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Dr. Deborah Birx on Tuesday said that medical experts failed to understand the seriousness of the coronavirus because of incomplete data coming out of China.

“I think the medical community interpreted the Chinese data as that this was serious but smaller than anyone expected,” she said. “Because I think probably we were missing a significant amount of the data.”

Birx spoke about the experts’ relationship with the data during a White House press briefing on Tuesday evening.

She acknowledged frankly that when she saw early data from China reporting only 50,000 cases of the virus among the 20 million people in Wuhan, China, and the 80 million in Hubei province, she felt that the threat was similar to that of SARS, which had 8,098 cases globally and 774 deaths.

The devastation hitting countries like Italy and Spain and South Korea gave the experts much more complete data, helping them draw models that were far more alarming.

“Let’s see if we can do much better than that,” President Donald Trump said during the briefing, pointing to the models predicting 100,000 to 240,000 deaths in the United States.

Trump noted that the virus was also more contagious than expected.

“I think the one thing that nobody really knew about this virus was how contagious it was,” he said. “It’s so incredibly contagious, and nobody knew that.”

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: Dr. Deborah Birx: Incomplete Chinese Data Misled Experts on Seriousness of Coronavirus

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi debuted a 1,120-page coronavirus rescue bill after Democrats tanked the Senate proposal on Sunday night.

The bill includes a wish list of Democrats’ pet issues including:

1. Increased fuel emission standards for airlines receiving funds and carbon offsets:(1) IN GENERAL. Not later than 90 days after the enactment of this Act, the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration shall require each air carrier receiving assistance under section 101, to fully offset the annual carbon emissions of such air carriers for domestic flights beginning in 2025.
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(1) IN GENERAL. The Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration shall require each air carrier receiving assistance under section 101 to:(A) make and achieve a binding commitment to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions attributable to the domestic flights of such air carrier in every calendar year, beginning with 2021, on a path consistent with a 25 percent reduction in the aviation sector’s emissions from 2005 levels by 2035, and a 50 percent reduction in the sector’s emissions from 2005 levels by 2050, applying the standards, recommended practices, and guidance agreed to by the United States pursuant to the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme Prohibition Act of 2011

2.Payment for up to $10,000 in student loans:

(1) MINIMUM STUDENT LOAN RELIEF AS A RESULT OF THE COVID–19 NATIONAL EMERGENCY. Not later than 270 days after the last day of the COVID–19 emergency period, the Secretaries concerned shall jointly carry out a program under which a qualified borrower, with respect to the covered loans and private education of loans of such qualified borrower, shall receive in accordance with paragraph (3) an amount equal to the lesser of the following:(A) The total amount of each covered loan and each private education loan of the borrower; or
(B) $10,000.

3. Same-day voter registration, early voting, voting by mail, ballot harvesting

The bill includes several provisions on voting laws and regulations, as Democrats argue that the crisis should force the government to revisit voting regulations to make it easier to vote, allowing same-day voter registration and voting by mail, and mailing out ballots to absentee voters. Other voting fraud watchdogs raised flags about ballot harvesting and grants for conducting risk-limiting audits of election resultsSame-day registration:

‘‘SEC. 325. SAME DAY REGISTRATION.

‘‘(a) IN GENERAL.—

‘‘(1) REGISTRATION.—Each State shall permit any eligible individual on the day of a Federal election and on any day when voting, including early voting, is permitted for a Federal election—

‘‘(A) to register to vote in such election at the polling place using a form that meets the requirements under section 9(b) of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (or, if the individual is already registered to vote, to revise any of the individual’s voter registration information); and

‘‘(B) to cast a vote in such election.

