REPORT: Trump replaces acting inspector general who was chosen to lead coronavirus stimulus oversight panel…

Trump has replaced the acting inspector general for the Pentagon, who had just been chosen to lead a group responsible for the oversight of the coronavirus stimulus funds, with the inspector general of the EPA:
POLITICO – A panel of inspectors general had named Glenn Fine — the acting Pentagon watchdog — to lead the group charged with monitoring the coronavirus relief effort. But Trump on Monday removed Fine from his post, instead naming the EPA inspector general to serve as the temporary Pentagon watchdog in addition to his other responsibilities.
That decision, which began circulating on Capitol Hill Tuesday morning, effectively removed Fine from his role overseeing the coronavirus relief effort, since the new law permits only current inspectors general to fill the position.
“Mr. Fine is no longer on the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee,” Dwrena Allen, a spokeswoman for the Pentagon inspector general’s office, confirmed. She added that Fine will return to his Senate-confirmed post as principal deputy inspector general of the Pentagon.

It’s important to note that Fine was only “acting” inspector general and was chosen for that position during the last year of the Obama administration. He had previously served as the inspector general for the Justice Department from 2000 to 2011, according to Politico.
While Trump didn’t indicate why he replaced Fine, the fact that Fine was chosen for both IG positions by Democrat administrations, first Clinton and then Obama, may have been a big red warning flag for Trump. Given all the problems that Trump has had to deal with from administration employees that were apart off the Obama administration, it wouldn’t surprise me.
Lawmakers were given notice Tuesday that Trump had designated Sean O’Donnell, the inspector general of the Environmental Protection Agency, to take over the Pentagon watchdog’s office in addition to his current post. That designation negated Fine’s appointment to the coronavirus oversight panel.
“Yesterday, the President nominated Mr. Jason Abend for the position of DoD Inspector General,” Allen said. “The same day, the President also designated Mr. Sean W. O’Donnell, who is the Environmental Protection Agency Inspector General (EPA IG), to serve as the Acting DoD IG in addition to his current duties at the EPA.”
Abend, who has been nominated to take over as the permanent Pentagon inspector general, is a senior policy adviser with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
Also when you consider this, remember that Democrats in Congress, particularly those in the House, are on a warpath to defeat Trump in November. They’ve promised to investigate everything they can to that end. I don’t know why Trump is making these changes because he hasn’t said yet. But I suspect Trump may want to take away any potential that Democrats may have for trying to use his own administration against him in the run-up to November. And honestly, I can’t blame him. He’s been treated very unfairly by House Democrats and he knows the media will give them cover, as they have already. And you can bet that they will also try and use these IG removals as a scandal if they can.

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BREAKING: Kayleigh McEnany to be new White House press secretary

It’s being reported now that Stephanie Grisham’s replacement as White House press secretary has been chosen and it’s Kayleigh McEnany:
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JUST IN: Kayleigh McEnany is expected to transition from the Trump campaign and become the new White House press secretary.
Alyssa Farah is expected to be Director of Strategic Communications, multiple sources tell ABC News. https://t.co/ebP8jjdSy9
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) April 7, 2020

Kayleigh McEnany becomes the new press secretary for a president who sees himself as his own best press secretary https://t.co/suW02zAxK4
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) April 7, 2020

Here’s more from The Hill:
Kayleigh McEnany is leaving President Trump’s reelection campaign to serve as the new White House press secretary, two sources confirmed on Tuesday.
The former Republican National Committee spokeswoman and the current spokeswoman for the Trump campaign will take over for outgoing press secretary Stephanie Grisham.
McEnany, 31, has long been a fierce defender of the president in television interviews and through the campaign. She was a frequent presence on the campaign trail, appearing at Trump rallies and participating in events for the group Women for Trump.
A formal announcement is expected later Tuesday.
We reported on McEnany being one of the two Meadows was considering for the job. I didn’t realize the pick would happen so quickly.
The media is, however, already hating on McEnany, with many of them quoting her from times where she’s defended the president in TV interviews.

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Trump Replaces DOD IG, Removing Him From Pandemic Relief Oversight Panel

President Donald Trump replaced the inspector general for the Department of Defense (DOD) after he was named to lead a committee investigating the $2.2 trillion CCP virus relief package that was passed by Congress.
“Yesterday, the president nominated Mr. Jason Abend for the position of DOD Inspector General,” Dwrena Allen, spokeswoman at the DOD Office of the Inspector General, told media outlets in an email on Tuesday. “The same day, the president also designated Mr. Sean W. O’Donnell, who is the Environmental Protection Agency Inspector General (EPA IG), to serve as the Acting DOD IG in addition to his current duties at the EPA.”
Glenn Fine, who had served as the acting Pentagon inspector general since 2016, will not lead the COVID-19 pandemic oversight panel, Allen said. He will be the principal deputy inspector general in the agency.
Fine “remains focused and committed to the important mission of the DOD OIG,” Allen told The Hill, adding that Fine will no longer be on the panel investigating the pandemic relief package.
“Mr. Fine is no longer on the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee,” she said in a statement.
Last week, when he was appointed to head the committee, the move drew bipartisan words of praise.
“Glenn Fine has a good reputation as a tough federal prosecutor and former [Department of Justice] Inspector General, and must exercise his full oversight authority to ensure that the Trump administration implements the CARES Act as intended,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) stated at the time.

People are tested for COVID-19 at a mobile testing center in Dearborn, Michigan, on March 26, 2020. (Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty Images)
Congress last month passed the major stimulus package bill to help support small businesses and American taxpayers who have suffered economic losses during the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus outbreak. The Pandemic Response committee was written into law to provide oversight of the $2.2 trillion package.
Before he joined the DOD, Fine worked as inspector general for the Department of Justice under Democratic and Republican administrations.
Trump last month wrote in a signing statement attached to the bailout law that he thinks the inspector general should get his permission before reporting back to Congress information about a $500 billion relief fund for businesses.
“I do not understand, and my administration will not treat, this provision as permitting the [the inspector general] to issue reports to Congress without presidential supervision,” he wrote in a statement.
Abend, meanwhile, is a senior policy adviser with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

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NY Times just gave the media a new conspiracy theory on Trump and hydroxychloroquine they will LOVE

As many of you know, the New York Times often writes stories that get parroted all over the news media and is many times the main source of their anti-Trump ‘scandal’ material. Well today the New York Times has given the media a new conspiracy theory on Trump’s advocacy of hydroxychloroquine that will no doubt be spread across the media far and wide:

“If hydroxychloroquine becomes an accepted treatment, several pharmaceutical companies stand to profit, including shareholders and senior executives with connections to the president. Mr. Trump himself has a small personal financial interest in Sanofi.” https://t.co/JSmuvM78aC
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) April 7, 2020

That’s right, Trump is just trying to enrich himself and his big pharma buddies! That’s why he keeps pushing hydroxychloroquine so much!
Here’s more from the NY Times:
Day after day, the salesman turned president has encouraged coronavirus patients to try hydroxychloroquine with all of the enthusiasm of a real estate developer. The passing reference he makes to the possible dangers is usually overwhelmed by the full-throated endorsement. “What do you have to lose?” he asked five times on Sunday.
Bolstered by his trade adviser, a television doctor, Larry Ellison of Oracle and Rudolph W. Giuliani, a former New York mayor, Mr. Trump has seized on the drug as a miracle cure for the virus that has killed thousands and paralyzed American life. Along the way, he has prompted an international debate about a drug that many doctors in New York and elsewhere have been trying in desperation even without conclusive scientific studies.
Mr. Trump may ultimately be right, and physicians report anecdotal evidence that has provided hope. But it remains far from certain, and the president’s assertiveness in pressing the case over the advice of advisers like Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease specialist, has driven a wedge inside his coronavirus task force and has raised questions about his motives.
If hydroxychloroquine becomes an accepted treatment, several pharmaceutical companies stand to profit, including shareholders and senior executives with connections to the president. Mr. Trump himself has a small personal financial interest in Sanofi, the French drugmaker that makes Plaquenil, the brand-name version of hydroxychloroquine.

The article makes it sound like Dr. Fauci doesn’t approve of the use of the drug at all and that Trump is overruling him, but that’s simply not the case. Fauci has made clear that he supports the use of it. But at the same time, he’s not going to make any definitive statements about it until lab controlled studies are complete. Trump isn’t making definitive statements either, as he’s said repeatedly it may work and it may not. But there’s plenty of anecdotal evidence in this country and around the world that suggests the drug is successful against the coronavirus and Trump advocating it based on those studies.
But the New York Times is using this strawman controversy to call into question Trump’s ‘motives’, suggesting there must be another reason why Trump is advocating hydroxychloroquine. It can’t be just about saving lives, as he’s said many times. No, it has to be about lining his pockets and those of his big pharma buddies. It’s ridiculous.
And as to Trump’s “small personal financial interest in Sanofi”, it’s part of a family trust mutual fund.
Here’s a few responses to this stupidity:

Back in reality, the people who would really stand to gain are the hundreds of thousands hospitalized with Covid19 https://t.co/lJvjjdxVka
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) April 7, 2020

The American Media would happily watch you flatline as you turn blue from lack of oxygen on a hospital bed if it meant denying Trump any credit for approving a drug that may save your life. https://t.co/bfFlnn7uKu
— Jesse Kelly (@JesseKellyDC) April 7, 2020

Interesting lack of detail here.
When Kyle says Trump has a “small personal financial interest in Sanofi,” he means Trump has “indirect ownership of Sanofi through a mutual fund…. valued at less than $500.” https://t.co/UKpssNr7Lw
— Bongino Report (@BonginoReport) April 7, 2020

He owns a mutual fund which in turn owns dozens or hundreds of stocks and that is one of them. Along with thousands of other shareholders in the mutual fund. This is why no one trusts the media. It is complete derangement to claim this constitutes a financial interest. https://t.co/ag8J28yyof
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) April 7, 2020

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Dem Lawmaker Who Had COVID: Trump Pushing Hydroxychloroquine ‘Saved My Life’

President Donald Trump has repeatedly ruffled media feathers with his push to make the drug hydroxychloroquine available to Americans suffering from COVID-19.
In its headlines chronicling Trump’s unyielding drive to get the drug into the hands of Americans who might need it, The New York Times has referred to Trump’s effort to promote an “Unproven Drug” and claimed that effort “Divides [the] Medical Community.”

Elsewhere, The Times accused Trump of “Ignoring Expert Opinion,” and creating “fears among doctors that it could unnecessarily expose patients to risks.”
But Democratic Michigan state Rep. Karen Whitsett, who represents parts of Detroit, has a different story that she is bound and determined to tell about hydroxychloroquine: “It saved my life.”
Hydroxychloroquine is designed to treat malaria.

The Food and Drug Administration, which regulates pharmaceuticals, has issued an emergency use authorization for the drug, so that doctors can prescribe it when a clinical trial is not feasible.
Trump has said that because the drug shows some promise — and there is nothing else on the horizon that can be shown to do so — Americans who are in danger of dying should be allowed the chance to take it.

During an appearance Monday on the Fox News program “The Ingraham Angle,” Whitsett endorsed Trump’s call for Americans to have a chance at taking the drug, citing nothing more scientific than her own journey back from death’s door.
“I really want to say that you have to give this an opportunity,” she said.
“For me, it saved my life. I only can go by what it is that I have gone through and what my story is, and I can’t speak for anyone else,” Whitsett added. “So that’s not what I’m trying to do here. I’m only speaking for myself.”

Whitsett said she went into self-quarantine on March 12. She saw a doctor on March 18, and was diagnosed with pneumonia and prescribed the antibiotic drug amoxicillin.
Then on March 31, she tested positive for coronavirus. She said her health “just plummeted” that day.

“It went from the headaches to being severe to fluid building up in my lungs, to sweats breaking out, the cough, my breathing being labored,” she said. “It all happened in a matter of hours.”
Whitsett then ran into bureaucracy. Democratic Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had at first banned the use of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for coronavirus, but then relented.
“I did have a difficult time, even that day, obtaining the medication because of an order that was put down in my state,” Whitsett said.

“And it was on that day, so you can imagine how terrified I was that I had to really beg and plead and go through a whole lot to try to get the medication.”
Within a “couple hours” of taking the drug, she said, her health improved.
Whitsett said that without Trump touting hydroxychloroquine at the daily briefings of the coronavirus task force, it could not have been an option for her.
“If President Trump had not talked about this, would it not be something that’s accessible for anyone to be able to get that right now,” she said.

“He is the only person who has the power to make it a priority,” she told the Detroit Free Press, further saying: “I do” believe Trump may have saved her life by pushing for the drug.
During Saturday’s White House coronavirus task force briefing, Trump made it clear that his support for the drug comes in the absence of anything else that has shown any impact against the disease.
Trump said sick Americans with few other options should embrace the choices they have.
“I say it: What do you have to lose? I’ll say it again: What do you have to lose?” he said. “Take it. I really think they should take it. But it’s their choice and it’s their doctor’s choice, or the doctors in the hospital.”

“[I]f this drug works, it will be not a game-changer, because that’s not a nice enough term; it will be wonderful. It’ll be so beautiful. It’ll be a gift from heaven if it works,” Trump added.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Dan Crenshaw Reaches Across the Aisle To Echo John F. Kennedy’s Famous Call to Action

Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw, a rising star among GOP lawmakers, asked Americans to remember President John F. Kennedy’s famous call to action on Fox News on Monday.
Appearing remotely on “Fox & Friends,” the former Navy SEAL spoke about what he thinks Americans can do to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

On the fight against the virus, Crenshaw offered his thoughts on how he thinks everyday people can make a difference.
“Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade asked the congressman about his military service — in which he lost an eye during combat — and how the journey described in his new book can help others in a time of crisis.
Discussing his book “Fortitude: American Resilience in the Era of Outrage,” Crenshaw described writing about his journey and said that through his personal hurdles after leaving the service, he gained a great deal of “perspective” and “gratitude.”

“From that gratitude comes hope and perseverance,” he told Fox.
Crenshaw then said Americans must focus on a series of of small missions that must be executed by every citizen in order to vanquish the virus.

“The big mission is to get back to our lives, the big mission is to keep ourselves healthy, OK, so how do you do that?” the Republican asked. “There are a series of smaller missions. … You have a duty to get those small missions done.”
“Maybe that’s supporting your local business,” he added. “Maybe that’s making sure that you wash your hands and cover your face any time you are in public or interacting with other people.”
“The more we understand about this virus, the more empowered we actually are, so instead of always waiting for somebody to help us, Americans should remember the American spirit,” Crenshaw said.
“The American spirit really is about personal responsibility and accountability and taking on those smaller missions and asking what more we can do.”
The veteran then asked Americans to remember Kennedy’s 1961 inauguration address and apply it to their lives as the country faces its current health and economic crisis.

“Not asking what can be done for us. But asking what more we can do, and we’ve forgotten that John F. Kennedy quote to such an extraordinary degree, and I think this is the time to remember it,” he said.

Watch the latest video at foxnews.com

Kennedy, who in 1961 was a liberal Democrat, would likely be shown the door in today’s Democratic Party.

But his words resonate today as much now as they did in 1961, especially for Crenshaw.
On Jan. 20, 1961, speaking about the country’s fight against communism in the midst of the Cold War, the newly minted president delivered a rousing speech to unite the country against a common enemy.
“Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans — born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage — and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this Nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world,” the 35th president said at the Capitol in Washington, D.C.
He then delivered one of the most memorable lines in American history.

“And so, my fellow Americans: Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.”
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Crenshaw shared an excerpt of his Fox News appearance in a Twitter post Monday, which he captioned, “Everyone has a mission right now. It is time to remind each other of our strengths, not our weaknesses.”

Everyone has a mission right now. It is time to remind each other of our strengths, not our weaknesses. pic.twitter.com/5DeYVxAy4v
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) April 6, 2020

As more Americans test positive for COVID-19 and jobless claims reach record numbers, Crenshaw is asking Americans to pull inspiration from a previous chapter in the history of the country — an era that was also filled with adversity and uncertainty.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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California Puts Rights of Criminals Ahead of Law Abiding Citizens, Reduces Bail to Zero For “Low Level” Crimes

During an emergency meeting on Monday that California Judicial Council, which is the policymaker for the State’s criminal court system, set bail for all misdemeanors and “non-violent” felonies to zero because of the coronavirus crisis, the Orange County Register reports.
The fear is that putting “low level” criminals in jail would unnecessarily expose them to the dangers of Covid-19.

The chairman of the California Judicial Council, California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye said “We are at this point truly with no guidance in history, law or precedent” and “to say that there is no playbook is a gross understatement of the situation.”
“Working with our court stakeholders, I’m confident we can preserve the rule of law and protect the rights of victims, the accused, litigants, families and children, and all who seek justice,” she added.
The Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer is not too excited about this move and said the Judicial Council was working with a “risky population.”

“To put up a blanket definition irrespective of their criminal history, their background, is extremely dangerous,” and “we are doing everything we can to reduce the population at the jail, but not at the risk of public safety.”

BREAKING: The California Judicial Council has issued a statewide emergency order setting bail at $0 for most misdemeanor and low-level felony offenses, in an effort to empty jails and limit the spread of COVID-19. https://t.co/TQoaF3Mt3D
— The Appeal (@theappeal) April 6, 2020

Reducing bail to zero for “low-level” crimes will only embolden criminals in the state much as similar policies have done in New York City.

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That combined with California’s release of 3,500 prisoners from state prisons will only serve to make the public less safe.
Especially during a time when many of that state’s gun stores are closed due to emergency regulations deeming them non-essential.
All of these measures taken together sure makes it seem like the safety of criminals is far more important to state leaders than the safety of innocent, law advising citizens.

This is disgraceful but what else can one expect from the Democrats who run the state of California.

California judicial leaders adopted a statewide emergency order suspending evictions to help deal with the COVID-19 crisis that has crippled the court system.
The council also set bail statewide at $0 for misdemeanors.https://t.co/MNLOJH4zOJ
— KTVU (@KTVU) April 7, 2020

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Stephanie Grisham out as White House Press Secretary, Will Work for First Lady

Stephanie Grisham, press secretary for First Lady Melania Trump, attends the Congressional Picnic on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, June 21, 2019. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham will depart her role and will become First Lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff and spokeswoman, according to a statement from Trump’s office.
“I am excited to welcome Stephanie back to the team in this new role,” said the first lady in a statement on Tuesday morning. “She has been a mainstay and true leader in the Administration from even before day one, and I know she will excel as Chief of Staff. I appreciate all that Lindsay Reynolds did over the past three years, and wish her well in her future endeavors.”
Grisham, who took the job as press secretary about a year ago, said she is honored to work for the first lady. Before taking the role as the top White House spokesperson, she worked for Melania Trump.
A replacement for Grisham, who took over when Sarah Huckabee Sanders left her role as White House press secretary, hasn’t yet been named. Grisham notably did not host a press briefing at any point during her tenure and had a lower profile than Sanders or her predecessor, Sean Spicer.
“I continue to be honored to serve both the President and First Lady in the Administration,” said Grisham. “ My replacements will be announced in the coming days and I will stay in the West Wing to help with a smooth transition for as long as needed.”
The first lady’s office said her spokeswoman, Lindsay Reynolds, had resigned earlier in the week to spend more time with her family.

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BREAKING: Stephanie Grisham OUT as White House press secretary!

Stephanie Grisham, who took up the mantle of White House press secretary after Sarah Sanders resigned last year, is now returning to work for the First Lady again as her Chief of Staff:
CNN – White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham is leaving the job without ever having briefed the press. CNN has learned she is returning to the East Wing as first lady Melania Trump’s chief of staff as President Donald Trump’s new chief of staff Mark Meadows shakes up the communications team in the West Wing.
Meadows is currently considering several candidates for the press secretary job, including Trump campaign spokesman Kayleigh McEnany. The new chief of staff is also considering hiring Alyssa Farah, the current spokeswoman for the Defense Department, for a communications role, among others, two sources with knowledge of the situation told CNN.
Farah has held several roles in the Trump administration. After leaving her job as the spokeswoman for the House Freedom Caucus to become Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary, she moved to the Pentagon last August. But this would be her first position in the West Wing. Farah has remained close with Meadows since her days at the Freedom Caucus.
Grisham, who still speaks with first lady Melania Trump on a daily basis, is returning to where she has spent the majority of her time in the administration, the East Wing.
Grisham did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment.
CNN seems to be the main source reporting this, as everyone else reporting it links it back to CNN.

I should mention that last week Axios reported that Meadows was looking to replace Grisham with Farah (on the left in photo).

White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has privately discussed bringing on Pentagon spokesperson Alyssa Farah or Trump campaign spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany as a new White House press secretary, two sources familiar with the talks tell Axios.https://t.co/0VMHLj9yCh
— Axios (@axios) April 4, 2020

Grisham responded to the report like this:
“Sounds like more palace intrigue to me, but I’ve also been in quarantine. If true, how ironic that the press secretary would hear about being replaced in the press.”
It sounds like Grisham had no idea that she was being replaced. If this wasn’t of her choosing, that may be why she refused to comment to CNN on the news.
UPDATE: I see Fox News now reporting this as well, just in case you weren’t sure if you could trust CNN.

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Ted Cruz blasts MSM for giving Chinese government reporter a seat in the White House!

There was an exchange yesterday in the coronavirus briefing by the president where he was asked a question by a Chinese reporter. Trump quickly asked the Chinese reporter who she was with, trying to ascertain if she works for the Chinese government or not:

Trump grills a reporter from Hong Kong about who she works for and in an accusatory fashion asks if she works for the Chinese government (she says she doesn’t) pic.twitter.com/c9GJhckVDr
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 6, 2020

The reporter responded that she was Phoenix TV out of Hong Kong and that it’s privately owned, not state owned.
In response to the tweet, Trump has every right to know who is asking him questions. And it turns out his suspicion that this reporter worked for the Chinese government was dead on.

Ted Cruz addressed this late last night in a mini-tweetstorm, explaining that Phoenix TV out of Hong Kong is indeed an entity of the Chinese government and blasting the MSM for allowing the Chinese government a seat in the White House briefings:

Phoenix TV has been waging information warfare in the US for yrs. They are nominally private but actually state owned. In 2018 I led effort to block them from using cutouts to spread propaganda. MSM should NEVER have given them seat at WH press conference. https://t.co/JswOrAwb8X
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 7, 2020

2/x From my letter to the FCC: “H&H Capital assists PRC companies with finding strategic investors from around the globe” and “work[s] with Chinese companies interested in buying U.S. companies or the Chinese rights to U.S. brands.”
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 7, 2020

3/x “…It was founded by Ms. Huo, who is described on the website as ‘native of Beijing’ who ‘has conducted in-depth research and analysis of major financial, legal, and business news including… key legal issues facing Chinese state-owned enterprises, among other topics.’”
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 7, 2020

4/x “…Radio Free Asia recently reported that Ms. Huo worked in NY as a correspondent for Global Times, which is owned by the People’s Daily, an official newspaper of the CPC, registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.”
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 7, 2020

5/x “…Phoenix Satellite TV US is a subsidiary of Beijing Phoenix TV, based in Hong Kong. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) exerts control over Chinese media and the control extends to Phoenix: in 2009 testimony to the US Economic & Security Review Commission on China…”
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 7, 2020

6/x “…Anne Marie-Brady…at Wilson Center said ‘Phoenix is nominally privately-owned; however its current main investor is the State-owned enterprise China Mobile.’ In 2016…Phoenix BROADCAST THE FORCED CONFESSIONS of 5 Hong Kong booksellers for violating PRC censorship law.”
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 7, 2020

8/x So to recap, the WH Correspondents Assoc gave a seat at the WH press briefing to an employee of the Chinese Communist govt, to ask globally televised Qs to POTUS, at the same time China is waging a propaganda campaign to hide their culpability & coverup of the Wuhan virus?!? pic.twitter.com/lJYjdqqEFe
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) April 7, 2020

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Trucker Association CEO Sends “Mayday-911” Letter to Trump, Warns Supply Chains at Risk

A few days ago Todd Spencer, the President and CEO of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association sent the following letter to President Trump with HELP – MAYDAY – 911 as the headline in very large bold type: “Urgent and immediate action is demanded to safeguard our nation’s supply chain. Small-business truckers and professional drivers are…
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Morning Joe Promotes ANOTHER Anti-Trump Conspiracy Theory, He Doesn’t Wan’t People Tested for Covid-19

The vile, lying Trump hating husband and wife hosts of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Joe Scarborough and Mike Brzezinski, are at it again spreading vile and untrue conspiracy theories about our President and his Covid-19 response. As many readers know yesterday the DNC propagandists suggested that if the president is promoting an “unproven” treatment like chloroquine…
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Pelosi: House will Shift to Electronic Floor Documents to Combat the Spread of Virus

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) announced that the House will move to a digital system to submit Floor documents in order to prevent representatives and staff from catching the CCP virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus. In a letter sent to her House colleagues on Monday, the senior Democrat said leaders are looking to take the […]

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Trump Says US Companies Discussed Treatment for Boris Johnson With UK Doctors

President Donald Trump said that U.S. pharmaceutical companies have discussed “recently developed” treatment for UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was admitted to intensive care on Monday afternoon with the CCP virus.
Johnson was diagnosed with the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, also known as the novel coronavirus, on March 27. His condition worsened over Monday afternoon and he was moved to intensive care on the advice of his medical team.
Although the UK prime minister had received oxygen, his office said on Monday he was still conscious and was moved to intensive care just in case he needed to be put on a ventilator.
“He’s not on a ventilator no,” Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove told LBC radio on Tuesday. “The prime minister has received some oxygen support and he is kept under, of course, close supervision.”
Trump said Monday night that he asked two leading U.S. companies to contact London immediately.
“These are brilliant companies—Ebola, AIDS, others—they’ve come with the solutions and just have done incredible jobs … They have offices in London, major companies. More than major, more than size, they’re genius,” the president said of the companies.

Trump added that he had spoken to four companies and that he understands that they “have really advanced therapeutics.”
“They have arrived in London already,” Trump said. “Their London office has whatever they need and we will see if we can be of help—we have contacted all of Boris’s doctors and we will see what is going to take place. But they are ready to go … The two companies are there and with what they are talking about—and it is rather complex and has had really incredible results—we are working with the FDA and everybody else but we are working with London with respect to Boris Johnson.”
Earlier in the day, Trump spoke by telephone with CEOs of four pharmaceutical companies—Amgen, Genetech, Gilead, and Regeneron.
“The president acknowledged the industry’s progress in developing therapeutics to fight this pandemic and promised the federal government will continue to be a helpful partner with science and data leading the way,” White House Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere said in a statement. “The executives thanked President Trump for directing his administration to break down barriers, cut red tape, and encourage cooperation across all industries and government to best meet the needs of the American people during this unprecedented time.”
A reporter asked Trump about what treatment was discussed for Johnson, and whether the treatment is available to the American public.
“It’s a very complex treatment of things that they’ve just recently developed, and that they have a lot of experience with having to do with something else—but recent for this. They’ve already concurred, they’ve already had meetings with the doctors and we’ll see whether or not they want to go that route,” Trump responded.
“I think we have three of them. I spoke with four. You know who the four would be,” Trump said, without naming the companies at the press conference.
Trump also expressed well-wishes and praised the UK prime minister.
“I want to send best wishes to a very good friend of mine and a friend to our nation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson,” Trump said. “He has been a really good friend, something very special—strong, resolute, doesn’t quit, doesn’t give up.”
“I found Boris to be a fantastic person,” the president later said. “Just like a fantastic, warm, strong, smart guy. He loves his country. You see that. He fought like hell for his country. Intensive care is big stuff. Really big.”
When asked by a reporter from The Guardian about whether Johnson’s initially relaxed approach to the pandemic may have been a mistake, Trump said: “I think he was looking at it differently. He was looking at it earlier. He was looking at it like, ‘ride it out.’ There were many people thinking about riding it out. Meaning, you know, whatever it is, it is.”
“But then you see what starts to happen and the numbers become monumental,” Trump continued. “And they decide not to do that.”
Trump noted that the UK has now moved to a “very strict lockdown, but they’re suffering greatly as a nation right now. They’re a nation that’s having a difficult time.”
“[Boris Johnson]’s just such an incredible guy. It was so shocking to see that. You know what that means, intensive care is a big deal with regard to what we’re talking about,” Trump said.
Trump noted that the United States moved quickly in imposing a travel ban from China, while the UK prime minister “waited a little while and he felt that.”
Reuters contributed to this report.
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Trump Asks Hong Kong Phoenix TV Reporter If She Works for China

On Monday at a White House press briefing on the CCP virus, President Donald Trump asked a Chinese reporter from the pro-Beijing television network, Hong Kong Phoenix TV, whether she was working for China.
“Who are you working for, China?” Trump asked the reporter.
“No, I’m working for Hong Kong Phoenix TV,” the female reporter, Youyou Wang, responded.
“Who owns that, China?” the president asked. “Is it owned by the state?”
“It’s based in Hong Kong,” she said.
“No, is it owned by the state?” Trump said, appearing to refer to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
“No, it’s not, it’s a privately owned company,” the reporter said.
“Okay, good,” Trump replied and continued to respond to the reporter’s original question.

Phoenix TV is based in Hong Kong, where media have the legal right to operate independently of Chinese censorship. However, the station has long been known as a de-facto mouthpiece for Beijing—and specifically, a faction within the CCP loyal to former leader Jiang Zemin, who was the party boss from 1989 to 2002.
Pro-Beijing Agenda
The television station presents itself as an independent voice, concealing its pro-Beijing agenda by occasionally reporting on topics taboo in mainland China, such as food safety scandals. Its founder and CEO, Liu Changle, was a former People’s Liberation Army (PLA) propaganda offer. He later worked at the Communist Party’s official radio station.
Since Liu founded Phoenix TV in 1996, the broadcaster has consistently carried out the agenda of former leader Jiang, including aiding in Jiang’s propaganda campaign to smear Falun Gong and turn public opinion against the group. Falun Gong is a spiritual meditation practice that has since grown in popularity to be practiced worldwide since its introduction to the public in 1992. The Epoch Times has identified multiple television segments aired by Phoenix since 1999 that defame Falun Gong.
China expert Sarah Cook, of the Freedom House human-rights group, said in 2017 U.S. congressional testimony (pdf) that Phoenix TV is “an example of a Chinese propaganda outlet not directly owned by the Beijing government.” At the time of Cook’s statements, the Chinese state broadcaster, CCTV, had a 10-percent stake in Phoenix.
Liu is also known to be a close friend to Bo Xilai, a core member of Jiang’s faction and the former Chongqing party chief, who dramatically fell from power in 2012. In 2011 Liu brought a team from Phoenix TV to Chongqing to give Bo positive media coverage.
During the 2014 Umbrella Movement, the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong that dominated headlines around the world, Phoenix TV portrayed the protesters as meddlers who intentionally clashed with police and caused disruption to the city.
Phase One Trade Deal
When initially picked by Trump to ask a question, the reporter, Youyou Wang, first noted how the CCP had provided medical supplies to the United States.
Wang said that there were “multiple flights coming from China full of medical supplies” last week, where companies such as Huawei and Alibaba have been donating some “1.5 million N95 masks … medical gloves,” and “much more medical supplies” to the United States.
“Sounds like a statement more than a question,” Trump interjected.

