27 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-14-20

  1. The MSM continues to misrepresent what Trump said, and the timeline of events.

    Well turnabout is fair play.

    Of course MSNBC and CNN immediately cut away. They can’t have what few viewers they have left hearing the truth and seeing how wrong they’ve been.

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  2. More, including Dem Govs. praising Trump. Even the NYT Maggie Habberman was praising him

    But now they all want to rewrite history. They’re pathetic.

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    Finally!

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  3. Yesterday Govs on the east and west coasts, the liberal ones, almost entirely all are Dems except for Delaware’s, announced they will decide when to “reopen,” and not the President.

    Cali, Wash. State, and Oregon announced a similar effort.

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/cuomo-governors-coordinated-regional-effort-to-reopen-amid-coronavirus

    “Cuomo, northeastern governors announce ‘coordinated’ regional effort to reopen amid coronavirus”

    “New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, along with the northeastern governors of New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Delaware, on Monday announced a regional effort to eventually reopen the economy in a “coordinated way” amid the coronavirus crisis.

    The announcement may spark tension with the White House; earlier Monday, President Trump tweeted, “For the purpose of creating conflict and confusion, some in the Fake News Media are saying that it is the Governors decision to open up the states, not that of the President of the United States & the Federal Government.”

    During their news conference, Cuomo announced that states will begin to coordinate efforts to reopen society. As for the timeframe of reopening, Cuomo said: “It has to be weeks.”

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    But even their own constituents and citizens disagree with their timing, saying regardless of what the Govs decide, they’re staying home.

    Are you really “reopened” if no one goes out?

    https://www.yahoo.com/huffpost/poll-americans-stay-home-restrictions-coronavirus-175809569.html

    “Most Americans Say They’ll Keep Staying Home This Month Even If Restrictions Are Lifted”

    “An overwhelming majority of the American public — 87% — is now making the effort to stay at home when possible, a new HuffPost/YouGov survey finds, with most saying they’ll continue to do so this month regardless of any official limitations.

    Just 7% of Americans say they’re not currently trying to stay home when possible, with another 6% unsure. By a 70-point margin (79% versus 9%), Americans say that the states that have issued stay-at-home orders made the right decision in doing so.

    President Donald Trump said in March that he wanted to see the U.S. “opened up and just raring to go by Easter,” which is April 12. At the end of March, however, he endorsed extending social distancing through the end of April, calling the earlier timeline “aspirational.”

    Even if states were to ease back on restrictions this month, most Americans say they are likely to continue taking their own precautions. About 61% say they’d continue to stay home when possible even if their area lifted all coronavirus restrictions in mid-April. About 19% who are staying home now say they would go back to living as normally as possible if restrictions were lifted, with 7% of those staying home now who aren’t sure what they would do.”

    “The vast scope of the nation’s social distancing efforts have, for now, considerably overshadowed even the usual partisan divides. A roughly equivalent share of Democrats (92%) and Republicans (89%) say they’re staying home as much as possible. Only about 10% of each party says that stay-at-home orders are a bad decision.

    Democrats, though, are currently more likely than Republicans to believe that the outbreak will have lasting effects, and to say they plan to keep staying home this month regardless of their state’s actions: 72% of Democrats, compared to 53% of Republicans, say they’d continue doing so even if the area they live in relaxed the rules this month.”

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  4. SD is starting statewide hydroxychloroquine trials this week.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/going-on-offense-south-dakota-implements-first-statewide-hydroxychloroquine-trial-in-fight-against-coronavirus

    “South Dakota will be the first state to hold a statewide trial for hydroxychloroquine as a possible treatment of the coronavirus.

    Gov. Kristi Noem announced on Monday that the state health department and every major hospital would take part in a clinical trial to treat COVID-19 patients and those who have been exposed to individuals who tested positive for the coronavirus. The trial, which will be led by Sanford Health, was given approval by federal authorities to be the first statewide trial of the drug.

    “We are going to be the first state in the nation to run a statewide clinical trial on hydroxychloroquine. It will be used to fight COVID-19, and the team behind me, Sanford Health, has helped lead this effort,” Noem said.

