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Sen. Collins Says Trumps Pick for DNI Lacks Experience

Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) said that Republican President Donald Trump should have nominated acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire to the position permanently, adding that Trumps replacement lacks experience. Trump named U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell as the acting director of national intelligence (DNI) last week, replacing Maguire. “I would have much preferred that the president nominate acting director Maguire for the post,” Collins told reporters Monday afternoon in Washington. “I care deeply about that position and believe the person needs experience in the intelligence community which regrettably Ambassador Grenell does not have.” The post of director of national intelligence, which was created after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, oversees the 17 U.S. civilian and military intelligence agencies including the CIA. Collins helped write the law creating the position and is a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Nominatin..

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Sanders Says Major Plans to Be Funded by New Taxes, Lawsuits, and Defense Spending Cuts

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) released a fact sheet on Feb. 24 detailing how he would pay for his proposals, moments after announcing he would do so during a CNN town hall in South Carolina. The presidential candidate said he would be publishing the plans detailing how he will pay for ambitious proposals like Medicare for All, the Green New Deal, and canceling student debt, by way of distinguishing himself from Trumps campaign. Sanders said in the fact sheet that the Medicare for All plan would save over $450 billion in health care costs and prevent 68,000 unnecessary deaths every year. The Democratic candidate said he plans to create a 4 percent income-based premium while exempting the first $29,000 in income for a family of four, requiring employers to pay a 7.5 percent income-based premium, eliminating health tax expenditures, and raising the top marginal income tax to 52 percent on incomes over $10 million. As for his Green New Deal, Sanders said he plans to raise $16.3 trillion ..

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Trumps Delhi Visit Rocked by Deadly Protests: 7 Killed

Violent clashes and protests overshadowed President Donald Trumps visit to Delhi, as at least seven people were killed and around 150 were injured in clashes between opposing groups in the Indian capital on Feb. 24. The fatalities—six civilians and one policeman—were confirmed by police as the northeastern district of the city saw the deadliest riots since protests against a new citizenship law began over two months ago. “Seven persons, including one head constable of Delhi police, have died,” Anil Mittal, a police officer, confirmed. Tear gas and smoke grenades were used by police as they attempted to disperse and control the violence as thousands of people demonstrated for and against the new citizenship law. Demonstrators set vehicles and a petrol pump alight, threw stones, and tore down metal barricades. “Some of the people brought in had gunshot wounds,” said Dr. Rajesh Kalra, additional medical superintendent at the Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital in New Delhi. The police officer ..

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Lindsey Graham Says FISA Probe Will Focus on Mystery Russian Source and Unreliable Dossier

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) has revealed the Senates investigation into FBI abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act will focus on a Russian source who disputed much of the information in former British intelligence agent Christopher Steeles dossier. Speaking on Fox Newss “Sunday Morning Features,” the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said the investigation will mainly focus on interviews the agency conducted with the Russian source, known in the Justice Department inspector generals report as “Primary Sub-Source.” “What Im going to do is call the people who were involved in investigating the counterintelligence investigation,” Graham told host Maria Bartiromo. “You have 21 people involved that Ive named. And I want to find out what did [former FBI deputy Director Andrew] McCabe and [former FBI Director James] Comey know, when did they know that the dossier was unreliable.” “The Department of Justice has withdrawn the two warrant requests saying theyre illegal,..

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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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