Mid-Day Digest

Jul. 13, 2020


“The name of American, which belongs to you, in your national capacity, must always exalt the just pride of Patriotism, more than any appellation derived from local discriminations.” —George Washington (1796)

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Redskins Surrender, Change Name

Nate Jackson

The debate over the name of the professional football team playing in Washington, DC, has been raging for a long time. It took a new turn on Monday when the team finally announced it would drop the offensive name “Washington.” Just kidding (we think). It’s not as if the team can adopt “District of Columbia” anyway — according to the mob, Christopher Columbus is even worse than George Washington. Under immense corporate pressure and after a “thorough review,” the team is actually dropping the 87-year-old name “Redskins” in favor of something to be announced later.

Before we go any further, let’s just say that the very idea of a “racist” team name is sort of a non sequitur. Who names a team something they hate or want to deride?

In 2013, team owner Dan Snyder insisted exactly that, saying, “Washington Redskins is more than a name we have called our football team for over eight decades. It is a symbol of everything we stand for: strength, courage, pride, and respect — the same values we know guide Native Americans and which are embedded throughout their rich history as the original Americans.”

And in 2002, Walter Wetzel, former chairman of the Blackfoot tribe and president of the National Congress of American Indians, described how in the 1960s he led the effort to design the team’s now-canceled logo. He said he told the team, “I’d like to see an Indian on your helmets,” and he gave officials photos of Native Americans in full headdress. A composite logo was created from his portrait and others. “It made us all so proud to have an Indian on a big-time team,” Wetzel said. “It’s only a small group of radicals who oppose those names. Indians are proud of Indians.” His sentiments were shared by the overwhelming majority of Native Americans and three-quarters of all Americans.

Nevertheless, the 2020 “cancel culture” zeitgeist was too much for the team to withstand, as white leftists are once again telling minorities how to feel about things.

The NFL is itself becoming increasingly “woke” in bowing to the “social justice” mob. The harsh truth is that no concession will ever be enough.

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Free Speech Gets Harpooned

Douglas Andrews

“When danger reared its ugly head, he bravely turned his tail and fled.” —"Monty Python and the Holy Grail"

The open letter’s signatories read like a who’s who of the literate Left, from novelist Martin Amis to CNN talkinghead Fareed Zakaria. But what was most striking was the letter itself, which appeared in Harper’s Magazine last week and began, “Powerful protests for racial and social justice are leading to overdue demands for police reform, along with wider calls for greater equality and inclusion across our society, not least in higher education, journalism, philanthropy, and the arts. But this needed reckoning has also intensified a new set of moral attitudes and political commitments that tend to weaken our norms of open debate and toleration of differences in favor of ideological conformity. As we applaud the first development, we also raise our voices against the second.”

Since when have liberals, who founded the Free Speech Movement on American college campuses more than a half-century ago, felt the need to so vigorously defend a principle — open debate — that has long since been a fundamental part of American culture?

Well, ever since their side declared open war on it.

What began on our nation’s campuses as collegiate censorship of hard-hitting conservatives such as Ann Coulter and Ben Shapiro has since morphed into the heckler’s veto for anyone who dares express a viewpoint that departs from leftist orthodoxy. These days, not even doctrinaire liberals are safe from the college mob — to say nothing of serious scholars like libertarian Charles Murray, who was shamefully chased from the stage at Vermont’s Middlebury College back in 2017.

“The free exchange of information and ideas, the lifeblood of a liberal society, is daily becoming more constricted,” the Harper’s letter continues. “While we have come to expect this on the radical right, censoriousness is also spreading more widely in our culture: an intolerance of opposing views, a vogue for public shaming and ostracism, and the tendency to dissolve complex policy issues in a blinding moral certainty. We uphold the value of robust and even caustic counter-speech from all quarters. But it is now all too common to hear calls for swift and severe retribution in response to perceived transgressions of speech and thought.”

Translation: We on the Left are increasingly being threatened by the culture we created.

Indeed, rather than calm the canceling crowd, the letter merely egged them on. As National Review’s Jim Geraghty noted, “Vox contributor Emily VanDerWerff wrote a letter to Vox management — and publicly posted it for all the world to see — that the decision of her colleague, Matt Yglesias, to sign the letter ‘makes me feel less safe at Vox and believe slightly less in its stated goals of building a more diverse and thoughtful workplace.’”

