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  Biden to Sign Executive Order Creating Commission on Changes to Supreme Court
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President Joe Biden speaks about jobs and the economy at the
White House in Washington on April 7, 2021.
(Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)






Biden to Sign Executive Order Creating
Commission on Changes to Supreme Court


BY JACK PHILLIPS
April 9, 2021
Updated: April 9, 2021



President Joe Biden on Friday will order the creation of a commission to study
possible reforms to the Supreme Court, including whether to expand the number
of justices, which is a key goal of leftist members of the Democratic Party, or
setting term limits for justices.

The order will form “the Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the
United States, comprised of a bipartisan group of experts on the Court and the
Court reform debate,” according to the statement from the White House on Friday.

The panel will consist of former federal judges and lawyers who have argued in
front of the Supreme Court, as well as “advocates for the reform of democratic
institutions and of the administration of justice,” the White House said.
The expertise represented on the Commission includes constitutional law, history,
and political science
.”

Calls to expand the Supreme Court reached a crescendo late last year after the
death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Then-President Donald Trump appointed
Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, coming after he appointed Justices
Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, giving the court a 6–3 conservative tilt.

The panel created by Biden will be led by Bob Bauer, who served as White House
counsel for former President Barack Obama, and Yale Law School professor
Cristina Rodriguez, who served as deputy assistant attorney general in the
Office of Legal Counsel in the Obama administration.

Bauer, namely, has been a proponent for term limits for Supreme Court justices.
In 2005, he wrote for the Washington Post that “in our system of government,
we normally constrain great power with limits rather than license its indefinite exercise
.”

He also previously worked for the Perkins Coie law firm, which has long worked
for Democrats on election laws and was involved in the Russia-Trump “dossier”
controversy several years ago. Bauer left Perkins Coie in 2019, according to the firm.

Last fall, Biden proposed a presidential commission when he was a candidate,
partly as an alternative to “court-packing” efforts from some leftist members
of the Democratic party. Republicans in Congress warned that expanding the
Supreme Court would allow for Biden to appoint a slate of justices that would
give the high court a left-wing slant, while Democrats said Republicans acted
unfairly when the Senate, which was led by then-Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.),
blocked the confirmation of Merrick Garland to the court.

It’s not about court-packing,” Biden said in response to a question at the time.
There’s a number of other things that our constitutional scholars have debated. …
The last thing we need to do is turn the Supreme Court into just a political football,
whoever has the most votes gets whatever they want. Presidents come and go.
Supreme Court justices stay for generations
.”

According to the White House’s statement on Friday, more than 30 other people were
named to the commission.

This week, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer warned against packing the court.

Put abstractly, the Court’s power, like that of any tribunal, must depend upon the
public’s willingness to respect its decisions, even those with which they disagree and
even when they believe a decision seriously mistaken
,” said Breyer, a member of
the court’s liberal wing who was appointed by former President Bill Clinton.

If the public sees judges as ‘politicians in robes,’ its confidence in the courts, and
in the rule of law itself, can only diminish, diminishing the Court’s power, including its
power to act as a ‘check’ on the other branches
,” he added.




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  Biden’s ‘Border Czar’ Is Resigning: White House
Posted by: IceWizard - 6 hours ago - Forum: World News - No Replies

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President Joe Biden delivers remarks about vaccinations,
in the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington
on April 6, 2021.
(Evan Vucci/AP Photo)






Biden’s ‘Border Czar’ Is Resigning:
White House


BY JACK PHILLIPS
April 9, 2021
Updated: April 9, 2021


President Joe Biden’s border coordinator will leave the administration at the end of April
after a surge of illegal immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The White House confirmed that Special Assistant to the President and Coordinator
Roberta Jacobson, a former U.S. ambassador to Mexico, will step down.

“Biden knew there was no person better to usher in a more safe, secure, and just
approach to our Southern Border. Consistent with her commitment at the outset to
serve in the Administration’s first 100 days, Ambassador Jacobson will retire from
her role as Coordinator at the end of this month,” according to the White House.

Last month, Biden said that Vice President Kamala Harris will lead the administration
in dealing with Central American countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala, and
Honduras. An increasing number of Central American nationals have attempted to
illegally enter the United States in recent months.

“The Vice President is overseeing a whole-of-government approach supported by
outstanding public servants across the interagency including Secretary of
Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas and Secretary of Health and Human Services
Xavier Becerra, who were tasked by the President at the beginning of the
administration to rebuild our immigration system,” according to the
White House’s statement.



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Special Assistant to the President and Coordinator for the Southern Border,
Ambassador Roberta Jacobson, speaks during a press briefing in the
Brady Briefing Room of the White House in Washington on March 10, 2021.
(Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)



Jacobsen praised how Biden has handled the U.S. immigration system.

They continue to drive toward the architecture that the president has laid out:
an immigration system that is humane, orderly, and safe
,” Jacobsen told the New York Times.
I leave optimistically. The policy direction is so clearly right for our country.”

During the month of March, Border Patrol agents apprehended 172,000 illegal
immigrants, according to statistics released on April 8 by Customs and Border
Protection (CBP). An additional 1,000 per day are evading capture. In February,
border agents apprehended 101,000 people.

Acting CBP Commissioner Troy Miller said this week that the increase “is not new.”
Encounters have continued to increase since April 2020, and our past experiences
have helped us be better prepared for the challenges we face this year
,” he said.

But Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, disputed Miller’s
claim in saying, “This surge is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before.”

Republicans have said that it was because of Biden’s executive orders in January
that rescinded Trump-era immigration rules that there is now a surge in people
entering the United States. illegally, including unaccompanied minors.
Democrats and Biden have said Trump dismantled the U.S. immigration system.


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  1115 Waiver Demonstration - New York Medicaid Redesign Team - CBLTC Amendment
Posted by: IceWizard - Yesterday, 08:00 PM - Forum: World News - No Replies

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1115 Waiver Demonstration
-
New York Medicaid Redesign Team
-
CBLTC Amendment




New York is proposing to amend its New York Medicaid Redesign Team
section 1115 demonstration. The state is requesting section 1115 authority
to apply federal transfer of assets rules to certain categories of people
applying for community based long term care (CBLTC) services. Under
federal law, the lookback period is 60 months prior to the month an
individual applies for Medicaid; however, New York is applying for a
waiver to utilize a shorter lookback period of 30 months for non-institutionalized
individuals who are looking for coverage of CBLTC services. The federal
public comment period will be open from April 9, 2021 through May 9, 2020.


Pending Application



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  Second Vaccination Site Halts Operations After Adverse Reactions to Johnson & Johnson
Posted by: IceWizard - Yesterday, 05:51 PM - Forum: World News - Replies (3)

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Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center investigational pharmacy technician
Sara Berech is reflected in the glass of a fume hood as she prepares a dose of the
Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine for a clinical trial in Aurora, Co. on Dec. 15, 2020.
(Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)






Second Vaccination Site Halts Operations
After Adverse Reactions to Johnson & Johnson Vaccine


Four people were taken to hospital for further observation



BY ISABEL VAN BRUGEN
April 9, 2021
Updated: April 9, 2021



A vaccination site in Wake County, North Carolina, paused operations on Thursday after 18
adverse reactions to the Johnson & Johnson CCP virus vaccine were reported, officials said.

Officials confirmed that the immunization site at the PNC Arena in Raleigh paused vaccine
operations “out of an abundance of caution,” after 18 adverse reactions were seen out of
more than 2,300 Johnson & Johnson CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus doses administered
in less than two hours of appointments.

Of the 18 people evaluated by EMS, 14 had “minor reactions” and were treated at the
vaccination site. Four others were transported to local hospitals for further examination.

“Wake County made the decision to pause today in partnership with the NC Department of
Health and Human Services and after consulting with the manufacturer,” Wake county officials
said. “Together, these teams continue to investigate the issue.”

The remainder of people who were scheduled to receive their Johnson & Johnson vaccines
at the site Thursday were able to either reschedule their appointments or receive the
Pfizer vaccine.

The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is a one-dose vaccine, while the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA
vaccines need two doses. All three are approved for emergency use in the United States.

County officials sought to reassure residents that the adverse reactions seen in the 18 people
were consistent with known common side effects from receiving the vaccine.

“We know it can be alarming to hear about or see people having reactions to vaccination—this
is why we closely monitor those we vaccinate in case of reaction,” Wake County Public Health’s
Medical Director Kim McDonald said.

“Right now, we are working with NCDHHS and the CDC to further evaluate the situation to
assure everyone is confident in the continued safety of our vaccine operations.”

According to the New York Post, the county will hold off from administering the Johnson & Johnson
vaccine until it collects additional information.

It comes a day after a mass vaccination site at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Colorado was shut
down after 11 people suffered adverse reactions to the same vaccine, out of more than 1,700
administered shots.

Johnson & Johnson told FOX 31 in a statement that it was “collecting the necessary information,
including from the local vaccination center, to assess these reports.”

“There is no greater priority than the safety and well-being of the people we serve, and we
carefully review reports of adverse events in individuals receiving our medicines and vaccines,” it said.



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  Prince Philip, Husband of Queen Elizabeth II, Is Dead at 99
Posted by: IceWizard - Yesterday, 12:48 PM - Forum: World News - Replies (1)

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Prince Philip,
Husband of Queen Elizabeth II,
Is Dead at 99


The Duke of Edinburgh, who married the future queen in 1947,
brought the monarchy into the 20th century, but his occasional
frank comments hurt his image.



By Marilyn Berger
April 9, 2021
Updated 7:57 a.m. ET



Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, husband of Queen Elizabeth II, father of
Prince Charles and patriarch of a turbulent royal family that he sought to ensure
would not be Britain’s last, died on Friday at Windsor Castle in England.
He was 99.

His death was announced by Buckingham Palace, which said he passed away peacefully.

Philip had been hospitalized several times in recent years for various ailments,
most recently in February, the palace said.

He died just as Buckingham Palace was again in turmoil, this time over Oprah Winfrey’s
explosive televised interview with Philip’s grandson Prince Harry and Harry’s biracial wife,
Meghan, on March 7, when the couple, in self-imposed exile in California, lodged
accusations of racism and cruelty against members of the royal family.

As “the first gentleman in the land,” Philip tried to shepherd into the 20th century a
monarchy encrusted with the trappings of the 19th. But as pageantry was upstaged
by scandal, as regal weddings were followed by sensational divorces, his mission, as
he saw it, changed. Now it was to help preserve the crown itself.

