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    President Donald Trump said he will announce his nominee for the Supreme Court at 5 pm on Saturday. 'I’m getting very close to having a final decision made, very close,' Trump told reporters at the White House on Tuesday evening, of his pick to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Judge Amy Coney Barrett is reported to be at the top of his short list with Judge Barbara Lagoa in second. Trump has vowed to pick a woman to replace Ginsburg, a feminist icon and hero to liberals.  Whomever he picks, the president is expected to shift the court to the right with his decision.  Saturday's announcement will come shortly before the president leaves for Pennsylvania, where he will...
    By KEN RITTER and SAM METZ CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada Democrats promised Tuesday to appeal a state judge’s ruling in a lawsuit by Republicans on a question crucial to the beleaguered state budget: Whether lawmakers in 2019 improperly approved two funding measures without a constitutionally required two-thirds majority vote. “Senate and Assembly Democrats wholeheartedly disagree with yesterday’s court decision, which would lead to the loss of nearly $100 million in education funding for our schools,” Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro and Assembly Speaker Jason Frierson said. They said they will seek an expedited appeal to the Nevada Supreme Court and a decision before Feb. 1, when the next legislative session starts. In his ruling, Judge James Todd Russell...
    Lacking the votes in the Senate to stop a new Supreme Court nominee from being confirmed, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., accused Republicans of stealing the newly open seat by moving forward to confirm President Trump’s upcoming pick. “If Leader McConnell presses forward, the Republican majority will have stolen two Supreme Court seats four years apart — using completely contradictory rationales,” the New York Democrat told reporters on Tuesday. Schumer said: “Leader McConnell’s actions may very well destroy the institution of the Senate." The minority leader’s harsh words come as Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has promised to bring President Trump’s nominee to the floor for a vote before Inauguration Day. Schumer stood by his iteration that “everything is on...
    Here we are again, figuring out what a Senate minority of Democrats can do to gum up the works and force a delay/derailment of Mitch McConnell's juggernaut of a Supreme Court appointment. When we last faced this, it was "Lock down 49 and fight like hell." Now Democrats have 47, but the argument remains. That argument, by the way, came from former Harry Reid staffer Adam Jentleson, who is like his former boss in understanding how to use procedure. He's back again this time, with some advice for this moment, with "steps Democrats can take to apply maximum pressure, brand the process as the illegitimate farce it is and lay the groundwork for desperately needed reform that can reverse the...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Mitt Romney is having a homecoming moment. The Utah Republican and 2012 GOP presidential nominee incensed President Donald Trump and Republicans with his impeachment vote. But on Tuesday he cleared the way for his party to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday at age 87, overcoming Democratic objections that it’s too close to the Nov. 3 election to consider a nominee. By lunchtime Tuesday, “#HesaRepublican” was trending on Twitter. Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, has never run as anything but a Republican. But his loyalty to the GOP under Trump’s control has long been questioned and mocked by the president and his supporters. Romney, in turn, has called Trump unfit to...
    Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said he’ll consider major changes to the Senate, including an end to the filibuster, if Democrats take back the majority in November. “Everything is on the table,” Schumer, a New York Democrat, said Tuesday. “My Senate Democratic colleagues and candidates know America needs some change, and we're going to figure out the best way to do it.” Schumer is furious at the GOP for pledging to hold a vote on a nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died Friday. Even though Republicans are not breaking any rules by taking up a nominee, Schumer said the Senate should honor Ginsburg’s dying wish that the seat be left vacant until the next president is...
    Senate Republicans are nearly unanimously in support of a vote on a new Supreme Court justice this year, and most want it to happen before the election. Republican senators huddled at a closed-door lunch at their political headquarters near the Capitol. Those in the room said lawmakers largely want a vote to take place ahead of an election that could cost the GOP the Senate and the White House. “I think we need to move here, with all deliberate speed,” Sen. Josh Hawley, a Missouri Republican, said. Republicans on Tuesday locked in the votes needed to take up a nomination, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not decided when this year it should occur. Hawley and other Republicans believe...
    Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerChuck SchumerJacobin editor: Primarying Schumer would force him to fight Trump's SCOTUS nominee CNN's Toobin: Democrats are 'wimps' who won't 'have the guts' to add Supreme Court seats Republican senator says plans to confirm justice before election 'completely consistent with the precedent' MORE (D-N.Y.) was interrupted during a Tuesday press briefing on the Supreme Court vacancy by a heckler who shouted, “Stop lying to the people.” Schumer addressed a crowd outside the Capitol building, condemning the Republicans decision to move forward with confirming a Supreme Court justice 42 days ahead of the election. At the time of the interruption, Schumer was criticizing Republicans for their COVID-19 response and discussing the Science Transparency Over Politics (STOP) Act...
    Republican Sen. Richard Burr defended President Trump on Tuesday by saying he has “every right under the Constitution” to nominate an individual to the Supreme Court vacancy left by late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, adding that he believes the Senate should consider that nominee “as early as possible.” Burr, R-N.C., came out in support of the Senate taking up the president’s eventual nominee as the math is tipping in favor of Trump and Republicans who want to replace Ginsburg with a conservative justice. SCHUMER SAYS MCCONNELL 'DEFILED' THE SENATE AND 'MAY VERY WELL DESTROY IT' OVER SUPREME COURT VACANCIES “The President has every right under the Constitution to nominate the individual of his choosing to fill the current Supreme Court...
    White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany defended the Republican push to confirm a new Supreme Court Justice to the bench before the Nov. 3 election. "Twenty-nine times, there has there been an appointment during an election year," McEnany said at a press briefing on Tuesday. "Twenty-nine times. And when you break down those numbers, 19 times when the nominations were made, the Senate and the president were of the same party. Seventeen of those 19 times, that nominee went on to be confirmed. The 10 times when it was a difference in party between Republicans and Democrats in the Senate and the presidency, only two went on to be confirmed, so precedent is on our side." President Trump is set...
