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Paul Batura: Trump revives Mount Rushmore’s July 4 celebration — and the use of common sense

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President Trump’s announcement that the annual Independence Day fireworks show over Mount Rushmore will be reinstated after more than a 10-year hiatus was delivered with something of a wry twist.

The popular event was canceled in 2009 over “environmental concerns,” including the risk of forest fires.

In announcing the return of the patriotic pyrotechnics, the president brushed aside any ongoing fear of the holiday show starting a fiery blaze.

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“What can burn?” he said bluntly. “It’s stone.”

Thank you, Mr. President.

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Of course, the nation’s chief executive is well aware there are trees surrounding the famed granite sculpture. But rather than catastrophizing the situation, the president balanced the minuscule risk with the magnificent reward of a crowd-pleasing, picturesque celebration.

Instead of finding an excuse, he found a solution.

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I think Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt would approve.

In Colorado, where I live, numerous fireworks displays have been canceled over so-called environmental fears also, including a longtime New Year’s Eve show in the quaint ski town of Breckenridge.

Haley Littleton, the village spokeswoman, said they decided to cancel the winter show to “provide consistency” with their July 4 cancellation and in order to “not disturb our wildlife.”

Sometimes I think liberals are just allergic to fun.

One of Trump’s draws during the 2016 election was his penchant for speaking bluntly. It enabled him, despite his massive wealth, to connect with everyday people. Behind the candor, though, was often common sense – something that’s historically been in short supply in bureaucratic Washington.

Whether he was talking about hysterics surrounding the environment or the need for the nation to dream again, his populist appeal was framed in shirt-sleeve English. In fact, he ran as a “common-sense conservative.”

I grew up on the south shore of Long Island, just about 12 miles from Trump’s childhood home. Over the course of the 25 years I lived there, I knew plenty of people who spoke in a similar straight-forward vein.

Although I don’t appreciate crass language, which Trump has been known to employ, I find it refreshing when people say what they mean – and mean what they say.

At the March for Life rally, where Trump became the first president to address the enthusiastic throng in person, the 73-year-old reiterated his strong opposition to abortion. Since running for president, he’s been criticized for speaking so bluntly about the horrors of the practice – but the killing of 3,000 innocent babies every single day is horrific to the extreme.

In Donald Trump’s world – and in the minds of millions of others of us who feel likewise – it’s common sense to give life a chance. And with a million abortions a year and a million couples waiting to adopt, the solution seems quite obvious if still not common practice.

My math teacher in seventh and eighth grade, Sister Maria Martin, often lamented, “The most uncommon thing is common sense.” Over 35 years later, my wise mentor just turned 90, and yet the problem has only gotten worse.

It’s common sense that when you disincentivize anything, you’re going to see less of it, whether it’s marriage, large families, work, retirement accounts, charitable giving or entrepreneurial start-ups. You have to inspect what you expect and give people a reason to want to reach beyond their grasp.

Yet, liberal politicians want to increase taxes on the very people who pay the vast majority of them, all while expanding entitlements, forgiving student loans and championing the lie that “free” equals “freedom.”

From my perspective, true and ultimate freedom is independence from government and dependence upon the Maker of heaven and earth.

When Thomas Paine wrote his famous pamphlet, “Common Sense,” on the eve of the American Revolution, he wisely observed that “a long habit of not thinking a thing wrong, gives it a superficial appearance of being right – and raise[s] at first a formidable outcry in defense of custom.”

Sometimes I wonder if that’s why the reaction to conservative, common-sense policies is so loud. So many have grown so accustomed and comfortable to liberal ways that an alternative path looks strange.

But don’t fret, wrote Paine, “The tumult soon subsides. Time makes more converts than reason.”

President Trump has promised to try and attend the July 4 extravaganza in South Dakota’s Black Hills. No stranger to stagecraft and a producer of pomp and pageantry, the real-estate magnate knows a good party when he sees it.