Online voter registration:

(a) REQUIRING AVAILABILITY OF INTERNET FOR VOTER REGISTRATION.—

(1) REQUIRING AVAILABILITY OF INTERNET FOR REGISTRATION.—The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (52 U.S.C. 20501 et seq.) is amended by inserting after section 6 the following new section:

Ballot harvesting:

(2) PERMITTING VOTERS TO DESIGNATE OTHER PERSON TO RETURN BALLOT.—

The State— (A) shall permit a voter to designate any person to return a voted and sealed absentee ballot to the post office, a ballot drop-off location, tribally designated building, or election office so long as the person designated to return the ballot does not receive any form of compensation based on the number of ballots that the person has returned and no individual, group, or organization provides compensation on this basis; and ‘(B) may not put any limit on how many voted and sealed absentee ballots any designated person can return to the post office, a ballot drop off location, tribally designated building, or election office.

Automatic mailing of absentee ballots:

‘(A) AUTOMATIC MAILING OF ABSENTEE BALLOTS TO ALL VOTERS.—If the area in which an election is held is in an area in which an emergency or disaster which is described in subparagraph (A) or (B) of section 1135(g)(1) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1320b- 5(g)(1)) is declared during the period described in subparagraph.

Grants for risk-limiting audits:

PART 8—GRANTS FOR CONDUCTING RISK- LIMITING AUDITS OF RESULTS OF ELECTIONS ‘‘SEC. 298. GRANTS FOR CONDUCTING RISK-LIMITING AUDITS OF RESULTS OF ELECTIONS.‘(a) AVAILABILITY OF GRANTS.—The Commission shall make a grant to each eligible State to conduct risk-limiting audits as described in subsection (b) with respect to the regularly scheduled general elections for Federal office held in November 2020 and each succeeding election for Federal office.

4.Preserving collective bargaining powers for unions Several provisions in the bill include carveouts for big labor, including labor protections, collective bargaining, and organizing, as well as overturning President Trump’s executive orders regarding federal employee unions.

5.The expansion of wind and solar tax credits.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other lawmakers specifically called out Democrats for trying to negotiate the expansion of wind and solar tax credits in the bill.

6. Requirements for federal and corporate gender and racial diversity data

The bill demands that corporate recipients of financial assistance are required to report racial and gender data regarding salaries, number of employees, supplier diversity, and membership on corporate boards. It also requires federal agencies to use businesses and financial institutions owned by minorities or women.

7. Post Office Bailout

UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE PAYMENT TO POSTAL SERVICE FUND

For payment to the ‘‘Postal Service Fund’’, for revenue forgone due to the coronavirus pandemic, $20,000,000,000, to remain available until September 30, 2022: Provided, That such amount is designated by the Congress as being for an emergency requirement pursuant to section 251(b)(2)(A)(i) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985.

8. Automatic extension of nonimmigrant visas.

Rep. Paul Gosar flagged a provision regarding the automatic extension of nonimmigrant visas.(c) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, with respect to any alien whose nonimmigrant status, status under section 244 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1254a), or employment authorization has expired within the 30 days preceding the date of the enactment of this act, or will expire not later than one year after such date, the Secretary of Homeland Security shall automatically extend such status or work authorization for the same time period as the alien’s prior status or work authorization.

9. Restricting colleges from providing information about citizenship status

(1) INFORMATION.—Only information requested

On the official 2020 decennial census of population form may be provided to the Bureau of the Census pursuant to this section. No institution of higher education may provide any information to the Bureau on the immigration or citizenship status of any individual.

10. Money for Planned Parenthood

The Hill reported that Democrats want the bill to prop up Planned Parenthood, just another reason why bipartisan efforts have failed to reach a consensus.

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After the proposed bill was circulated on Capitol Hill, a Democrat aide said the current Pelosi bill was now up to 1,400 pages.

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: Nancy Pelosi Proposes 1,400-Page Coronavirus Bill Stuffed with Special Interest Goodies

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Sunday said he would pick a woman to be his vice president if elected.

“If I’m elected president, my cabinet, my administration will look like the country,” Joe Biden said during the CNN Democrat debate. “I commit that I will, in fact, pick a woman to be my vice president.”

Biden’s announcement will likely be the biggest headline from the debate.