    By Mark Sherman | Associated Press WASHINGTON — The prospect that President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans will fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat before the year is out has ignited a call for major changes on the court, including expanding the number of justices. Some Democratic senators, who had been averse to increasing the size of the nine-member court, said in the wake of Ginsburg’s death that the Republican rush to fill the high court vacancy could be a breaking point. Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey said on Twitter that if Republicans don’t allow the winner of the Nov. 3 presidential election to select the next justice, “we must abolish the filibuster and expand the Supreme Court.” But...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY ANDY SULLIVAN AND RICHARD COWAN President Donald Trump’s push to widen the U.S. Supreme Court’s conservative majority received a boost on Tuesday as a longtime rival, Republican Senator Mitt Romney, said the Senate should move forward with a vote on his replacement for liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Romney’s decision left Democrats with few hopes of blocking Senate confirmation of the Republican president’s third appointment to the high court, which would give it a 6-3 conservative majority. Trump has said he plans to announce his nominee by Saturday. Romney, the party’s 2012 presidential nominee, is one of the few...
    By MARK SHERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The prospect that President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans will fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat before the year is out has ignited a call for major changes on the court, including expanding the number of justices. Some Democratic senators, who had been averse to increasing the size of the nine-member court, said in the wake of Ginsburg's death that the Republican rush to fill the high court vacancy could be a breaking point. Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey said on Twitter that if Republicans don't allow the winner of the Nov. 3 presidential election to select the next justice, “we must abolish the filibuster and expand the Supreme Court.” But...
    House Democratic leaders on Tuesday hurled charges that President TrumpDonald John TrumpBubba Wallace to be driver of Michael Jordan, Denny Hamlin NASCAR team Graham: GOP will confirm Trump's Supreme Court nominee before the election Southwest Airlines, unions call for six-month extension of government aid MORE and Senate Republicans are racing to seat a ninth Supreme Court justice for a virtually singular purpose: to repeal ObamaCare. The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on Nov. 10 on a lawsuit contending that a central part of former President Obama's 2010 health care expansion was unconstitutional and that therefore the law, officially called the Affordable Care Act, should be scrapped in its entirety. Trump and Senate GOP leaders are scrambling to nominate and...
    WASHINGTON – The prospect that President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans will fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat before the year is out has ignited a call for major changes on the court, including expanding the number of justices. Some Democratic senators, who had been averse to increasing the size of the nine-member court, said in the wake of Ginsburg's death that the Republican rush to fill the high court vacancy could be a breaking point. Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey said on Twitter that if Republicans don't allow the winner of the Nov. 3 presidential election to select the next justice, “we must abolish the filibuster and expand the Supreme Court.” But the sudden vacancy also is fueling...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump said Tuesday he plans to announce his nominee Saturday for the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, while a key lawmaker said Senate Republicans have enough votes to confirm Trump’s choice before the November 3 presidential election.   Trump said on Twitter he would make the announcement at the White House. He earlier said the choice will be one of five conservative women he is considering, one of whom he met with Monday, appellate court judge Amy Coney Barrett.   Three Conservative Female Judges at Top of Trump’s Supreme Court List US leader appointed all three to federal appellate court judgeships and now could elevate one...
    By Lisa Mascaro, Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans have swiftly fallen in line behind President Donald Trump’s push to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat as one of the last holdouts, Sen. Mitt Romney, said Tuesday he supports a vote despite Democrats’ objections it’s too close to the Nov. 3 election. Trump, who will announce his nominee Saturday, is all but certain to have the votes to confirm his choice. “I guess we have all the votes we’re going to need,” Trump told WJBX FOX 2 in Detroit on Tuesday, “I think it’s going to happen.” Conservatives are pushing for a vote before Election Day. Republicans...
    Meghan McCain said Tuesday on “The View” that she believed Republicans should go forward with plans to nominate and confirm a replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. McCain explained that she had never even considered a scenario where Republicans did not push to replace Ginsburg, who passed away Friday from metastatic pancreatic cancer. But she also warned that Democrats would not take that quietly and there would eventually be a “payout.” (RELATED: ‘I Was Completely Radicalized’: Meghan McCain Says Kavanaugh Hearings ‘Changed The Game’) WATCH: Whoopi Goldberg tossed the question to co-host Sunny Hostin first, asking whether she thought Democrats had any “moves” left that could stall the Republicans in their efforts to replace Ginsburg. “I don’t...
    Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) told Breitbart News during a conference call on Tuesday that the Supreme Court confirmation fight will serve as a “catapult” for President Donald Trump and vulnerable Senate Republicans facing reelection. Braun told Breitbart News that the upcoming Supreme Court fight to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would help vulnerable Senate Republicans and the president’s reelection effort. The Hoosier conservative charged that the Senate fight would boost Senate Republicans up for reelection in a similar manner to how then-Sens. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) opposed the confirmation of then-Supreme Court Justice nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh. Braun explained that after the red-state Democrats came out against Kavanaugh’s confirmation, both he and then-Senate candidate Josh...
    Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey, a Republican in a swing state who will be up for reelection in 2022, said in a statement Tuesday that he supports Senate Republicans in moving to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by the death of late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a trailblazer for women's rights and the face of the liberal bloc of the court. "Four years ago, I noted that my decision to oppose moving forward with the Supreme Court confirmation process for Judge Merrick Garland was related to the circumstances present at the time," Toomey said. "In 2016, the White House and the Senate, which share equally the constitutional authority for filling a Supreme Court vacancy, were controlled by different parties. ... The...
    Republicans are going to have to find a way to compensate for a major disadvantage in resources if they hope to put a dent in the Democratic majority in the House after Democrats entered September with $36 million more to spend on the fall campaign than the GOP. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee raised $22.6 million in August and closed the month with a $104.7 million war chest. Comparatively, the National Republican Congressional Committee raised $17.4 million to finish the period with $68.9 million in cash on hand. The DCCC has consistently out-raised the NRCC this election cycle, positioning House Democrats to hold their 16-seat majority unless the political environment takes a turn in the GOP’s favor. Republicans flipped control...
    (CNN)The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg weeks before the presidential election has turned Democratic nightmares into a crushing reality.Impervious to cries of hypocrisy and pleas to adhere to a standard they set in 2016, Republicans are bulling forward with plans to fast-track her replacement. Liberal hopes that enough GOP senators might stand in the way have been all but dashed with Utah Sen. Mitt Romney's announcement Tuesday that he supports a vote on President Donald Trump's eventual nominee. The confirmation of a new justice appointed by Trump would establish a hard conservative majority on the high court, shifting its balance of power while immediately endangering the Affordable Care Act. The court could also emerge as a reliable...