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I think he’ll be most pleased to be standing in the shadow of four of our nation’s strongest purveyors of prudent wisdom, especially his fellow straight-talking former New Yorker, who was also known to speak his mind regardless of the consequences.

“There are many qualities which we need in order to gain success,” wrote Teddy Roosevelt, “but the three above all — for the lack of which no brilliancy and no genius can atone—are Courage, Honesty and Common Sense.”

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Republican senator blasts Dems’ impeachment efforts as ‘odd political strategy’

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Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., blasted the House impeachment managers on Sunday for wanting to drag out President Trump’s trial, even while admitting that Republicans prefer to rush the trial to a conclusion.

Calling it an “odd political strategy,” Lankford said Democrats wanted to push through the president’s impeachment as quickly as possible and now that the Senate trial is underway, they want to slow it down.

“They wanted to move as fast as possible, and now they want to slow down the trial as much as possible in the Senate,” he said on ABC’s “This Week.” “That’s just a very odd political strategy for them, more than a fact-finding strategy,”

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Lankford added that most Republicans don’t want to call witnesses to testify in the trial because they want to conclude the trial in a speedy manner.

He also slammed the House managers for insisting that the Senate act like a “special counsel” and look to unearth new evidence brought against Trump.

“That’s not really the task of the Senate,” he said. “The task of the Senate is to hear the trial. The House is actually the one gathering evidence for impeachment, so we’re acting on what they’re sending us.”

Acquittal appears likely, given that Republicans hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate, and a two-thirds vote would be required for conviction and removal from office. Republican senators already eager to clear Trump said Saturday that the White House presentation had shredded the Democratic case.

The Trump attorneys are responding to two articles of impeachment approved last month by the House — one that accuses the president of encouraging Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden at the same time the administration withheld military aid from the country, and the other that accuses him of obstructing Congress by directing aides not to testify or produce documents.

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Trump’s defense team took center stage following three days of methodical and passionate arguments from Democrats, who wrapped up Friday by warning that Trump will persist in abusing his power and endangering American democracy unless Congress intervenes to remove him before the 2020 election. They also implored Republicans to allow new testimony to be heard before senators render a final verdict.

The Senate is heading next week toward a pivotal vote on Democratic demands for testimony from top Trump aides, including acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney and former National Security Adviser John Bolton, who refused to appear before the House. It would take four Republican senators to join the Democratic minority to seek witnesses, and so far the numbers appear lacking.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Justin Haskins: Democrats’ student debt lies – here’s what Sanders and Warren are not telling you

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No one can deny that the United States is facing a student debt crisis.

With more than $1.6 trillion in outstanding student loan debt, tens of millions of Americans are forced to pay huge sums of money every month – this writer included – to private and government lenders, slowing down growth in other important areas of the economy, like the housing industry.

As usual, Democrats’ plans to fix this important problem is to throw even more money at it and give greater power to the very same government agents and politicians that messed the system up in the first place.

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One of the costliest and most controversial parts of many of these plans circulating among Democratic presidential candidates is to “cancel” some or all student loan debt.

For example, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., would eliminate all debt related to student loans that were made, guaranteed or insured by the national government – regardless of the borrowers’ current income.

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The proposal formulated by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., would forgive up to $50,000 of student loan debt for those in households earning less than $100,000 per year. Some of those earning more than $100,000 would receive a reduced amount of forgiveness, based on a sliding income scale.

Warren, Comrade Bernie and numerous other Democratic members of Congress have said that such plans are necessary because students are drowning in debt and can’t afford to make their payments. In the vast majority of cases, that simply isn’t true.

Only about 10 percent of borrowers default on their student loans, a rate that has declined for six years in a row. And in many of these cases, borrowers who default hold relatively small amounts of debt – often less than $10,000 – and have acted irresponsibly by amassing numerous other kinds of unmanageable debt, like credit card debt.

