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State Department Condemns China’s Move To Sanction Military Contractors Over Arms Sales To Taiwan

The State Department condemned China’s sanctions on U.S. military contractor companies over its arms sales to Taiwan in a statement Monday.

The Chinese government announced the sanctions against Lockheed Martin and Boeing’s defensive sector Monday, and Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said Raytheon Technologies and Americans connected with it will face similar measures, the Associated Press reported. (RELATED: These Reports Are Essential Reading For Understanding The Hunter Biden Story)

“As President [Ronald] Reagan noted, ‘the quality and quantity of the arms provided Taiwan [will] be conditioned entirely on the threat posed by the [People’s Republic of China],” State Department Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus told the Daily Caller News Foundation in a statement

“Both in quantitative and qualitative terms, Taiwan’s defense capability relative to that of the PRC will be maintained,” Ortagus said.

The Trump administration informed Congress Oct. 21 of “several possible Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to Taiwan for SLAM-ER missiles, a HIMARS rocket system, and MS-110 reconnaissance pods,” Ortagus said. The State Department said it was against “China’s attempts to coerce private firms.”

“These are FMS sales in which the U.S. Defense Industrial Base is contracting with the U.S. Government. As such, the PRC appears to be applying a sanction against a U.S. company for contracting with the U.S. Government. This is entirely unacceptable and reflects a complete lack of understanding of the nature of much of American security cooperation,” Ortagus said.

“U.S. arms sales to Taiwan are guided by the Taiwan Relations Act and based on assessments of Taiwan’s defense requirements. The U.S. security relationship with Taiwan has provided stability across the Taiwan Strait and for the entire Indo-Pacific region for the past 70 years, leading to unprecedented growth and prosperity,” Ortagus continued.

Raytheon Technologies said it is “are a long-standing partner to China’s civil aviation industry” and still set on “its success,” according to a company statement provided to the DCNF.

“All foreign military sales are government-to-government transactions designed to support U.S. international partners. Raytheon Technologies works with the U.S. government to carry out these transactions consistent with relevant U.S. policies,” the statement continued.

Boeing said in a statement that as foreign military sales are between governments, “Boeing does not set policy with respect to the sale of military equipment.”

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Justice Clarence Thomas Swears In Amy Coney Barrett To The Supreme Court

Justice Clarence Thomas administered the oath to swear in Judge Amy Coney Barrett as the newest associate justice on the Supreme Court during a Monday night White House ceremony.

The ceremony took place just after 9:00 p.m., shortly after the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Barrett by a 52-48 vote. After a brief speech, President Donald Trump introduced Thomas to administer the oath.

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“I am grateful for the confidence you have expressed in me, and I pledge to you and to the American people that I will discharge my duties to the very best of my ability,” Barrett said.

The 52-48 Senate vote passed with every Democrat and one Republican — Maine Sen. Susan Collins — voting against confirmation. Republican Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, though she initially opposed nominating a replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg so close to the election, decided to vote for Barrett’s ultimate confirmation based on the judge’s qualifications.

Though early October’s Senate Judiciary Committee proceedings were largely polite on both sides, Democratic committee members boycotted the final committee vote Thursday, which went 12-0 to advance the judge’s nomination to the Senate floor confirmation vote. (RELATED: Mazie Hirono Says ‘Hell No’ On Senate Floor While Casting Vote Against Barrett)

News broke earlier Monday that Thomas would administer the oath to Barrett at the White House should Barrett get confirmed. Thomas is widely considered the most staunchly conservative of the court’s nine justices.

Barrett will take a second oath Tuesday from Chief Justice John Roberts, at which point she will become an official associate Supreme Court justice.

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Kanye West Discusses Presidential Run, His Future In Politics And Other Topics In Joe Rogan Interview

Kanye West sat down with Joe Rogan in a wild interview ranging from how God put the idea to run for president in his heart in 2015 to how he would run things as Commander-in-chief.

“It was something that God put on my heart back in 2015,” the 43-year-old rapper shared during a three-hour-long episode of “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast posted Saturday. (RELATED: Kanye West Meets With White House Advisor Jared Kushner)

“A few days before the MTV awards it just hit me in the shower,” he added. “When I first thought of it, I just started laughing to myself and all this joy came over my body, through my soul.”

