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August 5, 2022

White House Declares Public Health Emergency

The Biden administration has officially declared a public health emergency over monkeypox.

“We are prepared to take our response to the next level in addressing this virus, and we urge every American to take monkeypox seriously and to take responsibility to help us tackle this virus,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra.

Robert Fenton, the Biden administration’s national coordinator for the monkeypox response, said the declaration “will allow us to explore additional strategies to get vaccines and treatments work quickly out to the impacted communities.”

“And it will allow us to get more data from jurisdictions so we can effectively track and attack this outbreak,” Fenton said.

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), the ranking member of the Senate Health Committee, criticized the Biden administration’s response to the outbreak, saying it should have been swifter.

“A communicable disease outbreak following so closely on the heels of COVID-19 should be met with a swift, decisive, and organized response. Instead, HHS is repeating the exact same mistakes they made during the pandemic: painfully slow to begin testing, wholly disorganized in distributing vaccines and treatments, and messaging that’s confusing and outdated,” Burr said.

Meanwhile, House Democrats praised the White House’s announcement.

“This critical step will allow the Biden Administration to build on the progress it has already made to expand the availability of vaccines, testing, and treatment nationwide,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.), the chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said the move was “welcome news.”

“As we learned from the COVID crisis, we must act swiftly and decisively to get ahead and stay ahead of this virus,” Pelosi said.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that nearly all of the 6,600+ monkeypox cases in the U.S. are among men who have sex with men, The Hill reported. The outlet noted that roughly a third of the cases are in New York state.

August 3, 2022

Tulsi Gabbard Blasts Biden Administration for Promoting “Child Abuse”

Former Democratic Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI) blasted the Biden administration for promoting “child abuse” through statements that endorse puberty-blocking procedures.

“Puberty-blocking procedures promoted by the Biden/Harris Admin are child abuse,” Gabbard wrote on Twitter. “The FDA has just confirmed these hormones/drugs have extremely dangerous side effects, like brain swelling and vision loss.”

Last month, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned that gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH), AKA puberty blockers, could cause brain swelling, vision loss, and other serious risks for children.

Gabbard’s criticism comes after U.S. assistant secretary for health Rachel Levine, the first transgender federal official confirmed by the Senate, endorsed children receiving “gender-affirming care.”

“Gender-affirming care is life-saving, medically necessary, age-appropriate, and a critical tool for healthcare providers. As a pediatrician, when it comes to making sure kids are healthy and happy, I know how important care that affirmed someone’s true identity can be,” Levine said.

Source: The Daily Wire

July 30, 2022

China Says White House Lied

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The White House claimed that President Joe Biden raised concerns over “forced labor” and “ethnic genocide” during a call with Chinese President Xi Jinping — but China pushed back against the claim, calling it “disinformation.”

“According to White House Press Secretary, ‘genocide’ & ‘forced labor’ came up in last night’s call between Chinese & US Presidents. That is disinformation,” said China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA).

The two presidents had a call on Thursday. Hours later, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters that Biden had “raised genocide and forced labor practices by the [People’s Republic of China].”

“That is something that he raised about human rights, as he always does,” said Jean-Pierre. “This is, as we’ve said, that anytime the president has an opportunity, he raises that when he meets with another leader and called on [the] PRC to cease its ongoing human rights abuses across China.” 

MFA spokesperson Lijian Zhao addressed the White House’s claim in a press conference on Friday, calling the White House’s claim “pure lies.”

“White House spokesperson said the issues of genocide and forced labor were mentioned in the call last night, that is false information,” said Zhao.

A spokesperson for the National Security Council reiterated the White House’s claim in a statement to the New York Post on Friday.

“I’m not going to get into a back and forth with a [People’s Republic of China] government spokesperson,” said the spokesperson. “The president raised concerns about human rights with President Xi, as he always does. He was crystal clear about his concerns. He also raised the need to resolve the cases of American citizens who are wrongfully detained or subject to exit bans in China.”

July 22, 2022

Major Update on Biden’s Health

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President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday morning, the White House announced.

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden is taking Paxlovid and experiencing “very mild symptoms.” He “will isolate at the White House while continuing to carry out all of his duties fully,” Jean-Pierre said.

Biden, 79, provided an update on his status in a video message posted to Twitter.

