Grind for March 9th
“You are the sum total of everything you’ve ever seen, heard, eaten, smelled, been told, forgot – it’s all there. Everything influences each of us, and because of that I try to make sure that my experiences are positive.” – Maya Angelou
GOP Calls on Democrats to Investigate Chinese Influence Over WHO
The Republican members of the House Oversight Committee urged the Democratic-led committee to investigate the Chinese Communist Party’s influence over the World Health Organization.
The three-page letter, sent to Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney of New York on Thursday by GOP Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio and the Republican Party’s ranking members on five oversight subcommittees, called on Democratic leadership to provide briefings and hold hearings in May on WHO’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic. This comes amid a battle between Republicans and Democrats over President Trump’s decision to pause federal funding to the WHO, which the president called “China-centric.”
“The potential misuse of taxpayer dollars is at the heart of the Committee’s jurisdiction, and we owe it to the American people to evaluate how the WHO has been spending their hard-earned money. The American taxpayer is the single largest contributor to the WHO, providing approximately $900 million every two years – ten times greater than China’s contribution,” the Republican letter obtained by the Washington Examiner said. “Notwithstanding this drastic imbalance in funding, the United States should not support organizations that promulgate communist propaganda instead of the facts. Our republic is not obligated to hand money to an entity that espouses ideals of international cooperation while furthering the Chinese government’s machinations.”
The GOP letter is a response to Maloney’s condemnation of the Trump administration’s stance toward the WHO earlier this month, when she said that “while we may agree that the WHO has shortcomings that must be corrected, your attack on the global health organization can easily be seen as a deliberate but transparent effort to deflect responsibility for your own failures onto others.” Read more…
Democrats Begin to Confront Biden Allegations
Top Democrats are defending former Vice President Joe Biden against allegations made by Tara Reade, a former aide who says the then-senator sexually assaulted her in 1993.
Two powerful Democratic women – Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), a former rival to Biden for the Democratic presidential nomination, and Stacey Abrams, a top candidate to be Biden’s running mate – have come to Biden’s defense, saying that women have the right to be heard but that they do not believe Reade’s allegations against Biden.
“I know Joe Biden, and I think he’s telling the truth and this did not happen,” Abrams said on CNN.
The Biden campaign has denied the allegations, although Biden has not addressed the matter himself.
The issue is a difficult one for Democrats in the “Me Too” era, who set a standard of “believe all women” in allegations directed toward President Trump and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Reade first accused Biden of sexual assault more than a month ago and the story has largely been promoted online by Biden’s critics on the left, with some allies of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) calling on him to end his bid for the White House. Read more…
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