Alaska Congressman Who Called Coronavirus the ‘Beer Virus’ Attended NRA Fundraiser After Skipping COVID-19 Relief Fund Vote

Alaska’s sole congressman skipped a vote on providing U.S citizens an emergency coronavirus relief package days after saying the seriousness of the pandemic is being “blown out of proportion.”

Rep. Don Young, 86, missed the House vote on whether to ensure two weeks of paid sick leave for workers, expand family leave for workers, and provide free testing for COVID-19 which took place in Washington, D.C. in the early hours of March 14.

As noted by the Anchorage Daily News, later that day Young attended an NRA fundraising event in Mat-Su, Alaska, which he posted about on Facebook. . .

During the March 13 event, Young assured the group of more than 50 elderly people in attendance that it was still safe to continue their normal activities amid the coronavirus outbreak — which he jokingly referred to as the “beer virus” — and blamed the media for causing unnecessary concern. (Read more from “Alaska Congressman Who Called Coronavirus the ‘Beer Virus’ Attended NRA Fundraiser After Skipping COVID-19 Relief Fund Vote” HERE)

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Tourist Destinations Like Alaska Are Being Devastated by the Coronavirus

Even if the COVID-19 outbreak in Alaska is limited to the [4] confirmed cases, its economy may still be at the mercy of the pandemic.

That’s because seasonal tourism plays an outsized role in Alaska’s economy, representing as much as 1 in 10 jobs throughout the state and more in the regions surrounding Anchorage and the capital Juneau. Nearly all of the state’s tourists get there on a cruise ship.

As a result of government warnings and general fears, tourism and travel are expected to plunge in the coming weeks and months, particularly on cruise ships, which have begun temporarily suspending operations.

As economists who specialize in how people respond to risks like infectious disease and the regional impacts of economic shocks, we believe Alaska offers a window into just how far-reaching the impacts of the current outbreak can be even if the pandemic’s spread is well managed. It also could help guide the federal government as it considers an economic stimulus package designed to offset COVID-19. (Read more from “Tourist Destinations Like Alaska Are Being Devastated by the Coronavirus” HERE)

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U.S. Fighters Catch Russian Spy Planes Near Alaska for 2nd Time in Days

For the second time in less than a week, the U.S. has intercepted Russian maritime surveillance aircraft in what’s known as the Alaska Air Defense Identification Zone, military officials announced Saturday.

Two pairs of Tu-142 maritime reconnaissance and anti-submarine warfare aircraft were tracked and intercepted Saturday by Air Force F-22 Raptors, supported by KC-132 Stratotanker refueling aircraft and E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System planes.

“The Russian aircraft entered the ADIZ from the West and North of Alaska respectively,” officials with the North American Aerospace Defense Command, or NORAD, said in a release. “The western pair of Tu-142s remained within the ADIZ for approximately 4 hours and loitered in the vicinity of the U.S. Navy’s ICEX where they are conducting submarine exercises. The Tu-142s were escorted by F-22s the entire time.” . . .

A pair of Tu-142s to the north spent only about 15 minutes in the zone, and also received an F-22 escort, officials said.

ICEX, which began March 5, is an Arctic preparedness exercise involving two U.S. Navy submarines, forces from five different countries and more than 100 participants. The exercise requires troops to set up a temporary camp on an ice floe and use the camp as a command center for submarine operations taking place below the ice, at temperatures averaging negative 27 degrees Fahrenheit. (Read more from “U.S. Fighters Catch Russian Spy Planes Near Alaska for 2nd Time in Days” HERE)

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Alaska Confirms First Case of Coronavirus

Alaska has confirmed its first presumptive case of the the novel coronavirus, Gov. Mike Dunleavy (R) announced Thursday.

The case is presumptive, meaning the patient has tested positive in state-administered tests but has yet to be confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The patient is a foreign national who was traveling through the state, Dunleavy said. He is not known to have had significant contact with others in the state.

The patient is currently in quarantine in Anchorage after being discharged from the hospital. (Read more from “Alaska Confirms First Case of Coronavirus” HERE)

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No Human Dignity: Lisa Murkowski Votes Against Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act

Yesterday, the United States Senate voted on two significant pieces of legislation: the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act and the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. Although a majority of senators supported the bills, both fell short of the 60 votes needed to invoke cloture (i.e., end debate and move to a vote on the bill) and overcome a Democrat-led filibuster. . .