Even more importantly, there are already a slew of government programs that make defaulting on student loans relatively uncommon. For example, many students with federal student loans – the overwhelming majority of new borrowers – are eligible for income-based repayment plans that tie monthly student loan payments to household income rather than their debt amount.

The student debt crisis won’t be solved by “canceling” debt because most borrowers can afford to make their student loan payments and many will be eligible for student debt forgiveness at some point in the future.

According to data from the U.S. Department of Education, a single borrower who has more than $100,000 in loan debt and earns $40,000 per year would only initially be required to pay $177 per month in payments under the Pay as You Earn plan, far less than the standard 10-year repayment amount of $1,208 per month. The less a student earns, the less he or she must pay.

Also, depending on where the borrower lives, a person with an income at or below $19,000 isn’t required to pay anything at all under an income-based repayment plan.

Given the dire rhetoric of Sanders, Warren and others, you might also be surprised to learn that the federal government already has numerous student debt cancellation programs. The most readily available allows borrowers to have their entire federal student loan debt forgiven after 20–25 years, including for those who have made few or no payments.

Another popular program provides student loan forgiveness to those who work for a nonprofit organization or for the government after 10 years of on-time, income-based repayments – which, don’t forget, could be very little.

A single borrower working at a qualifying employer who earns $40,000 annually and has an initial loan balance of $100,000 would be eligible to receive $149,550 in student debt forgiveness after 10 years of payments in the Pay as You Earn plan.

Not all borrowers are eligible for these programs. For instance, those with private student loans (a relatively small proportion of all new borrowers) and those with student loans that predate the Obama era are typically not eligible for many of the largest debt forgiveness plans. However, recent borrowers who have taken the time to figure out which federal loans they should be applying for are very often eligible – negating any reason for plans like those promoted by Sanders and Warren.

That’s not to say there isn’t a student debt crisis. But it won’t be solved by “canceling” debt because most borrowers can afford to make their student loan payments and many will be eligible for student debt forgiveness at some point in the future. (And don’t forget that “canceling” debt is a misleading political slogan that’s not based in reality. Someone is going to have to pay the debts of those who receive loan forgiveness!)

The only way to fix the current broken system is to make college much more affordable. And it should start by significantly reducing the federal government’s role in the student lending industry.

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People like Sanders, Obama and even some Republicans like George W. Bush helped to create the present crisis by creating or expanding policies that incentivize poor economic decision-making by borrowers, lenders and higher-education institutions.

Because the federal government guarantees nearly all students (and their parents) access to loans that will cover the cost of college attendance – no matter how high it is – colleges know they can charge almost anything they want for tuition, fees and other expenses. That’s the biggest reason the cost of college has skyrocketed in recent decades.

Further, students and parents are not making wise financial decisions because they know that graduates will be able to use income-based repayment plans to limit their monthly payments, regardless of how much debt they have, and that they might even be able to receive loan forgiveness in as little as 10 years.

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Instead of promoting reforms that would encourage colleges to lower costs and parents and students to shop around for the best higher-ed bargain, the current system, which was built by irresponsible Democrats and Republicans alike, rewards those who make terrible choices and punishes those who have been fiscally conservative.

Until we fix the foundational problems at the root of the student debt crisis, this important issue will never be resolved.

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Instagram survey shows every state’s least favorite state, while NJ ‘hates everyone’

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Perhaps surprisingly, Florida’s least favorite state happens to be Florida, and perhaps not surprisingly New Jersey’s least favorite state is every other state.

Those were the findings of Matt Shirley of Los Angeles, who polled his Instagram followers as part of a survey to find out which states hate which states the most.

Shirley has more than 323,000 followers on the social media platform, where he posts homemade humorous charts and graphs, according to the Asbury Park Press. He estimates he received more than 2,500 responses for his unscientific study.

“These were write-in votes so there weren’t any options to choose from,” Shirley told the paper in an email. “Someone else asked me if I put that New Jersey hated everyone just because of the variety of answers I got and this wasn’t the case. The most common answer I got from New Jersey folks was ‘we hate everyone’ or something similar.”

