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    By Joseph Ax (Reuters) - Healthcare, always a top concern for U.S. voters, has taken on even greater importance amid a coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 205,000 Americans and cost millions more their jobs. The death of liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, meanwhile, has raised the stakes of the upcoming legal battle over Obamacare, formally known as the Affordable Care Act, when the high court hears the Trump administration's effort to repeal the law days after the Nov. 3 election. Here is a look at some of the vast differences on healthcare policy between Republican President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, former Vice President Joe Biden: CORONAVIRUS Trump has ceded much of the response to...
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was laid to rest beside her husband in Arlington Cemetery during a private ceremony. The Tuesday burial came 11 days after the justice died of complications from metastatic pancreatic cancer. The 87-year-old lay in state inside the U.S. Capitol in a flag-draped casket on Friday, becoming the first woman to receive the honor. While Arlington Cemetery, located in Virginia near Washington, D.C., across the Potomac River, is known for its rows of hundreds of thousands of plain white grave markers, Ginsburg was buried in an older part of the cemetery known as Section 5. Her headstone is black and adorned with the Star of David on top, according to the Associated Press....
    U.S. lawmakers are preparing for an historic confirmation battle over President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, that will play out just weeks before the November 3 presidential election.  The process started Tuesday with Barrett, who would be Trump's third conservative appointee to the nation's highest court if confirmed, heading to Capitol Hill for a series of key meetings with Republican Senators.  "Judge Barrett represents the best of America personally, in terms of her great intellect and her great background," Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday as he accompanied Barrett on Capitol Hill. "And we have every confidence that as the American people learn more about Judge Amy Coney Barrett, they will be as inspired as President Trump...
    Democratic Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren said she will not meet with Judge Amy Coney Barrett as President Donald Trump’s nominee seeks Senate confirmation to the Supreme Court. “Too many lives are on the line,” Warren said in a Tuesday statement. “We need to treat this nomination like the illegitimate power grab it is.” “I will not lend legitimacy to Mitch McConnell’s efforts to steal another Supreme Court seat,” the statement said before criticizing Barrett’s purported views on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Roe v. Wade and calling the Supreme Court nominee an “extremist.” I will not be meeting with Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. We need to treat this nomination like the illegitimate power grab it is. pic.twitter.com/KwmtQ27miP —...
    Rep. Andy Biggs is mad that some have criticized Amy Coney Barrett's religious views on Twitter. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) introduced a resolution on Tuesday condemning criticism of Amy Coney Barrett's religious views. But in recent years, he has repeatedly refused to back efforts to counter actual discrimination. Biggs' proposed condemnation alleges that the religious views of Trump's Supreme Court nominee have only been called into question by a small number of Democratic officials, a historian, a "podcast cofounder," and songwriter Diane Warren. It asks the House of Representatives to condemn "any attempt to impose an unconstitutional religious test" on Barrett and "any attempt to disparage" her "constitutional right to...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellTrump, GOP aim to complete reshaping of federal judiciary Supreme Court fight should drive Democrats and help Biden Harris on SCOTUS fight: Ginsburg's legacy 'at stake' MORE (R-Ky.) left nothing to chance Tuesday as he launched Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation process with a carefully-scripted meetings in which Republican senators were mindful not to ask the judge how she might rule on high-profile cases. Barrett gave Republican senators no indication of how she might rule on a challenge to Roe v. Wade, the landmark case establishing the right to an abortion, or the 2010 Affordable Care Act or litigation challenging the results of the 2020 presidential election. The top GOP objective...
    Savannah Rychcik September 29, 2020 0 Comments Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) is unwilling to meet with President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett during the Senate confirmation process. Warren took to Twitter on Tuesday to release a statement explaining why she will not meet with her and why she views Trump’s nomination as an “illegitimate power grab.” “I will not be meeting with Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee. I will not lend legitimacy to Mitch McConnell’s efforts to steal another Supreme Court seat. The nominee has already made it clear that she will try to deliver a death blow to health care coverage for millions of Americans and to erase protection for people with pre-existing conditions,” Warren...
    On Tuesday evening, President Trump and the Democratic Party’s nominee for president, Joe Biden, will take the stage in Cleveland, Ohio, in what could be the most consequential presidential debate in decades. The stakes could not be higher. A vaccine for the coronavirus has yet to be fully developed. The U.S. economy remains a shell of its pre-pandemic self. The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has provided the president with a historic opportunity to shift the ideological composition of the Supreme Court’s majority for the first time in more than a generation. Countless protests and violent riots continue across the country. The result of the 2020 election will, for better or worse, shape the course of the future of...
    The White House sent the president's Supreme Court nomination to the Senate on Tuesday. News of Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination became official on Saturday, and Tuesday's action formalized the process. On Saturday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham announced that the hearing to consider the nomination will begin on Oct. 12. Questioning of the judge will start the following day. Because of the timing of the hearing, it is possible that Barrett could be confirmed to the court shortly before the election. News White House Supreme Court Amy Coney Barrett Senate
    By Larry Keane President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett is again delivering on his promise to return the judiciary to jurists who will faithfully interpret law as it is written. The president delivered on his original campaign promise to nominate justices to the U.S. Supreme Court “in the mold of Justice Scalia.” “Amy Coney Barrett will decide cases based on the text of the Constitution as written,” President Trump said of his nominee in the White House Rose Garden. “As Amy has said being a judge takes courage, you are not there to decide cases as you may prefer. You are there to do your duty and to follow the law wherever it may take you. That is exactly what Judge...
    The fake news media have spent the last week denouncing President Donald Trump for moving ahead to fill the Supreme Court seat left vacant by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the public just isn’t buying it. According to the latest polling from Harvard CAPS-Harris, a full 53 percent say “Trump is right to put forward a nominee for the Supreme Court without delay.” Without delay. Ha ha CNNLOL. This number includes 51 percent of independents. A full 53 percent say “the Senate should consider the nominee right now.” Right now. Ha ha NBCFAKENEWS. So after a full week of lies about how Trump is violating precedent (he’s not — 29 times presidents have nominated Supreme Court Justices during an...