“Hey folks, I guess you heard, this morning I tested positive for COVID,” Biden said. “But I’ve been double vaccinated, double boosted. Symptoms are mild. And I really appreciate your inquiries and concerns. But I’m doing well, getting a lot of work done. Going to continue to get it done. And in the meantime, thanks for your concern. And keep the faith. It’s going to be okay.”

The announcement comes a day after the White House shut down speculation that Biden had revealed a new cancer diagnosis during a speech.

“That’s why I, and so damn many other people I grew up with, have cancer,” Biden said during a speech in Massachusetts. “For the longest time, Delaware had the highest cancer rate in the nation, but that’s the past.”

When asked for clarification, White House officials pointed media outlets to a tweet from Washington Post columnist Glenn Kessler.

“Check out Biden’s medical report. Before he became president, he’d had non-melanoma skin cancers removed,” Kessler said.

“It is well-established that President Biden did spend a good deal of time in the sun in his youth. He has had several localized, non-melanoma skin cancers removed with Mohs surgery before he started his presidency,” the medical report read. “There are no areas suspicious for skin cancers at this time.”

July 19, 2022

Fauci Says He Plans To Retire By 2025

President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, Anthony Fauci, said that he will retire by the end of Biden’s term.

“By the time we get to the end of the Biden administration term, I feel it would be time for me to step down from this position,” Fauci told the Washington Post on Monday.

The news of Fauci’s retirement plans was first reported by Politico.

“We’re in a pattern now. If somebody says, ‘You’ll leave when we don’t have COVID anymore,’ then I will be 105,” Fauci told Politico. “I think we’re going to be living with this.”

Fauci has advised seven different presidents over five decades. He’s served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) since 1984.

After the Politico article was published, Fauci clarified his plans during an appearance on CNN.

“What happened is that I gave an interview with a reporter, and they said, ‘You know, you’re going to have to step down some time, you can’t be in this job forever.’ I said, ‘You’re absolutely right, I can’t be in this job forever.’ And I don’t anticipate I’ll be in this job at the end of the first term of President Biden, which is January 2025,” Fauci told CNN’s Kate Bolduan.

“Somehow that got interpreted that it’s announcing my retirement. I just said that it is extremely unlikely, in fact, for sure that I’m not going to be here beyond January 2025,” Fauci said.

“So sometime between now and January 2025, you can guarantee I’ll step down.”

Upon his retirement, Fauci will earn the largest federal retirement package in U.S. history, with his annual pension exceeding $350,000.

For two years in a row, Fauci the was the most highly-compensated federal employee — even earning more than the president.

July 16, 2022

Biden’s “Shameful” Fist Bump with Saudi Crown Prince Sparks Outrage

President Joe Biden was widely criticized for fist-bumping Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), who U.S. intelligence concluded was responsible for the murder of The Washington Post columnist and U.S. resident Jamal Khashoggi.

U.S. officials released an intelligence report last year finding that MBS was responsible for Khashoggi’s death, based on his “control of decision making in the Kingdom, the direct involvement of a key adviser and members of Muhammed bin Salman’s protective detail in the operation, and the Crown Prince’s support for using violent measures to silence dissidents abroad, including Khashoggi.”

During his presidential campaign, Biden said MBS was responsible for Khashoggi’s murder and vowed to “make them pay the price and make them, in fact, the pariah that they are.” As such, the friendly greeting caught many by surprise.

The interaction quickly garnered many critics across the political spectrum, including The Washington Post CEO Fred Ryan.

“The fist bump between President Biden and Mohammed bin Salman was worse than a handshake – it was shameful. It projected a level of intimacy and comfort that delivers to MBS the unwarranted redemption he has been desperately seeking,” Ryan said in a statement.

WaPo reporter Tyler Pager noted that the “Saudi government [was] quick to post photos of the fist bump between Biden and MBS.”

Author Brahma Chellaney said: “Biden lectures the world on morality, including using ‘moral outrage’ as a weapon to rally support against Russia. But his pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia betrays his false moralizing. His trip essentially is about cozying up to the mastermind of Jamal Khashoggi’s ghastly murder.”

“A fist bump for the Saudis and the middle finger to Texas, Colorado, Alaska, North Dakota, and New Mexico, who stand ready to produce the oil Biden is begging Saudi Arabia for,” Rep. Byron Donalds (R-FL) said. “America LAST.”

