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5 Near Pence Test Positive for CCP Virus: White House

Five staffers of Vice President Mike Pence have tested positive for the CCP virus, according to the White House, which confirmed three more staffers have the virus on Sunday. Pence chief of staff Marc Short and adviser Marty Obst tested positive for the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, the White House confirmed. The three other cases have not been identified. Both Pence and second lady Karen Pence have tested negative for the virus. On Sunday, Pence's office, in confirming the new cases to Fox News, said the vice president will continue to campaign. White House chief of staff Mark Meadows defended the decision, arguing that Pence is an essential worker. “Well, actually he’s not just campaigning, he’s working,” Meadows said on CNN Sunday morning while saying that Pence, who is in charge of the White House’s pandemic task force, is an essential worker. When Meadows was pressed again on Pence’s campaigning, “I’m ...

Biden: ‘It’s Crass’ to Go After Son Hunter During Campaign

Democratic nominee Joe Biden condemned President Donald Trump's comments about his family's overseas business dealings that were revealed in several explosive new reports, saying that "it's crass" to go after his son, Hunter. "It's a specific decision. I just think it's crass," Biden told the left-wing podcast Pod Save America over the weekend. "I'm running against Donald Trump, not his children, and the American people want to hear about their families, not about Trump's family or my family, although I'm very proud of my family. It's just not how I was raised. It's that basic. It's Donald Trump." A trove of documents found on a laptop that purportedly belonged to Hunter Biden and statements made by his former business partner, Tony Bobulinski, asserted that the former vice president's son leveraged his high-profile father to strike deals with companies in China and Ukraine. Biden's campaign has repeatedly denied that he profited from ...

Pelosi Downplays Talk of White House Stimulus Compromise: ‘Keep Moving the Goal Post’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) implied on Sunday that stimulus talks between Democrats and the White House have not progressed—coming after a week of positive developments before Election Day. Speaking on CNN, Pelosi said the Trump administration hasn't come closer to meeting Democrats' demands. “They haven’t yet,” she said of administration officials. “They keep moving the goal post.” Pelosi added that she is expecting to get a reply from Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday about a list of concerns that she sent to him on Oct. 23. When pressed about whether a stimulus deal could be done by Election Day, Pelosi demurred. “I’ll never give up hope,” she said on Sunday. “I’m optimistic. We put pen to paper and have been writing the bill based on what we hope will be the outcome, what they said they would get back to us on.” Pelosi noted that Congress and the ...

White House Chief of Staff Says Pence Is an Essential Worker, Will Continue to Campaign

White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Vice President Mike Pence is able to continue campaigning because he is an essential worker, coming after his chief of staff tested positive for the CCP virus. “Well, actually he’s not just campaigning, he’s working,” Meadows said on CNN Sunday morning while saying that Pence, who is in charge of the White House's pandemic task force, is an essential worker. Pence has tested negative for the virus, the White House said on Saturday. His chief of staff, Marc Short, and his adviser, Marty Obst, have tested positive for the virus, administration officials said. The White House also confirmed Pence will continue to campaign—with just over a week from the Nov. 3 election. When Meadows was pressed again on Pence's campaigning, “I’m not saying he’s not campaigning. I’m saying that is only part of what he’s doing," he said in the Sunday interview. "As we ...

Trump Tries to Make His Case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin

President Donald Trump, who rallied in Waukesha, Wisconsin, said that he is fighting for the American middle class, while stipulating that Democrat Joe Biden is fighting for his family and son. "I fight for the middle class. He's actually fighting, I think, for Hunter. The Biden family and his cronies, what they've done is a disgrace," the president said on Saturday night, referring to Hunter Biden's overseas business deals while his father was the vice president. Biden's campaign and Biden have repeatedly denied that his family was involved in an influence-peddling scheme in several countries. During last week's final debate, Trump attempted to cast himself again as the insurgent candidate who would attempt to upend the status quo set during the Obama administration. He repeated a statement that made during the debate that he ran because of former President Barack Obama's and Biden's policies during their two terms in office. ...

Joe Manchin to Vote ‘No’ on Barrett Supreme Court Nomination

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) announced on Sunday that he will vote against the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court if the vote is held before Election Day. "Judge Barrett’s nomination and the confirmation process are far from business as usual in the United States Senate. I cannot support the nomination of Judge Barrett to the Supreme Court of the United States on the eve of a Presidential election. It is simple—this nomination must wait until after the election," Manchin wrote in an op-ed for Herald Dispatch. Manchin was the lone Democrat in the Senate to vote in favor of confirming Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Unlike the Kavanaugh confirmation, Republicans have locked in the required number of votes to confirm Barrett well in advance of the final vote. In the opinion piece, the West Virginia senator argued that the current plan to confirm Barrett ...

