16 thoughts on “News/Politics 5-12-20

  1. The fake news is in high gear now.

    First, the hack formerly known as Jake Tapper….

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/05/ptively-edited-clip-to-falsely-claim-barr-admitted-flynn-decision-was-political/

    “Chuck Todd Used Deceptively Edited Clip to Falsely Claim Barr Admitted Flynn Decision Was ‘Political’

    “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd left out key comments from a Thursday interview U.S. Attorney General William Barr did, remarks that undercut the argument Todd tried to make against him.”

    “The mainstream media and Democrats went absolutely bonkers last week after the Justice Department announced on Thursday that they were dropping the case against former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

    Naturally, critics of the decision claimed that it was a political move and rushed to call for an investigation into the DOJ’s handling of the case.”

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    Maybe he should try actual quotes instead of just parroting Democrat talking points.

    https://www.redstate.com/sister-toldjah/2020/05/11/analysis-where-chuck-todd-may-have-gotten-his-deceptive-info-on-bill-barrs-cbs-interview-is-the-bigger-scandal/

    “Todd seemed very proud of himself during the segment, acting like he was the winner of the “gotcha” sweepstakes for making a supposed bombshell claim that few others in the mainstream press had made about the Barr interview in the three days since it aired.

    I mean, if Barr had truly admitted it was all about politics, it would have been something shouted from the rooftops of every major national news outlet, and led all broadcasts for days on end.

    But it didn’t, not even from media outlets who are normally prone to running with that type of fake news “reporting.”

    Sunday night, the Meet the Press Twitter account tweeted out a lame “we regret the error” message to a DOJ spokeswoman who did a side by side comparison of Todd’s comments vs. Barr’s, but Todd himself so far has not commented on the matter.

    So because Todd isn’t saying anything one way or the other, we can only speculate as to how he and his staff came to the conclusion that the sum total of Barr’s comments was to suggest the dropping of the Flynn case was about nothing more than partisan politics rather than the rule of law.

    Did Todd or a member of his MTP staff deliberately and knowingly shorten the quote? That is certainly possible, considering what we know of MSNBC and NBC News and their history of running deceptive and/or false reports.”

    “I don’t know for sure if Chuck Todd and his crew based their story on the deceptive takes of Rupar, TPM and others (which is why I put “may have” in the headline) but I would be willing to bet money they did, because this happens a lot more than people realize.

    This is a serious problem, and it’s a key reason why fake news spreads. The takes from Rupar and MMFA types are turned into actual news stories from supposedly objective reporters, and outlets like CNN, MSNBC, WaPo and others run with them without checking the information.

    Often, as it was in the case of Chuck Todd, it takes a conservative website to figure out the media got their stories wrong. But by the time any of those media outlets issue corrections (which isn’t often), it’s too late. The damage is done.

    It’s sloppy journalism, and is not just a bad look, it’s also a dereliction of duty on their parts to not verify information before going live with it.”

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  2. ABC gets in on the hackery too.

    https://twitchy.com/samj-3930/2020/05/11/oh-the-hackery-abc-leaves-out-1-super-important-word-in-their-just-in-tweet-about-doj-officials-calling-on-barr-to-resign/

    “If you read this tweet from ABC News you think to yourself at first, ‘HOLY CRAP, that’s a lot of Justice dept. officials’ … until you look down further and see one super important word they left out. Notice the difference between the headline and the tweet?

    Sneaky ABC … very sneaky.”

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  3. CBS wants in too…. they think if they keep repeating this lie it will become true.

    https://hotair.com/archives/ed-morrissey/2020/05/11/60-minutes-pompeo-tried-claim-covid-19-manmade/

    “Chuck Todd might not be the only Sunday news anchor on Donald Trump’s to-be-fired list. In last night’s 60 Minutes, Scott Pelley accused Mike Pompeo of “attempt[ing] to resurrect a debunked theory” a week earlier on COVID-19 by suggesting it was “man-made.” However, that’s not what Pompeo meant, as the transcript of the interview makes perfectly clear (via the Daily Wire):

    Last Sunday, Secretary of State Mike Pomepo attempted to resurrect a debunked theory that the virus was man-made in China.

