Magaziner accepts support from anti-energy group

Source: US National Republican Congressional Committee

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WPRI reports the League of Conservation Voters’ super PAC has reserved hundreds of thousands of dollars in TV advertising to support Seth Magaziner in the final weeks before the RI-02 Democrat primary.

That means Magaziner is accepting help from a group that is on the record supporting AOC’s Green New Deal right as Democrats’ war on American energy has led to rising fuel and home heating costs.

NRCC Comment: “Seth Magaziner is receiving support from a radical group that wants to weaken American energy because his extreme liberal values fit right in with their anti-energy agenda.” – NRCC Spokeswoman Samantha Bullock


FEMA Awards Almost $2.5 Million To Bridgeport Hospital For COVID Costs

Source: US Federal Emergency Management Agency

BOSTON – The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be sending almost $2.5 million to the State of Connecticut to reimburse Bridgeport Hospital for the additional costs of operating safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The $2,499,975 FEMA Public Assistance grant to the Yale New Haven Health System-affiliated hospital will reimburse it for the additional costs of operating in a pandemic environment between January 2020 and November 2021.

The expenses incurred included purchasing additional medical equipment and ventilators for the treatment of COVID-19 patients; hiring additional medical care staff and supporting services; purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE), disinfection services and supplies; and the cost of providing lodging for some workers.

“FEMA is pleased to be able to assist the State of Connecticut with these costs,” said FEMA Region 1 Regional Administrator Lori Ehrlich. “Providing resources for our partners on the front lines of the pandemic fight is critical to their success, and our success as a nation.”

FEMA’s Public Assistance program is an essential source of funding for states and communities recovering from a federally declared disaster or emergency.

So far, FEMA has provided almost $466 million in Public Assistance grants to Connecticut to reimburse the state for pandemic-related expenses.

Underwood to campaign with “defund the police” radical

Source: US National Republican Congressional Committee

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Lauren Underwood is partnering with radical Illinois Democrat Delia Ramirez for a campaign event this Saturday.

Ramirez is under fire in her own campaign for her calls to defund the police.

NRCC Comment: “By campaigning with an anti-law enforcement radical, Lauren Underwood is letting Illinois voters know she won’t stand with the police.” – NRCC Spokeswoman Courtney Parella


 House GOP Foreign Affairs Committee Interim Report”A Strategic Failure:”Assessing the Administration’s Afghanistan Withdrawal

Source: US House of Representatives Republicans

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One year ago, the world was watching in horror as Afghanistan was overrun by terrorists, as thousands of American citizens and hundreds of thousands of our Afghan allies desperately tried to get to the airport and onto a plane to safety. We now know that more than 1,000 American citizens were left behind to fend for themselves, and tens of thousands of our Afghan allies were abandoned to be hunted by the Taliban.

Yesterday, House Foreign Affairs Committee Minority has published an interim report on President Biden’s decision to withdraw from Afghanistan and the resulting chaotic and deadly evacuation. This is the first step in a thorough investigation into why the decision to unconditionally withdraw was made in defiance of the conditions on the ground, why the Biden administration failed to properly plan for the results of that withdrawal, and what short-term and long-term impacts these events will cause.

Top Takeaways from the HFAC Republican Investigation:

The Doha agreement didn’t force President Biden to withdraw from Afghanistan – he chose to do that in spite of advice from his top military advisors, the intelligence community, and America’s allies.

  • The Doha agreement was conditions-based, and those conditions were not being met according to Pres. Biden’s own advisers. In addition, President Biden has admitted he “would’ve tried to figure out how to withdraw those troops” from the country even if the Doha agreement didn’t exist.
  • Generals Milley, McKenzie, and Miller all advised the president to leave a small force of about 2,500 military personnel in the country that would be joined by 6,000 NATO troops.

The Biden administration absolutely did NOT “plan for all contingencies,” as they repeatedly claimed.

  • At the height of the evacuation, only 36 State Department consular officers were on site, or about one for every 3,400 evacuees.
  • Brigadier General John Sullivan, Joint Task Force-Crisis Response Commander in Kabul said, “NSC was not seriously planning for an evacuation…The embassy didn’t fully participate in NEO planning until a week prior to the fall.”
  • Around the same time General Miller warned, “the Taliban are on the move” and “what we are seeing is the rapid loss of district centers,” the U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Ross Wilson, took 2-week vacation the last week of June and first week of July 2021.

Before, during, and after the military evacuation, senior officials in the Biden administration – including the president himself – misled the American people. In some instances, they made these statements knowing they were not accurate. 

  • Officials said the Taliban were cooperating and “business-like” during the evacuation when in fact they were beating, shooting and detaining would be evacuees – information that was both being reported in the news and was included in internal State Department memos.
  • President Biden said it was “highly unlikely” the Taliban would take power, despite the U.S. military and U.S. intelligence community warning repeatedly this is exactly what would happen.