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West explained that Oprah Winfrey suggested that he “bone up” on his “foreign affairs” and “foreign policy” if he was truly interested in making a run for president. (RELATED: Kanye Fails To Get On Presidential Ballot In South Carolina As Family And Friends Reportedly Worry About Him)

The “Yeezus” hitmaker shared that, at the time, he was “around $50 million in debt” but knew he “had the confidence” that he would be able to turn it around.

Kanye then explained that an idea has been suggested to him that he should run for governor of California, like Ronald Reagan did before he ran for president and won.

“I believe that my calling is to be the leader of the free world,” the rapper said. “If it’s in God’s plan that part of my path is to be the governor then that’s fine, but my calling is to be the leader of the free world.” (RELATED: Kanye West Discusses His Porn Addiction And Presidential Aspirations)

The interview then went in the direction of West’s latest fight with the music industry, and he talked about what he called the complete parallel to how “the music industry works and the way the world currently works.”

“The influence America has on other countries and the way governments work,” Kanye shared. “And the way people in power in control deal with disaster relief.”

He questioned where the money was going when it comes to places like Haiti and other places following natural disasters that have hit the area.

West continued while thinking about the concept of money, “So, if money is the key to all people’s happiness and will solve everything, let’s just make more money. But it’s not about money. It’s about keeping poor people poor and rich people rich.”

Following a lengthy part about his success in the fashion industry and how he’s dealt his whole life with people doubting him, Rogan asked the “Flashing Lights” hitmaker what he would do different as a commander-in-chief compared to other’s in the past.

“I mean, pretty much everything,” the presidential hopeful said. “We got to start with the budget. I feel like, you know the fact that I went from being in debt to being a multi-billionaire.”

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“Looking at that budget and I think that’s part of God’s training,” he added. “The fact that I have to understand $300 million a year. You don’t get trained for that.”

“That I have to understand how to have multiple industries. To build and house and provide. And every now and then America has to get, America deserves, the world deserves a leader that they can 100% trust,” sharing that he’s “completely confident” that he has the ability to get “America out of debt,” West continued.

The “Jesus Is King” hitmaker later talked about how if he doesn’t become president in 2020, he definitely plans to run again in four years and win.

“I’m definitely 100% winning in 2024,” Kanye shared. “But I was thinking, maybe there’s a possibility … I would possibly be the Democrat.”

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And then there was the moment West told Joe Rogan that he was in the process of “building a monastery” that will be the “future of monasteries” with “full sustainable energy.” However, the two never got back to the topic.

Not to mention, his plans to build a gospel university with a “200,000 seat stadium” with 100,000 gospel singers.

The entirety of his interview can be heard here.

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‘Does This Look Like A Couple Of Guys Taking It Seriously?’: Tim Murtaugh Mocks ‘Cuomo Brothers Comedy Hour’

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo sparred Monday night with Tim Murtaugh, communications director for President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign.

Murtaugh made a Monday evening appearance on “Cuomo Prime Time” to discuss the state of the campaign and the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett — which took place just before the show — and when the conversation turned to the continued impact of the coronavirus pandemic, things got a little heated. (RELATED: ‘Blow Up The Entire System’: Don Lemon Is Ready To Scrap The Electoral College, Pack The Court)

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Murtaugh and Cuomo first argued over whether or not the Trump administration had helped Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo with everything he needed as his state dealt with COVID-19.

Cuomo argued that his brother had asked for help but that it hadn’t come, and Murtaugh pointed to the ventilators, PPE and temporary hospital beds that had been provided when everyone had been concerned with potential shortages.

President Donald Trump did initially push back on Governor Cuomo’s call for thousands of ventilators, saying that there were some in the state’s stockpiles. Cuomo initially predicted that he would exhaust his stored supply and then some, but in April he said, “We’re ok, and we have some in reserve.”

“Your brother predicted a ventilator shortage. He said he needed 40,000 ventilators or people would die. That shortage never materialized,” Murtaugh said, noting that additional beds — via the USNS Comfort and the Javits Center— and supplies had been provided even though many of the extra beds went unused.

“I find it curious, speaking of your brother, you’re going to ask me these self-righteous questions and talk about people taking it seriously,” Murtaugh said, holding up a photo of the Cuomo brothers from a segment about coronavirus testing. “Does this look like a couple of guys who are taking it seriously? You had your brother on for the Cuomo brothers comedy hour, joking about the size of the Q tip you would need for his nose to get a test.”

“I did, it was funny as hell,” Cuomo protested.

“This president has done everything states have asked him,” Murtaugh continued, mentioning the USNS Comfort — which had been deployed to New York’s harbor.

