There is no evidence to suggest that Russia had anything to do with Hunter Biden's laptop and the scandalous information contained on it, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said.
Ratcliffe was on Fox Business Network's "Mornings with Maria" Monday and discussed allegations from Democrats that information purportedly on the laptop, which had emails that appear to link the Bidens, including Joe Biden, to China and the Ukraine, could have come from Russia.
"It's funny that some of the people who complain the most about intelligence being politicized are the ones politicizing the intelligence," Ratcliffe said. "Unfortunately, it is [Rep.] Adam Schiff who said the intelligence community believes the Hunter Biden laptop and emails on it are part of a Russian disinformation campaign.
He added that claims of Russia being behind the hard drive's contents, which included emails, photos, and videos, are "simply not true."
No Russian conspiracy in Biden laptop scandal: DNI Ratcliffe
Giuliani: Bidens in 'Criminal Conspiracy to Sell Out' US
Joe Biden snaps at CBS reporter for Hunter question: 'Another smear campaign, right up your alley'
Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden snapped at CBS News reporter Bo Erickson Friday night for asking about a New York Post report that the former vice president described as a “smear campaign.”
During a brief exchange with reporters following his campaign rally in Detroit, Mr. Biden was asked by Mr. Erickson, “What is your response to the New York Post story about your son, sir?”
“I know you’d ask it,” the former vice president fired back. “I have no response. It’s another smear campaign, right up your alley. Those are the questions you always ask.”
A clip of the exchange tweeted by Mr. Erickson saying Mr. Biden “went after me” racked up more than 6 million views by Monday morning.
Trump says Hunter Biden used vice president's office as a 'for-profit cash machine'
President Trump said Sunday that Hunter Biden, son of Democratic nominee Joseph R. Biden, used his father’s vice presidency as a “cash machine” to enrich himself with deals with foreign businessmen.
Speaking to thousands of supporters in this swing state, Mr. Trump said Mr. Biden’s family is a “criminal enterprise.” The president hammered his rival on news reports that a recovered laptop allegedly belonging to Hunter Biden disclosed emails showing his foreign business deals during the Obama administration.
“That’s a laptop from hell,” Mr. Trump said. “A giant trove of emails show Hunter Biden making deals, setting up meetings with his father Joe, and using the Office of the Vice President for a for-profit cash machine. That is so dishonest.”
Hunter Biden allegedly was paid $10 million per year by a Chinese businessman for “introductions only,” and earned more millions from a Ukraine energy company for little or no work.
Pelosi sets 48-hour deadline for stimulus talks
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that she set a 48-hour deadline to reach agreement with the Trump administration on relief negotiations that can be implemented before Election Day.
Mrs. Pelosi disputed assertions that her lack of interaction with President Trump had affected the negotiations and told ABC’s “This Week” that the coronavirus relief talks are at loggerheads because the Trump administration believes it understands legislating better than Congress.
“I’m optimistic because again, we’ve been back and forth on all of this,” the California Democrat said. “You know legislation: ‘shall’ is different from ‘may.’ The difference amounts to this: When you say ‘may,’ you’re giving the president a slush fund.”
New polling in key battleground states of Arizona and Wisconsin, however, suggests that voters are blaming Mrs. Pelosi more than Mr. Trump.
Supreme Court to Hear Case Over Border Wall Funding
The Supreme Court agreed Monday to hear the Trump administration's appeal of a lower court ruling that it improperly diverted money to build portions of the border wall with Mexico.
The high court has previously allowed construction to continue, even after a federal appeals court ruled in June that the administration had illegally sidestepped Congress in transferring the Defense Department funds.
The case will not be argued before the winter and it's unclear how the outcome of the presidential election would affect the case, if Democrat Joe Biden wins the White House.
Coronavirus Hospitalizations Increasing Throughout US
Coronavirus hospitalizations are rising in 39 states, which have experienced an increase over the past two weeks in the percentage of available hospital beds occupied by patients suffering from the coronavirus, Axios reported on Monday.
Sixteen states have reached or are close to the highest hospitalization rates they have experienced during the pandemic, with Wisconsin faring the worst at 9.4% of the state’s beds occupied by patients with coronavirus.
However, despite the concern, no state is anywhere close to the worst-case situation of not having enough capacity to deal with an outbreak of the coronavirus.
NYPD Commish Shea: NYC Police Reforms Are 'Disaster'
In a bold rebuke of failed police and police reforms, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said the New York City crime wave is due to bail reform and movements to defund the police.
"We've got to have hard discussions about this 'defunding the police': It is a recipe for disaster," Shea told "The Cats Roundtable" on WABC 770 AM-N.Y. "We've got to talk about laws that really need to be changed.