Trump Economic Adviser Says Biden Plan to Quit Fossil Fuels Unfeasible

National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said in an interview aired on Oct. 25 that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden's plan to transition the United States from fossil fuels is practically impossible to implement. “In 15 years? Renewables are less than 10 percent of our total energy. And you’re not going to remake that in 15 years,” Kudlow said on WABC 770. “Pricing is not favorable. Natural gas is very cheap.” “You couldn’t do it even if you wanted to,” Kudlow added. Biden has flip-flopped on whether he would ban fracking, a key fossil fuel extraction technique that has propelled the United States to top of the list of the world's oil producers. The former president said in the final presidential debate Oct. 22 that he would “transition from the oil industry.” “It’s a big statement because the oil industry pollutes significantly," Biden said. "It has to be replaced by ...

In Asia, Pompeo Expected to Bolster Allies Against Chinese Regime

NEW DELHI—U.S. Secretary of State of Mike Pompeo is flying to India next week to strengthen strategic ties with a nation that is locked in a military standoff with China, in Washington's latest effort to bolster allies against Beijing. As part of an intensifying pushback against the Chinese communist regime's growing economic and military influence in the region, Pompeo will also travel to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, two Indian Ocean countries struggling with a mountain of Chinese debt incurred to finance big infrastructure projects. Pompeo will conclude his trip, which comes in the final week before the U.S. presidential election, in Indonesia, which is also locked in territorial disputes with China in the South China Sea. "We're looking forward to strengthening critical relationships with our friends and partners, emphasizing our deep commitment to the Indo-Pacific and advancing our vision for long-term partnership and prosperity in the region," said Dean ...

Shelby Steele and Eli Steele: How Black Victimhood Became Black Power

The shooting of Michael Brown in 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri prompted a national outcry against racism and police brutality—and still shapes the popular consciousness today. But much of the popularized narrative was not true. The slogan “hands up, don’t shoot” was based on a falsehood. Brown had not surrendered with his hands up, and he had, in fact, struggled with officer Darren Wilson for his gun, according to exhaustive witness interviews, ballistics, DNA evidence, and autopsy results—all detailed in a Justice Department report. So, “What Killed Michael Brown?” This is the question posed by the new documentary film starring and written by Hoover Institution senior fellow Shelby Steele and directed by his filmmaker son Eli Steele. In this episode, we sit down with Shelby and Eli Steele to discuss the film, and why they believe Amazon is censoring it. This is American Thought Leaders, and I’m Jan Jekielek. American Thought ...

Murkowski to Vote to Confirm Judge Barrett to the Supreme Court

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said on Saturday that she intends to vote to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court despite her objections to the process of taking up the nomination weeks before the election. Murkowski previously indicated that she wouldn't support filling a Supreme Court vacancy before the election due to its proximity to Nov. 3 and a precedent that Republicans established in 2016 when considering President Barrack Obama's Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland. She said during a speech on the Senate floor during a rare Saturday session that while she still opposes the process, she does not hold it against Barrett, who she said "navigated the gauntlet with grace, skill, and humility," during her confirmation hearings in the Senate Judiciary Committee. "Frankly, I've lost that procedural fight," she said, adding that she would judge the nominee based on her merits, qualification, and judicial philosophy. "I believe ...

Sen. Kelly Loeffler Tests Negative for COVID-19 After 2 Staffers Test Positive

Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) tested negative for COVID-19 on Saturday after two of her staffers tested positive for the virus. “On Friday, Senator Loeffler was tested for COVID-19 after learning that two of her DC Senate staffers had tested positive. Senator Loeffler tested negative," a spokesperson from her office said in a statement. “Senator Loeffler is more energized than ever to vote to confirm Amy Coney Barrett as the next Supreme Court Justice on Monday before returning home and traveling the state to meet with hardworking Georgians," her office added. The Republican-controlled Senate reconvened on Saturday to debate Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court, as Democrats continued to oppose the process. The move to convene a meeting over the weekend makes way for a final confirmation vote to take place on Monday. Democrats called up a series of bills such as the Violence Against Women Act and a pandemic spending ...