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The paper reported the results shouldn’t come as a total shock, given the openly combative official Twitter account maintained by the government of New Jersey.

Shirley’s map has been liked nearly 24,000 times as of Sunday morning.

He said four-fifths of Florida respondents picked Florida as the state Florida hates the most. Florida was the only state to achieve that dubious distinction.

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“I live in Florida, have my whole life, and would not hesitate to unironically put that as my answer,” was how one Floridian reacted to the survey, according to the paper.

The survey drew the attention of Pennsylvania Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, who cited it in a series of good-natured tweets about New Jersey attempting to claim they have the best cheesesteaks, Pennlive.com reported.

New Jersey was Pennsylvania’s least favorite state, according to the survey.

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“Missed opportunity to call this map ‘The United Hates of America,’” said one Instagram post.

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2 New U.S. Cases of Wuhan Coronavirus Confirmed In California

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Health officials in two California counties have reported over the weekend two new cases of Wuhan coronavirus in the state, bringing the total number of cases in the U.S. to four.

A patient in Orange County, Calif., tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency on Saturday. Meanwhile, officials from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported a second new case in California on Sunday. Both counties said the cases had been confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to health officials in Orange and Los Angeles counties, both cases involved people traveling from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the infectious disease outbreak. Officials said both patients are receiving care at local hospitals.

The Orange County health agency said in a statement that officials will continue to monitor people who have had close contact with the patient. But the agency added that there is no evidence person-to-person transmission of coronavirus in Orange County and that the risk of local transmission remains low.

In the statement from Los Angeles County, health officials said they are “working to identify persons who may have had close personal contact with this individual, including any friends, family members or health care professionals, to monitor them for signs and symptoms of illness and to take measures to prevent spread of the virus.”

“The risk of transmission of coronavirus in L.A. County remains low,” said Barbara Ferrer, director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, in the statement.

The other two U.S. cases involve a woman in her 60s in Chicago, reported Friday, and a man in his 30s in the Seattle area, reported Tuesday. In all four cases, the patients had previously traveled to Wuhan.

The CDC said last week that it has mobilized an aggressive response to the outbreak aimed at identifying and diagnosing any cases early, and preventing the spread of the virus in the United States. While the CDC says it’s not yet clear how easily the virus is transmitted from person to person, it says the risk in the U.S. remains low.

China reported 688 new cases on Sunday from the previous day, bringing the country’s total number of cases to 1,975, including 56 deaths.

At least 36 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed outside China, including in France, Singapore, Vietnam, South Korea, Nepal, Hong Kong and Australia.

The U.S. State Department said Saturday that it is pulling government workers and their family members out of Wuhan because of the impacts from the coronavirus outbreak. A U.S. Embassy spokesperson told NPR that “logistical disruptions stemming from restricted transportation and overwhelmed hospitals in the city of Wuhan” contributed to the decision. The State Department this week issued a “Do not travel” advisory for Hubei province.

Travel restrictions have been put in place in multiple major cities in China, grounding planes and trains and blocking roads and tunnels. Large public gatherings have been banned, and major tourist attractions, including Beijing’s Forbidden City and Shanghai Disneyland, are closed. Health officials are trying to limit the spread of the coronavirus during the country’s biggest travel holiday, the Lunar New Year.

The infectious disease was discovered from a cluster of pneumonia outbreaks in Wuhan. The city is a major transportation hub in China, with trains that run throughout the country as well as an international airport.

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3rd U.S. Case of Wuhan Coronavirus Confirmed

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A patient in Orange County, Calif., has tested positive for the Wuhan coronavirus, marking the third confirmed case of the new infectious disease in the U.S., according to the OC Health Care Agency.

