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Murkowski: I've Decided About My Barrett Vote

The Alaska Republican explains her rationale

(Newser) - Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett won crucial backing Saturday when one of the last Republican holdouts announced her support for President Trump's pick ahead of a confirmation vote expected Monday, the AP reports. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, said during Saturday's session that while she opposed her party'...

Democrats Use Visual Stunt as Barrett Vote Proceeds

They put portraits of ObamaCare beneficiaries in seats for Senate panel's vote

(Newser) - Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court moved ahead on Thursday as the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve her, reports the AP . Every Democrat on the panel skipped the vote in protest, and every Republican voted yes. A full Senate confirmation vote is now on track for...

Dems to Boycott Barrett Vote
Dems to Boycott Barrett Vote

Dems to Boycott Barrett Vote

Committee members slam 'sham process'

(Newser) - The Senate Judiciary Committee is due to vote Thursday on advancing the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court—but the panel's 10 Democrats will not be present. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and the Democrats on the committee said Wednesday that Democrats will boycott the hearing...

As Confirmation Hearings Wrap, Outcry Over a Hug

Dianne Feinstein's embrace of Lindsey Graham doesn't go over well on the left

(Newser) - A hug between Senate colleagues is getting a lot of attention. As Thursday's Supreme Court confirmation hearing wrapped up, Sen. Dianne Feinstein—the top Democrat on the Senate judiciary panel—took time to thank GOP chair Lindsey Graham. "This has been one of the best set of hearings...

Senate Panel Sets Vote Date on Barrett

Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on Oct. 22, before sending nomination to Senate floor

(Newser) - The GOP is moving quickly in its plans to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, with the Senate Judiciary Committee officially setting a vote date of Oct. 22 for the panel, Politico reports. That would keep the Republican lawmakers' goal on track to have Barrett confirmed on the...

Can Trump Pardon Himself? Barrett Says She Can't Answer

It's the Supreme Court nominee's final day of questioning before the committee

(Newser) - Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett's third and final appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee got underway Wednesday. It follows a Tuesday session that stretched almost 12 hours, and the New York Times reports that with "many of the more technical questions" out of the way, the third...

Barrett: It's Obvious Racism Persists in Our Country

She says she wept with daughter after seeing George Floyd footage

(Newser) - Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett sidestepped questions on abortion and other issues during her Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday—but she was more forthcoming when Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin asked her if she had seen footage of the arrest of George Floyd. USA Today reports that Barrett's voice began...

Barrett&#39;s Day 2 Theme: &#39;I Have No Agenda&#39;
on Big Issues
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Barrett Sidesteps Questions on Big Issues

'I have no agenda,' says Supreme Court nominee

(Newser) - The actual questioning of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett has begun on Capitol Hill. However, Barrett is following the tradition of nominees not answering questions about how they might rule on key issues—in this case, ObamaCare and abortion, notes Politico . "If I give off-the-cuff answers, then I...

On Court Packing, Biden Echoes RBG's Words

Finally addressing the topic, he says he's 'not a fan'

(Newser) - Joe Biden has finally responded to weeks of speculation that Democrats could expand the Supreme Court to more than nine justices if they win the Senate and White House come November, saying he is "not a fan" of the idea. "I've already spoken on—I'm not...

Senator Who Tested Positive Speaks Maskless at Hearing
Trump Suggests Republicans
Scrap Hearings and Vote
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Trump Suggests Republicans Scrap Hearings and Vote

It's day one of the Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearings

(Newser) - As a Senate panel begins the confirmation hearings for Amy Coney Barrett, two things seem like safe bets. The first is that Republicans have the votes to confirm . The second is that, as predicted by judiciary panel chief Lindsey Graham in his introduction of Barrett Monday, "this is going...

Confirmation Hearings May Be 'Last Stand' for Graham

South Carolina senator is in the spotlight as chairman amid his tight reelection race

(Newser) - Much is at stake in the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, now underway in DC, and not just in court-related matters. The AP sees the hearings as a possible "last stand" for Lindsey Graham. The 65-year-old South Carolina Republican is locked in a tight race...

