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National Debt Isnt $23 Trillion, Its $122 Trillion, Group Says

WASHINGTON—Americas current national debt stands at roughly $23.3 trillion, according to the U.S. Treasury Departments “Debt to the Penny” website, which is so precise that visitors can pick a specific date in the recent past—say Jan. 1, 2000—and get the exact amount on that day: $5,776,091,314,225.33. While based on those figures, the national debt has more than quadrupled in that time frame, its actually much worse than that, according to calculations by Bill Bergman. “This calculation highlights some of the pitfalls and perils of false precision,” Bergman, the director of research for the Chicago-based nonprofit advocacy group Truth in Accounting (TIA), told The Epoch Times. “The U.S. government does not include the unfunded obligations for Social Security and Medicare under current law. These massive negative positions are so high that Truth in Accounting believes the true national debt runs north of $100 trillion.” $122,309,089,510,200, to be exact. Because future obligations..

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Appeals Court Allows Trump Admin to Enforce Rule Prohibiting Title X Funding for Abortion

A federal appeals court has allowed a Trump administration family planning rule to take effect that prohibits clinics from using a federal grant program, known as Title X, to perform or refer abortions. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday ruled 7-4 to lift injunctions ordered by courts in Oregon, California, and Washington state while the cases play out in the courts. A three-judge panel from the court had previously lifted the injunctions, prompting abortion-rights groups and states to appeal the case to the full court of the circuit court for review. Title X of the Public Health Service Act, a grant program enacted in the 1970s, provided funding for certain types of pre-pregnancy family planning services. In 1988, HHS regulations were put in place to forbid clinics receiving Title X funds from providing counseling or referrals for abortion as a method of family planning. Those regulations were suspended several years later, but the Trump administration is now seeking to..

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GOP Campaign Experts Call Bernies Castro Praise His First Big Mistake

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) made his first major goof of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary campaign by praising Cuban Dictator Fidel Castros literacy programs, according to Republican campaign pros interviewed by The Epoch Times. Sanders comments came Sunday on CBS News “60 Minutes” when he said, “were very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba but, you know, its very unfair to say everything was bad. When Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program.” Castro imposed a totalitarian Soviet-style communist regime on the Caribbean nation in 1959 and killed thousands of political opponents in the decades following. He gave up power in 2011 to his brother, Raul, and died in 2016. Sanders praise of Castro caused an immediate uproar among Republicans, led by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who tweeted that “the likely Dem nominee praised the supposed achievements of Castro regime. And hes wrong about why people didnt overthrow Castro. Its not bec..

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Trump Administration Starts Enforcing Public Charge Immigration Rule

The Trump administration on Monday started enforcing new income-based requirements for green cards and certain types of visas, coming days after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of the measure. Under the new rules, most green card applicants in the United States and abroad will now have to be evaluated under a new set of guidelines to determine whether theyll be a “public charge.” The rule is expected to affect millions and might force numerous immigrants to stop using public welfare programs, including Supplemental Security Income, assistance from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program, Medicare, and other programs. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said it will also look into an immigrants age, health, family status, assets, resources, financial status, education, skills, and other factors. “President Trump continues to deliver on his promise to the American people to enforce our nations immigration laws. After several judicial victories, DHS will finally begi..

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AIPAC Responds After Bernie Sanders Said Hes Skipping Pro-Israel Event

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) said Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) launched “an odious attack” against the groups upcoming event after Sanders said he wouldnt attend the conference. “Senator Sanders has never attended our conference and that is evident from his outrageous comment,” AIPAC, which says it is Americas pro-Israel lobby, said in a statement on Sunday. The annual conference features over 18,000 Americans from a wide variety of backgrounds and includes both Senate and House Democratic speakers. “By engaging in such an odious attack on this mainstream, bipartisan American political event, Senator Sanders is insulting his very own colleagues and the millions of Americans who stand with Israel. Truly shameful,” AIPAC added. The statement was in response to Sanderss announcement over the weekend that he wouldnt attend AIPACs conference, which is being held on March 1 and March 2 in Washington. “The Israeli people have the right to live in peace and security..