    Mike Pompeo on ABC’s “This Week”: Look, the best experts so far seem to think it was man-made. I have no reason to disbelieve that at this point.

    This clip is taken out of context, however, not unlike what Todd did with William Barr earlier in the day. Pompeo did say this, but he made it clear he misspoke in almost the very next breath. The State Department has the transcript up from his interview on This Week with Martha Raddatz, and it is very clear that what he argued is that he believes the COVID-19 virus escaped from the Wuhan lab, not that it was man-made:

    QUESTION: Do you believe it was man-made or genetically modified?

    SECRETARY POMPEO: Look, the best experts so far seem to think it was man-made. I have no reason to disbelieve that at this point.

    QUESTION: Your Office of the DNI says the consensus, the scientific consensus, was not man-made or genetically modified.

    SECRETARY POMPEO: That’s right. I agree with that. Yeah, I’ve seen their analysis. I’ve seen the summary that you saw that was released publicly. I have no reason to doubt that that is accurate at this point.

    QUESTION: Okay. So just to be clear, you do not think it was man-made or genetically modified?

    SECRETARY POMPEO: I’ve seen what the Intelligence Community has said. I have no reason to believe that they’ve got it wrong. But you have to put this in context. Here’s what’s important, Martha. Here’s what’s important. The Chinese Communist Party had the opportunity to prevent all of the calamity that has befallen the world, and here we find ourselves today – you and I were talking about we haven’t seen each other physically for a long time. That’s true of people all across the world.

    Again, pulling remarks out of context from interviews published by other organizations is a remarkably bad idea. It’s literally true that those words came out of Pompeo’s mouth, but it’s also clear that he corrected himself when Raddatz asked him about it. What Pompeo actually did was controversial enough for commentary, anyway. He and US intelligence claim that COVID-19 escaped from the lab rather than crossed over in the wet markets or through some other more natural process, a conclusion that our other allies dispute. Why not just report on what Pompeo’s actually arguing and dissect that?

    The answer: 60 Minutes has a long tradition of making intellectually dishonest political attacks, as many discovered with Rathergate. Pelley and his crew then lined up experts to debunk an argument that Pompeo wasn’t making in order to paint him and the administration as liars who are desperate to shift blame to poor, unfortunate China:”

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  4. Another low for CBS.

    Send a reporter of Chinese decent to ask a stupid question, and then feign outrage when you get an answer.

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  5. Huh.

    https://dailycaller.com/2020/05/11/doctor-deborah-birx-coronavirus-covid-19-death-toll-inflated-numbers-cases-cdc-white-house-meeting-report/

    “Dr. Birx Reportedly Believes Coronavirus Death Toll Inflated By Up To 25%”

    “Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus task force response coordinator, believes some official COVID-19 statistics like death tolls may be inflated by up to 25%, a new report states.

    Birx criticized the method the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was using to collect its data during a heated task force meeting, according to a report Saturday from The Washington Post.

    “There is nothing from the CDC that I can trust,” Birx reportedly told CDC Director Robert Redfield.

    Birx told The Post in a statement that “mortality is slowly declining each day,” and that the focus should be on protecting Americans who are older or have pre-existing health conditions that make them vulnerable to the virus.

    “To keep with this trend, it is essential that seniors and those with comorbidities shelter in place and that we continue to protect vulnerable communities,” Birx reportedly said.

    Two-thirds of Americans also doubt official coronavirus numbers, according to an Axios poll published earlier in May. The poll found that 40% of Republicans believe the number of deaths are being overcounted, compared to 24% who believe they are being undercounted. On the other side of the aisle, just 7% of Democrats believe the number of deaths are being overcounted, compared to 63% who believe they are being undercounted.”

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  6. A little late for concern….. and Obama and Holder won’t be apologizing.

