Mid-Day Digest

Jul. 30, 2020

THE FOUNDATION

“The great desideratum in Government is, so to modify the sovereignty as that it may be sufficiently neutral between different parts of the Society to controul one part from invading the rights of another, and at the same time sufficiently controuled itself, from setting up an interest adverse to that of the entire Society.” —James Madison (1787)

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GOP, Dems Attack Big Tech, but With Differing Agendas

Thomas Gallatin

The four CEOs of the nation’s largest Big Tech companies appeared Wednesday before the House Judiciary Subcommittee via virtual means due to the ongoing coronavirus social-distancing policies on Capital Hill. It quickly became evident, as we noted yesterday, that both Democrats and Republicans share a highly critical view of Big Tech — but not for the same reasons.

Republicans’ beef with Big Tech focuses primarily upon social media censorship by clearly leftist-biased companies. Conservatives have repeatedly observed their content subject to constantly changing standards that only ever move in the direction of increased censorship of free speech.

Florida Republican Matt Gaetz hit Big Tech companies over their all-too-cozy relationship with China. (Heck, in the hearing, Apple’s Tim Cook even praised Chinese tech giant Huawei, which is infamous for espionage.) “It’s not that they are just working with China,” Gaetz said. “They are trying to turn our country into China. Google, in particular, is the most dangerous election interference organization in the world.” He further noted, “The Department of Justice should go and investigate these major tech platforms and prove that they are not biased. We’ve got enough smoke. There’s definitely fire.”

On the other hand, the Democrats’ problem with Big Tech stems not from increasing censorship (Democrats want more of that) or business ties with communist China. Instead, their problem centers on the fact that these corporations are big, non-unionized, capitalist companies. Democrats like Rhode Island’s David Cicilline assert that Amazon in particular is “killing the small businesses, manufacturing, and overall dynamism that are the engines of the American economy.”

Yet as The Wall Street Journal editorial board points out, “All four face ferocious competition, often from each other. Amazon is supposedly an unbeatable leviathan in retail. But the company has only about a 1% share of the overall global retail business and less than 4% in the U.S. Walmart is bigger and its online business is growing fast. In cloud computing services, Amazon faces competition from Microsoft, Google, Alibaba and more. Apple’s iTunes must contend with Spotify and Amazon Prime.” In fact, Amazon is a major online platform for over a million and a half small businesses, and without it many would likely have folded due to COVID-19 shutdowns.

The real issue for Democrats is a desire for greater government control over Big Tech. Specifically regarding social media, the Dems’ gripe is not that people’s free speech is being censored but that Big Tech is not doing enough to control the information people can access. As the mainstream media falls father and farther behind social media as the primary source of news and information for Americans, Democrats worry that, without filtering the information people have access to, their ability to control the political and cultural narratives will be severely diminished — despite the fact that these social media companies are dominated by leftists.

Democrats are doing two things: issuing a warning to press these companies to continue suppressing conservative speech and placating their own increasingly anti-capitalist base.

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The Democrats’ Urban Violence Strategy: Blame Trump

Mark Alexander

In congressional testimony before New York Democrat Jerry Nadler’s House Judiciary Committee this week, Democrats attempted to “cancel” Attorney General William Barr. The absurd exercise came off as a brilliant and steadfast witness being cross-examined by a gang of petulant adolescents. Barr’s opening statement gave those adolescents fair warning about how the day was going to play out. And by day’s end, as columnist Michael Goodwin quipped, “He came, he saw, he ate their lunch.”

Among the highlights of Barr’s testimony, he gave Democrats (and everyone else who tuned in) a brutal reality check on their manufactured claims of “systemic racism” and the absurdity of their deadly “defund the police” charade.

Moreover, he exposed the Left’s lie that the violent urban riots in Democrat-controlled cities across the nation are merely “peaceful protests,” declaring: “To state what should be obvious, peaceful protesters do not throw explosives into federal courthouses, tear down plywood with crowbars, or launch fecal matter at federal officers. Such acts are in fact federal crimes under statutes enacted by this Congress.”