“They didn’t need it and thank God they didn’t need it. Tim, listen, you’re not going to flood the zone on this show. Tim, I’m telling you, I’ll cut you off,” Cuomo replied. “You are not going to flood the zone on this show. Now, you took your swing. It missed. Now let’s discuss. That’s the best you got, is that my brother didn’t take COVID seriously? Are you kidding yourself, that I made fun with him at a time of such acute distress —”

Murtaugh was not the only one to criticize the Cuomo brothers for that particular segment. “The View” host Meghan McCain was very critical of the optics during a September segment with “Reliable Sources” host Brian Stelter.

“I have serious problems with the way Chris Cuomo had a re-occurring primetime sort of comic routine with his brother instead of asking about policies that were literally sending my friend Janice Dean’s older relatives to die in nursing homes,” McCain said.

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Schumer Promises That ‘Generations Yet Unborn Will Suffer’ From Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer predicted Monday night that “generations yet unborn will suffer” from confirming Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States.

Schumer spoke Monday night on the Senate floor where he condemned Barrett’s confirmation, saying that his colleagues “may regret this for a lot longer than they think.” (RELATED: ‘What We Should Be Doing In The Future’: Ernst Praises ‘Proactive’ GOP Defense of Amy Coney Barrett)

“Here at this late hour, at the end of this sordid chapter in the history of the Senate, the history of the Supreme Court, my deepest and greatest sadness is for the American people,” Schumer said.

“Generations yet unborn will suffer the consequences of this nomination,” he continued, “as the globe gets warmer, as workers continue to fall behind, as unlimited dark money floods our politics, as reactionary state legislatures curtail a woman’s right to choose, gerrymandered districts and limit the rights of minorities to vote, my deepest, greatest, and most abiding sadness tonight is for the American people and what this nomination will mean for their lives, their freedoms, their fundamental rights.”

The senator concluded by predicting that this day would go down “as one of the darkest days in the 231-year history of the United States Senate.” (RELATED: ‘You Lost This Vote’: Sasse Warns Democrats Not To ‘Burn Down This Institution Again’)

His comments on the unborn come amidst Democratic anxieties that Barrett’s confirmation will result in overturning Roe v. Wade. Liberal groups, Democrats and abortion advocates also predicted that appointing Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court would result in dangerous limits on abortion access and other prominent political issues.

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NYT: Trump Allies Gave Documents On Hunter Biden To The Wall Street Journal

Before the New York Post broke the story about Hunter Biden’s alleged laptop, Trump allies and one of Hunter Biden’s business partners, met with a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reporter to discuss a similar story, The New York Times (NYT) reported.

Wall Street Journal reporter Michael Bender reportedly met with White House lawyer Eric Herschmann, former White House counsel Stefan Passantino and Arthur Schwartz, an associate of Donald Trump Jr., in early October in McLean, Virginia. The purpose of the meeting was to give Bender “a cache of emails detailing Hunter Biden’s business activities.” Hunter Biden’s business partner Tony Bobulinski was on on speakerphone, according to NYT.

“Mr. Bobulinski was willing to go on the record in The Journal with an explosive claim: that Joe Biden, the former vice president, had been aware of, and profited from, his son’s activities,” NYT added. (RELATED: These Reports Are Essential Reading For Understanding The Hunter Biden Story)

 

Trump allies reportedly leaned on the idea that WSJ‘s conservative leanings and credibility would give viability to and verify the claims, though Joe Biden has denied the allegations, NYT reported. They hoped to “change the narrative” of the presidential race. Meanwhile, Rudy Giuliani, who had been working with former presidential adviser Steve Bannon, was set to deliver his own documents to the New York Post, according to NYT.

As WSJ reporters worked to determine whether the documents could prove Joe Biden was involved in Hunter’s lobbying effort, the New York Post published its own story Oct. 14. Trump’s team expected the Journal’s story Oct. 19, with the president reportedly telling staffers an “important piece” was coming from WSJ, the Times reported.

Bobulinski reportedly became impatient with the timeline and emailed a 684-word statement, which Breitbart News published, to various media outlets alleging the former Vice President was involved in his son’s business, according to he NYT. Bobulinski also held a small press conference before the final presidential debate, where he served as Trump’s debate guest. (RELATED: ‘Political And Strategic Value Of The Biden Family’: Trove Of Documents Shows Biden Family Links To Chinese Business Deal)

The WSJ posted its version of the story after the final debate, concluding, “Corporate records reviewed by the Wall Street Journal show no role for Joe Biden.”

