Tom Vilsack: China Failed to Abide by Trade Agreement

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Tom Vilsack: China Failed to Abide by Trade Agreement Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack. (Sarah Silbiger/Getty Images)

By Theodore Bunker | Thursday, 20 January 2022 05:08 PM

Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Thursday said that China has failed to keep its commitments that the country made with the Trump administration in its Phase One trade agreement, Agri-Pulse reports.

Vilsack said in testimony before the House Agriculture Committee that China has not kept its promise to the United States.

“No,” he said when asked. “They’re $13 billion short on purchases and there are seven key areas where they have yet to perform.”

The secretary noted that several important trade issues have yet to be resolved, including biotech approval, ethanol, and dried distiller grains.

“There are a wide variety of ways we can respond to China … and no doubt we will,” Vilsack said in response to Rep. Tracey Mann, R-Kan., though he did not elaborate on these ways of responding.

He also said that he has the legal authority to use the Commodity Credit Corp. in order to provide financial support for climate-smart farming projects.

“We feel very confident we have the legal grounds, based on the fact that we will be promoting climate-smart commodities,” Vilsack said to Rep. Austin Scott, R-Ga.

However, Rep. Glenn Thompson, R-Pa., the ranking member of the GOP on the panel, pushed Vilsack to provide a written justification for his legal authority to use the CCC for this from the Office of General Counsel.

“This committee remains skeptical of the legal authority provided to you and your office under the CCC for this program, and looking at the enumerated powers in the (CCC) act, we think that no amount of mental gymnastics could get you there,” Thompson said.

Newsmax Ratings Soar by 40 Percent for Trump Rally

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By Newsmax Staff | Thursday, 20 January 2022 05:01 PM

Donald Trump may have left the White House a year ago, but ratings for Newsmax’s live coverage from his recent Arizona rally suggest the former president is as popular as ever.

Newsmax’s start-to-finish broadcast of Trump’s Jan. 15th rally in Florence, Arizona, drew 2.9 million viewers in total audience reach on cable alone, according to Nielsen.

A total of more than 5 million Americans watched the Trump rally when OTT streaming platforms that carry Newsmax are included, network data shows.

The new year and Joe Biden’s falling approval ratings seem to be increasing interest in the 45th president.

Newsmax’s cable audience for the rally was up almost 40 percent overe his last rally, held in Iowa on Oct. 9 of last year.

And Newsmax’s cable audience was larger than CNN's and MSNBC's combined — by 10% among adult viewers ages 35-64, Nielsen data shows.

Fox News, which continues to have a blackout of Trump rallies, eked out a slightly larger audience during the same time period.

However, Fox is available in 20 million more cable homes than Newsmax. On a proportionate basis in cable homes served by Newsmax and Fox, Newsmax was the big winner with close to double the viewership of Fox.

And Newsmax’s total audience of viewers during Trump’s speech dwarfed Fox’s when the new channel’s cable viewership includes its huge reach on streaming and Smart TVs.

Some 45 million television homes no longer carry cable or satellite pay TV, making Newsmax the dominant cable news player in that arena.

“Newsmax’s quality coverage was a ratings home run,’’ said Jason Villar, vice president of media/market research and insights. “With heightened TV competition, including NFL playoff games, Newsmax captured the enthusiasm of cable news audiences on a Saturday evening and delivered ratings success across the board.’’

Villar said, “As America begins 2022, coming out of the doldrums of winter and constant Covid coverage, Newsmax gave audiences a reason to tune in with wall-to-wall coverage of the Arizona Trump event.’’

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Newsmax Ratings Soar by 40 Percent for Trump Rally

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Newsmax Ratings Soar by 40 Percent for Trump Rally Newsmax Ratings Soar by 40 Percent for Trump Rally Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Florence, Arizona, on Jan. 15. (Kyodo via AP Images)

By Newsmax Staff | Thursday, 20 January 2022 05:01 PM

Donald Trump may have left the White House a year ago, but ratings for Newsmax’s live coverage from his recent Arizona rally suggest the former president is as popular as ever.

Newsmax’s start-to-finish broadcast of Trump’s Jan. 15th rally in Florence, Arizona, drew 2.9 million viewers in total audience reach on cable alone, according to Nielsen.

A total of more than 5 million Americans watched the Trump rally when OTT streaming platforms that carry Newsmax are included, network data shows.

