February 29th – 2020 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #1136

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598 Responses to February 29th – 2020 Presidential Politics – Trump Administration Day #1136

  1. nwtex says:

    Court won’t let Trump pardon void guilty verdict against Arpaio
    2/27/2020

    But sheriff’s lawyers declare victory over ruling that criminal contempt finding has ‘no legal consequences.’

    https://www.politico.com/news/2020/02/27/trump-pardon-arpaio-117918

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    • rrick says:

      The Pardon Attorney oversees the pardon powers vested in the president by Article II, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution. The office of the Pardon Attorney is part of the DOJ.

      Examples of a president pardon without the subject person even being indicted let alone being found guilty include: Carter pardons of draft dodgers; Ford pardon of Nixon.

      It is an understatement to say this court attempting to block the pardon of Arpaio is political opposition. I think other than being a political statement by a court, the court’s action is an attempt to curtail the rights of an individual (Arpaio).

      Per the DOJ, 28 CFR Part 1 is advisory only and does not restrict the authority granted to the president under Article II, Section 2.

      Here is 28 CFR Part 1;
      https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/retrieveECFR?gp=&SID=f684b9eb846e5d5bfa89866caa726390&mc=true&n=pt28.1.1&r=PART&ty=HTML

      NOTE: while Sub-Section 1.2 does include an expiration period of five years, Sub-Section 1.11 speaks of the regulations as advisory and for DOJ internal guidance only.

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      • rrick says:

        I tend to see this as yet another example of the ‘weakest branch’, i.e. the Judicial to usurp the powers given to others, this time the Executive.

        What other example?, you ask. Well, the biggee is Marbury (1803) where the court usurped the powers to think, “It is emphatically the duty of the Judicial Department to say what the law is” (Chief Justice John Marshall). No, the court is to decide what laws comport with the U.S. Constitution. That document is the foundation, the starting and the end point.

        Of course the 9th District is replete with examples of misinterpretation of what is the law. (I’m in the 9th’s jurisdiction, so I have watched the 9th more often than the other Districts. However, I reckon all the Districts have many examples of the kind.)

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        • Obviously, if you can “say what the law is,” you are “uttering law,” which is what a King does. If the Red Queen says, “off with ‘er head!” then they do so. The Queen’s pronouncements – “utterances”are the Law.

          Our Government is not based on the opinions of non-elected judges, but on the deliberations of elected Congresspeople and Presidents. The Courts want to “utter” that the President may not in fact exercise the powers granted by §2.2.1 unless the Court approves. They want to “utter,” in the positive sense of actually creating law, what the President must do.

          Yes, although I despise Andrew Jackson for many of the things that he did, a little “let them enforce it” would do quite nicely here. When it comes to law, there’s a huge gap between “interpret” and “decide.”

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          • TarsTarkas says:

            “The law is in my mouth”

            King John

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            • I my view the fourth and most powerful branch of government, We the People. And the answer to unjust laws/sentences: Fully Informed Jury: . However: “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.”
              John Adams .
              I would also include a knowledge of rights and responsibilities and capable of critical thinking. Sad to say, in some areas of the country, composition of a jury pool with such individuals is low.

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              • Rob Allison says:

                Interesting rinoranch2017 that you choose to quote John Adams with a quote that actually explains why America has failed so badly at holding to our founder’s design. It’s been a very long time since Americans, on the whole, have been a religious and moral people. Many will argue that we are, but just because someone says they are religious or even goes to church does not mean they are religious or moral. Jesus spoke out against those who claim to be such and even said that the way to heaven is narrow and few people would find it. If Americans truly wanted, deep in their hearts, to return America to what it was created to be, they would turn to God and beg forgiveness for their sinful ways. But instead we see people who only give lip service to God and, unfortunately, that’s on both sides of the aisle politically. While the left is blatantly anti-God, most on the right are potentially even worse for claiming to be what they are not. It’s easy to tell, even in so-called right-wing groups where all you have to do is listen to the words they speak. The Bible says that our words expose what is truly in our heart and tells us that even cursing is evidence of someone who does not know God. We need to look inside ourselves and turn to God before He decides to no longer bless America and allows us to fall into the abyss of 1000 years of darkness that Ronald Reagan warned of..

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                • rrick says:

                  The above quote of John Adams is from his address to the militia of Massachusetts on October, 11 1798. In that same address, Adams speaks of a, “…Language of Justice and moderation while it is practicing Iniquity and Extravagance; and displays in the most captivating manner the charming Pictures of Candour, frankness & sincerity while it is rioting in rapine and Insolence: this Country will be the most miserable Habitation in the World. Because We have no Government armed with Power capable of contending with human Passions unbridled…”

                  Adams’ use of ‘religious’ was intended not in the corporate manner as of a congregation or religious sect, but of the individual, that within each would reside the distaste of the intemperate tyranny of which the lacking of principals affected the peoples of other countries. Basically, a Code of Conduct within the hearts of all, whom enjoin the responsibility thereof.

                  Example: arising from our Forefathers we possess individual liberties. Yet concurrent to those liberties is the individual responsibility to ‘behave’ ourselves, to conduct ourselves as ‘good fellows’. Would such a people abuse that liberty to say, make abortion legal, or to condone homosexual behavior? Of course not. Yet that these have come to pass, this country has become that which Adams spoke of with a profound distaste.

