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Pandemic Bonds Issued in 2017 by World Bank

World Bank Launched First-Ever Pandemic Bonds In 2017

Article from World Bank 2017 Press Release on June 28, 2017

The World Bank (International Bank for Reconstruction and Development) today launched specialized bonds aimed at providing financial support to the Pandemic Emergency Financing Facility (PEF), a facility created by the World Bank to channel surge funding to developing countries facing the risk of a pandemic.

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Electronic Health Records

Trump Administration Takes Action To Make Portable Electronic Health Records a Reality

USA Today Opinion Article

We're empowering patients with secure access to their medical data to drive efficient, affordable and high-quality health care.

Imagine a world where you couldn’t access your bank account, other than by going into a branch and filling in huge numbers of paper forms and that every time you went to another branch, you had to fill in another set. Worse yet, what if you couldn’t transfer your own money from one bank to another? This is an unfortunate analogy to the status quo in today’s health care system. Patients lack the ability to control their own information and share it with the doctors and hospitals of their choice. For many Americans, collecting and navigating their own health care records is a frustrating, time-consuming burden that leads to lower quality and higher costs. Until now.

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Trump Accomplishments as of March 9, 2020

Donald Trump's Accomplishments (through March 2020)

Photo credit: The Independent

If someone asks you what President Trump has done for this country while in office, show them this (as of March 9, 2020):

    • Trump recently signed 3 bills to benefit Native people. One gives compensation to the Spokane tribe for loss of their lands in the mid-1900s, one funds Native language programs, and the third gives federal recognition to the Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa Indians in Montana.
    • This month Trump finalized the creation of Space Force as our 6th Military branch.
    • This month Trump signed a law to make cruelty to animals a federal felony so that animal abusers face tougher consequences.
    • Violent crime has fallen every year he’s been in office after rising during the 2 years before he was elected.

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Accomplishments by President Trump

President Trump's Accomplishments (through June 2019)

  • Almost 4 million jobs created since election.
  • More Americans are now employed than ever recorded before in our history.
  • We have created more than 400,000 manufacturing jobs since my election.
  • Manufacturing jobs growing at the fastest rate in more than THREE DECADES.
  • Economic growth last quarter hit 4.2 percent.
  • New unemployment claims recently hit a 49-year low.
  • Median household income has hit highest level ever recorded.
  • African-American unemployment has recently achieved the lowest rate ever recorded.
  • Hispanic-American unemployment is at the lowest rate ever recorded.
  • Asian-American unemployment recently achieved the lowest rate ever recorded.
  • Women’s unemployment recently reached the lowest rate in 65 years.
  • Youth unemployment has recently hit the lowest rate in nearly half a century.
  • Lowest unemployment rate ever recorded for Americans without a high school diploma.
  • Under my Administration, veterans’ unemployment recently reached its lowest rate in nearly 20 years.
  • Almost 3.9 million Americans have been lifted off food stamps since the election.
  • The Pledge to America’s Workers has resulted in employers committing to train more than 4 million Americans. We are committed to VOCATIONAL education.
  • 95 percent of U.S. manufacturers are optimistic about the future—the highest ever.
  • Retail sales surged last month, up another 6 percent over last year.
  • Signed the biggest package of tax cuts and reforms in history. After tax cuts, over $300 billion poured back in to the U.S. in the first quarter alone.
  • As a result of our tax bill, small businesses will have the lowest top marginal tax rate in more than 80 years.
  • Helped win U.S. bid for the 2028 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.
  • Helped win U.S.-Mexico-Canada’s united bid for 2026 World Cup.
  • Opened ANWR and approved Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines.
  • Record number of regulations eliminated.
  • Enacted regulatory relief for community banks and credit unions.
  • Obamacare individual mandate penalty GONE.
  • My Administration is providing more affordable healthcare options for Americans through association health plans and short-term duration plans.
  • Last month, the FDA approved more affordable generic drugs than ever before in history. And thanks to our efforts, many drug companies are freezing or reversing planned price increases.
  • We reformed the Medicare program to stop hospitals from overcharging low-income seniors on their drugs—saving seniors hundreds of millions of dollars this year alone.
  • Signed Right-To-Try legislation.
  • Secured $6 billion in NEW funding to fight the opioid epidemic.
  • We have reduced high-dose opioid prescriptions by 16 percent during my first year in office.
  • Signed VA Choice Act and VA Accountability Act, expanded VA telehealth services, walk-in-clinics, and same-day urgent primary and mental health care.
  • Increased our coal exports by 60 percent; U.S. oil production recently reached all-time high.
  • United States is a net natural gas exporter for the first time since 1957.
  • Withdrew the United States from the job-killing Paris Climate Accord.
  • Cancelled the illegal, anti-coal, so-called Clean Power Plan.
  • Secured record $700 billion in military funding; $716 billion next year.
  • NATO allies are spending $69 billion more on defense since 2016.
  • Process has begun to make the Space Force the 6th branch of the Armed Forces.
  • Confirmed more circuit court judges than any other new administration.
  • Confirmed Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh.
  • Withdrew from the horrible, one-sided Iran Deal.
  • Moved U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.
  • Protecting Americans from terrorists with the Travel Ban, upheld by Supreme Court.
  • Issued Executive Order to keep open Guantanamo Bay.
  • Concluded a historic U.S.-Mexico Trade Deal to replace NAFTA. And negotiations with Canada are underway as we speak.
  • Reached a breakthrough agreement with the E.U. to increase U.S. exports.
  • Imposed tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum to protect our national security.
  • Imposed tariffs on China in response to China’s forced technology transfer, intellectual property theft, and their chronically abusive trade practices.
  • Net exports are on track to increase by $59 billion this year.
  • Improved vetting and screening for refugees, and switched focus to overseas resettlement.
  • We have begun BUILDING THE WALL. Republicans want STRONG BORDERS and NO CRIME. Democrats want OPEN BORDERS which equals MASSIVE CRIME.

