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Leading House Dem tells party not to be ‘hasty’ in pursuing whistleblower allegations

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House Democrats should continue investigating President Trump’s conduct but shouldn’t be “hasty” in rushing to judgment on allegations about the administration suppressing an intelligence community whistleblower, Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Mich., argued on Saturday.

Kildee, who serves as the chief deputy whip for the Democratic Caucus, told Fox News host Neil Cavuto that President Trump “very likely” violated the law when he urged Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate the Bidens.

As a caveat, Kildee added on “Cavuto Live” that Congressional Democrats should not move too fast on the issue. “I think it’s important — even with this president, with whom I have a lot of differences — that we not make too many hasty judgments until we have an opportunity to evaluate the information.”

Cavuto pressed Kildee on what he saw as Democrats’ willingness to probe for answers surrounding Trump’s call with Ukraine and the inspector general report into the origins of the Russia investigation. Kildee said that both were important but the IG report on Russia had already been adequately scrutinized whereas the Ukraine call hadn’t been scrutinized “at all.”

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Kildee’s comments came as Democratic politicians lined up to call for impeachment as a response to the controversy surrounding Trump’s call.

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“Donald Trump is a criminal,” former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro tweeted on Friday. “He must be impeached immediately,” the 2020 hopeful added.

Trump also faced fresh scrutiny from Democratic leadership. “Any effort by Trump to pressure a foreign government to dig up dirt on his political opponent, while holding up vital military aid to that country, is both corrupt and a grave threat to American interests,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., tweeted on Friday. “No explicit quid pro quo is necessary to betray your country.”

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Gingrich and DeSantis: Pelosi drug plan is hazardous to your health – would hurt efforts to develop new drugs

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Editor’s Note: The consulting and media production firm Gingrich 360 advises several companies in the health care industry that could be affected by price controls.

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s long-awaited plan for Washington to negotiate drug prices fits in with her party’s accelerating rush toward left-wing government domination in health care.

Pelosi’s plan would institute an up to 95 percent retroactive tax on gross drug sales if manufacturers don’t agree to Washington’s price demands. So the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would “negotiate” drug prices much in the same way that Don Corleone, of “The Godfather” fame, “negotiated” with Jack Woltz to let Jonny Fontane star in his movie.

By allowing bureaucrats to dictate drug prices, Pelosi is laying the groundwork for “Medicare-for-all” – which would have bureaucrats dictate all health care prices.

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Recall, Pelosi floated a plan in the spring that was merely left-wing – instead of loony left-wing – and it received huge blowback from her party’s hard left. By caving to their demands now, she has effectively surrendered control of governing to the “Squad.”

But we want to point out a more fundamental fact: Nancy Pelosi and the hard left have no idea how drugs are developed.

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Their ignorance is revealed in documents the speaker’s officer released outlining the Pelosi plan. It cites an analysis that claims that of the top 10 drug manufacturers, nine spend more on advertising than research.

In reality, three times as much is spent industrywide on research and development as on marketing. But the left falsely argues that taxing the biopharmaceutical industry into oblivion and dictating prices won’t hurt drug development.

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Advocates of the Pelosi plan tried to further muddy the issue by promising to take the money that price controls would allegedly save Medicare and give it to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in order to conduct more medical research.

However, only the government would pay less under the Pelosi plan, not necessarily Medicare patients

To be clear: At Gingrich 360, we are steadfast supporters of increasing funding for the NIH. Speaker Gingrich wrote a Fox News op-ed in 2015 calling on Congress to double the NIH budget. Just this week, we publicly supported efforts to lobby Congress on behalf of increased NIH funding.

However, devastating the U.S. private biopharmaceutical sector while expecting to maintain the pace of drug innovation by giving NIH more money is a fantasy. It is like a championship football team firing its star quarterback and running back but expecting to score as many points as last year because it has signed the best punt returner in the business.

NIH funding is critical, but it is just the first step in the drug development process. It generates the basic scientific research for which it is difficult to raise private capital. Like a good punt returner who can grab better field position, a robust NIH creates more opportunities to reach the end zone – in this case, the introduction of a new drug to market. But you still need the rest of the offense to score.

After NIH research makes a discovery that could inform the development of a new treatment, such as a molecular pathway or target, the private sector takes over. Oftentimes, it is a small biopharmaceutical firm that picks up the ball and raises money to fund the research and development needed to see if it can turn the NIH’s scientific discovery into a viable treatment for patients.