    The conservative Club for Growth is running ads urging voters to pressure Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Utah Sen. Mitt Romney to support the confirmation of federal judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The group launched television and digital advertising in Alaska and Utah on Tuesday. The spots promote Barrett's qualifications and encourage voters in Alaska and Utah to call the offices of Murkowski and Romney and insist that Barrett be confirmed. President Trump nominated the federal appellate judge to succeed Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Sept. 18. "A woman of remarkable intellect and character. Brilliant, wise, impeccable temperament," the Club for Growth ad says. "Tell Sen. Romney: Confirm judge Barrett to the...
    Republican senators meeting with U.S. Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on Tuesday praised the conservative judge picked for the lifetime post by President Donald Trump, but faced questions about whether she should recuse herself from potential election-related cases that could reach the court. Barrett began holding the customary meetings with individual senators that precede Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings, making Majority Leader Mitch McConnell her first stop. A favorite of religious conservatives, Barrett stood silently for reporters and TV cameras, flanked by Vice President Mike Pence and McConnell. Sen. Ted Cruz, a Judiciary Committee member, said Barrett should not recuse herself if she is confirmed and the justices are called upon to decide disputes arising from the Nov. 3 election...
    BOSTON (CBS) — Sen. Elizabeth Warren, of Massachusetts, is joining a growing number of Democratic senators who say they won’t meet with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald’s Trump’s pick to fill the Supreme Court seat of late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “I will not be meeting with Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee,” Warren said in a statement. “I will not lend legitimacy to Mitch McConnell’s efforts to steal another Supreme Court seat.” It’s tradition for Supreme Court nominees to meet with senators of both parties before confirmation hearings, but Democrats like Warren say trying to fill the seat so close to a presidential election makes the nomination “illegitimate.” I will not be meeting with Donald Trumps Supreme Court nominee....
    By Jessica Gresko | Associated Press ARLINGTON, Va. — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been buried in a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Ginsburg was laid to rest Tuesday beside her husband and near some of her former colleagues on the court. Washington last week honored the 87-year-old Ginsburg, who died Sept. 18, with two days where the public could view her casket at the top of the Supreme Court’s steps and pay their respects. On Friday, the women’s rights trailblazer and second woman to join the high court lay in state at the U.S. Capitol, the first woman to do so. Arlington, just over the Potomac River from Washington, is best known as the resting...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell Tuesday accused Democrats of making “hysterical claims” about Judge Amy Coney Barrett, whom President Trump nominated to the Supreme Court on Saturday. “One of the pre-selected scare tactics is that Judge Barrett is out to steal Americans’ healthcare coverage,” the Kentucky Republican said on the Senate floor. “That’s the claim. This mother of seven, including multiple children who were born or adopted facing pre-existing condition medical challenges, is just itching to block families like hers from accessing medical care. What a joke. What a joke.” Senate Democrats are poised to oppose Barrett unanimously, based in part on their view that she will vote to overturn Obamacare in a case that the Supreme Court will consider...
    Several Democrats have indicated they do not plan on meeting with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, and Elizabeth Warren said Tuesday she won’t be doing so either. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer emphasized earlier Tuesday he won’t meet with Barrett because the process is an “illegitimate” one. Warren said in a statement Tuesday afternoon, “Too many lives are on the line. We need to treat this nomination like the illegitimate power grab it is.” She called Barrett “an extremist who was picked to overturn Roe v. Wade” and “rubber stamp Trump’s attacks on immigrants,” among other things. “I will not lend legitimacy to Mitch McConnell’s efforts to steal another Supreme Court seat,” Warren says. I will not be...
    Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenThe Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's tax bombshell | More election drama in Pennsylvania | Trump makes up ground in new polls New Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Democrats blast Trump after report reveals he avoided income taxes for 10 years: 'Disgusting' MORE (D-Mass.) said Tuesday that she will not meet with President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau intends to wrap up count on Oct. 5 despite judge's order Top House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents New Yorkers report receiving ballots with wrong name, voter addresses MORE’s Supreme Court nominee, calling the nomination an “illegitimate power grab.” The former 2020 presidential candidate took to Twitter to announce...
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was buried early Tuesday during a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery.   Her casket was carried by a U.S. Army escort under “dependent honors” for dependents of military service members, CNN reported. She was buried next to her Army veteran husband, Martin Ginsburg, who died in 2010. Ginsburg laid in repose last Wednesday and Thursday at the Supreme Court before her casket was taken to the U.S. Capitol on Friday, where she became the first woman to lie in state there. She died Sept. 18 at age 87 of metastatic pancreatic cancer, ending a 27-year tenure on the nation’s highest court.  On Sept. 26, President Donald Trump nominated Amy Coney Barrett, who sits...
    By JESSICA GRESKO, Associated Press ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg has been buried in a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery. Ginsburg was laid to rest Tuesday beside her husband and near some of her former colleagues on the court. Washington last week honored the 87-year-old Ginsburg, who died Sept. 18, with two days where the public could view her casket at the top of the Supreme Court's steps and pay their respects. On Friday, the women's rights trailblazer and second woman to join the high court lay in state at the U.S. Capitol, the first woman to do so. Arlington, just over the Potomac River from Washington, is best known as the resting place...
    Mike Pence and Mitch McConnell hosted a meeting for Republican lawmakers to sit down with Amy Coney Barrett on Capitol Hill Tuesday as she prepares for a swift but controversial nomination process. '[Barrett will] be visiting with members who are interested in talking to her during the course of the next few days. And we're glad to have her here and get the process started,' Senate Majority Leader McConnell told a group of press gathered in the Mansfield Meeting Room. Ahead of the private meetings on Tuesday, Vice President Pence called for a 'respectful hearing' for Barrett. Democrats, however, are split on how to handle the nomination – with some claiming they will not even meet with Barrett, including Senate...
    Washington — The coronavirus pandemic and the Supreme Court are among the topics that will be discussed at the first presidential debate on September 29, moderator Chris Wallace announced. The debate, which will be in Cleveland, Ohio, will include six 15-minute segments "dedicated to topics announced in advance in order to encourage deep discussion of the leading issues facing the country," the Commission on Presidential Debates said in a statement.  According to the statement, Wallace has chosen to focus on:  The records of President Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden The Supreme Court COVID-19 The economy "Race and violence in our cities" "The integrity of the election." The U.S. has surpassed 200,000 deaths from the virus, according...