    Republicans appear ready to move forward on confirming a new Supreme Court justice as soon as President Trump announces his nominee for filling the seat left vacant after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, but some Democrats are already looking to drastic measures of retaliation should this happen. With hopes that their party will gain power after November's election, Democrats are looking at ways to stack the deck against conservatives as soon as they have the chance, such as eliminating the filibuster and granting statehood to Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, presumably giving Democrats four more senators. REPUBLICAN SENATORS FALL IN LINE TO BACK MOVING AHEAD WITH TRUMP SCOTUS PICK: 'WE'VE GOT THE VOTES' "[W]e must make it absolutely clear...
    Joy Behar said Tuesday that Republicans had already won the battle for control of the Supreme Court. Behar made the comment during a segment of ABC’s “The View,” adding that Democrats should be moving on to fights they might be able to win, such as control of the Senate. (RELATED: ‘Blow Up The Entire System’: Don Lemon Is Ready To Scrap The Electoral College, Pack The Court) WATCH: “We were talking about the replacement for Justice Ginsburg,” Whoopi Goldberg began. “Joy, what’s your feeling?” “You know, I was thinking about the Supreme Court, because we’ve lost that battle,” Behar said. “I don’t want to talk about the Republicans anymore. We’ve lost the battle. That doesn’t mean we lost the...
    Igor Derysh September 22, 2020 3:58PM (UTC) Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., on Monday said the panel's Republican majority would support President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee — even though he has yet to announce a nominee.  Graham told Fox News host Sean Hannity that there was already enough support from Judiciary Republicans to advance Trump's pick to a full vote in the Senate. : "We've got the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg's replacement before the election," he said. "We're going to move forward in the committee. We're going to report the nomination out of the committee to the floor of the United States Senate, so we can vote before the election. Now, that's the constitutional process." Graham added...
    Despite appearing to now have the votes to confirm, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Tuesday warned of a brutal Supreme Court confirmation battle to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, saying he expects an “appalling sequel” to the 2018 fight over Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination. McConnell spoke moments after winning the support of Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) to hold a swift pre-election vote, but he took no time to celebrate the strategic coup, which all but guarantees confirmation of President Trump’s pick. “Two years ago, a radical movement tried to use unproven accusations to ruin a man’s life because they could not win a vote fair and square. Now they appear to be readying an even more appalling sequel. This time,...
    Sen. Mitt Romney will support moving forward with President Trump’s nominee to fill the vacancy left by Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, he announced Tuesday morning. In a statement, Romney (R-Utah) explained that he based his decision on historical precedent more than “fairness.” “My decision regarding a Supreme Court nomination is not the result of a subjective test of ‘fairness’ which, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder,” he wrote, “It is based on the immutable fairness of following the law, which in this case is the Constitution and precedent. The historical precedent of election year nominations is that the Senate generally does not confirm an opposing party’s nominee but does confirm a nominee of its own.”...
    Loading the player... WASHINGTON (AP) — Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney said Tuesday he supports voting to fill the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court, all but ensuring President Donald Trump has the backing needed to push the nomination over Democratic objections that it’s too close to the November election. Romney issued a statement saying he would support moving forward. “If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications,” Romney said. Read More: Don Lemon suggests eliminating electoral college amid Supreme Court battle Trump , meanwhile, said he would announce his choice to replace the late Ginsburg on Saturday, setting off a Senate battle with Democrats. The Senate Judiciary chairman who will shepherd...
    Republicans have secured the numbers needed to ensure that President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee will face a confirmation vote in the Senate. Senator Mitt Romney of Utah has given the party the 51 backers needed to move forward with voting on Mr Trump's candidate to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday. The move ensures a bitter political battle. Democrats argued there should be no confirmation in an election year. President Trump says he will announce his nominee on Saturday. Supreme Court justices are nominated to the bench by the US president, but must be approved by the Senate. With the death of Justice Ginsburg, a liberal stalwart, Mr Trump has been given the chance to cement...
    Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, appeared on Fox News Monday night to press the importance of filling the Supreme Court vacancy after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death. “I think this is exactly why President Trump was elected,” Cruz told "The Ingraham Angle," promoting his new book "One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History." “He was elected to nominate principled constitutionalists to the Supreme Court and this is why the American people elected a Republican majority and they did so repeatedly. They elected a Republican majority in the Senate in 2014, they did so again in 2016, and in 2018, they grew our majority in the Senate,” Cruz said. TRUMP SAYS SUPREME COURT LIST IS DOWN TO 5...
    Senate Republicans appear to have locked up the votes to take up a Supreme Court nominee this year after Sen. Mitt Romney announced Tuesday he backs the move. “I intend to follow the Constitution and precedent in considering the president’s nominee," Romney, a Utah Republican, said in a statement. "If the nominee reaches the Senate floor, I intend to vote based upon their qualifications." Romney's support means Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell won't need a tie-breaking vote from Vice President Mike Pence to advance a nominee to the floor. Republicans Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska said they do not back voting on a Supreme Court nominee so close to the Nov. 3 election.. But Republicans control...
    Washington — The House will vote on a short-term measure to keep government agencies funded through December 11, hoping to stave off a government shutdown days ahead of a September 30 funding deadline. The bill, known as a continuing resolution (CR), is expected to pass largely along party lines, as Republicans have complained about the lack of funding included to assist farmers. "The Continuing Resolution introduced today will avert a catastrophic shutdown in the middle of the ongoing pandemic, wildfires and hurricanes, and keep government open until December 11, when we plan to have bipartisan legislation to fund the government for this fiscal year," Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement announcing the measure on Monday. However, Senate Majority Leader Mitch...
    Lindsey Graham Senate Republicans are, one by one, confirming that the ruthless drive to power is their deepest and possibly only true belief. Monday night, Sen. Lindsey “use my words against me” Graham told Fox News that Republicans have the votes lined up to confirm Donald Trump’s choice to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Graham’s latest lie is that he changed his mind on confirming a Supreme Court nominee in a presidential election year because Democrats were mean to Brett Kavanaugh (by asking him about the credible sexual assault allegations against him). Except that Graham said “If an opening comes in the last year of President Trump’s term and the primary process has started, we’ll wait till the...