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    • Some of the discussion here may erroneously lead readers to believe a court ‘voided’ a presidential pardon of Arpaio. Of course, it couldn’t do that and didn’t do that.
      At issue was the matter of ‘voiding’ the original (before the pardon) guilty verdict handed down by the court. It did not touch on Trump’s pardon of Arpaio which stands, only the legal ramifications of such pardon.
      Here the court held (correctly or incorrectly) that the original guilty verdict could not be ‘erased’ but that such verdict had no force of law in any event.
      Not very controversial!

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  2. nwtex says:

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  3. nyckers says:

    This book by David Enrich of the NY Times is a joke. It’s called Dark Towers. Supposedly a history of Trump and Deutsche Bank. The reporting is biased and manipulative. The Times writer also had two articles in the Times full of lies and half truths, innuendo and inaccuracies. Some excellent information on Trump’s dealings with the Bank, written by the Banker who built DB’s market-leading Commercial Real Estate Group, and approved the loans to Trump. No shock- the Times reporter left out every positive and made up negative episodes or twisted events. How DO you report on Trump’s loans without mentioning if they got paid back and how they performed?? I guess you DON”T if they did GREAT and it doesn’t fir your narrative. A real, detailed dissection, first hand, of how they lie and attack PDJT – who, it turns out, is quite the genius developer!

    http://WWW.MIKEOFFIT.COM

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    • TarsTarkas says:

      When one believes that all past actions had a nefarious motive behind them, then it is logical to assume that all future actions will have nefarious motives driving them. It would be interesting to see what Enrich’s reaction would be if he were to experience that sort of Kafkatrap accusation.

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  4. lcsteel says:

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  5. fred5678 says:

    Just checked up on Sen. Richard Burr. His only job before running for Congress was as a damn LAWN MOWER SALESMAN for 17 years!!. He has a BA in Communications from Wake Forest. No master’s degree, no legal background, no security background — and he is a Gang of Eight member and had a VETO over Rep. John Ratcliffe last year — Notre Dame BA Gov and Intl studies, SMU law school, former prosecutor and super smart guy.

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    • TheLastDemocrat says:

      Fred. So, who should govern us? An elite panel of judges? Or any citizen who jumps in the race and gets duly elected by us citizens?

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      • I don’t think that’s the point. It’s that the disgustingly corrupt, easily manipulated Richard Burr – along with his cronies – will say that Ratcliffe is a dilettante and not qualified to be DNI. When Radcliffe is 1,000 times more qualified to be DNI than Burr is to be a “lawmaker.”

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      • GB Bari says:

        That’s a straw man choice.

        The Reality is that anyone from across the human spectrum has the opportunity to run or apply for office and show us their qualifications for the job they are seeking.

        And there’s no rule preventing “any citizen” from being one who is well-educated and who has significant experience in jobs that are related in scope and responsibility to the one they are seeking.

        Looks like Burr was and remains an expert at selling BS, whereas Ratcliffe is a professional who has demonstrated that his skillset is well suited to the DNI job.

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    • Zachary Navarre says:

      Just checked up on Donald John Trump. His only jobs before running for President were in construction, marketing and television. He has a Bachelors degree in economics from the Wharton School. No master’s degree, no legal background, no security background – and he is the President of the united states with VETO power over virtually all legislation – legislation written by scholarly, intelligent legal professionals and lawyers.

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      • StanH says:

        You mean the brain trust that wrote NAFTA, The Patriot Act, GATT, TPP, FISA/FISC, Barrycare, and on and on…it goes. Or the brilliant Comey, McCabe, Strock/Page, Lawfare, and on and on that goes.

        “…legislation written by scholarly, intelligent legal professionals and lawyers.” This is the kind of thinking that nearly killed off the USA. We’re gonna try something different.

        What did Shakespeare tell us to paraphrase: “Kill all the lawyers first.” Still holds true 500 years later.

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        • Zachary Navarre says:

          I was being sarcastic in response to Freds indignation that some lawnmower salesman could be elected and hold political power.

          Maybe i didn’t do a good job conveying that sarcasm….

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          • GB Bari says:

            I don’t think Fred was displaying indignation at Burrs lack of qualifications.
            I think it was more of “disgust.” I share his disgust.

            I also think Fred’s and my disgust is justified by Burr’s performance in office – a matter of record – which has been abysmal and wreaks of corruption. Apparently Burr realized that, lacking any marketable professional skills, his only way of earning a lot of money was to embezzle it by defrauding the taxpayers.

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            • Zachary Navarre says:

              I’m disgusted by their refusal to confirm the Presidents (extremely qualified) nominee as well.

              Question though:

              Do you think someone who was a salesman and doesn’t have a masters degree should automatically be thought of as less qualified to govern than someone with a long history in a law profession who has “good” degrees?

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              • annieoakley says:

                I don’t think a lawnmower salesman is automatically less qualified than a Lawyer. It depends upon the person and their character.

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        • greenswampgirl says:

          Many people who don’t even have a high school diploma have more smarts/qualifications to be legislators, judges, or even President than those ” . . . scholarly, intelligent legal professionals, and lawyers.” you reference.
          Shucks, they could probably be farmers if they wanted to.
          no/s

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    • eagle931 says:

      I don’t like Senator Burr either, but going after him because he was a lawn salesman and lacked “proper” academic credentials gives credence to the notion that a ruling class made up of the elite should be the only ones conducting the affairs of government. I realize that the founding ideal of the citizen-politician is just that, an ideal. Still, I thought that we were the ones railing against a professional political class made up of “bien pensants” with the right academic pedigree.
      As far as I am concerned, I judge each person by his actions, and in the case of Senator Burr I find him to be the ultimate caricature of a politician, whom I’d describe as having no common sense, shallow and unprincipled; but being a lawn salesman and lacking certain credentials play no part in Senator Burr’s failure to conduct himself with dignity in the intelligence committee.

