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Time for Congress to take action against China's communist government
Posted:May 29, 2020 2:56 am
Last Updated:May 29, 2020 7:15 pm

As elected attorneys general, we are the top law enforcement officers in each of our states. We take extremely seriously our duty of parens patriae – to protect, defend, and vindicate the legal rights of all of the citizens we represent. This duty rings true in times of crisis and uncertainty, especially during the unprecedented pandemic we face today.

The coronavirus crisis has touched all of us. We have lost friends to COVID-19 and thousands of our constituents have been stricken with the illness. Countless businesses in our states have been shuttered and jobs there lost. Our brave doctors and nurses working front line shifts, treating their patients, have been put at great risk.

And, increasingly now, we hear about culpability. We are learning more about who is responsible for this modern-day plague. All roads lead to a cover-up orchestrated by communist China.

Recently, we sent a letter to congressional leaders on both sides of the aisle. The letter has a very simple request that even in these hyper-partisan times we are hopeful that politicians of all stripes will get behind and support.

We asked Congress to investigate the Chinese government’s role in the coronavirus crisis and assess its culpability for this terrible pandemic.

Press reports reveal that the Chinese government and Chinese Communist Party actively sought to suppress vital information about the coronavirus and its characteristics – particularly its ability to spread from human-to-human contact – for weeks or even months.

They allegedly silenced whistleblowers and detained doctors who dared to speak out about what they were seeing in their hospitals and labs. They expelled western media who might have been able to see through their propaganda.

Other reports have even indicated that China compromised the World Health Organization, directing its response to this crisis by feeding it bad information and excluding contrary voices like those of its rival the Taiwanese government. In effect, they turned the world’s most important collaborative public health establishment into a megaphone for their own propagandistic proclamations.

Furthermore, while all of this was going on, China appears to have taken steps to corner the world market in personal protective equipment (PPE) and life-saving medical supplies, ensuring shortages and dependence when the world was finally able to see through their lies and obfuscation. There have even been accusations that Chinese entities purposely shipped defective PPE and other equipment to foreign countries.

These acts, if proven, are not only wrong, they are evil. And these allegations, if true, are not merely worrying, they are actionable.

Some of us are considering legal action to hold China accountable for the profound damage done to our states and our citizens. The state of Missouri has already sued China, the Chinese Communist Party, and other related defendants in federal court. However, an all hands-on deck approach is needed when confronting an issue of this magnitude.

Congressional hearings would help clarify truth from rumor, reality from hype, and fact from fiction. With their broad investigative powers, congressional committees could subpoena necessary witnesses, assemble relevant documents, and create a complete factual picture of how exactly the world was brought to its knees by this pandemic

An investigation would establish an official public record that would cut through the foreign propaganda and media spin.

When, inevitably, the parties responsible for this crisis attempt to shift the blame, a free and open record — in addition to our legal actions— will help shine a light on the truth and facts. A century ago, Louis D. Brandeis wrote that “sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.” These words still ring true today.

OP-ED by Jeff Landry, who is Louisiana attorney general, chairman of the Republican Attorneys General Association, a former member of Congress, and the immediate past president of the National Association of Attorneys General.  
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Posted:May 27, 2020 6:00 am
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The 2020 Election Scenario That Keeps Democrats Up at Night
Posted:May 27, 2020 4:38 am
Last Updated:May 27, 2020 4:40 am

Some who aren’t fixing bayonets in this war between left and right, liberal and conservative, Democratic and Republican are rightfully disgusted by the behavior of Congress during this COVID outbrea The coronavirus has sparked multiple relief packages that always run into a roadblock in the Democratic-controlled House. Speaker Nancy Pelosi doesn’t want these bills to sail through. These are wins for the Trump White House during an election year. She has to act like an idiot and pump the brakes while millions of Americans languish in unemployment. The virus has shut down the economy, though the vast majority of states are starting to re-open, and perhaps some of us overreacted to the initial outbrea As more data from the CDC and elsewhere trickles in, like the virus no longer being easily spread on surfaces, that appears be the case. It’s time re-open. Even in New York City, there could be protocols for a soft phase one re-opening, as most of the deaths are grounded in nursing homes, people who are already inside anyway. Those places have been turned into graveyards, thanks to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s asinine policy of forcing these locations to accept COVID-positive patients, but that’s a tale for another time.

We’re about to experience a massive economic boom, folks. And it will occur in the key months prior to Election Day. It’s a V-shaped recovery. And this isn’t just the Trump economic team making these projections. Former Obama economist Jason Furman has gone on record to declare, “We are about to see the best economic data we’ve seen in the history of this country.”

This has reportedly sent his former colleagues in the Obama administration into panic mode. The concerns among Democrats are high. With Donald Trump handily beating Sleepy Joe Biden on handling the economy and besting him in battleground states, this is an election-killer. The fact that Democrats want to extend these stay-at-home orders absence of evidence or justification only makes this more of a death blow to Democrats, as voters will correctly see them as being the biggest obstacles to them getting back to their jobs. The reason will be painfully transparent: they want to prolong economic turmoil to increase their odds of winning an election. Well, that won’t happen when people can see you telegraphing the easily decipherable political here, and with someone who needs be reminded wear pants, what state he’s in, and what office he’s running for this year. Oh, and have we already forgotten old man Joe decided lecture black voters last wee Yep, if you don’t vote Joe in 2020, you’re not black—says the old white guy.

