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President Trump met with a number of health insurance company CEOs on Tuesday morning as the Wuhan virus continues to spread in the United States and around the world. Health insurance companies have agreed to cover Wuhan virus testing and will not charge a co-pay.

President Trump is headed to Capitol Hill this afternoon for a meeting with lawmakers about passing a payroll tax cut and help for hourly workers to blunt the economic fallout of the virus. Late last week a $8.5 billion emergency funding package was passed and signed into law.

“We’re also going to be talking about hourly wage earners getting help so that they can be in a position where they’re not going to ever miss a paycheck. We’ll be working with companies, small companies, large companies, a lot of companies so that they don’t get penalized for something that’s not their fault. It’s not their fault, it’s not our country’s fault. This was something that we were thrown into and we’re going to handle it, we have been handling it very well. The big decision was early when we shut down our borders,” Trump said Tuesday night during a briefing from the White House.

Vice President Mike Pence will hold a press briefing from the White House Tuesday evening to give an update on the virus and the ongoing work of the administration task force to mitigate the situation.

Author: Katie Pavlich

Source: Town Hall: Trump Announces New Agreements From Health Insurance Companies Amid Wuhan Virus Spread

In a rare statement released Wednesday afternoon, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts slammed Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer for threatening Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch.

“This morning, Senator Schumer spoke at a rally in front of the Supreme Court while a case was being argued inside Senator Schumer referred to two Members of the Court by name and said he wanted to tell them that ‘You have released the whirlwind, and you will pay the price. You will not know what hit you if you go forward with these awful decisions,’” Roberts said. “Justices know that criticism comes with the territory, but threatening statements of this sort from the highest levels of government are not only inappropriate, they are dangerous. All Members of the Court will continue to do their job, without fear or favor, from whatever quarter.”

Today the Court heard arguments about a Louisiana law that requires abortion providers in the state have hospital admitting privileges in order to perform the procedure. Pro-abortion groups are up in arms about the the law, which they argue is an attack on women’s rights. Those who back the law, including Louisiana Democrats, say it protects women from harm and ensures proper medical treatment if there were to be a medical emergency.

A reminder of what Schumer said:

Author: Katie Pavlich

Source: Town Hall: Chief Justice Roberts Issues Scathing Response to Chuck Schumer’s Threats

Munich – Speaking to reporters on his way to Munich Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo gave an update on current peace talks with the Taliban ahead of his visit to the Munich Security Conference. There, he will meet with a number of involved parties to further discuss the issue, including Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.

“We have made real progress over the last handful of days and the President gave us the authority to continue to have the conversations. We hope we can get to a place where we can get a significant reduction in violence not only on a piece of paper but demonstrated, the capability to actually deliver a serious reduction in violence in Afghanistan and if we can get there, if we can hold that posture for awhile, then we’ll be able to begin the real, serious discussion which is all the Afghans sitting at a table, finding a true, reconciliation path forward,” Pompeo said. “It will be a difficult set of conversations, one that’s long overdue. It would also give us the opportunity to reduce the footprint not only for America’s forces there but for all forces, the resolute supporters more broadly.”

Peace talks with the Taliban abruptly ended late last September when an attack killed one American soldier and wounded 11 others. Talks resumed in December at the direction of President Trump.

“It’s complicated, we’re not there yet but I have been working on it,” he continued. “We are glad to engage in those conversations and we have something we can consider a pretty important break through in the last few days.”

After Munich, Pompeo will travel through Africa and the Middle East. Women’s rights issues, promotion of American business, ending corruption and the maximum pressure campaign on Iran will be a priority and focus.

Author: Katie Pavlich

Source: Town Hall: Pompeo: Progress Has Been Made on a Peace Deal With the Taliban

Late last night after two articles of impeachment were passed by House Democrats, Speaker Nancy Pelosi indicated she wouldn’t be sending them to the Senate for a trial anytime soon. On Thursday afternoon, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer announced no additional votes will be taken until January 7.

But according to leftist Harvard Law Professor Noah Feldman, who testified on behalf of Democrats in front of the House Judiciary Committee earlier this month, President Trump isn’t actually impeached until the Pelosi sends the articles to the other side of Capitol Hill. Feldman argues this point in a new piece for Bloomberg titled, “Trump Isn’t Impeached Until the House Tells the Senate.

According to the Constitution, impeachment is a process, not a vote

If the House does not communicate its impeachment to the Senate, it hasn’t actually impeached the president. If the articles are not transmitted, Trump could legitimately say that he wasn’t truly impeached at all.”

The Constitution doesn’t say how fast the articles must go to the Senate. Some modest delay is not inconsistent with the Constitution, or how both chambers usually work.

But an indefinite delay would pose a serious problem. Impeachment as contemplated by the Constitution does not consist merely of the vote by the House, but of the process of sending the articles to the Senate for trial. Both parts are necessary to make an impeachment under the Constitution: The House must actually send the articles and send managers to the Senate to prosecute the impeachment. And the Senate must actually hold a trial.

During the impeachment inquiry hearing held by House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadley, Feldman argued vehimately that President Trump should be impeached. He was also outed as a partisan who has been advocating impeachment for years.

