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Joe Biden praised the idea of incorporating fact-checkers into the presidential debates, but those desperately needed fact-checkers were nowhere to be found at CNN’s town hall event with Biden on Thursday.

In stark contrast to President Trump’s town hall event with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos earlier this week, CNN’s Anderson Cooper and a crowd of mostly friendly supporters took turns asking the 77-year-old candidate softball questions.

Biden told all sorts of lies during the one-hour event on CNN, a fitting location for such fake news. Biden lied when he accused President Trump of not mentioning the coronavirus in his State of the Union Address.

“My administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat,” Trump said in his State of the Union Address, which Nancy Pelosi ripped up in anger.

Biden also repeated debunked conspiracy theories about the Post Office and mail collection boxes, though he couldn’t remember the name of “those, those, those, um, places where you mail your ballots.”

Biden blamed President Trump for the coronavirus pandemic, saying that “if the president had done his job, all the people would still be alive.” To prove his preposterous claim, Biden told the crowd to simply “look at the data.” That’s what Joe Biden and the Democrats mean by “science.”

Biden called on governors to enforce mask-wearing and vowed to mandate mask-wearing on federal property if elected president. But while CNN and Biden pretended to be taking the virus seriously, a maskless Biden was caught approaching Cooper and whispering in the host’s ear as CNN cut to a commercial.

It also looks like CNN went to great lengths to find Biden supporters to ask friendly questions of the candidate. Here’s one example:

Biden interrupted the one Trump supporter there as she attempted to ask her question.

After denying that his climate plan embraces policies of the green new deal, Biden said he didn’t think AOC’s Green New Deal “is too much” and says his own plan will “fundamentally change the way in which we deal with the environment.” AOC told a reporter on Thursday that she was confident she and other progressives would push Joe Biden to the far left.

If one thing stood out more than anything at CNN’s fake town hall event, it’s that Joe Biden is too old to be president.

Author: Bronson Stocking

Source: Town Hall: Biden’s Town Hall Event Shows Why CNN Isn’t Moderating the Presidential Debates

President Trump signed an executive order on Sunday, part of his administration’s ongoing efforts to lower drug prices for Americans. The president’s “most favored nation” order seeks to lower the prices for prescription drugs and biologicals paid for through Medicare Part B by tying prices to those paid in developed countries. Critics of the order argue that it’s a mistake to pin the cost of prescription drugs to foreign countries that utilize price controls and have distorted drug markets.

Specifically, the order pairs the drug prices to the lowest price paid by a member country of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) with a per-capita gross domestic product that is comparable to the U.S. OECD is an international group consisting of 36 members states, including Canada, Sweden, the U.K., France, and Norway.

“In most markets, the largest buyers pay the lowest prices, but this has not been true for prescription drugs,” reads the order. “The Federal Government is the largest payer for prescription drugs in the world, but it pays more than many smaller buyers, including other developed nations.”

American taxpayers, the order argues, should insist on paying the lowest price at which drugmakers sell the same drugs to other developed nations.

“It is unacceptable that Americans pay more for the exact same drugs, often made in the exact same places,” the order reads. “Other countries’ governments regulate drug prices by negotiating with drug manufacturers to secure bargain prices, leaving Americans to make up the difference — effectively subsidizing innovation and lower-cost drugs for the rest of the world. The Council of Economic Advisers has found that Americans finance much of the biopharmaceutical innovation that the world depends on … Americans should not bear extra burdens to compensate for the shortfalls that result from the nationalized public healthcare systems of wealthy countries abroad.”

As noted in The Hill, President Trump signed four Executive Orders back in July regarding drug prices. The president has held off on implementing the most favored nation clause in an effort to allow the pharmaceutical industry time to develop its own proposal to bring down the cost of prescription drugs.

“We’re going to hold that until August 24th, hoping that the pharmaceutical companies will come up with something that will substantially reduce drug prices,” Trump said during the signing ceremony in July. “And the clock starts right now. So, it’s August 24th at 12 [noon], after which the order on favored nations will go into effect.”

Well, the deadline came and went with no apparent alternative from drugmakers.

During an interview with Prager University’s Candace Owens, President Trump’s former health care advisor, Katy Talento, said Americans have simply grown tired of the always increasing costs of health care.

“It’s become so non-partisan. It used to be in health care Republican versus Democrat,” Talento said. “Now it’s really just the health care swamp versus the rest of us.”