Even then, many – if not most – of these small firms fail. Translating basic scientific research into treatments which can work in humans is difficult. But if a drug or therapy is successful in early clinical trials, the firm will often try to partner with – or be acquired by – a larger firm with the know-how and resources needed to fund the most expensive stages of drug development.

Then, if the drug is approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the company will manufacture and sell it in the marketplace.

So when Pelosi and her left-wing allies claim that drug manufacturers spent more on advertising than research, they are being extremely deceptive. They ignore manufacturers’ considerable investments in research and development and fail to acknowledge the massive amount of private funding supplied by investors in the earlier, and much riskier, stages of drug development (not to mention the time and energy of the founding scientists who usually own stock and should rightfully be rewarded).

And since these investors make decisions by weighing the high risk of failure (only one in 10 drugs under development make it to market) with how much money the drug could generate if it is successfully approved, there is a direct relationship between the expected financial returns on a new drug and the amount of money available to invest in research and development.

This is not a theory. We know what Pelosi’s plan – and those like it – would lead to because we have already seen it happen in Europe.

In 1986, European investment in biopharmaceutical research was 24 percent higher than in the U.S. Then Europe imposed price controls. Today, investment is 40 percent lower. Price controls and single-payer systems have also led to significantly fewer breakthrough drugs available to European patients than in the U.S. It is the major reason why cancer survival rates are higher in the U.S. than in Europe.

Pelosi’s plan may artificially lower prices on new branded drugs, but it would come at a huge cost. The pace of biomedical innovation would be dramatically slowed and patient access to new drugs would be limited.

The only winners from Pelosi’s plan would be China and our other economic competitors – who would love to see us undermine our own domestic biopharmaceutical sector to their benefit. The quickest way for them to gain market share in this critical global marketplace is for us to sabotage ourselves. Pelosi and the left would be their unwitting agents.

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The losers would be patients hoping for new cures and the millions of scientists, researchers and skilled workers who help to develop them.

The American people should stand united against this disaster because it is their health that is being threatened.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE BY NEWT GINGRICH

Joe DeSantis is the chief strategy officer for Gingrich 360. He leads the consulting division, with clients in health care, aviation and education.

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Gingrich and DeSantis: Pelosi drug plan is hazardous to your health – would hurt efforts to develop new drugs

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Editor’s Note: The consulting and media production firm Gingrich 360 advises several companies in the health care industry that could be affected by price controls.

Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s long-awaited plan for Washington to negotiate drug prices fits in with her party’s accelerating rush toward left-wing government domination in health care.

Pelosi’s plan would institute an up to 95 percent retroactive tax on gross drug sales if manufacturers don’t agree to Washington’s price demands. So the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services would “negotiate” drug prices much in the same way that Don Corleone, of “The Godfather” fame, “negotiated” with Jack Woltz to let Jonny Fontane star in his movie.

By allowing bureaucrats to dictate drug prices, Pelosi is laying the groundwork for “Medicare-for-all” – which would have bureaucrats dictate all health care prices.

NEWT GINGRICH: DEM PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES DOING A GREAT JOB SHOWING VOTERS WHY TRUMP SHOULD BE REELECTED

Recall, Pelosi floated a plan in the spring that was merely left-wing – instead of loony left-wing – and it received huge blowback from her party’s hard left. By caving to their demands now, she has effectively surrendered control of governing to the “Squad.”

But we want to point out a more fundamental fact: Nancy Pelosi and the hard left have no idea how drugs are developed.

More from Opinion

Their ignorance is revealed in documents the speaker’s officer released outlining the Pelosi plan. It cites an analysis that claims that of the top 10 drug manufacturers, nine spend more on advertising than research.

In reality, three times as much is spent industrywide on research and development as on marketing. But the left falsely argues that taxing the biopharmaceutical industry into oblivion and dictating prices won’t hurt drug development.

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Advocates of the Pelosi plan tried to further muddy the issue by promising to take the money that price controls would allegedly save Medicare and give it to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in order to conduct more medical research.

However, only the government would pay less under the Pelosi plan, not necessarily Medicare patients

To be clear: At Gingrich 360, we are steadfast supporters of increasing funding for the NIH. Speaker Gingrich wrote a Fox News op-ed in 2015 calling on Congress to double the NIH budget. Just this week, we publicly supported efforts to lobby Congress on behalf of increased NIH funding.

However, devastating the U.S. private biopharmaceutical sector while expecting to maintain the pace of drug innovation by giving NIH more money is a fantasy. It is like a championship football team firing its star quarterback and running back but expecting to score as many points as last year because it has signed the best punt returner in the business.