"We need to be reminded about what's important. Victims are important. Let's strike that right balance between being fair to the accused but not throwing out the rights of victims as well."
The crime wave began even "pre-COVID," as "shootings were up over 20%, almost every category of crime was up over 20%, and it was still winter time," Shea told host John Catsimatidis, adding police reforms are "100%" to blame.
Samuel Paty Killing Sets Off Police Raids Across France After Teacher’s ‘Fatwa’ Beheading
Police descended on the homes of dozens of suspected Islamist militants across France on Monday in connection with the “fatwa” decapitation killing of a teacher by a Chechen Muslim teen. Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said about 80 investigations were under way into online hate speech in France and that more would take place. A police source told Reuters late Sunday that France was preparing to expel 231 foreigners on a government watch list for suspected extremist religious beliefs. Eleven people were in custody, including a school parent who Darmanin said is suspected of calling on social media for Friday’s killing of the educator.
More than a million people demonstrated in cities across France on Sunday to show their support for freedom of expression for Samuel Paty, the teacher who was attacked after he is said to have shown cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad to pupils as part of a classroom discussion. Police say Paty, 47, a history and geography instructor, was hacked to death by a teenage Islamist after Muslim parents ran a social-media campaign against him for showing the images.
Paty, the father of a 5-year-old boy, taught in a secondary school in Conflans-Sainte-Honorine on the outskirts of Paris. He was targeted by Abdullah Anzorov, an 18-year-old refugee, as he left the school on Friday. Anzorov, who was shot dead by police after the murder, was born in Moscow to a family from Chechnya, the Muslim Russian republic. His family moved to France when he was 6. He lived in Evreux in Normandy and had no apparent connection with Paty. Jean-Michel Blanquer, the education minister, who was among several cabinet members present at the demonstrations, said, “A teacher is perfectly entitled to show the cartoons.”
India army apprehends Chinese soldier amid military standoff
The Indian army said it apprehended a Chinese soldier Monday in the remote Ladakh region, where the two countries are locked in a monthslong military standoff along their disputed mountain border.
The soldier, Cpl. Wang Ya Long from China’s People’s Liberation Army, was apprehended inside Indian-controlled Ladakh’s Demchok area and was to be released soon, the army said in a statement.
It said the soldier “had strayed” across the de facto border along the eastern section of what’s known as the Line of Actual Control, a loose demarcation separating Indian- and Chinese-controlled areas.
Dianne Feinstein's embrace of Lindsey Graham angers liberals
Rare civility marks Amy Coney Barrett hearings
Liberal groups erupted in anger after Sen. Dianne Feinstein praised the way Republicans ran last week’s confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett and demanded that the senator be ousted as Democrats’ top member on the Judiciary Committee.
Ms. Feinstein wasn’t the only Democrat to compliment Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican and committee chairman, but when she embraced him at the end of four days of hearings, it sent shock waves through the activist network that had spent weeks trying to gin up opposition to President Trump’s high court nominee.
Organizations such as NARAL Pro-Choice America and the feminist UltraViolet said Ms. Feinstein damaged those chances.
Senate COVID-19 relief fight really about control of Republican Party
Campaign to replace Trump begins Nov. 4, whether he leaves office in 2021 or 2025
For the last six months, Republicans in the Senate, ably led by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have been remarkably consistent about their unwillingness to expand the strike zone for COVID-19 relief. They believe that a modest package, focused on help to citizens — rather than mostly profligate states — and liability protections for businesses is more likely to help the economy recover than simply turning on the firehose of cash and spraying it liberally in all directions.
This approach has held steady despite the Trump administration’s persistent pressure and the routine hectoring of Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin.
Part of the resistance is, of course, precisely because it is the secretary of the treasury who is leading the administration’s efforts. Many Republican senators are confident that Mr. Mnuchin is a Democrat who prefers Democratic solutions.
Church leaders sell their souls to the Democratic Party
Evangelicals stumble over themselves to endorse a political party and a candidate openly against life
Over the past couple of months, while the world has been distracted by all-things-COVID-19, a very important bit of news slipped under our radar and went virtually unnoticed. The contemporary church sold its soul to the Devil for a pot of political porridge.
Consider the evidence.
Last week “pro-life” evangelicals across the land started stumbling over themselves to endorse a political party and a candidate who is openly against life and against evangelicals.
At the same time, pastors, priests and laymen too numerous to count continued to trample each other in a parade proclaiming that some lives matter but others don’t (especially the lives of Donald Trump and his supporters).