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2020/05/11/mexico-is-still-waiting-for-an-apology-for-operation-fast-and-furious-n2568565

    “Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal Reemerges as Mexico Demands an Apology for Operation Fast and Furious”

    “The Mexican government is still waiting for an apology for Operation Fast and Furious, an illegal and secret gun running scheme implemented during the Obama administration.

    “Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said his government would send a diplomatic note to Washington for information on the 2009-2011 operation known as ‘Fast and Furious,’ a topic that has resurfaced in recent days amid a debate over historic U.S.-Mexico cooperation on security and possible corruption under previous administrations,” Reuters reports.

    During the operation from 2009-2010, thousands of AK-47s, .50 caliber rifles and other weapons were purposely allowed by ATF and Department of Justice officials to be purchased illegally by straw buyers at gun stores in the United States and trafficked over the border into Mexico. ATF officials sat by as thousands of guns “walked.” They argued this was done to trace weapons to the upper echelons of Mexican cartels, but out of thousands of firearms, only two were rigged with GPS devices that died within hours of crossing the border. ”

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    “The Mexican government was also left in the dark as thousands of guns were used to kill hundreds of civilians. A .50 caliber rifle from the program, a weapon often used by Mexican cartels to take down helicopters, was found in drug kingpin El Chapo’s hideout.

    A report from 2011, released by then House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, showed “ATF and DOJ ‘failed to share crucial details of the Operation Fast and Furious with either their own employees stationed in Mexico or representatives of the Government of Mexico.’ Specifically, personnel in Arizona denied ATF agents working in Mexico information directly related to their jobs and everyday operations.”

    In June 2012, Eric Holder became the first sitting attorney general to be voted in civil and criminal contempt by the House of Representatives for refusing to turn over documents related to the case. Despite memos addressed to directly to Holder about the operation, Holder repeatedly claimed he learned about it in the news. President Obama also claimed not to have knowledge of the operation despite making gun trafficking to Mexico a top priority. White House National Security Adviser Kevin O’Reilly was also briefed regularly on the operation by senior ATF officials in the Phoenix field office.”

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  7. The biggest scandal in US political history.

    Time for some ObamaGate updates….

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    Name names.

    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/acting-dni-seeks-declassify-obama-officials-involved-flynn/story?id=70624372

    “Any Obama officials involved in Flynn ‘unmasking’ declassified: Source

    Grenell visited the Justice Department last week over the matter.”

    “Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell has declassified a list of former Obama administration officials who were allegedly involved in the so-called “unmasking” of former national security adviser Michael Flynn in his conversations with the former Russian ambassador during the presidential transition, a senior U.S. official tells ABC News.

    Grenell, who remains the U.S. ambassador to Germany along with being the acting DNI, visited the Justice Department last week and brought the list with him, according to the official.

    His visit indicates his focus on an issue previously highlighted in 2017 by skeptics of the investigation into the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia, specifically allegations that former officials improperly unveiled Flynn’s identity from intercepts of his call with former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak.”

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  8. Punch it.

    https://hotair.com/archives/ed-morrissey/2020/05/11/hmmm-durham-probe-full-throttle-expanding/

    “Durham Probe At “Full Throttle” — And Expanding?”

    “Now that the Department of Justice has dropped the case against Michael Flynn over prosecutorial and investigatory misconduct, what’s next for US Attorney Jeffrey Jensen? Assigned initially to specifically review the Flynn case by Attorney General William Barr, the career prosecutor has now joined fellow US Attorney John Durham in his investigation of the FBI’s Operation Crossfire Hurricane, Fox News reports. That probe has gone “full throttle,” according to Fox’s sources, so much so that a third US Attorney has now been assigned to part of the case as well:

    Two sources told Fox News that Jeff Jensen, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri who was tapped by the Justice Department in February to review the case of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, is continuing to help with Durham’s investigation even after the DOJ’s move last week to drop the case against Flynn.