NIH funding is critical, but it is just the first step in the drug development process. It generates the basic scientific research for which it is difficult to raise private capital. Like a good punt returner who can grab better field position, a robust NIH creates more opportunities to reach the end zone – in this case, the introduction of a new drug to market. But you still need the rest of the offense to score.

After NIH research makes a discovery that could inform the development of a new treatment, such as a molecular pathway or target, the private sector takes over. Oftentimes, it is a small biopharmaceutical firm that picks up the ball and raises money to fund the research and development needed to see if it can turn the NIH’s scientific discovery into a viable treatment for patients.

Even then, many – if not most – of these small firms fail. Translating basic scientific research into treatments which can work in humans is difficult. But if a drug or therapy is successful in early clinical trials, the firm will often try to partner with – or be acquired by – a larger firm with the know-how and resources needed to fund the most expensive stages of drug development.

Then, if the drug is approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the company will manufacture and sell it in the marketplace.

So when Pelosi and her left-wing allies claim that drug manufacturers spent more on advertising than research, they are being extremely deceptive. They ignore manufacturers’ considerable investments in research and development and fail to acknowledge the massive amount of private funding supplied by investors in the earlier, and much riskier, stages of drug development (not to mention the time and energy of the founding scientists who usually own stock and should rightfully be rewarded).

And since these investors make decisions by weighing the high risk of failure (only one in 10 drugs under development make it to market) with how much money the drug could generate if it is successfully approved, there is a direct relationship between the expected financial returns on a new drug and the amount of money available to invest in research and development.

This is not a theory. We know what Pelosi’s plan – and those like it – would lead to because we have already seen it happen in Europe.

In 1986, European investment in biopharmaceutical research was 24 percent higher than in the U.S. Then Europe imposed price controls. Today, investment is 40 percent lower. Price controls and single-payer systems have also led to significantly fewer breakthrough drugs available to European patients than in the U.S. It is the major reason why cancer survival rates are higher in the U.S. than in Europe.

Pelosi’s plan may artificially lower prices on new branded drugs, but it would come at a huge cost. The pace of biomedical innovation would be dramatically slowed and patient access to new drugs would be limited.

The only winners from Pelosi’s plan would be China and our other economic competitors – who would love to see us undermine our own domestic biopharmaceutical sector to their benefit. The quickest way for them to gain market share in this critical global marketplace is for us to sabotage ourselves. Pelosi and the left would be their unwitting agents.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

The losers would be patients hoping for new cures and the millions of scientists, researchers and skilled workers who help to develop them.

The American people should stand united against this disaster because it is their health that is being threatened.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE BY NEWT GINGRICH

Joe DeSantis is the chief strategy officer for Gingrich 360. He leads the consulting division, with clients in health care, aviation and education.

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Rep. Joe Kennedy III announces Massachusetts Senate primary challenge against Ed Markey

Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Mass., announced Saturday that he will mount a primary challenge to Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., next year.

The 38-year-old Kennedy — the grandson of Robert F. Kennedy – formally announced his candidacy at a community center in Boston after weeks of rumors that he was mulling entering the race.

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“Donald Trump has forced a long overdue reckoning in America, and how we respond will say everything about who we are,” Kennedy told supporters. “We have to take on the broken system that gave rise to him in the first place — the outdated structures and old rules, the everyday oppressions and injustices that hold our people back.”

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Democratic U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III, D-Mass., waves to supporters as he arrives in East Boston to announce his candidacy for the Senate Saturday. (AP Photo/Josh Reynolds)

Should Kennedy win, he would be the fourth Kennedy to serve in the Senate, joining his grandfather and his great-uncles John F. Kennedy, the 35th president, and Edward Kennedy. Edward Kennedy was the last member of the prestigious political family to run for Senate, winning election in 1962.

The challenge to Markey, 73, is likely to leave local Democrats, including 2020 presidential hopeful and fellow Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., with a difficult choice of who to back.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has already endorsed Markey, with whom she has worked closely on the Green New Deal resolution introduced in Congress earlier this year.

“Ed Markey is a proud and strong progressive champion for working families — not just in Massachusetts but across the country,” she said last week.

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Sen. Ed Markey addresses delegates during the 2019 Massachusetts Democratic Party Convention in Springfield. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File)

Markey, who joined thousands of young climate change activists who rallied in Boston on Friday as part of a global, youth-led day of environmental action, has the backing of many environmental activists. One of those groups — Environment Massachusetts — has vowed to raise $5 million to help Markey win re-election.