The new year and Joe Biden’s falling approval ratings seem to be increasing interest in the 45th president.

Newsmax’s cable audience for the rally was up almost 40 percent overe his last rally, held in Iowa on Oct. 9 of last year.

And Newsmax’s cable audience was larger than CNN's and MSNBC's combined — by 10% among adult viewers ages 35-64, Nielsen data shows.

Fox News, which continues to have a blackout of Trump rallies, eked out a slightly larger audience during the same time period.

However, Fox is available in 20 million more cable homes than Newsmax. On a proportionate basis in cable homes served by Newsmax and Fox, Newsmax was the big winner with close to double the viewership of Fox.

And Newsmax’s total audience of viewers during Trump’s speech dwarfed Fox’s when the new channel’s cable viewership includes its huge reach on streaming and Smart TVs.

Some 45 million television homes no longer carry cable or satellite pay TV, making Newsmax the dominant cable news player in that arena.

“Newsmax’s quality coverage was a ratings home run,’’ said Jason Villar, vice president of media/market research and insights. “With heightened TV competition, including NFL playoff games, Newsmax captured the enthusiasm of cable news audiences on a Saturday evening and delivered ratings success across the board.’’

Villar said, “As America begins 2022, coming out of the doldrums of winter and constant Covid coverage, Newsmax gave audiences a reason to tune in with wall-to-wall coverage of the Arizona Trump event.’’

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New York AG Releases Chris Cuomo Video Testimony That Led to Firing

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New York AG Releases Chris Cuomo Video Testimony That Led to Firing New York AG Releases Chris Cuomo Video Testimony That Led to Firing Chris Cuomo hosts a conversation with former governors Christine Todd Whitman and Jennifer Granholm in New York in 2019. (Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)

By Nicole Wells | Thursday, 20 January 2022 04:52 PM

New York Attorney General Letitia James released video Thursday of former CNN host Chris Cuomo's testimony that resulted in him being fired from the network.

Cuomo's interview with investigators showed that he was actively seeking information about the women accusing his older brother, disgraced Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, of sexual harassment.

Citing "new information that came to light about his involvement with his brother's defense," CNN terminated Cuomo on Dec. 4. Transcripts of his July 15 testimony were previously released at the end of November.

The footage matched transcripts that proved the former CNN employee reached out to media industry contacts to help his brother.

Video of the former "Cuomo Prime Time" host shows the younger Cuomo going into detail about his role in his brother's scandal.

"When asked, I would reach out to sources, other journalists, to see if they had heard of anybody else coming out," Cuomo told investigators.

Cuomo's video statement contradicted what he told network viewers in August when he claimed he never made calls to the press about his brother's situation.

Cuomo seemed calm but frequently appeared frustrated as he explained himself over roughly six hours of testimony.

"I was trying to help my brother," he told investigators.

When asked what prompted him to break weeks of on-air silence and speak to the growing misconduct allegations against his brother, Cuomo said "noise."

"Media noise … about me not covering or covering my brother," he clarified.

Released in four parts, the videos are part of what the New York attorney general's office called "the final set of videos, transcripts, and corresponding exhibits from the independent investigation into sexual harassment allegations" against the former governor.

The state complied with New York discovery laws once a criminal complaint was filed against Andrew Cuomo, after initially withholding video and transcripts.

First suspending Cuomo when the transcripts became public last year, CNN said the "documents, which we were not privy to before their public release, raise serious questions" and prove "a greater level of involvement in his brother's efforts than we previously knew." Cuomo was ultimately terminated.

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Ukrainian President Balks Biden: ‘There Are No Minor Incursions’

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Ukrainian President Balks Biden: 'There Are No Minor Incursions' Ukrainian President Balks Biden: 'There Are No Minor Incursions' Ukrainian servicemen take part in joint military exercises with the U.S. and other NATO countries in September 2021. (Yuriy Dyachyshyn/AFP)

By Luca Cacciatore | Thursday, 20 January 2022 04:25 PM

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky distanced himself from comments made by U.S. President Joe Biden on Wednesday regarding a possible Russian invasion of the Eastern European country, affirming in a statement that "there are no minor incursions," Breitbart reported.

"We want to remind the great powers that there are no minor incursions and small nations. Just as there are no minor casualties and little grief from the loss of loved ones," Zelensky posted to Twitter on Thursday. "I say this as the President of a great power."