[T]wo Republicans (Collins and Murkowski) voted against Pain-Capable. [O]pponents of the legislation—including the abortion lobby—launched a massive misinformation campaign to deny the need for these bills.

First, they denied scientific evidence that babies in utero can feel pain at 20 weeks. Doctors understand this scientific reality, which is why they administer pediatric anesthesia during fetal surgeries. This reflects an understanding that fetal surgeries have two patients: the mother and the child.

Moreover, the legal framework under Roe v. Wade allows abortion up to the moment of birth. Currently, unless individual states take legislative action to restrict abortion later in pregnancy, abortion on demand is legal through all nine months of pregnancy. According to FRC’s new pro-life map, 22 states allow abortion on demand right up until birth. The United States is one of only seven countries in the world (including North Korea and China) that allow abortion after 20 weeks.

Considering these facts, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act is a necessary bill, and the Senate’s failure to pass it reflects a callous and cruel disregard for the dignity and value of human life. (Read more about Murkowski votes on prolife bills HERE)

Study: Taxpayers In Low-migration States Pay $454M A Year For Illegal Aliens, Anchor Babies

Taxpayers in the ten states with the smallest foreign-born populations are still burdened by a cost of about $454 million every year to pay for various social services for illegal aliens and their United States-born children.

A study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) analyzes the cost of illegal immigration and the anchor baby population to American taxpayers who live in the ten least immigrant-populated states, including New Hampshire, Mississippi, Alaska, Maine, North Dakota, West Virginia, South Dakota, Vermont, Montana, and Wyoming.

The research reveals that even in low-migration states, the cost to American taxpayers is still significant. Of the total 415,000 foreign-born residents living in these ten states, about 88,000 are illegal aliens — indicating that illegal aliens represent more than 20 percent of foreign-born residents.

Those 88,000 illegal aliens across these ten states, along with about 35,000 of their U.S.-born children, are costing American taxpayers about $454 million every year, with each illegal alien costing anywhere between $4,000 and $6,000.

“To put that figure into context, that $454 million expenditure is more than 200 times what the state of Montana budgets for its entire Veterans Affairs program and it is 2.5 times the total sum that West Virginia invests in its state university,” the FAIR study notes. (Read more from “Study: Taxpayers In Low-migration States Pay $454M A Year For Illegal Aliens, Anchor Babies” HERE)

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Four Children Found Alive After Going Missing During Alaskan Blizzard

Four children have been found alive after they went missing during a blizzard in Alaska when they were last seen going for a ride on a snowmachine.

KTUU reported that the children went for a ride on a snowmachine at 1 p.m. on Sunday and never returned to their village of Nunam Iqua.

Alaskan State Troopers found out about the incident around 6:45 p.m. and started an official search, but blizzard conditions made it difficult for rescue crews to see.

Once state troopers and other rescue crews resumed their search Monday morning, they confirmed that all four children were found alive and were being brought to safety. . .

The three older boys — 14-year-old Christopher Johnson, eight-year-old Frank Johnson, and seven-year-old Ethan Camille — dug a hole in the snow to shelter the two-year-old boy Trey Camille, Alaska Public Media reported. (Read more from “Four Children Found Alive After Going Missing During Alaskan Blizzard” HERE)

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Schiff Makes PATHETIC Closing Argument: Trump Could Sell Alaska (VIDEO)

By The Blaze. Closing arguments in the Senate’s impeachment trial wrapped up Monday with some far-reaching arguments from two of the House’s impeachment managers.

On the one hand, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) claimed that, if non-criminal acts aren’t impeachable, President Donald Trump would be able to trade away a U.S. state to Russia for political assistance.

During his closing arguments, Schiff attacked the position that only criminal actions rise to the constitutional standard of “high crimes and misdemeanors” as grounds for impeachment. If non-criminal actions aren’t impeachable, the California Democrat argued, then “a whole range of utterly unacceptable conduct in a president would now beyond reach.”

For example, Schiff claimed, “Trump could offer Alaska to the Russians in exchange for support in the next election, or decide to move to Mar-a-Lago permanently and let Jared Kushner run the country, delegating to him the decision whether to go to war.”