County health officials say the new U.S. case involves a traveler from Wuhan, the central Chinese city of 11 million which has been the epicenter of the outbreak. They said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the case Saturday, and the patient is now in isolation in good condition at a local hospital.

The health agency said in a statement that officials will continue to monitor people who have had close contact with the patient. But the agency added there is no evidence that there’s been person-to-person transmission of coronavirus in Orange County, and the risk of local transmission remains low.

The other two U.S. cases involve a woman in her 60s in Chicago, reported Friday, and a man in his 30s in the Seattle area, reported Tuesday. In all three cases, the patients had previously traveled to Wuhan.

The CDC said last week that it has mobilized an aggressive response to the outbreak aimed at identifying and diagnosing any cases early and preventing the spread of the virus in the U.S. While the CDC says it’s not yet clear how easily the virus is transmitted from person to person, it says the risk in the U.S. remains low.

China reported 688 new cases on Sunday from the previous day, bringing the country’s total number of cases to 1,975, including 56 deaths.

At least 36 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed outside of China, including in France, Singapore, Vietnam, South Korea, Nepal, Hong Kong and Australia.

The U.S. State Department said Saturday that it is pulling government workers and family members out of Wuhan because of the impacts from the coronavirus outbreak. U.S. Embassy spokesperson told NPR that “logistical disruptions stemming from restricted transportation and overwhelmed hospitals in the city of Wuhan” contributed to the decision. The State Department this week issued a “Do not travel” advisory for Hubei province.

Travel restrictions have been put in place in multiple major cities in China, grounding planes and trains, and blocking roads and tunnels. Large public gatherings have been banned, and major tourist attractions including Beijing’s Forbidden City and Shanghai Disneyland are closed. Health officials are trying to limit the spread of the coronavirus during the country’s biggest travel holiday, the Lunar New Year.

The infectious disease was discovered from a cluster of pneumonia outbreaks in Wuhan. The city is a major transportation hub in China, with trains that run throughout the country as well as an international airport.

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Louise Linton, Wife Of Steven Mnuchin, Voices Support For Greta Thunberg

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Louise Linton, the wife of Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, briefly expressed support for climate activist Greta Thunberg on Instagram just days after her husband dismissed the teen as too unqualified to preach.

Mnuchin said the 17-year-old, who urged world leaders to divest from the fossil fuel industry at the World Economic Forum last week, should get an economics degree if she wants to be taken seriously.

Mnuchin’s wife, however, appeared to publicly disagree with him on Saturday, at least momentarily.

“I stand with Greta on this issue. (I don’t have a degree in economics either) We need to drastically reduce our use of fossil fuels. Keep up the fight @gretathunberg,” the post on her verified Instagram account read.

The post praising Thunberg was mysteriously deleted about 30 minutes later.

Thunberg ― not one to let others fight her battles for her ― also hit back at Mnuchin on Thursday, telling him that one doesn’t need an economics degree to see the world’s current carbon emissions rate is exceeding levels set to prevent a rise in global temperatures.

Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman also trashed Mnuchin’s understanding of economics, tweeting: “It’s the people insisting that protecting the planet is incompatible with growth who don’t know economics.”

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Fact-Checking Joe Biden Before the Iowa Caucuses

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Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. remains atop most national polls before the first votes are cast next month in the Democratic presidential primary. Before the Iowa caucuses, The New York Times reviewed recent statements he made defending his decades-long career, stressing his standing in the black community and highlighting his perceived strength on foreign policy. Here’s a fact check.

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Antonia Hylton, a reporter for Vice News: “Do you think, though, that it’s fair for voters to question your commitment to Social Security when in the past you’ve proposed a freeze to it?”

Mr. Biden: “No, I didn’t propose a freeze.”
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False. In 1984, faced with budget deficits under the Reagan administration, Mr. Biden was a co-sponsor of an amendment with two Republican senators that froze for one year nearly all military and domestic spending, including cost-of-living adjustments to Social Security benefits.