Biden had insinuated to reporters a day prior that the U.S. may not provide substantial support to Ukraine if the Russian invasion is to be a "minor incursion," without elaborating on the details of what the phrase meant.

Zelensky had previously pushed for the Biden administration to sanction Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in retaliation for the nation's ongoing support of pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine’s Donbas region and 2014 annexation of the Crimean Peninsula.

The project would expand upon the original Nord Stream pipeline and directly connect Russian oil and gas into Central Europe. NATO allies warn that the pipeline gives Russia the pretext to increase its military presence into the Baltic Sea region it runs through, according to CNBC.

Biden lifted sanctions against the pipeline expansion in June and has refused to impose any unless Russia follows through in moving on Ukraine, per Breitbart.

Zelensky had similar choice words for Biden at the time.

"I understand that the relationship between the United States and Germany is very important," Zelensky said then, according to Breitbart. "I wouldn't want to intervene between these two esteemed countries. However, how many Ukrainian lives does the relationship between the United States and Germany cost?"

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Sens. Manchin, Collins Lead Talks on Overhauling Vote Law

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Sens. Manchin, Collins Lead Talks on Overhauling Vote Law Sen. Susan Collins and Sen. Joe Manchin Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, left, talks to Sen. Joe Manchin D-W.V.(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

David Morgan Thursday, 20 January 2022 04:00 PM

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is discussing a scaled-back law focused on safeguarding election results and protecting election officials from harassment following Democrats' twin defeats on a voting-rights bill.

Lawmakers led by Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and including conservative Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virgina and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, are due to meet virtually on Friday to discuss reform of the 1887 Electoral Count Act, sometimes called the ECA, which allows members of Congress to dispute presidential election results.

Collins, who said her group includes six Democrats, told reporters on Thursday that the aim is "an election reform bill that is truly bipartisan, that would address many of the problems that arose on Jan. 6 and that would help restore confidence in our elections."

"I'm very encouraged by the fact that so many of our colleagues on both sides of the aisle have indicated an interest in making sure that votes are properly counted and certified and that means overhauling the 1887 Electoral Count Act, it means looking at additional protections against violence and threats for poll workers and election officials," Collins said, according to The Hill.

"We see what happened in the insurrection," said Manchin, who is leading the Democratic side of the bipartisan effort. "We're going to get a bunch of people together, Democrats and Republicans, and get a good piece of legislation that protects the counting of the vote."

Manchin spoke a day after he and Sinema voted with all 50 Senate Republicans, blocking an attempt by their fellow Democrats to overturn the Senate's 60-vote threshold for most legislation and pass sweeping voting rights legislation with a simple majority.

The Jan. 6 Capitol riot, former President Donald Trump's continued claims of a rigged election and a wave of new voting laws in Republican-led states have raised concerns among Democrats about the integrity of the U.S. election system.

Manchin said he wants threatening or accosting an election official to be a federal crime.

Collins provided no timeline for producing a bill and said the group has many issues to resolve up front. But she added that their model is the bipartisan talks that produced last year's $1 trillion infrastructure bill.

Some of the changes being discussed include clarifying the vice president's role and changing the number of lawmakers needed to object before the House and Senate must vote on a challenge to a slate of electors from a state, according to The Hill.

The group is also considering proposals to protect elected officials from harassment and unwarranted removal from office, address election security and improve election management, according to a person familiar with the matter.

After the Democratic voting-rights effort failed on Wednesday, senators said there could be scope to meet the 60-vote threshold with more limited legislation aimed at curbing congressional intervention in presidential elections through ECA reform.

"The people who tried to overturn the last election focused on using that act in a way that would have subverted the will of the people. And so there's interest in clarifying the act," Republican Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, a member of the Collins group, told reporters.

Senator Angus King of Maine, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, is separately preparing to introduce ECA reform legislation that would curb the role of Congress and place responsibility for resolving disputes and challenges with states, according to an aide. His group includes Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., The Hill reported.

Time is running short for lawmakers to act. Campaigning is already under way ahead of the Nov. 8 elections when Republicans are favored to regain a majority in at least one chamber of Congress, and the first nominating contests take place in Texas on March 1.

The White House welcomed the efforts but made clear it did not regard ECA reform as a substitute for broad voting-rights legislation.

"Certainly, the president is open to engaging with, talking with, as we are, even though it's not a substitute, Republicans and others who are interested in moving forward," White House spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters.