    The sources told Fox News that interim U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Timothy Shea is also assisting with components of the investigation.

    “They farmed the investigation out because it is too much for Durham and he didn’t want to be distracted,” one of the sources told Fox News.

    “He’s going full throttle, and they’re looking at everything,” the source told Fox News.

    “Everything” might include several officials in the highest levels of the previous administration, including the highest — Barack Obama. The former president has gotten more public than usual in making his feelings known on this issue with the DoJ, claiming that the rule of law is “at risk” with the withdrawal of the Flynn case. Obama didn’t note that he might have a vested interest in discouraging a look into the origins of that probe, but Andy McCarthy points that conflict of interest at National Review:

    The best defense is a good offense. That was my first thought on learning that former president Barack Obama has decided to make himself heard on the dismissal of the prosecution of Michael Flynn. As I’ve been noting for years, notwithstanding his pretensions about never interfering in FBI investigations, Mr. Obama was smack in the middle of his administration’s investigation of the Trump campaign. This week, in the exhibits appended to the Justice Department’s Flynn dismissal motion, it was revealed that Obama was neck-deep in the investigation of Flynn, concocted into a collusion caper by his intel advisers and the FBI. It is not a spotlight the former president covets, so he’s lashing out . . . and the usual wagons are circling.

    The Wall Street Journal editorial board wonders how a law-school graduate could make Obama’s argument, except out of naked self-interest or partisanship. They also find Obama’s public intervention in this controversy mighty curious:”

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  9. It all keeps leading back to Barry.

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2020/05/11/flynns-attorney-speaks-out-about-obamas-role-in-effort-to-entrap-former-national-security-adviser-n2568554

    “Flynn’s Attorney Speaks Out About Obama’s Role in Effort to Entrap Former National Security Adviser”

    “Michael Flynn’s attorney, Sidney Powell, spoke in no uncertain terms Sunday in an interview with Fox News’s Maria Bartiromo about former President Obama’s role in the effort to entrap the former national security adviser.

    The Department of Justice dropped the case against Flynn last week after documents showed the FBI plotted to entrap him on perjury charges.

    Powell explained the FBI agents made it appear to Flynn that the meeting was informal, giving him no impression that his responses could later be used against him.

    “These agents specifically schemed and planned with each other how to not tip him off that he was even the person being investigated,” she said. “In fact, according to Comey’s testimony that’s attached to the exhibits they filed in the motion to dismiss, they just simply said, we’d like to send a couple agents by to talk to you.

    “And, of course, General Flynn said sure. And he saw them as allies. They encouraged him to stay that way,” she continued. “They deliberately did not tell him about 1001 [the statute that makes it a federal felony to lie to agents] because they didn’t want to trigger the slightest suspicion in his mind that he was being investigated or should be concerned about anything.”

    Bartiromo then wanted to know about the January 5, 2017 meeting with Obama that included Sally Yates, Jim Comey, James Clapper and John Brennan.

    “Well, the day before, Comey had found and McCabe had found the transcripts of Flynn’s call with Kislyak. And he briefed Clapper on it immediately. Clapper then immediately went and briefed President Obama on it,” Powell said. “Then they have the Oval Office meeting on the 5th. Comey admits in his testimony that the FBI are the people that unmasked General Flynn, our people, whatever that means. And at the meeting on the 5th, Sally Yates was stunned because Obama mentions to her out of the blue about the call and the transcript of the call. She knew nothing about it, because Comey hadn’t briefed DOJ [about Kislyak].”

    Comey was sent the next day to brief President Trump about the salacious parts of the dossier “to set the news hook for BuzzFeed and CNN to run with the dossier they knew was a lie,” she explained.

    “Then Peter Strzok is watching a CNN report on that and texts about he and Priestap sitting there watching it and using it as a pretext to go interview some people,” Powell said. “So the whole thing was orchestrated and set up within the FBI, Clapper, Brennan, and in the Oval Office meeting that day with President Obama.”

    Bartiromo asked if she thought it “goes all the way up to the top, to President Obama?”