And yet preservation — of Britain, of the throne, of centuries of tradition — had always
been the mission. When this tall, handsome prince married the young crown princess,
Elizabeth, (he at 26, she at 21)  on Nov. 20, 1947, a battered Britain was still recovering
from World War II, the sun had all but set on its empire, and the abdication of Edward VIII
over his love for Wallis Simpson, a divorced American, was still reverberating a decade later.

The wedding held out the promise that the monarchy, like the nation, would survive, and it
offered that reassurance in almost fairy-tale fashion, complete with magnificent horse-drawn
coaches resplendent in gold and a throng of adoring subjects lining the route between
Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey.

More, it was a heartfelt match. Elizabeth told her father, King George VI, that Philip was
the only man she could ever love.

Philip occupied a peculiar place on the world stage as the husband of a queen whose powers
were largely ceremonial. He was essentially a second-fiddle figurehead, accompanying her
on royal visits and sometimes standing in for her.



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Prince Philip at a banquet at a Tokyo hotel held by the Japanese
Equestrian Federation in 1986.
Credit...Tsugufumi Matsumoto/Associated Press



And yet he embraced his royal role as a job to be done.
“We have got to make this monarchy thing work,” he was reported to have said.

He kept at it until May 2017, when, at age 95, he announced his retirement from public life;
his final solo appearance came three months later.

But he did not entirely fade from public view. He surfaced in May 2018, when he joined the
sun-splashed pomp of the wedding of his grandson Prince Harry and the American Meghan Markle,
waving to crowds lining the streets from the back seat of a limousine, the queen beside him,
and striding up the steps of St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in a crisp morning suit.

By then he had re-emerged as a kind of pop-culture figure, introduced to a whole new
generation through the hit Netflix series “The Crown,” a costume drama that has traced the
events of postwar Britain through the prism of his buffeted royal marriage.
(Matt Smith played the prince as a young man, and Tobias Menzies in middle age.)


Public and Private Faces



Philip’s public image often came dressed in full military regalia, an emblem of his high-ranking
titles in the armed forces and a reminder of both his combat experience in World War II and
his martial lineage: He was a nephew of the war leader Lord Mountbatten.

Many saw Philip as a mostly remote if occasionally loose-lipped personage in public, given to
riling constituents with off-the-cuff remarks that were called oblivious, insensitive or worse.
To a Black British politician he was quoted as saying,
“And what exotic part of the world do you come from?”

As the years went by, word seeped out that Philip, in private, could be irascible and demanding,
cold and domineering — and that as parents, he and an emotionally reserved queen brought
little warmth into the household.

Even more, as many Britons came to see the royal family as increasingly dysfunctional, they
found Philip to be a not-insignificant actor in a state of affairs that had many questioning the
very thing that he and Elizabeth had been elevated to ensure: the monarchy’s stability.

Philip had apparently not expected the type of public scrutiny that came with the times, when
the washing of dirty linen, even the queen’s, had become a staple of the tabloid press, which
he grew to despise.

No headlines were more boisterous than those during the tumultuous marriage and divorce of
Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. But Philip himself felt the spotlight’s unwelcome glare
when the royal family was castigated for a seemingly grudging response to Britain’s outpouring
of grief over Diana’s death in a car crash in Paris in 1997.


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The royal family in 1969. From left, Prince Edward, Prince Philip,
Queen Elizabeth, Princess Anne, Prince Charles and Prince Andrew.
Credit...Associated Press


Painful, too, for Philip was the revelation that Prince Charles, his oldest son, had let it be known
that as a child he had been deeply wounded by a father who belittled him time and again, often
in front of friends and family.

A 1994 biography, “The Prince of Wales,” by Jonathan Dimbleby with the cooperation of
Prince Charles, noted that while Philip indulged “the often brash and obstreperous behavior”
of his daughter, Princess Anne, he was openly contemptuous of his son, whom he thought
of as “a bit of a wimp.”

Charles, for his part, “was cowed by his father,” who he believed had forced him into a
“terrible mismatch” with Diana, Mr. Dimbleby wrote.

Though the glory he knew was largely of the reflected kind, Philip nevertheless enjoyed the
privileges and prerogatives of the British crown, living in luxury, sailing yachts, playing polo
and piloting planes. And he used his station to promote the common good, lending his name
and time to causes like building playing fields for British youths and preserving endangered wildlife.




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Prince Philip, an avid sportsman, at a bicycle polo game at Windsor in 1967.
Credit...United Press International


Another was instituting efficiencies at Buckingham Palace, originally bought by his and Elizabeth’s
ancestor George III. Philip had intercoms installed, for example, to obviate the need for messengers.

At home he showed — by palace standards, at any rate — a common touch. When the telephone
rang, he answered it himself, setting a royal precedent. He even announced to the queen one day
that he had bought her a washing machine. He reportedly mixed his own drinks, opened doors for
himself and carried his own suitcase, telling the footmen: “I have arms. I’m not bloody helpless.”

He sent his children to school instead of having them tutored at home, as had been the royal custom.
He set up a kitchen in the family suite, where he fried eggs for breakfast while the queen brewed
tea — an attempt, it was said, to provide their children with some semblance of a normal domestic life.