Lawmakers believe there is bipartisan support in Congress for such initiatives.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ken., has said that ECA reform is worth discussing in comments that Democrats including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., later dismissed.

"I think it needs fixing," McConnell said on Thursday. "We ought to be able to figure out a bipartisan way to fix it."

Newsmax staffer Jack Gournell contributed.

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Sens. Manchin, Collins Lead Talks on Overhauling Vote Law

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Sens. Manchin, Collins Lead Talks on Overhauling Vote Law Sen. Susan Collins and Sen. Joe Manchin Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, left, talks to Sen. Joe Manchin D-W.V.(Alex Wong/Getty Images)

David Morgan Thursday, 20 January 2022 04:00 PM

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is discussing a scaled-back law focused on safeguarding election results and protecting election officials from harassment following Democrats' twin defeats on a voting-rights bill.

Lawmakers led by Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and including conservative Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virgina and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, are due to meet virtually on Friday to discuss reform of the 1887 Electoral Count Act, sometimes called the ECA, which allows members of Congress to dispute presidential election results.

Collins, who said her group includes six Democrats, told reporters on Thursday that the aim is "an election reform bill that is truly bipartisan, that would address many of the problems that arose on Jan. 6 and that would help restore confidence in our elections."

"I'm very encouraged by the fact that so many of our colleagues on both sides of the aisle have indicated an interest in making sure that votes are properly counted and certified and that means overhauling the 1887 Electoral Count Act, it means looking at additional protections against violence and threats for poll workers and election officials," Collins said, according to The Hill.

"We see what happened in the insurrection," said Manchin, who is leading the Democratic side of the bipartisan effort. "We're going to get a bunch of people together, Democrats and Republicans, and get a good piece of legislation that protects the counting of the vote."

Manchin spoke a day after he and Sinema voted with all 50 Senate Republicans, blocking an attempt by their fellow Democrats to overturn the Senate's 60-vote threshold for most legislation and pass sweeping voting rights legislation with a simple majority.

The Jan. 6 Capitol riot, former President Donald Trump's continued claims of a rigged election and a wave of new voting laws in Republican-led states have raised concerns among Democrats about the integrity of the U.S. election system.

Manchin said he wants threatening or accosting an election official to be a federal crime.

Collins provided no timeline for producing a bill and said the group has many issues to resolve up front. But she added that their model is the bipartisan talks that produced last year's $1 trillion infrastructure bill.

Some of the changes being discussed include clarifying the vice president's role and changing the number of lawmakers needed to object before the House and Senate must vote on a challenge to a slate of electors from a state, according to The Hill.

The group is also considering proposals to protect elected officials from harassment and unwarranted removal from office, address election security and improve election management, according to a person familiar with the matter.

After the Democratic voting-rights effort failed on Wednesday, senators said there could be scope to meet the 60-vote threshold with more limited legislation aimed at curbing congressional intervention in presidential elections through ECA reform.

"The people who tried to overturn the last election focused on using that act in a way that would have subverted the will of the people. And so there's interest in clarifying the act," Republican Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, a member of the Collins group, told reporters.

Senator Angus King of Maine, an independent who caucuses with Democrats, is separately preparing to introduce ECA reform legislation that would curb the role of Congress and place responsibility for resolving disputes and challenges with states, according to an aide. His group includes Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., The Hill reported.

Time is running short for lawmakers to act. Campaigning is already under way ahead of the Nov. 8 elections when Republicans are favored to regain a majority in at least one chamber of Congress, and the first nominating contests take place in Texas on March 1.

The White House welcomed the efforts but made clear it did not regard ECA reform as a substitute for broad voting-rights legislation.

"Certainly, the president is open to engaging with, talking with, as we are, even though it's not a substitute, Republicans and others who are interested in moving forward," White House spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters.

Lawmakers believe there is bipartisan support in Congress for such initiatives.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ken., has said that ECA reform is worth discussing in comments that Democrats including Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., later dismissed.

"I think it needs fixing," McConnell said on Thursday. "We ought to be able to figure out a bipartisan way to fix it."

Newsmax staffer Jack Gournell contributed.

Biden struggles at second solo press briefing since taking office

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The Biden administration’s approval ratings have tanked to a record lows as multiple crises sweep the country. In his second solo press conference since taking office, Joe Biden appeared to struggle to communicate his points to the American people. Take a look.