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    The late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgHarris says she hasn't 'made a plan one way or another' on meeting Supreme Court nominee Trump, GOP aim to complete reshaping of federal judiciary Compromise, yes — but how? A pre-debate suggestion MORE was buried Tuesday at Arlington National Cemetery. She was buried next to her husband, Martin, who died in 2010, a Fox affiliate WTTG reported.   A journalist for CNN also reported the justice was buried at the National Cemetery Tuesday morning. Justice Ginsburg was buried this morning at a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery— Ariane de Vogue (@Arianedevogue) September 29, 2020 Ginsburg made history Friday at the U.S. Capitol as the first woman to lay in...
    The Iowa senator opposed letting Trump fill an election-year vacancy as recently as 2018. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) claimed on Monday that her decision to break her past promise not rush through a Supreme Court nominee before the presidential election was "very consistent." "I have been very consistent on this," she said during a Senate debate. "And in 2016 we followed the Vice President Joe Biden rule, that was important and that is what we have stood beside. The Biden rule says that — or that precedent — says that when there are divided parties, you have a presidency of one party and a Senate majority of another party, you...
    The Supreme Court returned from its summer recess on Tuesday when the justices were scheduled to meet remotely in a private conference to consider pending appeals that have been piling up for nearly three months. The high court is expected to add as many as a dozen or so cases to its docket, which will be argued later this term, adding to the three dozen cases that have already been accepted for final review. BARRETT BEGINS VISITS WITH SENATORS AS SEVERAL DEMS REFUSE TO MEET HER The death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg means the court will only have eight members. In conference, it takes at least four votes to add a pending appeal to the argument docket for full judicial review, so having...
    Washington — Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, is set to meet with several Republican senators on Tuesday ahead of her confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Nominees traditionally meet with senators ahead of the hearings, although some Democrats have said they will not meet with Barrett because they view the confirmation process as illegitimate. Barrett will be stationed in a room in the U.S. Capitol for the day, where she will be visited by Republican senators. She's meeting first with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Vice President Mike Pence. She will then meet with several of the GOP members of the Judiciary Committee, including Senators Mike Crapo, Chuck Grassley, Ted Cruz and...
    Joe BidenJoe BidenTop House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents Judge's ruling creates fresh hurdle for Trump's TikTok ban Harris says she hasn't 'made a plan one way or another' on meeting Supreme Court nominee MORE and his running mate Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisHarris says she hasn't 'made a plan one way or another' on meeting Supreme Court nominee Compromise, yes — but how? A pre-debate suggestion Biden must clarify his stance on energy for swing voters MORE (D-Calif.) released their 2019 federal and state tax returns on Tuesday, hours before the former vice president meets face-to-face with President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau intends to wrap up count on Oct. 5 despite judge's order Top...
    (CNN)Two developments in the presidential race in the past week have grabbed Americans' attention: the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to sit on the Supreme Court and President Donald Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power.Alongside these two stories, coronavirus remained a frequently-mentioned topic for both Democratic nominee Joe Biden and Trump, and for Biden, news about the upcoming presidential debate began to register.Nearly all of the top 20 words mentioned when Americans are asked what they heard, read or saw about each of the two candidates related to one of those matters. Election 101These findings come from The Breakthrough, a project from CNN, SSRS and researchers from Georgetown University and the University of Michigan tracking Americans'...
    PHOTO VIA JOE BIDEN/FACEBOOKDemocratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s Florida campaign argued Monday that the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court poses a threat to the Affordable Care Act. Republicans have quickly rallied behind the federal appeals-court judge after President Donald Trump nominated her Saturday to the Supreme Court. Christian Ulvert, a Miami-based strategic adviser for the Biden campaign, told reporters that “health care is on the ballot. Make no mistake about it.” Barrett, who sits on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has criticized past Supreme Court rulings that upheld the federal health-care law better known as Obamacare. More than 1.9 million people in Florida  signed up this year to obtain coverage through...
    Women in the South will be hit hardest. With Trump's decision to nominate a staunch abortion foe Amy Coney Barrett to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, the court will have a 6-3 conservative majority. And with that, it's possible that the Court's next abortion case could be its last, and Roe v. Wade would be dismantled.  Here's what that could look like in some of the most anti-abortion states in the country.  As of now, 10 states have trigger laws, which would automatically make abortion illegal or almost entirely illegal if Roe were overturned. In Mississippi, for example, there is a law that takes effect 10...
    Vice President Mike Pence on Tuesday said that Senate Democrats should meet with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett as she prepared to meet with several Republican senators -- and as several Democrats have said they will refuse to meet with Barrett, calling her nomination "illegitimate." Barrett on Capitol Hill Tuesday is meeting with Pence and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., to begin her day and closing in a meeting with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. She will also meet with Sens. John Thune, R-S.D., Ted Cruz, R-Texas; Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa; Rick Scott, R-Fla.; Mike Crapo, R-Idaho; Mike Lee, R-Utah; and Cory Gardner, R-Colo. BARRETT BEGINS VISITS WITH SENATORS AS SEVERAL DEMS REFUSE TO MEET HER "We have someone of great character, of great intellect,...
    One of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s staffers suggested Monday that Orthodox Catholics, Jews, and Muslims should be disqualified from serving on the Supreme Court due to their “intolerant” views. Biden campaign Deputy Data Director Nikitha Rai criticized Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s religious views in a Twitter conversation Monday night with Brookings Institute Senior Fellow Shadi Hamid. “Wait, why is this news? Isn’t this the standard position for any orthodox Catholic?” Hamid asked about a tweet saying that Barrett was a trustee at a Catholic school that opposed same-sex marriage and said homosexual acts are “at odds with Scripture.” “Unfortunately yes,” Rai responded. (RELATED: Media Outlets Link Catholic Group Associated With Amy Coney Barrett To ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’)...
    A Georgia couple is suing a sperm bank after they discovered their donor, who was advertised as a Ph.D. candidate, has a criminal record and a history of mental illness, according to a lawsuit. Wendy and Janet Norman are allowed to proceed with their lawsuit against the sperm bank, Xytex Corporation, after the state’s Supreme Court ruled Monday the case could be fought in trial court. The couple welcomed a son in 2002 after sperm from Donor #9623, who was advertised as a Ph.D. candidate with an IQ of 160, a clean mental health history and no criminal record, the suit says. But as their son got older, they discovered he had serious medical and mental health problems, some of...
