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    A chyron on Tucker Carlson Tonight Thursday made the claim President Joe Biden “wants everyone to have access to crack pipes just like his son,” Hunter Biden. Host Tucker Carlson noted the Washington Free Beacon found so-called “safe smoking kits” included crack pipes in cities throughout the eastern seaboard. In February, the White House denied kits from a drug “harm reduction” program would contain the pipes. The Beacon reported, Crack pipes are distributed in safe-smoking kits up and down the East Coast, raising questions about the Biden administration’s assertion that its multimillion-dollar harm reduction grant program wouldn’t funnel taxpayer dollars to drug paraphernalia. The findings are the result of Washington Free Beacon visits to five harm-reduction organizations and calls to over two dozen more. In fact, every organization we visited—facilities in Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Richmond, Va.—included crack pipes in the kits. Carlson welcomed Beacon reporter Patrick Hauf to discuss his reporting. As Hauf joined, a chyron read “THE BIDEN CRACK PIPE GIVEAWAY.” It was then adjusted to read, “CONSPIRACY THEORY.” The latter was a...
    Elon Musk says Donald Trump should skip the 2024 election even as he vows to restore the former president's Twitter account. The Tesla CEO shared his views on US politics in a series of tweets Thursday evening. He said Trump shouldn't run for office because a 'less divisive candidate would be better in 2024,' before going on to criticize Joe Biden for thinking 'he was elected to transform the country, but actually everyone just wanted less drama.' On Tuesday, the South African mogul revealed he would reverse Trump's ban from the platform.  Trump was banned last January after public outcry surrounding the storming of the Capitol and his insistence that the 2020 election was 'stolen' from him. Musk, 50, is in the process of completing his $44 billion acquisition of Twitter, the ex-president's social media network of choice. Elon Musk believes Trump shouldn't run for a second term in 2024, even as he promises to restore the former president's Twitter acount The Tesla and SpaceX founder shared his opinions on politics in a tweetstorm on Thursday Trump has declined...
    The Biden administration adamantly denied that its multi-million dollar harm reduction program would help dole out crack pipes to addicts, but smoking kits distributed all over the east coast include such paraphernalia.  The Washington Free Beacon visited five harm reduction organizations in New York City, Boston, Richmond, Va., Washington, D.C., and Baltimore, and every single one included crack pipes in their safe smoking kits.  All of the centers were non-profit health organizations and governmental agencies, exactly the types of groups eligible to apply for funding under the Biden administration's $30 million grant program.  While the Biden administration has not announced whether any of these groups will receive federal funding, many safe smoking kits distributed by such groups include crack pipes, and it remains to be seen if the Biden administration will filter out groups that do.  Contents of safe smoking kits vary from one organization to another, and not all may contain crack pipes. All of the five organizations the Free Beacon visited included not only crack pipes in their kits but also utensils to use heroine, cocaine and crystal...
    An Arizona congresswoman is signing onto a bill named for President Joe Biden’s son Hunter. “I cosponsored [Rep. Dan Bishop’s] HUNTER Act to ban the use of taxpayer dollars for crack pipes!” Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-AZ-08) said on Twitter.  I cosponsored @RepDanBishops HUNTER Act to ban the use of taxpayer dollars for crack pipes! https://t.co/VA4T0wUkgB — Congresswoman Debbie Lesko (@RepDLesko) March 30, 2022 Bishop is a congressman in North Carolina’s 9th Congressional District. The bill is also cosponsored by Representative Lauren Boebert (R-CO-03). The bill’s text says its goal is to “prohibit the use of Federal funds to purchase, or support the purchase of, drug paraphernalia.” The term “paraphernalia,” according to the bill, “includes, to the extent covered by such definition, crack pipes, harm reduction vending machines, syringes, and safe smoking kits and supplies.” The bill seeks to eliminate a “Harm Reduction Grant,” a $30 million taxpayer-funded provision in the American Rescue Plan that seeks to prevent Americans from overdosing on drugs, partly by de-stigmatizing and making available that paraphernalia. “This funding, authorized by the American Rescue Plan, will...
    Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) amplified and embellished a false and debunked claim, telling his viewers that President Joe Biden “Wants to give crack pipes to minorities to destroy minority communities.” On the most recent edition of Verdict with Ted Cruz, the podcast co-hosted by Cruz and Michael Knowles, Knowles read a question from a viewer, then prompted Cruz to talk about the “crack pipe” smear. KNOWLES: Says “What is Ted Cruz’s view regarding the legality of illicit drugs? Love the show. I’ve been a fan from episode one.” And it ties into the news because Joe Biden might not be able to give us very much in this economy, but he is promising to give out free crack pipes, so it’s a topic at the top of people’s minds. CRUZ: It’s a great question, but let me start, Michael, how is that not a headline for the Babylon Bee? It literally is the case that the Biden administration is giving out free crack pipe because this will be good for America if everyone’s smoking crack. You know, talk about a...