Wang continued, saying that overnight, the Chinese ambassador to the United States Cui Tiankai wrote an opinion piece in the New York Times “calling for cooperation with the United States.” In the opinion article, Tiankai highlighted the medical aid that the CCP had provided the United States and other countries during the CCP virus pandemic.
“So are you personally working directly with China on medical supplies and also fighting with the virus?” the reporter asked Trump. “Are you cooperating with China?” she later repeated.
The president did not address the situation with the CCP virus directly but responded that the United States and China have just kickstarted a “phase one” trade deal that the two countries reached in January.
The trade deal had gone into effect several days ago, Trump noted earlier in the conference. “As you know, as of April 1, the China trade deal, $250 billion—they purchased $250 billion from us, if not more,” he said. Trump added that about $40-50 billion is expected to be spent on agricultural products, which he said: “should have a huge impact on our farmers.”
“I hope they’re going to honor that trade deal. If they don’t honor the trade deal, then I’ll tell you a different answer, but I think they will,” Trump told the Chinese reporter. “They’re going to spend billions of dollars for agriculture. They’re going to spend billions of dollars for different things.”
“China’s never spent money in our country,” he added. “We spent money; we had a deficit, a trade deficit with China for years of $500 billion, $400 billion. We had the biggest trade deficits in the history of the world with China. Now China’s going to spend a lot—has agreed to spend $250 billion, many billions of dollars in our country. Much of it going to farmers and manufacturers. So I’ll let you know. I hope they’re going to honor the deal. We’ll find out.”
“It’s time for them [China] to help us,” Trump later said. “It’s time right now for China to help us. And hopefully, they do, and if they don’t, then that’s okay too. But we signed a deal, and it was signed with great goodwill and spirit. And it’s time that our farmers benefited and that our manufacturers benefit.”
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US, China Sign ‘Phase One’ Trade Deal, Calming Trade Tensions

The phase one trade deal meant that the United States scrapped its planned tariffs on roughly $156 billion of Chinese consumer products. The United States also halved tariffs—from 15 percent to 7.5 percent—on about $120 billion of China-made consumer goods.
The deal maintained 25 percent of import taxes on about $250 billion of China-made industrial goods and components used by U.S. manufacturers.
Under the deal, the Chinese regime committed to buying over the next two years at least an additional $200 billion of U.S. goods and services, over a baseline of $186 billion in purchases in 2017. This includes purchases of manufactured goods, such as aircraft, pharmaceuticals, and industrial machinery, which will increase by $77.7 billion over the two years.
The deal includes an agreement for Beijing to purchase an additional $32 billion of farm goods over the next two years, including soybeans, cotton, grains, and meat. It also pledged to strive to buy an additional $5 billion of agricultural products annually. Also, the regime agreed to allow more market access to U.S. meat, poultry, dairy, pet food, and agriculture biotechnology.
Zhang Xianyi, Sunny Chao and Cathy He contributed to this report
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As Media Trashes Chloroquine, Doctor Describes Miraculous Recovery for ‘Every Patient’ He’s Given It To

In the time of the coronavirus pandemic, it would be reasonable to assume that a promising cure would be celebrated by everyone, regardless of political leanings.
Sadly, because Trump Derangement Syndrome has persisted even in the face a global crisis, the use of existing drugs to fight coronavirus has been downplayed at every opportunity, even as one doctor describes the near-miraculous results.

A KABC-TV report described Dr. Anthony Cardillo’s clinical experience with a regimen of drugs that included the anti-malarial drugs chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine, which may be extremely effective in the fight against coronavirus.
Dr. Cardillo mentioned that he was using a combination of hydroxychloroquine and zinc, which he found most effective.
“Every patient I’ve prescribed it to has been very, very ill and within 8 to 12 hours, they were basically symptom-free,” Cardillo said. “So clinically I am seeing a resolution.”

While this should be a reason for immense hope, that kind of report won’t make many headlines. As it turns out, the fact that President Donald Trump once touted those drugs is reason enough to make the establishment media hate the very idea, regardless of how many lives it would potentially save.

Trump originally called the drugs a “game changer” during a March 19 news conference and in a subsequent Twitter thread. He was optimistic because a small study found that chloroquine or hydroxychloroquine in conjunction with the commonly prescribed antibiotic azithromycin was effective at fighting the virus.
“HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE & AZITHROMYCIN, taken together, have a real chance to be one of the biggest game changers in the history of medicine,” Trump said of the drug regimen.
“The FDA has moved mountains – Thank You! Hopefully they will BOTH (H works better with A, International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents) be put in use IMMEDIATELY. PEOPLE ARE DYING, MOVE FAST, and GOD BLESS EVERYONE!”

….be put in use IMMEDIATELY. PEOPLE ARE DYING, MOVE FAST, and GOD BLESS EVERYONE! @US_FDA @SteveFDA @CDCgov @DHSgov
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 21, 2020

Almost immediately, the media went nuts trying to discredit the president’s claim. Stories came out about a married couple who mixed fish tank cleaner with soda because it had a similar sounding name to the drugs.

CNN also pointed a finger at Trump for the overdose of three Nigerian citizens on chloroquine, although it isn’t clear from any sources how they obtained the drug or if it even had anything specifically to do with the president’s endorsement.
For the media, it seems the drugs’ efficacy and safety are only predicated on the results from people who misuse them, rather its actual clinical performance.
The establishment media pounced on Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, following Trump’s statement at the news conference.
Fauci set the record straight that what Trump said was not at all wrong, but from the perspective of a scientist, it would take a broader study to prove its effectiveness.

If the media were really looking out for the best interests of the public rather than trying to advance an agenda, they would report that what Fauci said is pretty much the same thing — because of his background as a scientist, he requires more hard data to definitively endorse the treatment that Trump had hyped.
Because the media just can’t let it go, Fauci was asked about it on  “Fox and Friends” on Friday but reiterated the same message about the drugs.

Watch the latest video at foxnews.com

Meanwhile, as the media continues to hammer anyone who is hopeful about the treatment, nearly 4,000 are being given the drugs in New York hospitals where the treatment will also be subject to the kind of study Fauci said was necessary.
The use of existing drugs seems like a win-win-win for patients who are dying, scientists who are still likely more than a year away from a vaccine and the public who are practicing social distancing until further notice.

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Instead, the media tries to dash everyone’s hopes and smear the president while gleefully proclaiming that one of the best shots at a cure is a dangerous false hope. The media has been downright sinister as Chuck Todd asked former Vice President Joe Biden a leading question on “Meet the Press” on March 29.

Citing the supposed failures of the administration’s coronavirus response, Todd asked Biden if he thought there was “blood on the president’s hands considering the slow response?”
Biden’s reply wasn’t as consequential as the fact that with those words, Todd was laying down a gauntlet.
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When the dust settles, if it turns out that Trump was right and this treatment the media railed so hard against was effective, will the talking heads in the media have blood on their hands from the lives lost to their cynical skepticism?

Only history will be able to eventually tell that story. In the meantime, let’s all do what’s smart: Wash our hands, practice social distancing and not eat fish tank cleaner.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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WATCH: Steven Crowder calls NBC News reporter, confronts her about article on lady who drank chloroquine fish tank cleaner and it doesn’t go well…

Steven Crowder decided to call one of the two NBC News reporters who wrote the initial article on the Arizona lady and her husband who drank fish tank cleaner because it chloroquine in it, at the behest of Trump of course, and offer her new evidence that the lady was a Democratic donor who hated Trump and also really wanted to divorce her husband. As I suggested in the title, it didn’t go well:
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The reporter, Erica Edwards, was not even remotely interested in pursuing the story past the fake news that she’d already written. Every time Crowder offered to send her official documented evidence about this woman’s Democrat fundraising or of the arrest and divorce stuff, Edwards kept telling Crowder that this is a story that he should write.
Now just to be clear, Crowder was completely respectable and hardly confrontational until the very end, when Edwards made clear she didn’t care about the truth at all. And even then he was hardly confrontational, telling the reporter that it was her job to care about the truth.
Edwards ended the phone call by hanging up on Crowder, but then you probably could have guessed that.

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COVID Backfiring on Media, New Polling Shows Trump Thrashing Biden, Likely Thanks to Virus Fallout

It wasn’t hard to predict what the media would do with COVID-19. In no time at all, it was transformed from a foreign virus into a bludgeon against President Donald Trump. It’s what the media has done with every event since Trump came down the escalator in 2015. True to form, the media has simply…
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Alyssa Milano BECLOWNS herself explaining her silence on Joe Biden’s sexual assault allegations…

You really should listen to this clip of Alyssa Milano explaining why she has been silent on the Tara Reade sexual assault allegations against Joe Biden. In fact she’s still completely endorsing him:

I explained my silence on the allegations against Joe Biden in this clip.
I am still endorsing @JoeBiden. Listen to this clip to find out why. #MeToo #TimesUp https://t.co/6v7udELEzv
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) April 6, 2020

Here’s the audio:
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Just a couple of amazing highlights from Milano:
I’ve not publicly said anything about this. If you remember it took me a long time to say anything about Harvey as well, because I believe that even though we should believe women…that does not mean at the expense of not giving me their due process and investigating situations. It’s gotta be fair in both directions.
Can you believe those words actually came out of her mouth after the way she treated Kavanaugh? It’s hysterically hypocritical.
And then on top of that she claimed that she did her “due diligence” in speaking with Times Up, an activist organization who refused to take Tara Reade’s case last year, and suggest that neither they nor the media are jumping on the story because it’s not credible enough:
I did do my due diligence because part of it was that – the article that sort of stood out to me was that Time’s Up decided not to take the case. …I did my work and I spoke to Time’s Up and I don’t feel comfortable throwing away a decent man I’ve known for 15 years in this time of complete chaos without their being a thorough investigation. I’m sure the mainstream media would be jumping all over this as well if they found more evidence through their investigation. So I’m just kinda staying quiet about it.

This is absolute bull malarkey. According to The Intercept, who reported on this story in late March, Times Up refused to take Reade’s case because Biden was a candidate for federal office and it would have jeopardized their non-profit status:

this time to @TIMESUPNOW @TIMESUPLDF. As @ryangrim reported on at @theintercept, the organization said they couldn’t help her because Biden was a candidate for federal office & supporting a case against him could jeopardize their nonprofit status. Grim… https://t.co/ps2JZMsizb
— Katie Halper (@kthalps) March 25, 2020

It had nothing to do with Reade’s case being credible or not. In fact it likely had everything to do with Biden’s connections within the group protecting him:

also pointed out that “The public relations firm that works on behalf of the Time’s Up Legal Defense Fund is SKDKnickerbocker, whose managing director, Anita Dunn, is the top adviser to Biden’s presidential campaign.” Not surprisingly, there were no witnesses to the alleged…
— Katie Halper (@kthalps) March 25, 2020

And of course we know why the MSM isn’t touching it. Joe Biden is their only possible hope of defeating Trump….
Milano then, on top of all of this, actually suggested “there’s something to the idea that people are going to weaponize #metoo for political gain”:

There is something to the idea that people are going to weaponize #metoo for political gain. Just look at the replies here and look to see who those accounts are supporting in the primary. There always needs to be a thorough vetting of accusations.
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) April 6, 2020

Absolutely amazing. She has the gall to say this after the #metoo movement, which she participated in, was absolutely weaponized to keep Kavanaugh off the Supreme Court. She was there at the Kavanaugh hearings with Christine Blasey Ford! And yet now she wants to stay silent on the allegations against Joe Biden, not even demanding an investigation of the case?
Hypocrisy, thy name is Alyssa Milano!

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Concerns Rise Over Beijing’s Use of Pandemic to Advance Its Agenda Overseas

WASHINGTON—China has lured many countries into a debt trap through its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in recent years, and now there is a growing concern in Washington that Beijing could exploit the ongoing pandemic to further expand its geopolitical influence through predatory practices.
China’s BRI, also referred to as “One Belt, One Road” or the “New Silk Road,” is one of the world’s most ambitious and controversial development programs. Since its launch in 2013, Beijing has poured billions of dollars into emerging countries to help build massive infrastructure projects.
In recent years, the BRI has come under scrutiny, as most of the projects are financed through Chinese state-controlled lenders with a lack of transparency, leaving borrowing nations distressed by massive debt burdens. Beijing has come under fire for setting a “debt trap” to seize control of strategic assets in emerging countries.
Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port has been cited as a classic example, as a Chinese state-owned firm took control of the port on a 99-year lease after Sri Lanka defaulted on its loans.
The Trump administration has voiced a hard line against China’s ambitions to grow its footprint in emerging markets, and the CCP virus outbreak has amplified these concerns.
“These emerging market countries are going to be in a world of hurt,” a senior administration official told The Epoch Times.
The official said there’s an urgent need for debt relief in these countries.
In recent years, the Chinese regime has fostered its “debt trap” diplomacy with the concept of “building a community of common destiny” for mankind, the official noted.
If China is really promoting a community of common destiny, “then they should jump on the bandwagon for debt relief.”
“But chances are they’re going to fight that tooth and nail. And we’ll be able to use that to call them out consistently on their bad practices in emerging markets.”
U.S. foreign policy and financial assistance are directed toward making emerging countries “self-reliant,” the official said.
However, “China is not interested in the self-reliance of these countries. China, the PRC, is interested in perpetuating dependence.”
The World Bank Group and the International Monetary Fund in March urged all official bilateral creditors to suspend debt payments from the world’s 76 poorest countries and allow them to redirect funds toward fighting the pandemic.
World Bank President David Malpass, during the Group of Twenty (G-20) finance ministers conference call on March 23, raised this issue and asked the G-20 economies including China to provide immediate debt relief to the 76 countries.
“This crisis will likely hit hardest against the poorest and most vulnerable countries,” Malpass said on the call. “Many were already in a difficult debt situation, leaving no space for appropriate health and economic response.”
The World Bank could provide up to $35 billion and identify additional resources for these countries. However, these resources shouldn’t go to pay creditors, he added.
Fixing Supply Chains
The pandemic has awakened many advanced economies to the real danger of being overly dependent on the Chinese regime for vital products such as medical supplies and life-saving drugs.
“The Chinese supply chain is the single point of failure in the global response to the coronavirus outbreak,” the senior administration official said.
The U.S. government is now speaking with counterparts in the Group of Seven (G-7), as well as countries such as Mexico and India, the official said, about the need to reexamine global supply chains.
The U.S. government has criticized Beijing for using the pandemic to advance its agenda overseas. China has been engaged in a wide-reaching propaganda effort on social media, portraying itself as a compassionate global superpower assisting Western countries.
Speaking at a press briefing on March 26, James Richardson, director of the Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources, said the Chinese regime shouldn’t exploit the pandemic.
“I would just say that the Chinese Communist Party has a special responsibility to provide no-strings-attached assistance around the world and take responsibility for what everyone realizes is the result of the coverup that happened in Wuhan,” Richardson said.
“We can’t burden financially difficult countries facing this pandemic in addition to their economic conditions. We should not ask them to take on more debt to keep their people healthy.”
Experts and media reports claim that the regime has deliberately masked the total number of COVID-19 cases in China in a bid to safeguard its image both nationally and internationally.
Chinese officials and state-run media have attempted to shift the blame for the regime’s failure to contain the virus by pushing conspiracy theories targeting the United States as part of an aggressive global disinformation campaign.
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BREAKING: Catholic Cardinal unanimously ACQUITTED by Australia’s high court over child sex abuse charges

Cardinal George Pell, who has already served over 400 days in jail for a crime he didn’t commit, has just been unanimously acquitted by Australia’s highest court of all charges:

BREAKING: George Pell has spent his last night behind bars and will walk free from prison in time for Easter after having his conviction quashed. #7NEWS https://t.co/t1cqjRqXHS
— 7NEWS Sunshine Coast (@7NewsSC) April 7, 2020

Here’s more from Daily Telegraph:
George Pell has been sensationally acquitted of all charges and is set to be released from prison.
Pell, 78, has spent 404 days behind bars after being found guilty of abusing two choirboys at St Patrick’s Cathedral in the 1990s.
But the High Court today ruled the jury’s verdicts, on four counts of indecent assault and one of sexual penetration of a child, were unsafe.
Pell is set to be released from prison imminently.
Cardinal Pell took his fight to the High Court after the Victorian Court of Appeal dismissed an earlier appeal in a majority ruling.
He relied on two grounds of appeal, centred on the argument that the jury that convicted had no right to do so in light of all of the evidence at trial.
Prosecutors have maintained that not only was the offending not impossible, the jury was entitled to its verdict based on the strength of evidence from the single living complainant.
Pell has vehemently denied any wrongdoing since being charged in 2017 following a lengthy police investigation.
He immediately resigned as Vatican treasurer and returned from Rome to Australia to face charges and clear his name.
Other claims were also unlikely, he said, particularly that the boys would have had access to altar wine, which was “always locked away” after mass.
“You could scarcely imagine a place that was more unlikely to be committing paedophilia crimes than the sacristy of a cathedral after Sunday mass,” he said.
This 45-minute police interview was all the jury heard from Pell.
But through their verdicts they preferred the evidence given by the complainant who sources who witnessed his evidence described as a wholly credible.
For much of his year in prison Pell was held in 23-hour lock down at the Melbourne Assessment Prison because of fears for his safety.
He was moved to Barwon Prison after a security scare in January.
Legal experts say Pell’s High Court appeal will go down as one of the most significant in Australian history, in particular in regards to what the court says about the standing of juries.

I don’t know much about the details of this case, but Patrick Madrid, who I listen to quite often, has maintained for a long time that Cardinal Pell was innocent based on his study of the case:

I firmly believe that Cardinal George Pell is innocent. It seems he is personally living out the late Cardinal George’s ominous prediction: “I expect to die in bed; my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square.” https://t.co/WE36dj9rnt
— Patrick Madrid ✌🏼 (@patrickmadrid) July 20, 2019

That was from last July. Thankfully, Madrid was right and Pell is now a free man.
Below is the two page PDF from the high court of Australia announcing the decision:
 

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Dem Rep Wants To Refer Trump for ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ for Supporting Drug Cuomo Calls Promising Too

Over the weekend, a Democratic lawmaker from Ohio said she intends to make a prosecutorial referral to the International Criminal Court for President Donald Trump for “crimes against humanity” after he continued to advocate for the use of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 patients.
Meanwhile, at a news briefing on Monday, Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he planned to talk to Trump that afternoon about sending more supply of the drug to the Empire State because doctors are seeing “positive” results in coronavirus patients using it.

During the coronavirus task force’s daily briefing at the White House on Saturday, Trump highlighted that the Food and Drug Administration issued emergency authorization for hydroxychloroquine for use to combat COVID-19.
“I hope it’s going to be a very important answer,” the president said. “We’re having some very good things happening with it, and we’re going to be distributing it through the Strategic National Stockpile.”
He added that the federal government has currently secured 29 million doses, but more was on the way.

“And I hope they use the hydroxychloroquine, and they can also do it with Z-Pak, subject to your doctor’s approval, and all of that,” Trump said. “But I hope they use it because I’ll tell you what: What do you have to lose?”

CNN’s @JDiamond1 asks President Trump why he ‘promotes’ Hydroxychloroquine.
Trump: “I want to save lives. I don’t want it to be in a lab for the next year and a half as people are dying all over the place… only CNN would ask that question. Fake News.” pic.twitter.com/41nQfPMHFZ
— ALX 🇺🇸 (@alx) April 5, 2020

Ohio state Rep. Tavia Galonski, a senior advisor to the Joe Biden presidential campaign, tweeted in response to the president’s remarks she planned to make a criminal referral to the International Criminal Court at The Hague in the Netherlands.
“I can’t take it anymore,” she tweeted on Sunday. “I’ve been to The Hague. I’m making a referral for crimes against humanity tomorrow. Today’s press conference was the last straw. I know the need for a prosecution referral when I see one.”

I can’t take it anymore. I’ve been to The Hague. I’m making a referral for crimes against humanity tomorrow. Today’s press conference was the last straw. I know the need for a prosecution referral when I see one. https://t.co/XQin24gqY4
— Rep. Tavia Galonski (@RepGalonski) April 6, 2020

In a second tweet, the state rep called on “every lawyer that ever did any work on the international level to contact” her so they could “suit up” together against Trump.

Galonski may not have gotten the memo that attacking Trump for advocating the use of hydroxychloroquine is a talking point that if it ever had any efficacy has long since passed.

I need every lawyer that ever did any work on the international level to contact me at [email protected] immediately. When we worked on international custody cases we had a cadre of lawyers working on the case. Suit up! https://t.co/pkmF4cWGIQ
— Rep. Tavia Galonski (@RepGalonski) April 6, 2020

The facts on the ground are trouncing this Democratic media narrative.

Cuomo conceded as much at a news conference on Monday. When asked about the use of the drug, his rhetoric was at first guarded until he finally acknowledged “positive” results are being seen in patients who take hydroxychloroquine.
“We’ve allowed usage of the hydroxychloroquine with azithromycin pack in hospitals at their discretion,” the governor responded at first to a reporter’s question in what seemed like an attempt to split the difference between recognizing reality and appeasing those who hate the drug because Trump has called for its use.
Cuomo then went on to say New York has placed a 14-day limit on use of the drug just to guard the supply on hand, but if the federal government sent more, he would lift the ban.

Democrat Gov. Andrew Cuomo: asking federal government to increase hydroxychloroquine supply because there is some evidence that it appears to be workinghttps://t.co/PvaC51IjLY pic.twitter.com/oQXW00sA7t
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) April 6, 2020

He then inched closer to acknowledging the drug’s apparent effectiveness.
“The tests in the hospital, they’re too short a period of time to get a scientific report,” Cuomo said. “Hospital administrators, doctors want to have a significant data set before they give a formal opinion. Anecdotally, you’ll get suggestions that it has been effective. But we don’t have any official data yet from a hospital or a quote-unquote study, which will take weeks if not months.”
A reporter followed up seeking clarification. Was the governor saying the use of hydroxychloroquine was “promising, but not conclusive” in COVID-19 patients?

“There has been anecdotal evidence that it is promising,” Cuomo said. “That’s why we’re going ahead.”
He offered the caveat that those with who have certain pre-existing conditions or are using other medications may not be able to use hydroxychloroquine.
“But anecdotally, it’s been positive,” Cuomo reiterated.
The governor even paused to write a note to himself to follow up with Trump regarding sending more hydroxychloroquine.

To summarize: The Democratic governor from the state that has been by far the hardest hit by the coronavirus wants Trump to send more hydroxychloroquine because it’s being used to positive effect, but Galonski wants to refer the president to The Hague for advocating its use.
As reported last week, Dr. Stephen Smith, founder of the Smith Center for Infectious Diseases and Urban Health in East Orange, New Jersey, said the remarkable results he is seeing in his coronavirus patients using a combination of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine and the antibiotic azithromycin marks the “beginning of the end” of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Smith found that among his 72 patients treated with the combination, none had to be placed on a ventilator.

Similarly, Dr. Anthony Cardillo of Los Angeles told KABC-TV on Sunday that he has been prescribing hydroxychloroquine in combination with zinc for the most severely ill COVID-19 patients with astounding results.
“Every patient I’ve prescribed it to has been very, very ill and within 8 to 12 hours, they were basically symptom-free,” Cardillo said. “So clinically I am seeing a resolution.”
Maybe a referral to The Hague should go the other way around. Galonski, by trying to score political points against Trump, is the one committing crimes against humanity by spreading misinformation when the truth can be literally a matter of life and death.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Meghan McCain calls Trump a “totalitarian president”, claims he play off our coronavirus fears for HIS OWN BENEFIT

I don’t know what’s happened to Meghan McCain, but she sounds like she’s done a 180 on Trump, claiming that he’s been a “totalitarian president” and that she fears he’s going to use this coronavirus crisis to play off our fears and implement new policies for his own benefit.
Watch:
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I honestly don’t know what the heck she’s talking about. She literally said Trump has “always been a sort of totalitarian president in a way that we’ve never historically seen before”, but what does that even mean? As far as I can remember, I’ve never seen Trump act in any totalitarian way whatsoever. He does things I don’t always agree with, but totalitarian? I think she forgot what the word actually means because it certainly doesn’t apply to Trump.
She then claimed that she fears Trump is “going to play on the American public’s fears in a draconian way and possibly do something akin to the Patriot Act going forward where he uses this moment in time to play off our fears for his own benefit.” Huh? If Trump were even remotely a totalitarian president, then I could understand this fear. But what she’s saying sounds absurd. In fact she sounds like her leftist co-host who claimed the other day that Trump wanted to open up the economy in order to “line his own pockets”, caring more about his business than the lives of the American people.
These people are hysterical and it looks like Meghan McCain is being pulled in with them. Heck, before you know it, she might be praising Castro and voting for Bernie too.
Watch the video for more…

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CBS News ends up with egg on its face over Nurse who quit after not being allowed to wear own N95 mask

Last week a nurse claimed that she quit after being told she couldn’t wear her own mask in a Chicago hospital, and therefore she would have to work in the ICU without a mask:

In tears, a nurse says she quit her job after she was asked to work in a coronavirus ICU without a face mask: “America is not prepared, and nurses are not being protected” https://t.co/ywoSuLOPYP pic.twitter.com/S5BsnlO5nt
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 5, 2020

There’s been a lot of claims made about this nurse and her story today, much of which I’ve been unable to verify. People were claiming her story was completely false, but offered no solid evidence as to why. One publication claimed the nurse had admitted that she hadn’t worked at the hospital in a year, but I couldn’t find any evidence of that either.
I felt like her story was dubious, but decided to wait until something more solid came out. Well now it has.
CBS News has finally done a little more digging and put out a clarification from this nurse, named Imaris Vera. Turns out her story was more complicated that she let on:

Imaris Vera, the nurse in this video, clarified her experience on Monday in a tweet: “We were each assigned 1 N95 per 1 covid patient’s room but was not allowed to wear it outside of the room, wear our own N95 mask around the Nurses station or Halls, which I came prepared with.”
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 6, 2020

Well that makes a lot more sense. If you wear a mask into a room with a covid patient, obviously the hospital won’t let you wear the mask outside of the room for fear it’s been contaminated. So her beef was that she wanted to wear her own mask in the hallways, but was denied. I’m guessing the hospital declined her request because of sanitary reasons, because they don’t know where that mask has been because it’s outside of their controlled environment.
So it turns out this is far more reasonable than this nurse led everyone to believe in her initial video, which CBS News put out and failed to check.
The same nurse released a somewhat nutty video expressing her concern about coronavirus a few weeks ago:

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— Søren Flammen Wolff (@sorenwolff) April 5, 2020

That, along with the fact that she’s admitted that she’s dealt with bi-polar depression and anxiety, then I understand now why she quit.
Below are some responses to this ‘clarification’:

Think maybe this should have happened before you guys blasted her all over the internet? What you do think? https://t.co/ZIYtPkeMVP
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) April 6, 2020

What did I tell you all yesterday? Fake News godfathers who brought us Rathergate blow it again. Normal people with functioning olfactory nerves smelled this one from a mile away. #CrisisTheaterDistancing https://t.co/WVK37CMR9Z
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) April 6, 2020

This is Standard practice and it’s for the safety of everyone. You don’t wear contaminated masks in hallways.
The journalist who decided to run with this story should be looking for a new job. https://t.co/C8cClkVvd3
— Mandy ☕🦋🇺🇸 (@SpringSteps) April 6, 2020

Is the Mainstream Media verifying any of this stuff before posting? Perhaps @brianstelter could address this? https://t.co/WtXIZAL9nU
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) April 6, 2020

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Atkinson Claims Trump Fired Him for Role in Impeachment; But Critical IG Memo May Also Have Been a Factor

Inspector General for the Intelligence Community (ICIG) Michael Atkinson said late Sunday President Donald Trump fired him in reprisal for referring the impeachment whistleblower’s complaint to House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.).
“It is hard not to think that the president’s loss of confidence in me derives from my having faithfully discharged my legal obligations as an independent and impartial inspector general, and from my commitment to continue to do so,” Atkinson said in a statement made public late Sunday.
Trump told Schiff and other congressional intelligence officials Friday that he was terminating Atkinson effective in 30 days after losing confidence in him. Trump named National Geospatial Intelligence Agency General Counsel Thomas Monheim as Atkinson’s acting replacement.
Asked about the action during Saturday’s White House Coronavirus Task Force media briefing, Trump said Atkinson’s actions regarding the whistleblower’s complaint were “a total disgrace”
Trumped said Atkinson “did a terrible job. Absolutely terrible. He took a whistleblower report, which turned out to be a fake report, it was a fake, it was about my conversation with the president of Ukraine, and he brought it to Congress with an emergency.”
Trump’s conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky occurred July 25, 2019, and a transcript was released Sept. 25, 2019. The whistleblower, who has not been officially named, was not among the White House and intelligence officials who overheard the conversation.
House Democrats impeached Trump on two charges, abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, based largely on the complaint. The Senate, which is controlled by Republicans, decisively rejected both charges in acquitting Trump.
Trump’s description of Atkinson’s job performance as “absolutely terrible” may have, besides the impeachment events, alluded to recent controversies involving him.
Atkinson figured prominently in multiple controversies in the FBI’s spying on members of Trump’s 2016 campaign based on allegations they were cooperating with Russian intelligence interests against the Democratic nominee, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz—who issued a statement lauding Atkinson following Trump’s announcement—released an March 30 memorandum on those FBI abuses, citing serious flaws found in 25 of 29 bureau applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court seeking permission to spy on individuals between October 2014 and September 2019.
All of the flaws in the applications submitted by the bureau to the court were related to the so-called “Woods Procedures” requiring the FBI to document its evidence to justify such applications and certifying to the credibility and accuracy of the evidence.
“Additionally, for all 25 FISA applications with Woods Files that we have reviewed to date, we identified facts stated in the FISA application that were: (a) not supported by any documentation in the Woods File, (b) not clearly corroborated by the supporting documentation in the Woods File, or (c) inconsistent with the supporting documentation in the Woods File,” Horowitz said in the memorandum.
The DOJ IG said there were on average 20 serious flaws in the applications reviewed.
Atkinson was Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General of the National Security Division, Mary McCord, during much of the period covered by the IG’s review and was responsible for accuracy reviews to ensure application compliance with the Woods Procedures.
After leaving the Justice Department, McCord became a counsel to Schiff’s impeachment effort.
A White House spokesman declined to comment when asked Monday by The Epoch Times if the Horowitz memorandum was a factor in the President’s deliberations in firing Atkinson.
It was also reported after Atkinson forwarded the whistleblower’s complaint to Congress as an “urgent” matter that the ICIG had changed a key requirement for such a document to be accepted as credible.
In a Sept. 30, 2019, statement, Atkinson’s office admitted that “consistent with the law, the new forms do not require whistleblowers to possess first-hand information in order to file a complaint or information with respect to an urgent concern”
The changed form was first reported by The Federalist co-founder, Sean Davis.
Schiff has since refused repeated requests from congressional Republicans and members of the media to make public the transcript of Atkinson’s secret testimony about his role in the whistle blower complaint saga.
Congress is on its Easter recess, so reaction has been quiet.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), a long-time defender of the IG system and a critic of the FBI’s conduct regarding the FISA court, said in a statement Saturday that “Congress has been crystal clear that written reasons must be given when IGs are removed for a lack of confidence. More details are needed from the administration.”
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi called Trump’s action a “shameful late-night firing” and “a brazen act against a patriotic public servant.”
Schiff, who led the House Democrats’ drive that resulted in Trump’s impeachment on two charges in December 2019, tweeted Atkinson’s statement late Sunday. Schiff described Trump’s action as a “retaliatory firing.”
Contact Mark Tapscott at Mark.Tapscott@epochtimes.nyc

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Nikki Haley Piles On Biting Criticism of WHO Director – ‘So Much Suffering Has Been Caused’

Nikki Haley hasn’t gone away.
The former South Carolina governor, who put her own unique brand on the job of ambassador to the United Nations, stepped down from the job more than a year ago, but she’s still one of the best-known women in American politics.