    Amy Coney Barrett is against abortion rights and criticized the decision upholding the Affordable Care Act. But Senate Republicans are lying about her stances as they rush to confirm her. A trio of vulnerable Senate Republicans are lying to voters about the risk to abortion rights and the Affordable Care Act if Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed to the Supreme Court. If Coney Barrett is confirmed, her anti-abortion stance as well as her view that the Supreme Court wrongly decided that the ACA was constitutional back in 2012 put the right to an abortion as well as protections for preexisting conditions at risk. But in a series of debates and...
    Reuters September 29, 2020 0 Comments The sprint to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to become President Donald Trump’s third conservative appointee to the U.S. Supreme Court begins in earnest on Tuesday as the jurist meets with lawmakers at the U.S. Capitol, starting with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Barrett will meet McConnell in the morning in what will be a day packed with informal visits, part of a long-standing tradition leading into multi-day confirmation hearings set to begin on Oct. 12. Barrett is also scheduled on Tuesday to meet Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham at 5:30 p.m. EDT (2130 GMT), as well as other Republican Judiciary Committee members, including Senators Chuck Grassley, Mike Lee and Mike Crapo....
    Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerDemocrats blast Trump after report reveals he avoided income taxes for 10 years: 'Disgusting' Biden refuses to say whether he would support expanding Supreme Court Schumer says Trump tweet shows court pick meant to kill off ObamaCare MORE (D-N.Y.) said on Tuesday that he will not meet with Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau intends to wrap up count on Oct. 5 despite judge's order Top House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents New Yorkers report receiving ballots with wrong name, voter addresses MORE's third Supreme Court pick.   "I am not going to meet with Judge Barrett. Why would I meet with a nominee of such an...
    Biden running mate Kamala Harris stumbled and then sidestepped a question about whether Democrats should pack the Supreme Court if they win the White House and a majority in the Senate this November. Harris, the running mate of Joe Biden, was asked Monday by MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell whether the court should be expanded if President Trump’s nominee Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed. “You know, let’s. I think that – first of all – Joe has been very clear that he is going to pay attention to the fact, and I’m with him on this 1,000 percent, pay attention to the fact that right now, Lawrence, people are voting,” she said. Harris reiterated comments by the former vice president that whoever...
    U.S. President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, meets informally Tuesday with senators on Capitol Hill, kicking off an accelerated confirmation process that Republicans intend to complete before the November 3 presidential election in the face of Democratic opposition.   Barrett, who would be Trump’s third conservative appointee to the nation’s highest court if confirmed by the Senate, meets first with Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.     She will also meet with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, Republican committee members Mike Crapo, Chuck Grassley, Mike Lee and other Republican senators.   The informal meetings are part of a traditional process leading to confirmation hearings that are set to begin on October 12. A Barrett confirmation would...
    Democrats “will find it very hard to go after” Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett if they met with her, Sen. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., told “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday. Tillis, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made the comment on the same day Barrett will start meeting with senators on Capitol Hill as her accelerated confirmation process continues despite multiple Democrats refusing to see her, calling the process that led to her nomination so close to a presidential election "illegitimate." "I believe first the whole process has been illegitimate," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said on Sunday. "And second, because she's already stated that she is for overturning the ACA. I will not meet with her."...
    For the next thirty days, Amy Coney Barrett, President Trump’s nominee for the Supreme Court seat left vacant by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death, will be the most talked about woman in America. Her life, both professional and personal, will be under a flaw-enhancing magnifier – the kind every woman detests. Every decision Barrett has made will be sliced and diced by political operatives hoping to land a knock-out, nomination-killing punch. Barrett is unquestionably qualified.  She graduated number one in her Notre Dame Law School class, eventually winding up as a clerk on the Supreme Court for Judge Antonin Scalia. RNC CHAIR MCDANIEL: TRUMP NOMINATION OF AMY CONEY BARRETT TO SUPREME COURT FULFILLS CAMPAIGN PROMISE Students, colleagues and former professors all agree...
    Lawyers for the top Republicans in the Pennsylvania state Senate on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to stop an order from the state's highest court allowing mail-in ballots received three days after Election Day to be counted if they are postmarked by November 3.  The Supreme Court's response could decide whether a significant number of ballots are counted in a key battleground state that was decided in 2016 by razor-thin margins.  Democrats welcomed several of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's election rulings in mid-September, including the extension of the mail-in ballot deadline, the expulsion of the Green Party from the state's presidential ballot and a refusal to meet Republicans' request that out-of-county poll watchers be allowed. But Republicans won on so-called "naked...
    There are just over 30 days until the election and Tuesday night, September 29, is the moment many Americans will really start to pay attention to the two presidential candidates. As the newly dubbed “Leo 2.0” many of you who have seen my appearances on Fox News Channel or listen to my podcast already know that I am a former Democrat who intends to vote for a second term for our president, Donald J. Trump. Is it even possible that former Vice President Joe Biden could win back my vote? It’s highly unlikely. However, I am a fair-minded individual and there are a few specific issues I would like to hear him address. VideoFox News’ own Chris Wallace will be serving as...
    By Andrew Chung and Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The sprint to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to become President Donald Trump's third conservative appointee to the U.S. Supreme Court begins in earnest on Tuesday as the jurist meets with lawmakers at the U.S. Capitol, starting with Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Barrett will meet McConnell in the morning in what will be a day packed with informal visits, part of a long-standing tradition leading into multi-day confirmation hearings set to begin on Oct. 12. Barrett is also scheduled on Tuesday to meet Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham at 5:30 p.m. EDT (2130 GMT), as well as other Republican Judiciary Committee members, including Senators Chuck Grassley, Mike Lee and...
     Sponsored by JobsOhio    Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. It is Tuesday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the co-creators, and readers can find us on Twitter @asimendinger and @alweaver22. Please recommend the Morning Report to friends and let us know what you think. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 204,758; Tuesday, 205,085.  Worldwide deaths from coronavirus infections now exceed 1 million (The Associated Press). The presidential campaigns are braced for an ugly and personal debate tonight between President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau intends to wrap up count on Oct. 5 despite...
    California Sen. Kamala Harris has carved a reputation for incisive questioning of congressional witnesses, but that strength risks becoming a weakness during Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett's Senate confirmation hearings. Harris is part of the Senate Judiciary Committee that confronted Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018 over a series of decadesold sexual misconduct allegations he denied. Two years later, the panel is considering another controversial appointment 37 days before a general election. And Harris is on the ballot as the 2020 Democratic vice presidential pick on Joe Biden's ticket. Concerns regarding fellow California Sen. Dianne Feinstein, 87, and whether the committee's ranking member is up to leading the Democratic interrogation of Barrett have been met with suggestions...