    Jen Psaki said that the Biden administration will not be funding crack pipe distribution and that the matter is 'not an issue' after Sen. Marsha Blackburn said that she will hold up a bill to keep the government funded due to a harm reduction program.  Blackburn, R-Tenn., placed a hold on a continuing resolution to fund the government until Health and Human Services agrees to restructure its harm reduction program so it does not fund distribution of any drug paraphernalia.  'What is happening here is the potential to hold up funding the government and important programs around an issue that is not an issue. Because we've been very clear that we are not providing funding for crack pipes,' the White House press secretary said in her daily briefing on Tuesday.   The Senate is aiming to pass a three-week spending bill by Feb. 18, when the current funding bill expires, while lawmakers work on a full-year budget. While no single senator can stop legislation, one vote against cutting out the procedural hurdles could drag the process out beyond that date.  HHS...
    Two House Republicans have introduced legislation called the “HUNTER Act 0f 2022” which would prohibit the federal government from using funds to purchase crack pipes, syringes, and other drug paraphernalia. The proposed legislation comes on the heels of a Washington Free Beacon report which alleged the Biden Administration would provide addicts with crack pipes included in “safe smoking kits/supplies” through a $30 million grant program. Biden’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has since said “no federal funding will be used… to put pipes in safe smoking kits,” Breitbart News reported. The legislation, officially dubbed “Halting the Use of Narcotics Through Effective Recovery Act of 2022’’ or the “HUNTER Act of 2022,”  was introduced by Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) and Rep. Dan Bishop (R-NC), Fox News reports. The bill’s name seemingly takes a swipe at President Joe Biden’s son, Hunter Biden, whose past struggles with crack cocaine addiction have been well-documented.  Boebert told Fox News: Congressman Bishop and I are standing up and saying, heck no. Our tax dollars should not be funding the death and destruction of crack addicts. Democrats...
    by Casey Harper   U.S. Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., and John Kennedy, R-La., introduced new legislation Thursday that would block American Rescue Plan taxpayer dollars from being used to purchase and distribute crack pipes. The Cutting Rampant Access to Crack Kits (CRACK) Act of 2022 comes after the Washington Free Beacon reported federal taxpayer dollars had gone to a program that provides syringes and pipes to drug users as a form of “harm reduction.” “The Biden administration wants to spend millions of dollars helping drug users smoke crack and meth, but there is no safe way to smoke these dangerous drugs,” Kennedy said. “Sooner or later, these drugs kill people. Why wouldn’t the president spend this money to help people get off crack and meth or to stop these drugs from crossing the border into our country in the first place?” The three-year, $30 million harm reduction grant program in question was funded through President Joe Biden’s American Rescue Plan, the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill passed by Democrats in March of last year. The grant includes, among other things,...
    The crack pipe saga continues.    Two Republicans appalled by a viral report alleging that the Biden administration was going to fund handing out crack pipes to drug addicts have introduced the 'HUNTER Act' to ban the distribution of drug paraphernalia, and even Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin signed onto a separate bill that would do the same.  Though Health and Human Services (HHS) has denied that crack pipes were ever to be included in the 'safe smoking kits' they will fund, Reps. Lauren Boebert of Colorado and Dan Bishop of North Carolina told Fox News that the Biden administration got caught 'red-handed.'  HHS is now considering applications from community groups to dole out $30 million as part of its Harm Reduction Grant. The grant will fund programs that offer materials for addicts to utilize when using to mitigate the spread of disease.  The Republicans' bill, the Halting the Use of Narcotics Through Effective Recovery Act this week, dubbed the HUNTER Act, is named after President Biden's son Hunter who has struggled with drug addiction. 'I like the HUNTER Act,' Boebert said, 'because it...
    Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) on Friday introduced a bipartisan bill aimed at blocking federal funds from going towards "crack pipes" and other drug paraphernalia. The Preventing Illicit Paraphernalia for Exchange Systems (PIPES) Act would prevent the government from purchasing syringes and needles to be used for illegal drug injection. The bill also dictates that federal funds can not be used to “procure, supply, or distribute pipes, cylindrical objects, or other paraphernalia that can be used to smoke, inhale or ingest narcotics,” according to a press release. The bill also states that unless there is a considerable risk of an HIV outbreak or hepatitis infection due to drug use, government funding should not be used towards such purchases. “Every American and West Virginian has been impacted by the drug epidemic that has killed over 101,000 Americans from April 2020 to April 2021,” Manchin said in the press release. “While this is a heartbreaking issue that must be fully addressed by the federal government, using taxpayer funds to buy paraphernalia for those struggling with substance use disorder is not the solution. Rubio also voiced his concern about the...