Prince Philip carried British passport No. 1 (the queen did not require one) and fulfilled as many as
300 engagements a year, including greeting President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle Obama,
at Buckingham Palace in April 2009 and again in May 2011. (He was not in attendance when the
queen met with President Donald J. Trump in December 2019 in London.) And he was front and
center at royal events, like the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton in April 2011, watched
around the world, and Elizabeth’s visit to the Irish Republic, the first by a British monarch, the next month.

As the queen’s representative, Philip was the first member of the royal family to go to the Soviet Union,
on a trip with the British equestrian team in 1973.

To escape the court life, Philip liked to drive fast, often relegating his chauffeur to the back seat.
Once, when the queen was his passenger, a minor accident led to major headlines. He ultimately
surrendered his driver’s license in 2019 at age 97, after his Land Rover had collided with another
vehicle, injuring its two occupants, and overturned near the royal family’s Sandringham estate in Norfolk.

He liked to pilot his own planes and once had a near miss with a passenger jet. He enjoyed sailing,
but was said to have so little patience with horse racing that he had his top hat fitted with a radio
so that he could listen to cricket matches when he escorted the queen to her favorite spectator sport.



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Prince Philip in a training plane at White Waltham airfield in England in 1953.
He liked to pilot his own planes.
Credit...Associated Press


When he first came to public attention, his every colorful remark was noted. When a man
introduced his wife as the Ph.D. in the family, saying, “She’s much more important than I
am,” Philip replied, “We have the same problem in our family.”



Deep Roots in Royalty



Philip was born on the Greek island of Corfu on June 10, 1921, the fifth child and only son
of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark, who was the brother of King Constantine of
Greece. His mother was the former Princess Alice, the oldest daughter of the former
Prince Louis of Battenberg, the first Marquess of Milford Haven, who changed the family
name to Mountbatten during World War I.

Philip’s family was not Greek but rather descended from a royal Danish house that the
European powers had put on the throne of Greece at the end of the 19th century. Philip,
who never learned the Greek language, was sixth in line to the Greek throne.

Through his mother, Philip was a great-great-grandson of Queen Victoria, just as Elizabeth
is Victoria’s great-great-granddaughter. Both were great-great-great-grandchildren of
George III, who presided over Britain’s loss of the American colonies.


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Philip in Greek dress on his ninth birthday. His family was descended from a royal
Danish house that the European powers had put on the throne of Greece.
Credit...The New York Times



A year after Philip was born, the army of King Constantine was overwhelmed by the Turks in
Asia Minor. Prince Andrew, Philip’s father, who had commanded an army corps in the routed
Greek forces, was banished by a revolutionary Greek junta.

In “Prince Philip: The Turbulent Early Life of the Man Who Married Queen Elizabeth II” (2011),
the British writer Philip Eade reported that as an infant Philip was smuggled out of Greece in
a fruit crate as his father, eluding execution, found refuge for his family in Paris, where they
lived in straitened circumstances.

Philip’s father was said to have been an Anglophile. The boy’s first language was English, taught
to him by a British nanny. He grew to 6 feet 1 inch, his blue eyes and blond hair reflecting
his Nordic ancestry.

When his parents separated, Philip was sent to live with his mother’s mother, the
Dowager Marchioness of Milford Haven, a granddaughter of Queen Victoria. He spent four
years at the Cheam School in England, an institution bent on toughening privileged children,
and then went to Gordonstoun School in Scotland, which was even more austere, promoting
a regimen of hard work, cold showers and hard beds. In five years, he said, no one from
his family came to visit him.

Even so, Philip sent Charles to both schools, to have him follow in his footsteps.

At Gordonstoun, Philip developed a love of the sea, learning seamanship and boatbuilding as
a volunteer coast guardsman at the school. He seemed destined to follow his Mountbatten
uncles into the British Navy.



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Philip in 1963 at the tiller of Coweslip, his Flying Fifteen class sailboat, with Uffa Fox,
a friend and the originator of the design, on the Isle of Wight.
Credit...Associated Press


Philip entered the Britannia Royal Naval College at Dartmouth in 1939 and was honored as the
best all-around cadet of his term. The next year, with Britain at war, the 19-year-old Philip went
to sea as a sublieutenant aboard the battleship Ramillies in the Mediterranean fleet. He was later
transferred to the Valiant, another battleship.

On March 28, 1941, the British fleet caught an Italian squadron off Cape Matapan in Greece and,
with the Royal Air Force’s help, sank three cruisers and two destroyers. Philip participated in the
clash, operating a searchlight. “Thanks to his alertness and appreciation of the situation,”
his captain wrote, “we were able to sink two eight-inch-gun Italian cruisers.”

Philip was promoted to lieutenant in June 1942 and took part in the Allied landings in Sicily in
July 1943 before sailing for the Pacific campaign. There he served as aide-de-camp to his uncle
Louis, Lord Mountbatten, who was then the supreme allied commander in Southeast Asia; Philip
was on the United States battleship Missouri on Sept. 2, 1945, when the Japanese formally
surrendered. (Lord Mountbatten was killed in a bombing by the Irish Republican Army in 1979.)

Where or when Philip first met Princess Elizabeth remains unclear, but it seems certain that he
was invited to dine on the royal yacht when Elizabeth was 13 or 14, and that he was also invited
to stay at Windsor Castle around that time while on leave from the Navy. There were reports that
he had visited the royal family at Balmoral, its country estate in Scotland, and that by the time
the weekend was over, Elizabeth had made up her mind, telling her father that this dashing young
naval officer was “the only man I could ever love.”