Barr noted further: “As elected officials of the federal government, every Member of this Committee — regardless of your political views or your feelings about the Trump Administration — should condemn violence against federal officers and destruction of federal property. So should state and local leaders who have a responsibility to keep their communities safe. To tacitly condone destruction and anarchy is to abandon the basic rule-of-law principles that should unite us even in a politically divisive time. At the very least, we should all be able to agree that there is no place in this country for armed mobs that seek to establish autonomous zones beyond government control, or tear down statues and monuments that law-abiding communities chose to erect, or to destroy the property and livelihoods of innocent business owners. The most basic responsibility of government is to ensure the rule of law, so that people can live their lives safely and without fear. The Justice Department will continue working to meet that solemn responsibility.”

We note that earlier this week, Nadler, when asked, “Do you disavow the violence from antifa?” responded, “That’s a myth.”

Predictably, the Democrat-enabled riots, particularly those in Left Coast urban centers, have escalated. The racist leaders of the MarxistBlack Lives Matter” movement, and their fascist “antifa blackout” allies, are leading the violent assaults.

The seditionist insurrections are fueled by the deliberate inaction of local and state Democrats, who have withdrawn their law enforcement officers (LEOs) and implied that they are the problem — thus enabling the riots to metastasize unabated. The model for inaction was Minneapolis, the epicenter of the BLM/antifa riots.

The objective of the Demo inaction strategy is to force President Donald Trump to send in federal LEOs with the objective of defending critical federal infrastructure, making those officers and locations high-profile targets for the Left’s hate mobs. The Demos and their Leftmedia outlets have characterized those federal LEOs as “Trump troops,” thereby giving mayors an opening to blame-shift the urban violence they are fomenting to Trump.

Witness this week the gaggle of Demo mayors demanding congressional action to prohibit Trump from sending federal LEOs to their cities. This is political theater, and it’s meant to keep the deployment of federal LEOs front and center in the nightly MSM riot coverage. Demos are feigning displeasure, but the more LEOs Trump sends, the more likely they’ll be targeted, and the greater the Demos’ ability to blame-shift the violence to Trump.

Joe Biden even popped up to play, insisting Trump is “trying to come up with a bizarre ‘law and order’ 2020 campaign thing to try to scare the devil out of the American people.”

For some, however, the blame-shifting strategy isn’t going well. In Seattle and Portland, some “peaceful protesters” didn’t get the Demo memo and turned their anger toward the cities’ mayors. Consequently, in Oregon, that state’s inept Governor Kate Brown had to step in and bail out Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler by announcing that most federal LEOs will depart the city and be replaced by state troopers, saving Wheeler from the responsibility of redeploying his own police.

Meanwhile, Operation Legend is expanding to other overrun cities. And the Demos will continue trying to hang the riots around the president’s neck, just as they have with the fear and misery of the CV19 pandemic.

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The Best Case Ever for Limited Government?

Douglas Andrews

“Over the last four months, Americans have lived through what is arguably the most consequential period of government malfeasance in U.S. history.”

So begins a recent lecture delivered to Hillsdale College by the inimitable Heather Mac Donald, who then goes on to analyze the overreaction by our nation’s public officials to the Wuhan coronavirus — an overreaction that quickly brought our lives to a screeching halt and has wreaked untold havoc on us ever since.

Mac Donald is the E.F. Hutton of commentary on matters ranging from the diversity industry to criminal justice and policing: When she talks, thoughtful people listen.

Even leftists pay attention to Mac Donald, albeit while gnashing their teeth. After all, she’s smarter than they are — much smarter, in fact, if degrees from Yale, Cambridge, and Stanford Law still hold sway in faculty lounges. (Admittedly, some on the Left prefer to just cancel her — like the student petitioners and their assistant professors at Claremont McKenna College. To them, she’s nothing more than “a fascist, a white supremacist, a warhawk, a transphobe, a queerphobe, [and] a classist” who’s “ignorant of interlocking systems of domination that produce the lethal conditions under which oppressed peoples are forced to live.” Anyway.)