Author: Katie Pavlich

Source: Town Hall: Oops! Leftist Law Professor Who Testified for Democrats: Actually, Trump Isn’t Impeached Yet

Earlier today former FBI attorney Lisa Page, the woman who had an affair with FBI agent Peter Strzok, spoke out in an interview with the Daily Beast and touted she is “done being quiet” on a new Twitter page.

In the article, Page laments being called out repeatedly by President Trump and insists she didn’t commit any crimes.

“It’s almost impossible to describe” what it’s like, she told me. “It’s like being punched in the gut. My heart drops to my stomach when I realize he has tweeted about me again. The president of the United States is calling me names to the entire world. He’s demeaning me and my career. It’s sickening.”

“But it’s also very intimidating because he’s still the president of the United States. And when the president accuses you of treason by name, despite the fact that I know there’s no fathomable way that I have committed any crime at all, let alone treason, he’s still somebody in a position to actually do something about that. To try to further destroy my life. It never goes away or stops, even when he’s not publicly attacking me.”

“I wish it didn’t,” she said. “I’m someone who’s always in my head anyway—so now otherwise normal interactions take on a different meaning. Like, when somebody makes eye contact with me on the Metro, I kind of wince, wondering if it’s because they recognize me, or are they just scanning the train like people do? It’s immediately a question of friend or foe? Or if I’m walking down the street or shopping and there’s somebody wearing Trump gear or a MAGA hat, I’ll walk the other way or try to put some distance between us because I’m not looking for conflict. Really, what I wanted most in this world is my life back.”

President Trump took notice. He isn’t holding back or feeling sorry for her.

Page left the FBI after anti-Trump text messages were discovered by the Department of Justice Inspector General. Strzok was fired in August 2018 after it was found he engaged in widespread bias and misconduct during the Clinton email investigation and Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation. Both Page and Strzok used their government issued phones to carry on their affair and to discuss an “insurance policy” in case Trump won the 2016 election.

“Mr. Strzok was subject to the standard FBI review and disciplinary process after conduct highlighted in the IG report was referred to the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). OPR reviewed the investigative materials, as well as the written and oral responses of Mr. Strzok and his counsel, and issued OPR’s decision,” the FBI released in a statement. “The Deputy Director, as the senior career FBI official, has the delegated authority to review and modify any disciplinary findings and/or penalty as deemed necessary in the best interest of the FBI.”

Page’s interview with the Daily Beast comes one week before DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz is expected to release a long awaited report about FISA abuse at the FBI during the 2016 presidential election.

Author: Katie Pavlich

Source: Town Hall: Trump Slams Lisa Page’s Pity Party

Despite stating that news networks don’t or shouldn’t take political sides, CNN is refusing to air a Trump campaign ad that accuses former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, of corruption in Ukraine. As a reminder, Hunter Biden was paid $50,000 per month to sit on the board of a Ukrainian gas company, despite having no experience in the field. He was paid while his father served during President Barack Obama’s tenure in the White House. The Daily Beast was first to report:

“CNN is rejecting the ad, as it does not meet our advertising standards,” a network spokesperson told The Daily Beast. “Specifically, in addition to disparaging CNN and its journalists, the ad makes assertions that have been proven demonstrably false by various news outlets, including CNN.”

“CNN spends all day protecting Joe Biden in their programming, so it’s not surprising that they’re shielding him from truthful advertising too, and then talking to other media outlets about it,” Trump 2020 communications director Tim Murtaugh responded in a statement. “Our ad is entirely accurate and was reviewed by counsel, and CNN wouldn’t even describe to us what they found objectionable. This isn’t a cable news channel anymore, it’s a Democrat public relations firm.”

Here’s the ad in question:

Meanwhile, the Trump campaign just released another bruising ad as Democrats continue to flippantly push impeachment on Capitol Hill.

Author: Katie Pavlich

Source: Town Hall: CNN Is Refusing to Air a Trump Campaign Ad About Biden and Ukraine

President Trump is publicly pushing back on allegations the United States paid $2 million to the North Korean regime to get American Otto Warmbier, who was tortured into a coma after being arrested for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster in 2016, back to his family.

From reports yesterday:

The U.S. received a $2 million hospital bill from the North Korean government for the care of American Otto Warmbier, who fell into a coma for unknown reasons while he was imprisoned in the country before he died in the U.S. in 2017, Fox News has confirmed.

Pyongyang authorities insisted the U.S. envoy sent to retrieve the University of Virginia student sign a pledge to pay the bill before allowing Warmbier’s comatose body to return to the United States, the Washington Post reported Thursday. Sources familiar with the matter confirmed the bill and the amount to Fox News.

Citing two people familiar with the situation, the Post reported the envoy signed an agreement to pay the medical bill on instructions from President Trump. However, a source told Fox News the U.S. did not pay money to North Korea.

Warmbier was returned to the U.S. in 2017. He was in a coma upon arrival and died just days later. His family has advocated for North Korea to be classified by the U.S. government as a terrorist state.

Author: Katie Pavlich

Source: Townhall: President Trump: No, We Didn’t Pay the Bill North Korea Sent Us For Otto Warmbier

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