Trump Campaign National Press Secretary, ‘Michael Cohen Is A Felon, A Disbarred Lawyer, And A Convicted Perjurer’

Trump Campaign National Press Secretary, ‘Michael Cohen Is A Felon, A Disbarred Lawyer, And A Convicted Perjurer’


 

Kayleigh McEnany’s statement on Michael Cohen’s congressional testimony.

“Michael Cohen is a felon, a disbarred lawyer, and a convicted perjurer, who lied to both Congress and the Special Counsel in a ‘deliberate and premeditated’ fashion according to the Special Counsel’s Office.

Now he offers what he says is evidence, but the only support for that is his own testimony, which has proven before to be worthless. As noted by the Southern District of New York, Cohen’s wide array of crimes were ‘marked by a pattern of deception that permeated his professional life’ and his ‘instinct to blame others is strong.’

Prosecutors said his actions were to ensure that he would ‘profit personally, build his own power, and enhance his level of influence.’

This is the same Michael Cohen who has admitted that he lied to Congress previously. Why did they even bother to swear him in this time?”

– Kayleigh McEnany, National Press Secretary

 
 

 

 
 

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Texas Gun Grabbers Tap O’Rourke To Head Gun Control Forum

Texas Gun Grabbers Tap O’Rourke To Head Gun Control Forum

AP Photo/Kathy Willens

There’s something supremely stupid about pushing for gun control in a state like Texas.

Or, at least, there used to be.

Beto O’Rourke almost unseated Sen. Ted Cruz in his bid to join the Senate, something that probably shouldn’t have even been close. There’s been a fair bit of speculation about that, as well.

Still, O’Rourke lost, which means while Cruz works to make law, O’Rourke needs to find ways to fill his time. That’s where Moms Demand Action comes in.

Former representative Beto O’Rourke is set to speak at a gun control meeting Wednesday as the public waits for his final decision on whether he will run for president in 2020.

Moms Demand Action, a pro-gun control group, will host its first El Paso Chapter meeting Wednesday at 5:30 pm, at the El Paso Community Foundation Room downtown.

O’Rourke running for president would be epically hilarious, mostly because we’d have a guy who couldn’t even win his state trying to win the entire country. It really betrays just how desperate the Democrats are that someone in O’Rourke’s position could seriously consider a run.

That said, he’s pretty popular within the party and his stance on guns–a significant reason why he lost in November–is unlikely to be a hindrance.

However, it’s telling that Moms Demand Action is reaching out to its best hope for gun control in Texas, a guy who lost a statewide election. After all, Moms Demand’s in a state where most folks oppose gun control on a visceral level. In fact, Texas is the state people tend to think of first if you ask them to name a pro-gun state.

So there’s little hope for gun control in the state, yet Moms Demand Action will continue its Quixotic quest for gun control.

What it doesn’t get is that gun control is not now, nor ever will be, the answer to the problem of violence. There isn’t a single answer and anyone foolish enough to continue preaching that should be ignored. Gun control won’t stop violence. At best, it’ll make felons shift to other weapons, weapons that can be just as deadly.

After all, you can give a law-abiding, decent person a rocket launcher and they won’t hurt a living soul while the violent criminal will use anything he or she can get their hands on to commit violence upon their fellow man.

This isn’t rocket science. I don’t even think gun control activists will dispute this, at least in part. So why is it so hard for them to understand that disarming the law-abiding isn’t a solution?

It boggles my mind. I don’t understand how anyone can continue to think that after the mountains and mountains of data we have showing that guns are a net positive for society.

Then again, there’s “ignorance,” which is simply not knowing something, and then there’s “willful ignorance” which is still not knowing something but not knowing it by choice.

It’s no difficult to figure out which applies. If you need a hint, they’re the ones inviting a failed senatorial candidate to speak to them.

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Gantz to Netanyahu: Fight your legal battles out of office

Gantz to Netanyahu: Fight your legal battles out of office

Benny Gantz, the greatest threat to the continuation of Benjamin Netanyahu’s premiership, on Thursday called on the prime minister to “show responsibility and resign” following a call by the attorney general to indict him on charges in three corruption investigations.

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit, who was once Netanyahu’s cabinet secretary, called for Netanyahu to face charges in all three of the open corruption investigations into his activities, hours after the High Court rejected a last-ditch attempt by the Likud party to scupper his recommendations until after the April 9 elections. The indictments recommended by Mandelblit will be subject to a hearing beforehand.