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Jen Psaki: Biden Working to Ease COVID Restrictions, ‘Never’ Supported ‘Defunding the Police’

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Jen Psaki: Biden Working to Ease COVID Restrictions, 'Never' Supported 'Defunding the Police' White House press secretary Jen Psaki White House press secretary Jen Psaki in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By Theodore Bunker | Thursday, 20 January 2022 03:34 PM

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Thursday that the Biden administration is working to lessen Covid-19 restrictions and said that the president has “never” proposed or supported “defunding the police.”

Co-host Dana Perino asked Psaki during an interview on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” if President Joe Biden will "provide America an off-ramp to COVID and especially for those the unvaccinated?"

Perino added that while she supports vaccination, those who don’t see themselves as "scapegoats and second-class citizens."

Psaki noted, in an apparent response to criticisms that the restrictions have a partisan nature, that about three-in-four Americans have been vaccinated against Covid-19, and said that “mathematically” means they’re not all Biden supporters or Democrats.

"What the president’s trying to do is protect the country, protect people from death," she said.

"At the same time, Dana, I think you make a really important point — we don’t want to live like this. You heard the president say ‘we don’t want to live like this forever.’ We want to get back to a point where we’re not wearing masks, of course. Where we are not worried about our kids being in school places, … That’s where we want to get to, and what we’re trying to do is continue to fight at the height of a pandemic to get to that point," Psaki said.

She also addressed a question from Perino about crime and whether Biden is “OK” with “the progressive prosecutors that are, for example here in New York City, saying things like ‘taking a gun into a store, robbing it, but then leaving and nobody gets killed — that’s a misdemeanor?”

Psaki said that Biden has a “bottom line” against pressuring prosecutors or the justice department, and noted that the president is a longtime supporter of law enforcement and first responders.

"As you know, it was a big issue of defunding the police. That was absolutely never anything he proposed or supported — even in the face of real criticism from within his own party," she said.

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Jen Psaki: Biden Working to Ease COVID Restrictions, ‘Never’ Supported ‘Defunding the Police’

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Jen Psaki: Biden Working to Ease COVID Restrictions, 'Never' Supported 'Defunding the Police' White House press secretary Jen Psaki White House press secretary Jen Psaki in the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By Theodore Bunker | Thursday, 20 January 2022 03:34 PM

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Thursday that the Biden administration is working to lessen Covid-19 restrictions and said that the president has “never” proposed or supported “defunding the police.”

Co-host Dana Perino asked Psaki during an interview on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” if President Joe Biden will "provide America an off-ramp to COVID and especially for those the unvaccinated?"

Perino added that while she supports vaccination, those who don’t see themselves as "scapegoats and second-class citizens."

Psaki noted, in an apparent response to criticisms that the restrictions have a partisan nature, that about three-in-four Americans have been vaccinated against Covid-19, and said that “mathematically” means they’re not all Biden supporters or Democrats.

"What the president’s trying to do is protect the country, protect people from death," she said.

"At the same time, Dana, I think you make a really important point — we don’t want to live like this. You heard the president say ‘we don’t want to live like this forever.’ We want to get back to a point where we’re not wearing masks, of course. Where we are not worried about our kids being in school places, … That’s where we want to get to, and what we’re trying to do is continue to fight at the height of a pandemic to get to that point," Psaki said.

She also addressed a question from Perino about crime and whether Biden is “OK” with “the progressive prosecutors that are, for example here in New York City, saying things like ‘taking a gun into a store, robbing it, but then leaving and nobody gets killed — that’s a misdemeanor?”

Psaki said that Biden has a “bottom line” against pressuring prosecutors or the justice department, and noted that the president is a longtime supporter of law enforcement and first responders.

"As you know, it was a big issue of defunding the police. That was absolutely never anything he proposed or supported — even in the face of real criticism from within his own party," she said.

Trump: My Call With Georgia Secretary of State ‘Was Perfect’

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Trump: My Call With Georgia Secretary of State 'Was Perfect' Trump: My Call With Georgia Secretary of State 'Was Perfect' (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

By Charlie McCarthy | Thursday, 20 January 2022 03:25 PM

Former President Donald Trump on Thursday afternoon insisted he "didn’t say anything wrong" during an early 2021 phone call with Georgia's secretary of state concerning possible voter fraud.

Earlier Thursday, Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis requested that a special grand jury help in her investigation of Trump and his alleged attempt to interfere with the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia.

Willis' probe was launched following the leak of a Jan. 2, 2021, phone call between Trump and Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Axios reported.