Pressed by Ms. Hylton after his inaccurate denial, Mr. Biden said that his proposal came “in the context of we saved Social Security during the Reagan administration” and noted that Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, a liberal stalwart, voted for the plan.

When President Ronald Reagan entered office in 1981, Social Security was running low on funding and Mr. Reagan did propose to make deep cuts to benefits. But he ultimately endorsed and signed bipartisan legislation in 1983 — which Mr. Biden and Mr. Kennedy both voted for — to assure the fund’s continuing solvency. Changes included postponing cost-of-living adjustments, and the Biden campaign said that the former vice president was referring to this episode.

“It is easy to believe Biden thought minor cuts in the program in the short run would represent a better outcome than the much bigger cuts President Reagan and his advisers seemed to favor,” Gary Burtless, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, said. “In those days, ‘compromise’ was not a dirty word in the eyes of most members of Congress.”

Mr. Biden’s own freeze plan, though, came “well after the Social Security rescue was over,” said Paul C. Light, a professor at New York University who wrote a book on the 1983 effort.

Rather, the plan was another step in a decades-long “mating dance between centrist Democrats and Republicans to come up with a grand bargain on the deficit,” said Eric Laursen, author of “The People’s Pension: The Struggle to Defend Social Security Since Reagan.”

Mr. Biden said as much in April 1984, as he decried “gargantuan deficits” and argued that not accepting a one-year freeze to cost-of-living adjustments would lead to a “a fundamental debate over whether or not there should be COLAs in Social Security” at all. The amendment that he co-sponsored ultimately failed by a vote of 65 to 33 (Mr. Kennedy voted against it).

Mr. Biden’s overall record on Social Security includes both actions that would slow or reduce spending and those that would protect benefits.

He voted for an amendment in 1995 to require a balanced federal budget that he and other Democrats warned would endanger the Social Security fund. He supported raising the eligibility age for Social Security in 2007. And he brokered a deal with Republican lawmakers in 2010 that extended the Bush-era tax cuts and created a holiday for the payroll tax, which funds Social Security, that temporarily reduced the tax by two percentage points.

But Mr. Biden also voted for an amendment to that balanced budget legislation in 1995 that would have excluded Social Security from its aims. From 2001 to 2008, he repeatedly voted against privatizing Social Security and for improving the trust fund’s solvency, according to the Alliance for Retired Americans, an affiliate of the A.F.L.-C.I.O. that represents union retirees. In 2008, Mr. Biden’s last year in the Senate, he received a lifetime score of 96 out of 100 from the group. He spoke out against Social Security privatization in the 2012 vice-presidential debate and his current plan vows to protect the safety net.

What Was Said

Lauren Kelley, New York Times Editorial Board member: “You also originally argued for greater exemptions to the contraception mandate in Obamacare. So I think there’s some concern out there —”

Mr. Biden: “No, I didn’t, by the way.”
— in an interview with The New York Times Editorial Board published Jan. 17

This is disputed. The Obama administration announced in January 2012 a rule requiring most insurance plans to cover birth control free of charge, including for the employees of hospitals, schools and charities run by Catholic groups.

The making of the rule sparked an internal debate in the White House. Reporting from news outlets cast Mr. Biden as part of the camp arguing for a less stringent rule.

According to ABC News and Bloomberg, the vice president and William Daley, then the chief of staff to President Barack Obama, warned of the political fallout with Catholic voters who backed Mr. Obama in the 2008 election and argued that the issue would be framed as an attack on religious liberty. The Times reported that officials had initially sought a year to work out a compromise, but “a group of advisers had bested Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and others and sold the president on a stricter rule.”

The announcement fueled a fierce backlash from Catholic organizations and Republicans. As the Obama administration contemplated the fallout, Mr. Biden did not publicly oppose or defend the rule, but hinted during a radio interview that it would be softened.

