Senate Committee Advances Barrett Nomination Over Dem Boycott
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Senate Committee Advances Barrett Nomination Over Dem Boycott
2020-10-22 15:10:09
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday approved the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court, nearly guaranteeing she will be confirmed by a vote of the full Republican-controlled Senate. “How could anybody in their right... Read More

Judiciary Panel Advances Barrett Nomination Over Dem Boycott
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Judiciary Panel Advances Barrett Nomination Over Dem Boycott
2020-10-22 14:40:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The GOP-led Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to advance the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the full Senate, despite a Democratic boycott on the hearing. The 12-0 vote by the committee virtually assures... Read More

Supreme Court Vote Tears at Judiciary Committee Relationships
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Supreme Court Vote Tears at Judiciary Committee Relationships

WASHINGTON — The Senate's escalating partisan tug-of-war over judicial confirmations has frayed relationships in the chamber for decades, but Thursday's committee vote on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett threatens to sever the rope. The vote is expected to unfold as it did for previous judicial nominees... Read More

Senate Set to Confirm Barrett to Supreme Court Next Monday
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Senate Set to Confirm Barrett to Supreme Court Next Monday
2020-10-20 22:57:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Senate will put in a long work session this weekend in a bid to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court by next Monday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday. McConnell has repeatedly said... Read More

Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court Nomination Expected to Advance During Rare Sunday Senate Session
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Amy Coney Barrett Supreme Court Nomination Expected to Advance During Rare Sunday Senate Session

WASHINGTON -- The Senate appears likely to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court as soon as next Monday. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R- Ky., had previously said that he anticipated beginning the process of considering the nomination of Barrett, currently a judge on the 7th U.S. Circuit... Read More

Senate Sets Date for Vote on Confirmation of Barrett to Supreme Court
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Senate Sets Date for Vote on Confirmation of Barrett to Supreme Court
2020-10-15 18:32:32
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate is scheduled to vote October 22 on whether to confirm Amy Coney Barrett as a member of the U.S. Supreme Court. The Senate Judiciary Committee set the date Thursday on the fourth day of contentious... Read More

Democrats Hammer on Health Care in Third Day of Supreme Court Nominee Barrett’s Hearings
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Democrats Hammer on Health Care in Third Day of Supreme Court Nominee Barrett’s Hearings

WASHINGTON — Democrats zeroed in on key issues surrounding health care Wednesday on the third day of Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings, as Republicans argued members of the other party have overblown their criticisms of a qualified... Read More

Democrats Aim for Senate Majority; the Polling Looks Favorable
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Democrats Aim for Senate Majority; the Polling Looks Favorable

WASHINGTON — As Republicans inch closer to confirming Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, and Joe Biden enjoys a national lead over Donald Trump in the presidential race, there’s also an intense battle going on for control of Congress.... Read More

Notre Dame Faculty Members Urge Barrett to Pause Confirmation Process
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Notre Dame Faculty Members Urge Barrett to Pause Confirmation Process

Dozens of faculty members at the University of Notre Dame inked their names to an open letter urging Judge Amy Coney Barrett, a former law professor at the school, to halt her Supreme Court confirmation process until after Election Day.... Read More

Barrett Says Past Criticisms of Rulings on Abortion, Obamacare Don’t Signal How She Would Vote Now
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Barrett Says Past Criticisms of Rulings on Abortion, Obamacare Don’t Signal How She Would Vote Now

WASHINGTON — Judge Amy Coney Barrett spent most of the second day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearing batting away Democrats’ predictions that she would provide the final vote needed to invalidate the Affordable Care Act and substantially rein in... Read More

Survey: 80% of Small Businesses Want Economic Relief Prioritized Over SCOTUS Nomination
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Survey: 80% of Small Businesses Want Economic Relief Prioritized Over SCOTUS Nomination
2020-10-13 17:41:11
by Reece Nations

WASHINGTON – A national survey by the Small Business for America’s Future coalition found that roughly 8 in ten respondents identified something other than the Supreme Court nomination when asked about Congressional priorities. The survey, conducted from Oct. 2 through... Read More

Not Since Bork Has a Supreme Court Pick Had Such a Public Record on Issues. Will it Matter for Barrett?
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Not Since Bork Has a Supreme Court Pick Had Such a Public Record on Issues. Will it Matter for Barrett?

