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A Monday report from the House GOP says that the COVID-19 pandemic could have been prevented if China had not engaged in a large-scale cover-up in the early stages of the localized epidemic.

The report also condemns the the World Health Organization for enabling the cover-up.

What are the details?

Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) issued a statement on the report, which said, “After months of investigating, it’s become crystal clear the Chinese Communist Party’s cover-up of the coronavirus, especially in the early days of the outbreak, played a significant role in turning what could have been a local epidemic into a global pandemic.”

A portion of the report states, “Until the CCP agrees to cooperate with the WHO, other countries, and the international scientific community, it will be impossible to gather the concrete evidence needed to prove, or disprove.”

The report also blasted the WHO, insisting that its complacency enabled the communist country’s response to the outbreak, and called for WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’ resignation. The report insisted that Tedros “seriously erred in his handling of the COVID-19 pandemic” and should “accept responsibility for his detrimental impact on the COVID-19 response and resign.”

“The health of the world cannot afford incompetence and poor management,” the report added, insisting that the organization “only exacerbated the problem by repeatedly ignoring warnings about the severity of the virus, including from their own health experts, while at the same time parroting the CCP’s propaganda without independently confirming their claims.”

Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-N.Y) tweeted the report on Monday, writing, “Must Read Report by @RepMcCaul @HouseForeignGOP Just Released! ‘The origins of the COVID-19 global pandemic, including the roles of the Chinese Communist Party and the World Health Organization[.]’ China lied and people died. The facts are all getting out.”

What else?

The WHO has remained under the microscope after reportedly botching its initial response to the coronavirus pandemic.

In April, President Donald Trump cut funding to the WHO over its purported role in parroting China’s lies and misinformation about COVID-19 and its origins and transmission.

Following the massive worldwide outbreak, the WHO did not call out the Chinese government when it refused to admit that it misled the global community about the virus and its method of transmission.

Author: Sarah Taylor

Source: The Blaze: House GOP report: COVID-19 pandemic could have been prevented if China, WHO hadn’t engaged in a massive cover-up

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said that he wants to recruit America’s “influencers” to help flatten the curve on the COVID-19 outbreak that has gripped the country — such as billionaire socialite Kylie Jenner.

What are the details?

Adams, who appeared on Thursday’s “Good Morning America,” said that the 22-year-old social media star was a prime pick for such a job.

“What I really think we need to do [is] get our influencers [involved],” he said.

He also said that NBA stars Kevin Durant and Donovan Mitchell would also be good figureheads to spread awareness. Both players were infected with COVID-19 earlier this month.

“We need to get Kylie Jenner and social media influencers out there, in helping folks understand that, look, this is serious, this is absolutely serious,” he insisted. “People are dying.”

He also added that the younger generation is simply keen to do what they see fit without any regard for others’ opinions. Using his own teenage children as an example, Adams noted, “[T]he more I tell them not to do something, the more they want to do it.”

Adams added that young people seemingly aren’t as impervious to the disease as previously assumed.

“We are seeing new data from Italy that suggests that young people may be at a higher risk than what we previously thought,” he warned. “Think about your grandfather, think about your grandmother, think about the fact you’re spreading disease that could ultimately be what kills them.”

ABC’s “Good Morning America” shared a snippet of the interview on its Twitter page, captioning it, “Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams on millennials and the coronavirus: ‘We need to get our social media influencers out there and helping folks understand that look this is serious.'”

What’s Kylie saying these days?

On Wednesday, Jenner said that her pregnancy in 2018 helped her prepare for the repercussions of COVID-19 — or similar — outbreak.

“My pregnancy prepared me for this. I didn’t leave the house for months,” she admitted during a recent Instagram story, according to E! Online.

On Tuesday, Jenner updated her Twitter page, writing, “[I] hope everyone is feeling well! it’s so important right now to self quarantine to ensure we aren’t endangering ourselves or anyone who can’t handle this virus.”

Author: Sarah Taylor

Source: The Blaze: Surgeon General Jerome Adams wants to recruit Kylie Jenner in the fight against coronavirus

Leftist actor Alec Baldwin blasted the GOP and President Donald Trump, comparing the party to Nazis and the president to Adolf Hitler.

What are the details?

In a fiery Twitter rant, Baldwin — who regularly portrays a parody of Trump on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” — warned people that Republicans are rallying around Trump in the same way Nazi supporters rallied around Hitler.

In response to the news that the Department of Justice wants to reduce Roger Stone’s sentence, Baldwin, 61, wrote, “It’s official. The United States government is as lawless as the malignant dictatorships we’ve hated in our foreign policy since WWII.”

In November, a court found former campaign associate Roger Stone guilty on five counts of lying to Congress, one count of obstructing a congressional investigation, and one count of witness tampering. All charges stemmed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s collusion investigation, which was later discovered to be unfounded.