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Executive Order #13876 - transparency in healthcare

President Trump Issues Executive Order To Improve Transparency in Healthcare

Photo: Carolyn Kaster/AP

President Trump issued Executive Order #13876 today, establishing a roadmap toward transparency in the American healthcare system. See the EO, along with video of the news conference below.

Executive Order on Improving Price and Quality Transparency in American Healthcare to Put Patients First

Issued on: June 24, 2019

 By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1.  Purpose.  My Administration seeks to enhance the ability of patients to choose the healthcare that is best for them.  To make fully informed decisions about their healthcare, patients must know the price and quality of a good or service in advance.  With the predominant role that third-party payers and Government programs play in the American healthcare system, however, patients often lack both access to useful price and quality information and the incentives to find low-cost, high-quality care.  Opaque pricing structures may benefit powerful special interest groups, such as large hospital systems and insurance companies, but they generally leave patients and taxpayers worse off than would a more transparent system.

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Transcript: James Rybicki, January 18, 2018

COMMITTEE SENSITIVE

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EXECUTIVE SESSION
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
JOINT W/
COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT REFORM AND OVERSIGHT,
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
WASHINGTON, D.C.
INTERVIEW OF:  JAMES RYBICKI
                    Thursday, January 18, 2018
                         Washington, D.C.  (240 pages)

The interview in the above matter was held in Room 2141, Rayburn House Office Building, commencing at 10:15 a.m.

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Transcript: Andrew McCabe, December 21, 2017

COMMITTEE SENSITIVE

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EXECUTIVE SESSION
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY
JOINT W/
COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT REFORM AND OVERSIGHT,
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
WASHINGTON, D.C.
INTERVIEW OF:  ANDREW McCABE
                   Thursday, December 21, 2017
                         Washington, D.C.