George VI had doubts. He took her to South Africa on a royal tour, cautioned her to be patient
and wrote to his own mother, Queen Mary.


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Princess Elizabeth and Philip in Quebec in 1951. The next year, they were in Kenya
when they learned that her father, George VI, had died. Her coronation followed.
Credit...Fox Photos, via Getty Image


“We both think that she is too young for that now, as she has never met any young men of her
own age,” George wrote. But he added: “I like Philip. He is intelligent, has a good sense of humor”
and “thinks about things in the right way.”

Elizabeth was said to have written to Philip three times a week while she toured South Africa. By
the time she returned to England, Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark had renounced his foreign
titles and become Lt. Philip Mountbatten, a British subject. The gesture pleased his future father-in-law.
The engagement was announced on July 10, 1947.

Articles about the coming marriage pushed reports of food and coal shortages off the front pages.
Sales assistants sent ration coupons to the princess (even the royal family was living within limits) so
she could have new dresses. The House of Commons approved 100 extra clothing coupons for her.
On the eve of the wedding, in 1947, Lieutenant Mountbatten was made the Duke of Edinburgh,
Earl of Merioneth and Baron of Greenwich, and given the title His Royal Highness.



The ‘First Gentleman’



A year later, on Nov. 14, 1948, Elizabeth gave birth to the couple’s first child, Charles Philip Arthur George,
at Buckingham Palace. Charles was followed by Princess Anne, in 1950; Prince Andrew, in 1960, after
Elizabeth had become queen; and Prince Edward, in 1964. In addition to the queen and his four children,
he is survived by eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

After his marriage, Prince Philip took command of the frigate Magpie in Malta. But King George VI had
lung cancer, and when his condition worsened, it was announced that Philip would take no more naval
appointments. In 1952, the young couple had reached Kenya, their first stop on a commonwealth tour,
when word arrived on Feb. 6 that the king was dead.

It fell to Philip to break the news to his wife.

Philip presided over the Coronation Commission, and in 1952 the new queen ordained that he should
be “first gentleman in the land,” giving him “a place of pre-eminence and precedence next to Her Majesty.”
Without this distinction, Prince Charles, who was named Duke of Cornwall and later Prince of Wales — the
title traditionally given to the heir to the throne — would have ranked above his father.


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Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation on June 2, 1953. One of her first acts was to give Philip “a place
of pre-eminence and precedence next to Her Majesty.”
Credit...Associated Press



Philip was appointed to the highest ranks in the armed services: admiral of the fleet, field marshal and
marshal of the Royal Air Force. He held the posts without pay.

Four years later, in 1956, Philip, then 35, took a four-month, 36,000-mile sea tour. Ostensibly he was
on his way to Melbourne, Australia, for the opening of the Olympic Games, but the trip followed reports
of his carousing with friends at bachelor parties in London.

On his return, the queen gave Philip the title Prince of the United Kingdom. By royal warrant, Elizabeth
brought her husband’s name into the royal line, ordering that their children, except for Prince Charles,
be known as Mountbatten-Windsor.

There were rumors of trouble in the marriage, reports of raised voices in the palace corridors. But the
marital difficulties of their children overshadowed any discord between the parents. Princess Anne was
divorced from her first husband, Mark Phillips, in 1992, and Prince Andrew’s divorce in 1996 from
Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, who was known as Fergie, provided a field day for the tabloids.

But those divorces paled beside the travails of Charles and Diana. And Philip, a vigilant guardian of
royal propriety (he once complained that Henry VIII, whom he called a “wonderful military strategist,”
was remembered solely for his six wives), was not a silent bystander in the melodrama. According to
Andrew Morton, in his book “Diana: Her True Story,” written with Diana’s cooperation, Charles told
her that his father “had agreed that if, after five years, his marriage was not working, he could go
back to his bachelor habits.”


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From left, Prince Charles, Prince Harry, Earl Spencer, Prince William and Prince Philip stood
as the coffin bearing the body of Princess Diana was taken into Westminster Abbey
in London on Sept. 7, 1997.
Credit...Pool photo by John Gaps III


Once their differences had become public, however, Philip registered his disapproval of Diana by
snubbing her at the Royal Ascot horse race. And after Diana, at 36, was killed in 1997, Philip came
in for his share of criticism when the royal family remained out of view at Balmoral, seemingly
out of touch with the public’s grief, an attitude portrayed as stubborn and cold in the 2006 film
“The Queen,” in which James Cromwell played Philip to Helen Mirren’s Elizabeth.

Over the years, Philip became a national gadfly and occasional source of embarrassment.
In 1961 he criticized British industry as a bastion for “the smug and the stick-in-the-mud,”
calling failures in manufacturing and commerce “a national defeat.” He was said to write his
own speeches, and his habit of saying what he thought made him good copy.

In 1995 he asked a Scottish driving instructor, “How do you keep the natives off the booze long
enough to pass the test?” On a visit to Australia in 2002, he asked an aboriginal leader,
“Do you still throw spears at each other?” And speaking about smoke alarms in 1998 to a woman
who had lost two sons in a fire, he said: “They’re a damn nuisance. I’ve got one in my
bathroom, and every time I run my bath, the steam sets it off.”