“There are a number of women who are qualified to be president tomorrow,” Biden added. “I would pick a woman to be my vice president.”

CNN moderators quickly seized on the moment.

“Just to be clear, you just committed here tonight that your running mate if you get the nomination, will be a woman?” CNN’s Dana Bash asked.

“Yes,” Biden said.

When Bash asked Sanders if he would commit to the same, the senator interrupted and questioned Biden about his support for the Hyde Amendment.

He later confirmed that he would “in all likelihood” also pick a woman as a running mate.

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: Joe Biden Commits to Picking Woman as Vice President

A poll conducted March 5 through March 7 shows that President Donald Trump still leads former Vice President Joe Biden in a matchup in key battleground states.

The Firehouse Strategies and Optimus poll reveals, however, that the margin between the two candidates is slim.

In Michigan and Wisconsin, Trump leads Biden by two points. In Pennsylvania, Trump leads Biden by one point.

Biden has strengthened his support as the former vice president trailed Trump by nine points in Wisconsin when the same poll took the temperature of voters in December. Sen. Bernie Sanders does worse against Trump in the three swing states — seven points behind Trump in Michigan, four points behind Trump in Pennsylvania, and six points behind Trump in Wisconsin.

The former vice president has benefited from clearing the 2020 Democrat presidential field but does not lead the president.

In Michigan, Trump leads with 46 percent against Biden at 44 percent. In Pennsylvania, Trump leads with 45 percent, while Biden garners 44 percent. In Wisconsin, Trump leads with 45 percent while Biden gets 43 percent support.

Trump leads Sanders 48 percent to 41 percent in Michigan, 46 percent to 42 percent in Pennsylvania, and 48 percent to 42 percent in Wisconsin.

The survey was conducted March 5 to March 7 with 1,582 likely voters in Wisconsin (N = 502), Michigan (N = 550), and Pennsylvania (N = 533). The margins of error are approximately ± 4.7% in Wisconsin, ± 4.6% in Michigan, and ± 5.0% in Pennsylvania.

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: Poll: Donald Trump Leads Joe Biden in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania

Former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks will return to work for President Donald Trump at the White House, according to several reports on Thursday.

The news was confirmed in a statement from White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham to reporters.

“I have worked with Hope for almost six years and can say without hesitation she is one of the most talented and savvy individuals I have come across,” she wrote. “She has always impressed me with her quiet confidence, loyalty, and expertise, and I am beyond thrilled to welcome Hope back to the White House.”

A Trump loyalist and close aide to the president, Hicks left the White House in March 2018 and moved to Los Angeles to work as the Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer for Fox Corporation. But she remained close with the team and even traveled with the president on the campaign trail in 2018.

She was also called back into Washington in 2019 for House investigative hearings of the president.

The New York Times reports that Hicks will report to Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner with the title, “counselor to the president.”

“There is no one more devoted to implementing President Trump’s agenda than Hope Hicks,” Kushner said in a statement to the Times.

Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders also cheered the news.

“There is no one more loyal, talented or fun than Hope,” she wrote on Twitter. “Not only is she brilliant she is an amazing friend and will be a tremendous asset to the President and his team.”

Hicks is not the only former aide planning to return to the White House, now that the impeachment effort has failed and the investigation of Trump’s ties with Russia is complete.

Trump’s former body man Johnny McEntee is also returning to the White House after he was fired by former chief of staff John Kelly. He will serve as the head of the White House Office of Personnel.

The return of Hicks and McEntee demonstrates that President Trump is looking to bolster his White House with loyalists.

President Trump frequently laments the attacks and struggles that his aides face in Washington, DC, while working in his White House.

“Who’s going to give back the young and beautiful lives (and others) that have been devastated and destroyed by the phony Russia Collusion Witch Hunt?” he wrote on Twitter in May 2018. “They journeyed down to Washington, D.C., with stars in their eyes and wanting to help our nation…They went back home in tatters!”

