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Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Sunday that she would support a plan to put stimulus money in the hands of all Americans, regardless of wealth.

Ocasio-Cortez joined CNN’s Jake Tapper to discuss the continued spread of coronavirus and the Trump administration’s response to the economic impact.

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While some have suggested that a means test ought to be applied, Ocasio-Cortez was of the opinion that the immediate need for financial relief was more pressing and that payments made to those who did not need the money could be recovered later through taxation.

“From the moment that the business closures started happening, I’ve been very scared for a lot of these workers. All I can think about is what I would have done just two or three years ago,” Ocasio-Cortez began, saying that she’s also strongly in favor of expanding unemployment as well as offering contingencies for hourly, contract and gig-workers who may not be covered under unemployment.

“Really that’s why getting checks into people’s hands is important,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “I do think it should be universal. I hear the argument of people saying, ‘Why are you going to give a check to Bill Gates?’ One of the things that we’re saying is, tax it back a year from now so you don’t have to worry about a big complicated bureaucratic means-test up front, mail them out to everybody and let’s get it back from the folks that don’t need it next year.”

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Says Give Stimulus Cash To Everyone, Just ‘Tax It Back’ From Rich People Later

Several media personalities pushed a distorted quote Monday, trying to make it appear that President Donald Trump intended to leave state governors twisting in the wind with regard to coronavirus.

The president, who spoke with a group of governors about the virus’ continued spread and repsonses to it, reportedly suggested that they may fare better if they sought out direct sales of needed equipment such as respirators and masks.

“Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment — try getting it yourselves,” Trump told the governors over the phone, according to The New York Times. “We will be backing you, but try getting it yourselves. Points of sales, much better, much more direct if you can get it yourself.”

But a number of media personalities left out the crucial second half of the president’s statement – the part where he said that the federal government would be “backing” the states and suggested that direct purchases could ultimately be less costly and less complicated.

Instead, many focused only on the first half of Trump’s comment — “Respirators, ventilators, all of the equipment — try getting it yourselves” — and then used that to suggest that the Trump administration intended to simply sit back and watch the states fend for themselves.

Business Insider’s headline took things a little further, alleging that the president actually foisted onto governors the responsibility for obtaining needed supplies: ‘Try getting it yourselves’: Trump told governors they’re responsible for getting their own medical equipment to treat coronavirus patients.

Others went the same route:

It wasn’t long before people began to call out the discrepancy.

And according to another source familiar with the call, Trump’s suggestion to the governors was meant to be in addition to federal assistance rather than in place of it.

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: Media Outlets Exclude Crucial Context In Quote To Paint Trump As Coronavirus Villain

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton plans to launch a podcast just as the 2020 election takes over the public’s attention.

According to Politico’s Ryan Lizza, Clinton was inspired to embrace the format after several recent long-form interviews with hosts such as Howard Stern and Conan O’Brien.

Clinton was struck by how different the hourlong conversation with O’Brien was compared with short promotional segments on TV and radio. She had already begun discussions with iHeartMedia, which also distributes O’Brien’s show, and she started to think about how the format might allow her to record deeper conversations with newsmakers that listeners could enjoy well after they aired.

Clinton’s interview with Stern lasted over two hours and was the longest interview the infamous shock jock ever recorded with anyone who was not a musician.

The former first lady’s show has not yet been named, but it will reportedly be produced by iHeartMedia — the audio giant that also produces Will Ferrell’s “The Ron Burgundy Podcast” and “The Joe Rogan Experience.”

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: Hillary Clinton Plans Podcast Launch Just As 2020 Election Heats Up: Report

Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz hit the table swinging Thursday as he joined ABC’s “The View,” calling Wednesday night’s debate the “death of the political left.”

Joy Behar introduced Gaetz as one of the biggest supporters of President Donald Trump, saying, “Please welcome a man who has obviously never watched ‘The View,’ Congressman Matt Gaetz. Hello.”

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“Thank you for having me. I do watch. You guys make news every week,” Gaetz protested — and immediately brought the fight directly to Behar. “I was just wondering if you were wearing black as a consequence of the death of the political left in the debate last night. It was quite something to observe.”