“Text messages and emails related to the venture that were provided to the Journal by Mr. Bobulinski, mainly from the spring and summer of 2017, don’t show either Hunter Biden or James Biden discussing a role for Joe Biden in the venture,” it continued.

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Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar Call For Expanding Supreme Court After Justice Amy Coney Barrett Confirmed

Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan on Monday called to expand the Supreme Court after the Senate confirmed Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the high court.

Their call for expanding the court came just minutes after the Senate confirmed Barrett in a 52-48 vote.

“Expand the court,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter.

Omar echoed her call and added: “Remember that Republicans have lost 6 of the last 7 popular votes, but have appointed 6 of the last 9 justices. By expanding the court we fix this broken system and have the court better represent the values of the American people.”

“We are going to take back the White House & Senate next week with a resounding mandate from the people to fight back against Trump’s illegitimately stacked judiciary,” Tlaib wrote on Twitter.

“We must expand the Court if we’re serious about the transformational change the people are crying out for,” she added.

The congresswomen are just the latest prominent Democrats to get behind the idea of expanding the court. (RELATED: Ocasio-Cortez Says America Needs ‘To Have A Real Conversation’ About Abolishing Prisons)

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate, Democratic California Sen. Kamala Harris, have refused to say whether or not they will seek to expand and pack the Supreme Court if elected.

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Amy Coney Barrett Officially Confirmed To The Supreme Court, Headed To White House To Be Sworn In

The U.S. Senate officially confirmed Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett in a Monday night vote.

The vote was 52-48. The only Republican to vote against Barrett’s confirmation was Maine Sen. Susan Collins. Every Democrat opposed Barrett’s confirmation. Republican Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski was on the fence about how she was going to vote but ended up voting in favor of Barrett’s confirmation.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Thursday to advance Barrett’s nomination to the Senate floor for a full confirmation vote. The vote was 12-0 with zero Democrats present. Democrats on the committee boycotted the committee vote on Barrett and instead filled their seats in the committee with life-sized posters of people who could be hurt if the Affordable Care Act were to be repealed.

Democrats have continued to say that if Barrett is confirmed, she will be the one to give the deciding vote on repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett looks over to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, as they meet with on Capitol Hill in Washington,DC on September 29, 2020. (Photo by SUSAN WALSH/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Justice Clarence Thomas will reportedly swear in Barrett to the Supreme Court later Monday night at the White House. Barrett will be replacing the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died at the age of 87 on September 18 due to complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer. (RELATED: Protesters Interrupt Chuck Schumer During Amy Coney Barrett Boycott Speech)

Barrett’s first day as a Supreme Court Justice will be Tuesday after she is sworn in at the White House.

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Aide To Longtime New York Lawmaker Arrested On Felony Sexual Abuse Charges

The longtime legislative director for a New York state assemblyman was arrested over the weekend for allegedly sexually abusing an 18-year-old girl, the Albany Times Union reported.

Joseph P. Brady, an aide to Democratic state Assemblyman Peter J. Abbate Jr., is accused of sexually assaulting the woman at his residence, where police said that they recovered drugs and bomb-making materials, according to prosecutors. Law enforcement also told the Times Union that Brady has ties to a motorcycle gang associated with the Hells Angels.

Brady allegedly told the girl’s boyfriend, who is 16, and another individual to go buy more drugs, leaving him alone with the girl, the Times Union reported. The boy came back to Brady’s residence to find his girlfriend disoriented and showing signs of have been sexually assaulted, resulting in them fleeing the apartment with Brady in pursuit.

Brady allegedly threatened them in an alley and brandished a firearm, resulting in the couple summoning help from a nearby residence, the Times Union reported.

Albany, New York (Sean Pavone/Shutterstock)

Law enforcement conducted a court-authorized search of Brady’s residence Saturday night, but found no evidence of firearms, the Times Union reported. (RELATED: Muslim Group Alleges Cuomo Is ‘Targeting And Unjustly Blaming’ Jewish Communities For Coronavirus Spread)

After his arrest, Brady was charged with felony sexual abuse and misdemeanor counts of unlawfully dealing with a child, unlawful imprisonment and endangering the welfare of a child. He is being held at Albany County jail with his bail set at $50,000, according to the Times Union.

Brady was arrested in Ohio in 2019 for carrying a concealed weapon and for having illegal drugs in his possession, the Times Union reported.

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