When a lefty like Matt Yglesias isn’t sufficiently woke enough, free speech is really on borrowed time. But perhaps most telling about the intolerance on the Left is what author and letter signatory Jennifer Finley Boylan did when she started taking heat for her principled stand in support of free speech: She retracted her signature, because she wasn’t comfortable with some of the other names on the letter.

We can’t make this stuff up.

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McCloskeys Punished for Standing Against the ‘Woke’ Mob

Thomas Gallatin

On Friday, the St. Louis Police Department executed a search warrant of Mark and Patricia McCloskey’s house and seized Mr. McCloskey’s semiautomatic rifle. The McCloskeys made headlines last month for standing in front of their home brandishing firearms as a leftist mob of Black Lives Matter and other Marxist radicals trespassed upon their property and threatened them.

Much of the mainstream media painted a highly critical picture of the couple, suggesting that their actions to defend themselves and their property were the real problem while ignoring the violent provocation from the BLM mob. Once again, the MSM sought to defend or excuse the blatantly lawless actions of the “mostly peaceful protesters.” The message here is clear: Don’t dare stand up against the “woke” mob.

This is also clearly the message that St. Louis prosecutor Kim Gardner is sending. She called the McCloskeys’ actions a “violent assault” for which she intendeds to “use the full power of Missouri law to hold people accountable.”

The “law” Gardner appears to be alluding to must be that of mob rule, for it certainly isn’t Missouri statutes. As the McCloskeys’ attorney, Harmeet Dhillon, cogently observes, “Missouri is a Castle Doctrine state, permitted among the broadest latitudes of any state in using even deadly force to protect yourself or your property. This couple used NO force, despite the imminent threat from a trespassing mob. The seizure of weapons is government overreach.”

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt agreed with Dhillon, stating, “Under Missouri law, under the Castle Doctrine, an individual has really expansive authority to protect their own lives, their home, and their property.” He then pointedly surmised: “I think the story here to watch here is the local prosecutor, Kim Gardner. Kim Gardner has an abysmal record in prosecuting violent crime, has recently released and been complicit in the release of dozens and dozens of inmates who have been charged with violent crimes, and has a record of making politically motivated decisions not based on the law.”

Schmitt’s criticism of Gardner is accurate. His office learned “that every single one of the St. Louis looters and rioters arrested were released back onto the streets by the local prosector Kim Gardner.” This is what happens when narrative and ideology trump truth and justice.

In related news, the Left’s call to “defund the police,” a cause opportunistically touted by many leading Democrat politicians, is reaping the predictable outcome. The Wall Street Journal reports, “In Milwaukee, homicides are up 37% so far this year, on pace to break the record of 167 in 1991, which included 16 murders by convicted serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Homicides so far this year in Chicago are ahead of the pace of 2016, which marked the city’s highest tally since 1996. In New York and Los Angeles, which have seen falling numbers of homicides for years, killings this year are up 23% and 11.6%, respectively. Kansas City, Mo., has recorded 99 killings since January, far outpacing any record for the first six months of the year.”

What are Americans supposed to do? Who are they going to call when the mob comes? As cops are increasingly being attacked across the nation and in response are pulling back, more Americans are realizing that they must take seriously their own self-defense. And yet when Americans dare to defend themselves and their property, they are slandered by the MSM and punished by leftist politicians.

In this era of “woke justice,” anyone who dares to defend themselves and their property against the evil intentions of radical leftist mobs will be smeared, attacked, and canceled. “Bow or die” is essentially the Left’s motto, and politicos and their propagandists in the media are fully on board propagating it in support of this anti-American revolution.

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No, the Parties Didn’t ‘Switch’

Robin Smith

Is there any basis to the oft-repeated claim that the Republican Party essentially switched with the Democrats from the Old South? A brief look at the historical facts will show that this is an unsupported leftist theory. Racist Democrats who were in power as the Dixiecrat Party, founded in the 1940s, did not became today’s Republicans.