“Don’t count the dead yet, the bodies,” Behar fired back. “Let’s give it a little time.”

“Joe Biden at least. I was hoping that maybe Whoopi’s bell could wake up the Biden campaign,” Gaetz pressed again.

Behar was quick to defend Biden, saying, “I thought actually he didn’t do any harm to himself last night.”

“What state is he going to win?” Gaetz laughed. “This is a man — the fundamental premise of the Biden campaign is that he’s electable but he can’t seem to win elections. You have socialist Bernie Sanders against billionaire Michael Bloomberg.”

Gaetz went on to point out that Bloomberg used to be a Republican, at which point Behar pointed out that President Donald Trump used to be a Democrat.

“The Democratic Party is likely not going to nominate a Democrat,” Gaetz concluded. “They’re going to nominate a socialist or someone who some time ago was a Republican.”

“Which one do you think can beat the president?” Sunny Hostin cut in.

Gaetz was matter-of-fact in his reply: “None of them.”

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: Matt Gaetz Comes Out Swinging On ‘The View,’ Declares The ‘Death Of The Political Left’

CNN’s Dana Bash and several others noted the “unusual” and “jarring” appearance of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi smiling as she handed out souvenir impeachment signing pens.

Bash, who appeared alongside political reporter Nia-Malika Henderson and Wolf Blitzer during Wednesday’s coverage of the ongoing impeachment proceedings, did not appear to believe the moment fit the occasion.

“We are used to seeing signing ceremonies,” Bash began, noting that pens were often handed out when a momentous piece of legislation was passed. “At moments of celebration, when a president is signing legislation, when even sometimes, on a rare occasion, but it has happened when the House sends over a landmark piece of legislation. It was unusual to see that kind of ceremony and handing out the pens and smiling for a picture in this kind of situation where the House Speaker has bent over backwards to say publicly and privately that this is somber and no time for celebration.”

“Understandably it is history and people want to mark the moment,” Bash added, “But I did not expect to see it.”

Henderson agreed, calling the moment “jarring and certainly off message” specifically for Pelosi, who has done her best from the beginning to set a serious tone for impeachment proceedings.

Bash and Henderson were not alone in their assessment.

Even the White House mocked Pelosi’s souvenir pens. Press secretary Stephanie Grisham tweeted, “Nancy Pelosi’s souvenir pens served up on silver platters to sign the sham articles of impeachment…She was so somber as she gave them away to people like prizes.”

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: ‘Unusual’ And ‘Jarring’: CNN Panel Questions Pelosi’s Souvenir Impeachment Pens

CBS reporter Major Garrett said Sunday that President Donald Trump’s overall record with minorities was one that any third-year president “would want to claim.”

Garrett was part of a panel discussion on CBS’ “Face the Nation” addressing some of the most under-reported stories of the year, and he counted among them the major inroads the Trump administration had made in promoting an agenda that was good especially for the black community.

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Garrett began by saying that, while he had a problem with the president’s rhetoric, it didn’t always match up with what he was doing — particularly when it came to his relationship with minorities.

“Sometimes under-covered stories are complicated,” Garrett said of that relationship. “This one falls resolutely in that category.”

“His rhetoric is unacceptable,” Garrett continued, invoking the president’s oft-misquoted comments regarding unrest several years ago in Charlottesville. “Charlottesville is what people hear and think about when they think about the president and people of color, and yet it can be fairly said that this administration, because of President Trump’s quiet prodding, has done quite a bit for funding of Historically Black Colleges and Universities, the First Step Act, which was massive first step toward criminal justice reform.”

Garrett cited several other steps taken by the administration toward criminal justice reform and noted that the Opportunity Zones created in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act benefited communities of color as well.

“That is a legacy on the agenda side that almost any president after three years would want to claim, particularly President Obama,” Garrett concluded. “Many of those things were sought, but you know what, Republicans would not go for it. Quietly, persistently, President Trump has pushed Republicans in this direction and I think that’s an under-covered story.”