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: Hope Hicks Returning to Trump White House

House Impeachment Manager and House Oversight Chairman Adam Schiff warned Monday that President Donald Trump might give Alaska to the Russians if he is not impeached.

Schiff disagreed with the president’s lawyers, who argued that Trump’s actions were not criminal and should thus not be considered impeachable.

He warned that they were setting a precedent that would only encourage Trump to pursue “unacceptable” actions if exonerated.

“Trump could offer Alaska to the Russians in exchange for support in the next election,” he said. “Or decide to move to Mar-a-Lago personally and let Jared Kushner run the country, delegating to him the decision whether to go to war.”

Schiff said Senate Republicans would create a “runaway presidency” if they failed to remove him from office.

“We have known since the day we brought these charges that the bar to conviction requiring a full two-thirds of the Senate may be prohibitively high,” he said. “And yet, the alternative is a runaway presidency and a nation whose elections are open to the highest bidder.”

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: Adam Schiff Warns Donald Trump Could Give Alaska to the Russians If Not Impeached

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) kicked off the third day of impeachment hearings on Thursday, trying to create a moment of levity by floating the possibility of lawmakers being put in prison.

“I also want again take this opportunity to thank the senators for their long and considerable attention over the course of the last two days,” he began.

Schiff acknowledged that it was a “rare and extraordinary” opportunity for House members to address Senators on the Senate floor without speaking themselves.

“Of course it doesn’t hurt that the morning starts out every day with a Sergeant at Arms warning you that if you don’t, you will be in prison,” he added.

The Senate sergeant-at-arms begins each day of the trial warning Senators that they face “pain of imprisonment” if they disrupt the hearing.

“It is our hope that when the trial concludes and you’ve heard us and the president’s counsel over a series of long days, that you don’t choose imprisonment instead of anything further,” Schiff continued.

Schiff’s joke drew some mild chuckles from the Senate gallery, but it did not amuse Republican members of Congress.

“Adam Schiff starting off today with a joke about imprisoning Senators came off like a joke written by Jerry Seinfeld but delivered by George Costanza,” Rep. Mark Meadow commented on Twitter.

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: Adam Schiff ‘Jokes’ that Senators Face Prison if They Disrupt Impeachment Trial

President Donald Trump celebrated the restoration of the American dream on Tuesday, trumpeting the success of economic nationalism in front of the global elites at the World Economic Forum (WEF) at Davos.

“A nation’s highest duty is to its own citizens,” Trump said at the annual conference in Switzerland. “Honoring this truth is the only way to build faith and confidence in the market system. Only when governments put their own people first will people be fully invested in their national futures.”

The president noted since he was elected, America gained over seven million jobs, the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years, as well as rising wages and household income, thanks to his economic agenda.

“A pro-worker, pro-citizen, pro-family agenda demonstrates how a nation can thrive when its communities, its companies, its government work together for the good of the whole nation,” Trump said.

The president cited his economic nationalist agenda in a free market system as a model for the world.

A helicopter carrying US President Donald Trump flies over the Swiss Alps on his way to Davos, Switzerland, on January 21, 2020, for the World Economic Forum. (JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

“Today I hold up the American model as an example to the world of a working system of free enterprise that will produce the most benefits for the most people in the 21st century and beyond,” he said.

He trumpeted his successes despite a growing number of critics who predicted a global recession and a shrinking middle class when he was elected president.

The president criticized past trade deals that gutted American industry and celebrated the new successful trade deals with China, Mexico, Canada, and other nations.

“I think it’s primarily the reason that I ran,” Trump said, recalling how previous administrations allowed jobs and factories to leave the country.

The president criticized the experts and the critics who repeatedly predicted economic and environmental catastrophe for the world.

“We must reject the perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse. They are the heirs of yesterday’s foolish fortunetellers,” Trump said.

He recalled false scientific predictions of overpopulation, mass starvation, and an end of oil in past decades.