The fallout from the withdrawal and evacuation has made America less safe, emboldening our adversaries and angering our allies.

  • The Biden administration repeatedly claimed only “about a hundred” American citizens were abandoned in Afghanistan after the U.S. military evacuation ended on August 31, 2021. However, the report reveals meaning more than 1,000 Americans were abandoned in a country controlled by a terrorist organization.
  • After the evacuation, desperate to find safety from the Taliban, a “significant” number of Afghan security forces, including high ranking officers and commandos, crossed the border into Iran. Some brought military equipment and vehicles with them. While some were returned to Afghanistan, according to the UN, others likely remained.
  • The Department of Defense, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and the chief of MI-6 all agree the withdrawal is good for America’s adversaries, specifically Iran, China, and Russia.

The Biden administration has refused to comply with any requests for documents. It’s imperative Congress fulfill its Article I duties and conduct proper oversight of the decision to withdraw and the fallout that caused.

  • The Committee Minority believes the State Department needs to provide the long overdue requested documentation, which includes memos, letters, and notes touching on the decision to withdraw, the preparations made for the fallout from the withdrawal, and the military evacuation. In addition, they should make available the 38 requested officials for transcribed interviews.
  • The House Foreign Affairs Committee should hold multiple, open and closed hearings focused on the withdrawal from Afghanistan with top Biden administration officials including Secretary Blinken, NSA Sullivan, and others.
  • For top takeaways from the interim report, click here.

Gonzalez still won’t comment on Bank of China account

Source: US National Republican Congressional Committee

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Vicente Gonzalez still won’t comment on why he had an account with the Bank of China, a state-owned bank run by the Chinese Communist Party.

Gonzalez’s office refused to give “an additional statement about the account’s closure”when reached for comment yesterday. 

NRCC COMMENT: “South Texans deserve to know why Congressman Vicente Gonzalez had up to half a million dollars invested with China, one of America’s greatest adversaries.” — NRCC Spokeswoman Torunn Sinclair


NIST Seeks Comments on AI Risk Management Framework Guidance, Workshop Date Set

Source: US Government research organizations

Credit: N. Hanacek/NIST

NIST is seeking comments on a second draft of the NIST Artificial Intelligence Risk Management Framework (AI RMF). The AI RMF is intended for voluntary use in addressing risks in the design, development, use, and evaluation of AI products, services, and systems. The new draft builds on and reflects the discussions at the AI RMF Workshop #2 and incorporates feedback received on the initial draft released in March 2022. 

NIST also seeks comments on the draft  NIST AI RMF Playbook, an online resource providing recommended actions on how to implement the Framework. The draft Playbook includes suggested actions, references, and supplementary guidance for “Govern” and “Map” – two of the four proposed Framework functions. Draft material for the other two functions, “Measure” and “Manage,” will be released at a later date. 

Comments on the draft Framework and initial comments on the draft Playbook should be sent via email to AIframework [at] nist.gov by September 29, 2022. 

Feedback also will be welcomed during discussions at the Building the NIST AI Risk Management Framework: Workshop #3 on October 18-19, 2022.  Registration for the virtual workshop is now open.

NIST plans to publish AI RMF 1.0 in January 2023.

NIH awards $23 million to establish centers of excellence to study telehealth for cancer care

Source: US Department of Health and Human Services – 2

News Release

Thursday, August 18, 2022

The National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, will award $23 million to four academic institutions to establish centers of excellence that will conduct research on the role of telehealth in delivering cancer-related health care, a practice that became more prevalent during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The awards will establish NCI’s Telehealth Research Centers of Excellence (TRACE) initiative, which is being supported by the Cancer MoonshotSM, a White House initiative first launched in 2016 and reignited by President Biden in 2022 to accelerate the rate of progress against cancer. The awards are to be distributed over five years, pending availability of funds.

“One of the Cancer Moonshot goals is to make the cancer experience less burdensome for patients and their families and caregivers,” said Katrina Goddard, Ph.D., director of NCI’s Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS). “We are awarding these centers of excellence to better understand how telehealth can contribute to improved health outcomes across the cancer care continuum.”

Telehealth is health care provided by doctors and other providers from a distance using electronic means, such as by phone, email, text message, or video conference. During the pandemic, the use and availability of telehealth skyrocketed in primary and specialty care, including cancer care. However, little is understood about how best to use and sustain telehealth in providing cancer-related care.

“These centers will address important gaps in telehealth and cancer-related care delivery,” said Robin C. Vanderpool, Dr.P.H., chief of the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch in DCCPS. “We need to establish an evidence base for using this technology to deliver health care in oncology and make it part of routine care. In addition, these centers will explore opportunities for scalability and dissemination of their cancer-related telehealth interventions beyond their own health systems.”

