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Barrett clears pivotal Senate hurdle ahead of Monday confirmation vote

Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) joined all Democrats in voting against the procedural step. Both senators opposed confirming Barrett before the election, but only Collins has said she will vote against Barrett’s final confirmation. Murkowski announced Saturday that she will ultimately support Barrett’s confirmation to the high court, citing her qualifications even […]

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Murkowski to back Barrett, despite opposing election-year SCOTUS vote

“I’ve concluded she’s the sort of person we want on the Supreme Court,” Murkowski said of Barrett. “While I oppose the process that led us to this point, I do not hold it against her.” The decision by Murkowski to ultimately support Barrett leaves Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) as the only Republican who will vote […]

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Senate inches closer to Barrett’s confirmation despite Dem tactics

“Every new escalation, every new step, every new shattered precedent, every one of them, was initiated over there,” McConnell said. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer shot back, saying McConnell is using “a convoluted version of history … to justify steering the Senate towards one of the lowest moments in its long history.” Senate Democrats have […]

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McConnell, Schumer trade insults ahead of Barrett confirmation

“Day after day, our colleague from New York performs the same angry speech with the same falsehoods,” the Kentucky Republican said. “I’m sorry that he feels the need to constantly say things that are false.” Schumer retorted that McConnell “has defiled the Senate as an institution more than any person in this generation and many […]

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Senate Democrats to boycott Barrett’s Judiciary Committee vote Thursday

The boycott won’t prevent Barrett’s nomination from moving ahead, with Republicans on the committee vowing to confirm her. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C), chairman of the Judiciary panel, chastised Democrats for their move and said Barrett will receive a vote. “That is a choice they are making,” Graham said. “I believe it does a disservice to […]

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Senators eschew debates in final campaign stretch

Candidates typically don’t agree to debates when they’re so confident they’ll win that they don’t think it’s necessary. Debating with an opponent also opens up the possibility of a fatal gaffe — just ask Richard Mourdock, a Republican Senate candidate from Indiana who appeared on his way to becoming a U.S. senator in 2012 until […]

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Senate Dems agonize over embattled Feinstein

NARAL, Demand Justice and an array of liberal organizations dinged Feinstein for being far too deferential to Barrett, claiming she essentially helped Senate Republicans stack the Supreme Court with another ideologue who will solidify the conservative majority on the high court for years to come. NARAL Pro-Choice America president Ilyse Hogue said Feinstein “offered an […]

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McCarthy locking up support despite fears of GOP losses

“I think I’m a pretty good vote counter. I would think I already have the votes,” McCarthy said in an hour-long interview in his Capitol Hill office. “I think, having been through everything I’ve been through and knowing these races, I’m stronger today than at any other time I’ve had leadership races.” Trump’s unpopularity and […]