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      • Your Tour Guide says:

        Agree big time with your statement. We need to
        starting electing people on their sheer common sense.
        And loyalty to those that they supposedly represent.
        And demonstrated performance record on empathy
        across the specturm, not just for the flavor of the month.

        Get in online flame wars with accredidation/ education/
        degree level nazis all the time. In my own field ( nobody’s
        business) I routinely supervise others that have years more
        of college. And no street smarts, common sense, adaptability,
        or ability to think outside the box whatsoever.

        I’ve noticed this for decades now. Somewhere out there is
        someone with the next great idea, and if they don’t have all
        the current degrees or accredidation initials after their name
        it won’t be built.

        Anybody ever watch the movie “October Sky”? Love it, it’s
        inspirational message. Cried like a baby throughout most of
        it for one reason. It could never happen today. A kid from
        coal mining Kentucky could never escape a be a rocket
        scientist. Today, he would most likely be a meth head.

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        • Rob Allison says:

          Often it can be seen that people with more formal education have less common sense. Academics often run contrary to good critical thinking. Years ago I was running a company and hired a woman as a file clerk whose only work experience was as a waitress. Over time she became a secretary, then my assistant, then a department head, then eventually I made her the director of operations. Many with batchelors and masters degrees complained and I told them that when they could do the kind of job she’d done, which was extremely good and beneficial to the company, they’d be considered for such positions. But she had so much common sense along with a hard working nature that she outperformed everyone and deserved the top job. I didn’t care what her academic credentials were because she proved far more valuable to the company than others with more schooling.

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        • 🍺Gunny66 says:

          Soot all the lawyers:
          Shakespeare

          Never, ever, work with a lawyer.
          Gibbs Rule

          Burr was once on the “cutting edge”….

          Next…

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      • Remington says:

        No question Burr is a member of the Three H club…Hopeless, Hapless, and Helpless. That being said, I’d gladly swap 100 lawn mower sales guys for 100 lawyers and a player to be named later….Love to see a head count of lawyers in the DOJ and fib….

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    • Issy says:

      McConnell obviously put him on SSCI because he will do as told. He is not qualified to hold such a position.

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  6. nwtex says:

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  7. Peoria Jones says:

    The other night, I posted that I might watch a “Nature” video about weasels, instead of watching the weasels in the Dem debate. (I did end up watching the Dem’s, however – fun thread!) Turns out, that program wasn’t just about weasels.

    It was also about honey badgers and wolverines! There’s a reason these two fascinating animals are associated with Trump loyalists – small but fierce, unafraid of anything, and incredibly calculating. I couldn’t help but think of SD’s “Say hello to my little friends” pic. He nailed it.

    Wolverines are elusive, so this is great footage. This show was incredibly well done, and devoid of the usual lefty spin on climate, etc. Available through March 18, if anybody is interested.

    https://www.pbs.org/video/the-mighty-weasel-yne7yt/

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  8. A2 says:

    👇👇

    Trump urges Afghans to seize opportunity for peace

    President Donald Trump has called on Afghans to embrace prospects for peace, as the US prepares to sign an agreement with the Taliban on Saturday.
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is due to attend the signing in Qatar. The agreement will see thousands of US troops withdraw from Afghanistan in return for security guarantees.
    It follows a week-long partial truce with the Taliban.
    The accord raises hopes for a wider peace process after 18 years of war.
    “Soon, at my direction, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will witness the signing of an agreement with representatives of the Taliban,” President Trump announced in a statement on Friday.

    https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-51684190

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    • Johnny Dollar says:

      This, IMO, is a much more significant development than the “virus.”

      And yet, it’s being largely overlooked.

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    • Robert Smith says:

      Good bye, Afghanistan. The sooner the better.

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    • thedoc00 says:

      Besides ending the war it ends or greatly reduces slush funds being funneled into Afghanistan and even more important the unreported slush funds funneled into the bordering nations supporting “right” of passage and “infrastructure” for logistics in Afghanistan.

      Nobody seems to report that non-military “infrastructure” and “stabilization” projects funneled through the DoD and State Department dwarf military related spending, and is paid to non-military “contractors” and “corporations” who have friends in congress. Payments to non-military entities dwarfs the money sent to the much criticized “military-industrial” complex

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  9. nwtex says:

    Republicans Walk Out of Coronavirus Briefing After Democrats Play Politics With the Crisis
    February 28, 2020

    …a visibly frustrated DeLauro told colleagues she didn’t “give a rat’s ass” and about the reaction and that members needed answers from the administration.

    https://pjmedia.com/trending/republicans-walk-out-of-coronavirus-briefing-after-democrats-play-politics-with-the-crisis/

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  10. Rebierocket says:

    Great Fun.

    Word Studies for Greater Understanding of someone’s intended meaning.

    —————-
    The Lesson.
    —————-

    Deplorable

    A. Definition of Deplorable.
    (from “Merriam-Webster Dictionary”)

    1. deserving censure or contempt; wretched

    B. Origin of Deplorable.
    (from “Barnhart Concise Dictionary of Etymology)

    “Deplore” dates to 1559, as a verb to ‘give up as hopeless.’ From the Latin ‘deplorare,’ (de- ‘entirely’ + ‘plorare’ weep, cry out).