    “For the past week, I have been in direct contact with the White House, with President Trump’s team, spoken with Vice President Pence, Jared Kushner, the chief of staff, many within the task force on making sure that they knew what we wanted to do here in South Dakota — that we had all of our health systems on board in partnering with us. … This would be the first-ever state-endorsed, state-backed, statewide clinical trial available in the United States to help take care of our people here,” the Republican governor added.

    Noem noted that doses of the drug were already being administered to patients. She added, “We’re going on offense to help every single person deal with this virus and be willing to fight it and get better and go home to their families.”

    The trial will include two parts. The first will allow people who are already sick from COVID-19 to take hydroxychloroquine either in an inpatient or outpatient setting to see if it works as a therapeutic and mitigates the extreme symptoms of the virus. The other trial will test those exposed to the coronavirus, including medical professionals and family members of those infected, to see if they can stop the virus before it infects vulnerable people.”

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    Proof it already works?

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/04/chloroquine-effectiveness-vs-coronaviruses-was-documented-in-2005.php

    “CHLOROQUINE EFFECTIVENESS VS. CORONAVIRUSES WAS DOCUMENTED IN 2005
    Of all the sad aspects of the current COVID frenzy, one of the saddest is liberals’ determination to deny the effectiveness, in some cases at least, of chloroquine-based treatments against the virus. This is entirely due to the fact that President Trump has said he is optimistic that such treatments could prove effective. If Trump had expressed skepticism and urged everyone to forget about using chloroquine, liberals would be touting its virtues nonstop.

    In 2005, an article was published in Virology Journal titled “Chloroquine is a potent inhibitor of SARS coronavirus infection and spread. The eight authors were associated with the Centers for Disease Control and Montreal’s Clinical Research Institute. The study described in the article was conducted in the wake of the SARS epidemic:

    Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is caused by a newly discovered coronavirus (SARS-CoV). No effective prophylactic or post-exposure therapy is currently available.

    We report, however, that chloroquine has strong antiviral effects on SARS-CoV infection of primate cells. These inhibitory effects are observed when the cells are treated with the drug either before or after exposure to the virus, suggesting both prophylactic and therapeutic advantage. In addition to the well-known functions of chloroquine such as elevations of endosomal pH, the drug appears to interfere with terminal glycosylation of the cellular receptor, angiotensin-converting enzyme 2. This may negatively influence the virus-receptor binding and abrogate the infection, with further ramifications by the elevation of vesicular pH, resulting in the inhibition of infection and spread of SARS CoV at clinically admissible concentrations.

    Like COVID-19, SARS was a coronavirus. The article concluded:

    Chloroquine is effective in preventing the spread of SARS CoV in cell culture. Favorable inhibition of virus spread was observed when the cells were either treated with chloroquine prior to or after SARS CoV infection. In addition, the indirect immunofluorescence assay described herein represents a simple and rapid method for screening SARS-CoV antiviral compounds.

    Note that this study found chloroquine to be effective prophylactically, as well as as a treatment. The drug should have been on CDC’s radar from the beginning.”

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  5. A new German university study says govts worldwide are grossly underestimating the number of coronavirus infections.

    https://reason.com/2020/04/12/official-covid-19-numbers-represent-just-6-of-total-infections-a-new-analysis-suggests/

    “Official COVID-19 Numbers Represent Just 6% of Total Infections, a New Analysis Suggests

    “The true number of infected people worldwide may already have reached several tens of millions,” two University of Gottingen researchers say.”

    “The gap between confirmed COVID-19 cases and the actual number of infections, which is crucial in estimating the prevalence and lethality of the virus that causes the disease, may be far larger than most epidemiologists have assumed. According to a recent analysis by two German researchers, the official numbers published by 40 national governments at the end of March represented just 6 percent of infections on average, meaning that “the true number of infected people worldwide may already have reached several tens of millions,” as opposed to the current global tally of fewer than 2 million.

