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Barrett confirmed by Senate for Supreme Court, takes oath   10%

Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the Supreme Court late on Oct. 26 by a deeply divided Senate, with Republicans overpowering Democrats to install President Donald Trump's nominee days before the election and secure a likely conservative court majority for years to come.

US Senate confirms Trumps Supreme Court candidate Barrett   40%

The US Senate confirmed conservative jurist Amy Coney Barrett as the Supreme Court’s newest justice Monday, delivering President Donald Trump a landmark win just eight days before the election.The

US Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court   16%

Republicans have put conservative Amy Coney Barrett on the high court, just days before a presidential election. Democrats, meanwhile, have been reduced to the role of helpless onlookers.

Wisconsin's Ballot Extension Plan Blocked By U.S. Supreme Court  

NPR's David Greene talks to election law expert Rick Hasen about Monday's Supreme Court decision that may offer a a window into how the court could rule over a contested Election Day outcome.

Senate To Vote On Amy Coney Barrett's Confirmation For Supreme Court   20%

The Senate is expected to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court on Monday in a mostly party-line vote. Her addition to the court days before the election has been a campaign issue.

By Calling Climate Change Controversial, Barrett Created Controversy   8%

Judge Amy Coney Barrett refused to answer numerous questions, but it was her avoidance of acknowledging climate change that particularly resonated.

Op-Ed: The pope spoke out. What about you, Amy Coney Barrett?  

As a devout Catholic, does the Supreme Court nominee have any thoughts on Pope Francis' statement in defense of civil unions?

A World Without Legal Abortion: How Activists Envision A 'Post-Roe' Nation  

With the confirmation of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, anti-abortion activists hope for a world where ending an unwanted pregnancy is not an option.

Column: Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation was shockingly hypocritical. But there may be a silver lining.  

Barrett's confirmation should finally convince American voters that Republicans don't deserve to control the U.S. Senate.

Start and end the Yom Kippur fast with tradition: Two kugel recipes  

They say that all the kugel one ate in honor of Shabbat is weighed in heavenly court alongside one’s deeds and misdeeds

"A Barrett Confirmation Is a Catastrophe": What Democrats Can Do to Block Trump's Supreme Court Pick   3%

Fordham law professor Zephyr Teachout says Senate Democrats can still block the confirmation of President Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, if they use every possible procedural method available to them to slow and frustrate the process. "A Barrett confirmation is a catastrophe," Teachout says. "A 6-3 majority on the court is basically a bomb coming at what is left of our protections against corruption in politics, against corporate money, against what is left of the Voting Rights Act."

She could easily serve more than three decades on the Supreme Court, but the conditions under which she started are not likely to fade from the nation's memory   9%

She is only 48 and could easily serve more than three decades on the Supreme Court. But no matter how long Justice Amy Coney Barrett sits on the bench, the conditions under which she started are not likely to fade soon from the nation's memory.

'West Wing' cast reunites for video backing Michigan Supreme Court justice's 2020 campaign  

Michigan Supreme Court chief justice Bridget McCormack's campaign got a video boost from the cast of 'The West Wing.'


Barrett's answers on Roe v. Wade were different   8%

Amy Coney Barrett avoided giving her opinion on Roe v. Wade during her confirmation hearing. While judges typically try not to weigh in on controversial legal issues, previous nominees have talked about abortion differently.

Trump's taxes, election and abortion cases await Amy Coney Barrett in her first week   11%

Amy Coney Barrett is preparing to join the Supreme Court as the justices are ready to take action on a number of important petitions before them, including several related to next week's election.

Barrett's answers on Roe v. Wade were different from other nominees   8%

Amy Coney Barrett avoided giving her opinion on Roe v. Wade during her confirmation hearing. While judges typically try not to weigh in on controversial legal issues, previous nominees have talked about abortion differently.

Trump assaulted American democracy here's how Democrats can save it | Robert Reich   17%

Amy Coney Barrett is heading for confirmation but supreme court and Senate reform is possible if Biden wins and acts fast

Barring a miracle, Amy Coney Barrett will be confirmed on Monday as the ninth justice on the US supreme court.