In a later tweet, Baldwin ranted, “Remember that fascistic thinking takes hold when a standard of living is threatened consistently. People think that things are changing, and downward for most Americans. And that this will become the new normal. They are wholly directed by $.”

The actor later on made an even more overt comparison to the Nazi party.

“You wonder how Hitler took control of a once great country,” he wrote. “For those of you too young to recall the War or its aftermath, simply watch how this GOP-controlled Senate behaves. Their sniveling fealty and lack of courage. And you begin to get it.”

Author: Sarah Taylor

Source: The Blaze: Alec Baldwin goes on unhinged anti-GOP, anti-Trump rant comparing the president to Hitler and the GOP to Nazis

If she becomes president, that is

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said recently that she will not move forward in naming an education secretary should she win the 2020 election unless a young transgender person signs off on the candidate.

What are the details?

During a Sunday town hall event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Warren said she would begin by encouraging a trans youngster to sit down and have a face-to-face discussion with anyone Warren might consider for the post of education secretary.

The remarks, according to The Daily Caller, were prompted by a voter who said that children should be learning more about LGBTQ history and inclusivity.

“I have two qualifications that I have talked about over and over for my secretary of education,” Warren said in the Daily Caller story. “The first, it has to be someone who has taught in a public school.”

Warren added that she would have a young trans person interview the education secretary candidate on her “behalf.”

“Part two? Because it came from a young trans person who asked about ‘welcoming community,’ and I said, ‘It starts with a secretary of education who has a lot to do with where we spend our money, with what gets advanced in our public schools, with what the standards are,'” she continued. “And I said, I’m gonna have a secretary of education that this young trans person interviews on my behalf.”

The Democratic presidential candidate explained that she will only go forward in accepting the candidate for education secretary if the transgender child believes the secretarial candidate is equipped do a good job — in this case, “committed to creating a welcoming environment” — in his or her role for the U.S. government.

“[O]nly if this person believes that our secretary … of education nominee is someone who is committed to creating a welcoming environment, a safe environment, and a full educational curriculum for everyone, will that person actually be advanced to be secretary of education,” she added.

(H/T: The Daily Caller)

Author: Sarah Taylor

Source: The Blaze: Elizabeth Warren says young transgender person must personally OK her pick for education secretary

Tova Noel, one of Jeffrey Epstein’s prison guards at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center, will reportedly cooperate with prosecutors and divulge details about the night Epstein reportedly killed himself.

Noel was one of two guards arrested and charged for reportedly falsifying records to cover up her absence for the period of time in which accused serial pedophile Epstein reportedly hanged himself.

Federal authorities charged her and fellow prison guard Michael Thomas on Tuesday with criminal conspiracy and falsifying records.

What are the details?

According to the New York Post, the two discovered Epstein hanging in his cell after spending the night neglecting their duties of checking him on a 30-minute basis.

They only realized that Epstein was dead when they visited his cell to deliver breakfast the following morning.

On Wednesday, Noel’s legal team said that she is considering a plea deal in which she will offer up information on the circumstances surrounding Epstein’s prolific death.

“Ms. Noel remains available to fully and truthfully cooperate with the Inspector General’s investigation, which is also geared toward uncovering the many problems that existed from the commencement of her employment which continue to plague the Metropolitan Correctional Center,” Noel’s defense lawyer Jason Foy said in a statement obtained by the outlet.

Noel’s legal team did not specify what information their client could offer up.

Epstein was serving time in MCC on child sex abuse charges when he reportedly hanged himself in August.

What else?

Earlier in the week, Foy said that his client is a victim of Epstein’s suicide.

“It is our hope to persuade the Government officials not to create another victim of Jeffrey Epstein’s apparent act of suicide,” Foy said. “The Government’s decision to criminalize work performance, when there is an administrative process available through the collective bargaining agreement negotiated by her union with the Federal Bureau of Prisons, is disappointing.”

Author: Sarah Taylor

Source: The Blaze: Jeffrey Epstein guard reportedly set to divulge details about Epstein’s purported suicide

His answer was about as on the nose as you could get

Attorney General William Barr quickly and concisely shut down a CBS News reporter during a press conference on Thursday.

The conference concerned the new release of the redacted version of the report compiled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in regard to alleged Russian interference into the 2016 presidential election.

What are the details?

During the conference, Barr doubled down on his initial remarks that neither President Donald Trump nor anyone in his campaign engaged in any collusion.

After confirming that information with the release of redacted version of the report, Barr said, “the special counsel found no evidence that any American, including anyone associated with the Trump campaign, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government.”

He went on to take questions from the media present at the conference.

One reporter, Paula Reid from CBS News, went on to point out that she felt Barr has been biased in favor of Trump and appeared to be going out of his way to protect the president.

“You cleared the president on obstruction, the president is fundraising off of your comments about spying, and, here you have remarks that are quite generous to the president, including acknowledging his feelings and his emotions. So what do you say to people on both sides of the aisle who are concerned that you are trying to protect the president?” Reid asked.
Barr responded that his very comments are published in the Mueller report.

