Trump nominates Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, hoping to cement a conservative majority in the run-up to Election Day. With his pick of Barrett, an appeals court judge overwhelmingly popular with conservatives, Trump gets a chance to shift national attention away from the coronavirus pandemic, racial justice and a troubled economy just weeks before Election Day. Trump has been trailing Democratic challenger Joe Biden in national polls as Americans start voting early across the country. Ref. USAToday.
The Senate confirms Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, officially giving conservatives a 6-3 majority on the bench. Barrett’s nomination to the high court drew fire from Democrats who criticized Republicans for rushing through her confirmation in the middle of a pandemic and weeks before a contentious election. Barrett is expected to be sworn in before the high court considers cases on religious freedom and the future of the Affordable Care Act. Ref. USAToday.