“Public officials’ overreaction to the novel coronavirus put American cities into a coma,” Mac Donald continues. “Those same officials’ passivity in the face of widespread rioting threatens to deliver the coup de grâce. Together, these back-to-back governmental failures will transform the American polity and cripple urban life for decades.”

It sounds a bit overwrought at first, but the more one reads (and we recommend every word of it), the more convincing her case becomes.

“Never before,” she writes, “had public officials required millions of lawful businesses to shut their doors, throwing tens of millions of people out of work. They did so at the command of one particular group of experts — those in the medical and public health fields — who viewed their mandate as eliminating one particular health risk with every means put at their disposal. … [And yet] Italian health data showed that the coronavirus was terribly lethal to a very small subset of the population — the elderly infirm — and a minor health problem to nearly everyone else who was not already severely ill.”

We wondered even back in March why we were shutting down our schools and locking up nearly everyone and everything for a virus that overwhelmingly preyed on the elderly. Couldn’t we, perhaps, have quarantined everyone over 70 until the collective genius of the American people got this thing under control with smarter behavior, better therapeutics, and an eventual vaccine? Couldn’t we have kept our vital economic engine running, at least? Apparently not.

And then came the wrongful death in Minneapolis of a career criminal and unworthy martyr named George Floyd. And then the looting, and the firebombings, and the statue-toppling, and the shootings, and the autonomous zones, and the not-so-peaceful protests in Democrat-run cities from coast to coast.

“Blue state governors and mayors ordered law enforcement to stand down or use at most (in New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s words) a ‘light touch’ with the rioters,” writes Mac Donald. “By the time these progressive public leaders realized that something more forceful needed to be done, it was too late. The fire of sadism and hatred could not be contained, but would have to burn itself out. Belatedly imposed curfews were universally ignored: Why should anyone obey an edict from a government that refused to protect human life and livelihoods?”

Mac Donald then gets to the most maddening aspect of all these deeply consequential and life-wrecking decisions: “Previously, securely-employed public officials breezily dismissed their constituents’ anguish over unemployment and growing business failures. Now those same officials, safe behind their security details and publicly owned mansions, foreswore the activation of the National Guard and military. None of those officials owned businesses, so they faced no loss either from economic quarantine or from physical rampage.”

And there we have it: the case for limited government.

The double standards and the rank hypocrisy that Mac Donald details are the ultimate insult, but suffice it to say: The fewer ignorant, uncaring, and unaccountable public officials we have calling the shots in our lives, the better.

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Education Pods Threaten School Union Hegemony

Arnold Ahlert

“Socialism is a philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy, its inherent virtue is the equal sharing of misery.” —Winston Churchill

No group of Americans is more dedicated to the equal sharing of misery than the progressive Left. And no subset of the progressive Left has demonstrated more effectiveness in achieving it than the Democrat/Education Union Cartel. Thus, despite the science that supports sending children back to school, school unions have made it clear that prospect is a nonstarter. In fact, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) is authorizing its members to strike if schools open without what they define as proper safety measures.

Unfortunately for the unions, American parents are responding by doing what Americans in general have done since this country began: Embracing innovation. Faced with the prospect of long-term online learning and extended time off from work to care for their children, they are forming entities known as “education pods” and “micro-schools.” In a Facebook posting that has gone viral, one mom described the phenomenon. “These are clusters of 3-6 families with similar aged (and sometimes same-school) children co-quarantined with each other, who hire one tutor for in-person support for their kids,” she explained. “Sometimes the tutor in question is full time and sometimes part time / outdoor classes, depending on the age of kids and individual circumstances.”

In other words, parents are filling a Cartel-created vacuum — and no one is more upset about it than the Cartel and its useful idiot, media handmaidens. And as one might suspect, race and class are being used as hammers to vilify such efforts. “When parents with privilege open their checkbooks and create private one-room schoolhouses for their children, they follow a long pattern of weakening the public education system they leave behind, especially in districts with predominantly black, Latinx, indigenous and low-income students,” asserts Washington Post education writer Valerie Strauss. She also likens the current effort to the “previous patterns of privileged flight” that may engender “potentially disastrous results for communities currently — and perpetually — in the crosshairs of this country’s oppression.”

