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  • CDC Tells New York Times It Hid Covid Data For Political Reasons: Selectively cherry-picking ‘The Science’ to suit a political narrative is not ‘Following the Science.’ It is malpractice and fraud.

    03/22/2022 9:47:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 03/22/2022 | David Gortler
    According to a recent headline from The New York Times, “the CDC isn’t publishing large portions of the COVID data it collects.” That headline downplays what the article in fact reveals:Two full years into the pandemic, the agency leading the country’s response to the public health emergency has published only a tiny fraction of the data it has collected, several people familiar with the data said.The article says when the Centers for Disease Control “published the first significant data on the effectiveness of boosters in adults younger than 65…it left out the numbers for a huge portion of that population:...
  • Judge tosses obstruction charge against Jan. 6 defendant

    03/08/2022 5:54:24 AM PST · by where's_the_Outrage? · 25 replies
    Politico ^ | Mar 7, 2022 | Kyle Cheney and Josh Gerstein
    A federal judge has thrown out an obstruction charge against a defendant charged with breaching the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, a ruling that could reverberate across hundreds of cases stemming from the attack on Congress. In a 29-page opinion issued Monday, U.S. District Court Judge Carl Nichols ruled that ambiguities in the federal obstruction law required him to narrow the case against defendant Garret Miller, who is facing multiple felony charges connected to the attack. Under that narrow interpretation, Nichols ruled, defendants can be charged with obstruction only if they directly attempt to affect “a document, record, or other...
  • Biden Withholds December Border Crossing Numbers Customs and Border Protection has circulated data internally for 10 days

    01/25/2022 6:56:29 AM PST · by Red Badger · 4 replies ^ | • January 24, 2022 5:20 pm | Joseph Simonson
    The Biden administration has yet to release December border crossing numbers that Customs and Border Protection has circulated internally for at least 10 days, raising concerns on Capitol Hill that the White House is concealing damaging information about the severity of the border crisis. On Jan. 14, CBP submitted the December data in a court filing. Those data revealed 178,840 migrant apprehensions in December, an increase from 173,620 in November. A spokeswoman for CBP told the Washington Free Beacon the December numbers are "scheduled to be released soon," although she did not answer why they were delayed. Congressional Republicans have...
  • Jen Psaki defends non-release of Biden’s Delaware visitor logs

    01/18/2022 3:13:46 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 19 replies
    Nypost ^ | 01/18/2022 | Steven Nelson
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended the non-release of visitor logs from President Biden’s Delaware homes Tuesday — despite the fact that the commander-in-chief was in his home state for more than a quarter of all days during his first year in office. The Post asked Psaki at her regular press briefing if the White House’s decision not to make the Delaware logs public still stands after Biden spent long stretches of time at his Wilmington and Rehoboth Beach residences.
  • White House clears press from Biden conference

    12/28/2021 12:02:18 AM PST · by blueplum · 10 replies
    Fox ^ | 27 December 2021 | Lindsay Kornick
    Biden said there is 'no federal solution' in call with US governorsPresident Biden’s administration continued to show its difficult relationship with the press on Monday. Biden took calls from governors to discuss ongoing efforts to combat rising COVID-19 cases due to the new omicron variant. After speaking with the governors, Biden addressed White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeffrey Zients as to whether the governors had questions. ...Zients then responded "Good. I think we are going to clear the press first," ushering the press pool out of the room.... ...Biden was later confronted by the press before leaving the White House...
  • Judge limits Steve Bannon from releasing certain case material to the public

    12/12/2021 1:52:17 AM PST · by blueplum · 7 replies
    CBS ^ | 10 December 2021 | ROBERT LEGARE
    U.S. District Court Judge Carl Nichols has issued a protective order in Steve Bannon's criminal contempt of Congress case, effectively barring him or his lawyers from releasing to the public case material given to them by prosecutors. However, any evidence related to the case that is already in the public sphere or obtained by Bannon outside of the evidentiary discovery process is not subject the judge's ruling. ... ...Bannon and his team had asked the judge not to issue the order, citing what they argue is the public's need to understand the case. But prosecutors told the judge they feared...
  • It’s Not The Filibuster’s Fault We Have ‘Gridlock,’ It’s The Senators’