The comments invited scorn. “I know all about freedom of speech,” he told some students,
“because I get kicked in the teeth often enough for saying things.”

Philip was a sportsman. He was captain and mainstay of the Windsor Park polo team. When
he turned 50, troubled by arthritis and liver problems, he curtailed his playing and turned to
carriage racing. He also started painting.

In an interview on BBC Radio in 1965, Philip recognized that he was missing out on things like
“just being able to walk into a cinema or go out to a nightclub or go to a pub.” But he quickly
acknowledged the bright side.

“I’ve got a lot of advantages which compensate for it,” he said.



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Prince Philip inspecting Canadian troops in 2013 in Toronto.
Credit...Chris So/Toronto Star, via Getty Images




R.I.P.

Prince Philip

10 June 1921 – 9 April 2021



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  Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2019 Health Home Core Set Data Products
Posted by: IceWizard - 04-08-2021, 11:38 PM - Forum: World News - No Replies

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Now Available!
Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2019
Health Home Core Set Data Products




Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the FFY2019
Health Home Core Set Data Products. Products available include:
Chart Pack,
Measure Specific Tables,
Methods Brief, and
Core Measures Summary.

To access these resources, please visit: Health Home Quality Reporting

For Technical Assistance related to the Health Home Core Set measures,
please contact [email protected]


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  Hunter Biden: Ukraine Laptop ‘Could’ Be His but Says It Was Possibly Hacked by Russia
Posted by: IceWizard - 04-08-2021, 05:02 PM - Forum: World News - No Replies

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Hunter Biden arrives to the inauguration of Joe Biden
on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20, 2021.
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Hunter Biden:
Ukraine Laptop ‘Could’ Be His but
Says It Was Possibly Hacked by Russians



BY ZACHARY STIEBER
April 2, 2021
Updated: April 2, 2021



President Joe Biden’s son Hunter has acknowledged a laptop computer with a slew of
previously secret messages could be his but also suggested he was hacked by Russians.

There could be a laptop out there that was stolen from me. It could be that I was hacked.
It could be that it was the—that it was Russian intelligence
,” Hunter Biden told CBS in
an interview clip released Friday.

The laptop was dropped off in 2019 at a computer store in Delaware owned by
John Paul Mac Isaac, who says Hunter Biden asked him to recover contents from the
damaged machine. An authorization allegedly signed by the younger Biden was submitted
in a recent lawsuit filed by Mac Isaac against Twitter.

The computer contained explosive messages and emails between Hunter Biden regarding
his various business dealings, which have taken place in countries such as Ukraine and China.
A cybersecurity expert authenticated one email that indicated Vadym Pozharskyi, a top
executive from Ukrainian gas firm Burisma, met with Joe Biden while in Washington in 2015.
Joe Biden was vice president at the time, and Hunter Biden served on the board of Burisma.

Hunter Biden’s dealings are under investigation by lawmakers in Congress and his tax
returns are being probed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Delaware.

President Biden has called the release of information from the laptop allegedly belonging
to his son part of a “smear campaign.” The contents were first published in October, as
Biden challenged then-President Donald Trump.



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Hunter Biden, left and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden
cheer on stage during a rally in Wilmington, Del., on Nov. 7, 2020.
(Jim Bourg/Reuters)



In the new interview, Hunter Biden, who is promoting his new book, also spoke about a
moment during the 2020 campaign that he said saved him from doing drugs. The younger
Biden has long struggled with addiction.

Hunter Biden said his father chased him down the driveway at his father’s home in
Wilmington, Delaware. He said his daughters blocked the door to his car and his father
grabbed me—gave a bear hug, and he said—and just cried, and said—’I don’t know
what to do. I don’t know what to do. Please
.'”

I thought: ‘I need to figure out a way to tell him that I’m gonna do something, so that
I can go take another hit.’ It’s the only thing I could think. Literally
,” Hunter Biden added.
That’s how powerful. I don’t know of a force more powerful than my family’s love.
Except addiction
.”

The interview came after National Public Radio (NPR) issued a correction to a review of
Hunter Biden’s book that claimed the idea that the laptop belonged to him was “discredited
by U.S. intelligence and independent investigations by news organizations
.”

That line now says, “Numerous news organizations cast doubt on the credibility of the laptop story.”

The correction states:

A previous version of this story said U.S. intelligence had discredited
the laptop story. U.S. intelligence officials have not made a statement to that effect
.”

The author of the article didn’t respond to a request for comment.

NPR’s news editor said last year that the outlet wasn’t covering the laptop because
we don’t want to waste our time on stories that are not really stories.”


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  Arizona Governor Signs Bill to Defy Any New Federal Gun Control Laws
Posted by: IceWizard - 04-07-2021, 11:36 PM - Forum: World News - No Replies

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Pistols and other weapons are displayed at a shooting range during the
“Rod of Iron Freedom Festival,” a guns and gun culture in America, in
Greeley, Pennsylvania on Oct. 12, 2019.
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Arizona Governor Signs Bill to Defy Any
New Federal Gun Control Laws



BY JACK PHILLIPS
April 7, 2021
Updated: April 7, 2021



Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill that would prohibit police and sheriffs in the state
from enforcing new federal gun laws that violate the Constitution’s Second Amendment.

Proponents of the bill have argued that it would ensure that the rights of gun owners
are protected from what they have described as potential overreach by the federal government.

