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Warren Goes After Bloomberg’s Mass Spending: It’s Cheaper Just ‘Buying The Presidency’

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) slammed fellow presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday, saying she was deeply “concerned” the billionaire had already spent so much on the race for the White House, alluding he was merely doing so to save money on his taxes.

“Dropping $37 million in one week on ad buys? I don’t believe that elections ought to be for sale,” Warren said during an interview on Wednesday that aired on Bloomberg’s own media network, Bloomberg TV. “And I don’t think as a Democratic Party that we should say that the only way you’re going to get elected, the only way you’re going to be our nominee, is either if you are a billionaire or if you’re sucking up to billionaires.”

The comments were Warren’s latest efforts to go after the billionaire class running to unseat another rich man, President Donald Trump. Aside from Bloomberg, the former New York mayor who announced his formal bid for the White House on Nov. 24, billionaire investor Tom Steyer is also running and has spent lavishly to help fund his campaign. 

Warren has gone after Bloomberg before. Last month the senator accused him of trying to “buy the nomination” after he paid for at least $37 million in campaign ads over a two week period around Thanksgiving. He’s since spent more than $57 million on TV advertising, according to CNBC. 

Steyer has spent about $60 million since July.

Just before Warren’s interview on Wednesday, the candidate bought her own ad to air briefly on Bloomberg TV, lambasting the billionaire class and touting her proposed wealth tax, which would levy an annual two-cent tax on net worth over $50 million. Fortunes over $1 billion would face a 6% tax.

“Yeah, some people have figured out, you know, it’d be a lot cheaper to spend a few hundred mil just buying the presidency instead of paying that 2% wealth tax,” Warren says in the ad. (A separate ad spot in November took aim at “billionaire tears.”)

Other 2020 candidates have unveiled their own proposals to rein in widening income inequality in America. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has pushed a similar but far more dramatic proposal that would effectively cut the wealth of billionaires in half within 15 years, according to a report by The New York Times.

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Obamas pay $11.75M for Martha’s Vineyard home on nearly 30 acres: report

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Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama have purchased a nearly 7,000-square-foot home on Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts for $11.75 million, according to a report.

The purchase price was recorded Wednesday with the local Registry of Deeds, the Vineyard Gazette reported.

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The Obamas paid about half the original asking price for the property when it first became available in 2015, the report said.

The sellers were listed as Wycliffe Grousebeck, owner of the Boston Celtics basketball team, and his wife Corinne Basler Grousbeck.

The house is located in the Edgartown section on the eastern end of the island and sits on a property of more than 29 acres, the Gazette reported.

It includes seven bedrooms, eight and a half bathrooms and several stone fireplaces, as well as a two-car garage, a barn and a swimming pool.

The Obamas had rented the property during the summer, the report said. The couple reportedly had made an offer on the property in August.

Attorneys for the Grousebecks would not comment on the transaction.

The Obamas previously purchased a nine-bedroom house in Washington, paying a reported $8.1 million.

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The Obamas have entered some lucrative business deals since leaving the White House.

Michelle Obama received a $65 million advance for her memoir, “Becoming,” while the pair also negotiated a $50 million deal with Netflix to develop programming.

In addition, the former first lady reportedly commands a speaking fee of $225,000. She and her husband are said to have a net worth of $135 million.

Fox News’ Sam Dorman contributed to this story.

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Pamela Karlan says she once crossed the street to avoid a Trump hotel in DC

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The Stanford Law School professor who sparked backlash from the White House Wednesday after evoking the president’s minor son during the first day of the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment inquiry had previously stated that she once crossed the street just to avoid passing one of President Trump’s hotels.

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Pamela Karlan, who was one of three witnesses who testified before the House Judiciary Committee Wednesday, previously told a 2017 American Constitution Society panel that she couldn’t stomach walking past the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C. Video of the panel from two years ago resurfaced online after Karlan’s public testimony.

“I came in from the airport yesterday and I got off the bus from Dulles down at L’Enfant Plaza and I walked up to the hotel and as I was walking past what used to be the old post office building and is now Trump hotel,” Karlan told an audience in 2017. “I had to cross the street, of course.”

Fellow panelist, Neil Siegel, asked: “Are you staying there?”

“God, no! Never!” Karlan responded.

On Wednesday, Karlan drew ire from the White House, the Trump campaign and even First Lady Melania Trump after using 13-year-old Barron Trump’s name to illustrate her point that President Trump can’t rule like a king.