“If and when you prove your innocence, you will be able to return to the public arena with your head held high, “Gantz said.” I expect you to wage your legal battles a private man and wish you success in that endeavour. This evening, when the attorney general decides to indict an acting prime minister, is painful for every Israeli patriot,” Gantz added. “Given the publication of the attorney-general’s recommendations this evening, and the circumstances that have been created, sitting together (in government) with Benjamin Netanyahu is not an option.”

Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu (Photo: AP, EPA)

Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu (Photo: AP, EPA)

Gantz joined a growing of chorus of those demanding from the prime minister to resign from his position.

Labor party leader Avi Gabbay was among the first to call on the prime minister to resign. “Netanyahu is embarrassing the State of Israel, destroying everything else in order to save himself. Israeli citizens do not want corrupt leadership,” said Gabbay. “Netanyahu—resign! Don’t wage your battles from the prime minister’s house.”

MK Shelly Yachimovich, leader of the opposition, also called on Netanyahu to quit his post. “Netanyahu can not run in the elections and cannot continue being a prime minister even for a another day,” she said.

Meretz leader Tamar Zandberg accused Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party of being the prime minister’s partners in crime. “Today it’s clear why the Kahanists had been brought back to the Knesset … It’s not just Netanyahu, the Likud party and the extreme right are accomplices in these crimes … the alternative is a government with the Meretz party in it,” Zandberg said.

The sternest out of Netanyahu’s critics was Hadash-Ta’al co-chairman Ayman Odeh, who said the prime minister’s “place is in prison … His incitement against the Arab population, calling the left traitors, his policy of ‘divide and conquer,’ all meant to sway the attention from his corrupt policies,” he said. “Netanyahu’s top priority is himself, and certainly not the citizens.”

Meanwhile, Netanyahu’s past and current coalition partners appear to back the embattled prime minister.

Benjamin Netanyahu and Avichai Mandelblit (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

Benjamin Netanyahu and Avichai Mandelblit (Photo: Gil Yohanan)

Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz from the Likud party said despite trusting the attorney general’s “integrity and honesty,” he believes the prime minister has “Israel’s best interests at heart … he is not a corrupt person. I hope after the hearing, these accusations will fade away,” he said.

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (Likud), also expressed his support for the prime minister. “The announcement seeking indictment against a party leader 40 days before the elections without a prior hearing constitutes irreversible public and political damage not only to him, but to an entire party and to the electorate,” he said. “We will continue with all our might the campaign on the way to the Likud victory and the establishment of a strong right-wing bloc.”

 

“The prime minister should have the right to the presumption of innocence, like any other Israeli citizen,” said the New Right party in an official statement. “We respect the Attorney General’s decision, but as the attorney general said himself, he will attend the hearing with an open heart and a willing soul, so will we wait for the outcome … We will recommend that the president places the task of forming the next government on Benjamin Netanyahu.”

Mandelblit recommended bribery, fraud and breach of trust charges in Case 4000, in which Netanyahu is suspected of receiving favorable coverage on the Walla! News website in return for regulatory benefits to telecommunications giant Bezeq, which owns the site.

The attorney general also called for charges of fraud and breach of trust in both Case 1000, in which Netanyahu and his family are suspected of receiving illicit gifts from wealthy donors, and Case 2000, in which Netanyahu allegedly tried to negotiate favorable coverage in the Yedioth Ahronoth daily (Ynetnews’ sister publication) in return for promoting legislation against rival paper Israel Hayom.

Reuters contributed to this report

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Facing bribery charges, Netanyahu decries 'political plot' to topple him from power

Facing bribery charges, Netanyahu decries 'political plot' to topple him from power

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lashed out Thursday after Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit called for him to be indicted on multiple corruption charges, accusing the country’s most senior judicial and law enforcement officials of being part of a witch hunt designed to bring him down.  

In an appearance on national television, shortly after Mandelblit’s recommendations were released, Netanyahu called the timing of the announcement, six weeks ahead of elections, “outrageous” and accused his political opponents of carrying out an “unprecedented witch hunt.”

Benjamin Netanyahu appears on national TV (Photo: Reuters)

Benjamin Netanyahu appears on national TV (Photo: Reuters)

“The pressure of the left worked,” Netanyahu said, saying the attorney general’s recommendations threatened the country’s democracy.

He called the accusations lies and a “blood libel” and said he would debunk all charges against him.

“There is nothing, because there was nothing,” Netanyahu said, invoking a mantra he frequently uses to proclaim his innocence. 

Mandelblit, who was once Netanyahu’s cabinet secretary, recommended bribery, fraud and breach of trust charges in Case 4000, in which Netanyahu is suspected of receiving favorable coverage on the Walla! News website in return for regulatory benefits to telecommunications giant Bezeq, which owns the site.