    “Case fatality rates may only be a very poor proxy for the true infection fatality rate if a high number of infections remain undetected,” observe University of Gottingen economist Sebastian Vollmer and research associate Christian Bommer. That is especially true when most carriers experience no symptoms or have symptoms so mild that they never seek treatment or testing, as appears to be the case with the COVID-19 virus. The crude case fatality rate for COVID-19—reported deaths as a percentage of confirmed cases—varies widely by country, which suggests “vast differences in the quality of countries’ case records,” Vollmer and Bommer note. “Despite such uncertainties, policy makers rely heavily on the extrapolation of past trends when planning responses to the pandemic.”

    To figure out how many infections might be missing from the official numbers, Vollmer and Bommer applied estimates from a Lancet Infectious Diseases study published on March 30. That study, based on 24 COVID-19 deaths in China and 165 recoveries among citizens of other countries who returned from Wuhan after the outbreak there, estimated that the fatality rate was 1.4 percent among people who developed symptoms and 0.66 percent among everyone infected by the virus in China. Both of those rates rose with age, and the average time from symptom onset to death was 18 days.

    “As returning Wuhan expats have been subject to extensive testing, substantial underdiagnosing is unlikely, providing confidence in these numbers,” Vollmer and Bommer write. “We therefore treat the reported infection fatality rates as benchmark[s] for other countries and calculate infection fatality rates for the 40 most affected countries using UN population data to correct for differences in age distributions.”

    As of March 31, Vollmer and Bommer calculate, confirmed cases represented just 3.5 percent of infections in Italy, 2.6 percent in France, 1.7 percent in Spain, 1.6 percent in the United States, and 1.2 percent in the U.K. In other words, the true number of infections was between 29 and 83 times as high as the official tallies in those countries. The countries with the highest estimated detection rates were South Korea (nearly 50 percent), Norway (38 percent), Japan (25 percent), and Germany (16 percent). With the exception of Japan, all of those countries have tested a relatively large percentage of their populations. The estimated prevalence of infection ranged from 0.1 percent in India and Japan to more than 13 percent in Turkey; it was 3.6 percent in the United States.”

    “The average detection rate is around six percent, making the number of cases that is reported in the news on a daily basis rather meaningless,” Vollmer and Bommer conclude. Vollmer adds: “These results mean that governments and policy makers need to exercise extreme caution when interpreting case numbers for planning purposes. Such extreme differences in the amount and quality of testing carried out in different countries mean that official case records are largely uninformative and do not provide helpful information.” Bommer notes that “major improvements in the ability of countries to detect new infections and contain the virus are urgently needed.””

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    If they’re right, the plan of Dem Govs to reopen could be disastrous.

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  6. And in other news…..

    Some liberals are mad. They’ve discovered that their stupid gun control laws are oppressive, unnecessary, and that all the BS they’ve been fed about how easy it is to get guns is a lie. 🙂

    Reality, she’s a …..

    https://bearingarms.com/tom-k/2020/04/13/liberals-buying-guns/

    “While some try to argue gun control isn’t a partisan issue, it really does tend to be. Sure, there are exceptions as with everything else, but by and large, the right tends to be pro-gun and the left tends to be anti-gun. If you see a politician with a “D” after their name, it’s usually a safe bet to assume they’re anti-gun.

    However, a lot of liberals have now decided they need a gun. They need one badly. So, they go to buy one.

    In the process, they run smack into the laws they likely supported, as noted by Kira Davis at our sister site, RedState.

    I was chatting with a friend of mine recently and the topic of gun sales came up. My friend’s father owns a gun range near me and she said he’s seen a huge amount of liberals coming in to purchase weapons in recent weeks.

    How does he know they’re liberals?

    “They’re shocked to discover they can’t just walk out of the store with a gun.”

    We’ve all heard about gun sales skyrocketing recently, but I hadn’t considered some of the tangential effects of the phenomenon until I spoke to my friend. Not only are many liberals suddenly learning to love their Second Amendment rights, many of them are finding out that the gun control narrative in this country — as repeated loudly and often by Hollywood and the mainstream media — is a complete lie.

    Kira then spoke with her friend’s father to get the low-down and sure enough, a lot of liberals are shocked they can’t just walk out with their new firearm. They should be able to, of course, but they can’t. Why? Politicians they likely backed pushed policies they likely supported and then forgot about. (You should go read the whole thing.)

