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  • Number of new coronavirus cases reported outside of China EXCEEDS those in the country for the first time, the World Health Organization says

    02/26/2020 11:31:12 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 20 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Published: 10:30 EST, 26 February 2020 | Updated: 12:42 EST, 26 February 2020 | Stephen Matthews and Sam Blanchard
    More coronavirus cases are now being reported each day outside China than inside the hardest-hit nation, the World Health Organization has said. Just 411 patients were struck down yesterday in China, where 96 per cent of COVID-19 cases have been recorded since the crisis began in December. But data obtained by the UN-agency show 427 cases were recorded outside China, amid a worrying spike in Italy, South Korea and Iran. The WHO's director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom admitted the sudden jump in cases was 'deeply concerning' as fears of a pandemic continue to grow. More than 81,000 cases of the coronavirus...
  • Uh Oh: Bloomberg Starting To Collapse In Polling?

    02/26/2020 8:52:16 AM PST · by C19fan · 75 replies
    Hot Air ^ | February 26, 2020 | Allahpundit
    The great fear for establishment Democrats right now is that he’s *not* starting to collapse, merely beginning to fade. Dem leaders can tolerate Mike Bloomberg beating Bernie for the nomination; they can also tolerate Mike Bloomberg quickly imploding, clearing a path for Biden to win on Saturday and emerge as the great centrist hope against Sanders next week on Super Tuesday. What they can’t tolerate is a zombie Bloomberg candidacy, one where Bloomy pulls enough votes away from Biden to hold Joe down but not enough to threaten Sanders himself. More than anything else, they need to resolve the so-called...
  • “I’m Sorry, What?” Bloomberg Adviser Hints At Mother Of All Oppo-Research Drops On Bernie

    02/26/2020 8:10:57 AM PST · by RightGeek · 22 replies
    Hot Air ^ | 2/25/2020 | Ed Morrissey
    Just how committed is Michael Bloomberg to winning the Democratic primary? Enough to have his adviser Tim OÂ’Brien drop this bombshell on a stunned Alisyn Camerota this morning on CNNÂ’s New Day. Just as Camerota made an argument that Democrats might not want to go full tilt against Bernie Sanders if heÂ’s likely to end up the nominee against Donald Trump, OÂ’Brien promised that Team Bloomberg would hammer Sanders with everything they have. And itÂ’s remarkable how much information a news-media mogul can find, isnÂ’t it? Such as advice for parents of toddlers to allow them to run naked and...
  • Poll finds three-way Democratic contest in Florida with Mike Bloomberg the slight leader

    02/25/2020 6:41:11 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 26 replies
    Florida Politics ^ | February 24, 2020 | Peter Schorsch
    Florida Democrats are settling almost equally on Mike Bloomberg, Joe Biden, and Bernie Sanders as their pick in the March 17 presidential primary, according to a new poll from Florida Southern College’s Center for Polling and Policy Research. The survey, released Monday, gives former New York City Mayor Bloomberg 23% support, former Vice President Biden 22% support, and Vermont Sen. Sanders 18% support. Slipping toward also-ran positions in the poll were Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren with 12%, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg with 9%, and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar with 5%. California businessman Tom Steyer and Hawaii Rep....
  • Fears that the coronavirus will turn into a global economic pandemic are mounting

    02/25/2020 11:33:06 AM PST · by Zhang Fei · 113 replies
    Marketwatch ^ | Feb 25, 2020 9:24 a.m. ET | Jeffry Bartash
    The COVID-19 illness has not become a global pandemic, according to the World Health Organization, but it’s starting to act like an economic one. And the financial costs are mounting. Near-panic over a spreading coronavirus sheared more than 1,000 points off the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -3.12% on Monday, with more and more companies having followed in Apple’s AAPL, -2.78% footsteps by warning of lower sales and supply disruptions that could cause even more damage in the next few months. Just a few weeks ago, most economic forecasters were predicting a small impact from the viral outbreak in China....
  • Bloomberg adviser blasts Sanders for 'loopy' 2015 essay mentioning rape fantasies

    02/25/2020 7:33:22 AM PST · by karpov · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 25, 2020 | Joe Concha
    A senior adviser to Michael Bloomberg's presidential campaign criticized Sen. Bernie Sanders on Tuesday over a 1972 essay he wrote that mentioned women fantasizing about rape, describing it as "loopy stuff." “We have a candidate who has risen in the polls because of this track record,” Bloomberg senior adviser Tim O’Brien told CNN's "New Day" co-anchor Alisyn Camerota. “[But] Bernie has loopy stuff in his background, saying women get cancer from having too many orgasms or toddlers should run around naked and touch each other’s genitals to insulate themselves from porn.” "Sir, what?!” an incredulous Camerota replied. "He's written about...
  • Line of people signing up for Medicaid and food stamps VANISHES as Donald Trump's administration brings in crackdown on green cards for people claiming benefits

