Wednesday News Executive Summary

Jordan Candler  2020 Election

FRIENDLY FIRE: Chaos reigns as shouting match breaks out at Democrat debate in South Carolina (New York Post)CIRCUS NOTES: Here are the “highlights” from last night’s debate (The Federalist)

NO JOKE: loose lips liar-Joe Biden: Remember that time guns killed half of the entire U.S. in just over a decade? (Hot Air)

Health & Heartland

MARKET STATE OF HEALTH: Coronavirus fears continue to spook markets; CDC warns of “inevitable” spread in the U.S. (The Washington Post)

“TAKING THE NECESSARY STEPS”: San Francisco declares state of emergency over coronavirus (Fox News)

ABANDONING THE PARTY OF SOCIALISM: Eight Mississippi elected officials leave Democrats and independents, join GOP (The Daily Wire)

A WHOLE NEW WORLD: Disney’s Bob Iger steps down as CEO, will remain executive chairman through 2021 (Fox News)

Government & Politics

CULTURE OF DEATH: The Senate on Tuesday rejected two Republican abortion bills, one that would outlaw abortions after 20 weeks and another that would attempt to raise the standard of care for newborns born alive after botched abortions (National Review)

BLEXIT: Poll from black-led PAC: Blacks getting fed up with Democrat Party (The Daily Wire)DAMAGE CONTROL: ABC News suspends reporter on eve of Project Veritas exposure (The Daily Caller)

Closing Arguments

POLICY: What’s really driving the homelessness crisis (Manhattan Institute)

POLICY: When it comes to raw power, few have more of it than central bankers (Mises Institute)

HUMOR: Democrats publish list of “7 Progressive Virtues”: envy, greed, pride, lust, outrage, sloth, gluten-free gluttony (The Babylon Bee)  ~The Patriot Post   

DHS official won’t rule out that coronavirus was created in a lab

by Jason Hopkins{ } ~ Ken Cuccinelli, the acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), could not definitively rule out the theory… that the coronavirus was created in a laboratory. Cuccinelli, who serves as a top member on the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force, said Monday that the origins of the novel virus remain unknown, and while its characteristics suggest it isn’t man-made, he could not completely reject the theory that it was created in a laboratory in China’s Hubei province. “Our colleagues at CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] and NIH [National Institutes of Health] on the task force have made it very clear that we don’t yet know the origin of this particular virus,” Cuccinelli told Fox News medical correspondent Dr. Marc Siegel on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “We are not entirely sure how this one started yet,” Cuccinelli continued. “There is a biological facility in the Hubei province that people worry about. But I will say the reading that I have done of medical professionals suggest that the structure of the virus seems unlikely to have been man-made because if it was made to be a threat, you would expect to see certain characteristics that aren’t present.” “Does that mean it rules it out? No, not absolutely,” he said. The coronavirus outbreak began in late 2019 in Wuhan, the capital city of China’s Hubei province. Since then, it has spread to most every corner of the globe. There are now more than 77,600 confirmed cases and 2,663 deaths in China from the novel virus, according to NBC News. The White House is seeking $2.5 billion in emergency funds to fight the coronavirus. The World Health Organization, however, has yet to deem the virus as a pandemic. The coronavirus has killed more people than SARS, another deadly virus that originated in China. Fears of a global pandemic caused the stock market to plunge, with the Dow Jones, S&P 500, and Nasdaq all falling when the markets opened Monday morning. Who cares where it started just find a solution to stop it.  

America Passes China as India’s No. 1 Trading Partner

by Daniel Greenfield{ } ~ At this late date, no intelligent adult needs an explanation as to why our economic relationship with China is problematic… Between its predatory nature and the coronavirus and what it exposed about the PRC’s infrastructure, the last thing we need is a deeper economic entanglement with China. It’s good to have options. And, as President Trump visits India, we do have options. The US has again emerged as India’s largest trading partner, replacing China. China’s trade with India shrunk marginally to $65 billion during April-December 2019 as import of key products such as electronic and electric goods fell. India’s exports to the US and its imports grew marginally, taking the total goods trade to $68 billion. While we obviously need a healthy trade balance, the United States needs to be less interdependent with China’s rival economy. And reducing India’s dependency on China is also healthy because it increases our options and reduces China’s influence.   