    WASHINGTON – The House is on track Tuesday to pass a government-wide temporary funding bill to keep federal agencies fully up and running into December and prevent a partial shutdown of the government after the current budget year expires at the end of the month. The Democratic-controlled chamber is voting despite a mini-furor ignited when Democratic leaders left out a provision requested by President Donald Trump and backed strongly by Capitol Hill Republicans that would give the administration continued immediate authority to dole out Agriculture Department farm bailout funds. House passage would send the measure to the GOP-controlled Senate and a potential floor fight, but there's no appetite on either side for a government shutdown. Democrats complain that...
    Madison Summers September 22, 2020 0 Comments Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is claiming Senate Republicans have enough votes to confirm a replacement following the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This comes amid a fight between Republicans and Democrats on whether to quickly push a nominee in an effort to fill the Supreme Court vacancy ahead of the 2020 presidential election. Speaking with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Monday evening, Graham said of Democrats, “It’s pretty obvious that if they want an outcome, they’ll just destroy anybody’s life to keep the seats open.” He continued to blast congressional Democrats, saying, “They said they tried to destroy Brett Kavanaugh so they could fill the seat — they were dumb enough to say that.” “I’ve seen...
    As the U.S. Senate readies for what could be one of the nastiest political skirmishes in recent history over the potential confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee from President Trump to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, multiple potential GOP swing votes came out in recent days in support of moving along a Trump nominee -- leading Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham to declare "We've got the votes." Notably, on Monday vulnerable Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who is up for reelection on Nov. 3, said that he would vote to confirm a qualified nominee from the president as did institutionalist Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who is known for his reverence for the Senate's institutional safeguards and his willingness...
    Gardner faces stiff re-election against Democrat John Hickenlooper. Former Governor Tweet Friday Gardner was urged to “maintain the commitment he had four years earlier and allow the president-elect to make this decision in November.” Michael Colerado, another Colorado senator and Democrat, has changed his position as Gardner faces pressure to retain his previous position. A Bennett spokesman said the senator was of the opinion that the room should not guarantee a new justice before the election or during a lame-duck session (months between the election and the inauguration). In 2016, Bennett urged Republicans to do their job and consider Merrick Carland. That is the difference for Democrats this time around McConnell’s insistence on 2016 Caused a new fate. However, Bennett...
    WASHINGTON -- Democrats controlling the House unveiled a government-wide temporary funding bill on Monday that would keep federal agencies fully up and running into December. The measure would prevent a partial shutdown of the government after the current budget year expires at the end of the month.The stopgap funding bill comes as negotiations on a huge COVID-19 relief bill have collapsed and as the Capitol has been thrust into an unprecedented political drama with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death, which has launched an intense election-season Senate confirmation fight.EMBED More News Videos Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a towering women's rights champion who became the court's second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington. She was...
    By Jan Wolfe (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Republicans on Tuesday have their first formal gathering since liberal Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death gave them a chance to cement a 6-3 conservative majority at the court ahead of the November election. President Donald Trump has urged a quick Senate vote on a Supreme Court nominee he aims to name by Saturday. Democrats' hopes of keeping the seat empty faded on Monday when two Republican Senators, Chuck Grassley and Cory Gardner, signaled their support for moving forward quickly. Republicans, who will meet for a weekly lunch on Tuesday, hold a 53-47 edge in the Senate. That means at least four Republicans would need to defect to prevent a vote on...
    The passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg gives conservatives and Republicans what they claim to have wanted since judicial activism became the norm in the 1960s. From outlawing prayer and Bible reading in public schools to the infamous Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion, conservative Republicans have yearned for a time when a Republican president and Republican majority Senate might put supan end to judges making law and return to the day when Congress was the legislator. VideoYet, Republican presidents have appointed several liberals to the Court. President Dwight Eisenhower appointed five members to the Supreme Court, including Earl Warren and William Brennan. Eisenhower purportedly said years later that, "I have made two mistakes, and they are...
    Republicans are cautiously optimistic the battle over a vacant Supreme Court seat will save the party’s Senate majority, hopeful the issue will convince disaffected, swing-state conservatives to reelect vulnerable GOP incumbents despite reservations about President Trump. Senate Republicans have their backs against the wall in competitive battlegrounds — Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, and Maine — and states that typically vote GOP for president: Alaska, Georgia, Montana, North Carolina, and South Carolina. An open seat the party holds in Kansas is also in some peril. Losing just three could put Democrats in charge of the chamber beginning in January. But Republican strategists are comparing the unexpected Supreme Court confirmation fight to catastrophic insurance. Despite some downside risks, Republicans are expressing confidence...
    Republicans are cautiously optimistic that the looming fight to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death will benefit President Trump’s reelection chances. Trump is expected to nominate Ginsburg’s successor later this week, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, has vowed to press forward with a vote despite furious Democratic opposition. Trump has publicly indicated that five women are under consideration. “It's hard to see how this doesn't help Republicans politically. The Supreme Court fight reframes the election in a way that's helpful for President Trump,” said GOP strategist Alex Conant. “Rather than focusing on his tweets and handling of COVID, many voters will now focus on the Supreme Court.” A Pew poll released...
    NANCY Pelosi has said that Republicans are "coming after your children" by moving to fill the Supreme Court vacancy ahead of the presidential election. The House Speaker said that another conservative on the court would help efforts to overturn the Affordable Care Act, and that healthcare would be the most important issue on the ballot in November. 3Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats say the Supreme Court vacancy should remain open until after the election 3Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday aged 87 The remarks follow the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, an associate justice from the liberal wing of the Supreme Court, on Friday. Democrats argue that the Republican-held Senate should wait until after the election to...
    Republican Senator Lindsey Graham on Monday night said his party has enough votes to confirm a new Supreme Court justice before the November election. “We’ve got the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg’s replacement before the election,” Graham, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, told Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “We’re going to move forward in the committee, we’re going to report the nomination out of the committee to the floor of the United States Senate so we can vote before the election.” Earlier Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was a bit more vague, vowing to hold a floor vote “this year” on President Trump’s nominee to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Trump said he would announce his nominee,...
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham declared that Donald Trump 'has the votes' to confirm his Supreme Court nominee after two key Republican swing voters voiced their support for the president's plan to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat before the election.  The South Carolina senator hit out at Democrats trying to delay the confirmation process in an interview with Fox News on Monday night.  'It's pretty obvious that if [Democrats] want an outcome, they'll just destroy anybody's life to keep the seats open,' Graham told host Sean Hannity.  'They said they tried to destroy Brett Kavanaugh so they could fill the seat - they were dumb enough to say that. I've seen this movie before. It's not going to work,...