    The conservative group Judicial Crisis Network is launching a new advertisement accusing liberals of attacking Amy Coney Barrett’s faith, part of a multi-million dollar ad campaign in support of President TrumpDonald John TrumpCensus Bureau intends to wrap up count on Oct. 5 despite judge's order Top House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax documents New Yorkers report receiving ballots with wrong name, voter addresses MORE’s Supreme Court nominee.  The ad called “Stop the Bigotry,” will begin airing in Iowa, Colorado and Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. It will air in the D.C. market during the first presidential debate between Trump and Democratic nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTop House Republican calls for probe of source of NYT Trump tax...
    Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump's nominee for the Supreme Court, Judge Amy Coney Barrett, will meet Republican senators throughout Tuesday on Capitol Hill, as the party finalizes plans for a quick confirmation process ahead of the November presidential election.Barrett is scheduled to meet with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham and a slate of GOP lawmakers on the panel, including Chuck Grassley of iowa, Mike Crapo of Idaho, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Rick Scott of Florida, Ted Cruz of Texas, John Thune of South Dakota and Mike Lee of Utah. The Capitol Hill visit takes place just days after Trump nominated Barrett to succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and underscores the speed with which...
    Terry H. Schwadron September 29, 2020 8:27AM (UTC) Read more articles from the DCReport here. Nomination of conservative Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court makes us think about the role of government in our lives and the Republican majority view of winning vs. fairness. That her lifetime confirmation will change the direction of the Supreme Court for many years is a given, and, as it happens a sop toward Donald Trump's re-election efforts. : But what is there to learn here? Here's the good news about nominee Barrett: There will be no nonsense about a woman as the nominee, and minimal attention on her choices about religion, lifestyle and what she wears. She will get the same black...
    The Supreme Court nomination fight -- a partisan political battle -- continues to rage following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. President Trump on Saturday announced he has chosen Amy Coney Barrett as his pick to fill the Supreme Court seat vacated by Ginsburg -- a move that could significantly shift the nation's highest court to the right if she's confirmed by the Senate. The fight is likely to be a key speaking point as Trump and Joe Biden are set to square off for a highly anticipated debate on Tuesday in Ohio -- five weeks before Election Day. Follow below for more updates on the Supreme Court fight. Mobile users click here.
            by Jonathan Mattise  NASHVILLE, Tennessee (AP) — A judge has ruled that Tennessee officials have to change the absentee ballot application again to reflect their promise to let voters cast mail ballots if someone in their household has an underlying health condition that makes them more susceptible to COVID-19. In her decision Friday, Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle sided with arguments from the plaintiffs in a months-long absentee voting lawsuit. They pointed out that a deputy attorney general made the eligibility commitment for co-habitants in response to multiple questions in front of the state Supreme Court last month. The change is the latest ordered in court for Tennessee’s excuse-based absentee voting system, which has drawn...
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday in a case that could result in the purging of about 130,000 people from voter rolls in the hotly contested battleground state. However, it wasn’t clear if the court would rule in time to affect the Nov. 3 election that was just five weeks away. Attorneys for both sides didn’t expect a decision until after the election. READ MORE: Wisconsin Ballot-Counting Extension Stopped By Federal Appellate Court The arguments come in one of several closely watched lawsuits in Wisconsin. On Sunday, a federal appeals court temporarily put on hold a ruling that would expand the time that absentee ballots can be counted. President Donald Trump won...
    By SCOTT BAUER, Associated Press MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday in a case that could result in the purging of about 130,000 people from voter rolls in the hotly contested battleground state. However, it wasn't clear if the court would rule in time to affect the Nov. 3 election that was just five weeks away. Attorneys for both sides didn't expect a decision until after the election. The arguments come in one of several closely watched lawsuits in Wisconsin. On Sunday, a federal appeals court temporarily put on hold a ruling that would expand the time that absentee ballots can be counted. President Donald Trump won Wisconsin by fewer than 23,000...
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    MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday in a case that could result in the purging of about 130,000 people from voter rolls in the hotly contested battleground state. However, it wasn’t clear if the court would rule in time to affect the Nov. 3 election that was just five weeks away. Attorneys for both sides didn’t expect a decision until after the election. The arguments come in one of several closely watched lawsuits in Wisconsin. On Sunday, a federal appeals court temporarily put on hold a ruling that would expand the time that absentee ballots can be counted. President Donald Trump won Wisconsin by fewer than 23,000 votes in 2016, making the...
    During an interview aired on Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “The Last Word,” 2020 Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) said she is with 2020 Democratic presidential nominee former Vice President Joe Biden “1,000%” in refusing to say whether they support expanding the Supreme Court if Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett is confirmed and Democrats control the House, Senate, and White House. Host Lawrence O’Donnell asked, “If Judge Barrett is confirmed and the Democrats have control of the Senate next year and the White House and the House of Representatives, should the Supreme Court be expanded?” Harris responded, “Joe’s been very clear that he is going to pay attention to the fact — and I’m with him...
    (CNN)Republican Sen. Susan Collins delivered a dire message in her debate on Monday night, as she sought to remind Mainers of all that she's done for them with her power in Washington: "Don't buy the lies you see on TV."The remark was an acknowledgment that her race has become the subject of national forces determined to defeat her and flip the Senate, with groups on both sides pouring in nearly $100 million for ads, according to Kantar's CMAG. Since her first victory in 1996, Collins developed a Maine-centric, independent image, winning her last election with nearly 69% of the vote.But her approval has fallen during the era of President Donald Trump, due in part to her support of the 2017...
    It didn't take long for Hollywood to light up Twitter after President Trump announced the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. While Trump hopes to see the judge fill the seat left vacant after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, celebrities such as Bette Midler, Debra Messing and more joined many Democrats in objecting to the timing of the nomination, and also frame the battle as one over health care in the time of COVID-19, as well as a rebuke against Barrett’s views on abortion Over the weekend, stars continued to speak out. Actor John Cusack wrote after the announcement, "Every republican is trading mass death for a stacked court that’s goal is, among other horrible things - Taking away healthcare...
    TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s Florida campaign argued Monday that the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court poses a threat to the Affordable Care Act. Republicans have quickly rallied behind the federal appeals-court judge after President Donald Trump nominated her Saturday to the Supreme Court. Christian Ulvert, a Miami-based strategic adviser for the Biden campaign, told reporters that “health care is on the ballot. Make no mistake about it.” Barrett, who sits on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, has criticized past Supreme Court rulings that upheld the federal health-care law better known as Obamacare. More than 1.9 million people in Florida signed up this year to obtain coverage through the federal...
    By DAVID SHARP, Associated Press PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic challenger Sara Gideon clashed Monday over the Supreme Court and the response to the pandemic during their second debate in the closely watched Senate race. Gideon, the Maine House speaker, accused the four-term Collins of failing to use her seniority to show results for the people of Maine, especially when additional help is needed during the pandemic. Collins said the Paycheck Protection Program she authored saved hundreds of thousands of jobs while noting that the Maine Legislature adjourned during the pandemic. “She adjourned the legislature on March 17 and hasn't lifted a finger to do anything about the coronavirus. She promised to provide aid...
    Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett's Catholic faith will not impact her decisions from the bench, her sister Megan Edwards told “The Story" Monday. “Amy is a person of faith. She prays,” Edwards told host Martha MacCallum. “Every day, she and her family go to church together. But I think it's also important to realize that people all across America also are people of faith and also go to church. And to me, I think this is a non-issue. “She's been very clear that she will be able to do her job and will apply the Constitution how it is," she added, "and not impart her own opinions and her own beliefs." Discussing the backlash Barrett has received over her decision to...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff WASHINGTON, D.C. (KDKA) — Senator Bob Casey says he will not support President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. Casey told KDKA political editor Jon Delano that the push to nominate her before a new president and Senate are elected is aimed at court hearings in November on the Affordable Care Act. “The reason that this president and this Senate majority is rushing her through is so she can be on the court when the arguments take place on Nov. 10. And that argument is likely to be the predicate to a determination from the court to wipe out the Affordable Care Act, thereby destroying all the protections for...
    Just days after President Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the seat vacated after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a new Monmouth University poll found there to be a divide among voters when it comes to a president filling a vacant Supreme Court seat at the end of their term. The poll, which was released on Monday, showed 47 percent approval for filling the seat, while 49 percent believe Trump should put his nomination to the high court on hold until after Election Day. Ginsburg passed away earlier this month from complications related to pancreatic cancer. She was 87. Public sentiment has shifted since the death of Justice Antonin Scalia in 2016. Back then 67 percent of the country thought the Senate should fully vet a nominee after...
    PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins and Democratic challenger Sara Gideon clashed Monday over the Supreme Court and the response to the pandemic during their second debate in the closely watched Senate race. Gideon, the Maine House speaker, accused the four-term Collins of failing to use her seniority to show results for the people of Maine, especially when additional help is needed during the pandemic. Collins said the Paycheck Protection Program she authored saved hundreds of thousands of jobs while noting that the Maine Legislature adjourned during the pandemic. “She adjourned the legislature on March 17 and hasn’t lifted a finger to do anything about the coronavirus. She promised to provide aid to small businesses but did...
    Judge Amy Coney Barrett is a distinguished scholar whose judicial philosophy balances a commitment to originalism with a respect for precedent. Dire predictions circulate about the consequences of adding another conservative-leaning justice to the Supreme Court, but Barrett’s record suggests that she will do credit to the institution. Barrett has earned lavish praise from colleagues across the ideological spectrum. Now, however, with a Supreme Court seat in the balance, Barrett has become the subject of scathing — and misguided — criticism from the left. The Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus, for example, asserts that Barrett “would not hesitate to jettison decisions with which she disagrees,” a glaring mischaracterization of the nominee’s record on adherence to precedent. Barrett has, in fact, defended...
    (CNN)It wasn't a surprise that President Donald Trump announced Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to serve on the US Supreme Court Saturday. Barrett's conservative Catholic faith was a flashpoint during her confirmation hearings in 2017 to serve as a federal appeals court judge and is coming up again now. Guthrie Graves-FitzsimmonsConservative Christians are thrilled about Barrett's nomination and the prospect it raises for them of overturning Roe v. Wade, but their views don't align with the reality of what many American Christians believe. Barrett has called abortion "always immoral" and voted against abortion rights as a federal appeals court judge. She has cast doubt on stare decisis -- the principle that justices should follow legal precedents set by...
    Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris faced renewed scrutiny for her lack of press availability on Monday after she abruptly exited the stage after a speech in North Carolina in which she criticized President Trump’s bid to fill a Supreme Court seat before the election. Harris did not take any questions from the media after her speech at Shaw University, one of North Carolina’s historically black colleges and universities. The event was closed to the general public and attended only by news reporters, according to the Fayetteville Observer. AMALA HARRIS CRITICIZED FOR LACK OF PRESS AVAILABILITY: 'WHAT ARE THEY AFRAID OF?' Aside from her role as Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s running mate, Harris is a member of the Senate Judiciary...
    Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTrump, Biden have one debate goal: Don't lose Dwayne Johnson backs Biden in first public presidential endorsement Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act MORE (D-Calif.) said Monday that she hasn’t “made a plan one way or another” on meeting President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Ocasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes 'than waitresses and undocumented immigrants' Third judge orders Postal Service to halt delivery cuts MORE’s Supreme Court nominee. After speaking in Shaw, N.C., reporters asked the vice presidential nominee whether she would meet with nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett, to which she replied, “I’m sure that’s going to happen. We’ll see how it works...
    Democrats and their media allies are warning that putting Amy Coney Barrett on the Supreme Court would doom the Affordable Care Act. They predict that tens of millions would be thrown off Medicaid and the sick would lose their “pre-existing-conditions” protections. This is fear mongering. Here’s a rundown of the false claims, with the facts that disprove them. Whopper No. 1: Joe Biden warns that Barrett’s nomination is “an opportunity to overturn the Affordable Care Act.” There’s little chance of that. Barrett is a true conservative who believes judges are called to apply the law, not legislate from the bench. “The harm inflicted by the Supreme Court’s erroneous interference in the democratic process,” she wrote in 2017, “is harder to...