The split in the Democrat Party in 1948 was between supporters of President Harry S. Truman’s military integration and those who rejected minorities in America’s Armed Forces. The Dixiecrat Party resulted, largely comprised of Southern Democrats devoted to racial segregation and supporting Jim Crow laws to deny American blacks voting, educational, and accommodation rights. The Dixiecrat Party ran on the Democrat Platform with the added plank of legalizing racial segregation.

Contrast this divide with the 1948 Republican National Committee Platform, which stated, “Constant and effective insistence on the personal dignity of the individual, and his right to complete justice without regard to race, creed or color, is a fundamental American principle. We aim always to unite and to strengthen; never to weaken or divide. In such a brotherhood will we Americans get results. Thus, we will overcome all obstacles.”

In this document, member beliefs are clearly defined: “Lynching or any other form of mob violence anywhere is a disgrace to any civilized state, and we favor the prompt enactment of legislation to end this infamy. One of the basic principles of this Republic is the equality of all individuals in their right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This principle is enunciated in the Declaration of Independence and embodied in the Constitution of the United States; it was vindicated on the field of battle and became the cornerstone of this Republic. This right of equal opportunity to work and to advance in life should never be limited in any individual because of race, religion, color, or country of origin. We favor the enactment and just enforcement of such Federal legislation as may be necessary to maintain this right at all times in every part of this Republic.”

As the Dixiecrats of 1948 worked for codified segregation, Republicans proclaimed, “We favor the abolition of the poll tax as a requisite to voting. We are opposed to the idea of racial segregation in the armed services of the United States.”

Following Truman’s presidency, Dwight Eisenhower won Tennessee, Virginia, and Florida in 1952, running on the Republican National Committee Platform with a full-throated condemnation of racism and prejudice: “We condemn bigots who inject class, racial and religious prejudice into public and political matters. Bigotry is un-American and a danger to the Republic. We deplore the duplicity and insincerity of the Party in power in racial and religious matters. Although they have been in office as a Majority Party for many years, they have not kept nor do they intend to keep their promises.”

Republicans also refused to use identity politics: “The Republican Party will not mislead, exploit or attempt to confuse minority groups for political purposes. All American citizens are entitled to full, impartial enforcement of Federal laws relating to their civil rights.”

These words were animated with belief and proof of action. The Supreme Court’s 1954 Brown v. Education decision to integrate schools was not just supported in the 1956 RNC Platform, but President Eisenhower ran on that set of issues and picked up Louisiana, Kentucky, and West Virginia in his 1956 reelection campaign. The very next year, Eisenhower deployed the 101st Airborne into Arkansas to protect the “Little Rock Nine” who entered Little Rock Central High School under armed protections despite the best efforts of the Left. Eisenhower went on to form the Civil Rights Commission in 1957, which further established the center-right stance toward integration by addressing racism. Georgia Democrat Senator Richard Russell responded by comparing the 101st Airborne servicemen to “Hitler’s storm troopers.” Despite the presidency being held by Republicans actively working toward equal rights, local southern governments were overwhelmingly controlled by Democrats that practiced what the now-defunct Dixiecrats of the 1940s had preached.

While John F. Kennedy led the Democrats nationally to a White House victory, George Wallace (D) became Alabama’s governor and promised, “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!” Wallace’s inauguration speech was written by Ku Klux Klan leader Asa Carter.

It was Lyndon B. Johnson (D) who signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, but he also oversaw the massive expansion of the federal government in his “War on Poverty” that placed hundreds of thousands in the role of dependents receiving financial support. President Johnson was known to have berated black employees and staff as “furniture” and, as NBC News noted in 2014, was a “Civil Rights hero but also a racist,” using the N-word as regularly in his everyday conversations. His motives for the “Great Society” were arguably racist.

In Congress, 78% of Democrats, including Senator Robert Byrd, a former KKK exalted cyclops, opposed the Civil Rights Act while 82% of the GOP senators voted to support itA. Of the nay votes in the House, 74% came from the Democrats. Without the support of the Republicans, the Civil Rights Act would have died. And as for a “great switch,” only ONE of the 21 Democrats who voted against the CRA in the Senate later became a Republican.