    By ALAN FRAM and DAVID SHARP, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — It's so on brand for Sen. Susan Collins to be in a pressure cooker over how she'll vote in a showdown riveting the nation. This time, it’s the battle over President Donald Trump’s effort to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. It comes six weeks from an Election Day when Trump might lose and Democrats could win Senate control, and it’s further complicating what could be the Maine Republican’s toughest reelection bid as she fights for a fifth term. Collins said Saturday — a day after Ginsburg, 87, succumbed to cancer — that Ginsburg's replacement should be nominated “by the President who is elected...
    Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden refused to say whether he'd sign on to a plan to pack the Supreme Court with more liberal justices if the Republicans are able to fill late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on the high court. The former vice president made the comments on Monday in an interview with WBAY-TV. "Let me tell you why I'm not gonna answer that question. Because it would shift all the focus," Biden said. Democrats have tried to pressure the Republicans against trying to fill the seat, vacated by Ginsburg's death, by threatening to expand the court and pack it with more liberal justices. The Constitution does not stipulate how many...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s so on brand for Sen. Susan Collins to be in a pressure cooker over how she’ll vote in a showdown riveting the nation. This time, it’s the battle over President Donald Trump’s effort to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. It comes six weeks from an Election Day when Trump might lose and Democrats could win Senate control, and it’s further complicating what could be the Maine Republican’s toughest reelection bid as she fights for a fifth term. Collins said Saturday — a day after Ginsburg, 87, succumbed to cancer — that Ginsburg’s replacement should be nominated “by the President who is elected on November 3rd.” She said the Senate...
    WASHINGTON – It's so on brand for Sen. Susan Collins to be in a pressure cooker over how she'll vote in a showdown riveting the nation. This time, it’s the battle over President Donald Trump’s effort to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. It comes six weeks from an Election Day when Trump might lose and Democrats could win Senate control, and it’s further complicating what could be the Maine Republican’s toughest reelection bid as she fights for a fifth term. Collins said Saturday — a day after Ginsburg, 87, succumbed to cancer — that Ginsburg's replacement should be nominated “by the President who is elected on November 3rd.” She said the Senate shouldn’t...
    Senator Lindsey Graham, the chair of the Judiciary Committee, said Monday on "Hannity" that Republicans have the votes to confirm a nominee to fill Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat before the election.  "We got the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg's replacement before the election," Graham said. "We are going to move forward in the committee. We're going to report the nomination out of the committee to the floor of the United States Senate so we can vote before the election. That's the constitutional process."  Republicans hold a slim three-seat majority in the Senate. Two GOP senators have said they do not support a vote before the election, but four Republicans would have break with the party to prevent...
    On Monday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Hannity,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) stated that Senate Republicans have “the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg’s replacement before the election.” And said that the Senate Judiciary Committee will report the nomination so there can be a vote on the floor of the Senate on the nominee prior to the election and that Republicans will confirm Ginsburg’s replacement prior to the election. Graham also vowed that the nominee to replace Ginsburg on the Supreme Court will be supported by all the Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Graham said, “We’ve got the votes to confirm Justice Ginsburg’s replacement before the election. We’re going to move forward in the committee. We’re...
    Facing what they acknowledge to be a nearly impossible task of blocking President Donald Trump from filling a Supreme Court vacancy, Senate Democrats are divided over what precise tactics they should deploy in the days and weeks ahead. On a caucus call Saturday, members laid out two types of approaches that they thought would best suit the party in its efforts to stop the president from filling the seat of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died on Friday from complications of pancreatic cancer. One faction felt that a dramatic show of resistance with overt political threats would provide the pressure needed to at least slow down the march of Senate Republicans towards confirming Trump’s inevitable nominee. Another faction, composed mainly...
    Sen. Lindsey Graham said enough Republicans in the Senate are prepared to confirm a new justice to the Supreme Court before the Nov. 3 election. The South Carolina Republican, who is chairman of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee, told Fox News host Sean Hannity during a Monday evening interview that whomever President Trump nominates to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died at the age of 87 on Friday, will be quickly moved through his committee and confirmed by the GOP-led Senate. “We’re going to have a process that you’ll be proud of,” Graham said. “The nominee is going to be supported by every Republican in the Judiciary Committee and we've got the votes to confirm the judge...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will likely be able to push the Senate to consider a nomination to the Supreme Court after several Republicans made statements of support on Monday. Democrats and their supporters were hopeful that enough moderates would break from the party line in order to doom the effort to fill the seat left empty by the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday. Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa said in a statement that he would not stand in the way of another nomination by President Donald Trump. "Over the years, and as recently as July, I've consistently said that taking up and evaluating a...
    September 20, 2020 The big story today is big indeed: how and when the seat on the Supreme Court, now open because of the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday, will be filled. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced within an hour of the announcement of Ginsburg’s passing that he would move to replace her immediately. Trump says he will announce his pick for the seat as early as Tuesday. Democrats are crying foul. Their immediate complaint is that after Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in February 2016, McConnell refused even to meet with President Barack Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, on the grounds that it was inappropriate to confirm a Supreme Court justice in an election year....
    By Lisa Mascaro, Zeke Miller and Jonathan Lemire | Associated Press WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump met Monday with Judge Amy Coney Barrett at the White House as the conservative jurist emerged as a favorite to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, the start of a monumental Senate confirmation fight over objections from Democrats it’s too close to the November election. Trump said he expects to announce his pick by week’s end, before the burial of Ginsburg, the court’s liberal icon, at Arlington National Cemetery. The president told reporters he was still going to be interviewing other candidates and might meet with Judge Barbara Lagoa when he travels to Florida later this week. But...
    CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin fears that Democrats are too “weak” to keep Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat empty long enough to oust President Trump from office. Speaking on a panel with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, Jeffrey Toobin said that nobody should take seriously Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-N.Y.) vow to do anything and everything to block a Supreme Court nomination. “Democrats are great about talking big, but we’ll see if he has the… if he and the other Democrats have the guts to do anything,” Toobin said. “If they retake control of the Senate, will they really add the two seats on the Supreme Court?” “If they’re in control, why wouldn’t they?” asked Camerota. “Because they’re weak, they’re wimps...