    “Absolutely,” Powell responded. “

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  10. “Turley: The Logan Act Is The Last Refuge Of Scoundrels”

    https://hotair.com/archives/john-s-2/2020/05/11/turley-logan-act-last-refuge-scoundrels/

    “In the wake of the decision to drop the case against Michael Flynn, there has been a rush by various people to call it an outrageously partisan act by AG Barr. However, over the weekend Jonathan Turley pointed out that the case against Flynn was premised on the Logan Act, a 1799 law which has never been successfully used to prosecute anyone. Despite the fact that it is considered a “harmless relic,” President Obama, James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Sally Yates and others decided it was an appropriate way to go after Flynn. Here’s Turley on the history of the law:

    The law was a product of its time, as John Adams was never one to suffer opponents gladly.

    At the time, Adams favored and signed a treaty with Great Britain that led to the Quasi War with France. The Jeffersonians favored France, and one of them, George Logan of Philadelphia, went to Paris to try to end the hostilities. Adams was irate over what he called the “temerity and impertinence of individuals” such as Logan. He persuaded Congress to pass the flagrantly unconstitutional act, making it a crime to have “correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent” about disputes. The same Congress passed the infamous Alien and Sedition Acts used to arrest opponents of Adams, including journalists.

    The only reason the Logan Act remains on the books is that it is treated as a harmless relic.

    In late 2016 as the incoming Trump administration was being formed, the FBI had decided to close an investigation (Crossfire Razor) into possible misconduct by Flynn because they had found no evidence he had done anything wrong. But after a memo suggesting the closure of the case was sent around, Peter Strzok asked that it be left open. So the FBI had an open case, what it lacked was any evidence of a crime. Enter the Logan Act and Flynn’s call with Ambassador Kislyak.

    When Strzok overruled the career prosecutors and investigators to keep open the investigation, he immediately raised the Logan Act as a possible way to charge Flynn. We previously learned that former acting Attorney General Sally Yates also raised the Logan Act as a possible charge, and we know that McCabe pushed the Logan Act in the absence of any other crime…

    The new material shows that former FBI Director James Comey also raised the Logan Act, with President Obama, in discussing FBI surveillance of Flynn. In one meeting, Justice Department officials were surprised that Obama already knew of the surveillance even though Yates was not aware of the facts. One document states, “Yates had no idea what the president was talking about, but figured it out based on the conversation. Yates recalled Comey mentioning the Logan Act.”

    Turley concludes that Flynn could never have been prosecuted under the Logan Act. That would have been a stretch against anyone but that’s especially true for an incoming National Security Adviser days before a new president is sworn in. There was no chance this bogus case would ever go anywhere. But by sending FBI agents in to talk casually with Flynn, Strzok and others were able to set up the claim that Flynn had perjured himself. And after the special prosecutor brought him to the point of bankruptcy and threatened to prosecute his son, Flynn pleaded guilty to that charge. Turley concludes:

    Perhaps it is fitting that these Obama administration officials turned to the Logan Act. Obama, who had dismissed Flynn from another post, opposed his appointment as national security adviser. It did not matter if there was no evidence against Flynn. As President Adams declared in calling for enactment of the Logan Act, there must be punishment for those with the “temerity and impertinence” to challenge those in power.

    So after no evidence of collusion or a crime by Flynn was found by the end of 2016, Strzok, McCabe, Comey, Yates and perhaps even Obama retreated to that last refuge of the prosecutorial scoundrel, the Logan Act, under the apparent theory that an unconstitutional crime is still better than no crime at all.”

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  11. AJ – (from the end of the weekend’s news thread) Re: “No one disagrees with you.” I wasn’t arguing with anyone, or implying that anyone was arguing with me. I was merely sharing the story. 🙂

    *******
    I took a look at that Snopes article you mentioned yesterday. The reason they wrote it, and listed it as satire, was because, as the article points out, there were people sharing the BabylonBee story as if it were true. So, for those people or others who may be confused, the Snopes article is pointing out that it is satire.