Critics of the bill have said that the law would undermine cooperation between Arizona law
enforcement and federal officials.

The state of Arizona and its political subdivisions are prohibited from utilizing any financial
resources or state personnel to administer, cooperate with or enforce any law, act, order,
rule, treaty or regulation of the federal government that is inconsistent with any law of
this state regarding the regulation of firearms
,” according to the text of the legislation.

President Joe Biden has said he is seeking a ban on certain firearms and gun magazines
in the wake of two mass shootings last month. Top Democrats such as Senate Majority
Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said two House bills that expanded background checks
would be taken up by the Senate, although it’s not clear when that will occur.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Wednesday told reporters that Biden
will have more to say” about gun control measures on Thursday. Reports on Wednesday
said that Biden will unveil an executive order on gun control Thursday.

Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone said the Arizona law has a “political motivation.”

It’s one of those emotional issues but as far as the impact on law enforcement, it will
create confusion or challenges more than benefits or protecting the Second Amendment
,”
Penzone said to KTAR radio last week.

Gun control proponents such as Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety
sought to pressure Ducey into vetoing the measure. Moms Demand Action said it gathered
more than 2,000 signatures in the state and presented them to Ducey’s office.

Nobody is trying to take away your guns, not for the protection of your family, your property,
nor your Second Amendment right to own them
,” Democrat Arizona state Sen. Lisa Otondo stated.

Despite Otondo’s and other Democrats’ claims, gun sales across the United States have
skyrocketed in recent months amid fears of instability over last summer’s Black Lives Matter
protests and riots, as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.

About a week ago, the Arkansas Senate voted to block federal law enforcement officials
enforcing certain gun laws and regulations.

It is more important now than ever that we protect our state rights,” Arkansas state
Sen. Trent Garner, a Republican, said of the passage of the bill. “Once [Democrats in the U.S. Senate]
get rid of the filibuster, guess what happens next? It is called packing the courts
,” he claimed,
referring to statements from Democratic lawmakers that the 60-vote legislative be removed
in order to pass their agenda items.



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  246 Fully Vaccinated People in Michigan Test Positive for COVID-19; 3 Dead
Posted by: IceWizard - 04-07-2021, 10:10 PM - Forum: World News - No Replies

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of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine are seen next to a syringe
at their service center in Southfield, Mich., on Dec. 15, 2020.
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BY ZACHARY STIEBER
April 7, 2021
Updated: April 7, 2021



Michigan data shows 246 residents have tested positive for COVID-19 more than two weeks
after being fully vaccinated against the virus that causes it.

The potential breakthrough cases were recorded between Jan. 1 and March 31.

Eleven of the residents were hospitalized and three died, a spokesperson with the state
Department of Health and Human Services (MDDHS) told The Epoch Times via email.
The people who died were all 65 years of age or older.

Data about hospitalization status for 129 cases was incomplete and for the other set,
hospitalization status was reported as unknown.

The fully vaccinated cases were identified through weekly reviews of data on all confirmed
and probable cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus.
State officials compare the data to records of every person who has been fully vaccinated.

Fully vaccinated means two weeks has elapsed since a person has received two doses of the
Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or the single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

These are individuals who have had a positive test 14 or more days after the last dose in the
vaccine series. Some of these individuals may ultimately be excluded from this list due to
continuing to test positive from a recent infection prior to being fully vaccinated. These cases
are undergoing further review to determine if they meet other CDC criteria for determination
of potential breakthrough, including the absence of a positive antigen or PCR test less than
45 days prior to the post-vaccination positive test
,” the spokeswoman said.

In general, these persons have been more likely to be asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic
compared with vaccinated persons. Please note, to date, more than 1.7 million Michiganders
have completed their COVID-19 vaccine. Some of these cases may be ruled out via additional
investigation
,” she added.

According to the Food and Drug Administration, Pfizer’s vaccine is considered 95 percent
effective in preventing severe symptoms of COVID-19. Moderna’s is 94 percent.

Johnson & Johnson’s is approximately 67 percent.



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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer receives a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19
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Michigan residents to get the vaccine, in Detroit, Mich., on April 6, 2021.
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While the majority of the population develops full immunity within 14 days of completion
of their vaccine series, a small proportion appear to take longer to mount a full antibody
response
,” the MDHHS spokeswoman said. “We expect to see breakthrough cases with any
vaccination, including all the COVID-19 vaccines. The number of potential cases identified to
date is not in excess of what might be expected with vaccines with 95 percent efficacy.
Studies indicate that even if vaccinated people do become ill, they are far less likely to
experience severe illness requiring hospitalization or resulting in death
.”

The potential for breakthrough cases is why officials still encourage Michiganders to take
precautions while out in public, such as wearing masks, washing hands, and social distancing
even after they are fully vaccinated.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is creating a new website to provide
additional information about investigating breakthrough cases. The site is expected to launch
within the next several weeks. It will include summary data from all states, Michigan officials said.

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told reporters last week that “zero percent of the people
in our hospitals right now have been vaccinated, which tells you the vaccines work.”

Whitmer said during a press conference on Tuesday that the efficacy rates mean some people
who get the vaccines will not gain complete protection.