    DENVER (CBS4) – Republican Sen. Cory Gardner says the Senate has a constitutional duty to vote on President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, and, he says, if the nominee is qualified, he will vote to confirm. Cory Gardner (credit: CBS) “I have and will continue to support judicial nominees who will protect our Constitution, not legislate from the bench, and uphold the law,” Gardner said in a statement on Monday. Democrats have launched a pressure campaign against Gardner, who is in one of the toughest re-election battles in the country. They say Republicans should wait until after the election to fill the seat of the late-Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg, but the president says he will announce his pick by the end...
    Senate Republicans said Monday they are ready to vote on a Supreme Court nominee, despite the election-year timing and the objections of Democrats, and they appear to have the votes to do it. “I think the vast majority of our conference is going to be OK with whatever the speed with which we move is,” Sen. Mike Braun, an Indiana Republican, told the Washington Examiner. A Monday evening statement by Sen. Cory Gardner, a Colorado Republican, appears to give Republicans at least 50 votes in favor of moving and eventually confirming a nominee, with Vice President Mike Pence able to break a tie if needed. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Monday the Senate will vote some time...
    Amy Coney Barret has emerged as President Donald Trump's top choice to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the nation's highest court, sources say.   Trump met with Barret, a judge on the Seventh Circuit and mother of seven who adopted two children from Haiti, on Monday after he announced that he is vetting five women to take Ginsburg's Supreme Court seat. Bloomberg reported that the president is 'leaning toward' Barret for the nomination but is also planning to meet with another contender, Barbara Lagoa, sometime this week.   Sources told the outlet that Lagoa, a judge on the US Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and former justice on the Florida Supreme Court, is the only other person being seriously considered for...
    Republicans are eyeing an expedited confirmation of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the November presidential election, confronting an increasingly tight turnaround as they continue to build support for an immediate vote. Democrats are facing an uphill climb to win over a couple more Republicans who will oppose a confirmation vote to replace Ginsburg before voters decide on the next president. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine and Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska both oppose holding a confirmation vote prior to the election, though Democrats will need at least two more Republicans joining them. But with only 43 days left, it's uncertain that Republicans will have enough time to push through a...
    Sen. Mitt Romney said Monday he has not decided whether he would support confirming a Supreme Court nominee before the November election. Romney, a Utah Republican and frequent critic of President Trump, told reporters outside the Senate chamber that he'll confer with fellow Republicans Tuesday at a closed-door lunch. "Until then, I'm going to be waiting to get a chance to speak to those colleagues," Romney said. Sen. Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, said the Senate will vote this year on a nominee. He told reporters late Monday, "We're going to move ahead with the nomination." The GOP controls 53 votes and can only lose three Republicans in the effort to confirm a nominee. So far, Sens. Lisa Murkowski of...
    The Judicial Crisis Network (JCN) unveiled a $2.2 million ad campaign on Monday to lobby vulnerable Senate Republicans to back a speedy confirmation of President Donald Trump’s next Supreme Court nominee. JCN will run the ad titled, “Follow Precedent,” in Colorado, Iowa, North Carolina, Utah, and Maine, urging Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Cory Gardner (R-CO), and Thom Tillis (R-NC) to quickly confirm Trump’s replacement for the late-Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The ads will also air in Washington, D.C. The Judicial Crisis Network will also reportedly run at least $10 million in ads this month ahead of the Supreme Court confirmation fight. The narrator in the ad noted that the Senate confirmed previous female Supreme Court nominees Ginsburg and Sandra...
    Can I vent a little? Thanks. It’s become almost conventional wisdom among liberals these days that the US Senate is flagrantly unfair and undemocratic because of its built-in bias toward Republicans. Why, Republicans control the Senate with seats that represent less than half of all Americans! It’s become something of an all-purpose excuse for Democratic losses of the past few years, and it needs to stop. First off, here’s a chart showing control of the Senate since World War II: Over the past 75 years, Democrats have controlled the Senate 24 times compared to 13 for Republicans. But wait. Most of that is ancient history. How about counting since 1980? Then it’s 11 to 9 in favor of Republicans....
    (CNN)Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death leaves the Supreme Court with a vacancy just weeks before the presidential election. Remembering Ruth Bader Ginsburg Conversations: My closed-door sessions with Ginsburg Photos: Look back at Ginsburg's life and career Video: Hear her most memorable speeches Tributes: Mourners gather to pay their respects Opinion: What Ginsburg taught men about women Republicans are gearing up to jam through a successor and Democrats are howling about hypocrisy -- because after Justice Antonin Scalia died in early 2016, Republicans refused to consider then-President Barack Obama's nominee, because it was too close to a presidential election. Here's what we know about what happens next, and why it matters. What happens next?President Donald...
    The outcome of the Arizona Senate race between Republican Martha McSally and Democrat Mark Kelly could determine whether President Trump's nominee to replace late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg makes it through the Senate, former federal prosecutor Andy McCarthy told "Bill Hemmer Reports" Monday. "There's a 53-47 Republican edge [in the Senate] right now, but that may not last for very long after the election," McCarthy explained. "The election in Arizona, unlike the other Senate elections in the country this year, is a special election ... If Mark Kelly defeats Martha McSally, he could be a senator on November 30, which means the 53-47 edge during a lame duck [session] very quickly becomes 52-48. "And then, if you consider all...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Monday warned that Democrats will try "every conceivable dirty trick" to prevent a President Trump nominee from being confirmed to the Supreme Court before this year's presidential election as a Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said that Republicans have "no right" to fill the vacancy created by the death of late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. "Already some of the same individuals who tried every conceivable dirty trick to obstruct Justice Gorsuch and Justice Kavanaugh are lining up ... to proclaim the third time will be the charm," McConnell said in what amounted to the official opening salvo in the war over the vacant seat. "The American people are about to witness an astonishing parade of misrepresentations...
    Fox News’ Judge Andrew Napolitano predicted Monday that the upcoming Senate fight over the Supreme COurt is going to be the “World War III of political battles.” Napolitano spoke with Fox News Radio’s Jimmy Failla on Fox Across America about the passing of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her friendship with Antonin Scalia. On the upcoming fight over who will replace Ginsburg, Napolitano said there’s certainly nothing illegal about the president putting forth a nominee, but warned that “there’s a little bit of playing with fire here.” Napolitano noted how there are several vulnerable Senate Republicans up for reelection who will “do what they think is right to get themselves reelected… and that might not be what President Trump wants.”...