The executive order signed on Sunday claims the need for affordable Medicare Part B drugs is more important now during the coronavirus pandemic, which caused the loss of 1.2 million jobs among Americans age 65 and older between March and April of this year.

Author: Bronson Stocking

Source: Town Hall: Trump Signs Most Favored Nation Executive Order for Drug Prices

Democrats created a violent mob in Portland and now they’re trying to blame it on President Trump. The city has now entered its fourth month of sustained violence.

The ink wasn’t dry on Mayor Ted Wheeler’s letter to the president, rudely denying Trump’s offer to end the bloodshed in Portland, when a Trump supporter was murdered in cold blood Saturday night.

“On behalf of the City of Portland: No thanks,” quipped the senseless mayor in response to another offer by the president to end the violence.

“In Portland, we are focused on coming together as a community to solve the serious challenges we face due to systemic racism, a global pandemic and an economic recession,” the indignant mayor wrote.

Wheeler is tilting at windmills, imagining the police are the ones brutalizing people (it’s Antifa), blaming Portland’s collapsed economy on a recession (the rioters looted, vandalized, and burnt down all the businesses), and Wheeler can’t figure out why COVID keeps spreading in the community (filthy autonomous zones and nightly mass riots sound like superspreader events).

Watch the mayor trying to pin the death of a Trump supporter on Trump:

Wheeler’s argument is that Portland can’t accept Trump’s offer to end the violence because Trump is mean on Twitter and said rude things about John McCain. Since the Democrats’ hatred for the president is overriding, Portlanders will just have to get used to all the murder and mayhem in the streets.

Echoing the mayor’s sentiments, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden put out a statement on Sunday. After finally denouncing the violence, Biden accused the president of “fanning the flames of hate and division in our society and using the politics of fear to whip up his supporters.”

Does Biden think the Trump supporter shot himself? Does he think Antifa, Black Lives Matter rioters, and other leftwing agitators committing violence for months are all Trump supporters? Does clueless Joe even know what he’s talking about? The Democrats are really hoping their media allies can spin them out of this mess, and they’ll definitely try.

The Democrats are scrambling because they created and fueled a violent mob that continues to destroy American cities and is becoming only more violent as Democrats and the media cover up the mob’s violence and justify its behavior.

Author: Bronson Stocking

Source: Town Hall: WATCH: Portland Mayor Blames President Trump for the Violence in Portland

Following through on a threat he made Friday night, President Trump signed two executive orders on Thursday banning the Chinese owners of the popular social media apps TikTok and WeChat from conducting business in the United States. The bans take effect in 45 days.

As Beth reported over the weekend, the executive order against Tik Tok will likely force ByteDance, the Chinese parent company, to divest and sell its United States operations. As of now, Microsoft has been the leading contender vying for the acquisition of the app.

“TikTok, a video-sharing mobile application owned by the Chinese company ByteDance Ltd., automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users,” the president wrote in a letter to Congress about the orders. “This data collection threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information — potentially allowing China to track the locations of Federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information for blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage.”

Earlier on Thursday, the U.S. Senate voted unanimously to ban Tik Tok on devices issued by the government and prohibit federal employees from using the social media app. Along with espionage in the United States, Tik Tok has been accused of censoring content for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), content the CCP deems politically sensitive, such as the pro-democracy protests in Hong Hong.

In his letter to Congress, Trump similarly accused WeChat of collecting “vast swaths of information from its users” and giving the CCP “access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information.”

“To deal with this threat, the order prohibits, beginning 45 days after the date of this order, to the extent permitted under applicable law, any transaction by any person, or with respect to any property, subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, with ByteDance Ltd. (a.k.a. Zìjié Tiàodòng), Beijing, China, or its subsidiaries, in which any such company has any interest, as identified by the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary). The Secretary will identify the transactions subject to this prohibition 45 days after the date of the order.”

Tencent Holdings Ltd, the owner of WeChat, was similarly given 45 days to cease business transactions in the United States.

Author: Bronson Stocking

Source: Town Hall: Trump Signs Executive Orders Banning TikTok and WeChat. Here’s When the Bans Take Effect.

Unsurprisingly, Colin Powell will not be voting for President Trump this year. The former secretary of state didn’t vote for President Trump the first time around, in 2016, and told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday that he would be voting for Joe Biden this November. Colin Powell endorsed Barrack Obama over John McCain in 2008 and Obama over Mitt Romney in 2012.

