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Right Wing Group Launches $10M SCOTUS Campaign

Axios reports: The Judicial Crisis Network is launching a $2.2 million ad campaign to put pressure on vulnerable Senate Republicans in battleground states to support a quick confirmation when President Trump announces his Supreme Court nominee. The ad will run in Colorado, Iowa, North Carolina, Utah and Maine targeting vulnerable GOP incumbent Sens. Susan Collins, Cory Gardner and Thom Tillis. …

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Ruth Bader Ginsburg To Be First Woman To Lie In State

USA Today reports: The late Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will lie in state at the U.S. Capitol on Friday, becoming the first woman in history so honored. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Monday that Ginsburg’s casket would be placed in National Statuary Hall, where a formal ceremony will be held for invited guests only. A separate ceremony will be …

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Trump To Announce Nominee “Friday Or Saturday”

The Hill reports: President Trump plans to announce his nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court on Friday or Saturday, he said in an interview on “Fox & Friends” Monday morning. “I think it’ll be on Friday or Saturday,” Trump said when asked when he would announce his decision, adding that he wanted to …

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CDC Warns Against Poorly Ventilated Indoor Spaces

The Washington Post reports: For months, scientists and public health experts have warned of mounting evidence that the novel coronavirus is airborne, transmitted through tiny droplets called aerosols that linger in the air much longer than the larger globs that come from coughing or sneezing. Now, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agrees. The CDC recently changed its official …

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Murkowski Opposes SCOTUS Vote Before Election

Axios reports: Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) said in a statement Sunday that she opposes holding a Senate confirmation vote on President Trump’s nomination to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the election. Murkowski joins Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) as one of two Republican senators who have thus far said that they do not support rushing through a confirmation …

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Collins: Vacancy Should Be Filled By Election Winner

“In order for the American people to have faith in their elected officials, we must act fairly and consistently – no matter which political party is in power. “President Trump has the constitutional authority to make a nomination to fill the Supreme Court vacancy, and I would have no objection to the Senate Judiciary Committee’s beginning the process of reviewing …

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Collins Mum Of Replacing RBG Before Election Day

The Portland Press Herald reports: Republican Sen. Susan Collins, amid the toughest reelection fight of her career, would not say today whether she would vote to confirm a replacement for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg before Election Day. Maine’s other senator, independent Angus King, quickly issued a statement making clear that he does not support a nomination process before the election. …

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RBG’s Death Imperils Outcome Of Obamacare Case

The Huffington Post reports: The death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg is a tragedy for the country, which has lost a groundbreaking legal icon, and for the many causes she championed. It could also be a tragedy for the millions of people who depend on the Affordable Care Act for health insurance because of a lawsuit that the Supreme Court is …

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Hillary Clinton: Don’t “Give An Inch” In SCOTUS Fight

“The Democrats who are in the Senate will have to use every single possible maneuver that is available to them to make it clear that they are not going to permit Mitch McConnell to enact the greatest travesty, the monument of hypocrisy that would arise from him attempting to fill this position. “Let’s go down fighting. And let’s not give …

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AOC On Ginsburg: “Let This Moment Radicalize You”

The Washington Post reports: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is urging her social media followers to let Ginsburg’s death “radicalize you” ahead of the November election. In an Instagram live video Friday night, the freshman lawmaker with celebrity status said the Supreme Court vacancy underscored what is at stake in November. “Let this moment radicalize you,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Let this moment …

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Obama On Vacancy: “Apply Rules With Consistency”

From a statement issued last night by Barack Obama: Ruth Bader Ginsburg fought to the end, through her cancer, with unwavering faith in our democracy and its ideals. That’s how we remember her. But she also left instructions for how she wanted her legacy to be honored. Four and a half years ago, when Republicans refused to hold a hearing …

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Mourners Pay Tribute To RBG On Supreme Court Steps

CBS News reports: A large crowd of people gathered on the steps of the Supreme Court on Friday night after the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Well-wishers left flowers and signs and broke into applause and songs, and the American flag outside the Supreme Court was lowered to half-mast. “I think it’s a testament to who she was as …

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US Census Reports 980K Same-Sex Couple Households

The Associated Press reports: In 2019, there were slightly fewer than 1 million same-sex couple households in the U.S., and a majority of those couples were married, according to new figures the U.S. Census Bureau released Thursday. Of the 980,000 same-sex couple households, 58% were married couples and 42% were unmarried partners, according to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. …

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Connecticut To Fine Mask Refusers, Event Organizers

Hartford’s NBC News affiliate reports: Fines will now be implemented for those who are not following Connecticut’s mask orders and event size limits, according to Governor Ned Lamont. The governor said a $100 fine will be implemented for individuals who do not follow the state’s mask order. Also, people will now have to pay a $500 fine for organizing an …

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Indonesian Mask Refusers Forced To Dig Graves

The Jakarta Post reports: Eight people in Gresik regency, East Java, were ordered by local authorities to dig graves for those who have died of COVID-19 as punishment for not wearing face masks in public. Cerme district head, Suyono, said that he punished residents who did not wear face masks by making them dig graves at a public cemetery in …

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Israel To Enter Second Lockdown Amid Surge In Cases

The Washington Post reports: Israel will head into a second coronavirus lockdown, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced in a televised news conference Sunday night, following a sharp escalation in the number of new infections in the country in recent weeks. The lockdown, which requires schools, stores, malls and hotels to close and reinstates restrictions on people’s movements for at least …

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Canada: Zero COVID Deaths For First Time Since March

Reuters reports: Canada reported zero COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours for the first time since March 15, according to public health agency data released late on Friday. Canada’s death toll from the pandemic stood at 9,163 as of Sept. 11, the same as the number of the deaths reported on Sept. 10, government data showed. The number of …

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Florida Bars To Reopen At 50% Capacity On Monday

The Miami Herald reports: The state will allow bars to reopen at 50% capacity starting Monday, Florida’s top business regulator announced via Twitter Thursday evening. But that’s not going to apply in Miami-Dade County. Halsey Beshears, the secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, said that the state will rescind Executive Order 20-09, which forced some standalone bars …

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NE Gov To Drop Most COVID Restrictions Amid Spike

Omaha’s NBC News affiliate reports: Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts will end nearly all of his state’s social-distancing restrictions on Monday even as the number of new coronavirus cases has trended upward over the last few months. Ricketts said all counties except Lancaster County would move into Phase 4, which loosens restrictions and allows outdoor venues to have 100% occupancy and …

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Ben Sasse: Have State Legislatures Appoint Senators

The National Review reports: Senator Ben Sasse (R., Neb.) called to repeal the 17th Amendment on Tuesday, which would eliminate the requirement that U.S. senators be elected by popular votes. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed titled “Make the Senate Great Again,” Sasse called for an end to the amendment, among other changes to the Senate “aimed at promoting debate, …

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