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Late Sunday night, President Donald Trump announced that there might be light at the end of the tunnel coming in terms of the action currently being taken to try to prevent the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus.

“We cannot let the cure be worse than the problem itself,” the president tweeted last night. “At the end of the 15 day period, we will make a decision as to which way we want to go.”

On March 16, Trump had issued guidance for 15 days, asking people to take collective action to help slow the spread of the virus, to help “flatten the curve.”

From NY Post:

“We’re asking everyone to work at home, if possible, postpone unnecessary travel, and limit social gatherings to no more than 10 people,” Trump had said a press briefing last Tuesday describing some of the guidelines.

“If we do this right, our country — and the world, frankly — but our country can be rolling again pretty quickly,” Trump said.

“We’re asking everyone to work at home, if possible, postpone unnecessary travel, and limit social gatherings to no more than 10 people,” Trump had said a press briefing last Tuesday describing some of the guidelines.

“If we do this right, our country — and the world, frankly — but our country can be rolling again pretty quickly,” Trump said.

Many states and businesses had also shut down or limited their actions across the country.

While you want to slow the spread of the virus, you don’t want to, as Trump put it, have the cure be worse. You don’t want to have people lose their jobs or businesses go under, and irreparably harm people’s livelihood in the process. So it’s good to hear that a change may be coming that might provide some relief to those folks who might be in difficult straits.

The 15 day period ends next Tuesday on March 31.

Trump also declared New York, California, and Washington disaster areas on Sunday so that will help get needed federal aid to people affected in those areas.

Congress was also working out a stimulus package to provide relief to Americans. But last night, as we reported, Democrats, who reportedly had agreed to a deal on Saturday with Republicans, blocked the bill from proceeding. Naturally, some media spun it as best they could for the Democrats. But Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the Senate majority leader, was livid at Democrats for playing games with the lives of Americans. They are supposed to take another vote today on the bill.

As we have previously reported, while the diagnosed cases have gone up with more testing, the mortality rate against the diagnosed cases has continued to go gone down and is now at 1.3 percent, with 452 deaths out of 34,717. That’s a positive sign looking to the future. As we noted, it’s likely that the true number is actually under 1 percent if you add in those who are basically asymptomatic and/or never get tested. It may be that the government could now shift to more of a South Korea model – testing and tracking, isolating those folks, and/or those at risk, and letting everyone else out with proper cautions. We shall see, but nice to think there might be light coming.

Author: Nick Arama

Source: Red State: Trump Announces There May Be Light at the End of the Tunnel After 15 Day Period of Action Against Virus

Not sure why anyone would give Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) any airtime when there are a boatload of other people who are actually credible people from whom one might hear.

But there she was on CNN on Sunday, being interviewed by Jake Tapper. Not only was she spreading her usual brand of socialist silliness, but she also was spreading the lie that President Donald Trump called the Wuhan coronavirus a “hoax.”

The fact check is cited in the tweet, but others including the Washington Post and Politifact debunked this weeks ago. Yet, it is a persistent lie spread on social media.

Abigail Marone was right to call out not just Ocasio-Cortez for the lie, but Jake Tapper for not pushing back against it.

Tapper responded, but his response was just complete nonsense.

No, what he did call a hoax were the specific lies of people like Joe Biden that the CDC was cut and that scientists like Dr. Anthony Fauci were muzzled and not allowed to talk. That was a lie. Trump also said in the same rally speech that we have to take it seriously, hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.

So Tapper not only excuses AOC’s lie but rewrites the history of what Trump was actually saying, again skipping right over the actual Democratic lies.

Do tell. Perhaps you might understand why we no longer trust you.

In other words, he knows she lied, but he’s not calling her out because he thinks Trump lied or the government isn’t responding fast enough? How is that journalism?

He’s basically admitting his bias, her lie “doesn’t count” in his mind because he thinks Trump lies. So too bad, audience, you don’t get the truth. Because Orange Man Bad. Oh, well.

How twisted has “journalism” now become?

HT: Twitchy

Author: Nick Arama

Source: Red State: Jake Tapper Explains Why He Didn’t Call Out AOC for Telling Lie About Trump, His Reasoning Shows Why We Don’t Trust Media

It’s really been something watching media and some on the left flip out at referring to the virus as the Wuhan virus or Chinese Virus.

They’re seemingly so upset about that, yet far less upset that China lied about the virus, let it spread, disappeared whistleblowers, and is now blaming us, suggesting we spread it to them.