And she hasn’t lost her touch for acerbic, accurate criticism of the world body she was once a part of.
Last week, Haley joined a growing group of bold-faced Republicans criticizing lawmakers and demanding an accounting from the head of the World Health Organization, Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, for why a group founded on the principle that health concerns should transcend politics has become a toadying front for the communist Chinese government.

The World Health Organization is supposed to represent the world. It can’t do that if it continues to bow to the Communist Chinese government. The United States should use the power of the purse to demand critical reforms. @standamericanow https://t.co/TKD7KWUrBa
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) April 3, 2020

“The World Health Organization is supposed to represent the world,” wrote Haley, who represented the U.S. in the U.N. from January 2017 until Dec. 31, 2018. “It can’t do that if it continues to bow to the Communist Chinese government. The United States should use the power of the purse to demand critical reforms.”

A good start for those reforms would be for Tedros to be forced to find another line of work – like maybe in the PR office of the People’s Republic of China.
However much Democrats want to attack President Donald Trump for problems with the country’s response to the arrival of the coronavirus on American shores after it traveled around the world from its origins in China, not even the densest critic can defend Tedros’ abysmal performance of his duties.

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And it would take the most deranged of the Trump Derangement Syndrome segment of the population to argue that Tedros’ performance did not contribute to the death count the world has witnessed (surpassing 72,000 as of early Monday afternoon, according to Johns Hopkins).
Maybe it’s because of the anti-American stance that seems endemic in officers of the U.N., maybe it’s because Tedros’ own communist background makes him sympathetic to the butchers of the Beijing dictatorship, maybe it’s because he was simply unqualified for the position in the first place, but the reality is that the WHO under Tedros consistently downplayed the deadliness of the threat posed by the coronavirus.
As Haley pointed out, as late as Jan. 14, after Chinese officials knew well that the coronavirus was a contagious killer, the WHO was tweeting out deceitful assurances to the contrary.

This was posted by the WHO on January 14th. The WHO owes an explanation to the world of why they took China’s word for it. So much suffering has been caused by the mishandling of information and lack of accountability by the Chinese. https://t.co/SooEnEPsjJ
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) April 3, 2020

“The WHO owes an explanation to the world of why they took China’s word for it,” she wrote. “So much suffering has been caused by the mishandling of information and lack of accountability by the Chinese.”
Other Republican critics were more direct.

Arizona Sen. Martha McSally, locked in a tight re-election race against former astronaut and anti-gun activist Scott Kelly, took to Fox News’ “Mornings with Maria” last week to demand Tedros step down.
“Dr. Tedros deceived the world,” she added in a tweet.
“At one point, he even praised China’s ‘transparency’ during its coronavirus response efforts despite a mountain of evidence showing the regime concealed the severity of the outbreak. This deception cost lives.”

It’s unconscionable that the WHO has helped China cover-up its mishandling of the coronavirus crisis for months, while thousands die globally. I’m calling on the Director-General of the WHO to resign. pic.twitter.com/f2TItzZcnh
— Martha McSally (@SenMcSallyAZ) April 2, 2020

Dr. Tedros deceived the world. At one point, he even praised China’s ‘transparency’ during its coronavirus response efforts despite a mountain of evidence showing the regime concealed the severity of the outbreak. This deception cost lives. https://t.co/ymmnCTeV8O
— Martha McSally (@SenMcSallyAZ) April 3, 2020

(It’s worth noting here that McSally’s reference to Tedros as “Dr.” wasn’t actually wrong, but it might be misunderstood. According to his WHO biography, he holds a doctorate in the philosophy of community health, he is not a medical doctor – the first WHO director-general to lack that seemingly crucial qualification.)

Other Republicans joined McSally in calling out the WHO, as the Washington Free Beacon reported, including Florida Sen. Rick Scott, Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz.
“The World Health Organization has consistently bent to the will of the Chinese Communist Party at the expense of global health and of containing the spread of the coronavirus, from downplaying the extent of the virus to systematically excluding Taiwan,” a Cruz representative told the Free Beacon.
“Sen. Cruz believes that the WHO has lost the credibility necessary for it to be effective, and a reevaluation of its leadership is urgently called for.”
Sane Americans, who’ve watched the coronavirus leap from China’s Hubei province to Europe to the United States – and only God knows where else – while the WHO and its director-general patiently parroted Chinese propaganda know that, too.

But Haley, with the rare perspective of having dealt with the inept corruptocrats of the U.N. on a personal basis, probably knows it better than anyone.
Haley hasn’t gone away — but with her high-profile attack, supported by top lawmakers of the United States — the country that pays most of the United Nations’ bills — it’s possible that Tedros and his particular brand of benighted incompetence just might.
Even the U.N. can be embarrassed sometimes.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Wisconsin’s Governor Postpones Election to June Over Pandemic

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers on Monday signed an order suspending all in-person voting for the state’s primary while pushing the date back to June 9 over fears of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“All ballots already cast in the 2020 Spring election will remain valid and will be tallied in conjunction with the new in-person voting date,” he wrote on Twitter. “The order also calls the Legislature to meet in special session tomorrow, giving them another opportunity to address the in-person election date. If they fail to act, in-person voting will occur on June 9, 2020.”
Evers said in an accompanying news conference that no Wisconsin resident should have to choose between voting and their own health as the United States is in the midst of a pandemic.

In the absence of legislative action, today I signed Executive order #74 suspending in-person voting for the April 7 spring election until June 9, 2020.
— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) April 6, 2020

“I cannot in good conscience allow any types of gathering that would further the spread of this disease and to put more lives at risk,” he said. “I have been advised by public health experts at the Department of Health Services that despite the heroic efforts and good work of our local election officials, poll workers, and national guard troops, there is not a sufficiently safe way to administer in-person voting tomorrow.”
Previously, the governor said he didn’t have the authority to move the election. But on Monday morning, Wisconsin’s state legislature went ahead with in-person voting on Tuesday despite the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus epidemic.
Evers issued a stay-at-home order last month in Wisconsin, one of the first states to report a CCP virus case in the United States in February, as part of his administration’s efforts to deal with the pandemic. Wisconsin was the last one to hold in-person voting after all other states postponed theirs or moved to mail-in ballots.
“The virus directs us as to what our decision-making is, not human beings, and clearly I am following the science, as I always have,” he told Politico in an interview on Monday, adding that he heard residents tell him they are fearful for their safety.
State Republicans announced they would seek legal action through the Wisconsin Supreme Court to challenge Evers’ order.
Wisconsin House Speaker Robin Vos and state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, who are both Republicans, said the order would be challenged.
“The clerks of this state should stand ready to proceed with the election,” Vos and Fitzgerald said. “The governor’s executive order is clearly an unconstitutional overreach.”
Democrats in Wisconsin have criticized Republicans for trying to force the vote to go forward. Republicans have cited the potential for voter fraud and the short timeline to fill state and local offices that are on the ballot.
Democrats have said Republicans are more interested in dampening turnout in state races, particularly for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court that could be instrumental in ruling on future voting-rights cases in the battleground state crucial to November’s presidential election.
Reuters contributed to this report.

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BREAKING: Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to ICU after coronavirus symptoms worsened…

It was reported this morning that Prime Minister Boris Johnson entered the hospital this morning after showing symptoms of the coronavirus over the weekend. Now he’s been moved into intensive care as his symptoms have worsened:
BIRMINGHAM MAIL – Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care after his coronavirus symptoms worsened, Downing Street has confirmed.
Mr Johnson remains in hospital following his admission on Sunday with continuing coronavirus symptoms.
A Number 10 spokesman said: “Since Sunday evening, the Prime Minister has been under the care of doctors at St Thomas’ Hospital, in London, after being admitted with persistent symptoms of coronavirus.
“Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the Prime Minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the intensive care unit at the hospital.
“The PM has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, who is the First Secretary of State, to deputise for him where necessary.
“The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication.”

This is not a good sign for the 55-year-old Prime Minister but I do hope and pray he turns around quickly and gets on the mend. I’m sure he’s getting the best NHS can offer.
For the rest of us who are quarantining at home, it’s just further proof that we need to continue to take the coronavirus seriously and try to avoid getting or spreading it. In my own state we are getting close to 3,000 cases and we’ve already had 33 deaths as of today, that are spread all around the state fairly evenly.

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WATCH: Gov. Cuomo affirms Trump is right, that hydroxychloroquine is yielding positive results in NY hospitals

Governor Cuomo affirms what we’ve been hearing from Trump about hydroxychloroquine, that it is indeed yielding positive results in NY hospitals just as predicted.
Anecdotally speaking, of course:
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Cuomo explains quite well why doctors are refusing to give official formal declarations about hydroxychloroquine’s effectiveness, and simply put the data set is too small because they’ve only had results from about two weeks of cases. Cuomo explains that doctors would like a significantly larger dataset which would span a much longer period of time before making formal statements about the drug, and they will have that at some point.
That said Cuomo makes clear that the drug, when paired with Azithromycin, is yielding positive results and that’s why they are going forward with it:
There has been anecdotal evidence that it is promising. That’s why we’re going ahead. Doctors, of course, have to prescribe it…but anecdotally it’s been positive.
Cuomo said that thus far they’ve had a 14-day restriction on how much hydroxychloroquine can be prescribed at one time, but they will be able to lift that restriction once the federal government sends them more from their 29 million dose stockpile.
Watch the video for more…

Trump: I like what I see with hydroxychloroquine.
Press: OMG YOU DANGEROUS IDIOT YOU’RE RISKING LIVES!
Cuomo: I like what I see with hydroxychloroquine.
Press: This… (voice breaking) now this is true leadership.
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— ⚡David Angelo⚡ (@MrDavidAngelo) April 6, 2020

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WATCH: 97-yr-old WWII Navy pilot does the coronavirus quarantine shuffle on his front porch!

A 97-year-old Navy pilot from World War II just did what I’m calling the coronavirus quarantine shuffle on his front porch for the entertainment of all:

97 yr old dancing #WWII #Navy pilot Chuck is back! Quarantine “Can’t Stop the Feeling”… #honorflight #Everydayisabonus pic.twitter.com/gRnSeXZuud
— Stars and Stripes Honor Flight (@SSHonorFlight) April 5, 2020

This isn’t the first time that Wisconsin’s Chuck Franzke, also known as the ‘Dancing Chuck’, has busted a move, according to Heavy.com:

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY! WWII Navy pilot Chuck was dancing his way to 97 and through the holiday season!
🎥: @SSHonorFlight pic.twitter.com/xA9Hag3KaR
— WSPA 7News (@WSPA7) December 17, 2019

Wisconsin #WWII #Navy pilot Chuck put on his dancing shoes in the spirit of the holidays…on the eve of his 95th birthday. Happy holidays to all! #honorflight pic.twitter.com/XoVtBiSO5f
— Stars and Stripes Honor Flight (@SSHonorFlight) December 15, 2017

 As Heavy points out, Chuck has been married to his wife for 80 years. You can see them both in this video below from last year:
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With so much bad news these days I thought you’d enjoy seeing something wonderful. I hope it brightens your days while you’re stuck in quarantine.

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“What ever happened to that phone call?” – Trump calls out Biden for no phone call and more…

Trump called out Biden for never making that phone call to Trump that he said he wanted to make over the coronavirus:

Joe Biden wanted the date for the Democrat National Convention moved to a later time period. Now he wants a “Virtual” Convention, one where he doesn’t have to show up. Gee, I wonder why? Also, what ever happened to that phone call he told the Fake News he wanted to make to me?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 6, 2020

Biden doesn’t really want to call him. He only said that to try and foist his way back into the spotlight because he’s been sidelined so hard because of the coronavirus. An even though Trump said he welcomes the call, does anyone believe he really wants to talk to Biden? But I do like that he’s calling him out for not following through.

Also as you can see, Trump also called him out for wanting a virtual convention as opposed to a real one. Maybe this clip of Biden blundering about the economy and coronavirus in an interview yesterday is the reason he doesn’t want people to see him up close anymore…

What Biden said came out like this…
“But we cannot let this — we’ve never allowed any crisis from a Civil War straight through to the pandemic in ‘17, all the way around – ’16. We have never, never let our democracy sakes second fiddle… We can both have a democracy and elections and at the same time correct the public health.”
I know what he was trying to say there, but wow, Biden’s just not on his game like he used to be. Now granted I didn’t see the entire interview, but this isn’t the first clip of Biden blubbering about that we’ve heard.
That said, I don’t necessarily disagree with him in principle. We do need to get the economy going back again and we need to keep elections going too. I hope we can do something soon because where we are now can’t go on much longer without dire consequences.

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Angry Democrat to refer Trump to the Hague for “crimes against humanity” over Hydroxychloroquine advocacy

A House Democrat from Ohio’s 35th district has had enough of Trump’s advocacy of Hydroxychloroquine and wants to refer him the Hague for “crimes against humanity”:

I can’t take it anymore. I’ve been to The Hague. I’m making a referral for crimes against humanity tomorrow. Today’s press conference was the last straw. I know the need for a prosecution referral when I see one. https://t.co/XQin24gqY4
— Rep. Tavia Galonski (@RepGalonski) April 6, 2020

This is what Trump Derangement Syndrome looks like. It’s absolutely absurd to even suggest something as horrible as “crimes against humanity” when the FDA and plenty of doctors are touting the success of the drug against the Coronavirus. It makes zero sense.
What can anyone do but laugh and mock at this:

I need someone to film all of her calls to The Hague’s crimes against humanity hotline https://t.co/755o68T1pv
— Greg Pollowitz (@GPollowitz) April 6, 2020

One symptom of the Chinese coronavirus outbreak is unbridled dumbness. https://t.co/PiYQiF7HlR
— Kurt Schlichter (@KurtSchlichter) April 6, 2020

LMFAO! https://t.co/gk3zdAF8jX
— Ryan James Girdusky (@RyanGirdusky) April 6, 2020

I’ve been to Disneyland. That makes me an expert on copyright law. https://t.co/OnFxhf5G4k
— Russ 김치 더줘 Emerson ♿ (@RussEmerson) April 6, 2020

An Ohio legislator is claiming she’s that she’s taking Trump to the Hague. The US is not a member of the ICC. https://t.co/LYOV4rqI3F
— Drew Savicki (@SenhorRaposa) April 6, 2020

Even Oliver Willis, who’s a stanch leftist, knows this is dumb:

this won’t do anything but get retweets https://t.co/M8fduz4r88
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) April 6, 2020

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Race Against Time: Scientists Find ‘Possible Achilles Heel’ as Fauci Warns Virus Could Go Seasonal

It’s a nightmare situation with a glimmer of hope: Coronavirus could become a seasonal virus like the cold or flu, but it could have a “possible achilles heel.”
The bad news comes from Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the most visible member of the Trump administration’s coronavirus team.

During an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday, Fauci warned that the virus was on the brink of something that returns every year, with possibly deadly results.
“Unless we get this globally under control, there’s a very good chance that it will assume a seasonal nature in the sense that even if we, and I — and I hope it’s not just if, but when — we get it down to the point where it really is at a very low level, we need to be prepared that, since it unlikely will be completely eradicated from the planet, that as we get into next season, we may see the beginning of a resurgence,” Fauci said.
“And that’s the reason why we’re pushing so hard and getting our preparedness much better than it was, but importantly, pushing on a vaccine and doing clinical trials for therapeutic interventions so that hopefully if, in fact, we do see that resurgence, we will have interventions that we did not have in the beginning of the situation that we’re in right now.”

Fauci added that while the country is closer to the three things he said it needed to roll back stay-at-home orders — testing, the ability to isolate and to conduct contact tracing — it isn’t “100 percent there yet.”

However, he said that “it’s very clear that we are much, much better off than we were in the sense that in the next week or two, we’ll have an extraordinary amount more capability of doing the kinds of testing that’s essential.”
“Because testing is not only important to be able to identify individual cases, isolate them and contact tracing. But we really do need to get a feel for what the penetrance of this infection is in society. That becomes critical when you plan to start to get back to normal or at least take those first steps to getting back to normal.
“You have to know what’s out there. You have to know what you’re dealing with,” he continued. “So testing becomes even more important than what we’ve been speaking about in the past.”
In the midst of that sobering news, meanwhile, a glimmer of hope was coming out of Scripps Research in La Jolla, California.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, researchers there say they’ve discovered a spot in the novel coronavirus that “is a possible Achilles heel” and could be targeted by drugs.

Biologist and team leader Ian Wilson told the newspaper the discovery came, in part, because he had examined an antibody from a patient afflicted with Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome — the disease, known as  SARS, caused by a virus similar to the one that causes COVID-19. That antibody latched onto a specific point in the SARS virus.
It turns out the antibody does the same thing to the novel coronavirus. Although it didn’t latch onto the virus quite as tightly, it means the spot could be a weak point.
“That high degree of similarity implies that the site has an important function that would be lost if it mutated significantly,” Wilson said.
Alas, it’s not the beginning of the end, or even the end of the beginning. Researchers need to do quite a bit more work to see what the spot on the virus means, if anything. For starters, it’s not a spot that’s particularly easy to find.

“We found that this [spot] is usually hidden inside the virus, and only exposed when that part of the virus changes its structure, as it would in natural infection,” Meng Yuan, who worked on the project, said in a statement.
However, the researchers are now in the process of soliciting COVID-19 survivors to donate their blood, which would be screened for potential antibodies.
There is, it seems, a glimmer of hope. It comes as we enter what’s likely to be the darkest week of this virus.
You’ve heard it a million times, and you can count this as a million and one: Stay safe, stay in your home, wash your hands, don’t go out unnecessarily. Don’t take risks.

There’s a good reason for that, as you all well know. There’s not a vaccine around the corner and, if we aren’t able to get to the point where there’s universal testing, contact tracing and quarantining of patients, this is going to become a seasonal disease. Unlike the cold or flu, we can’t countenance the return of coronavirus every single year.
It’s a race against time. We can only hope we win.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Former Intel community Inspector General releases statement on his firing, suggests it was politically motivated…

Now former intel community Inspector General, Michael Atkinson, released a statement last night on his firing by Trump, suggesting it was politically motivated:
THE BLAZE – Michael Atkinson, the former inspector general of the intelligence community whom President Donald Trump fired last week, spoke out on Sunday about his sudden ousting.
In a lengthy statement, Atkinson implied that Trump’s decision to fire him was politically motivated.
“It is hard not to think that the President’s loss of confidence in me derives from my having faithfully discharged my legal obligations as an independent and impartial Inspector General and from my commitment to continue to do so,” Atkinson wrote.
As you may recall, Atkinson was the IG at the center of the complaint against Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky, which turned into a partisan impeachment by Democrats.
At the time of his firing on Friday night, Trump indicated that he’d lost confidence in the IG but didn’t expand on his reasoning.

But on Saturday, as The Blaze notes, Trump did explain a bit further:
On Saturday, Trump explained he fired Atkinson for delivering the whistleblower complaint to Congress.
“I thought he did a terrible job. Absolutely terrible,” Trump said. “He took this terrible, inaccurate whistleblower report and he brought it to Congress.”
The Blaze also points out that Chuck Grassley is demanding more explanation from the president on why he lost confidence in the IG:
Both Democrats and Republicans were upset over Trump’s decision. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), the senior-most senator, said over the weekend that the White House must answer for Atkinson’s dismissal.
“Congress has been crystal clear that written reasons must be given when IGs are removed for a lack of confidence. More details are needed from the administration,” Grassley said.
Trump should provide more on his reasoning if Congress is asking. But I must say that I’m empathetic to the president on this one.
Given how much Trump has been unfairly and relentlessly attacked by the media and Democrats during his first term as president, as well as from those within his own administration and from those in the previous administration, even using the FBI and special prosecutor against him, I can’t blame Trump for being incredibly suspicious of Atkinson. I’m not saying Trump is justified in firing Atkinson because we don’t exactly know his full reasoning yet. But I do believe that even if Trump is wrong here, all those mentioned share the blame for creating such a toxic atmosphere around Trump that he simply doesn’t know who he can trust when these things go off the rails, and Atkinson was at the heart of the one attack used to try and impeach him.
That’s honestly how I feel. You an read the full statement by Atkinson below:

JUST IN: Striking new statement from IC inspector general Michael Atkinson, who was fired by Trump on Friday. “It is hard not to think that the President’s loss of confidence in me derives from my having faithfully discharged my legal obligations…” pic.twitter.com/qBLi59v9GB
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) April 6, 2020

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Morning Joe Pushes New Anti-Trump Conspiracy Theory, Trump’s Making Money From Potential Covid-19 Treatment

The lowlife lying scumbag husband and wife team of Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski are pushing a new anti-Trump conspiracy theory, one that is so awful they should be immediately pulled off the air, but given the media these days, that is unlikely. Scarborough’s lying slimedog America hating wife Mika Brzezinski today suggested that the…
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WATCH: Peter Navarro gets into it with CNN host over hydroxychloroquine dispute…

White House Trade advisor Peter Navarro was on with CNN this morning to discuss hydroxychloroquine and a dispute he reportedly had with Dr. Fauci over the effectiveness of the drug.
According to reports, Navarro got into it with Fauci after he suggested there isn’t scientific proof yet of the drug’s efficacy:
DC EXAMINER – The incident began when Commissioner of Food and Drugs Stephen Hahn started discussing hydroxychloroquine as a possible “game-changer” in the fight against the COVID-19 virus. Navarro then began passing out folders of data on the drug.
“And the first words out of his mouth are that the studies that he’s seen, I believe they’re mostly overseas, show ‘clear therapeutic efficacy,’” a source familiar with the conversation said. “Those are the exact words out of his mouth.”
Fauci, however, pushed back against the claim, saying the evidence of the drug’s effectiveness in treating the coronavirus was just anecdotal and that more data is needed. According to another source, Navarro pointed to the folders and said to Fauci, “That’s science, not anecdote.”
Despite Fauci’s public praise of President Trump’s China travel ban, the trade official rose his voice and told Fauci, “You were the one who early on objected to the travel restrictions with China.”
“It was pretty clear that everyone was just trying to get Peter to sit down and stop being so confrontational,” a source told Axios.
The president’s son-in-law Jared Kushner was able to diffuse the situation, but it left an impression on those present.
“There has never been a confrontation in the task force meetings like the one yesterday,” a person familiar with the argument said. “People speak up and there’s robust debate, but there’s never been a confrontation. Yesterday was the first confrontation.”
So that’s the backdrop and the subject of the CNN interview this morning, where Navarro and Berman go back and forth on the debate about the efficacy of Hydroxychloroquine:

This debate really seems somewhat silly to me. No one is saying we shouldn’t use hydroxychloroquine. In fact FEMA now has a 29 million dose supply of the drug that they are shipping to hospitals and doctors around the country. The debate, as we see in this interview, seems centered around the willingness for some and unwillingness of others to agree on whether it’s effectiveness is PROVEN. Of course it’s not scientifically proven yet and expert doctors like Fauci aren’t going to be happy until we have that. But we are seeing proof that the drug is effective in the field and via preliminary studies and that’s Navarro’s point, and it seems that he wants Fauci and others to admit that as scientific ‘proof’.
It’s almost like they’re getting caught up in a debate over the semantics of whether it’s ‘proven’ when everyone seems to agree, including the FDA, that doctors should be prescribing it for coronavirus patients on a case by case basis, assuming it’s warranted.
Lastly, the interview got heated when Navarro suggested that Berman was letting politics get in the way of wanting what’s best for everyone. It came at the end and wasn’t in the clip above, and I apologize for the small video capture but it’s the only decent one I could find:

‘Don’t you dare!’
CNN’s John Berman tells Peter Navarro for suggesting he wants PEOPLE TO DIE
Berman told Navarro that “we all want the same thing,
Which is people to get better.”
🔥“I’m not sure we do sometimes,” Navarro replied
🙋🏼‍♂️Who agrees with Peter Navarro? pic.twitter.com/xZVwMf07LC
— ❌🇺🇸Steve🇺🇸🇺🇸America First🇺🇸🇮🇹MAGA🇺🇸KAG (@SJPFISH) April 6, 2020

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Wuhan Study Mentioned by Tucker Vanishes: Claimed Market Didn’t Sell COVID Bats, Was 500 Miles From Infected Bats

Did the novel coronavirus escape from a Chinese laboratory? It sounds like an unpleasant conspiracy theory, something that would appear on Infowars. However, the evidence is mounting that maybe this unpleasant realization isn’t as insane as we thought. In February, a paper about the origins of coronavirus showed up on ResearchGate authored by Botao Xiao…
The post Wuhan Study Mentioned by Tucker Vanishes: Claimed Market Didn’t Sell COVID Bats, Was 500 Miles From Infected Bats appeared first on The Federalist Papers.

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Trump Names Thomas Monheim Acting Intelligence Community Inspector General

President Donald Trump has named National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency general counsel Thomas Monheim as acting intelligence community inspector general, a day after he fired Michael Atkinson, telling reporters at the White House that Atkinson mishandled the whistleblower complaint that led to the first partisan impeachment of a president and his subsequent acquittal.
Monheim’s appointment was announced by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) in a statement on Twitter, shortly before the president said at a White House CCP virus Task Force briefing on April 5 that he had fired Atkinson.
“Thomas Monheim has been named the Acting IC Inspector General,” the DNI said. “Monheim is a career intelligence professional and retired colonel from the U.S. Air Force Reserves who has served our nation in a wide variety of roles throughout his distinguished career.”

President Trump on Michael Atkinson: “I thought he did a terrible job. Absolutely terrible. He took a whistleblower report, which turned out to be a fake report…it was about my conversation with the president of Ukraine. He took a fake report and he brought it to Congress.” pic.twitter.com/nctqgPNQ7T
— CSPAN (@cspan) April 4, 2020

During his time with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Monheim provided legal advice to “enable NGA’s mission consistent with the Constitution and law,” the DNI said.
“His military service includes time as a prosecutor, defense counsel, military judge, and Deputy General Counsel of the White House Military Office,” it continued. “He mobilized for 9 months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and for another 9 months in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.”
Trump on Saturday described Atkinson as a “total disgrace,” as he defended his decision to remove him.
“That’s my decision. I have the absolute right,” the president said.
Trump noted that the anonymous whistleblower’s complaint didn’t have to be rushed and that Atkinson himself determined that there were indications of political bias by the complainant.
In a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee on April 3, Trump said that he would remove Atkinson from office “effective 30 days from today.”
“As is the case with regard to other positions where I, as president, have the power of appointment, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, it is vital that I have the fullest confidence in the appointees serving as inspectors general.”
“That is no longer the case with regard to this inspector general,” Trump said in the letter.
Atkinson played a central role in the genesis of the impeachment probe against Trump. He vetted the whistleblower complaint and determined that it should be forwarded to Congress as an urgent concern. The complaint centered on Trump’s July 25, 2019 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Many questions remain about some controversial aspects of Atkinson’s involvement. Shortly after the submission of the Ukraine complaint, the intelligence community inspector general’s (ICIG) office altered its whistleblower complaint form to remove instructions that directed complainants that the office would only review firsthand information. The impeachment whistleblower’s complaint consisted almost entirely of secondhand claims.
Atkinson issued a lengthy explanation as to why the form was altered, explaining that the firsthand requirement was removed due to scrutiny from the media. He explained that the ICIG does not actually have a requirement for firsthand information and that the form was adjusted accordingly.
The whistleblower also falsely claimed on the complaint form that he or she hadn’t spoken to Congress about the matter.
Atkinson testified before the House Intelligence Committee during its impeachment inquiry. His testimony is the only one that remains classified and was never released by the Democrat-controlled committee. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) later revealed that his office had in fact communicated with the whistleblower prior to the submission of the complaint.
Ivan Pentchoukov contributed to this report.

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Chinese Building Co. Ordered Int’l Offices To Hoard Medical Supplies Then Ship Back to China: Whistleblower

In January, as news of the coronavirus was just unpleasant background noise in most of the world, an employee of Greenland Group — a massive, global property concern based in Shanghai, China, and backed by the government there — began turning its gaze away from the property market and toward a different set of activities.
“Basically, all employees, the majority of whom are Chinese, were asked to source whatever medical supplies they could,” a company insider told the Sydney (Australia) Morning Herald.

“There were numerous requests from the HR manager and even our direct reporting line [which] prioritized the assisting of the company in gathering these supplies over other work activities,” the insider said.
Instead of doing work, the source told the Herald, the company had “the entire accounts department, contract managers, the human resources team and even receptionists” tracking down surgical face masks, hand sanitizer, acetaminophen, thermometers, disinfecting wipes and gloves.
The accounts department was absent for days on end procuring the supplies, the report stated.

And this was hardly a secret. Greenland Group admitted it had done as much because China was the epicenter of the crisis.
The company said it “felt compelled … to assist in efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus, which had caused a shortage of crucial medical supplies in China.”