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Trump Visits Taj Mahal, Says It Inspires Awe

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump visited the Taj Mahal, the ivory-white marble mausoleum known as one of the worlds most iconic symbols of love, as well as Sabarmati Ashram, the former abode of Mahatma Gandhi, on Feb. 24 during their two-day state visit to India. “The Taj Mahal inspires awe, a timeless testament to the rich and diverse beauty of Indian Culture!” Trump wrote in the monuments visitors book. The president began his first visit to India on Monday, starting by addressing over 100,000 people at the city of Ahmedabads newly constructed cricket stadium, the worlds largest, which he also inaugurated. The Taj Mahal inspires awe, a timeless testament to the rich and diverse beauty of Indian Culture! Thank You, India. -Writes Hon. President of the USA, Mr. @realDonaldTrump and First lady of the USA, Mrs. @MELANIATRUMP in Visitors book of @TajMahal. pic.twitter.com/WIoWE5VMAC — Government of UP (@UPGovt) February 24, 2020 U.S. President Donald Trump and F..

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Bloomberg Postpones Town Hall, Plans to Challenge Sanders at Debate

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg pushed back his CNN townhall from Monday to Wednesday to better prepare for a Democratic presidential debate slated for Tuesday night. Bloombergs campaign linked the move to the billionaires desire to confront Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.). “The country cant afford to let Bernie Sanders skate by another debate without a focus on his extreme record,” Galia Slayen, the Bloomberg campaigns national press secretary, said in a statement to The Epoch Times. “Mike is preparing for Tuesdays crucial debate, and looks forward to taking part in CNNs town hall on Wednesday.” Bloomberg and Sanders, both 78, clashed at last weeks debate in Nevada. After Sanders said that billionaires are able to get by paying little in taxes, Bloomberg noted that the longtime federal lawmaker owns three homes. “What a wonderful country we have,” Bloomberg said. “The best known socialist in the country happens to be a millionaire with three houses. What did I miss?” Sa..

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Trump Starts India Trip by Announcing $3 Billion in Defense Deals

U.S. President Donald Trump launched his first state visit to India by announcing that the two nations would sign defense agreements valued at billions of dollars. Addressing a cheering crowd of over 100,000 people at the worlds largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad city, Trump said on Feb. 24: “I am pleased to announce that tomorrow, our representatives will sign deals to sell over $3 billion in the absolute finest, state-of-the-art military helicopters and other equipment to the Indian armed forces.” Trump spoke about India and the United States defending their “sovereignty and security” together. “The United States looks forward to providing India with the best and most feared military equipment on the planet. We make the greatest weapons ever made–airplanes, missiles, rockets, ships. We make the best, and we are dealing now with India,” Trump said in his speech, at a joint rally with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The “Namaste Trump” rally at the Sardar Patel Stadium was a..

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New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy to Undergo Surgery for Likely Cancerous Kidney Tumor

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has a likely cancerous tumor on his left kidney that will be surgically removed in early March, he announced on Feb. 23. “Friends—Ive got a tumor on my left kidney and will undergo a partial nephrectomy in early March to remove it,” Murphy, a Democrat, wrote on Twitter on Saturday evening, adding that “the prognosis is very good and Im profoundly grateful to my doctors for detecting the tumor early.” “Over 50,000 New Jerseyans will hear the words you have cancer this year, so Im far from alone here. Its a situation that far too many families find themselves in. Thats why were fighting for them each and every day,” he said. Murphy, 62, who last year signed legislation to establish a state-based health exchange, added that “health care is a right, not a privilege for a select few, and skyrocketing medical costs are a national emergency.” “If theres anything my diagnosis reminds me of, its that preventative services are lifesaving and we need to continue fi..

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Debate Performances Have Hurt Biden, Rep. Clyburn Says

House Majority Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Sunday that former Vice President Joe Biden may have “suffered” due to his performance in previous debates, which may have cost him in earlier voting states. “Ive heard from a lot of the people that they thought that Joe Biden could have done more to engage … during the debates and thought he could have done more to say why he would be deserving. And so, I think he suffered from that because he didnt do enough,” Clyburn told NBCs “Meet the Press.” The former vice president finished fourth in Iowa and fifth in New Hampshire, but he claimed second-place in Nevada on Saturday. Biden has often said that his campaign must do well in South Carolina, telling CBS Newss “Face the Nation” that he believes he will win the state. “I feel good about where we are. I feel good about going into South Carolina,” he said on Sunday. “And I feel good about the kind of support Ive had with African Americans around the country.” But Clyburn on Sunday s..

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