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Barrett hearings, day four: A sense of inevitability from both sides of the aisle

Posted Thu, October 15th, 2020 11:39 pm by James Romoser The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday concluded its hearings on Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett and, amid unsuccessful efforts by Democrats to delay the process, scheduled a committee vote to send her nomination to the full Senate on Oct. 22. A full Senate vote […]

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Barrett hearings, day three: Many more questions from senators, few new details from the nominee

Posted Wed, October 14th, 2020 10:55 pm by James Romoser Judge Amy Coney Barrett spent another day eschewing substantive pronouncements and promising judicial impartiality in testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, the second and final day in which senators had a chance to question President Donald Trump’s nominee to succeed the late Justice […]

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Barrett hearings, day two: “I have no agenda”

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett declined on Tuesday to answer questions about her views on the Affordable Care Act, abortion, same-sex marriage and a slew of other issues, saying repeatedly that she has made “no pre-commitments” about how she would decide any case if she were confirmed. Rebuffing Democrats, she also would not say […]

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Barrett hearings, day one: Opening statements on health care, religion and the Supreme Court’s role

Posted Mon, October 12th, 2020 8:40 pm by James Romoser Judge Amy Coney Barrett told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday afternoon that “courts are not designed to solve every problem or right every wrong” after a day of polarized back-and-forth in which senators quarreled over the Supreme Court’s prominent role in health care, abortion, […]

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Empirical SCOTUS: A comprehensive look at Judge Amy Coney Barrett

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, now a Supreme Court nominee, has followed a well-worn path of nominees before her. President Donald Trump nominated her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit on Nov. 2, 2017. He then nominated her to the Supreme Court, just under three years later, on Sept. 26, 2020. Chief […]

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COVID-19 outbreak in GOP caucus complicates Barrett confirmation

Posted Sat, October 3rd, 2020 11:33 pm by Katie Barlow The Republican plan to swiftly confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court is in disarray after three Republican senators – including two on the Senate Judiciary Committee – tested positive for the coronavirus. As of Saturday night, at least eight people who attended […]

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A “view” from the Rose Garden: The nine

President Donald Trump announced his first two Supreme Court nominees in the East Room of the White House, and both in prime time on a weeknight. Many people commented on the vaguely game-show suspense the former host of “The Apprentice” brought to the process: the surprising lack of leaks about the pick, the hint that […]

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Trump nominates Barrett to Supreme Court

Posted Sat, September 26th, 2020 7:06 pm by Amy Howe Judge Amy Coney Barrett (University of Notre Dame) Shortly after he appointed then-Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court created by the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy, President Donald Trump reportedly told his advisors that he was “saving” Judge Amy Coney […]