We’re delving into the numbers” on breakthrough cases, she said. “What we do know, though,
is that this vaccine can save your life. This is a virus that none of us knows how our body is going
to react to it. For so many it has been fatal or devastating, or for many we’re still learning how
long are the impacts of this virus going to impact them, afflict them. So this vaccine still is the
best way to protect yourself
.”

Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, the state’s chief medical executive, said that the shots “are some of the
best vaccines that we have.”

We’ve now got vaccines that are over 95 percent effective. And even if you do get COVID-19,
and once you’ve had a vaccine, it is highly unlikely that you will be hospitalized or die
,” she said.

Other states have also seen breakthrough cases. In Washington state, authorities reported
last week that they found evidence of 102 such cases, with eight of the patients requiring
hospitalization and two dying.

In a letter published on March 23 in the New England Journal of Medicine, a group of California
physicians reported that out of 36,659 health care workers tested after receiving one or two
doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, 379 tested positive for COVID-19 at least one day after vaccination.
Thirty-seven of them tested positive after getting two shots, mostly within two weeks after
the second injection.

The rarity of positive test results 14 days after administration of the second dose of vaccine
is encouraging and suggests that the efficacy of these vaccines is maintained outside the
trial setting
,” the doctors wrote.



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  Homeless Shelter Cleared to House Illegal Aliens, Dozens Infected with COVID-19
Posted by: IceWizard - 04-07-2021, 01:17 AM - Forum: World News - Replies (1)

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Homeless Shelter Cleared to House Illegal Aliens,
Dozens Infected with COVID-19



APRIL 01, 2021
JUDICIAL WATCH



As if the illegal immigrant crisis along the U.S.-Mexico border were not bad enough,
homeless Americans have been booted from a temporary shelter in southern California
to make room for scores of migrants, dozens of them infected with COVID-19. Since
the Biden administration rolled out the welcome mat, thousands of illegal aliens have
entered the country, most of them minors classified as Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC)
by the feds. Now the government is scrambling to meet its legal obligation of caring
for them at facilities nationwide operated by the Department of Health and
Human Services (HHS).

In this case, homeless residents were apparently cleared out of the San Diego Convention
Center prematurely to accommodate up to 1,450 UAC, though city officials claim the
decision to stop using the facility for the homeless predates the illegal alien crunch.
Homeless San Diegans have been housed at the center for about a year as part of an
initiative to halt the spread of COVID-19. The San Diego City Council voted to extend
the program through March, but evidently it was cut short to bring in the illegal immigrants.
The city will relocate about 500 homeless individuals to two local shelters, according to
a local news report. “The convention center will be used to house migrants through July
and will be operated by the federal government and the county
,” the story says.

So far there are about 743 UAC at the convention center, according to government figures
cited in a local news report this week. At least 82 of the migrant teenagers have tested
positive for COVID-19. Just this week 247 girls arrived at the makeshift shelter and of
that group, 32 have COVID-19, the article states. “Another girl who was placed in the
COVID exposed group contracted the virus,” the news story reveals, adding that
“officials said none of the minors who tested positive have needed to be hospitalized.”
An HHS spokesperson named Bonnie Preston is cited in several news stories saying that
the majority of the girls tested positive for the virus before arriving in San Diego and
six tested positive upon arrival. The HHS spokesperson further reveals that about 250
UAC will arrive every other day until the convention center reaches its capacity.

There are around 11,551—and counting—illegal immigrant minors in HHS shelters and
another 5,000 in the custody of the U.S. Border Patrol, according to the government.
In February alone, more than 7,000 UAC were placed in facilities funded by American
taxpayers. Border Patrol figures show that in January there was a 64% increase in UAC
over the same one-month period last year with two Texas sectors—Big Bend and
Del Rio—seeing the biggest increase in UAC traffic over the same one-month period in
2020, 141% and 122% respectively. The problem is only going to get worse as thousands
more are allowed in by the Biden administration. Under federal law HHS takes custody
of UAC, identified as illegal immigrants under the age of 18, and must provide care for
them. The agency funds and oversees around 170 state-licensed care facilities to house
the minors when they arrive from foreign countries south of the border.

American taxpayers provide them with an array of services including classroom education,
mental and medical health care, legal counsel, and a variety of recreational activities.
The overwhelming majority of the migrants—72%—are not children but rather young
adults or adolescents 15 to 17 years old, government records show. Most of the youths
are from Guatemala and Honduras and 68% are male, which has tremendously boosted
gang recruitment in this country. Federal authorities have for years confirmed that the
nation’s most violent street gangs—including the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13)—recruit new
members at U.S. shelters housing UAC. Long before COVID-19, health issues were a
serious concern among the hordes of illegal immigrant minors allowed into the U.S. by
the Obama administration because they brought in serious diseases, including swine flu,
dengue fever and possibly Ebola.

The San Diego Convention Center accommodations are not the only special treatment
that the illegal immigrants are receiving. They also get live teachers while the pandemic
forces local children whose parents fund the public school system to receive instruction
online. This week a federal lawmaker, Congressman Darrell Issa, blasted the idea in a
statement following reports that teachers will be sent to the San Diego Convention Center
to provide in-person instruction for the illegal immigrants. “For more than a year, parents
and students in San Diego County have waited for educators to answer one question:
When will our schools reopen with in-person instruction only? And for a year, they’ve been
told to wait. The decision to provide in-person instruction to illegal migrants is outrageous
and parents have every right to be angry
.”


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