"My phone call to the secretary of state of Georgia was perfect, perhaps even more so than my call with the Ukrainian president, if that’s possible," Trump said in a statement released by his Save America joint fundraising committee.

"I knew there were large numbers of people on the line, including numerous lawyers for both sides. Although I assumed the call may have been inappropriately, and perhaps illegally, recorded, I was not informed of that.

"I didn’t say anything wrong in the call, made while I was president on behalf of the United States of America, to look into the massive voter fraud which took place in Georgia."

Former Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., early last month joined a lawsuit claiming that voter fraud in Fulton County, the state's most populous county, affected the 2020 presidential election outcome.

"Just last week, it was further determined that they are looking into ballot harvesting in Fulton County, after supposedly watching tapes of it actually taking place," Trump said in his statement. "This alone could be tens of thousands of votes.

"What this Civil Special Grand Jury should be looking into is not my perfect phone call, but the large scale voter fraud that took place in Georgia. Then they would be doing a great job for the people. No more political witch hunts!"

President Joe Biden defeated Trump by less than 12,000 votes in the state's November 2020 results certified by Gov. Brian Kemp, R-Ga.

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Sen. Blackburn to Newsmax: Biden Sending ‘Feckless’ Message on Ukraine to Russia

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Sen. Blackburn to Newsmax: Biden Sending 'Feckless' Message on Ukraine to Russia US President Joe Biden speaks about Russia and Ukraine prior to a meeting with members of the Infrastructure Implementation Task Force to discuss the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington, DC, on January 20, 2022. (Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty)

By Sandy Fitzgerald | Thursday, 20 January 2022 03:17 PM

President Joe Biden, by making comments about Russia and Ukraine that later had to be clarified by his press office, sent a message to the nation's adversaries that he is "feckless" and will not take action if there is an invasion, Sen. Marsha Blackburn said on Newsmax Thursday.

"That press conference yesterday was astounding on a lot of different levels, but the comment about Russia is basally inviting Putin to go on in and basically saying if you go into the Donbas, we're not going to do anything about that," the Tennessee Republican said on Newsmax's "National Report."

"I thought it was astounding. Everyone knows that [Vladimir] Putin is intent on the old Soviet Union, and he is trying to move forward with that."

But Biden is sending the message to the nation's allies that "'hey, man, don't count on me. We're not going to be there,'" said Blackburn. "It is dangerous for us when he gets out here and makes these types of comments."

During his press conference, Biden suggested there could be a lower cost for a ''minor incursion'' by Russia in Ukraine, as opposed to a full-scale attack, but later, White House press secretary issued a response that the U.S. response to any aggression would be "decisive, reciprocal, and united.''

Meanwhile, the Senate vote rejecting Democrats' call to change the filibuster, essentially stopping the party's voting legislation, was "very significant" considering the decision of Democrat Sens. Joe Manchin and Kyrsten Sinema to back the Republican side of the issue.

"They agreed that you ought not to blow up the Senate and blow up the rules of the Senate in order to blow up the courts, blow up the rule of law and everything else that they are wanting to tear apart and put in place their socialist agenda," said Blackburn.

She added that many progressive pushes are happening on Capitol Hill because Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., fears a primary challenge by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. Senate seat.

"Bear in mind that we as conservatives, as Republicans here in D. C., have to win every vote every day," said Blackburn.

"The Democrats only have to win once, and with one vote, what they're planning to do is pack the court, make D.C. a state, and change a lot of the way our daily lives work…they want a socialist government and this is their goal. They know they have a very narrow window to achieve it, so they are doubling down on a lot of bad policy, and we're going to have to keep at it to stop it from taking place."

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Fauci: Unvaccinated Population Threatens Ending Pandemic in 2022

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Fauci: Unvaccinated Population Threatens Ending Pandemic in 2022 Dr. Anthony Fauci Dr. Anthony Fauci, White House Chief Medical Advisor and Director of the NIAID. (Greg Nash-Pool/Getty Images)

By Charlie McCarthy | Thursday, 20 January 2022 03:16 PM

Dr. Anthony Fauci warned that unvaccinated people could delay the COVID-19 pandemic from becoming endemic, Yahoo Finance reported Wednesday.

Fauci, President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, told Yahoo the large number of unvaccinated people, combined with the possibility of future variants, makes him cautious about predicting the end of the pandemic.