Clara Totenberg Green, a “social emotional learning specialist” for Atlanta Public Schools, echoes those sentiments. “Based on what I’ve seen online, the learning pod movement appears to be led by families with means, a large portion of whom are white,” she writes. “Paradoxically, at a time when the Black Lives Matter movement has prompted a national reckoning with white supremacy, white parents are again ignoring racial and class inequality when it comes to educating their children. As a result, they are actively replicating the systems that many of them say they want to dismantle.”

Who’s kidding whom? No one has been more responsible for keeping minority children “perpetually” under-educated than the nation’s two largest school unions, the aforementioned AFT and the National Education Association (NEA), and a Democrat Party that consistently receives more than 90% of their campaign donations. In Democrat-controlled inner city after inner city, their track record of failure is indisputable: After 50 years the achievement gap between white and black students has barely narrowed, something a 2016 report on the subject labeled a “national embarrassment.”

Moreover, it’s beginning to dawn on a lot of American parents that the rank indoctrination of their children with the leftist ideology that spawns assertions about a “national reckoning with white supremacy” is precisely the kind of politically motivated drivel they don’t want force-fed to their children on a daily basis.

Green gives the game away. “Whatever parents ultimately decide, they must understand that every choice they make in their child’s education, even the seemingly benign, has the potential to perpetuate racial inequities rooted in white supremacy,” she adds. “The history of public schooling in this country is one in which white parents have repeatedly abandoned public schools, or resisted integration efforts at every turn. As a result, schools are more segregated today than during the late 1960s.”

Remarkably, no one talks about the blatant racism demonstrated by such assertions, as in the idea that schools lacking a sufficient percentage of Caucasian students are doomed to failure. In New York City, charter schools known as Success Academies, run by Cartel anti-heroine Eva Moskowitz, utterly belie that noxious assertion, as thousands of mostly low-income black and Latino students routinely outperform kids in wealthy, “privileged” suburbs.

Moreover, the notion that any parent wanting what’s best for their child should be deemed racist for refusing to keep that child in a substandard school — to serve the union-defined “greater good,” no less — is utterly preposterous.

So what’s the handwringing about education pods and micro-schools really all about? Money and competition. “As we know from the fight over charter schools and vouchers, a district loses local, state and federal funding for each child who disenrolls from the public system,” Strauss declares. “Combined with budget cuts and teacher hiring freezes, pandemic pods might exacerbate the defunding of traditional public schools.”

Jessica Calarco, an Associate Professor of Sociology at Indiana University, Bloomington, agrees: “I would urge parents who are considering forming private learning pods to redirect those efforts toward lobbying public officials for more public school funding, instead.”

Both women miss the point. Millions of parents are more than willing to defund “traditional public schools” because the dynamics of them are despicable. First, the primary job of any union is to promote and protect the interest of its members, meaning parents and students are — at best — a secondary consideration. Second, the monopolistic power demonstrated by unions in conjunction with their Democrat Party allies is indisputable in that a child’s future — or complete lack thereof — can literally be determined by that child’s zip code.

Moreover, educational alternatives have sprung up precisely because the Cartel is determined to keep schools closed. Either indefinitely, or as the United Teachers Los reveals, until a wholly non-educational political agenda — as in defunding police, placing a moratorium on charter schools, and enacting Medicare-for-All at the federal level — is realized.

The great irony here? The longer the Cartel keeps schools closed, the more opportunity parents and their children will have to find viable alternatives.

Nonetheless, the Cartel has their champion. “You’ll have an NEA member in the White House,” promised Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden, who has received millions of dollar in donations from that union since 2018.

What about minority parents and others who want an alternative to the status quo? “No privately funded, charter school would receive or private choice receive a penny of Federal money. None,” Biden added.