The Republican Party grew in the South after the failed policies of the Jimmy Carter era and the renewal of economic freedom by President Ronald Reagan, himself a former Democrat who stood against the evolving policies of the Left that abandoned the family, promoted abortion, embraced communism, and gutted our military for the purpose of government welfare. More GOP growth was seen in Congress in 1994 with the “Contract with America” that balanced our nation’s budget using the principles of Reaganomics even during the presidency of Bill Clinton.

In 2005, Dr. Thomas Sowell, highly educated, conservative, and black, penned these words that transcend time: “Liberal Democrats, especially, must keep blacks fearful of racism everywhere. … Not only must the present be distorted, so must the past — and any alternative view of the future must be nipped in the bud. That is why prominent minority figures who stray from the liberal plantation must be discredited, debased.”

It was Johnson’s “Great Society” that effectively enslaved generations of poor Americans on urban poverty plantations that remain to this day, while tearing down statues, rewriting history, and silencing critics are tactics and tools of the Democrats who desperately want to promote divided politics. So why is the Republican Party now called the party of hate and racial prejudice?

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China Abets American Totalitarianism

Arnold Ahlert

“If you’re an American adult, it is more likely than not that China has stolen your personal data.” —FBI Director Christopher Wray

It is almost impossible to overstate the seriousness of the threat China poses to America. For anyone with even half a brain — and an iota of patriotism — the reality of a government run by communist thugs bent on dominating the world needs no explanation.

Tragically, America is in critically short supply on both counts. First, the nation is beset by legions of “woke” progressive marauders whose arrogance is exceeded only by their ignorance, as they continue their exceedingly communist-like — and wholly indiscriminate — purge of America’s history and foundations. Their brainlessness is exponentially magnified by social media, where the toxic brew of anonymity and bloodlust is akin to George Orwell’s “Two Minutes Hate” with one exception: Today, everyone is a potential Emmanuel Goldstein who can be targeted for complete destruction by the mob.

Ironically, some of these same Americans were undoubtedly alarmed by China’s “social-credit system”, a vast government-controlled apparatus of cyber-based scorekeeping that ultimately determines one’s worthiness as a citizen. A low score can precipitate exclusion from well-paid jobs, a mortgage, or a car loan, and one’s children can be banned from attending private schools. One can even have his or her profile posted on a public blacklist for all to see.

And yet these same Americans now embrace what they ostensibly despised. “For all of the high-profile sackings, vandalism, and cancellations … there have been an equal number of stories concerning absolute nobodies, pipsqueaks, formally anonymous men and women whose unpopular opinions or boneheaded errors of judgment, widely publicized on social media, transform them into public enemies, splittists, and heretics whose livelihoods suffer as a result,” columnist Matthew Continetti explains.

Yet as bad and brainless as they are, they pale in comparison to our multinational, “citizen of the world” elites for whom even the aforementioned iota of patriotism is a bridge too far. They worship the god of market share, and if their religion requires the sellout of the American heartland, abiding the massive theft of intellectual property, accommodating censorship of creative works, and the hollowing out of supply chains to the point where manufacture of key ingredients for crucial antibiotics like penicillin hasn’t occurred in this nation for 16 years — so be it.

Moreover, the transition from enabling their own avarice to compromising national security is seamless. “Of the nearly 5,000 active FBI counterintelligence cases currently under way across the country, almost half are related to China,” Wray reveals. “And at this very moment, China is working to compromise American healthcare organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and academic institutions conducting essential COVID-19 research.”

Does anyone still remember that this society-altering virus originated in China, and that the panoply of China-like, government-enforced lockdowns it precipitated was principally due to that nation’s determination — along with its World Health Organization lackeys — to conceal the seriousness of the outbreak until the entire world was infected? Or do Americans prefer a corporate-media narrative so corrupt that Hollywood writer Charles Randolph will be given his directing debut and access to filming in China by corporate titan SK Global to create, as company spokesmen John Penotti and Charlie Corwin put it, a movie about the response of China’s “heroic medical community” to the virus?

It’s impossible to say. What is possible to say is that the sellout continues with gusto, and Chinese data-gathering remains at the heart of it. And once again, the ignorant remain vulnerable to the sellouts. “TikTok is one of the most popular entertainment apps for mobile devices in the United States,” states a recently filed class-action lawsuit. “It has acquired one of the largest installed user bases in the country on the strength of its popular 15-second videos of fun activities like dancing, lip-syncing, and stunts. Unknown to its users, however, is that TikTok also includes Chinese surveillance software.”