“The Constitution says there can be no titles of nobility, so while the president can name his son Barron, he can’t make him a baron,” Karlan said in the committee room, prompting chuckles across the room.

One of the lawmakers Karlan delivered testimony before included Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell, who himself made headlines in February after tweeting he wouldn’t enter Trump Tower in New York City during a snowstorm – even if he were to come inside just to buy a cup of coffee.

“It’s snowing in #NewYork. I need coffee. The closest cafe is inside Trump Tower. This is me walking to an alternative,” Swalwell said, sharing a selfie in front of the Fifth Avenue building covered in a light dusting of snow. Twitter users later mocked the four-term congressman from California, pointing out that there are many cafes in that area of New York City within short walking distance.

Swalwell announced his bid for the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination in April before leaving the race in July.  The former prosecutor who’s a member of the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees had been a vocal critic of President Trump over the relationship between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia during Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

On Wednesday, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham alluded on Twitter that Karlan’s remark during the impeachment hearing demonstrated her clear bias against the president.

“Classless move by a Democratic ‘witness’. Prof Karlan uses a teenage boy who has nothing to do with this joke of a hearing (and deserves privacy) as a punchline,” Grisham tweeted. “And what’s worse, it’s met by laughter in the hearing room. What is being done to this country is no laughing matter.”

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“A minor child deserves privacy and should be kept out of politics,” first lady Melania Trump also tweeted. “Pamela Karlan, you should be ashamed of your very angry and obviously biased public pandering, and using a child to do it.”

Karlan later apologized during the same committee hearing, taking a dig at President Trump.

“I want to apologize for what I said earlier about the president’s son,” Karlan said. “It was wrong of me to do that. I wish the president would apologize, obviously, for the things that he’s done that’s wrong, but I do regret having said that.”

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Rudy Giuliani is literally in Ukraine right now

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Judge Andrew Napolitano: Supreme Court considering important gun rights case

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In a 2008 case called District of Columbia v. Heller, and again in a 2010 case called McDonald v. City of Chicago, the Supreme Court definitively interpreted the Second Amendment.

That amendment was written, the court ruled in both cases, to mandate the obligation of the federal government, as well as cities and states, to recognize, respect and permit the exercise of the right to self-defense, using the same level of technology as might be used against someone in the home. Stated differently, the high court twice held in the past 11 years that the right to own and keep and — if necessary — to use a gun in the home is a personal pre-political right.

“Pre-political” has a long and fascinating history. Its literal meaning is that whatever it is describing — here, the right to own a gun — preexisted the political order. It preexisted the government and the Constitution. So, where did it come from? That’s like asking where free thought and free speech came from. The right to self-defense is a natural human right, like thought and speech. We cannot be complete human beings enjoying life and liberty and pursuing happiness without the right to repel those who would harm us.

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The court also ruled that the Second Amendment would be meaningless if it failed to protect the right to own and use weapons for self-defense of the same level of sophistication as an adversary — whether agents of a tyrant or a mob of thugs or a deranged killer.

One would expect that cities and states should have enacted laws to facilitate the exercise of that right. Instead, many have done the opposite, and none as absurd as New York City. There, the government enacted a bizarre ordinance that prohibited lawful gun owners from transporting their guns to any place outside city limits.

The practical effect of such a law prohibited the transportation of an unloaded gun to a shooting range or gun shop or private home outside the city. It also forced those gun owners who wished to remain skilled in the use of guns to practice their use only at any of three dingy, poorly equipped and out-of-the-way gun ranges in the Bronx.

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A group of New York City gun owners challenged the law as a material interference with their Second Amendment rights. Some of the owners had second homes in New Jersey and elsewhere in New York state where the ownership of their New York City-licensed guns is legal, but they could not lawfully transport their guns out of New York City.

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After the ordinance challenge failed in a federal district court and again in a federal appellate court in Manhattan, the gun owners asked for permission to appeal to the Supreme Court, which was granted. Then the city, fearing a reversal and invalidation of its ordinance, repealed the ordinance and enacted a new one in its place.

The new ordinance permitted transportation of New York City-licensed guns to places outside of the city where the guns are lawful, but required the owners to transport them there without stopping, in one complete trip. Can one stop for coffee, or for nature, or to visit mom? No.