President Trump? “If schools do not reopen, the funding should go to parents to send their child to public, private, charter, religious, or home school of their choice,” he asserted. “The keyword being choice. If the school is closed, the money should follow the student.”

Thus, the 2020 election itself comes down to a choice between educational freedom or the continuing and equal sharing of misery.

Haven’t Americans been miserable long enough?

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Trump Moves Troops, Romney Squeals

Douglas Andrews

This isn’t your granddad’s Cold War anymore.

Long gone are the days when the U.S. and its NATO allies woke up each morning to see hundreds of thousands of Soviet troops massed on the eastern side of the Berlin Wall. Instead, we now see threats large and small all around the globe. And so, one might reasonably ask, Why do we still have 36,000 troops stationed in Germany?

The Trump administration appears to have asked the same question and found the answer unpersuasive. Or perhaps President Donald Trump, having lost patience with Deadbeat Deutschland’s failure to live up to its NATO commitments and its support for the Russia-to-Germany natural gas pipeline, is playing hardball with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Or perhaps both. As The Wall Street Journal reports, “Amid souring relations with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Mr. Trump in June ordered thousands of U.S. troops withdrawn from the country. On Wednesday Secretary of Defense Mark Esper sketched out the plan. He said the U.S. will cut its troop presence in Germany to 24,000 from 36,000, with some 5,600 moved elsewhere in Europe, including Belgium and Italy, and 6,400 stationed back in the U.S.”

To those like Democr… er, Republican Senator Mitt Romney, who apparently think Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping have been just itching to jointly invade Germany, this is “a grave error” and a “slap in the face at a friend and ally when we should instead be drawing closer in our mutual commitment to deter Russian and Chinese aggression.”

But to the rest of us, it might just make sense. And it might just be that President Trump is again shaking things up while at the same being true to his reputation for driving hard bargains and demanding good reason for the deployment of our troops.

In any case, the oft-repeated charge that Trump is a Russian stooge is pure claptrap. Not even NPR believes it. Or maybe Mitt just doesn’t read fluffy mags like Foreign Policy.

“Those who oppose this decision are mainly motivated by a reflex to maintain the status quo in Europe,” writes Defense Priorities fellow Daniel DePetris. “But there is no good reason why Washington needs tens of thousands of American troops positioned on the continent at a time when the geopolitical game has moved away from Europe and toward Asia, where another near-peer competitor (China) is capitalizing on the last two decades of exponential growth to press its own interests.”

Wait, what? China poses a greater threat to us than Russia? Who knew?

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Biden Bodes Ill for Military Readiness

Harold Hutchison

While the push to defund cops has been drawing a lot of attention (and rightly so, given the many violent protests), there’s another defunding push on the horizon. This one will target our troops — and Bernie Sanders, who has emerged as the policy shot-caller in the Democrat Party, is behind it.

The recent fire on USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) served as a reminder that our military in general is in need of rebuilding. Like any other organization, a fighting force and its systems can become outdated. In September 2001, President George W. Bush committed it to fight the asymmetrical war against Jihadistan — but a huge error of omission during an otherwise strong response put a lot of unnecessary strain on the force.

Then our Department of Defense took hard hits from eight years of Obama-Biden neglect. The F-22 Raptor, for example, saw production halted way too soon (with now-deceased Republican Senator John McCain giving Obama cover to do so). We saw the Navy decline, and the carrier force in particular was badly mismanaged, including the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) being sent to the scrap yard.

Thus, after years of hard use under the Bush administration and years of reckless cuts on Obama’s watch, our military was overdue for investment. But despite its initial infusion of cash for the Pentagon, the Trump administration has fallen off the necessary pace. The Navy needs more hulls in the water, and urgently so. The Air Force needs more front-line squadrons, especially with Russia and China becoming more belligerent and teaming up. Both the Army and Marines need some serious rebuilding, especially as they’ve taken on the brunt of the burden from the operational requirements of the Global War on Terror.

Many on the Left (and some on the Right) believe that our Pentagon budget is bloated, but maintaining a strong military is as much about deterrence as it is actual combat readiness. Otherwise, a nation with grander global ambitions might consider a conflict with the United States to be a good bet. We are arguably at that point now with China, which has carried out a massive naval buildup over the last two decades.