Furman also had a warning for the Joe Biden team as well. Don’t make projections that will be easily blown up, like saying the situation we’re in, economically, is worse than it was during the Great Depression. Politico has more, but this is the 2020 situation that is keeping Democrats up at night. Granted, as with any economic issue, there will still be lingering areas for the Trump administration, if re-elected, will need solve. There still will be higher unemployment numbers than we’re used , plus a slew of other issues, but Furman said Trump and his team could easily package that into this successful campaign narrative: We can finish the job:

Furman’s counterintuitive pitch has caused some Democrats, especially Obama alumni, around Washington to panic. “This is my big worry,” said a former Obama White House official who is still close to the former president. Asked about the level of concern among top party officials, he said, “It’s high — high, high, high, high.”

And top policy officials on the Biden campaign are preparing for a fall economic debate that might look very different than the one predicted at the start of the pandemic in March. “They are very much aware of this,” said an informal adviser.

Furman’s case begins with the premise that the 2020 pandemic-triggered economic collapse is categorically different than the Great Depression or the Great Recession, which both had slow, grinding recoveries.

Instead, he believes, the way to think about the current economic drop-off, at least in the first phases, is more like what happens a thriving economy during and after a natural disaster: a quick and steep decline in economic activity followed by a quick and steep rebound.

The Covid-19 recession started with a sudden shuttering of many businesses, a nationwide decline in consumption and massive increase in unemployment. But starting around April 15, when economic reopening started spread but the overall numbers still looked grim, Furman noticed some data that pointed the kind of recovery that economists often see after a hurricane or industrywide catastrophe like the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Consumption and hiring started tick up “in gross terms, not in net terms,” Furman said, describing the phenomenon as a “partial rebound.” The bounce back “can be very very fast, because people go back their original job, they get called back from furlough, you put the lights back on in your business. Given how many people were furloughed and how many businesses were closed you can get a big jump out of that. It will look like a V.”

A rebound won’t mean that Trump has solved many underlying problems. Since the crisis started, many employers have gone bankrupt. Others have used the pandemic downsize. Consumption and travel will likely remain lower. Millions of people in industries like hospitality and tourism will need to find new jobs in new industries.

The scenario would be a major long-term problem for any president. But before that reality sets in, Trump could be poised to benefit from the dramatic numbers produced during the partial rebound phase that is likely to coincide with the four months before November.

That realization has many Democrats spooked.

When Obama ran for reelection in 20, during the recovery from the Great Recession, he was able point out that the unemployment rate was dropping about 1 point every year. But in a V-shaped recovery it would be much faster. “The Trump argument will be he’s producing the fastest job growth and fastest economic growth in history. If he has any ability to do nuance he would say, ‘We are not there yet, reelect me to finish the job,’” Furman said.

Furman is an economist, but he had some strategic advice for the Biden campaign. “Don’t make predictions that could be falsified. There are enough terrible things to say you don’t need to make exaggerated predictions,” he said. “The argument that we are in another Great Depression will look like it was overstated. Trump can say, ‘ million deaths didn’t happen, Great Depression didn’t happen, we are making a lot of progress.’”

Democrats are panicking. That’s always good news. Even in the midst of COVID, I was still positive that Trump would win re-election as a) the virus was not his fault, thanks China; b) the areas hardest hit were states that wouldn’t be competitive in national elections anyway (California, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, etc.), and c) the politicians doing the overreaching regarding the quarantine were Democrats. Trump’s response the crisis was swift, transparent, and aggressive. The Trump White House’s daily COVID pressers in April showed that which helped him rebound his poll numbers. It’s no wonder that this trend oddly coincided with the liberal media not wanting air the pressers anymore.

Either way, the fact that former Obama people and this isn’t the first time, are freaking out about Teflon Don is a welcome sign. Also, if this projection is true, we get the bonus of another outpouring of liberal tears when Trump is re-elected, coupled with an economic recovery that is pretty solid—spectacular actually. As the president has said often, the best is yet come. Let’s give him that extra four years.

By Matt Vespa
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Obamagate: Obama’s Ship of Lies and Deceit Has Run Aground
Posted:May 26, 2020 10:29 am
Last Updated:May 27, 2020 8:47 am

Former President Barack Obama is a smooth-talking liar. He uses his tongue like a brush to paint vivid word pictures so believable, the clueless swoon, believing every word. Likewise, his administration followed his lead, spinning a web of corruption we’re only now starting to unravel.

Until recently, we had no idea how far, deep, and wide the corruption within the Obama administration reached. That is until the Michael Flynn unmaskers were themselves, unmasked. We now see up close how much Obama and his administration, along with Deep State players in various -letter agencies and leftist-run media, bartered in corruption, lies, and the weaponization of government power.