The interview in the above matter was held in Room 2141, Rayburn House Office Building, commencing at 10:54 a.m.  (251 pages)

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Transcript: Loretta Lynch, Dec 19, 2018

EXECUTIVE SESSION
COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY,
JOINT WITH THE
COMMITTEE ON OVERSIGHT AND GOVERNMENT REFORM,
U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES,
WASHINGTON, D.C.
INTERVIEW OF:  LORETTA LYNCH
                   Wednesday, December 19, 2018
                         Washington, D.C.

The interview in the above matter was held in Room 2141, Rayburn House Office Building, commencing at 10:17 a.m.  (191 pps)

     Members Present:  Representatives Goodlatte, Issa, Jordan,
Biggs, Nadler, Cummings, Jackson Lee, Cohen, Raskin, Demings,
Krishnamoorthi, and Connolly.

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     Chairman Goodlatte.  We'll go on the record.  This is a
transcribed interview of Loretta Lynch.

Chairman Gowdy and I requested this interview as part of a joint investigation by the House Committee on the Judiciary and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform into decisions made and not made by the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding the 2016 Presidential election.

Would the witness please state her name for the record?
Ms. Lynch. Good morning, Mr. Chairman. Loretta Lynch. ChairmanGoodlatte. Iwanttothankyouforappearingtoday,and

we appreciate your willingness to appear voluntarily.
My name is Bob Goodlatte, chairman of the Judiciary Committee. I will now ask everyone else who is here in the room, other than

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Convention of States

Convention of States

Citizen patriots themselves can and are actively drain the swamp in a civil, peaceful, and legal manner. A major movement began in 2013 called the Convention of States. Click here to download the Articles of the Convention of States. By calling and convening the first-ever Convention of States, the states and the people can strip Washington D.C. of its power and return that power to those city councils and state legislatures, where voters can truly hold their elected officials accountable. Check out this video from Prager University, which gives you a great overview:

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Term Limits Explained

What Are Term Limits and Why Do We Need Them?

Our recent article on Citisun entitled "Trump Vows To Drain The Swamp In Washington D.C." sparked interest, and raised a question worth exploring further, regarding term limits. Trump vowed repeatedly during his campaign to see to it that a Constitutional amendment would be added to impose term limits to all members of Congress.  In response to our article on draining the swamp, a comment / question by a Facebook poster asked:

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Drain The Swamp

Trump Vows to Drain The Swamp In Washington DC

Edited by John Coonen – In a lengthy Saturday address in Gettysburg, PA, Donald Trump laid out a seven point plan to “drain the swamp” inWashington, DC, and revitalize the American economy. Trump pledged that in his first 100 days in office, he will restore “honesty, accountability and change to Washington” through the following steps:

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Trans-Pacific Partnership

What Is the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement? (TPP)

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secretive, multinational trade agreement that threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws across the globe and rewrite international rules on its enforcement.

The main problems are two-fold:

(1) Digital Policies that Benefit Big Corporations at the Expense of the Public: The IP chapter would have extensive negative ramifications for users’ freedom of expression, right to privacy and due process, as well as hindering peoples' abilities to innovate. Other chapters of the agreement encourage your personal data to be sent borders with limited protection for your privacy, and allow foreign corporations to sue countries for laws or regulations that promote the public interest,

(2) Lack of Transparency: The entire process has shut out multi-stakeholder participation and is shrouded in secrecy.

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Call for continuing the Unity Pledge in 2020

Open Letter To Reince Priebus: Keep The Unity Pledge For 2020

Dear GOP: Keep the Unity Pledge for 2020 

Back in April of 2015, I disagreed with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus and his "Unity Pledge," but clearly I was wrong. I thought it was disrespectful toward all of the primary candidates. I thought supporting the eventual winning candidate would go without saying (or pledging). I also thought it was an underhanded way to force one candidate (Donald Trump) to either leave the GOP in the spring of 2015, or promise not to run as independent in the case of his loss. Trump bowed to the RNC and other candidates' demand, famously signing the pledge in Sharpee marker.

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Is this really the change we can believe in?

Eight Years Later, This Isn't Change I Believed In

Will Obama's Legacy Be The "Hateful Eight" Years of Change?

