Oct 13, 2021
SCOTUS changed oral arguments in part because female justices were interrupted, Sotomayor says
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(CNN)Justice Sonia Sotomayor told an audience Wednesday that recent changes in the format of oral arguments were instituted in part after studies emerged showing that female justices on the court were interrupted more by male justices and advocates.Sotomayor said the studies, including one by researchers Tonja Jacoby and Dylan Schweers in 2017, have had an "enormous impact" and led to Chief Justice John Roberts being "much more sensitive" to ensuring that people were not interrupted or at least that he would play referee if needed. She also said that it is a dynamic that exists not only on the court but in society as well.
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China Says Taiwan Is Inalienable Part Of Its Territory And There Is No Room For Compromise
China said there was “no room” for compromise when it comes to Taiwan on Friday after President Joe Biden commented that the U.S. would defend the island if it was attacked, the Associated Press reported.
“When it comes to issues related to China’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and other core interests, there is no room for China to compromise or make concessions,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin said in response to Biden’s CNN forum on Thursday, the AP reported.
“No one should underestimate the strong determination, firm will and strong ability of the Chinese people to defend national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he said. “Taiwan is an inalienable part of China’s territory. The Taiwan issue is purely an internal affair of China that allows no foreign intervention.”
At the town hall, Biden reiterated he did not want a new Cold War but said he wanted China to understand the U.S. is “not going to step back,” the AP reported. When asked if the U.S. would defend Taiwan if it were invaded, Biden responded affirmatively.
The Biden administration walked back those comments as it did on similar statements about Taiwan in August, South China Morning Post reported. “The US defence relationship with Taiwan is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act,” a White House representative told the outlet.
“The president was not announcing any change in our policy and there is no change in our policy,” the official added.
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping talk during an expanded bilateral meeting with other U.S. and Chinese officials in the Roosevelt Room at the White House February 14, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Wang said the U.S. should “be cautious with its words and actions,” so as to not send the wrong message to “the separatist forces of Taiwan independence” and damage U.S.-Chinese relations, the AP reported. U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said he would not discuss hypotheticals Friday when asked if America would defend the island. (RELATED: Despite Afghanistan, The US Will Come To Taiwan’s Defense If China Invaded, Experts Say)
“Nobody wants to see cross-Strait issues come to blows -– certainly not President Biden, and there’s no reason that it should,” Austin said. China has increased its incursions into Taiwan’s defense zone, sending a record 52 military aircrafts into the zone on Oct. 4, escalating tensions.
“Taiwan will demonstrate our firm determination to defend ourselves and continue to work with countries with similar values to make a positive contribution toward the Taiwan Strait and Indo-Pacific region’s peace and stability,” a spokesperson for Taiwan said Friday, the AP reported.
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