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Biden Has Earned 11 Pinocchios From Fact-Checkers During Coronavirus Crisis

Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden has been dinged several times by fact-checkers over claims he has made during the coronavirus crisis, including a total of 11 “Pinocchios” from the Washington Post. Over the course of three weeks between March 13 and April 3, Biden was fact-checked five separate times for making false or misleading claims concerning the Trump administration’s handling of the pandemic. Recent Stories in 2020 Election Biden Has Earned 11 Pinocchios From Fact-Checkers During Coronavirus Crisis Biden Calls for Iran Sanctions Relief Amid Coronavirus Outbreak Biden Plugs Labor Ally’s Charity In Face of Corruption Probe A Washington Post fact check on March 13 awarded Biden four Pinocchios, the fact-checker’s most severe rating, for two manipulated videos the Biden campaign circulated. The first video claimed to show Trump at a Feb. 28 rally saying Democrats were turning the coronavirus into “their new hoax” after they failed to bring Trump down through impeachment. Biden’s video was edited to make it appear that Trump was calling the coronavirus a hoax. Trump, however, was referring to the Democrats’ attempts to blame him for the virus, not the virus itself. The second Biden campaign video showed Trump saying the phrase “the American Dream is dead,” which the Post found was taken out of context and missing the second part of Trump’s statement where he promised to “bring it back bigger and better and stronger than...

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China Appointed to U.N. Human Rights Group Despite Routine Human Rights Violations

China has been appointed to an elite United Nations human rights group despite the country’s routine abuse of human rights, stifling of free speech, and imprisonment of dissidents. Jiang Duan, a minister at China’s mission to the U.N., was selected to serve on the U.N. Human Rights Council’s Consultative Group, a five-nation body that plays a key role in selecting human rights investigators who will oversee abuses across the globe. Recent Stories in National Security China Appointed to U.N. Human Rights Group Despite Routine Human Rights Violations U.S. Prepared to Retaliate Against Iranian Terror Attacks in Iraq Trump Admin Extends Sanctions Waivers Permitting Iranian Nuclear Work With a spot on the committee, China will be in a prime position to thwart investigations into its own human rights abuses. “Allowing China’s oppressive and inhumane regime to choose the world investigators on freedom of speech, arbitrary detention, and enforced disappearances is like making a pyromaniac into the town fire chief,” Hillel Neuer, executive director of U.N. Watch, an organization dedicated to performing oversight work on the U.N., said in a statement. As a member of the Consultative Group, China will help select people to “investigate, monitor, and publicly report” on human rights issues, according to U.N. Watch. This includes matters of free speech and religion. “How can China be involved in choosing the U.N. special rapporteur on the protection of freedom of opinion...

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Calls Mount for WHO Chief to Resign

Calls are mounting in Congress for the World Health Organization’s director-general to resign following allegations his group aided China’s efforts to obfuscate the number of coronavirus cases in the country. WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who goes by Dr. Tedros—though he is not a medical doctor—has repeatedly lauded China’s measures to contain the virus despite mounting evidence the communist regime has been less than forthcoming with the international community. A classified U.S. intelligence report recently concluded China lied about its internal spread and death toll. Recent Stories in Coronavirus Dem Rep Spreads Chinese Propaganda While Blaming Coronavirus Deaths on Trump The Mainstream Media Spins a Pandemic  Clyburn Defends Calling Coronavirus an Opportunity to ‘Restructure Government’ Several Republican lawmakers told the Washington Free Beacon on Thursday recent events demonstrate Tedros is unqualified for his post. “Dr. Tedros deceived the world,” Sen. Martha McSally (R., Ariz.) told the Free Beacon. “Since the very beginning of this crisis, Tedros has parroted Chinese government talking points, even praising the communist party’s ‘transparency’ during its coronavirus response efforts despite a mountain of evidence showing that the regime concealed the severity of the outbreak.” “At the direction of Tedros, the WHO provided cover for China for months as it attempted to shirk accountability for its bungled efforts to contain this virus,” McSally added. “This deception cost lives.” Tedros has repeatedly praised China’s response to the coronavirus. “China is to be congratulated for the extraordinary measures it has...

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Trump Taps Kavanaugh Ally for Seat on Influential Appeals Court

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday announced plans to nominate a vocal ally of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh to an influential federal appeals court in Washington. Justin Walker, 37, who has served as a federal district court judge in Kentucky since October, would replace Republican appointee Judge Thomas Griffith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit if approved by the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate. Recent Stories in The Courts Trump Turns to McConnell Ally to Fill Vacancy on Influential Appeals Court Trump Taps Kavanaugh Ally for Seat on Influential Appeals Court Uncertainty Looms Over Supreme Court as Lower Courts Transition to Teleconferencing Griffith, appointed by former President George W. Bush, had previously announced his plans to retire. After Trump nominated conservative judge Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court in 2018, Walker frequently appeared on cable TV, including Fox News, talking up the nominee’s conservative credentials. “He is a warrior with a backbone of iron,” Walker told Fox at the time. He also called Kavanaugh “a fighter for conservative legal principles” who would not “go wobbly” if appointed to the Supreme Court. Kavanaugh was narrowly confirmed to the high court after claims of sexual misconduct from decades earlier were made against him. He denied the allegations. Although based in Kentucky, where he has taught at the University of Louisville’s law school, Walker has...

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Coronavirus and the Common Good

Long before the onset of the pandemic, some of the journalists and politicians on the American right began speaking of the “common good.” Back in 2005, Rick Santorum titled one of his books, It Takes a Family: Conservatism and the Common Good. More recently, last October Sohrab Ahmari wrote that the common good should replace individual autonomy—i.e., freedom—as the touchstone of a new conservatism. The following month, Marco Rubio told an audience at Catholic University that a “common-good capitalism” would promote dignified work for all and incentivize businesses to reinvest “enough” of their profits to create jobs in the United States. Reaction to the upsurge of interest in the common good was divided into predictable camps. Social conservatives applauded the introduction of another concept from Catholic social thought into conservative discourse. They hoped that the common good would be added to solidarity, subsidiarity, and the preferential option for the poor as a guidepost to political action and public policy. Economic conservatives rejected the term as meaningless at best and authoritarian at worst. The other day, during a discussion of trends on the intellectual right, a young person asked me in earnest, “And, what is the common good?” It was the right question. There is no easy answer. Recent Stories in Columns Coronavirus and the Common Good Corona Conservatism Coronavirus Tests America’s Social Capacity The coronavirus prompts us to think about...

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