    02/24/2020 6:34:23 PM PST · by RightGeek · 77 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 2/24/2020 | AP
    Pastor Antonio Velasquez says that before the Trump administration announced a crackdown on immigrants using government social services, people lined up before sunrise outside a state office in a largely Latino Phoenix neighborhood to sign up for food stamps and Medicaid. No more. 'You had to arrive at 3 in the morning, and it might take you until the end of the day,' he said, pointing behind the office in the Maryvale neighborhood to show how long the lines got. But no one lined up one recent weekday morning, and there were just a handful of people inside. With new...
  • Bloomberg called Warren 'scary' and vowed to 'defend the banks' in closed-door 2016 event

    02/24/2020 4:38:40 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 5 replies
    CNN ^ | 7:10 PM ET, Mon February 24, 2020 | Andrew Kaczynski and Em Steck
    Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg said at a private event in 2016 that his presidential campaign platform would have been to "defend the banks" and also labeled the progressive movement and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, now a rival for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, as "scary." When asked his views on the rise of the far right in Europe, Bloomberg warned about the rise of progressive politicians in the US, citing Warren. "The left is arising. The progressive movement is just as scary," he says. "Elizabeth Warren on one side. And whoever you want to pick on the...
  • ‘We won’t be silent’ while others smear us, Beijing official vows amid furore over US newspaper headline deemed racist

    02/24/2020 12:41:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 02/24/2020 | Wendy Wu
    China won’t be a nation of “silent lambs in the face of malicious insults and smearing”, a spokesman with the country’s foreign ministry vowed on Monday, as Beijing continued to lash out at The Wall Street Journal over a commentary it has deemed racist. Zhao Lijian, a former senior diplomat in Pakistan, made the remarks while hosting his first press conference since being named deputy director of the Chinese foreign ministry’s information office in August. His comments came a week after Beijing expelled three reporters with the New York-based newspaper over an opinion piece headlined “China is the real sick...
  • China’s Expulsion Of WSJ Reporters Is Retaliation For The U.S.

    02/24/2020 9:07:24 AM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    The Federalist ^ | February 24, 2020 | Helen Raileigh
    American media woke up Wednesday to shocking news: the Chinese government announced it would expel three Wall Street Journal journalists based in Beijing: deputy bureau chief Josh Chin and reporter Chao Deng, both U.S. citizens, and reporter Philip Wen, an Australian citizen. The last time China expelled so many foreign journalists from a single Western media organization, Mao Zedong was dictator. China’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said the expulsion was retaliation for a Wall Street Journal op-ed, “The Real Sick Man of Asia” by Walter Russell Mead. In it, Mead discussed how the Chinese government’s initial response to the coronavirus outbreak...
  • Moscow targets Chinese with raids amid virus fears

    02/23/2020 7:10:16 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 30 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 23, 2020, 8:15 AM | DARIA LITVINOVA and FRANCESCA EBEL
    MOSCOW -- Bus drivers in Moscow kept their WhatsApp group chat buzzing with questions this week about what to do if they spotted passengers who might be from China riding with them in the Russian capital. “Some Asian-looking (people) have just got on. Probably Chinese. Should I call (the police)?” one driver messaged his peers. “How do I figure out if they’re Chinese? Should I ask them?” a colleague wondered. The befuddlement reflected in screenshots of the group exchanges seen by The Associated Press had a common source - instructions from Moscow's public transit operator Wednesday for drivers to call...
  • Italy reports second coronavirus death as infections worldwide pass 77,000

    02/22/2020 8:22:25 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 23 replies
    Sky News ^ | Sunday 23 February 2020 02:15, UK
    A man named by Italian news agency Ansa as former construction company owner Adriano Trevisan, in his late 70s, was among almost 60 suspected or confirmed cases in Italy so far. The father-of-three died at a hospital in Padua, in the Veneto region in northern Italy, where he had been admitted along with another person who has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. A second patient - a woman - then died hours after in Lombardy, a region also in the north. The deaths have prompted local authorities in Lombardy and Veneto to shut schools, businesses...
  • CalPERS Ignores Rep. Jim Banks’ Questions on CIO’s Links to China’s Thousand Talents Spying

    02/22/2020 8:25:22 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 9 replies
    The Epoch Times ^ | February 21, 2020 Updated: February 21, 2020 | Mark Tapscott
    WASHINGTON—California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) officials failed to answer a congressman’s questions about its Chief Investment Officer’s (CIO) links to a Chinese program the FBI says is a spy tool. “CalPERS failed to answer two fundamental questions raised in my letter to Governor [Gavin] Newsom,” Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) told The Epoch Times Friday. Banks was referring to his Feb. 12 letter to Newsom concerning CalPERS CIO Yu Ben Meng’s “long cozy” relationship with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). “First question: Is Mr. Meng a member of the Thousand Talents Program, something the FBI called a ‘non-traditional espionage program?’...
  • Gloomberg Won it (Saturbray)