TikTok is owned by Beijing-based company ByteDance, which denies the allegations. Yet a new security feature in Apple’s iOS 14 caught the company spying on millions of its users.

It’s not the first time. In 2019, TikTok agreed to pay a $5.7 million fine to settle Federal Trade Commission allegations that the company violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) and collected personal data from children — under the age of 13. As the FTC stated at the time, “This is the largest civil penalty ever obtained by the Commission in a children’s privacy case.”

Unfortunately, for a company with 800 million monthly active users, and 30 million users in the U.S., the fine amounts to chump change. President Donald Trump is threatening to ban the app, echoing Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s assertion that downloading it puts Americans’ private data “in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”

That Apple still allows the app to be part of its product line? The globalist agenda must be served.

Yet once again, our corporate media sought to frame the proposed ban in partisan political terms. Business Insider asserted, “The app’s popularity may rankle for a different reason. Teen activists on the app in June claimed to have tanked Trump’s comeback rally in Oklahoma by signing up for tickets and not attending.”

That the same app, along with 58 others, was banned in India, which voiced the same security concerns? “Once you stop TikTok, you reduce the amount of data going into China,” stated Gordon Chang, Daily Beast columnist and author of The Great U.S.-China Tech War. “That’s a really important thing for us.”

Who’s “us”? On Friday, the Department of Justice announced charges against yet another college professor, Ohio State University’s Song Guo Zheng, for using more than $4 million in U.S. grant money to develop rheumatology and immunology expertise for the Chinese government. Since 2013, Zheng had been participating in a Chinese Talent Plan, one of many initiatives China uses to infiltrate American classrooms, from K-12 public schools through the nation’s university systems. And a great many of “us” still welcome them into America’s educational institutions.

Is there a tipping point? November is a time for choosing. One can opt for a narcissistic but patriotic incumbent and a Republican Party rife with cynical cowards whose current silence is based on knowing decent Americans have nowhere else to turn. Or they can opt for a dementia-addled, easily controlled insider and a Democrat Party seeking absolute power by any means necessary. Power that will have future generations of Americans walking on dogma-enforced eggshells — for their entire lives.

Thus, Americans are faced with what is arguably the evilest “lesser of two evils” choice in modern history. Yet if America opts for the latter choice, we will no longer have to worry about Communist Chinese infiltration.

We will be China, in every totalitarian sense of the word.

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Facebook Under Fire

Douglas Andrews

If you want to look skinny, surround yourself with fat people. Likewise, if you want to look like you’re a fan of the First Amendment, surround yourself with social media CEOs.

So it is with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who is anything but a free-speech absolutist but who has nonetheless been taking fire from the woke Left and a host of craven corporate virtue signalers for a few weeks now. His crime? Refusing to join Twitter and the other major social media platforms in censoring political speech.

“Now,” as NPR reports, “more than 400 companies, from Coca-Cola and Adidas to Ford and Lego, have vowed to halt advertising on the social network, in a growing protest over how it handles hate speech and other harmful content.”

The boycott is called “Stop Hate for Profit,” and the list of herd-following corporate censors is now nearing 1,000. As NPR continues, “The campaign takes aim at Facebook’s advertising juggernaut, which accounted for more than 98% of the company’s nearly $70 billion in revenue last year. The stated goal: ‘to force [CEO] Mark Zuckerberg to address the effect that Facebook has had on our society.’”

Somewhere in Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping is smiling broadly. After all, he didn’t have to lift a finger to convince corporate America to throw in with the speech-censoring Left. The Communist Chinese must thus feel mighty emboldened about their crackdown on pro-democracy Hong Kongers and thoroughly vindicated for their strong-arm treatment of the NBA a few months ago, when they forced the league to denounce one of its own for having had the temerity to tweet, “Fight for freedom. Stand with Hong Kong.”

Free speech no longer seems quite so free, does it?

Despite having lost more than $7 billion of personal wealth in a single day, Zuckerberg has so far held firm, much to the chagrin of boycott organizers such as the Anti-Defamation League and the NAACP, and even more to the chagrin of someone named Rashad Robinson, who runs Color of Change, an organization that, according to its Twitter account, designs “campaigns powerful enough to end practices that unfairly hold Black people back, & champion[s] solutions that move us all forward.”