    Now, bear in mind that Kira lives in California, a state with some of the most restrictive gun laws in the entire nation. These new gun buyers were stymied by some of the most oppressive regulations on the books.

    But this kind of thing isn’t restricted to just California.

    An employee of a Florida Gun Shop called me last week to let us know that a very liberal customer was quite angry that he could not pick out a gun, pay for it and walk out of the store with it. This is the story he shared in pretty much his own words:

    After filling out the 4473 Form, and showing his drivers license, the customer was annoyed that he had to go through a background check. He angrily questioned, “Don’t you know who I am?” (He is a City Commissioner) When I told him it didn’t matter, he said it was a waste of resources to do background checks on law-abiding people and said the law obviously “needed exceptions.”

    The same individual then flipped out when he found out he then had to wait three days per Florida state law.”

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    More….

    https://www.redstate.com/kiradavis/2020/04/10/815520/

    “While the safety of the employees at the range is a very serious matter, the most amusing and annoying part for the staff has been watching these first-time buyers discover just how stringent gun laws in California really are, including one of our newest laws requiring background checks before buying ammunition. Bouslog says it’s a bridge too far for the people who have been told their whole lives that it’s easier to get a gun than an abortion.

    More than a dozen of these buyers (men and women) actually thought that since they filled out and signed everything, they could just walk out and go home with the firearm. Several actually said they saw how easy it was to buy a gun on TV and why did they have to fill out all these forms.

    The majority of these first timers lost their minds when we went through the Ammo Law requirements. Most used language not normally heard, even in a gun range. We pointed out that since no one working here voted for these laws, then maybe they might know someone who did. And, maybe they should go back and talk to those people and tell them to re-think their position on firearms – we were trying to be nice.

    Most were VERY vocal about why it takes 10 days minimum (sometimes longer if the DOJ is backed up) to take their property home with them. They ask why do I need to wait 10 days if I need the protection today or tomorrow? We pointed out again that no one working here voted in support of that law.

    They really went crazy when we told them that for each firearm they had to do the same amount of paperwork and they could only purchase ONE handgun every 30 days. Again, we didn’t [vote] for that law.

    We had people cuss at us and stomp out when we explained that secondary identification had to be part of the paperwork, as they felt insulted that what they had wasn’t good enough. We have a number of Yelp reviews calling us names and other things about how bad we are because of this whole new buyer rush

    Again, I truly hope for the safety of those range employees in the face of so many uninformed and incurious first-time buyers. That being said, I find this whole situation fascinating. So many things in our economy and way of life are shifting monumentally these days. Could the gun control battle be one of them?

    I discovered the idiocy of my anti-gun beliefs once I decided to learn about them firsthand. The Hollywood mystique immediately fell away and I was imbued with a new respect for weaponry and the people who dedicate their lives to weapons safety and serving and protecting the Second Amendment. You can’t know how bonkers our gun control laws are until you go try to buy one yourself.”

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  7. No matter how many times they lose in court, they just won’t leave the man alone. It’s a gross abuse of the court system. They want to put him out of business by any means necessary.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/jack-phillips-back-in-court-as-intolerant-left-wing-legal-antagonism-continues

    “The sad, intolerant legal campaign against Christian baker Jack Phillips continues”

    “It feels like ancient history amid the coronavirus pandemic, but it was only a few years ago that the Supreme Court case pitting Christian baker Jack Phillips against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission captured the national imagination and sparked a debate over religious liberty and gay rights. Phillips won that case due to the overt “religious animus” in the Colorado government’s actions against him. Yet, due to the narrow scope of its ruling, Phillips was in court once again last week.

    On Thursday, Phillips and his attorneys at the Alliance Defending Freedom asked a state court to dismiss a case brought against them not by the state of Colorado, which after years has seemingly given up on persecuting the Christian baker, but by an angry transgender lawyer and activist now pursuing him for declining to make a cake explicitly celebrating gender transition.

