds not just another constructionist to the bench but also marks a major milestone. Under President Donald Trump, 200 federal judges have now been appointed. The importance of fortifying the courts with constitutionalists will become extremely apparent over the coming months and years as lawlessness and radical activism become increasingly pervasive.

Government & Politics

  • Senate Republicans’ police-reform bill fails on test vote amid Democrats’ political opposition (Fox News)

  • Indict Comey and Brennan: Explosive new FBI notes confirm Obama directed anti-Michael Flynn operation (The Federalist)

  • Republicans demand Pelosi stop distribution of Chinese propaganda on Capitol Hill (The Washington Free Beacon)

  • Virus concerns prompt Democrats to hold largely virtual nominating convention (Reuters)

  • A new GOP bill would give each taxpayer $4,000 to take a vacation anywhere in the U.S. through the end of 2021 (Business Insider)

National Security

  • Trump signals U.S. will move troops from Germany to Poland (The Hill)

  • U.S. marshals told to prepare to help protect monuments nationwide (The Washington Post)

  • State Department says Iran is “world’s worst state sponsor of terrorism” in annual report on terrorism (Washington Examiner)

  • FBI Director Christopher Wray says over 2,000 active investigations tied to the Chinese Communist Party (Washington Examiner)

Health

  • U.S. hits highest single day of new cases with more than 45,500, which is inevitably being blamed on Memorial Day reopenings (NBC News)

  • New forecast (which we know are always accurate): 180,000 U.S. deaths of COVID-19 by October (USA Today)

  • Study suggests antibodies could fade quickly (New York Daily News)

  • New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey to require 14-day quarantine for individuals traveling from states hit with coronavirus surge (Fox News)

  • North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper issues statewide mask mandate (The Daily Caller)

  • Bayer reaches over $10 billion settlement in Roundup cancer lawsuits (NBC News)

Business & Economy

  • 1.48 million workers filed for unemployment last week (USA Today)

  • IMF forecasts global GDP will drop 4.9% this year — nearly 2% higher than previous estimate (UK Daily Mail)

  • “We have no choice but to delay”: Disneyland postpones planned July 17 reopening date, with state guidelines still unclear (Fox News)

  • Gun and ammunition sales soar as defund-the-police movement grows (CNN Business)

Culture & Heartland

  • Georgia grand jury indicts three men on murder charges in Ahmaud Arbery shooting (National Review)

  • Mind-boggling: Atlanta Wendy’s arson suspect Natalie White out on $10,000 bond (Fox News)

  • Black Lives Matter leader states that “if this country doesn’t give us what we want, then we will burn down this system and replace it” (Fox News)

  • Planned Parenthood fires top executive over allegations of … racism (Margaret Sanger could not be reached for comment) (The Daily Caller)

  • Boston City Council bans facial recognition technology, cites racial profiling concerns (The Daily Caller)

Other Notables

  • Seattle CHOP zone prompts lawsuit from horror-stricken businesses and residents (Fox News)

  • Seven statues leftists really should want to tear down if they don’t want to be hypocrites (PJ Media)

  • Big Porn cashes in on racism and anti-Semitism (New York Post)

  • America’s top 20 cities for crime and what party runs them (Spoiler alert: Two are “nonpartisan.” The other 18? Well…) (The Daily Signal)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: Statue toppling is bringing mob rule to America (The Daily Signal)

  • Policy: A clever way for Trump to weaponize the DACA decision (Newsweek)

  • Humor: Cities protecting statues by disguising them as Karl Marx (The Babylon Bee)

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VIDEOS

Video: NYC Mayor Lets Rage Run Amok — Bill de Blasio seems content to let rage run amok in the wake of the death of George Floyd, yet leads a crackdown on Orthodox Jews.

Video: Facebook Moderators Delete Pro-Trump Posts — “If someone is wearing a MAGA hat, I am going to delete them for terrorism.”

BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “Whenever we take away the liberties of those whom we hate, we are opening the way to loss of liberty for those we love.” —Wendell L. Willkie (1892-1944)

Upright: “Government should do its job of protecting constitutional rights. After that, black people should be simply left alone as opposed to being smothered by the paternalism inspired by white guilt.” —Walter Williams

For the record: “I’m 100% for America, if you’re not you can kiss my A$$.” —Washington Redskins Nativeamericanskins Defensive Coordinator Jack Del Rio responding to a Twitter critic of his support for Donald Trump

Race bait: “It was a noose, so the question is even if they did not know that Bubba Wallace was going to use that stall, why was a noose in the stall? … I do not think we’ve seen closure in this particular inquiry.” —Al Sharpton

Theater of the absurd: “It’s been an emotional few days. … I want to say how relieved I am that the investigation revealed that this wasn’t what we feared it was. I want to thank my team, NASCAR and the FBI for acting swiftly and treating this as a real threat. I think we’ll gladly take a little embarrassment over what the alternatives could have been.” —Bubba Wallace

Non sequitur: “The Supreme Court will hear the brief from the Trump administration as to taking down the Affordable Care Act. Right in the heart of the time of the pandemic. It was wrong any time. Now it’s beyond stupid.” —Nancy Pelosi

Non compos mentis: “We feared [H1N1] could be a pandemic if it wasn’t handled properly.” —Barack Obama (H1N1 was a pandemic.)

And last… “If you have two parents in the household, you reduce poverty in the African-American community by 85%. That’s a stunning truth that needs more oxygen.” —Senator Tim Scott

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