WASHINGTON — As a law professor, Elena Kagan once described Supreme Court confirmation hearings as a “valid and hollow charade,” because modern-day nominees rarely reveal their views on issues to avoid compromising their impartiality in future cases. Then, in 2010,... Read More

Republicans and Democrats Deeply Divided On Supreme Court Nomination of Barrett
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Republicans and Democrats Deeply Divided On Supreme Court Nomination of Barrett
2020-10-13 12:29:06
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON -- The Republican chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee predicted the outcome of confirmation hearings to the U.S. Supreme Court of Amy Coney Barrett shortly after the first session started Monday morning. “All the Republicans will vote yes, all... Read More

What to Watch for in the Amy Coney Barrett Confirmation Hearings
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What to Watch for in the Amy Coney Barrett Confirmation Hearings

Although Republicans appear to have the votes and the unity to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court — with the potential to move U.S. law in a conservative direction for decades — her Senate confirmation hearings still provide... Read More

Amy Coney Barrett Will Tell Senators Laws Should be Applied as Written, Not as Judges Would Like
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Amy Coney Barrett Will Tell Senators Laws Should be Applied as Written, Not as Judges Would Like

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, whose confirmation hearings begin Monday, will tell the Senate Judiciary Committee that “policy decisions and value judgments” should be made by elected officials, not the courts, according to her opening statement released... Read More

Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing Starts Under 2020 Cloud
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Supreme Court Confirmation Hearing Starts Under 2020 Cloud

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court confirmation hearing for Amy Coney Barrett starts Monday amid a very 2020 backdrop: Beset by COVID-19, sharply divided along political lines, conducted with the help of remote videoconferencing, with sweeping policies on health care, abortion... Read More

COVID-19 Threatens Senate Chaos, But No Pause in Barrett Confirmation Process
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COVID-19 Threatens Senate Chaos, But No Pause in Barrett Confirmation Process

WASHINGTON — As President Donald Trump emerged from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday evening, Senate Republicans were continuing to operate on a timeline that would allow them to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court —... Read More

The Looming Supreme Court Confirmation Battle, Explained
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The Looming Supreme Court Confirmation Battle, Explained
2020-10-05 13:51:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - "What you're about to witness will be a kind of a Kabuki theatre," Ron Bonjean said the other day. The communications Sherpa during Justice Neil Gorsuch's confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, he was reflecting on that experience... Read More

Trump Supreme Court Pick Already Ruled on Pending Obamacare Case — in a Moot Exercise
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Trump Supreme Court Pick Already Ruled on Pending Obamacare Case — in a Moot Exercise

WASHINGTON — Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court, has already weighed in on one of the most significant and controversial cases it is scheduled to consider this fall — albeit in a mock exercise.... Read More

Supreme Court Starts Quiet Term That Could Turn Tumultuous
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Supreme Court Starts Quiet Term That Could Turn Tumultuous

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court begins its new term Monday on unsettled ground, still dealing with the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic and staring down a consequential health care case and the possibility of a contested presidential election that could... Read More

Rhodes College Alumni Oppose Barrett Nomination to Supreme Court
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Rhodes College Alumni Oppose Barrett Nomination to Supreme Court
2020-10-01 19:19:24
by Dan McCue

To many of them, she is a one-time classmate and sorority sister, but that didn't stop more than 1,500 Rhodes College alumni from signing a letter to the school's president opposing the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S.... Read More

Supreme Court Nominee Barrett Visits Capitol
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Supreme Court Nominee Barrett Visits Capitol

WASHINGTON — Amy Coney Barrett’s Capitol Hill path to the Supreme Court began on Tuesday with courtesy calls unlike any other Supreme Court nominee’s — sans handshakes, amid the homestretch of a heated presidential campaign and without the traditional veteran... Read More

Democrats Focus on Health Care in Opposing Trump Court Pick
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Democrats Focus on Health Care in Opposing Trump Court Pick

Democrats zeroed in on the risk to Americans’ health care coverage in previewing the tactics they’ll use to oppose the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump’s new Supreme Court pick. Regardless, Barrett’s confirmation seems assured given the Republican... Read More

With Court Battle Looming, Trump and Biden Compete for Catholic Voters
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With Court Battle Looming, Trump and Biden Compete for Catholic Voters

HARTFORD, Conn. — Four years ago, Marge Hansen was deeply skeptical of Republican Donald Trump, dismissing the thrice-married businessman who once boasted about grabbing women “by the p---y” as sharply out-of-step with her own conservative Catholic values. This year, she’s... Read More

What They Are Saying about Amy Coney Barrett and the Future of the Supreme Court
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What They Are Saying about Amy Coney Barrett and the Future of the Supreme Court
2020-09-27 16:39:42
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump nominated U.S. Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court Saturday afternoon, capping a dramatic first-term reshaping of the federal judiciary that he hopes will provide a needed boost to his re-election effort. Barrett,... Read More

Trump Zeroes in on Coney Barrett as Likely Supreme Court Pick
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Trump Zeroes in on Coney Barrett as Likely Supreme Court Pick

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump is moving toward nominating Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, according to people familiar with the matter, despite the president saying Monday he’s considering as many as... Read More

The Trio of Trump Front-Runners for Ginsburg Supreme Court Seat
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The Trio of Trump Front-Runners for Ginsburg Supreme Court Seat

Since Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday night, President Donald Trump has largely winnowed a list of dozens of potential replacements down to three front-runners: Appeals court judges Amy Coney Barrett, Barbara Lagoa and Amul Thapar. Barrett, Lagoa and Thapar... Read More

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