The Australian arm of the company aided in the effort “by arranging for medical supplies to be dispatched to China, which at that time, was the epicenter of the outbreak.”
Here are the numbers, from a Greenland Group company newsletter reported by the Herald: 3 million face masks, 700,000 hazmat suits and 500,000 pairs of gloves.
The supplies came from “Australia, Canada, Turkey and other countries,” the Herald reported.
And that’s part of the reason why, according to the U.K. Daily Mail, doctors and medical professionals Down Under are buying painting masks from home improvement stores because they can’t get surgical masks.
“No one … is getting information about what’s going on [with medical supplies] and although the case numbers are still low, people are starting to worry. What we can’t tolerate … is not knowing what’s going on,” a surgeon at a Sydney hospital said, according to the Daily Mail.

On Monday, the Daily Mail reported that an Australian TV program found a warehouse filled with pallets of goods bound for China — items which included milk powder, baby formula and medication.
Derryn Hinch, a former senator from the Australian state of Victoria, said sending items back to China like that was “disgraceful.”
“If, in fact, I can’t buy more than two things of shower cleaner, surely to God you can stop people sending tons of masks overseas,” he said, according to the Daily Mail.
“It could cost lives in this country.”

China, of course, is now ostentatiously promoting the fact that it’s sending medical equipment and supplies abroad. Which would be great, except for the fact that it so desperately wanted other countries’ medical supplies that it literally had state-linked property companies drop a fair amount of their usual business in order to help them stockpile equipment.
And this isn’t a small concern; Fortune lists Greenland Group as one of the world’s 500 biggest companies. Four of its projects under development will be in the world’s top 10 tallest buildings. This isn’t the kind of concern that just stops on a dime — and yet it did, in order to stockpile coronavirus-centric supplies and ship them back to China.
What are we supposed to make of this? These are values diametrically opposed to our own — to siphon one country’s ability to deal with the coronavirus threat by packing up supplies and getting them out of the country. China did it through a property-management firm, of all things, proof that the Chinese are nothing but creative in circumstances like this.
Australia’s number of cases is relatively low at the moment, with only 34 total deaths and 5,687 confirmed cases. Assume, however, it had become a hotspot. Or assume it does as the Southern hemisphere’s summer turns to fall, since experts have been predicting that everywhere will see a peak eventually.

If there were shortages of PPE and other medical supplies, would China take the blame? Or would it send along a handful of ventilators and lionize it for it via its official news agency Xinhua?
There is no excuse for this, not when doctors are wearing painters’ masks because they can’t get surgical masks. It’s one more apology that China owes the world.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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President Trump Declares Major Disaster In All 50 US States

All 50 states and territories in the U.S. have now been approved for major disaster declarations, President Trump announced at the daily White House Coronavirus Task Force briefing April 5.
The major disaster declaration provides a wide range of federal assistance programs for individuals and public infrastructure, including funds for both emergency and permanent work. The United States is already under a national emergency declaration, issued March 13, which freed up $50 billion in emergency relief funds for cities and states.
“I just want to say … this is an all-out military operation that we’ve waged and especially over the last number of weeks. 50 states and territories have now been approved for major disaster declarations, which is very unusual thanks to the Army Corps of engineers,” Trump said.
The president also noted that New York city’s Javits Center is now one of the largest hospitals in the United States, and “staffed by hundreds of federal medical personnel deployed from two army hospital units,” which he said are “doing a great job.” Trump said that his administration would be delivering an additional 600,000 N95 masks to the city on Monday to “take care of the needs of the public hospital system.”
Ventilators will also be delivered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to hard-hit states, including Louisiana, which will be receiving 200. Michigan will get 300, Massachusetts will get 100, New Jersey will get 500, and 600 will be going to Illinois, Trump said.
Trump also thanked Governor Inslee of Washington for returning 400 ventilators that they no longer need, which can now be deployed elsewhere in our country. He said Inslee felt “confident that they are in good shape for the coming weeks until we can declare a final victory.”
“As of Tuesday, we’ll have deployed over 3,000 military and public health professionals to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and other parts of our country. 3,000, and that number is going up, and we hope we’re seeing a leveling off in the hottest spots of them all. So we’ll see. You’ll be seeing that over the next few days. Let’s see what happens. But we’re prepared,” he said.
Additionally, 1,200 brand new rapid point-of-care testing kits, which take 15 minutes to produce a result, and which the president said are “very fast and very accurate,” will be distributed to public health labs by Tuesday. Trump added that more are being produced and will be sent to other countries in the future.
The president also said that 1.67 million Americans have now been tested and given the results for the virus. He noted that the United States would “endure the peak of this terrible pandemic” in the coming days before thanking the “incredible doctors and nurses and healthcare workers on the front line of the fight,” which he called “warriors.”
His administration is also purchasing and stockpiling hydroxychloroquine, a drug that has been traditionally used to treat malaria, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis. The President has touted the drug as a means to combat the CCP virus, which stands for the “Chinese communist party virus” and previously called a “game-changer.”
Doctors in the United States are currently prescribing hydroxychloroquine, as is France, and Bahrain, while India has recommended it for health care workers. Despite it showing promising results, health officials have warned the public to remain cautious until larger clinical trials validate smaller studies.
Among them is Dr. Anthony Fauci, the United States’ leading infectious disease expert and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force. At a White House news conference on March 20, he said data on the drug so far “was not done in a controlled clinical trial. So you really can’t make any definitive statement about it,” and that only such studies would determine if the drug was truly safe and effective.

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Atheist Richard Dawkins is using coronavirus deaths to dunk on Christians and God

I have to admit I kinda dislike it when Christians try to say that a natural disaster is God’s judgement on this or that. Outside of where we’re literally told it happened in the Bible, it’s presumptuous and not very humble of people to pretend they know God’s will. However, this is the atheist version of that:

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— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) April 4, 2020

Yes, it’s a clever “gotcha” for atheists trying to mock Christianity and religion. But if God is literally willing the existence of every cell in our universe, then why does He owe us to be spared from a pandemic? Well He doesn’t. And, for all we know it could be much worse right now. Maybe praying actually made it better. There’s so many options that take away the rationale for the insipid “gotcha.”
But you need intellectual honesty, humility, and maturity to know that, and express it. Clearly, Dawkins doesn’t have any of those.
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Well that is it for the weekend. Thanks again for sharing our articles and commenting on them. We really appreciate it.

Y’all can have another open thread. Here’s some comment fodder:

WATCH: A drone was seen flying over a Manhattan park on Saturday, urging pedestrians to “maintain social distancing.” https://t.co/5J9DLlunRB pic.twitter.com/VuNu1etBnW
— CBS News (@CBSNews) April 5, 2020

All of a sudden they love George Bush? Weird.

Woah. This was prophetic.
And a reminder: Trump rolled back everything the previous administrations put in place for this moment.
TRUMP DISBANDED THE NSC PANDEMIC TEAM THAT EXPERTS PRAISED. pic.twitter.com/rinnDU3ZKJ
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) April 5, 2020

Video: As many people have already pointed out on here, a reporter actually asked Trump about shutting down essential businesses like grocery stores. Seriously.
Here that was. pic.twitter.com/Eg4uJ9v52G
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) April 6, 2020

The goalposts are moving so fast pic.twitter.com/A9GEJZHseV
— Wild Geerters (@classiclib3ral) April 5, 2020

This is the moment The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem was closed due to Coronavirus.
Last time this happened was in 1349, during The Black Death, a bubonic plague pandemic.
What’s fascinating about this story is the guy with the keys. pic.twitter.com/9brXHUmeTh
— David Videcette (@DavidVidecette) April 5, 2020

Holy cow. pic.twitter.com/HD7FT12eYD
— Nasty Canasta (@nasty_canasta) April 6, 2020

Karens on their Karen-ness: pic.twitter.com/nKZJRctt0B
— Zelda A. Gabriel (@ZeldaAGabriel) April 5, 2020

That moment when your daughter is getting her 1st spa treatment from the baby nurse & you realize the teenage years are going to be REALLY expensive. (We’re still home! This is from two days ago. In spite of everything, there were also sweet, happy moments worth remembering. 💜) pic.twitter.com/E7WGkWkS2s
— Red Stethoscope (@RedStethoscope) April 4, 2020

Thanks again everyone. Stay healthy, stay safe. Be good to each other. And wash your hands.

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WATCH LIVE: Sunday edition of coronavirus task force with President Trump now [live streams]

They’re having the coronavirus almost-daily press conference right now. Here’s how you can watch it live:
Fox News:
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CNN says this wasn’t on Trump’s public calendar, so there might be new information at this presser.

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As California Receives Federal Help, Newsom Confirms State Is Bailing Out Illegal Aliens

Although President Donald Trump has said that the federal stimulus package aimed at supporting a nation battling the coronavirus outbreak will focus on American citizens, illegal immigrants will be in line for support in a California relief plan.
Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom said Friday that the state will support businesses that cannot qualify for federal aid administered by the Small Business Administration because they are operated by illegal immigrants, as well as those operated by citizens

“[W]e always consider those that are documented, those that are undocumented, those that are living in mixed-status families,” Newsom said Friday, according to The Daily Caller.
“Just yesterday, I announced the work we are doing to help support small businesses. I very specifically mentioned in my remarks yesterday that there are many businesses, tens of thousands of businesses that do not and cannot get the support of the SBA,” he said.

@GavinNewsom: In California, we’re providing “emergency grants” to businesses run by illegal immigrants pic.twitter.com/b4bfMa6JH6
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) April 3, 2020

Federal small business relief comes with strings attached that could mean businesses operated by illegal immigrants cannot get the money.

Newsom announced a $50 million state fund that would provide loan guarantees for small businesses unable to get federal money, including those in low-income communities and those run by illegal immigrants.
During Wednesday’s coronavirus task force briefing, Trump was asked about why “undocumented” immigrants were not included in the checks being given out as part of the relief bill.

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Trump picked apart the reporter’s use of the term “undocumented” in asking the question.
“Well, you know, you’re saying ‘undocumented,’ meaning they came in illegally. And a lot of people would say we have a lot of citizens right now that won’t be working. So, what are you going to do?  It’s a tough thing.  It’s a very terrible — it’s a very sad question,” Trump said.
“I must be honest with you. But they came in illegally. And we have a lot of people that are citizens of our country that won’t be able to have jobs,” Trump said.

lol at the reporter who asked Trump during the coronavirus briefing about illegal immigrants who pay taxes but won’t be getting stimulus checks.
I can’t believe that was a serious question.
Maybe that’s something you should consider before illegally moving to a foreign country?
— Alana Mastrangelo (@ARmastrangelo) April 2, 2020

Not all Americans who need it will qualify for the $1,200 stimulus (I’m not even talking about those who make more than $75k/year). How does helping undocumented/illegal immigrants take priority over helping some of the most vulnerable Americans make any sense?! Citizens first!!
— Kristin MD (@Kristin_MD) April 4, 2020

In light of that, House Democrats have developed legislation that would specifically benefit illegal immigrants, according to the Washington Examiner.
“I was appalled to learn hardworking, taxpaying immigrants were left out of the $2 trillion CARES Act. These taxpayers work in critical sectors of our economy, like agriculture, and contribute greatly to our country,” Democratic Rep. Lou Correa of California said in a statement on his website.
“While many of us sit at home, these hardworking immigrants are still at work in our hospitals, our fields, and countless other industries. The coronavirus doesn’t care about a person’s wealth, job, or immigration status. By casting out immigrants, we are placing some of our most vulnerable residents in grave danger. Every individual taxpayer, irrespective of citizenship status, needs government assistance now.”
Correa wasn’t the only Democrat to criticize the aid restrictions in the $2 trillion recovery package.

What Trump + Senate GOP have done is hold hospitals, working people, and the vulnerable hostage so they could get in $500 billion (that will be leveraged into $4T) in corporate welfare.
Without the Wall St giveaway, GOP refuses to fund hospitals & unemployment. It’s inhumane.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 26, 2020

Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York has called it “inhumane” that illegal immigrants are not getting federal checks.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Sheriff Rebels Against Governor: ‘We Will Not Be Setting Up a Police State’

The coronavirus cannot kill the spirit of American defiance in the face of government orders Americans believe to be unjust, as shown by Scott Nichols, the sheriff of Franklin County, Maine.
Democratic Gov. Janet Mills on Friday issued an executive order that requires all out-of-state travelers to self-quarantine for 14 days to lessen the chance of transmitting coronavirus, according to the Portland Press-Herald. The order also tells would-be visitors not to come to Maine if they have symptoms of the virus. Violators could face up to six months in jail and $1,000 fine.

“While I cannot simply close the state’s border or pull up the Maine-New Hampshire bridge, as a few people have suggested, I will insist that persons entering our state or returning to Maine from somewhere else that they self-quarantine for 14 days,” Mills said, according to the Press-Herald.
“For those people who come to Maine, however, my message is clear: You cannot escape the virus by coming here.”
Like other governors who closed businesses, Mills shut down hotels, motels and other lodging operations in the state, including RV parks and campgrounds.

Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, said police will investigate reports of “blatant” violations.
To Nichols, a Republican, the travel ban smacked of the kind of government Americans fight against and not obey, and he posted his manifesto on the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office’s Facebook page.

“We will not be setting up a Police State. PERIOD,” he wrote.
“The Sheriff’s Office will not purposefully go out and stop vehicles because they are on the road or stop and ask why people are out and about. To do so puts our officers at risk. This is not Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia where you are asked for your papers!” he wrote.

Maine’s Sheriff responds to Gov. Mill’s stay home order, “WILL NOT BE SETTING UP A POLICE STATE” … “This is not Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia where you are asked for your papers!” Franklin County #Sheriff Scott Nichols added. https://t.co/aL3xL0emXA #Constitution #America
— Dietmar Scherf (@scherfcom) April 4, 2020

Nichols said the sheriff’s office will ensure that common-sense social distancing rules will be enforced.
“What we will take action on, if needed – are those rare situations where there are a lot of people overtly hanging out in public – obviously in defiance of the Governor’s order. Even in that case – we will first educate and try to disperse the group. We will avoid arrests unless absolutely necessary,” he said.

Nichols then issued a plea for everyone to work together.
“Please use common sense during this executive order. We are more interested in the safety and well-being of the public as well as our officers at this time,” he wrote. “With that being said, we are sworn to uphold the Constitution and laws of the State – for any unlawful act/situation, arrestees will be taken into custody and transported for fingerprinting and bail.”
The sheriff said that obey restrictions is the best way to be rid of them.

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“The best way to approach the coming days is to treat everyone as though they have the virus. Follow strict CDC guidelines and recommendations, use masks if needed, wash your hands frequently, disinfect, wear gloves and use common sense in all situations. The longer we do NOT follow these guidelines, the longer we wait in isolation,” he said.
In a time of tension, he noted, a little kindness goes a long way.
“Please look out for one another, especially the elderly and shut ins. Please be a good neighbor/citizen always showing compassion. Please be kind especially on social media, negativity online only adds to the stress people are currently experiencing,” he wrote.
Nichols signed his post “Of the People, For the People.”

It got plenty of attention.

Sheriff Scott Nichols is RIGHT! Law enforcement across the country need to adopt this attitude. Make it go viral! #SheriffNichols https://t.co/KRoyuEon1m
— Elliott Whitney (@ElliottGWhitney) April 4, 2020

In an article on PJ Media, writer Megan Fox commended Nichols.

“The sheriffs of America have great power and authority where unconstitutional executive overreach is concerned. All the sheriffs of our nation should start conferencing with Sheriff Nichols immediately to learn more about the limits of their offices,” she wrote.
“Frankly, I’m surprised it took this long for one to come forward with this common-sense response to unlawful acts by state officials. Perhaps a good exercise for people stuck on lockdown would be to call their local sheriff’s office and find out where the local sheriff stands on this very important issue of the people’s rights,” she wrote.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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‘Corrected fake news!’ – Trump slaps down WaPo for spreading false ‘piracy’ story

El Presidente Trumpo highlighted a “correction” to a story accusing the U.S. of “piracy” when it comes to 200,000 masks that disappeared in Germany.

Corrected Fake News! https://t.co/1LISKyeVNg
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 5, 2020

What’s weird is if you click on the link, the story is completely gone? Is anyone else seeing this?

.@washingtonpost: “A #Berlin official, who accused the U.S. administration of “piracy” after 200,000 #masks for the city police went missing, backtracked Saturday and said the masks were ordered from a #German firm.” https://t.co/JfWfG0fXnn pic.twitter.com/6MqOUQh4s6
— US-Botschaft Berlin (@usbotschaft) April 4, 2020

I really thought the story was a little over the top when it came out, and it turns out my hunch was correct. From the New York Post:
A Berlin official who accused the Trump administration of “modern day piracy” after 200,000 masks for Germany went missing has backpedaled and acknowledged that the supplies were ordered from a local company — prompting a “Corrected Fake News” tweet from President Trump.
Andreas Geisel, the interior minister of Berlin’s regional government, said in a statement Friday that the shipment of masks from a US manufacturer made it only as far as Bangkok before being “confiscated,” media in Germany reported at the time.
He described it as “an act of modern piracy”
But Geisel clarified on Saturday that the order was placed with a German company and that they were reviewing supply chain issues, the Washington Post reported Sunday.
That’s a pretty big accusation to just toss out there and then walk back, but we see it all the time.

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Trump Defends Firing of Intelligence Watchdog: ‘He’s a Total Disgrace’

President Donald Trump on April 4 defended his decision to fire Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson, telling reporters at the White House that Atkinson mishandled the whistleblower complaint that led to the first partisan impeachment of a president and his subsequent acquittal.
“He’s a total disgrace,” Trump said. “That’s my decision. I have the absolute right.”
The president noted that the anonymous whistleblower’s complaint did not have to be rushed and that Atkinson himself determined that there were indications of political bias by the complainant.
In a letter to the Senate intelligence committee on Friday, Trump said that he would remove Atkinson from office “effective 30 days from today.”
“As is the case with regard to other positions where I, as president, have the power of appointment, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, it is vital that I have the fullest confidence in the appointees serving as inspectors general.”
“That is no longer the case with regard to this inspector general,” Trump said in the letter.
Atkinson played a central role in the genesis of the impeachment probe against Trump. He vetted the whistleblower complaint and determined that it should be forwarded to Congress as an urgent concern. The complaint centered on Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Many questions remain about some controversial aspects of Atkinson’s involvement. Shortly after the submission of the Ukraine complaint, the intelligence community inspector general’s (ICIG) office altered its whistleblower complaint form to remove instructions which directed complainants that the office would only review first-hand information. The impeachment whistleblower’s complaint consisted almost entirely of second-hand claims.
Atkinson issued a lengthy explanation of why the form was altered, explaining that the first-hand requirement was removed due to scrutiny from the media. He explained that the ICIG does not actually have a requirement for first hand information and that the form was adjusted accordingly.
The whistleblower also falsely claimed on the complaint form that he or she had not spoken to Congress about the matter.
Atkinson testified before the House Intelligence Committee during its impeachment inquiry. His testimony is the only one which remains classified and was never released by the Democrat-controlled committee. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) later revealed that his office had in fact communicated with the whistleblower prior to the submission of the complaint.
Schiff, the leader of the impeachment inquiry and trial, defended Atkinson on Twitter.
“Actually, he abided by the law and the complaint was spot on,” Schiff wrote on Twitter. “Someone who follows the law and their conscience is no disgrace.”
Republicans have long suggested that Atkinson’s unreleased testimony hurt the Democrats’ case for impeachment.
“Of course Adam Schiff is complaining about ICIG Atkinson being fired. He was Schiff’s key impeachment enabler,” Rep. Jim Jorden (R-Ohio) wrote on Twitter, pointing out that Atkinson allegedly “let the whistleblower lie about meeting with Schiff’s staff” and “didn’t disclose the fact that the [whistleblower] worked for [Joe] Biden.”
“Schiff still won’t release Atkinson’s transcript!” Jordan added.
During his July 25 call with Zelensky, Trump asked the Ukrainian leader to “look into” the firing of Ukraine’s top prosecutor, Viktor Shokin. Shortly before his forced ouster, Shokin’s office seized the assets of Mykola Zlochevsky, the owner of Ukrainian gas giant Burisma. Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, held a paid position on the board of Burisma at the time of Shokin’s firing. In sworn testimony, Shokin said that he was fired under pressure from Joe Biden because Shokin’s office was going after Burisma.
Joe Biden has publicly bragged about forcing Shokin’s ouster by withholding $1 billion in loan guarantees from Ukraine. The Biden’s have denied any wrongdoing. The younger Biden eventually stepped down from the board of Burisma.
Mimi Nguyen Ly contributed to this report.
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Liberal news site founder Markos ridicules coronavirus deaths to mock Trump and the U.S.

Markos Moulitsas founded one of the biggest liberal news blog sites, but aside from that, his tweet mocking U.S. deaths from coronavirus perfectly encapsulates the response from some liberals to the deadly pandemic:

Trump loves to be number one! Even if it’s mass death. It’s great for ratings! U-S-A! U-S-A! pic.twitter.com/1ZlnDq6WDE
— Markos Moulitsas (@markos) April 3, 2020

Pretty disgusting. This is what happens when your political partisan agenda is more important to you than even the tragic deaths of your fellow Americans.
And he probably knows this. He served in the military and can be reasonable on some issues. But this tweet shows how far a partisan bias can warp your thinking and make you put out irresponsible and tone-death messages.
Also, China is a-hole and they are lying about their stats, so he’s not even accurate in his stupid mockery.

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Ocasio-Cortez Whips Out Race Card Over Gov. Cuomo’s Decision To Suspend Mortgage Payments, But Not Rent

Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticized New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo this week for not offering the same relief to renters in the state that he has extended to homeowners amid the coronavirus outbreak, suggesting he’s “creating a class and race issue.”
Cuomo had announced earlier this month that homeowners affected by the crisis can have their mortgage payments suspended for three months.

While tens of millions of Americans of all races are suffering economically from the spread of the crisis, Ocasio-Cortez specifically highlighted racial minorities’ hardships in an attempt to advocate for suspending rent payments.
“There’s absolutely racial and class inequities baked into the crisis,” Ocasio-Cortez said Monday on WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show.”
“If you are able to stay home, you are a privileged person in this moment.”

The New York congresswoman emphasized this point to argue for more government aid, claiming that those who are still working in essential businesses such as grocery stores and food delivery “are overwhelmingly lower-income. They’re black. They’re brown.”
“And they still have to pay rent tomorrow.”

Ocasio-Cortez used these claims to propose a relief plan for renters in line with her socialist beliefs, saying that racial minorities and poorer people are being neglected while the rich are being favored.
“We’re kind of creating a class and race issue,” she said. “We’re essentially rewarding and offering preferential treatment to landowners and folks who are more wealthy, and we’re not offering that same kind of relief to renters.”
“If you call for a suspension or moratorium on mortgage payments, then we should also call for that same treatment on rent payments,” Ocasio-Cortez also said.

Ocasio-Cortez again argued that the coronavirus is exacerbating racial divides by talking about the health care system.
She mentioned that she’s seen black and brown people die of the coronavirus after being denied coronavirus tests.

On March 27, three days prior to her comments, five Democratic members of Congress sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar demanding a racial breakdown on who is being tested and treated for the coronavirus.
There is no evidence people have been denied tests on the basis of race. Difficulties in obtaining a test have been attributed to a shortage of resources rather than discrimination.

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Because of the detrimental effect that the spread of the coronavirus has had on the local economy, Ocasio-Cortez said she believes it will be impossible for many New Yorkers to pay for their housing. Therefore, she said, the government needs to step in and help.

“There is no way that hundreds of thousands of people in New York City are going to be able to pay their rent and pay their mortgage when through no fault of their own, half of the city’s economy has been suspended. We have to make sure we are addressing their needs,” she said.
“We can create this breathing space, and if anything, it can act like a back-door universal basic income. We’re able to put cash into people’s pockets, they’ll be able to take their rent money and use it for food, use it for child care, use it to go to the doctor, to afford medicine, without actually having the city or the state cut a tax.”
In fact, Cuomo has taken action to help renters. While he has not suspended rent payments, he has suspended evictions for the next three months.
“You cannot be evicted for non-payment of rent,” Cuomo said Monday, according to Fox News. “It’s not that you won’t owe rent at one time, right, because you signed a contract. Even the people to whom you pay the rent have to pay the rent, right, and they have expenses. So, no evictions for nonpayment of rent and then we’ll see where we are and we’ll see how long this goes on.”

Renters will thus still have to pay up later on, since Cuomo recognized there is no such thing as a free lunch, as landlords have to pay their bills too.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Pathetic: WHO confirms they ignored Taiwan’s very early warnings about coronavirus

Taiwan is the country to watch during the coronavirus epidemic. They claimed that they told WHO very early about coronavirus spreading person-to-person, and WHO ignored them. Now WHO is admitting they screwed up very badly:

Important reporting from @TheEconomist. @WHO has admitted it did not even REPLY to Taiwan officials raising concerns in late DECEMBER over possible human to human transmission in the Covid-19 outbreak in Wuhan. For fear of hurting WHO relationship with China. Answers needed. pic.twitter.com/YZmVvfZpxM
— Naomi Ackerman (@nomiackerman) April 5, 2020

Well. That’s problematic isn’t it. Taiwan knew it was an enormous problem in December but WHO ignored them and told the world isn’t wasn’t a big deal. Brilliant.
Self-governing, and Democratic, Taiwan is a threat to China and WHO would rather suck up to the communists than allow in a free country.

This is why this crazy interaction happened between a WHO expert and a journalist, which we have already previously posted:

Bruce Aylward of the World Health Organization refuses to answer any questions about Taiwan or why they’re banned from the WHO. China controls the WHO. pic.twitter.com/uLXGvuZne4
— Ian Miles Cheong (@stillgray) March 28, 2020

And if you want proof that Taiwan knew what they were doing, they have been able to effectively contain the virus because they know NOT to trust China or the WHO:
“Taiwan rapidly produced and implemented a list of at least 124 action items in the past five weeks to protect public health,” report co-author Jason Wang, a Taiwanese doctor and associate professor of pediatrics at Stanford Medicine, said in a statement. “The policies and actions go beyond border control because they recognized that that wasn’t enough.”
Also…
Among those early decisive measures was the decision to ban travel from many parts of China, stop cruise ships docking at the island’s ports, and introduce strict punishments for anyone found breaching home quarantine orders.
In addition, Taiwanese officials also moved to ramp up domestic face-mask production to ensure the local supply, rolled out islandwide testing for coronavirus — including retesting people who had previously unexplained pneumonia — and announced new punishments for spreading disinformation about the virus.
Maybe we should fire the WHO and make Taiwan our WHO. Taiwhat, we could call it.
Here’s a pretty great summary of why China and the WHO suck, and Taiwan is awesome:
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When this is over, we need to draw closer to Taiwan and dump China….

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Surgeon General Warns Next Two Weeks Will Be Saddest in Most Americans Lives, Our Pearl Harbor

The U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams is warning that the next two weeks will be the saddest in most Americans lives and will be the equivalent of our Pearl Harbor as the Wuhan coronavirus death toll peaks.
Adams told Chris Wallace that “This is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives, quite frankly.’

‘This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment – only it’s not going to be localized, it’s going to be happening all over the country. And I want America to understand that,’ he continued in his warning to Americans.
He then doubled down during an interview with NBC’s Meet the Press saying that coronavirus will be the defining moment for this generation and ‘hardest moment for many Americans in their entire lives.’
It started when Wallace asked the Surgeon General “Given the course of the disease in China and Italy and that we are weeks or months behind them, how bad is this epidemic going to be in America and how long will it last?”

Adams responded “Well, it’s tragically fitting that we are talking at the beginning of holy week because this is going to be the hardest and the saddest week of most Americans’ lives, quite frankly.”
He then pounded the point home “This is going to be our Pearl Harbor moment, our 9/11 moment only it’s not going to be localized, it’s going to be happening all over the country and I want America to understand that.”

“But I also want them to understand that the public, along with the state and the federal government, have the power to change the trajectory of this epidemic.”
“You mentioned Italy and Spain. They had a very, very hard time and they are still having a hard time, but they seem to have reached their peak and are coming back down on the other side.”

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“You say weeks, months, behind. I would actually look back a little bit,” he added. “When you look at their trajectory from about a month ago is when they really started to lean into their aggressive mitigation efforts.”
“There really aggressive mitigation efforts so I want Americans to understand that as hard as this week is going to be, there is a light at the end of the tunnel.”
“If everyone does their part for the next 30 days. We are seeing Washington, where they started, doing a much better job. California’s trajectory has leveled off, so there is hope, but we all have to do our part.

Watch the entire exchange on Fox News Sunday:

The news is grim, all we can do at this point is do our part, as the Surgeon General has said.
Stay inside, and lets do all we can to keep the numbers lower than they otherwise might be.

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On Jan 28 Sen. Cotton Predicted COVID Was Bigger Than Impeachment – Media Calls Him Conspiracy Theorist

It would hardly be news to report that Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas isn’t exactly a left-wing establishment media heartthrob right now.
In fact, as the coronavirus crisis blossomed in recent months from a sizable, yet isolated regional health scare into a full-blown global pandemic, Cotton’s firmly — and quite publicly — raised eyebrow about the Chinese Communist Party has managed to earn him the not-so-coveted role of public enemy No. 1 in the eyes of the so-called Fourth Estate.

According to the National Review, Cotton’s willingness to hesitantly suggest that the CCP’s proven “duplicity and dishonesty” leaves the door open to endless questions regarding the circumstances surrounding this virus — including whether it may have originated from an accidental leak from Wuhan, China’s, Level 4 biosafety laboratory — saw him branded a conspiracy theorist by numerous mainstream outlets as early as February.
One Washington Post piece from Feb. 17 was headlined: “Tom Cotton keeps repeating a coronavirus conspiracy theory that was already debunked.”
Of course, the senator never argued such an origin was evidence of foul play or mismanagement, only that the prospect of international investigation should be left on the table.

It’s a possibility that many agree with, including a chemical biology expert at Rutgers University who was cited by the Post to try to debunk Cotton’s view.
But if that is the case and Cotton has been speaking common sense the entire time, then why the widespread media character assassination?

Well, likely because Cotton has made fools of the media establishment regarding this virus since Day One, on the record, before they or even President Donald Trump was talking publicly about the new contagion.