One Issue Expected to Dominate at Barrett Hearings
One Issue
to Dominate
at Barrett Hearings
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One Issue Expected to Dominate at Barrett Hearings

Democrats worried about health care and the fate of the Affordable Care Act

(Newser) - The confirmation hearings Democrats have tried to stall and Republicans have arranged with lightning speed begin Monday on Capitol Hill. The Senate Judiciary Committee opens its hearings into Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, with much of the focus from Democrats expected to be on health care. Coverage:
  • The process:

The AP Has Barrett's Prepared Remarks

The Supreme Court nominee says she will be 'fearless of criticism'

(Newser) - Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett vows to be a justice "fearless of criticism" as the split Senate charges ahead with confirmation hearings on President Trump's pick to cement a conservative court majority before Election Day, the AP reports. Barrett, a federal appeals court judge, draws on faith...

Barrett's Confirmation Appears to Be Less Certain

Two senators on Judiciary Committee have tested positive for virus

(Newser) - The COVID-19 toll on the Senate could put Republicans at risk of running out of time—and votes—as they try to push through the confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee. Three GOP senators have tested positive for the coronavirus, and others are in self-quarantine. Sen. Mitch McConnell, the majority...

Barrett&#39;s Rose Garden Event: Was It the &#39;Super-Spreader&#39;?
McConnell: I've Decided
on the Barrett Hearing
the rundown

McConnell: I've Decided on the Barrett Hearing

The media asks whether her Rose Garden event was a 'super-spreader'

(Newser) - With three colleagues sidelined by COVID-19, Sen. Mitch McConnell said he's shelving all votes for the next two weeks—but Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearing will continue, the Washington Post reports. Two of the Republican senators who tested positive, Mike Lee and Thom Tillis, are...

A Defense of Amy Coney Barrett

A Defense
of Amy
Coney Barrett

A Defense of Amy Coney Barrett

The left dislikes her because she embodies 'big-time motherhood and big-time religion'

(Newser) - Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett is running into all kinds of criticism from the left over concerns on how she'll rule on everything from Roe v. Wade to same-sex marriage. At the conservative Federalist comes a defense from Executive Editor Joy Pullmann. "Half of her resume consists...

After SCOTUS Nom, GOP Sells 'Notorious ACB' Shirts

Republicans capitalize on RBG's nickname

(Newser) - Ruth Bader Ginsburg hasn't yet been laid to rest , but the GOP is already capitalizing on her nickname. Within minutes of President Trump nominating Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, the National Republican Senatorial Committee was already selling "Notorious ACB" shirts—a play on,...

Amy Barrett&#39;s in a &#39;Charismatic&#39; Catholic Group &mdash;But Is It a Cult?
Amy Barrett
Is in a Group
That 'Speaks
in Tongues'
the rundown

Amy Barrett Is in a Group That 'Speaks in Tongues'

The media spotlight falls on a 'charismatic community' called People of Praise

(Newser) - President Trump's pick for the Supreme Court belongs to a tightly knit Catholic group called People of Praise—but what exactly is it? The media spotlight is falling on Amy Coney Barrett's "charismatic community" and reviving questions about its spiritual advisers, communal living spaces, and alleged connection...

Biden Warns That Supreme Court Pick Is About One Thing

It's part of a wider Democratic strategy in responding to Amy Barrett's nomination

(Newser) - Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden wants voters to see Republicans' push for a speedy Supreme Court confirmation as an end-run of Congress and the 2010 health care law, the AP reports. In remarks on Sunday, the former vice president sidestepped any talk of expanding the court to counter conservative gains...

GOP Could Face Backlash for Quick Vote on Barrett

GOP Could
Face Backlash
for Quick Vote
on Barrett
the rundown

GOP Could Face Backlash for Quick Vote on Barrett

As Democrats plot strategy, poll offers them affirmation

(Newser) - Senate Republicans are setting the dates for their lighting-round confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, but there are signs that winning that vote may not be the end of the debate. Although they're outnumbered and can do little to stop President Trump's Supreme Court choice, Democrats deciding on...

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