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Biden Goes Off on Reporter in Bizarre Rant: ‘You’re Getting Nervous’

Former Vice President Joe Biden had bizarre reaction when asked by a reporter Wednesday about a days-long feud between Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders. The 2020 Democratic candidates have been going back and forth over the issue of Social Security, with Sanders accusing Biden of previously supporting cuts to the entitlement program. Indeed, Biden…

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Shots Fired: Joe Biden Strikes Bernie Sanders over ‘Dishonest Attacks’

The race is heating up between Joe Biden (D) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who are in the midst of a contentious back and forth following the former vice president’s negative ad, accusing Sanders of launching “dishonest attacks.”

Biden: ‘Amazing’ That Sanders Would Criticize My Old Statement

Immediately after criticizing Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) for digging into his old votes in the Senate, former vice president Joe Biden took aim at votes Sanders took back in the 1990s.

“I find it amazing that we go back and look at statements, most of them taken out of context of 10, 20, 30, 35 years ago. It’s like my going back and pointing out how Bernie voted against the Brady Bill five times while I was trying to get it passed when he was in the House,” Biden said during a Wednesday appearance on Morning Joe. “Or how he voted to protect gun manufacturers as the only group in America you can’t sue.”

“He’s made up for that,” Biden added.

Morning Joe co-anchor Willie Geist asked Biden about Sanders’s criticism of his record on Social Security. Biden and Sanders have attacked each other over the issue of entitlement spending. Sanders posted a campaign advertisement Tuesday night with a recording of Biden talking on the Senate floor in 1995 about freezing federal spending, including Social Security and other entitlement programs.

“When I argued if we should freeze federal spending, I meant Social Security as well. I meant Medicare and Medicaid. I meant veterans’ benefits. I meant every single solitary thing in the government,” Biden says in the advertisement.

“Well we’ve got some bad news for them,” Sanders tells a crowd in the advertisement. “We are not going to cut Social Security, we’re going to expand benefits.”

Geist asked if Biden would cut Social Security benefits if he was elected president. Biden said he wouldn’t cut benefits and defended his 1995 comments as occurring in the context of an impending government shutdown.

“Did you think these attacks from the Sanders campaign are dishonest?” Geist asked.

“What I don’t want to do is start to characterize them. I accept the apology and I hope we’ll argue on the facts,” Biden said.

Sanders apologized to Biden on Tuesday for an op-ed written by Sanders surrogate Zephyr Teachout alleging that Biden has a “big corruption problem.”

“It looks like ‘Middle Class’ Joe has perfected the art of taking big contributions, then representing his corporate donors at the cost of middle- and working-class Americans,” Teachout wrote.

“It is absolutely not my view that Joe is corrupt in any way. And I’m sorry that that op-ed appeared,” Sanders said.

Sanders voted against five versions of the Brady Bill, which mandated waiting periods for background checks on gun purchases, as a representative between 1991 and 1993, two years before Biden’s comments on Social Security.

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WaPo Gives Three Pinocchios to Dem Dark Money Group’s Collins Attack

The Washington Post fact-checker gave a new Democratic dark money ad targeting Sen. Susan Collins (R., Maine), who is up for reelection next year, three Pinocchios for claiming Collins put Social Security and Medicare “in jeopardy.”

The 30-second “Trusted” ad, which was sponsored by Maine Momentum, a Democratic dark money group that has reserved at least $722,000 for advertising through January to “educate” voters about Collins, featured a man named David from North Yarmouth, Maine.

“I need Medicare to get by. But Senator Collins voted for a tax bill that puts Medicare and Social Security in jeopardy, but gives large corporations a big tax break,” David said in the ad. “And then I heard the same corporations gave her over $5 million.”

Fact-checker Glenn Kessler said in his analysis for the Washington Post “there is no dispute” that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) included a major corporate tax cut but the ad’s claim about Social Security and Medicare being “in jeopardy” is misleading.

To support its claim, the ad cited a November 2017 opinion piece on the Tax Policy Center website. Kessler said TPC is “widely respected” for their analysis, but noted that the ad cited a blog post by Melissa M. Favreault of the Urban Institute which reflected the “opinion of the author and not that of the Tax Policy Center, Urban Institute, or Brookings Institution.”

“This was an opinion piece, and not a formal report of the Tax Policy Center,” Favreault admitted. “It reflects my opinion, values, and priorities, and my perspective on the TCJA, but it is not TPC’s view.”

“In my view, engaging in deficit spending to prioritize (to a very large extent) the short-run needs of some of the most well-off members of society at a time when the economy was not in recession was a missed opportunity,” Favreault told Kessler. “The tax cuts did not pay for themselves, so implicitly we left ourselves with less fiscal space for Social Security and Medicare.”

Kessler went on to address the claim in the ad about corporations donating to Collins’s campaign.

As for the donations from corporations, the ad cites the Center for Responsive Politics. Corporations cannot contribute directly to candidates, but do so via political action committees. Indeed, the CRP shows that Collins has received nearly $7.3 million over the course of her career from business-associated PACs. But the contributions from individual company PACs are not that large. Blue Cross/Blue Shield tops the list with a total of $76,000, followed by General Dynamics ($45,000), Ernst & Young (almost $42,000), Deloitte LLP ($40,000) and FedEx Corp. ($47,500).

Kessler concluded the ad was “cleverly crafted,” but in citing an opinion piece it “misattributes and misquotes the source material to make its claim seem more authoritative than it is.” He also said there is “no evidence” to support the claim about corporate PAC money swaying Collins’s vote.

“But here’s the problem: Just because the TCJA is deficit-financed does not mean benefits in the specific safety-net programs mentioned in the ad would be cut to achieve balance. All things being equal, Congress just as easily could reduce spending on any other program,” Kessler wrote. “In fact, given the politics involved, Social Security and Medicare might be the last programs to be cut. Moreover, Collins affirmatively took a step to protect Medicare from budget cuts — a fact unacknowledged by the ad.”

The Post describes the three Pinocchio rating as “significant factual error and/or obvious contradictions.” The Post continues, “this gets into the realm of ‘mostly false.’ But it could include statements which are technically correct (such as based on official government data) but are so taken out of context as to be very misleading.”

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Exclusive–Rick Scott: Biden Public Option a Scheme to Enroll Americans in a ‘Government Plan’

Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) told Breitbart News in an exclusive interview Wednesday that former Vice President Joe Biden’s public option serves as nothing more than a scheme to enroll every American in a “government” healthcare plan.

Exclusive–Sen. Bill Cassidy Releasing Paid Family Leave Plan Next Week

Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) told Breitbart News Sunday that he will soon unveil his and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema’s (D-AZ) paid family leave program. 

Fed Up with Welfare Abusers, Trump Moves To Redefine Poverty

In a prosperous country like the United States, when does somebody officially stop being “poor?” It may seem like an irrelevant question, but deciding at what point a citizen is actually below the poverty threshold can have major effects on national spending and the economy. There’s a government formula, but the math may now be…

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Report Calculates When Social Security Will Run Dry… It’s Not Looking Good

Social Security is the profoundly electric third rail of entitlement reform. The retirement system takes up a third of mandatory budget spending and 23 percent of the budget as a whole, and yet there seems to be no great rush to rein in a behemoth of a program. Well, let this be another wake-up call,…

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