    This whole affair is deeply disturbing. More importantly, it shows once again that many in the activist Left, particularly, self-described gay and transgender advocates, no longer seek the noble goals of equality or dignity but rather punishment and humiliation for religious holdouts who do not fully embrace their dogma.

    First, let’s recap the facts: Phillips has always happily served customers of all races, classes, sexual orientations, and gender identities in his bakery. A gay man like myself could walk into his store and buy a cookie or a cupcake any time, or even a pre-made wedding cake. The only thing Phillips refused to do was specifically design and create cakes that convey or endorse ideological messages he profoundly disagrees with — for example, a customized cake for a wedding between two men. In this, he cited his First Amendment right to be free from compelled speech; the same right someone like me would want to have to decline making a custom cake that says “burn all the gays.”

    As a result, Phillips was met with years of national scorn, vilification in the liberal press, death threats, hate mail, and financial ruin. He lost 40% of his business and had to fire much of his staff. Today, he struggles even to keep his business open.”

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  8. Good, and it’s about time. Do the right and legal thing, or face the consequences.

    https://dailycaller.com/2020/04/11/trump-issues-visa-threat-for-deportees/

    “Trump Threatens Countries With Visa Sanctions If They Stop Accepting Deported Citizens”

    “President Donald Trump is threatening to withhold visas from countries that refuse to accept deported citizens from the United States out of concern stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.

    Trump issued a memo late Friday, ordering acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf to notify the State Department of any government that refuses to accept deportees from the U.S.

    Upon notification, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would have seven days to impose visa sanctions, making it harder — and likely impossible — for citizens of those countries to obtain U.S. visas.

    The memo dramatically ratcheted up pressure on governments, particularly in Central America, to keep allowing deportation flights into their countries.”

    “Considering the profound and unique public health risks posed by the novel (new) coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2, the need for that cooperation and timely and effective implementation is greater than ever before,” the memo reads.

    “Countries that deny or unreasonably delay the acceptance of their citizens, subjects, nationals, or residents from the United States during the ongoing pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2 create unacceptable public health risks for Americans,” the memo continued. “The United States must be able to effectuate the repatriation of foreign nationals who violate the laws of the United States.””

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  9. Virginia’s poor excuse for “leaders” just made it easier to vote illegally in their state, just in time for Nov., of course.

    https://www.nationalreview.com/news/virginia-governor-signs-legislation-repealing-voter-id-law/

    “Virginia Governor Signs Legislation Repealing Voter ID Law”

    “Virginia will no longer require voters to present a photo ID in order to cast a ballot, Governor Ralph Northam announced Sunday as he signed several pieces of voter access legislation.

    “Voting is a fundamental right, and these new laws strengthen our democracy by making it easier to cast a ballot, not harder,” Northam, a Democrat, said Sunday in a statement. “No matter who you are or where you live in Virginia, your voice deserves to be heard. I’m proud to sign these bills into law.”

    “Voter ID laws disenfranchise individuals who may not have access to photo identification, and disproportionately impact low-income individuals, racial and ethnic minorities, the elderly, and individuals with disabilities,” the governor’s statement said.

    The governor also signed legislation to make Election Day a state holiday, repealing and replacing Lee-Jackson Day, which honored Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson. Additionally, Virginia will implement automatic voter registration for people who access services at the DMV and expand polling station hours as well as early and absentee voting. Polling stations will be open until 8 p.m. instead of 7 p.m. Voters will be able to vote up to 45 days before to an election without providing the state with an approved excuse.”

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    Yeah, because getting a free, state provided ID was such a burden…..

    Well, I guess it would be if you’re an illegal who shouldn’t be voting anyway.

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  10. Ru-roh.

    I bet this is making several Obama admin officials nervous. If he’s in front of a grand jury, he’s looking for indictments. 🙂

    https://www.redstate.com/elizabeth-vaughn/2020/04/12/solomon-durham-has-subpoenaed-questioned-witnesses-before-a-d.c.-grand-jury

    “Investigative journalist John Solomon spoke to Sean Hannity on his radio show on Friday about the rather explosive statements made by Attorney General William Barr during his interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham last week that no one in the mainstream media has reported on. I was even surprised at how little attention many conservatives paid to what were extraordinary remarks.