The attorney general also called for charges of fraud and breach of trust in both Case 1000, in which Netanyahu and his family are suspected of receiving illicit gifts from wealthy donors, and Case 2000, in which Netanyahu allegedly tried to negotiate favorable coverage in the Yedioth Ahronoth daily (Ynetnews’ sister publication) in return for promoting legislation against rival paper Israel Hayom.

“For three years they have been engaged in political persecution against us, an unprecedented witch hunt with the sole purpose of overthrowing the right-wing government under my leadership and bringing (Yair) Lapid and (Benny) Gantz’s left-wing party to power,” said Netanyahu, referring to the leaders of the party that poses the greatest threat to his political survival on April 9.

“They exerted constant, inhumane pressure on the attorney general to say that he was considering filing an indictment against me, subject to a hearing, even when it was clear that there is nothing (there).

“The main thing is to influence the elections, even when we know that this house of cards will collapse completely afterwards. And given that the attorney general is only flesh and blood, the pressure of the left worked. Today happened something of the utmost seriousness to harm Israeli democracy,” he said.

“Every citizen understands that the timing is scandalous and is meant to topple the right from power and bring in the left. There is no other explanation for the insistence on this timing, so close to the elections. And this is their goal – to inundate the public with ridiculous and vicious plots against me, so that I will not have the opportunity to refute these claims now, but rather only after the elections. But be in no doubt – I will refute them all, from start to finish.

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To Expand Access to Health Care, States Must Remove Unnecessary Regulations  

To Expand Access to Health Care, States Must Remove Unnecessary Regulations  

To Expand Access to Health Care, States Must Remove Unnecessary Regulations  

Feb 28, 2019 by AFP

For many Americans, seeking medical care requires over an hour’s drive to the nearest provider.

For some, this is a major inconvenience. For others, it can be life-threatening. Neither is acceptable.

These issues are commonplace in rural areas of the United States. While urban areas naturally attract more hospitals and more providers, there are steps states can take to ease the burden on their rural citizens.

Repeal Certificate-of-Need Laws

In 35 states and the District of Columbia, hospitals and other health care providers are saddled with onerous restrictions called certificate-of-need laws.

Suppose a hospital needed extra room to accommodate more patients and considered purchasing extra beds.

Simple, right?

Not so fast. The hospital must first ask permission from the government. What’s more, the government can deny the request if it doesn’t feel that the hospital has need of more beds.

How does it know whether a hospital needs more beds? It asks the hospital’s competitors.

Imagine applying this process to any other business. Should Samsung consult Apple before building another phone?

The result is that areas with already limited health care resources are prevented from solving problems by overzealous bureaucrats and self-interested competitors. The supply of care shrinks while costs for patients rise. And no one is protected by these laws — except, that is, for the monopolies established by them.

Repealing certificate-of-need laws would increase the supply of care available to Americans in rural areas.

Scope-of-Practice Reform

The United States has tens of thousands of health care professionals willing and able to provide care to patients. But many face barriers from administering services without the supervision of a physician.

Nurse practitioners, for example, are adequately qualified to provide a wide range of services. They are registered nurses with a masters or doctoral level of education and can provide primary and preventive care. Physician’s assistants are also licensed to diagnose illnesses and prescribe some medications.

One way for states to reduce the driving time for patients is to reform their scope-of-practice laws, allowing highly qualified providers to offer care to those in rural areas.

This solution would reduce the distance patients would need to travel for care.

Telemedicine

For many elderly and disabled rural patients, travel can be impossible. As a result, many patients tend to neglect care, hoping their symptoms will simply go away, when they truly need a doctor.

Telemedicine is an excellent tool for fixing this problem.

Using internet teleconferencing, telemedicine brings the expertise and knowledge of health care professionals directly to the living rooms of the most remote populations. But the practice is riddled with local regulations that make it more onerous and much more expensive.

Some of these regulations prevent patients from teleconferencing with doctors they haven’t met before— which defeats the purpose of telemedicine. Some states require a nurse to be with the patient during the conference, which also defeats its purpose. This should be an option for a patient, not a requirement.

Removing these regulations would go a long way toward expanding care to remote communities.

What States Can Do

While many problems with the health care and health insurance industries can be solved at the federal level, we can’t forget how many state and local regulations exist that simply put care out of reach for many Americans, especially those in rural areas.

To increase access to care, states should consider these measures to make sure their most vulnerable populations can receive the care they need.

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