    President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Ocasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes 'than waitresses and undocumented immigrants' Third judge orders Postal Service to halt delivery cuts MORE and congressional Republicans are on the precipice of securing what they view as a key part of their legacy: a top-down reshaping of the federal judiciary.  The death of Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader Ginsburg leaves us with belief in the ideal of 'We the People' Trump, Biden in virtual tie among North Carolina and Georgia voters: poll GOP senators confident Trump pick to be confirmed by November MORE, and the decision by GOP leaders to fill her seat, will allow the...
    By MARY CLARE JALONICK, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are confronting the limits of their power as they fight against the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett with a strategy aimed at avoiding costly mistakes that could hurt the party's candidates in November. Unable to block President Donald Trump’s pick on their own, they are arguing to voters that Barrett’s nomination threatens the protections of the Affordable Care Act — a focus that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has embraced and many Democrats see as a winning message. The court will hear a case challenging the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's health care law just after the election, adding to the urgency of the issue. Hours after Trump...
    Amy Coney Barrett How does impeached President Donald Trump’s illegitimate nominee to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the Supreme Court rank when it comes to rulings on immigration? Well, the fact that Amy Coney Barrett appeared to get a thumbs-up from the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), an anti-immigrant hate group founded by dead white nationalist and eugenicist John Tanton, is incredibly worrying, to say the least. We need to turn out Democratic voters to defeat Trump in November, even during a pandemic-and to save Ruth Bader Ginsburg's legacy. You can help out from home, no matter where you live, by writing personalized letters to infrequent, but Democratic-leaning, voters in swing states. Click here to set up an account with Vote Forward,...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are confronting the limits of their power as they fight against the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett with a strategy aimed at avoiding costly mistakes that could hurt the party’s candidates in November. Unable to block President Donald Trump’s pick on their own, they are arguing to voters that Barrett’s nomination threatens the protections of the Affordable Care Act — a focus that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has embraced and many Democrats see as a winning message. The court will hear a case challenging the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s health care law just after the election, adding to the urgency of the issue. Hours after Trump named the Indiana-based federal judge as...
    Despite Senate Republicans uniting behind Judge Amy Coney Barrett as the next Supreme Court justice, the only two GOP senators who may vote against her confirmation will be two women. Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski and Maine Sen. Susan Collins previously declared they would oppose any nomination by President Trump to fill the seat once occupied by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg if the confirmation vote happened before the election. Murkowski has since indicated she would at least be willing to meet with Barrett. “For weeks I have stated that I do not support taking up a potential Supreme Court vacancy this close to an election," Collins said in her statement after Barrett’s nomination was announced. "But today the President...
    Liberal groups are warning that Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett will severely restrict reproductive freedoms, strip health care access arguing that the vacancy shouldn’t be filled until after the next inauguration. Planned Parenthood, Emily’s List, NARAL Pro-Choice America and other liberal groups highlighted fears that Barrett will limit abortion access. Planned Parenthood’s action arm called Barrett a “threat to our reproductive rights and health care.” “Nominating Barrett is an insult to RBG’s legacy and everything she spent her life fighting for,” Planned Parenthood Action tweeted. “This is the people’s court, the people’s seat.” (RELATED: ‘Knife Fighters’: White House Preps To ‘Fiercely’ Defend Amy Coney Barrett During Confirmation Battle) Amy Coney Barrett is a threat to our reproductive rights and health...
    Various Pennsylvania Republican Party leaders asked the U.S. Supreme Court to disallow counting of mail-in ballots that are received after Election Day in an emergency motion on Monday. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of Keystone State Democrats by permitting mail-in votes to be counted so long as they are received within three days of Election Day. Such mail-in votes are to be tabulated by local elections officials provided that ballot envelopes clearly show they were mailed by November 3–or even if they are not if the lack of such a postmark is likely the result of error(s) by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS). “[W]e conclude that a ballot received on or before 5:00 p.m. on November...
    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who recently died at age 87, will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery alongside her husband. Details about the time of her burial have yet to be made public, but the Supreme Court said in a statement that it would be a private interment service. 10The body of late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in state in Statuary Hall in the US CapitolCredit: Reuters Where is Ruth Bader Ginsburg buried? The Supreme Court said in an announcement following Justice Ginsburg's death that she will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery. "A private interment service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery," the press release states. Her burial spot will be right next...
    CLEVELAND – As the old saying goes, it’s like pouring gasoline on a fire. If the deadliest pandemic in a century, the worst economic downturn in decades, and a summer of nationwide protests over racial inequity weren’t enough for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and President Trump to battle over at Tuesday at the first of three presidential debates, another combustible topic’s been tossed into the toxic political mix. NO HANDSHAKES BETWEEN BIDEN AND TRUMP AT FIRST DEBATE That issue - the most bitterly partisan of all political battles – is a Supreme Court nomination fight, and it’s coming with just five weeks to go until Election Day. Preparations take place for the first presidential debate in the Sheila and Eric Samson...
    Most Americans would be less likely to vote for President Donald Trump if Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett pushes to overturn Roe V. Wade, the groundbreaking law that federally legalized abortion in the United States, according to a poll conducted by The New York Times/Sienna College. About 56% of likely voters from all political affiliations said they would vote against Trump if Barrett helped to get rid of the abortion ruling. "She is certainly conservative in her views, in her rulings, and well have to see how that all works out, but I think it will work out," Trump told "Fox & Friends Weekend" when asked how Barrett would weigh in "on a life issue." About 24% of Americans...
    President Donald Trump’s Deputy Campaign Manager and Senior Counsel Justin Clark said Sunday that a “woke clan of anti-Catholic left-wing radicals” has taken control of the Democratic party. Clark discussed the upcoming confirmation process of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on a Sunday conference call with Catholics for Trump, according to a recording obtained by the Daily Caller News Foundation, where he noted that “bigotry against Catholics isn’t new in this country,” referring to anti-Catholic sentiments of the Ku Klux Klan and the 19th-century Know Nothing Party. “We all thought the election of John F. Kennedy in 1960 kind of marked the end of that period of time,” Clark said. “But sadly, the new radical Left has embraced many...
    Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to her Democratic colleagues on Sunday warning them that the 2020 Presidential election could be “stolen” from them, adding that it is possible Congress determines the outcome of the election. In a Sunday letter to House Democrats, Pelosi mentioned they must win enough seats in the House in order to ensure the presidential election can be handled by them if there are any issues. Fox News reported that the 12th Amendment says congressional delegations decide the next president if neither receives the 270 Electoral College vote majority in order to win the election. In the letter, Pelosi mentions the delegations, saying if Democrats do not win big in November, the election...