Now that more than eight years have passed since the days when Barack Obama made his meteoric rise in politics, it's fair to say that he's had his chance to deliver on his campaign promise of "change you can believe in."  The effects of his Presidency will be felt for decades no doubt, and his legacy has yet to be written, but for this snapshot in time in September of 2016, what positive and meaningful change has Barack Obama delivered?

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Where Have You Gone, Rick Monday?

Where Have You Gone, Rick Monday?

Rick Monday's Patriotic Act In 1976 vs. Colin Kaepernick's Inaction In 2016 Illustrates How Much "Change" We've Made In Just 40 Years

In April of 1976, Gerald Ford was our President the day two protestors attempted to burn the U.S. flag in center field of Dodgers Stadium, before thousands of fans who had come to see the visiting Chicago Cubs play the L.A. Dodgers. Before the two were able to light the flag on fire, Cubs center fielder Rick Monday swooped in to save the flag, as you see in this historic video clip from that day at Dodgers Stadium. 

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Donald Trump leads GOP in South Carolina primary 2016

Trump Takes South Carolina

Trump Wins South Carolina Primary, Followed By Rubio & Cruz. Bush Bows Out.

Donald Trump took the winner's spot in South Carolina's GOP primary, after a rocky week on the campaign trail.  He continued to touch the nerves of voters in South Carolina, with blistering rhetoric about combating terrorism, ending illegal immigration, and a less than presidentialretort to Pope Francis. 

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CNN headline

Did Pope Francis Really Imply Donald Trump Is Not Christian? Unlikely.

I read this CNN headline, and it perplexed me. So, I looked up the actual interview between the Pope and reporters. Here is the quote, from Pope Francis on February 18th, 2016:

"A person who thinks only about building walls,
wherever they may be, and not building bridges,
is not Christian. This is not in the Gospel.”  

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OOPS! Did Texas Judge Guevara Just Fuel Scalia Death Conspiracy Theorists' Fire?

Judge Gives Lesson On How NOT To Handle Conspiracy Theorists

Infowars correspondent David Knight goes to the source of the possible scuttlebutt that's now smoldering in West Texas, and asks Presidio County Judge Cinderela Guevara for an explaination of how she handled the procedure in the recent death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Judge Guevara is the judge who declared the cause of death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia to be "natural causes," via telephone on Saturday, February 13th – without having seen the body, and without a post mortem medical examination.

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Should Obama Appoint a New Supreme Court Justice To Replace Scalia? Rubio's View

In this interview by George Stephanopolis on ABC This Week, Senator Marco Rubio shares his view on whether or not President Obama should appoint a new candidate for Supreme Court Justice, to replace Justice Antonin Scalia, who passed away last week at the age of 79. He also comments on the intense debate now brewing between he and Senator Ted Cruz.

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Trey Gowdy Endorses Marco Rubio For 2016 GOP Primary

After Senator Cruz's apparent attempt to misrepresent the truth about Trey Gowdy's support for the upcoming GOP Primary election, the Rubio campaign released this ad, leading up to the South Carolina Primary and Super Tuesday votes, coming up soon.

Do you think this ad for Rubio will be enough to counter the misinformation / disinformation circulated by Cruz supporters, that Gowdy "switched his support to Cruz?"

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The Promise of Hope

The Promise of Hope

 

When a friend makes you a promise, be trustful.
When a stranger makes you a promise, be concerned.
When a politician makes you a promise, be guarded.
When a politician promises you hope,
be alarmed.

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, Dead at 79

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia Pronounced Dead of Natural Causes at 79

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died Saturday, February 13th. A devoted Christian Catholic, last rights were administered to Justice Scalia by a Catholic Priest, and his family is making funeral arrangements.

Justice Scalia died while on vacation in his sleep either Friday night or Saturday morning, at the Cibolo Creek Ranch, a luxury hunting resort compound, owned by Houston businessman John Poindexter (no, not that John Poindexter). The 30,000 acre 5-star resort is less than an hour from the Mexican border, approximately 40 miles south of Marfa, Texas.

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