    12/03/2021 8:19:07 AM PST · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 3, 2021 | Michael Connelly
    At the end of the day, senators care more about protecting themselves and their colleagues from unpredictable, inconvenient floor votes than they do about passing legislation.Official Washington’s conventional wisdom about the Senate filibuster is a fairy tale. It is utterly unmoored from the choices being made by individual senators, party caucuses, and the body as a whole. Every person who has ever told you that the mean, nasty, outdated legislative filibuster is the source of Senate gridlock and the obstacle to common-sense legislating in Congress has either swallowed, or is peddling, a lie. In an op-ed in the Washington Post...
  • Biden ignores reporter questions at last big event before Thanksgiving

    11/23/2021 8:58:57 PM PST · by blueplum · 7 replies
    NY Post ^ | 23 November 2021 | Callie Patteson and Samuel Chamberlain
    President Biden wrapped up remarks on the state of the economy ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday in approximately 10 minutes Tuesday, then exited stage right with shouted question from reporters ringing in his ears — including “When will you answer our questions, sir?” “Thank you for your time and effort, and I’ll have plenty of time to talk to you later,” Biden said before strolling off the stage at the Executive Office Building next door to the White House. CBS News Radio correspondent Steven Portnoy, the president of the White House Correspondents Association, tweeted that he was the one who...
  • Special inspector general for Afghanistan warns the Pentagon is classifying documents to cover up failures and demands secret reports on how country collapsed are published now

    10/30/2021 12:05:53 AM PDT · by blueplum · 4 replies
    Daily Mail UK ^ | 29 October 2021 | HARRIET ALEXANDER FOR DAILYMAIL.COM and REUTERS
    A U.S. government watchdog on Friday accused the State Department and Pentagon of suppressing information that lawmakers and the public need to understand the collapse of Afghanistan's former government and military and the chaotic U.S. troop pullout. John Sopko, the special inspector general for Afghanistan reconstruction (SIGAR), spoke out on Friday after it emerged that many of the routine documents had now been marked as classified.... ...After a review, his agency found only four items meriting redaction, and left the remainder accessible. Noting that Congress tasked him with investigating the collapse of the U.S.-backed Afghan government and military, he said...
  • Reporters furious after screaming White House staffers block them from asking Biden a single question

    09/23/2021 9:25:31 AM PDT · by Conservat1 · 41 replies
    Western Journal ^ | September 22, 2021 | Jack Davis
    White House reporters are protesting after President Joe Biden’s handlers did their best imitation of screaming banshees as they blocked reporters from asking him questions during British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's visit to the White House on Tuesday.
  • Trump's Medical Pricing Transparency Policies Vindicated in Stunning New York Times Report

    08/25/2021 9:14:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Red State ^ | 08/25/2021 | Kira Davis
    A little-discussed but transformative patient protection policy put into place by the Trump administration is proving to be an extremely effective tool in unwinding the tangled mess of American medical pricing. Under the orders, hospitals must provide the federal government with records on all the prices they negotiate with private insurers.Some hospitals banded together to sue the administration (they lost…twice), and the insurers’ trade association wrote a 57-page letter to the government calling the Transparency Rule “unconstitutional” and insinuating that too much transparency would not be helpful to the average health consumer.Every American should be able to get the health...
  • BOMBSHELL: U.S. State Department Tried to Block Investigation of Lab Leak at Wuhan

    06/03/2021 11:38:07 AM PDT · by CheshireTheCat · 37 replies
    PJ Media ^ | June 3, 2021 | Rick Moran
    A report in Vanity Fair details actions by some members of the U.S. State Department to block efforts to investigate the origins of the coronavirus because the inquiry could open “a can of worms.” An internal memo sent to department heads by Thomas DiNanno, former acting assistant secretary of the State Department’s Bureau of Arms Control, Verification, and Compliance, warned “not to pursue an investigation into the origin of COVID-19.” The “can of worms” in question was the extensive funding by the U.S. government into the Wuhan Virology Lab’s “gain-of-function” virus research. It’s unclear whether DiNanno was concerned that an...
  • EPA ends Trump-era 'transparency' rule that ignored certain science studies