The research being undertaken by the four centers will study the role of telehealth in fields from prevention to screening, diagnosis to treatment, and survivorship. Each center will be led by an academic institution that has assembled diverse teams of researchers to conduct large trials in real-world clinical settings such as hospitals, cancer centers, oncology practices, and primary care offices.

These are the four funded centers:

  • The Telehealth Research and Innovation for Veterans with Cancer (THRIVE) Telehealth Research Center: Led by NYU Grossman School of Medicine, New York City, this center will work with the Veterans Health Administration to examine how social factors such as race and ethnicity, poverty, and rural residence affect the delivery of telehealth for cancer care.
  • The Scalable Telehealth Cancer Care (STELLAR) Center: Led by Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., this center will focus on using telehealth to extend health services to cancer survivors aimed at reducing risk behaviors such as smoking and physical inactivity.
  • The University of Pennsylvania Telehealth Research Center of Excellence (Penn TRACE): Led by the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, this center will use communication science and behavioral economics to compare the effectiveness of multiple telehealth strategies on shared decision-making for lung cancer screening and to improve timely access to comprehensive molecular testing for advanced lung cancer.
  • The Making Telehealth Delivery of Cancer Care at Home Effective and Safe (MATCHES) Telehealth Research Center: Led by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), New York City, this center will study the effectiveness of a remote monitoring system called MSK@Home for patients receiving systemic treatments for prostate and breast cancer.

In addition to developing innovative ways to use telehealth in cancer care, the centers will focus on identifying and addressing telehealth-related disparities among vulnerable populations, including racial and ethnic groups, rural residents, older adults, people who are uninsured or low-income, people who are socially isolated, and people who have limited digital literacy. All four centers are also committed to training the next generation of telehealth-focused researchers.

“These centers will be at the cutting edge of some amazing breakthroughs by creating sustainable and effective telehealth options tailored specifically for cancer care,” said Roxanne E. Jensen, Ph.D., a program director in the Outcomes Research Branch in DCCPS who is overseeing the TRACE initiative with Dr. Vanderpool. “This work will pave the way for having health care delivery look a lot different for cancer patients over the next five to 10 years, and that’s really exciting and in alignment with the goals of the Cancer Moonshot initiative.”’

About the National Cancer Institute (NCI): NCI leads the National Cancer Program and NIH’s efforts to dramatically reduce the prevalence of cancer and improve the lives of cancer patients and their families, through research into prevention and cancer biology, the development of new interventions, and the training and mentoring of new researchers. For more information about cancer, please visit the NCI website at cancer.gov or call NCI’s contact center, the Cancer Information Service, at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237).

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation’s medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.

NIH…Turning Discovery Into Health®

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BOMBSHELL: Democrat Carl Marlinga helped child sex predators get off easy

Source: US National Republican Congressional Committee

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Fox News reports Carl Marlinga’s law firm, the Marlinga Law Group, solicited accused sexual predators as clients and “claimed on its website that authorities ‘lead and manipulate’ children in sex abuse cases to get ‘incriminating statements.’”

Does Carl still think underage victims of sexual abuse can’t be trusted? 

NRCC Comment: “Carl Marlinga is a scumbag who used his law license to help child rapists get off easy. If Jeffrey Epstein had asked, Marlinga probably would have joined his defense team.” – NRCC Spokesman Mike Berg

In case you missed it…

Michigan law firm claimed authorities ‘manipulate’ children for ‘incriminating statements’ in sex abuse cases

Fox News

Houston Keene

August 18, 2022

https://www.foxnews.com/politics/michigan-law-firm-claimed-authorities-manipulate-children

FIRST ON FOX: A Michigan Democratic congressional candidate’s former law firm claimed on its website that authorities “lead and manipulate” children in sex abuse cases to get “incriminating statements.”

Carl Marlinga, the Democrat running to represent Michigan’s new 10th district in Congress, was the named partner for the criminal defense firm, the Marlinga Law Group.

The firm’s website highlighted the defense attorney services provided to clients, including those for violent crimes as well as sex crimes both online and off.

However, the group’s advertising of their services may raise some eyebrows.

According to an archive of the firm’s now-deleted website, the Marlinga Law Group claimed that, “in many cases” of child sexual abuse or criminal sexual conduct with a minor, “the authorities lead and manipulate the children to make incriminating statements that might reflect little other than the child’s willingness to please an important adult.”

“With the assistance of child psychologists and behavioral experts, we show how this process can distort the entire investigation,” the website read.

“Any responsible criminal trial lawyer prepares his client for the possibility of a conviction at trial, and so do we. In the event of an adverse ruling at trial, we intervene actively with the presentence investigation to make sure that all mitigating circumstances in your favor are presented and considered before the sentence is handed down,” the website continued. 