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: CBS Reporter Says Trump’s Record With Minorities Is One ‘Any President After 3 Years Would Want To Claim’

Donald Trump Jr’s new book “Triggered” debuted at number one on the New York Times best sellers list Wednesday.

Triggered,” which was released just a week earlier on November 6, appeared atop the list Wednesday, ahead of Mitch Albom’s “Finding Chika” and Fox News Host Brian Kilmeade’s “Sam Houston And The Alamo Avengers.”

Trump Jr. was quick to share the good news, tweeting, “I dedicated #Triggered to the Deplorables and you guys made it #1… let’s do it again at the voting booth in November. You are the best!!! #MAGA”

Trump Jr. has spent the week since his book’s release traveling around the country signing copies for his fans.

He even made an appearance on ABC’s “The View,” alongside girlfriend and former Fox News personality Kimberly Guilfoyle, fielding a series of hostile questions and accusations from the show’s hosts.

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: Trump Jr’s ‘Triggered’ Debuts At #1 On NYT Best Sellers List

Democratic Illinois Rep. Mike Quigley claimed during Wednesday’s impeachment hearing that hearsay could be better than direct evidence.

Quigley, while questioning Deputy Asst. Secretary of State George Kent and acting Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor attempted to make the case that their impressions of secondhand information could potentially be more valuable than direct evidence of what had occurred.

“I guess to close, a primer on hearsay, I think the American public needs to be reminded that countless people have been convicted on hearsay,” Quigley said. “Because the courts have routinely allowed and created, needed exceptions to hearsay. Hearsay can be much better evidence than direct as we have learned in painful instances and it’s certainly valid in this instance.”

“Will the gentleman yield, because none of those exceptions would apply to this testimony,” someone objected.

Impeachment Chairman Adam Schiff shut down the interruption, saying that it was “not the time for colloquy.”

A “colloquy,” the parliamentary equivalent of a football huddle, would have given members the opportunity to clarify what the hearsay exceptions were and how they did or did not apply to this particular hearing.

Donald Trump Jr. was quick to respond, tweeting, “Can you believe this insanity? “Heresay can be much better evidence than DIRECT EVIDENCE” according to Democrat Mike Quigley. Are you fricken kidding me? 3rd and 4th party info better than hearing it yourself? ”

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: Mike Quigley Claims That Hearsay Can Be Better Than Direct Evidence

Democratic Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard laid into CNN and the New York Times, saying Wednesday that when outlets accused her of treason they were making the same accusations against other veterans.

Gabbard joined Fox News host Tucker Carlson to discuss media attacks against her, particularly with regard to her support for the withdrawal of troops in Syria.

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Carlson asked Gabbard to respond to an undercover video, released by Project Veritas, that showed a CNN employee claiming that the network did not like her.

“Here is a CNN employee saying that for taking an unconventional foreign policy position, you are the one Democratic candidate that CNN doesn’t like. Does that surprise you?” Carlson asked.

“It doesn’t. You know, I think it’s kind of absurd actually that as we saw in the days leading up to the debate last night, both the New York Times and CNN both ran hit pieces. Today, the day after the debate, we see more of these hit pieces coming out,” Gabbard replied. “For them to sit there and try to portray themselves as neutral arbiters, as objective and independent entities working with the DNC to carry out a legitimate debate is frankly just a joke.”

Gabbard explained that she had been calling for nonprofit organizations to step up and host the debates, arguing that they might be more interested in serving the people than a profit margin.

Carlson went on to clarify what he meant when he said that Gabbard had been under attack by certain media outlets. “So just for our viewers who maybe haven’t followed this, when we say you’ve been attacked by the New York Times and CNN, it’s not attacks like they are saying your health care plan is too expensive,” he said. “They are saying that you are working for a foreign power against America’s interests, that you are a traitor to the country. The New York Times piece essentially said that. What is this about?”

Gabbard said that the attacks stemmed from her position on military intervention. “This is exactly what happens to those like myself who are trying to end this regime change war in Syria, who are calling for an end to our country’s policy of being the world police, bring about an end to these regime change wars,” she said.

