Sasse accuses Democrats of ‘suicide bombing of two branches of government’

Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseSunday shows preview: Trump, top Republicans recover from COVID-19; stimulus bill remains in limbo GOP vows quick confirmation of Trump’s Supreme Court pick amid coronavirus turmoil McConnell: Plan is to confirm Trump’s Supreme Court pick before election MORE (R-Neb.) said on Sunday that Democrats expanding the Supreme Court and ending the filibuster would be “suicide bombing” and called Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenDemocratic poll shows neck-and-neck race brewing in Florida House district Nebraska district could prove pivotal for Biden in November Bringing Black men back home MORE’s refusal to clarify whether he would expand the court “grotesque.”

“It’s grotesque that Vice President Biden won’t answer that very basic question,” Sasse, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said on “Fox News Sunday.”

The Nebraska Republican said an expansion of the court, combined with the elimination of the filibuster, would constitute a

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Pence Accuses Biden of Being a ‘Cheerleader for Communist China’ Throughout His Career in Government

Vice President Mike Pence accused Joe Biden of being a “cheerleader” for China during the vice presidential debate on Wednesday night.

Pence faced off against opponent Senator Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) in the only election debate between the vice presidential candidates. Harris criticized President Trump’s handling of the tariff war with China, in which the Trump administration and Chinese government have placed tariffs on various exports.

“The vice president earlier referred to…what he thinks is an accomplishment: the president’s trade war with China,” Harris said. “You lost that trade war.” Harris went on to blame the trade war for the loss of 300,000 American manufacturing jobs.

Pence, however, hit back at the senator’s criticism.

“Lost the trade war with China? Joe Biden never fought it,” Pence said. “Joe Biden’s been a cheerleader for communist China through…the last several decades.”

Pence went on to assert that while Biden was vice president

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UK Commons Speaker accuses government of bypassing lawmakers on virus measures

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s parliamentary Speaker reprimanded Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government on Wednesday for disregarding the House of Commons with its COVID-19 measures, calling on ministers to better include lawmakers in their decisions.

But Lindsay Hoyle decided against allowing lawmakers the chance to consider a so-called amendment to a vote on the extension of emergency laws to impose restrictions that would have made sure parliament played a greater role.

Several lawmakers from Johnson’s own Conservative Party have threatened to rebel against the government over renewing the Coronavirus Act, which some said had allowed it to govern by diktat and deprive people of their civil liberties.

“The way in which the government has exercised its powers to make secondary legislation during this crisis has been totally unsatisfactory,” Hoyle told parliament, adding some explanations the government had offered on why it had bypassed parliament showed a “total disregard” for lawmakers.

“The

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UK parliamentary Speaker accuses government of bypassing lawmakers on virus measures

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s parliamentary Speaker reprimanded Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government on Wednesday for disregarding the House of Commons with its COVID-19 measures, calling on ministers to better include lawmakers in their decisions.

But Lindsay Hoyle decided against allowing lawmakers the chance to consider a so-called amendment to a vote on the extension of emergency laws to impose restrictions that would have made sure parliament played a greater role.

Several lawmakers from Johnson’s own Conservative party have threatened to rebel against the government over renewing the Coronavirus Act, which some said had allowed it to govern by diktat and deprive people of their civil liberties.

A rebellion would dent Johnson’s authority and ministers have been trying to defuse any revolt by promising parliament they would involve it more.

“The way in which the government has exercised its powers to make secondary legislation during this crisis has been totally unsatisfactory,”

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Philippines accuses Facebook of censoring pro-government content



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MANILA (Reuters) – The Philippines accused Facebook on Tuesday of censoring pro-government content which it said was tantamount to curtailing freedom of speech and called for new measures to regulate the social media giant to “level the playing field”.

In the Southeast Asian country, President Rodrigo Duterte has been bolstered by establishing a powerful support base on social media platforms like Facebook, a factor that was instrumental in his election victory in 2016.

But Facebook last week dismantled a network of accounts that originated from China and the Philippines for engaging in “coordinated inauthentic behaviour”, including one that Manila says it supports for its anti-communism stance.

The takedown drew the ire of Duterte who warned Facebook on Monday night that it should explain what its purpose is in his country if it wants to

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