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  12. So have ya’ll heard of HR 6666? Our county commissioners have this on the agenda for the meeting they are holding at this moment. Giving the health departments the authority to conduct house to house testing, quarantine and removal from the home if they say so? Folks we are in deep deep trouble here….but God….he promises to be with us even through this…..

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  13. Same as Cali, I posted about them doing that last week. These people are crazy. They have no such authority.

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  14. That’s some gymnastics type justification for Snopes there Kizzie. 🙂

    But yes, some gullible leftist did fall for it, like 3 of ’em, but a fact check? Really?

    Please…… 🙄

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    And I just got around to catching your post last week about what some clueless (or lying) leftist friend told you about Gen. Flynn. That’s ludicrous and patently false.

    What he did was discuss a plan to return a shady Islamic infiltrator hanging out in the mountains of PA back to Turkey to face justice for his many crimes against them.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/mueller-probes-flynns-role-in-alleged-plan-to-deliver-cleric-to-turkey-1510309982

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    His stance on Islam is well known. They left once again demonstrates their bi-polarism on everything and everyone. Now he’s in bed with Islamists, but last time around he was the bane of all things Islam. They need to make up their minds.

    https://qz.com/841197/islam-is-a-malignant-cancer-the-hateful-rhetoric-of-michael-flynn-trumps-new-national-security-adviser/

    “Retired lieutenant general Michael Flynn served as Trump’s national security adviser during the campaign and agreed Friday (Nov. 18) to continue on. Flynn, a registered Democrat, served as head of the US Defense Intelligence Agency before he was ousted in 2014. Since then, he’s been a brash critic of President Barack Obama and the national security establishment’s approach to defeating terrorism—and he’s made no secret of his disdain for Islam.

    “Islam is a political ideology…it definitely hides behind this notion of it being a religion,” Flynn said in a speech at the annual conference of ACT for America, the largest anti-Muslim grassroots organization in the US. “It’s like cancer…a malignant cancer in this case.” Flynn also serves as an adviser for the group, which was founded by Brigitte Gabriel, a leader of the anti-Islam lobby in the US. Flynn has described Gabriel as “incredibly courageous.””

    At other times, Flynn has been more careful to specify that ”radical Islam” is the source of his ire. He led the charge in excoriating Democrats for not using the words ”radical Islamic terrorism,” and published a book this summer called The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam And Its Allies.

    In it, Flynn writes that “without a proper sense of urgency, we will eventually be defeated, dominated, and very likely destroyed” by Muslim militants. “They are dead set on taking us over and drinking our blood.””

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    But now he’s in bed with them….? Suuuure…… 🙄

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  15. These are the experts?

    Because they’ve been wrong time and time again, and they keep insisting it’s anyone who goes against what they say that is.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/05/rand-paul-to-dr-fauci-history-of-pandemic-science-advice-is-wrong-prediction-after-wrong-prediction-after-wrong-prediction/

    “Rand Paul to Dr. Fauci: History of pandemic science advice is “wrong prediction after wrong prediction after wrong prediction”

    “I don’t think you’re the one person that gets to make a decision. We can listen to your advice, but there are people on the other side saying there’s not going to be a surge and that we can safely open the economy and the facts will bear this out.””

    “Tuesday, members of the White House Task Force on Coronavirus testified before the Senate Health Committee. Specifically, their advise on the response and re-opening was questioned.

    Most notably, was an exchange between Sen. Rand Paul and Dr. Fauci. Sen. Paul questioned Fauci about the wisdom of keeping schools shut down, when children appear to be incredibly resistant and resilient with this particular virus. Sen. Paul also shot at Fauci, saying “I don’t think you’re the one person that gets to make a decision. We can listen to your advice, but there are people on the other side saying there’s not going to be a surge and that we can safely open the economy and the facts will bear this out.”

    The exchange was civil, but to the point.”

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    The transcript is at the link.

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