Related: 'Power grab': how Republican hardball gave us Amy Coney Barrett

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Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court a week ahead of Election Day   11%

Senate Republicans are poised to confirm President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett on Monday, a major victory for the President and his party just days before November 3, that promises to push the high court in a more conservative direction for generations to come.

Liberal Jewish groups sign letter with other religious orgs opposing Amy Coney Barretts nomination  

The letter concludes by saying that Barrett would run counter to the example set by Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Jewish justice who died last month and whom Barrett would replace

The Big Bang Theorys Mayim Bialik suggests her character should replace Amy Coney Barrett on Supreme Court   35%

Sitcom star responded to Coney Barrett’s controversial confirmation to high court

Amy Coney Barrett joins the Supreme Court in unprecedented times   9%

She is only 48 and could easily serve more than three decades on the Supreme Court. But no matter how long Justice Amy Coney Barrett sits on the bench, the conditions under which she started are not likely to fade soon from the nation's memory.

Trump takes Supreme Court victory lap while deceiving nation over worsening pandemic  

President Donald Trump claimed a place in history Monday when Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation secured a dominant conservative majority on the Supreme Court, but the pomp of his victory lap could not disguise the reality of a pandemic that has placed his presidency in deep peril a week before the election.

Hidalgo pressures Abbott to weigh in on drive-thru voting  

Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo urged Gov. Greg Abbott to weigh in on drive-thru voting, which is now at the mercy of the Texas Supreme Court.

Opinion: Dianne Feinstein was harder on preteen climate activists than she was on Amy Coney Barrett  

Dianne Feinstein stood up to a group of preteen climate activists with more verve and vitriol than she brought to the Amy Coney Barrett hearings.

Trump earns SC boost in election final week   17%

President Donald Trump's struggling reelection campaign received a boost with the confirmation of his latest Supreme Court nominee, tilting the top body to the right. The Republican-controlled Senate elevated judge Amy Coney Barrett to the lifelong position, capping a rapid and deeply contentious process that now makes her the 6th conservative, and 3rd Trump appointee, on the 9-member bench.

Deeply Troubling: Kristen Clarke on How Rush to Confirm Barrett Endangers Voting & Civil Rights   6%

The Senate confirmation hearing for President Trump's Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett ended Thursday with Republicans on the Judiciary Committee scheduling a vote on her nomination for October 22, with a full Senate vote to follow shortly thereafter — less than two weeks before the presidential election, in which the Supreme Court could play a decisive role. The right-wing judge's confirmation looks all but assured, after four rushed days of questioning in which Barrett refused to state her position on abortion rights, gay marriage, the Affordable Care Act, voting rights, climate change, and even if President Trump could delay the election. If confirmed, she gives conservatives a 6-3 majority on the high court. "We have never had a president put forth a nomination and commence confirmation hearings in the middle of an ongoing presidential election," says Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Amy Coney Barrett confirmed to supreme court in major victory for US conservatives   40%

Senate’s confirmation of Barrett, 48, cements rightwing domination of court for years to come

The US Senate has confirmed Amy Coney Barrett to the supreme court, delivering Donald Trump a huge but partisan victory just eight days before the election and locking in rightwing domination of the nation’s highest court for years to come.

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Heres how conservative the supreme court could tip with Amy Coney Barrett | Mona Chalabi   -20%

Academics have measured justices’ views on a spectrum from ‘more liberal’ to ‘more conservative’ – and Barrett could tip the scales considerably

The scales of justice at the US supreme court have tipped firmly towards a conservative ideology for decadesto come after the election of judge Amy Coney Barrett, according to a dataset that measures the values of US justices.

Democrats criticized the rush to confirm Barrett before the general election while Republicans claimed that the seat should not remain vacant in the coming weeks. But really, what both sides are concerned about is the balance of the judiciary.

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Monday Sunrise Briefing: Trump's third conservative justice  

Catch-up on the weekend news: A final Senate confirmation vote Monday on Judge Amy Coney Barrett, the return of pandemic politics, and a new A-bomb treaty.