“These alarmists always demand the same thing, absolute power to dominate, transform, and control every aspect of our lives,” he said. “We will never let radical socialists destroy our economy, wreck our country or eradicate our liberty.”

He defied the government bureaucrats who burdened Americans with onerous regulations and government controls.

“Today I urge other nations to follow our example and liberate your citizens from the crushing weight of bureaucracy,” he said. “With that, you have to run your own countries the way you want.”

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: Donald Trump Cuts Down Globalism, Celebrates Economic Nationalism at Davos

The White House on Tuesday ridiculed the impeachment report released by House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff as the “ramblings of a basement blogger.”

“Chairman Schiff’s report reads like the ramblings of a basement blogger straining to prove something when there is evidence of nothing,” wrote White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham in a statement.

Democrats released the 300-page report on Tuesday afternoon.

Schiff argued in the report that President Donald Trump had abused his power by pressuring Ukrainian officials to announce an investigation into Burisma, a corrupt Ukranian energy company that hired former Vice President Joe Biden’s son to serve on their board.

“The impeachment inquiry has found that President Trump, personally and acting through agents within and outside of the U.S. government, solicited the interference of a foreign government, Ukraine, to benefit his reelection,” Schiff wrote.

Schiff also claimed that Trump obstructed the investigative authority of Congress by ordering individuals to ignore subpoenas in the impeachment inquiry.

The report also claimed that the president conditionally required Ukrainian officials to investigate Biden’s role with Burisma, before agreeing to meet with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The report did not mention recent Democrat accusations of bribery or any other crime except witness intimidation, according to Breitbart editor Joel Pollak.

Schiff and Democrats also argue in the report that President Trump intimidated witnesses by tweeting criticism of them, describing some of them as “Never Trumpers.”

Schiff also uncovered call records with House intelligence ranking member Devin Nunes, the White House, and also New York Mayor Rudy Guliani, arguing that the three parties were deeply involved with the president’s plan.

But the White House argued that Schiff had failed to produce enough evidence to impeach the president.

“At the end of a one-sided sham process, Chairman Schiff and the Democrats utterly failed to produce any evidence of wrongdoing by President Trump,” Grisham wrote. “This report reflects nothing more than their frustrations.”

The House Intelligence Committee will vote on the report on Tuesday and send it to the House Judiciary Committee under Democrat Chairman Jerry Nadler, who will draft the articles of impeachment.

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: White House Mocks Adam Schiff Impeachment Report as ‘Ramblings of a Basement Blogger’

President Donald Trump recalled the spirit of unity and gratitude in his Thanksgiving proclamation for 2019.

Trump noted the pilgrims spent their first Thanksgiving seated in unity with the Wampanoag Tribe after they helped them survive in the New World.

“That first Thanksgiving provided an enduring symbol of gratitude that is uniquely sewn into the fabric of our American spirit,” Trump wrote.

The president also recalled America’s first president, George Washington declared a National Day of Thanksgiving after the Revolutionary War and the new Constitution and President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a day of Thanksgiving after the battle of Gettysburg.

Color postcard celebrating Thanksgiving Day, showing a number of live turkeys, with a large male gobbler in the foreground. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)

“Since the first settlers to call our country home landed on American shores, we have always been defined by our resilience and propensity to show gratitude even in the face of great adversity, always remembering the blessings we have been given in spite of the hardships we endure,” Trump wrote.

The president asked Americans to remember members of the United States military who had died to protect the country and those serving overseas during the holiday. He also reminded Americans to honor first responders and those serving in law enforcement.

“As we gather today with those we hold dear, let us give thanks to Almighty God for the many blessings we enjoy,” he concluded. “United together as one people, in gratitude for the freedoms and prosperity that thrive across our land, we acknowledge God as the source of all good gifts.”

Trump is spending Thanksgiving with his family at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

Author: Charlie Spiering

Source: Breitbart: Donald Trump Celebrates Unity and Gratitude in Thanksgiving Proclamation

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