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Barrett all but seals her confirmation after contentious hearings

“The question is, after this is over, do you have any doubt that she’s competent, that she’s originalist, and she’s independent? I think a reasonable person would say that there’s not much doubt there,” Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said. Republicans can confirm Barrett with a simple majority now that the filibuster on Supreme […]

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Pelosi: Covid-19 relief bill hinges on next 48 hours

“Are we going with it, or not? And what is the language?” Pelosi said on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” Asked about the timeframe later on Sunday, Pelosi’s office clarified that an agreement would need to be clinched by Tuesday night. If not, a bill would need to be pushed until after the election. […]

Defense

U.N. arms embargoes on Iran expire despite U.S. objections

“Today’s normalization of Iran’s defense cooperation with the world is a win for the cause of multilateralism and peace and security in our region,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter. The United Nations banned Iran from buying major foreign weapon systems in 2010 amid tensions over its nuclear program. An earlier embargo […]

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‘Dripping sarcasm’: Graham clarifies comment about segregation

“I want to make sure that everybody in my state moves forward,” he told reporters, emphasizing that nearly a third of his constituents are Black. “And in terms of that statement, it blows my mind that any rational person could believe that about me.” The Senate Judiciary chair made the comments offhand while discussing so-called […]

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Barrett emerges as the anti-Kavanaugh

Barrett has done absolutely nothing to endanger her support among the 51 Republicans needed to confirm her. With the Nov. 3 election just 20 days away, Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell can’t afford the slightest delay or misstep in the confirmation process. For Republicans, Barrett delivered. And for Democrats feeling like they are […]

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McConnell plots out preelection endgame with Barrett, Covid relief

The Senate will come in on Monday next week and then stay through the following weekend to finish Barrett’s nomination. The committee vote on Barrett is now 1 p.m. next Thursday. Without Democratic cooperation, which is unlikely, that means Barrett would probably be confirmed on Oct. 26. But first, McConnell will bring a coronavirus aid […]

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Dem chairman’s race tightens as GOP ‘hero’ pulls in millions

“I can’t outspend him. We can’t even match him. He raised more money in a quarter than I’ve ever raised in a year in my life. But we can outwork him,” DeFazio told supporters on a virtual phone banking on Thursday, the same day that both candidates disclosed their latest fundraising haul. Democrats say they’re […]

Defense

O’Brien takes indirect shot at Milley over Afghanistan drawdown

“It’s not my practice to speculate,” O’Brien said. “Other people can interpret that what I say is a speculation, but I wasn’t speculating. … When I’m speaking, I’m speaking for the president and I think that’s what the Pentagon is moving out and doing.” The remarks were the latest in an unusually public back-and-forth between […]

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Pelosi and Mnuchin keep Covid talks alive even as deal remains elusive

It’s another sign that the two sides are gradually whittling down their list of disputes, offering at least some hope for an eleventh-hour deal that could deliver trillions to American families and businesses battered by the pandemic. Still, most Democrats and Republicans admit that it would be next to impossible to draft and pass a […]

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‘Your credibility… will die in this room’

The Rhode Island Democrat succinctly stated what’s on everyone’s mind: Once Barrett is confirmed, all bets are off about how the Senate — and the Supreme Court — might look a few months from now if Democrats sweep in November. Whitehouse’s remarks were pointed enough to serve as a warning for Republicans but vague enough […]