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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

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Trump expected to pick Amy Coney Barrett for Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON - Judge Amy Coney Barrett spent 16 years as a legal academic before President Donald Trump appointed her to a federal appeals court in 2017. Now, she is expected to be Trump's nominee to become a Supreme Court justice and replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

CNN, CBS and The New York Times and other media outlets reported that ...Read more

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Appeals Court runs out of patience with fight over Trump's taxes, calling his claims 'highly contrived'

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NEW YORK - President Donald Trump's relentless fight to keep his taxes from Manhattan District Cy Vance may soon reach an end.

The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals ran out of patience Friday with Trump's legal challenges to Vance's subpoenas on his longtime accounting firm.

All three judges on the panel appeared deeply skeptical of arguments by ...Read more

'I really don't think he has done a great job': COVID-19 puts Florida at risk for Trump

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PINELLAS PARK, Fla. - Priscilla Skalka figured Donald Trump's experience as a businessman would serve him well as president, so the Florida retiree voted for him.

Four years later, she's convinced he lacks what it takes to run the country.

The pandemic has upended Skalka's life, first with depression as it kept family away, then with a ...Read more

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'Disgusted' voters in the Philly suburbs could help Biden offset Trump's gains in Pennsylvania

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PHILADELPHIA - Sandy Arnell used to work for Republican lawmakers in Washington and in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania's capital. She considered herself to be liberal on issues like abortion but conservative when it came to fiscal issues. She didn't always vote Republican. But she identified as one, and voted in GOP primaries.

Arnell, of Downingtown, ...Read more

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Commentary: If Amy Coney Barrett is nominated and confirmed, it will be a shame for the Supreme Court and the country

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Get ready for the profound changes an even more conservative Supreme Court will make in the law and in American life.

President Donald Trump's short list of candidates to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat - his third Supreme Court selection in four years - are all judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals: 7th Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett, 11th ...Read more

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Can firing up the partisan base backfire in Alaska?

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WASHINGTON - Some vulnerable Republican senators have seized on the battle over the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat on the Supreme Court to fire up their conservative bases.

But in Alaska, which leads the country by far with 58% of voters registered as nonpartisan or unaffiliated, Democrats are hoping to use Sen. Dan Sullivan's quick call for ...Read more

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Commentary: Trump may be losing his grip on farm country

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Is the relationship between President Donald Trump and farm country starting to go bad?

At first glance, things have never been better. According to recent data, net farm income will hit $103 billion this year, a whopping 23% increase over 2019. The problem is that most of that bounty isn't due to anything produced down on the farm. Instead, ...Read more