    C. Synonyms for Deplorable.
    (from Rodale’s “Synonym Finder”)

    1.
    ————
    Lamentable
    Regrettable
    Pathetic
    Pitiable
    Miserable
    Mournful
    Depressing
    Upsetting
    Disturbing
    Distressing
    Troublesome
    Afflicting
    Tormenting
    Woeful
    Wretched
    Unhappy
    Hopeless
    Desperate
    Unfortunate
    Tragic
    Unforeseeable
    Calamitous
    Heinous
    Outrageous
    Grievous
    Disastrous
    Heart-breaking
    Anguishing
    Heart-rending
    Somber
    Solemn
    Grave
    Heavy
    Oppressive
    Painful
    Difficult
    Hard
    Trying
    Troubling

    2.
    ————-
    Reprehensible
    Disgraceful
    Shameful
    Scandalous
    Opprobrious
    Disreputable
    Dishonorable
    Abominable
    Detestable
    Despicable
    Execrable
    Contemptible
    Vile
    Sordid
    Foul
    Base
    Low

    ***

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    • nwtex says:

      Good grief. What the heck is this doing here?

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      • Ausonius says:

        Agreed: it also contains an error. The word de in Latin never means “entirely.” It is a preposition with various meanings, in this case “to weep about“,

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      • Rebierocket says:

        Well, to answer why this is here: I originally wrote this out for a man I met who was “waking up” to our way of thinking. But oddly enough, he wasn’t sure what was meant when I said: “well, shoot, you’re just another Deplorable like me.”

        He said: “What does that mean, a Deplorable like you?”

        I have learned after as a writer that if one person says they don’t know what a word means, then it means that a fair number of other people probably aren’t sure.

        This simple write-up helped this one man, so perhaps it may help others.

        So I put the definition and synonyms here for that purpose.

        Perhaps — for you — it’s like other posts here that I skip over. But for someone like the man I met who wasn’t sure of the meaning, it may be helpful information. We all contribute in our own way.

        Our group — if we are willing to call it that — is constantly in need of “taking back the language.” I’ve read that admonition here a number of times and agree wholeheartedly. One way to take back the language is to make sure others know what we — and the other side — mean by what is said.

        I can tell you after writing for the public for 25-odd years that not everything one writes is considered important by everyone. It reminds me of the scripture about some eating bread and some eating meat. It’s similar to how my grown son scoffs at the baby-food he once devoured.

        I appreciate your apparent notice of using a broom. We could all stand to do that more often. Lord knows there are always plenty of motes to be cleared out.

        For the Latin experts, I greatly admire that knowledge. I don’t have it, though I greatly enjoy reading the Latin dictionary. It is always enlightening and great source material for a writer trying to express meaningful things. In this instance, I simply copied what was in Barnhart’s Etymology. I encourage you to take up the error with the publisher of that volume. It is a standard reference, so I’m certain they would appreciate your input.

        I greatly appreciate this site for the opportunity to try to do a little good from my dirt-road corner in rural Georgia.

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        • nwtex says:

          Am not taking the time to read what I assume is your reasoning for posting your ridiculous “lesson” above. That and your reply has nothing to do with Presidential Politics. They both should be swept away.

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          • Rebierocket says:

            NW Tex.

            Suits me fine if you dont want to read it.

            But you asked, and I respectfully answered.

            And it has much more to donwith Presidential politics than you may think in this corner of the world.

            In any event, perhaps take your complaint up with Sundance.

            Respectfully,

            Rebierocket

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  11. nwtex says:

    No, no! They have gone too far. Way way, way over the line!

    House Democrat Threatens Donald Trump Jr. With ‘Serious Altercation’
    February 29, 2020

    While it’s become increasingly clear that Democrats are politicizing the coronavirus situation, one House Democrat, Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.), threatened Donald Trump Jr. with physical violence for daring to point that out…

    Hallie Jackson of MSNBC asked Rep. Garamendi about those comments. “He should not be near me when he says that,” Garamendi said. “There would be a serious altercation. Don Jr. had better not get anyplace close to me. It would not be a healthy situation.”
    Well, that’s probably not something you should say about a member of the first family.

    https://pjmedia.com/trending/house-democrat-threatens-donald-trump-jr-with-serious-altercation/

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  12. A2 says:

    👇

    Simon Rabinovitch
    @S_Rabinovitch
    How to ensure that awful data is politically correct in China: stats bureau added this line to its record-low PMI release. “Under the Party’s firm leadership with Xi Jinping at the core, the virus is coming under control… and market confidence is steadily recovering.”

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  13. A2 says:

    Flurry of Chinese diplomatic activity to stop coronavirus fallout on Beijing’s agenda

    Chinese envoys have gone on the coronavirus offensive, seeking to ease international concerns about the epidemic and pressing on with its diplomatic plans amid rising concerns about Beijing’s handling of the crisis and potential disruptions to its agenda.

    Observers have said that several key gatherings between leaders of China and other countries might have to be postponed because of the outbreak, delaying investment and cooperation deals.

    This includes plans for Chinese President Xi Jinping to visit Japan this year, the first by a Chinese head of state since Hu Jintao in 2008.

    But in the strongest signal yet that Beijing wants to minimise coronavirus fallout on foreign affairs, China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, met Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, national security adviser Shigeru Kitamura and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe for talks about the trip on Friday.

    “There is no change in plans for President Xi’s visit at this moment,” Motegi said after the talks. “But as a state visit by a Chinese president is a once-in-a-decade event, it must accomplish something. We agreed to continue communicating to that end.”

    Motegi also said the two countries agreed to step up cooperation on tackling the epidemic, which has infected 82,000 and killed more than 2,800, mostly in mainland China.

    Yang, who is a member of the Communist Party’s top decision-making body, the Politburo, will also go to Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan over the next few days.