So a reporter asked President Donald Trump, “China and others have criticized you for using the phrase ‘Chinese virus.’ How do you feel about that, are you going to continue using that phrase?”

From Newsbusters:

Well, China was putting out information, which was false, that our military gave this to them. That was false. And rather than having an argument, I said I have to call it where it came from, it did come from China. So I think it’s a very accurate term. But no, I didn’t appreciate the fact that China was saying that our military gave it to them. Our military did not give it to anybody.

The journalist then pressed: “Critics say using that phrase creates a stigma.”

The President rejected the argument: “No, I don’t think so. No, I think saying that our military gave it to them creates a stigma.”

Ba da boom. Exactly right.

Exactly. Everyone was calling it “Chinese coronavirus” or “Wuhan coronavirus” until the Chinese started pushing back and spreading propaganda.

Here’s the thing. If the media is concerned about the Chinese people, how about supporting efforts to find out the truth of what happened to the whistleblowers who told the world what was going on, including Chen Quishi and Fang Bin? Why don’t you show you really care by agitating with the Chinese for answers?

Author: Nick Arama

Source: Red State: Reporter Asks Trump About His Use of Term ‘Chinese Virus,’ Then Trump Drops the Boom

During the House impeachment proceedings, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) released a report which included the phone records that included calls made or received by Rep. Devin Nunes(R-CA), journalist John Solomon, Rudy Giuliani, and others. The records in the report didn’t contain the content of the conversations but included who called who and how long the call lasted.

The belief was that the records were obtained through subpoenas to the phone companies of records related to Giuliani and Lev Parnas, with the obvious purpose meant to try to impugn the people whose records were included without reason or cause.

What made it especially troubling was Schiff wouldn’t explain who was subpoenaed or how, and if it was a Congressional subpoena straight to the companies, it was a troubling abuse of power.

Now, as Kim Strassel at the Wall Street Journal is reporting, the FCC Commissioner, Brendan Carr, is calling Schiff out over what he believes are abuses of his subpoena power and Carr wants answers. Strassel called it an “incredible abuse” with Schiff publishing call records of his political rivals including Nunes, even the President’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani. Schiff even smeared Nunes during a press conference with the records, trying to suggest that Nunes was somehow “complicit.”

While Carr acknowledged that there might be instances in which Schiff could subpoena call records, Carr said the problem was that Schiff did this in secret, without giving the people whose records were grabbed the opportunity to respond or fight the request.

If that’s allowed, that’s a tremendous abuse of power if members of Congress can just demand phone records from the phone company about any American without any court and without any check.

Carr sent Schiff’s House Intel Committee a formal letter not only calling out their prior actions, but indicating that Schiff/the Committee may still be getting people’s records.

Carr points out in his letter that Schiff isn’t allowed to get the records from the phone company without consent from the citizen or in accordance with the law — that there has to be judicial review. Nor did they establish any legitimate legislative purpose in subpoenaing the records.

Moreover, as Carr notes, the recent decision involving the subpoena to former White House Counsel Don McGahn has now established that the subpoena power of the Congress as to such things might be questionable, without a court check on possible abuse of power.

Yes, please. It’s about time. Carr mentions substantial fines in his letter but there may be further action that could be taken.

Author: Nick Arama

Source: Red State: FCC Commissioner Calls Out Adam Schiff Over His Secret Subpoenas, May Take Action

Joe Biden really went around the bend, threatening to slap an autoworker who questioned him on guns on Tuesday.

When I reported on it, I referenced another video when media asked Biden about the exchange with the autoworker and whether he thought it was right to threaten him.

But I wanted to break that video out by itself and highlight it, because it raises some other questions beyond just his response to that question.

First, just take a look at it.

Now, I can’t make a medical diagnosis on him because I’m not a medical doctor who has examined him, so I wouldn’t. What I would say is that I find his gait, fixed look and apparent unsteadiness at :07 with Symone Sanders having to reach out to steady him, all troubling. Add having to be guided into the car.

He seems to give an unintelligible answer to the question about how he handled the encounter with the autoworker to which he answers, “I’m surprised that Sanders is joining Trump” as his people guide him away from the reporters.

I think he’s trying to blame Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) for someone on his campaign retweeting a video of the autoworker encounter from a GOP account. As I pointed out, that seemed to be a point media was trying to push as well, to perhaps deflect from Biden threatening to slap someone. But since Biden doesn’t explain that talking point, it just sounds weird.

Donald Trump, Jr. is now pointing out the video, as are others.

