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Democrats focus on health care in opposing Trump court pick

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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 majority in the Senate. She would replace the most progressive member of ...Read more

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Biden says voters won't accept GOP 'abuse of power' in pushing Barrett's confirmation

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WASHINGTON - Democratic presidential contender Joe Biden declared Sunday that voters "are not going to stand for this abuse of power" if President Donald Trump's Senate Republican allies push through the election-season confirmation of conservative judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

As Senate Republicans vowed to swiftly secure ...Read more

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In nasty tweet, President Trump calls for pre-debate drug test for Joe Biden

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President Donald Trump repeated his calls for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to take a drug test before their upcoming debate, continuing a nasty line of attack on his opponent.

"I will be strongly demanding a Drug Test of Sleepy Joe Biden prior to, or after, the Debate on Tuesday night. Naturally, I will agree to take one also," ...Read more

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Biden has upper hand over Trump in expectations game for debate

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Democrat Joe Biden takes the stage at the first presidential debate of 2020 on Tuesday staring at an opponent, in President Donald Trump, who has unwittingly done him a big favor - lowered expectations for Biden's performance.

The president has spent months painting Biden as doddering and senile, a move that may have lowered the bar for Biden's...Read more

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Poll: Majority of Minnesotans want Senate to hold off on Supreme Court pick

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MINNEAPOLIS - A majority of likely Minnesota voters want the U.S. Senate to wait until after the November election to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, results of a new Star Tribune/MPR News/KARE 11 Minnesota Poll show.

Just 39% of those polled said the U.S. Senate should take up the nominee ahead ...Read more

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Worst-case election scenario: A Pennsylvania counting meltdown

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WASHINGTON - It's the morning after the Nov. 3 election, and the world doesn't know who won the U.S. presidency because there are hundreds of thousands of mail-in ballots in the pivotal state of Pennsylvania that won't be counted for days as lawyers descend to battle over the votes.

That's the worst-case election scenario emerging if the race ...Read more

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Democrats fret over Biden's outreach to Latino voters

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WASHINGTON - Some Democrats are fretting over polls suggesting that Joe Biden's presidential campaign isn't reaching Latino voters, missing an opportunity to connect over the response to the coronavirus pandemic that the group identifies as its biggest campaign issue. Or just to connect. Others are telling the worriers to relax.

As the Nov. 3 ...Read more

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Trump's pick for Supreme Court justice draws GOP support, Democratic ire … as expected

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President Donald Trump's nomination of conservative federal judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, like much of his White House tenure, was applauded and attacked across a nation divided.

While Democrats and liberal groups were quick to rip Trump and demand a vote delayed until after the Nov. 3 presidential election, Republicans and ...Read more

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Barrett could be most conservative Justice since Clarence Thomas

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WASHINGTON - Amy Coney Barrett brings a resume that could make her the most conservative new justice since Clarence Thomas and a dream addition for Republicans looking to remake the U.S. Supreme Court.

Barrett, nominated Saturday by President Donald Trump, champions the "originalist" approach that has become conservative orthodoxy for ...Read more

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Supreme Court nominee Barrett is mother of 7, conservative Catholic, law professor

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Federal Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett is many things: A Louisiana native. Former clerk for late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. A conservative Catholic, a mother of seven, a Notre Dame Law School professor.

And now, President Donald Trump's choice to succeed the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and became the youngest justice on the ...Read more

As Trump questions US election system, Sen. Blunt says it's 'secure as it's ever been'

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While President Donald Trump has refused to promise a peaceful transfer of power should he lose, saying he wasn't sure the election could be honest with the proliferation of mail ballots, Missouri Republican Sen. Roy Blunt says the U.S. election system is "secure as it's ever been."

Blunt, chairman of the Senate Rules Committee and member of ...Read more

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Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON - By the time President Donald Trump officially introduced Amy Coney Barrett as his Supreme Court nominee Saturday evening at the White House, much of the dramatic tension already had been resolved over what unfolds over the next weeks, months and years.

Barrett, a former law professor and reliably conservative federal appeals court ...Read more

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Trump to announce Supreme Court pick

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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is expected to name his pick Saturday night for the vacant seat on the Supreme Court, a move that could further shift the high court to the right and reshape American law on abortion, healthcare, religion and guns for a generation.

U.S. Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett has emerged as Trump's leading candidate,...Read more

In Amy Coney Barrett, conservatives see the Supreme Court champion they've longed for

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WASHINGTON - In his all-but-certain nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President Donald Trump has chosen a well-regarded legal scholar who has strong appeal to conservatives and who almost surely would move the high court significantly to the right on abortion, guns and other high-profile issues.

If the Senate's Republican majority holds to...Read more

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Trump's Supreme Court pick seen as unlikely to jump-start campaign

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President Donald Trump is counting on the battle over a Supreme Court vacancy to inject new life into his faltering campaign, but it's unlikely to overshadow the ongoing pandemic and struggling U.S. economy that have battered his chances for re-election.

The president plans to formally begin the confirmation battle at 5 p.m. Saturday in ...Read more

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Biden hangs on to lead over Trump, Minnesota poll shows

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MINNEAPOLIS - Former Vice President Joe Biden maintains a steady lead over President Donald Trump in Minnesota, propelled by strong support among women and younger voters, according to a new Star Tribune/MPR News/KARE 11 Minnesota Poll.

The poll found the Democratic challenger leading 48% to 42% over the Republican incumbent among likely ...Read more

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Second lady Karen Pence rallies with evangelicals in Michigan

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HOLLAND, Mich. - Second lady Karen Pence rallied in Holland on Friday in an effort to energize the evangelical base that played a key role in elevating President Donald Trump to victory in Michigan in 2016.

Pence, speaking to a crowd of around 100 supporters in a tent outside Baker Lofts in Holland, noted Trump's role in appointing conservative...Read more

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Google policy will limit ads for election as it does for disasters

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SAN FRANCISCO - Google will halt election advertising after the polls officially close for the U.S. presidential election, a move designed to limit false messages about the outcome of the contest.

The largest internet company said advertisers will not be able to run ads referencing candidates, the election or its outcome, according to an email ...Read more

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Trump ready to nominate Amy Coney Barrett to replace Ginsburg on Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump plans to nominate Amy Coney Barrett, a conservative federal appeals court judge, to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's position on the Supreme Court on Saturday, barring a last-minute change of heart, pushing fresh fights over abortion rights and the Affordable Care Act to the center of an already heated presidential ...Read more

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Trump expected to nominate Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court seat

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WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump is expected to name Amy Coney Barrett of Indiana as his nominee to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court, sources told McClatchy.

Trump has been telling senators directly that Barrett is his choice, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., told Republican members of the ...Read more