    The death of Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg not only amped up tension for the upcoming presidential election, but marked the beginning of a contentious debate over the selection of her successor. Republicans hold a 53-47 majority in the Senate, meaning that a vote down party lines gives Republicans full control. However, the fate of any nominee put forth by President Donald Trump will be in the hands of a small group of GOP senators and their opinions on Trump’s right to appoint a justice mere months before the end of his term. While most senate Republicans have said that they will align behind Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and confirm Trump’s nominee, some have yet to announce their...
    Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., on Monday called on Republicans in the Senate to "look in their own souls" and hold off on considering a Supreme Court nominee until after the upcoming election. Klobuchar, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said senators should respect the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburgs last request, and follow "their own precedent," set when Republicans refused to consider former President Barack Obamas final Supreme Court nominee. "They made it very clear that if this happens in an election year that whoever wins the election should be able to decide who the Supreme Court justice is," Klobuchar said on "CBS This Morning" on Monday. Two GOP senators, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine and Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska,...
    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOcasio-Cortez to voters: Tell McConnell 'he is playing with fire' with Ginsburg's seat McConnell locks down key GOP votes in Supreme Court fight Video shows NYC subway station renamed after Ruth Bader Ginsburg MORE (R-Ky.) is digging in ahead of an explosive fight over the Supreme Court seat left vacant after the death of Justice Ruth Bader GinsburgRuth Bader GinsburgRegina King accepts Emmy wearing Breonna Taylor shirt, urges viewers to vote Ocasio-Cortez to voters: Tell McConnell 'he is playing with fire' with Ginsburg's seat Mural of Ruth Bader Ginsburg pops up blocks away from White House MORE. McConnell, during his first remarks from the Senate floor since Ginsburg's death on Friday, argued there was...
    An aide for Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, told Fox News on Monday that he'll likely wait until the Republican Senate caucus convenes before he shares his position on the Supreme Court vacancy left open last week following the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The Utah Republican is one of the few moderate senators yet to make their position known on a potential hearing for a Trump nominee. Romney has had a publically contentious relationship with President Trump on various issues both before and after the commander in chief's election victory in 2016. Romney's staff said the caucus lunch is set for Tuesday afternoon and that he will not be making any official statement until it has ended. Ginsburg passed away Friday at the age of 87 from complications stemming...
    On Monday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “MTP Daily,” Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) vowed that Senate Democrats “will use every procedural opportunity before us” to prevent Senate Republicans and President Donald Trump from filling Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Supreme Court seat in an election year and “will turn over every stone in that effort.” Van Hollen also stated that Republicans must consider “the potential consequences down the road in the United States Senate.” Van Hollen said, “Two things: First, we will use every procedural opportunity before us to block this abuse of power. As you know, in the Senate, that mostly relates to the timetable. So, we will turn over every stone in that effort. Second, we haven’t given up at...
    Republicans went on the offense Monday as both parties gear up for what is expected to be a contentious Supreme Court confirmation showdown just weeks ahead of the election, releasing an ad featuring Democrats essentially dismantling their current arguments with their own words. “Not long ago, Joe Biden said that ‘the American people deserve a fully-staffed court of nine.’ We agree. Fill the seat!” Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said, alongside a montage of Democrats arguing for the Senate to move forward with holding hearings for Merrick Garland in 2016. “The president nominates and then the Senate advises and consents or not, but they go forward with the process,” former Trump challenger Hillary Clinton said in the montage. It...
    Sen. Susan Collins is facing the toughest campaign of her political career. Collins, 67, who was first elected to the Senate in 1996, is facing a challenge from Maine state House Speaker Sara Gideon, a Democrat who has been a state and local officeholder for a decade. Collins is considered a centrist Republican who doesn't always vote party line and publicly stated her reasons as to why she chose not to support President Trump in 2016. For most of her congressional career, Collins won her races by large margins with the ability to garner bipartisan support. But following Trump's rise to the White House, her popularity has been in decline, despite her reputation as being an independent lawmaker. Collins...
    Graeme Jennings/Getty Images Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) called on Republican voters to oust Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) for their opposition to filling Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on the Supreme Court before the election. “If Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski are going to withhold their vote for the president’s nominee, then Republicans in those states should withhold their votes from them,” Gaetz said in an interview with The Washington Examiner’s Paul Bedard published on Monday. “What good are Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski if we can’t count on them to fulfill their obligation to advise and consent during the term in which they’ve been elected?” Murkowski and Collins both said over the weekend that they opposed President Donald Trump...
    **Want FOX News Halftime Report in your inbox every day? Sign up here.** On the roster: Trump’s advantage: Fast but not furious - Wither the Senate? - A brief(ish) history of election year appointments - In a major reversal, Biden dominates in fundraising - Fish bombers of Colorado  TRUMP’S ADVANTAGE: FAST BUT NOT FURIOUS There’s little doubt what the best political course for President Trump is when it comes to filling the seat left vacant by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. A speedy appointment and confirmation of a justice broadly popular among center-right voters like his previous picks would do double duty. First, it would be another plum to reward and entice traditional Republicans to stick with Trump despite their concerns about him as a leader. With the...
    Igor Derysh September 21, 2020 6:52PM (UTC) A growing number of Democrats have called for the party to expand the Supreme Court if Senate Republicans push through President Donald Trump's nominee to replace late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before Election Day.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who blocked former President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nominee 11 months ahead of the 2016 election, announced on Friday that the Senate would vote on Trump's nominee with less than 45 days to go before ballots are cast. The move would potentially create a 6-3 conservative majority on a court with lifetime appointments. : Should Republicans deny Ginsburg's deathbed wish that she "not be replaced until a new president is installed," some Democrats favor expanding the court — if they are...
    Tom Brenner/Getty Images A majority of Americans want the winner of November’s presidential election to nominate a replacement for the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, according to a new poll by Reuters. The survey, conducted Sept. 19-20, found that 62 percent of American adults would like to see the seat filled by the candidate elected in November. The figure included eight out of 10 Democrats and five in 10 Republicans. Thirty percent of respondents said Ginsburg’s death made them more likely to vote for Biden, while 25 percent said they were more likely to vote for Trump. A plurality — 38 percent — said it didn’t make a difference. The findings contradict a poll released Saturday by Marquette...