    Several Republican lawmakers have introduced a bill geared toward prohibiting the funding and distribution of crack or drug paraphernalia amid disputed reports of a White House push to disperse "safe smoking kits." Sens. Tim Scott of South Carolina, Marco Rubio of Florida, and 14 of their colleagues introduced the Cutting off Rampant Access to Crack Kits, or the CRACK Act, on Friday, according to a press release from Scott. The bill would amend Section 2706(b) of the American Rescue Plan Act 2021 to prohibit funds from being used to "procure, supply, or distribute pipes, cylindrical objects," or other drug equipment. "The thought of taxpayer money funding crack pipe distributions could not be more ludicrous," Scott said. "But after a year of ludicrous policies and conflicting statements from the Biden administration, Republicans are leaving nothing up to chance." NIH SPENT MILLIONS ON EXPERIMENTS IN WHICH PUPPIES WERE INJECTED WITH COCAINE "I'm proud to join my colleagues in introducing this bill to ensure our federal government does not fuel dangerous drug addictions at the expense of American...
    The White House and its allies in the mainstream media and Big Tech are disputing a report that a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grant program would fund distribution of crack pipes through safe "smoking kits" to help advance racial equity. President Biden was widely criticized by conservatives following the Washington Free Beacon’s Monday story that the administration would fund the distribution of crack pipes through a $30 million HHS grant program that reimburses local governments and entities that provide safe "smoking kits," in the name of advancing racial equity and safer drug use for addicts. The grant specifically denotes "smoking kits/supplies" as among equipment to enhance "harm reduction efforts." The Free Beacon cited a HHS spokesperson who told the outlet the smoking kits would provide users with the ability to smoke "any illicit substance," including crack cocaine and crystal methamphetamine. The story also noted existing smoking kit programs in cities such as San Francisco, Annapolis, and Seattle all include smoking pipes.  HHS SEC. BECERRA SAYS CRACK PIPES WON'T BE DISTRIBUTED USING FEDERAL FUNDS IN SMOKING KITS The story went...
    Following a Fox News-fueled outrage over misinformation that the president was handing out free crack pipes in the name of “racial equity,” the Biden administration seemingly caved to GOP pressure this week by reassuring the public that a grant program to reduce harm among illicit drug users wouldn’t include funding for pipes. Yet even after the White House said on Wednesday afternoon that it was “inaccurate” to claim the administration was distributing crack pipes, Fox News continued to obsessively cover the faux-scandal throughout its programming. It all started with a breathlessly hyped report from the Washington Free Beacon, a conservative news outlet. While spotlighting a $30-million federal grant program overseen by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the Free Beacon zeroed in on the inclusion of “smoking kits/supplies” in the grant. The grant itself would provide funds over a three-year period to overdose prevention programs and nonprofits allowing for safer drug use, as well as for “equipment and supplies to enhance harm reduction efforts.” And the smoking kit component is just one of 20 items set out in...
    Sen. John Kennedy joins 'The Faulkner Focus' to discuss the Biden administration's alleged plan to use 30 million dollars of taxpayer dollars from a COVID-19 relief bill to distribute crack pipes. MANCHIN CALLS ON FED, BIDEN ADMIN TO ‘DO SOMETHING’ ON INFLATION SEN. JOHN KENNEDY: Well, let me say this about Ms. Psaki. She probably ought to be Janet King employee of the year because she has to clean up about three messes every single day. Look, here's what I do know. The Biden administration has taken 30 million dollars from their emergency COVID bill, and they're using it to facilitate the smoking of crack cocaine and crystal meth. They say they can make it safer, and I say there's no way to make smoking, crack cocaine or meth safer. It's like trying to put a filter on a cigarette. They ought to take this $30 million, which they said they would use for COVID, they ought to use it to secure the border to stop the drugs coming in. They ought to use it to get these folks into...
    Not only did Snopes admit that "smoking kits" would be distributed to drug users under the program, but Snopes admitted that advancing racial equity is part of the program's purpose. Snopes explained:What's True:In 2022, a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services substance abuse harm reduction grant did require recipients to provide safer smoking kits to existing drug users. In distributing grants, priority would be given to applicants serving historically underserved communities. However...What's False:This was just one of around 20 components of the grant program and far from its most prominent or important one, despite being the primary focus of outraged news reports. The purpose of the program was to reduce harm and the risk of infection among drug users, not to advance racial equity, although that was a secondary consideration.Snopes, therefore, rated the claims "mostly false" because the stories emphasized aspects of the HHS program that painted President Joe Biden negatively — not that they were actually false.How did the Biden administration respond?After the story generated backlash, the HHS — despite previously confirming the story — called the story...