“I certainly can not in any way support President Trump this year,” Powell said. Powell recited a list of grievances he has against President Trump.

The president fired back, telling his 80 million-plus Twitter followers that Powell was a “real stiff who was very responsible for getting us into the disastrous Middle East Wars.”

Others on Twitter also found Powell’s comments unsurprising.

Of course, CNN thinks it’s breaking news that someone who hasn’t voted Republican since 2004 won’t be voting for Trump in 2020.

Author: Bronson Stocking

Source: Town Hall: Trump Fires Back at Colin Powell After Four-Star General Says He’s Voting for Biden

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is optimistic about the United States’ economy recovering quickly from the harmful effects of the government’s response to the Wuhan coronavirus. In an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday, Mnuchin said he thinks it’ll be months and “definitely not years” before the U.S. economy returns to the strong levels it enjoyed before the current pandemic.

“I think it will be months. I definitely don’t think it will be years. We are going to conquer this virus. We are going to have terrific breakthroughs,” the treasury secretary said reassuringly.

Mnuchin cited developments in the medical community that he believes the economy will respond to favorably over the coming months.

“I know … not just on the testing but on the medical front, we begin to have virals. I think there’re things being developed for vaccines that will take a little longer. But one of the things we heard is people want testing. People will also react very positively if they know, if they get this disease, there will be medical treatments as well,” Mnuchin said.

Tapper pressed the secretary, referencing Facebook’s decision to cancel events through June 2021 and the Congressional Budget Office saying the coronavirus could affect the unemployment rate through the end of next year.

“We have never been in a situation where we have closed down the economy and I think, rightfully so, people are being cautious,” Mnuchin responded. “On the other hand, as we get comfortable reopening the economy, I think we will see a big rebound.”

It’s almost as if the media has a vested interest in what the economy will look like in November.

Author: Bronson Stocking

Source: Town Hall: Mnuchin Reveals How Long He Believes It’ll Take the Economy to Recover

Attention seeking Greta Thunberg, 17, claims she just recovered from the Wuhan coronavirus. She never actually took a test for COVID-19, but Thunberg is convinced that she contracted that specific pathogen nonetheless. Forget the vast majority of test results come back negative and children are less likely to develop symptoms; Thunberg’s parents told her she was special.

“I was feeling tired, had shivers, a sore throat, and coughed,” the Swedish activist announced on Instagram.

Thunberg said her father developed more severe symptoms than herself, which is consistent with reports that COVID-19 affects older individuals more so than children. But, it’s also consistent with the idea that coronavirus is a lot less deadly than current death rates suggest because people, perhaps like Thunberg and her father, don’t require hospitalization and never get tested. Either way, Thunberg patted herself on the back for self-isolating and saving who knows just how many lives.

The teenager is hopeful the world’s response to the coronavirus pandemic shows that action to combat climate change is possible.

In an interview with Reuters, Thunberg said the coronavirus is a “terrible event” but a tragedy that proves the world is capable of taking action to defeat climate change.

“Though it must be in a different way to how we have acted in this case, we can act fast and change our habits and treat a crisis like a crisis,” Thunberg announced.

People locking themselves inside their homes, businesses closing down, the stock market in freefall — Thunberg doesn’t understand why we can’t do these types of things to combat climate change.

If the walking back of the worse-case estimates for deaths caused by the coronavirus teaches us anything, it should be that end-of-times predictions gleefully touted by the media should be viewed skeptically by the public, no matter how wrapped up in science they may come.

Author: Bronson Stocking

Source: Town Hall: Thunberg Says Coronavirus Response Shows Action to Stop Climate Change is Possible

The Associated Press reports that hundreds of mostly Honduran migrants are marching their way towards the U.S. border. The group left the city of San Pedro Sula and splintered into smaller groups as the caravan reached the Guatemalan border. It’s not clear if the smaller groups plan on merging back into one larger caravan.

(Via the Associated Press)

In his first full day in office, Guatemala’s new president, Alejandro Giammattei, said the Hondurans would be allowed to enter Guatemala, which they must cross to reach Mexico and the United States.

Giammattei said travel agreements between Central American nations required Guatemala to grant the migrants passage.

“We cannot prevent people who have identification” from entering, Giammattei said. “We are going to ask for their papers from the parents of guardians in the caravan, and if they don’t have them they will be returned to Honduras. We have to protect the rights of children.”

Most countries don’t allow minors to travel without the consent of their parents or guardians, and some participants in past caravans have traveled with children who are not theirs.