    Lian Degui, a Japanese affairs expert from Shanghai International Studies University, said China was eager to show that its ties with Japan were back on track, after years of disputes over maritime claims and wartime legacies.

    “[The state visit] will be a significant sign of thawing in relations due to the territorial issues, and will pave the way for a new era between the two countries,” Lian said.

    China’s efforts to stop the coronavirus from being imported back into the country – including restrictions and quarantine measures for incoming foreign citizens – has triggered unease in Japan and South Korea, where new infections are on the rise.

    Beijing has sought to ease those concerns, with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi telling his Japanese and South Korean counterparts in phone calls on Wednesday that Beijing understood their difficulties and was willing to help.

    China has also been criticised as being slow to respond to the emergency and not sharing information. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in particular, has accused China of suppressing information about the spread of coronavirus, saying censorship was harming the global response.

    Xi tried to address some of that criticism in Beijing on Thursday in talks with Mongolian President Khaltmaa Battulga, when he said the Chinese government was making all-out efforts to contain the outbreak.

    In addition to Battulga, Xi has met Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen and World Health Organisation director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in the last two months to give assurances that China would step up efforts to counter the epidemic and was willing to help other countries to combat the virus.‘

    Read more here:
    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/flurry-chinese-diplomatic-activity-stop-125006247.html?soc_src=social-sh&soc_trk=tw

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  14. A2 says:

    👇

    Scott Gottlieb, MD
    @ScottGottliebMD
    ·
    11h
    BREAKING: High complexity clinical labs like academic hospitals will soon be able to go forward with own PCR-based #coronavirus tests. These labs have the sophistication to do this. CDC and public health labs will validate their results. Great move by
    @SecAzar
    , FDA. CDC teams

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  15. A2 says:

    👇

    This is CCP in action.

    Chinese laboratory that first shared coronavirus genome with world ordered to close for ‘rectification’, hindering its Covid-19 research
    No reason was given for the closure of Shanghai facility, which released information about the virus ahead of authorities
    One source at the laboratory said the closure has hampered scientists’ research when they should be ‘racing against the clock’

    Excerpt:

    ‘ The Shanghai laboratory where researchers published the world’s first genome sequence of the deadly coronavirus that causes Covid-19 has been shut down.
    The laboratory at the Shanghai Public Health Clinical Centre was ordered to close for “rectification” on January 12, a day after Professor Zhang Yongzhen’s team published the genome sequence on open platforms. It closed temporarily the following day.

    The release of the data helped researchers develop test kits for the virus.
    “The centre was not given any specific reasons why the laboratory was closed for rectification. [We have submitted] four reports [asking for permission] to reopen but we have not received any replies,” a source with the centre said, requesting anonymity because of the matter’s sensitivity.
    “The closure has greatly affected the scientists and their research when they should be racing against the clock to find the means to help put the novel coronavirus outbreak under control,” the source said’

    https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3052966/chinese-laboratory-first-shared-coronavirus-genome-world-ordered

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    • Kathy says:

      A2, thx for all the news. I’m curious whether there is truth that the genome of the virus that was released by the Shanghai lab shows HIV strains? There are reports that this proves it’s a bio weapon and maybe that’s why this lab is in trouble with the CCP because it provided data much sooner than the Chinese were wanting?

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      • maggie0987 says:

        Another thing not talked about much is that Canada is STILL allowing flights from China!

        We flew into Vancouver last night (from sunny Florida) and it was full of arrivals from Hong Kong all wearing masks – what is to stop people just driving over the border into the US, especially if they are holding Canadian passports? Not to mention continuing to put Canadians at risk

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  16. TwoLaine says:

    I love a F & F Weekend with Dean Cain.

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  17. CosmicBlueHippo says:

    Dear President Trump,
    Thank you for your stamina, courage, patriotism, energy and positive attitude

    Dear Sundance,
    Thanks for your tireless, insightful work and making the Treehouse an island of sanity (you, like President Trump must not sleep)

    Dear Treepers,
    Thanks to all of you that I have learned so much from in the last 3 years.

    Lets work hard among family, friends and strangers to make President Trumps 2020 re-election a sure thing.

    BTW, I donated to President Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign for the first time last week. Not bragging, just hoping everyone buckles down and gets into the 2020 fight for our country in what ever way they can.

    We can do this…

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  18. Don McAro says:

    By Spring Break, Clueless Joe won’t even remember that he ever ran for president

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  19. Super elite covfefe999 loves her President! says:

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  20. Don McAro says:

    My Prediction…Biden is finished in South Carolina….. and so are the other candidates… The media scared off all the voters…The only one that will show up are Saders supporters who would come out if it was raining acid

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    • Super elite covfefe999 loves her President! says:

      Those poor ever-hopeful Sanders supporters. Used and abused in 2016, they should have left the part when Bernie endorsed Hillary (in exchange for the $600k vacation home) just like I left the Dems in 2008 when Hillary endorsed Barry. Now they think he’ll win the nomination. Instead of mucking with general election vote tallies, the DNC is going to have to work some maging on their primary vote tallies to stop Bernie from being the clear primary winner prior to the convention. The DNC needs a brokered convention so badly. Pass the popcorn! It’s fun to watch. 🙂

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  21. jx says:

    Ninth Circuit issues another nationwide injuction

    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/02/28/ninth-circuit-reopens-border-blocks-donald-trumps-return-to-mexico-policy/

    It is past time to ignore the injunction outside the Ninth Circuit. When the robed clowns complain it can go the Supreme Court.

    It also is past time to remove judges for bad behavior.