    02/22/2020 6:12:03 AM PST · by bray · 14 replies
    www.brayincandy.com ^ | 1/23/20 | bray
    There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18 KJV When you want to know how to predict and election the most accurate method is to go the opposite way the pundits are going. They are like sports experts who see what the other sages are predicting and go that exact way. With politics you listen to all the top politicians and say what they are saying so when you are wrong you are all wrong together and say nobody saw...
  • A Hollywood Legend Talks Politics; Actor-director Clint Eastwood, 89, weighs in on Bloomberg, Trump, #MeToo and the dispute over a reporter's depiction in his latest film.

    02/21/2020 6:23:52 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 90 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Feb. 21, 2020 1:56 pm ET | Tunku Varadarajan
    The Hollywood actor and director was staying at a hotel owned by Steve Wynn, the casino billionaire. "Steve called me up in the room and said, 'Do you want to go play golf? We're going out with Trump.' I said, 'Who?' and Steve said, 'Trump. You know Trump?' " So Messrs. Eastwood and Wynn ventured out for a morning on the course with Donald Trump. "It was funny," Mr. Eastwood says, "because every time I was together with Steve"—with the future president out of earshot—"he would say, 'You know, Trump is doing those damn casinos. He's going to lose his...
  • Reid pushes back on Sanders suggestion that a Democrat with plurality of delegates should be the nominee

    02/21/2020 9:59:02 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02 21 2020 | Marty Johnson
    Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) on Thursday said that the Democratic presidential candidate who has a plurality — but not the majority — of pledged delegates coming into the Democratic National Convention in July shouldn't automatically win the party's nomination for president. "Here is how I feel about this: I do not think that anybody — Bernie Sanders or anyone else — should simply get the nomination because they have 30 percent of the delegates and no one else has that many," the longtime senator told The Washington Post. Continuing, Reid said: “Let’s say that he has 35...
  • Trump says he's considering Doug Collins for DNI post; GOP rep says not interested

    02/21/2020 7:11:14 AM PST · by DoodleDawg · 17 replies
    Fox News ^ | 2/21/20 | Tyler Olsen
    President Trump said late Thursday that he is considering Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga, for the permanent Director of National Intelligence job, a move that could resolve the mini-crisis in the GOP surrounding Collins' challenge against incumbent Se. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga, in Georgia's upcoming special election. Yet Collins told Fox Business Network's Maria Bartiromo on Friday morning that while he's humbled by the possible offer, he is focused on running for the Senate and would not accept the job. "This is not a job that interests me, at this time it's not one that I would accept because I'm running a...
  • Campaign confirms Bloomberg will not stand on box during Democratic debate

    02/19/2020 5:21:18 PM PST · by Zhang Fei · 63 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | February 19, 2020 04:43 PM | John Gage
    Michael Bloomberg's presidential campaign said they would not attempt to make the former New York City mayor appear taller during his Democratic primary debate debut. Campaign officials told NBC News on Wednesday that the candidate would "*NOT*" be on a box during the Wednesday debate. The confirmation follows President Trump blasting the mayor as "Mini Mike" and claiming he wanted a box to stand on in the debate. NEW: Campaign officials tell @NBCNews that Mike Bloomberg will *NOT* stand on a box during tonight's debate, despite Trump's repeated claims that he requested one to boost his height — Josh Lederman...
  • Trump's Phoenix rally kicks off counterprogramming spree

    02/19/2020 1:17:51 PM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 27 replies
    ABC "News" ^ | February 19, 2020 | By Will Steakin
    President Donald Trump is kicking off a West Coast campaign swing Wednesday with a rally in Phoenix, the capital of a state he lost in 2016 but hopes to flip in 2020. Trump's event at the Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum marks the first of three rallies in three states in three days -- his biggest reelection-related time investment this cycle. Following his stop in Arizona, Trump will take his road show to Colorado on Thursday and then Nevada on on Friday, the day before the crucial Democratic Nevada caucus. The Arizona rally is another attempt by the president to counter...
  • Coronavirus: Iran reports two suspected fatal cases at Qom hospital

    02/19/2020 10:33:24 AM PST · by nuconvert · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 2-19-20
    <p>Spokesman Kianush Jahanpour tweeted that they died due to their "old age and deficient immune systems" while being treated in hospital in Qom.</p> <p>Deputy Health Minister Qasem Janbabaei told the Young Journalists' Club (YJC) that they were both Iranian nationals.</p>