The stakes in 2020 seem obvious. A Biden victory would have a number of deleterious effects for a host of conservative policy goals, including a modernized military. If our forces are subjected to even four years of neglect during a Biden administration, the geopolitical fallout won’t be pretty.

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Netflix Pushes Transgender Agenda With Kids Show

Thomas Gallatin

A recently released kids show on Netflix, “The Baby-Sitters Club,” includes a “transgender” girl — otherwise known as a biological boy — character called Bailey. Of course, in today’s Hollywood, there can be no actors playing roles that don’t comport with their real-life identity, so the young actor playing Bailey happens to be a nine-year-old boy, Joseph Shappley, who 18 months ago began self-identifying as a “transgender” girl by the name Kai. The whole thing is another sad example of entertainment as indoctrination.

Kimberly, Joseph’s mother, came to see her son as “transgendered” after she found him wearing babydoll panties to bed. Following this discovery she claimed, “I realized I could no longer ignore something very real about my child: My son, born Joseph Paul Shappley, is a girl.”

No, he’s not.

To further confuse the issue and keep in lock-step conformity with the Rainbow Mafia’s culturally destructive agenda, Joseph’s mother claims to be a “conservative Christian with strong Republican values” who is “an active member of our local church” and who never supported or condoned “those living the LGBTQ lifestyle.” Somehow, it hasn’t dawned on Kimberly that by refusing to recognize her son’s biological reality she is in fact actively rebelling against God’s authority. That is not a position in which a genuinely Bible-believing Christian is free to stand.

The issue with the Netflix show is the continued campaign by the Rainbow Mafia to indoctrinate the next generation into accepting as perfectly normal the depravity of “transgenderism.” To highlight that the propaganda is the point, one of the show’s writers, a so-called “transgender” individual named Rose Dommu, says, “This simple breakdown gives the show’s young viewers a powerful tool to shape their worldview. Maybe the children really are our future.” Indeed they are, and that’s why the rest of us must stand against this insidious indoctrination.

As we have noted in the past, what these “progressives” are doing is child abuse, because the promotion of an obvious and outright lie regarding biological reality results in needless emotional, psychological, and physical damage to these children.

Human sexuality is not merely a social construct, as the Rainbow Mafia claims. Every society throughout history has recognized that an individual’s gender “identity” is inextricably tied to their biological reality. To assert otherwise is to engage in the absurd, but that is exactly where we find ourselves today.

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NEWS EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

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Above the Fold

  • According to NPR, “The coronavirus pandemic triggered the sharpest economic contraction in modern American history, the Commerce Department reported Thursday. Gross domestic product — the broadest measure of economic activity — shrank at an annual rate of 32.9% in the second quarter. … GDP swings are typically reported at an annual rate — as if they were to continue for a full year — which can be misleading in a volatile period like this. The overall economy in the second quarter was 9.5% smaller than during the same period a year ago.” Furthermore, “After a sharp drop in March and April, economic activity began to rebound in May and June, although that recovery remains halting and could be jeopardized by a new surge of infections.” And that’s exactly what Democrats are hoping for.

  • “The Trump administration is pushing on a claim by Oregon’s governor that federal officers are withdrawing from Portland’s riot zone starting [today] and instead said that forces ‘will not back down’ until the state police get control of the nightly firebombing of the federal courthouse they are protecting,” the Washington Examiner reveals. “Acting Homeland Secretary Chad Wolf said that he and Gov. Kate Brown have agreed to a deal that will put state police and local police both outside and inside the federal zone. If those police can end the nightly violence, then federal agents will begin to withdraw.” According to Wolf, “The department will continue to maintain our current, augmented federal law enforcement personnel in Portland until we are assured that the Hatfield Federal Courthouse and other federal properties will no longer be attacked and that the seat of justice in Portland will remain secure.”