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    • Jimmy R says:

      Yes, I don’t understand why the POTUS must obey the court when it makes ridiculous decisions. Is it written in the Constitution that the court’s injunctions trump the other two branches of the government? Long past time for a little “the court has made its decision; now let it enforce it.”

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      • I do think that it comes to that. But the human traffickers have to make their deliveries and the factories and farms need their slaves … perhaps we should repeal the 13th Amendment and just get it over with.

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    • It is my understanding that this ruling only applies to border area within the 9th District. ie: CA and AZ

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      • Blue Wildflower says:

        One of the ports of entry in El Paso, Texas closed last night because of all the people trying to cross it because of the ruling. After reading the liberal newspaper that wrote the article I still do not understand what happened although it sounds like it is on hold and they can not enter the country. We would be under invasion if not for the Border Patrol Agents with riot gear at the port of entry.

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  22. dwpender says:

    (1) July 25, 2018: DJT phone call that becomes the Ukraine Hoax.

    (2) July 28, 2018: DJT nominates Ratcliffe for ODNI. Swamp and media immediately erupt in indignation.

    (3) Also July 28, 2018: Rather oddly, DJT’s nomination announcement does not say Coats leaving immediately, or as soon as Ratcliffe confirmed, but by a future date certain — August 15, 2018.

    (4) August 2, 2018: Ratcliffe withdraws.

    (5) August 12, 2018: Ciaramella “complaint” filed with Atkinson (IC IG).

    (6) August 15, 2018: Coats resigns.

    I present this chronology without comment. This site’s astute readership will draw its own conclusions.

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  23. Super elite covfefe999 loves her President! says:

    There’s a nice graphic here showing the progression of H1N1 infections in 2009: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_flu_pandemic_in_the_United_States?#Summary The first confirmed H1N1 case in the US was April 21 2009. By June 25, more than 1 million people had it. There was a second wave in late October.

    I trust that Trump and his team will handle this as best as anyone possibly can. But it’s going to be difficult to control the spread of a virus that appears to be easy to transmit and few or no people have immunity to it. There are known cases now of people who are symptomless yet they are passing the virus to others. And there are so many people who are slobs, they travel or go to work or school when they know they’re sick, they cough or sneeze openly, touch their snot-stained hands to surfaces, and they make other people sick. 😛

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    • “A virus that is easy to transmit and very few people have immunity to it?” Are you talking about colds or the flu?

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      • Super elite covfefe999 loves her President! says:

        Any new virus.

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      • GB Bari says:

        Actually Doctor Fauci said that this new coronavirus (covid-19) appears to have very high “transmissibility” (between humans, as compared to previous viruses that jumped species.
        Also Gordon Chang noted yesterday that there is evidence the incubation period is longer than 14 days, possibly up to 27 days which means a carrier can contact and unknowingly infect a lot more people before the carrier’s symptoms appear. This bug may be a bit beyond what we are used to dealing with re. colds and flu.

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  24. Publius2016 says:

    two theaters of War are on the back burner: Libya and Syria…Both have World Wide implications!

    Think Russia refuses any additional energy resources and will continue to FIGHT TURKEY BY PROXY…

    45 knows EU is the REAL PLAYER IN THE REGION so they should STEP UP AND STAND DOWN…EU has so many varied interests they say one thing one day and then another the next…their “immigration laws” have them terrified of Turkey and the Sea!

    45 Israel Palestinian Peace Plan is the key to resolving the no win situation! Think Libya is resolved next if Afghanistan Peace Treaty holds! US Troops from Afghanistan can be moved to European and African Theater…

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  25. Kb says:

    Just watched CBS news and they had some crazy Dr on talking about Corona. Was all over the place but made a point to say that the future of this country is drone delivery for all packages so there is no germ spreading, no media fear mongering there!

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    • Super elite covfefe999 loves her President! says:

      I really don’t think hand delivery of my packages is putting me at risk. 🙂

      If people would stop going out into public while sick, that would help a lot. The focus tends to be on protecting yourself. We should really be shaming the slobs who go to work or school sick, who travel while sick, who cough and sneeze openly, etc.

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    • Publius2016 says:

      except for the fact that a virus can be transferred by air…this “Doctor” is a liar…anytime you catch a cold or flu, they tell you…we can’t cure the virus but we can manage the symptoms…

      There are viruses the world over…

      Dimms refuse to let ICE imprison and deport murderers rapists thieves liars but grandma with high fever is CLEAR AND PRESENT DANGER

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      • Super elite covfefe999 loves her President! says:

        I read an article in a medical journal discussing transmission of at least some influenza viruses. They can ride long distances on dust particles floating through the air. So then it becomes a matter of how many particles are required to make you sick, and how long those particles can survive without a host. Norovirus can live for a couple of weeks on surfaces, I don’t know about influenza. And I’m reluctant to look it up because I think I don’t want to know. 🙂

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    • Jeff says:

      I’ve been in the package delivery business for a quarter century, and I can tell you that drones comprise no part of our future plans. Just the staggering cost of developing a drone infrastructure quashes that, not to mention the liability issues, and the accuracy. And then after all that, let’s talk about govt regulation.
      Yeah, no. We’re not doing drones.

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    • TarsTarkas says:

      He’s a dumbass. SOMEONE has to load the packages on the drone. Even if you use robots for packaging and loading, the items have to be transported by SOMEBODY to where they can be packaged. And there are always people around and the air itself is contaminated with bacteria and viruses. They can’t be completely eradicated from any surface. Even hard vacuum, hard radiation cannot kill them. Although you can reach very low numbers of individual organisms.

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    • highdezertgator says:

      Drone hacking-hijacking will be new cartel enterprise!