    As the two spoke, Solomon made reference to the fact that U.S. Attorney John Durham has been subpoenaing witnesses and that several have already appeared before the grand jury. (It was reported recently that Durham had driven down to Washington, D.C. in March because the investigation was ongoing, but there had been no reference to what specifically was the reason for his trip.)

    Solomon said, “I’ve seen some evidence of the grand jury work [Durham’s] in the last four, five, six weeks. It’s been going on in the middle of the pandemic. And I think we’re going to get a better sense of what that looks like…”

    Hannity abruptly cuts him off to say, “Well, that’s the first time you’ve told me that. What do you know?”

    “I know of some witnesses that received subpoenas, I know of some witnesses that have appeared before the grand jury.”

    Hannity asks if this is taking place in D.C.

    “D.C. is my understanding,” replied Solomon. “They’ve got to build this case methodically and they have a good starting point. We know there was a crime clearly identified in the IG’s report. A [sic] FBI lawyer changed a document to deceive the court. They literally, fraudulently changed a document to deceive the court. That’s a crime. I believe they will start there and they will wind back. Why did that person do that? Who else was involved and who instructed that and what other intentional acts did we learn about that occurred in the same manner?

    Hannity asks, “What about all the people that signed the FISA applications knowing that the top of a FISA application says verified and none of it was verified? What about the people who put their signature on it like James Comey?”

    “Yeah. And Andrew McCabe and Rod Rosenstein,” Solomon noted. “Every time you played that Rod Rosenstein clip on your show, you’re reminded, ‘Oh, we did this right. We did this right.’ Those guys lied to us when they said that. They did nothing right. Nothing about this was right. And last week, what did we learn. 29 out of 29 FISAs reviewed. All of them wrong.”

    Solomon continued, “The FBI has not been following the law for a long time on this and there has to be a reckoning. I don’t believe that those people will be prosecuted for signing the documents. Now, there may be other questions, right? False testimony is an area that I believe Durham has been focusing on, based on the grand jury subpoenas and questions that I’ve heard. It’s possible that some of the people that gave false representations to Congress could get prosecuted for those false representations. That’s an area I’d keep an eye on.”

    Who gave false testimony? We know that John Brennan gave false testimony on several occasions. Comey and McCabe lied to Congress as well.”

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    The worms are squirming. 🙂

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  11. And they should be. 🙂

    https://dailycaller.com/2020/04/11/nunes-fisa-russian-disinformation-dossier-steele/

    “Devin Nunes Expects More Criminal Referrals Stemming From Latest FISA Revelations”

    “California Rep. Devin Nunes said Saturday that he expects to file more criminal referrals based on new revelations from the Justice Department inspector general’s investigation of the FBI’s probe of the Trump campaign.

    Nunes, the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, has already filed eight criminal referrals related to the U.S. government’s investigation of the Trump campaign. He said in an interview on “Fox & Friends” that he anticipates filing additional referrals based on information in a series of footnotes from the IG’s report that was revealed on Friday.

    “I would say that people should go and look at those footnotes that are now public. Likely we’re going to have more criminal referrals based on these,” Nunes said.

    Two Senate Republicans published newly declassified footnotes from the IG report that showed that the FBI received evidence in 2017 that the Steele dossier contained Russian disinformation.”

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  12. I think Mr. Durham and Mr. Barr at the DoJ need to turn their attention to the sleazy liar from California, Adam Schiff, when they finish their current investigation.

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  13. The media continues to do China’s bidding, and continues to push their propaganda as news.

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  14. Regarding 8:20, my favorite paragraph was this:

    This is simply beyond the pale of what any level-headed person, even a liberal supportive of gay and transgender rights, can call reasonable. It’s vindictive and nasty, too. Of course, the transgender activist now persecuting Phillips didn’t simply happen upon his bakery by coincidence. And who has even heard of a transition celebration cake?

    It’s good to see a thinking gay person like this writer standing up for Phillips.

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  15. Jake Tapper tries to white knight for a CBS reporter, instead demonstrates his ignorance of the facts yet again, as did the CBS reporter.