    Rep. Doug Collins says he plans to introduce a constitutional amendment to prohibit a change to the size to the Supreme Court until 10 years after enactment of any legislation that would alter the number of seats on the high court. The legislation, which Collins, R-Ga., is set to roll out this week, comes after Democrats have threatened to pack the Supreme Court if President Trump nominates a pick to fill the vacancy left by late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ahead of the 2020 presidential election. DEMOCRATS THREATEN TO PACK SUPREME COURT IF TRUMP NOMINEE IS CONFIRMED “Democrats’ latest threat to pack the Supreme Court throws our nation’s history to the wayside in pursuit of political gain and threatens the...
    CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin shared harsh words for the Democratic Party as they push to keep the recently vacated Supreme Court seat unoccupied until after January's inauguration. Toobin, during a Monday morning appearance on New Day, argued that Democrats, who are the minority party in the upper chamber, are "wimps and they're afraid." He made the comments in response to a question about Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer saying, "Nothing is off the table next year." “Democrats are great about talking big, but we’ll see if he has the ... if he and the other Democrats have the guts to do anything,” Toobin stated, referencing some reports that Democrats would consider expanding the size of the Supreme...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City BY PAUL SCHINDLER “I want you to use my words against me. If there’s a Republican president in 2016 and a vacancy occurs in the last year of the first term, you can say Lindsey Graham said let’s let the next president, whoever it might be, make that nomination.” Graham, the South Carolina Republican who himself is up for reelection in November, made these remarks in March 2016, the day that President Barack Obama nominated Judge Merrick Garland, who sits on the federal Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, to replace the late Antonin Scalia, who died suddenly...
    WASHINGTON - U.S. President Donald Trump said Monday he has narrowed his list of possible Supreme Court nominees down to five people and expects to announce his choice to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Friday or Saturday. Trump has said he will name a woman and identified three of his choices as Amy Coney Barrett, Barbara Lagoa and Allison Jones Rushing, three conservatives he appointed to federal appellate court judgeships in recent years. He declined to name the other two possible choices in a wide-ranging interview on the court vacancy and other issues on the “Fox & Friends” show. “The bottom line is we won the election, we have an obligation to do what’s right and...
    House Democrats Monday introduced a stopgap spending bill that would keep the government running until Dec. 11. The measure maintains fiscal year 2020 spending levels and provides more time for lawmakers to work out a deal on a bill that funds the government for the remainder of the year. It does not include new federal coronavirus aid. Democrats and Republicans have yet to work out a deal on a new round of funding to address the impact of the pandemic. House and Senate lawmakers face a Sept. 30 deadline to pass a bill to fund the government. That’s when current funding expires and the fiscal year ends. The House is expected to vote on the bill this week. ...
    Fox News contributor Dan Bongino on Monday called for Republicans who hold the majority in the Senate to "act like" they are in charge and "plow ahead" with filling the Supreme Court vacancy ahead of November's election. “What are we all being held hostage now? Because the minority on the Senate side that lost the election, they lost. We’re in charge of the Senate, for now. We may not be in January, but, we certainly as hell are now. We won,” Bongino told “Fox & Friends.” “After you harassed Brett Kavanaugh, they lost four seats and we gained a net of two on the Republican side,” Bongino said. MARKEY THREATENS TO PACK SUPREME COURT, ABOLISH FILIBUSTER IF TRUMP FILLS SEAT As President Trump moves to nominate a...
    Four years ago, if you asked Senate Republicans, it was a matter of holy principle that a Supreme Court vacancy arising in an election year—even in February—remain open until The People Could Speak and the seat could be filled by the next president. The sanctity of the Senate, the Supreme Court, and democracy itself were on the line, to hear them talk. Now, not so much. With 43 days until the elections, and former Vice President Joe Biden favored to defeat Donald Trump, Trump is planning to nominate a successor to the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg within days and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is planning to push the vote through. And the vast majority of Senate Republicans are...
    Meaghan Ellis September 21, 2020 0 Comments Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and other Senate Republicans blew off claims of hypocrisy amid the resurfacing of his previous contradictory remarks criticizing President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland. Although previous footage captured multiple Senate Republicans criticizing Obama for the same action they are taking now, they have defended and justified their attempt to do so now. Graham took to Twitter on Sunday with a critical analogy of Democratic lawmakers’ scrutiny of Senate Republicans’ current stance. “Being lectured by Democrats about how to handle judicial nominations is like an arsonist advising the Fire Department,” Graham tweeted. Being lectured by Democrats about how to handle judicial nominations...
    Actress Patricia Heaton tweeted Sunday a warning to fellow Christians to “be prepared” for a social media “onslaught” by people who are ignorant of faith but whose arrogance will be on display as the election battle heats up further with the debate over the Supreme Court vacancy. “Friends, be prepared for social media to be filled with an onslaught of arrogant pronouncements based on breathtaking ignorance of religion in general, Christianity specifically and Catholicism in particularly by people who wouldn’t recognize God if He bit them on the bum,” the pro-life and Catholic Everybody Loves Raymond star tweeted. Friends, be prepared for social media to be filled with an onslaught of arrogant pronouncements based on breathtaking ignorance of religion in general,...
    They did not think President Barack Obama should get to pick a Supreme Court justice in an election year. Republican senators who blocked confirmation hearings for Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama's pick to fill an empty Supreme Court seat four years ago, have already indicated they will push to confirm a Supreme Court nominee this year. At least 15 Republicans who objected to confirming a Democratic president's nominee in an election year are applying different standards to Donald Trump. Less than 72 hours after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death on Friday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and more than 20 Senate Republicans are already pushing to rush through her...
    Here’s what’s happening Monday in Election 2020, 43 days until Election Day: ON THE TRAIL: President Donald Trump visits Ohio. HOW TO VOTE: AP’s state-by-state interactive has details on how to vote in this election. TODAY’S TOP STORIES: GINSBURG AND 2020: Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden hammered President Donald Trump and leading Senate Republicans for trying to rush a replacement for the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, as pressure mounted on senators to support or oppose a quick vote to fill the seat. Ginsburg’s passing upended a campaign that had, until then, focused on Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the nation’s economic collapse and racial unrest that has stoked protests across U.S. cities. 2020 DEALS ANOTHER BLOW: Almost...