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Amy Coney Barrett front-runner on Trump list of potential Justice nominees: Sources
Courtesy of the University of Notre Dame By MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- A conservative female federal judge appears to be the lead contender on President Donald Trump's list of potential nominees to fill the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, multiple sources familiar with the thinking of the president and his advisers told ABC News.Trump is expected to put forth a nominee in the coming days, and while it is still early in the process, U.S. Circuit Judge Amy Coney Barrett is seen as a leading contender, several sources told ABC News. Barrett was one of four...
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Current, former justices release personal statements on Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Shannon Finney/Getty Images By KIARA BRANTLEY-JONES, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Current and former Supreme Court justices are offering their condolences in the wake of the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Friday. Her fellow justices released personal statements today honoring Justice Ginsburg's memory.Statement of Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr.Justice Roberts referred to Justice Ginsburg as a "champion of justice" who will be remembered by future generations."Our Nation has lost a jurist of historic stature. We at the Supreme Court have lost a cherished colleague. Today we mourn, but with confidence that future generations will remember Ruth Bader...
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg to be honored with statue in Brooklyn, her birthplace: Cuomo
photographerfromUkraine/iStock By EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be honored with a statue in Brooklyn, where she was born in 1933, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday, one day after Ginsburg's death."As a lawyer, jurist, and professor, she redefined gender equity and civil rights and ensured America lived up to her founding ideals — she was a monumental figure of equality, and we can all agree that she deserves a monument in her honor," Cuomo said in a statement."She persevered despite several bouts of cancer and was present every single day to...
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Breaking down the Supreme Court nomination, confirmation process
JPecha/iStock By MEGHAN KENEALLY and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- The death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg -- 46 days ahead of the presidential election -- has prompted new scrutiny of the process of approving nominees to sit on the nation’s highest court.President Trump is expected to put forth a nominee to fill her seat in the coming days, multiple sources close to the president and with direct knowledge of the situation told ABC News.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Friday that Trump’s nominee will receive a vote on the floor of the Senate.How a position opens upThe...
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Trump calls on Senate Republicans to act 'without delay' on SCOTUS pick
TriggerPhoto/iStock By ELIZABETH THOMAS, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump on Saturday morning, just hours after the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, tweeted Senate Republicans have an "obligation, without delay" to act on his nominee to the Supreme Court, presumably before November's presidential election.“We were put in this position of power and importance to make decisions for the people who so proudly elected us, the most important of which has long been considered to be the selection of United States Supreme Court Justices,” Trump tweeted. "We have this obligation, without delay!"Trump has yet to indicate whom he might pick...
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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87
Shannon Finney/Getty Images By DEVIN DWYER, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the powerhouse Supreme Court justice and champion for women's rights, has died at the age of 87."Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died this evening surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, D.C., due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer," Court Spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said.Her death while still serving on the Court, a scenario long-dreaded by liberals, creates a rare election-year opportunity for President Donald Trump to nominate a conservative replacement, triggering a pitched political battle.Ginsburg had become the standard bearer for the court's liberal wing, writing...
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US sends Bradley Fighting Vehicles to Syria to boost security for troops following Russian encounter
Ivan Cholakov/iStock By LUIS MARTINEZ, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- In a show of force, the U.S. military has sent armored fighting vehicles to eastern Syria to help protect the hundreds of American troops stationed there following a tense encounter with Russian forces last month that left seven American troops injured, said U.S. Central Command.A military spokesman said the deployment of Bradley Fighting Vehicles, advanced radars and increased flight patrols was a "clear demonstration of U.S. resolve to defend Coalition forces" in eastern Syria."U.S. Central Command has directed a number of actions in northeast Syria to help ensure the safety and security...
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DHS whistleblower may not appear before Congress next week, lawyer says
Salwan Georges/The Washington Post via Getty Images By BENJAMIN SIEGEL, JOSH MARGOLIN, and KATHERINE FAULDERS, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) -- The Department of Homeland Security whistleblower who claimed senior Trump administration officials -- including the acting secretary of Homeland Security -- sought to "censor" or "manipulate" intelligence for political purposes is unlikely to appear before the House Intelligence Committee for a closed-door hearing next week as planned, his lawyer told ABC News on Friday.Mark Zaid, an attorney for Brian Murphy, the former chief of the DHS intelligence office, told ABC News that his client will not testify before the House panel until...
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Federal judge halts changes to Postal Service, citing 'voter disenfranchisement'
Marilyn Nieves/iStock By LUCIEN BRUGGEMAN and OLIVIA RUBIN, ABC News(SPOKANE, Wash.) -- A federal judge in Washington State ordered the U.S. Postal Service to halt a set of controversial cost-cutting changes imposed earlier this year by Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, handing a major victory to several Democratic state attorneys general.U.S. Judge Stanley Bastian wrote Thursday that "partisan politics" was the root cause of the Postal Service’s cost-cutting measures and "voter disenfranchisement" was the effect. He found that the state attorneys general proved "that the United States Postal Service and the Postmaster General violated and infringed on the States’ constitutional authority...
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Trump's leadership is 'opposite of racism': Kim Klacik on 'The View'
Photo Courtesy of the Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images By MEG CUNNINGHAM, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Kim Klacik, who is vying to represent Maryland's 7th Congressional District, told The View on Friday that she finds President Donald Trump's leadership to be "the opposite of racism.""I find that President Trump has shown nothing but the opposite of racism. Each year, HBCUs had to go to Congress to ask for money. You know who made that permanent so they don't have to ask each year? That would be President Trump. Do you know who tackled...
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Biden swings through Minnesota as early voting kicks off new phase of 2020 race
Drew Angerer/Getty Images By JOHN VERHOVEK and MOLLY NAGLE, ABC News(DULUTH, Minn.) -- Former Vice President Joe Biden will make a campaign swing through Minnesota on Friday, a state Democrats have not lost in a presidential election since 1972 but saw an unexpectedly tight race in 2016 between President Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.The trip to Minnesota, which includes a tour of a union facility and remarks in the city of Duluth, coincides with the first day of in-person early voting in the state, marking a new and more urgent phase of the 2020 race for both candidates.Recent polling in...
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Trump in 'jam' in Minnesota as in-person voting begins, but 'turnout' key for Biden
adamkaz/iStock By DEENA ZARU and ARIELLE MITROPOULOS, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are heading to Minnesota on Friday, as the Midwestern state becomes among the first to begin early in-person voting in the 2020 general election.It has been nearly half a century since Minnesota voted for a Republican presidential candidate, but it is seen as a potential swing state following Trump's narrow loss in 2016 to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the North Star State has also been at the forefront of the national debate on race and racism in...
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