"We have a highly effective, safe intervention that a substantial proportion of the population has not made use of that is complicating our response to an already formidable challenge from a very evasive virus," Fauci told Yahoo.

"The worst-case scenario is we're on our way there and we get hit with another variant that actually eludes the immune protection. I hope that's not the case."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention uses endemic to describe the constant presence and/or usual prevalence of a disease or infectious agent in a population within a geographic area. Pandemic refers to an epidemic that has spread over several countries or continents, usually affecting a large number of people.

Fauci told Yahoo that COVID-19 could become endemic this year but added that the pandemic will end only when the disease isn't disrupting society. He said that to reach that goal, there needs to be a combination of two groups of people.

"[Getting] a combination of enough people vaccinated and boosted, together with people who are infected and recover and have a degree of immunity — hopefully they'll wind up getting vaccinated too — and you have a virus, a variant, that has a lesser degree of pathogenicity," Fauci said.

Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, admitted he has been surprised by the number of people refusing to get vaccinated.

"I think virtually everyone thought, when we had a vaccine as effective and safe as the vaccines we have now, that we would get enough people vaccinated that we would … have a diminution of infection not only in the United States, but … also essentially get our arms around, as it were, the pandemic globally," he told Yahoo.

"We were anticipating that there would be challenges, but there are a lot of conflating issues that made [2021] a very, very complicated year.”

Fauci said COVID vaccines and booster shots have held up well against more severe disease and death.

"The thing that makes it less likely, but not impossible, is that by that time, you will have so many people vaccinated and already infected, that you might have a level of community protection that may not get you away from the next variant," he told Yahoo, "but would protect you from the severity of the next variant."

Georgia DA Asks for Special Grand Jury to Aid in Election Probe

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By Jeffrey Rodack | Thursday, 20 January 2022 03:05 PM

Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis, who has been investigating possible attempts to interfere in the 2020 general election by former President Donald Trump, is now requesting a special grand jury to help in the probe.

Willis made her request in a Thursday letter to Christopher Brasher, chief judge of Fulton County's Superior Court.

In the letter, which was posted by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, she said, "Please be advised that the District Attorney's Office has received information indicating a reasonable probability that the state of Georgia's administration of elections in 2020, including the state's election of the president of the United States, was subject to possible criminal disruptions.

"We have made efforts to interview multiple witnesses and gather evidence, and a significant number of witnesses and prospective witnesses have refused to cooperate with the investigation absent a subpoena requiring their testimony. By way of example, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, an essential witness to the investigation, has indicated that he will not participate in an interview or otherwise offer evidence until he is presented with a subpoena by my office."

The Associated Press reported Willis had previously confirmed the investigation included — but is not limited to — a January 2, 2021, phone call between Trump and Raffensperger, a call in November 2020 between Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., and Raffensperger, and the resignation of the U.S. attorney in Atlanta on January 4, 2021. It also includes comments made during December 2020 Georgia legislative committee hearings on the election.

The Journal-Constitution noted special grand juries usually have 16-23 members. They can't issue indictments but can subpoena witnesses and can force subjects to produce documents.

A majority of Fulton County Superior Court judges must approve the request for a special grand jury.

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NCAA Took ‘Cowardly’ Route With Transgender Policy: Pro-Family Group President

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NCAA Took 'Cowardly' Route With Transgender Policy: Pro-Family Group President 2019 NCAA Women's Final Four logo 2019 NCAA Women's Final Four logo. (Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

By Charlie McCarthy | Thursday, 20 January 2022 02:53 PM

The "cowardly" NCAA chose to outsource its decision-making regarding transgendered athletes rather than choosing to do the right thing for women, the American Principles Project president said Thursday.

APP President Terry Schilling released a statement one day after the NCAA Board of Governors voted to adopt a sport-by-sport approach for transgender athletes, bringing the organization in line with the U.S. and International Olympic Committees.

"Faced with mounting pressure to address [transgender athletes], the NCAA has chosen the cowardly option of outsourcing its decision-making to other sports governing bodies,” Schilling said. "This is completely unacceptable.

"Responsibility for ensuring fairness in U.S. college athletics ultimately rests with the NCAA. They cannot shirk accountability for the ongoing destruction of women's sports, and we must not allow them to.

"The NCAA should reverse course immediately and do the right thing for women athletes by ensuring they do not have to compete against biological males in their sports."