Dark Money & Barrett Nomination: The Link Between Big Polluters & the War on ACA, Roe & LGBT Rights   -15%

During confirmation hearings this week for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island opted not to ask the judge any questions. Instead, he gave a 30-minute presentation on how right-wing groups, including the Federalist Society and Judicial Crisis Network, use dark money to shape the nation's judiciary. We air excerpts from his presentation and get reaction from Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

Amy Coney Barrett is sworn in as supreme court justice - as it happened   32%

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The Republican party has become dramatically more illiberal in the past two decades and now more closely resembles ruling parties in autocratic societies than its former center-right equivalents in Europe, according to a new international study.

In a significant shift since 2000, the GOP has taken to demonizing and encouraging violence against its opponents, adopting attitudes and tactics comparable to ruling nationalist parties in Hungary, India, Poland and Turkey.

Related: Republicans closely resemble autocratic parties in Hungary and Turkey – study

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Why Amy Coney Barrett's addition to supreme court may undermine climate fight   16%

Barrett and five other conservative justices will wield considerable influence on climate change policy

The supreme court is shifting right, at a pivotal moment when it could have the last word on how much the US contributes to battling the climate crisis.

Amy Coney Barrett’s addition to the court could leave an indelible mark on how fiercely the US, and perhaps the rest of the world, can fight rising temperatures, even as scientists warn society has just years to take serious action.

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A health care debate full of big problems and vague solutions   30%

Trump, Biden dodge on contingency plans if Supreme Court eliminates Obamacare — Remdesivir wins FDA approval

See Amy Coney Barrett get sworn in  

Amy Coney Barrett is sworn in as a Supreme Court Justice, and addresses a crowd gathered at the White House.

Letters to the Editor: 'Originalism' is a bad disguise for conservative judicial activism   -44%

Originalists like Amy Coney Barrett call their judicial philosophy of "originalism" common sense. In reality, it's a dangerous ideology.

Video: Amy Coney Barrett sworn in as Supreme Court justice   -16%

The ceremony started less than an hour after the Republican-led Senate voted to confirm Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Angry Democrats try to focus on health care as they watch Barrett confirmation  

Republicans were the only senators who used the phrase “court-packing” in recent weeks, as Democrats sought to focus on the real-world impact of a conservative Supreme Court.

Opinion: Amy Coney Barrett's addition to the Supreme Court isn't a guaranteed Obamacare killer  

Barrett's views about the court's 2012 decision in favor of the ACA are moot. The Supreme Court now has different justices considering different facts.

The Amy Coney Barrett Hail-Mary Touchdown  

Senate Republicans were always going to confirm Amy Coney Barrett to a lifetime appointment on the Supreme Court. Conservative voters wanted it, and the party united around the concept. Republicans “believe voting on this justice is a constitutional duty. The nomination happened. There was time to get it done. So they got it done,” Steven Duffield, a Republican former senior Senate aide, told me. Even the highest-ranking Republican leaders aren’t shy about admitting that this may be the party’s last gasp before losing political power for a while. “A lot of what we’ve done over the last four years will be undone sooner or later by the next election,” Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said during a speech yesterday. The Democrats “won’t be able to do much about this for a long time to come.”

As it has become harder for the two parties to achieve their goals legislatively, the Supreme Court has become the ultimate trophy, a way to maintain influence over federal policy even when they get voted out of power. Barrett’s confirmation may lead to vicious reprisals in the war over the judiciary, which Republicans openly worry about. But for now, they are just enjoying their success. “The chief value proposition of Donald Trump’s presidency is appointees,” Noah Rothman, an editor at Commentary, told me. Barrett’s confirmation may be “the last act of this presidency,” and if Trump loses next week, “Republicans will look back on [it] fondly.”

[Read: The true victors of Trump’s Supreme Court nomination]

Barrett is ascending to the high court just eight days before an election that Republicans apparently expect to lose. The stakes couldn’t be higher: In her first few weeks on the job, Barrett is slated to hear a case that could end up overturning the Affordable Care Act, along with a case about whether the government can require a Catholic foster-care agency to place children with same-sex couples. At 48, Barrett will be the youngest justice on the bench, cementing a 6–3 conservative majority. Over the past 50 years, three-quarters of Supreme Court justices were named by Republican presidents, and her appointment will further consolidate the conservative influence on America’s judiciary.