It’s remarkable that a relative runt like Robinson can hold a mega-billion-dollar tech giant like Facebook hostage, but these are woke times in which we live. “They have had our demands for years and yet it is abundantly clear that they are not yet ready to address the vitriolic hate on their platform,” Robinson tweeted last week.

As National Review’s Rich Lowry put it, “Internet companies are always going to be engaged in the fraught business of drawing the line between what’s permissible or not, but the current Facebook controversy is more consequential than that. The company is the target of left-wing activists who, with the ready assent of corporate America, have been able to force a wave of cancellations around the culture and now seek to bend a social media behemoth to their will.”

Years ago, it would’ve been unthinkable to imagine the American Left and corporate America finding common cause with the Communist Chinese in opposition to something so fundamentally American. But there they are, and the stakes are high. As Lowry points out, “If Zuckerberg can nonetheless be browbeaten out of his well-considered support for a free-speech-centric approach to his platform, it will be a particularly portentous omen in a period of our national life full of them.”

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Above the Fold

  • “President Trump commuted the prison sentence of longtime friend Roger Stone on Friday night, days before Stone was to report to federal prison to serve a sentence for lying to Congress and obstruction of justice,” The Washington Times reports. The Wall Street Journal writes, “Mr. Stone is no martyr. He is by his own description a political performance artist, and he finally ran into prosecutors who weren’t amused. There are legitimate questions about the anti-Trump bias of the jury forewoman, but the full jury found Mr. Stone lied to investigators and tried to bully witnesses.” At the same time, National Review’s Andrew C. McCarthy reminds us, “One-time defenders of unsavory Clinton and Obama pardons are outraged by the president’s commutation of his old associate’s 40-month sentence.” McCarthy has many examples to prove his point about Democrat hypocrisy. Our advice to Mr. Trump? Pardon Michael Flynn — a man who genuinely deserves it.

  • According to The Hill: “President Trump said Friday he intends to sign an executive order on immigration within the next month that he said will include a ‘road to citizenship’ for recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. In an interview with Telemundo anchor José Díaz-Balart, Trump blamed Democrats from walking away from a deal on DACA and said the Supreme Court’s decision last month blocking his administration’s plan to end the Obama-era program gave him ‘tremendous power.’” Trump’s incoming EO is likely timed to counter Joe Biden’s radical plan for universal citizenship released last week.

Government & Politics

  • Lindsey Graham says he’ll grant request from Democrats for Mueller to testify (Washington Examiner)

  • Republicans hang on and hope to surprise in House races (Washington Examiner)

  • USA Today dragged for fact-check comparing Trump campaign eagle to Nazi imagery (The Daily Caller)

  • George Soros groups’ vote-by-mail drive aims to expand government control (The Daily Signal)

  • Problems with absentee ballots in Wisconsin hint at election nightmare (PJ Media)

  • Supposed COVID victim promoted by NBC didn’t even have the virus (Washington Examiner)

  • Trump administration rightly turns down request to pay for Minneapolis riots (PJ Media)

  • Ignoramus AOC defends rise in NYC crime, saying people are “stealing bread to feed their children during record unemployment” despite weeks of bloodshed and 130% surge in shootings (UK Daily Mail)


  • Betsy DeVos vows to have schools open in fall: “Kids have got to get back to school” (Fox News)

  • “Give it to the families”: DeVos recommends shifting funds from schools that stay closed to parents (Washington Examiner)

  • “Counter to science”: Dr. Scott Atlas makes the case for reopening schools in the fall (The Daily Caller)

  • Prep schools adopt pro-Black Lives Matter curriculum (Washington Examiner)

The Latest on COVID-19

  • Trump wears mask for the first time publicly (The Daily Caller)

  • New York City records no coronavirus deaths for first time since start of pandemic (Washington Examiner)

  • Florida sets one-day record with over 15,000 new cases (Reuters)

  • “Fauci is not 100% right”: Top HHS official pushes back on infectious disease expert’s recommendations (Washington Examiner)

  • Nearly every Major League Baseball team has had a test come back positive (NPR)

