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Fox host stunned as Paul Ryan calls CBO report ‘encouraging’: ‘What would you be discouraged by?’

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Fox News host Bret Baier was left stunned by House Speaker Paul Ryan’s continued pushing of the American Health Care Act—despite an abysmal score by the Congressional Budget Office.

During Baier’s “Special Report” on Monday, Ryan said the CBO report—which revealed 14 million Americans could lose insurance under the House plan—exceeded his expectations.

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“Well, actually, I think, if you read this entire report, I’m pretty encouraged by it,” Ryan said. “And it actually exceeded my expectations.”

Baier was a tad flummoxed by Ryan’s assertion. “If you’re encouraged by this CBO report, what’s a CBO report you’re discouraged by?” Baier asked.

Ryan started laughing, telling Baier he’s spent “half [his] life” reading CBO reports, and insisting the release “validated” his thoughts about the AHCA. He added the Republicans’ plan will “stabilize the market” and remedy a “collapsing Obamacare system”—despite evidence to the contrary.

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No vaccine, no carnival, Rio’s samba schools warn

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Some of Rio's biggest samba schools say they will not participate in next year's Carnival unless a coronavirus vaccine is widely available, Brazilian media reported Tuesday.

Five of the 12 top samba schools, including Mangueira and Beija Flor, told Brazil's O Globo newspaper they would vote to postpone the parades at a meeting set for Tuesday.

"It's simple. If there's no vaccine, there will be no samba," said the head of the Sao Clemente school, Renatinho Gomes.

"How can you gather crowds without collective immunity?"

The mayor of the northwestern city of Salvador de Bahia, where festivities also attract thousands of tourists, has proposed postponing the carnival season nationwide until April or June.

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New York couple point guns at Black Lives Matter protesters marching past their house

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A New York couple pointed guns at protesters marching past their house during a Black Lives Matter rally, and activists want them to be charged.

Protesters were nearing the end of their parade route when a white man came out of his home shouting obscenities in an apparent attempt to incite the group, and then yelled to his wife to get his gun, reported WNYT-TV.

Hudson Mayor Kamal Johnson, who took part in the march, said the woman came back outside and started waving the gun around.

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Australian columnist aghast at America’s ‘rotten’ COVID-19 response: ‘We are witnessing the fall of a great power’

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A columnist for an Australian newspaper has been watching the United States' response to the novel coronavirus with a mix of shock and horror -- and he now believes "we are witnessing the fall of a great power."

Crispin Hull, an editor and columnist for The Canberra Times, argues in his latest column that President Donald Trump's disastrous handling of the pandemic is symbolic of deep rot within the American political system.

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