Kennedy positioned himself as a more pragmatic Democrat when he was first elected to Congress in 2012, but has since adopted a series of left-wing stances. He has backed impeachment proceedings against President Trump, “Medicare-for-all” and the Green New Deal. In 2018, Kennedy gave the Democratic response to Trump’s State of the Union address.

Despite the blue-on-blue challenge, Kennedy has not yet moved to criticize Markey.

“Senator Markey is a good man,” he said. “This is going to be a tough race.”

But Markey responded on Saturday by challenging Kennedy, along with other primary opponents, to a debate on how to respond to the question of climate change — an issue he has been advocating on for decades. He proposed it be held in November.

“I was very disappointed at the Democratic National Committee’s refusal to hold a debate on climate change for our presidential candidates,” Markey said in a video message. “So today I’m challenging Congressman Joe Kennedy, Shannon Liss-Riordan and Steve Pemberton to a climate change debate, and to do it very soon.”

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“For the next generation, we can’t wait,” he said.

Liss-Riordan, a workers’ rights lawyer, and Pemberton, a former senior executive at Walgreens, are also challenging Markey.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Funeral held for journalist Cokie Roberts in Washington, DC

The funeral for Cokie Roberts took place on Saturday morning in downtown Washington, D.C.

Friends, family, political figures and fellow reporters honored the late veteran journalist, political commentator and author, who died Tuesday morning after battling breast cancer. She was 75.

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“We will miss Cokie beyond measure, both for her contributions and for her love and kindness,” her family said in a statement at the time.

Roberts worked in television for over 40 years and was a frequent contributor to “This Week” with David Brinkley.

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ABC News president James Goldston called Cokie Roberts a “true pioneer for women in journalism.” (Getty)

She also served as ABC’s chief congressional analyst, anchored “This Week” alongside Sam Donaldson from 1996-2002 and started her career with high-profile jobs at NPR and CBS News.

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Roberts is survived by her husband of 53 years, Steven V. Roberts, her children, Lee Roberts and Rebecca Roberts; her grandchildren, Regan, Hale and Cecilia Roberts and Claiborne, Jack and Roland Hartman, along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins, according to her family.

Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this report.

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YouTuber agrees to pay family of girl who died copying her cooking video

A Chinese YouTuber has agreed to pay the families of two girls who tried to copy one of her viral cooking techniques after one of them died on September 5.

Zhou Xiao Hui, also known as Ms Yeah, has 7.5 million subscribers on YouTube and routinely makes videos of herself cooking using unusual objects. In the video in question, she attempted to cook popcorn in a soda can using just an alcohol lamp.

When two girls, Zhe Zhe, 14, and Xiaoyu, 12, tried the same technique — heating up the alcohol in the soda can — it ignited, resulting in devastating injuries, according to the BBC.

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Ms Yeah has agreed to pay the families of two girls who tried to copy one of her viral cooking techniques after one of them died on September 5. (Ms Yeah Youtube/Screenshot)

Ms Yeah said the accident occurred because the flame was lit when they attempted to pour alcohol in the cans, which helped to ignite a nearby 2-pound bucket of alcohol.

Zhe Zhe later died from the injuries she sustained in the explosion, and Xiaoyu needs cosmetic surgery, according to her family. The Beijing News reported that Zhe Zhe sustained burns on 96 percent of her body and Xiaoyu had burns on 13 percent of her body.

Even though Ms Yeah paid the families an undisclosed amount, she denied the two girls were replicating her video exactly and said they used a different method.

“I used only one tin can and an alcohol lamp, which is safer,” she said in a post on Weibo. “In [their video] we could clearly see that they used two cans and not a lamp.”

She added that her videos aren’t meant to be instructional, according to the BBC.

Hui will pay the hospital bills for Xiaoyu, and it’s not clear how much additional compensation she will contribute. Ms Yeah’s cousin, who serves as her representative, says the YouTuber will help out the families, “regardless of who was right and who was wrong,” according to the outlet.

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He added that he hoped there would “not be any hate” between the families of the two girls and his cousin.

The families reached out to Beijing News. Xiaoyu’s father said his daughter “no longer dared to step out of the house,” and Zhe Zhe’s father said no amount of money will bring his daughter back.

Ms Yeah released a video on Sept. 10 titled “The darkest day of my life.” The YouTuber said she “let her fans down” and the tragedy caused her “immense pain.”