Notice they dismiss the possibility of it originating at the lab as a conspiracy that has been “repeatedly debunked by experts”
Then they cited the expert who just said it may have originated in that lab rebutting a completely different claim. pic.twitter.com/priCV77htZ
— (((AG))) (@AGHamilton29) April 3, 2020

In a Fox News video that resurfaced this week amid the backlash against Cotton, the senator could be seen on Jan. 28 telling host Tucker Carlson the then-ongoing Senate impeachment trial was distracting Congress and the executive branch from responding to the ballooning Chinese health crisis.
“Any time I come out of the impeachment trial for our brief breaks, it seems like there’s been reports of another thousand people who have contracted this virus and a few more that have been killed,” Cotton said.
“I suspect that months from now or perhaps even years from now, when people look back at this time, coronavirus will be considered the bigger story than impeachment,” the senator continued. “I hope that’s wrong. I hope that we can get this epidemic under control before it reaches our shores in wide and far-reaching numbers.

“But again, we should apply an ounce of prevention here, as opposed to a pound of cure after the fact,” he added.

Tucker Carlson from Jan 28
“Why am I watching impeachment coverage all day?”
Tom Cotton: “I suspect that months from now or perhaps even years from now when people look back at this time, coronavirus will be considered the bigger story than impeachment.”pic.twitter.com/AcbUbNG6eM
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) April 3, 2020

At that time, however, outlets like CNN were still referring to the outbreak as the “Chinese coronavirus” — shame on them, I guess — and Washington was far too busy addressing the second nothing-burger foreign interference scandal of the Trump presidency to worry about a major threat to the global economy and general well-being of the American people.

Heck, less than two weeks later, leading left-wing media personalities and 2020 Democratic front-runners were calling Trump’s ban on travel to and from China hysterical, xenophobic fear-mongering — only to accuse the president of not acting fast enough when the true threat of the virus was revealed, as Fox News reported.
And nobody in the media could ever be expected to admit fault. It’s far easier to simply blame a conservative.
So, now that we have a better understanding of the virus and its impacts, it’s entirely predictable that the press would shift blame to the feet of the president, tarring and feathering the one D.C. dweller to point out the political and media establishment’s inability to focus on things that matter as “absolutely crazy.”

That’s the best way to tell if a politician is speaking common sense and resonating with the American people, though: Just wait and see if the media paints a big fat target on his back.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Nasty CNN Reporter Asks Trump if Time to Level With Americans, Trump Smacks Him Down

A nasty CNN reporter tried to get President Trump with a “gotcha” type question, but the President refused to play along.
In fact he swatted back and hit the reporter right where it hurts the most.

The CNN reporter started the whole thing by asking a very combative question that assumed the President was lying to the American people.
“Mr. President, ventilator manufacturers are doubling, tripling production. Some are predicting there will still be shortages of tens of thousands of ventilators. Is it time for you to level with the American public that there likely will be shortages of ventilators in some cases?”
The President immediately saw what was happening and answered well “Could be. I mean, it could be you have shortages and it could also be that you have some that have way over-estimated the number of ventilators they need. We think that — we have a good amount ready to move. I mean, literally like an army. They’re ready to move to any hot spot.”

He then hit back hard at the rude reporter “Some of the ones you’re talking about — always a nasty question from CNN. Because you know remarks you’ve asked that question about 10 times over the course of a month. Look, we’re mobilized and ready to go.”
“We have a lot of ventilators ready to go. And if we had given them all out, we wouldn’t. And you would be over-stocked in many areas. What we’re doing is we have a very good plan to take from some areas, even though we have the ten or almost the 10,000, we’re also taking from areas that won’t be as badly hit as today we think they will be,” the President added.

He then patiently explained how things work to the ignorant journalist “There will be some areas hit harder than we think, and there’s nothing that Deborah or Tony or any of these professionals can do about it. This thing moves in a lot of ways.”
The President then made a grim prediction “But what we’re going to do is we are going to have — and you look at us compared to a lot of other countries. We’re in much better shape. But these professionals have done an amazing job. Now, over the next week and two weeks — this is going to be a very, very deadly period, unfortunately.”

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“But we’re going to make it so that we lose as few lives as possible and I think we’re going to be successful. I think we already are successful in that regard. When you look at that graph and you see all of the bumps if you want to call it at a very low level and you see a couple of the higher levels, they were tough.”
“But you see all of those levels. You know, when you look at, when you hear about Italy and you hear about France and — what we have is we have many Italys all over.”
“They’re like countries, California is a country, New York is a country. If you look at them from the standpoint of what we’re talking about. We have many like country spots.”

“Some are hot spots and there’s nothing we’re going to do about it. One of the biggest surprises is Louisiana. Because it started off so good and all of a sudden it shot up like a rocket. We’re going to try to have ventilators wherever we possibly can.”
Watch the entire exchange:

The mainstream media has absolutely become an enemy of the American people.

It’s why sites like ours are so popular, we are biased for sure, but we don’t try and hide it and pretend we’re objective journalists.
With sites like this people know they’re going to get the truth but through the lens of a conservative point of view.
We praise the President when he’s doing a good job, and can be critical when we think his administration has made a mistake, versus the mainstream media who frames everything Trump does in a negative and harsh way.

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House Republicans Set Target Date for Reopening Economy If Progress Made on Virus, End of April

House Republicans hope to reopen the American economy by the end of April if progress has been made combating the coronavirus pandemic.
“Our focus is on locking down the virus while we’re taking the steps now to prepare to reopen the economy by the end of the month if the virus permits,” Rep. Kevin Brady, the top Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee, told reporters Thursday, according to the Washington Examiner.

The Texas Republican said that the unemployment and gross domestic product numbers will “feel brutal over the short term. It’s because they are.”
“This economy is taking hits like we’ve not seen in most of our lifetimes,” he said. “But it is just a short-term hit.”
The Department of Labor reported that 6.6 million people filed for unemployment benefits during the last full week of March.

“We all know things are terrible. We all know millions of people are losing their jobs,” Peter Boockvar, chief investment strategist at Bleakley Advisory Group, told CNBC.
“We had this sharp decline in anticipation of this news. The next batch of news we don’t know is what is the duration of this and what is going to happen in May. We hope at the end of April that we are looking at a slow reopening.”

Chris Rupkey, chief financial economist of MUFG Union Bank, told CNBC that March’s 4.4 percent unemployment rate could rise into the teens.
“Everybody knows that people are going to be out of work,” Rupkey said.

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“Until the stay-at-home orders are lifted by states and local governments, the most important number for forecasting the economy is not job losses. The most important number is indication that the virus spread is slowing.”
Economists say the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act can help companies and workers get through the shutdown, but more financial aid is needed.
Brady also praised the $300 billion in tax rebates, as well as the deferral of payroll taxes for businesses included in the CARES Act.

“This, in essence, applies to all businesses of all sizes. It is an interest-free loan,” he said.
“It allows businesses to keep these dollars in their bank accounts, not Washington, until the end of the year and give them fully two years to pay it back.”
President Donald Trump originally wanted to reopen the country on Easter Sunday, which falls on April 12.
But on Monday, Trump extended the coronavirus safety guidelines through the month of April in an effort to mitigate the effects of the pandemic outbreak.

“The better you do, the faster this whole nightmare will end,” Trump said.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Dr. Drew apologizes for getting it wrong on coronavirus, then threatens people on Twitter

Famed Dr. Drew Pinsky is having a rough weekend. As the numbers keep climbing in the U.S. of coronavirus victims, the heat has been turned up on the celebrity doctor for slamming the media and claiming that coronavirus wasn’t any worse than the flu. Then he was hit with this:

Dr. Drew is a snake oil salesman. Really terrible stuff here. What a disgrace. pic.twitter.com/Eh35Ky8yVO
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) April 4, 2020

That was the final straw. Dr. Drew took to video to apologize and explain why he got it so wrong.
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Now I really wanted to praise him for coming clean, manning up, and admitting he was wrong. But then I saw what he was doing on Twitter. He’s making vague threats to people who post the video of his prior comments:

2. @DroopsDr put together a longer compilation of Dr. Drew/Coronavirus clips.
Well guess what he did…he had the compilation taken down based on his copyright. Does he have the right, of course.
But what are you trying to hide @drdrew? pic.twitter.com/Gq1nbAeWIv
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) April 4, 2020

Hmm. If he’s sorry why does he care if his previous comments are out there? It’s no secret. Well he’s not happy about it:

5. Looks like @drdrew is threatening people who quote tweet/retweet me.
“Infringing copywrite laws is a crime. Hang onto your retweets. Or erase to be safe.” pic.twitter.com/BNvhG1sKpM
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) April 5, 2020

Oh boy. That’s sad. And it doesn’t look good for Dr. Drew, even if he were right about the copyright laws. I can understand why he would be on edge though – he says that he and his family have been receiving death threats over his comments. It’s a sad state of affairs out there, people. Don’t be a part of the madness. But do wash your hands.

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CDC Tells Hospitals To List COVID as Cause of Death Even if You’re Just Assuming or It Only Contributed

The problem with making informed decisions about coronavirus is that we don’t have a whole lot of data on it at the moment.
The data that we do have, meanwhile, could end up being terminally skewed, particularly the data that’s been coming out of China.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance on determining COVID-19 as a cause of death isn’t going to help those numbers.
Issued March 24, the guidance tells hospitals to list COVID-19 as a cause of death regardless of whether or not there’s actual testing to confirm that’s the case.
Instead, even if the coronavirus was just a contributing factor or if it’s “assumed to have caused or contributed to death,” it can be listed as the primary cause.

The International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, or ICD, has established the code U07.1 for death by coronavirus infection. There’s a secondary code, U07.2, “for clinical or epidemiological diagnosis of COVID-19 where a laboratory confirmation is inconclusive or not available,” according to the CDC guidance.
“Because laboratory test results are not typically reported on death certificates in the U.S., NCHS is not planning to implement U07.2 for mortality statistics.”

Therein lies the problem.
“The underlying cause depends upon what and where conditions are reported on the death certificate. However, the rules for coding and selection of the underlying cause of death are expected to result in COVID- 19 being the underlying cause more often than not,” the guidelines read.

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“COVID-19 should be reported on the death certificate for all decedents where the disease caused or is assumed to have caused or contributed to death. Certifiers should include as much detail as possible based on their knowledge of the case, medical records, laboratory testing, etc.,” the guidance continued.
“If the decedent had other chronic conditions such as COPD or asthma that may have also contributed, these conditions can be reported in Part II.”
Author and former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson, one of the few well-known figures to question some of the statistics on COVID-19, questioned the new CDC guidelines as well:

1/ As you sit home watching #COVID death counts spiral, please know the official @CDCgov guidance for coding COVID-related deaths is as follows: any death where the disease “caused or is *assumed* to have caused or *contributed to* death.” Confirmed lab tests are not required… pic.twitter.com/H4D6mcti3R
— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) April 3, 2020

2/ And, btw, other possibly relevant factors, like, oh, COPD, are considered secondary. The rules “are expected to result in COVID-19 being the underlying cause more often than not.” https://t.co/o003zuLQHt
— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) April 3, 2020

Earlier this week, President Donald Trump and members of his coronavirus task force announced that they were expecting a death toll of between 100,000 and 240,000 from coronavirus.
In an article on Friday, The Washington Post said some experts didn’t think the White House’s prediction models were accurate. It wasn’t because those experts thought that figure was too high or too low: It’s just because they didn’t think there was enough data to determine a death range yet.
“We don’t have a sense of what’s going on in the here and now, and we don’t know what people will do in the future,” Jeffrey Shaman, a Columbia University epidemiologist whose work was used by the White House to determine the death ranges, said.
“We don’t know if the virus is seasonal, as well.”

It doesn’t help that data when the guidelines for determining who’s actually died of the coronavirus are profoundly vague.
For instance, what happens when an elderly person with numerous underlying conditions comes into the hospital and dies?
What happens when someone suffering from late-stage cancer or liver failure dies in the hospital? If that person was in the final stages of life and no testing is done and no autopsy conducted, what are we to assume?
If no testing is done and a patient’s symptoms are close enough to the seasonal flu, will that person’s death automatically be attributed to COVID-19? And how much of a difference would that make in the numbers, if any?

The Western Journal has emailed the CDC for comment, but did not hear back in time for publication of this article.
There’s no doubt that this guidance will inflate the numbers, the only question is how drastically.
In places like New York City, where medical professionals are painfully overstretched, anyone who dies with an infection that’s vaguely COVID-19-like could potentially have COVID-19 listed as their cause of death.
Consider, for instance, that the CDC is estimating there were between 24,000 and 63,000 deaths in the United States from influenza between October and March.

In NYC, does that mean some of those deaths got lumped under COVID-19? Will this keep on happening?
If so, that could skew the data in a significantly different direction — and it could influence the government’s intervention to stop the spread of the virus.
This is a haphazard way to gather data at a time when that data needs to be more accurate than ever. We can and should do better than this.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Joe Rogan Would ‘Rather Vote For Trump Than Biden’ After Endorsing Sanders

Podcast host and comedian Joe Rogan has said he would rather vote for Donald Trump than Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election, should the former vice-president become the Democratic nominee.
Speaking on April 3 with guest Eric Weinstein, a mathematician, economist, and managing director of Thiel Capital, Rogan said he “could not” vote for Biden, adding that the Democratic Party has “essentially made us all morons.”
Rogan was responding to Weinstein, who said, “I think that in general, people, when they are given no choice at all express themselves moronically. I want a choice of an actual president that’s viable. I don’t have one. Now you’re going to ask me, ‘Which of the non-viable people do you like best?’” The economist added, “I can’t vote for [Biden]. I can’t vote for Trump.”
“I can’t vote for [Biden],” Rogan said. “I’d rather vote for Trump than him. I don’t think [Biden] can handle anything. You’re relying entirely on his cabinet. If you want to talk about an individual leader who can communicate, he can’t do that. And we don’t even know what the [expletive] he’ll be like after a year in office.”
Rogan, who previously endorsed Biden’s primary rival, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), went on to speak about Trump’s ability to handle the pressure that comes with being president of the United States, noting that the role appeared to take a visible toll on previous Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
“The pressure of being the president of the United States is something that no one has ever prepared for. The only one who seems to be fine with it is Trump, oddly enough. He doesn’t seem to be aging at all, or in any sort of decline. Obama, almost immediately, started looking older. George W, almost immediately, started looking older,” Rogan added.
Speaking of Biden, Rogan noted that the former vice president can “barely talk,” and “forgets what he is saying halfway in the conversation,” adding that he is “showing actual real deterioration, he is not bouncing back.”
Rogan had previously said that he would “probably vote” for Sanders back in January, noting that the Vermont Senator has been “insanely consistent his entire life.”
“I think I’ll probably vote for Bernie. Him, as a human being, when I was hanging out with him, I believe in him, I like him, I like him a lot,” he told New York Times columnist Bari Weiss in a podcast, which was later retweeted by Sanders.
“He’s basically been saying the same thing, been for the same thing his whole life. And that in and of itself is a very powerful structure to operate from,” Rogan added.
As of April 5, Biden is on track to win the nomination, securing 1,217 of the 1,991 delegates needed in the primaries held up to this point. His socialist rival, Sanders, has 914 delegates. According to the Washington Post, aides and allies of Sanders have advised him to step down from the presidential race after losing hope in his campaign.
The next primary is Wisconsin on Tuesday, which polls predict Biden will win.

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It Only Took Ocasio-Cortez 15 Months To Become a Complete DC Sellout

It is the last scene, the most famous one, from the 1972 movie “The Candidate.”
Robert Redford’s character, Bill McKay, having essentially given up all of his beliefs for a Senate seat, is alone in a room with his campaign manager as reporters clamor outside. It was the existential cry of the politician with no morals left to bargain with: “What do we do now?”

Powerful stuff.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez must have watched that in school at some point, probably when her U.S. History teacher decided they wanted some time to mark papers.
AOC’s was a different story, though. She would be unique.

After she won a shock victory in a primary, there wasn’t much of a general election to speak of. She didn’t have the Bill McKay problem. All she had to do was smile along with Stephen Colbert and things would be fine.
Fifteen months after being sworn in as a U.S. congresswoman, AOC is having her Bill McKay moment.

The troublesome thing with her is that she isn’t even at the point where she’s asking her campaign manager what she does now. We’re maybe at the beginning of the third act.
However, as a report published by Politico on Monday pointed out, the darling of the left seems to be rapidly getting subsumed into the Democratic Party establishment.

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The piece, by Alex Thompson and Holly Otterbein, noted at the outset that Ocasio-Cortez has done significantly less campaigning for candidates willing to primary sitting members of Congress, something she and other far-left politicians aligned with the Justice Democrats were known for during the 2018 cycle. (That’s how she got into office, after all.)
In 2018, for instance, she was on the stump for St. Louis-area candidate Cori Bush, who lost a primary to a garden-variety liberal, Rep. William “Lacy” Clay. Bush is taking him on again, but this time with no support from AOC — who’s only backed two primary challengers endorsed by the Justice Democrats this cycle. Those are Jessica Cisneros in Texas and Marie Newman in Illinois, both of whom had some support from the establishment wing of the party because their opponents were pro-life.
“Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement moves are not a fluke but part of a larger change over the past several months,” the article read.

“After her disruptive, burn-it-down early months in Congress, Ocasio-Cortez, who colleagues say is often conflict-averse in person, has increasingly been trying to work more within the system. She is building coalitions with fellow Democratic members and picking her fights more selectively.”
That’s not exactly how you win an insurgent candidacy against an establishment figure, but once you win the election — a lot like Bill McKay did in “The Candidate” — it doesn’t necessarily make much sense to continue being an insurgent.
Also gone are her plans for a “corporate-free” caucus along the lines of the House Freedom Caucus for Republicans, and presumably not just because “Corporate-Free Caucus” only sounds appealing to the kind of person who finds “Democracy Now!” exciting.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with whom she was once feuding bitterly, is now referred to by AOC as the “mama bear of the Democratic Party,” words that don’t sound like they were crafted by AOC herself.

And look at who’s speaking favorably of AOC now: “The Democratic Party is the party of coalitions, not a cult,” James Carville, the hypercaffeinated political hack best known for his work with Clinton, Inc., said of the new AOC. “I’ve observed her. I think she’s really talented, that she’s really smart. Maybe she is — I don’t speak for her — coming to the conclusion that she wants to be part of the coalition.”
Didn’t see that partnership coming, did you?
Center for American Progress head Neera Tanden, meanwhile, told Politico that AOC’s shift is “a sign of leadership.”
“There are some people on the left who thought that their views represented a strong majority, and the primary process has shown that voters diverged, that [Bernie] Sanders is winning a minority and smaller minority than he had four years ago,” Tanden said.

The congresswoman’s supporters are torn, Thompson and Otterbein said, between embracing the new AOC and discounting this as the behavior of a sell-out. One imagines nothing is so divisive as her relationship with Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, a 2020 Democratic candidate for president.
AOC endorsed Sanders and had been one of his most effective surrogates out on the campaign trail. However, on March 13, HuffPost reported that several sources within the Sanders campaign confirmed Ocasio-Cortez refused to campaign with Sanders after the New Hampshire primary.
“It was like pulling teeth to get her to New Hampshire,” a source told HuffPo. They managed to get her up there once for a rally the day before the Feb. 12 primary. Between then and March 8 — several days after Sanders’ Super Tuesday losses — she wouldn’t return to the campaign trail for Bernie.
Part of it, the HuffPost article postulated, was because of podcaster Joe Rogan’s endorsement of Sanders (and Sanders’ subsequent embrace of the endorsement). Rogan isn’t profoundly woke and often veers into politically incorrect territory, which led to plenty of grousing from more progressive quarters of the party.

And then there was the matter of a January speech in which Ocasio-Cortez declined to mention Sanders by name as she closed, a fact which Vanity Fair said led to a nastygram text from Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir.
She also chastised the “Bernie Bros” over their penchant for online harassment and tacitly went after Sanders and the progressive movement for being too “conflict-based” — which is, last I had checked, what she had built her brand on.
There have also been two major staff departures from AOC’s team: chief of staff Saikat Chakrabarti and communications director Corbin Trent.
Chakrabarti, co-founder of the Justice Democrats, was behind much of that primarying and had called some moderate members of the Democratic caucus “new Southern Democrats.” Trent, meanwhile, reportedly didn’t just want AOC to push for “Medicare for All” but rather a completely nationalized health care system like Britain’s National Health Service.

In short, AOC doesn’t necessarily want to be Bernie Sanders. One might guess she saw the writing on the wall before things began to fall apart in South Carolina or officially disintegrated on Super Tuesday. On the other hand, there’s not a whole lot to set her apart from other first-term members of Congresss other than the fact that she’s off-the-spectrum far left.
To be fair, she’s managed to regain a bit of that mojo during the coronavirus crisis, what with her uninformed statements about property ownership and who should get checks.
However, what should be clear from reports is that it’s difficult to make points by railing against the establishment when you’re quickly becoming part of the establishment.
She’s gone from hate-tweeting Nancy Pelosi to calling her “mama bear.” That’s quite the fast track — becoming a D.C. sell-out in just 15 months.

It all raises the question: What does she do now?
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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President Trump Crushes Democrats Hope of Vote-By-Mail: ‘A Lot of People Cheat’

President Donald Trump came out strongly against attempts to expand mail-in voting by Democrats, arguing that the practice will increase the likelihood of voting fraud.
During Friday’s White House press briefing, ABC’s Jonathan Karl — citing concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak — asked the president if he feels the country should prepare to vote by mail in the November election.

“No, because I think a lot of people cheat with mail-in voting,” said Trump, who has been consistent in his support for voter identification laws, which can limit opportunities for fraudulent voting by requiring voters to present identification before obtaining a ballot.
“I think people should vote with ID, voter ID. I think voter ID is very important, and the reason they don’t want voter ID is because they intend to cheat,” Trump continued.
“It should be you go to a booth and you proudly display yourself. You don’t send it in the mail where people can pick up — all sorts of bad things can happen — by the time it gets in and is tabulated,” he said.

“You should vote at the booth. And you should have voter ID, because when you have voter ID, that’s the real deal,” he concluded.

President Trump: “The reason they don’t want voter ID is because they intend to cheat.” pic.twitter.com/BOUxuWgMQh
— The Hill (@thehill) April 4, 2020

In August, the president weighed in on a congressional debate surrounding election security.

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“No debate on Election Security should go forward without first agreeing that Voter ID (Identification) must play a very strong part in any final agreement. Without Voter ID, it is all so meaningless!” he wrote.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is among a growing number of Democrats making a broad push to nationalize not only elections, but also voting by mail.
The California Democrat is seeking to allot $4 billion in a phase-four stimulus plan for voting by mail, Reuters reported.

“Vote by mail is so important to … our democracy so that people have access to voting and not be deterred, especially at this time, by the admonition to stay home,” Pelosi said.
Pelosi said Friday that pushing citizens to participate in voting by mail is “essential” to protecting the integrity of the country’s elections.
“Vote by mail is essential to protecting the future of our democracy as we confront this public health crisis. There is no legitimate argument against enacting it,” Pelosi said on Twitter Friday.
Citing what she said the country’s Founders “had in mind,” Pelosi added, “in this next bill we hope to get more resources to vote by mail.”

Vote-by-mail is essential to protecting the future of our democracy as we confront this public health crisis. There is no legitimate argument against enacting it. #LSSC pic.twitter.com/WPgOgIivK0
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) April 3, 2020

Pelosi attempted to attach provisions in the phase three coronavirus stimulus bill that would have required states to mandate voting by mail and would have placed the country’s elections under the control of the federal government.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also pushed for voting by mail last month on Twitter when she shared a post from Democratic Party attorney Marc Elias, who claimed voting by mail will decrease risk for voters fearful of contracting the coronavirus.
“Congress needs to act to make voting by mail the norm going forward, with the specifics outlined by election expert Marc Elias below to make it accessible for all,” Clinton commented.

Congress needs to act to make voting by mail the norm going forward, with the specifics outlined by election expert Marc Elias below to make it accessible for all. https://t.co/K2TlHIJx2d
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) March 18, 2020

Republican National Committee spokeswoman Mandi Merritt told CNN Friday, “Democrats are attempting to use this crisis as a way to get wholesale election changes that fit their far-left agenda.”
“While the RNC of course supports efforts to ensure that no voters are disenfranchised due to emergency protocols, national vote by mail would open the door to its own set of problems, such as potential election fraud and ballot harvesting,” Merritt said.
“Imposing a new system onto states unnecessarily will result in significant problems in the November election, and it is critical we work to preserve the integrity of the democratic process,” she concluded.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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USA Today fact-check confirms Obama did not replenish CDC national stockpile of masks

USA Today factchecked an article from Daily Wire claiming that the Obama administration neglected to replenish the CDC national stockpile of masks after dipping into it several times during his tenure.
During the presidency of Barack Obama, the national stockpile was seriously taxed as the administration addressed multiple crises over eight years. About “75 percent of N95 respirators and 25 percent of face masks contained in the CDC’s Strategic National Stockpile (∼100 million products) were deployed for use in health care settings over the course of the 2009 H1N1 pandemic response,” according to a 2017 study in the journal Health Security.
Again according to NIH, the stockpile’s resources were also used during hurricanes Alex, Irene, Isaac and Sandy. Flooding in 2010 in North Dakota also called for stockpile funds to be deployed. The 2014 outbreaks of the ebola virus and botulism, as well as the 2016 outbreak of the zika virus, continued to significantly tax the stockpile with no serious effort from the Obama administration to replenish the fund.
TO their credit, they confirmed it as true:
We rate this claim TRUE because it is supported by our research. There is no indication that the Obama administration took significant steps to replenish the supply of N95 masks in the Strategic National Stockpile after it was depleted from repeated crises. Calls for action came from experts at the time concerned for the country’s ability to respond to future serious pandemics. Such recommendations were, for whatever reason, not heeded.
Well that’s awkward. Of course, this doesn’t exonerate Trump of other claims that his response to the coronavirus outbreak wasn’t perfect, or could have been better. BUT, it proves you can’t put all the blame on the current administration and when he says Obama has to take some of the blame, he’s right. [h/t @SaintRpH]
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Now for your open thread comment fodder:

Bill Gates is setting up factories to manufacture 7 leading vaccine candidates before we know which is best & safest; we can test the vaccines in parallel, and then throw away all but the factory for the best vaccine. May save many months.
Just extraordinary. pic.twitter.com/JGjkJ6FKNa
— michael_nielsen (@michael_nielsen) April 4, 2020

Had a police helicopter fly over my neighborhood last night announcing there was a series of break ins the last two nights, & to be vigilant. I feel like this is just the beginning. People are getting desperate.
— Aubrey Huff (@aubrey_huff) April 4, 2020

Pneumonia Deaths have fallen off a cliff this year, I wonder what could have caused this to happen…..🤷🏼‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/54TzjR9YCb
— l E T 17 (@Inevitable_ET) April 4, 2020

I’m sitting on my back porch, and i sneezed, and I heard someone from a balcony above me say “OH NO”
— Jessica Fletcher (@heckyessica) April 4, 2020

My boyfriend just said “HEYYYY” and I yelled “MUST BE THE MONAYYYY” because I did not realize that he had just started a Zoom conference call.
— Jenny Jaffe (@jennyjaffe) April 3, 2020

If I had known I was going to be quarantined for two months I would have married someone
— Kirstie Alley (@kirstiealley) April 4, 2020

Louis CK has a new special and Twitter is now like pic.twitter.com/xNv6oYXABV
— Frank Mineo (@DYmilkshake) April 4, 2020

Hope some of those made you laugh. Take care of yourselves. And wash your hands!

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President Trump Explains Why No National Stay at Home Order, It’s Because of the Constitution

President Trump just explained why he has not issued a stay at home order, and why he has pushed for the governor of each state to make their own decision.
The president said, it’s because of the Constitution, which he cherishes.

A reporter asked the President “You just said you wanted to keep as few lives lost as possible in the pandemic, but there are still eight governors, all Republicans, who have refused to issue the statewide these stay at orders. Your stay at home orders. Your own experts, including Dr. Fauci, say that stay at home orders are the most effective way to stop the virus. Why not do everything you can right now?”
President Trump responded correctly in the only way he could by saying ““We have a thing called the Constitution, which I cherish, number one. Number two, those governors I know every one of them, they’re doing a great job.”
“They’re being very, very successful in what they’re doing,” he added. “And as you know, I want the governors to be running things. Now, in some cases we’ll supersede, but in this case it’s not — I think it depnds, it depends on the individual state that you’re talking about. But they’re doing very well, and they’re doing a magnificent job in running their states”

The reporter then asked “South Carolina has 1700 cases right now of coronavirus. Utah has 1255. I mean, are these not states that should have those stay at home orders”
“They’re doing a great job. Well, that’s a very small number of cases relative to their population,” the president responded.

The reporter interrupted the President “It’s larger than some states that do stay at home order,” he said.
Trump responded “If I saw something wrong, if I saw a massive breakout of which that’s not, I would come down very hard but in these cases, I know the states you’re talking about.”

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“By the way, I think you’re up to 92% of the country is covered. And from a constitutional standpoint, they made the difference. They call the shots.”
Watch the entire exchange:

Personally think the President is doing a good job managing this crisis and he’s right.
The Constitution precludes the president from implementing a national stay at home order as the governors are in primarily in charge of their own states, know their states well and can respond more quickly than the federal government.
Lets just hope that the medical problem is resolved sooner rather than later either through widespread testing, an effective treatment, a vaccine or all of the above.
One would think with all of the resources this country has in terms of research facilities, talented researchers and scientists, and with all of that focused on solving a single problem, the war against the invisible enemy can be won rather quickly.

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Chicago man kills wife and himself because he believed they had coronavirus

This is very disturbing. A man is said to have killed himself and his wife because he thought they had coronavirus. From NBC in Chicago:
A man who killed his wife and then himself earlier this week in southwest suburban Lockport Township told family that he feared he and his wife had contracted the coronavirus, according to police.
About 8 p.m. Thursday, officers responded to the 400 block of Bruce Road for a wellbeing check and found Patrick Jesernik, 54, and Cheryl Schriefer, 59, lying dead in separate rooms of the house, the Will County sheriff’s office said. A loaded revolver with two spent shells and three live rounds was located near Patrick Jesernik’s body.
Family arriving to the home told police that Jesernik had been afraid that he and his wife had contracted the coronavirus, and that Schriefer was tested two days ago after stating she was having a hard time breathing, authorities said. The family said that to their knowledge, they had not yet received the test results.