“In one recent case, our hard work in the sentencing phase resulted in a sharp downward departure from the guidelines minimum of seven years to a sentence of only one year, to run concurrently with a sentence our client was already serving on a previous offense.”

When it comes to internet sex crimes, the Marlinga Law Group also advertised that, in “order to reduce uneasiness or negative impressions of the charges involved,” the firm’s “attorneys hire psychologists and other experts familiar with sexual addictions and the reasons why otherwise upstanding community members may find themselves viewing pornography.”

“We also take care in presenting all the facts pertinent to our client’s case: is there a history of sex abuse in your family? Divorce? Drug use? Use of psycho-tropic prescription drugs?” the website continued.

Additionally, the criminal defense firm advertised that, “in the development of a consent defense in a date rape or acquaintance rape situation,” its attorneys would “use a preeminent psychologist to examine the complaining witness prior to trial.”

“Our expert’s findings might very well indicate features of the alleged victim’s personality that resulted in the accusation of rape, or a denial of consent, under circumstances that the defendant cannot be held responsible for,” the website said. “Just as important, our experience with the clear presentation of such evidence at trial helps ensure that the jury hears your side of the story in its most convincing light.”

Marlinga was a former Macomb County judge and prosecutor, leaving the prosecutor job after being charged and acquitted on corruption allegations.

Marlinga is running against Republican candidate and U.S. Army veteran John James for Michigan’s newly-created 10th district.

The race is likely a Republican pickup as James and Marlinga face off, putting the Democrat former judge in a tight spot during a year favoring the GOP.


Vasquez tries to run from his radical record

Source: US National Republican Congressional Committee

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Gabe Vasquez is trying to run away from his radical positions that would stifle American energy production and eliminate good-paying jobs. 

He told the Carlsbad Current-Argus in a recent interview he believes a “balance could be struck between oil and gas’ economic benefit to the state and government controls on its environmental impact.”

But Vasquez is already on record stating he supports President Biden’s decision to cancelthe Keystone XL Pipeline, and indefinitely pause oil and gas leases on public land, which could kill 62,000 New Mexico jobs.

NRCC COMMENT: “Gabe Vasquez can’t run from his radical record. He supports policies that will eliminate good-paying New Mexico jobs, and voters will reject him for it.” – NRCC Spokeswoman Torunn Sinclair


Legacy of ancient ice ages shapes how seagrasses respond to environmental threats today

Source: US Government research organizations

Past migration, Pleistocene ice ages still impact size and structure of modern eelgrass communities

Deep evolution casts a longer shadow than previously thought, scientists report in a paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. U.S. National Science Foundation-supported scientists looked at eelgrass communities — the foundation of many coastal marine food webs along the north Atlantic and Pacific coasts — and discovered that their ancient genetic history can play a stronger role than the present-day environment in determining their size, structure and who lives in them.

That could have implications for how well eelgrasses adapt to threats like climate change.

About a half-million years ago, when the world was warmer, some eelgrass plants made the journey from their homes in the Pacific to the Atlantic via the Arctic. Not all the plants were hardy enough to make the journey across the Arctic. For those that succeeded, a series of ice ages during the Pleistocene Epoch affected how far they could spread. Those millennia-old struggles left lasting signatures in their DNA. Even today, eelgrass populations in the Atlantic are far less genetically diverse than those in the Pacific.

“We already knew that there was big genetic separation between the oceans, but I don’t think any of us ever dreamed that that would be more important than environmental conditions,” said Emmett Duffy, a marine biologist at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center and lead author of the report. “That was a big surprise to everybody.”

Eelgrass is among the most widespread shallow-water plants in the world. Its range spans from semi-tropical regions, such as Baja California, to Alaska and the Arctic. In addition to providing food and habitat for many undersea animals, eelgrass offers a plethora of services to humans. It protects coastlines from storms, soaks up carbon and can reduce harmful bacteria in the water.

But in most places where it grows, eelgrass is the dominant — or only — seagrass species present. That makes its survival critical to the people and other animals that live there. The lower genetic diversity in the Atlantic could make it hard for some populations to adapt to sudden changes.

For the new study, the team studied eelgrass communities at 50 sites in the Atlantic and Pacific. With 20 plots sampled per site, the team came away with data from 1,000 eelgrass plots.

After running a series of models, the researchers discovered a host of differences between the Atlantic and Pacific eelgrass ecosystems — differences that closely aligned with the genetic divergence from the Pleistocene migration and subsequent ice ages.

While Pacific eelgrasses often grew in “forests” that regularly surpassed 3 feet tall and sometimes reached more than twice that high, the Atlantic hosted more diminutive “meadows” that rarely came close to that height. The genetic differences also aligned with the total biomass of eelgrass. In the Atlantic, evolutionary genetics and the present-day environment played equally strong roles in eelgrass biomass. In the Pacific, genetics had the upper hand.