Twitter Suspends Deputy Press Secretary’s Account After Mail-In Voting Tweet

Twitter suspended national press secretary Hogan Gidley’s account on Oct. 22, after he tweeted about receiving an absentee ballot for someone else named Daniel. He told Fox News that Twitter blocked him because of the post. It said that he violated rules against posting misleading information. “I, like many other Americans, received a ballot in the mail that was not meant for me. Twitter suspended my account for simply posting about it. This censorship is insanity. We must continue to expose and fight big tech’s clear bias against conservatives who speak the truth,” Gidley tweeted. He deleted the tweet, and Twitter reinstated his account. Twitter didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Sharyl Attkisson: Special Interests Behind ‘Dangerous’ Social Media Fact Checks

Investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson said fact checks and information curation by big tech companies are "dangerous" as they are part of broader efforts by special interest groups to control and censor information that people see. Attkisson argued these special interest groups traditionally employed the news as their vehicle to present their information to the public, but with the rise of social media and the election of President Donald Trump in 2016, efforts have since been expanded. "Starting in 2016, they needed to create the perception among us that we needed our information online curated, and fact-checked, and culled through by third parties. And now we're seeing the fruits of that, you know, the poisonous fruit of that whereby we've acceded our control to the special interests that control us through the big tech companies," Attkisson told The Epoch Times’ “American Thought Leaders.” "And now they're telling us we can't access certain facts, certain studies, certain ...

Trump Jr. Visits Atlanta to Get Red Votes

Donald Trump Jr. Campaigning for his father in the metro-Atlanta area. He encouraged Republican voters to get to the polls this year, because this is an area—in the past—that Hillary Clinton won in 2016. And has generally voted blue in past elections. He also touched upon the topic of self-censorship and censorship on the social media platform. He talked about how censorship has impacted and influences voters with the election just around the corner.

GOP Senator Suggests Bobulinski Emails Are Real

Tony Bobulinski, a former business partner of Hunter Biden, has given the Senate committee a thumb drive. He says they'll give the public more information about the investigation once it's verified. Tony Bobulinski, a former business partner of Hunter Biden, has given the Senate committee a thumb drive.

Pence Calls On Joe Biden to Come Forward With Answers on Hunter Biden Scandal

Vice President Mike Pence said Friday that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden should "come forward and come clean" about alleged foreign funds that recent reports claim were being channeled to his family with the involvement of his son, Hunter Biden. "Joe Biden ought to come forward, he ought to answer questions about the laptop, about Hunter Biden, about these foreign funds flowing in the direction of his family," Pence told Fox News' Sean Hannity in an interview on Oct. 23. "The American people have a right to know what Joe Biden and his family have been up to," the vice president said. Pence was referring to recent explosive reports, based on a trove of documents found on a laptop allegedly belonging to Hunter Biden and on statements made by his former business partner Tony Bobulinski, essentially claiming that the former vice president's son was leveraging his relationship with his father ...

Trump Transition Team Records Was Secretly Given to FBI and Mueller: Senate Committees Report

The General Service Administration (GSA) secretly gave President Donald Trump's transition team records to then-special counsel Robert Mueller and the FBI in 2017, a report by two Senate committees says. Meanwhile, the GSA refused to provide Trump's transition team copies of its own records, according to the report (pdf). GSA, the executive agency responsible for providing services to the transition teams of both Democrat and Republican candidates, had agreed to a memorandum of understanding with Trump's transition team. According to the memorandum, the records would be regarded as the private property of the transition team and the GSA would not retain those records at the conclusion of the transition. The majority staff report released on Friday by Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Senate Finance Committee shows GSA officials proactively contacted the FBI to ask if they should preserve Trump transition team records on Feb. 15, 2017, ...

Trump Expects Saudi Arabia and 4 Other Arab States Will Be Next to Normalize Ties With Israel

President Donald Trump said on Friday that he expects Saudi Arabia will be among "at least five" Arab nations soon to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel. Trump made the remarks to reporters in the Oval Office after an announcement that Sudan had agreed to restore diplomatic ties with Israel. “We have at least five that want to come in. And we'll have many more than that very soon," Trump said. "I'm sure you'll see Saudi Arabia there very soon,” Trump said, adding, “I really believe that will happen too, and very good relations with Saudi Arabia and so you'll see something very special.” Friday's normalization deal is the third U.S.-brokered agreement between Israel and an Arab state in recent months. Similar agreements have been penned with Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates. Trump sealed the agreement in a three-way phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Sudanese Prime ...

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