Does any of this sound as if the government of New York City recognizes and respects the right to keep and bear arms? Of course not. So, why did the city change its gun ordinance? Why did it give the gun owners at the last minute before their case was to be heard almost all they sought? Because of the doctrine of “standing.”

“Standing” is a constitutional requirement of the existence of real adversity between litigants. Federal courts do not hear theoretical cases. They are required by the Constitution to hear cases and controversies in which the moving party can show that real harm has been caused by the responding party.

So, at the time of oral argument in the Supreme Court earlier this week, there was no such adversity between the gun owners and the city because the ordinance that the owners challenged no longer exists. Thus, the city asked the court to dismiss the appeal. Under usual circumstances, the court would do so.

In a famous New Jersey case, the lawyers finished oral argument before the Supreme Court and on their way out of the courthouse settled the case. That quick and amicable settlement divested the court of jurisdiction over the case because there was no longer a controversy and no one had standing to bring the appeal.

Will the New York City gun owners suffer the same fate? Perhaps not. There is a little-known and rarely used exception to the standing requirement — a judge-made exception — that holds that if a dispute repeatedly comes to the Supreme Court or if lower federal courts are repeatedly misinterpreting a Supreme Court decision, the Supreme Court will hear an appeal to stop the repeated appeals or to correct lower court misunderstandings, even if there is no adversity between the parties.

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Have lower federal courts been misinterpreting the Heller and McDonald cases? Yes. By one study, they have ruled 96 percent of the time in favor of city and state gun restrictions in the home and against the pre-political nature of the right to self-defense.

Are there constitutional implications in this case beyond standing? Yes. Heller and McDonald uphold the right to keep and bear arms only in and around one’s home. If the gun owners in this New York City case prevail, that right could be extended to public places outside the home, where police acknowledge that armed and well-trained civilians are most valued today. Even New York City would need to respect that.

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Giuliani says his Ukraine trip this week is linked to TV documentary defending Trump

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President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani traveled to the Ukraine capital Kiev on Wednesday, the second stop on a trip to Europe this week. Giuliani said the Kiev visit is linked to a TV news network’s docuseries defending President Trump against the mounting impeachment inquiry against him.

The president’s attorney reportedly sought meetings with several former Ukrainian prosecutors who claim to have linked former Vice President Joe Biden to corruption in the country. The former prosecutors include Viktor Shokin, who was fired amid his probe into Burisma Holdings, a natural gas firm where Biden’s son Hunter Biden served on the board, according to The New York Times.

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Giuliani previously stopped in Budapest on Tuesday, where he met with Yuriy Lutsenko, another former Ukrainian prosecutor who claims he told Giuliani he would not investigate Biden at the behest of Trump unless U.S. officials launched their own investigation first. Lutsenko was ousted from his position following allegations of abuse of power but his office later pursued investigations requested by Trump.

Giuliani’s stop in Kiev came on the same day that the House Judiciary Committee held its first public impeachment hearing, featuring four legal scholars who answered lawmakers’ questions regarding possible impeachable offenses committed by Trump. The allegations stem from a whistleblower’s complaint that the president attempted to pressure Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to open an investigation into Biden by making it a condition of receiving U.S. military aid.

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The former New York City mayor’s efforts abroad are part of his latest attempt to bolster Republican claims that there was no quid pro quo involved in Trump’s discussions with Ukraine’s president — and thus no grounds for impeachment. The docuseries with which Giuliani is participating is being produced by conservative news channel One America News (OAN), which has already aired two episodes.

“I’m just a country lawyer trying to show his client is being framed. I will do it,” Giuliani told Fox News on Wednesday.

The OAN series also includes interviews with several Trump supporters plus three former Ukrainian officials — Andrii Telizhenko, Andrii Artemenko and Mykhaylo Okhendovsky — whose segments were taped last month at OAN’s studios in Washington.

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The network released a statement Tuesday about the upcoming third episode in the series.

“Part III of this One America News Investigates series is currently in the works with OAN investigative staff outside the United States conducting key interviews at undisclosed safe houses,” the statement said. “Additional information on Part III will be provided upon return of OAN staff to US soil.”

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Huawei Sues the F.C.C., Ramping Up Fight With Critics and Foes

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SHENZHEN, China — Huawei, the Chinese technology powerhouse, is suing the Federal Communications Commission for choking off its sales in the United States, the latest in the besieged company’s widening efforts to hit back at regulators and critics across the globe.