“Well actually, the statement about his sincere beliefs are recognized in the report, that there was substantial evidence for that,” he answered, “so I’m not sure what your basis is for saying that I am being ‘generous’ to the president.”

Ready with an answer of her own, Reid answered, “It’s an unprecedented situation. It just seems like there is a lot of effort to say — to go out of your way, to acknowledge …”

Barr took the opportunity to cut her off, and fired back, “Well is there another precedent for it?”

Reid conceded that there was not.

“OK,” Barr responded. “So unprecedented is an accurate description.”

Reid attempted to regain control of the question, but Barr was apparently unimpressed with the reporter’s efforts and moved on to take other questions.

Author: Sarah Taylor

Source: Theblaze: Attorney General William Barr embarrasses CBS News reporter after she questions if he’s trying to protect President Donald Trump

Congresswoman’s tweets draw criticism

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) mocked the notion of thoughts and prayers following Friday’s deadly massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, which took the lives of at least 49 people and injured many.

An accused mass killer opened fire on two different mosques during times of prayer.

Authorities charged at least one person in the attack and detained three more.

You can read more on the horrific unfolding tragedy here.

What did she say?

In what the freshman congresswoman later described as a slam on the National Rifle Association, Ocasio-Cortez questioned the usefulness of thoughts and prayers during a tragedy like the one in New Zealand.

Shortly after the news broke, Ocasio-Cortez addressed comments made by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. In her remarks, Ardern mentioned that her “thoughts” were with those grieving over the deadly mass killing.

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted, “At 1st I thought of saying, ‘Imagine being told your house of faith isn’t safe anymore.’ But I couldn’t say ‘imagine.’ Because of Charleston. Pittsburgh. Sutherland Springs. What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?”

Ocasio-Cortez issued a second tweet attempting to clarify her first after receiving criticism.

She claimed that “‘Thoughts and prayers’ is reference to the NRA’s phrase used to deflect conversation away from policy change during tragedies. Not directed to [New Zealand] PM Ardern, who I greatly admire.”

How did people react?

Despite her clarification, many people took issue with Ocasio-Cortez’s remarks, calling them insensitive and hurtful.

Siraj Hashmi, of the Washington Examiner, was one of them.

He wrote, “[T]his is incredibly insensitive to my muslim brothers and sisters who were slain in cold blood while they were literally praying because they want to be closer to their creator and they want to become better people.”

NRA spokesperson Dana Loesch chimed in and wrote, “Pretty sure thoughts and prayers isn’t anyone’s phrase, and prayer especially (which you mocked earlier after what happened in a house of prayer?) is a real action, a petition to, a conversation with, God — in this case, to request protection, comfort for those suffering.”

Comedian Tim Young added, “If one of your first 1000 thoughts after a horrific mass shooting is to go dunk on a person, a religious belief or an organization on Twitter, you should delete your account.”

To note, Ocasio-Cortez appears to be a practicing Catholic, sporting ashes on her forehead on Ash Wednesday:

Author: Sarah Taylor

Source: Theblaze: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez mocks prayer in wake of deadly New Zealand massacre

He brought out the big guns

President Donald Trump served McDonald’s and Chick-fil-A on Monday to North Dakota State University’s championship football team.

The team was visiting Washington, D.C., and the White House to celebrate its January win in the FCS title game.

The North Dakota State University Bison won the FCS championship Jan. 5 over Eastern Washington University, 38-24. It was the team’s seventh national championship since 2011.

What are the details?

Noting the fast-food spread, Trump told the football players, “We like American companies, OK?”

Trump added that he very well could have had the White House chef cook them up something, but he explained, “I know you people,” according to The Hill.

Players reportedly laughed at the president’s remark, which was a clear reference to his celebration with the Clemson Tigers in January. The South Carolina team visited the White House during the partial government shutdown, and the president served the team members Burger King and McDonald’s. He is also reported to have paid for the huge spread out of his own pocket.

The president also insisted at the time that fast food was what the players really wanted. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence lauded the move and said that he loved the spread Trump put on to welcome the team to the White House. Lawrence said at the time, “It was awesome! We had McDonald’s and everything. It was good!”

What did the head coach say?

On Saturday, Head Coach Matt Entz of the NDSU Bison told the Grand Forks Herald that the visit was an important morale booster.

“We addressed [politics],” Entz said. “This isn’t a political trip, this is a Bison trip and, personally, I sold it as two things: It’s one more opportunity for the 2018 team to be together, but also in my mind the start of the 2019 season and the things we’re going to do together.”

You can see more pictures of Monday’s event, courtesy of NDSU Football’s Twitter account:

Author: Sarah Taylor

Source: The Blaze: Trump ignores critics, serves fast food to more athletes. This time, it’s Chick-fil-A.

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