That is just horrible. People are on edge, and there’s a lot of misinformation out there. More:
An autopsy conducted Friday found that Schriefer and Jesernik both died from a single gunshot to the head, with Jesernik’s death ruled a suicide and Schriefer’s death ruled a homicide, authorities said. Both tested negative for coronavirus.
The sheriff’s office said the majority of calls they have received during the coronavirus outbreak have been related to domestic disputes, but had never responded to a domestic incident at the address at Jesernik and Schriefer’s home before.
You just never know if mental illness was an issue, or what precipitated this. But it’s clear that being on lockdown is pushing some people over the edge.
Misinformation can lead to terrible tragedies. This is why we really try not to be throwing out ridiculous rumors out as if its real news. I wish more people were as careful…

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Leftist Vox Told Readers Not To Use Masks, But Not Before Co-Founder Made Sure He Got His

Matthew Yglesias, one of the co-founders of liberal outlet Vox, has some explaining to do on masks.
Vox, like everyone else, was pretty much spouting the same advice just a few weeks ago: Don’t buy surgical masks. They were supposed to be useless in preventing coronavirus from spreading, we were told.

In fact, as part of a Twitter thread from the digital rag early in March, they advised against them.
The first piece of advice in the thread was about washing your hands.
The second piece: “Oh, and face masks? You can pass on them. Masks are only useful if you have a respiratory infection already and want to limit the risk of spreading, or if you’re working in a hospital in direct contact with people who have respiratory illnesses.”

2/ Oh, and face masks? You can pass on them.
Masks are only useful if you have a respiratory infection already and want to limit the risk of spreading, or if you’re working in a hospital in direct contact with people who have respiratory illnesses.⁣ https://t.co/IEFrOOxEkE pic.twitter.com/XC2LN8qZJm
— Vox (@voxdotcom) March 2, 2020

Yglesias had not only discouraged the use of face masks but seemed to actively call for them to be “rationed” if that was necessary to protect health care workers’ access to them:

I have never understood this message — are the masks ineffective or are they vital for health care workers? If it’s the latter shouldn’t we explicitly ration rather than trying to discourage purchases informally? https://t.co/ZSUhR1QWGW
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) February 29, 2020

As you may know by now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its guidance on wearing face masks Friday.
One day before that, Yglesias had a message for his followers: He was having issues wearing the face mask he assumedly bought on the free market:

(I have it with me in case it’s needed but it fogs up my glasses)
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) April 2, 2020

Well, I mean, surely he got lucky amid the panic buyers across the nation and managed to score himself some incredibly scarce surgical masks, right?

To people asking where you can buy a mask, I don’t know. I ordered mine in February when they were available.
But here’s a guide to making one at home. https://t.co/YH4YMnDKJf
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) April 2, 2020

In February. Hrm.

Yglesias isn’t the most popular person on social media at the moment, as you can no doubt imagine.

Via @ComfortablySmug
Look at this little trust fund gremlin. It’s difficult to imagine anything more unethical from a media outlet. pic.twitter.com/vKyfWdQcOI
— The Partyman (@PartymanRandy) April 3, 2020

“I ordered mine in February when they were available.”
But Matt, you guys published an article making fun of techbros for being worried about the virus in February…https://t.co/kFCjEMcoir
— Jayson Virissimo (@JaysonVirissimo) April 2, 2020

I’m glad that you got your mask while your publication downplayed the threat of coronavirus and repeated BS claims about masks. Great work!
— Nerove (@MrNerove) April 2, 2020

Wait… “When they were still available”? Weren’t you nice folks at Vox telling the public not to use masks when you ordered yours? pic.twitter.com/xWGbplHGiz
— Hans O’Low (@namasteinyrlane) April 3, 2020

Yglesias had an explanation for this, since of course he did:

Since everyone is feeling chippy these days, I think:
a) The early US government guidance on masks was obviously very bad
b) “Masks are only helpful if you’re already sick” even if true is very consistent with “you should own a mask in case you get sick.” https://t.co/BiUUlGOvxm
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) April 3, 2020

“Obviously?” Your publication was parroting that guidance!

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Vox was telling people in early March that they didn’t need to wear face masks when you had bought yours the month prior.
Now that we’ve cleared all that up, got advice for his problem, folks? Those glasses aren’t gonna de-fog themselves, after all.

How expendable does Yglesias think the plebes are?
When it comes to the original guidance Vox gave on masks, who knows how much input he had on it? He’s not a health reporter, but he is on the editorial team.
I would thus assume he certainly knew of his publication’s position on the matter.
He’d also made it a point to say that if the masks needed to be used for medical professionals, they should be rationed. Except in his case, of course.

The tone-deafness of his first tweet was astounding, particularly in light of what Vox had to say about the masks and the fact one can’t be had for love or (especially) money these days. Yeah, he was into face masks before they were cool.
And then, after that landed with a thud, he responded with a tweet that really needed a shrug emoji and “#sorrynotsorry” appended on it.
“Since everyone is feeling chippy these days,” Matt?
I wonder why that is.

Perhaps you can elucidate your theories on this strange conundrum.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Trump Appreciates Biden’s Support of China Travel Ban

President Donald Trump said he appreciates former Vice President Joe Biden’s statement of support on a travel ban the president announced on Jan. 31.
Trump banned some travel from China, where the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as novel coronavirus, emerged last year. It was one of the first travel bans in the world aimed at slowing the spread of the virus.
“He admitted that I’m right,” Trump said of Biden, who is currently leading the Democratic presidential contest. “He agreed that I was correct when I stopped people from China coming to our country early, very early.”
“I appreciate the fact that he did because I was called xenophobic, racist, I was called many things when I did that,” the president added.
Trump was speaking at the White House in Washington at the daily virus briefing.
Biden’s deputy campaign manager Kate Bedingfield said in a statement on Friday that Biden supports Trump’s travel ban.
“Joe Biden supports travel bans that are guided by medical experts, advocated by public health officials, and backed by a full strategy,” she told CNN. “Science supported this ban, therefore he did too.”
Biden repeatedly called Trump xenophobic and hysterical, but Bedingfield said the references were to “Trump’s long record of scapegoating others at a time when the virus was emerging from China,” not the ban.

A man wearing a protective suit rides a bicycle on a street in Wuhan, China on April 1, 2020. (Hector Retamal/AFP via Getty Images)
A day after Trump announced the restrictions, Biden’s official Twitter account sent a statement: “We are in the midst of a crisis with the coronavirus. We need to lead the way with science—not Donald Trump’s record of hysteria, xenophobia, and fear-mongering. He is the worst possible person to lead our country through a global health emergency.”
Brad Parscale, campaign manager for Trump, said that Biden waiting two months to support the ban was “not leadership” but “bad judgment.”
A number of experts criticized Trump’s decision to ban some travel from China.
“From a public health perspective, there is limited effectiveness. And then there are a host of other reasons why they can actually be counterproductive,” Catherine Worsnop, who studies international cooperation during global health emergencies at the University of Maryland, told STAT News at the time.
Another expert called it more a political or emotional move.
Others have since praised the restrictions.
“The President’s early and decisive actions, including travel restrictions, have succeeded in buying us incredibly valuable time,” Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar told reporters in February.
“One of the things we did right was very early cut off travel from China to the United States,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told MSNBC last month.
Trump said he “took a lot of heat, even from China,” when he announced the ban, but has called it possibly the biggest decision he’s made.
Biden, during the press conference on Saturday, took a shot at Trump, writing on Twitter: “Donald Trump is not responsible for the coronavirus, but he is responsible for failing to prepare our nation to respond to it.”
Asked to respond, the president told reporters: “He didn’t write that. That was done by a Democratic operative. He doesn’t write. He’s probably not even watching right now. And if he is, he doesn’t understand what he’s watching.”
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Trump Campaign Donates Meals to Hospitals Amidst CCP Virus Pandemic

The Trump campaign has been anonymously donating food to hospitals across the country to feed doctors, nurses, and first responders who are fighting against the CCP Virus, according to an exclusive from Fox News.
As indicated, since March 26, members of President Trump’s reelection campaign have been calling various local restaurants placing large food orders for delivery to hospitals in New York, New Jersey, Washington State, as well as Michigan—all anonymously.
This wasn’t discovered until after a source confirmed it with Fox News.
“They’re doing it as a donor who cares. So nothing is tied to it … We’re just trying to, you know, show a thank you,” the source said.
According to the source, the campaign started ordering and donating the meals to medical staff to support both the medical officials fighting on the front lines against the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as novel coronavirus, but also to support the local restaurants. They have spent over tens of thousands of dollars on the effort so far.
Fox News reported that the campaign plans to expand the effort in the next upcoming weeks.
One of the restaurants that received a particularly large order was Giovanni’s Italian Deli in Secaucus, New Jersey, for delivery to the Hudson Regional Hospital, the news outlet reported.
The employee of Giovanni’s Italian Deli told Fox News that when the order was called in, the caller asked for the meals to be donated to the doctors and nurses. The anonymous caller, whom the employee said left only a first name, put in an order for various items, such as 40 platters of pasta, salads, and sandwiches.
Similarly, an individual also called Antonio’s Trattoria, a restaurant in the Bronx in New York, and put in 100 individual orders to be delivered to the Lincoln Hospital in the Bronx area.
“It was 20 penne vodkas, 20 pastas with tomato sauce, 30 chicken parmesan, and 30 house salads with grilled chicken,” the manager at the Antonio’s Trattoria told Fox News in an interview. According to the manager, the individual only provided his first name and said he wanted to remain anonymous.
The source also said that the campaign also put in orders from other restaurants such as Nick’s Grill in Kirkland, Washington, Chit Chat Diner in Morristown, New Jersey, and Turning Point in Long Branch, New Jersey, among other restaurants in the areas stated above.
Chit Chat Diner posted to their Instagram regarding the large order of food for delivery to the medical staff at Hackensack Hospital in Morristown, New Jersey, and wrote, “An anonymous donation providing lunch to some hardworking staff at Hackensack Hospital this afternoon. We are so grateful.”
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Liberals are trying to cancel Joe Rogan again over what he just said about Joe Biden

Joe Rogan said on his podcast what is pretty clear to everyone – Joe Biden is losing it and shouldn’t be anywhere near the levers of power for the most important country on the face of the Earth:

Joe Rogan–who supported Bernie–on his podcast yesterday w/ managing director of Thiel Capital Eric Weinstein. “I’d rather vote for Trump than [Biden]. I don’t think he can handle anything. You’re relying entirely on his cabinet.”1.3 million views on YouTube since yesterday pic.twitter.com/Sxor0RvVZ0
— Alex Thompson (@AlxThomp) April 4, 2020

Hoo boy. As you can imagine, political partisan cultists do not like their leader being questioned. SO they’re really trying to cancel Joe Rogan:

Given Bernie (mistakenly, imho) elevated Joe Rogan’s endorsement of him, and given Rogan is now saying he’d rather vote for Trump than Biden… is it not time for Bernie to also now disown/distance himself from Rogan, too? #JustAsking
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) April 4, 2020

Dear Joe Rogan,
How can you claim that “Joe Biden couldn’t handle anything,” when in January Joe Biden wrote an op-ed instructing us how to handle coronavirus, and every one of his ideas are only now being utilized after Trump failed to protect America?
Pay attention man!
— Ms. Krassenstein (@HKrassenstein) April 4, 2020

The fact that people like Joe Rogan can go from Bernie to Trump shows that it was never about policy.
Some people seem to just want a leader who will scream, bullshit them with “policy” that they can’t get passed, and divides the country.
— Santiago Mayer (@santiagomayer_) April 4, 2020

So Joe Rogan really is an idiot. I thought he was just pretending.
🙄
— Rep Richard Dangler (@RDangler) April 4, 2020

Joe Rogan after all that turns out to be a Trumpy wingnut who rather align himself with White supremacists than save the Republic. Yeah – we didn’t see that coming. pic.twitter.com/yieYL0cXyR
— Murshed Zaheed (@murshedz) April 4, 2020

Bakari Sellers is losing it lol:

“Joe Rogan was a great endorsement.”
“I don’t understand why we get trounced with black voters”
🤷🏾‍♂️🤦🏾‍♂️
— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) April 4, 2020

When we told you about Joe Rogan, we were scolded. https://t.co/CJ85gKnw6y
— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) April 4, 2020

AND they’re pretty angry about this too:

Joe Rogan on @Project_Veritas: There’s a narrative people love to use where they go “oh that guy he uses selective editing…or that guy you can’t believe anything they say”
Eric Weinstein: Everything he says is wrong
Joe Rogan: But that is impossible
Eric Weinstein: Impossible pic.twitter.com/E2w4RhUW05
— James O’Keefe (@JamesOKeefeIII) April 4, 2020

Let me tell you one of the few things I am certain of – Joe Rogan is uncancellable. He is the kryptonite to cancel culture. His followers are rabid believers and they don’t give a damn who criticizes him. His sponsors are all fringe drug and health supplement companies that don’t give a damn about online mobs whining at them.
Joe Rogan is uncancellable.
And that makes this all the more enjoyable:

Joe Rogan endorsing donald trump should be a graphic reminder about your typical, so-called, Bernie voter.
It’s NEVER about policy.
It’s always about the destruction of the Democratic Party and the elevation of the white liberal over anyone else in the party.
— Drop Out Bernie (@EthanObama) April 4, 2020

LOL! Keep crying, libs. We’re all locked in and it’s fun to watch.

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Expert COVID Prediction of 50K Hospitalizations in NY by April 1 Turned Out To Be 400% Too High

As coronavirus models go, the one put forth by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, or IHME, has been one of the more optimistic ones.
According to The Washington Post, the model predicted 38,000 to 162,000 deaths in the United States — lower than most models and lower than the White House estimate of 100,000 to 240,000 deaths.

Even though it may be conservative, however, the IHME model might not have been conservative enough.
Take New York, the epicenter of the disease. According to the IHME model, the state would have needed 50,962 hospital beds on April 1, on the way to peak usage April 9. On that day, it would need 76,130 hospital beds.
Now, New York isn’t in particularly good shape when it comes to coronavirus, recording at least 1,867 deaths in New York City alone as of Saturday morning, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

However, the IHME model’s prediction of how many people would be hospitalized in the state by April 1 was much higher than what the actual number ended up being.
Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington.

The model found that on April 1, New York would need 50,962 beds.
Former New York Times reporter Alex Berenson noted that projection was far off — it was 400 percent too high, in fact.

This is the @IMHE_UW model for #Covid_19, the new US standard. It was put out SIX days ago (post lockdown). It projects New York State will have 50,000 hospitalizations TODAY. Instead NYS has 12,000. Wrong by 4x in under a week. What on earth are we doing? https://t.co/zdRwaS4UJr pic.twitter.com/bRroolmKgw
— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) April 1, 2020

The actual number as of April 1 was 12,226, according to WROC-TV. A total of 3,022 intensive care beds were needed, far short of the 10,050 predicted by the model.
While there could be an undercount given the nature of the disease and of testing, it’s unlikely that number has been undercounted by over 37,000 hospital beds total and over 7,000 ICU beds.

Keep in mind that this also isn’t like the much-cited Imperial College study out of the United Kingdom, which assumed a worst-case scenario where nothing was done and deaths topped 1 million people.
“The IHME model assumes every state will quickly impose stay-at-home orders, which some states, including Alabama and Missouri, have yet to do,” The Post reported. “It also assumes the entire country will maintain these restrictions until summer.”
This still doesn’t mean the situation is great, as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo noted earlier this week.

“For me, facts are facts, and the facts that we offer the people of this state, and this country, they’re not pessimistic facts or optimistic facts — they are just the best information we have, as of this time, and I think that is empowering, and in some ways relaxing,” Cuomo said.
The models he’s looking at say the apex will come at the end of April and high death rates will persist in the state through July.
“They refine the model over time and the model changes and the numbers change, but what we’re looking at now is the apex, roughly at the end of April, which means another month of this,” he said.
Are the models right, though?

Dr. Anthony Fauci, a rare individual in Washington respected by people on both sides of the aisle, had this to say on the issue at a coronavirus task force meeting this week, according to The Post piece: “I’ve looked at all the models. I’ve spent a lot of time on the models. They don’t tell you anything. You can’t really rely upon models.”
The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said there were too many variables involved in the predictions.
This could be good or bad.
The Post article, for instance, is about how experts don’t trust the White House’s models; not that they didn’t think that deaths might not fall within that range, just that no one could express enough confidence to make those projections.

“We don’t have a sense of what’s going on in the here and now, and we don’t know what people will do in the future,” Jeffrey Shaman, a Columbia University epidemiologist whose work was cited by the White House, said.
“We don’t know if the virus is seasonal, as well.”
And that’s the thing — we don’t know.
Take this virus seriously. Wash your hands. Use masks, if you can find them.

What’s going on in New York City should sound a tocsin of alarm about what happens when coronavirus isn’t taken seriously enough.
However, taking models at face value is problematic.
Consider what Christopher Murray, the IHME head, said about the purpose of his work: “The reason we created our model is to help hospitals plan. How many beds you’ll need, how many ventilators, when the peak is likely coming.”
If they’re wrong about hospital beds — overestimating the number New York would need by over 400 percent — what does that say about the rest of the model?

Have we avoided the worst? Is the worst yet to come?
We don’t know — but what we can extrapolate is that, on some critical numbers, the IHME model is very wrong.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Trump Tabs White House Lawyer for Virus Inspector General, Pelosi Opposes Nomination

President Donald Trump named a White House lawyer as inspector general for hundreds of billions of dollars approved by Congress for CCP virus relief, a selection opposed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
One of three oversight mechanisms established in the $2.2 trillion bill Trump signed last week after it passed Congress was a special inspector general to oversee $500 billion in funds that will be doled out by the Treasury Department to small businesses and corporations.
The White House announced on Friday that Trump selected Brian Miller, special assistant to the president and senior associate counsel in the White House Counsel’s office, to serve in the position.
Miller previously served as an independent corporate monitor and an expert witness and has practiced law in ethics and compliance, government contracts, internal investigations, white collar, and suspension and debarment, according to the White House. He was the inspector general for the General Services Administration for nearly a decade after being confirmed by the Senate.
A section of the stimulus bill establishes a new Special Inspector General for Pandemic Recovery (SIGPR) and requires the special inspector general to report to Congress immediately when any government agencies decline to provide information to him. In a statement released after signing the bill last month, Trump said: “I do not understand, and my Administration will not treat, this provision as permitting the SIGPR to issue reports to the Congress without the presidential supervision required” by federal law.
Trump’s declaration sparked a letter from Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Jon Tester (D-Mont.), who on Friday called for the president to comply with all of the oversight requirements.
“As you work to implement COVID-19 legislation, we ask that you provide Congress a detailed plan on how the government plans to execute these funds and what accountability measures are being put in place to ensure our taxpayer dollars are being spent efficiently and effectively,” they wrote. “We expect that the Special Inspector General will fulfill its statutory responsibilities, and look forward to working with your administration to ensure robust oversight of taxpayer dollars.”

Firefighters remove their personal protective equipment after responding to a medical call amid the CCP virus outbreak in Chelsea, Massachusetts on April 3, 2020. (Brian Snyder/Reuters)
In a statement Saturday, Pelosi voiced her concern about the nomination of Miller.
“The Inspector General providing oversight of the federal response of this historic relief package for workers and families must be independent from politics. The President’s nomination of one of his own lawyers clearly fails that test,” she said.
The move makes the need for a bipartisan House committee that will oversee the dispersal of funds “even more urgent,” according to Pelosi.
The California Democrat this week announced the creation of the panel, which will be chaired by Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.). The oversight committee, another mechanism mandated in the bill, will make sure funds “are spent wisely and effectively,” Pelosi told reporters in a conference call.
Miller must be confirmed by the Senate, which Republicans hold with a 53-47 majority.
The third oversight mechanism gives the Pentagon’s top watchdog oversight responsibilities.
Glenn Fine, the acting Inspector General for the Pentagon, was in recent days appointed to chair the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC).
Simon Veazey contributed to this report.
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Trump Eyes More Relief Funds for Small Businesses Hit by COVID-19

Seeking to further shore up America’s beleaguered small businesses amid the pandemic, President Donald Trump said Saturday he would consider increasing relief funds if they run out.
“I will immediately ask Congress for more money to support small businesses under the #PPPloan if the allocated money runs out,” Trump said in a tweet, referring to the Paycheck Protection Program that is part of the $2.2 trillion relief bill and put in place to help small firms keep workers and pay bills during the pandemic.
It will give businesses low-interest loans of about 2.5 times their average monthly payroll. The loans will be fully or partially forgiven if businesses show that the money was used to retain or rehire employees and pay some overhead expenses through June 30.
“Nearly $350 billion in loans will be available to small businesses including sole proprietors. These loans are up to 100 percent forgivable as long as employers keep paying their workers,” Trump said at an April 2 briefing, a day ahead of the program launch.
“Got to take care of your workers,” Trump added.

A worker sits in an empty gift shop in New York City’s Chinatown on Feb. 13, 2020. The Department of Small Business Services in New York reported at the time that revenues were already down by 40 percent in Chinatown due to CCP virus concerns. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
But the relief scheme got off to a rocky start Friday, as hundreds of thousands tried to apply for desperately needed loans. Many small business owners ran into bureaucratic or technical roadblocks.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, who played a pivotal role in shaping the relief package, said in a tweet Friday that over $1.8 billion has already been allocated by the Small Business Administration (SBA) and that big banks, too, were moving ahead with processing funds.
Bank of America alone said 75,000 small businesses had applied for $7 billion in loans.
Once the bank handles the application, it goes to the SBA, which said Friday afternoon that it had approved more than 12,460 loans valued at $3.9 billion. But it was unclear how much if any money had actually been sent to the businesses.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin speaks with reporters outside White House in Washington, on March 13, 2020. (Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images)
Some businesses found their bank wasn’t yet prepared to accept applications, and when they tried another bank, they were told that only established customers were being accepted.
“We know there will be challenges in the process,” said SBA Administrator Jovita Carranza at an April 2 briefing. “Our most important objective is to allow small businesses to keep their employees on board, and keep their businesses viable through this unprecedented disruption.”
Time will tell whether disbursement will take place efficiently enough to help businesses stave off collapse.
“This administration believes wholeheartedly that if you are a small business, you are a critical part of the economic fabric of this country and your viability is critical to the economic wellbeing of your employees,” Carranza said.
Other efforts are underway to support America’s small businesses amid the outbreak of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus, commonly known as the novel coronavirus.
The Federal Reserve said on March 23 it would soon announce its “Main Street Business Lending Program,” which it said would complement the SBA’s efforts to keep small businesses alive.
Details of the Fed’s program remain unclear, but Joe Brusuelas, chief economist at RSM, a consultancy focused on middle-market businesses in Chicago, told Inc. that he expects the program will get at least $100 billion in initial funding and could supply up to $1 trillion in new loans for midsize companies.
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston President Eric Rosengren told Bloomberg on April 1 the roll-out of the main street lending program may still be “another couple” of weeks away.

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s President and CEO Eric S. Rosengren speaks at a conference in New York, on April 17, 2013. (Reuters/Keith Bedford/File Photo)
“It’s a complicated facility to appropriately scope,” he told the outlet in an interview. “We’re doing these facilities as fast as we can, and like every organization we’re dealing with a lot of people that are working remotely from home.”
In the text of remarks Rosengren delivered at an online event April 1 hosted by the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, he said there was more to be done to stem the fallout from the pandemic.
“We must continue to adapt as the crisis proceeds, with constant attention to the plight of workers who have been or will be laid off,” he said.
“We need to support the workers who keep our organizations and those we rely on (like grocery stores, shipping networks, and of course health care) up and running. And we must tide over workers and businesses that see demand dry up for a while,” Rosengren said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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House Conservatives Urges Trump Not to Rush Fourth CCP Virus Relief Package

House Republican leaders are cautioning President Donald Trump against rushing a fourth CCP virus relief package, warning that the hasty spending could have long-term impact on the country’s debt.
Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Republican Study Committee Chairman Mike Johnson (R-La.) sent a letter to the president on Friday urging him to reject requests for any additional relief packages, arguing that another bill would be premature since the recently passed bill, the CARES Act, has not yet fully taken effect.
“Most of the relief funding from Phase 2 and Phase 3 has not even been distributed yet. We advise caution in considering an additional round of spending outside of the regular process before we have seen the results of the previous three rounds of spending,” the lawmakers wrote. The letter was also signed by 20 other Republican lawmakers.
Congress passed a $2 trillion stimulus package last month that is slated to provide $1,200 for most Americans and $500 for every child, along with a number of measures to support small businesses and companies. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs and businesses have been forced to close as states ordered all nonessential businesses to close to slow the spread of the CCP virus.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and top Democrats have called for a fourth relief package in response to the pandemic that would include a bipartisan infrastructure deal. The president welcomed the infrastructure proposal in a Twitter post on Tuesday.
But during an interview with CNBC on Friday, Pelosi scaled back on her ambitions on what the next bill would entail, saying that an infrastructure deal that includes things like clean water and more broadband “may have to be for a bill beyond this.” Instead, she said the next bill would expand on the previous one while adding that she would like to see more direct payments to American working families.
In a statement released also on Friday, Pelosi said Congress “must work on an infrastructure package for recovery that addresses some of the critical impacts and vulnerabilities in America that have been laid bare by the coronavirus,” but did not specify whether this would be included in the next bill.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has also signaled that he supports a fourth relief package, saying that it will focus on healthcare.
“[It] should be more a targeted response to what we got wrong and what we didn’t do enough for—and at the top of the list there would have to be the health care part of it,” he told The Associated Press, confirming there will be another measure.
House Republicans have expressed less enthusiasm about spending more money. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy was wary about the idea of a fourth bill when interviewed by Fox News. He said he would like to see how the $2.2 trillion package turns out before making moves on the next one.
In the letter on Friday, the lawmakers expressed confidence that the country would “win the war” against the pandemic but added that the nation may not win its war against the mounting debt.
“Even before the CARES Act was signed into law, the national debt stood at $23.6 trillion, which equates to nearly $73,000 for every citizen—man, woman, and child,” they wrote. “Now we will add at least $2 trillion to this already unsustainable sum. Every dollar we add to the debt today makes it increasingly less likely that we will be able to provide even the basic services our citizens have come to expect in the decades to come.”
“While each of us hold differing opinions about whether the CARES Act was warranted to meet an unprecedented crisis, we are united in the belief that going forward the U.S. simply cannot afford any more deficit spending of this magnitude.”
They said that if further relief packages are necessary, they should only contain measures to “restore and grow the U.S. economy with as little long-term government intervention as possible.”
“Prosperity will return to America, just as it has after every other crisis in our nation’s past. And we fully expect prosperity to return more quickly this time, Mr. President–due in large measure to your leadership. In the meantime, we must ensure that we do not compromise the future of our children and grandchildren or alter the free-market values that have made us the envy of the world,” they added.
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Arizona Doctor Helps Build Innovative Device To Protect Health Care Workers Fighting Coronavirus

Thanks to an Arizona physician, health care professionals across the country could soon be safer as they continue to lead the fight against the novel coronavirus.
Dr. Ben Reeser, an emergency room physician in Phoenix, developed a new piece of medical technology that limits viral exposure between medical workers and their patients.

Based on a design by Dr. Hsien Yung Lai of Taiwan, the device is a fiberglass box meant to be placed around an infectious patient’s head.
Two holes are cut out to allow physicians to tend to their patients and perform intubation without risk of aerosolized exposure.
“Every time we intubate, there’s probably at least four other people in the room,” Reeser told KNXV-TV.

“There is the physician, a nurse, respiratory therapist, and more all exposed during that procedure.”

Resser’s development solves that problem, providing protection for nurses, doctors and any other medical professionals required to work in close proximity to their patients.
Reeser enlisted the help of Matthew Moore and Urban Plough Furniture, a Phoenix-based company, to help with the production of the equipment.
“He said, ‘We have these things that we have to make to save people’s lives,’” Moore told the station.
“That’s all it took for us to get started right away.”
An additional company, Tuft & Needle, has contributed money to produce the devices, KNXV reported.

Thanks to these companies and Reeser’s smart thinking, several boxes have already been shipped to intensive care units in the Phoenix area.
They have placed the design on the website Intubationbox.com so that health care providers across the country can make their own. The site notes that, “We have a very limited ability to fabricate and ship out ready to assemble boxes,” but encourages hospitals in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah to request one.
This isn’t the only recent example of a doctor’s innovation helping combat the coronavirus.
On March 14, Dr. Charlene Babcock, who practices in the Detroit area, released a video showing how one ventilator could be easily modified to provide ventilation for four adults.

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This unprecedented global catastrophe caused by the coronavirus has caused the world a fair bit of pain and suffering, with New York the hardest-hit site in the U.S. The high death rate of COVID-19 has proven very difficult for many countries to handle.
Amidst all this panic comes one silver lining, however.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown just how uniquely poised America is to tackle such enormous crises. The stress of combating this epidemic has proven how powerful American determination truly are.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Unbelievable: China joins United Nations Human Rights group despite unleashing global pandemic

The commie government that was so utterly incompetent and deceptive about the global pandemic rampaging throughout the world is being rewarded by the United Nations.

BREAKING: #China joins U.N. Human Rights Council panel, where it will help select next world monitors on freedom of speech, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detention—and on health. @hillelneuer: “It’s like making a pyromaniac into the town fire chief.”https://t.co/E2vYfYcNcD pic.twitter.com/1UkF5T4MHU
— UN Watch (@UNWatch) April 3, 2020

Unbelievable:
China was appointed on Wednesday to a United Nations Human Rights Council panel where it will play a key role in picking the world body’s human rights investigators — including global monitors on freedom of speech, health, enforced disappearances, and arbitrary detention — in a move that has sparked protest by international human rights activists.
UN Watch had a great statement about this:
“Allowing China’s oppressive and inhumane regime to choose the world investigators on freedom of speech, arbitrary detention and enforced disappearances is like making a pyromaniac into the town fire chief,” said Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch, a non-governmental human rights organization based in Geneva that closely monitors the 47-nation UN Human Rights Council, and a leader in speaking out at the UN for victims in China.
“It’s absurd and immoral for the UN to allow China’s oppressive government a key role in selecting officials who shape international human rights standards and report on violations worldwide,” said Neuer.
And also:
“Likewise, at a time when China has forcibly disappeared citizens who express dissent like the executive Ren Zhiqiang, who called Xi a ‘clown’ over coronavirus response — as well as  upwards of a 1 million Muslim Uyghur and minority group members — it is inconceivable that China would be allowed to influence the selection of the next member of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances,” Neuer added.
“And how can China be involved in choosing the UN Special Rapporteur on the protection of freedom of opinion and expression, when the regime routinely imposes draconian censorship, and seeks to shut down dissenting voices?” asked Neuer.
“Finally, as the world is suffering from the deadly coronavirus pandemic that spread like wildfire in Wuhan while China silenced doctors, journalists and other citizens who tried to sound the alarm, by what logic can the Beijing regime be involved in choosing the UN’s next global monitor on the right to health?”
I really wonder sometimes how it was possible that Democrats and liberals a hundred years ago looked the other way as the Soviet Union murdered its citizen, but then also PRAISED the regime for their progressive values. As I see how the media is helping China cover up their crimes NOW, it becomes more clear just how it is that people can deceive themselves.