Top Republican to ask Barr why DOJ dropped McCabe criminal investigation

by Dominick Mastrangelo{ } ~ Rep. Doug Collins said when Attorney General William Barr testifies before the House Judiciary Committee next month, the George Republican plans to ask him about the dropped criminal investigation into a top FBI official… “Why like Andrew McCabe was not charged,” Collins asked Sunday on Fox News’s Sunday Morning Futures. “Someone who is an admitted liar. Someone who was let go from his job. The American people, the average Joe who gets up in the morning and says if I lie to the authorities, if I lie to the police, something is going to happen to me.” The Justice Department announced earlier this month that McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI, would not be charged in an investigation into whether he lied to investigators about a media leak two years ago. “We said at the outset of the criminal investigation, almost two years ago, that if the facts and the law determined the result, no charges would be brought,” federal prosecutors said. “We are pleased that Andrew McCabe and his family can go on with their lives without this cloud hanging over them.” President Trump cried foul, suggesting his longtime confidant Roger Stone, who was sentenced to 40 months in prison for obstruction, witness tampering, and lying to Congress. Trump’s allies argue that Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on the Russia investigation, which found at least 17 “significant errors or omissions” in the warrants to monitor onetime Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, is evidence of a so-called deep state that sought to undermine the president. As the Justice Department found that at least two of the four Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act orders were not valid, Republicans such as Collins have vowed to expose what they say is corruption at the highest levels of law enforcement. “Where’s the investigation going forward on how we can make sure this doesn’t happen again?” Collins, the top Republican on the judiciary panel, said he plans to ask Barr. Barr is scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on March 31.  

Drug Prices Dropped 11 Percent Under Trump

by SEAN MORAN{ } ~ A White House Council of Economic Advisors (CEA) report released this week found that drug prices fell by more than 11 percent under President Donald Trump… A White House CEA report found that President Trump’s actions have reduced prescription drug prices. The CEA detailed that, under former President Barack scumbag/liar-nObama, drug prices continued to increase and only started to fall after Trump took the oath of office.The CEA wrote that prescription drug prices fell more than 11 percent and well below general inflation. “In 2018, prescription drug prices even declined in nominal terms over the calendar year for the first time since 1972,” the White House council wrote. The CEA attributed much of this to the president’s signing of the 2017 Drug Competition Action Plan and the 2018 Strategic Policy Roadmap. The CEA said the reforms enhance “choice and price competition in the biopharmaceutical markets.” “We estimate that the results of these actions will save consumers almost 10 percent on retail prescription drugs, which results in an increase of $32 billion per year in the purchasing power of the incomes of Americans including both consumers and producers,” the council added. The president’s progress on reducing the cost of prescription drugs follows as a Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) poll found that health care is the most important issue for all voters as well as swing voters. Swing voters said that health care was one of the most motivating issues for swing voters to participate in the 2020 presidential election. During the State of the Union address in February, Trump promised to do more to lower prescription drugs and called on Congress to pass Sen. Chuck Grassley’s (R-IA) Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act…    