July 14, 2022

‘Read the Polls, Jack’: Biden Lashes Out at Reporter [Video]

President Joe Biden lashed out at a reporter after he was asked to comment on a recent poll that found a majority of Democrats would prefer a different candidate in 2024.

“Mr. President, what’s your message to Democrats who don’t want you to run again?” the reporter asked.

“They want me to run,” Biden said from a distance.

“Two thirds say they don’t,” the reporter responded.

“Read the polls,” Biden said, approaching the reporter. “Read the polls, Jack!”

“You guys are all the same,” he continued. “That poll showed that 92 percent of Democrats, if I ran, would vote for me.”

When the reporter pointed out that, in fact, “a majority of Democrats say they don’t want you to run again in 2024,” Biden insisted that the reporter had it wrong.

“No, 92 percent said if I did [run again], they’d vote for me,” Biden said.

The reporter was referencing a new New York Times/Sienna College poll that found 64% of Democrats would prefer a different candidate for their party’s presidential ticket in 2024.

The 92% figure does appear in the poll — but it wasn’t related to a question about whether he should seek reelection. Instead, 92% of Democratic respondents said they would still vote for Biden if it was between him and former President Donald Trump.

July 10, 2022

Texas Governor Orders National Guard to Return Illegal Immigrants to Border

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) directed the Lone Star state’s National Guard and Department of Public Safety to “return illegal immigrants to the border.”

“I issued an Executive Order authorizing the Texas National Guard & Texas Dept. of Public Safety to return illegal immigrants to the border,” Abbott said.

“Cartels have become emboldened by Biden’s open border policies. Texas is taking unprecedented action to STOP this criminal enterprise.”

In a press release, Abbott cited the Biden administration’s decision to end Title 42 expulsions and “the Remain in-Mexico policy.”

“While President Biden refuses to do his job and enforce the immigration laws enacted by Congress, the State of Texas is once again stepping up and taking unprecedented action to protect Americans and secure our southern border,” Abbott said in a statement.

“The cartels have become emboldened and enriched by President Biden’s open border policies, smuggling in record numbers of people, weapons, and deadly drugs like fentanyl.”

July 7, 2022

Democrats Infuriated Over Biden’s Inaction: Report

Democrats are infuriated with President Joe Biden’s inability to act after a series of setbacks, according to a report.

“It’s infuriating,” a top Democratic strategist told The Hill, referring to frustrations with the Biden administration.

“Our house is on fire, and it seems like they’re doing nothing to put the fire out. They’re just watching it with the rest of us.” 

The administration has suffered a series of defeats over the past month: the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, gun violence, and skyrocketing prices of gasoline and consumer goods.

CNN analyst Bakari Sellers, a former member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, voiced her frustration about Biden’s inaction on abortion rights.

“I’m not sure what he’s doing. I can tell you what he ain’t doing,” Sellers said on CNN recently.

Meanwhile, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre fielded several questions at Tuesday’s press briefing regarding complaints from the left, with Democratic lawmakers and pundits saying Biden demonstrated a lack of urgency and passion.

“This is a president that has been working tirelessly day in and day out since he’s walked into this administration fighting for the American public,” Jean-Pierre said.

“That is what matters to him. That is what is important is delivering every way that he can to make sure that we get things done.”

July 4, 2022

The 1 Thing Democrats and Republicans Agree On

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Americans across the political spectrum agree on at least one thing: the country is headed in the wrong direction.

According to a new Associated Press/NORC poll, 85% of Americans say the country is headed in the wrong direction.

The pollster noted that while Republicans have been displeased with the country’s direction since Biden took office, Democrats had been positive about where things were headed. But now, even 78% of Democrats say the U.S. is headed down the wrong path.

Overall, 60% of Americans disapprove of President Joe Biden’s job, including 73% of independent voters and 27% of Democrats.

Dorothy Vaudo, 66, says she voted for Biden in 2020 but won’t be doing that again.

“I’m a Democrat, so I had to vote Democrat, but that’s going to change,” the North Carolina resident told the Associated Press.

The outlet noted that the U.S. economy is a driving factor behind increasing pessimism in Democrats. A majority of adults — 79% — consider the economy to be in poor condition.

“A year ago, 37% of Democrats and 68% of Republicans described the national economy as poor,” the AP/NORC said. “In the latest survey, 67% of Democrats say [the] national economy is poor, and 90% of Republicans say the same.”

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