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Impeachment Closing Arguments: Dems Claim ‘Duty Demands’ a Conviction, as Trump Team Decries ‘Rush to Judgment’

By Fox News. The impeachment trial of President Trump drew closer toward its almost-inevitable conclusion with closing arguments Monday, as Democratic House impeachment managers made a last-ditch push to convince the Senate that an acquittal would be a “death blow” to the ability to hold a president in check, while Trump’s defense team accused the Democrats of engaging in a rushed, “purely partisan” endeavor. . .

“I submit to you on behalf of the House of Representatives that your duty demands that you convict President Trump,” House manager Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo., said during his remarks, the first among the Democrats who delivered arguments.

Crow addressed an argument put forth by Trump legal team member Alan Dershowitz, who claimed that Trump was working in the national interest, and not his personal interest, by asking Ukraine to investigate possible corruption related to former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Dershowitz asserted that even if Trump was acting to aid his own re-election if he believes his re-election to be in the nation’s best interest, it would be proper. . .

As for the president’s team on Monday, attorney Kenneth Starr argued the House’s impeachment power is not free of limitations. . .

Starr also accused the House Judiciary Committee of rushing to move forward with impeachment and contrasted Trump’s impeachment with that of President Bill Clinton and the effort to impeach President Richard Nixon, both of which enjoyed bipartisan support, unlike the Trump impeachment. (Read more from “Impeachment Closing Arguments: Dems Claim ‘Duty Demands’ a Conviction, as Trump Team Decries ‘Rush to Judgment’” HERE)

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The U.S. Isn’t Taking Chances in Wuhan; Plane Carrying Passengers From Wuhan Stops in Anchorage

By USA Today. U.S. Consulate staffers and other Americans in Wuhan will be evacuated to California on Wednesday as the death toll rose to 106 from a new coronavirus racing through China.

In the U.S., Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Tuesday that the number of cases remained at five, with no deaths. Researchers are still trying to determine the incubation period of the virus and how easily it can be spread by infected people who are not yet experiencing symptoms, he said.

“This is a potentially very serious threat, but at this point Americans should not worry for their own safety,” Azar said. “This is a very fast-moving, constantly changing situation.”

Azar said U.S. health officials have repeatedly offered to send a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to China to help. He said talks with Chinese health officials had been positive and he was hopeful that an arrangement could be made. (Read more from “The U.S. Isn’t Taking Chances in Wuhan” HERE)

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Americans Evacuate China Coronavirus Epicenter on Charter Plane

By The Washington Times. An airplane evacuating as many as 240 Americans from a Chinese city at the center of a virus outbreak departed Wednesday before dawn, and is en route to the U.S., a U.S. State Department official has told The Associated Press.

The U.S. government chartered the plane to fly out diplomats from the U.S. Consulate in Wuhan, where the latest coronavirus outbreak started, and other U.S. citizens. The plane will make a refueling stop in Alaska before flying on to Ontario, California, the U.S. Embassy in China has said. . .

During the refueling stop in Anchorage, the travelers will be re-screened for the virus. Hospitals have been notified and are prepared to treat or quarantine people who may be infected. (Read more from “Americans Evacuate China Coronavirus Epicenter on Charter Plane” HERE)

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Today’s Anchorage Event Looks at New Strategy to End Abortion in Alaska

The prolife movement has met with success on all fronts: crisis pregnancy centers, public opinion, public witness, civil disobedience, sidewalk counseling, marches, picketing, Forty Days for Life. But politically it is still stuck in neutral.

True, a supreme court reversal is at long last quite possible, but like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, prolifers have had the “Ruby Slippers” to get home all along. A basic misunderstanding of the Constitution by the prolife movement and the proper roles of the courts will be discussed at Gallo’s in Anchorage on Thursday, January 9, sponsored by the St. Catherine of Siena chapter of Catholics United for the Faith. Cocktails at 6:30, dinner at 7:00. Guest Speaker is KSRM Radio 92 in Kenai talk-show host Bob Bird.

A retired public school teacher of 41 years lauded by the state legislature, former President of Alaska Right to Life, twice a candidate for the US Senate, Bird was endorsed by Ron Paul in 2008. He will explain the proper way to end the outrage of Roe v. Wade.

A Power Point presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.