    05/27/2021 11:52:56 AM PDT · by george76 · 27 replies
    UPI ^ | May 26, 2021 | Zarrin Ahmed
    The Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday finalized a rule to end a "secret science" regulation that was imposed under former President Donald Trump that excluded certain studies that didn't make all data publicly available. The agency announced the end of the rule on Wednesday. The move allows the EPA to consider studies that don't make available all data, which is sometimes done to protect privacy. Trump's administration billed the restriction as a transparency measure, but critics argued that it might ultimately do more harm than good for an agency that values such varying scientific data like the EPA. "This action...
  • Apple and Facebook's Fight Isn't Actually About Privacy or Tracking

    03/22/2021 9:03:47 AM PDT · by george76 · 10 replies
    Inc ^ | 3/21/2021 | JASON ATEN
    The real reason Facebook is so worried? Transparency is a much bigger threat to its business.. It's no secret that Facebook has feelings about the upcoming changes Apple plans to introduce to iOS 14.5. Apple has said it will require developers to request permission from users before they can collect data or track them while they use their apps. That comes after Apple previously required developers to disclose what information they collect with the introduction of privacy nutrition labels in the iOS App Store. Those changes apply to all developers, but Facebook seems to be taking it personally. And, the...
  • WATCH Jen Psaki PANIC when CONFRONTED on CRITICAL Question EVERY American Needs Answered

    03/11/2021 6:52:41 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 28 replies
    Jen Psaki won't confirm how many kids. Neither will DHS.
  • Exclusive: Biden Admin Restricts Senior DHS Officials from Sharing Border Crisis Info with Reporters

    03/07/2021 8:11:49 PM PST · by MarvinStinson · 27 replies
    breitbart ^ | 7 Mar 2021 | RANDY CLARK
    A senior-level law enforcement source in the Department of Homeland Security told Breitbart they received verbal orders limiting their ability to speak freely about the growing crisis along the border. The official spoke under the condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak on the matter. “The situation with media relations now is night and day compared to the last administration. We have been advised not to speak on immigration issues at the border and to rely on DHS’s Office of Public Affairs and the Whitehouse Press Office to handle messaging.” The verbal order applies to senior law...
  • It’s Time for Cruise Lines to Be Transparent

    02/26/2021 10:49:10 AM PST · by Capt. Tom · 18 replies
    Cruise Radio editorial ^ | February 22, 2021 | Richard Simms
    For months now, all of the major cruise lines have asked would-be passengers to be patient while they worked through everything from the implementation of protocols to dealings with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They’ve spoken to us in vague terms about what progress has been made, insisting that when they have answers, so will we. Yet when it comes to actual, solid information, they’ve been incredibly reticent. Not one line has stepped forward to spell out, in detail, how their talks with the CDC are going. Not one line has offered a detailed, comprehensive explanation of exactly...
  • New York State Senate Democrats Block Subpoena for Nursing Home Fatality Data

    02/02/2021 11:17:25 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 21 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2 Feb 2021 | HANNAH BLEAU
    New York State Senate Democrats blocked a subpoena for nursing home fatality data on Monday, mere days after New York Attorney General Letitia James released a damning report indicating Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) administration had “undercounted” the number of coronavirus-related fatalities in nursing homes “by as much as 50 percent.” Sen. Thomas O’Mara, the top Republican serving on the Senate Committee on Investigations and Government Operations, made the motion on Monday during a virtual meeting. The Republican lawmaker said he wanted to “make sure we get to the bottom” of the irregularities in reporting the data on coronavirus-related fatalities in...
  • Psaki on Biden Administration: ‘We Want to Bring Transparency Back

    01/21/2021 6:30:42 AM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 01/21/2020 | Trent Baker
    On Thursday, White House press secretary Jen Psaki discussed her new role and how she plans to operate as the mouthpiece of the Joe Biden administration. Psaki told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the Biden administration intends “to bring transparency back.” She explained that entails sharing President Joe Biden’s thinking, the White House’s policies, and taking “tough questions” from the press.
  • America's Hospitals Say They Will Publish Previously Secret Prices On More Than 300 Medical Procedures For First Time

    01/02/2021 7:16:14 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 01/02/2021 | Melanie Evans
    Major hospital operators say they will comply with new rules to make public their prices for medical procedures starting Friday, exposing previously secret market rates in an industry that accounts for about 6% of the U.S. economy. The roughly $1.2 trillion hospital sector will begin posting prices publicly in the New Year after losing a legal challenge to overturn new transparency rules that are a centerpiece of the Trump administration’s health-care policy. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said earlier in December the hospital pricing data and other transparency rules put forward by the administration were fundamental to a...