Apparently, there were two streams of flagrant corruption flowing concurrently. They eventually collided and began running together sometime after the 20 Presidential election create a swollen river of treachery overrun the proverbial banks of the new Trump administration.

The first stream of corruption was the Trump-Russia collusion narrative based on the now-discredited Steele Dossier financed by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democrat Party. With everyone distracted and the Trump administration on defense dealing with impeachment, it was a set up for the most perfect of storms.

Meanwhile, Obama cronies were stealthily obtaining a FISA warrant to spy on the Trump campaign, purportedly using the dossier, which was nothing more than an elaborate Russian disinformation campaign. The leftist controlled media and congressional Democrats jumped in and sailed that ship for years until it ran aground with the Mueller investigation’s failure.

Sometime in December, the second “stream of corruption” was birthed when at least thirty Obama administration officials made requests unmask Flynn. The door opened, and the Obama administration received the tools it needed to spy on its successor.

Why did the Obama administration specifically target Michael Flynn? Sure, Flynn is a stellar guy, but he seemed like a minor player in the scheme of things. And why did the FBI offer to the Steele dossier author collect intelligence Flynn weeks before the 20 election?

Furthermore, why would former White House National Security Adviser Susan Rice -- (the Obama administration’s apparent unofficial director of mistruth and misdirection) -- write a bizarre email to herself on Trump’s Inauguration day regarding a January 5, 20, Oval Office meeting--wherein Obama wanted make it clear the Flynn investigation was being handled “by the book,” repeating the term twice more in the email.

Baloney Alert: common sense tells you that if something was “handled by the book,” there’s no need mention it once, let alone times.

What’s Obama’s obsession with Flynn?

After , Flynn was Obama’s Defense Intelligence Agency Director for only a couple of years.

Might it be that Flynn held the proverbial keys to Obama’s legacy, the Iranian nuclear deal?

An excellent piece, “How Russiagate Began With Obama’s Iran Deal Domestic Spying Campaign,” by Lee Smith, states: “Flynn not only made it clear that he wanted to undo the Iran Deal, he also broadcast his determination to find the documents detailing the secret deals between Obama and Iran and to publicize them.”

As I write, there’s breaking news. FBI Director Christopher Wray says the bureau will conduct an “after-action review” of the Michael Flynn investigation. This news comes on the heels of a recent discovery that the FBI wiretapped a Flynn conversation with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak -- without masking his name and circulating the information throughout the Obama administration.

This story is fluid, so it’ll stretch and grow before this goes to print. Even still, there’s a takeaway lesson here.

The self-proclaimed ‘‘scandal-free” Obama administration was scandal-filled. He might be a super-smooth talker, but he’s no god. Not even close. The difference between Obama and God is that God doesn’t think he’s Obama. Something that Democrats don’t get because they see truth as fluid as a swiftly flowing stream.

OP-ED by Susan Stamper Brown
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The "Clown" Governor
Posted:May 24, 2020 2:32 am
Last Updated:May 25, 2020 7:25 pm

Andrew Cuomo has been a disaster as governor of New York. Over the last 10 years he has arguably been the worst governor in the country. His decisions have put New York's economy in the ditch. New York has had a net loss of 1.2-million residents over his 10-year reign (1.2 million more folks have moved out of New York as opposed to those moving in). Because of his high-tax, big-spend wasteful policies, businesses and jobs have fled New York. Some time ago, money was appropriated to buy more respirators. Cuomo didn't buy them, but instead invested the money into a solar-energy company which went bankrupt. Then the virus hit New York and Trump had to bail his ass out with respirators. Besides the hospital ship, Trump had a large NYC convention center refitted with hospital beds devoted to COVID-19 patients. Franklin Graham brought in his large Samaritan's Purse (Graham's charity) hospital tent equipped with medical staff and located it in NYC. And Trump brought in the Army Corps of Engineers and in short order it had a couple more new hospitals built, all beds devoted to COVID-19 patients. All these beds went largely unused, yet Cuomo dumps old people with the virus into nursing homes that were not set up to handle the virus. Cuomo is nothing but another dopey unfit politician spreading harm with everything he touches. Then the mainstream media plays him up like he's God. I could go on about his bad decisions, but I've already wasted too much time on this horrible excuse of a governor.
Trump Donates His Salary to HHS For Vaccine Research
Posted:May 23, 2020 2:29 am
Last Updated:May 25, 2020 1:03 pm

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany announced Friday afternoon President Trump has donated his quarterly salary the Department of Health and Human Services in the search for a Wuhan coronavirus vaccine.

"The President, as you are all well aware, donates his salary various initiatives and parts across the federal government and this quarter he will be donating his salary HHS, Health and Human Services, develop new therapies for treating and preventing COVID-19 so we can safely reopen," McEnany said, touting a $0,000 chec "In honor of COVID this time, in honor of those who have passed and the studies underway."

President Trump announced Thursday flags will be ordered at half-staff in honor of Wuhan coronavirus victims.

In the past President Trump has donated his salary the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of Veterans Affairs and more.

By Katie Pavlich

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