President Donald Trump said Monday that he expected to announce by the weekend his selection for an associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last week at the age of 87.
The Associated Press is reporting that the likely favorite is Judge Amy Coney Barrett. She is a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.
Trump and Senate Republicans are planning on a quick confirmation of Barrett, in apparent contradiction to the GOP’s stand in 2016 when Barack Obama’s nomination of Merrick Garland to a vacant seat on the high court was ignored on the grounds that “the election should decide” who would serve.
Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is urging Republican senators to “uphold your constitutional duty, your conscience” and wait for the election results.
Republicans hold 53 seats in the Senate. Even if the Democrats take a majority on Nov. 3, the new senators wouldn’t be seated until January. Therefore, to delay Barrett’s confirmation, four Republicans would have to side with the Democrats since a 50-50 tie would be broken by Vice President Mike Pence.
If a new justice nominated by the president were seated, that would mean he had appointed one-third of the high court, with the potential to give it a stronger conservative bent on issues such as abortion, immigration and Obamacare.
In the news: Mailed ballots go to front of the line
Election mail must be given first-class preference, a federal judge ruled on Monday. That’s the second federal jurist who has issued a ruling to guarantee that ballots sent by the United States Postal Service get top priority. • Tropical Storm Beta is prompting flash flood and other disaster warnings across Texas and Louisiana. The storm is moving slowly at about 5 miles an hour, but is spreading heavy rain across the region. • Wall Street had another rough day on Monday, with all three major indexes showing red ink. The Dow Jones Average was down 509.72 points, with the S&P 500 retreating 38.41 points and the Nasdaq falling 14.18 points. • RealClearPolitics.com’s average of recent presidential polls has Democratic nominee Joe Biden leading President Donald Trump 49.5 percent to 43.0. a lead of 6.5, unchanged since Friday. FiveThirtyEight.com’s average has Biden ahead 50.3 percent to 43.5, a difference of 6.8, an increase of 0.2 percent.
Play it cooler this week, but not much
A bit cooler this week, but still not chilly. The National Weather Service forecast for Tuesday is sunny skies with a high of 81, then an overnight low of 60. Wednesday should have patchy fog before noon, giving way to sun in the afternoon and a high of 84. Near the coast, highs should be eight to 10 degrees cooler, with similar weather conditions.
It’s too late for them to climb above the .500 mark, but not too late to climb out of fourth place.
- Angels 8, Texas Rangers 5. In their final home game for 2020, the Halos rallied from a 3-1 deficit with seven runs in the fourth inning and held on for the win. The win lifted the Orange County team into third place in the American League West by a narrow margin; the Angels (24-31) have a .436 winning percentage and the Seattle Mariners (23-30) are at .434. Jared Walsh hit a grand slam home run in the fourth
The win went to Dylan Bundy (6-3), who worked five innings, yielding five hits and three runs. He struck out three batters and walked two.
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