How Iran’s regime spread coronavirus to the Middle East

By SETH J. FRANTZMAN{ } ~ On Monday, Iranian official Ahmad Amirabadi said there have been up to 50 deaths in Iran from coronavirus. The regime did what it knows how to do best… It sought to silence him and condemn him for spreading the news, claiming that only 12 had died from the virus and that there were only 61 cases in the country. However, for five days Iran has known that there were likely more cases concentrated in the holy city of Qom, where religious pilgrims gather.  Iranians have been largely left in the dark since last Wednesday, when two deaths were announced in the Islamic Republic from coronavirus. The regime wanted elections to go well on February 21, so it sought to prevent any news of the virus for days. By Saturday it was too late, and the country moved to shut down schools and universities. But Iranians and other pilgrims who came to Qom and became sick with the virus were already on the move. They flew back to Iraq’s Najaf and via Dubai to Bahrain, as well as arriving in Kuwait and Oman. Iran did not inform its neighbors until it was too late. Last Friday, Turkish government officials were already warning that there might be 750 cases in Iran. Iranian Deputy Health Minister Iraj Hairichi and MP Mahmoud Sadeghi now say they are sick with the virus, and officials admit that many more are sick. New cases in Oman and Bahrain were announced Tuesday – all linked to Iran. Iran has now set the Middle East ablaze with fears of coronavirus. The virus was mostly limited to China until two weeks ago. Then it moved rapidly to Italy and South Korea, where there are thought to be hundreds and 1,000 cases, respectively. But the regime in Tehran purposely hid the numbers of sick…  

Day after sweaty press conf, Iran deputy health minister says he has coronavirus

by { } ~ Iran’s deputy health minister, Iraj Harirchi, has been infected with the new coronavirus, he said on Tuesday, amid a major outbreak in the Islamic republic… Harichi said in a video clip he was “formally announcing” that he has the virus, but that he was sure “Iran will overcome” the outbreak. “The coronavirus test for Mr Harirchi, the deputy health minister who was on the front lines combating the coronavirus, was positive,” Alireza Vahabzadeh, a media adviser to the health minister, said in a tweet earlier Tuesday. Harirchi coughed, wiped his face and eyes, and appeared to be sweating heavily during a press conference on Monday with government spokesman Ali Rabiei. At the conference, Harirchi denied a lawmaker’s claim that 50 people had died from the virus in the Shiite shrine city of Qom, saying he would “resign” if the number proves true. Harirchi said in the video he posted online Tuesday that he had quarantined himself at his home. Having the top official in charge of stopping the virus fall sick with it is just the latest woe to befall Iran as the UAE cut off Iranian flights from the country. The UAE, home to long-haul carriers Emirates and Etihad, remains a key international transit route for Iran’s 80 million people. The flight ban, which will last at least a week, shows the growing concern over the spread of the virus in Iran amid worries the outbreak may be larger than what authorities there now acknowledge. Iran confirmed three more deaths and 34 new infections on Tuesday, taking the country’s overall death toll to 15 and infection tally to 95…    

Britain’s NHS Tribalizes Healthcare

Arnold Ahlert:  The leading presidential contenders in the Democrat Party all favor eliminating private healthcare insurance by different means, and the machinations they use to get there are about what Democrats are always about: The acquisition and maintenance of power by any means necessary. Equally contemptible? Democrats have long made it clear that anyone who disagrees with any part of their agenda is unworthy of consideration. Those wondering what such a combination would yield in terms of healthcare need wonder no more: Beginning in April, Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) will be able to refuse  nonemergency care for “sexist” and “racist” patients.

Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who believes “no act of violence or abuse is minor,” wrote to all NHS staffers, “Being assaulted or abused is not part of the job. Far too often I hear stories that the people you are trying to help lash out. I’ve seen it for myself in A&Es, on night shifts, and on ambulances.”To implement his new program, Hancock has reached a joint agreement with police and the Crown Prosecution Service. It will grant the police greater powers to investigate and prosecute cases where NHS staffers are presumably victims of a crime. “All assault and hate crimes against NHS staff must be investigated with care, compassion, diligence and commitment,” he declared.No sane person would argue that healthcare providers must endure people who threaten them with violence or are actually physically abusive. In fact, staff can currently refuse to treat such people. Yet the additional measures are pure pablum aimed at assuaging progressive sensibilities. As Sky News puts it, the new protections will “extend to any harassment, bullying or discrimination, including homophobic, sexist or racist remarks.”Defined by whom? Some hypersensitive snowflake indoctrinated to believe “white privilege,” gender “fluidity,” “social justice,” or any other manifestation of the “woke agenda” should be part of the criteria for determining who gets treated and who doesn’t?Apparently so. While a 2019 survey of 569,000 NHS employees revealed that 15% have experienced physical assault, rising to 34% among ambulance staffers, more than one in four stated they had experienced harassment, bullying, or abuse over the past year. “Racism was the most common form of discrimination, but 2019 also saw the highest levels of reported sexism and intolerance of religion and sexuality,” the Daily Mail reports.“All colleagues in the NHS deserve to work in a safe, caring and compassionate environment,” Hancock insists. “You deserve a working environment that supports your physical and mental health, and helps you be the very best you can be.”Again, with a large exception for safety, this is utter nonsense. There is no perfect world where patients, already injured, impaired, and/or stressed enough to seek care, will comport themselves solely in a manner that uplifts the entire consumer-provider relationship and helps the provider to be “the very best you can be.”As for a compassionate and caring environment, who’s kidding whom? In 2008, British medical ethics expert Baroness Warnock asserted that people suffering from dementia are a burden on the NHS and should be allowed to opt for euthanasia, even if they are not in pain.Four years later, Professor Patrick Pullicino, a consultant neurologist for East Kent Hospitals and professor of clinical neurosciences at the University of Kent, asserted  that the “Liverpool Care Pathway,” which provided palliative care for terminally ill patients, was killing off 130,00 people per year, because they were difficult to manage — or to free up beds for other patients.In 2017, the NHS decided to single out obese people and smokers. Those with a body mass index over 40 were denied nonemergency surgery unless they lost weight. Smokers had to quit for at least eight weeks and then had to be tested to detect the levels of carbon monoxide in their blood to make sure. Also in 2017, the NHS took away the parental rights of Chris Gard and Connie Yates so their gravely ill son, Charlie, could “die with dignity” rather than receive experimental treatment in America.Thus, while the latest agreement precipitated by Hancock refers to the possibility that NHS staffers may be abused by people in crisis or with neurological conditions who will ostensibly be handled appropriately, the track record of antipathy toward “certain” types of patients — as in those insufficiently attuned to progressive sensibilities — is impossible to ignore.The group most likely to offend? “Elderly people make up most of the patients in any health care system,” explains  columnist Andrea Widburg. “They are also the people least likely to be ‘woke.’ Without malice, they may use old-fashioned phrases that are now considered offensive when referring to women, homosexuality, or race. They probably don’t even have a vocabulary for ‘non-binary’ people.”Even more to the point, conditions like early onset dementia and Alzheimer’s engender serious changes in behavior, often manifested as hostility. How will those  patients be “appropriately handled”? Columnist Paul Joseph Watson illuminates the arc from the present to a highly dystopian future — one that isn’t solely about lack of treatment for the elderly. “First it was deplatforming people from social media websites, then it was deplatforming people from bank accounts and mortgages.” he writes. “Now it’s deplatforming people from hospital treatment. Literally eliminating people’s right to basic health care because of their political or social opinions.”Right now, when Americans go to a hospital for nonemergency care, they are usually asked to present proof of insurance and/or another from of identification, such as a driver’s license. Will those politicians who champion a system similar or identical to the NHS ultimately require patients to submit access to their social-media accounts as well?As columnist Laura Hollis explains, “The new NHS rule is intended to protect health care workers from insults and slurs. But it is easy to see how something similar in the United States could be twisted for political advantage, particularly given the widespread tendency in some quarters to treat every political, policy or cultural disagreement as an expression of hate: racism, sexism, homophobia or other bigotry.”That would be progressive quarters where “microaggressions,” “triggering,” and “implicit bias” are seen as reasonable ways to determine “improper” behavior.Yet even Hollis somewhat misses the point. In certain professions, putting up with annoying or tough customers is part of the job, and the notion that anyone could err to the side of hypersensitivity with regard to refusing someone healthcare is absurd. Moreover, unlike Britain, we have a First Amendment that allows for free speech, even if — or especially if — it is offensive.In reality, the NHS is embracing an exclusionary political agenda sold as compassion. That’s not healthcare. It’s tribalism.  ~The Patriot Post 


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