“There’s going to be a significant attempt to work this out, and there’s time to do that,” he said on Feb. 9, 2012. “And as a practicing Catholic, you know, I am of the view that this can be worked out and should be worked out and I think the president, I know the president, feels the same way.”

Mr. Biden also said in the interview that the administration wanted to “make sure women who need access to birth control are not denied that,” according to The Wall Street Journal.

A day later, the administration revised the rule to shift the responsibility of providing contraception to insurers, rather than the religiously affiliated institutions themselves.

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What Was Said

Ms. Hylton: “Why is Senator Sanders leading you with voters under age 35?”

Mr. Biden: “He is not leading me with black voters under the age — look, just all I know is, I am leading everybody, combined, with black voters.”
— at the Brown & Black forum

This is exaggerated. Mr. Biden is correct that in most polls, he leads Democratic candidates among black voters overall, but he is wrong to deny Senator Bernie Sanders’ edge with younger African Americans.

A January poll conducted by The Washington Post and Ipsos, a nonpartisan research firm, found that Mr. Biden held a wide lead among black Democrats with 48 percent support, but Mr. Sanders led with those between age 18 and 34 at 42 percent while Mr. Biden placed second at 30 percent.

An Ipsos survey conducted with Vice this month asked black Americans who they would consider voting for and found that 56 percent would consider voting for Mr. Sanders and 54 percent for Mr. Biden, a statistical tie. Among those between ages 18 and 34, Mr. Sanders’ support increased to 81 percent compared with 65 percent for Mr. Biden, according to a breakdown provided by Chris Jackson, the vice president of Ipsos Public Affairs.

In a poll by the political action committee BlackPac and released in December, Mr. Biden led all black voters with 38 percent, but trailed Mr. Sanders in support among black voters between ages 18 and 24 at 14 percent compared to 30 percent for Mr. Sanders. Support for the two candidates was nearly identical among black voters between the ages of 25 and 39, with 24 percent supporting Mr. Biden and 25 percent supporting Mr. Sanders.

The Sanders campaign also pointed to an array of surveys demonstrating the same generational gap: a fall poll from Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics where Mr. Sanders was the first choice of black voters between ages 18 and 29, a January poll from Chegg Media Center where Mr. Sanders led with black college students with 43 percent and a September survey from Essence Magazine where Mr. Sanders had the most support of black women between ages 18 and 34 with 19 percent.

What Was Said

“I was involved in the civil rights movement.”
— at the Brown & Black forum

This is exaggerated. Over his long political career, Mr. Biden has occasionally suggested he played a greater role in the civil rights movement of the 1960s than he actually did. While there are accounts of Mr. Biden participating in a few desegregation events, he has also said he would not consider himself an activist in the movement.

Mr. Biden has said that he protested a segregated movie theater in demonstrations in Wilmington, Del. at the Rialto Theater in the early 1960s. His account is backed by a former president of the state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and a former president of the Delaware A.F.L.-C.I.O.

A 1987 edition of “Current Biography Yearbook,” a magazine that profiles American figures, noted that Mr. Biden had participated in “anti-segregation sit-ins at Wilmington’s Town Theatre during his high school years.”

During his first bid for president, Mr. Biden wrongly said in 1987 that he had “marched with tens of thousands of others” in the civil rights movement. Later, a spokesman for Mr. Biden clarified that he had participated in actions to “desegregate one restaurant and one movie theater.” Mr. Biden himself conceded that “I was not an activist.”

“I worked at an all-black swimming pool in the east side of Wilmington, Del. I was involved in what they were thinking, what they were feeling. But I was not out marching,” he said in a news conference that fall. “I was not down in Selma. I was not anywhere else. I was a suburbanite kid who got a dose of exposure to what was happening to black Americans.”

He struck a similar tone in interviews with the journalist Jules Witcover, who wrote the book “Joe Biden: A Life of Trial and Redemption.”

“I didn’t do any big deal, but I marched a couple of times to desegregate the movie theaters in downtown Wilmington,” Mr. Biden said in the book. But he acknowledged that “I wasn’t part of any great movement.”