The F.C.C. voted last month to bar American telecommunications companies from using federal subsidies to buy equipment from Huawei and another Chinese supplier, ZTE. Washington considers both firms to be national security risks.

Large wireless providers such as Verizon and AT&T have long shunned the companies’ gear. But carriers in remote, rural parts of the United States have depended on it for years. The F.C.C. rule could force them to find pricier replacements.

“The F.C.C. claims that Huawei is a security threat. But F.C.C. Chairman Ajit Pai has not provided any evidence,” Song Liuping, Huawei’s chief legal officer, said during a news conference on Thursday at the company’s headquarters in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.

“This is a common trend in Washington these days,” Mr. Song said. “The F.C.C.’s order violates the Constitution, and we have no choice but to seek legal remedy.”

The Trump administration has led an all-out effort to keep Huawei, the world’s largest supplier of telecom equipment, out of wireless networks in the United States and globally. American officials believe the Chinese government could use the company for espionage, an accusation the firm denies. Washington’s clampdown on Huawei has become a sticking point in trade talks with Beijing, which is demanding clemency for one of China’s leading corporate champions.

Huawei already sued the United States government earlier this year, challenging a spending law that blocked federal agencies from doing business with it. The company has also increased its lobbying activities in Washington and filed defamation complaints in France against a researcher who suggested the company was state-controlled.

For Huawei, suing the F.C.C. lends heft to its protestations that Washington is treating it unfairly, said Julian Ku, a professor of law at Hofstra University.

“They want to show their customers in the U.S. that they’re a serious company, that they’re not an outlaw,” he said. “Even a small victory in the case, one that makes the F.C.C. go and start the process over again, would be a huge victory for them.”

Still, courts generally give federal agencies wide leeway to interpret the law, Mr. Ku said. “There’s usually a tremendous amount of deference.”

Huawei filed its petition for review in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which covers the region that includes Huawei’s American headquarters in Plano, Texas. The company asked the court to hold the F.C.C.’s order unlawful because the commission did not offer it due process protections before designating it a security threat.

“Carriers across rural America — in small towns in Montana, Kentucky, and farmers in Wyoming — they choose to work with Huawei because they respect the quality and integrity of our equipment,” Mr. Song said.

Huawei is embarking upon this new legal battle at a moment when, despite the onslaught from Washington and apprehension in other world capitals, the company’s fortunes appear to be looking up.

The Commerce Department has begun allowing some American suppliers to resume selling parts and other technology to Huawei. Earlier this year the department had barred such sales without prior approval. Huawei’s business has remained steady over all, thanks to brisk sales of its smartphones and telecom equipment back home in China.

Throughout the rest of the world, the company has been supercharging its efforts to court the sympathies of the public and of governments. Hundreds of journalists have been invited to visit Huawei’s campuses. The company’s founder and chief executive, Ren Zhengfei, has given interview after interview in which he assures the world that neither he nor his firm has anything to hide.

In Washington, Huawei has spent $1.9 million on lobbying so far this year, according to federal disclosures, dwarfing its past totals.

But the company has also lashed out against people who sully its image. In August, a Huawei lawyer sent The Wall Street Journal a letter saying that an article about the company’s activities in Africa contained “false and defamatory statements.” A Journal spokeswoman said the paper stood by its reporting.

Huawei has also filed libel complaints in France against a researcher, Valérie Niquet of the Foundation for Strategic Research, a think tank in Paris. On a television talk show in February, Ms. Niquet said that Huawei was ultimately controlled by the Chinese government.

In China, she said, “there is no company that is truly capitalist in the sense that we understand it.”

After Huawei’s complaint against Ms. Niquet came to light last month, the Foundation for Strategic Research said it supported its researchers’ right to free expression. French officials said recently that the nation would not follow the United States in barring Huawei from its telecom networks.

In a telephone interview this week, Ms. Niquet said she was surprised when she received notice, in September, of the company’s legal complaints against her. “There is such a disproportion between a researcher and a mighty company such as Huawei,” she said.

Since then, she has avoided traveling to China, she said. But, she added, “I will go on working on China, as I have for decades now.”

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Mark Levin: ‘Precious’ to watch ‘radical’, anti-Constitutional professors claim to know about impeachment

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Constitutional law attorney and radio host Mark Levin panned Wednesday’s House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing as a display of four academic witnesses “who witnessed nothing.”