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    The fact is they did plenty.

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  16. Weak and laughable, That’s the NYT.

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  17. I forced myself to watch the video, I can see why CNN and MSNBC didn’t show it. If Trump wants to show an election ad, he needs to pay for it like everybody else. Very selective editing.
    He missed all of February. Trevor Noah of the Daily Show filled in the month of February for him. Sorry about the link(not fond of this type of sites) I used — I can’t access most of the Daily Show youtube videos from Canada so I had to watch from his twitter and facebook feed.

    https://www.rawstory.com/2020/04/the-daily-show-fills-in-trumps-missing-month-and-it-is-a-brutal-expose-of-coronavirus-incompetence/

    In the middle of epidemic, Trump spends time at a briefing trying to rewrite a narrative and show election videos. The narcissism and the lack of empathy is in full display here. He’s more concerned about the media coverage than the actual fight against coronavirus, In a tweet, he calls WSJ fake news for its failure to mention his ratings — bizarre.

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  18. From what I understand, the governors are working together to relax lockdown at an appropriate time together. It doesn’t make any sense for these states not to act jointly. In addition, the motivation appears to be Trump’s continual desire to reopen — first Easter, and now May 1. The governors no longer have any trust or faith in Trump and his administration to make the proper decisions.

    Trump’s response is amusing yet shows his self grandeur and narcissism. As the president, he claims he has all the authority. Previously he said the federal gov’t was merely a back up and he take responsibility for any of it. He wants the authority but not the responsibility.

    The South Dakota governor is a big Trump supporter and is one of the few governors not to implement any type of social distancing lockdown regulations. She claimed it was a big city concern. Now South Dakota has one of the largest single point outbreaks — over 350 workers at a large pork processing plant have tested positive of Covid, shutting down one of the largest suppliers of pork products in the country. (Go to the Sioux Falls Farmers Market and buy my brother’s organic pork chops or bacon instead). The mayor of Sioux Falls can only recommend social distance but has no authority.

    Now the South Dakota governor is buying Trump’s miracle cure. France and Sweden have both stopped trials of hydroxycholoroquine due to side effects – -including heart attacks. Ancedota comments from those who took the drug for malarial and lupus suggests that it has severe side effects. Scientist and doctors have expressed caution in using the drug. Now is not the time for presidents and governors to play doctor.

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  19. The testing article you posted at about 8:00 point to the serious need for more testing. Trump’s decision to leave it to the states is a mistake — now is not the time to withdraw any type of testing program. Both Canada and the US should be showing far more asymptomatic carriers if we look at other countries as a model. My own premier is making that error — limiting tests only to those showing symptoms. Most of the Covid cases in Ontario have been in nursing homes and all employees should be testing if there’s one positive case in the home. Instead only the symptomatic persons are tested.

    Until we have a full testing regime with contact tracing, we can’t relax any social isolation regulations. If Trump and others want to get back to “normal”, more testing should be done not less.

    The House recess tweets is amusing but the Senate is also taking a recess. Apparently they like the Supreme Court want to practice social distancing. This, of course, not something they think Wisconsin voters should do. Btw, governors are not in charge of voting rules. The Wisconsin governor knew that and thats why he did nothing until the last minute when he realized that Wisconsin unlike the rest of the states holding elections and primaries was not postponing the election. At that time he claimed an emergency gave him the authority but even he knew he would probably lose on a legal basis — he was just hoping for common sense.

    Republican complaints that the Biden complaint isn’t getting the coverage they think it deserves misses the point. Kavaungh was confirmed amid complaints that he shouldn’t be penalized for something that happened years ago. According to these arguments, Biden shouldn’t be penalized either. Meanwhile Trump hasn’t been held accountable for his abusive and sexist behavior either. Its apparent that both the elites and the ordinary people no longer care about these claims — hence private media trying to make a profit are not going to waste their time on a news story that won’t hold any eye balls. Its capitalism at its finest. The market has determined that theses stories no longer mattered and the supplier of news has adapted to lowering of demand.

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  20. Oh yeah, quoting the press in their own words is selective editing. 🙄

    Showing what they said and when is demonstrating how wrong they were, and how they’re now trying to re-write history.

