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Clinton Releases New, Expanded AIDS-Free Generation Plan, Backs HIV-Preventing Drugs, Targets Stigma

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Clinton Campaign Releases Detailed Plan to ‘Tackle HIV and AIDS Together’ – Calls for Expanded Utilization of PrEP

Hillary Clinton’s campaign Wednesday released its detailed plan for an AIDS-free generation, calling it “within our reach.”

The plan details the importance of expanding critical programs such as the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), strengthening the Obama Administration’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy, partnering with advocacy groups for public education, expanding the utilization of HIV-prevention medication and fighting drug addiction.

Clinton, who also worked to fight HIV/AIDS both as a U.S. Senator and as Secretary of State (photo), also plans to expand the country’s investment in research to accelerate progress, using programs like PEPFAR to ensure that “significant study questions related to HIV and AIDS are identified, funded and answered.” The plan also calls for the expanded utilization of HIV prevention medications such as PrEP, which it calls a “promising innovation.”

“The AIDS crisis in America began as a quiet, deadly epidemic,” the statement accompanying the plan reads, “and because of discrimination and disregard, it remained that way for far too long. When many in positions of power turned a blind eye, health care providers, activists, scientists, and ordinary, heroic people fought with courage and compassion for a nation commitment to address the disease.”

The statement cites the efforts of these individuals for the many breakthroughs in treatment and prevention, but cautions that “HIV and AIDS are still with us.” According to aids.gov, over 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV, with one out of eight people unaware of it, and the World Health Organization reports that 36.7 million people were living with HIV and AIDS worldwide in 2015. “Hillary Clinton,” the statement continues, “believes we have to tackle this work together.”

Doing so, according the plan, includes convening groups to adopt “aggressive and attainable timelines for ending AIDS.” It credits the Obama Administration’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy as “an important roadmap in our march against an AIDS-free generation in the United States,” and vows to strengthen it to align with the timelines developed by experts and advocates.

Under Clinton’s plan, the Affordable Care Act will also be defended and expanded upon. It is credited as having ensured “insurance companies [could] no longer deny coverage based on a pre-existing HIV diagnoses,” and requiring health insurance plans to “cover lab tests, preventative services such as HIV screenings, and chronic disease management tools.”

It continues that, “Clinton will place particular emphasis on expanding evidenced-based prevention, treatment, and community outreach initiatives for at-risk groups, including black men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender individuals, African American women, and injection drug users.”  

The emphasis includes a $10 billion initiative to combat drug addiction, which the plan calls “a national epidemic that our nation is failing to address” that is connected with the HIV and AIDS epidemic. The partnership between local, state and federal government, the plan says, will further help to prevent and treat addiction.

The full plan can be read here, and further details the campaign’s intention to partner with advocacy groups for public education in the United States and abroad, working to reform the HIV criminalization laws and end stigma and discrimination.

Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump’s website currently offers only seven campaign positions, none of which include policies on HIV or AIDS. (The Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence, however, has made his stance on the matter quite clear.)

Daniel Driffin, the first gay man living with HIV to address a national party convention in 12 years, made his own position clear last week at the Democratic National Convention. “We know how to prevent the virus now. We know how to diagnose the virus now. We know how to treat it and we know how to suppress it… What do we do to fight HIV/AIDS today?”

“We invest in research and education. Expand treatment and prevention,” he continued. “And we elect Hillary Clinton.”

The full video can be seen below:

https://youtu.be/tEISxyexaeg 

 

Image: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivers a speech about HIV/AIDS at the National Institutes of Health, November 2011
Photo by NIH Image Gallery via Flickr and a CC license 

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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves Dismisses ‘Real Small, Minor Number’ of Rapes Requiring Abortions

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Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves (R) declined to say on Sunday if he would sign a bill removing abortion exceptions for rape because they only represent a “real small, minor number” of cases.

During an interview on Fox News, host Mike Emmanuel asked Reeves if he would remove the abortion exceptions for rape in Mississippi.

Reeves sidestepped the question by insisting that the bill would never make it through the legislature.

“There’s a lot of effort, particularly in Washington and other places mainly by the Democrats, to try to talk only about the real small, minor number of exceptions that may exist,” he complained. “Over 90% of all abortions that are done in America, some 63 million babies aborted since Roe was wrongly decided in 1973, over 90% of those are elective abortions.”