    By KATHLEEN RONAYNE, Associated Press RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Kamala Harris urged voters on Monday not to be discouraged by Republican efforts to fill a Supreme Court seat before the election, charging it's the GOP's goal to make people feel like their votes don't matter. “We will not give up, and we will not give in," the Democratic vice presidential nominee said. “We will not let the infection that President Trump has injected into the presidency and into Congress, that has paralyzed our politics and pitted Americans against each other, spread to the United States Supreme Court." Her remarks, delivered in swing-state North Carolina, marked Harris' most expansive yet on the vacant court seat that was held by Justice Ruth...
    Pennsylvania Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati on Monday filed an emergency request for a stay to the U.S. Supreme Court, asking it to put the brakes on a Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling that pushed back the deadline for the state to receive mail-in ballots to three days after the presidential election. The filing from Corman and Scarnati, both Republicans, comes amid a fight over election law in a state that figures to be pivotal in deciding the outcome of the presidential election. The request for a stay went to Justice Samuel Alito based on geography alone – Alito oversees the Third Circuit, in which Pennsylvania resides. "In the middle of an ongoing election, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has...
    A feminist journalist said that the nomination announcement of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s replacement to the Supreme Court was “a display of Amy Coney Barrett weaponizing her white womanhood.” “This whole press conference is a display of Amy Coney Barrett weaponizing her white womanhood to grab whatever power managed to slip through the cracks in the Trump administration’s unrelenting misogyny,” tweeted journalist Christine Grimaldi. “Trump and Barrett using her black children and child with down syndrome to score political points isn’t surprising, but it’s no less appalling,” she added. “CNN keeps going on and on about Barrett’s family, as if that makes her qualified to serve on the Supreme Court, and a whopping three years as a Trump-appointed federal judge,...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will meet Tuesday with Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett ahead of her plans to make the rounds in the Capitol. McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, plans to hold a press conference at 10 a.m. before meeting with Barrett, whom President Trump nominated to the high court on Saturday. McConnell praised Barrett on Saturday as "an exceptionally impressive jurist and an exceedingly well-qualified nominee to the Supreme Court of the United States." In addition to McConnell, Barrett will meet with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, and Sen. Chuck Grassley, an Iowa Republican and a senior member of the Judiciary panel. So far, no Democrats have announced plans to meet with Barrett,...
    Pennsylvania Republicans on Monday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to halt a state court ruling which extended its mail ballot deadline for November’s presidential election. NEW at SCOTUS: Pennsylvania GOP files emergency application re PA supreme court permitting absentee ballots to be counted after election day. pic.twitter.com/dqBK0LzurL — Steven Mazie (@stevenmazie) September 28, 2020 The Hill reports: In their Monday filing, top officials from Pennsylvania’s GOP-held legislature asked the U.S. Supreme Court to pause the ruling while they formally appeal to the justices. “In the middle of an ongoing election, the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania has altered the rules of the election and extended the 2020 General Election beyond the ‘Time’ established by the state legislature,” they wrote. “In doing so,...
    A plurality of voters want to see Federal Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Amy Coney Barrett confirmed to the Supreme Court, according to a Just the News Daily Poll with Scott Rasmussen released on Monday. The poll found that 37 percent of voters favor Barrett’s confirmation by the United States Senate, while 30 percent oppose her confirmation, for a net approval of plus seven for confirmation. Thirty-three percent were undecided. “It’s important to remember that 46% of voters had either never heard of Barrett or didn’t know enough to have an opinion of her,” pollster Scott Rasmussen told Just the News. “These results are especially interesting in light of the questions some have about...
    A vast majority of registered voters favor the “Keep Nine” amendment, establishing the number of Supreme Court justices at nine and thereby preventing the president and Congress from ever “packing” the highest court in the land. The “Keep Nine” amendment simply states that the Supreme Court of the United States “shall be composed of nine Justices.” A survey, conducted by McLaughlin and Associates from Sept 23 – 27 among 1,000 registered, likely voters, found that 62 percent favor the amendment, as opposed to the 18 percent who do not. “Whether or not we can preserve an independent Supreme Court, or end up with a Court whose size could be manipulated for political advantage by whoever controls the White House and Congress will...
    A plurality of Americans believe the Supreme Court’s ideological makeup is “about right,” a Gallup poll conducted prior to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death revealed. Progressives have launched a series of attacks on Judge Amy Coney Barrett, whom President Trump formally nominated to replace Ginsburg. From her faith to originalist view of the Constitution, Democrats fear her addition could give conservatives, at best, a 5-4 majority, given Chief Justice John Roberts’ history of siding with the left on issues regarding Obamacare. At worst, they could be facing a 6-3 majority — a solidly right-leaning court. According to Gallup, which conducted the survey prior to Ginsburg’s death, a plurality of Americans believed the court was, at the time of the survey,...
    HBO’s John Oliver is not happy about Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court following the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Oliver claimed Barrett being nominated is a “f*cking travesty” because the Supreme Court “is about to lurch to the right for the foreseeable future” during Sunday’s episode of “Last Week Tonight,” according to Fox News. Amy Coney Barrett has broken John Oliver: It is “hopeless” https://t.co/QDRIdGKjgR — The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) September 28, 2020 “We’re at the end of a generational battle and the heartbreaking thing is — we lost,” Oliver said, the outlet reported. “It’s going to hurt for a long time for a lot of people.” President Donald Trump nominated Barrett on Saturday. If confirmed...
    Vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisTrump, Biden have one debate goal: Don't lose Dwayne Johnson backs Biden in first public presidential endorsement Pelosi: Trump Supreme Court pick 'threatens' Affordable Care Act MORE (D-Calif.) paid tribute on Monday to the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader Ginsburg leaves us with belief in the ideal of 'We the People' Trump, Biden in virtual tie among North Carolina and Georgia voters: poll GOP senators confident Trump pick to be confirmed by November MORE while hammering Amy Coney Barrett, President TrumpDonald John TrumpNew Biden campaign ad jabs at Trump's reported 0 income tax payments Ocasio-Cortez: Trump contributed less in taxes 'than waitresses and undocumented immigrants' Third judge orders Postal...