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Hui said her videos include warnings for viewers not to imitate her stunts.

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Andrew McCarthy: What is Trump-Biden clash over Ukraine and whistleblower all about?

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The Democratic media narrative of impeachment portrays President Trump and his administration as serial law-breakers who, true to form, obstruct all congressional investigations of wrongdoing. This then becomes the analytical framework for every new controversy. There are at least two fundamental problems with this.

First, our constitutional system is based on friction between competing branches vested with separate but closely related powers. The framers understood that the two political branches would periodically try to usurp each other’s authorities. Congress often does this by enactments that seek to subject executive power to congressional (or judicial) supervision. Presidential pushback on such laws is not criminal obstruction; it is the Constitution in action.

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Second, we’ve become so law-obsessed that we miss the forest for the trees. Often, the least important aspect of a controversy — viz., whether a law has been violated — becomes the dominant consideration. Short shrift is given to the more consequential aspects, such as whether we are being competently governed or whether power is being abused.

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These problems are now playing out in the Trump controversy du jour (or should I say de l’heure?): the intelligence community whistleblower.

As this column is written on Friday afternoon, the story is still evolving, with the president tweeting as ever, and The New York Times producing a report by no fewer than eight of its top journalists, joining the seven (and counting) who are working it for the Washington Post, which broke the story.

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Kevin Hart and passengers in car crash are lawyering up: reports

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Kevin Hart, as well as passengers in his doomed 1970 Plymouth Barracuda, are lawyering up.

The comedian is taking heat from those who were injured in the Sept. 1 crash, including the driver and a second passenger, who say Hart showed negligence for not having critical safety features installed like airbags and safety harnesses, according to a report from TMZ.

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The missing safeguards — standard in more modern vehicles —were not common back in the 1970s, so Hart reportedly passed on them for an extra bit of authenticity.

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The body shop who designed Hart’s car may also be on the hook for allowing the custom job to go through, reported TMZ, which said a negligence claim could be rooted in the body shop’s decision to go ahead with the job despite the lack of modern safeguards in the powerful, 720 horsepower engine vehicle.

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Football fan who requested beer money on TV reveals he’s raised $820G for children’s charity

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A simple request for beer money on TV has ended up turning into a massive fundraising haul — reaching more than $800,000 for a children’s hospital in Iowa.

Football fan Carson King was at ESPN’s College Game Day when he held up a sign asking for enough money to cover a case of beer, and displaying his username on the payment app Venmo. After he received a flood of donations into his Venmo account, he decided to take that money — along with matching donations from Anheuser Busch and Venmo — and donate it to the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital.

On Saturday, he told “Fox & Friends” he had accumulated more than $800,000 for charity. “So, right now, with matched contributions, we’re over $822,000,” he said.

Before receiving the influx of cash, King admitted his mother wasn’t too impressed about his stunt. King, on Saturday, said she was initially hesitant about him requesting beer money on national television.

“My mom heard the idea and she’s like, ‘Oh my gosh, my son’s going to be on national television asking for beer money’ — you know, proud mom moment,” King said sarcastically. “I think it turned into her being okay with it at this point,” he added.

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King went on to explain why he was donating the funds to the children’s hospital in Iowa.

“I mean, children’s hospitals, they do so much for everyone around the country — the Stead family, obviously they’re revolutionary in what they do,” he said, referring to the hospital’s namesake.

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“They do such great work with all the kids and all of their families … obviously, anything you can do to help the kids, you have to do.”

Anheuser Busch rewarded King’s good deed by creating a beer can with his face on it and sending him a year’s supply of Busch light packaged in those cans.

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Harry Kazianis: Trump wise to avoid a devastating war with Iran in wake of attack on Saudi Arabia

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There’s an old saying that wars are easy to get into but hard to get out of. President Trump understands this, which is why he wisely resisted the temptation to launch a military strike against Iran after that nation launched a missile and drone attack last week against Saudi Arabian oil facilities.

When he was running for president, Trump promised the American people he would not jump into endless conflicts in the greater Middle East, where thousands of members of the U.S. military have been killed and wounded in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Fighting began in 2001 in Afghanistan and 2003 in Iraq and still continues in both countries. U.S. forces have also fought on a smaller scale in Syria to strike at terrorist targets.

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U.S. taxpayers have spent trillions of dollars on these wars, but our involvement has done little or nothing to make our nation more secure.