Government & Politics

  • Google CEO dodges question on blacklisting of conservative websites (The Federalist)

  • Four key points as Big Tech CEOs testify on Capitol Hill (The Daily Signal)

  • Commerce Department moves towards curtailing online giants’ liability carveout — and not a moment too soon (The Federalist)

  • Chief of Staff Mark Meadows “not optimistic” on stimulus deal, as lawmakers debate unemployment boost (USA Today)

National Security

  • 11,900 U.S. troops leaving Germany; 6,400 returning home (American Military News)

  • Operation Legend expanded to Cleveland, Detroit, and Milwaukee (Department of Justice)

  • Beyond Russia: FBI director warns of China election interference (Axios)

The Latest on COVID-19

  • Former GOP presidential candidate Herman Cain dies after battle with coronavirus (CNBC)

  • FDA opens the door to rapid, at-home testing (USA Today)

  • Not the guinea pig: Majority of people say they won’t take a vaccine within first year (New York Post)

Around the Nation

  • Fed holds rates steady, says economic growth is “well below” pre-pandemic level (CNBC)

  • Seattle residents slam “defund the police” as “radical experiment” during city budget meeting (Fox News)

  • Double standards: Activist teachers say it’s not safe to go back to work, while many attend mass protests (Matt Walsh)

Other Notables

  • Coaches at NBA China academies complained of player abuse, lack of schooling (ESPN)

  • The transgender movement seduces teenage girls (The Daily Signal)

Closing Arguments

  • Policy: The future of de-escalation: Police are most effective when they diminish conflict (City Journal)

  • Policy: Trump administration shouldn’t extend DACA amnesty (The Daily Signal)

  • Satire: Founding Fathers strapped down in graves to prevent further spinning (The Babylon Bee)

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BEST OF RIGHT OPINION

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SHORT CUTS

Insight: “It is discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and how few by deceit.” —Noel Coward (1899-1973)

Observations: “‘Mostly peaceful.’ So goes the characterization of demonstrations that have routinely turned into looting and rioting for months on end, from Portland to Seattle to New York to Los Angeles. … The phrase ‘mostly peaceful,’ then, is rather fungible. Consider that during the tea party protests of 2011, then-Vice President Joe Biden reportedly likened tea partiers to ‘terrorists’ — and those protests were notable mostly for people cleaning up their own litter.” —Ben Shapiro

Pollaganda: “One of the world’s largest public relations companies recently surveyed 1,000 Americans about their views of the coronavirus. Perhaps the most shocking finding was the extreme difference between perception and reality. … They … believe that 9% of the country — roughly 30 million Americans — have died from COVID. That’s 225 times the number of confirmed deaths. If that’s what the American people believe, then clearly the media are failing to report the facts. All they are doing is spreading fear and panic.” —Gary Bauer

Trolling: “With Universal Mail-In Voting (not Absentee Voting, which is good), 2020 will be the most INACCURATE & FRAUDULENT Election in history. It will be a great embarrassment to the USA. Delay the Election until people can properly, securely and safely vote???” —Donald Trump (“100 percent believe Trump is trolling to distract from bad [GDP] numbers. Also 100 percent believe his distraction is far worse than the bad [GDP] number [which wasn’t his fault].” —David Harsanyi)

For the record: “Changing Election Day would require an act of Congress so… no, the election will not be delayed.” —Jim Geraghty

Hyper hypocrisy: “He was disrespectful, spoke over top of every one of us. In particular, he spoke over women. He was flanked by at least 10 staffers, not a person of color among them. … It was so disrespectful, the way he approached Congress, the way he approached our committee.” —Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA) on AG William Barr, who endured disgraceful treatment from Democrats

Non compos mentis: “I’m a little older now and people are always like, ‘You gonna have some babies? When are you gonna have some babies? You gonna drop some babies?’ … I would hate to give birth to someone that looks like me, and then, knowing that they’re gonna be hunted or killed.” —actress Tiffany Haddish

And last… “I can guarantee you if the rioters in Portland were wearing Trump hats while they burned the city down for 61 days, Democrats would agree that it’s terrorism.” —Charlie Kirk

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