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Trump Confident General Election Will Go as Scheduled, Opposes Proposed Wisconsin Changes

The 2020 presidential election will be held as scheduled, according to President Donald Trump.
“The general election will happen on November 3rd,” Trump told reporters Friday night at the White House.
Trump is up for reelection. The only two Democratic presidential candidates left in the field are former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), though there have been rumblings about a contested convention leading to a different nominee to challenge the president.
Voters in presidential election years choose who they want for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives alongside voting for commander-in-chief candidates.
Trump said efforts to delay primary elections in Wisconsin appeared to stem from a Republican state Supreme Court candidate, Dan Kelly, who received an endorsement from the president.
“I just endorsed him today and it was a very strong endorsement. His polls—he’s gone very high up. And all of a sudden, the governor comes out—the Democrat governor, by the way—comes out and says, ‘Oh, we’re going to move this election,’” Trump said.
The president said he opposes mail-in voting because he supports people only voting after showing identification.
“It shouldn’t be mail-in voting. It should be: You go to a booth and you proudly display yourself,” he said. “And you should have voter ID, because when you have voter ID, that’s the real deal.”
Biden has also said he supports the election moving forward as planned while Sanders has called for a delay, along with Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tony Evers speaks to supporters at a campaign event in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Nov. 4, 2018. (Nick Oxford/File Photo/Reuters)
Wisconsin
Evers, a Democrat, signed an executive order on Friday calling a meeting of the state Legislature as he tries to postpone the state’s primary election, which is currently slated to take place on April 7.
Evers wants the legislation passed allowing the election to take place entirely through mail-in voting. The bill should also mandate the sending of a ballot to every registered voter who has not already requested one by May 19, and extend the time for those ballots to be received to May 26, his office said.
“Folks, I can’t move this election or change the rules on my own. My hands are tied,” Evers said in a video posted to Facebook. “And that’s why I spoke to legislative leaders about this weeks ago. I even publicly called upon them to act. They have made it clear they are unwilling to make changes.”
Voters going to polling locations would create “a very unnecessary public health risk,” Evers said.
U.S. District Judge William Conley, an appointee of President Barack Obama, ruled this week that he couldn’t delay the election.
“The only role of a federal district court is to take steps that help avoid the impingement on citizens’ rights to exercise their voting franchise as protected by the United States Constitution and federal statutes,” he wrote.
Conley, who ordered absentee voting extended to April 13, said during oral arguments that Wisconsin’s Legislature and Evers “are not willing to step up and say there’s a public health crisis and make it absolutely clear that we should not be allowing poll workers and voters to congregate on April 7,” according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

A sign directs voters towards a polling place near the state capitol in Madison, Wisconsin on Nov. 6, 2018. (Nick Oxford/File Photo/Reuters)
Republican Party Opposes Delay
The Wisconsin Democratic Party supports pushing the primary back, while the state Republican Party, which holds majorities in both the House of Representatives and the Senate, does not.
Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, both Republicans, accused Evers of changing his mind in recent weeks.
“If the governor had legitimate concerns, we could have come to a bipartisan solution weeks ago. This discussion would have happened long before today. The only bipartisan discussion we’ve had was to ensure the election would continue safely and to maximize the opportunity to vote absentee,” they said in a joint statement. “Unfortunately, it’s this type of feckless leadership Wisconsin has come to expect of the governor in the face of this crisis. Instead of remaining strong to ensure our representative democracy continues, he caves under political pressures from national liberal special interest groups.”
“Our Republic must continue to function, and the many local government positions on the ballot must be filled so that municipalities can swiftly respond to the crisis at hand. We continue to support what Governor Evers has supported for weeks: the election should continue as planned on Tuesday,” they added.
Biden said in a virtual press conference this week that he thinks the state can still hold the election but that it is up to the governor and state officials. Sanders said in a statement that “People should not be forced to put their lives on the line to vote, which is why 15 states are now following the advice of public health experts and delaying their elections.”
Wisconsin should move entirely to voting by mail, the senator said.
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Trump Won’t be Wearing Mask Despite New Recommendations

President Donald Trump said he won’t follow new recommendations from federal officials for wearing masks, emphasizing that wearing a mask is up to each person.
“With the masks, it’s going to be, really, a voluntary thing. You can do it. You don’t have to do it. I’m choosing not to do it, but some people may want to do it, and that’s OK,” Trump said at a press conference in Washington on Friday night, where officials announced the guidelines.
“It may be good. Probably will. They’re making a recommendation. It’s only a recommendation. It’s voluntary,” he added.
A slew of other countries—and some states and cities—recommended or mandated the use of masks when people leave their homes before the federal advisory. Federal officials cited seven studies published in recent weeks showing people infected with the the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as novel coronavirus, but who aren’t showing symptoms can transmit the virus to others.
The White House said earlier Friday that anyone expected to be near Trump or Vice President Mike Pence will be given a rapid test that can detect the virus even in people who aren’t showing symptoms.
The new recommendations say people should wear “cloth face coverings” in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to main, such as grocery stores and pharmacies. Officials are asking Americans to not use surgical masks or N95 respirators in a bid to reserve them for frontline workers such as doctors and police officers.

A healthcare worker arrives at Mount Sinai Hospital during the CCP virus outbreak, in New York City on April 3, 2020. (Brendan McDermid/Reuters)
Why Trump Won’t Wear One
Pressed on why he won’t wear a mask, Trump said he doesn’t want to and noted the federal advisory is a recommendation as opposed to mandated.
He tried imagining himself wearing a mask while sitting in the Oval Office behind the desk greeting world leaders.
“I don’t know. Somehow, I don’t see it for myself,” he said. “I just don’t. Maybe I’ll change my mind, but this will pass and hopefully it’ll pass very quickly.”
The recommendation is simple and well-designated, the president, adding, “Most people can just make something out of a certain material.”
Trump was asked again why he wouldn’t be wearing a mask and said the guidelines are not mandatory.
“I just don’t choose to,” he said. “Basically, it’s a voluntary thing.”
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South Dakota State Lawmaker Bob Glanzer Dies of CCP Virus

Bob Glanzer, a longtime South Dakota lawmaker, died on Friday from COVID-19.
COVID-19 is caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as novel coronavirus.
Glanzer, 75, was being treated in an intensive care unit at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center in Sioux Falls before his death at approximately 8 p.m.
“Our dad, grandpa, uncle, husband, and friend went to heaven,” son Tom Glanzer wrote on Facebook.
He said the staff at Avera were amazing and took good care of Glanzer and his family.
“Their work was even more appreciated during this truly trying time in our world. They were able to comfort us without being next to us and that is human care on the highest level,” Tom Glanzer said.
No family members were with Glanzer when he died because of concerns about the virus, his son told Keloland News.
Bob Glanzer’s wife, Penny, was also diagnosed with COVID-19 but has since been cleared by the state Department of Health, Tom Glanzer said.
South Dakota House Majority Leader Lee Qualm said that Glanzer was “a true statesman, an amazing man of God and a great asset to the SD House of Representatives.”

Colorized scanning electron micrograph of an apoptotic cell (red) heavily infected with CCP virus particles (yellow), isolated from a patient sample. Image captured at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland, published on April 2, 2020. (NIAID)
“He will be greatly missed!” Qualm said in a statement.
South Dakota only had two COVID-19 deaths before Glanzer passed away.
The state has 187 people who tested positive for the virus but 69 of those have since recovered, according to the state Department of Health. Seventeen patients remain hospitalized.
Another 4,593 people have tested negative for the virus while test results for three people are pending.
South Dakota is one of around seven states that has not issued a stay at home order mandating that residents not leave home unless they’re taking essential trips, such as ones for obtaining groceries or medicine.

South Dakota Governor-elect Kristi Noem (R) sits sits next to U.S. President Donald Trump and Florida Governor-elect Ron DeSantis (L) at the White House in Washington on Dec. 13, 2018. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
“This has been a constant balance and analysis that we have been looking at and analyzing is: how long can people change their way of life, how long can they stay at home, how long can children stay out of school, how long before we don’t have any businesses left to employ people and put food on their table, how long can we keep people out of South Dakota or not let any South Dakotans leave the state,” South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem told reporters on Friday.
“If I put all of those measures into place today I just want people to know I am being really honest and candid with you, is that you would have to sustain that activity, and shelter at home, and not leave, and not have our businesses open, and our borders closed until October.”
Noem has previously said that “people themselves are primarily responsible for their safety.”
Noem declared a state of emergency on March 13, three days after the detection of the first case, and cancelled some events while ordering state employees to work from home when possible. She also issued an executive order on March 23 asking state residents to stay home to reduce exposure to the virus, not gather in groups of 10 or more, and follow social distancing guidelines such as remaining at least 6 feet from others when out in public.
Social distancing measures and other measures taken in recent weeks have cut the projected peak hospitalizations from something “far beyond our capacity” to 5,000, Noem told reporters on Friday. Approximately 1,300 ventilators will be needed at the peak, according to models, which show the peak will not arrive until the middle of June.
Between 30 and 70 percent of South Dakotans will be infected with the virus, according to the projections. The state, with a population of some 882,000, currently has one of the smallest case and death counts in the United States.
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Ocasio-Cortez says coronavirus is racist, stimulus bill should be like reparations

Ocasio-Cortez just doesn’t stop, she just keeps on chugging with her vapid stupidity. Here’s her latest – the effects of coronavirus are racist because of course they are:

COVID deaths are disproportionately spiking in Black + Brown communities.
Why? Because the chronic toll of redlining, environmental racism, wealth gap, etc. ARE underlying health conditions.
Inequality is a comorbidity. COVID relief should be drafted with a lens of reparations.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 3, 2020

Er. Yeah, about that. I mean, I will agree with her for about 5% of that statement. There is always a disproportional negative effect on minorities around this stuff, and maybe some of it is due to racism. Most of it is simply due to minorities being overly represented in poverty-stricken communities. But “reparations”? Huh?!
AND GET THIS – just a few weeks ago she was saying that it was racist to NOT GO OUT and help spread coronavirus to minority restaurants:

Ocasio-Cortez says people are not eating at Chinese and Asian restaurants right now because they are “just straight up” racist about the coronavirus pic.twitter.com/egtpRDEDhO
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 11, 2020

Here’s what she said:
“Honestly, it sounds almost so silly to say, but there’s a lot of restaurants that are feeling the pain of racism, where people are literally not patroning Chinese restaurants, they’re not patroning Asian restaurants because of just straight-up racism around the coronavirus,” she said during an Instagram Live session on Tuesday.
Gosh, it’s almost. As if. It doesn’t matter. What happens. She’s gonna. Blame it. On Racism. Is it just me? Am I losing my mind? I think so.

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It Begins: Judges Order Infected Citizens To Wear Ankle Monitors and Stay at Home

As bad as America’s COVID-19 outbreak is, it remains a chance to set the United States apart from the world — to show that we can come together and defeat this virus while still maintaining the rights that make our country so unique.
For the most part, that’s been the case.

American authorities haven’t welded apartment blocks shut, like those in China reportedly did.
There have been no mass roundups or summary executions, either.
Even some state officials’ attacks on our constitutionally guaranteed right to bear arms have been stopped cold once President Donald Trump stepped in.

While Americans overwhelmingly reject tyranny amidst the outbreak, Kentucky residents are now beginning to see another attempt at unsettling government control creep into their lives.
According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, two Kentucky circuit court judges have used their power to tag and monitor infected people who have broken quarantine.

Of the three people fitted with ankle monitors and ordered to stay home, two have tested positive for the coronavirus.
The other individual does not even have the novel coronavirus, but is a family member of one of the infected Kentuckians.

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The individuals were ordered to wear the devices by judges after they were believed to have left their homes instead of self-isolating, and in one case checked out of the hospital after testing positive.
Now, these innocent people risk arrest if they break quarantine again.
The move sets a shocking precedent, one that is seemingly unheard of in the United States, but appears to follow a Kentucky law that gives county health officials the power to force isolation in certain cases.

The order is presented as being an appropriate measure for extreme circumstances, but it’s a shockingly authoritarian response to this “crime.”
While the low-tech solution of an ankle monitor may seem scary, the real horror show starts when big tech steps in.
Instead of forcing people into wearing a monitoring device, companies like Google can simply use data pouring out of cell phones — devices already attached at the hip of most people.
According to Reuters, the tech giant harvested location data from billions of users’ phones to better help officials gauge the effects of quarantines and lockdowns.

Although Google purposefully obscured the data, governments’ willingness to bend civil rights mean that this could be a nightmare scenario should the tech company ever reverse their decision.
Personal information about someone’s travel habits, as well as their current whereabouts and work, home and recreation locations, would be downright deadly in the wrong hands.
Facebook is similarly sharing information on users that is intended for use by governments during the current pandemic.
If we’re not careful, this trend will only continue to increase in America.

And the further government takes its power, the harder it will be to wrest it back.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Trump Fires Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson

President Donald Trump has fired Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence community (ICIG) who handled the anonymous whistleblower complaint that triggered the House Democratic-led impeachment effort against the president.
In a letter to the Senate intelligence committee on Friday, Trump said that he would remove Atkinson from office “effective 30 days from today.”
“It is extremely important that we promote the economy, efficiency, and effectiveness of Federal programs and activities,” Trump wrote.
“The Inspectors General have a critical role in the achievement of these goals,” he continued.
“As is the case with regard to other positions where I, as President, have the power of appointment, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, it is vital that I have the fullest confidence in the appointees serving as Inspectors General.”
“That is no longer the case with regard to this Inspector General,” Trump said in the letter, referring to Atkinson.

President Donald Trump in the press briefing room with members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force in Washington on April 3, 2020. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Trump said he will later nominate another individual to the position.
Atkinson received a complaint from a mysterious whistleblower in August 2019 regarding Trump’s July 25, 2019, telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
In the call, Trump asked Zelensky to investigate claims that a server containing digital copies of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s personal email were being held by unknown person(s) in Ukraine. The whistleblower wasn’t a firsthand witness to the call.
Trump nominated Atkinson, a career government employee, for the ICIG position in November 2017.
“Mr. Atkinson has served as an Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Senior Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General (AAG) of the National Security Division (NSD) of the Department of Justice (DOJ) since 2016,” the White House said in announcing Atkinson’s nomination.
More to come.

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County That Arrested Pastor for Holding Service Reverses Course, Recognizes Churches as ‘Essential’

Hillsborough County and the state of Florida have newly recognized religious services as “essential” activities after a Florida pastor was arrested for holding service.
Gov. Ron DeSantis said in a media conference on Thursday that closing churches was unconstitutional and “we can’t start ripping up the Constitution,” WFTS-TV reported.

DeSantis explained that people need religious services, though he encouraged houses of worship to adhere to recommended guidelines, holding online services or ensuring that people stay six feet apart from one another for in-person services.
Hillsborough County’s Emergency Policy Group expanded on the guidelines, asking people to adhere to public health experts’ recommendations.
“Religious Services are considered an essential activity under” DeSantis’ “stay-at-home” order, the guidance read.

“Those who choose to attend religious services in-person should follow the public health and safety guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control,” it added.
“This includes providing at least 6 feet of space between attendees and avoiding gathering in groups larger than 10 people.”

This decision comes after Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne of The River at Tampa Bay Church was arrested Monday on charges of unlawful assembly and violating Hillsborough County’s “safer-at-home” order, which banned groups of 10 people or more from gathering during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Liberty Counsel, the nonprofit legal firm group representing Howard-Browne, called for Sheriff Chad Chronister to provide written documentation that he would not arrest people gathered at their church after the reversed ruling.
According to Liberty Counsel, the sheriff had told the pastor last week the church could meet and then issued a warrant for the pastor’s arrest.
“The criminal charge must be immediately dismissed, and the file sealed,” Liberty Counsel wrote.

“The sheriff has done great damage to Pastor Howard-Browne and The River church.”
Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said that the county made the change because it “knew the lawsuit was coming this week and knew they would not win.”
“We are also pleased that every church in Florida is now free to worship. Pastor Rodney Howard-Browne brought worldwide attention to an unconstitutional order and arrest,” Staver said.
However, Howard-Browne wrote in a statement Thursday that in response to the antagonistic climate, the church will be closed on Sunday.

Big Announcement – please do not listen to the #fakenews #lies 👇🏼 pic.twitter.com/HryRpEMjzH
— Rodney Howard-Browne (@rhowardbrowne) April 2, 2020

“We do not make this decision lightly. This is Palm Sunday,” he wrote. “We are entering the time of year that is most important to Christians around the world in which we remember and celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
He added that the church did not have ulterior motives for holding service when it did.

“We did not hold church to defy any order; nor did we hold church to send a political message. We did not hold church for self-promotion or financial motives, as some have wrongly accused,” Howard-Browne wrote.
“We held church because it is our mission to save souls and help people, and because we in good faith did everything possible to comply with the Executive Order.”
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Breaking! Trump fires intelligence community IG and Dems are losing their minds

El Presidente just announced that he fired the dude that told Congress about the concerns over his Ukraine call that eventually led to the impeachment vote.

President Donald Trump has fired Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence community who handled the whistleblower complaint that triggered Trump’s impeachment.
Trump informed the Senate intelligence committee Friday of his decision to fire Atkinson, according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press.
Trump said in the letter that it is “vital” that he has confidence in the appointees serving as inspectors general, and “that is no longer the case with regard to this inspector general.”
Atkinson was the first to inform Congress about an anonymous whistleblower complaint last year that described Trump’s pressure on Ukraine to investigate Democrat Joe Biden and his son. That complaint prompted a House investigation that ultimately resulted in Trump’s impeachment.

As you can imagine, Democrats are losing it:

Trump’s dead of night decision to fire ICIG Michael Atkinson is another blatant attempt to gut the independence of the Intelligence Community and retaliate against those who dare to expose presidential wrongdoing.
It puts our country and national security at even greater risk. pic.twitter.com/Pnm7chdIkl
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) April 4, 2020

Michael Atkinson is a man of integrity who has served our nation for almost two decades. Being fired for having the courage to speak truth to power makes him a patriot. https://t.co/Gl3JtewXL0
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) April 4, 2020

And some reporters too:

Late on a Friday night, in the middle of a national emergency, Trump fires the IG who deemed the whistleblower complaint about his conduct with Ukraine both credible and urgent. Atkinson was appointed by Trump in 2018 and previously served at DOJ for 15 years https://t.co/cFFYzYeU87
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) April 4, 2020

We’ll have to see how this turns out, but just like Biden tried to hide his endorsement of Trump’s China travel ban on a late night Friday, this seems also something they don’t want to bring much attention to…
Here’s where it all started, way back in September 2019, which now seems like ten decades ago.

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Huffpost: Nancy Pelosi seeks new coronavirus bill because Dems know they ‘totally botched’ it

Even the Huffington Post is recognizing that Democrats “totally botched” the coronavirus response bill, according to their senior reporter Zach Carter.
Carter was asked about an article he wrote Thursday that suggested that disappointment with Congress’s handling of the stimulus bill is something both parties currently have in common.
“I think it’s pretty clear that leaders in both parties misjudged both the nature and the scope of this crisis when they were putting together this coronavirus package last week,” he said. “And you can tell they know they screwed up because they almost immediately started working on a new bill.”
Carter said Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is calling the upcoming stimulus bill “phase four” of Congress’s response to the pandemic to hide that fact that it’s a “do-over” of the bill passed last week.
“Nancy Pelosi is referring to this as ‘phase four’ of the coronavirus legislative response as if there’s some sort of very careful, tactful initiative underway in Congress to roll out specific new policies as the crisis spreads but in fact what they’re doing is trying to get a do-over on totally botching the process that they attempted to launch last week,” he said.

It’s fairly certain that the bill will do very little to get us back on economic track. It’s just meant to help people to get along for a while as we figure out how far we’re going on this pandemic shutdown.
Meanwhile, some conservatives opposite any new bills to toss out cash:
Top conservatives in the House are cautioning President Trump against rushing to support a fourth coronavirus relief package, expressing concern additional stimulus legislation could have a detrimental impact on the nation’s debt and deficit.
In a letter spearheaded by House Freedom Caucus Chairman Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) sent to the president Friday, the lawmakers argued the bills recently passed by Congress aimed at mitigating the financial fallout from the outbreak have not yet fully taken effect, adding they believe calls for subsequent bills are premature.
“We applaud you for the heroic efforts you and the Administration have taken in the face of the largest public health challenge our nation has faced in over a century. Now that the CARES Act has been signed into law, we urge you to stand against the additional requests that are already circulating for a rushed fourth and fifth phase of relief,” they wrote.
I have a feeling that Trump is not gonna listen to them. He’s very much in the old FDR mode of erring on the side of spending, not on the side of smaller government. We shall see how it goes…

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Oakland Could Become Next Epicenter as Crowds Party on Streets

Despite warnings and orders to stay at home, some California residents have chosen to party with hundreds of their friends and neighbors instead.
While New York remains the epicenter of the American outbreak of COVID-19, reckless behavior on the West Coast may soon see California given the grim designation.

As San Francisco’s KTVU reported, Oakland police say that about 450 people opted to violate the state’s “shelter-in-place” order to participate in “disruptive and illegal behavior.”

Sunday during our sideshow enforcement 3 people were arrested 14 others cited & 12 vehicles towed. Roughly 450 people took part in this disruptive and illegal behavior. Special thanks to “ARGUS” our police helicopter which played a major role. Weekend enforcement will continue. pic.twitter.com/L8zxE2bSJI
— Oakland Police Dept. (@oaklandpoliceca) March 30, 2020

Revelers mingled and watched as drivers conducted stunts with cars in the middle of the street.
Video from the spontaneous gathering shows people without face masks clearly breaking the six-feet social-distance spacing guidelines recommended by health officials and other experts.

Considering how easily the novel coronavirus jumps from human to human, there’s little doubt that a single infectious person in this crowd could have spread the disease to dozens.
Judging by the blatant disregard for simple social-distancing guidelines, this party likely won’t be the last large social gathering many of these people attend.
Additional video footage of the street parties appears to show more of the same — unprepared or unaware people too close to one another during a pandemic:

A surge in cases may be exactly what California’s Democratic leadership is hoping for, however.
Gov. Gavin Newsom recently said he hopes the deadly COVID-19 outbreak will be a chance to “reshape the way we do business and how we govern.”
It’s unclear why California wasn’t able to shape its own government under the progressive leadership of the Democratic Party — a group that has controlled the state for nearly a decade.
Newsom isn’t alone in his push for a seemingly Democrat-led restructuring of wealth and class.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the creation of a new committee to oversee the distribution of the roughly $2 trillion relief package, a congressional group that is already becoming a political force with subpoena powers of its own.
A surge of coronavirus cases in California would threaten to buckle the state’s welfare and health care systems, setting the stage for Democrats to play the blame game against President Donald Trump and begin enacting their reforms.
If the crowds gathered in Oakland to party are any indication, the upcoming weeks could be rough for California.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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After two months, Biden backs Trump’s China travel ban in embarrassing Friday news dump

Yessir, it’s time for this week’s embarrassing Friday news dump, and it just came down the pike from poor old creepy Uncle Joe’s campaign! And it took two whole months to get here!!
Joe Biden’s campaign said Friday the former vice president supports President Donald Trump’s January 31 decision to ban foreign nationals who had been in China within the previous 14 days from entering the United States.
“Joe Biden supports travel bans that are guided by medical experts, advocated by public health officials, and backed by a full strategy,” Kate Bedingfeld, Biden’s deputy campaign manager, told CNN. “Science supported this ban, therefore he did too.”
Ahhh that is embarrassing LOL! He was for science before he was against it! Of course now they’re making all sorts of distinctions in order to explain away this change of heart:
The comment comes after weeks of Trump’s reelection campaign accused Biden of calling Trump’s travel ban xenophobic — though the former vice president never explicitly said as much. Biden’s campaign has said he was not referring to Trump’s travel ban, but had not clarified his position on the ban.

Not buying it, Joe. And they knew the American people wouldn’t buy it, which is why they dumped it on a Friday evening.
CNN quotes what he originally said two months ago:
“You know we have right now a crisis with the coronavirus, emanating from China,” Biden said then. “The national emergency and worldwide alerts. The American people need to have a president who they can trust what he says about it. That he is going to act rationally about it. In moments like this, this is where the credibility of a president is most needed, as he explains what we should and should not do. This is no time for Donald Trump’s record of hysterical xenophobia and fear mongering to lead the way instead of science.”
Sorry Joe, you lose this round!! At least it was entertaining…

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Ex-ESPN Host Jemele Hill Attacks Patriots Owner for Trump Connection as He Secures Load of N95 Masks

Upon learning New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft used his team’s private airplane to import more than a million protective masks from China, former ESPN host Jemele Hill attacked him Thursday over his personal relationship with President Donald Trump.
Kraft and his son, Patriots president Jonathan Kraft, partnered with Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker to help out during the COVID-19 crisis by purchasing 1.7 million N95 masks in Shenzen, China, MassLive reported. The team plane returned Thursday from China, where it required special permission to even land.

A true team effort.
The story of how this week’s Patriotic mission for PPE unfolded: https://t.co/ScWF2V5Q8Q
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) April 3, 2020

The move was to ensure health care workers on the front lines of the fight against the coronavirus have the requisite equipment needed to protect themselves.

The Krafts even had a team truck deliver 300,000 of the masks to unfriendly territory in New York — a state filled with Giants and Jets fans.

We’re all in this together.
Headed to New York with hope, love and 300,000 masks for healthcare workers. #TogetherWhileApart pic.twitter.com/uV6vS0LPkb
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) April 3, 2020

During the global COVID-19 pandemic, even sports rivalries are being shelved.
Robert Kraft told the New York Post, “We got the governor [Baker] to release 300,000 masks and we paid for them and we gave them to New York City just out of love of the city.’’
While the move was almost universally hailed as a gesture of goodwill and charity by both Republicans and Democrats, far-left Hill apparently wasn’t impressed.
Unable to put her politics aside during a national crisis, the woke former “SportsCenter” co-host attacked Kraft on Twitter for his friendship with Trump.

“This is where I remind people that Robert Kraft is friends with Donald Trump and gave to his campaign. It’s incredible the Kraft family is doing this, but hope they understand their money helped empower their ‘friend,’” Hill wrote on Twitter.

This is where I remind people that Robert Kraft is friends with Donald Trump and gave to his campaign. It’s incredible the Kraft family is doing this, but hope they understand their money helped empower their ✌🏾friend✌🏾 https://t.co/IytC5C5bIX
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) April 2, 2020

Hill refused to stand down on her criticism of Kraft after one of her followers reminded her of the country’s current crisis.

Yes it is necessary. If we don’t critically think about how we got here, we will be back here again.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) April 2, 2020

The leftist “Atlantic” writer also responded to another follower who reminded her, “This isn’t the time to be divisive.”
“If you consider facts divisive, oh well. But maybe these owners and billionaires need to better understand that just as their money can do a good deed, it can cause also cause irreparable damage,” she wrote.

If you consider facts divisive, oh well. But maybe these owners and billionaires need to better understand that just as their money can do a good deed, it can cause also cause irreparable damage.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) April 2, 2020

Hill eventually concluded, “Nowhere did I say he shouldn’t do it. Nowhere did I say the gesture wasn’t needed. Politics aren’t a game. Bad policies ruins lives. Bad leadership, as we’ve seen, literally kills people.”

Nowhere did I say he shouldn’t do it. Nowhere did I say the gesture wasn’t needed. Politics aren’t a game. Bad policies ruins lives. Bad leadership, as we’ve seen, literally kills people.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) April 2, 2020

“The reminder is that charity doesn’t erase structural inequality. Billionaires are very loyal to structural inequality because it works for them. We keep getting fooled by good deeds when these are independent acts that don’t get to the root of the problem,” she said.

The reminder is that charity doesn’t erase structural inequality. Billionaires are very loyal to structural inequality because it works for them. We keep getting fooled by good deeds when these are independent acts that don’t get to the root of the problem
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) April 2, 2020

Hill’s comments also drew the attention of Logan Allen, a relief pitcher for the Cleveland Indians.

“Why can’t this just be a nice gesture done by the Kraft family? People these days twist EVERYTHING. You’re part of the problem,” Allen wrote.

Why can’t this just be a nice gesture done by the Kraft family? People these days twist EVERYTHING. You’re part of the problem https://t.co/sXDPUxzxKX
— Logan Allen (@Logan__Allen) April 3, 2020

In 2017, while she was with ESPN, Hill referred to Trump as a “white supremacist.”

Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017

She and her former hyper-political co-host Michael Smith eventually left ESPN, but not before cratering ratings for the sports network’s 6 p.m. “SportsCenter” slot.
Sports Illustrated reported that after Hill and Smith were replaced on the program, “SportsCenter” was able to win back 19 percent of its audience.

Hill’s latest comments further highlight the spectacle she made of the sports commentary and analysis show.
As the country wages a war against a virus that affects every American, Hill’s hatred for Trump apparently supersedes efforts to protect human life.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Trump Says He ‘Hit 3M Hard’ After Reports Company Is Selling Masks to Other Countries Instead of US

President Donald Trump said that he “hit 3M hard” after it was reported that the U.S. mask manufacturer prioritized foreign countries who outbid the U.S. for the critical N95 protective masks to fight the coronavirus.
“We hit 3M hard today after seeing what they were doing with their Masks. ‘P Act’ all the way,” Trump tweeted Thursday.

“Big surprise to many in government as to what they were doing – will have a big price to pay.”

We hit 3M hard today after seeing what they were doing with their Masks. “P Act” all the way. Big surprise to many in government as to what they were doing – will have a big price to pay!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 3, 2020

President Trump on Thursday evening invoked the Defense Production Act to force 3M to ramp up production of masks.
The order directed acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf to “use any and all authority available under the Act to acquire, from any appropriate subsidiary or affiliate of 3M Company, the number of N-95 respirators that the Administrator determines to be appropriate.”

Trump’s Thursday tweet came after the director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, Jared Moskowitz, told Tucker Carlson that he discovered 3M was favoring foreign buyers and had refused to sell him the masks for healthcare workers on the frontlines in Florida.
“For the last several weeks, we have had a boiler room in our EOC chasing down 3M authorized distributors, brokers, supposedly representing that they sell the N95 masks, only get to warehouses that are completely empty,” Moskowitz said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
“[We are] being told that our shipments are on cargo planes and the flights don’t even appear on FlightAware. We are chasing ghosts, Tucker. I just decided to turn up the heat and tell people what is actually happening in the N95 mask space.”
Moskowitz described the dire system and said that authorized distributors couldn’t tell him when he would receive masks he had ordered months ago and he couldn’t cancel orders.
He said he reached out to 3M to tell them that their distributors told him his orders were being pushed down because “foreign countries are showing up with cash.”