NCAA rules on transgender athletes returned to the forefront this fall after University of Pennsylvania swimmer Lia Thomas began smashing records. She was on the men's team her first three years, but has competed for the women's team this season after transitioning.

"The NCAA knows it has a problem," Schilling began his statement. "As the recent controversy over Penn swimmer Lia Thomas has made clear to so many Americans, allowing biological males to compete as females makes a mockery of women's sports. It is unfair and demoralizing to female athletes, who are put at an inherent disadvantage. And it is only going to get worse over time."

Under the organization's new guidelines, transgender participation for each sport will be determined by the policy for the sport's national governing body, subject to review and recommendation by an NCAA committee to the board of governors.

When there is no national governing body, that sport's international federation policy would be in place. If there is no international federation policy, previously established IOC policy criteria would take over.

The APP seeks to make the family the most powerful, well-represented special interest group in Washington, D.C. It does so by engaging directly in campaigns and elections.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

Pelosi Open to Banning Stock Trades by Congress Members

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By Newsmax Wires | Thursday, 20 January 2022 02:51 PM

Hours after former President Donald Trump excoriated her as "crazy Nancy Pelosi" and called for her to be banned from trading individual stocks, the House Speaker said Thursday that she was open to considering a ban on stock trading by members of Congress.

"If members want to do that, I'm OK with that." Pelosi told Buisness Insider.

At a press conference in December, when asked about her stock trades and the millions she and her husband have reportedly made, Pelosi replied, "We're a free-market economy."
As Newsmax reported earlier this month, Pelosi made as much as $30 million on the Big Tech stocks she oversees. The speaker has amassed an estimated net worth of between $40 million and $252 million, and recently her family invested millions in call options — betting that the stock price would go up — on such companies as Google, Salesforce, Micron Technology and Roblox.

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Rep. Meuser to Newsmax: Biden Still ‘Divider-in-Chief’ in Press Remarks

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Rep. Meuser to Newsmax: Biden Still 'Divider-in-Chief' in Press Remarks Rep. Dan Meuser, R-Pa., during a hearing March 10, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Ting Shen-Pool/Getty Images)

By Sandy Fitzgerald | Thursday, 20 January 2022 02:27 PM

President Joe Biden, in "typical" form, did "a lot of explaining and a lot of blaming" in his press conference, but he gave no real answers and remained a divisive force, Rep. Dan Meuser said on Newsmax on Thursday.

"A year ago, I stood outside the Capitol listening to Joe Biden's swearing-in, and he talked about being united," the Pennsylvania Republican said on Newsmax's "Wake Up America." "He talked about being united. He's been the divider-in-chief."

The president, Meuser pointed out, in his speech last week in Georgia "referred to anyone who doesn't believe in his party's attempts to take over our elections basically as racists."

Further, the country's national security issues are an "unmitigated disaster," including in Ukraine, said Meuser.

"He gave somewhat of a green light to certainly a yellow light to [Vladimir] Putin related to 'let's see how much of an incursion' he makes into Ukraine," the congressman continued. "It's not right."

Biden initially suggested during his press conference that there could be a lower price to pay for a "minor incursion" by Russia into Ukraine, but after that, White House press secretary Jen Psaki issued a clarification, saying that the U.S. response to any Russian aggression on Ukraine would be ''decisive, reciprocal, and united.''

But Meuser said the president's comments show that he's "already trying to minimize errors that are about to take place, reminiscent of Afghanistan."

"So as far as the report card goes as uniter, absolute F," said Meuser. "As far as national security because the list goes on there, an F. As far as his COVID response, F."

Biden also said Wednesday that he raised the question of transparency on COVID with China during his conversations with Chinese President Xi Jinping last year, a contradiction with a White House readout about the conversation that mentioned several topics including trade, human rights, Afghanistan, Iran, North Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tibet, Xinjiang, a free and open Indo-Pacific, health security, the climate crisis, and global energy supplies, but did not mention any conversation about COVID-19.

When asked why the press staff had reported no conversations about COVID, Biden responded that they weren't present for the full conversation.

Meuser said he doesn't believe Biden, and that he doesn't "think the president believes the president."

"Maybe he brought it up," said Meuser, adding that the Biden administration is aware of China's efforts to hide the origins of the pandemic.

"All the data points to that it occurred and the virus came from a lab in Wuhan, but it was accidental or deliberate, that's where it came from. And he's not even attempting to get to the bottom of it," the congressman said.

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