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  26. Don McAro says:

    President Trump has came through again with deal in Afghanistan ….Hopefully someone can come through with Obama and get that library built

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  27. Jenevive says:

    Interesting Yahoo story. 9th circuit just reversed themselves and stayed thier own
    ruling about POTUS not being able to keep them in Mexico.. He filed
    emergency petition and they stayed it.. Wanna bet it was whispered
    in their ear that if mexico has coranavirus and we just let them in
    who will POTUS blame for that.. The 9th circuit..

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    • Publius2016 says:

      Actually, 9th Circuit was already put on notice from Supreme Court about these bs injunctions! its only Deep State Roberts that holds the conservatives from laying out a clear procedure and consequences for liberal judges!

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    • Reserved55 says:

      The Communist judges should be arrested and held without bail.
      They are enemies of the State.

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  28. Reserved55 says:

    Apprx 11 minutes

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  29. Bubby says:

    This is the first podcast of Bongino that I have listened to. I don’t completely understand the importance of this “new” info about FBI agent Anthony Ferrante. Sundance did mention Ferrante in posts in April & July 2019. I never got the impression he was a big player in Spygate. How significant is what Bongino tweeted today? Is it just hype? Anyone? TIA.

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    • Jimmy R says:

      Avid Bongino podcast listener here. I think Dan’s point is that Ferrante’s involvement in both PPD41 and the Steele dossier – and given the close coincidence of dates from both streams of events – show that there was coordination between the two.

      It is hard to follow Dan unless, unlike me, you’re like Dan or Sundance, having full command of all the spygate facts, because Dan speaks very quickly lays out so many facts and connections at once.

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      • Bubby says:

        Jimmy thanks. Bottom line is the FBI is corrupt to the core with leftists agents supporting obama and Democrats. The politicization of the FBI was foretold by our Founding Fathers and why they didn’t want a Federal police force. The FBI can’t be changed it needs to be burned down IMHO.

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    • John B says:

      Bongino is deadly accurate. He is telling his viewers the same people keep popping up in all the scandals. He points them out like they’re impossible coincidences. He has been right about almost everything for almost 3 years. His hourly podcast M-F daily is all you need to get the day’s events aside from Sundance’s articles.

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    • GB Bari says:

      I am Another regular listener to Bongino podcasts.

      Recently, he has adopted an overarching theme to his continuing reporting about the corrupt conspirators who are trying to politically harm the President.

      That theme is “They all know each other and they all have something to hide.”

      Each day Dan reveals some connection between ongoing Silent Coup bit players largely ignored by the MSM, and sometimes not heavily reported on by alternative sources. He ties them into key events and operations in the Muh Russia hoax, the Ukraine scandal, the unjust Mike Flynn prosecution, and many other related events.

      Ferrante was identified by Sundance last year (using other published sources) as playing a spying role inside the White House. Bongino simply developed the story behind Ferrante a bit further.

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  30. webgirlpdx says:

    So now we have a Coronavirus reported here as I sit in Washington County, OR (Portland suburb) and being ‘treated’ at a hospital not far from me. Crap. There goes my Saturday /sarc.

    In related matters: a dear family friend passed away this week from pnemonia/flu. I guess that won’t make the national news. Oh, well. She doesn’t care. She’s very happy in heaven now 🙂

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    • 180daysofkindergarten says:

      We went out to dinner last night after the case was reported and the real hysteria began. Earlier in the day we couldn’t get a reservation, guess what? No problem after the report. I’m looking forward to empty stores and no traffic today. Probably looking to be a pretty good week for traffic too. The school where the virus person worked is now closed until Wednesday for cleaning. Hype, hoax, whatever, this is nuts.
      I’m sorry about your friend.
      They are missing how horrible this flu is that is all around us, probably on purpose.

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    • Mad Mike says:

      webgirl… I’m sorry to hear about your loss.

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    • Super elite covfefe999 loves her President! says:

      Did you stock up on a years’ worth of food? 🙂 I saw a panicky news report about empty shelves, don’t know exactly where it was in the US though. It was probably stock images. haha

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  31. Carrie says:

    Historic peace deal with the Taliban- troops come home in approximately 14 months..

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8059447/Mike-Pompeo-arrives-Qatar-witness-signing-historic-deal-Taliban.html

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  32. Mark W says:

    VIDEO: “Citizens of GREECE have declared CIVIL WAR against the socialist policies of their government and EU – Greece will exit the EU very soon
    https://www.investmentwatchblog.com/video-citizens-of-greece-have-declared-civil-war-against-the-socialist-policies-of-their-government-and-eu-greece-will-exit-the-eu-very-soon/

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  33. StanH says:

    Our great President Trump was in fine fettle last evening. There was absolutely no fear. He is enjoying himself as he navigates the swamp. His enemies have nothing but fear and lies. Their problem is their “fear and lies” are bumping up against reality and Free America is not buying it. We want our country back, we want our future back. We were bequeathed the greatest country the world has ever known and we want it restored for our children and grand children and generations yet to come.

    We are on the march and forcing a political realignment back to a Constitutional Republic. Our enemies are now fully exposed. Stay on offense and push these traitors back into their sleazy corners and go in for the kill.

    KAG! …by sticking very close with our Great President Trump and “WE WILL CRUSH THEM!”