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And Trump is old enough to remember the Vietnam War. That started as a small-scale conflict with U.S. advisers and wound up claiming the lives of more than 58,000 members of the U.S. military and wounding more than 150,000. Trump does not want to see anything approaching that scale happen in a war with Iran.

The president announced Friday that he is imposing new sanctions on Iran’ national bank in response to the attack on Saudi Arabia. And Pentagon officials announced they will deploy several hundred additional U.S. troops and air defense assets to Saudi Arabia to help the Saudis defend their nation against future attacks.

Those measured actions are a smart move by the president. He understands going further could start a war with Iran that would have devastating consequences in terms of U.S. lives and treasure.

Trump would be justified in striking Iran, which has recently been acting like a rogue nation looking for a fight. Tehran has attacked oil tankers, shot down a U.S. drone, and continued aid to terrorists in civil wars in Syria, Yemen and around the borders of Israel. Iran remains the world’s largest sponsor of terrorism in the world today.

Trump would be justified in striking Iran, which has recently been acting like a rogue nation looking for a fight.

I suspect Trump, despite all the reasons for striking Iran, will hold out unless his back is completely against the wall because he understand that striking Iran could set off a bloody war that would not be easy to win.

“Going into Iran would be a very easy decision,” Trump said at the White House on Friday. “Most people thought I would go in within two seconds” of the attack on Saudi Arabia. “I think I’m showing great restraint.”

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif warned Friday that a military attack on his country by the U.S. or Saudi Arabia would lead to “all-out war.” His warning needs to be taken seriously.

What would a war with Iran be like?

I have “fought” Iran many times in simulations in my national security work at the Center for the National Interest in Washington.

Going back as far as 2013, a bipartisan group of experts has gathered semi-regularly to test out scenarios if a war broke out.

In one scenario, Tehran is upset over a large increase in U.S. forces to the region to counter recent Iranian military advances in new submarines and missile platforms. Tehran decides to push back, testing a salvo of intermediate-range missiles – with an ICBM test looming in the next few months.

When Iran decides to test a second batch of missiles just days later – with the missiles flying close to U.S. missile defenses in the Persian Gulf – the U.S. destroys the Iranian missiles in mid-flight to teach Tehran a lesson.

Iran then declares a “naval exclusion zone” where it claims to be conducting nay exercises. The problem: the exclusion zone encompasses the Strait of Hormuz, where millions of barrels of oil pass through daily. Tehran declares that for the next month the strait will be closed during the exercise.

Global economic panic ensues. In only the first hours of the closure, oil prices spike 10 percent. In response, America demands the so-called exercise end in 24 hours. If not, U.S. military forces will clear the area of any naval or military forces in the area.

How does Iran respond? Tehran senses America is bluffing and doubles down, increasing the amount of naval and missile forces in the area. Additionally, Iran tests several new ballistic missiles that could, in theory, sink a U.S. naval warship.

America then strikes hard, making sure that if military force is going to be used, Washington gets the maximum amount of benefit with such an escalation. U.S. forces in the region attack with a series of cruise missile strikes from U.S. nuclear attack submarines sitting offshore. The attacks focus on clearing out the strait of Iranian naval assets and damaging Tehran’s nuclear and missile infrastructure.

At first, it seems the move is a resounding success. But then Iran decides that America must pay a price for its actions, with an attack on the symbol of U.S. military might, a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier that is operating in the region.

Iran launches a salvo of over 100 missiles, the U.S. carrier’s defenses are overwhelmed, and the 100,000-ton vessel is destroyed and 2,000 America’s die – the worst loss of U.S. lives since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Then things get even worse. Iran knows a massive U.S. counterattack is coming, so Tehran decides to go all in, striking U.S. naval assets in the region to limit such actions and hopefully get Washington to stand down and come to the bargaining table.

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What should America do now that U.S. men and women are dying in combat? As the simulation had fixed time limits, we never found out. With only a five-day window in our wargame, and with Iran’s last move now over, time expired.

Over the years, I have rerun this and other similar scenarios and all end in a similar way: no clear victory for the U.S. without sending in more forces to destroy Tehran’s military capabilities in a conflict that could last months or even years.

Would a real war play out like the simulation? No one can say for sure, but it easily could.

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Our simulations should stand as a giant caution flag waving in front of President Trump and his military advisers. A military attack on Iran could quickly spiral out of control and spark a long and costly war.

My advice to President Trump: think very carefully about your actions. And if you do decide to strike Iran, strike with overwhelming force.

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