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What Was Said

“The president showed up, met with them, gave him legitimacy, weakened these sanctions we have against him.”
— at the Democratic presidential debate in January

This is misleading. Mr. Biden is referring to Mr. Trump’s efforts to engage diplomatically with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un. There is a widespread consensus that the president’s willingness to meet with him provided Mr. Kim with additional credibility at home and abroad without giving the United States and its allies much in return.

At the same time, Mr. Trump’s meetings with the North Koreans have increased support from China and Russia for easing United Nations sanctions on North Korea, as the Biden campaign pointed out. Soo Kim, a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation, a research group, pointed out that South Korea has also recently been testing the waters for securing sanctions relief for its northern neighbor.

But the Trump administration itself has not lifted the United States’ own sanctions and has opposed the calls from China and Russia to ease the international sanctions.

“As far as I know, sanctions have not been eased,” said Jim Walsh of the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Certainly the international U.N. sanctions continue unabated, and I am unaware of any significant sanctions relief granted by the administration.”

A spokeswoman for the Treasury Department said Mr. Biden’s statement was inaccurate and that the agency “has sanctioned 261 individuals and entities under its North Korea authorities, accounting for more than half of North Korea-related sanctions ever imposed.”

Nearly every month from March 2017 to March 2018, the department announced sanctions on North Korean nationals and companies, as well people and entities around the world linked to North Korea. After Mr. Trump’s summit with Mr. Kim in Singapore in June 2018, Treasury imposed more sanctions in August, September, October, November and December of that year.

In March 2019, shortly after Mr. Trump met again with Mr. Kim in Hanoi, Vietnam, the president issued a confusing statement on Twitter announcing that he had rolled back newly imposed sanctions on North Korea, though restrictions announced a day earlier on two Chinese companies linked to North Korea were not actually revoked. The White House press secretary at the time, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, explained that Mr. Trump “doesn’t feel it’s necessary to add additional sanctions at this time.”

A month later, Mr. Trump said the sanctions on North Korea are “at a fair level” and should remain in place. More were announced in June, August and September. The United States opposed lifting United Nations sanctions on North Korea in December and sanctioned two more entities January.

Mr. Biden’s theory that Mr. Trump’s personal appeals to Mr. Kim has weakened the resolve of other countries to enforce sanctions is a matter of interpretation.

This line of argument “was trotted out every time Obama engaged in diplomacy,” Mr. Walsh said. “We don’t know if diplomacy with North Korea has had the effect of reducing the impact of sanctions. Maybe. But as with all things North Korea, it’s hard to say.”

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Coronavirus outbreak in China shuts Hong Kong Disneyland

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It’s better to be safe than sorry.

As the coronavirus outbreak continues, Disneyland in Hong Kong is closing its doors. The theme park announced that they were shutting down as a “precautionary measure” and did not announce a reopening date.

While the park does not specifically state coronavirus as the cause for the closure, they do say that they are in “close contact with health authorities and the government about the situation.”

Disneyland Hong Kong posted the announcement to their Instagram page, where it noted, “As a precautionary measure in line with prevention efforts taking place across Hong Kong, we are temporarily closing Hong Kong Disneyland park starting from Jan 26, 2020, out of consideration for the health and safety of our guests and cast members. The Hong Kong Disneyland Resort hotels will remain open. We are in close contact with health authorities and the government about the situation and will announce a reopening date once they determine it is advisable.”

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The post concludes by explaining that tickets are valid for six months after their purchase date and that the park will “assist in the refund for guests that have purchased tickets for admission” to the park or booked a room at the resort hotel.

The outbreak, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has sickened at least 1,975 people and killed 56 people. The majority of confirmed cases have been in mainland China, although the virus has been diagnosed in various countries, including the United States and Canada.

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Fox News’ Alexandra Deabler and Alexandria Hein contributed to this report.

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