    But you accuse Trump of doing it. Typical lefty.

    ——-

    Missed all of Feb.?

    Again, it helps if you actually read what’s posted. From the post above at 12:20PM today….

    Click the Tweet for a larger version, and stop with the dishonest assertion he did nothing in Feb.

    ——

    “The House recess tweets is amusing but the Senate is also taking a recess.”

    There’s was a bi-partisan resolution for the House to “work from home”, but Pelosi nixed it. What the Senate does is irrelevant if the House isn’t willing to do the same, and they clearly are not willing.

    https://techcrunch.com/2020/03/18/why-congress-isnt-working-remotely-due-to-covid-19/

    “Why this population (deemed high-risk to the coronavirus) isn’t yet doing legislative business remotely comes down to process, tech and political will.

    “The House rules and the Senate rules require voting in person. And it would require a change in those rules to do that,” California Congressman Eric Swalwell told TechCrunch on a call from his Washington, D.C., office.

    Swalwell has a plan for Congress to work away from the Hill. He recently reintroduced a resolution with Arkansas Representative Rick Crawford (R-AR) that would allow members to participate virtually in hearings and vote remotely, under special circumstances.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appears to have nixed that option, at least for the near-term, reportedly telling her caucus last week, “We are the captains of the ship. We are last to leave.””

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    And then she and they left.

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  21. “Republican complaints that the Biden complaint isn’t getting the coverage they think it deserves misses the point.”

    Again, typical lefty.

    You miss the point. The point and the complaints are that D’s get the kid glove treatment, the press runs interference on their behalf. R’s never get that consideration. Kavanaugh was slandered and libeled by a liar who couldn’t remember the details of anything. 7 women have accused Biden over the years, yet the NYT carries his water and runs interference for him.

    Also, do you think we’ve forgotten how when it was Trump, every accusation was credible/true, even when no evidence existed? #BelieveHer and all that?

    Oh, and the NYT has admitted they changed their story after pressure from the Biden campaign. Strange, I don’t recall the Trump campaign ever getting such considerations, because they didn’t.

    It’s you missing the point.

    https://freebeacon.com/media/new-york-times-biden-kavanaugh/

    “NY Times Editor Admits Editing Article on Biden Sexual Assault Allegation After Campaign Complained

    Cites ‘very subjective’ standard in defense of paper’s aggressive reporting on Brett Kavanuagh accusations”

    “The New York Times edited a controversial passage in an article about a sexual assault allegation against former vice president Joe Biden after his campaign complained, the paper’s executive editor said Monday.

    Dean Baquet, in an interview with Times media columnist Ben Smith, explained why edits were made to the following sentence, which appeared as follows in the print edition of the paper, on page A20: “The Times found no pattern of sexual misconduct by Mr. Biden, beyond the hugs, kisses and touching that women previously said made them uncomfortable.”

    Baquet said the Times decided to delete the second half of the sentence, without explanation in the form of an editor’s note, because “the [Biden] campaign thought that the phrasing was awkward and made it look like there were other instances in which he had been accused of sexual misconduct.”

    Smith asked a number of questions challenging Baquet to defend the Times‘s excessively cautious approach to reporting the sexual assault allegation against Biden—first made public by a former staffer, Tara Reade, on March 25—in light of the paper’s decidedly more aggressive approach to publishing similar allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

    Baquet failed to muster a coherent response beyond noting that the standard for reporting on such allegations is “very subjective.” He explained that the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings in 2018, which included testimony from a woman, Christine Blasey Ford, who accused him of sexually assaulting her in high school, constituted a “hot story” that required a “different news judgement.””

    ————

    Very subjective? No, double standard.

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  22. Read the tweet — there really isn’t much there in terms of what he actually did. Seriously, this isn’t much. Trevor Noah’s video is more accurate.

    The real question you have to ask — Why is a leader picking a fight with the media when there is a crisis? Argue the narrative later. The briefing turned into freak show all about him and his need for appreciation. There’s no leadership here, just whining and complaining. And I thought the left was supposed to be snowflakes

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