He voiced his criticisms on Twitter and was later contacted by the communications team who reportedly confirmed: “the system is completely broken.”

Hi @3M. I’m your new Troll. I’m the Director of Emergency Management for the State of Florida @FLSERT. Please send us N95 masks directly to our hospitals, first responders and the state. How many brokers and distributors do we have to negotiate with only to find empty warehouses? https://t.co/0E3gLc3R5t
— Jared Moskowitz (@JaredEMoskowitz) March 30, 2020

According to Moskowitz, the company did not dispute the claims that they were prioritizing foreign countries who showed up to warehouses with cash and said they had not put out any guidance to prevent it from happening.
Moskowitz emphasized that his frustrations were not targeting the factory workers who are working 24 hours a day to create personal protective equipment.

“This is about the executives who decided not to put America first and its going to have devastating consequences,” Moskowitz said.
He added that he told 3M he had cash, but they said they didn’t have any masks to sell him.
He said that he was shocked that he couldn’t “get this life-saving PPE because a company decided to make a globalist decision and not put America first.”

“The idea that an American company is selling masks away from our hospitals, away from our doctors, away from the real heroes on the front lines, is something that will long be investigated after this but is really criminal,” Moskowitz said.
Chief Executive Mike Roman responded to the reports and President Trump on CNBC Friday morning.
“The idea that 3M is not doing all it can to fight price gouging and unauthorized reselling is absurd. The idea that we’re not doing everything we can to maximize deliveries of respirators in our home country – nothing is further from the truth,” Roman said.
A Friday statement from the company said Trump’s order “also requested that 3M cease exporting respirators that we currently manufacture in the United States to the Canadian and Latin American markets.”

“Ceasing all export of respirators produced in the United States would likely cause other countries to retaliate and do the same, as some have already done,” the statement said. “If that were to occur, the net number of respirators being made available to the United States would actually decrease.”
“We will continue to maximize the amount of respirators we can produce on behalf of U.S. health-care workers, as we have every single day since this crisis began,” 3M said.
Roman and 3M said the company has already been working with the Trump administration on getting more masks to the U.S.
“We have been working closely with the Administration to do exactly that, and we appreciate the authorities in the DPA that provide a framework for us to expand even further the work we are doing in response to the global pandemic crisis,” 3M said. “We look forward to working with FEMA to implement yesterday’s order.”

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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CDC Recommends Using Face Coverings in Public Setting, Especially In CCP Virus Hot Zones

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Friday recommended that Americans should start to wear cloth face coverings in public settings.
The CDC’s suggestions come after new evidence showed that patients with COVID-19—the disease caused by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus—could spread the virus before showing any symptoms.
The agency urged people to use the cloth face coverings in places where social distancing measures are challenging to maintain, including grocery stores and pharmacies, especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.
However, the CDC emphasized people should still follow the 6-feet rule of social distancing.
“It is critical to emphasize that maintaining 6-feet social distancing remains important to slowing the spread of the virus,” the agency said in a statement. “CDC is additionally advising the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.”
The cloth face coverings can be household items or products made from home with everyday materials.
However, the CDC suggested that people beside caregivers should not use surgical masks or N-95 respirators.
“Those are critical supplies that must continue to be reserved for healthcare workers and other medical first responders,” CDC stated.
President announced the new CDC advisory earlier the day during the White House CCP Virus Task Force press briefing.
“CDC is announcing additional steps the American can take to defend against the transmission of the virus,” he said. “In light of these studies, the CDC is advising the use of non-medical cloth face coverings as an additional voluntary public health measure.”
He said that the transmission from individuals without symptoms is playing a more significant role in the spread of the virus than previously understood based on recent studies.
In a report published by CDC on April 1, researchers looked at 243 cases in Singapore from January through March. They identified seven clusters of cases where the “most likely explanation” for the secondary cases of infection was “presymptomatic transmission.”
The CDC defined presymptomatic transmission as “the transmission of SARS-CoV-2 from an infected person (source patient) to a secondary patient before the source patient developed symptoms.”
According to data collected by Johns Hopkins University, there are over one million confirmed cases around the world as of Friday afternoon, with over two hundred five thousand of them in the United States.
The number is considered to be highly underestimated because of the underreporting of cases from mainland China.
Homemade Masks
The Pennsylvania Department of Health posted guidance (pdf) on “homemade masks” on its website.
“Homemade masks made out of fabric and cloth are not considered” personal protective equipment, according to the website.

A shopper and cashier both wear masks and gloves and the cashier also has on a plastic visor at the checkout station at Pat’s Farms grocery store in Merrick, New York, on March 31, 2020. (Al Bello/Getty Images)
But homemade masks such as a scarf or bandana can limit the spread of droplets containing the CCP virus.
“When a homemade mask can’t be acquired, a scarf or bandana can be utilized. By implementing community use of these homemade fabric or cloth masks, everyone will have a higher degree of protection from this virus,” the department said.
Wearing such a mask, the department said, might be helpful while shopping at essential businesses, visiting a doctor or hospital, using public transportation, interacting with people at businesses, or when feeling sick.
“Because homemade masks protect everyone else from the droplets created by the wearer, it is essential that as many people as possible wear these masks when leaving their homes.
“This helps prevent those who may be infectious but are only mildly symptomatic or not symptomatic from spreading the virus to others in the community. Everyone should remember the phrase ‘my mask protects you, your mask protects me,’” it said.
There are also online tutorials for making face masks on YouTube and on other websites. Online retailers, including Etsy, are selling cloth masks.
Zachary Stieber and Jack Phillips contributed to the report.

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More evidence points to coronavirus originating from laboratory in Wuhan, not ‘wet market’

There is mounting evidence that in addition to China trying to cover up the origin of the coronavirus in Wuhan, China, they might also be covering up that the virus came from a laboratory, not the “wet markets” as many assume.

There is a great deal of deliberately blurring the line between “engineered in a lab” and “originated in a lab.” There is no evidence this virus is manmade. There is considerable circumstantial evidence it may be natural but accidentally released.https://t.co/OrZ2FXpntW
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) April 3, 2020

Jim Geraghty, despite being a Jets fan, is a fantastic political correspondent for National Review, and he really laid out all the reasons to believe that the virus came from a laboratory. It’s long, but it’s worth reading, and it is very alarming:
It is understandable that many would be wary of the notion that the origin of the coronavirus could be discovered by some documentary filmmaker who used to live in China. Matthew Tye, who creates YouTube videos, contends he has identified the source of the coronavirus — and a great deal of the information that he presents, obtained from public records posted on the Internet, checks out.
The Wuhan Institute of Virology in China indeed posted a job opening on November 18, 2019, “asking for scientists to come research the relationship between the coronavirus and bats.”
On December 24, 2019, the Wuhan Institute of Virology posted a second job posting. The translation of that posting includes the declaration, “long-term research on the pathogenic biology of bats carrying important viruses has confirmed the origin of bats of major new human and livestock infectious diseases such as SARS and SADS, and a large number of new bat and rodent new viruses have been discovered and identified.”
Continue reading at National Review.
Now it is important to note that there is a YUGE distinction between the conspiracy theories that say China created a bioweapon on purpose to attack the West, and Geraghty’s contention here that there is evidence the virus somehow leaked from a lab.
Here’s his conclusion from all the evidence he documented:
Virologists have been vehemently skeptical of the theory that COVID-19 was engineered or deliberately constructed in a laboratory; the director of the National Institutes of Health has written that recent genomic research “debunks such claims by providing scientific evidence that this novel coronavirus arose naturally.” And none of the above is definitive proof that COVID-19 originated from a bat at either the Wuhan Center for Disease Control & Prevention or the Wuhan Institute of Virology. Definitive proof would require much broader access to information about what happened in those facilities in the time period before the epidemic in the city.
But it is a remarkable coincidence that the Wuhan Institute of Virology was researching Ebola and SARS-associated coronaviruses in bats before the pandemic outbreak, and that in the month when Wuhan doctors were treating the first patients of COVID-19, the institute announced in a hiring notice that “a large number of new bat and rodent new viruses have been discovered and identified.” And the fact that the Chinese government spent six weeks insisting that COVID-19 could not be spread from person to person means that its denials about Wuhan laboratories cannot be accepted without independent verification.
I think there will be more information coming out about this, but it doesn’t help that our media is looking the other way because this kind of inquiry could indirectly help their mortal enemy, Donald Trump.

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US Will Cover COVID-19 Treatment for Uninsured Americans

President Donald Trump announced on April 3 that the government will pay for the medical treatment of COVID-19 for uninsured Americans using funds from the stimulus package approved by Congress last month.
“This should alleviate any concern uninsured Americans may have about seeking the coronavirus treatment,” Trump said during a press briefing on April 3, adding that the move is “very much in the favor of our great people.”
Trump made the announcement as the United States experienced the worst day yet of the pandemic. New York state reported the highest daily death toll from COVID-19 for April 2, while other parts of the country confirmed an alarming number of cases.
Trump signed the largest stimulus bill in U.S. history on March 27, unlocking $2.2 trillion in funds to battle the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus, commonly known as the coronavirus, and to support American workers and businesses as millions of people stay at home to help stop the spread of the disease.
Administration officials planned to fund the treatment with money from the $100 billion allocated to hospitals as part of the stimulus bill.
Vice President Mike Pence revealed that the administration is working on a plan to cover the uninsured on April 2.
“The president has made it clear: we don’t want any American to worry about the cost of getting a test or the cost of getting treatment,” Pence, the White House Coronavirus Task Force head, told reporters on Thursday night.
There are roughly 30 million Americans who do not have health insurance, Pence said.
A number of private insurance companies, including Blue Cross, Signa, Humana, and Anthem, have waived copays for the treatment of COVID-19.
“Copays, for them to do that, it’s a big statement,” Trump said.
Coverage under Medicaid and Medicare has also been expanded to include CCP virus testing and treatment as well as telehealth services. The Trump administration has also slashed regulations to give hospitals more flexibility to address the pandemic.
The United States had more than 273,000 cases of COVID-19 as of 6:40 p.m. on April 3, according to data by Johns Hopkins. The disease has claimed the lives 7,077 people across the nation.
The federal government is racing to purchase and procure essential supplies and equipment, like face masks, medical gowns, and ventilators as hospitals in hot spots around the country project shortages.
Trump said he would invoke the Defense Production Act to prohibit the export of these items. The administration had earlier prohibited the hoarding of masks and other items.
Zachary Stieber contributed to this report.
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Another CNN anchor tests positive for coronavirus…

First it was Chris Cuomo. Now it’s Brooke Baldwin:
WGHP – CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin says she has tested positive for COVID-19.
In an Instagram post Friday, she said she suddenly began feeling chills and aches and had a fever.
Baldwin, who has been broadcasting from CNN’s offices in New York City, said she had been following all the proper precautions. She explained that she has been social distancing and “doing ALL the things we’re being told to do.”
“Still — it got me,” she said, noting she is healthy with no underlying conditions.

She says she’s been following the guidelines and she still got it. I think that proof positive that everyone needs to be careful, especially around the vulnerable.
But like she said, she’s strong and healthy so she’ll probably be just fine. Maybe her and Cuomo can do a show together to talk about their crazy hallucinations. It’s gotta be better than the normal stuff they broadcast…

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Judge Issues Scathing Order After Watchdog Flags Rampant Flaws in FBI Surveillance

The lead judge of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court reprimanded the FBI over widespread flaws in surveillance applications uncovered by the Justice Department inspector general.
In an order issued on April 3, Judge James Boasberg directed the FBI to turn over the names of the targets in the 29 applications audited by the inspector general.
The inspector general’s audit, the results of which were released in a memo to the FBI on March 30, found that every one of the 29 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) applications reviewed had a missing or inadequate Woods File—a group of records that substantiate the facts the bureau asserts in applications to the court.
The inspector general concluded that it was not confident that the FBI’s procedures were adequate in ensuring the bureau followed its own policy that FISA applications have to be “scrupulously accurate.”
“It would be an understatement to note that such lack of confidence appears well founded,” Boasberg wrote.
In addition to turning over the names and docket numbers for the 29 FISA applications, the judge asked the government to assess whether any of the applications contained “material misstatements and omissions,” and whether these flaws render the court’s surveillance orders invalid. The judge is also asking the bureau to identify the four applications for which a Woods File was missing entirely.
Boasberg gave the bureau until June 15 to comply.
The review by the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General (OIG) was prompted by the damning findings of its inquiry into the FISA applications the FBI obtained to spy on Trump-campaign associate Carter Page. That review turned up 17 significant errors and omissions, including multiple instances in which the FBI withheld exculpatory information from the court.

Carter Page, petroleum industry consultant and former foreign-policy adviser to Donald Trump during his 2016 presidential election campaign, in Washington on May 28, 2019. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)
The findings in the Page case led the court to order the FBI to show why the court should trust any of its future surveillance applications. The bureau has since embarked on a list of reforms. The findings of pervasive flaws beyond the Page case underline the need for the court to supervise the bureau’s efforts, the order states.
“The OIG Memorandum provides further reason for systemic concern. It thereby reinforces the need for the Court to monitor the ongoing efforts of the FBI and DOJ to ensure that, going forward, FBI applications present accurate and complete facts,” Boasberg wrote.
The FBI acknowledged the receipt of the order.
“Maintaining the trust and confidence of the Court is paramount to the FBI and we are continuing to implement the 40-plus corrective actions ordered by [FBI] Director [Christopher] Wray in December 2019,” the bureau said in a statement.
“Although the applications reviewed by the IG in this audit predate the announcement of these corrective actions, the FBI understands the Court’s desire to obtain information related to the applications.”
The surveillance of Page prompted President Donald Trump and his allies to assert that the Obama-era FBI spied on the Trump campaign in 2016 for political gain. However, the inspector general’s inquiry did not find evidence that political motivations factored into the decision to surveil Page.
An unverified dossier of opposition research on Trump compiled by a former foreign spy played a crucial role in the FBI’s decision to seek a warrant to spy on Carter Page. That dossier was funded through a law firm by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee.
The applications used for a warrant to surveil Carter Page cast him as an agent of Russia, despite the FBI being in possession of evidence to the contrary that wasn’t included in the applications. Notably, the FBI was advised by the CIA that he was working with the agency and had regularly reported on his contacts with Russians.
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Coronavirus Task Force To Roll Out New Guidelines Urging Face Masks in Public: Report

The White House coronavirus task force is preparing to announce updated guidelines prepared by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending some Americans wear some type of facial covering in public, according to new reports.
This change is just the latest in efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 in areas hit the hardest by the novel coronavirus.

“Because of some recent information that the virus can actually be spread even when people just speak as opposed to coughing and sneezing — the better part of valor is that when you’re out, when you can’t maintain that six-foot distance, to wear some sort of facial covering,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the Fox News morning program “Fox & Friends” on Friday.
“The important point to emphasize though is that that should in no way ever take away from the availability of masks that are needed for the health care providers who are in real and present danger of getting infected from the people that they are taking care of.”

He added, “This is an addendum and in addition to the physical separation, not as a substitute for it.”
People have been advised for weeks by the Trump administration, the CDC and the World Health Organization that only people who are ill or have underlying health conditions should wear face masks to preserve equipment for health care workers.

In response to reports that the CDC is now considering recommending Americans wear masks made of fabric in public, former CDC Chief Medical Officer Dr. Robert Amler told Fox News that if the guidelines are recommended, people should “respect it.”
“I can tell you having drafted many CDC guidelines over the years that these are done very carefully and on the best available evidence,” he said. “Those guidelines, when they do go out, are not casual or frivolous.”

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“It’s protective for people around you — that’s going to be the case whether or not there is a shortage.”
The wearing of face masks by the general public has been debated because of the shortage of personal protective equipment available for health care workers.
President Donald Trump on Thursday evening invoked the Defense Production Act to force 3M to ramp up production of masks.

The order directed acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf to “use any and all authority available under the Act to acquire, from any appropriate subsidiary or affiliate of 3M Company, the number of N-95 respirators that the Administrator determines to be appropriate.”
Trump’s order came after the director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, Jared Moskowitz, told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that he discovered 3M was favoring foreign buyers and had refused to sell him the masks for health care workers on the frontlines in Florida.
“This is about the executives who decided not to put America first and it’s going to have devastating consequences,” Moskowitz said.
The company said it has already been working with the Trump administration on getting more masks to the U.S.

“We have been working closely with the Administration to do exactly that, and we appreciate the authorities in the DPA that provide a framework for us to expand even further the work we are doing in response to the global pandemic crisis,” 3M said in a statement. “We look forward to working with FEMA to implement yesterday’s order.”
As of Friday morning, there were over 261,000 cases of COVID-19 in the United States, according to data from Johns Hopkins.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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WATCH LIVE: Trump daily coronavirus task force briefing at 5PM

President Trump is holding his daily coronavirus task force briefing today at 5PM. As you well know, they could be late so keep checking back after 5PM
WHITE HOUSE:
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 PBS NEWSHOUR:
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 While you wait…

Coronavirus In Colorado: Governor Asks Everyone To Wear Masks https://t.co/jzZNOkf6PZ pic.twitter.com/J7CPP4mZzF
— CBSDenver (@CBSDenver) April 3, 2020

Woman spends 700 hours on the phone to get 2 pit bulls out of isolation ❤️ pic.twitter.com/uKqvghMX8a
— The Dodo (@dodo) April 3, 2020

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REPORT: John Durham investigation intensifies focus on John Brennan

It looks like John Durham is zeroing in on former Obama CIA Chief John Brennan in relation to whether he tried to pressure the intel community into their assessment on Russian interference:
DC EXAMINER – U.S. Attorney John Durham’s review of the Russia investigation is putting increased scrutiny on former CIA Director John Brennan, searching for any undue influence he may have had during 2017’s intelligence community assessment of Russian interference.
The top Connecticut federal prosecutor is looking into highly sensitive issues, including whether Brennan took politicized actions to pressure the rest of the intelligence community to match his conclusions about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s motivations, according to sources cited by the Wall Street Journal.
Officials said Durham has been interviewing CIA officials this year, zeroing in on those at the National Intelligence Council, a center within the Office of the Director of National Intelligence which oversaw the collaboration between the CIA, FBI, and National Security Agency in putting together the 2017 assessment, and looking at how the work product was finalized.
The 2017 assessment concluded with “high confidence” that Putin “ordered an influence campaign in 2016” and Russia worked to “undermine public faith” in U.S. democracy, “denigrate” former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and “harm her electability and potential presidency,” and “developed a clear preference” for Trump. The NSA diverged on one aspect, expressing only “moderate confidence” that Putin actively tried to help Trump win and Clinton lose.
“I wouldn’t call it a discrepancy, I’d call it an honest difference of opinion between three different organizations,” former NSA chief Adm. Mike Rogers told the Senate in 2017. “It didn’t have the same level of sourcing and the same level of multiple sources.”
Durham has interviewed Rogers and is also reportedly reviewing Brennan’s handling of a secret source said to be close to the Kremlin. The prosecutor wants to know what role that person’s information played in the assessment.

Steele Dossier…
Durham is also scrutinizing Brennan in relation to British ex-spy Christopher Steele’s dossier. In particular, the prosecutor is looking for answers on whether it was used in the 2017 assessment, why former FBI Director James Comey and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe insisted upon it being part of the assessment, how allegations from the dossier ended up in the assessment’s appendix, and whether Brennan misled about the dossier’s use.
The Wall Street Journal reported that sources said United Kingdom authorities refused Durham’s request to interview Steele. The former MI6 agent also declined Durham’s request to speak, saying he and his business had already “done our duty” by cooperating with DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s investigation into alleged Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuses, which found glaring flaws with Steele’s dossier and the way the FBI used it to obtain warrants to wiretap Trump campaign associate Carter Page.
I don’t think any of us would be surprised at this point to find out John Brennan bullied the intel community into concluding that Russia tried to help Trump get elected. I am a little surprised though that the UK would protect Steele from Durham’s investigation. I would have expected better from UK authorities.

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Jim Acosta Just Got Shredded By His Own Colleague In New Book, ABC Reporter Karl Says Acosta Acts Like Opposition Party

You know you are not good at your job when one of your colleagues, who is often on the same side as you, bashes you. That is the position CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta finds himself in as a new book has been written that details what he is. And what he is, ABC…
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NRA Sues NY for ‘Effectively and Indefinitely’ Suspending Part of the 2nd Amendment

The National Rifle Association is suing New York state for launching what it calls “pointless and arbitrary attack on the constitutional rights of New York citizens” by closing gun stores as part of Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s edict to deal with the coronavirus.
On March 20, Cuomo issued an executive order stating that only what he deemed essential businesses could operate.

Gun stores were not on that list, which the NRA’s lawsuit said “effectively and indefinitely suspended a key component of the Second Amendment.”
“This lawsuit redresses a pointless and arbitrary attack on the constitutional rights of New York citizens and residents,” the suit said.
“Defendant Cuomo effectively and indefinitely suspended a key component of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution — shutting down all gun stores in the State of New York, including federally licensed gun stores, by deeming them ‘non-essential’ businesses.”

On March 28, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security issued its own guidance delineating which workers were essential and which were not.
“Workers supporting the operation of firearm or ammunition product manufacturers, retailers, importers, distributors, and shooting ranges” were deemed essential, according to the document.

The federal guidance resulted in some areas, such as New Jersey and Los Angeles County in California, which had originally ordered gun stores shuttered, to allow them to open back up.
That has not happened in New York state, prompting the lawsuit.

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“There isn’t a single person who has ever used a gun for self-defense who would consider it nonessential,” Wayne LaPierre, CEO & executive vice president of the NRA, said in a statement on the NRA’s website.
“This is clearly another assault by Gov. Cuomo on the NRA, on the rights of New Yorkers to defend themselves and their families, and on our Second Amendment freedoms. The NRA will continue to fight all such attacks until Gov. Cuomo recognizes that constitutional rights are for every New Yorker and every American — and not just for politicians and their privileged friends.”
The lawsuit argued that “Citizens of New York (with few exceptions) can only purchase firearms through a regulatory patchwork entailing federally-licensed dealers and background checks. By closing federally licensed dealers, Defendants have cut off the only way of legally purchasing firearms in the State. As a result of the government’s overreach, most New Yorkers have no legal way to exercise the constitutional right to purchase arms or ammunition.”

“The United States Supreme Court recognizes that the right to keep and bear arms is fundamental and belongs to the individual, not the government. Moreover, a core purpose of that right is self defense,” it added.
“The current public health emergency does not justify impeding the exercise of Second Amendment rights, especially during a time when many New Yorkers have valid concerns about the ability of the government to maintain order — and criminals are being prematurely released from jails,” the lawsuit said, noting the federal guidance issued March 28 by the DHS.
The lawsuit said there is a clear and present public safety danger to New Yorkers in the current crisis.
“Many New York citizens and residents desiring to purchase firearms and ammunition have experienced empty shelves, long lines and tense atmospheres while shopping for other essential goods,” the lawsuit said.

“They have read about the release of thousands of prisoners by state officials, and they are concerned about the ability of police forces to maintain order when officers fear contact with COVID-19 or have fallen ill themselves.
“The desire of these New Yorkers to purchase firearms and ammunition to protect themselves and their families is rational and well-founded. More importantly, Defendants do not have the right to substitute their own judgment for that of individuals who might want to purchase firearms and ammunition, or to declare that the Second Amendment does not apply until further notice.”
New York State Attorney General Letitia James indicated the state has no intention of allowing gun stores to reopen.

Everyone, including the NRA, must follow the law and all executive orders of New York.
We will aggressively defend the state against yet another legal assault by the NRA.https://t.co/xjFaHikr65
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) April 2, 2020

But the lawsuit indicated that shuttering gun stores goes beyond what is necessary to deal with the virus.
“Defendants’ closure of firearms retailers is a cynical and pretextual attack on the Second Amendment rights of the people of New York,” the lawsuit said, noting that Cuomo has considered as essential “sales of goods such as liquor, pizza, coffee, donuts, and luxury condominiums.”
“History reminds us that incursions upon constitutional liberties which are rationalized in the midst of an emergency frequently linger longer, and do more harm, than the emergency itself,” the suit said.

“Reasonable steps to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus do not include the suspension of the Second Amendment.
“Plaintiff asks the Court to declare that the Second Amendment right to bear arms requires that citizens and residents of New York be afforded reasonable access to purchase firearms and ammunition, and to prohibit Defendants from needlessly forcing gun stores to remain closed.”
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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Poll: Large Number of Small Businesses Are on the Brink of Permanent Closure as Coronavirus Shutdown Takes Its Toll

A new survey shows that the restrictions imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus are causing major damage to the ranks of the nation’s small businesses. In many jurisdictions across the nation, businesses deemed “nonessential” by state or local authorities have been forced to shut down. The MetLife & U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small…
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WATCH: Steven Crowder reveals bombshell, calls for criminal investigation into lady who drank fish tank cleaner

Steven Crowder reveals a bombshell regarding the now infamous lady who drank fish tank cleaner. Essentially, it’s that this woman has been wanting to divorce her husband for quite some time, even attacking him once, and this new fish tank cleaner story sounds very fishy in that context.
Crowder explains:
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Crowder lays out the facts and calls for a criminal investigation into what happened. He speculates (and makes clear that it’s speculation) that it’s entirely possible this could have been a way for this woman to get rid of her husband. After all, it does sound very fishy…
He also says that he’s not interested in doxxing this woman and tells his audience not to do that. That’s not what this is about.
I’m gonna make this an open thread for you so enjoy the Dodo video below:

There’s a bear in this woman’s front yard 😅 pic.twitter.com/oH50rTQ9Mn
— The Dodo (@dodo) April 3, 2020

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Newsom Confirms Exactly What We Warned About: Pushes To Use COVID To Launch New Progressive Age

It’s opportunistic, it’s insensitive, it’s downright appalling — in other words, it’s exactly what you’d expect a Democrat to do in a crisis.
California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom was asked in a news conference Wednesday if he sees the coronavirus pandemic crisis as “potential” for a “new progressive era” and gave his honest answer.

“Absolutely. We see this as an opportunity to reshape the way we do business and how we govern. That shouldn’t put shivers up one the spines of one party or the other,” Newsom said — except that it does.

Calif. Gov. @GavinNewsom: Coronavirus an opportunity to create a new “progressive era”
“We see this as an opportunity to reshape the way we do business and how we govern.” pic.twitter.com/LongRVqcMS
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) April 2, 2020

Newsom trotted out all of the usual leftist talking points even as he closed by listing his capitalist bona fides as a business owner.
The governor pointed to his state’s economic successes but said, “The wealth distribution, the income inequality, was not something that was substantially improving.

“The middle-class feeling squeezed. Increasingly, the trend lines were suggesting what is self-evident become a headline and that is we were going from a three-class society to a two-class society.”
If you’ve paid attention to any of Newsom’s comrades on the left and their class warfare rhetoric, you know this is the same tired, recycled Marxism that Democrats perpetuate for political gain.
“So something was fundamentally flawed in that global context, manifested quite acutely here in the state of California, the richest and the poorest state with the number of the most impoverished metros in the country,” Newsom said, as if unaware that his party has been in power for quite some time in the state. “And we’ve long been struggling to address those issues.
“So I see this quite substantively through that lens, that equity lens.”
Since 1992, California has voted for the Democrat in every single presidential race, and it has had a Democrat governor for almost a decade.

Newsom drove home that he wants politicians to “think more systemically, not situationally,” which sums up the thrust of Democrat philosophy to reset the political system in a crisis.
His plan echoes Rahm Emanuel’s famous line, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste.” Emanuel uttered that call to arms when he was President Barack Obama’s chief of staff during the administration’s handling of the 2008 economic crisis.
Even as President Donald Trump was working on a way to help the economy during the coronavirus pandemic, Democrats were trying to worm all kinds of nonsense into the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security Act.
Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz called out the Democrats for doing exactly what Emanuel had said as they tried to push for ridiculous new regulations.

“Sadly, we’re seeing the embodiment of that cynical approach right now,” he said of Democrats’ opportunistic exploitation of the bill.
“Because all the people out of jobs, the Democrats are using to push – what are they pushing for? Changing the emission standards on airplanes,” Cruz said.
“Mr. President, what the hell do the emissions standards on airplanes have to do with thousands of people dying and millions of people out of work in the coronavirus epidemic?” the senator said in his impassioned plea.

Sen. @tedcruz UNLOADS on Dems from the Senate floor:
“What the hell do the emissions standards on airplanes have to do with thousands of people dying and millions of people out of work in the Coronavirus epidemic?” pic.twitter.com/zXiQjJRpRA
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) March 23, 2020

Even after the massive $2 trillion bill CARES Act passed, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was sniffing around for a tax break for her and her wealthy neighbors by repealing the cap on state and local tax deduction for those making over $100,000, according to The New York Times.
The Ways and Means GOP Twitter shared the news about her effort. “Pelosi is trying to make good on that promise by aiming to roll back the SALT cap, which would result in funneling money to the wealthy elite,” the post said.

Dems have told us that they will never let a crisis go to waste. Pelosi is trying to make good on that promise by aiming to roll back the SALT cap, which would result in funneling money to the wealthy elite. https://t.co/RQneTLWkLH
— Ways and Means GOP (@WaysandMeansGOP) April 1, 2020

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, is dusted off and propped up anytime there’s a chance for him to gain any relevance. Before the CARES Act, the 77-year-old politician made sure to reach for the youth vote by including one of their pet causes.
After parroting the trite talking points about why the bill should pass, Biden urged the inclusion to “forgive a minimum of $10,000/person of federal student loans, as proposed by Senator [Elizabeth] Warren and colleagues,” he wrote.
“Young people and other student debt holders bore the brunt of the last crisis,” he said, evidently forgetting that he was the vice president during the 2008 economic downturn. “It shouldn’t happen again.”

Additionally, we should forgive a minimum of $10,000/person of federal student loans, as proposed by Senator Warren and colleagues. Young people and other student debt holders bore the brunt of the last crisis. It shouldn’t happen again.
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) March 22, 2020

The vultures on the left are using the coronavirus crisis for their own ends.
If they have their way, they will reshape the government in their own image and funnel taxpayer dollars to their causes while everyone else is concerned with the actual crisis at hand.

It is important, even as lawmakers and citizens alike grapple with the unprecedented emergency, that liberty not be another casualty of the coronavirus.
This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

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