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  34. litlbit2 says:

    Promises kept! McConnell and the Swamp 0 POTUS 2 today🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🙏
    https://www.citizenfreepress.com/breaking/u-s-and-taliban-to-sign-peace-deal-saturday/

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  35. Publius2016 says:

    When you hear: “We’re from the government, and here to help you”

    RUN…from the files of GLOBAL government INSANITY: “We have contingency plans to open up a morgue in Hyde Park, in tents,” said MP Nickie Aiken, whose district includes the 350-acre open space which was used as a refuge from the plague in the 17th century. “We would run the morgue for most of central London.”

    https://www.zerohedge.com/health/nightmare-londons-worst-case-plan-coronavirus-includes-giant-morgue-hyde-park

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  36. TJ says:

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  37. Reserved55 says:

    Tim Kaine delivers Antifa vote for Biden?

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  38. erm9164 says:

    At his MAGA rally in Charleston last night POTUS,with a wink and a nod, slyly suggested to the crowd that since the GOP primary was cancelled and our primaries are open,that we cross over and vote for the candidate he could most easily defeat.After a resounding voice vote it was clear the crowd choice was Crazy Bernie

    So this morning,for the first time in over 50 years of voting,I cast my ballot for a Democrat.I was afraid I would break out in hives or have a seizure,but I did it.I voted for Crazy Bernie in order to force the Democraps into actually nominating a socialist/communist or having to steal it from him resulting in his rabid supporters staying home in November.

    As an aside, South Carolina is testing out a bew voting procedure.You are handed a blank ballot,go to the voting booth and enter your vote via touch screen.Then you print out your ballot,check it’s accuracy,and enter it into another machine from which the ballots will be counted.Should cut down on some voter fraud.

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  39. jeffsn4 says:

    The MSM is completely out of control.

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  40. Zippy says:

    Just like I said when PDJT was downwind of crowds of 100,000 in India, India’s figures are a lie. NOW the spy agencies are focusing on India. Were they BEFORE PDJT’s trip to India? Almost certainly because even I wasn’t buying their infected figures. A densely packed country with open sewers in major cities has THREE cases? Give me a break.

    BTW, as of yesterday, those flying in from massively infected South Korea and Italy weren’t even being so much as questioned at airports.

    US spy agencies monitoring coronavirus spread with focus on India
    February 28, 2020

    https://nypost.com/2020/02/28/us-spy-agencies-monitoring-coronavirus-spread-with-focus-on-india/

    Spy agencies in the US are monitoring the spread of coronavirus across the world — with a focus on India — as officials grapple with concerns over the country’s ability to handle a widespread outbreak.

    India has confirmed just three cases of COVID-19 in the country, while its government says 23,531 people are under observation, the Economic Times reported. [from a country that entirely hid 2000 deaths from a disease outbreak in 2006, only THREE cases with 23 THOUSAND people under observation… sure – Z]

    But sources familiar with the matter told Reuters there are concerns about how the country would cope with an epidemic of the deadly bug.

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  41. TJ says:

    Bill Maher last August: “I’ve been hoping for a recession – people hate me for it – but it would get rid of Trump.”

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    • Publius2016 says:

      “Viruses kill but it may save the environment”

      Dimms are INSANE

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      • James F says:

        Globalist elitists have been saying this kind of crap for years.

        “In the event that I am reincarnated, I would like to return as a deadly virus, in order to contribute something to solve overpopulation.” – Prince Philip

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    • GB Bari says:

      Ok we can hope that Maher contracts a fatal dose of coronavirus.

      “But he would infect dozens of people with whom he comes in contact during the incubation period.”

      I know. But it’s worth it.

      /s

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  42. TJ says:

    60-year-old American with overhyped coronavirus says not nearly as bad as bout with bronchitis he had several years ago: “This has been much easier: no chills, no body aches. I breathe easily, and I don’t have a stuffy nose.”

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  43. TJ says:

    The inside story of how the FBI toppled Mike Flynn: a team of 10 officials “schemed and planned in multiple meetings” to try to trick him into lying, his lawyer says in chilling account.

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  44. TJ says:

    The virus is being used to satisfy Trump’s war on immigrants!

    Said Chuck Schumer…before he deleted it.

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  45. Reserved55 says:

    Kamalala Dingdong is spelled D.E.M.I.S.E.

    9 minutes of Commiefornia crap.

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  46. TJ says:

    Sandy Cortez: Scientist…Economist…Liberation Theologist.

    The Marxist roots of black liberation theology
    https://www.acton.org/pub/commentary/2008/04/02/marxist-roots-black-liberation-theology

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    • TarsTarkas says:

      Actually it’s true, many minsters and laymen used Bible verses and passages to justify slavery in the Ante-Bellum South.

      But then one can tax passages from Das Kapital to justify racism and economic colonialism, it’s just that it’s OK to ignore that part of Marx when quoting him.

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      • TJ says:

        It doesn’t matter if it’s true or false.

        Her political propaganda to smear “religious liberty”, is based on liberation theology and exploiting black people for political and financial again. Race hustling.

        Liberation theology is a pseudo-religious political doctrine. She knows what she’s doing when she exploits children, the weather, and immigrants for political and financial again. Read the article beneath the tweet.

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  47. Reserved55 says:

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    • TJ says:

      Not fair. I have official signs of candidate Trump, before Pence was added.

      I tried to get them signed because I knew that would probably be my only opportunity, as the rallies were only going to get bigger, and once he won, I would never get that close again. Stephen Miller was in the way.

      I’m hoping after 2024 I can send them somewhere, that’s my best shot now. Great find, thanks.

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      • Jim says:

        I used to be an autograph dealer for a living. Had personally signed Trump business cards and books. Not autopens or printed, the real deal. Even some leather bound books. Business cards used to pull in $75 on eBay. Who knew he would be the greatest President ever and my personal favorite. Didn’t keep anything.

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