  • University of Houston researchers create heated air filter that can kill virus “instantly” (Fox News)

  • Immunity may be lost in just a few months and it could be caught again like a common cold, new research suggests (UK Daily Mail)

  • Scientists hoped summer temperatures would mitigate cases. What happened? (The Wall Street Journal)

  • The rise in cases explained (The Daily Signal)

National Security

  • Trump confirms he approved U.S. cyberattack against Russia in 2018 (Fox News)

  • Defying the U.S., allies China and Iran near trade and military partnership (The New York Times)

  • Twenty-one injured after explosion and fire break out on USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego (Fox News)

  • China announces sanctions against Senators Rubio and Cruz over Uighur Muslims (Fox News)

Culture & Heartland

  • Police seize gun from St. Louis couple Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who were threatened by mob (The Federalist)

  • Missouri attorney general slams St. Louis prosecutor in McCloskey case for “politically motivated decisions” (Washington Examiner)

  • “They’re not concerned about the general public”: New York, Los Angeles police unions blast massive budget cuts (The Daily Caller)

  • Two Texas police officers ambushed, shot dead investigating routine call (The Daily Caller)

  • Daughter of slain Texas cop attacked online for writing #BlueLivesMatter in tribute to fallen father (The Blaze)

  • Bronx man puts NYPD cop in headlock as crowd cheers, outraging police unions (New York Daily News)

  • New York City suffers another bloody weekend with 15 shot in 15-hour time period (Washington Examiner)

  • Washington NFL team says it will retire Redskins name and logo (ESPN)

  • Atlanta Braves to keep name, look into famed “tomahawk chop” celebration (Fox News)

Other Notables

  • Good for him: Goya Foods CEO won’t apologize in face of boycott, backlash for pro-Trump remarks (Fox News)

  • ESPN suspends NBA reporter after profane email to GOP Senator Josh Hawley (The Hill)

  • “I know how they treat whistleblowers”: Chinese virologist accuses Beijing of coronavirus cover-up, flees Hong Kong (Fox News)

Closing Arguments

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NYC Councilman Berated for Holding Black Child — MRCTV’s Gardner Goldsmith relates the foolish spectacle.

School Closures Are Unscientific — Empirical evidence shows that the flu is a far greater danger for younglings.

Bill de Blasio: Only BLM Protests Are OK — The deleterious mayor cites an “area of real sensitivity” as justification.

Does Kanye West Hurt Trump or Biden More? — Musician and entrepreneur Kanye West announces he’s running for president.


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Insight: “It’s time we asked ourselves if we still know the freedoms intended for us by the Founding Fathers. James Madison said, ‘We base all our experiments on the capacity of mankind for self-government.’ This idea that government was beholden to the people, that it had no other source of power, is still the newest, most unique idea in all the long history of man’s relation to man. This is the issue of this election: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.” —Ronald Reagan

Upright: “To complain that the Electoral College promotes a focus on swing states is to complain that it compels presidential candidates to build coalitions — to go beyond their comfort zone and persuade voters to back them. That’s not a bug, it’s a feature.” —Jeff Jacoby

For the record: “There is no crushing this virus. We were told fifteen days to SLOW the spread [to] flatten the curve. That is what we all consented to. Not hiding in a bunker for an indefinite amount of time to wait for a perhaps vaccine.” —Bethany S. Mandel

Tongue-in-cheek: “I can’t believe it took the Washington Redskins this long to react to how offensive their team name was to white people.” —Frank J. Fleming

Non compos mentis: “Maybe [rising crime] has to do with the fact that people aren’t paying their rent and are scared to pay their rent and so they go out and they need to feed their child and they don’t have money so … they feel like they either need to shoplift some bread or go hungry that night.” —Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Braying jenny: “I think what we heard from [Education Secretary Betsy DeVos] was malfeasance and dereliction of duty. This is appalling. The president and his administration are messing with the health of our children. We all want our children to go back to school. Teachers do, parents do, and children do. But they must go back safely.” —House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

And last… “This afternoon, my friend and I saw a car with a BIDEN and BETO sticker on the back. So, we went over and smashed the windows to teach that dirty leftist a lesson. Just kidding. We looked at it, shrugged and kept walking, because we conservatives aren’t absolute psychos.” —Sydney Watson

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