Levin, host of Fox News Channel’s “Life, Liberty & Levin,” said on “The Mark Levin Show” on Westwood One that three of the witnesses were “progressive,” “left-wing” scholars who by definition, he claimed, are opposed to the classic Constitutional order heralded by America’s Founding Fathers.

“Three of the witnesses, who have been consistently hostile to President Trump are progressives — left-wing progressives,” he said. “If you are a radical progressive … you don’t even believe in the Constitution to begin with.”

“The progressives are at war with our Constitutional order. They are at war with our Declaration of Independence and the principles that undergird it. They reject them. They’ve rejected them since the late 1800s. Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Roosevelt, Barack Obama, and so many others.”

He claimed three of the professors called to testify — Noah Feldman, Pamela Karlan and Michael Gerhardt — are the type of scholar who, if nominated to the federal bench, would become “radical activists — like [Supreme Court Justice] Ruth Bader Ginsburg, if you will.”

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“The purpose of progressivism is to get around Constitutionalism,” he said, adding that impeachment, by definition, is a Constitutionally prescribed action.

“So, it is precious indeed to watch these radical progressive law professors — three of them — tell us what the Framers intended when they read [former President James] Madison’s notes or the Federalist Papers,” Levin said.

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He claimed that people like three of the four professors do not want to interpret the Constitution under the auspices of the law, but instead use it as a “tool to advance their ideology.”

In regard to President Trump’s prospective impeachment under the Constitution, he said that has amounted to the mantra of “the ends justify the means.”

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“Academia is one of the last safe harbors for the Soviet, Maoist, Leninist left — where they are tenured,” he claimed.

Of the fourth academic witness, George Washington University Law Professor Jonathan Turley, called by Republicans — though a liberal who said he voted against Trump in 2016 — Levin said he did a “terrific job.”

But, he lamented the fact Turley made a point to reiterate that he did not support Trump when giving his testimony.

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Huawei Sues the F.C.C., Ramping Up Fight With Critics and Foes

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SHENZHEN, China — Huawei, the Chinese technology powerhouse, is suing the Federal Communications Commission for choking off its sales in the United States, the latest in the besieged company’s widening efforts to hit back at regulators and critics across the globe.

The F.C.C. voted last month to bar American telecommunications companies from using federal subsidies to buy equipment from Huawei and another Chinese supplier, ZTE. Washington considers both firms to be national security risks.

Large wireless providers such as Verizon and AT&T have long shunned the companies’ gear. But carriers in remote, rural parts of the United States have depended on it for years. The F.C.C. rule could force them to find pricier replacements.

“The F.C.C. claims that Huawei is a security threat. But F.C.C. Chairman Ajit Pai has not provided any evidence,” Song Liuping, Huawei’s chief legal officer, said during a news conference on Thursday at the company’s headquarters in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen.

“This is a common trend in Washington these days,” Mr. Song said. “The F.C.C.’s order violates the Constitution, and we have no choice but to seek legal remedy.”

The Trump administration has led an all-out effort to keep Huawei, the world’s largest supplier of telecom equipment, out of wireless networks in the United States and globally. American officials believe the Chinese government could use the company for espionage, an accusation the firm denies. Washington’s clampdown on Huawei has become a sticking point in trade talks with Beijing, which is demanding clemency for one of China’s leading corporate champions.

Huawei already sued the United States government earlier this year, challenging a spending law that blocked federal agencies from doing business with it. The company has also increased its lobbying activities in Washington and filed defamation complaints in France against a researcher who suggested the company was state-controlled.

For Huawei, suing the F.C.C. lends heft to its protestations that Washington is treating it unfairly, said Julian Ku, a professor of law at Hofstra University.

“They want to show their customers in the U.S. that they’re a serious company, that they’re not an outlaw,” he said. “Even a small victory in the case, one that makes the F.C.C. go and start the process over again, would be a huge victory for them.”

Still, courts generally give federal agencies wide leeway to interpret the law, Mr. Ku said. “There’s usually a tremendous amount of deference.”

Huawei filed its petition for review in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which covers the region that includes Huawei’s American headquarters in Plano, Texas. The company asked the court to hold the F.C.C.’s order unlawful because the commission did not offer it due process protections before designating it a security threat.

“Carriers across rural America — in small towns in Montana, Kentucky, and farmers in Wyoming — they choose to work with Huawei because they respect the quality and integrity of our equipment,” Mr. Song said.