But then Gabbard took it a step farther, saying that when outlets called her a traitor they were really saying the same things about other veterans who felt the same way that she did. “This is something that’s not just happening to me. You know, when they are issuing these smear attacks, really what they are doing is smearing anyone who is calling for an end to these regime change wars, including veterans who I meet almost every day all across this country who are not pacifists. They understand and know firsthand the cost of war and who are strongly, strongly calling for our country to put an end to these counterproductive regime change wars.”

“So when they are issuing these smears and calling me a traitor to my country, they are essentially issuing these smears and attacks to every veteran who has been willing to lay their lives down in service to our country,” Gabbard concluded.

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: Tulsi Gabbard Lays Into NYT, CNN, For Calling Her And Other Veterans ‘Traitors’

Every Memorial Day millions of Americans take time to remember those who have fallen in service to country — but for some, like Republican Texas Congressman Dan Crenshaw, it’s personal.

Crenshaw, a retired Lieutenant Commander and Navy SEAL, marked the day by sharing a series of photos memorializing his own brothers-in-arms — each of whom willingly paid the ultimate price for their friends, their families and millions of complete strangers.

“Enjoy your Memorial Day and let us remember why we celebrate. We celebrate the lives of the heroes we have lost. Never Forget,” Crenshaw tweeted, adding, “Read entire thread please.”

BRENDAN LOONEY

“Did our first deployment together at SEAL Team 3. One of the best and most respected leaders on the Team. Husband, son, and brother. ‘Be Strong. Be accountable. Never complain.’”

Looney, a Naval Academy lacrosse player, was honored by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in January of 2019 with the Peter Kohn award. His father, Kevin Looney, accepted the award on his behalf at the U.S. Lacrosse National Convention in Philadelphia.

PAT FEEKS

Crenshaw called Feeks “one of the best JTACs out there.” A JTAC (Joint Terminal Air Controller) is responsible for calling in airstrikes from the ground.

“Loyal friend, husband, brother, and son. He always showed up when you asked him to,” Crenshaw added.

DAVE WARSEN

Crenshaw remembered Warsen for the time they spent together on deployment. “When not on missions, we’d hit the volleyball court (half sand, half rocks),” he said. “Strongest guy in the platoon, and also the happiest.”

Warsen’s hometown of Kentwood, Michigan, dedicated a stretch of the M-6 highway in Warsen’s name in 2015.

KEVIN EBBERT

Crenshaw recalled Ebbert as his roommate in BUD/S (Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL Training). “One of the smartest, most capable, kindest SEALs I ever knew. Skilled medic, loving husband. Missed dearly.”

Ebbert was the son of retired Navy SEAL (also deceased) Jeffery Ebbert.

BRAD CAVNER

Cavner, Crenshaw noted, helped him learn to shoot left-handed after he was injured. “Cool, collected, and a great operator. Brad taught me to shoot left-handed after I lost my right eye,” he said.

TOM FOUKE

“World would be a better place with him in it,” Crenshaw said of Tom Fouke, another former roommate. “The gentlest big guy I ever knew. He raised an Argentine Horned frog named Lester when we lived together. Loved life, loved Metallica.”

BRETT MARIHUGH

Marihugh, Crenshaw remembered, “pretended to be a doctor so he could visit my hospital room in Afghanistan and check up on me after I got hit by an IED.” Crenshaw also called the former police officer “the most motivating and entertaining guy in our BUD/S class.”

CHARLES KEATING IV

Crenshaw described Keating — known to his friends as “Chuck Heavy” — as the “life of the party” with a contagious laugh. “He was killed placing himself in danger so that his Team wouldn’t have to. Navy Cross recipient. Epic hero, husband, son, brother,” Crenshaw added.

Keating was part of a “quick reaction force” sent to extract a team of American combat advisors who had been besieged by ISIS fighters in Iraq. He was the third American combat death in Iraq.

Author: Virginia Kruta

Source: Daily Caller: DAN CRENSHAW REMEMBERS HIS FALLEN BROTHERS IN POWERFUL TRIBUTE

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