Giammattei also said he had met with Mexico Foreign Affairs Secretary Marcelo Ebrard on Wednesday morning and been told that Mexico would not allow the caravan to advance into its territory.

“The Mexican government advised us that it is not going to let them pass … that it is going to use everything in its hands to keep them from passing,” Giammattei said.

The Mexican government has been under pressure by the Trump administration to stop facilitating the invasion of U.S. bound migrants at our southern border. In late May, President Trump announced tariffs targeting Mexico as a result of Mexico’s failure to help stem the flow of migrants passing through the country. The tariffs never took effect because the Mexican government made additional commitments to stop migrants from reaching the United States, commitments that Mexico has so far honored.

“The truth is, it is going to be impossible for [the migrants] to reach the United States,” Itsmania Platero, a human rights activist told the Associated Press. “The Mexican police have a large contingent and they are going to catch all the migrants without documents and they will be detained and returned to their home countries.”

Author: Bronson Stocking

Source: Town Hall: Latest Migrant Caravan: Hundreds of Hondurans Head to U.S. Border

Following the Iraqi Parliament’s vote on Sunday to expel foreign troops from Iraq, President Trump threatened to impose economic sanctions that he says will “make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame.”

(Via CNBC)

Speaking to reporters on Air Force One, the U.S. president said: “If they do ask us to leave, if we don’t do it in a very friendly basis, we will charge them sanctions like they’ve never seen before ever. It’ll make Iranian sanctions look somewhat tame.”

“We have a very extraordinarily expensive air base that’s there. It cost billions of dollars to build. Long before my time. We’re not leaving unless they pay us back for it.”

He added that “If there’s any hostility, that they do anything we think is inappropriate, we are going to put sanctions on Iraq, very big sanctions on Iraq.”

On Sunday, Iran also announced it would no longer abide by any of the terms set forth in the 2015 Iran nuclear agreement, including limits placed on the country’s nuclear enrichment levels and materials. But the Islamic Republic did say it would be willing to return to the nuclear deal if the United States lifted economic sanctions.

Trump has called the nuclear deal the “stupidest deal of all time” and the administration already withdrew the U.S. from the accord back in May 2018. Trump described the nuclear deal as “a horrible, one sided deal that should have never been reached,” saying “it didn’t bring peace and it never will.”

The president was also asked if he was worried about retaliation from Iran following the killing of Qasem Soleimani. Trump said, “If it happens it happens. If they do anything there will be major retaliation.”

Trump has threatened to target 52 identified Iranian sites, some with cultural significance to Iran, should the Islamic Republic retaliate against the United States for the killing of Soleimani.

Author: Bronson Stocking

Source: Town Hall: Trump Threatens Iraq With Sanctions After Parliament Votes to Expel Foreign Troops

It should be clear to everyone now why the Democrats don’t not want the citizenship question being asked in the 2020 census. Seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are apportioned according to overall population size, which includes illegal immigrants, and the electoral college is in turn based off the number of seats in Congress. A new study finds that immigration policy is helping Democrats siphon seats away from Republicans and giving Democrats more electors in the electoral college.

The study by the Center for Immigration Studies has analyzed the impact of both legal and illegal immigrants on the apportionment of seats in the U.S. House of Representatives. The study finds that immigrants — both legal and illegal, as well as their U.S. born minor children — will cause 26 House seats to be redistributed in 2020. And 24 of the 26 House seats will be lost in states that voted for Donald Trump in 2016. The study points out that changing the political party of just 21 representatives is enough to flip control of the current House majority,

The solidly Democratic states of California, New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts and Illinois will pick up a total 19 seats. Texas, which is becoming purple, and Florida, a swing state, are the only two states not solidly Democratic to gain seats due to immigration. The presence of all immigrants in the United States will cost Ohio three seats in 2020, and both Michigan and Pennsylvania will each have two fewer House seats in 2020. There are 19 states that will each lose one representative in the House and one electoral vote as a result of immigration; those states are Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

California alone will have 11 more House seats as a result of immigration, which means California will also have 11 more electors in the electoral college. Imagine if Maxine Waters’ district simply didn’t exist?

And the study just examined the impact the physical presence of immigrants has on our representative system of government and how it largely benefits the Democratic party. It didn’t examine how those immigrants overwhelmingly vote for Democratic politicians.

Author: Bronson Stocking

Source: Town Hall: Immigration To Cost Republicans House Seats in 2020, Study Confirms

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