    Tucker Carlson slammed the Biden administration over its new $30 million grant program to reduce substance abuse to underserved communities, claiming the government would be giving out 'free crack pipes to black people.'  Although the administration has clarified that they're distributing safe smoking kits, not crack pipes, Carlson doubled down on his claims Tuesday night.  'The Biden administration is promoting drug addiction,' he said. 'They've been caught doing it and now they're denying it.'  Carlson's fellow Fox host Sean Hannity also blasted the administrations plan on Wednesday night in an interview with U.S. Senator John Kennedy, of Louisiana, who called the plan 'stupidity.'  'There's no safe way to use crack cocaine and meth. Sooner of later it kills you. Why aren't we spending this money to get people off the illicit drugs,' Kennedy said.  Tucker Carlson mocked the Biden administration's plan to distribute safe smoking kits to underserved communities on his show Tuesday night Joe Biden's Health and Human Services Department said that the kits will serve to limit the risk of infection drug users face and will prioritize underserved communities...
    "Hannity" host Sean Hannity asked Louisiana Senator John Kennedy if the Biden administration was "lying" about whether it intended to authorize the distribution of drug paraphernalia paid for by taxpayers.  JOHN KENNEDY: Well, you know, maybe George Washington couldn't tell a lie, but just about every politician since then has mastered the art. I suspect they're not being candid. You're right. Originally, the administration said they would include crack pipes, now, Jen Psaki said today, "nope, we're going to leave out the crack pipes," but they're still sending out kits, and these drug smoking kits that are designed to facilitate the smoking of crack cocaine and meth. And they say, "if you use our kits, it's safer, and it promotes racial equity." There's no safe way to use crack cocaine and meth. WATCH THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE:  Video This article was written by Fox News staff.
    White House press secretary Jen Psaki denied a report that taxpayer funds would be used to dole out crack pipes and said there was 'no time for political games' when asked if the Biden administration was encouraging drug use. Psaki was asked whether crack pipes would be included in the 'safe smoking kits' a Health and Human Services (HHS) harm reduction program is set to fund.  'They were never a part of the kit,' said Psaki. 'It was inaccurate reporting.'  On Monday an HHS spokesperson told the Washington Free Beacon that included in these kits these kits could be pipes for users to smoke substances like crack cocaine and crystal methamphetamine, or 'any illicit substance.' HHS on Wednesday put out a statement contradicting its previously reported remarks. 'No federal funding will be used directly or through subsequent reimbursement of grantees to put pipes in safe smoking kits. The goal of harm reduction is to save lives.'  The statement said that HHS will instead prioritize the 'use of proven harm reduction strategies like providing naloxone, fentanyl test strips, and clean syringes.' ...
    Tucker Carlson has mocked Joe Biden's $30million plan to provide crack pipes to 'underserved communities' - noting that Biden's own son Hunter had a well-documented history of smoking the drug, but, as a rich white man, he 'did it in style'. Biden's department of Health and Human Services is currently finalizing a plan which will see crack pipes distributed in the name of equity. Under the scheme, the drug paraphernalia will be made available to reduce infections from the sharing of equipment, and discourage smokers from injecting the drug. Carlson on Tuesday night ridiculed the idea. 'You may recall that on his first day in office more than a year ago, the new president explained that equity will require determination and creativity,' Carlson told his viewers. 'This week he proved that is true. 'Joe Biden's latest idea is to pay black people to smoke more crack.' Tucker Carlson on Tuesday night mocked Joe Biden's plan to provide safe drug paraphernalia for addicts Carlson on Tuesday night said that Hunter Biden, the president's son, smoked crack in a 'luxury' manner,...
    President Joe Biden’s administration is spending $30 million to distribute things like crack pipes to advance “racial equity” as part of a “Harm Reduction Plan.” The American Rescue Plan, which passed the Senate with a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Kamala Harris, provides the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) funding to carry out the multimillion-dollar grant program. The grant program references Biden’s executive order 13985 titled “Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government” that he signed on his first day in office. The program accepted applications from nonprofit organizations and local governments until Monday, with funds scheduled to be distributed in May. The federal government will give approved entities funds to make drug use safer and to advance “racial equality.” Applicants who treat drug users in “underserved communities” are prioritized to receive funding. “Underserved communities” refers to black, Latino, LGBTQ, and other minority groups who have been “adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality.” According to the grant document: The purpose of the program is to support community-based overdose prevention programs, syringe services programs, and...
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