Reeves argued that the “far-left” should not be talking about “all these exceptions and minor numbers.”

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Trump Hinted Jan. 6 Would Be His ‘Last-Ditch’ Attempt to Overturn the Election Results: Filmmaker Alex Holder

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In an interview with the Guardian’s Hugo Lowell, a British documentary maker who was filming behind-the-scenes footage in Donald Trump’s White House on Jan 6th claimed he knew something bad was about to happen before supporters of the former president stormed the Capitol and sent lawmakers fleeing for their lives.

Alex Holder, whose film crew was on hand and filming Trump and his children Don Jr, Eric and Ivanka on Jan 6th, stated there was a feeling among his people that something momentous was about to happen.

According to Lowell, “Holder was there for it all: three sit-down interviews with Trump, including one at the White House, numerous other interviews with Trump’s adult children, private conversations among top aides and advisers before the election, and around the Capitol itself as it got stormed.” adding, “The access to Trump, and listening to him and his inner circle, led him to suspect that the former president’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election would somehow culminate in some event at the Capitol on 6 January.”

Asked about what his feeling was prior to the riot that engulfed the Capitol building, Holder explained, “I wasn’t 100% sure, but it was sort of a feeling, so we prepared for that thing to happen. The reason we thought January 6 was because, in Trump’s mind, the last-ditch effort was to stop the process” of the vote certification by Congress.

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He elaborated, “That ceremonial process that takes place in Congress on January 6, he felt, was the last time where he could, in his mind, stop the election going to the wrong person, as it were. The rhetoric that was coming out was that the election was rigged, [that] we need to fight.”

According to the Guardian report, Holder has, “testified for about four hours behind closed doors last week about his roughly 100 hours of footage, used for an upcoming documentary titled Unprecedented, and turned over to House investigators the parts demanded in a subpoena compelling his cooperation.”

Lowell added, “Holder said he additionally did a one-to-one interview with then-vice president Mike Pence, including a scene where Pence briefly reviews an email about the 25th amendment – which concerns the removal of a US president – which was privately discussed among senior White House officials in the wake of the Capitol attack.”

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Meadows Allegedly Behind Possible Attempt at Witness Intimidation of Cassidy Hutchinson: Reports

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Cassidy Hutchinson, the former aide and advisor to Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, may be the victim of attempted witness intimidation, and the person who may have attempted to intimidate her may be her former boss.

The Guardian on Friday reports “Hutchinson received at least one message tacitly warning her not to cooperate with the House January 6 select committee from an associate of former chief of staff Mark Meadows.”

That message, according to both CNN and The Guardian, was delivered at the direction of Mark Meadows, according to sources both news outlets cite.

READ MORE: Secret Service Agents Confirm Details Hutchinson Shared About Trump Demanding to Be Taken to US Capitol Jan. 6

One of the messages that the U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack posted at the end of Hutchinson’s testimony read: “[A person] let me know you have your deposition tomorrow. He wants me to let you know that he’s thinking about you. He knows you’re loyal, and you’re going to do the right thing when you go in for your deposition.”

According to The Guardian, “The redaction was ‘Meadows,’ the sources said.”

READ MORE: Trump Declares Hutchinson ‘Totally Discredited’ as Former Aide Says Someone in His Orbit Tried to Influence Her Testimony

CNN similarly reports: “One of [the] people who may have been trying to influence Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony did so at the behest of former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, according to multiple sources familiar with information gathered by the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection.”

Citing multiple sources CNN reports “the ‘person’ referred to in the message, which was redacted in the version projected on a screen during the hearing, was Meadows.”

Former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi Friday afternoon on MSNBC said there is “no question” that message constitutes “an attempt to intimidate a witness. No question about it,” he stressed.

“When you then add that to the fact that it appears that they provided, her initial attorney to her, Cassidy Hutchinson, you now have a without a doubt, predication to open a federal witness tampering investigation,” Figliuzzi added.

Thursday on Twitter Figliuzzi wrote: “This is witness tampering. Cassidy Hutchinson was the target. They picked the wrong young woman.”

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