Huawei is embarking upon this new legal battle at a moment when, despite the onslaught from Washington and apprehension in other world capitals, the company’s fortunes appear to be looking up.

The Commerce Department has begun allowing some American suppliers to resume selling parts and other technology to Huawei. Earlier this year the department had barred such sales without prior approval. Huawei’s business has remained steady over all, thanks to brisk sales of its smartphones and telecom equipment back home in China.

Throughout the rest of the world, the company has been supercharging its efforts to court the sympathies of the public and of governments. Hundreds of journalists have been invited to visit Huawei’s campuses. The company’s founder and chief executive, Ren Zhengfei, has given interview after interview in which he assures the world that neither he nor his firm has anything to hide.

In Washington, Huawei has spent $1.9 million on lobbying so far this year, according to federal disclosures, dwarfing its past totals.

But the company has also lashed out against people who sully its image. In August, a Huawei lawyer sent The Wall Street Journal a letter saying that an article about the company’s activities in Africa contained “false and defamatory statements.” A Journal spokeswoman said the paper stood by its reporting.

Huawei has also filed libel complaints in France against a researcher, Valérie Niquet of the Foundation for Strategic Research, a think tank in Paris. On a television talk show in February, Ms. Niquet said that Huawei was ultimately controlled by the Chinese government.

In China, she said, “there is no company that is truly capitalist in the sense that we understand it.”

After Huawei’s complaint against Ms. Niquet came to light last month, the Foundation for Strategic Research said it supported its researchers’ right to free expression. French officials said recently that the nation would not follow the United States in barring Huawei from its telecom networks.

In a telephone interview this week, Ms. Niquet said she was surprised when she received notice, in September, of the company’s legal complaints against her. “There is such a disproportion between a researcher and a mighty company such as Huawei,” she said.

Since then, she has avoided traveling to China, she said. But, she added, “I will go on working on China, as I have for decades now.”

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Search for missing Arizona girl, 6, becomes recovery effort

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The on-going search for a 6-year-old girl missing after being swept away in a Tonto Creek, Ariz., rainstorm last week is now a recovery operation, the Gila County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday, an indication the child is not expected to be found alive.

In a late-afternoon briefing, agency spokesman Lt. Virgil Dodd said, “We would love to keep this hopeful, but because of the circumstances we are considering it a search and recovery” in the search for Willa Rawlings, the Arizona Republic reported.

“It’s been six days, we’re going our seventh day. We don’t know where (the girl) is at. We just want to find her for the family to get some closure.” 

— Gila County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Virgil Dodd

The search, which began after Rawlings was swept away with two other children last Friday, would resume at 8 a.m. today, he said.

SINGLE SHOE FOUND IN SEARCH FOR MISSING 6-YEAR-OLD GIRL SWEPT AWAY IN ARIZONA CREEK

In the last two days, searchers found both a pair of shoes and pants believed to belong to the missing girl and have widened their search area, the report said.  

Officials will employ drones and a remote-controlled sonar device to check a two-mile stretch of the waters, and possibly a helicopter, weather permitting, as rain is forecast for the area overnight, potentially causing the creek to rise again, the newspaper reported.

The girl was one of nine family members in a military-style truck that became stuck Friday while trying to cross Tonto Creek at the Bar X crossing off State Route 188, near Roosevelt Lake northeast of the Phoenix area, the report said.

2 ARIZONA CHILDREN, BOTH 5, FOUND DEAD, ONE STILL MISSING AFTER VEHICLE SWEPT AWAY BY FLOODWATERS

The bodies of her 5-year-old brother, Colby, as well as her 5-year-old cousin, Austin, were found Saturday. Her parents, Daniel and Lacey Rawlings, and four other children were rescued, the Republic reported.

At the time of the incident, the crossing was closed with barricades and signs because of a storm that dropped an estimated 2 inches of rain in the area.

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A memorial service for Austin Rawlings was scheduled for Friday afternoon at a Peoria church, according to a GoFundMe page set up for the girl’s family. 

The tragic incident occurred in an area where nearby residents have been pushing for construction of a bridge for years, the Arizona Republic reported. 

Tonto Creek, which is more than 70 miles long, flows from just below the Mogollon Rim down to lower terrain, where it meets the Salt River. At that point, the waters are controlled by Roosevelt Dam, forming Roosevelt Lake.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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