It’s a long way yet to November, Biden likely has the nomination sewn up and Democrats will do everything they can to coddle him to the nomination. But then what? How is he going to sustain through a potentially bruising general election with the president? Do they have a fall back candidate as some think in the wings (yes, some suspect Hillary would willingly step in)? But that would likely cause the Bernie Bros to have a meltdown, with every good reason.

Author: Nick Arama

Source: Red State: Trump, Jr and Others Now Pointing Out Video of Biden Appearing Unsteady

So how is the media dealing with the story of Joe Biden flipping out on an autoworker, cursing at him, calling him a “horse’s ass” and threatening to slap him?

Shutting up the woman staffer who desperately trying to stop him from embarrassing himself.

The incident made Biden look like an uncontrolled loon, someone who couldn’t even take a simple calmly challenging question without freaking out. He also threatened to take the autoworker “outside.”

But if you just listened to some of the media commenting on the incident, as my colleague Streiff reported, you would think what he did was something praiseworthy.

Here’s how a couple tried to spin it.

First, fake conservative David Frum.

Sorry, David, conservatives don’t think it’s very conservative to threaten to slap someone for asking about their Constitutional rights. Plus which there were no facts offered by Biden. Threatening people isn’t a “fact.” The autoworker was absolutely right about everything he said and Biden was completely ignorant talking about “AR-14s” and acting as though an AR-15 were a machine gun with “100 round.” The man had to tell him that machine guns were illegal and that more people are killed with handguns, under 3% with rifles.

Then there’s fully liberal Jonathan Martin, spinning just as fast as he can.

But MSNBC took it a step further, selectively editing the video, editing out him telling the worker, “You are full of shit,” “You’re a horse’s ass,” the man telling Biden to get his finger out of the man’s face and Biden threatening to slap the man in the face. Andrea Mitchell refers to it as Biden “mixing it up” with an autoworker. So people wouldn’t even see all the extreme actions by Biden that made him look like a loon.

She also notes that a Bernie Sanders person retweeted Steve Guest’s video of the incident as though that’s somehow relevant to the issue. Guest is the GOP rapid response director. But there’s no question that the video was real so why does that even matter? Sounds like Mitchell was trying to deflect away from what was in the video by acting like the Sanders’ people shouldn’t have noticed it/shared the video.

So they’re trying to make it about Sanders folks retweeting Steve Guest? Guess the memo went out on how to best spin this.

But check out that last video, notice how he’s walking too. He’s got even more issues. His aides look more like handlers, you can see Symone Sanders thinking about steering him away from the reporters.

Author: Nick Arama

Source: Red State: MSNBC Plays Selectively Edited Video of Biden Yelling at Autoworker, Leaves Out Threats, Curse

Joe Biden has been having a tough time through the primary season.

He was supposed to be the establishment’s choice and was the frontrunner at the start.

But as he’s gaffed his way from state to state and not winning in any of them, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) has been on the rise, winning all the contests so far, with the best showing by Biden being a distant second in Nevada, with Sanders still beating him by more than twice as much.

But one of the things that has injured his campaign has been a wound self-inflicted by the Democrats.

By going after the president in a failed effort to remove him through impeachment, it managed to place a big spotlight on Joe Biden’s Ukraine issues, including the threat to fire the prosecutor who was looking into Burisma, the Ukrainian company upon which Biden’s son, Hunter, served and all the attendant conflict of interest questions.

Hunter has been the big looming albatross hanging over his campaign.

One of the issues that has been looming out there is that former stripper Lunden Roberts, who is the mother of Hunter Biden’s child, has been seeking to have his income determined in the child support case in Arkansas and have him deposed.

Because the nature of the case and the deposition would explore all his means of income for the past couple of years, it has attracted a lot of interest for people trying to ferret out how much and from who he was getting paid in relation to his positions related to Ukraine and China.

But Hunter Biden has been tap dancing as fast as he can to delay it as long as he can, likely to prevent that information from coming out and impacting his father’s campaign.

Roberts was trying to depose him next week, but now Biden’s attorneys are trying to delay yet again, making a motion to the court that he wouldn’t be able to be deposed until April 1, that the request to appear before then would be “unduly burdensome and oppressive.”

From Daily Caller:

“My client can be available April 1, 2020,” Biden’s attorney, Brent Langdon, wrote to Roberts’s attorneys, court documents show. “My client cannot be available prior to that date.”

Langdon added that a filing Sunday by Roberts’s attorneys notifying that Biden’s deposition would take place on March 5 was “unnecessary” and that it served to ignite “media attention” and to unreasonably “annoy, embarrass, or oppress” Biden.