Democrats have spent the past month arguing that Barrett’s appointment is “the most rushed, the most partisan, and the least legitimate nomination to the Supreme Court in our nation’s history,” as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer recently said at a press conference, in large part because it’s happening right before the election. “I don’t even come close to buying that,” Gregg Nunziata, a former chief nominations counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, told me. Especially after Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s contentious confirmation battle, Republicans believe Democrats have fully embraced norm-breaking in order to win, including by throwing out Senate rules to confirm Democratic nominees and by using procedural maneuvers to tank a Republican nominee. “Why should our guys play by some enhanced rules of etiquette?” Nunziata said. Republicans have followed suit: Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina reversed his position on confirming Supreme Court nominees in an election year after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. Besides, the Democrats never had the votes to stop Barrett from getting through. “The fits of pique that we witnessed from Democrats and progressive activists around this event [have] been uniquely impotent,” Rothman said.

[Read: How conservatives really feel about Amy Coney Barrett]

Republicans claim that Barrett’s confirmation is not about securing a justice who will be friendly to Republican causes: Conservatives look for justices “who have a fealty to the Constitution and not to particular policy goals,” Duffield said. But even among themselves, conservatives disagree about the extent to which Republicans look to the Supreme Court as a firewall for their agenda. Conservative advocacy groups spent millions on swing-state ads meant to pressure Republican senators, points out James Wallner, a Republican former senior Senate staffer and current fellow at the R Street Institute. “It’s nonsense to suggest it’s not supposed to be political,” he told me.

Even after four years of controlling the Senate and the White House, along with two years of holding the House of Representatives, “Republicans don’t have a lot to show for [themselves],” Wallner said. “Confirming Barrett right before Election Day is a continuation of a trend: We have to do something.” In the absence of major legislative achievements, he said, the judiciary has become an arena where Republicans, the party of small government, look to entrench their power. The party’s instinct “is not to check the Court. It’s to control the Court,” Wallner said.

For voters who care intensely about Supreme Court justices, Barrett’s confirmation is unlikely to change their minds about their preferred candidate. And for voters who don’t follow judicial nominations that closely, it seems unlikely that this confirmation would decide their vote. After all, the president has already appointed two other Supreme Court justices and filled 217 other federal-judiciary seats. Republicans are already anticipating the worst for next week: “It could be a bloodbath of Watergate proportions,” Senator Ted Cruz of Texas recently said on CNBC. Republican losses could continue long after 2020. As my colleague Ronald Brownstein recently wrote, the courts may provide conservatives with recourse against a growing Democratic majority, built on the diversity of Millennial and Gen Z voters: “Every young conservative judge that the GOP has stacked onto the federal courts amounts to a sandbag against that rising demographic wave.”

[Read: What the rush to confirm Amy Coney Barrett is all about]

The long-term consequences are the ones that will matter: whether Democrats will seek their revenge by attempting to pack the Court with liberal-friendly justices after the election, for example, and whether any hope of bipartisan cooperation on judicial nominations is officially dead. “With the erosion of norms, I do worry that, long-term, both parties will be more tempted to put on the bench more explicit partisans, rather than searching for legal excellence,” Nunziata said. In a different time, under a different president, it’s possible that the vote on Barrett’s nomination would have gone differently—less drama, more senators willing to cross party lines. Barrett got unlucky with the timing of her nomination, becoming the face of a political fight she had no control over. “For her sake, and for the sake of the republic, it would have been nice had this process occurred earlier. But that’s not the way Supreme Court vacancies work,” Nunziata said.

Republicans understood perfectly that Democrats would protest against installing a justice to the bench just a few days before a potentially transformative election. But Republicans are determined to use their power while they still have it. “It may not be prudent to proceed with filling a vacancy at this time,” Nunziata said. “But we don’t live in an age or enjoy a politics marked by prudence.”