That would make it long past Super Tuesday and likely past the determination of Joe Biden’s fate in terms of the primary.

Hunter Biden previously reached a temporary child support agreement with Roberts in late January, court documents show. Hunter Biden said in a November 2019 court filing that he had “no monthly income” since May 2019, but he’s also been renting a $12,000-per-month home in Hollywood. He was also spotted driving a white Porsche Panamera, Page Six reported in January.

Hunter Biden has a hearing scheduled for May 13 in Arkansas to determine a permanent child support agreement for his child, court documents show.

Exactly why can’t he be there if he is unemployed? Surely it isn’t hat he can’t afford to get there if he’s paying for a 12,000/month home (assuming it’s him who is paying)? And if he can afford that, where exactly is his income coming from?

Author: Nick Arama

Source: Red State: Hunter Biden Trying to Postpone Child Support Deposition Until April, Long Past Super Tuesday

One of the troubling things to come out of the leftist effort against President Donald Trump has been the actions by folks on the left to donate money to people who are perceived by the left to be doing or to have done something anti-Trump.

We’ve seen that now in multiple cases with GoFundMe accounts raising big dollars for folks like Christine Blasey Ford, James Comey, and Andrew McCabe.

Folks like Comey have also gotten book deals.

Now comes the word that the former Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, who became known for her anti-Trump impeachment testimony just got a book deal.

According to the NY Post: Yovanovitch has inked a seven-figure book deal from Houghton Mifflin.

“Yovanovitch’s book will deliver pointed reflections on the issues confronting America today, and thoughts on how we can shore up our democracy,” Houghton Mifflin Harcourt said in a statement.

Yovanovitch is represented by the Javelin literary agency, which has handled books for other #resistance icons such as ex-FBI director James Comey and former national security adviser John Bolton.

She wasn’t even there during the alleged Ukraine phone call, she was basically called to say how mean Trump was for daring to recall her, as he had every right to do.

Exactly why would anyone want to read about that, especially if the book isn’t coming out for over a year from now?

It’s also interesting that the folks who appear to do things that feed the resistance have the same agent.

Author: Nick Arama

Source: Red State: You Knew This Was Coming: Impeachment Witness Marie Yovanovitch Inks Seven Figure Book Deal

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has become known for pushing the radical Green New Deal in hyperbolic terms.

From NY Post:

“We’re like, ‘The world is going to end in 12 years if we don’t address climate change,’ ” the progressive darling said in January, speaking of herself and her fellow millennials. “And, like, this is the war; this is our World War II.”

Last week, she ratcheted up the rhetoric: “It is basically a scientific consensus that the lives of our children are going to be very difficult” due to climate change. “And it does lead young people to have a legitimate question: is it OK to still have children?”

The guiding principle of her eco-vision is to bring about “a full transition off fossil fuels and zero greenhouse gases” within 10 years.

This, of course, would be crazy, impossibly expensive, destroy the economy and cost all kinds of jobs.

But, hey, why let facts and reality enter into it?

And the New York Post pointed out that she hasn’t been practicing what she’s preaching.

She listed 1,049 transactions for Uber, Lyft, Juno and other car services, federal filings show. The campaign had 505 Uber expenses alone.

In all, Ocasio-Cortez spent $29,365.70 on those emissions-spewing vehicles, along with car and van rentals — even though her Queens HQ was a one-minute walk to the 7 train.

The campaign shelled out only $8,335.41 on 52 MetroCard transactions.

This despite the claim from her spokesperson, “Everyone — top to bottom — used the MetroCards.”

And this despite her own criticism of Uber taking business from yellow taxi cabs. Her campaign only billed seven rides to yellow cabs in a year and a half.

By comparison, fellow freshman Rep. Max Rose — whose district is more than twice the size of AOC’s and, like hers, spans two boroughs — listed only 329 transactions for car services, totaling $6,091.29, campaign filings show.

In a district with limited transit options and a $17 Verrazzano Bridge toll, Rose spent only $732 more than AOC on gas and tolls — an indicator of personal car usage.

Ocasio-Cortez was pretty perturbed with the New York Post for daring to actually report on her hypocrisy.

But then the co-founder of Greenpeace Patrick Moore blasted her but good.

But that wasn’t the first time Moore had called her out.

Obviously, Moore is not a fan.

Author: Nick Arama

Source: Chicksonright: Co-Founder of Greenpeace Lets Loose On Ocasio-Cortez For Hypocrisy

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